Tough game! We huffed and puffed, but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. Seems to be one of the issues right now - we are getting the ball in the box, but never in a position to shoot. There was allot more effort in this game than Saturday. And, maybe if Chib's goal would have crossed the line, the out-come could have been different. But, it seems we got out footballed during large chunks of this game.
D. Sam and MM Merris had acres of space in front of them with no support going forward or in defense. D. Sam, when you get the ball in the box, hit the damn thing. You have a sweet right foot, scare the keeper. MM give him some pointers.
Big Al and 'Black and Blue' together again, GREAT, but no protection in front of them. (see below) Note: Big Al was lucky to stay on the pitch. After the game against Oxford, he has to know we cannot afford to loose him for any games.
Bolder and Bolland - where have you gone. Bolland was a step behind the action, and the Rock just seems to disappear during the game. Need them back to provide the link between the back and front.
The Dean - can only hope that he has hit a bit of a wall with all the running he has done in the first two months of the season.
Silver Surfer - might need a rest. Passing was labored (in fact it was for the team as a whole).
Leon - again, maybe lack of fitness is catching up.
The Big Chill - few real chances. Ball was always above his shoulders, and not at his feet where he needs it.
Meech - stirred things up when he came on. It was good to see him creating around the pitch.
Adam Knowitcowski - for some reason he is the twelth man. He always gives it all, but again this was a very pacey game.
Keeper V. - No new word on his condition, but hope all is well. At the begining of the season, I had my doubts. But now I am a true believer. His shot stopping reactions may not be as quick as Cookies, but his game management and positioning far surpasses Cook's. And when he comes off the line, he is committed.
Weaver and Co. - we know we can play football. We saw it for a whole month (unfortunatly it was on the road). The team needs to get it back, because the natives are getting restless. While the effort was there last night, it was not a TEAM effort. Good Luck on Saturday. Keep Pushin..........
Where oh where has Radcliffe gone?? After last season, deserves more than 45 minutes.