Stalybridge dived a hell of a lot, especially that number 10. It seems they set out to wind us up, and it worked. One moment was great where a harrogate player (pell?) picked an "injured" Staly player up off the floor. Priceless. Staly played some neat football, but never really threatened, and their goal owed a lot to an evil low lying winter sun that sat perfectly in cookies eyes
Was proud of the way we reacted to the red card. Elam seemed to make a real impact on the game with his brilliant ball retention, something we lacked for most of the game. I was disappointed with our tactics for the most part, lumping it up to chib never really was going to work. Found the Staly manager's whistling to be very offputting, it also put Chib off once or twice who seemed to think it was an offside whistle.
Pell was immense in the air and never lost a header, Cookie again was an absolute star, and pulled off another immense save. He's looking quite the player. Jake never really got settled at rightback and looked uncomfortable. The midfield were poor for the most part, Youhill was pretty decent and I was surprised when he went off. The central midfield were never in the game really. Pretty poor ball retention, but the pitch was cutting up so that might have had an effect.
Think our strikers struggled with the hoofball tactics, which for the most part were ineffective until Turl came on and gave us someone to aim at. Brayson was very frustrating, but took his goal well.
On the whole I feel we deserved the point, and it felt like the win, especially after Staly were time wasting quite early into the last 10 minutes.
Still some positives to take from it, another result against the top few. We do need to work to our strikers strengths though, this holywood long ball stuff doesn't seem to cut it. Gonna have to really work hard for a result on Saturday. I'll be there.