Date:Saturday October 5 2013
05/10/2013 - 15:00
Sometimes, like against Preston, you throw in an absolute stinker of a performance, get turned over on your own patch, and come away feeling annoyed that you haven`t put everything into the game. Other times, like today, you just have to hold your hands up and accept that you were beaten by a better team.
Make no mistake, our performance was far from perfect. There was very little width to our play, there is the regular problem of a lack of creativity, and Troy Hewitt continues to look isolated up front on his own. But we weren`t exactly terrible either. We defended well for the most part, Westcarr was having a modicum of success coming off the wing and into 'the hole`, but his distribution was lacking, and Mantom looked our biggest threat breaking from midfield. There was a good tempo to the game too, although a lack of any clear cut openings from either side. Mantom tested the visiting keeper with a long range effort that was pushed wide for a corner, but other than that the game looked destined to be goalless at half time.
That was until Kyel Reid picked the ball up on the half way line, drove forward shrugging off the challenge of Adam Chambers, and despatched an unstoppable long range effort into the top corner to give the visitors the lead. A stunning goal that wouldn`t have looked out of place in any league in the world.
It was a lead they doubled a minute into the second half, when Yeates set up Hanson to drive low into the bottom left corner of O`Donnell`s goal.
From that point on we were seriously up against it, and on the hour Deano finally sacrificed our away formation (it really doesn`t work at home), and made a triple substitution throwing on Baxendale, Hemmings and Sawyers for Lalkovic, Hewitt and Featherstone.
It gave us a lot more drive and at least saw us threaten to get back into the game. Two chances in quick succession saw Downing side foot wide from a volleyed Baxendale cross, and then Hemmings tried to match the spectacular goal of Reid by half volleying wide when a more simple finish was required.
That was as good as it got, as we extended our run of games without a home win for four, although we have had a very difficult set of games. Next up at home is Stevenage, and that is one we really should be winning.
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Date:Saturday October 5 2013
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