Sunday, 20 February 2011

Missed Chances

On a day that was meant to be a celebratory experience, where the Club tempted some fans back and all that was required was a win, we lost.  Still the scoreline definitely flattered the opposition.  I'm not saying they didn't play well, because they did, but it was more a case of poor defending and missed opportunities.

This is probably one of the better all round performances that we've displayed since Powell taking over.  By this I mean we played more consistently for longer periods of the game as opposed to our 30-40 minute showings.  Unfortunately our attacking players who managed to get in front of goal did not have their shooting boots on, we hit the bar a couple of times, hit the post and their keeper pulled off a stunning save, on another day the result could have been very different.  At least Bradley grabbed a consolation goal towards the end of the game to keep his confidence up.  Clearly it didn't help this result, but it might help him to find the net in the next game.

Our defensive errors were pretty basic.  Gary Doherty will be having nightmares about his back pass for years to come and Rob Elliot might need to hone his own tackling techniques in training next week.  Not that I blame Elliot for the goal of course, clearly the defence needed to do better.  All this does once again raise the issue that some extra quality is needed at the back.  Dailly and Doherty's experience can only go so far and I do think that we need to split up the partnership and add someone with a bit more about them.  I wouldn't be averse to sticking Matt Fry in to see how he does as centre-back is actually his favoured position.  If this isn't possible due to the lack of cover at left back (Bessone and Youga both injured) then we have to dip in to the loan market and bring someone in, although I'm not sure who would be available that could definitely improve the issue.

This result does obviously put more pressure on us.  We have a tricky tie against Notts County on Friday and we must pick up some kind of result.  We are out of the top six again and we need to stay in touch with those that are playing mid-week, and a win would help enormously.

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