Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Spirites and Dons

It's been two matches since my last update. Some extra work thrown my way has kept me busier than I'd hoped and unfortunately the things I enjoy had to take a back seat in favour of the things that earn money. Anyway I'm posting about both games so if you don't want to read about the Chesterfield game, scroll down for MK Dons report.

Addicks v Chesterfield

Watching your team win is (almost) always a pleasure and when it's coupled with spending time with people that you might not normally, it makes it extra special. I was sat in the East Stand with my brother on Saturday, a first for us as we both support different teams and it's sometimes hard to find motivation to go and watch a team that you have no affinity for. So I want to start by thanking Tom for coming along, it was a great day out.

The game itself was decent enough and it was nice to see Chesterfield playing a proper game of football. There are teams of higher reputation who play more direct or more physical, but their style obviously worked for them in League Two. I am one of the crowd who believes that playing attractive and expansive football will stand you in good stead in this division, so I will be surprised if they don't manage to survive this year.

Our three goals were all pretty good. Paul Hayes flick for the first looked fancy, Jackson's goal was courtesy of a free-kick which has obviously been practiced in training, and finally Bradley Wright-Phillips completed the scoring with a diving header from a pin-point cross. Chesterfield created little, and Leon Clarke looked like he had an off day and it was no surprise that when they did score it came from a penalty, as they didn't threaten with much from open play.

MK Dons v Addicks

I listened to last night's match via the internet. Clearly it was a game of missed chances rather than of goals scored. Dons had the best of the first half scoring once through a Shaun Williams penalty after Matt Taylor brought down Dean Lewington in the box. The game could have already been at 2-2 by this point. Both sides had some good chances early on yet neither could find a breakthrough. The Dons continued to pile on the pressure and Ben Hamer produced a couple of good saves to keep the Addicks in the match.

At half time the Dons were the happier side having not only grabbing themselves a goal, but they also gave us a lesson in how to play football at times. Powell's team talk however seemed to breathe a bit of life into the Addicks and the side looked much improved after the break. Both team again had some good opportunities and should really have done better.

The equaliser eventually came with 15 minutes left on the clock. Kermorgant and Green were brought on in place of Hayes and Wagstaff and it was the two substitutes that combined for the goal. Green managed to find some space on the wing and sent in a cross for the waiting Yann Kermorgant who headed his first goal for the Addicks. An important one too.

It was a well earned point in the end and I guess most fans were happy (relieved?) to have walked away with a point. I'm not a particular fan of MK Dons in general (the franchise thing sticks in my throat) so losing to them would have been particularly disappointing for me. But, it was more points on the board and we still sit pretty at the top of the table with a few points to spare.

Preston North End have somehow crept into second position. I haven't really paid them much attention to be honest, but they have quietly gone about their business and are now capable of taking top spot if they win their game in hand.

Another tough match awaits us on Saturday. Sheffield United have gone off the boil a bit of late; losing two of their last three games. I expect a hard game and would be happy with another point from the match.

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