Another point…


Should have been better, could have been worse…

To be honest, I’m not sure what to make of Slop 1 Salop 1. It wasn’t a case of a point earned, but maybe two dropped instead.

And is one of those results I hope doesn’t end up biting us on the arse at the end of the season.

As you can gather already, I was doing the day job for this, so watching it “properly” is a bit different to being behind the goal with people you know.

So if you feel that this report is lacking something, you now know why.

Which could also equally apply to our play yesterday. OK, we looked more solid, especially in the first half, and after they scored we got going again.

But something is missing.

Part of it might simply be the killer instinct. If we had that, we would have been about 3-0 up by half time and still stroking various genitals about being within spitting distance of Franchise.

Whatever it was, it’s still a point rather than three. Which admittedly is better than nothing…

The game? Well, we scored early on (and it was a decent strike by Taylor), and then we fell flat a bit. Until they (inevitably) equalised after the break, and then we kick into life.

Go figure, as they say in France.

Other than that, I’m struggling to get a handle on that game because it did end up getting ruined by somebody who got their refereeing licence in Poundland.

More on him later. As for the rest of it…

Plus points: We didn’t lose. Taylor scoring. Recovering from their goal. Slowly starting to come together.

Minus points: We didn’t win. Conceding so soon after the break.

The referee’s a…: This is for all those people who thought that after the windowlickers of L2, L1 officials would be wise sages whose knowledge of the game transcends all.

Yesterday should have finally put your delusions into the ground.

Seriously, when everyone thinks you’ve done a shit job, it’s probably best not to go to Tesco without covering your face for a little while.

WRT Shea’s slight exaggeration of getting their bloke sent off, to be honest I’m not sure if I blame our shotstopper for it. After all, we got fuck all else out of him.

As we all know, his dad refereed us in our last home game. At least, we assume it’s his father, you can never quite tell when it comes to referees and procreation…

Them: Like most teams we’ve faced this season, they’re not so far ahead of us that relegation becomes inevitable. The trouble is, they’re strugglers like us and we really need to win these sort of games.

Which considering how lousy we are against bottom feeders normally, isn’t particularly promising.

I don’t think they did enough to beat us, although their goal did have a bit of inevitability about it. Sometimes I think we go out in the second half expecting exactly that.

Mind you, we can tell how bad they’ve been recently when one of their guys in the press box said “for a short while we were almost out of the bottom four”…

Point to ponder: While Clarke-gate finally dies a death, could this whole episode change this season for the better?

We’ve now had two games with Shea in charge, and we look a little more, well, confident at the back in both of them. Whether that’s down to our new #1 or whether things were that bad with Clarke we’ll never know.

And it’s that word – confidence.

Things haven’t clicked fully yet, but we did seem more of a unit in defence yesterday. Some games you get that feeling that we’ll buckle, and for Shrewsbury and last week at Charlton, we didn’t.

But then, confidence goes through the whole team, too. I mentioned about killer instinct earlier, and that’s part of it.

While it may seem unfair to Clarke to blame him for stuff elsewhere on the field, there’s more of a happy vibe around right now. I felt it yesterday as well as at Charlton, and if we’re sensing it – the players do too.

It’s been a tough introduction to life in L1, and it’s clearly dented our self-belief. But if our strikers aren’t put under more pressure to cover up the mistakes in defence, they too will start finding the net.

Yesterday was Taylor’s first goal in the league in open play this season, and that’s taken until the end of September to do that. We need more goals from him anyway, and hopefully that corner is finally turned.

We’re at Coventry on Wednesday, and there isn’t that feeling of dread going against a former WFC foe. True, they’re also shit at the moment, but they’re the sort of games that if you win, they can boost the ego.

After all, if results had gone better yesterday – we could have been above Franchise this morning. And don’t tell me you wouldn’t have liked that…

Truth is stranger than fiction: The new pop-up bar facilities – I assume they were popular. Though what happens when it’s winter and it’s pissing down is anyone’s guess. Apart from collecting the rainwater and reselling it as the lager they sell.

Anything else? Not really. Press boxes aren’t conducive for this particular section, so you’ll have to fill in this bit yourself.

So, was it worth it? Dunno, really.

In a nutshell: Roll on Coventry. Three words rarely said in the English language…

12 thoughts to “Another point…”

  1. Sitting in the noodle stand there was a point in the first half where Shea just shepherded the ball out and Charles slapped him on the back and they laughed about it. That wouldn’t have happened with Clarke so perhaps we’ve moved a little forward in moving back?

  2. A point a game may just about keep us in this league. Games like this are our gimmes, it really does feel as if we let 2 points go. All seems just a bit disjointed but don’t think we are too far from a little run. Anyone else heard ‘click’ chatter? Let’s see if Taylor can put it together now..

  3. That ref wasn’t just shit he was inconsistently shit. It wasn’t until the second half that he seemed to feel he was doing to much of a good job and started being a massive spanner.

    Did anyone else see one of their players push that bloke walking in front of the Paul strank as he was about to do a throw in? No idea what happened there. Maybe words were said?

  4. Shea is good at judging when to come for balls and when not to. Simple tasks which Ryan Clarke could not do. The difference that having a confident goalkeeper makes to the back four is enormous, e.g. the defence could play a higher line.

    Shea has improved his communication, there were a number of occasions where the back four had their backs to the keeper (out of necessity) but nodded it back blind to keeper because they knew where he was.

    Very happy for Shea, who has bided his time and been rewarded, he’ll make the odd mistake (one slight hesitation clearing the ball that I can remember) because that is the nature of the position but at least we now have a keeper who is not afraid.

  5. Shouldn’t the headline on Pravda be “Neal pissed with display” rather than “pleased” with a point at home to a dire team and a poor performance….

  6. After 8 league games does NA know his best XI, I don’t think so. I would like to see Whelpdale and Parrett start with Bulman on the bench. Up front, still uncertain about Poleon – he gets into good positions and then somehow nothing comes of it. Elliott is playing well, consistently troubling defences, but his link up play with Taylor is very hit and miss. Not seen enough of Tyrone to say whether he deserves a start. Very impressed by Meades yesterday, my MoM, but he does need to come forward more often.
    Overall we’re OK. Nice to get 6 points from next 2 games.

  7. Just heard THE DONS AREGOING HOME. Afraid to say I’ve blubbed which looks very strange to the people around me in a downton Detroit Hotel lobby. That you Eris, Kris, Ivor and so many more, so proud and excited, going to blub again. Womble till die.

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