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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Football can be so frustrating - I think I might have already said that this season.
I write this on the back of two defeats at home in three days, both by a single goal.
I wasn’t at Saturday’s game against Kingstonian, and having spoken to people who were, there seems to be a distinct difference of opinion.
Going a goal behind in the first minute is never in the pre-match plan. It does sound like we had a go in the second half, but Kingstonian aren’t in the leading pack by accident.
I’m delighted to see Michael Murray get on the scoresheet, he’s had to wait a while to get into the side, but he’s one of a number of players that I know we’re always going to get 100 per cent from when he takes the field.
As for Monday night against Billericay, ‘frustrating’ is the word I would use. A combination of errors and lack of concentration cost us - with all the goal action coming in the first 11 minutes.
While I have to question how he was allowed so much space - Ricky Sappleton’s strike for their first goal was a peach. He spotted our keeper off his line and fired an excellent lob into the net. Excellent execution at any level. But if we’d defended properly, the chance may well not have arisen.
We did hit back quickly. Lee O’Leary came down the wing where I was watching the game. He knocked the ball back to James Fisher who delivered an excellent cross into the box which was turned home by Dave Diedhiou - his fourth goal of the season, and the first scored with a foot!
Sadly, we then seemed to switch off, and within a minute, Sappleton had restored the lead. And that was it for goals.
For a neutral, the rest of the game must have been great to watch, both sides trying to get the ball down and play. Second half we had by far and away the bulk of possession, but we found the visiting back line in excellent form, and the ball would just not run for us. It really was just a frustrating evening.
Apart from the defending for the two goals, I don’t have any real issues with the performance. I’ve been very impressed with Michael Bryan, who has broken into the starting line up in the past couple of weeks, and Jefferson Louis continues to lead the line superbly.
It’s back to the FA Cup on Sunday - a very tough home tie against Bishop’s Stortford who are flying high in the division above. But as we proved last season when we beat Corby and Eastbourne, we can beat higher opposition, and I know - if we can keep things tight at the back - we are capable of winning on Sunday.