Post by frankfurt gull on Apr 4, 2016 16:08:26 GMT
With five of the bottom eight clubs in action tomorrow night we should have a clearer picture of the relegation situation after the games. 3 points tomorrow night and we could have one foot out of the "swamp."
Post by Ditmar van Nostrilboy on Apr 5, 2016 21:12:35 GMT
A good solid performance tonight and a valuable 3 points. 1st goal on 3 minutes, a nice break down the left by Butler, good cross into the danger area and a straightforward finish by Bliss. To be honest, in the first half Chester were probably the worst team seen here this season. They did improve with the 2 substitutions early in the 2nd half though. We played really neat football a lot of the time. Interpassing and first touch was as good as anything since some of the tonkings we gave teams in the Buckle era. We should probably have had a penalty in each half, Iffy shot a bit too high with his 1 on 1 in the first half. Kept his head and made no mistake with the one in the 2nd half though, slotted nicely along the ground. Hard to single out any players as being better than the rest but really impressed yet again with Racchi and Rees in the middle.
Cracking match, cracking result with the whole ground erupting after Iffy sealed it in the final minute of normal time. Real team performance but Blissett, Iffy, Butler and Ajala stood out for me. I am really enjoying my football at present and looking at how we are playing at the moment, think something has to go drastically wrong to get relegated now, 2 wins still needed so not job done but light is looming at the end of the tunnel.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
I got to the ground a few minutes before kick off and it was heartening to see a bit of a queue and once again the crowd got to over the 1800 mark, even for a midweek match and I don't think we are far short of that Mark in our seasonal average either. The ref was keen to get things going though as kick off had already been taken as I walked up to my seat at 7:44pm?
Did not have long to wait for goal mouth action. At our end Moore was off his line but unable to claim the ball as the ball ricocheted around our area before being cleared. From this, Allen was able to break and get away from his marker and his cross was deflected for a very early corner. A good Dan Butler delivery and Blissett got away from his marker for a free header which was nicely diverted into the net for a great start!
Blissett followed up his goal by being a menace to the Chester defence and was a real handful! He was ably supported by both wingers and not only did Allen have a good game but Ajala was at his best since his previous spell here although he did give the ball away in a poor back pass at one point.
Incidents of note in the first half.
1) Officials - Allen was shoved in the back to send him sprawling onto the ball which he handled but just out of play and somehow conceded a free-kick. Pop side lino missed the ball just going out past the by line but on the far side to allow a Chester cross but paradoxically flagged the ball going out when Butler seemed to have just kept it in?
2) Chester highlights - not many. Free-kick from range looked too high but dipped to bounce on top of the cross bar. They did have a decent penalty shout when Verna took out their attacker deep in the area - he may have touched the ball but I am not convinced.. .
3) Torquay highlights - we got the ball in their box quite often and the keeper kept dropping the ball and on one occasion - maybe a Rees shot, Blissett got a touch but it went agonisingly wide. The best was saved for the last during injury time when Allen broke clear but he shot high from an angle which their keeper saved well.
So onto the second half and far from being under siege the majority of chances came to us as we attacked towards the family stand and I can only recall one shot on target for Chester which was a regulation save low down by Moore. One notable instance saw their keeper come out of his area to clear the ball which he failed to claim and almost instinctively picked the ball up, the ball was funnelled out to Chaney in a central position with their keeper stranded but he did not have either the confidence or predatory instinct to make space to shoot and the chance went begging. He had a good first half but was rightly substituted for Harrad who came on and harried well, adding a bit of nous to support Blissett whom had a good chance with his shot looping off their keeper and spinning in just under the bar but headed off the line by the covering defender.
Although Chester put pressure on our defence at times we stood firm and as they pushed ever further forward, the ball came out to Harrad just in their half and he passed the ball in space behind their back line for Allen to run onto and he finished with aplomb low down to the right of the goal to send Plainmoor into rapture!
We had to work hard for the whole 96 minutes, but a fully committed performance from the team managed to get us a vital 3 points. Along with Nico, we all rather hoped that Chester would feel so deflated by our very early goal, that they'd cave in and give us an easy victory. In the event, it was never easy or comfortable, and Chester kept up the fight from first minute to last.
Blissett was especially magnificent in the first half, showing strength, speed and enormous hard work. Chaney had a good first half also, but seemed slower in mind and body after the break. The unrelenting pace of a game like last night's is something he will build up to, and he's progressing well. The unspectactular Rees adds a lot of energy to midfield and does the unglamourous stuff well, ably assisting the 'Plainmoor Pirlo' with the defensive midfield work.
Nice to see Durrell Berry back on the pitch, even if it was only hobbling about on crutches to do the half time draw. The defence was looking a particularly strong unit with Berry among them, and it's been a case of cobbling together a back line in his absence, though it doesn't quite have the understanding it did before Durrell's horrific injury, but which at least will have been buoyed by keeping a clean sheet.
Super Kev's lads are giving it everything in our continuing battle to beat the drop.
Right to Left . Blissett occupied the Chester defence. Chaney got up to support him from a central position, despite his position in the centre circle here. Ajala providing width on the left, while Iffy did the same on the right. Rees and Pirlo shield the defence, and the back four lead by Cap'n Angus, combine with the American to keep Chester out.
Haven´t heard much from "Hullgull" lately! Are you there?
H Frankfurt am bk round posted on great escape the other week pal ......not bn to well but enough of that ......always confident we will stay up hope you well Frankfurt See you soon. Up the gulls ......si