Going to be interesting to read the reports on this game. Although initially disappointing after coming back from a goal deficit, sounds like WSM were up for this and you cannot expect to win on the road every time and a good reminder to keep the focus. Still unbeaten under GJ and a nice run of home games to look forward to.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Bucks used to have a phrase "at it" or "not at it".
We were "at it" at Wealdstone and "not at it" at Weston. Weston were definitely "at it".
Being "at it" turns a decent team into a very good team and a poor team into a decent team. Being "not at it" turns a decent team into a poor team.
Gary Johnson doesn't seem to be a guy to look for excuses - which is refreshing.
We did not really miss Hall and Andrews at Wealdstone, but we really did at Weston. Two games in four days was too much for Dickson at this stage of his recovery. Unsurprisingly, he needed to be subbed off and Nabi's style does not complement Lemonheigh-Evans leaving us lightweight in midfield. Kalala had been excellent against Winchester and o.k. against Wealdstone but was extremely poor at Weston. No wonder he was taken off at half-time. Keating is not the most technically-gifted player and certainly isn't a wide-left midfielder, but he made a far better fist of it than Kalala did. Essuman received a knock five minutes or so before he was taken off just before half-time. Wynter did not impress.
Formation again was 4-4-2 as Saturday, although I have read reports saying we played three at the back. The Keating substitution again did not change our shape - he played wide left of a four.
Weston were not afraid to play out from the back and it looked like we could force a mistake from them, but we did not show that extra edge to force it - so they got away with a few sloppy moments. We had more of the play, but did not press home the advantage and paid the price when they scored from our failure to pick up at a free kick.
Picked up the pace after half-time and Janneh scored to put us back on terms. The winner would not come - Reid rattled the underside of the bar. Finally, another quality goal from Edwards looked to have clinched it - to the delight of the massive away following. We barely deserved the lead, but I now expected us to see the game out in a professional manner. I was disappointed. How we missed an experienced head in centre-midfield.
I didn't really see the penalty incident. We were riding our luck with the ball ricocheting around the box when the ref pointed to the spot and showed Nabi a straight red. Nabi was furious at the injustice and took a long time to leave the field - heading first towards the dugouts then across towards the dressing rooms on the other side. I have no idea how justified his anger was - but will be interested to see the video.
MacDonald - excellent throughout the game - saved the penalty to huge celebrations from the away fans. It looked like we had got away with an off-key performance. Sign of a good team is to play badly and win so they say. But we had the resultant corner to deal with it and deal with it we did not - missing several opportunities to clear our lines. The ball finally fell to Ash on the edge of the box and he lashed home the equaliser. Very frustrating, but in truth it was a deserved equaliser.
Weston celebrated like they had won the Cup. Some unpleasant scenes followed. I will post on those tomorrow. Our support was magnificent in number, in vocal backing and in behaviour for 99%+. I loved the fact that the ground was unsegregated. It p****s me off that a handful of idiots out of close on a thousand can sour the mood.
We have to look at the facts. GJ has been here just a few weeks and many are expecting consistency and an instant rise to the top of the table. Yes massive improvements but by no means a finished article. Work in progress and typically WSM emphasized the fact. Billericay should be a sterner test but a different challenge in so many ways.
We should all be keeping our feet on the ground and not get to carried in what has been a fantastic run of results for the new manager . He will know there is still plenty of work to do before he can say we are genuine contenders. For the time being hes got a decent enough set of players and for certain will continue to winkle out the weaker links until we are genuinely strong enough both in ability and mentally .
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..