There was a marvellous moment of commentary yesterday when Ken Furphy made the observation that one of the R&D players had an "odd" shirt on.............."all the others have a red strip on their sleeve, and he's got a blue one"
'No he hasn't Ken, they ALL have a red stripe on one sleeve and a blue one on the other - he's just walking in a different direction!' countered Dave Saunders
Some get annoyed with the old boy, but I hugely enjoy the humour of listening to an elderly gentleman who's professional perception of the game is still spot on but who's appreciation of the periphery matters is perhaps not so sharp.
It comes to all of us and those who can't accept that fact with good grace should take a good hard look at their own arrogance!
Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Mar 8, 2009 17:29:12 GMT
With respect, I think it is a misconception to compare the way Wroe plays/is instructed to play and the way "Harold" and "Aggie" played.
The latter two were both "sitters" who set their stall out from just in front of the defence, having a greater choice of passing options and thus could spray the ball out to wide positions as well as through balls.
In my opinion, Wroe is more and "up and down" performer who runs laterally and tends to attempt to thread the ball through to players directly in front of him and because the angles are naturally much narrower, the margin of error is much greater...................a far more difficult role to perform in my view and one, that if undertaken; will always render the player liable to criticism from the crowd.
Perhaps I shouldn't have made it look as if I was comparing Wroe with the two great midfielders that I mentioned. I recognise that we were extremely fortunate to have those players - perhaps "once in a generation" type players - I cetainly don't expect us to have players with such ability flocking to join us.
My frustration is that 3 out of the last 4 home games I have seen the opposition midfielders take the game to us and impose themselves. Rushden haven't been in great form recently, but the amount of space the were afforded as the game wore-on. I don't believe that we have the devine right to dominate our home games - it has to be earned, but I feel that our response has been pretty limp. I felt that Wroes first-half defensive dispay in the first half was an improvement upon recent weeks, but in the second half we needed at least a repeat of the first half and when Sills went-off we needed players to lift their game. To point at Wroe and put the void in the middle of the park purely down to him would be unfair, but for player with his ability to contribute so minimally is certainly a big disappointment.
When Wroe last spent some time out of the team at the start of the season, he returned an invigorated player and seemed to grow in stature week after week and was a key player in our excellent unbeaten run. There is still a long way to go and the matches are coming thick and fast an I'm hopeful that he can raise his game to this level again.
With regards to Mitchinson - he is yet another player that makes me feel that I was "born at the wrong time" when it comes to being a TUFC fan!
Post by David Graham's Eighth Pint on Mar 8, 2009 18:33:53 GMT
A point at home to a decent Rushden side is nothing to get to upset over. Our home form hasn't exactly been anything to write home about recently and we're just off the back of two long, tiring away trips inside a week.
And let's not forget we went to their place earlier in the season and played them off the park in a 3-1 win. Had we gone to Nene Park and drawn then beaten them yesterday, everyone would be all-smiles.
Taking 4 points off of anyone in any division is a decent achievement.
I wouldn't get too worried about the attendance either. In fact, it's improving. A quick glance at the results page on dotcom shows that this is the first time we've broken the 2,000 barrier for a league game since Kidderminster visited on December 28.
I'd say that just over 2,100 Gulls fans was a good effort and it will get better as results improve.