Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Dec 26, 2008 17:17:34 GMT
Wrexham managed to sneak a very late point at Barrow but other than Burton, the other results were OK. The most important thing was that we got the 3 points ourselves - it was great that we've notched-up an away win again. Grinding-out games is only to be expected - Weymouth are no different to many clubs in that they will go out all to beat us.
I havent been near a computer to follow the game but it is very encouraging that Green scored after an encouraging performance last week.
I'm looking forward to hearing the match reports from those at the game!
Definately a result that was ground out today, but an important one.
Glorious drive over with my son - eating our sandwiches overlooking Chesil Beach before a swift pre-match pint at the Lugger Inn 5 mins drive from the ground. Warm enough in the sun but pretty chilly on the terrace behind the goal!
Nervous start with Bevan making a couple of good saves with their player looking suspiciously off-side on both occasions. From there on we started to get on top but I didn't think we looked very convincing for any prolonged spell.
So pleased that Green scored as he has 'needed' a goal for some time, even if today's appeared to take a big deflection leaving the keeper wrongfooted (didn't have a clear view of this so hope I am right).
Generally the game was scrappy with the ball in the air far too much and disappointing wing play. Some of the referee's decisons were so bad that they were laugh-out-loud comical - for and against both sides.
Bevan must be signed (I didn't see him at Eastbourne but can't recall any costly mistakes in the games I have seen), Woods & Hodges looked assured and Sills never stopped chasing.
Gulls in good voice throughout and happy to take 3 points - just hope Burton's poor spell is still to come. Starting on 6th Jan perhaps!
There will always be games that you go and watch and the only thing you will remember the game for, is the fact that the team got the three points. For me todays game was such a game, one I had not planned to go to, but due to a change in what was planned, I had Ant telling me I had just 15 Min's to get out of my dressing gown, get a shower and run up the road to meet our lift to Weymouth.
As I only had a short time to get ready and the fact that I now was able to go, I got all excited about going to the game, so much so I did not give the weather any thought at all. The result was that I did not have warm enough clothes on and bloody froze all afternoon.
Having not gone to any away games for some time, I remembered soon enough why I never stand behind the goal to watch any match. Trying to see what is going on up the other end is near impossible, the only plus was to watch Bevan up close and see the game as he would see it.
If it was not for Bevan, we would have lost todays game by at least three goals, he was the only player who stood out for the team today, the rest must have had too much turkey yesterday.Bevan was soon called into action and make a great saving tackle with his legs and soon afterward, was diving to his left to palm the ball past the post.
Carayol had the worst game I have ever seem him play, he could not beat any Weymouth player and lost the ball so many times, he should have been taken off much sooner than he was. Sills worked hard, but was not winning the headers that he has been in more recent games.
Weymouth were playing the much better football and used their wingers to such good effect. They passed much better than we did and were able to play the ball out to their wingers, who seemed to have all the space in the world to receive the ball.
Our goal was a lucky goal, a shot by Green that maybe was on target, but seemed to be covered by the Weymouth keeper, only for the ball to take a big defection and sail in into the middle of the goal, with the keeper already diving to his right.
I can't think of any more real chances for us in the first half, it was a poor display by our team, but we were winning the game by the only goal. Second half did not improve much at all, we hit long hopeful balls and still kept being done by the Weymouth wingers.
Weymouth did push up more as the second half went on and this gave Green more room to run in behind the Weymouth defense. If only he would shoot when he really needed to, rather than waiting that second too long, then he could have scored maybe two goals himself today. You could see clearly from behind the goal, when he needed to pull the trigger, but his delay often ended up with a tackle coming in.
The only other point to write about, was a great volley by Hodges, he hit it so sweet and with such power, but it somehow got headed up and over the crossbar by a Weymouth defender.
A good number of our fans in the ground, who sang well and make plenty of noise, just a shame that the same bunch from our own popside, who now like to sing that the ref is a c*** had to treat us to it again today.
Would be interested to know how Greavsie, Mansell & Sills lasted.
They are my main concern. 3 key figures and seldom get a rest. I do wonder how they will be performing post Jan09.
Buster I will answer this for you, Sills looks fit and I see no problems playing him on Sunday, I do think Hargreaves is due a rest and its maybe time to put Thompson back in for a game or two, Mansell also looked fine today, but he got caught out a few times today by the Weymouth winger.
If Hargreaves was to be rested, I do think we really need a Mansell in the midfield, but moving him there to cover Hargreaves, leaves a problem at right back. Unless Robertson is played there, he has before and was looking good before he got injured and has not had a chance in any games lately.
We did enough today with Bevan in fantastic form and thats about it.
I agree with Dave about the support re: that song, it sounds stupid and the people who sing it should think of something more imaginative (heads together now!).
Also that bloody drum absolute waste of time. I personally HATE the thing. Why drown out your own supporters with incessant banging (usually completely out of rhythm). If it was used less frequently then it may be tolerable.
papalazarou, I fully agree about that drum, what gets me is this, you stand there feeling proud of all the singing and the noise our fans make, only to end up feeling a bit ashamed by some of the songs just a few are now singing.
I have never heard it in seasons past and I really believe the club needs to be made aware about it, if they are not already. Lets get such songs outlawed at our games, surly we are so much better at being fans than that.
Its quite sad really that we need to be having a conversation about this matter. The people who sing that song must realise (hopefully) that they sound like absolute idiots. I shout and swear at football but would never use that word. It makes our supporters look like pondlife.
I would agree it is sad that it is something we are talking about, but I would rather know fellow fans feel the way I do and that a way can be found to rid our stands of this.
Still on the bright side, it was only done twice I think today and not to many were singing it, I do know those who stand around me at home games, are also complaining about the use of the c word.
There are so many good songs that can be sung at games, even ones that younger fans would be able to join in. I can't see some 10 year old who is with his mum and dad, joining in with that song sung today.It would be so much better if the songs our fans sung, could be joined in with by anyone no matter what age in the ground, just think how much more noise that could make.
maybe we could get or "superb" drummer to drown the song out like he/she!? did for every other song! ho ho ho!!
I think the real answer is for all those around the said singers, to start a decent song and simply out sing them, do this every single time and they will soon give up, I looked at the last home game who were singing the c word song and sadly it was a group of young fans.
I think we ground out a result today. Green could have had a hat trick in the second half, our balls over the top were catching their defence every time bur twice Green made the wrong decision, once his touch let him down and another time their keeper made a very good stop, had he had more games under his belt then maybe he'd have finished Weymouth off, we'll never know. Hodges had a good game today along with Beavon, the rest.....well nothing great really. For all their off field problems Weymouth looked okay today and made us huff and puff for the points. Some very very strange decisions from the referee and linesman today.