Got to be pleased with that point. The changes to freshen things up have worked to a point but we have picked up a couple of injuries by the sounds of it so maybe those two signings were just in time. Congratulations to Ben Whitfield for his debut goal. Looking forward to seeing him play and hes on a contract.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
I thought we looked reasonably solid at the back tonight and Lewis and Cameron looked a decent pairing. Although, clearly the very useful new signing will be here as a starter. In the middle of the park, Poku was both dirty and effective for them. Asa Hall did not have a good night at all. Reidy’s turn and shot from a delightful move where he showed great legs in getting inside his man from a Duku cross and swivelling and shooting hard against the upright was promising. We had the ball in the back of the net reasonable early on. It looked offside. The linesman took an absolute age and celebrations were almost over when he eventually put his flag up to signal offside. Think it was Duku who put it in the net.
But despite the better chances falling for us, I thought Woking shaded the first half. They left their foot in a lot. And we responded. It was no surprise that there ended up being early injury substitutions. The officials were bloody awful, tbh. I think Lemonheigh-Evans was withdrawn at half time to save him being kicked up in the air for large parts of the second half. Armani Little was another nobbled by Woking and his replacement showed early promise on the wing. Compact little player who likes to run at players with the ball and looks good at it. Woking finished much the stronger in the first half as we did switch off a bit after Little went off.
Second half, it was hard to pick a winner until Woking went ahead. Would need to see it again, but just before Hall had been dispossessed in half way (as he was a few times tonight). It was a well taken finish from their number 7. I was up the other end. I didn’t think we’d be getting back level. It seemed that sort of night. Andrews then puts in a delightful cross, the type that’s a bugger to defend and the shortest player on the pitch, Ben Whitfield, heads home at the far post. Came after a period of pressure and probably deserved by that stage. Woking weren’t wasting time anymore. Their chavs realised bedtime was approaching and Ben Gerring wasn’t going to be on the winning side. As it was to be.
My player ratings
Covolan 7.5 Bloody good. Great on crosses. Couldn’t do anything for their goal Wynter 6.5 Had a few different midfielders in front of him tonight with changes required. Did well. Cameron 7 Lewis 7.5 Looked quite strong at centre back for a young lad Davis 7 Still never seen him have a bad game CLE 6 Kicked early. Might have taken a knock. Always looking to create something Hall 5 Poor tonight Little 6 A few good through balls, but another kicked about a lot and had to be withdrawn for injury Vincent 5.5 Not so good. Looked a bit lost in the second half and was unsurprised when he was withdrawn Duku 4.5 Wasn’t impressed. Poor first touch. Doesn’t get very high for headers. Don’t lump it to him. Reid 7.5 Great shot against the woodwork first half and a constant thorn in their side
Whitfield 7 A promising debut. Andrews 7.5 Good. Nice ball for our goal. Downesy saying it was Wynter. He’s probably right. Kalala 6.5 Not on long but good going forward. Hesitant at times.
Aaron Downes interview. Gary Johnson was probably busy still berating their linesman.
Armani Little was feeling his hamstring so was brought off before it 'went' and Connor did his ankle. I’d be concerned re Lemonheigh-Evans’ ankle as he played on it for quite a while after Poku’s filthy follow through early in the first half. The ref had a good view and gave nothing. Hall accumulated a few lumps kicked out of him too, tonight.
Only reports I’d seen previously on Lewis were from that left back stint, but he looked good and ready for a bruising battle in the heart of the defence. All of a sudden, this looks like a position of strength for us with Cundy’s arrival.
Duku seems to yearn confidence in the same ‘too consuming’ manner that Kalala does. If only that goal had stood. It did look offside, though. A nice mazy trademark run from Kalala into the area at one point started with some great skill, but at times he looked to be playing in a mental straight jacket when it came to pressing forward. No doubt with some managerial instruction causing hesitancy.
Some great encouragement for Kalala from the travelling Yellow Army throughout his pitch time who are equally as keen to see him up and firing as we know he can when he’s on song. He proper pulled out of one challenge that nearly cost us at one point, but he was new to the current Woking way at that point, didn’t fancy an injury and can understand his decision. Think Lewis mopped up the trouble it caused fairly swiftly.