It seems we need three up front if Duku's playing!
Great things were expected of him, from the Boss and the fans, sadly though, great expectations don't always happen.
There has to be a cut off point surely, before the Boss says move over Duku, and let someone else have a go, because at the moment, we're moving forward as fast as a stationery train, stuck in a station!
Olaf is not the answer just yet and I pray he's not another David Bing!. Far to green especially at this level and will be knocked about by the many experienced defenders at this level. His chance will come along at some point but not right now. Duku has done nothing since his arrival but must be given more pitch time to prove himself though from what we've witnessed so far its going to be a tough ride and he has to get his game on track pretty soon or risk being farmed out on loan to see if he can regain some confidence. We were crying out for an old head again In the middle on Saturday but Dickson is once again injured and on the sidelines and as much as I like his commitment and way he plays his injury's have taken their toll and we simply cannot rely on him from one game to the next. With Hall out also our first choice eleven are pretty young. Opie Edwards another talented but fragile player who is always struggling with injuries. Good to see Jake Andrews back again but just imagine if we lost Reid to injury - where would our threat come from/ It would spell big problems if we were left without his services for any length of time. Really think we nee more experienced cover up front. In the meantime we have to get on with it and muddle our way through matches with a depleted squad and hope that our first choice midfield return sooner rather than later or I fear we will start to slide. CLE is a massive miss, no one gets near him on quality or threat to opposing defenders and can cause havoc when hes really on his game.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
CLE is a massive miss, no one gets near him on quality or threat to opposing defenders and can cause havoc when hes really on his game.
Agree. Some were bemoaning our ‘shape’ when he was playing behind Reid. It was nonsense. The goal return and effectiveness of play was extremely good. We simply haven’t been anywhere near that level since.
We are gonna have to be careful that we don't get dragged down to the relegation area. Missed the game and listened to it - not particularly optimistic tonight when I saw the team sheet with no more returning from injury though we sounded like we should have got something from the game. We sounded so naive at times both up front and at the back and simply have no idea how to game manage once ahead and always look vulnerable and nervous when we are ahead. Its GJs way but once our high tempo forward play stutters as it has we look very very vulnerable. Important for GJ to find away to stop the rot that seems to be setting in - confidence levels are taking a big knock after recent results and performances.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
Post by chelstongull on Sept 24, 2019 21:19:42 GMT
We should have been 5 - 1 up at HT but thought we should have won the game but for 3 [email protected] pieces of defending and a strange sub - Whitfield who was our best player was subbed and Andrews who looked knackered was left on. Whitfield didn’t even get past the corner flag before Eastleigh made it 2 - 2
One of those frustrating games where we were the better side and should have won but were unable to take our chances particularly in the first half with well saved strikes from Davis and Vincent and a lob by Reid when through was also palmed wide.
It wasn’t until later on in the first half where we scored a relatively soft goal from a short corner to Andrews who was unmarked and then passed across to Whitfield who was able to strike the ball into the top corner from just outside the area for what was at the time a very well deserved lead.
We didn’t come out firing on all cylinders in the second half and got caught by the wind when a goalkick was misjudged by our midfield from a goal kick and the ball came straight up back at us and fell nicely for their attackers and even better for them when the shot deflected pass Covolan.
We stepped things up then and should have won the game. Firstly, a lovely deep cross from the right was met by Andrews who headed home and although their keeper clawed it out and Keating did the finishing it was already adjudged to have gone past the goal line. Shortly after, it perhaps should’ve been 3-1 one when the offside trap seem to been sprung with Keating and Whitfield clear and Whitfield was able to knock the ball past their goalkeeper for what seemed like the winner until the off side flag was raised. Would like to see that one again!
As usual, the decision came back to bite us in the arse when a long ball was unfortunately headed up and backwards by our central defence and once again fell nicely for their striker to hit a first time volley that dipped wickedly over Covolan to equalise.
We did bring on Kalala and then Duku later on in the half but unfortunately they had little impact on the game apart from a lovely cross by Kalala that no one was able to get on the end of and to some extent the team’s heads dropped after we conceded that second goal. The winner came a minute into injury time when the ball was passed through to the left hand side for their winger to outpace our defence and cross to their substitute who was able to slide the ball home. Despite a substitution and the goalscoring celebrations the referee chose to blow up exactly 4 minutes after the four minutes of extra time was given.
Disappointing to end up losing to a late goal in added time in a game Torquay were winning for much of the game. It was an open, entertaining game with both teams having their dangerous moments. There were times when Torquay played with confidence and bossed the match but did not finish the game off. Eastleigh then had their periods of play when the ball got in our danger areas behind our defence. Crowd a disappointing 2,005 with just 45 from Eastleigh. Sponsors MOTM going to Vincent.
Torquay played with a strong wind in their favour in the first half attacking the away end. Eastleigh should have scored early on following a low cros but Covolan made a first class save with an outstretched arm low down. Covolan impressed me again tonight with good, clean handling when needed especially from high crosses. Torquay tested Eastleigh's keeper a few times mainly with long range shots that their keeper was equal to. Davis who had an outstanding game often winning some vital tackles hit our best attempt low down but again their keeper parried it. Whitfield went one better and unleashed an unstoppable shot from outside the box that beat finally their keeper. After Torquay's goal, our confidence went up a level and we were playing with more freedom. Torquay went in at the break deserving their 1-0 lead.
Shortly after the break Danny Hollands, who we remember fondly from his loan spell years ago, finished very sweetly for Eastleigh driving the ball low into the net from outside the box after the ball broke loose. However Torquay soon took the lead again, following a Whitfield cross Andrews got the final touch at close range. Torquay stepped up their game again and did a lovely one touch move involving several players that nearly undid Eastleigh. Torquay had chances to finish off the game but out-of-the-blue Eastleigh hit long range shot with Covolan out of his goal that dipped beautifully under the cross bar. This happened immediately Torquay had brought on Kalala for Whitfield with Torquay in the ascendancy. Both teams went for the winner but Eastleigh were looking more and more dangerous. Just when it seemed Torquay had survived those scares and into added time, Eastleigh got behind Torquay's defence again and this time finished off from another low cross into the danger area. The home crowd went deadly quiet and there was not time to get back.
So a shock defeat in the end. It was a decent Torquay performance for much of the game so it is difficult to pin-point why we lost. We had plenty of decent chances throughout the game and it was a good, committed performance. Saying that Eastleigh had a lot of dangerous moments themselves and often got in behind Torquay's defence. It was that sort of game that swung one way then another. It could easily have been Torquay who won the game. Perhaps a lack of experience is costing us or perhaps a lack of the killer instinct? Reid had a quiet game tonight. Keating was typical Keating. Work very hard and helped to make things happen but lacks composure in the opposition box and did not finish off a couple of decent chances. I like Covolan in goal and our new recruits Cundy and Whitfield. Whitfield has bags of energy and skill and tonight showed me he can finish. Clearly we are missing that extra bit of quality in Evans and Edwards that can turn games and Hall's experience and leadership in midfield. It's fine margins at the end of the day and in the end Torquay just came up short.
Post by Ditmar van Nostrilboy on Sept 25, 2019 9:12:11 GMT
I'm reminded of our 1st season back in the league to be honest. I stopped counting the times I wandered back to the car after a game, unable to understand how we didn't bank 3 points after being much the better side over the 90 minutes, yet getting caught by a sucker punch. Bringing in an experienced (and very vocal at times) organizer for the defence (yes, I mean Branners!!) made for a much tighter ship and results picked up. Our home form is more worrying, as I can see the attendance figure slipping away without us getting back to winning ways.