After a confidence boosting win last Saturday, we head into the start of the Christmas programme which sees us play four games in a 11 day period, three of which are at home with just the Boxing Day match needing a short trip to Somerset.
First up, is on paper the easiest game with Chesterfield still struggling but we all know how our team can turn the form book upside down! However, the Janneh and Reid combination up front looked back to its best last week and think we will score goals and they could be too much for Chesterfield.
James will look to continue his good start in midfield. If Andrews is back then could start ahead of Remane, however, I would rather he is fully fit for the harder matches ahead starting on Thursday rather than be risked for this game as he is such an asset to the side. Same goes for CLE, who is also close to fitness but having options in central midfield shows the injury crisis may at last be easing.
In defence, my preferred central defender partnership is Cameron and Lewis but with the latter doing well at left back last week I suspect Niate will play in this position as opposed to Medford-Smith at left back. Goal keeper is a toss up. COYY!
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
James will look to continue his good start in midfield. If Andrews is back then could start ahead of Remane,
In what is supposed to be the Season of Goodwill, I'm hoping that all the Brexiteers among the TFF readership will rise above this type of goading from Remainiac Administrators. Let such jibes be water off a ducks back as we let the democratic voice of the British people speak for itself.
Perhaps a zero tolerance policy toward not so subtle political references in what should be purely football threads, needs introducing ?
Plummeting and in free fall, Its a full scale implosion. Six league defeats in on the trot were heading back to the NLS if were not very careful. Another 18 points minimum required. The game was as good as lost in the very first minute, were not good at chasing games, when our defenders switched off with their heads still in the dressing room. Chasing the game from then on and unable to break down one of the poorest defenses in the division and then conceding another two headed goals against one of the poorest attacks in the division. Once Janneh was mysteriously sent off just before half time with one of the Chesterfield defenders rolling around in the penalty area the game was as good as over and it was then just a matter of how many we concede as you just knew we would continue to push forward and leave ourselves totally exposed. Despite plenty of praiseworthy effort and possession Chesterfield looked like they would score on so many occasions while we huffed and puffed in our approach work going know where fast. It was sad to watch so many players gave their all for a lost cause. Connor Evans, a quality player coming back yet again from a bad injury ran himself ragged on a bog of a pitch. I hope he hasn't picked up nay more niggles as there were glimpses of his old quality. James - nothing special at all I was hoping for more from an experienced player and the team needed more. More prompting, more probing and some guts and guile in the engine room. It didn't happen. Weere just not clever enough tactically at the moment I watched Matt Buse lose possession a couple of time from tackles from behind early on when he should have gone down for a free kick. Far too honest I'm afraid. The whole setup tactically looked incredibly naive as it has for many weeks now and since the entire team cohesion has been lost through injuries. We still continue with this open frenetic impatient attacking style while leaving us hopelessly exposed to counter attack. We have to cleverer than that. Be more patient and get the basic defending from front to back right first. Said it before in the last few weeks but I have no idea where Garry Johnson goes from here. He appears to have played most of his cards and we still look lightweight in many areas. Officials were dreadful I'm sure Wynter should have won a pen but instead was booked for his trouble. The lino on the Popside missed one offside decision, the forward was three yards off! because he was nowhere near in line with play. Awful conditions, awful performance, awful result awful, awful officials - but that's no excuse.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
Very disappointing, it felt more like Easter than Christmas today as we were literally crucified on crosses. Conceding an early goal is generally bad news for us although it must not be forgotten that until the sending off, we were dominating play with Chesterfield defending ever deeper and it looked like we were getting back into the game.
It was a poor goal to concede early on, from a long ball the ball was won by their striker and nodded down to their winger who actually curled in a peach of a cross to the edge of the 6 yard box at the far post and their striker was able to get across Cameron and bang the ball in on about the 60 second mark.
Although we then proceeded to dominate play with Janneh getting behind the defence on occasions the only clear chance I can recall was to Lemonheigh-Evans whose shot from just inside the area sailed harmlessly pass the far post. Probably still a bit rusty but he is not far off the pace, if only Reidy was there to fire home!
With our dominance we were certainly racking up the corner count but they were defending very well and credit to Chesterfield for that. Late on in the half, yet another corner was hit to the far post and as usual was headed away and a brief counter-attack was on before we regained possession in our half but one of their defenders had gone down injured in the 6 yard box and play was stopped for treatment.
While the players were having their almost mandatory drinks and pep talk break the Bristow’s bench lino was having a long and intense chat with the referee. I was actually hoping he had spotted an infringement that could have resulted in a penalty for us but unfortunately the referee then marched to the other half called Janneh across and promptly gave him a straight red.
I can only presume that he thought he saw an elbow in the face or back of the head to warrant such a dismissal. There was no fuss at the time of the incident from the players and the linesman would have been impeded by a lot of bodies between him and the foul so one heck of a call to make that changed the entire course of the game. Could that be the last we see of Janneh.
With 10 men Johnson made some changes at half-time with Kalala and Lewington coming on for Nemane and Buse respectively. We started well but Wynter seemed to be isolated for one of their attacks and another good delivery from the left was sent to the far post where their on-coming attacker was able to have a free header into an empty part of the net. I did notice that Cameron and Niate were very close to each other on the other side of the goal and I am not sure if it was their mistake or whether Lewis should have been picking up the man on the far side?
I think we knew by then it was not going to be our day with the third goal coming straight from a corner which was headed in this time from the near post with McDonald lying flat on his back in the goal mouth, whether from a foul or a slip I don’t know but the eagle eyed linesman certainly did not pick anything up this time!
We had a couple of penalty appeals turned down, one where I think Niate was bundled over off the ball when crossed in from a corner and another where the ball was passed to Wynter charging into the box with his foot just clipped by a mistimed challenge and as he appealed the referee decided to give him a yellow for diving. Looked like clear contact to me.
Just to really drive it home, one of their players received a yellow after a spate with Niate, then went to defend and jumped up for the ball with his hand up stopping it going over him into the area with the referee very leniently giving a free kick but no second yellow for deliberate hand ball. James played well again but seem to twist his knee in a tackle, hopefully not badly but wouldn’t bet on it the way things have gone this season.
Just watched a video clip of the Janneh incident. Straight red 100% the correct decision. Garry will not be a happy man.
3.00 minutes exactly into the video.
Cannot see enough to judge precisely what happened on my phone and think their player made a meal of things but certainly won’t win any appeal on that evidence! That will be it for Janneh in a Torquay shirt I suspect.