Well... I can tell you this Dave, it WAS a great performance! Brilliant support from the away fans (as usual!).... very very poor attendance of just over 550 with the MAJORITY of them Gulls....
...Lewes are where they are because of some very poor football... and that was on display tonight.... Sills had a blinder IMO and should've netted on at least 2 occasions....
Decent win.... well done boys!
Footnote: A hearty congratulations to the Lewes faithful who turned up tonight.... they were up for a laugh.... great banter.... only one complaint... the burger! I'd have got more flavour out of the napkin!
seventyseven, sorry your burger was crap ;)glad you enjoyed the game, as always listening on the radio you can only go with the views of the commentators and Chris Fleet always tells it as he sees it. At the end of the day it is a great win as some results elsewhere went our way, maybe it just seemed a poor performance against a club who are poor, after out playing Coventry.
After the excitement of the Coventry game, you couldn't pick a more low-key place to go than Lewes. It's only natural that the players might feel a bit of "after the Lord Mayor's Show". Lewes may be one of the poorest teams in our league, but you only have to be a fraction off 100% for the gap between top and bottom to disappear. Add in the absence of two or three key players, and there was a huge risk of us going a**e over t*t on a banana skin tonight.
In the circumstances, three points well earned. Job done. Onwards and upwards.
Pleased with that result, what a dreadful crowd. How are these clubs managing??
[glow=yellow,2,300]Looking at the table I am thinking maybe Burton are catchable? I know this was a win against a small side but with games in hand and still to play them twice it is possible.[/glow] Chickens and eggs aand all that
It seems to me that the manager has settled on a utilitarian team which will grind out winning results as opposed to last season's go-for-goals approach led by Zebroski.
As someone who witnessed all the open football of the sixties, I really consider it a shame that things have come to this. On the other hand, I will take any means of getting us back in the Football League where we belong.
There is, however, just a lingering doubt in my mind that we needed to put out this formation against a team as lowly as Lewes. Surely this was the kind of game in which we could have thrown in the likes of Plummer, Stevens and/or Carayol and given our attacks a more positive edge ?
As for the on-line commentary, I have almost given up on that. I couldn't get it at all on Saturday, and tonight it was OK for about 20 minutes, the rest of the first half was spasmodic gibberish and then it disappeared completely for the second half. What's the point ?
Stewart, I fully agree with your views, but I feel Bucks just went back to what got wins at the start of our record we set, we can play really good attacking football and we saw that against Coventry. I do think we will have to except what ever is dished up as long as it gets results and gets us out of this horrible league.
Just as an aside to a couple of things I was told tonight at the game, which was of shocking quality, but led to a 2-0 victory that we just have to take and move on to the next one.
Plummer is no longer a member of the squad, sent back to Bristol City since he apparently offered nothing.
And the club has been in talks with 'a player' that I was given absolutely no clues to about his identity, so things are going on behind the scenes.
Display was efficiently poor, against a very limited Lewes side, and was definitely a game we could have lost, and possibly would at the same time last season.
It was played on a pudding of a pitch that didn't help either team, and although Lewes created a few chances, it was like us on Saturday - they completely lacked composure and confidence. Merse suggested to me that there might have been worries about playing Green on such a poor surface, and Carayol and Stevens would have probably struggled as well even though the wings were a little better than the middle.
We had few chances in the first half, and got the luck we had been waiting for when Nicholson's free kick deflected off Tyrone Thompson's rear end and completely wrong-footed their keeper, victim of much banter for 90 minutes (fans swapped ends at half-time as did the players!)
Second half was poor, goal from Dsane put the seal on things from a Nicho cross. Sills went close with a header and missed a good chance from close range from a corner. Bevan made two saves all night and was not otherwise troubled.
MOTM Hargreaves for me. Won dozens of headers and ran the midfield.
A reasonable performance tonight. We didn't get out of 2nd gear for much of tonight, but you could see from early on that Lewes lacked any real penetration up front. It was a wicked deflection from Nicholson's free kick, although Tyrone Thompson was desparately trying to convince his team-mates he intended the "flick".
We dominated the second half much more than the first, though again left it late to score with a well taken goal from the currently prolific and very much "on-song" tonight Roscoe.
Really enjoyed us all being in with the Lewes fans in the second half. Some good banter from them. Friendly place with friendly people. My burger was alright, though I could've eaten a scabby 'orse by the time I had eventually parked the motor.
Adams and Robertson looked fine in their roles considering how long it's been since they made a start. Thompson, for me, lacked a bit of sharpness despite putting himself about a bit. The defence generally coped with anything the huff and puff Lewes wings sporadically threw at them.
My marks as I am pooped and unable to write much more after a long day:-