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kozmik added 17:09 - Aug 29
we should have kept stockdale and rosenior

nysully added 17:14 - Aug 29
As long as we have Tommy and Luke at the back we wont go anywhere, the ball on the deck simply is not their friend. Chambers has to cut out the ball for the first goal

rkl added 17:29 - Aug 29
Hope Bart is back for the next game! Gerken's lack of confidence seems to spread into the defence.

dalianwasexciting added 17:34 - Aug 29
Had I written his at half time it is likely to have been more cutting and vitriolic. The previous posters could perhaps be forgiven for turning a match report into a single sentence.....

In terms of an overview we were shambolic throughout but the second half was a huge improvement on th forst 45. The team selected simply could not cope with pace and power from Brighton who looked decent but down their left tore us to shreds. We stood off them the whole game and how we only conceded three is a mystery. The midfield was non existent and Sears and Pitman had no service of any sort, The gamble to play MaitlNd Niles and Emmanuel together was obviously not working after just a few minutes. Brighton did get nearly all he run of the ball and the refereeing can best be described as amateurish with Mr Hill clearly wanting to be centre of attention. I shall leave my thoughts on th goalkeeping situation to myself but clearly it would not agree with today's selection.

Ratings. Luckily based on two halves. Gerken 3. As well a being hesitant, distribution poor, slow off his line, and th defence seems to have no confidence with him behind them. Emmanuel 2. Totally taken to th cleaners and should possibly go out on loan to gain experience. Knudsen. 5. Huffed and puffed but not his best performance. Smith. 6. Some good works but again beaten in the air for the Broghton winner. Chambers. 6. Some excellent covering for missing colleagues and it could be said he might have done better with the first. MaitlNd Niles. 3. Early yellow from a card happy ref seemed to sap all his confidence, should have been taken off earlier. Skuse. 5 only assume he was injured when he went off, not one of his better games. Douglass. 3. What does he actually offer us. Fraser 8. Every time he got the ball on the ground you felt something would happen, quick and tricky and could have had a second penalty. Pitman, 6. tried hard and is a threat but agin not brilliant with littl d cent service. Sears. 9. If everyone had Freddie's desire we would be in a better place tonight. Didz 7. Should have started, perfect spot kick.

gippeswyk added 18:06 - Aug 29
Really poor first half. We were lucky to only be 2 down. Better after the break and looked like we might get something out of the game but we didnt create enough chances up front and our defence and keeper were just not good enough without Berra.

Rammo added 18:10 - Aug 29
This game was something of a reality check after the good start to the season, we looked like we missed the authority of Berra at the back and the combination of our lack of midfield authority and good Brighton defending meant we offered little going forwards for long periods.

Gerken looked shaky and seems to have an issue with shots across his body, although I don't think he can be blamed for the third. The two youngsters (Emmanuel and AMN) on the right were totally over run and it was no surprise when they were replaced, however it wasn't until after half time that there was any real cohesion in the back four.
Midfield was stifled first half and no one was winning anything, the probing of McGoldrick second half at least got us going and allowed Fraser to get a little more space. Pitman huffed and puffed without really getting anywhere but it was Sears who looked the most likely to create anything and his work ethic was plain to see yet again.

My big bugbear today however was the lack of closing down, the space given to Brighton players in dangerous area's was ridiculous at times. Would have been an undeserved point in the context of the whole game but it may have been different if we hadn't conceded so soon after the equaliser.

The referee had a poor game with some puzzling decisions and a slightly strange idea of what deserved yellow but he can't be blamed for us losing as we were below par.

LegendofthePhoenix added 20:29 - Aug 29
Gerken's reluctance to come off his line pulls the whole team back. instead of a defence that can push up the field, they have to play in their own half to interlink with Gerks. That puts pressure on the midfield. Sorry, but he just ain't good enough. Playres like AMN and Fraser are great going forward, but they're not made for dropping back into defensive midfield roles.

RegencyBlue added 21:11 - Aug 29
We just never turned up, simple as that. Brighton are a good side but we made them look like world beaters today.

2-3 makes it sound like a close game but in reality we were never in it! Could easily have shipped 5 or 6 today and that first half was the worst I've seen from a Town team in a long time. Defensively we looked disorganised and the midfield was completely overrun.

Gerken worried the hell out of me every time a long ball/cross came his way and overall this was a game to forget.

rachelsdad added 10:21 - Aug 30
great fight back second half but in truth we were never a match for a good Brighton side. playing against a pacey attack and midfield just shows our shortfalls in defence. For all their efforts Smith and Chambers just have not got the pace or skill to match. Badly missed Berra, Emmanuel struggled on his home debut and Naitland -Miles played as though he had been out on the Town the night before, no interest or effort. Fraser and Sears played well and bringing on McGoidrick at half time improved things but a peformance well below what is needed to challenge in this league. Early days, just a hiccup,better things to come.

finleyitfc added 10:38 - Aug 30
That match showed how important Berra is to the defence. Losing him to injury is going to make this month tough.
Knudsen, Sears, Fraser and McGoldrick played well.

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