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nysully added 17:14 - Aug 29
rkl added 17:29 - Aug 29
dalianwasexciting added 17:34 - Aug 29
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
Rammo added 18:10 - Aug 29
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
RegencyBlue added 21:11 - Aug 29
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
finleyitfc added 10:38 - Aug 30
Knudsen, Sears, Fraser and McGoldrick played well.
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