Finally we've reached the day we've all been looking forward to. A home match against the Policemen with them needing a point and a massive game for us needing the full three. They arrive at SJP on 53 points knowing that a point from one of their last 3 games will probably be enough to keep them up if they are not up already that is for I feel that 53 is already pretty safe.
Their recent form is mixed. They either win or lose. The Policemen don't do draws it seems. From the last 13 league games played, they've won 8 and lost 5. Fair form when you think about it. From the last 7 however they've won 3 and lost 4. So they are an unpredictable team but it's their win column that has resulted in them escaping relegation this year. And it's our draw column that has resulted in our relegation battle. So something has to give for either side today. With our current belief in the team and decent form we go into this one with confidence fairly high.
However we've all witnessed so many false dawns this season that we can never ever count our chickens with the Greens. Met Police will try hard for the single point they need to stay up but since they don't seem to draw much they'll probably come to SJP and go for the win. Hopefully that can play in to our hands and we'll be able to open their defence on the counter attack. There also seems to be not much rhyme or reason or pattern to their form. They can beat the best on their day and lose heavily to the worst, it all depends which MP turns up on the day. They are in all an unpredictable and dangerous side to dismiss.
As for us we need to continue the battling qualities from last week. From all the games I've seen at SJP this season the thing I notice most is that our form is completely inconsistent and unpredictable. Plus we tend to only play in patches and can go through a half without any meaningful or worthwhile attacks. We seem to have far less of this problem away from home for some reason. Maybe it's the pitch or not sure quite what it is but we seem to really struggle to use our pace well on the 3G surface and our passing often turns to complete dross when things go to plan. We really need to step up today and get them under pressure early from the whistle.
I am not expecting a free flowing encounter and at usual at SJP chances will be at a premium. The last game with Tonbridge the chances went begging when they came after the penalty and we really cannot afford to miss them again v the Police. Predicting a Hendon win is a difficult thing to do and I don't want to jinx the lads by saying we'll win but I think we can scrape over the line today. The Police tend to score a goal away from home at least more or less, so keeping them out is gonna be very difficult indeed. I think we're therefore gonna need two and possibly even three. I doubt 1-0 will do it today. However if we were to draw it might not quite be the death knell either but heaps a whole load of pressure on Monday.
However on balance I'd say this is perhaps the most winnable game of the three we have left and we really must get the 3 points and we could be out of the bottom three come 5pm today. Let's hope the cops forget to bring their handcuffs! :-)
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