In my post-match drunken state I'll start the ball rolling and categorically state that is one, if not, the most, bizarrely contested ninety mintues I've seen. Having said that, despite the missed deluge of chances, I thought Maidstone held the upper hand through-out. Having hit them, they hit back with venom immediately. A class act, under-pinned by a master-class in midfield supremacy. There number 8, Alex Brown the chief architect. Master-stroke by Messrs McCann for the re-introduction of the Wycombe contingent.
I think it's harsh saying we were given a footballing lesson, but I go back to my previous post of contributing factors. It is unfortunate that we have met two potentially early pace-setters in prime form, whilst we are not yet firing on all cylinders.
For me, our season starts now - with an added injection from Wycombe - I am delighted with one very crucial aspect. I was concerned with my personally perceived notion of games at Earlsmead. I am more satisfied that we can create chances. I still have an issue at the balance of chances via the opposition by-line to down the flanks, to down the middle, but clearly this is evolving. I am just as equally perplexed by the potential for goals at the other end.
This was certainly not an afternoon to diminish my apprehensions.
I maintain the present is an unpleasant period.
Well played the lads and especially as is the norm the management. I maintain we are going in the right direction and are still in the process of finding our feet.
Keep working hard lads - and lets face the next demanding week with the same endeavour.
"Just like the 40s & 50s"
That was one of the comments made to me during the game. I wouldn't know, wasn't alive then, but judging by scorelines from 60-70 years ago, that would seem to hold true. Their keeper summed it up well too by saying "it's like playing in schoolboy football".
For me, we lost the game in midfield. Yes, we made errors at the back, but if we'd controlled the midfield more, then maybe the ball wouldn't have got as far as the back four. Teams aren't letting us play the passing game we want to play, so we need to make sure we have an alternative option, and I'm sure that's something that's being worked on.
That said, we're not going to come up against a front pairing of the calibre of Frannie Collin and Paul Booth too often, if at all, this season.
Unlike Monday against Dulwich, I can't fault the work-rate of anyone, and certainly the return of Junior & Lee from Wycombe made a huge difference going forwards. Apart from possibly the last goal, I don't think Charlie in goal did a lot wrong either - and he certainly made a few excellent saves.
Ultimately, whilst I'm disappointed we lost, I came away from the game having been thoroughly entertained by both teams.
The games are coming thick and fast, we just need to put this one behind us, and hopefully go on and get three points on Tuesday. Hope those that are making the journey have a safe one.
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Hi I thought I would come on and give a Maidstone view on the game, it was a fantastic advertisement for attacking football, the less said about defending the better, it reminded me of watching Newcastle during the 90's, enjoyed the visit to earlsmead and look forward to visiting it again, I thought your keeper played really well and made some fantastic saves, regardless of the fact he conceded 5, good luck for the rest of the season and look forward to seeing you down at the Gallagher stadium