The bare facts of today's victory scarcely begin to reflect one of the hardest fought and dramatic games of recent seasons. It was a stunning achievement for Hendon to turn what would have been a well earned draw into a victory, preventing a costly and arduous mid-week trip to Devon. The first sending off, coming so early, was a massive handicap for Hendon, but matters evened-up with the second dismissal and Hendon took full advantage. Perhaps the second sending off was poetic justice, as both decisions seemed harsh.
Can't argue with any of that!
Well done lads - what a wonderful goal - the timely run in itself - the precision and execution - stunning!
No better sight.
Specifically with regards to Dave, I maintain there's an aspect to his all-round game which is over-looked.
The lad has acquired a penchant for blocking goal-bound efforts. He's intervened at the back on a number of occasions of late and his handling of their number 2 today was probably the hardest personal battle and potential threat out there.
With regards to the discipline - no one is a bigger stickler for best practice on the pitch more than your's truely - to the degree where I have become reluctant to past comment. Today, I thought was harsh - as indeed have been one or two penalty decisions against us of late - the fact we can absorb hard-ship and prosper is testimony to our character. Special mention for the lad's Bennett and Bryan - thought they provided a necessary outlet and worked very hard.
Well done lads.
Re: Can't argue with any of that!
Stood behind our goal second half, it was apparent to me just what an understated job James Fisher does at the heart of the defence. He's the main leader, marshalling his colleagues and leads by example. Yesterday afternoon he was absolutely faultless throughout.
Really pleased with the desire and work ethic shown by the players yesterday. After the blow of Casey's red card (looked harsh from 80 yards away) we were rarely, in truth, troubled. One excellent save from a long range effort by Berkley, a couple more routine stops (albeit with good handling) and one effort cleared off the line in the first period.
I know a lot of people were upset with the referee, but he did show consistency with the red cards. Both looked harsh from where I was, but given what had gone before with Casey, the number 6 had to go for his challenge on Leo. From that moment, the game changed completely. It wasn't simply a case of hoping to nick something on the break, but taking control of the game.
If only we could find that consistency...