Ok, so it was disappointing not to come away with all three points, especially as we were twice in front, but I don't agree that we threw it away. We didn't dominate, didn't create and miss a million chances, so I don't think it was a bad result (and I won't mention the ref, well ok I will, he was an absolute &@x!).
But there were positives.
Our rivals had a bad day once again. Another of Kevin's games out of the way. We now have a long throw option. Aaron hasn't got a broken leg after that assault at the end of the first half. We have a new nickname (come on The Town, had to be there). And we won't run into Mr Moon again this season.
Re: Hampton Away
I thought we dropped two points - period. On the critical front, based solely on the ninety yesterday, I thought were guilty of taking our foot of the gas and conceding too many corners. On the plus side, in the ascendancy, I thought we were fluent and posed a genuine danger.
Dropped in just to express my view on the lad Ibe. The lad's physical effort throughout the campaign has been exceptional. Yesterday he battled, he held the ball up and their number five was literally all over him.
What an acquisition. His strike-partner Azza is coming on nicely. A decent strike from him for his goal.
I believe you can see and sense the all-round improvement and development of the players, individually and collectively. I still maintain we can improve, especially with our creative approach play.
Once on the plastic at SJP I believe our style can adapt to facilitating our all round play. Less stuff in the air.
In an underlying sense irrespective of mistakes or days where we don't fire on all cylinders there remains a
solidity - when we don't deliver our best performances we generally remain unbeaten.
That is one very impressive trait.
Re: Hampton Away
Not had the pleasure to watch too many of our games this season so as the sun was out, decided to make the trip. Took us a good 20 minutes to get in our stride and slowly started to chip away at their defence and find their weakness. The opener was a classy move, decent cross and a lovely glancing header. Thought we would push on from that and go in 2 or 3 nil up.
Second half proved to be another physical affair from hampton and the quality of their pitch allowed us to play our passing game at periods, but after the equaliser we resorted to hitting the channels a bit more.
I was stood directly in line with the penalty appeal, and you will never see a more blatant handball ever. The defender was playing volleyball and knocked it off with the palm of his hand for a corner. Only myself, my boy and ( Smith or Morgan ) being the only one's who had clear view of it and of course the linesman, who decided to ignore it all. To be fair to the ref ( on this occasion ) he was running towards the play so he would have only seen the defenders back.
As said Gary made the changes late on and we threw everything at them going forward but just couldn't find a winner. Onwards and upwards....