Apparently an improvement. Twitter suggests encouraging signs from Charlie Kuehn. Out of all the recruits, I like the lads physique. He looks built for his role in the same way Charlie Goode stood out. Charlie reminded me of an ex-Telford centre back in the day and later Maidstone boss Alan Walker - exactly the same awkward build. I maintain a young players build is important in his development. I get the impression he would not over-complicate things. Pleased to hear the lad Frampah has got his act together. His build reminds me of a Tonbridge like player. I might be talking complete tosh, but trying to read in-between the lines I can't help thinking that maybe our recruitment golden touch maybe again working its magic.
This is the kind of constantly re-kindled approach that keeps un-earthing future stalwarts. Here's hoping for continued recruitment success.
I thought the 90 minutes was generally a vast improvement on Saturday's fare, however, that fragility remains. Both goals were poor ones to concede, and after Kingstonian levelled at 2-2, we looked panic stricken in possession and swamped in midfield. The less said about the general quality of the penalties the better too. Credit to Joe Wright for a quite brilliant save from Kingstonian's fourth, alas it wasn't quite enough.
On the positive side though, some of the football in the first half was excellent. Crisp, incisive passing with conviction, Murphy and Bettache buzzing around with purpose and the two wide players linking up well with Kezie.
Ben Frempah did put in a good performance at centre half - two or three very big interventions in the second period. As for Charlie Kuehn, I am not sure he'll ever push a fit and on form Seeby, Flegg or Sprague for a regular spot, but what I liked about him last night was that he kept things nice and simple. Win the ball and pass it. Can't ask for more than that really. Another big plus was getting Kezie back amongst the goals. Two good, purposeful finishes - his best performance of the season by some distance. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Morgs has now served his suspension.
A very fair summary from John.
Our inability to keep clean sheets is extremely worrying and our poor Earlsmead form continues.
However, some plus points...
- Kezie's two goals (class player...just wish we'd been able to keep him on until the job was done),
- Andre getting 90 mins and setting up Kezie's 2nd.
- Ben Frempah's improvement in the 2nd half. He made several powerful clearances and nearly headed a last minute winner from Sam's corner.
- Joe Wright's fantastic save in the shoot-out.
- Monty not being there, meaning I didn't have to take him for his half-time walk in the pouring rain!