Thoughts after Met Police win
Whichever member of our wonderful management team came up with those half-time changes needs to be bought a beer or three. To me, it never looked like we were a man short - in fact sometimes it looked like we had the extra man. As Gary has said on twitter - once again the squad have belied their years - the ten players that started the second half had an average age of 23.
Superbly worked goal for the first - and Josh's refusal to give up pressuring their 4 resulted in the second - both goals finished very well.
As for the red card, having spoken to various people at half-time and after the game, I know there's differences of opinion, but unfortunately I think the decision was right, and Gary has said the same. Dave's challenge was, in my opinion, slightly out of control, both feet were off the ground and once you do that you're asking for trouble. I don't think for one minute that there was any intent to injure etc. What makes it worse is that Dave will miss 4 games, 3 for this red card, and an extra one because it's his second red of the season (he was sent off at Dulwich earlier in the season when we were under pressure for 90 minutes, held out and Josh scored a late winner).
However, with most players now back from injury - I think it's just Casey and Keagan left to return - we just need to keep doing what we're doing and we'll be in the play-offs.
Hope the lad from Met Police who was stretchered off is ok and makes a speedy recovery. Apparently the ambulance arrived at 6pm!
Re: Thoughts after Met Police win
Top team performance although it took a while to get going!
Once Corcs rattled the post with that screamer in my mind there was only going to be one result.
Well done lads, plenty still to play for this season!
Witamy na Pokladzie!
Back to back games rarely produce a maximum return - that has to be our objective. These games, I believe suit us. I use past encounters as a template. Historically, we hold the upper hand against the Met and away at Wingate, the best team on the day usually comes out on top. Both types of games characterised by hard work and concentration. Better start required tomorrow - one year went to Summers Lane, they had scored before I had sat down!
Gaffers subs a masterstroke. I like the idea of half-time subs in principle. I loathe that 20 minute to go reaction to conceding. We score again, twice, in a ten minute time-frame around our allotted preferred time. It's usually three to be fair and and/or one very late. Very definable of our season and yet fascinating to how it manifests.
Specifically to Ashley. I think he looks fresh but slightly under-utilised. First 45, I thought our best movements came via his involvement but seems slightly dis-connected around the box. A lot of passes to tend to break-down in congested areas. He's an in-valuable asset.
Great to see a sizable crowd against the Met. We've acquired some Polish lads - hence the intro. I love those folk and they can handle a Piwo (beer) or two. The barmaids are frisky and playful to boot - one told me they have six different words for biscuit!
I'm off to work out how to get back to Euston in an hour post-match with no Northern Line.
Zielona Armia (Green Army)
Euston in an hour
As I suggested yesterday, with no Northern Line, the Piccadilly Line might give you a chance. Only 18 minutes from Bounds Green to Euston. You'd need to get a 221 bus from North Finchley (about 10 minute walk from Summers Lane) to Bounds Green.
It might be worthwhile trying that route on your way there.
Have a look and see if it's viable.
Re: Euston in an hour
Another contingency plan.
My bad, bought a cheapo ticket two months ago unaware of the planned works. Train departs at 6.13pm so close.
The 263 apparently goes from High Road down to Highbury & Islington then 5 mins on the Underground. Will do a dummy run on the way up to locate the bus stops!
The replacement bus alternatives involves several changes in dense traffic. You need some breaks - literally.