For anyone golng to Gosport(no transport from the club)there is a pub called the cocked hat on the roundabout near the ground which is quite good.Or the bar in the ground.Be good to know if anyone is meeting up for a beer before the game.
Tough, tough week at the office. I thought Tuesday night was a game we could have done without. Similar to Harrow at home in some much as uphill struggle from the start. Another goal conceded from our by-line headed in close range. I think we gave away far to many soft free-kicks in the middle of the park. All systematic to a degree of a severe shortfall in personnel. Our spine effected, both centre-halfs out, your going to struggle. Carried over into today. Watched most vids in this league the amount of goals scored from set-pieces is off the ruddy charts. Gosport had a specialist in their ranks. I think there's a lot of similiarities. I think we have made significant headway with regards personnel. I seriously doubt the gaffer has of yet had the opportunity to put out is preferred XI. The teams above us are established and carrying forward established cohesion. The fact we can broadly compete is testimony to where we are. We get some consolidation, this week will be quickly put behind us. Surprised somewhat Connor and Cole Brown (of whom I like more every time I see him), both changed the dynamic when they came on, as to if they could have started. Lucien offset their dominance down our flank when swithched over. Rumours surrounding Ricardo, Guri long-term absentee, one centre-half carried off, one suspended, two mainstays on the bench. Stephane maybe gone walkabout. That's a tough ask. Defence today weakened. I think Shaq and Bayley can start something in the middle, the balance out wide becomes settled the centre-halfs back in situe - it's an entirely different side. Everybody plays their part, there's only so much up-heaval you can abosrb. A complete sod of a week - forget it - plenty to work at, the bigger picture remains promising.
One third into the campaign, these lads have done a remarkable job - one challenging week can be percieved as a positive. Take our lessons and move on.
Edited by rwakeley at 18:09:25 on 24th November 2018
First 20 minutes yesterday we were excellent, forced a number of saves from the Gosport keeper but then, aside from Shaq's goal, we were very much second best in every department.
We badly missed a recognised centre-half alongside Luke and were totally out-fought. One player appeared to me to pretty well give up after that opening 20 minutes and offered absolutely nothing to his team-mates.
Quite honestly, 3-1 flattered us in the end.
A bad day at the office in filthy conditions. Hopefully we can bounce back on Tuesday night.
Matt Tubbs on the bench, Craig McAllister starting up front. I was looking for Ian Mancey for the Basingstoke nightmare to be completed!
Re: Déjà vu
Except Matt Tubbs has never played for Basingstoke!
Re: Déjà vu
I have seen the team at 3 away games over the last 4/5 weeks. I think they all followed much the same pattern. complete control for the first 20/25 mins. We we went to Hartley Witney they were flying high in the table, but on a poor playing surface came away with 3 points. This game could have gone either way. At Salisbury and Gosport same pattern good attacking possession a goal then conceding almost immediately. From then on the opposition have taken complete control and in both cases have been good value for their wins. The injuries and suspensions have played there part. We do need to steady the ship, and get our good run of success back on course. Starting tonight.
Re: Déjà vu
Totaly agree with comments, we are a decent team with the ball. It seems to me that the opposition soon find our midfield like to attack and then they deliver the ball between our back four and midfield. Since Luke drooped into centre half and Laste left we do not have a player that is prepared to patrol this area. Hopefully the return of Pepera from suspension tonight will lead to a more solid peformance. My worry is that teams will have "sussed out" how to play against us in the second half of the season so our midfield needs to be more soild defensively by then. On a positive we have started the season better than most could of expected and I believe Jimmy will sort out the problems and lead us to a successful campaign.
Edited by Hendon59 at 11:56:53 on 27th November 2018