As always I will give my honest opinion after a game, travelled down the M1 full of hope after this week's events however admittedly with some nagging feeling it may not be our day after such a turbulent week.
Pleased with the team 442, Tyler playing and square pegs in square holes, first half we started brightly but then we seemed to fade and the game got a bit scrappy on a very poor pitch, 3 or 4 not at the races am afraid and possession given away and wasted fair too many times, however despite a sporadic Ilkeston threat we had most of the ball and most of the time in the attacking area, in fairness we were lucky not to go behind when sebba does what he does best and dug us out the sh*t with a fine save at the far post although in truth there lad should have burried it, however as the clock ticked to half time I would have taken Nawt apeice but then there lad produces a beauty into the top locker from 25/30 yards to be fair credit to the lad as it was one of the best goals I have seen live this season at any level, in summary not really good enough first half but in truth did we deserve to be behind? Not IMHO
2nd half we came out fired up but in truth first 10-15 mins game was no different to the scrappy affair we had seen in the first, however for at least the last 30 mins we not only had Ilkeston penned in there own half, but for the majority of that period there own penalty area. We created multiple chances but it was a case of a poor final ball, wastefull finishing, brave defending and good goalkeeping that denied using time and again, no one can fault the players in the 2nd half they threw everything at Ilkeston but it was just one of those days they kept going right to the end but it wasn't to be, in truth the quality in the final third and at the pivotal moments has cost us the game we are desperate for someone to ping one in from 30 yards or one to hit someone's backside and fly in just to get the confidence back, the players could not have given at more 2nd half and if we carry on like that we will be OK however if we play like we did first half we probably won't.
At the end there keeper has absolutely lost it is mean proper lost it tried to kill about 4 of our players and was rightly sent off, a word on Ilkeston obviously a club in a mess no mains power, ground been run from a generator which was failing every 2 mins cue lights off and burglar alarms blaring out was sureal at times, pitch as stated was crap rock hard in parts, cutting up in others like blackpool beach in others BUT there lads on the pitch gave everything today truth is they are 2nd bottom for a reason and it was a game we should we winning in all fairness but fair play to them they blocked everything we threw at them at the end with every part of the body imagineable (Inc hands which they got away with) and they hung on like there lives depended on it, they had 3 maybe 4 lads I would bet on would get in out team easily, the number 10 had quality and the centre back (4) looked as good as anything I have seen this season big strong quick brave and a real leader wouldn't be surprised to see them 2 lads playing higher next season, the keeper was decent too until he went berserk at the end.
In summary the end product has cost us in a game we should really have won, plenty of effort just a lack of quality at times which is frustrating as we know it's in there in this group, suppose it a confidence thing really we just need a moment in a game to swing the momentum if we show the fight we did 2nd half then we cant ask for any more, we go again Tuesday I honestly believe we have as good a chance in any game wether it be again top middle or bottom sides it all goes out the window at this point in the season,
On Tuesday I would start Zeph we looked better when he came on, I also would have liked to see Pugh for at least 10 mins surprised Karl didn't put him on today, also the priest is better wide in my opinion, overall a tough one to take today and am disappointed but I will be at Buxton Tuesday and we hope and pray for something from the game, it's still in our hands and I still got the the belief we can get out of this just need a win, and moment in a game to swing the momentum back in our favour hopefully that comes Tuesday
Word on Ilkeston fans feel sorry for the genuine ones I met but the idiots behind the goal at the end picking fights threatening people drunk out of there minds shame on them even there own fans disgusted with there conduct the bat had to step in to prevent tempers fraying only to the called a yorkshire B not come as close to chinning someone for several years how you can get in that state drinking at a non league game or why you would want too is beyond me anyway got home safe and looking forward to another trip out to Buxton (and blades directions! !!) On Tuesday
Oh and minI? Where is Karl's Interview? He never does one when we loose