Scoreline totally flattered Matlock, and even with my unbiased eyes we played the better football. Not much in it for the first 25-30 minutes, but then we were all over them like a rash, but the ball just would not go in the net,the final ball was missing, we scuffed shots around the box and when we did get a clean strike on it, it pinged off one of their players and rattled away to safety. Then we got caught on the stroke of half time, with what looked like to me a great goal.McMahon bending it over Woodhead into the top corner, No keeper would have saved it. Also Picton was outstanding in the first half, making 2 or 3 slide tackles in his box winning the ball cleanly.
Even in the 2nd half, we were much the better passing side, Matlock didn't even look that dangerous on the break...What let us down was the decision making in key areas. Matlock's 2nd goal coming from nobody pressing the ball and allowing the man to turn in the box, and i think Woodhead was unsighted as a powerful shot came through the players and went literally through him. Cotton then scored a great goal, lashing it it from the edge of the box and we looked like we may grab something. But we really shot ourself in the foot with poor decision making again for the third. Our defender got caught at the back and Tom came rushing out of the net,Matlock actually pushed it wide and by the time they put the cross in, Tom was back in goal as the ball went across the face of goal. I thought Jake could have hooked it away, but didn't and we just got caught messing around with at the back not clearing our lines, Then our keeper spilled it, before their player poked it home. Disappointing goal to concede.
I really came away thinking how did we get beat 3-1. Deserved a point at least imo. Our full backs had good games, and it must be difficult for Jake playing alongside Milan who speaks little English. I know more Hungarian than he know's English. !!
Early day's for the back 4, only the second time they have played together. Not a time to get too disheartened either as like i said, footballing wise we were good, Obviously we just need that finishing touch with another option of another striker, and cut out the sloppy goals...Keep the faith. Sometimes you don't get what you deserve.
P.s. I know us at Frickley are regarded as maybe slightly biased and give ref's a hard time, But deary me it was embarrassing at Matlock. A lot of 50/50 balls,with fouls either way....probably the worst foul was in the first 15 minutes when a Matlock player went straight through one of our lads. The ref let quite a lot go, but that's how it should be, as long as nothing is malicious, it's a man's game in it. The last time i heard desperate appealing like that, the Yorkshire Ripper pleaded Not Guilty. The abuse they gave the ref to say they won 3-1 was a disgrace to be honest. Oh and their beer was absolute shi*te.. Remind me to get the Fosters Eggstra back when they are in town again !!.
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