Must agree that all the negativity surprises me. I came away from Padiham thinking we had been beaten by a good team, who scored 2 brilliant goals in the top corners & we didnt convert our many chances especially in the first half. Not converting goals this season maybe our downfall. Defence is quite solid when all fit, midfield creates chances but strikers spurn a hell of a lot of goal scoring opportunities. Ideally, Id like a hard working box to box midfield player (strong in size & in the tackle). Id also like a tall target man & a speedy striker who can play off the shoulder & score goals. Padiham looked physically stronger & taller overall than New Mills, but, Ive seen some brilliant football this season, we played some great stuff at Curzon away (who have only lost 3 league games all season) & there is little to be despondent about. The squad needs possibly 3 players at most to be complete, but the glass is 3/4 full & would be nice if the fans could get behind the team from start to finish & see what happens rather than constant criticism with one or two bad displays.
The problem is that Winsford have turned themselves into a mini version of last years Newcastle Town side. Their glass seems to be overflowing at the moment. They are currently on a run of nine successive league wins and have overturned the nine point lead we had at the top of the table around October time. They are winning handsomely too on occasion. They have only lost two league games since we beat them on September 6th and gave us a sound thrashing at their place as one of the run of nine wins.
We, on the other hand, have lost three of our last nine games and with the exception of the game at Flixton, I don't think we have looked like comfortable winners in any of the others. In fact, I can think of only two games since the Curzon games where we have looked comfortable winners, Flixton away being one and Squires Gate at home being the other and we gave a solid if not quite so comfortable display at Silsden.
But since the Curzon games, there have been two games at Winsford and Maine Road where we have looked like relegation material and been given sound footballing lessons, we have had to fight back to get home draws against Rossendale and Colne and got rather fortunate wins against Bootle, Flixton, Congleton and most recently Alsager, whose shoulders dropped noticeably after the very unfortunate deflection.
We are not looking at "one or two bad displays" here, but a spell of nearly four months (OK, the weather has played a big part in some of that) where we have not been able to put together more than two or three convincing performances.
I find it worrying and if that is being negative, then I'm sorry.