That was the performance we all wanted to see
Post by KOB - 01-02-2023, 11:27
We mustn't let the final scoreline dictate what we all feel about the overall performance last night. It was exactly the response we all wanted to see after Saturday. After North Leigh I asked for us to deliver in fundamental areas, and last night the boys did that:
Forget the result - everyone in the ground knows that wasn't a 5-1 game. We were well in the match until the sending off. The officials were too weak for the level and both teams suffered from that, but the big decisions went against us; and Chesham were very good at manipulating the referee. The sending off and then the harsh penalty decision for 3-1 resulted in the boys getting dispirited and their energy sapped away. I can understand that; anyone who has played the game can accept that, and the goals that followed added to the pain but were irrelevant.
So much of that performance against a top 4 side was good. Front foot from the start, positive, bags of effort and energy - everything we didn't show at North Leigh until flashes in the second half. I'm baffled why we didn't show it on Saturday, but we certainly didn't miss Hodgey last night. Tom did well in midfield until, I guess, running out of steam later on. He worked hard, as did all the boys.
Well done Rowan, Holla and the players for the reaction to Saturday. Another of the top 4 sides this coming weekend; go in with the same attitude and we will all be behind you 100%.
And the pride and passion, that goes for Millers too last night. If he doesn't pay the FA fine on behalf of the club for pointing out the many shortfalls in the way the game was officiated, I will; it'll be worth it for hearing that articulate expert analysis at the end!