We at times looked like the away side, chasing down and scrapping for every ball, where has the flowing football that one is the Ryman title gone. We have two small strikers, the long ball simply does not work, they need the ball played across and down the wings and then crossed. I am not knocking the effort that they both put in but let's face it they are hardly going to win many headers with a player standing behind them who is over a foot taller. When we play the ball on the ground and to feet we look a much better side.
Speaking to Steve Perkins after the match, he said that todays game was about only the third full match he has played in 5 months, so he did extremely well considering.
It all went pear a-shaped after the subs were used, no disrespect to them but perhaps a straight forward replacment for Pennock, instead of a complete new formation, may not have been so un-settling.
Some positives. I thought Trott had a first class game, as did Strouts. Perkins played well and Adrian Pennock was as usual exactly in the right place and the right time.
Our front pair were disappointing and again in my opinion are much too similar in style. They each offer nothing to the other by way of a different approach.Pinnock made little difference when he came, on and Gradley did not have enough time to make any difference. I thought Tostao was also disappointing.
Every player I think did well just to survive the heat, and thought the Ref should have allowed more time for drinks to be taken.
Not the start I had hoped for, I really cannot hide my disappointment and neither could the players.
Lets just hope we do better in the cool evening air at Woking.