Well, this isn't going quite to plan!
Another early goal made us play long ball once again in the first half which we're not very good at. I'd say over half of the long balls forward were aimed at Bellotti who was never going to win a header.
We started the second half much better just like on Tuesday night and created some early chances. However, the red card was a shambles of a decision and seemed to knock the wind out of our sails. Bartley reacted angrily to something that was said by Lovett and the two went head to head. From this the referee wasted no time in showing Bartley the red card, but then went to speak to his assistant about Lovett before letting him off.
Now bearing in mind that the two were head to head he must have seen the actions of both, and if he sends Bartley off he has to send Lovett off. The truth is that neither player aimed a headbutt at the other and yellow cards all round at most would have calmed the situation down. Having said that, if Bartley hadn't gotten himself involved in the first place the ref wouldn't have had to make a decision, so he needs to look at himself there. We had to play with 10 men for over half and hour and will now miss him for three matches, all needlessly.
Vickers did well in goal, it looked as though the shot took a deflection from where we were. Brightly can feel hard done by to have lost his place based on his two league performances so far, although he could have done better during pre-season. I suppose though that Arsenal didn't send Vickers to us to have him sat on the bench like we did with Asante from Southend a couple of seasons back (who incidentally scored in Bishop's Stortford's 2-1 defeat to Bath City on Saturday).
Next up we have three tough games with Lowestoft & Ricay at home before Bury Town away. All of the goals we have conceded so far have been in the first half, and in every match we have conceded in the opening 15 minutes. We need to come out of the blocks sharper, get the ball down and ensure that when we do get possession in midfield we don't give it away cheaply. Gameo and Smith are good players but their passing so far has been poor.
Ah well, I've expected to win the last three games and we have lost. Truth be told I'm not expecting anything from the Lowestoft game so hopefully it will work the other way around!