I had hoped that the long trek home would mellow my thoughts on Town's performance today. It has not.
First things first: well done Chichester City. They seem like a nice club who could do with the prize money and the publicity. So good luck to them!
In my opinion the only players who came out of today's game with any real credit were Sam Youngs, Jon Muleba and Nathan Macdonald. I may be being a little harsh on Alex Reed who held the ball up well at times and had probably only just met his team-mates.
Chichester were well-organised. They sat back in the first half and kept things tight. Very sensible. Then in the second half two things happened:
(1) Town began to grow frustrated at their inability to break down CCFC;
(2) CCFC realised that there wasn't too much to be afraid of and took a few more chances going forward.
Tactically, CCFC were a cut above Town today. Individually, their players were no better. But they had a clear plan and executed it.
Time and time again we tried to thread a near impossible ball through to a forward. Perhaps Lewis Taaffe would have made the difference. We seemed to lack that bit of quality up front - Junior Mubiyai dwelt on the ball and rarely received it in a position to advance. Ken struggled for the most part - other than a break from the half-way line when his shot was well saved when a pass to Reed just inside the box might've created a far simpler chance.
The midfield completely lost control in the second half. Ryan Blackman was back to the 'headless chicken' player of early 2018. Passes from both he and Scott Thomas often went astray - but perhaps that was down to the organisation of CCFC?
Glen Wilson is a poor man's Mark Kirby.
We missed Faal and Weatherstone. It shows just how much those two have been carrying Town of late.
I hope the wage bill can still cover Bricknell, Faal and Reed now that a lucrative cup run is out of the question.
Ok, rant over. I think I feel better for that.