STOCKPORT County on a sandy mud heap last Saturday and Colchester in the wind on Tuesday.
We’ve played two decent teams in none-to-decent conditions and got a point from each.
Both our opponents left the ground considerably happier than us, because even though we shared the points we deserved all points on offer.
Unfortunately, you do not always get what you deserve from 90 minutes in professional football – I maintain you probably do over a season, but not over every 90 minutes.
We’ve some accrued good fortune coming our way!
After reviewing the games played since we came objectively, there has only been one game from which we deserved nothing, Carlisle United on Boxing Day at Carlisle.
We played some superb stuff at Stockport and conceded in injury time to an own goal which came out of a cross that was going to find nobody until it came off Alex’s fingertips to hit Nathan on the side of the face and deflect into the net.
In hindsight we’d probably dropped too deep defensively, but the goal was a deflection, little you can do about that other than stop the cross or attack before it gets impetus.
A good lesson, albeit a highly frustrating way of being taught it!
Other than converting more of our numerous, well-worked chances, there was little more our lads could have given to the cause, bags of effort laced with no little quality.
A good performance against one of the best teams and shrewdest managers in league one.
Colchester on Tuesday brought a different challenge.
A swirling wind led to a game of two halves. Colchester had the better of the opening half aided by the elements. Their 1-0 lead down to a penalty. They didn’t create many chances to threaten over that first 45.
Second-half we showed good character to fight back to a 2-1 lead, spurning other chances along the way. Inexplicably, we once again were caught defending a little deep, conceded a free-kick and an equaliser in injury time. A penalty, free-kick and our failure to take the lesson to be learned from the Stockport game robbed us of victory our lads had earned and deserved. Colchester left the ground happier than we did.
Millwall are in play-off position for good reason, they are a strong team. We love playing good, strong teams!
They bring out the best in us. In our six games against top eight opposition since our new management team arrived in mid-December, we’ve won three, drawn two and lost only one to runaway league leaders, Leicester City, and we played well that day.
So I’m optimistic as ever to take hard fought victories out of a strong Millwall team Saturday, and an equally strong MK Dons on Tuesday evening down at Milton Keynes.
There were some marvellous characters from the town’s past honoured at the stadium this week.
All as worthy as each other, but two centre-forwards for whom the term seems to have been invited to describe.
Frank Worthington and Andy Booth, how we would have loved both of those guys at their legendary bests at our disposal week by week. It’s lovely though!
Boothy, by the way, continues to build his fitness and made two significant late entries as an effective substitute at Stockport and against Colchester.
There’s more to come from that Booth vintage, as there is from the whole team in general, before this current campaign comes to a close.
Thanks for your support and your letters – brilliant!
See you tomorrow – onwards and upwards!
Blackie’s Quote of the week: “Words can, and do, galvanise the efforts of a person, a team or a nation. The success or otherwise from those efforts are always determined by effectiveness of the actions that we take therefrom.” – Winston Churchill (let’s get on that field and do it!)