Macclesfield vs Gas -Match Thread Mar 28, 2015 17:39:35 GMT via mobile
Post by o2o2bo2ba on Mar 28, 2015 17:39:35 GMT
Dawson was absolutely terrible when he came on - couldn't put a single foot right and nearly cost us a goal twice by giving it away in terrible positions.
Taylor got a bang after half time and didn't look his normal self at all after that; he just wasn't moving and darting like he normally does. I guess Easter still can't go 90.
Lockyer is not a good enough distributor of the ball to play in Centre Midfield - far too many attacks broke down with him.
Lines was a big disappointment in the 2nd half. You were looking to him to dictate the game and he only really did so in the last 10-15 minutes.
We looked very nervous and lacked the necessary composure to take advantage in the 2nd half. They knew what they were doing in that regard - they knew it was going to be very tough for them in the 2nd half and they stuck men behind the ball and we didn't show the patience or guile to break them down.
Macc were a tough team who got in our faces a lot and played the conditions (both attacking and defensively) much better than we did. We struggled with their physicality.
Our best stuff came down the left in the 2nd half but Monkhouse also made 3 poor decisions which cost us in good attacking positions.
Barnet's result makes this look like a much better point than it felt at the time. Good day for Grimsby. 3 horse race now which is better than 1 and a half horse race which it could have been if Barnet had won. We're still very much in it.
The conditions really did play a major role in why this was such a poor game more than any tactical decisions made by either side. The pitch was pretty bad which made switching to a passing game quite difficult, dinked balls over the top rolled away from the strikers. It was difficult to knock it around - when both teams tried they lost the ball.
Some people seem to expect us to waltz through this division like the 1970 Brazilians. Please can these people point me in the direction of the last club that did this in their first year in the Conference? There's this annoying thing called the opposition and they tend to try and make life hard for you. We didn't play well today but partly that's because Macclesfield played very good 'ugly' football that we struggled to deal with.
When teams go up they don't go around smashing sides 4/5-0; they do it by grinding out 1-0 wins in games they don't deserve to win. The fact we've been doing that all season is a good thing -that's how you win stuff, not by champagne football.
I think that sums it up for me.