Post by emperorsuperbus on Aug 24, 2019 18:31:23 GMT
Old man Cocko had a farm, with a nudge nudge here, push push there, here a knock, there a nock, everywhere a nock nock. We got tight to them, we got physical with them, we killed the interesting expansive game of passing football Oxford wanted to play.
I loved every minute of it.
It was a team performance, but Ed got the man of match ahead of bunny on the basis of a crucial goal. Bunny was good. Even Leahy played well. I thought Nichols was poor when he came on, he chased nothing tackled no one and didn’t even hold the ball up to relieve pressure.
Football these days isn’t about that tight narrow midfield, it’s using width and length of pitch, but the basics of building a platform with physicality and organisation remains. Our wing backs pressed space when out of possession, we were okay there, but the midfield didn’t get a foot on it in the latter stages particularly and all they way through to extent, and that’s where we were weak today.
Would we have won that match 12 months ago? In some regards Cocko has been given a hospital pass by the previous manager (Nichols, Mensah, perhaps Matthews) and a hospital pass by the board (65K loss each week and they want to eradicate that anyhow) but he’s made us difficult to play against, and there’s even signs the ability to win games from that platform is coming. Let’s get behind him, and this youngish group of triers.
What a lovely day v Oxford. Pre match anticipation, weather as hot as hell, seen friends not seen for a while, and 10.34am first beer on board......oh, and a Gas win! What's not to like?
Ok..... what happened to the last two thirds of the match? Most folk are cleverer than me, so please explain?
Up to around 35 mins we were being over run in midfield, defending looked shaky, not making our passes....?.....I couldn't make out anything tactically changed, but sometime after snake went off we seemed to click and looked so threatening and solid we rode out the day easy winners.
Upson m o m by a small distance, his fabulously taken goal had alot to do with it, but just his engine and endeavour. Didn't like his foul in their number 11 (for me, their m o m excellent mid performance), deserved booking.
Closely behind, Abu had a stormer of performance too. Broke up play, spread the ball, made easy passes.
Ollie contributed too.... excellent run to set up Nichols (I've always liked him!), but Oxford will be disappointed as I would be if it happened to us about their poor defending with that goal and JCH, who just outjumped their defender to score faximily of a goal from Tues night.
I thought Josh Hare had a brilliant game. Another excellent assist, this time cutting ball in on his wrong foot! (?) This fella was non league recently. Looking like a great recruit, and what a problem for GC when Little gets fit?
Similarly, Leahy got forward well and provided some dangerous moves on the other flank. So unlucky with his bullet header disallowed.
What's going on, things going well?
Again, I like the balance and partnership of JCH and Tyler..... they work the defenders and seem to have understanding.
Fella said before match difficult game and Snakey might score.....yes possibly, but we have resurgent Tom Davies, no one f*cks with Craig and massive Alfie. Ok he got his chance early doors and surprise surprise fluffed his lines (dirty pun for another ex player) as so often he did, Snake needs a few chances before scoring. But am afraid he was lucky not to be sent off for off ball with Alfie. Maybe feigned injury? For me he got all the verbals he deserves..... funny how some whom view the abuse players/managers got at Cov was out of order, yet can't see the same gusto when it comes to Snake? Abuse is abuse and is wrong full stop.... isn't it?.... apparently not, to some it's just..............banter!
Well, admit I got prediction wrong pre match.... I'm liking our set up at home last two matches. Not sure it will work away.
Fair play GC, nailed it again. We took no nonsense today and our mid commanded most the match. You'll always remember where you were when Nichols scored....... that's his one for the season, well done son, how sh!t must you be? You let Nichols score...