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nick jones of hereford replied to havanatopia's topic in Football ChatMost of us were saying that this was a "must not lose" game. That's what happened; yes, we could and should have taken one of the various chances to add to Tammy's great finish, but we hung on.....the last few minutes were agony and I'm pleased with that result. We should now stay up
nick jones of hereford replied to RaspberryRed's topic in Football ChatI was one of the 312 attending (pay on the day). Johnson was correct in his comment to effect that we were still in the match and it wasn't a 5 nil one...... but that was only the case in the period until the second goal. We then collapsed & the players demonstrated that they weren't playing for the manager. As the goals reigned in, I had a feeling it could be 6, 7 or 8. We were that bad. i recall going to Blackpool on 1st October 2011 when it was a similar match. We could count outselves slightly unfortunate to go behind, but as the match wore on, it appeared that the players weren't trying. No doubt they were, but they'd lost confidence in the instructions that manager Keith Millen had given them. That was Millen's last game, a humiliating 0-5 defeat was the final straw and he was sacked. Back to last night.... the nature of the defeat was the greatest concern. It was a team that played half the match competing - but transformed to a disorganised rabble that lacked any confidence. I don't see how we can avoid relegation unless there is a change in leadership (Head Coach). Yes we are out of the relegation zone as Blackburn lost last night, but they're home to us on Easter Monday and I don't see us getting anything there.
nick jones of hereford replied to hantsred's topic in Football ChatThey were friends who played in the same Huddersfield youth team. Denis Law went on to better things but they always kept in touch. A couple of decades ago I lived in Huddersfield and went in the Cavalry Arms pub (on the main road to the M62 Junction 24) and saw that Gordon Low was the landlord. He reminisced about his times playing for Huddersfield - and of course playing with the great John Atyeo.
There were a couple of attempts to start " We want Johnson out" chants which had the effect of an immediate response of (some) booing and counter chants of "Johnson says get behind the team". it was a scrappy game where we the fans could- if we were perceived by the players to be turning on them - had a negative effect. Confidence amongst the players is fragile. Whether you want the manager to go or not, it seemed obvious to (most?) of us there that during the actual play, we needed to scream our support for the team. ...and hey, it worked as we got a break in the last few minutes and scored from a scrambled corner where the ref should have given a goal kick. The fans were supporting the team and it worked.
It's interesting how people have such contrasting views on Tomlin's performance and on the game. I thought he (Tomlin)was putting in a good work rate in the first part of the match (well... for him). Yes his free kicks in the second half didn't come off but he showed class. My take on the match is that for the first 20 minutes or so we played well and with pace. We then started to over complicate things and they didn't come off allowing Wigan to come back into the game. the point I'm trying to make is that keeping it simple but with pace was when we were our most efffective. i also agree with comments that Korey was excellent in the right back role.
We were at the game. Too many players trying to play the ball in the midfield in the first half. We were being pressed and because we had no width we were forced to pass short or lose the ball. We kept losing the ball constantly up to us scoring. Seemed to be no structure brining the ball forward and attempted to counter attack with one man up front and no wingers (Tomlin useless in a counter attack). To sum up the best characteristics were the spirit of the players but the main weakness was the inability for Johnston to change tactics (however we may get better at this is the long run). Lee is a great tactician and no one on this forum are football managers, however opinionated we may be we need to give him time good or bad.
Having stayed overnight in London I'm now on my way back...and still buzzing! What impresses me is the fact that we played so well as a team, yes we were sparked by Tammy's fabulous finish, but we showed quality throughout. For much of the first half I was worried as Fulham looked a v decent team passing around well. Our defence stood up to it magnificently and that was important. Second half we played some wonderful flowing football. The midfield were in control & we looked as though we could score whenever we went forward. The fact that we have such strength in depth gives me much optimism for the future.