Sky Bet League Two | Saturday 20th February 2021 – One Call Stadium [Behind Closed Doors]
Losing a game is never easy to take, but at full time yesterday all I had was the feeling of ‘Meh, that was to be expected’ – safe in the knowledge that nothing was gained nor lost in the crazy journey that is this season.
There’s no denying that the enforced break has totally rocked our momentum, but whilst the good run of form was nice – a bump in the road was always around the corner, what’s important is knowing this time, we have a manager and coaching team fully capable of taking firm hold of the wheel and not allowing the damage to go beyond bruised egos.
Nigel Clough’s job was too stabilise us this season – I think a lot of people were guilty of looking at the form guide as the league table during the January window and thinking promotion was on the cards, a late play-off surge isn’t out of the question naturally – but for me, a top half finish would be a more realistic target having developed some of our younger players to see what they can add to next seasons squad, a squad which will no doubt be asking the top seven question.
Over the last week questions have been asked about the decision to allow Cook and Maynard to leave on loan, asked in bold yesterday as Cook scored twice for Bradford as we struggled to get a shot on target. The duo were arguably our two biggest earners who weren’t quite doing what was required, both of which asked to leave, so it was a no brainer to get them out, free up some funds, POTENTIALLY try and get one or two in during the January window – and most importantly, in a season where income is rare and where we’ve had to pay off a management team, keep the purse strings tight.
With Football coming to an abrupt end for clubs below the conference national, opportunities to send young players out on loan are pretty much not there – so we have a real chance to allow young, hungry players the opportunity to thrive from the bench, something we saw yesterday with Jason Law and Tyrese Sinclair, something I want to see more of over the coming weeks.
Performance wise as a team yesterday the difference in league standing showed – Cambridge showed why their front line is so effective, and we showed our frailties and naivety, particularly with the first and second goals.
In my opinion, Rawson for the first goal doesn’t need to try and close down the cross when Harry Charsley is there, him cutting across confuses Charsley and allows time for the cross to come in – plus it takes a player from the middle, he should just track back into the middle.
The second goal comes from a good high press from Cambridge, we need to clear our lines quicker and be a much tougher side in those areas, far too many crosses are put in and we’re being punished.
However there’s no room for the blame game, win, lose and draw as a team – let’s go again, freshen things up and bring home all three points from Harrogate on Tuesday… oh, and if we could just put ONE decent set play in, that’d be great.
Click HERE to read the clubs official match report.
STAGS: Aidan Stone | James Perch, Farrend Rawson, Ryan Sweeney, Stephen McLaughlin |Stephen Quinn (Jason Law 62) George Maris, Ollie Clarke © | Harry Charsley (Tyrese Sinclair 73), Jamie Reid, Jordan Bowery (Oli Sarkic 89)
Unused Subs: Marek Stech, Corey O’Keeffe, Aaron O’Driscoll, Mal Benning
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