The first anniversary of our emotional homecoming last season. Hopefully a similar result and similar attendance!
Yeah, felt that we turned another corner today and that performance gives me every confidence that we will not only stay up but also challenge for a play-off spot. Beforehand I thought they were a lazy team that had no leaders, and had totally accepted losing in various passive waysDidn't think we were as bad as previous weeks, hard to say we deserved to win but match hinged on a double refereeing decision.
Their opening goal was flagged offside by the assistant ref but she was overruled by the ref. We then had the ball in the net from a wide free kick and again the assistant flagged for offside, this time the ref was happy to go with her decision.
Looked like it curled straight in to the net from my view in TO.
Their second, the eventual winner, was a breakaway after our players were loudly claiming for a pen for a challenge on the edge of the box. Don't think it was a pen, but dispiriting the way we were carved open with relative ease.
With everyone around us losing, this would have been a big game to win. We're only six points off tenth, so still all to play for if Gavin can get to a settled XI for the rest of the season.
In fairness, I do agree with him. That ref is absolutely terrible - shouldn't be anywhere near this level.
Wow, I don’t know what game you were watching but that was awful. This squad is nowhere near good enough. And Quade is not a midfielder. Your reference to we battered them is truly astonishing!I actually thought we played quite well in the first half. For me the nadir of this season was when we played Maidstone at home and didn't have a shot on target for the entire game. There's no defending that kind of performance, but for the majority of the first half we battered Hampton - we had shots and everything. Kearney and Mills worked well together and it was nice to see us have our annual 'let's play Quade in his natural position' moment, too. I'm not a fan of the whole diamond formation, but given the way we play, our fixation on possession, I think it suits us quite well.
We were unlucky to go in one nil down, IMO: Hampton were poor to say the least. We had plenty of chances to be ahead though and we got punished on the counter. Teams can afford to let us have the ball because we have such a soft underbelly and for all of our 3000 passes we have little sting in the tail. If we can't beat even the poor sides in the division then I don't know who we can beat.
Second half was grim. Our goal came because Hampton's wall appeared to jump over Kearney's free kick, but either side of that it was just mindless balls forward to Mills and Kearney. We look devoid of leadership, of grit, of creativity. Vose and Chapman both baffle me: I'd have Ainsworth in for at least one of them.
It's an improvement but still nowhere near good enough. The next two games are about as appealing as a bout of leprosy.
Quade is 100% a midfielder. It was only after Palace got hold of him that he suddenly got shoehorned into the centre of defence.Wow, I don’t know what game you were watching but that was awful. This squad is nowhere near good enough. And Quade is not a midfielder. Your reference to we battered them is truly astonishing!
I’ll take your word for it. I have enough trouble remembering our transient players, let alone the transient officials.In fairness, I do agree with him. That ref is absolutely terrible - shouldn't be anywhere near this level.
It's a sorry state of affairs when we have the players and the budget we have and we're pointing out the shortcomings of the officials, mind.
It is odd though, isn't it, that, by and large, they've been successful everywhere else they've played, but are seriously underperforming now when they're playing for us?I don’t care what league they have played in. I take it Orlu was our number 5, he couldn’t hit a barn door with his passes he was truly awful. He managed to punt the ball out on several occasions. Compared to teams that have played before. This current crop comes nowhere near the talent I have seen at Champion Hill over the last 10 years.
That pretty much sums up the last season and a half. We seem to have at least progressed from some really terrible performances last season, when we completely fell apart, to hanging in there to the final whistle and losing by no more than the odd goal but it's just not very exciting or inspiring. To an extent I think that's what this whole league/division is like. It's more professional, everyone is more determined, more cynical, and just rather dull. I dare say it would feel less like that if we could find a way to score more goals and win more consistently, but whereas Slough (who came up with us last year) and Weymouth and Dorking (newcomers from below this year) seem to have discovered the knack, we're still searching for the answers. Yesterday marked the halfway point in the fixture list with eight odd goal defeats and seven draws. (Just one defeat by more than one goal, and even then we only fell two behind in stoppage time at home to an impressive Bath side.) So that's three quarters of our matches where just one extra scoring chance taken, or one moment of greater decisiveness at the back, could have earned an extra point or two. Obviously you can't expect that to happen in every game, but if we'd just managed it in five of those fifteen games we could have an extra 7 or 8 points which would be enough to be in the top half of the table right now rather than two points off the relegation places. Everything looks a bit too painstaking and methodical at times like yesterday. There's just not quite enough fire and inspiration. We seem to take too many risks in our own half with playing the ball around, but not enough risks in the attacking half, with lots of cautious probing around the edge of the box and the ball relayed back or sideways waiting for the opportunity to play a perfect ball into someone in space, which often never arrives before we've lost the ball altogether.With work and what else don’t watch as many games as I’m able to but for me that performance was uninspiring and underwhelming. Even at the worst of times in the last quarter century (barring a Les Cleevely side packex with high price yet ineffectual mercenaries) watching sides struggling in the outer reaches of the Western Spiral of the Isthmian Leagues, Dulwich teams seemed to find that little bit of extra effort above their ability even if that ability was seriously lacking. But for me this current side just seem like they are coming to work, to pick up the pay check for keeping the crowds drinking the beer, eating the pies and topping up the coffers. I’d like to see them prove me wrong but does seem as if Dulwich needs some sort of threat, cause or another inspiration to give their all on a matchday...
The lino got 2 decisions wrong , flagged offside for Jack Connors free kick which no one touched and not much interference and the ref failed to over rule . Then gave offside for their goal which was nodded on from Orlu so not offside but the ref did over rule .I've just seen the highlights from the game. Did Jack Connors free kick hit anyone or did anyone interfere with the keeper for that goal because it didn't look like it