Teams at the bottom are often fighting for their lives by this time of the season , and games against them can be even harder than those against mid table teams . Especially with the added ingredient that visiting league leaders are “there to be shot at”. ( For all the “sexy football” talk, it counts for nothing without penetration. )"that was awful........ but what do you expect in lewes in feb."
Um, call me old fashioned, how about THREE fucking points against decidedly average opposition that are bottom of the bloody table! Grrr!!!!!
At Staines, I was amazed to hear so many people of the opinion that “we should be winning all the next eight matches”.
These games are of cup tie intensity, coming up at a rate of three games every eight days To ask players to perform at their best in all, train other days, and turn out for work at 6 am every week day is a tall order. The professionals are always moaning about a schedule, which is even less punishing.
We saw earlier in the season how the won at Bognor took so much out of the team , they were below par at Harrow three days later. This has been a trend and understandable.
But what concerns me now is the body language at least one player displayed when emerging for the second half last night was bad. Whilst there was no doubt that there was immense disappointment , after the self destruct button was pressed just before half time, the players really need to all be able to pick themselves up in such circumstances. Danny and Nyran did, and the link up play for the goal in particular was excellent, and indeed it took a goal of Xavesque quality for Lewes’s 3rd to kill us. But not all did. Not through lack of effort, the harder they tried seemed to make it worse.
Whether the management team can get enough lost confidence and self belief, as well as stamina into some players to get back into a winning run to put some pressure back on the HR and ET, or whether it was last night that the title literally went down the pan, remains to be seen.