Teams are not battered 8-0 from time-to-time, not even down to ten men. I'm not buying into this whole 'everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong' mantra.Spyman wrote: ↑Wed Nov 15, 2023 10:28 amI agree with this.Old Git wrote: ↑Wed Nov 15, 2023 9:34 amI fully accept that it was a shocking result, but I don’t think Josh should go, because there have been some green shoots of recovery in recent games, and to start again for the third time this season, when we are only in November would be daft.
Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong last night. Early goal conceded and man sent off inside 5 minutes, 2 players injured in the first half, an own goal and a penalty conceded in the second half as well. None of that excuses the defeat, but it does help to explain the magnitude of it.
There were some encouraging signs at Farsley and again against Chester that the tide was beginning to turn and certainly no lack of effort or commitment from the players in those two games. Last night was unacceptable and embarrassing, but we need to keep calm and carry on.
Personally I am not too bothered about Saturday’s game, I would be focused on the two home league games next week. Against Scunthorpe we may as well give some game time to the likes off Lees ,Sukar, Mustoe, Whinfield, Moke, Harker and Simms, and give some of the other players a rest. With a growing injury list and Nelson facing a suspension we need to have our strongest team available for Warrington and Rushall. I still believe if we can get 4 or more points from those 2 games we can start looking up the table and we will have a platform to build on for the rest of the season.
The nature of last nights result is obviously beyond disappointing, but I'd have bitten your hand off for 3 points from Chester and Chorley, and we've got 3 points. Probably 3 more than any of us expected.
Does the way we capitulated last night point to a deeper problem? Quite possibly, but it might not - after all, playing most of the game with 10 men was always going to make life harder than it should'v ebeen. Teams get battered from time to time, it doesn't condemn them to relegation. We made a very promising signing yesterday and last night's result doesn't change that. The next couple of games do look a little "easier" and if we can pick up another 3 points from those two and then get Asante into the side then we won't be too far adrift.
We were 0-1 down and being ragged about even before we went down to ten due to Nelson's stupidity.
Lawlor was replaced by an equally capable centre-half, & Rivers replaced by one of JGs signings. The OG may have been a fluke, but that made it 0-7 (SEVEN). We had Platt sat on the bench, a stopper of a defensive-midfielder, and that's where we left him. The penalty - it was arguably DOGSO and could have been another red.
I have never watched a game of football where the opposition players & referee took pity on us until last night. It's probably worth mentioning that Chorley could have had another penalty for Burton's hand-ball in the second-half & Moke should have been sent off for two late challenges - the referee didn't caution him on either.
What was evident was a complete lack of work-rate, desire and discipline from the players - some of them had gave up and went into hiding. That coupled with zero game-management from JG to damage limitate the result equaled disaster.
That was hands-down the worst performance over the 100s of DFC games I have watched, and it took Gowling 14 seconds to laugh in his PMI. We had zero shots on target and sustained possession in their half for about four minutes of the game - and that's being kind. Every shiite team from the Football League downwards can look good in spells, we won at least eight league games in 2009/2010 FFS - a couple of flukey goals such as the second against Farsley and the first against Chester doesn't change my outlook.
& for those crying for Sukar, Lees & Mustoe, Gowling doesn't like managing senior players - he's already fallen out with Sukar, Mustoe has been frozen out, Hazel is outgoing, and Lees has been offered to other clubs. Harker is also a poster-boy for the Academy & Winfield isn't ready for NLN football.
And before anyone says 'well, well, Asante is 31' needs to understand we have splashed the cash & have no other choice.
The board has made the wrong appointment, they agreed to let go of AA/DH with no plan, turned down managers with successful NLN experience, and paired two coaches together that haven't worked together before in this capacity - it's Asante or bust.