Darlo 0 Accrington 0
by Scott Thornberry - 11th April 2010
With Darlington playing out a bore draw at the Arena on Saturday it virtually gaurantees our fate in the Blue Square Premier. We are 21 points from safety with 21 to play for. But, in the unlikely event that we won every game and Cheltenham lost every game, our goal difference is way inferior. So it looks like we will ironically be relegated on Tuesday night away at Rochdale of all places. Two clubs who hold the record for the longest serving league two teams, but both appear to be leaving the division in opposite direction.
After the game Simon Davey spoke about the players attitude. “Some of the players will be anxious. The players who can make the right decisions at the right time are the ones who go on and do well for themselves. Today at times, especially in the second half, there were players in better positions who could have been set up. Instead some of them went for glory. Perhaps they are eager to impress the new management staff but that is what you have to do on a weekly basis. You have to make the right decisions at the right time and today in the final third perhaps we didn't make the correct choices.”
Davey continued: “I knew what I was coming into and I knew exactly what the squad was like. I am learning on a daily basis more about the players. You learn more with each game and I got a little bit more today about the character of the players. They ground out a result which is good but it is the cutting edge we need. That is not just the strikers, it is everyone. From getting deliveries into the box, set-plays, getting shots off from midfield it is about the all round performance where we need more of a cutting edge.”
match photos by Les Hodge
“I spoke to their manager and he thought his players were on holiday already. From our perspective it was slow and a bit cumbersome at times. We tried to increase the tempo in the second half and it got a bit better but it wasn't the tempo I wanted them at. It needs to be a lot higher than that.”