Igniting the spark is big issue for Jim
AFTER the debacle at Tamworth I was expecting team changes and a performance that would lift the spirits, enthral the Edgeley Park faithful and deliver three points.
We had the changes, Jason Oswell and Harry Winter came back from injury and Gary Stopforth made his long awaited comeback – but that was as good as it got.
We started the brighter but as the game progressed we, once again, lost the ability to play ‘football’. We had chance after chance but, when the option to shoot or deliver a first time pass came, we decided to take the extra touch, slow down, stand still, allow Bradford to get back into defensive mode and the moment was gone!
Avenue were content to sit back and break when the chance came and as the game progressed those chances did arrive. It was fortunate for us that their strikers all had off days, otherwise the day could have ended a lot worse.
It was frustrating that yet again we’ve thrown points away. We did have chances in front of goal, Chris Smalley had a great opportunity to head us in front but the chance went wide.
Darren Stevenson again missed a sitter when it looked easier to score. Tom Walker and Matty Warburton wasted free kicks from great positions.
For me, gamesmanship is a large part of today’s game, we’ve seen the
●●Jim Gannon opposition waste time in every game, lying down and faking an injury – we shouldn’t be nice and play the ball out to allow the trainer on and waste more time.
We should be cynical and attack, just like the rest of the teams do.
There’s so many things we don’t do, quick throws (why doesn’t the player nearest the ball throw it in rather than wait for the “designated” thrower to amble forward while the opposition get back into shape?) quick free kicks (tell the referee, at the earliest chance that you want to and keep in his ear).
The players must take credit and criticism in equal measure; they must understand that playing for Stockport County is the highlight of their career and that they’ll never get the chance to play regularly in front of 3,000 plus crowds if Jim decides that they’re not good enough. Why does it take some touch line shenanigans to get them fired up?
Maybe that’s a tactic to use, get Jim to start on the opposition manager in the first minute.
With Southport and York next on the radar we need something to get the fire back.