Ig­nit­ing the spark is big is­sue for Jim

Stockport Express - - Motors - FAN’S VIEW IAN DOO­LEY

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.

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