Con­trast­ing dis­plays so frus­trat­ing

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

I’VE got good news and bad news.

The good is that we have a team ca­pa­ble of play­ing great foot­ball, some of the best we’ve seen for sev­eral sea­sons – the 6-0 win against South­port was with­out doubt the drub­bing we’ve been threat­en­ing to de­liver since we went non-league.

Goals apart, we played the seasiders off the pitch, the pass­ing was sump­tu­ous the for­ward play was brilliant, we dom­i­nated the pos­ses­sion and re­stricted them to pot shots from dis­tance.

It’s easy to say that they were down to 10 men but even be­fore the send­ing off we were in to­tal con­trol of the game.

It was a great feel­ing to at last wit­ness the fast, flow­ing foot­ball Jim has said this team was able to de­liver.

I don’t know how Ja­son Oswell was given man of the match as ev­ery player could have taken the award, can you give the man of the match award to the whole team?

Then there’s the bad news.

At York we re­verted to type. On the drea­ri­est of af­ter­noons we couldn’t string two passes to­gether, for a time we couldn’t get out of our half and when we did the strik­ers couldn’t lose their mark­ers and the ball just came back our way.

I’m not say­ing that the Min­ster­men were great but they had done their home­work and sussed us out.

They nul­li­fied our mid­field and man marked Oswell and Dar­ren Stephen­son while at the back we were un­able to deal with Big John Parkin.

Their open­ing goal came from a de­fen­sive mis­take, a cor­ner ball drops onto the foot of the only un-marked man in the box and all he had to do is flick the ball goal­wards.

Their se­cond was a goal of qual­ity, a curled shot from the right from ex-County man Mor­gan-Smith that was wor­thy of win­ning any game.

The afternoon got worse when Michael Clarke was stretchered off with a dis­lo­cated knee that looks like he’ll be out of the side for a month or so.

Try­ing to find any pos­i­tives from the game is hard but I have one – Adam Thomas came on for the last 15 min­utes and looked like he could change the game. He had the com­po­sure and com­mit­ment that just might be needed to re-ig­nite the sea­son, start­ing last night at Telford.

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