Chaotic half needs some ex­pla­na­tion

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

BY the time you read this we’ll know the re­sult of Tues­day’s FA Cup re­play.

The fact that there’s a re­play at all is some­thing of a con­tentious is­sue, I know, it’s Stock­port County, we’ve seen it all be­fore, we shouldn’t be sur­prised but how do you throw a 3-0 half time lead away?

Satur­day’s game was, if ever there was one, “a game of two halves.”

In the first we were in com­plete con­trol, sump­tu­ous foot­ball, great pass­ing, at­tack­ing for­ward play that led to two goals from Matty War­bur­ton (though I’m sure Gary Stop­forth will claim one of them) and an­other for the league’s top scorer, Ja­son Oswell.

As the rain came down there were fur­ther chances to score more from Oswell and Adam Thomas and at one point I thought we’d be see­ing an­other 6-0 thriller.

Well I got my six goals, but I never ex­pected that the vis­i­tors would net three of their own and leave EP feel­ing like they’d won.

Pick­ing on in­di­vid­u­als isn’t right in a team game but the sec­ond half needs some sort of ex­pla­na­tion be­cause in the sec­ond pe­riod it was com­plete chaos.

Jim took off Oswell at half time and then later War­bur­ton.

We com­pletely re-jigged the mid­field and de­fence and it looked like a group of strangers play­ing to­gether for the first time.

I’ll say right here that FC looked to have a game plan – the tackle on Scott Duxbury was a case in point – and that some of the ref­eree’s de­ci­sions were bor­der­line crim­i­nal, (we had two good penalty shouts and got nei­ther while theirs was awarded for min­i­mal con­tact and a clear dive after the lad had taken four steps from the tackle) but that would de­flect from our own mis­de­meanours.

Far too of­ten we gifted them an open­ing, Jimmy Ball gave the ball away which led to their first, im­me­di­ately after they shaved the post after we just stood by and watched.

Their sec­ond was just as ridicu­lous; it looked like our de­fence were di­rect­ing the scorer to­wards goal as again they stood around flap­ping their arms in a col­lec­tive “it’s not my fault” ges­ture!

You would ex­pect play­ers to learn by their mis­takes but we’ve seen over re­cent weeks that some of them aren’t.

Telford, York and now FC, it’s the same play­ers mak­ing the same mis­takes and I feel Jim has his work cut out.


●●Ja­son Oswell was with­drawn at the break

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