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Re: Next Up: Maidenhead United (H)
Posted by: Hoots Mon
Date: 20/01/2018 20:15
Delighted by the win but we should not be having to hang on for dear life at the end like this against teams as limited as Maidenhead were today.
Oh and 2 ever constants...
Norwood once again missing a 1 on 1.
The referee - today he was spectacularly bad - if he had been passed a few crisp twenties to try and ensure a Maidenhead win he would have made less obvious errors than he did today - missing a massive deflection with 2 minutes to go and giving Maidenhead a goal kick was truly ineptitude of the highest level.

Having seen many of Norwood's 1 on 1's,my theory about todays is that because of all the comments made by message boarders on the subject,James thought he would try something different and instead of shooting decided to go round the keeper.The net result was that he was forced wide by the keeper and chasing defender[I heard one wag after the game say ''he almost made it to the Sportsman'']
He was still IMO our best player-good goal,superb pass which set up Ginelly's goal on a plate,a number of excellent crosses and his usual non stop effort and harrying of the opposition defence.

Maidenhead were a very big direct team but they had a real good go playing the way that they do.I enjoyed the game but it was a bit heartstopping at times. Each time they made a sub,it seemed that an even bigger player came on than the one he replaced. I couldn't understand why the Kop booed Emmanuel after his early collision with McNulty. He was obviously limping and it was no surprise that he was replaced soon after.

''Spectacularly bad'' is a vast understatement to describe the ref. I have seen many at this level in the past two and a half seasons and he was comfortably one of the very worst.The goal kick he gave them in added on time totally defied comprehension and belief.
It was yet another game where the opposition were given a lot of free kicks in our half,yet I can hardly remember one for us in their half at all. With their gang of giants,the number of set pieces was a constant danger to us-our centre backs overall did well.Buxtons ball control was nothing like as good as normal and Ridehalgh was skinned by the wide man for their first[the ball should have been in touch long before the cross]

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