Good assessment from Keith. Looks like he really enjoyed that one! Like he says, we got caught out on the counter, 2-0 down, we came back to take a point, really should have won it in the end and we move on to Sat. Still right in the mix!
Agreed, Ian. I think there's nothing wrong with the leadership or the spirit. There is also a post-match interview with Jay which confirms this. Jay also admits that fatigue is an issue, which Keith mentioned also, but it was good to see that neither was moaning about it as if it was an excuse.
It is fair to say that all teams have got to play about 10 more games (except poor Carlisle, who still have 12). With Keith's motivation and organisation, I am confident we will make at least the play-offs. If we can pick four points up over Easter (against Cheltenham and Cambridge), then automatic promotion becomes a realistic prospect.
Maybe Clarke should be rested against Mansfield and if Ray is fit, try pairing him with Manny who I think had his best game for a while. His distribution was much improved. Effectively that would give Clarke 10 days to recuperate ready for Cheltenham. It has been a rather hectic couple of weeks with all the games, long distance travelling and personnel changes.
An utter disgrace. Another two points dropped. Exactly what is Hill playing at, least he could pick a team in the right positions. Have no confidence in Nuget at all. Looks like we are staying in league two. Hill out at end of season.
While I don't think the Colchester game was Keith's finest hour tactically, especially switching the full-backs, we got a point out of a game at one stage that looked unlikely. The remarks Ian copies above show a lack of grasp of reality and it's unbelievable some are thinking this way.
You have to remember these teams are fighting for league status. It's not going to be a walk in the park. They are direct and sometimes ugly which does not play well against our style of play. In some ways, I think i would prefer to play the top teams as we do not come across these problems. Stats and table positions at this stage of the season do not mean a great deal as has been demonstrated with other results from teams around us.
I think due to the strength of the squad this season there is a sense of entitlement among some supporters and a belief that promotion is more or less a given.
However, they are not factoring in the impact of our disastrous start under Jacko and the relative strength of other squads, such as Bolton and Forest Green, and the experience of clubs like Cheltenham who have been involved in numerous promotion challenges at this level.
In reality, if Keith maintains a ratio of roughly two points per game, it is difficult to be too critical.