I said before the opening game at Salisbury
that I wouldn’t be too disappointed with a draw up there.
It was one of those games that could have gone either way:
in the end a draw was a fair result. I put Lee Farrell on
from the start and he put a good shot in early on which the
keeper saved with his fingertips - he’d had a good pre-season,
so I wanted to give him a chance, especially since Siggy (Jean-Michel
Sigere) and Jamie Cade had only played the equivalent of a
game and a half each. We started dominating the game in the
second half, but they got a penalty against the run of play.
Wilko (goalkeeper Paul Wilkinson) was indecisive. He came
out, then went back again then came out again and fouled their
striker. It was only a yellow because the guy was going away
from goal. They scored the penalty and suddenly we had it
all to do.
I made two changes and it made a difference straight away.
I took off Lee Farrell and Jay Saunders and brought on Simon
Wormull and Siggy, neither of whom were fit enough yet to
play a full game. We immediately started passing better, and
we had a little spell in which we made several good chances.
We’ve been working a lot on counter-attacking in training,
and I was very pleased with our equaliser. It came from a
three-pass movement: Wormull found Boothy (Paul Booth) with
a long pass, Siggy ran in and knocked in the cross. It’s
nice to see something you’ve worked on pay dividends.
There were a few chances either end after that, and Wilko
redeemed himself with a brilliant point-blank save. We played
OK, we didn’t play particularly well. Even so they were
saying afterwards that we were the best side they’d
played there in years. (continued overleaf)...