Date: 23rd November 2008 at 7:24am
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That City did not win this one by five goals was testament to Matt GILKS, 10 man Shresbury and an inability to score. After a troubled week there is a case for saying the players gave a positive response today, but then again until the introduction of Wright and Graham, there were 11 strangers out there in red and white.


Gutted just doesn`t some it up, even if most of our shots made things easy for the keeper, for in reality the excitement failed to mask our inability to score. Another early red after 3 minutes appeared to put City on their way as Richard Walker elbowed Hone to the ground as they pursued a hopeful punt. City then continued with their ineffective 4-3-3 for the next hour until Jacko decided to bring on Wright and Graham. That is not to say City did not dominate with Oakes pulling the strings with the help of Brown up front. A poor challenge hampered the left wingers input early on, as City laboured against an organised 10 man Shrews rear guard before Jacko sprang the front two we craved.
Wright and David Graham were a magic potion from their 69th minute introduction. Both were busy with Graham showing some nice touches as he made a nuisance of himself from the off. The Swan was unlucky not to score with his first couple of touched as he played head tennis with himself only to be denied by Gilks. In those last twenty minutes we literally camped in their half yet despite 20 shots we were unable to score.

Certainly we were against an organised top 3 side that specialise in draws on their travels, driven on by Julian and the drum plus a lively Stacey West. But how on earth have we failed to put our two best strikers in the starting 11 so far this season? Graham must have been kept out for some very important reasons and Ben Wright clearly needs to be part of a 4-4-2 formation. That 4-3-3 has served us so well in October must be a case of necessity is the mother of invention for 4-4-2 was the one that created the action today.
Aldershot poses an interesting dilemma for Jacko and City. Do we continue as Iffy suggest arrogantly in Saturday`s Echo; or do we give the Graham, Wright and Brown show another outing or two. Brown was withdrawn before he could feed either today, but you have to fancy its potential. Graham is one who must be given a chance.