16/03/2021 7:00 pm
Referee: Ross Joyce
|Oliver 10', Dempsey 20', Graham 87'|
|Long (GK)||Bastien (GK)|
Views from Merthyr Imp following Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat at home against Gillingham in League One: “Well, we’re not out of it yet although it does begin to look like a play-off spot rather than the top two.
Not for the first time today we had a couple of early openings (I wouldn’t quite call them chances) but failed to make either one count. Then, also not for the first time, poor defending allows the opposition to take control of the game, and the second goal really seemed to hit our confidence for the remainder of the half.
We had a good start to the second half and a good spell late on and perhaps deserved a goal at some point – I thought Poole’s shot must be in, and then it was a great strike from Edun which deserved a goal.
But I think 4-4-2 needs a bit more work on it.
Edun was man of the match for me – although wasn’t quite faultless – as he was the only member of the back four you couldn’t blame for the first two goals. He also did very well in midfield after Bridcutt went off. Palmer kept the score down to 2-0 at one point but then owed it to Montsma that Gillingham didn’t make it 3-0.
I thought Bramall did OK until giving away the penalty – which it appears Michael Appleton didn’t think was one – perhaps it would be worth him phoning the boss of the referees to get an apology about it? He also thought one of the Johnson incidents WAS a penalty, whereas, from where I was sitting 200 miles away it looked as if he’d dived both times. As he’d been warned by the referee after the first time he can’t complain about being booked the second time.
Although Morton scored that well-taken goal against Fleetwood, since then he’s played like a player coming back after a long injury lay-off. Hope he will improve, especially with Hopper possibly out for a game or two.”
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More views from the Match Thread:
JT_LCFC: “Picking on the two new signings is a bit poor taste. The whole team has suffered, our 1 million pound centre back from October/November looks like we would struggle to give him away.
We have lost our way, small squad, congested fixture list, injuries, players out of form. It’s a freak season in terms of games, but demonstrates a lesson that we need a bigger squad if we want to maintain a challenge.
We are all grumpy, but let’s not be too radical.”
sedgleyimp: “I do actually think we played better tonight than we did on Saturday, but you have to take your chances and defend better.
Onward to the next two games at Sunderland and Oxford. Honestly, most will expect losses there so being underdogs and away will probably suit us so you just watch us come away with 6 points from those games now.”
hulloutpost: “What can be said. The damage was done in the first half and basically, Gillingham sat off second half and said what have you got.
We didn’t have any answers but at least we saw the players were hurting and there was a return of some of the zip and passion we saw earlier in the season. They certainly didn’t down tools.
On the plus side, in the second half have we just witnessed the emergence of Tayo Edun the central midfielder. Not everything he tried came off but he was driving on, pinging balls everywhere and stepped forward, seemingly smashing out of the safety zone. He seemed fired up and it worked well for him.
So onto Sunderland, no reason to hope or expect anything. Then again football is a funny old game…..
One last thought on the referee. An absolute weak clown who clearly had a number done on him by Evans before the game.”
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— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) March 20, 2021