The JobServe Community Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
27/10/2018 3:00 pm
Referee: David Coote
|Colchester United||Lincoln City|
Views from APHLCFC after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Colchester United in Sky Bet League Two: “I’m fed up of Anderson hiding behind the opposition fullback when our right back has the ball, he never offers an option. When he does get the ball he always turns back and passes to the right back, when was the last time he had the beating of a fullback?
Andrade struggled, Colchester’s two right-sided players worked very well as a pair offensively and defensively.
McCarten didn’t get into it and Akinde put in the type of performance we’re getting used to. Nothing stuck to him, he struggled in the air and looked frustrated, understandably as the service to him was often poor. That said he could have made life more difficult for their defence and got himself involved
We just couldn’t seem to create anything, our passing was slow and predictable and often resulted in a hopeful punt up the field, we couldn’t get the wide men involved, whilst we struggled with theirs.
All this said we were always going to hit a rough patch, we have options in the squad and a management team that clearly see the problems and as we know we have the desire and skill to put them right. Very frustrating day!”
More views from the Match Thread:
JT_LCFC: “It doesn’t require a full inquest, in truth it was a scrappy game decided by a scrappy goal. Some big games coming up which we will hope for a reaction and show how good a side we are.
Colchester celebrated like they had won the cup today, others are raising their games we need to as well.”
PerthImp: “Very disappointing game, from both sides. OK, credit Colchester, they nullified us which I’m sure was their game plan, they pressed us well and competed for every ball (& won many) not giving us time to settle. We never really threatened them – didn’t get behind them or stretch them and our set plays were not as threatening as usual, which they haven’t been for a while, bar Port Vale. Anderson & Andrade were poor but I felt sorry for Andrade – he got pulled back and fouled so many times, and they doubled up on him at times, he was obviously seen as the main threat. The ref gave him nothing, which seems to be developing into a trend. Wilson is not a right back and was caught out of position too often in the first half and gave their player’s far too much room to get past him or slip a ball into the box. At the risk of being criticised, I’m going to suggest it’s time Akinde had a rest or we play him differently because I thought he was quite ordinary. Noticeably, he could not control a ball played up to him – the number of times it bounced off him and he lost it, and even when he got a chance to run past the defenders he played it too far in front of him and lost the ball. He’s really got to make the ball stick and use it better. Having said that, I don’t think he and team-mates are on the same wavelength sometimes in terms of anticipation. Quite often I see him playing balls into spaces his teammates don’t anticipate or he gets into a good position his teammates don’t anticipate and fail to get the ball into him. Really frustrating to watch and needs to be sorted on the training ground and with better communication.
Bigger picture – bad day at the office (in fact bad week) but I think the injuries have proved costly to us and can now see our squad maybe doesn’t have the depth of quality that we thought. Also, the flexibility that we had earlier in the season when we were trying 3-5-2 seems to have gone a bit and we went back to being a bit one-dimensional at times. On the plus side, everyone is beating everyone else, we are still clear at the top and, surprisingly perhaps, we are still the league’s top scorers. Let’s hope we can get our mojo back for FGR – I really don’t relish the prospect of losing to them. UTI.”
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City Football Club for the photograph!
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) October 30, 2018