In the end, the result is all that matters. I’ve said it after bad performances this season and I now find myself saying it after a decent performance.
It is always hard to go to a bottom of the table side, because to many it’s a no-win situation. You’re expected to take all three points, anything less is unacceptable. when a side does win you can merely hear people saying ‘they should have won’, not actually understanding that sides at the bottom fight, scrap and try to beat you too.
City went to Moss Rose and faced a side keen on not being beaten, They had three cross the back with a couple of wing backs, perhaps a very astute move to combat our width, but also with one eye on our attacking threat. The more they had a the back, the less likely they were to score. I’d tole they don’t usually have three centre halves and in the first half, it showed. They looked like a side at the bottom of the table, a little ragged and dare I say lethargic before a ball had been kicked.
This wasn’t a case of just beating what was in front of us though, because they might not have been an effective unit but they weren’t easy to break down. I confess, when Tom Pett scored I thought we might go on and score a few. It was a good goal, James Wilson on a rare start looked comfortable out wide and swung in the cross which Big John nodded down for Pett to score. He’s the 12th different scorer in an Imps shirt this season, 13 if you count own goals.
It was no less than he deserved, Pett has become one of our key players. His work rate is incredible and I like him a bit deeper in the midfield, he covers a lot of round and is very comfortable on the ball. Dare I suggest, he could be the player most suited to fill in the Alex Woodyard role.
I was pleased for James Wilson too. I still rate him hugely, but he’s been a victim of circumstance, picking up the injury not long after he started and then finding himself down the pecking order. He also took a lot of stick for not being a right back last season, but I thought he did well this afternoon filling in for Neal Eardley. remember, the last time Eardley missed a league game we lost 4-1 at home.
The first half was very much one-way traffic, with Bruno Andrade looking assured and effective on the flank. He’s settling into league football with ease and every week he seems better, more equipped for the challenges he faces. He’s a handful too, he can cross, shoot and move the ball forward at his feet. I’m a big fan of wingers, my favourite players have almost all been wide men (Puttnam, Ainsworth, Gain) and there’s a new name to be added to the list very soon.
If he gets 25 goals, Akinde might be knocking on the door for the not-so coveted title of my favourite player and just before half time he had an effort saved by O’Hara, a common theme that only developed more in the second period.