Football is a game that can delight and infuriate, a game where when you’re at the very bottom, small victories seem huge and when you’re at the top a defeat can feel worse than it is.
When you lose to one shot on target in a 90 minute game, despite utterly dominating for the first 45, it can be hard to take. However, take it we must. This evening James Norwood scored a breakaway goal for Tranmere after we had piled on the pressure and had arguably the best half of football, proper football, under Danny Cowley.
Is that not the game? I that not why we love this sport? That unpredictability, even when we’re on the wrong side of it. Today’s pain is tomorrow’s joy and we feel right now perhaps what MK Dons or Macclesfield felt recently. Okay, we played better than our opponents did on those days, but there’s still a feeling of being done over. it’s hard to take, but teams lose games. Unless you’re Arsenal of 2005 or whenever it was, you lose games. even games you dominate for 45 minutes.
I wasn’t going to do my usual post-match article immediately because I fear I would have the same knee-jerk reaction to that of some fans I’d heard on the radio. I was afraid I’d be too pro-club, too defensive of John Akinde and of Danny’s team selection. Then I realised what you come here for is opinion, whatever that may be.
I’m not going to over-analyse the game. we played far better than we have done at any point this season in a first half we could have scored four in. Tranmere came out in the second half shooting towards their own fans and were better, although they still struggled to provide a serious threat. the one chance they got, they scored. There’s a few points to pick up after that, all opinion to which I’m entitled. You’re entitled to your opinion as well, much of it revolving around John Akinde I’d guess.
He’s somehow become the punching bag for fans and as soon as we draw a blank, he’s on the block waiting for the chop. I admit, John Akinde hasn’t scored as many goals in open play as I would like to have seen. His all round contribution has been very good, but he doesn’t look on course for 20 goals at present. Last season, Matt Green had a tough spell and everyone wanted him out. Now, Akinde is having a similar tough spell and he too is some people’s favourite punch bag.
I respect opinion, I respect your right to express it and I won’t tell you you’re wrong outright because that isn’t my place. I believe John Akinde brings an awful lot to this football club, I believe if we hadn’t signed him then fans would have been angry as to why and I believe he will play a major part in our season. I cannot fathom, for one minute, why there is so much hate being directed towards him. Someone on the radio called Anxious Imp texted in (anxious about what? Being top? Get a grip) with a comment about Akinde. It might have been along the lines of ‘all the money we’ve spent and we don’t have a goal scorer in the team’. It may have been another texter with that, but I almost spat my Horlicks down my Super Ted PJ’s.