I learned a lesson recently, to try to hold my articles until such a time that common sense was in control, not incandescent anger.
With that in mind, this evening I shall postpone my full article on the game. There’s going to be a lot to digest and assess before I think there can be a proper analysis of the game. Whether it is own very own Watergate, the utterly woeful defending or the Big John discussion, I’m going to hold my nerve and sleep on a few things.
I don’t think sleep will make our defensive performance any better, I fear it may be the cause of my nightmares this evening. Despite the howlers, the second in particular one I know will stay with me for a long while, I felt we could have won the game.
I’m happy giving credit to Carlisle, no doubt at all. They were a decent side, well organised and methodical with a game plan that extended beyond just sitting deep. They did sit deep, but they worked really hard to stifle us and looked a threat going forward too. huge credit to their fans as they made a long journey and hopefully feel a point is just reward for their trip.
I’m going to also try to be a little reserved when discussing the referee too as I know all the amateur refs out there, even those who I’ve blocked on Facebook but still pop along occasionally looking for an excuse to have a go, will want to shoot me down. I received plenty of abuse for my article berating Lee Collins at the weekend, not only for the childish language (allegedly) but also the manner with which it was written. I’ll not make the same mistake again.
This is handball
This is a penalty
I just want to make it clear that there was also a handball on our part in the second half that was not given, which I make three blatant penalties, all ignored. I would like to know when it became part of the rules that a keeper could take out an onrushing player and not be punished for it, because two games in the last three we’ve fallen foul to such atrocious decisions.
This wasn’t the cause of us not winning tonight, although a late penalty could well have got us three points, but when Danny talks about us preparing everything only to not turn the water tank on, I can’t help but think there’s other variables that affect things too.
Right now, I feel cheated. I feel as a paying fan we are being cheated with low quality referees. After listening to Danny speak I feel cheated that the basics have not been covered by the club and I feel cheated by some of our defending. I know we drew, I know we’re still top and that is why I’m writing this now, but not looking at the game as a whole. Maybe after a night under the duvet gaining perspective I can once again be objective.
I need to sleep on it. I think we probably all do.