We started the first half very well, Powell and Fortune worked well to set up a terrific shot that riffled just wide. It's a shame Grant Holt seemed to be off his form a little this match. Around the 70 minute mark he picked up from a careless defender and had a shot so easy for him to score but he still missed. I'm gutted because we really could do with Holt finding the net, we brought him in to be our goal scorer but he's not having the best of times at the moment. He had another chance in the final minute of the game, with a beautiful header stopped only by an equally impressive save. McClean's cross by the way was stunning! Albrighton had a cracking starting but was the embodiment of the second half drop in standards. The same could be said about Chris McCann who played quite well.
Our defending this game was shockingly poor. There was very little shape and no one seemed to take the initiative, leading to the goal. However, going forward we looked strong. We should have scored on a number of occasions but in the end, we didn't and that cost us the game. The standard of the first half was set high and to come out to a second half like that is asking for trouble. Start as you mean to go on, or, build up and up and up - never build down in quality!
My Man of the Match this week goes to young Lee Nicholls who came up with some outstanding saves. Without him the scoreline would, perhaps should, have been much wider. Ultimately, he could do nothing about the goal, the defenders really should have done better, but the save before it was beautiful. It was a sting that the goal came when it did, we should have been in front with Holt's attempt, but the result is due to a sloppy second half. Nicholls for me was the only person really working to the best of his abilities.
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