It was Bury in the FA Cup and Blackpool in the Johnstone Paint Trophy. Both games ended in 4-0 results, one going our way and the other against us. The chances were that we weren’t going to progress that far in the FA Cup so losing 4-0 although it was a bad result and performance, it isn’t the end of the world.
Whilst the 4-0 win in the JPT showed that we can turn it on when we want to and gives us a real chance of winning some silverware this season. The next game is a Lancashire-Yorkshire Derby against Barnsley.
So what did we learn from the games? With so many players being switched around it was the chance to see the depth of the squad, those coming in getting the chance to show what they are made of and maybe break into the team.
Just who were the winners and losers then? One player who definitely failed to impress was goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell. The keeper made a howler against Bury as he let the ball slip through his hands for the first goal and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the game.
The returning Haris Vuckic also failed to impress, although the attacker has been out for nearly two months. One attacker though who did impress again was Jordy Hiwula, the striker is enjoying his games in the JPT having now bagged four goals so far. The striker has flashes of brilliance in some games and shows the composure at times of a more experienced striker, yet still has the naivety of a younger striker. Time of course will change that.
It is interesting because the arguably stronger team went on to lose 4-0, whilst the team with more of our fringe players clicked better and managed to get the 4-0 Blackpool win. Either way we have managed to progress in at least one cup and have kept ourselves undefeated at home this year.