Season Four: October
We endured a tough start to the month as Leyton Orient ended our unbeaten league run. Up next was the COC fixture away to Plymouth and I did keep my promise of starting a secondary team, and we were spanked. We got back to winning ways against Wycombe, thanks to an inspired performance by Kevin Griffiths. The Morecambe defeat came as a surprise as we had been dominating the game from start to finish but our concentration slipped twice and we suffered as a result. However, we picked ourselves up and scored seven in the remaining two games of the month, as four goals from Danny Mills helped us dispatch Bristol Rovers and Northampton. I'm happy with this month. Yes, we lost three games, but we bounced back from our defeats and performed admirably.
Player Of The Month
The attacker on loan from Brighton, Kevin Griffiths
, was my best player of the month. At first, he had a tough time breaking in to the squad but he has found some form and produced some fantastic performances which have been key to our recent good form. He has pace and intelligence, which means he can get in to very dangerous positions very quickly. He is not the most technically gifted player but he is young and has plenty of time to develop in to a lethal attacker. His goalscoring ability has come to the fore this month, as he netted four times in the six games. I'm hoping that he can continue his run of form and keep firing the goals in.
Kevin Griffiths' Season Stats
MotM Awards: 2
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Shots On Target Ratio: 37%
Pass Completion Ratio: 75%
Fouls Committed: 0
Fouls Against: 26
Average Rating: 7.35
Sky Bet League 2
Our good form has seen us climb further up the table in to 5th position! We are now just five points off first placed Doncaster and we are looking more and more like promotion candidates with each passing month. While we have cut down a lot on goals conceded, we are now also the top scoring team in the league so far this season. This shows how much we have grown as a team over the last year.
We play just three league games and one FA Cup game next month as we look to strengthen our promotion charge. I'm hoping for six points next month and to give Rochdale a good scare in the FA Cup, even if we don't progress.
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