It is the turn of the year and as you can see from the results, we have experienced both cup success and disappointment. First came a brave performance against Fulham who are back in the Premier League on this save with players in their ranks such as James Tomkins, Jordan Ibe, Mauro Zarate and Josh McEachran. They do possess some quality players so it was always going to be a tough tie but I do think that we put in a very strong performance and this was recognised by the fans and media. I do honestly believe that if the game had been at our ground, the result would have been different. They did have a lot more shots than us but nothing that particularly worried us. I am disappointed to admit that cup goalkeeper Daniel Ward was left out and this is the second time I have done this to him. However, he was the man in goal during the 5-2 win against Barnsley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final Leg 1.
This performance has got to be our best one so far despite having conceded two goals which I put down to Daniel Ward’s attributes being so poor. Unfortunately there has been no change in them since he joined the club due to him not getting any game time apart from a few cup games. Every other part of the game went according to plan; we were helped with Barnsley having two players sent off but as we all saw on TV, Manchester City struggled against ten men Bayern Munich in the Champions League. It is one thing have an advantage there, it is another thing taking it! Jerome Sinclair and Mohamed Coulibaly did the business by scoring a brace each with Sante Giacinti popping up with a solo effort. Just to note, we were four nil up before one of Barnsley’s players sent off so the game was already over. Is the tie over though? We played the second leg in front of our dedicated fans next month and if we play it right, the tie should be well and truly over.
I am quite disappointed with the lads’ efforts against Walsall as a win would have really put is on pole position for the league title. It was a close affair but Walsall would have felt very hard done by if they hadn’t got the three points. They simply deserved the win for coming back from two nil down to win the game 3-2. Their defence was atrocious and we didn’t make the most of that but instead seemed to sit back after the half time whistle. Will Keane (formerly of Manchester United) had a great game while Joe Edwards decided to score his first and second goal of the season against us. This lone result doesn’t suddenly mean that the first place is going to change hands any time soon but instead we will get back to a good run of form which will last until the end of the season. I am that confident; maybe over confident?
Player of the Month – Jerome Sinclair