- Football League One
- 02 October 2012
- Att: 2928
- Ref: Andy Davies
THE STARTING 11
ZUBAR | ELPHICK | ADDISON | DANIELS
HUGHES | DAVIDS | O’KANE | CARMICHAEL
DEMOUGE | BARNARD
ON THE BENCH:
JALAL, COOK, PARTINGTON, FOGDEN, FLETCHER, TUBBS< GRABBAN
11 TUBBS>DEMOUGE 53 PARTINGTON>DAVIDS 78 FLETCHER>O’KANE
THE SOUTH END SAYS
OUR VIEW ON THE LATEST GAME
Another lose and another abject performance. We cannot be bothered to write any more. Paul Groves is obviously not the man for the job and needs to step down. Problem is who is going to take over?
“Paul Groves is obviously not the man for the job and needs to step down. Problem is who is going to take over? “
Round of applause for the 400+ travelling #AFCB supporters.. We salute you all
Hope for #afcb as Charlie Daniels’ cross is turned in by Lee Barnard. #ctfc lead 2-1
As much as I hope this game is the final nail in Groves’s coffin,I salute all #afcb fans who travelled. Your unwavering support is admirable
Addison was never good! Cook Zubar and Flahavan rarely conceded goals, that wasn’t the problem! #afcb
Going to sit with my back against the wall and stare into space for a while. It’s better than watching #afcb play like this.
Ah. 2-0 down. ‘Awful defending’ according to Willo. #Afcb
There rain is pouring down now and with five minutes on the clock both teams are settling into the game. #ctfc #afcb
A FANS VIEW
I almost no longer care…
The evening started well with my discarding Sally Sat Nav’s plea to take me to the M25 in rush hour and we went via Brighton. A decision vindicated by not only sitting down having a well deserved beer in Redz Bar at 6:15, but getting there early enough to partake in the free steak pile – delicious
The ground was compact and bijou and the club shop was a portacabin – surely they’d be no match for megabucks AFCB ?
“The ground was compact and bijou and the club shop was a portacabin – surely they’d be no match for megabucks AFCB?”
The rain was a great leveller early doors as both sides struggled to keep their feet. On 8 minutes a man with a huge head stood, for no apparent reason as the crowd was sparse, right in front of me and while I gave him an evil stare Demouge was felled with an elbow to the head – and he was off.
That’s 1 game and 8 minutes he’s lasted then. Tubbs came on in his stead to applause from both home and away fans
The next 20 minutes were largely controlled by AFCB in the Crawley half. I think it would be over stretching it to say we were threatening, as our final ball / shot was always woeful, but we looked relatively comfortable.
A Tubbs and Barnard shot each plus a Hughes free kick were the best we could offer. Then, after a full 90 seconds of Crawley pressure – they scored. Zubar had narrowly missed netting an own goal from a headed clearance and from the resulting corner, despite three failed attempts to clear, the ball ping ponged around the box until it was fired in from 12 yards. We did have a good chance to equalise 5 minutes later when Charlie D went marauding down the left and fired a low cross in but a last ditch stretch from the defender prevented the expected Tubbs tap-in. 2 minutes later Elphick thwarted a 2 v 1 attack with a superb challenge but it was to no avail as less than a minute later a Crawley free kick was headed in , yet again UNMARKED.
I’m not sure if we’re zonal marking now – but it’s not bl**dy working. Had it not been for a smart diving save from James it might have been 3 before half time – but believe me, the half time whistle was a blessed relief. So disheartened was I that I seriously considered putting off my half time toilet break until the players came back on, just so I’d miss a few minutes!!! The 2nd half started unexpectedly by us getting a goal back. Superb tenacity from Charlie D saw him win the ball back against the odds and the ball was slid to Barnard who slotted in off the man on the line.
Could this be a comeback – for 10 minutes or so, we thought it might. Partington went close and O’Kane’s run down the left deserved more when he looked up to find no-one had matched his enterprise and got into the box to receive his cross. But the comeback was short lived, when a hopeful ball from the back sent their attacker sprinting down the right. He saw off 2 defender’s attentions all too easily and crossed the ball in to his team-mate. He drew the last defender in, passed it to the man free on the left – who put it in
Game over. 60 minutes gone, and game over. Just like Swindon, we just gave up. Sure there was a little more huffing and puffing but without making their keeper make a save. In fact, had it not been for the excellence of James with 2 superb saves to remember, the beating could have been a lot worse.
The last 30 minutes were summed up when James had the ball, we were 3-1 down, and he had no-one to pass it to – no-one wanted it – so he just kicked it into the stands.
Summary – I’m not sure if it’s lack of direction, heart or fitness but AFCB have been run ragged these last few games. Every goal scored is starting to be greeted with apathy, every goal conceded is expected. The fans are tired of watching players who look like they couldn’t care less – and paying for the privilege to do so