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Re: V leatherhead

By Pink Panther17/10/2016 13:42Mon Oct 17 13:42:30 2016In response to Re: V leatherhead

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I'm hoping the nature of the comeback will inspire confidence, but then we've been intermittently demolishing better sides than Leatherhead anyway, i.e. Folkestone, Lowestoft. We really should have won when that gilt-edged chance fell to Tomlin only a couple of minutes after the equaliser.

The defence was shocking again. I don't recall Leatherhead creating any real chances other than the goals, which came out of the blue within seconds of us applying pressure at the other end. The first came from a goal kick that should have been a corner (I don't blame the officials for failing to notice a slight deflection off a defender's leg as Sakajja shot into the side-netting - it won't have been clear from most angles - but nonetheless infuriating to concede as a result. The second came from another counter attack as a forward skipped past weak challenges from Clunis and Carew before a third one from Ming felled him for a dangerous free kick. Not for the first time the whole defensive set up for a set piece looked like an accident waiting to happen. After that all i can remember Leatherhead creating was a few corners that didn't amount to much, then another free kick in a similar position right near the end which led to shots blocked in the goalmouth an a corner.

It didn't help that Weatherstone was missing (ill, I understand), but surely Taylor would have stiffened us defensively? Admittedly he's probably short of match practice, so maybe there's good reason not to start him just yet. Ming at right back looks a real weak link to me, although Green looked more sound defensively than in the past. Carew & Beaney together have the same shortcomings when we lose possession, i.e. lack of pace and inability to win the ball back, leaving opponents are running at the defenders with momentum.

At times our attacking play was wonderfully fluent in the final third, but the keeper wasn't worked nearly as much as he needed to be. Dumaka is a huge bonus for me - he was the best centre forward I saw in this league last season with Grays, where he scored 18 in 24 league games before his transfer to Maidstone.

Edited by Pink Panther at 13:49:50 on 17th October 2016

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