A point. At last! Overall we're probably a little fortunate to have come away with something but also very grateful to Mr Butler pulling off a quite wonderful save near the end.
It was a real pleasure seeing Dos tonight looking relaxed and happy. He sat with me, Sallycat and the Aleman for the whole of the first half and was thrilled when we equalised. He looks well and the change has done him the world of good. Aside from specifically asking Sal and I to pass on his good wishes to all (which Sal posted earlier) he also said that the first opportunity he gets to come up on a midweek matchday he will be there to say hi to is all and of course to support the Us. One insight he did give about our league this year is he thinks Solihull rather than Fylde will win it and how big their budget is. He got almost instant vindication of that when they put 6 past the side that held us to a 2 all draw at the weekend.
As others have said, a point at Eastleigh is not to be sneezed at a result that ends a run of six consecutive league defeats at the Silverlake. Hard earned it most certainly was.
Think we scored with our first effort of note on goal and there wasn't too many thereafter. Following an even first half, Eastleigh, as they so often do against U's poured down the slope and found plenty of space for their full-backs to push on but for all the crosses they slung in they hardly troubled Jamie B until late on when he made one magnificent save and then another very good one. There were fine interventions by skip and Ben G too as the shots rained in but generally found a spectator rather than the target. Thus U's who looked to be a bit of a walking wounded squad at the end hung on to a point, something that the watching Dos will have appreciated considering his record with U's at this venue.
U's have used the ball better in previous matches and there was a lot of misplaced passes but the effort and spirit cannot be faulted.
Once again we conceded from a set piece but then levelled quickly with one of our own and so I come to las night's ref. And after the first two decent performances the standard is beginning to slip steadily back. Boyce (no 6) should have gone twice. First no yellow for a blatant handball but punished by skip's goal; second, already on a yellow he hauled Omar B down after the U's forward had escaped his initial effors. Bearing in mind what Rob M was cautioned for in the first half the lack of a second yellow was astonishing.
Then there was Rendell's antics in the first half. He fell clutching his face after challenging for the ball with Dale B. It was right in front of us and if there was any contact it was a brush and certainly not intended. I actually didn't see any contact. Rendell went down like he had been pole axed and got the dog's abuse his antics deserved. Embarassing fella.
Onto poor Will R who injured an ankle following a strong but fair tackle. The Eastleigh fans behind the goal showed little sympathy as the stretcher was called for and as he was carried off. And one of their (absent last night) number accuses U's fans of being horrible on twitter. He has a PHD too. Obviously two a penny thes days. Let's hope Will's injury isn't as bad as it looked.
There was some good humour from the Eastleigh right back in the second half with regards to nicking a yard or ten on a couple of throws. Add that to the point and the comfort of segregation following last season's shennanigans with the local drunks and a satisfying evening methinks.
The unbeaten run will be under a real test on Saturday with former Oxford C forward Tshimanga netting another two last night as we travel to the not so democratic People's Republic of Meadow Park.
4 games so far and a reasonable start for Matt and the new looking squad. Couple of things seem evident, defending from set pieces needs to improve, only 1 goal against from open play from the 5 we have conceded. The other is that there have been periods in all 4 matches when we have got pinned back for spells especially the last 10mins last night. That maybe down to the lack of Eastie and Kenny, we need to find that out ball, Tommy is ideal in those situations, but you need to get the ball to him. The break v Hartlepool was text book.
11th after 4 matches feels about right, but a bit of tweaking should see us as a top half side?
Thought we were well in the game for most of it, and looked like we could destroy them on the break but for our decision-making in terms of when or where to play the right pass. The number of times we had someone free wide on either flank and we'd either pick the wrong option or pick the right option but make a mess of that pass was infuriating, but that's something that can be fixed.
Not sure the second half subs were quite right for the situation, we were getting a bit of joy with Jarvis and Bugiel giving their centre halves a bit of a battle, and removing both of them meant their back 4 could push much higher up the pitch. As much as it was great to see Wright back on the pitch, Kearney might have been a better option to replace Jarvis there, in my opinion.
georgieboy: Brilliant result especially after travelling up on day. Well done all.
Jan 6, 2018 22:11:33 GMT
moatsider29: is the match tonight on media?
Feb 27, 2018 20:10:47 GMT
dos: Alright pal buzzing about Sutton need to up the atmosphere
Mar 25, 2018 4:11:24 GMT
davef: 28th April v Aldershot Town: TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON THE DAY. Season tickets are valid but if you need to buy a match ticket it MUST be purchased in advance.
Apr 12, 2018 9:07:23 GMT
tangerinedub: I live close to bohemians ground in Dublin and am a Blackpool supporter (used to live there) and Bohs are my Irish team.
Sept 12, 2018 14:41:42 GMT
tangerinedub: I can give you any info you want if travelling, pubs, food etc just let me know.
Sept 12, 2018 14:42:57 GMT
tangerinedub: hope you guys enjoy your trip to Dublin.
Oct 2, 2018 14:41:34 GMT
merchandiser: You guys make me laugh, have you been to many away grounds, I don't think so. When we travelled up north for most of the trophy rounds last season, you would not believe, it was like going back to the seventies.
Dec 13, 2018 17:28:58 GMT
scorpioeyes: It's time to scrap play-offs,they are ridiculous.
Apr 29, 2019 20:55:21 GMT
Stewart: The NL season starts on 3rd August The fixtures are due to be released on 3rd July.
May 21, 2019 13:01:32 GMT
scorpioeyes: I predicted a relegation struggle with a totally inexperienced manager. Hope I am wrong, but it doesn't look like it. MG is out of his depth,that's obvious.
Sept 3, 2019 22:59:54 GMT
ggl: So are we now saying we have a manager who is not in favour of bringing in loan players and if the board decided to part company with him they cannot afford to do so ?
Oct 23, 2019 8:21:42 GMT
historyboy: So sorry to hear about the passing of Eddie Clack. I Remember him well.
Oct 24, 2019 17:13:12 GMT
historyboy: Sad to hear of the passing of Eddie Cack, I remember him well. I think that the said photograph publishsed by the club, of him sitting next to Dave Hermitage, isn't him at all; I think the picture shows Micky Goodall. Compare other pictures of both.
Oct 24, 2019 17:27:34 GMT