We've got a 100% losing record to these magpies. But to be fair we've been at least 3 divisions lower each time - each time we've played them we've been in the Ryman league. And on each occasion we've not been humiliated. Who would have thought even the last time we played them that we'd be playing them as equals instead of minnows? Especially so as their league record is identical to ours at the moment, and sit above us by virtue of a better goal difference and aside from a smashing of Chorley, they are better on the road.
Their manager of course is Neal Ardley. We all remember what happened last time we faced a side managed by him.
I assume there was a good reason for substituting Ajiboye and Wright because they were the only two who looked like creating problems for the opposition, as proved by the first goal and what should have been a 2-0 lead. After that we reverted mainly to our usual long ball style which only served to let County have numerous chances especially in the second half. Too many long balls failed to find their target or when we played it on the ground there seemed to be a distinct failure to keep hold of the ball. The number of times we had the ball and then our player was quickly robbed of it is something which needs to be addressed. Will Chesterfield provide our first home win of the season?
I'm completely baffled by most of our managers decisions let alone substitutions. Dundas has been a great servant to the club but i wasn't expecting him to come on as a sub every game! Surely Dylan Kearney deserves an opportunity to show what he can do and today as a direct replacement for Tommy Wright would appear to have been the perfect time. Notts County were a useful team and there doesn't appear to be any standout team this year.We need to start winning at home and quickly.
Good for first 20 minutes and deserved the goal. Then County sussed us out. Wright obviously not fit and we had come nothing going forward second half. Our most effective attacking player went off as he was not defending and the subsequent subs were ineffective. Again we were hanging on at home and have Jamie Butler to thank for two great saves to give us a point. Would be interested to see the posession stats for the second half. I would estimate about 30% for us. I think we have the players but not the set up to win us games.
Maybe Ajiboye picked up a knock. Otherwise a baffling decision. Agree about kearney, if the manager didn't think he's good enough then get someone else in but it was clear to everyone else he should have been on as a straight swap for Wright. Totally lost our shape for 20 mins following the subs but fair play to the lads, they worked very hard and finished the stronger. Beautyman in particular ran himself into the ground.
At least we showed we can play it around a bit, we were much more compact with a good shape about us first half and we are left to wonder what might have been after wrightys missed sitter from Ajiboyes scintillating run. As soon as we resort to long ball we get stretched and we are utterly vulnerable to any quick play or counter attack, something we have to work on, but overall a much improved display and nice to see a good turnout too
Good for first 20 minutes and deserved the goal. Then County sussed us out.
I got told off for saying the opposition were sussing us out last week, but in truth this is what is happening, and for whatever reason we are not then being able to change our way of play. Something is not right with our midfield, they simply cannot hold the ball. Time and time again its coming back at us, we can't get out and then get sucked into the long ball game. I think the defence is coping admirably, and I don't know why so many talk of strikers, we could play 8 up front, no use if we cannot give them service.
Matt is a young manager, no he isn't Dos as someone suggested I was looking for last week, but he is going to have to find a way to mix up our play to give oppos something to think about. I cannot remember a substitution in the last few weeks which have changed anything already happening on the pitch.
Before anyone jumps on my back, thats just the matches as I am seeing them.
So that's now eight straight league games at GGL without a win (stretching back to March). The point earned today was at least an improvement on the yield from our last two matches.
There was some good news on the injury front, with Milsom returning at left back (to face his previous club) and Bolarinwa taking a place on the bench. And we started with two up front, Wright partnering Jarvis, and Beautyman playing on the left of midfield.
It all looked good early on. Ajiboye built on his promising performance at Yeovil with two terrific crosses, the first converted by Harry at the far post (for our first goal against Notts County since 1994!) and the second (at the end of a dazzling run) finding Tommy who could only scoop the ball over the bar.
Notts turned out in a dark green and gold kit that resembled a rugby strip, and some of their body checks in the first half suggested that they thought they were contesting possession of an oval ball. But as the half progressed they started to threaten with the ball, one shot whistling just wide and another being cleared off the line. Their pressure continued in the second half, and they equalised when their new signing Wootton found space on the edge of the D to fire past Butler.
Matt Gray responded by bringing on Dundo for Wright, then Bolarinwa for Ajiboye. But it was Jamie B who kept the score at 1-1, tipping a firece long-range shot over then blocking a close-range header. At that point I suspect that most Sutton fans were happy to settle for a pont. We did enjoy a brief spell of late pressure, Harry shooting too high in stoppage time.
The point hauls us up one place to 16th. Next Saturday we're in front of the BT Sport cameras at Wrexham, another side who are not as high up the table as might have been expected.
Anyone else notice that the top 3 strikers in the NLS are Ayunga, Lafayette and Coombes. I wonder if they could do a job at a higher level? We could probably guarantee them at least one half chance per game (provided Ajiboye was playing).
Yes this is facetious but we can't keep saying how hard the midfield work when their creativity is so lacking. Is it so hard so replicate the neat passing attacks which County displayed in the second half. We could tell that an equalizer was coming with all their attacks and that is what is so dispiriting watching us right now.
Finally, U's avoided defeat to Notts County but after a bright start, only just, thanks to MotM Jamie Butler. He was first called into serious action in the first half with a good stop, the follow up cleared by skip.
It all started so well for Sutton though with David A causing a number of problems down the right. First he ended up in a heap off the pitch after being illegally baulked - neither ref or lino saw it before he outpaced McCrory and crossed for Harry B to slide in and net at the far post. On his next raid his cross was met by Tommy W but the usually dependable TW put his effort over the top.
From there though, County began to grow into the match and enjoyed heaps of possession and even more once they had levelled thtough Wootton's powerful strike from distance. That came about as U's lost the ball cheaply as they struggled under Notts constant pressing of the ball and good use of it when they had it. Jamie B tipped on effort over the top and then made a truly outstanding save from a header that really should have been buried after U's had been caught by a County break. He also tipped over after Dundo had got his head to another delivery but could only direct it backwards.
There seemed to be a lot of tired U's players out there. Not surprisingly Tommy W lasted 53 mins demonstrsting that a year out takes it toll on fitness levels and David A soon followed as his impact had lessened as County's control rose.
Harry B, another contender for U's MotM ran himself into the ground and went close to snatching a late winner which, the way the match had progressed would have been more than a little harsh on the visitors.
Considering that County have hardly set the league alight this season I think yesterday showed how strong the NL has become over the past two seasons as I thought they looked a decent side. Certainly more impressed with them than Yeovil.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for the officials. Yesterday's ref missed loads, got throw-ins wrong and ended his match booking skip when he should have given U's a free-kick and booked the County guy for being late on Jon B. Playing a non-existant advantage didn't help his cause but he could have blown up and given U's the free-kick. Not surprised as he was another who looked to have wandered off the street and given a kit and a whistle and told "there you go, get on with it". Rubbish.
A decent atendance and one well-behaved if curious pup too.
Five home matches and no win but in hindsight, yesterday's point was a decent one.
We're on the box next week; all being well I'll give those who can't make it a wave.
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