2009/2010 started fairly slowly for Town with 4 points out of a possible 9 and little sign of what was to come. Now the 2010/2011 season shows no sign of being any different, as a disjointed Town go one worse by failing to register a victory in our opening 3 games. In doing so, we’ve made our worst start to a season since the 2001/2002 season, when only a solitary point was gained by the end of game three.
Anyone who watched the game would no doubt agree that we put in a much improved home performance than the games against Brighton and Leyton Orient, however this still was plainly not enough as Town drew 1-1 with Brentford.
I couldn’t have been more impressed with Town in the opening 8 minutes. We started positively and controlled the game, making a couple of well created openings, but then it only took one stupid mistake to cock up the game plan and put us on the back foot.
Michael Rose’s poor decision and lame header back to Lucas gifted the ball to Bees striker Charlie McDonald who slotted home into the empty net. Credit must go to McDonald who chased the ball and anticipated the possibility of a mistake, but with my high hopes for Rose now dashed following his poor performance, the opportunity for Kennedy to start at MK Dons next week must be given.
Brentford had several good chances after going one nil up as the Town’s defence looked shaky to say the least. I couldn’t believe the scoreline was still 1-0 and surely a more composed and quality opposition would have firmly took the advantage.
For once Alan O’Brien was involved in a game and he created chances on what has been a void on the left following the departure of Danny Ward. O’Brien was offered space down the left and duly found his running boots and finally showed his acceleration and pace. However whilst one or two opportunities were made, Alan was found short in the majority of cases as he couldn’t dribble and beat the Bees defence, plus his crossing was poor.
Town’s goal late in the first half from Prutton isn’t going to win goal of the season. The truth is I didn’t care how our goal came as we deserved and needed to be back on level terms.
The second half was much the same as the first with chances available for both teams. It was good to see some relatively early substitutions from Wilson, although Dossevi had a good game and it was disappointing to see him replaced. I guess he’s still finding his fitness but after his goal last weekend he’s certainly looking sharper.
The final chance, late in stoppage time, came for poor Vincent Pericard. Who after a strong run, took aim from the edge of the box and failed to test the keeper, much to the anguish of Prutton who had tracked the move and found space in the box. From my view above the dugouts I could see Wilson rightly pissed off that Pericard had blasted over. Then Peter Shirtliff mentioned something to the gaffer and both shared a laugh. Peter was obviously taking the blame for urging Pericard earlier this week to “be more selfish”. I can’t blame Pericard for having a go. He will score this season and it won’t be pretty.
The build up this week has been mostly about our problems in defence. Whilst yesterday showed no sign of these problems being eradicated, at least the deserved man of the match performance from Sean Morrison certainly answered the fan’s and Danny Wilson’s calls. How can Morrison still be 19? His towering presence in the centre of defence stood firm throughout the game akin to a seasoned pro, however Sean has only made 40 league appearance in his short career. His strength, calmness and tackling was clearly demonstrated late in the second half when making a last ditch tackle to deny Brentford a clear shot on goal.
The search for the first win of the season continues… keep the faith.