Tuesday, 28 February 2012


The town with the crooked spire (and some good beer) has a pleasant centre and supports a team that have had a poor season but are threatening a comeback. Tonight's objective is to quell that comeback, ideally with a win but a point might just do. 

This game and Saturday's at Bournemouith both poses potential banana skins. Both sides are in reasonably good form, especially Bournemouth who have done creditably well with a play -off challenge after losing many of their best players (inc. Roy Wiggins). Francis has gone in the opposite direction and appears to be doing well, so we must avoid the "old player scores against his former club" tradition.
Chesterfield have a new ground (I have not been there, but passed it on the way to Sheff United earlier in the season). My guess is that it will be more spacious and less challenging than the more closed in, close to the pitch pressure boiler of thew previous stadium; hope so.

We go into the game after a great performance against a Stevenage side on a very good run. However, whilst we could have scored 6 or more if BWP had been at his best, let's not forget that Stevenage had around 3 good chances (and a shout for a penalty in the opening minutes). Even though we are in such great form, we still give the other side openings that sooner or later they will take to good effect. So it would be good to really close down Chesterfields tonight (especially early on).

A goal or two from BWP would be an excellent outcome. Like another blog has said the CAFC crowd have been very patient during this barren period, and we all hope his last goal will signal a change of fortune. In fairness, the Stevenage goalkeeper had a good game, buit he should still have bagged at least 2 more.  
If his form does not improve, we at least have the promising Frances in the wings; and I reckon his best position is probably in the middle and not on the wing.

Saturday was a good performance from all of the side, but even though Green was returned to the right wing for most of the game, he still had little impact apart form a couple of good crosses (counterbalance by several ineffectual ones). I'm afraid to say I (and most of the East Stand) also bemoaned apparent 'chickn outs' of two tackles down the wing during break aways that could have been decisive had he gone in and one the ball. Again, if he cannot string a sequence of  good performance then Frances could also be employed on the wing.
All credit to Morrison for a great goal and yet again a very solid performance. If he goes on like this, we may have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to keep other predators from trying to sign him for next season.

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