The Opposition View - Bury
In the wake of yesterday's crucial 1-0 win over Bury, here are some views on the game from the Shakers' manager Alan Knill and a few of their fans.
The Bury boss felt his side gave as good as they got for much of the game.
"I thought we were the better team in the first half and they were in the second. If I'm going to be honest it looked like a draw and we said at half-time there was only ever going to be one goal in it. We had chances first half and didn't take them and then we gave them a goal," said Knill.
"The disappointing thing for me was that when we went a goal down, we kept giving the ball back and didn't play it how I expect us to play, by passing it."
"When we're not firing at the top end of the pitch we have to keep a clean sheet. We didn't today and it's cost us three points. I believe we're as good as anyone in the league. I don't think there is anyone to fear but we have to be ruthless at both ends of the pitch and today we weren't," he said.
The Bury fans were disappointed in their team's second-half performance.
The following extracts are taken from the shakers message board, BBC606 and the football forum.
'I wish I had a pound for every time we passed to them. We huffed and puffed but never worked their keeper.'
'Decent first half with us playing the better football. Second half we faded badly with them creating a few chances. Lowe and Ajose never got going and we played far too much aerial stuff which they coped with easily.'
Hampshire White wrote:
'The big pity about today was that for a period in the first half we were superb, pinging balls 30-40 yards, knocking the ball from right to left, 15-20 passes keeping the crowd quiet and creating quality chances. When Wycombe pressed we looked dangerous on the break, with Ajose clean through at least three times. But by the end it was as if that hadn't happened and we were outfought, outheaded and outpassed down the middle. Fon William had a superb game and we needed him to keep the score down. Wycombe will be delighted with their win, but we could easily have thrashed them if we had scored when on top.'
'We didn't even have a shot on target.'
'We are specialists at the counter-attack but sat so far back in the second half that their midfield had acres of space. In the end Wycombe were good value for their win. Didn't like Beavon's antics though, even Le Fondre would have been embarrassed by his cheating.'
'Second half, Wycombe were the better team and deserved the win. Yet another clumsy mistake at the back cost us.'
'Game of two halves but I don't agree that we faded badly. You have to give credit to the opposition, they came out in the second half and did what they should have done from the start, they got in our faces, closed us down and forced us to go more direct. We controlled the first half and they were lucky to get to half time 0-0, but that was our chance gone. They obviously got a rocket at half time and were told they had to work as hard as they do away from home, they stopped us playing, forced us to go long and their centre backs had an easy 45 minutes.'
'Second half we were just poor. That was the difference. We got beat by an average team, 3 points dropped.'
'Wycombe were ok but didn't offer too much other than the goal. On another day we might have won 3-1 but Wycombe narrowly deserved their win for a better second half performance than us. Never mind, we can't win every away game and overall that was one of the tougher ones.'
'We had an off day and they only just beat us. Had we played like we have in the last few away games we would have won. If that's their best, we have nothing to fear in the run in.'
'Sodje took some stick from the crowd when their number 20 kept doing the same thing as that old bird from I'm a celebrity...falling over. Williams made some good saves to keep us in the game. Second half they changed their tactics, closed us down, stopped us from playing football and to be honest probably deserved the 1-0 win.'
Next Game: Southend v Wycombe - 18th December - 3.00pm