The Opposition View - Fleetwood Town
Following yesterday surprise, yet thoroughly deserved, 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town in League Two at Highbury Avenue, here are some views on the game from both managers and some of the Cod Army.
The hosts had gone into the game on the back of five games without defeat and boss Micky Mellon was understandably disappointed to lose to the Blues. Afterwards he told their official website: "It was very disappointing, we feel that seven, maybe eight (players) didn`t get anywhere near the levels we know they can hit."
"We never recovered from their first goal. It was a poor goal from our point of view, and not enough of us got angry or annoyed about that in order to get things going and it just wasn`t like us today."
"We weren`t good enough on the day to put the ball in the net, all over the pitch we had disappointing performances. But we`re honest enough to admit that too many of us had an off day and sometimes that happens in football. "
"Myself and the staff are annoyed and we will go and digest the performance and try and get to the bottom of it, and try and make sure that next time we do have a spark. Today there wasn`t anybody that could give us that little spark today that we needed."
"They (the players) are told when an opportunity comes they are expected to slip in seamlessly and go and do their job. That`s why we tell them the squad is very important to us. For reasons like this afternoon we need these players to hit the ground running, all over the pitch it was a real disappointing day, and we are sorry we couldn`t give the crowd anything to really get going with."
"We can never take the opposition for granted, I keep saying that to everybody, we have to be somewhere near out best to pick up points in this division, if we don`t do that we aren`t good enough to win games at lower levels and we proved that this afternoon."
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was much the happier of the two bosses and said afterwards: 'It's easy to motivate but to see the tactics come out and working so well is fantastic. We've worked very hard on the training ground over the past few weeks and we're seeing that come to fruition.'
He added: 'We could have scored a few. We like to hit teams on the counter and we've done that. Bruno (Andrade) scored a great goal but there were plenty of other chances. It was a superb performance.'
"I want the manager`s job. It would be an honour, but it is not my decision. It`s down to the chairman. But three wins in a row can`t do me any harm. I have made no secret I would love to be the manager. The lads have been fantastic and given me half a chance of getting it."
"There was never a set date for an appointment made by the board. So all I can do is to keep the ship going in the right direction. I can still carry on playing and managing. I know there are people I can trust if I do have to throw myself on."
Fleetwood Town fans were probably expecting something similar to last season`s F.A. Cup victory over the Blues but they were in for something of a surprise instead. Here`s what they made of it...
The following extracts are taken from the Independent Fleetwood Town Fans Forum and the Cod Army forum.
"Inept. Too many players played out of position and too many players not putting a shift in. For the goal (Alan) Goodall gave too much space and the Wycombe lad finished excellently. That was awful to watch on a nice warm day, I am not looking forward to watching performances like that on a freezing cold day in January."
"We didn`t play well today. The whole midfield was poor in my opinion. We always struggle at home and I had a feeling it would be hard work today."
"Two attacking players started the game for a team sitting 3rd against a team in 20th I think it was too negative a team selection. Too many players look low / shattered confidence and (Scott) Davies deserved his man-of-the-match (MOM) award. Wycombe deserved the win but were poor, just long ball counter-attack (it worked) and battled 100%."
"Disappointing result today, too many players having an off day & as already mentioned players out of position.
Like I say massively disappointed by the performance of most of the players today, but not enough to boo my team off at both half time & full time, we are fourth in Football League 2. Some fickle fans want to remember where we are and where we have come from."
"Best team won and fair play. Teams in this league have mobile forwards with pace who can go by people and unfortunately none of ours have shown those qualities to this point."
"Fair play to Wycombe they created the better chances and if not for an excellent display from Scott Davies would have won by more."
"Did Nikki Bull actually have to make a save during the match? Scott (Davies) being named MOM tells you all you need to know."
"One of our worst displays in years, only Scotty kept us in the game where Wycombe didn`t even have to play well."
"What on earth prompted that 4-2-3-1 formation at home against a team down near the foot of the table is beyond me! Wycombe are down near the foot of the table for a reason - they've been s*** this season."
"Absolutely woeful! Another excellent gate of well over 3,000 went home very disappointed, no wonder home supporters at Highbury are not making any noise these days, there ain`t nowt to get excited about.
It could have been really embarrassing because Scott saved us on five occasions when a Wycombe forward had gone through our defence, and it was a one against one situation, and he well deserved MOM."
"To be fair we made Wycombe look good at times in the first half. To be fair to them when they attacked, the four lads who attacked in tandem looked really sharp with crisp passing at times that tore us apart, especially down the flanks and the lad who scored took it in a rare moment of class on the day. Some may not agree with the comment about Wycombe attacking well, but if it was for Scotty it would have been 0-6.
Good support from Wycombe too, seeing as they were jammed in the corner. They brought quite a few, so why not let them stand in Percy (Ronson stand) and at least create an atmosphere behind the goal? Nothing worse than a total empty terrace."
"Like the drunken lover on a Saturday night. Lots of fumbling about, plenty of huff and puff but, alas no penetration where it really mattered!"
Next up: Port Vale v Wycombe Wanderers - League Two
Saturday 20th October 2012 - Kick-off 3pm