The Opposition View - Gillingham
Following Wycombe's thoroughly deserved 1-0 win at Gillingham last night, here are some thoughts on the game from the Gills' manager Martin Allen and a few of their fans.
"I thought we started the game very well," said Allen speaking to his club's official website.
"First half-hour we passed the ball and looked comfortable. Just before half time we had a couple of tricky minutes, and in the second half we didn't play well enough."
"We were far too open, and on the counter-attack they looked very dangerous."
"They've got pace up front, they've got some good attacking players which I knew full well as I saw them play Dagenham a couple of weeks ago. They have got some talented players but we never got on top of them."
"We were far too open as a team and we let them have far too many opportunities at our goal."
Referring to the imbecile who ran onto the field and jumped on Jordan Archer's back, the Gills boss said: "I'm sure tomorrow morning when he wakes up he'll be shocked, hurt, disappointed in himself for what he's done. He's not a true reflection of our football club."
The Gills' fans knew they were second best on the night.
The following extracts are taken from Gills Connect, Gillingham Fans Online, Gills365, The Football Forum and not606.
'We never really looked like winning and we could all see the danger before their goal. They had all the best chances and we were exposed time after time at the back.'
'Well, that was embarrassing wasn't it. Wycombe didn't look great, we just looked awful.'
The Shouting Man wrote:
'Lump the ball upfield, hope for a lucky bounce. That seems to be the only tactic I saw tonight... Wycombe would have won by 3 or 4 if it wasn't for Nelson.'
'The only chances we created were from set pieces or long throws. No creativity at all.'
'Tonight is the worst we have performed defensively this season. Legge and Barrett just could not handle the pace of Wycombe's forward line. It should have been 4 or 5.'
'I'm not going anymore. Call me a bed wetter if you must but I've had enough, I honestly think we are going to **** it up and I don't want to see it. Anyone watching that shambles tonight will be wondering how the hell we have been top of the table for most of the season. Mad dog, you've been found out as a **** manager, go now!'
'Is it too radical or controversial to suggest Allen should go and go now? Get Peter Taylor back until the summer, then review? i think if we stick with Allen, we will end up play-offs at best, perhaps even lower.'
'Allen must now be seriously questioned. It has gone on too long. Getting shot of some of our best players only to replace them with cheap dross.'
'Allen is known for his 'mad' styles. His crazy ideas and his 'innovative' thinking. This can only ever have short term benefits, hence why he has done so well at steering clubs away from relegation when has has taken them over in the past. These ideas bring people together in the short term but then they get used to them and less effort is put in.'
'I'm honestly starting to worry about Allen. Wrong midfield. Wrong subs. Gregory is not fit to wear the shirt.'
'The defence didn't play that badly. They were let down by the non existent midfield.'
'Well, that was painful. If we'd escaped with a draw it would have been a travesty. I know individuals were poor (Gregory - worst display by a Gills player I can remember for a fair while) - but more worrying was the way it looked as though we were playing with 9 men. Wycombe poured through our midfield and our team shape was abysmal.'
'Why did we let Montrose go?'
'Rubbish football played throughout the team so why single Gregory out? They are all guilty of wasting the ball with woeful passing, aimless headers and kicks into no-man's land. The scorer for Wycombe did a neat couple of touches to create the opening and took the chance well having missed a better chance only moments earlier. But for all our 'chances' I never felt we carried enough threat.'
'Wycombe deserved that by a mile. Typical home performance by us.'
'Absolutely woeful. Thoroughly embarrassed by our performance on the pitch and by the fan on it at the end.'
'After 50 years of watching Gills I can take losing, but to add insult to injury one of our fans decides to humiliate our club. Worse still, other Gills fans were cheering the **** on and having a go at the keeper.'
'By and large the reaction of the stand was one of revulsion for the idiot. But the kids down the front were giving the keeper both barrels with some laughing and applauding.'
'Credit to Wycombe. Four pacy attacking players against any league 2 team will cause problems.'
'Wycombe are a revelation under Ainsworth and maybe, just maybe, are dark horses to do a 'Crewe ' and sneak a late spot in play-offs.'
Next Game: Wycombe v York City - Sat 9th Feb - 3.00pm