Writer: Dale Jenkins
Date:Sunday October 13 2013
Following yesterday's thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Torquay United, here are the views of their manager and some of their supporters.
Manager Alan Knill bemoaned his side's poor defending following the defeat: 'All we said was in the second half play forward, play in their half and for seven minutes we didn't do that'.
'We didn't do what we did in the first half. If you give them space to play in they will.
'If you compact that space they can't. We did that first half and played down the sides of them and for the start of the second half we just played backwards`.
'All we wanted to do was make them defend, not us. So it's really tough to take' continued Knill.
'You score two away from home you should be winning the game, definitely not losing, and yet we concede three again for the second week in a row. He shouldn't have got in there for their first goal. We didn't react to it'.
'We weren't good enough and I can make excuses that we're missing some players but it's pretty basic stuff' complained the Gulls' manager.
The Torquay fans thought their side might have warranted a draw but were disappointed with their defending that contributed towards the result.
The following extracts are taken from torquayfans.com.
Jeff said: 'First goal was great build up down the left finished off by Azeez, great finish and Azeez has been outstanding. Didn't see the build up to the equaliser as was texting my friends the score, but saw enough to see Kuffour outmuscle Pearce quite cheaply and stab home. For a bit after it looked like our heads might drop, but we kept going and some great tenacity from Chapell forced the corner which Pearce headed in via the defender on the line and the underside of the bar. Wycombe playing an odd formation, no width but packing the midfield... Wycombe look poor tbf - lose possession more than we do and have adopted our tactics of humping it long to two midgets up front. Get the feeling they set up to try and dominate the centre and it's not worked out for them'.
'Poor second half, Wycombe came out with a much better tempo and we were unable to raise our game - it was like we gave the best we had in the first half and couldn't raise it anymore. Massively disappointed with the goals, as they were both free headers from the smallest man on the pitch. But both had elements of quality about them - the equaliser was from a cracking cross, and the winner was a great header however you look at it. For the most part the second half was even, we had some good pressure and Pearce had one cleared off the line but we never tested their keeper at all. After all the doom and gloom this week I really wanted a positive performance, and there were some positives. But there were a hell of a lot of negatives too - no presence up front, no final ball, concentration at the back being the main ones'.
Neal said: 'Kuffour hand ball for their first goal. Both team's first touch and passing accuracy was poor, which actually did make it entertaining. Wycombe are not good, but we are not good either and with a leaky defence you are gonna struggle. It`s no point saying if Downes or if xxxxx was playing, this is a squad game. I think the game itself was fairly even and yes could have gone either way, but from set pieces we were poor. Agree you could argue a draw would have been a fairer result but when you have 2 poor teams it's gonna be the mistakes at the back that decide it and ours were at set pieces'.
OllieGull said: 'Although we're worse off in the table than we were 90 minutes ago, this game has put a bit of confidence in me about the season despite the loss'.
ferrarilover said: 'Best team lost today, absolute robbery. I'm not interested in any alternative view. With Downes in the side, they don't get within 50 yards of our goal. Not one of their players would get in our starting XI. They had 20 minutes in the second half, aside from that it was all us. Referee fell for it every time one of theirs threw themselves to the floor and they took advantage. Entertaining game, but totally unjust result. A vastly greater mugging than Newport, and that was almost crime-of-the-Century. Absolutely distraught'.
FavGull said: 'Back at the car for the drive home. There are definitely positives to be taken from today, and there is ability and potential in this side. Wycombe won't win this league, but look a reasonable side at this level, and we by and large matched them'.
njgull said: 'With all the players missing we probably did a lot better than could reasonably have been expected. But to have a 2nd half lead and throw it away with sloppy (or nonexistent) marking is depressing. We're not in a position to be throwing away wins'.
Tktufc91 said: 'Very disappointing that we haven't got at least a point out of that game, although the marking at the back for their 2nd and 3rd goals were just shocking. After all the good work we did in the first half, we threw the game away. Will have to see their first as I'm not sure whether there was a bit of shirt pulling on Pearce, but my honest view, it was six of one and half a dozen of the other'.
Royalgull said: 'We lost that game due to not having a league standard defence. Exactly the same as Newport and last week. Who'd have thought it eh? Still at least we had a new central midfielder sat on the bench. A long punt down the middle not dealt with and 2 free headers 1 from corner. Pathetic and completely our own fault, Knill is clueless'.
Miltonkeynesgull said: 'Just back in from the game, and needs reiterating that we did not deserve to lose that game. We weren't great by any means, but I thought a draw would've been about right. For me, we had the better chances and looked the more threatening of the two sides...a win would've flattered us - as it does Wycombe - but when you defend set pieces as badly as we did today, there's only going to be one outcome'.
Nickbrod said: 'My initial reaction was a massive disappointment that we didn't achieve at least a point because this was certainly a much better performance than last Saturday's loss to York... All credit to Pearce for his 'comeback' but he got the wrong side of Kuffour for Wycombe's equaliser. I felt Pearce might have given away a penalty in the build up but the ref let play continue but then Kuffour, in full view of the lino, controlled the ball with his hand before rolling it past Rice. Our defence fell apart and to be fair Wycombe might well have scored more than the two they did'.
Rjc70 said: 'Thought we looked half decent today. We did look suspect on every corner in the second half and, indeed it was from two of them that we conceded the second half goals. (Edit: their second was from a cross after Tonge skinned, but still a free header for Cowan-Hall) A dominant centre half in that situation is missed, as Pearce can't mark all of them'.
bengull said: 'The first half was immensely positive, I would go so far as to say that was the best half of football we have played so far, if you take away the sloppy aberration for their equaliser we didn't really ever look in too much danger and looked like we could create chances at will- Azeez and Chappel causing plenty of problems throughout the half. Thought Lathrope was extremely effective in the first half and was the source of most of our good play, and having Pearce back was a calming presence at the back. Our first half lead was entirely merited, albeit against what I thought was a very pedestrian Wycombe'.
'After the match Ainsworth said he read his team the riot act at half time and made a couple of alterations to address the balance of play. It worked. I just hope that doesn't mean we are too predictable and easy to play against. I think in the second half it was more a case of Wycombe winning the match, rather than us throwing it away. Wycombe threw caution to the wind and attacked in numbers, and on a few occasions we were at sixes and sevens trying to stifle them. However, the flipside of this was that we looked dangerous on the counter attack but- as is so often the case this season- our final ball let us down'.
'For all our attacking intent and industry in the second half- we passed the ball around quickly and nicely- we did not work their goalkeeper once. If you can't do that, you don't deserve to win. I think we need to see our manager really make a difference, if Ainsworth really walked into the changing room at half time and made a match-altering difference, well, I want our manager to do that too. If there are big decisions to be made, he needs to make them. My impression of him today, based on his demeanour, was that he wasn't sure how to change it around'.
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Date:Sunday October 13 2013
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