The Opposition View - Chestefield
Following yesterday's stirring 1-0 win over league leaders Chesterfield, here are some thoughts on the game from the Spireites` manager Paul Cook and a few of their fans.
"It's not frustrating it's disappointing," said Cook.
"To be frustrated you've got to create chances and have attempts on goal. Ian Evatt had the header, and it will be interesting to see whether that's offside or not, but apart from that we had no chances and we had no quality in the game at all."
"Give Wycombe great credit, great performance by them. They worked their socks off to get the win for their manager. It's a great win for Gareth and they should enjoy their night tonight."
"We were poor today, we weren't at it. That was one of our most disappointing days since I've come in."
"We should have drawn the game 0-0, but unfortunately the ref's given a penalty, whether it is or not, is probably debatable, but we've lost the game 1-0."
When asked what he said to the referee to get himself sent off (on his birthday), Cook replied; "I told him to liven up."
Astonishingly, in view of his own side's antics, the Spireites` boss went on to say… "It's hard for referees because nowadays lads can con them and cheat them... if lads are diving round and cheating, then it's not good for them. I always think they should book people early, I'd advocate that, that they should stamp their authority on the game earlier."
But Cook admitted.. "the referee hasn't cost us the game because we haven't played anywhere near well enough, we haven't created any chances in the game, and never looked a threat going forward."
The Chesterfield fans didn't like the unfamiliar taste of defeat, hated the referee, and weren't too keen on us either.
The following extracts are taken from Bob's board.
"Shocking bouncy pitch with a shocking ref. Penalty was more ball to hand than the other way round, nothing that Evatt could have done to avoid it. We tried to play but it was hard due to Wycombe defending in numbers. Funniest thing was seeing their players celebrating like they had won the cup. Shocking game against an appalling team."
"Why shouldn't they? It was a very important win for them."
"That was so bad, it will be some years before I go to Wycombe again just to get the memory out of my system. The referee let them get away with just about everything. They were falling down and getting the decisions with some blatant cheating. They were taking the p**s and rolling around as if in agony and that was galling. The referee was so inept Cookie got involved and got sent off."
"Wycombe player punches ball away and no penalty. This ref wants a fkin right hook. Tw@"
h again wrote:
"We can run rings round the likes of Wycombe on recent form, but we're reduced to plugging high balls at a small striker. Get back to playing football."
Oldbury Spireite wrote:
"Wycombe have been clever. They can`t beat us at football so they wound our players up by constantly fouling. The ref was a complete idiot and let them get away with their game plan."
DMU Blue wrote:
"Seriously though, they are crap. We've not been great but they're just anti-football, niggly, hoofball."
"Two very bad teams today. We didn't look up for it, and referee was terrible. He gave them a debatable penalty which gave them something to fight for, and favoured them in the 50/50 challenges. Wycombe created nothing, just fought more than we did."
"They set out to make us play the sort of game THEY wanted, and because we were too feeble and lacking in drive and determination, they achieved their aim. Yes, the ref was a total idiot, but we are good enough to overcome that, but not today. Wycombe totally deserved to win - they must have won 90% of 50/50 tackles and were first to almost every loose ball. That was the first game this season when I have thought our entire team were a disgrace and let us all down."
"There always has to be a worst game of the season. This was it."
"Why is it happening again? Why are we not pulling away from the chasing pack when we put ourselves into pole position? We had a chance to consolidate our position in the top three but the dreaded curse of 1st place strikes again. Our best form is when we`re chasing the top spot."
"The longest 90mins of my life! Truly shocking! Neither keeper had anything to do."
Spike The Spireite wrote:
"Nobody can say this game is a one off, we have struggled all season to break down teams that stick ten men behind the ball and try to rough us up a little. Credit to Wycombe though, they've obviously done their homework, and yet again we`re sat here wondering how we haven't won a game of football."
Walton Spireite wrote:
"Lack of a quality striker could still cost us. Today is a Shocking result."
"Big Parkin showed how to lead a front line against us the other night, he was a constant threat. Our three strikers get bullied by big centre backs far too often. We didn't create one serious threat all the match."
RN Blue wrote:
"It's alright saying we need a decent striker, but we also need to create the chances for that striker to score - One shot on target today according to the stats."
calvin plummers socks wrote:
"We're the division's top scorers."
Waller is my hero wrote:
"Losing games like these frustrate me, but it happens. We`re still top, and a lot of the teams below us are bottling results."
Next Game: Exeter v Wycombe - Tues 25th Feb - 7.45pm