We all know what happened on Friday evening but equally probably realise it was a case of what didn’t happen. After 15 minutes the slightly disjointed yellow and green tide ebbed away and the red and white south coastal one flowed in with great intent.
Those in their deckchairs in home gardens with knotted hankies on their heads, eating spam sandwiches and drinking brown ale from the bottle would have enjoyed the game immensely. In Hampshire anyway.
Three post match quotes sum the debacle up perfectly:
“We are of course disappointed. We didn’t want to just win five games, but nine out of nine – that’s always our attitude. The situation after a loss isn’t approved. It’s more difficult now. Of course, it’s better to win the first game. We’re now one back in the nine game series so our situation is a bit worse. It’s no option to give up or be too down. As long as we have a chance, we will keep going and keep fighting”. Daniel Farke.
“What can I say? If you concede three goals, you can’t say you played well. I have to take the blame for that as well. I have to analyse what I can do better. Two goals were a bit too easy. All in all, I’m very happy to be back but losing a game is never nice”. Timm Klose.
“Let’s face it, our players knew the art of social distancing to a man. Dust off your boots chaps, we might be in the team next time out”. My mate Scott from Horsford.
We waited three months for that? Sorry Daniel, it was so poor and on quite a few levels too. 4-4-2 does not work for us and at times it seemed to me like Josip Drmic was clogging up the channels Teemu Pukki would naturally run into. Harsh maybe but that’s how I saw it.
Why was Alex Tettey not involved at all? The axis of Tom Trybull and Kenny McLean does not work for us and at times the Saints had the freedom of midfield. Plus they appeared to be much the fitter of the sides and their high press seemed to terrify us at times.
As Klose honestly and rightly alluded to, two of the three goals were down to poor defending as in a wayward headed clearance from Ben Godfrey and a couple of shadow tackles for the third.
I have probably seen Todd and Emi less effective than they were on Friday but I honestly cannot remember when. I suppose Jamal, Max and Tim Krul would just about emerge with a 7/10 but I wouldn’t rate anybody else over a 5.
If that’s how we came out of the traps Daniel’s “little miracle” looks as likely to be achieved as me winning the Eurovision song contest with my old punk band The Bedsores performing “Death to Death”. Luckily for all MFW readers, there is no audio clip remaining of said offering. I’m quite pleased about that myself, to be honest.
We cannot complain we were unlucky, cheated by VAR or unbalanced by the lack of a home crowd. In fact, even the most loyal of supporters might have “expressed their dissatisfaction” had they have been there on Friday.
We mustered just one shot on target in the whole match, a tentative effort from the Mayor in the first half. When you can’t score and you can’t defend you know the writing is on the wall. And it is, painted with a six-inch brush in gothic purple and black.
As we face the inevitable I do tend to think of this: Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?) (TOTP, 1978)
It’s extra poignant as being TotP the Buzzcocks were obviously miming and cruising through their performance.
A bit like NCFC on Friday night.