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Notts County 2 v 1 Colchester United
SkyBet League Two
Tuesday, 19th August 2014 Kick-off 19:45
Notts County 2 U's 1 - Gerry's View
Wednesday, 20th Aug 2014 22:03 by Gerry Us

How to sum up a totally frustrating evening at Meadow Lane? Yes Joe, you are correct, we did boss the game but unfortunately they scored two to our one. Until we get someone up front who can actually hit the back of the net regularly then we are in for another frustrating season. The stats probably sum up the match well enough 24 shots with 9 on target.

For the first ten minutes I thought we were either still on the coach or the strenuous pre-game warm up had tired us out. We were all over the place and it only took County six minute to take the lead albeit from a fortunate redirection of a shot cum pass by Murray.

Ten minutes in and we started to play, and boy did we play. Slick passing, excellent overlapping runs by Clohessy (my MOM) and many clear cut chances, but none unfortunately taken. I lost count of the goal chances we had, Sears blasted over the bar, then brought saves from Roy Carroll. Vose just high from 30 yards, then from a corner Bean had a free header inside six yards but managed to direct the ball from whence it came. More chances came and went from Ibhere, Moncur and Vose but without the net bulging.

Half time arrived with a sense that if we got one then we would get a hat full. Confidence flowed during half time that we would ultimately get our first win of the season.

County obviously also talked about this and tightened up early in the second half and it took us nearly twenty minutes to get back to the all attacking mode again. Ibhere right through on goal but managed to find Carroll’s midriff and Gilbey tried his luck from 30 yards but finally Freddie’s Ears finally found a way through a flat defence and also past Carroll and we were level on 70 minutes.

Calamity; behind again in less than two minutes. Marcus Bean playing around in left midfield managed to give the ball away cheaply, not once but twice and from out of nowhere Noble fired in from 30 yards past flat footed Walker. Not what the faithful expected.

From this point on it was all out attrition coupled with some unattractive time wasting from County. Carroll went down as if he had been shot with nobody near, two County players plus their manager managed to get their selves comically sent off in what was an unedifying ending to the game culminating in nearly eight minutes being added.

More huff and puff from the boys without looking likely to score an equaliser which would have been the absolute minimum we deserved. Credit to the 100 or so faithful who never got on the guy’s backs and we can all hope that sometime in the very near future (Saturday?) some of these chances made will be converted and we will give someone a good thumping. Hopefully after getting Holman for his goal scoring prowess we may give him some time as last night we looked extremely short of a out and out front man.

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