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14/02 Brighton 2nd Half
By: Tony Butcher
COLDICOTT was replaced at half time by Delicious Des Hamilton, with the result that Town lost a bit of oomph. Well, a lot really. Des spent the first twenty minutes being Des, doing Des-like things, such as ducking under the ball, watching the wheels go by.
Grimsby Town 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 1
Brighton may well have got into the Town penalty area at some point, but maybe not.
Daws flirted with danger by steaming across to dump Knight into the executive boxes. He missed and Knight was eventually bundled down by Crowe. Apart from that, Daws was beginning to run the show, popping up hither and thither, starting, stopping, tapping out a hesitant rhythm, like a granddad at a Christmas party. With a quarter of an hour to go Town launched an old-style Town move, tip left, tap right, surge, stop, move. Eventually Anderson drifted infield and received a pass from Daws. Anderson dribbled forward down the centre, checked out to his right and from about 25 yards out smacked a low shot at the â€˜keeperâ€™s feet. Jones scooped the ball to his right and the ball spun slowly towards the post as Jevons raced in. Jevons slid forward, Jones grabbed the ball and aquaplaned into the goal, given extra momentum by the late arriving white boots. Jones clutched the ball inside the goal whilst Jevons claimed a goal. The Pontoon erupted and eventually the goal was given, for it was a JONES own goal, a beauty too, that little bit of luck finally emerging from the cupboard.
The next ten minutes contained very little action in the goalmouths, but plenty of kicking and fighting in the middle. Brighton managed to become even more crotchety, with Benjamin losing the rag he never had, possibly at the sight of Delicate Des Hamilton getting stuck in, winning scooping tackles and making crossfield passes to team-mates. Definitely not what the scouts had told him to expect. Townâ€™s confidence was up and it showed, for they looked more like a team, more like footballers. With five minutes left Soames replaced Rankin, who was given an appreciative ovation for his contribution to Town safety. Jevons and Rankin could be quite tasty. I have been a little unfair to Brighton, they did have a couple of shots, Knight screamed one out for a throw in, and someone else flailed a leg at the ball at some stage, with it going vaguely towards Davison for at least part of its amazing journey.
In added time Brighton managed to win a corner after Crowe completely miss-kicked his clearance when under no pressure, the referee having ignored a couple of handballs in the build up. We should be used to that by now. As the corner was being lined up an almighty rumpus erupted inside the six yards box. The players melded together in a splodge of arms and legs, with Davison emerging with Benjaminâ€™s neck locked inside his hands. Crane seemed to have a fist fight, with Oatway involved in some minor off stage slappings. This way and that the splodge moved, uncontrollable mayhem. The result, a red card to Davison, who threw his jersey on the ground and walked off in a massive huff. He took Rodgerâ€™s implorings a little too literally, didnâ€™t he. Or perhaps he believes that you have to fight for the right to party. No-one else was even booked, which displeased many inside Blundell Park. So who to don the muddy jersey? Step forward our hero, Deso. The corner was curled into the middle of the area and nodded on to the far post, eventually out for another corner. Again, curled in, again bodies travelled to the same point, with a Brighton head nodding a couple of feet wide. Game over. Yay!
Phew at last, another win. And it pelted it down the last time too. Do you remember that far back? A summary? We won? So what, who cares, the scores are on the Daws. Brighton were dreadful, mostly in attitude, Town werenâ€™t. Itâ€™s a start, but werenâ€™t there several false starts in the autumn. Theyâ€™ve done it once, they have to do it again, donâ€™t they.
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No-one was outstanding, but adequacy is something to cling to at present. Anderson was solid and reliable, being a pest to them in attack, whilst Rankin was a truly competent all round striker. If Stacy had stayed on the pitch longer the he would be the man. But he didnâ€™t so his partner in destruction gets the nod. Mr Nick Daws, for it is important in these diluvial times to have a Humber barrier to protect the shallows.
R Pearson. History in the making, a fool and a gull, not worthy of the whistle. His mission, which he chose to take, was to protect Leon Knightâ€™s psychic aura from disturbance. Any Town player within a yard shall be booked. And any stray Brighton elbow or boot, well, we must take account of the weather, mustnâ€™t we. The linesman with the red & yellow flag managed to be less competent still. Staggeringly poor, it wasnâ€™t just Town who had justifiable complaints either. Ignoring the Davison dismissal, he still gets -5.987. One must be ruthless in weeding out waste and inefficiency in public life.
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