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06/11 Scunthorpe 2nd Half
By: Tony Butcher
NEITHER team made any change at half time. We were still crap, they were still pap. From the off Town got out their fiddles and played a doleful tune.
Scunthorpe United 2 Grimsby Town 0
Of course the game was even more over than it had been. Just let â€˜em sing, theyâ€™ve waited long enough to be happy. Weâ€™ve only got another 20 minutes of this shabby shocker to endure. The majority of the Town fans continued their vow of silence, punctuated by the occasional groan at Jones and grumble as Parkinson tumbled. And weâ€™ve got an hour in the car park to look forward to.
The rest of the game was a waste of time, almost waiting for them to score again, for they did start to attack a bit, exploiting the extra space and the lack of fight in the Town team. Pinault started brightly, prompting and probing, but with no-one to pass to, no-one moving. Scunthorpe continued their game plan and with Taylor on adding pace, well air mobile, those boys just couldnâ€™t stay put. Taylor had the beating of Gordon and crossed low, Williams palmed away to Whittle. Torpey wibbled a shot wide form outside the area, then had another one deflected wide for a corner. Then another substitute, Rankine, was sent free behind the flailing, ailing Jones, down the centre right. Inside the area he tried to side-foot the ball to Williamsâ€™ right, but finally he stopped something, his boot deflecting the ball wide. Anything else? Yeah, Beagrie dribbled around his own grave three times before passing the ball to Williamsâ€™s right.
Near the end Cramb was booked for wellying the ball away in frustration. And Beagrie wasnâ€™t for kicking the ball away to waste time.
Ooooooooooh, I forgot, Sestanovich was taken off with 10 minutes left, Reddy racing on and leaping around like a hyper-active violinist. Reddy almost reached one ball and fell over, claiming some kind of foulage. He crossed once, it being deflected up into Musselwhiteâ€™s hands as Fleming was within a dozen yards. Town really turned on the pressure in search of collective redemption, eh. Within 12 yards of the ball!
Ding-dang-doo itâ€™s over. Should we shout, should we scream, what happened to our post-Laws dream? Oh Fenty, Fenty what have you done?
As the players walked off police horses trotted on. One of them did on the pitch what the team should have done to the unremarkable opposition. Town capitulated to a team who played like Bury mark II. Everything went wrong from the start. The wrong team, playing the wrong way with the wrong attitude. Faith in Slade is draining away as quickly as he abandoned his faith in passing. He hasnâ€™t constructed a team capable of hoofing its way to 22nd, so they shouldnâ€™t play like it. In truth the referee provides convenient cover for the management and the more myopic Mariners. Even with an adequate referee Town were, at best, hanging around for a draw against limited opponents.
In August there was only one ingredient missing from this spicy cocktail, so why has he drowned it in salt and starch? Put back the sweet, sweet flavouring or else itâ€™ll be dates and fig wine for Christmas and a crucifixion at Easter.
Nickoâ€™s Man of the Match
Sir John McDermott gave his usual performance. Did he make an error? Of course not. Townâ€˜s best attacker, Townâ€™s best defender; Townâ€™s best... Macca. It was either him or the five year old mascot.
Markieâ€™s un man of the match
Parkinson is permanently on the fringes of unMOMdom, and Coldicott was really terrible today. Could it be Jones, inaccurately described as a professional footballer by some? Maybe Williams, the man who stoppeth one in three? No, Iâ€™m gong for poor old Stacy. Sad, but true. He has to be dropped on his current form. Perhaps the club could auction the height of the platform from which he is pushed to raise some much needed cash to pay the disciplinary fine for everyone being booked.
Mr N Wilson (sponsorâ€™s man of the match)
If you close your eyes and immerse yourself in a flotation tank for 12 hours it is possible to avoid taking out a contract on his head. He wasnâ€™t favouring Scunthorpe so much as disfavouring Grimsby. He took agin Town and every decision seemed to add to the sense of grievance, a snowball effect where he ended up looking to penalise. An ego thing. You can tell how poor he was - he booked McDermott. A drop ball after Daly was sent off? Rolling balls? What an apt description. 0.0000000001, for he did the get the Coldicott dive correct. Not every decision was dreadful, one has to be fair and impartial. Maybe he should remember that next time he struts on some grass
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