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Bloody Hell: Wrexham Report
By: Jeremy Baily
LET'S get the good bit out the way first. I enjoyed my steak, chips and pint in the Weatherspoons pub before the game. The rest of the evening was not very enjoyable at all for us Town fans.
This was the worst Grimsby performance I have seen since the last game in Wales, and we didnâ€™t turn up there, it was sadly very similar tonight. Less than 200 away fans witnessed the debacle.
A suited Mr Fenty was thanking fans for coming and chatting to a few before he wandered off for the warmth of his directorâ€™s chair or where ever he sat. That was good of him; it was also the last we saw of him.
I am not going to name any players, because none of them deserve to be mentioned. We started very poorly, with Wrexham looking lively. They were swift, had awareness, movement, method and poise, we had none of those attributes and looked like a pub side that had been in the pub before kick-off. I forgot to mention the Wrexham lads also had skill, something that appeared to be missing in anyone without a red shirt on.
We were quiet simply, being over run and outplayed in every department, how we didnâ€™t concede even earlier is beyond me. The back four and our keeper were not communicating with each other, the midfield were not covering, we were all over the place and Wrexham were finding space, each other with the ball and just looking like a football team, we looked like strangers.
The goal came from another free header, their number 5 on the corner of the six-yard box, all alone and big, just nods the ball down and across into the goal, my granny could have scored it! The whole defence was at fault.
The second goal was just as bad, we had started to at least talk to each other, but passing to each other was not a talking point. We were still playing last seasons hoof ball tactics, and getting nowhere. The ball came in from their left and we had two big defenders waiting for it, on the edge of the box, the Wrexham lad didnâ€™t wait, he attacked the ball, as our heroâ€™s watched, he was allowed to get in between them, and he jumped (unlike our two big defenders) his head met the ball and floated it into the top right hand corner of our net.
Half time could not come fast enough for us fans, or the team. We had their keeper in action once in the whole first half, a direct free kick, which was on target, but right in the middle of the goal and not note worthy really, apart from there is nothing else to put down as a plus for the first 45 minutes. We finished the first half with the defensive right side of our team having a combined age of over 120 years between the three of them. Wrexham had pace, we needed pacemakers, we were chasing shadows and they were dancing around us, it was embarrassing!
The second half was not any better, a longhaired Irishman didnâ€™t re-appear and a young local lad did appear. He tried; he also looked OK, overdid a few things, but can at least hold his head up and say â€˜I gave it a goâ€™, which is more than the rest can do.
Hoof ball stopped and we began to pass the ball a bit, but we were not fast or accurate enough and we got nowhere, and I mean nowhere. The third goal was also a bit of a gift; we were having trouble clearing our lines all night. On this occasion the ball was sent back in from their right along the edge of the box and one of their players missed the ball completely when trying to shoot and fell over, how we almost laughed! The ball ran onto another Wrexham player, the ball now on the right hand edge of our penalty area, he hits it towards goal and our goalkeeper allows it to slip through his diving hands into the net, three-nil and we are lucky to have nil against our name.
We had a shot on target on about the 85th minute, so two shots during the whole game, that just about sums up the evening. Sorry this report is so negative, but you had to be there to understand how truthful it is!
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