A bump in the road

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What is that I detect? A bump in the road.

I’d like to think it’s more of a pothole than one of those sleeping police men that ruin your suspension. You can’t win them all as the old saying goes and the ironic thing is we could and probably should have won on Tuesday night against Sheffield Wednesday.

Take nothing away from Darren Moore’s side they came and did a job on us, for the first fifteen minutes we struggled to get a foot hold in the game and if not for a freak mix up between Max Power and Ben Amos I have no doubt we would have been on top going in to half time.

It wasn’t that Wednesday were better than us on Tuesday, far from it but two individual mistakes from three players who have been fantastic since they arrived in the summer meant we were facing an uphill battle to get anything from the game, yet we still could have got something.

Sadly Charlie Wyke’s penalty came too late to be a real platform to build on especially after the referee inexplicably decided that taking two minutes to book Wednesday’s keeper for time wasting during injury time meant that no further time was added on.

As disappointing as Tuesday was it’s important to remember where we’ve come from over the last few months, if you’d said we would be disappointed at the end of a five match winning run that left us in second place and two points off top at the start of October back in the summer people would have thought you had taken leave of your senses.

We’ve made a fantastic start to the season and it’s important that progress is kept in mind, Tuesday was disappointing but a win down in Kent at the weekend and it will all be forgotten and that’s got to be the aim to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.

Fair play to all those travelling down to Gillingham on Saturday, I went back in 2017 and it’s a hell of trek. Especially to a ground where we haven’t had the best of history in recent years. It’s seventeen years since we last got all three points at Gillingham, surely it’s time for us to lay those ghosts to rest.

I’d expect a few changes to the side on Saturday, there were a few players who looked like they were running on empty at the end of Tuesday’s match. Whoever takes to the pitch on Saturday you would put us as favourites, but it doesn’t always work like that does it?

Hopefully the disappointments this season won’t come along that often.

Sean Livesey

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