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|A few thoughts|
at 08:34 19 Oct 2016
Well, it certainly feels better after a win, that's not to say it's a panacea or that we'll suddenly start scoring lots of goals again. That said, I never thought we were in a crisis situation, although a prolonged goal-drought would have seen us head that way.
There was a lot more freedom and cohesion to our attacking play last night, plenty of movement with Lawrence particularly prominent. Best still lacks fitness and was fading quite badly before being substituted but he's getting better and an hour from him gave us someone to play off.
It's a little concerning that playing only Skuse deeper gave Burton a lot of chances, although we defended well and kept them mostly to awkward ones, only the Dyer shot across goal was a real let off. Against that, it meant we had players in the box and plenty of chances of our own - notably Chambers coming in at the back post to score a very overdue goal.
I thought Bishop worked hard, and contributed well to our general play without ever getting the chance to run with the ball. Some signs of him looking fitter and more ready to play regularly. Which is definitely nice.
We were comfortable in the second half, creating a few chances and not really under too much threat despite the high number of corners we conceded. As ever, with a 1-0 lead though, there's always a risk so a second goal was very welcome. Even more so that it was Sears who scored - the relief he felt was shared by pretty much everyone in the ground I think. Hopefully, it's the first of a few this season.
Also, it's notable that we scored from a throw in. On the quiet, we've started using Knudsen's throws sensibly rather than just tamely lobbing them onto a defender's head. The one where he picked Sears out was excellent thinking, even if it caught plenty of Town fans out having a right moan about it.
So, overall it was just a bit better yesterday. We still don't look like a side with a lot of goals in it but there are some positive signs and McGoldrick's return should be another one. Mid-table beckons this season but I would much rather do that playing more like last night, and better, than how we have been.
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