Its been awhile... how many away fans should be expect, giving their terrible form perhaps not as many. Although our derby, i do remember they let us play at their pitch when ours was ruined, although of course we would have paid but still. Also remember last year the idiot from blyth who changed his twitter to gatesheadfc after we changed ours to gatesheadfcfans.
I think I'm right in saying we last played them about 7 years ago, and we played them twice, both away, in the Trophy and the FA Cup, comfortably knocking them out of both competitions. The lasting memory for me though was the packed out away end of 1000 Heed, revelling in those performances. Given their current form, I'm definitely anticipating 6 pts from these 2 games, nothing less.
Sorry lads but that was disgraceful. Conceding three goals to the second worst team in the league, who are also nailed on for relegation by the way, simply not acceptable. Where was the passion and the urgency in a derby? And the less said about Preston and Olley in front of goal, the better! I don't usually single players out, but did Olley think it was okay just to go through the motions! Nothing but nothing puts pressure on a manager more than not only losing your derby, but losing it when they're second bottom and basically crap, and not turning up!
Jesus where do you start? First off too many people took Blyth lightly including supporters and by the looks of it the staff. Dale and Roberts are really good players and finishers at this level and people like Hunter are as good as we have- we constantly see league position not being a consistent pointer even more so in a derby. We havenrt got the personnel for 3 at the back-Forbes was non existent and isn’t ready and Nicholson is not a strong wing back. The immobility in the back 3 is there to see and the pace of Roberts was made to expose it. Forbes needs a season in the NL at centre back asMellish did at Benfield. If you play the three don’t have two of your midfield dropping back to the 18 yard box to pick the ball up-a three is meant for one of the centre backs to step out and be able to pass. We were hopelessly outnumbered in midfield-all Blyth had to do was be energetic and combative which they did well. No attempt was made to play a different game though maybe that wouldn’t be needed if we could finish. The lack of composure and ruthlessness was obvious. Last time played at this level Novak one chance one goal, Armstrong decent finisher but more telling Philips and Harwood constantling chipping in with goals as did Gate. It’s about midfielders getting in the box and seeing the half chance . Blyth did a number on us no doubt-I’m sure they said The Heed will have twenty half chances but be lucky to finish a couple, play on the back 3 and you will score at least 2 yourselves
Having said my frustration comes from a belief in this team and some of the players are or should be amongst the best in the division. Why aren’t we getting the maximum out of players and I don’t believe it’s passion or effort but there’s a lot of misplaced energy like intricate passing or faffing in our own half and not saving that for where the damage is done. Who said it was embarrassing? Fans boo at every club it’s just frustration or occasionally players invite it through obvious lack of effort. Talking about fans booing or criticising is justdefleecting from thinking about proper solutions. Blyth are a decent club-I don’t care what some our fans think-and getting beat in a derby is no disgrace. But getting beat partially through your own mistakes and naivety when you clearly have the ability to be far superior leads to that frustration. The defending was abysmal and warrants criticism.
All those wanting the manager out and more investment. Where will the extra investment mid season come from, are folk forgetting 6 figure debts had to be paid off. Not the best performance but sack the manager and replace him with who exactly? Unless results pick up soon i am willing to write this season off. Where were guiesley last season and Southport and look at them now. Its a rebuilding exercise.
Today's game was a classic exercise in taking (or not taking) your chances. Blyth aren't a great team but in Dale and Roberts they have two seasoned forwards who took their goals well, aided by some shoddy defending. The other goal was a short corner routine where we went to sleep.
We had more of the play, more shots, more corners but that counts for nothing if you aren't more ruthless in front of goal.
Must disagree with Heedingup, I thought Preston was excellent today and a constant threat to the Blyth defence, O'Donnell did well also. But we miss a natural goalscorer in the Johnson / Novak / Shaw mould. I don't think we were terrible today, the result flattered Blyth and we're well capable of going to Croft Park and winning next week as long as we don't give away sloppy goals.
That’s true John but I think we have to address the weaknesses not just turn out in the same way or the result could well be the same. Blyth have us sussed. Everybody knows we don’t have funds and the manager has done a decent job while learning his trade,sometimes the hard way. Chris if we get the best out of what we have we would be top 8