Praise For Gas
February 28, 2015
(This excellent article, written by Chris Copestake for the Cod Almighty, called Pandas, stallions and impotent rabbits is one that many supporters of Bristol Rovers may be interested in reading.)
What a difference ten days can make in football. Against Bristol Rovers on Valentine’s day, Town not only suffered a defeat in terms of the score, but they also lost a bruising tactical battle against a very well organised side. This was something we Mariners haven’t often witnessed, or liked to admit, since we joined Her Majesty’s Nationwide Square Blue Van Premier Conference league almost five years ago.
On this particular occasion, as on various other occasions recently, fans questioned Paul Hurst’s tactical capabilities and knowledge, with some even resuming calls for his dismissal. Many cited Hurst’s frailty and reserve when it comes to substitutions as one of his main downfalls – not just against Brizzle, but at many times over the season.
Against the Gas, Hurst failed to make decisive changes that many thought necessary in order to take the game to our opponents – which, especially on home turf, we should be doing. He waited until we’d fallen behind in a game tighter than Zippy’s lips to try and change his side, and then waited until the dying minutes to change to a more attacking formation and bring on a third striker. To many, this was just not good enough, regardless of opposition.
Fast forward a week, and a trip to the capital to face table-topping Barnet. Statistically, Town are the best team away from home in our division this term, and so this proved in a display unrecognisable from that of seven days previous. Full of drive and attacking purpose, we dominated an opening 45 minutes which could and probably should have taken us into the break with an unassailable lead. Even when the league leaders grew back into the game in the second half and eventually equalised, Town looked confident going forward – and more importantly, they looked threatening.
(To read the full article click HERE .)
(If you want even more praise from the Grimsby end, click HERE .)