Date: 12th December 2005 at 2:30pm
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The bare facts do not look too pretty.

The bare facts say that County lost at home by three goals to nothing to a team who had lost their last six away games on the trot.
The bare facts say that County as the home team ‘enjoyed’ only a 44% share of the possession.
The bare facts say County are now 23rd in the table and beginning to drift apart from all but a handful of clubs.
The bare facts say County were watched by only 3,502. Is that below the budgeted break even figure?

So, no more talk of ‘at least we are unbeaten at Edgeley Park’ after two reverses. No more talk of play-offs (sic) or even mid table. For me the target is now 22nd and league survival on the pitch and hopefully balancing the books off the pitch.

Get that into your head and think positively, we are only few points from safety. I feel better now and anyway bare facts can be misleading, the scoreline was harsh on County.

For me the single biggest factor that could have turned the match in our favour was the suspension of Jermaine Easter. In my eyes Mr Easter is proven at this level and would probably do OK in League 1. He is County’s sole cutting edge and given we are not going to see many clean sheets this season it is Easters goals that will see us stay up and retain our league status. Pray to any and all Gods that he remains free of injury and that no more suspensions are picked up.

In a nutshell County went one nil down on 38 minutes as Stamp played a long ball over the top of the County defence and livewire Logan cleverly twisted worked his way inside the penalty area before slotting a low angled drive past Spencer. Prior to that County had chances, Briggs fired wide, Bramble heading straight at the Darlo keeper following a good cross from Singh, Michael Malcolm firing over form close range but the match to that point had been scrappy and mistake-ridden.

The second half started in a similar vein but for the last 30 minutes County had a real go. Boshell had a goalbound shot blocked and the rebound was sent goalward by Briggs and hitting the base of the post. Huff and puff as they did there was no joy for the County forwards. Late goals by Ndumbu-Nsungu’s and a close-range header from Sodje gave the score a flattering look for Darlo.

So lets all pray Turner can keep spirits and confidence up. Lets pray for an injury free squad throughout the winter. Most of all lets pray for Easter the County saviour.

Up the Hatters

Luke Naysmith

p.s.

Why isn’t Le Fondre involved?
Post Match Pint
None. Sulking was a more attractive proposition.