Date: 17th October 2009 at 8:23pm
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County were taught a lesson in football today at Edgeley Park by Millwall and veteran striker Neil Harris.

County were poor all afternoon as gaffer Gary Ablett admitted in his post-match interview, an honest and frank assessment of his side.

Ablett, speaking to Pure FM, said: ‘We were awful. We embarrassed ourselves today, you can’t put a gloss over a performance like that. I thought after the Tranmere game that we could go and cause them problems but all afternoon we caused our own problems. It wasn’t good enough.’

‘Defensively we were very poor. We couldn’t cope with the front two today and as a whole we never got going. And if that’s the case, then it’s going to be a long haul of a season. I took Greg (Tansey) and Vinny (James Vincent) off but in fairness it could have been any one of ten.’

Millwall skipper Paul Robinson was given too much time to nod home from ‘Wall’s first corner of the match, and shortly after County conceded a terrible goal.

The ball was bouncing around the back four with Neil Harris lurking, and though the whole stadium could see him, Paul Huntington headed it straight into the path of Harris who clipped it past fon Williams for 2-0.

And then it was three. It seems like a short match report but that’s how bad County were, creating nothing until going three down.

A long ball was punted straight down the centre of the pitch, straight through the back four for Harris to run onto and roll past Williams for his second.


It could have been four by half-time for the Lions, as Harris turned inside Huntington who clumsily hacked at the striker’s legs and down he went.

The veteran could have secured his hattrick before the halfway stage with the penalty, but he rolled it straight into the arms of fon Williams. A sign of pity, perhaps.

Danny Pilkington and Oli Johnson were introduced at the interval, and to be fair they got at the defence and caused a few problems.

The County fans were as loud as they have been all season, backing the young side and showing a lot of empathy and patience for the Hatters.

It didn’t matter though, as Harris collected his hattrick when Steve Morison too easily got past Huntington and Rose and layed it on a plate for Harris to slot home and collect the match ball.

The game petered out after this, though in truth it could have been five or six.

Morison went close with a curler before substitute Neil Alexander fired a shot too close to Fon Williams who was able to parry away.

The final whistle went and slightly bizarrely, the County side were given a standing ovation.

Maybe if some of the players showed as much commitment as the fans today, we could have done ourselves a bit more justice.

But in truth, a beating was always going to come our way with the lack of depth and the inexperience of our squad, and let’s just hope today was that day, and we can move on.

On to Brentford, moving swiftly on.

Gary Ablett’s Blue ‘N’ White Army.


One Reply to “Poor County Destroyed”

  • With the quality and depth of squad we have we need almost every player to be on form and 100% up for it each game. This hammering shows us what happens when we have an off day. We are not good enought to get away with a nill nill draw – we get mullered. My worry is what this will do to the teams confidence.

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