Date: 19th December 2005 at 1:28pm
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Another match day another defeat.

This is the team line up that ‘performed’ at Meadow Lane.

Spencer, Greenwood, Clare, Ashley Williams, Robinson, Hamshaw, Briggs, Boshell, Singh (Tunnicliffe 68), Bramble, Easter.

Each of the players listed needs to ask himself ‘Did I really give everything and lay myself on the line for this club and for the once again brilliant travelling supporters?’

The answer to a man I bet is NO.

In the words of Chris Turner ‘It was game over from our point of view as soon as we were reduced to 10 men but even before that we didn’t play with any passion or fight.’

In the words of this supporter Stockport County played with no passion and pride. Irrespective of the dismissal of Ashley Williams for two bookable offences we were never going to get anything from this game given the attitude of the players.

I do not think many of them care. I fear Chris Turner has lost whatever chance County had of moulding these players into a team.

As to the game, Turner started with Bramble and Easter up front, surely our best pairing but their form was well below par and with no cutting edge and lack lustre displays from Hamshaw and the light weight Harpal Singh, County were never going to boss the game.

County did OK to weather the early Notts forward play, although rock and solid are not the two words that come to mind and sure enough just before half time a Notts free kick just outside the box and a near post flick-on allowed Baudet to nod home at the back post.

I think like me, many of the noisy County support realised this was going to be it. The County fans support was constant but once down to 10 men we all knew a second Notts goal was on its way and sure enough after 73 mins Emmet Friars sentenced ten man County to yet another defeat.

County performed marginally better in the second half, which isn’t saying a great deal but got exactly what they deserved from this fixture.

At the end of the game Chris Turner, looked like a haunted man scared to come out of the dug out.

One substitute used. Has CT given up? His oft quoted comment ‘judge me at Christmas’ must be ringing in his ears. Pointing out facts like ‘we have no money’ and ‘we need 5 or 6 experienced players’ serve to do nothing but squash any confidence the players have.

CT’s Tactical management and now man management must be in question. Will he still be around come new year? Should the club look for an older experienced advisor for CT?

For goodness sake someone, somewhere act and stop this freefall!

Shaw Heath Pete