We are top of the league! Can we keep it up as we get closer to the midway point of the season where there is more games in shorter space of time. We have a good side now and we should now be able to finish around the play offs but the league is still so tight anything could happen. Some tough games coming up as well as a Checkatrade trophy group game. DoctorBenjy would be proud of one of the upcoming games…
Port Vale – Home – League – 1st V 14th
A boring game until around the last ten minutes when we saw two goals. A game we dominated from start to finish and really should of won had we not conceded in the dying seconds. We take a deserved lead in the second half when the ball is played in to Luis Alberto on the edge of the area and slides Green in to fires across the goalkeeper and in to the far corner. Port Vale get a late equaliser when a cross finds Ellis at the back post to tap in.
Swindon – Away – League – 15th V 1st
We are shown a straight red early on when Wood is sent off for a two footed tackle. Swindon take the lead from our own mistake when Bobby loses the ball on the edge of the area to Mullin who lobs it over him and in to the back of the net. Swindon get a second after they break away down the left before pulling it back to Aribo to tap in. Their third goal is exactly the same type of goal as the come down the right this time before pulling it back to El Mhassani to shoot and it takes a deflection off Vyner. The game is evened up when Swindon go down to ten men with Amoros getting a second yellow. Swindon get a fourth after we can’t clear the ball and Sterling curls in to the far corner from just inside the area.
Port Vale – Home – Checkatrade Trophy
We take the lead just after 20 minutes against a very defensive Port Vale side. A cross from the byline from Abreu hits Ellis and goes in. We get a second before half time after we break away down the right with Abreu beating two players before crossing to Waring to tuck home. A much better better performance this time out than the last time we played them.
Doncaster – Home – League – 1st V 20th
What a roller coaster of a game this would be! Doncaster have a goal disallowed early on when a shot takes a slight deflection off Mandeville who was offside. We do get the opening goal and it comes from Gribbin, Lee rolls the ball to him and he fires a rocket of a shot in to the top corner. Abreu gets our second after Gribbin plays a ball over the defence for Abreu to tuck in to the corner. Doncaster manage to pull one back early in the second half when Byrne heads home from a Moha cross. Gribbin gets his second of the game with a low driven shot from the edge of the area which finds the bottom corner. Our fourth comes from De Girolamo and his first for the club after Green pulls it back for Diego to curl in to the far post. Doncaster get a second and again it is Byrne with a header from a cross. He then gets his hat trick and a hat trick of headers as heads home from a corner at the front post. They then win a soft penalty late on but it is saved by Bobby as it’s fired straight at him. Donacaster then equalise when their keeper hoofs the ball up to Mandeville to take a touch and tuck it under Bobby and get a share of the points.
Coventry – Away – League – 12th V 1st
A poor result against a very average Coventry side. Coventry score inside 20 minutes as Emmanuel-Thomas is free at the back post to poke past the keeper. They double their lead early in the second half after they counter and Jones crosses in to Redan to head past Bobby. Redan gets his second of the game after he beats two of our defenders on the edge of the area before poking it under the keeper.
Stevenage – Home – League – 2nd V 16th
Callum Gribbin puts us in front in what would be a dominant first half performance. The goal comes after he plays a one two with Green before firing it past the keeper. He then turns provider minutes later as he puts a low ball across the 6 yard line for Abreu to flick in. Gribbin is involved again as he gets his second of the game when Abreu lays it off to him and he fires it through the keepers hands and in to the back of the net. We win a penalty on the half hour mark and Gribbin cooly puts it in to the bottom corner for his hat trick. Stevenage get in the game in the second half when Samuel smashes the ball past Bobby at his near post. Wordsworth gets our fifth goal from a free kick which takes a slight deflection off the wall to beat the keeper. Abreu gets his second and our sixth late on when the ball falls to him in the area to poke home.
Southend – Away – League – 8th V 1st
A really fucking boring game. Little highlights and hardly any chances at goal from either side. Both teams cancelled each other out as it was very scrappy with both sides getting players booked. Either team could of won it had they put their shots on target. We could of possibly won it mid way in the second half but as a shot from Abreu beats the keeper but clips the post and goes out.
Well didn’t we bottle that game against Doncaster! A really mixed month from us as we have dropped points against teams we could of beaten. It still amazes me how competitive we are in our first season as I thought we would struggle more but yet we find ourselves still at the top fighting for the title. Abreu is still scoring goals and Gribbin has really stepped up and has shown his class with some amazing performances recently and also scoring 5 in his last 7 as well as setting up goals. Rumours have been going round recently that Brighton want me as manager!? They haven’t approached me yet but I’m already slightly thinking about it. They are struggling the Championship around 19th place. Do we go or do we stay? Do we leave a team fighting for promotion and go to a team where the best is probably mid table? Or do we stay till the end of the season and go somewhere else? Brighton are a bigger club compared to Tranmere and this is a journeyman and they would be a massive step up.. What would you do?? Stay or Leave… They may not even approach me or offer me the job!