I guess Northampton away is never likely to be a fixture that would set your pulse racing, but dear oh dear what a shocking advert for professional football. I was talking to my mate who lives in the US yesterday who avidly watches every game and he gave up at half time and went to the driving range.
Obviously who cares we got 3 points etc but it was like watching a park game. There certainly does seem to be a bigger gulf than ever between this Division and the Championship where we played some lovely football at the start of last season.
The positives are the defense – notably Ryan Inniss who was a colossus on Saturday slightly ahead of Amos, Famewo, Gunter and Maatsen who were all excellent. Not entirely sure why LB started with Williams, Levitt and JFC in the middle since it seemed pretty obvious that they would be outmuscled or completely bypassed in the aerial battles. I guess he just felt he had to give Pratley and Watson a bit of a break. Great to see Matthews re joining.
It’s tempting to suggest that the plan this season is to win all our games 1-0. Oxford like to play football so it would be nice to see us step up tomorrow, I think it will be a much tougher test and we need to get a bigger contribution from the creative players.
I just hope its not another game where after the long ball barrage we sigh…….. beam me up scotty