Ok, Chesterfield lost 2-0 to a poor team in Morecambe and the second goal we gave them was a Sunday League-style nightmare. But I am actually optimistic.
The reason is that in the second half Chesterfield actually played like a team — there seemed to be a formation emerging, and we created more chances in 45 minutes than we had in the previous four or five matches.
The reason was that Jack Lester actually had the guts to take off our non-performing players and give the young lads a go. It’s fair to say the writing is on the wall for Chris O’Grady — he’s our highest ever paid player, but he just hasn’t got the pace to do what he’s supposed to.
He had one chance in the game, which he should have buried, but shot instead straight at Barry Roche.
Robbie Weir, sadly, can’t do the things he used to. His injury seems to have taken the edge off his game and he was beaten once again by an opposition midfielder and could not get back in time.
Jak McCourt seemed to tire and after one really bad pass was taken off.
Stand up Conor Dimaio. Pretty much the forgotten man of the side under Gary Caldwell, he did the simple things so well and made the team tick., Diego De
Girolamo posed an immediate threat and Jordan Flores looked OK when in his favoured position. Morecambe were stretched all over the pitch and we looked a totally different side, it wasn’t exactly total football, but if Ian Evatt pops up on the right wing and nutmegs an opponent you know that confidence has started to come back into the players.
The downside to our team, which was identified by Joe Rawson and Alan O’Hare on the radio before the game, was that we don’t have any wide players. So it proved, time after time down the left. Kellet and Reed seemed scared to put a ball in the box and played it back and inside — and eventually went nowhere.
From a fan’s point of view it’s gallows humour time. The bloke next to me said: “We’ll be alright next week against Crawley, we’ve got some new sponsors, It’s Butlins, their season finishes in October as well,” after our umpteenth chance was blazed over the bar.
Another: said “John Lennon would be alive today if this lot had shot at him.”
Lester had the team back in on Sunday for more work, which is a good sign, better than the previous management simply hoping that things would change.
In order to preserve our league status we have to hit promotion form for a few weeks, to even be on a level playing field.