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Aug 13, 2008
Same old, same old as we dominate and lose again.

Almost identical to Brighton only we had even better chances and dominated more and their goal didn't come so late on. Hunt could've scored and should've done better when he hit straight at the keeper at his near post, as should Payne when he hit wide, but would be very harsh to put the blame on any individuals after a good performance.

Defensively we did well and were unlucky to concede and the midfield fought well, though Timlin and Atkinson picked up foolish yellows which meant they played in second gear. Hard to say what could have been done differently apart from taking more shots and actually putting the ball in the bloody net.

Striker and winger desperately needed.

Bentley 7 A good few stops first half and little he could do about the goal.
White 7 Solid, caught out once by their winger but the only blemish on his performance.
Prosser 7 Dealt with the position well, didn't look comfortable but didn't have many problems either.
Barrett 7 Physical battle with Michael Smith but he kept him quiet, offered an aerial threat but carried away at times.
Coker 7 Kept Byrne quiet down the wing and got forward before Brown went with 3 at the back which meant he couldn't do what he's best at.
Atkinson 5 Works hard and runs around but offers nothing. Not creative enough, doesn't have the pace or the vision, back up at best. Stupid foul for the yellow.
Timlin 6.5 Carried away with his tackling at times but put himself about and pressed well which was missing so much against Walsall.
Leonard 6 Looked like a passenger for large parts of the game, got forward more late on but he is wasted in the holding role which Brown plays him in.
Worrall 7 Threatened with pace and delivery down both wings.
Payne 7.5 Most creative player and gives that spark which has been lacking and was unlucky not to score when he should have done better.
Hunt 7 Lots of classy knock downs but no-one there to follow them up. Should have taken his chance to score but feel he would excel with a partner alongside him to do the running.

Weston 6 Didn't really get involved and didn't make the most of his pace against tired legs. Great save to deny his header.
Wordsworth 6.5 Not afraid to take a shot and looked dangerous at times but didn't put his stamp on the game.
Pigott 6.5 Put himself about and fought for the ball but nothing came off for him, great save denied him late on.

We had chances and we really need someone who will take them. We have a tough early run of fixtures but every other side has 2/3 chances and buries at least one of them, we have 4/5 and bury none of them.

Brown on BBC Essex was spot on, the performances are good and we haven't had a bad game apart from Walsall, but we need someone to support Hunt and put the ball in the net.
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