Apologies for the brevity – I’m having untold technical issues at Nffcblog Towers and don’t fancy doing the whole report on my phone. Plus the match was, well, just what it was – a not-particularly torrid encounter betwixt two teams with nowt to play for.
A fair few Reds fans tried to raise the spirits with a lively atmosphere and a fair few in the traditional last-away-match fancy dress, but the occasion and lack of reciprocation from the hole support in the stale KC Stadium made it an uphill battle.
This was similar on the pitch – some bright play from the Reds with the lack of killer instinct we’ve become accustomed to was stifled by dogged defending from the home side, whilst in the second half an excellent strike for them struck the post and rebounded off the helpless Gunts into the net. The penalty was soft but not contestable really – Chambers climbing, their player falling, Fryatt with the inevitable goal past us with a smart penalty.
Into stoppage time and Raddy miskicks in the area, but has the last laugh with a smart adjustment and finish to give us the consolation goal. All in all, not one that will live long in the memory but perhaps symptomatic of an end-of-season game with no consequence – a rarity for us over the last few seasons, it has to be said!
With both Portsmouth and Coventry having their fate sealed, it means the relegation places are sealed, rendering the final game at the City Ground against Pompey meaningless too. Sometimes I lament the stress of our seeming propensity to yoyo between play-off battle to relegation scrap and back again – but maybe safety in the middle is worse.
Ho hum! With any luck I’ll have attended to my gremlins in time to get back to business as usual from next week.
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