No goals in three games, but still top!

It’s slightly concerning that we’ve not hit the onion bag in three games, yielding only two points from a possible nine, but I’m not too worried just yet. The Oldham game was woeful, and we deservedly lost, but against Carlisle we missed a penalty, could’ve had two more, and both Grant Holt and Neil Harris did beat the keeper only to be found offside and guilty of a hand ball respectively.

Against Tranmere we left our best chances very late – but reportedly we played much better, and as well as bringing a number of top saves from the Tranmere keeper we also had an effort cleared off the line, and hit the bar with the last action of the game to boot.

But the most pleasing news I’ve heard from eye-witnesses at the game is that Sammy Clingan had a decent game, which is great as he’s been off-form lately, and by all accounts Julian Bennett put in a man of the match performance against Chris Shuker – I remember Shuker when he played for Barnsley, and he played a couple of blinders against us, so all credit Jules for keeping him quiet, and hopefully this will give him confidence after a few difficult performances lately.

Curtis returning to defence has undoubtedly helped stabilise us at the back, and Commons getting some pitch time will give us much needed balance and creativity in midfield – I’m almost excited now! Port Vale have fallen away in results lately, so hopefully we can build on yesterday’s performance and get a much needed three points on tuesday, and then get a bumper crowd in for the visit of the always-interesting Swansea City on saturday.

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