Malcolm Dawson writes….my choice of match today was Consett v Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Cup second qualifying round. And entertaining it was too with the the Yorkshire side fortunate to win with the last kick of the game after the referee, with whistle to his lips, failed to blow for a foul on a home side player. Consett had the better chances and could, probably should, have been 4-0 ahead before the introduction of a Tony Yeboah lookalike, against a side who normally play three levels lower in the football pyramid, changed the game. I didn’t know the score from Old Trafford as I got back in the car but there was no surprise forthcoming as the languid tones of Charlotte Green read out the results. Sometime tomorrow I’ll get Peter Sixsmith’s definitive report of events from Manchester which will surely give me a more accurate summation of the game than Big Dick’s post match e-mail does. It’s in his job description to point out the positives but today’s offering to M Salut and the world in general, really does seem to be scraping the barrel.
Manchester United are a very good side and we were really well organised in the first half. We hurt them a little bit on the break and they didn’t get a lot of chances. In that way we were doing well, but then in the last minute of the first half and the first minute of the second we found ourselves down 2-0.
We gave the game away in two minutes.
Last week it was the first few minutes, now the last minute [of the first half] and it’s totally different in the dressing room at half time than if you go in at 0-0.
Now we have several games up until towards the end of November where we need to get a few points.
Thanks for your support,