C.J . Witton played 3 5 2 with Jay Foley alongside Billy Smart & Scott Bakkor up front with Will Jones who both scored. It could have been 7 or 8 without exaggeration the lads were superb & the back 3 of Nick Ryan , Steve McNulty & Josh Wardle were solid . I don't understand why you think it's a surprise win though? We have a good squad & management and they cannot be judged on the 1st game of the season, we all know it wasn't great v Whitby & nobody more than the players but, what I do find strange is the forum is silent when they win but nothing but criticism after a bad result.
It was a surprise win after 2 poor results. I think speaking to the fans that setting up with one striker at home and 11 men defending set pieces exaggerated the feeling of fans, and in addition we had 5 strikers signed. So I think after 2 seasons of pretty negative football the fans were hoping for a change with an increased budget hence my comment about set up.
Having been to all games this season, I think our problems against the North Eastern teams has been due to fitness. I have a feeling that the North East has been hit harder by the Coronas virus this year, and as such, more people have been laid off work. As such, I think the North-Eastern semi-pro football players have been training full-time through out the Spring and Summer. This could explain why we struggled against them, but beat Radcliffe for pace.
That's a decent theory Thatched but for fans to be so critical of the team after 1 game v Whitby was a joke C.J says him and other fans expected more after some new signings but maybe those fans need to give the team time to gel and not just jump on the teams back which seems so much easier to do than post a few well done or great result. After Whitby there was a lot of criticism so how about a bit of praise after The Radcliffe result ? Or does it not suit certain fans to say well done to the team and management or is there just an agenda against certain players & the management ?
Distant - I think you may be being a bit quick to have a go at forum members.
I for one was well chuffed with a great result, and I'm happy to be the one to say "Great performance and win, lads" - but I suspect that, like a lot of others, I wasn't there, so cannot actually comment on the performance.
Notwithstanding, it WAS a great result!
I wish I didn't live so far away, otherwise I would love to watch the Albion, win or lose. My season ticket has arrived, but I suspect that I will rarely get chance to use it. When I do, I'll just be pleased to watch my boyhood team play - regardless of the result....
Why am I to quick to have a go at forum members ? After the Whitby games there was all sorts of comments within an hour of the result & regardless of whether people were at the game v Radcliffe or not I've not seen 1 comment in nearly 48hrs since the game saying great result well done lads , NO encouragement whatsoever when they win just criticism when they lose !! The only comment was off CJ saying it was an unexpected result.