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Monday, 21 November 2011

Green, green grass of home for the Reds

In the general scheme of things a defeat to top of the table Wrexham didn’t ought to cause too many ripples in the pond that is the Blue Square Bet Premier League but our problem is we desperately need points.

Just looking at the game which I notice is on Imps Player in its entirety City appeared to be well in the match but, as is the habit with successful sides Wrexham took their chances and, as is the habit with unsuccessful teams City didn’t. There was a controversial penalty although as they say on Match of the Day, I’ve seen ‘em given, as indeed it was. It was definitely ball to hand from close quarters but I suppose the controversial thing was that, given the total lack of reaction from the Welshmen, they clearly regarded the incident as one of those things or indeed, didn’t see it as handball.

It was widely supposed, listening to the radio commentary, that the referee couldn’t have seen the incident and the assistant referee, like the Wrexham players clearly didn’t see it as a deliberate handball but as the referee, urged by the City players, went to consult said lino guess what? He agreed with the referee.

The Imps were the author of their own downfall for the first goal having dominated the early stages, the defence and particularly keeper Paul Farman, could have done much better and the ball rolled by Farmans near post to give Wrexham a lead that they were unlikely to surrender even without the officials help.

Ebbsfleet next and a more winnable opportunity for the Imps in their quest to move away from the wrong end of the table, they sit uneasily in the lower reaches of mid table. After that it’s York and then a return to Wales, where surely the Imps will have an eye on all three points at Newport.

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