The mini revival, such as it was, is over and that flat feeling returns, City unable to gain anything from the visit to Irthlingborough, temporary home to Kettering Town. Talking of temporary, those points may be returned if the Poppies are unable to see out their fixtures although that would be scant consolation and as football fans we wouldn’t want to see that fate befall another club.
Yet another penalty, this time Richard Pacquette the miscreant, a little harsh those who were present believed and a lot harsh thought Pacquette. The Imps did not possess the fire power to convert the chances created although Joe Anyon was doing his valiant best to avoid any further falling behind.
David Holdsworth was typically forthright. He told BBC Lincolnshire:-
"I'm disappointed and shocked. I can't believe we're going home with nothing after the chances we've created.
"I felt it was a soft penalty against us and I felt we should have had one for a foul on Richard Pacquette.
"We needed a bit more quality, the will was there but the end product was clearly missing. Kettering defended stoutly but we must rue those missed chances
"The attitude was right and the set-up was right, you can't take any team lightly and we certainly didn't, but if you keep missing chances it can cost you and it did.
No midweek game this week so we can indulge ourselves in speculation as to Gavin McCallum’s situation. At a time when City are painfully short up front, McCallum, Holdsworth told the BBC, was at home. Clearly the player is not in the managers plans for the future, Holdsworth confirmed that much. Further attempts by the BBC’s reporter to elicit information were met with one word answers, usually no.
Is this the price the player is paying for that misdemeanour the other week? Josh Gowling seems to have rehabilitated himself and Joe Anyon, whatever he did, is back in the team and earning praise from his manager for his attitude. Is attitude the problem with McCallum, as far as the manager is concerned? Chances are we won’t get an answer to that one, not much of one anyway.