Well, it’s one less distraction for us.
That’s generally the accepted excuse when your club gets knocked out of a tournament, but in truth it was a realistic opportunity for the club to reach Wembley, so i find it hard to find a positive spin in Wednesday’ 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Yet again Craig Short’s XI were in a generous mood as they gifted the homeside a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes with two goals from James O’Connor. A second Ben Davies free-kick in eight days added a pinch of respectability to the score, but the comeback never came.
But whilst it may be the predictable response, it genuinely is one less distraction for a side struggling to find form in the league. That’s about where the positives end.
Meanwhile, today is the official 100th anniversary of the day that Notts County moved to the Meadow Lane stadium, so happy birthday to the old girl!
But while the club insists on tomorrow’s matchday being the day for celebrations, at this early stage it’s paramount that the players that start the match don’t lose sight that so early in the season, three points are already so vital.
After last week’s scenes of ecstacy at Bournemouth, you’re left with the cold reality the side has only taken four points in as many games and improvements need to be made. Tomorrow’s game with Yeovil is another of those opportunities to make people take notice of Notts County with an early statement…but in truth, how many more of these opportunities can be passed up?
The likes of Bish, Burgess and perhaps most notably Hughes are fit to return from injury. As i’ve said before, whether Hughes should stroll back into the side is well up for debate. Since the Watford match in the League Cup that he missed, Smith and Jervis have impressed in their roles from the substitutes bench at Bournemouth.
It really would be harsh on both players were they to be dropped in favour of a player who (for all his prowess in the final third) in fairness hasn’t had as much as a half chance in the games he’s played.
Distribution improved last weekend, is last season’s top scorer the man to put the ball away in place of Smith and Jervis and really put Meadow Lane in a celebratory mood?