After going the whole of last season without a draw until the final day it seems strange to see our first 2 games of the new season both end in draws.
This was another hard fought performance in which we have the keeper to thank again for some great saves. That's not to say that we didn't have our own chances and the draw was probably a fair result.
We took some time to settle into this game and we struggled to match the workrate of Old English for the majority of the first half and we struggled to get the ball down and string many passses together. Even though it seemed like we were holding on for much of the first half, Old English were limited to just a few proper chances and we were thankful to go in without conceding.
We knew that we had to improve and we did in the 2nd half and worked much harder and created more. We probably had more of the ball and did the majority of the attacking in the 2nd half but Old English still worked hard and had a few counter attacks and thanks to some great saves and some sloppy finishing we kept our net intact. We linked up better going forward and had a number of chances particularly in the last 10-15 minutes and had a few cleared off the line. We couldn't quite get on the end of some great deliveries into the box until we thought we had won it in the dying minutes when the ball hit the back of the net for the first time, only for the goal to be ruled offside - probably the correct decision too.
I've mentioned no names as it's hard enough to remember the match details after the event but everyones contribution was well valued. MOM will go to the big man in goal, the new skipper, whose voice could be heard throughout trying to kick us into gear and spur us on and he provided a few great saves and a big presence as well to keep Old English out.
Away to Waterloo next week. We need to play from the first whistle and for the full 90 and I'm sure that first win is there for the taking.
I'm sure that all the lads will want to wish Paul good luck as, after just 2 matches and 2 goals, he heads off to Iraq. Take care mate.