Chris Wade – @TufcChris
Chris discusses talking points ahead of the game against Moors
BACK TO FOOTBALL
In what has been an emotional few days for the nation, it will be great to be back to what we all love at Plainmoor. Whether you agreed with the decision to postpone matches last Saturday or not, the outpouring of emotion over the few days has led to an emotional few days for the nation. The return to football is the right thing now and paying our respects in a respectful and appropriate manner at the home of football will be both poignant and right.
IMPORTANCE OF HOME FORM
Whilst we have done well to achieve two wins away from home, 1 point and 1 goal from our opening three home games is far from ideal. There have been enough chances in those games to have scored a lot more goals and more points gained, but that raw statistic has to improve. The bedrock of any successful team is their home form and that will need to be the case again this season. October perhaps offers some better opportunities to get going, but Tuesday is the next game and the next chance. As Aaron Downes said last week, the crowd at Plainmoor are vital and that will be the case again this week.
Ah this has been a tough situation so far hasn’t it? We have three young forwards that are finding their way at this level, and goals and perhaps luck have been hard to come by. But maybe that turned at Southend with Will Goodwin’s massively deflected first goal in yellow. Corie Andrews is building in fitness and game time and Aaron Jarvis made his long awaited debut at Southend also. We are going to need those three to keep on improving and eventually scoring on a regular basis to get the season up and firing.
Solihull Moors will not be easy opponents. Yes they are still recovering from last season’s playoff heart-breaking (we know that feeling hey?) but they have started strongly with a strong squad. They have a streetwise manager in Neil Ardley that has been at this level a long time, and have managed to retain a core of their major players from last season including Jimmy Osborne and Andrew Dallas. Scoring goals is not usually an issue for them so the defence will need to be on alert. Marshall, Omar and Moxey are improving as a combination and that will be tested. A clean sheet would be a bonus and go a long way towards three points.
One of the positives of the early season has been the form of the two goalkeepers. Mark Halstead was outstanding prior to his ankle injury on an artificial surface (shock), and Rhys Lovett has stepped in and performed to a good level in the last two and half games. It will be interesting to see who is given the gloves when they are both fit again. Surely Halstead being given the shirt at the start and subsequent performances put him in the lead?
SUPPORT THE TEAM
What is clear is how much our support means to the players and the club. So leave the Champions League and television at home and get down to Plainmoor and support the boys. COME ON YOU YELLOWS!