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Saturday 7 November 1998: Meadow Park

CITY v Tamworth

Dr Martens League Premier Division


City's Team

A stagnant City turned in their poorest home performance of the season to surrender three vital points to an unimpressive Tamworth side. The players certainly demonstrated little of their recently expressed support for caretaker boss Brian Hughes who will feel let down after this dire show. Perhaps the players felt overshadowed by the presence of departing manager Leroy Rosenior on the T-End, or perhaps they were thrown by the sudden sale of Darren Keeling - whatever the cause something had certainly hit them hard.

The loss of Keeling to Yeovil meant that with Mings suspended and Hoskins, Rutter and Mainwaring injured City were forced into playing Burns and Hemmings up front. However this seemed a lame excuse compared with unlucky Tamworth who were forced to substitute keeper Tony Rowe after only 5 minutes. Left back Darren Shaw took over but needn't have worried too much, City failed to put him under any significant pressure until the final few minutes.

The game drifted by entirely unremarkably with little excitement, the match punctuated by niggling fowls born of frustration. Holloway appeared to have escaped with an outrageous kick at an opponent, but the referee booked him when play was eventually halted. Burns was also booked following a confrontation, but like the rest of the game even the violence didn't quite ever become enough to waken the T-End from the all pervasive lethargy that seemed to hang over the ground.

Tamworth took a shock lead just before half-time when Holloway was robbed of possession and Yates was put through to chip over Mokler. Yates had seemed a clear couple of yards offside but the home team had only themselves to blame if their lack of passion had sent the linesman to sleep. The only notable event of the day was the emotional presentation of outgoing manager Leroy Rosenior with a crystal bowl as mark of the esteem with which he will be remembered at Meadow Park. (This was a slight disappointment as for a brief moment it appeared as if Rob Thomas was giving Leroy vice-chairman Michael Tuck). The weight of Rosenior's loss seemed even heavier after his former charge's turgid second half performance.

Despite the importance of the points, the fragile Tamworth defence and their makeshift goalkeeper City failed to string together any coherent attacks. Wyatt was thrown on to add more width down the right hand side, but to the amazement of the T-End Fergie was never sent forward to add some desperately needed height and presence to the forward line. Instead the ball was pumped aimlessly forward, time and time again to the empty space left as Burns, Bennett and Hemmings all drifted to the wings. Wyatt did manage one well flighted cross but Callinan nodded wide from close range.

At the death City did produce some pressure, but not enough to convince most of the home crowd who'd gone home long before the final whistle. All in all it was a performance that raised real doubts over everyone's previously unquestioned support for Brian Hughes as the next manager. Was this an expected post Leroy hangover, or do the players feel so uninspired by Hughes that they play at half-pace for him? I am troubled...

Mokler L0-1
Holloway Half-time
G.Thorne 0-1
Callinan Att.
Kemp (c) 702
Fergusson City Scorer
Webb none
Burns Bookings
Bennett Holloway, Burns
Tucker Position
Hemmings 12th

Wyatt (for Tucker, 56) WDWWLL
Steadman Report
W.Thorne T.Towel

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