Tuesday 5th September.
“Win this one for Clyde” was Steve Bruce’s rallying call prior
to the second leg of the Worthington Cup clash against Oldham Athletic.
Sorry Clyde, but your colleagues obviously don’t give a toss if
tonight’s inept display is anything to go by.
Steve Bruce recently described the Crystal Palace game as the
worst of his tenure, but it’s a shame that he didn’t have the benefit
of a little more foresight as the dire performance against supposedly
inferior opposition tonight eclipsed the Palace game. Chris Hay
was given a start alongside Martin Smith in front of a midfield
comprising Chris Beech, Dean Gorré, Ben Thornley and David Beresford.
I don’t know where Kenny Irons was but the midfield couldn’t provide
any worthwhile service to the front two, and Chris Hay who I once
thought might be a bargain looked totally ineffective. It’s going
to be a long winter if tonight’s showing was anything to go by and
we haven’t even put the clocks back yet!
They played like a team devoid of ideas or commitment and against
an Oldham side short on talent but full of industry and running
they looked severely second best. Even Dean Gorré, back from injury
had one of his less effective games being hustled out of his creative
The Oldham goals came in the 40th and 65th minutes both from Dewsbury
born Paul Rickers, the first courtesy of some inept defending from
Jamie Vincent. Town’s left back was caught in possession on the
edge of the penalty area, Neil Adams provided a super cross easily
headed past Nico Vaesen from 6 yards out by Rickers. The striker
killed the game off in the 65th minute when he powerfully drove
the ball home from the edge of the penalty area following confusion
in Town’s defence after an Oldham free kick.
I think that many of the crowd knew at half time that it would
be our last involvement in the Worthington Cup this year, as the
team has yet to score in the second half of any competitive fixture
this season. That’s 270 minutes (plus stoppage time) without notching
after the interval and this is simply not good enough.
Some comfort could be drawn from the fact that Bradford suffered
a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, but this is cold
Oldham Athletic 2 (Rickers 40, 65)
Town – Vaesen; Heary; Vincent; Dyson;
Lucketti; Gorré (Sellars 80); Beech; Thornley (Baldry); Hay
(Facey 58); Smith; Beresford Baldry 71). Subs not used – Margetson;
Oldham Athletic – Kelly; McNiven; Adams;
Jones; Hotte; Garnett; Holt; Duxbury; Rickers (Innes 90);
Allott (Tipton 89); Corazzin (Whitehall 82). Subs not used
Referee – P Joslin. Attendance 4,979