A blustery wind and intermittent rain made for a depressing Ninian Park this afternoon, a depleted crowd (maybe rugby, maybe rain, maybe still smarting from the previous three games) produced a poor atmosphere and then the football that followed matched the mood.
City were on top with possession and had by far the better of the first half. Chances were hard to come by but City seemed to be all over the place. I assume Mahon was playing a floating role as he appeared more on the right than wide left. I had a bad feeling at half time. My pals having a pint behind the Bob Bank thought I was mad for being unhappy at half time. I bet they agree with me at 90 mins.
The second half was a shocker. The goals against came from a disputed penalty (another one Alexander has not saved) and a dubious off side that was not given. Notts County put the ball in the net twice, obviously scoring the penalty but the second goal was scored apologetically, City stopped expecting a flag or a whistle but Stallard put the ball in the net and was as surprised as anyone to see the referee give the goal.
City could offer nothing in reply. There was again a shyness around the edge of the box and a lack of creativity.
I would say it was one of the worse displays this season, the game was poor and City's effort poorer.
Graham Kavangh was City's best player but I thought he played too deep at times. He had a snap shot in the first half that deserved a goal.
The final insult, at 2 - 0 down, was to anounce a man of the match. No one deserved to be credited at all, it was an embarrassement.
I am struggling to take Crewe's defeat at Tranmere as a positive. There were no positives today. We were a poor side who find themselves very fortunate to be in the same position we were before kick off. Bristol lost as well, Wigan only drew. We lost out on a massive chance to put ourselves in the promotion driving seat.
Not happy with today, not happy at all.