FA Cupped

Sunday, 8 November 2009

If a 4-0 win can be described as dull, then yesterday's FA Cup tie at Nuneaton could fall under that category. You can only beat what's in front of you, the saying goes, and we did that without ever looking either good or bad. Professional, I believe, is the adjective.

Which is a good thing, by the way. The ghosts of Curzon Ashton have been well and truly exorcised.

By half-time we'd scored four and were cruising. Second half, the foot came off the gas and Nuneaton were nicely contained. They had a couple of decent efforts but the evergreen Andy Marriott was equal to it.

The goals, similarly, weren't particularly exciting. Two goals from Big Matty Taylor from corners, a long range effort from Barry Corr that had a bit of power but should have been easy enough to save. Inexplicably the goalkeeper decided to get it bounce into the goal. And finally, a comedy own goal after their keeper palmed a through ball onto a defender and watched it trickle over the line.

This probably sounds like HaL is not impressed. Far from it. Having seen Charlton flail at Northwich earlier today, and us at that place last season that there's no need to name now, it takes something to put in a professional performance in a potential banana-skin of a tie.

If we're being critical, then the forward line is still a concern. The defence and midfield were excellent but I still can't work out what time make of Barry Corr, who occasionally looks awesome and occasionally looked like he should be at Nuneaton's level. That said, his movement was very good and he just needs a few more starts to get into some kind of rhythm.

Stuart Fleetwood, on the other hand continues to baffle. I'm sure there's a good striker in there somewhere, yet for large periods of the game I forgot he was on the pitch. But it was a great run that led to the comedy own goal and there were flashes of genius. Only flashes, mind.

But then I'm biased and quite possibly mad as I think we should be starting with Richard Logan and Ben Watson. There's a reason I'm not a football manager.

What was great about yesterday, though, was Nuneaton as a club. Their clubhouse was a tidy little bar and the home fans and officials were friendly and chatty. A lovely little club and one I'd be happy to go back to.

Plus, it's always a bonus to see one of your heroes on the terraces, and Dean Moxey, who this blog is named in honour of, had the day off after Derby's Friday game, paid his way, and stood on the terraces with the travelling Grecians. Even though he's no longer at the club, he's a pure City legend.

And what do we get as a reward for our wonderful victory yesterday. Away in the second round to cocking Milton Keynes 'Franchise FC' Dons. Possibly the only team I didn't want in the entire draw.

Arse and double arse. We'll just have to beat them, and beat them well, won't we.

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