Martin Shaw wrote:
Conker wrote:CJ and Bishop were pretty poor IMO, both were not at the races so I personally think 7 for Bish is generous.
They are usually our better performers so you have to just let it go but I worried if Bish can continue these Saturday, Tuesday games because to me he looked quite tired.
Bishop made a couple of errors, and I can see why someone would say they thought he had a poor game, but overall he had a decent game in my opinion.
Hamilton terrorised the defence with some of his runs, but rather too typically didn't hit the target with shots or had them blocked. He also did some good defending.
I thought that Hamilton had one of his worst games this season, and gave the ball away a lot. He didn't terrorise the defence much in the second half as they appeared to be able to block him or take the ball from him quite easily. However he still looked the most likely to unlock the MK defence, but he appeared to be brought off after a particularly poor couple of minutes of play.
Also the match was good until half time, after which it degenerated a lot. Much of the time the ball seemed to be played over head height, passing was disjointed and errors legion. Perhaps each side was successful in making the other look poor.
Bishop is very slow, so in many matches he gets caught out from time to time and has to be rescued. The rest of the time his reading of the game is excellent so he doesn't need to run too much. He was OK yesterday apart from one bad error. Certainly we need his experience and influence.
Walker is a dilemma. He does some good work, and gets in good scoring positions - his anticipation is good. His finishing is awful though. If we had an on-form Danny Rose who just needed an able assistant then Walker would be fine. If we could afford to keep Walker for another season or two he may well improve his finishing and become a real force at this level. But he was brought in for his actual finishing prowess, and on that front we seem to have been swindled. Rose, on the other hand, seems to read the game less well and isn't in a good position when the crucial pass is delivered, so only gets chance to snatch at a shot or construct something from an awkward out-of-balance stance. Possibly both strikers may settle in to regular scoring with a bit less nervousness and a bit more confidence. All the front men suffer from nerves, and tighten up badly when faced with a shot at goal. Mellis managed to overcome that for a moment and stuck his shot sweetly, but then next try he was back to the nervous scuffed effort.
The penalty incident looked like a probable foul at the time, but the video shows it as a certain foul that the ref should have given without hesitation. Very poor refereeing - again it seems that we don't get the rub of the green with officials.