Clearly we need to work on opening teams up when they sit deep but perspective is needed. We are top against all odds. We've played some good football at times this season and had some cracking results. It's clear that Wild wants this team to try to attack and be on the front foot.
Unfortunately the quality isn't quite where it needs to be in all areas of the pitch. When we tried moving the ball into forward areas we gave the ball away far too easily. When we found ourselves in dangerous positions we weren't quite good enough to unpick the lock. Simply putting 2 up front is not the answer because the quality isn't quite there in other areas of the pitch.
Chorley sat back and made it defence Vs attack. We tried everything...1 up top, 2 up top, overlapping centre back, full backs in the box, direct, passing it through the lines. Nothing worked. We created maybe two chances.
Boreham Wood didn't offer us the luxury of doing that because they were dangerous on the break, but they still set up to defend and we lacked that quality to do anything about it. We're also not looking dangerous at all from set pieces, which is often the key in games like this.
I love what we've done this season so far and we deserve to be top (the table doesn't lie!) but unless this is the poorest league in decades I think we're lacking that little bit of quality needed to slug it out and win the league. Early in the season the element of surprise can win you games, but when other clubs start doing their homework the real tests come.
Golden opportunity missed this week to be 5 points clear with tough away games to come. But I'm hoping Wild can iron out the kinks and who knows, maybe we can find our feet, outfox these teams which try to snuff us out and win the league. But if we finish 1st, 2nd or 7th, given our pre-season and the dross of the last 2 seasons I won't be complaining.