Farcelona FC came to down buoyed by a 3-0 victory the previous week. So The Revs were prepared for a proper fight of a football game.
Never have The Revs dominated a game so much, showed such slick passing, swept up with ease at the back, had so many corners, piled on so much pressure but not won the game. It was a strange game in so much that it was hugely enjoyable, but also equally frustrating.
The negative aspect is that it is only 1 goal in the last 3 games, but the positive is that it is only 2 goals conceded in the same period of time and a clean sheet to boot after last night’s 0-0 draw.
From the start The Revs pressed and pressed, hounding their players, forcing the mistakes. And the chances came like buses!! Early on D. Pinkstone had a shot go high and wild, but it showed the intent.
Moments later Beardall fizzed a stinging shot in from a free kick that hit both posts and came out but Evans could only follow up by hitting the post once more.
And that is essentially how it went all game. Chance after chance, such fine margins.
But as I said, it was a joy to play in. Everyone was composed on the ball and the passing and interplay from the forward players was very easy on the eye.
Myers was essentially redundant in terms of goal keeping, so even he chimed into the attack by getting the counter started with ball at feet.
The opposition had one shot of note that Myers comfortably saved down to his right, but apart from that the likes of P. Pinkstone and L. Evans swept up any potential danger.
This allowed D. Pinkstone, Steane, Beardall and J. Evans to link up well, possibly the best display so far this season and caused havoc.
Credit to the opposition, they had a plan to stifle The Revs and on the whole it worked. They got bodies back and threw themselves into blocks and tackles to protect their goal. There were moments again where some of The Revs players snatched at shots, but equally there was also a measure of been unlucky. L. Evans rampaging run drawing the keeper well out, but could not get the shot from distance on target an and D. Pinkstone’s dangerous run halted in the penalty area but getting nothing from the ref.
Even P. Pinkstone got in on the act with a driving shot that the keeper managed to push onto the crossbar. The keeper was at it again late in the game when Beardall’s corner was met by J. Evans but the keeper palmed it away to safety.
I do not exaggerate when I say The Revs dominated from start to finish, pinning the opposition back in their half for long periods of time.
Look guys, it should have been a win, a comfortable win at that. It is disappointing that in the last few games it is safe to say The Revs should have got more points on the board. But taking the positives, we are still in positive goal difference, we have one of the best defences in the league, L. Evans is getting up to speed (that tackle!!! Boom!), Steane stayed on the pitch (in fact it was Myers who went mental) and D. Pinkstone getting megged by their tubby forward were all a joy to behold.
One thing is for sure though, one team is getting a hiding soon as these moments will all pay off.