I missed out on a ticket for this match but somehow it’s one of the most attractive fixtures of the season. I remember when Accrington went out of business in the early Sixties so it’s probably the fact that they’ve resurrected themselves that appeals to me. Getting down to brass tacks, they’ve lost six matches so far and have won only seven out of twenty so I reckon we’ll definitely get a result. After Watmore’s appearance on Tuesday I’m hoping we’ll see him on as sub today. As for other changes in the side I doubt if there’ll be much difference from last time out. Portsmouth, Luton and Peterborough have very winnable home matches today so we’ll have to try and keep up with them. It’ll be SAFSEE for me this afternoon but it’s looking like we’ll have about half the crowd there roaring us on so my match prediction is a 2-1 win for us.
There were no surprises when I saw the starting line-ups shortly before kick-off but Watmore was nowhere to be seen. We won the first corner of the game in the second minute but Accrington got it away. The playing surface was very wet and very early on it became clear that there were patches where the ball wouldn’t run so that would surely play a part in proceedings. The bulk of our fans were on an uncovered terrace though it wasn’t raining, yet. The opening ten minutes were pretty uneventful and both sides were having periods of pressure. Our first serious effort was a shot from Power that went just wide of the post following a free-kick. Matthews went down injured and after limping off was subbed by Oviedo in the eighteenth minute. Shortly afterwards McGeady should’ve done better as he had time to hit the target but his shot went just over the bar after good work by Maja. Then it started to rain heavily and that was going to make our fans very wet and the conditions even more unpredictable. Commentators Barnes and Bennett said that they were sitting so low in the small ground that it was difficult to see the play clearly and the noise from local fans was very audible. One female fan started a conversation with Barnes at one point. I hadn’t heard a squeak from our fans yet but I’m sure they were making plenty of noise. Clark had Accrington’s best effort so far with a shot that whistled past the post just after the half-hour mark. Meanwhile Portsmouth were 2-0 up. In the closing stages of the half Accrington were having much the better of it and produced a couple of decent scoring efforts so I kept checking the clock and was looking forward to the half-time whistle. It remained goalless at the break.
The game had barely restarted when there was a bit of handbags between Sykes and Maguire which resulted in them both being yellow-carded. The attendance of 5,257 was announced, which was a record, and half of them were from Sunderland. Wycombe went one ahead against Barnsley and that was good for us but Doncaster were 3-0 up. It had started teeming down again as we replaced Maja with O’Nien and this immediately brought a reward for us. Maguire went upfront and he proceeded to charge a ball down and it rolled slowly but delightfully into their net to put us ahead. I just hoped the game wouldn’t get rained off. Then my internet connection broke and I had to resort to Radio Five Live where I soon heard that Accrington had equalized through substitute Hall. When I got the connection back, it was only to hear that the match had been abandoned in the seventy-fourth minute. I can’t remember the last time that had happened. So, we’ll fall behind our rivals but we’ll have two games in hand on some of them. As if this season wasn’t busy enough already.