The phrase "snatched defeat from the jaws of victory" springs to mind.
I don't remember much about this one (I've been moving house, so I got a bit distracted and didn't write it up whilst it was fresh!), but I do remember that we really should have won it - they weren't at all good and we just drifted off to sleep somehow in the second half.
It's weird, but sometimes you can feel a goal coming, and it seemed obvious to me and Neil that we needed a change quickly because Preston were going to score. Instead of that Ollie waited and waited, as he often seems to do, and by the time he finally got round to it we'd gone from 1-0 up to 2-1 down. After the game he did admit that maybe he waited too long.
The only positive was seeing Bircham, Bignot and Rowlands come on - although with only 15 minutes remaining they didn't have much time to make an impact.
Mysteriously, Santos stayed on even after this triple substitution, and ended up playing as a striker if my memory serves. What's all that about then? We've got Gallen, Furlong and Cureton on the pitch, but we end up taking Cureton off for Bircham and putting Santos up front. Huh? Surely better to swap Santos for Bircham and then juggle some combination of Cureton/Gallen/Rowlands/Ainsworth in the centre-mid/right wing/right sided striker roles. Very odd.
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"This is Dyer" said the commentator at some point during the second half. He wasn't wrong - it was dire.
Obviously I'm just a stupid computer programmer, but I don't really understand what Sven was up to. We seemed to be trying a weird formation, that I really couldn't make head or tail of. Funnily enough, the players didn't seem to be making much sense of it either. Was it a 4-3-3? More like a 4-6, with the 6 being a random assortment of players milling around in the last two thirds of the pitch. Rooney on the wing? You're 'avin a laugh.
It was nice to see Wright - Phillips given a try, but again the formation didn't really do him any favours, and I didn't really see the point of giving Downing and Johnson just 30 minutes at the end, or playing Johnson out of position.