I know I'm swimming against the tide here as far as Woods goes, and I certainly don't fault his effort, but I'm just not seeing it. He gives the ball away alot, can't accept many passes cleanly, can't shoot, and can't take a free kick to save his life. Why he is tasked with set piece deliveries I'll never know, but my County mate's words are ringing in my ear 'JM is loyal to a fault and Woods will not be dropped, ever!'.
On the subject of free kicks it doesn't seem to matter who our manager is, who the players are in the defensive wall, who's in the goal, and going the opposite way who is taking our free kicks (although someone in our team must be better than Woods) - we just can't seem to get it right. Despite the fact it was a great strike I agree with Pepe above when he says that Dieng was too far over to the left, and that wall of ours was totally brutal. It just seems that when we get a free kick in dangerous area you know we will never score, and when we give away a free kick in a dangerous area the other team will always score. Surely we can do better here.
A word about Kenny Miller here: okay it's obvious that he is in a huff (imo he still cares deeply as he looked shattered when he missed the pen), however one of the reasons why he doesn't look great lately is also situational in that he is being asked to come on and protect one goal leads and/or draws, and by the time he gets on our whole team has withered into such a defensive shell that Miller is just chasing shadows as his teammates aren't even getting themselves near the centre line! To me he showed that he still has the legs as he simply left his marker in the dust when the ball broke for Dales, but without a doubt I believe Kenny has never hit a penalty as bad as that one last night. It was brutal, no other word for it. What's even worse is that had he taken a wee peak before kicking the ball he would've seen that Bachmann had committed himself very early, and Kenny could've literally rolled the ball into the other side of the net. But he chose to do a head down, mind made up penalty kick, and frankly he just got nothing on it!
Anyways despite the fact that we seem to be a better team of players than we were a month ago we still can't help throwing away points when the opportunity is there for the taking. Bottom line we're better, but I'm still coming away from games utterly gutted.