United get back to winning ways against Gillingham in the Papa Johns Trophy thanks to – yep – a Paul Mullin penalty and a Luke Hannant rocket.
For those of you who read our match reports (Hi Paul! Hi Luke!) you’ll noticed we dished out a bit of advice in the Oldham one. We asked that Paul Mullin returned to smashing his penalties in, and that Luke Hannant stopped attempting long shots. We were right on the first point, cheers for listening Paul, but admit we got it wrong on the second, Luke: go back to having all the long shots you want.
Anyway, you don’t care much for the Papa John’s Trophy and nor do we, so we’re not going to go much into what was essentially a runout against a weakened Gills side, but United played well, had tonnes of chances, turned Greg Taylor into Iniesta and we’re through to the next round. Wembley gets one step closer for Bonners Margharita Masters.
Hopefully now the U’s have rediscovered that winning feeling and we can use this win to springboard back into League form before Saturday’s tough trip to Forest Green. More importantly it allowed us to experiment a little bit with formations and tactics, and whilst we’re not sure that Taylor is the central midfielder we’ve been calling out for it was good to see that Darling and Cundy dealt with the threat very well in central defence. On to Saturday.
Man of the Match: Greg Taylor, and why not? Looked comfortable in central midfield. Leon Davies, Paul Mullin, Luke Hannant all come in for praise too. Plus it’s nice to see Idris El Mizouni start to rediscover some of the quality we know he has.
Soundtrack of the Match: Pizzaman – Trippin’ on Sunshine
United: Burton, Knoyle, Darling, Cundy, Dunk, Hannant (Iredale), Taylor (May), Digby, Davies, Mullin (Knibbs), El Mizouni