Well I managed to get to a football match last Saturday (31/01/'09). It was Cheltenham Town v. M.K. Dons . The result was 5 - 3 to the Dons ; but that really doesn't tell the full story.
Up-to 30 mins we ( Cheltenham) were 1 nil down ; then we let in two soft goals , the first a palm back from our goalkeeper to an unmarked Don , who duly found the back of the net , the second , a cross from the by-line which our ' keeper allowed to slip through his fingers into the net. Thus the score at half - time was 0 - 3 .
The second half started with Damian Spencer coming off the substitute bench . He soon made his presence felt and eventually ended up scoring three goals , which included a penalty.
Having achieved this , he made a reckless tackle and was given a straight red card .
So he joins , a very small group , I would imagine , of players who :
1 - scored a hat-trick for his side.
2 - was awarded a red card.
3 - was not on the winning side .
This result leaves Cheltenham firmly at the bottom of the league. If they want to survive , they will have to be , not so attack minded , and learn to " win ugly " if necessary.
In two weeks time they have " a six - pointer" against local rivals Hereford .
Anything less than a win will not do.