Ville Yrjölä pulls off another breathtaking save to keep Athletic in the game.

Despite the heroics of Ville Yrjölä between the sticks, Athletic ultimately lost 5-1 against Wilburhampton Wanderers this afternoon, and the defeat combined with Ginger Warriors’ surprise win away to Chopper Athletic saw us drop to the foot of the league.

The league position, whilst disappointing does not faze Arjen Bogaert who said at the post-match media conference, “We’ve still got six games remaining, and those six include games against teams we’ve did well against earlier in the season”.

He stressed, “We are under no illusion that this is the toughest league in the Division and simply surviving would be a tremendous feat, and that has been our goal since day one”.

He continued, “Of course it’s disappointing to be propping up the league, however it should be borne in mind that we are only two points off a play-off place, so it’s not as if we’ve been cut adrift”.

“We’ve still got our destiny in our own hands, but we’ve got to cut out the mistakes. We’re gifting far too many goals and we’re not creating enough up top”.

Athletic steadied the ship after losing an early Eduard Petre goal to only trail the league leaders 1-0 at half time, thanks to Ville Yrjölä who single-handedly denied the Wanderers’ forwards time and again.

The Finn took up where he left off at the start of the second half, denying Ovidiu Costea, but he was left helpless around the hour mark as, first Noah Haas then Giovanni Zanellato fired home to increase the lead.

With nineteen minutes remaining, Jose Eransus reduced the lead to two, racing forward before executing the most delicate of lobs over the on-rushing Taylor MacQuarrie that nestled in the net.

This was however not the signal for a fightback and a suicidal pass across the back three put paid to any possible comeback with twelve minutes remaining, Eduard Petre accepting the gift and driving the ball home.

Straight from the re-start, Athletic lost possession, and following a swift interchange of passes that tore the visiting defence apart, Dementrio Gorbea hammered the ball home to complete the visitors’ misery.

Had it not been for another inspired performance by Ville Yrjölä the defeat could have been much worse. Even if we were not expected to take anything from the game prior to kick-off, the fact that we created only a single chance in the whole game must be cause for some concern.

If Brook Street are to achieve their goal of a play-off place, then they will simply have to be more creative while cutting out the errors at the back. We can’t rely on Ville baling us out every week.

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