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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron - AGAIN (H) 18th November on: Today at 22:50:23
It's an absolutely massive week coming up - jfh is going to have to come up with a new plan in the absence of jjot. Hopefully Powell will be fit for Plymouth which will help with us being able to play in the break - god knows what he's going to do to replace John-joe.

After todays result that is now very true. Ist half we were good, but we missed at least two decent opportunities. 2nd half we couldn't get going and unfortunately it was a performance reminiscent of the early days of the season. I found it hard to equate today's performance with that of Oxford let alone the second half of the recent cup game where we had a virtual reserve side out! And Oxford won 4-0 away! What we and JFH think is our best side appears on today's showing in agreement, but unbalanced.
For once I don't agree with the plaudits JJOT received today; he was committing himself to some reckless tackles and to me he is not yet back to his form of last season. I thought the intro of Foley was a disappointing moment and he had little or no effect on the game. Still it was JFH decision ; maybe Powell or McW might have been more effective? Makes you worry about the next 2 games!
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oxford Utd Sat 11th November on: Yesterday at 20:35:42
............. Try watching Children in Need this evening for folks that really deserve our compassion.

No doubt , but not a saint!

3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron - AGAIN (H) 18th November on: Yesterday at 15:34:48
There you go.

A central midfielder covering at right back because he played there a bit when he was younger, and you judge this performance on his ability to play in the middle? I think that's a little unfair, he has certainly offered more than Foley/Kasim this year.

He is promising thatís well documented. His performance at Iron was disappointing compared with that at Gillingham. You think he is wonderful; I donít yet!
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oxford Utd Sat 11th November on: Yesterday at 15:18:21
Like the ones still wanting HMRC to wind us up?

Great response Einstein  Roll Eyes
Not a thought to players livelihood with serious injuries then?
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron - AGAIN (H) 18th November on: Yesterday at 15:07:59
What position did he play in the Cup?

@ Sc***horpe RB
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oxford Utd Sat 11th November on: Yesterday at 10:22:47
And if it had, I expect the Yellow's Forum would have had a whip round for flowers?

Or just ignored us
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron - AGAIN (H) 18th November on: Yesterday at 10:19:32
You'd have Foley first choice?

I said possibly and both not good enough for first team based on current form.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron - AGAIN (H) 18th November on: Yesterday at 00:02:01
For me Either John Joe or Mcwilliams need to start in midfield, We are so much more combative when they are playing.

Unfortunately McW had at best a mediocre game at Sc***horpe in the Cup! Would have thought the best he can hope for is on the bench possible 2nd choice after Foley?
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oxford Utd Sat 11th November on: November 16, 2017, 23:16:43 pm
Oh dear. What a shame. Never mind.

Surprised that you amongst others have to resort crowing over a rivals misfortune - could easily have been us!

10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Skelmersdale Utd on: November 15, 2017, 23:35:13 pm
What's their story?

Looks a sad tale - unfortunately the link only provides their story and it appears to be pretty one side at that. What we need is the other side of the story that is their landlords (Chequer Properties Limited) input before any decision on SOS funding can be taken. Let alone NTFC's permission to carry out a collection.

11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Facebook Q&A Wednesday 15th 7-8pm on: November 15, 2017, 22:31:42 pm
I don't know if it's a browser issue on my part, but on Facebook I'm not seeing any of these bits you are posting here? I can see the thread, just not any of the content you are quoting on this Page? Can you supply a link?

This is the link I used:

Its a bit mixed to follow but if you are familiar with Facebook you should find a way to follow. Some of the questions are from simpletons like does "JFH drink tea or coffee". Glen Coustener ? asked a question on behalf of D Cadden but for some strange reason could not locate KT's direct responce.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron - AGAIN (H) 18th November on: November 15, 2017, 21:47:53 pm
I like the look of VI side.

Suspect we will have some pace for a pretend winger though.

Have to pick Waters for speedy outlet particularly if Powell NA.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The 'Clare Balding' POTS: Scunny - FA Cup (a), 14/11/2017 on: November 15, 2017, 14:38:22 pm
Crooks for me too, only player who looked interested

2nd Crooks
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: November 15, 2017, 14:35:59 pm
Then ask it!

15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Facebook Q&A Wednesday 15th 7-8pm on: November 15, 2017, 11:13:50 am
.......... Just a question for alistair slowe - Iím assuming that this Facebook W& a is going to make your planned face to face meeting unnecessary?

Ah ha?
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: November 15, 2017, 11:10:44 am
What will actually happen is that anyone who asks a direct or forceful question will be shouted down (in a keyboard way) by other fans, with comments such as 'He's already told us that its legal issues'. or 'He's done loads for the club' etc.  Such comments will attract countless 'likes' as well!  Grin

I look forward to it immensely, should be rather entertaining!

It might be worthwhile that those who propose to ask questions consider the words they use. No point in putting hostile questions which puts KT on back foot. We have been here before. I really hope that those who are critical of the Redevelopment progress make coherent comments/queries. Itís a case of put up or shut up 🤐.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron (A) FAC Replay 14/11 on: November 15, 2017, 08:23:50 am
You really shouldn't talk about cj and Glasto like that Cecil. They will get their feelings hurt.

Not CJ at all. Most opinions are ok 👍 especially on team selection! Please apologise to CJ for inadvertently naming him incorrectly Roll Eyes
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron (A) FAC Replay 14/11 on: November 15, 2017, 00:00:25 am
Just got back (I live in Lincoln so a nice easy jaunt for me!) - I got in and paid at the ground btw ;-)

Just read people comments on here and I think it's a tad harsh. The first half was similar to the first half of the chuckle trade match last week. A weakened team, devoid of any real quality, a very limited attacking threat and only really Crooks could take any credit in the oppositions half. That said I thought taylor continued with his normal dominance and organisation at the back, Cornell was solid and there was the moment of magic that opened us up. He hit it so hard I was convinced it had hit the side netting but fair play. You have to applaud that, he'll never hit one like that again in his career! Scunny absolutely deserved their lead at half time.

Second half we certainly came back into it, defended well and attacked with more purpose and direction. Crooks held up the ball and distributed well. Smith became a greater outlet on the left and tried his best with limited skill set to get the ball in the box. Bowditch on the opposite flank worked hard but is a very average footballer and despite his best attempts you felt when it went right for him, even he was surprised he'd pulled it off.

McWilliams struggled a little at right back in my opinion and got caught out of position a few times. It will be nice to get him back in the middle of the park to not stunt his development. Foley I thought had a much improved game and tried to carry the ball more. Kasim is a lumbering, luxury player who, with time, is a good passer of the ball but we are often found wanting with him in the middle as he has no real speed to keep up, track back and is often bypassed in the middle.

Rico puts himself about but again, he cannot play the lone role any longer. With support higher up the pitch, particularly when crooks became a target man and with better calibre players (as demonstrated with JJOT & McG came on) he seems more comfortable to play off and becomes more effective.

The comments slating team line up tonight is just a little short sighted. Jimmy is just trying to rotate squad members and rest key players in the team for more important league battles ahead. Don't get me wrong a cup run is nice but certainly not important and I think his general direction was to nullify Sc***horpe and even be willing to chase a 1-0 down and push the likes of foley, Bowditch, kasim, smith, Rico etc for as long as possibly without using key subs. It nearly worked as well. Crooks put a good effort narrowly wide from inside the box and so nearly prodded home late on after a nice inter change with him and Rico. Waters had a chance after a mazy run and Foley should have done better with a free header on the 6 yard box.

Tough on them tonight but congrats to Sc***horpe. They edged it with their first half display and their moment of quality was enough.

Good write FW perhaps a tad generous to some of the fringe players! Good appraisal of JFH selection as was Dans summary. Still cannot understand why Bowditch was played on the right for 70mins! The caustic comments made against JFH by two experts on here appear to be by disappointed Radio Listeners who clearly donít understand football at all!
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron (A) FAC Replay 14/11 on: November 14, 2017, 23:28:15 pm
Bit of a summary. Bowditch and Kasim have surely blown their last opportunities at NTFC. They were both abysmal tonight. Richards should seriously think about hanging his boots up too. He's done as a footballer.

Crooks was our best player by an absolute mile tonight. It's a huge boost having him back in the team.
I'm not a massive fan but Cornell had a decent game too.

The line up was a bit disappointing but i felt that it was a good opportunity for some of them to show that they were good enough and could challenge for a place in the 1st team squad. Unfortunately, some of them did not take advantage of that opportunity.

20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Iron (A) FAC Replay 14/11 on: November 14, 2017, 23:24:24 pm
Very poor 1st half, midfield was total rubbish with Kasim, Foley and Richards having ineffective games to put it mildly. For all that the defence played ok and were only undone by a superb drive from their right hand side. Possibly Ingham might have saved it? As the second half wore on things got better and we began to get on the front foot. Perhaps JFH might have pulled on the subs sooner? Believe it or not we began to camp in their half but Richards was so poor that it was all for nothing. The defence saved us first half , but the side which started particularly the midfield and fwds were so poor that given Sc***horpeís lack of cutting edge in front of goal didnít matter. Which brings me to team selection. Bowditch, Kasim,Foley, the new year centre half, Richards, Smith perhaps McW are not good enough as a side. Perfectly obvious to me. Perhaps 2 or 3 might be ok surrounded by more accomplished players but not wholesale selection. Playing Bowditch on the right was a disaster; better to have started him on the left where he did ok Saturday.
As to what FWalden made of it Lord knows.
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