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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oxford. on: Yesterday at 22:19:27
It would be quite nice if one of our cobblers journalists asked jimmy what the situation is with Poole - if he's just been dropped then I find that amazing seeing as how well the formation with him and Taylor in the middle and turnbull at left back has worked at Bradford and Blackburn. With pereira being suspended at Sc***horpe there was no reason why he couldn't have been on the bench at the least as he's 10 times the player of Barnett.
I think JFH sees Poole as too lightweight at centre half and heís probably right .
The thing is , I think heís better than Turnbull and Barnett. Itís a mystery why heís not on the bench though .
In terms of the side versus Oxford , remember we hammered them at their place . Grimes and McGugan ran the show . I doubt they will give us that amount of space this time .
The team will be the same that started against Sc***horpe, except possibly Hoskins in place of Powell.
There comes a time when Berto needs to step up otherwise whatís the point in him being here .
Hopefully he will do something this Saturday
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oxford. on: Yesterday at 21:11:04
Something like this Evers...

              Rod
    Poole Taylor Turnball
Moloney              Bunney
     JJ Grimes Ariyibi
          Pereira
            Long

Cornell
K v Veen
Powell
Hoskins
Mc Williams
Barnett
Crooks

This leaves out Foley, Bridge , Mathis etc. If no v Veen Foley on the bench.
Good in theory Frank but flawed .
Crooks was our best player at Sc***horpe and Wimbledon- he wonít be dropped.
Also , Poole isnít even being considered at the moment and so he wonít suddenly be in the starting eleven
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: Yesterday at 14:22:12
So maybe Buchs  hasn't lost it ?  If we play Bunney or Buchs it must be a nightmare to be a full back playing behind Powell, he provides no cover at all.
Ariyibi played in front of Bunney on Saturday not Powell .
Powell seemed content to shadow his man without actually
quite getting a foot in or doing anything meaningful
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch on: Yesterday at 14:13:45
Answer honestly.
Are we one of the worst four teams in the division ?
Hand on heart - itís marginal and Van Veen might make the difference , but right now I think we are .
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: Yesterday at 09:27:53
Bunney was awful on Saturday but was exposed and up against Holmes who is one of the best players in the league  . Cross after cross came in .
I have not seen Turnbull play well yet . He doesnít win much and makes mistakes .
I thought Ariyibi did ok on Saturday and was the only threat going forward . Much more of a threat than Powell.
Their first goal was not a back four issue , it was a lack of balance in the midfield . No one sensed danger when we lost the ball and screened the defence .
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oxford. on: Yesterday at 08:26:00
We have to stop conceding goals at an alarming rate .
If Bunney and Turnbull were JED signings they would be dropped .
It would be great to see McWilliams back in midfield but he will not drop crooks or grimes .
Ariyibi should start wide left but no one has gripped the wide right position.
Hopefully VV will start .
We have to win this game
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 18, 2018, 20:02:20 pm
This is actually an extremely well-argued and pertinent post.

The problem with Grimes is that his technical aptitude and pedigree mask a worrying lack of genuine contribution. How many assists has he actually made this season? How many goals has he scored? How many significant tackles?

Crooks has some of the same problems, but a) I would argue that he's made more decisive contributions over the season (e.g. recently at AFW) and b) he's our player and is presumably more personally invested in the idea of us staying up.

For me, it's quite simple: we're scoring a decent amount of goals at the moment, but we're also conceding too many. The return of Facey will bolster the defence but using a more defensively minded midfielder in place of Grimes is the one move that would really make the difference.

Do you actually watch the games of just spout rubbish?
Grimes has assisted in the last three goals we have scored
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 18, 2018, 12:09:20 pm
Actual genuine question here, is Grimes much of an upgrade on Matt Taylor, I don't see that he brings too much that Taylor bought to the table? So are we any better off?
Undoubtably . Taylor had one asset and one asset only .
Both goals yesterday provided for by Grimes btw , just like Ash Taylorís the other day .
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 18, 2018, 11:33:49 am
I repeat - Grimes had a chance with Otoole doing the donkey work for him against Gillingham and was once again woeful.
He repeatedly offers nothing in all required aspects of the position he occupies.  The longer it takes those in office to realise this the greater the chance of relegation.
How about Foley actually gets the chance to play in the position he has played in for the vast majority of his career just in from the of the back 4 - in fact the 1 position JFH has never played him in
JJOT had a poor game against Gilllingham and didnít break up play as he should .
So , you would have Foley in instead of Grimes ?
Can you remind if something that Foley has done to make a difference in a game ? Heís not a first choice player.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 18, 2018, 11:05:50 am
Grimes needs to be in a midfield three to get the best out of him. I think he's a quality player but relying on him to be main protection for the defence is madness hence why we're constantly over ran.

Feel like the previous good results are just a reflection of decent players muddling through a **** system. We never controlled any of those games and were just clinical, even against MK I'd argue they were the better side for most of the match.
I think thatís true , Grimes would thrive more with McWilliams next to him screening the back 4.
Grimes and crooks are asked to do a lot in this team whist the wide players coast - particularly if your name is Powell who pretends to defend and hardly ever causes problems going forward .
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 18, 2018, 10:50:31 am
Grin Really ok on Saturday watch what he actually does during the game then in your later post you contradict yourself laughable really
He was one of the players at fault for the first goal and didnít play well yesterday but to say he is one of the worst players to play for us is absolute nonsense
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 18, 2018, 09:52:25 am
It was definitely a point gained not two lost .
We look like a team going down though to me .
Too many players are not really up to it and that was evidenced in the last two home games and yesterday .
Itís the same faces every week that come out with credit and the rest are too flaky
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: J F H on: February 18, 2018, 09:45:27 am
Bunney was poor again against Scunny . He was pushed back and didnít get forward once . He was slightly ezxposed with Ariyibi in front of him and up against Holmes who is a quality player .
Cross after cross came in from their right .
Serious question marks over Bunney and Turnbull for me .
Turnbull just doesnít look strong enough and blunders .
Iím not sure about some of these January dealings and Iím saying it now .
Berto also looks questionable to me and Mathis is not in any way a challenge to Long .
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 18, 2018, 09:31:19 am
Actually Iím a season ticket holder my opinion is grimes does nothing for the team it seems that he had a couple of good games in January when he probably thought that he might have been replaced during the transfer window,as soon as it shut heís strolling around pitch again I say Drop him
Absolute tripe .
Grimes has dropped off but other teams close him down more now .
He was responsible for their first goal yesterday but has generally been decent for us .
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 17, 2018, 20:36:08 pm
Listening to Humberside radio on the way home , Sc***horpeís fans were not at all happy with that performance and some are calling for Alexanderís head .
They also called for Morris to be dropped and canít understand why VV was sold .
I thought they looked decent today .
On another note Grimsby fans were saying their team looks unfit . Where have we heard that before with Wilko in charge ?
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Grimes/Crooks on: February 17, 2018, 20:31:54 pm
Christ why don't you give it a rest?
Huh?
A rest about what ?
I have been a big supporter of Grimes and critical of Crooks .
Iím just saying he may need a breather . I think Grimes is a good player
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The 'Clare Balding' POTS: Scunny (a) 17/02/2018 on: February 17, 2018, 19:40:08 pm
Moloney and JJOT has good games but Crooks was our best player.
Broke up play and drove us forward
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Grimes/Crooks on: February 17, 2018, 19:37:50 pm
Crooks was a lot better than Grimes today .
If grimes gets closed down he gets caught in possession a little bit .
Teams have learnt how to nullify him
He may need a rest
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 17, 2018, 19:31:32 pm
That was definitely a point gained because they looked a class above us , despite squandering a lot of possession and chances .
We took our chances and mostly battled hard .
The positives were the performances of JJOT , Crooks and Moloney who all played well and worked very hard for the side .
Ariyibi I thought did well and tried his best to contain Holmes who is a real handful and has put Buchs on his backside in the past .
We are so weak down the left hand side though . Bunney was poor again and didnít get beyond the half way line . If he is going to be pressed back like that , we are better off playing Buchanan .
Turnbull was also weak and he needs to step up .
Grimes was outclassed today and Powell for me pretends to defend and is no threat going forward .
Teams like Scunny show you up for what you are and a few players didnít make the grade today .
Good point though
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 17, 2018, 15:53:08 pm
Scunny much better than us .
They are running the midfield and have men over all the time .
We have nothing going forward .
Someone tell me what Powell does in this team coz he doesnít tackle and doesnít provide a threat .
Turnbull and Bunney both look weak again .
We look a poor side
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