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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: July 20, 2018, 16:25:21 pm
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Both players could provide value if used in the right way, within the right team. Hoskins started around half our games when we won the league, came on in most of the others. Bowditch started nearly 30 games a couple of seasons back when MK Dons go promoted from league 1. They can clearly add something in the right team / framework.

I'm not sure why everything has to dialled up to be so absolute, it is a team game and there are many ways to get a successful team out. there are so many examples of players who thrive at one club or under one manager who flop at/for the next.

Agree with this. Hoskins did well in the promotion season, as you say playing a significant contribution as a squad player. I feel pretty confident he'll make a similar contribution this season. I wouldn't start Bowditch too often, but he is a solid experienced player to bring off the bench in certain situations and perhaps in certain formations/playing styles can do a job as a starter at times.

I'd certainly rather have him in the squad than Jak McCourt who Swindon have just signed!
2  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 20, 2018, 13:16:00 pm
Implying, bias etc all conjecture on your part. Now Frank behave yourself and pack up these defensive replies.

So why did you bring up their nationality? Do you think Scottish ex-professional's know less about football than ex-professionals from other nationalities? What else did you mean when you stated that Souness had an axe to grind, if not that his opinion was being led by bias? It's not conjecture.

How can slowly taking someone apart be the same as 'defusing' a situation? And what situation needed defusing?

Why are you calling me Frank?  Huh?

'Defensive replies'?  Roll Eyes I think you're a fan of the 'best-form-of-defence-is-attack' tactic!  Wink
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: July 20, 2018, 13:05:18 pm
Sounds to me like Bowditch is staying, Austin likes him. To me he reminds me of Foley, a very solid player, but one that doesn’t have a specific position.

I've never quite got the stick Bowditch has received on here. He seemed to be mostly used as a sub last season, and when he came on he often did well IMO, good work-rate and some intelligent play. I think part of the problem is due to your point about him not having a specific position. He's not a wide man, he's not a number 10, he's not a defensive midfielder........

Still, I think under Austin he'll come good this season and be an important part of the squad.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: July 17, 2018, 20:27:34 pm
From Sky Sports:

Sunderland have bid £1m for Cheltenham Town’s highly-rated striker Mohamed Eisa.

Peterborough and Portsmouth are also keen to sign the 24-year old who joined Cheltenham from Isthmian League side Greenwich Borough last summer.

In his first full year as a professional, Eisa 25 goals, winning the club's supporters' and players' player of the year awards.

Sky Sports News understands that Cheltenham are looking for a fee around £1.5m


Crazy money for a player who's only had one year of professional football.

Much like Isaac Vassell after just 1 professional season with Luton, Birmingham supposedly paid £1m+ for him. The money sloshing around in the top 2 divisions is crazy.

Sunderland were paying Jack Rodwell £3.8M pa to more or less sit around on his arse for the last few years, beyond belief!

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/jack-rodwell-finally-take-pay-14520392


5  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 16, 2018, 11:54:29 am
Who mentioned ‘tore’  as it was ‘slowly taken apart’. Big difference . Who mentioned bias? The unfortunate German guy is now an ‘agent provocateur’ you are making it up as you go along! Please have the last word ‘Frank’ ? as we are in danger of boring any readers stiff.

You bought up that there 2-3 Scottish pundits, implying their nationality somehow had a negative baring on their analysis on the game. i.e. 'bias'. You've also said you felt Souness 'had an axe to grind' i.e. strongly implied he was being 'biased' in his analysis for some reason.

German guy now an 'agent provocateur'? How have I implied that? What are you on about? As I've said he's a Spurs man, almost half the England team who featured in the match were Spurs or ex-Spurs players who he probably coached, so he tried to stick-up for them.

OK. 'slowly taken apart' as opposed to 'torn' apart! The difference has little to no effect on my original point. You stated that he 'slowly took apart' Souness, then switched that to 'defused the situation'. They are not compatible. If you want to to 'defuse a situation' you do not do that by 'slowly taking apart' the other guy, which I would suggest would have the opposite effect of 'defusing' the 'situation'. Which is it?

Good sport this.  Wink

6  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 16, 2018, 00:23:43 am
Sorry not quite sure what you are saying. Essentially my opinion is that Souness hung his hat quite correctly on a relatively weak English midfield. But he would not let go he made his point and wanted it to be the main discussion. Gray at best was bored and the German guy actually defused the situation. I suppose if it had been Strachan it might have been more balanced and realistic

Hang about, I thought that it was 2-3 Scottish guys putting the 'biased' boot into England, now it's Souness the sole-voice and Gray being bored and refusing to engage? And I thought the 'German guy' 'tore' Souness 'apart', now he 'defused the situation'? Can you defuse a situation by 'tearing' someone apart? What 'situation' needed 'defusing'? Are there two separate videos and I've only seen one of them? Grin

Do you think if the 'German guy' had not been on ex-Spurs player and very recent (and possibly present) coach at said club also but a German who had not played for Spurs would his opinion have been more balanced and realistic?

Right, now I'm off to blow-dry my !


7  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 16, 2018, 00:12:16 am
I am not making fun of you but you do take yourself very seriously which I suppose we are all guilty of from time to time. I still dont think Croatia outclassed us at least not in the way France did to them today. I only watched the 2nd half and they(Cr) looked like conceding every time France attacked. France were generally very direct when the  opportunity arose. I dont think Croatia were direct enough so enabling France to defend quite well/easily. I still think Croatia got to the final more via our failure to put away two decent chances one of which Kane failed to do.
No fancy talk and convoluted opinion in defence of Classy Croatia should change that. I look forward to your comments on Cobblers games this coming season with a mixture of forefoding and anticipation.

They really need a spit-your-tea-out-over-the-screen 'emoji' thingymebob for moments like these. I'll just have to do with  Undecided !





8  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 15, 2018, 14:07:22 pm
Nothing - it’s a red herring!With Gray he merely refused to be drawn on Souness POV , refer to it by all means ; talk about the obvious! As you may know Souness is generally an argumentative s%d, concentrating on the obvious and making it an issue - Wow! no wonder Gray had the iq to basically ignore it.

You sure like to back-track/shift-the-goal-posts/take-discussion-points-out-context!  Wink

Earlier in the thread I pointed out that Croatia outclassed England overall and you took exception to it. Now regarding choosing to speak about or not choosing to speak about this issue you bring IQ into the equation! I thought the 'foreign' guy 'took Souness and his opinions apart'? How did he do this if on the other hand Gray had the IQ to basically ignore Souness' blatantly-obvious-to-everyone and not-in-debate points? Can such obvious opinions be 'ripped apart'? Grin
9  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 15, 2018, 11:21:06 am
Well if that’s your idea of informed view by 2 or 3  Scottish Pundits then God help us !  Souness ok to begin with but was slowly taken apart by the foreign guy who reined him in.  You did well to locate that judgement panel - which TV group/station was that.

What's being Scottish got to do with it?

Only 2 were Scottish, and Gray offered little opinion during the video, so just Souness. Paul Robinson is English and didn't disagree with Souness, while the presenter, Keys (English) didn't either.

The foreign guy you mention is German, Stefan Freund. Ex-Spurs player and was their assistant manager until very recently and may still be a technical director, wiki doesn't make it clear. There were 5 Spurs players on the pitch come end of the match, and one ex-Spurs. He likely coached all these so will of course likely stick up for them. I disagree that Souness was 'slowly taken apart' by Freund, his arguments were pretty feeble e.g. 'Come on, they all play for top clubs!'

10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NEWS: Cobblers sign Peterborough striker Junior Morias for undisclosed fee on: July 13, 2018, 20:42:32 pm
And you know because?

He looked very good when he played here last season.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NEWS: Cobblers sign Peterborough striker Junior Morias for undisclosed fee on: July 13, 2018, 18:32:00 pm
The Cobblers have signed Peterborough striker Junior Morias for an undisclosed fee, the club have announced.

The 23-year-old has signed a two year contract at Sixfields.

Morias is our third signing of the season. He scored 11 goals in 51 games at Posh.

Good signing.
12  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 13, 2018, 17:31:25 pm
We are but armchair critics and your forthright views often grates against better informed view points - that is those who were there including reporters.. You have made your point so it might be a good idea to simpy ignore your critics and do as you say concentrate on the Cobblers.... mind you God help us Cool

Better informed viewpoints, such as? The English media? They're mostly following a party line, possibly because the tournament's in Russia and with the political situation they want to be overly positive. The commentator on ITV was nauseating during England games for example. The commentary never used to be as biased as it is now.

Here's one well-informed viewpoint which is a good general overview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqcwiSS3Hsg


Oh, and I've been quite positive about Cobblers chances this season, certainly more than some, as you can tell by looking at my posts!
13  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 13, 2018, 17:21:21 pm
Yep, they make you a twonk. Be happy in your skin....

I made one short statement of my opinion that Maguire was an accident waiting to happen. You resorted to insults, so I gave an explanation citing examples for why I held my opinion. It's not a 'witch-hunt'. You're also resorting to insults again. Poor form.
14  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 13, 2018, 17:12:34 pm
'England only really had 1 great chance, which fell to Kane in the 1st half. They had 3-4 half-chances over the course of the 90'

What about Lingards chance that he put wide? - That was one of the half-chances I referred to, outside the box, defenders in the way. Rebic I think it was had similar in the 1st, put it straight at the keeper.

but then Croatia had a number of very good chances and multiple half chances as well. England 2 shots on target to Croatia's 7. Personally I think it's a bit of a stretch to suggest England deserved to win, only testing the keeper once more after the goal in almost 120 minutes of football.

The one they hit the post with and ? - The goal, the one that hit the post, Mandzukic chance at 1-1 where he half-volleyed it at the keeper and should have done better, the Pickford save with his leg in ET. That's 4 great chances in open play. Numerous 'half-chances' too.

'I suggest that most people watching it, the VAR people and the ref think YOU have got it wrong.' VAR didn't call red for the Barrios incident. Most seem to think the VAR got that wrong.

The Columbian went back with his head and when he realised he was too low he went up for Henderson's chin, accidental my ar*e
Flat out wrong. Lingard and Henderson were deliberately provoking Barrios, Henderson leaned strongly into Barrios and Barrios just shrugged him off of in return, Henderson made a meal of it. The catch on the bottom of Henderson's chin was unintended and incidental contact in the motion of shrugging Henderson off of him. Watch the whole incident in normal time to see what really happened.
15  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 13, 2018, 13:55:43 pm
The twonk who rates Maguire as deficient and an accident waiting to happen must have been watching a different player to me. He, along with Trippier and Pickford were the ones who stood out. I'll even pass over that Pickford should have saved against Belgium and Trippier should have cleared off the line against Colombia - they were that good otherwise.

Really? Quick list:

Was sleeping against Colombia during the 'two-balls-on-pitch' incident, where there wasn't two balls on the pitch and was very lucky (to say the least) the ref pulled back play otherwise Colombia would have been in. Schoolboy lack of concentration.

Totally lost Mina in the box at a corner in ET, resorted to using both hands to shove him slightly off balance as he tried to head the ball. Ref right on the spot, was probably the 1/10 times a ref wouldn't give a penalty.

Lost/was totally out-jumped by Mina for the Colombian equaliser, effectively only 10 minutes or so before the second error mentioned above. Funny how you attribute blame to Trippier, when I would suggest Maguire was much more at fault.

Began to lose Mandzukic in the semi-final at the end of 1st half. Put arm over his shoulder to hold him back, should have been a penalty.

Almost lost his temper against Panama, squaring up forehead-to-forehead with their defender even though England were already winning comfortably, could have easily been an unnecessary card which could have eventually led to a suspension.

These serious errors quickly come to mind, all bar one he was very fortunate to get away without costing a goal.

Hence my opinion that he is an accident waiting to happen. If that makes me a 'twonk' then so be it!
16  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 12, 2018, 22:00:13 pm
I'm born and bred in Northampton, I support my local team. But, i'm also English and always hope for the National team to do well. This World Cup they did the nation proud. What is wrong with supporting both England & NTFC - I just don't get some people.


There's nothing wrong with it. Personally I'm just indifferent to the outcome, like some people are indifferent to the outcome of the Olympics or any other international sporting events I guess.
17  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 12, 2018, 21:54:40 pm
Well that would have made it 2-0 and probably a place in the final for us. The classy Croat team would have had to open up and commit and Sterling might have had a field day and Vardy too. Still this is all sheer conjecture. The only thing you can rejoice is that the Croats won.
It took a long time to equalize and relied on extra time to win it. The majority of reports in the Times and Telegraph certainly said we were deserved winners against Columbia with both reports commenting on Columbian 'tactics'; with the Croat game we had our chances in the first half, we didn't take them and paid the penalty. To say we were outclassed is demeaning to the England Players and Southgate; for me it took too long for the Croats to equalise let alone win. Normally classy sides dont usually require extra time to win; their classy players do it much sooner.



God knows where to start with this one!

The England players were outclassed. You can't honestly think that Henderson, Ali and Lingard are even close to the same level of Modric, Rakitic, and Perisic, or that either Maguire or Stones is a good a centre-back as Vida etc. This isn't 'demeaning' them. There's a gulf in class and it showed on the night.

Modric is arguably the midfielder of his generation, while Rakitic has been holding his own winning Champions Leagues and consecutive La Liga's in the same midfield/attack as Messi and Iniesta for the last 5 years. You're talking about the best of the best.

'For me it took too long for the Croats to equalise, let alone win'.

I can't tell if you're joking with that one! Should a team have to equalise before a certain time to prove they are the better team? And if they only win in injury time, that means they haven't showed their class? How about winning on penalties like England did with Colombia?

As regards Colombian tactics, I am well aware of the media's party line but I simply don't agree with it. To use a phrase such as 'Colombian brutality' is just flat-out incorrect. Have you ever served jury service?  Grin
18  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 12, 2018, 20:52:27 pm
You tell 'im Teachers! I find it astonishing that an English Supporter can come out with such negatively contructed comments. Hope he avoids Cobblers games!

So what do you find inaccurate about my observations? I find it astonishing how an English supporter can't handle constructive criticism of the team!

See you against Lincoln in a few weeks!  Grin
19  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 12, 2018, 20:50:12 pm
I take it you are English?

If you are, there are lots of you around. Always look to put the national team down whenever you can, some people enjoy it and you sound like one of them. I bet if we had won the World Cup you'd be one of the first celebrating in the streets with the rest of us.   
 

Weird, I'm just stating things as I have seen them in these two particular matches. I tend to be allergic to BS and the media have been full of it over the last 3-4 weeks. Club over national team every day for me.
20  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 12, 2018, 19:15:58 pm
Firstly to all those who say we were outclassed - I disagree had we taken our chances we would be in the final.

As for Clarence’s comment on Colombian brutality not sure if Kane would agree. I agree with the commentators on BBC that the Colombians resorted to thuggery at times. Are you sure you support England?

Somebody else mentioned we were lucky in beating Columbia  - ‘yr having a laugh’ as they say on here!

England only really had 1 great chance, which fell to Kane in the 1st half. They had 3-4 half-chances over the course of the 90, but then Croatia had a number of very good chances and multiple half chances as well. England 2 shots on target to Croatia's 7. Personally I think it's a bit of a stretch to suggest England deserved to win, only testing the keeper once more after the goal in almost 120 minutes of football.

Any examples of the Colombia 'brutality'? If you're thinking of the penalty, on close inspection the ref got it wrong, and the foul should have actually gone against Kane who was all over Sanchez. The 'headbutt' on Henderson was provoked by both Henderson and Lingard. Henderson was leaning heavily on the defender who tried to shrug him off. That he caught the underside of Henderson's chin with the top of his head was, IMO, accidental.

I agree with the view that England were fortunate to beat Colombia. England again only 2 shots on target, one of which was the penalty, which on close inspection can be shown to be an erroneous decision. Colombia were missing their best player, who is possibly one of the top 5 creative midfielders in the world. Colombia also were the better team in the 2nd half and were pretty dominant towards the end of the 90, and also for much of ET as well.
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