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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Mansfield's Park. on: October 02, 2018, 13:52:48 pm
Well done for reading all of it!

Considering you insist on flagging up any hint of rudeness towards yourself, it's surprising that you like to dish it out so often!
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Manager Vacancy on: October 01, 2018, 16:23:01 pm
The appointment doesn't make me feel any more or less apathetic about the cobblers at the moment. But looking at this objectively, he did turn around Carlisle (which was his most recent job) and possibly could have took them up had their owners backed some more. Give him a chance, he surely can't be any worse than his predecessors.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Manager Vacancy on: October 01, 2018, 15:09:33 pm
Gary Bowyer, Michael Appleton or Darren Ferguson for me would all be great appointments. I don't buy into not appointing someone just because they used to be at a rival side.

I would happily see Ian Sampson back but we know that won't happen.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Manager Vacancy on: October 01, 2018, 14:30:52 pm
No one knows yet

This isn't intended as a dig at all, but how do you know it isn't Gary Bowyer?
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Manager Vacancy on: October 01, 2018, 14:21:41 pm
It’s not Bowyer
Announcement mid afternoon

So it's Keith Curle?
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Mansfield's Park. on: October 01, 2018, 14:21:03 pm
Despite my posts on Cornell I'm under no illusions that there aren't other considerable problems with the team, but he is one of 5-6 players from Saturday that should be nowhere near the XI  and possibly even the 18 for a long time IMO. These are: Cornell, Taylor, Buchanan, Hoskins, Odoffin and Bowditch. Of those 6 I have less issue with Odoffin as he's a young and inexperienced player and is among the newest members of the squad, but he should be benched for the coming matches. I don't particularly 'dislike' Bowditch but he simply doesn't offer enough to be a starter and I think we have better options.

As for the other 4 they have been our ever presents and in my view are our worst performers this season by some distance.

Since August last year Taylor and Buchanan have been easily our most regular players at the back by some stretch. In that time they have started 42 league matches at the same time for a total of 76 goals conceded! This is a shocking record and speaks volumes. Despite how often they berate team mates after we concede IMO they are our the most culpable members of the squad by far.

I also find it interesting that both backed Austin for the job and Buchanan at least was reinstated in the team by him after the sacking of JFH despite the large defensive improvement whilst he was out of the side. It should also noted that JFH attempted to resolve the LB issue before the January window, by playing first George Smith and then Hanley in front of Buchs to seemingly give him some protection, so he obviously saw this position as a big cause for concern early on in his tenure. It should also be noted that JFH dropped Buchanan from not only the XI but the 18. Was Buchanan injured? If not then I think this is pretty telling. Austin was JFH's assistant but his actions as manager show that he clearly did not agree with him regarding this.

Further to this, Austin was seemingly happy to drop certain player due to one or two off-colour performances but others retained their place however bad they played and also seemed immune from criticism even at the very end. I can't help but think that something stinks about this whole situation.

Hoskins has started 28 matches since August last year and made 9 appearances as a sub. In that time he has scored twice and assisted a mere 4 goals. It's a dreadful record for a winger/forward. The woeful poor pass/cross he made on Saturday has summed up his contribution so far this season at least and he now needs to be dropped asap. To say he's had his chance in the side would be an understatement.

Frankly all 4 of these need shifting in January if there is anyone would have them.

Great post
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Manager Vacancy on: October 01, 2018, 14:02:56 pm
I could definitely see it being Curle… But I hope I'm wrong
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Manager Vacancy on: October 01, 2018, 14:01:23 pm
We could have Buchanan as manager (not player manager). At least that would get him off the pitch.

Now this I could get behind  Grin

9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: August 31, 2018, 16:14:45 pm
A winger would have been a welcomed addition.

I would say we've got a good first XI when all full fit but the squad is not so strong.

It'll take another couple of transfer windows to sort that out. Even if we have a strong season we'll be lot stronger once Coddington, Barnett, Buchanan, Kasim, Bridge, Bowditch and Powell are released next summer. Then down to Melville to find some replacements  Wink

Fully agree
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 26, 2018, 00:23:00 am
Also Ron spare a thought for those armchair fans who castigated the Manager, Cornell, Buchanan and Taylor on positioning,tackling, tactics etc. Must be a lot of puzzled 'fans' tonight .

It is almost quite amusing that you assume fans who pay good money to watch their team don't want them to win. Almost.

I'm delighted that we've won today and hopefully this will kickstart the season! Has it changed my opinion on Cornell and Buchanan not being good enough. No. Do I think that they both seem like good blokes? Absolutely. Do I hope that they can continue performing well whilst they are still in the side? Of course, I want us to win every game! Do I think that they will? Probably not, but I'm hoping that I'm wrong.

Does thinking that a player in your team's squad is not very good make you a 'bad supporter'? Most would say no, but you're a little different..

Hope that clears up my thinking for you, for the purpose of me not having to explain everything to you anytime that I wish to post  Smiley
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 25, 2018, 16:51:22 pm
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 25, 2018, 16:27:23 pm
Crooksy the star man in this team! If we get him confident and in good form he will drive us up this table.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 25, 2018, 15:53:54 pm
What about Irchy, ocooll and most importantly ClarenceUpFront?

I want us to win, you utter sad act
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 25, 2018, 14:56:28 pm
Sounds like radio Northampton are being a bit critical which is unusual as they’re usually in the happy clapper category. Perhaps sammo’s angling for a caretaker role - having said that he’s probably got a point about Hoskins, I’m beginning to wonder if he’s got some incriminating photos of Austin.

Sammo is usually bang on in his analysis on the radio - I'd have him back in a heartbeat
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 25, 2018, 14:30:49 pm
Good to see that McWilliams’ injury wasn’t as bad as they thought 🙄. Cometh the hour cometh the bridge.

Quite. Why say that he's up for contention a week or so ago if he's still not fit enough to even make the bench?
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 25, 2018, 14:29:47 pm
Hoskins, Buchanan, Bridge all starting.... Weak, weak, weak outfield players
17  General Category / The Games Room / Re: Prediction League 25.08.2018 on: August 24, 2018, 19:47:55 pm
Sheff Wednesday v Ipswich 2-1
Swansea v Bristol City 1-1

League Two
Colchester v Cobbs  3-3
Lincoln V Notts County 4-1

National League North
Brackley v York 2-2

National League South
Torquay v Hampton & Richmond 1-1

FA Cup Qualifying
Cheshunt v Canvey Island 0-1
East Grinstead v South Park 3-1

18  General Category / The Games Room / Re: GTA Game 6. 25th of August Colchester (A) on: August 24, 2018, 19:46:05 pm
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 24, 2018, 15:34:08 pm
Credit to the fluid, incisive, free scoring morecambe. Their striker done well to kick the ball in a straight line into an empty net. Clinical really.

 Grin Grin Grin
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 23, 2018, 17:51:54 pm
Pals then until the next time Cool

Best pals for sure  Kiss
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