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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: Yesterday at 10:34:22
Is this redevelopment thread now about the regeneration of Dav?

2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Tractor Boys away Tuesday 16/02/21 on: February 16, 2021, 21:09:38 pm
6 games without a goal..... one goal in the last nine games..... 10 blanks in the last 12 games.....

Pick your stat....which one sounds "least worst"....?!

It's a poor show when you have more points than goals over the last nine games.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: CURLE OUT. on: February 12, 2021, 14:08:39 pm
I think it was a little different to that.

Curle did turn the around the club from having a losing mentality to playoff winners in under two seasons which is commendable - in fact it was a quicker turnaround to a promotion than with Wilder - but they were by no means in serious relegation peril in October when he came in.

When Wilder came in the club was fully up sh1t creek without a paddle, some way adrift of safety and with an absolutely shocking squad leftover by Boothroyd.

Both go down as successful managers in my opinion, although it was sad and extremely frustrating to see KC go so far backwards.

I think this has happened to a lot of managers at the club who have enjoyed some success at one period in their term, and they end up with a record like Curle's where they have lost as many they have won - Stuart Gray, Ian Sampson, Ian Atkins, Wilson etc. all went to the same way for various reasons.

There have been only 7 managers to depart with a net positive (at least +10 more wins than losses) record in our entire history: Chris Wilder (2014-16), Colin Calderwood (2003-06), Graham Carr (1985-90), Bill Dodgin in his first spell (1973-76), Dave Bowen in his first spell (1959-67), Bob Dennison (1949-54) and Jack Tresadern (1925-30).

What is the formula for finding the next one I wonder?

That's easy. Winning more games than you lose.

4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Brady Bunch V Burton Albion Saturday 13th Feb on: February 11, 2021, 21:42:03 pm
Brady must know Chuckwuemeka, and how to get the best of him, better than anyone else at the football club. The other options have been tried and haven't cut the mustard. He showed enough against Wigan away IMO to show that he is potentially a very dangerous, composed player. I'd love to see him start.

Here's my team in a 4-3-1-2 with full backs encouraged to bomb forward on the overlap:


       Kioso        Bolger.  Jones.   Mills

           Sowerby   McWilliams. Morris

                    Rose      Chuckwuemka

       If and when Miller gets fit I would go for the 4-3-3 again.

I would put McWilliams in the Hoskins position and Watson in the midfield three. Mcwilliams to press Burton higher up the pitch.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Manager on: February 11, 2021, 21:38:53 pm
Personally I find it difficult to believe there isnít someone either in the frame or being a priority target? Given there is talk of Brady being a candidate etc suggests they are already in a job? It is almost incomprehensible that given our track record with recruitment, the owners have acted without a clear plan or direction, that would be staggeringly incompetent? Obviously that would need to be confidential? Whilst we are on the subject what are the failure standards we are putting on the team of Brady, Sampson and Richards? Itís all very well asking them to step up but what if we lose 5-0 for 3 games on the bounce? What are everyoneís expectations and what is the bare minimum in terms of performance at this point because we are taking a leap into the unknown? For me we have to create a significantly higher attempts on target ratio per game? Following Bradyís comments our possession % will be greater as will our completed passes? Above all our win ratio over the next 10 games needs to be higher, I would suggest mid 30%, pushing 40% would be fantastic? If we donít make that then we will have to move again? Given the clamour to get rid of Curle I would imagine there has been a great deal of thought put into this by everyone, so I am really looking forward to all the different perspectives communicated over the coming days? score a goal?
That's a start.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: CURLE OUT. on: February 10, 2021, 16:23:14 pm
Tisdale just been sacked by Bristol Rovers too

7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Wigan at home Tuesday 9th February 2021 REARRANGED on: February 09, 2021, 20:29:50 pm
Check out the live text in the BBC Sport website for today's game. Sums it up?

56-65 mins looks absolutely thrilling?
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Year 2021 Transfer Window on: January 14, 2021, 16:40:24 pm
Just wondering where the supply is going to come from for these, or any other forwards we sign?
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Home v the Gills 29.12.20 on: December 30, 2020, 08:42:06 am
I dont know Melbourne. Maybe TP is correct and Curle is doing him a favour by putting him on at the end so he can claim his match fee. If that is the case though I fear we might not see Ricky on the New Year?

Is that because you think that his contract might not be extended?

I have been wondering whether it is Holmes himself who's said he won't renew.

Think about how it would look for KC if he opted against the extension of a contract for our talisman, given our performance levels?
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: CURLE OUT. on: December 13, 2020, 08:45:16 am
Reduced to empty rhetoric and conjecture? I really don't understand the lengths you go to belittle the support in order to suit your line of thought. Are you really a fan?

I have to say Evers, how could you have possibly come up with this reply based on the question that was posed?

I can only conclude that you have a personal agenda against the previous poster?
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Back in the grounds...... on: November 27, 2020, 17:09:12 pm
I do prefer to watch live but Iíll give this season a miss, canít help feeling weíve all been robbed of a year of our lives.

Better to be robbed of a year than taking an unnecessary risk and losing the chance to live the rest of it?
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Stats - Easier Games to come on: November 19, 2020, 12:52:00 pm
More laughable content on the Chron website. Really got nothing better to report on? Must have been written by an Oxford supporting 16 year old with an xbox and nowt else to do?

Our placing is ,hopefully, out by a few?
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: November 13, 2020, 13:32:01 pm
Meanwhile, down at Charlton....

Makes our situation look positively settled?
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: OXFORD CITY LIVE ON BT SPORT on: November 11, 2020, 15:00:42 pm
Given he didn't feature at all, is it safe to say that Chris Lines won't ever play for NTFC again?
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: OXFORD CITY LIVE ON BT SPORT on: November 10, 2020, 09:23:49 am
Fair enough, but the squad isnt anywhere near the one Curle wanted in an ideal world and the deficiencies showed up all over the pitch. The main criticism from many has been we didnít spend enough to compete and as soon as that rings true itís suddenly down to tactics and team selection? I wouldnít risk our first eleven in the FA cup, not in that match anyway? Additionally the squad ainít good enough, but itís the right one under the circumstances, at least thatís what I think?

Two moments stuck out for me, and neither had anything to do with the bounce of the pitch (more on that in a bit);

Midway through the 2nd half, Missolu received the ball around 25 yards from our goal under no real pressure. He proceeded to make a 10 yard pass straight to the opposition. The commentator then said "and Northampton give them possession straight back" or along those lines.

Secondly, with about 10 minutes to go, Ricky did well in the middle and made an easy pass out wide to (I think?) Korboa. The ball bounced off his boot as if he was wearing a trampoline and possession was lost.

We can all blame Curle all we want for his tactics and motivation skills, but the fact is you can't blame him for p**s poor ability from what are supposed to be professional footballers.

On the subject of the pitch, I was always of the opinion that, on a bouncy surface, you should always meet the ball before it bounced. How many times did Horsfall let it drop?

Finally, I think Horsfall was lucky not to receive a red for his stupid pull back for their 2nd pen, likewise for Martin on their 1st.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: OXFORD CITY LIVE ON BT SPORT on: November 09, 2020, 19:20:04 pm
Certainly agree with Horsfall, Martin, Missi, Marshall, Chuck and Benny.

Would have selected Arnold but not sure about Robert, Hoskins and Korba

Where is Arnold? Not in the 18.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: OXFORD CITY LIVE ON BT SPORT on: November 07, 2020, 19:47:55 pm
6G is on the way!

Is that like one 3G pitch put on top of another?

Bit like an expensive carpet laid on top of good quality underlay!

Break out the slippers...
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: November 02, 2020, 20:03:15 pm
Holmes indeed. So we now have Holmes and Watson!

Really hope they both score in the same game!

19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Portsmouth away 27.10.20 on: October 29, 2020, 13:18:43 pm
Nothing wrong with nullifying the opposition, surely thats part of the game. Trouble is, we're not very good at nullifying  Grin

Agreed, but when that's your first thought, and you comment as such, surely that sends out a negative message?
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Portsmouth away 27.10.20 on: October 29, 2020, 11:57:22 am
It is odd they are not in the team, especially Marshall as he looks heck of a player, KC needs to sort out the defence urgently, hopefully Sheehan can clam them down a but and put a wise arm around them. I like the new keeper although I wish he wouldn't rush to get the ball out all the time as the control of some of the players is a tad questionable.

Willing to admit now that the defence doesn't look as good as last season which considering for the most part of last season I thought was bang average is very worrying. I do think the other players could tur out to be an improvement but KC needs to work out his best team and stick to it, then they can gel, we have the return of the tinkerer at the moment.

I still think we will survive as I am convinced KC saves his best players for the games against the teams we will be battling relegation against.

Might be just me, but has anyone else noticed that KC is referring to "nullifying the opposition strengths" more and more? Reminds me of JFH regime with each passing week.

We'll be having all ten outfield players defending corners when we are already four down before you know it!
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