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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: September 14, 2018, 11:59:33 am
I concur with your concuration.

Good, because I hear conkers are going to be in short supply this year. We need all the conkers we can get.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: September 10, 2018, 19:54:19 pm
3 wins from his 14 games in charge, against Plymouth at home and at Bury last season, and at acolchester this season.
The Plymouth game was the only game of his 14 in charge where we have kept a clean sheet.

If we're going to play stats I think we should stick with the league games, for fairly obvious reasons: P 12, W 3, D 4, L 5, Okay, on the face of it not outstanding, and no one is denying that Saturday was poor and things need to improve.

But, 13 points from 12 games for a new manager who is learning on the job, and who likely had his hands tied during the summer because of the excess of garbage already tied to contracts, and who (most importantly) is trying to play an expansive game.

Ultimately things may not work out with DA, but c,mon, let's get behind the bloke and give him a decent chance FFS! Despite our current results, it's the most entertaing football we've played since Wilder quit. Chris Wilder, remember him? I remember his first full season when he got to use his signings. What was it, something like 2 wins in fourteen at one stage? There were plenty on here back then eager to hit the eject button, right?
And plenty more that are now glad it didn't happen.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: September 10, 2018, 15:32:51 pm
I heard potentially discussions are at a relatively advanced stage with a certain party/person but not close enough to be able to say it's happening.

Can you name the certain party/person?
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rocking The Robins on: September 09, 2018, 13:05:07 pm
Having been there yesterday, I could not believe how the game transpired. Cheltenham looked terrible, easily the worst team to visit Sixfields (sorry, the PTS Stadium), this year and yet we managed to lose 3-1...what does that say about us!!??

Austin points to the fact we dominated for 30-35 minutes yesterday and I agree with him, possession wise, we did. What did we actually create in those 35 minutes though? I can recall their keeper only having to make one routine save when the ball was fired directly at him, that was it. Yet again, we played nice, attacking football, passing it from defence to midfield but then what? As soon as we get to the final third we lack ideas and more often than not, players shirk the responsibility of shooting, instead taking the easy option and passing it to someone else. Inevitably we lose possession.

I sat there yesterday struggling to think of an answer to our demise. The players and manager clearly think we are too good for this division and on paper, we probably are, however, no games are won on paper and it is up to the players to go out and perform.

I genuinely think this set of players are mentally weak. Things don't go our way, Plan A doesn't work and their heads drop. They have no answer. Austin alluded to the fact himself when he said the crowd got on the players backs a bit and it affected them and they started punting it forward or playing the easy ball to get rid of it as soon as possible. We are crying out for 3 players....two wingers with quality (something which has been apparent since Adams and Holmes left) and then a Jason Taylor type player to add grit and steel in midfield and actually get a grip of a game and motivate players. Taylor is captain but not once did I see him try and influence players around him in a positive way. He is often quick to criticise others but seems to lack any form of motivating skills. A captain needs to lead from his performances and be someone the players turn to for inspiration in times of difficulty, Taylor lacks both these traits.

So, unless we can get a Jason Taylor style player on a free (if this is still an option), then what is the answer? Well for me, I think this team needs to work with a sports psychologist, much like the England team did prior to and during the world cup. We have a mentally weak team of losers (for want of a better word). This team hasn't won at home since February and you can see they are bereft of confidence. I genuinely believe that an external sports psychologist needs to come in and change the mentality from within. This set of players appear to be behind Austin, so for the time being, lets stick with him whilst they are playing for him. Page failed, Edinburgh failed, Hasselbaink failed...the buck sometimes needs to be placed at the players door. I cannot see any manager, no matter how experienced getting this group of players to perform whilst their heads clearly aren't right. If the crowd shouting 'forward' or being negative effects them, then clearly they need help.

That's my two pennies worth anyway!

Good post. Agree with all of that. I think it's also worth remembering that most of these players have been part of one of the worst runs we've experienced at Sixfields in years. This is why we look so fragile even after scoring. Putting aside all of the other issues, the lack of home wins is proving a real monkey on their backs, mentally.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: September 09, 2018, 12:47:11 pm
I'm certainly not one calling for the dismissal of Austin. For me he still has plenty of time to turn this round. He has never been in charge of a team before and therefore we do, I feel, have to accept that there will be a certain element of him "learning on the job".

This is his first mini-crisis. How he deals with this is very important. Is it the set up of the team, flexibility of tactics during the game, players not doing their job or just a lack of the right talent in the squad?  At the moment he can really only do something about the first three of these.

The defence is what it is. He does have some options who may not be much better, but if those in possession are not doing their job then changes have to be made. It may upset a few, but in management that has to be done. What is the point of Barnett, Turnbull etc if they just never play a league game. Or perhaps throw in one or two of our promising youngsters to shake any hint of complacency in the squad. [Also, as an aside, wouldn't Moloney or Phillips walk in to this team?]

I do not like the current midfield set-up. My preference, now he is fit is McWilliams and Foley in the centre. I'm ok with Hoskins wide midfield, he tracks back and puts an effort in. He frustrates at time, but Hoskins certainly is not the problem. Bridge looks a bit lightweight, but with current injuries the only other option seems to be Waters (who I would give a go) or even Bowditch. Also the midfield does not seem to properly set up as a bank of four when the opposition has the ball. This allows them to progress forward far too easily and makes the defence look even worse.

I have not mentioned Crooks, because to me he should be used to his strength - which is as an attacking player running at the opposition defence. He is a real talent, but not picking the ball up in front of the back four as a central midfielder. Use him more as an attacker, in an old style JJOT role. [JJOT looks to be struggling with his fitness at the moment so I discount him as a starter until this is resolved, same with Morias, who I rate].

Playing one up front, particularly at home, will not work if the opposition pick up your midfielders (as Cheltenham did yesterday), which is part of the reason why there were so may passes backwards yesterday followed, inevitably, by a punt long or, more often a forward pass to no-one.

Finally, substitutions change games. Austin was unlucky yesterday with the Powell injury, but the withdrawal of Foley was tactical madness. Adding McWiliams to centre midfield and putting Crooks forward was, to me, a more rational move.

Good luck to Austin, I wish him well....but only if really lets players know if they have not done their job and he learns from his mistakes. 

Good post. Difficult to disagree with any of this. With regards DA, as I said on another post, he is a new manager trying to play an expansive game, and I would hope he is given time to develop his managerial skills. Unless we are deep in the mire, I would stick with him.
It is also worth considering that we don't know if his hands were tied during the transfer window. We have a lot of dross eating up the budget, players who couldn't (wouldn't?) be offloaded. This could be one reason why the issue of wide players wasn't addressed.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Fancy Dans on: September 09, 2018, 12:37:11 pm
To me there are only a handful of real battlers in the side who will give their all week in week out and this MUST BE addressed by Austin. He himself has said that graft and hard work over the full 90 minutes is a pre-requisite but we don't always see it and in some cases it is shockingly obvious at times (Powell and Matt Crooks for example). CW always used to say that quality only makes a difference if you are at least as physically competitive as the opposition. DA says these are a hardworking bunch with a first class attitude but we don't always see that on a Saturday afternoon. Why not?

These are the only players I've seen in recent times who ALWAYS seem to care, regardless of how well they play: Hoskins, Buchannan, Cornell, Taylor, Foley and McWilliams. I don't care what DA says about the attitude of the rest, if we can't see it there's sometjing wrong. At the moment I think those mentioned should all start every game because we need some fight. Of these, I would say that only Buchannan and Taylor are potential leaders, but even their heads seem to go down at times. I totally agree that we need a real leader who will still be geeing the players up when we go 2-1 down to sides like Cheltenham because the way things are at the moment it won't be the last time.

This is a good post. The only thing I'd add to it is that we have a soft centre defensively, and Taylor is far from blameless in this regards.
Whether tightening up the defense requires a change of formation, or a change of personnel - I'm not sure what the answer is, but the two big lumps together isn't working.

Another major issue, we have some real quality in centre midfield whilst massively lacking decent wide players. This has to be addressed, because we have forwards capable of scoring goals if they get good service. Again, the wide issue is something which should have been addressed in the summer, but wasn't. This could be a mistake on Deano's part, it could equally be that his hands were tied because of the abundance of (already employed) dross eating up his budget. I guess we'll never know.
I wouldn't mind seeing Waters given a decent chance to play on the flank, because he proved himself capable when at Cheltenham. Other than this, it's probably time for a change of formation. It doesn't mean we can't still play on the front foot, but we have to start thinking about better defensive cover. At the moment we are like a kid flailing punches in the playground, but getting picked to pieces by a trained boxer.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: August 31, 2018, 15:09:30 pm
Just about the only factual thing on this thread in the last three years!

8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Radio Northampton on: August 27, 2018, 17:37:57 pm

I liked Caroline, made me laugh at her naivety. Enjoyed her sessions with JFH

I never knew she was having sessions with JFH! Shocked Dirty biaitch! Shocked

ETA: Are these available to view online?  Tongue Evil
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 26, 2018, 11:50:21 am
I’ve criticised DA but am far from puzzled by us winning at Colchester, I believe we have one of the best squads in the division are more than capable of beating anyone and surely it’s down to the manager to get us consistently playing at this level and not putting out performances like Morecambe.

Fair enough, but what about games such as Lincoln and Cambridge, where we would have been out of sight with some better finishing? If you are creating chances but missing them, is that still the manager's fault?
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 26, 2018, 11:44:01 am
Enjoyable game. We were well on top until subs made. If it aint broke don't fix it. Nice stadium but no hot food before the game.  Cry

You do realize Waters scored, right?
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 26, 2018, 11:40:48 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 .

More than a little pleasing to see so many of this site's experts forced to eat humble pie, after proclaiming the side Deano put out incapable of winning. Still, I doubt it'll shut the miserable f***ers up for long.
I think people need to recognize that DA is a new manager, in every sense of the word. Sure, he will make mistakes, but FFS let's start backing him 100%. Give the bloke a chance to succeed. It seems as though certain idiots are willing him to fail, just so they can be proved right.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 25, 2018, 14:13:19 pm

To be honest, this was always going to be a tough one regardless of our previous form. I'll be ecstatic with a draw.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Morecambes demise ' on: August 22, 2018, 00:35:15 am
I really hope this squad turn out to have more backbone than you miserable feckers….It's still August ffs

Well said, Gaz!
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: August 21, 2018, 12:12:34 pm
You could say “I told you so”. But you’d sound like a dick. Whilst you are more than capable of repeating the same message, you are no closer to a solution than my cat is. So, that means you are just a noisy version of the rest of the hapless souls who are not sure which way to turn, or what to expect next.

Let’s consider, as we all have, that KT does nothing. We fall into a further decline. Other than do what you and a few others do. Constantly stating the obvious.. What actually is your plan, your solution?

To be fair, this is a forum for supporters of NTFC. Much like on any other football forum, fans will moan and express differing opinions. And, just as with those other forums, they will usually have little influence on the solutions which are reached. I don't think it's down to Random to provide the solution, nor the construction plans accompanying it. However, things are very quiet. Some answers would be nice. Smiley
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: August 21, 2018, 01:24:55 am
how do u know the lease hasnt been signed?

Even if it hasn't, it's about time we saw some plans, right?
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Unsettling the U's - Saturday 18 August on: August 19, 2018, 11:59:31 am
These are probably the same “West Stand Belters” who contactly shout “FORWARD” when we are keeping good possession, passing the ball whilst the opposition use up their energy chasing shadows. So painful to listen to.

Yep! There was an incident in the second half where we lost the ball just inside there half and they looked to be away. Hoskins ran back thirty metres, nicked the ball and slotted it back to Cornell. The clown behind me shouted "For **** sake turn and go, you useless ****!" It was such a ridiculous comment that we all turned round and laughed at the bloke.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Unsettling the U's - Saturday 18 August on: August 19, 2018, 11:51:05 am
So well done Evers for backing van neem - I had my doubts but the character assasination from others close season was well out of order. I think Williams puts in a great shift and together with some service from the flanks I think we will see a good season for goals.
Overall yesterday second half as entertaining game I have seen for the last 12 months.
I wish fans would get off Hoskins back during the game - he can hear the moans and groans and in the first half defenders blocking his crosses seemed a certainty - second half he was much better and if he is so bad why do the opposition man mark him with two players.
Powell reminds me of Liam Davis - talent and speed but either no confidence or scared of getting hurt.
Crooks and Foley were I thought excellent (although for me Crooks missed the easiest chance of the game). I didn’t think Buchs had as bad a game as some on here suggest but Ash’s performance not great.

Good post.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Unsettling the U's - Saturday 18 August on: August 19, 2018, 11:46:46 am

You weren't there. Roll Eyes
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Unsettling the U's - Saturday 18 August on: August 19, 2018, 11:44:58 am
Some of the OTT comments from the armchair brigade are getting very tiresome - there is no need yet to shreak out comments like a demented school girl.
My take on the game was that the overall better side dropped points due to defensive  errors of one kind or another. vV the pantomine villain or worse for some posters on here was very good. His first goal was magnificently taken; its been years since we have had a centre forward who could do that. He is more than a Striker as his alround play was a class above this level. In some ways his second was better, chased a lost cause, disposessed the full back and wham. At last we have proper forward who can score goals. His critics on here may look a little silly now.
Was disappointed with Pierre who looked slow and cumbersome and his passing was err ... erratic! Taylor I thought did ok; one tackle in the first half prevented a one on one situation. His passing let him down , why is he so keen to emulate Beckham with attempted long range cross field balls? Just play it simple find the nearest man and slide the ball to him. Buch's coming in for some rough treatment on here and yes he was struggling occasionallly against their not so good right winger. Poot old Dolphin great first half, poorish second half made worse by a poor defensive clearance which led to their first goal...actually gifted.Williams had some decent touches but is no vV ! Hoskins constant source of trouble for them but his passing and crosses simply not good enough. Foley had a good game after his disasterous showing at WW. Very good at going forward but a bit hesitant when defending. His passing was much better today. Powell was ok very strong surges 1st half but seemed to fade second.His final ball was often poor and lacked vision at times. Crooks overall MOM. Cornell to far away for me to give honest assessment and perhaps one or two on here are correct he failed to dominate his area 2nd half, but sounds a bit harsh and easy to lay blame after letting slip a deserved lead twice! We missed JJOT and McW. Be interesting to hear other posters comments on Cornell and the two goals. Still we have two points, a classy and true centreforward, good players to return. Must say DA sounded truly pi$$ed off in his summary of the game and who can blame him. We need a LB, right winger and somebody like Grimes for corners and free kicks.  Their corners were miles better than ours.

Good post, Evers. We definitely lack width, and this, along with decent cover at left back, is something which need addressing. The other issue needs addressing is set pieces, because they are woeful. Pierre is a decent player, but I wish he'd cut out just punting the ball upfield when he is in acres.
Overall, if we can keep this pressing game going, while tightening up the silly mistakes, I think we'll do well.
One final thing, given the fact that every Cobblers side over the last few years has looked knackered after 50 minutes, I'm impressed with this side's fitness levels. This being said of course, a decent fitness level is the least we should expect.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Unsettling the U's - Saturday 18 August on: August 19, 2018, 11:23:40 am
So slow, yes finger pointing non-stop, responsible for their equaliser. Cut the sentiment...get rid!

Was he though? Yes, Buchs has lost a lot of pace, but I thought the biggest mistake yesterday was bringing Bowditch on for Powell. People moan about Powell, and some of it is justified, but once he went off we were massively exposed down that side. Buchs consistently had two runners, with no one dropping in to cover.
Despite yet another draw, I remain optimistic about this side. If we can just tighten things up a bit, I think we'll be right in the mix. And the football is the best we have seen since the promotion year.
And, just a word on Hoskins, there are certain miserable c***s among our support who are willing him to fail. He put in a decent shift yesterday, yet a certain group near us still slaughtered everything he did. Pathetic.
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