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 on: Today at 13:13:08 
Started by Teachers Pet - Last post by DrillingCobbler
I've seen a lot of pre-season games over the years, less so in recent times. I went last night, and from a footballing perspective wish I hadn't.

I sat there, with 20 minutes to go, thinking 'what is the point of this game?'.

Bunney is a wide player, with no apparent defensive attributes. So on the face of it, trying him out as a centre back...the only thing I can think of why you'd do that would be to 'toughen him up'! Maybe that was the reason, who knows. But I doubt it! 2 of the first 3 goals, were a result of Bunney not doing that job correctly. Not sure if its been mentioned, but shortly after the 3rd goal went in, Bunney clearly looked 'distraught' and totally bottled out of a 50/50, allowing the Sheffield Wednesday player to waltz past him with full control of the ball. In my mind, you've got to stick him on the wing or as an attacking wing back, and forget about trying him in other positions.

We also didn't look fit, first 15 minutes aside. That could possibly be put down to them being over worked on their Spanish weak, returning only 48 hours or so prior to last nights game kicking off. That would be understandable to be fair.

If we played a mid table championship side at home in the FA Cup, Id be disappointed to see us 4-0 at home, in a game that could have been 6 or 7-0 easily. Especially a team which changed their entire personnel at half time! So for me, it was hard to take any positives from last nights game.

I did think, and it hasn't been mentioned, that McWilliams was comfortably our star man and looked head and shoulders above anyone else in a black shirt on the pitch. He contained their winger/s very well, and from a defensive perspective I thought (one mistake aside) he was excellent.

Still. We wont know anything until we've played a handful of league2 fixtures. Just a few obseravations from your's truly!

 42 
 on: Today at 13:10:39 
Started by Teachers Pet - Last post by everbrite
was it really £14 to go last night? Im sure it hasn't been that much before for a friendly, not that i've been to one.

£10.00 oap, £12 general.

 43 
 on: Today at 13:08:07 
Started by Glastonbury Cobbler - Last post by everbrite
Worth adding (Everbrite) - Junior has liked many a tweet in recent times that have been, shall we say 'a bit anti KC when it comes to his inclusion/non-inclusion'.

I suspect that decisions have been made, and he's off at any point soon. Thats been clear since the early part of the year. Personally, I think a team needs to set itself up old school, 4-4-2 to get the best out of Morais - he kind of doesn't fit into a front 3/number 10/ type formation/s that KC seems to favour.

Also, when we have gone 4-4-2, he prefers for us to lump it up to two big men, again Morais doesn't suit his footballing agenda in any way.

Finally, he's probably an expensive luxury to have as an impact player, sat on the bench most of the time.

Quite

 44 
 on: Today at 13:02:48 
Started by Glastonbury Cobbler - Last post by DrillingCobbler
Smiley

Worth adding (Everbrite) - Junior has liked many a tweet in recent times that have been, shall we say 'a bit anti KC when it comes to his inclusion/non-inclusion'.

I suspect that decisions have been made, and he's off at any point soon. Thats been clear since the early part of the year. Personally, I think a team needs to set itself up old school, 4-4-2 to get the best out of Morais - he kind of doesn't fit into a front 3/number 10/ type formation/s that KC seems to favour.

Also, when we have gone 4-4-2, he prefers for us to lump it up to two big men, again Morais doesn't suit his footballing agenda in any way.

Finally, he's probably an expensive luxury to have as an impact player, sat on the bench most of the time.

 45 
 on: Today at 12:52:03 
Started by Teachers Pet - Last post by clarkeysntfc
T20 starts soon.

 46 
 on: Today at 12:44:40 
Started by Teachers Pet - Last post by everbrite
It was nice to be back watching football again, but as has been mentioned there were some really odd decisions in terms of positioning.

Nicky Adams played 72 minutes at RB last year, 3978 at RWB. He played 4113 minutes total in the league, not once did he feature at LWB, so it just seemed like an odd selection.

Likewise Bunney's best attributes quite clearly are going forward, he has good delivery on him. He did his best yesterday but again it seems like an odd fit.

McWilliams struggled positionally i thought, but then again playing against Forestieri and Harris would be a test for anyone.

We saw a lot of unusual tinkering last year, Hoskins at RWB, Waters there, Turnbull in midfield, Powell up front. It would just be nice to have players playing were they are best suited.

Outside of the negatives, I think Lines is going to be really good for us, clearly has a good range of passing and a calmness on the ball. Thought Jay Williams did ok also, hope he sees more game time this year.

We shouldnt expect to be getting a great result against a team of that cailbre, but I just hope we dont see unnecessary tinkering throughout the season. Also I think this side is crying out for some pace. I have not been Hoskins biggest fan in the past but i can see the merits of him just to provide an outlet. Other than the additional two CB's we need, I would like to see us get a pacy winger just to allow us to stretch teams.

Very eloquently put; fair minded and correct criticism of KC. The only thing I would add is that they should have done better irrespective even if a couple or more were out of position. They are paid Professionals with skills.

 47 
 on: Today at 12:33:43 
Started by sussexcobbler - Last post by wazzacobbler

My hill top vantage point is looking ever more appealing,  why not come and join me


I'll come and join you Beds. How about we watch the Walsall game up there together. You can then tell me and the listeners of the podcast why you are watching the game from the hill rather than in the "comfort" of one of the stands. Completely free, open platform for you to get your thoughts across and perhaps galvanise some of the support to follow your example of actually doing something in protest to how you see the club is being run.

What do you say? I'm up for it if you are.

 48 
 on: Today at 11:47:51 
Started by Teachers Pet - Last post by Boot and shoe
For the life of me I can't see why people go to them.
I would never normally do a friendly , especially at £14 but I thought I would take a look at some of the new players last night since you would think most of them are fighting for a place and looking to impress.
I wish I hadnít .
Only Lines really came out with any credit and Warburton showed in flashes.
Itís the last friendly I will go to .

 49 
 on: Today at 11:36:56 
Started by Teachers Pet - Last post by Terryfenwickatemyhamster
For the life of me, I do not see the point of friendlies against far superior teams. Particularly when you put out an odd combination of fringe players many in the wrong position. Surely we should be getting a shape to the team and getting first team players match fit. Am I missing the point?

For the life of me I can't see why people go to them.

 50 
 on: Today at 11:35:27 
Started by sussexcobbler - Last post by Terryfenwickatemyhamster
Some of the reasons why I believe these outsider speculators need to be shown the door....

Claiming Sixfields as is, is OK for L1 football then,
Subsequently...
Poor league position, back in L2 without a fight.
Falling gates,
lack of direction, without future planning.
 Historic promises and deadlines made not met.
 Mounting debts  dump on the club of £5m plus and rising.
Overtly demanding of our local council for land they are not entitled to as (in my opinion) they used the club and its desperate plight to get a stand finished as a Trojan horse to aquire a vast amount of council land riches that our club will never see. (Probably they will write off the several Millions in directors loans as being our share?)
Poor Management, to include..
 Appointments,
The Chinese debacle, 
Lack of proper communications by keeping the clubs supporters and trust, second guessing their intentions.
Uncertainty caused by announcing the sale of the club claiming to be returning home to USA, only to do neither a year later.
Alienation of the club with its community,  mainly due to their secretive land aquirement, Supporters trust,  local groups and investors are not welcomed with funding help and organisation.

Had they performed half of the above at Posh, Luton, Watford Oxford, Milton Keynes they would've been shown the door years ago..
My hill top vantage point is looking ever more appealing,  why not come and join me😉


As Cobblerwatch states. Nobody disagrees with a lot of what you say. Whilst being mindful of the fact that there are two, three, or thousands of different sides to this argument.

But at this moment you are just noise, nothing more. Albeit repetitive noise. I have never questioned how fervent you are. You know as well as me that my criticism revolves around activity. I openly admit that I am at a loss when it comes to affirmative action, because I'm not sure that I never expected all of this to manifest the way it has. I stated this at Cheyne walk many moons ago. I have never stopped saying that the surrounding land is just as much a curse as it it a potential gift. And as I stated to you numerous times over. The councils actions have once again landed the future of the club in a precarious position, by allowing certain types to show an interest in the club from a non football perspective. You just wouldn't have it. The problem as I see it, is the lack of experience shown in navigating this type of scenario. I was posting on here many months back the intrinsic pitfalls of dealing with dysfunctional organisations, whilst anticipating a honest response. I'm not even sure that conventional experience exists in this area. It is exceptionally specialist. Effectively you dealing with a customer base, that can lurch from open revolt, to a warm fuzzy feeling of content, based on where we are in the league, or how we performed at our last game.

There is a genuine need for the Trust to gauge the general consensus of the support. At the moment KT believes rightly or wrongly that he has the vast majority of the supports confidence. To challenge that, you need to show him that he is wrong. You are not going to do that from the backroom of a working mens club. You have to get an idea of the size of the support, or at least whether or not you are acting contrary to what is wanted. But once again the inherent risk in that, is that good old constant in football, fickleness (if that word even exists  Grin )  KT knows that he can play strategic trump cards to undermine any concerted effort to discredit him. But that's just business. In my opinion. And it remains the same as it has always been. KT hasn't thrown up anything that shocks me.

Just out of interest. How are your feelings about the Council now? Are you still as happy about them as you repeatedly stated over the last six months?

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