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« Reply #140 on: November 12, 2017, 08:04:33 am »


I am not Powell’s biggest fan but until he went off today, I thought he was having a great game. He was a constant attacking threat and had the beating of their right back. It’s no coincidence that when he went off and bowditch came on that we looked less of a threat down that side....

My only concern from this game, and it is an opinion formed over recent months rather than just off of the back of today is maloney. Over the past few seasons, he has been immense but I am not sure if injuries have taken their toll on him as I really feel he is a shadow of his former self...


You’re right we did lose momentum when Powell went off - he was heading for a MOM performance until then (couldn’t have imagined that a month or so ago).

I don’t share your concern about Moloney however.  His seasons been a bit stop start and it can a game or two to regain that sharpness. Besides, I wouldn’t say he had a bad game yesterday.
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« Reply #141 on: November 12, 2017, 08:51:13 am »

Some interesting ratings in the football league paper - Ingram got 6 and Powell got 4!
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« Reply #142 on: November 12, 2017, 09:52:35 am »

A very complete away performance. Only criticism is that our finishing wasnt up to scratch expectially first half and we should've scored a couple more.
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« Reply #143 on: November 12, 2017, 09:58:38 am »

Some interesting ratings in the football league paper - Ingram got 6 and Powell got 4!

Ingram was superb yesterday .
Only one spectacular save , but he held everything and his positioning was spot on .
I would have this guy over Adam Smith every day if the week .
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« Reply #144 on: November 12, 2017, 10:07:55 am »

Ingram was superb yesterday .
Only one spectacular save , but he held everything and his positioning was spot on .
I would have this guy over Adam Smith every day if the week .

I agree entirely - it’s critical that he stays with us for the season at least, if we can use some of the Chinese money to bring him in permanently all the better.  When you think about it the standard of the loans we’ve got this year is so much higher than last and if we were to be able to bring any of them in it would be a massive statement.
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« Reply #145 on: November 12, 2017, 10:10:43 am »

I think that that game was as good a performance as I've seen from a Cobblers team since Wilder left. Only criticism is that we should have put the game to bed in the first half. I thought Oxford were very poor, but was it that we were very good ?
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« Reply #146 on: November 12, 2017, 11:46:16 am »

Quite a fair summary I thought.http://d3d4football.com/d3d4-match-reports-game-week-17/
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« Reply #147 on: November 12, 2017, 14:27:38 pm »

I think that that game was as good a performance as I've seen from a Cobblers team since Wilder left. Only criticism is that we should have put the game to bed in the first half. I thought Oxford were very poor, but was it that we were very good ?

Just about summarizes most peoples feelings on the day. Its been a long time since I have seen genuine smiles;not from relief, but from sheer enjoyment at the performance and of course the result. Every player did his part and that included Bowditch especially in the 2nd half where he played his part. JFH selection of the side went well proving once and for all that some of his critiques with their selection fantasies are just that armchair/keyboard fantasies. Powell really gave their full back a hard time and every time he got the ball anticipation rose a notch or two. How could so many of us cast damaging aspersions on him (me incl.)? I sincerely hope he is not out for long - any news on his injury? The defence played very well even better as a unit with Taylor the pick of 'em; although Pierre in the latter stages ran him close.
Midfield were good too although still not certain of JJOT's role as I prefer him more as a combative rock in midfield. Grimes played well and for some MOM; probably not wrong either. It was McCugan who caught my eye, beating one or two players in a single movement. This type of performance has not been seen since the halcyon days of Graham Moore and Joe Kiernan. Was willing JcC to power one from half way line!!. To me best player on the field, but he did tire a little in the closing stages; so not quite match fit. Another maligned player Waters played well and it was interesting to note that some thought he was MOM. He always provided an outlet and to do that you have to be in the right place at the right time! Long led the line well and his goal was splendidly taken and worked tirelessly to the whistle.
Crowd was up for the game too and I enjoyed the endless jibes at Oxford especially the one about CW. There was some minor disturbances probably caused by some over enthusiastic Cobbs supporters near the supporter divide!
I was on Bus no2 ably marshaled by Roger of Trust fame with a big tin of Quality Street! No car parking to worry about and decent company if slightly inebriated!
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« Reply #148 on: November 12, 2017, 21:44:30 pm »

Was that why he intentionally kicked the ball away, to get his suspension out of the way in a less important game?
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At the time I thought that was a pretty stupid thing to do, from a player who usually comes across as very intelligent on the pitch. I shouldn't have doubted him!
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« Reply #149 on: November 13, 2017, 08:45:26 am »

A very complete away performance. Only criticism is that our finishing wasnt up to scratch expectially first half and we should've scored a couple more.

I agree this is the main downside at the moment. The best spurned chances were in the first half (apart from the Waters sitter in the 2nd). We should have buried the game and not had to suffer the possibiliy of an equaliser in the last few minutes. I sensed that once we were ahead we didn't have the same intensity in the final third and were more interested in keepball even when there were really good openings than showing a bit of killer instinct. Happy with the overall performance and obviously the result but this is something to work on IMO.
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« Reply #150 on: November 13, 2017, 08:49:32 am »

I agree this is the main downside at the moment. The best spurned chances were in the first half (apart from the Waters sitter in the 2nd). We should have buried the game and not had to suffer the possibiliy of an equaliser in the last few minutes. I sensed that once we were ahead we didn't have the same intensity in the final third and were more interested in keepball even when there were really good openings than showing a bit of killer instinct. Happy with the overall performance and obviously the result but this is something to work on IMO.

I don't remember a Waters sitter 2nd half? There was a cross from our left which would have been a tap in had the Oxelona defender not toe-poked it an inch past his own post?
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« Reply #151 on: November 13, 2017, 09:13:06 am »

I don't remember a Waters sitter 2nd half? There was a cross from our left which would have been a tap in had the Oxelona defender not toe-poked it an inch past his own post?

on the highlights it very much looks like the defender got a touch, and then waters poked it wide.
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« Reply #152 on: November 13, 2017, 09:37:13 am »

Their goal was a good finish.
Thought that it was a good all round team performance, very easy on the eye.
Special mention for Bowditch who came on for the unlucky Powell and did a good solid job down the left providing some good opportunities.  Probably his best performance for us?
Only concern for me was Moloney who unusually struggled with his positioning, passing and also looked a couple of times as if he was running through treacle.  Hopefully it is a match fitness and sharpness issue and he will improve over the next couple of games.

We had a decent away following as well, I was expecting a disappointing turn out but recent results must have had an effect.  This performance should add to that.
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« Reply #153 on: November 13, 2017, 09:40:58 am »

Their goal was a good finish.
Thought that it was a good all round team performance, very easy on the eye.
Special mention for Bowditch who came on for the unlucky Powell and did a good solid job down the left providing some good opportunities.  Probably his best performance for us?
Only concern for me was Moloney who unusually struggled with his positioning, passing and also looked a couple of times as if he was running through treacle.  Hopefully it is a match fitness and sharpness issue and he will improve over the next couple of games.

We had a decent away following as well, I was expecting a disappointing turn out but recent results must have had an effect.  This performance should add to that.

It's a game of opinions, but I thought Bowditch was poor
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« Reply #154 on: November 13, 2017, 09:50:29 am »

I don't remember a Waters sitter 2nd half? There was a cross from our left which would have been a tap in had the Oxelona defender not toe-poked it an inch past his own post?

It was part good defending and part missed chance!!
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« Reply #155 on: November 13, 2017, 09:52:17 am »

I think it was game over as soon as I saw Oxford come out in the tracksuit tops. It was quite a mild afternoon and we looked much more up for it then they did.

Some impressive performances all round particularly from Grimes and McGugan.

I was nursing a bit of a hangover yesterday after quite a lengthy pre/post match session in Oxford but the days out seem so much better when your team wins.
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« Reply #156 on: November 13, 2017, 11:24:56 am »

I have criticised Bowditch as much as anyone but thought that was the best he has played by far.Never going to be able to out pace there full back but thought he used his experience superbly and work rate was excellent.Also agree with comments about Matt Ingram.Would be a  massive signing if we could get him at some stage and a far better keeper than Adam Smith.
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« Reply #157 on: November 13, 2017, 11:57:25 am »

At the time I thought that was a pretty stupid thing to do, from a player who usually comes across as very intelligent on the pitch. I shouldn't have doubted him!

Just to add, the crafty sod didn't play in the first game either because his parent club wouldn't allow him. Obviously they were going to allow him to play on Tuesday though, so its a real shame he's suspended!  Grin Grin
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« Reply #158 on: November 13, 2017, 12:06:20 pm »

A very very decent performance, and not a weak link in site.

Strangely, I did feel very confident pre-match they we'd pick up a win, and fancied us to win by 2 or 3 clear goals. Our performance warranted such a margin as well. The team has started to click all of a sudden and dare I say it, some team soon is going to be on the end of a pasting.

Yesterday, I looked back at the team selection for the Bristol Rovers game; Rico, Richards, Hanley, Bowdith all started. Poole came on for BM whilst it was 0-1. It was such a disjointed looking team that day, a million miles away from the nicely balanced X1 that started on Saturday.

I loved JFH's analogy about McGugan still coming out of hibernation. Brilliantly put. If he's here after January I will be very very surprised, but you never know…we live in hope. Grimes I thought was outstanding throughout, best single display I've seen from any Cobblers player this season. Taylor was immense again and DB stuck to the task brilliantly of *trying to contain Hall (their number 7) whom was easily their best player and the only one at any time I was concerned with. It was clear in the first 10 minutes that Oxford's tactic was to give him the ball at any opportunity, in a way that played into our hands because it made the job of keeping our shape far far easily than it would have been if they'd mixed things up more.

All in all a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon and one that gives us some hope that this season could 'still be rescued'!
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« Reply #159 on: November 13, 2017, 12:13:27 pm »

^^^

I think by playing Mcgugan next to Grimes, it takes some pressure of Grimes as not everything has to go through him. He can also get himself in a bit more space to play.

When Poole (who i really rate on a defensive level) plays, he plays as enforcer who wins the ball back and gives it to Grimes or gives it away.
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