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Next up, Cheltenham away Tuesday 25/02/19

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« on: February 22, 2020, 20:41:23 pm »

A trip to see if Johnny really does Rock.......or we could just call it Whaddon Road!

A crunch 6 pointer in the play off race as we take on the Robins. A win for us would put us 5th, a win for them would keep them 5th, and a draw would see them stay in....5th! We'd go up to 6th with the draw though.

33 previous games against the Robins in all competitions, they hold the upper hand with 13 wins to our 11. We only have one win in the last seven against them, and our last win there was the playoff semi final win in 2013 when we prevailed 1-0, a Luke Guttridge goal sending us to Wembley. We've lost our last two visits there 3-1 and 3-2.

They are on a decent run with 4 wins in their last 5 games overall, and 5 wins on the bounce at home since a 1-0 defeat to Plymouth on Boxing Day.

Craig Hicks will be the man in the middle, he has reffed us twice this season, overseeing our 1-0 win at Swindon and our 4-1 win over Crewe. He refereed the League Trophy semi final between Portsmouth and Exeter last Tuesday night, and has been in charge of 26 games this season issuing 78 yellow and 4 red cards.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2020, 20:54:00 pm »

We'll win this if Willo's fit.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2020, 22:10:15 pm »

We'll win this if Willo's fit.

Don't understand the love in with Williams who to me doesn't always justify his selection. Perhaps ok with Morton who again played well today. I actually prefer Smith who IMO is more of a footballer than Oliver; thought today that Oliver was not quite at the races but his opening goal was a gem. The fitness of Williams,Smith and Oliver will be critical over the coming weeks. According KC Smith is near full fitness.
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2020, 22:52:40 pm »

I agree with you Evers. Think Williams has had a fairly poor season and definitely wouldn’t be ahead of Vadaine or Morton in the pecking order for me.

Let’s win this. I had zero intentions of going to this but the response today has made me consider it slightly.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2020, 11:16:40 am »

Grand day out is Cheltenham.
Lots of memories. That obese welsh steward getting loads of stick, local youth chucking traffic cones at the coaches, Sammo with a bullet header in the net and rebounding back into play, the ref disallowing it because he thought it hit the bar, Jamie Forrester making his debut,(we all thought that he would be a bit taller) the burger van on the away terrace pumping out smoke by the corner flag, pub stop in Evesham, and Steve Riches comes in to show everybody the dinner set that he had just purchased from the market. Very proud he was.
Not for the first time this season, I cant make this one. My current site has to be finished by Wednesday, as the client has a photo shoot booked for Thursday AM, so he can display my work to everybody. I should be flattered, but it is inconvenient.
I am going for a 1-1 draw, Callum Morton to score.
Enjoy the game everybody, I shall be logged in.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2020, 22:22:32 pm »

Cheltenham have recorded their best winning home sequence for 7 years and have the best defensive record in League Two. Their new keeper hasn't conceded more than one goal in any game. This was the match last year that ended our faint play off hopes with a disastrous performance with a threadbare squad. We'll win this, 2-0.
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« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 05:48:16 »

A battle of the long-throw centre-backs.   Who has their contact lenses in?

We need whoever is our CF alongside Morton to want it more than he does......  Else, why is Williams here?
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« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 10:56:48 »

A battle of the long-throw centre-backs.   Who has their contact lenses in?

We need whoever is our CF alongside Morton to want it more than he does......  Else, why is Williams here?

Do what?

Are we all still trying to prove who can predict what after the event?

I predict a 6-0 defeat.  Cornell replaced at half-time, just after the 5th goes in.

Curle is sacked following a post-match outburst to the press when, for the first time since his tenure started, he DOESN'T scratch his head. He demands support from this message board. This message board struggles to understand anything, let alone support..... and, in turn, is left trying to scratch its collective head.  Except, its left is otherwise engaged (think about it!).   Thus, Curle's fate is settled.

Will the 10 point penalty for being second-rate at finance kick-in before or after this game?

Do dogs want us?  Or are we unable to make even said canines salivate?

Is development of a stadium even worth it, after super-SARS kills us all off?

At what point do we accept that a massive town population of 2 (survivors) may mean that we cannot raise the funds for our challenge at the head of the Championship?

Hands up if you are fit enough to live to the end of the season.



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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 11:07:17 »

The only thing I ever remember about Cheltenham is being 1 v 3 up with 15 minutes to go and losing 4 v 3. That was a miserable night in 2003, with whistling Kettle giving three pens during the game. Haven't been back since.
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« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 11:18:49 »

The only thing I ever remember about Cheltenham is being 1 v 3 up with 15 minutes to go and losing 4 v 3. That was a miserable night in 2003, with whistling Kettle giving three pens during the game. Haven't been back since.

How apt that you should mention winning positions turning to dust/(steam?)

Thus is our lot as true, heart-felt fans of the Cobblers.
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« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 12:25:28 »

I believe we can get something from this game. Cheltenham have won their last 5 home games so are due a hiccup and their fans were not overly impressed with their 1-0 win on Saturday. They have only failed to score in 1 home league game but despite having the best defensive record in div.2 they only have 4 home clean sheets.
If we can keep our shape and defend like we did against Exeter (not like we did against Walsall) we can restrict them to few scoring opportunities.
Hopefully the injuries to Watson and Oliver will not keep them out as without Oliver Morton is our only fit striker. Williams scan results have not been revealed and although Smith is approaching fitness KC tends to bring injured players on from the bench and build up their minutes. With this in mind McCormack will probably get 30 minutes. As Watson went off with a bang on the head he may be fit but Pollock did very well when he replaced him on Saturday.
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« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 13:18:10 »

The only thing I ever remember about Cheltenham is being 1 v 3 up with 15 minutes to go and losing 4 v 3. That was a miserable night in 2003, with whistling Kettle giving three pens during the game. Haven't been back since.

The beginning of the very end for Martin Wilkinson. I think it actually ended with him sat  on his own in the dugout after a thumping at Oxford, if memory serves me correctly. He did lump the Swindon manager though, his moment in the sun!  Grin

As for the aforementioned game. One of the worst last 10 minutes of a Cobblers game I have witnessed live. We just totally collapsed, together with Kettle levelling things up after he'd given us a more than soft penalty to go 3-1 up!
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The beginning of the very end for Martin Wilkinson. I think it actually ended with him sat  on his own in the dugout after a thumping at Oxford, if memory serves me correctly. He did lump the Swindon manager though, his moment in the sun!  Grin

As for the aforementioned game. One of the worst last 10 minutes of a Cobblers game I have witnessed live. We just totally collapsed, together with Kettle levelling things up after he'd given us a more than soft penalty to go 3-1 up!

It was the most disappointed I could remember being after a game on the long drive home, anticipating an early start for work. Little did we know that we'd soon be 'treated' to the Mansfield play-off, the Asamoah (non) late penalty shout and Curle dancing around the pitch at Field Mill.
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« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 17:25:56 »

I have a very bad feeling about this one.
We never seem to beat these away. I can only remember that 1 playoff game in 2013 when Gutts scored that rocket and we won 1-0 I think.
Prediction 2-0 Chelts
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« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 17:49:04 »

We need a point to secure survival...  https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/league-two/potentielleendplatzierung/wettbewerb/GB4
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« Reply #15 on: Today at 09:33:34 »

Shrove Tuesday .
We all expect a bit of zest but could be tossed off with a limp sloppy one .
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