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Grappling The Grecian's 9th March (H)

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« on: March 03, 2019, 17:32:05 pm »

Already excited about this one. 2pm kickoff
Who knows what line up Curlio will go with.
They're a yoyo team 1 win 2 draws and 2 losses in the last 5


I going for a 2-1 win

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 19:28:07 pm »

The most unbelievable-but-true stat of the season so far:

Most Chances Created: League Two

Sam Hoskins- 38
Chuks Aneke- 38
Tyler Walker- 38
Jevani Brown- 35
CJ Hamilton- 34
Nicky Adams- 33
James Norwood- 33
Jamie Devitt- 32
Sammie Szmodics- 31
Reece Brown- 31
Danny Mayor- 31


Source: D3D4Football
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 22:16:35 pm »

Only one home win in the last 8 games. Time to give the home fans something to cheer (please). Saints at home and the circus also in the area and performing at 2.30 so traffic and parking could be challenging.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 09:50:47 am »

This is a big test to see how far we have progressed since Colchester at home and Cambridge away .
We have tightened up , stopped playing the youth team and are playing percentage football , but will it be good enough at home against a decent side ?
I think KC will simply be looking not to concede .
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2019, 10:46:08 am »

I think KC will simply be looking not to concede .

I really hope not but sadly probably right...................
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2019, 12:40:28 pm »

Gusts of up to 40 mph are forecast for Saturday, hopefully it will disrupt Exeterís passing style more than it does us.
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2019, 15:59:30 pm »

This is a big test to see how far we have progressed since Colchester at home and Cambridge away .
We have tightened up , stopped playing the youth team and are playing percentage football , but will it be good enough at home against a decent side ?
I think KC will simply be looking not to concede .
How is it a big test to see how far we've progressed???
Do you not go further than Cambridge away? Think the Cobbs have won at Tranmere, Stevenage and Crewe as well as a draw at table topping Lincoln since the games you've oddly mentioned!
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2019, 18:53:40 pm »

How is it a big test to see how far we've progressed???
Do you not go further than Cambridge away? Think the Cobbs have won at Tranmere, Stevenage and Crewe as well as a draw at table topping Lincoln since the games you've oddly mentioned!
Yes , of course itís been a great turnaround away from home but are we able play with more attacking intent at home ?
This is what i mean by a test .
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2019, 20:04:57 pm »

Yes , of course itís been a great turnaround away from home but are we able play with more attacking intent at home ?
This is what i mean by a test .

This post may come back to haunt me at 5pm on Saturday  Grin

I wholeheartedly believe that the last home game, the infamous 0-0 draw with Crawley, was more a 'must not lose game' than a 'must win game'. I think both managers felt the same, neither at any time risking the point they had banked for 2 more. We were in a precarious position, a bad run of form would have meant we could have slid down the table and become embroidered in a relegation battle. Admittedly, there was only say a 10% chance of that happening but with only a 0.01% chance of the playoffs at that point in time, KC took the point against a team just below us and was happy to do so. I 'get that' and foresaw the approach at the time.

We are now in a situation where we are playing under zero pressure. In terms of the result. However. A point is pretty much a pointless outcome for us. Its 3 or none at all. 9 wins and 2 losses (to get to the play offs) is more likely than 8 wins and 3 draws. Statistically. Either outcome would net us 72 points and based on projected points total, would see us 6th,7th,8th. So right on the edge. Thats surely now got to be the target for Keith and his boys. However unrealistic it is, Id fully expect our focus now to be on aiming at the playoffs whilst its still possible. Just not talking about them!  Wink

Id expect a cautious approach on Saturday to start off with, and then for the game to open up later on. Exeter (I reckon) will happily sit back and wait for us to commit players forward, aiming to do us on the counter attack like so many other teams have managed over the course of this season. Exploit our weakness. On the flip side, Id expect us to set up to negate this so for a time on Saturday, expect a bit of a stale mate. Gung ho at the end if one team needs to...

We do not have the players to set up expansively, especially at home. Our only 'creative attacking players' are Powell and Bowdith, both whom are woefully inconsistent. On loan, early impressions on Joe Powell and Timi both have the same problem. Crookes and KVV were both hugely inconsistent as well. We are well stocked up with solid midfield 'types', our collective strength is an Ian Atkins type line up/approach. Thats what dragged out results in recent times, and what dragged out results during KC's honeymoon spell. When we've tried to pass our way through, be pleasing on the eye etc...its backfired. We do not have the players to do that.

Sorry for the long post, but at the moment we can only judge KC on results and not style of play/entertainment. That has to wait until next season.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2019, 20:44:24 pm »

Yes , of course itís been a great turnaround away from home but are we able play with more attacking intent at home ?
This is what i mean by a test .
So you meant the utter s***e of Morecambe and Crawley then!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2019, 10:09:08 am »

Good(e) news...
https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/football/cobblers-defender-goode-set-to-be-fit-for-exeter-city-clash-1-8836930
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2019, 14:07:39 pm »


Better news than expected about Cox too, maybe things are looking up on the injury front.
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2019, 14:17:42 pm »

Any spare tkts for Sat and Tuesday. .. please?
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2019, 15:30:35 pm »

This post may come back to haunt me at 5pm on Saturday  Grin

I wholeheartedly believe that the last home game, the infamous 0-0 draw with Crawley, was more a 'must not lose game' than a 'must win game'. I think both managers felt the same, neither at any time risking the point they had banked for 2 more. We were in a precarious position, a bad run of form would have meant we could have slid down the table and become embroidered in a relegation battle. Admittedly, there was only say a 10% chance of that happening but with only a 0.01% chance of the playoffs at that point in time, KC took the point against a team just below us and was happy to do so. I 'get that' and foresaw the approach at the time.

We are now in a situation where we are playing under zero pressure. In terms of the result. However. A point is pretty much a pointless outcome for us. Its 3 or none at all. 9 wins and 2 losses (to get to the play offs) is more likely than 8 wins and 3 draws. Statistically. Either outcome would net us 72 points and based on projected points total, would see us 6th,7th,8th. So right on the edge. Thats surely now got to be the target for Keith and his boys. However unrealistic it is, Id fully expect our focus now to be on aiming at the playoffs whilst its still possible. Just not talking about them!  Wink

Id expect a cautious approach on Saturday to start off with, and then for the game to open up later on. Exeter (I reckon) will happily sit back and wait for us to commit players forward, aiming to do us on the counter attack like so many other teams have managed over the course of this season. Exploit our weakness. On the flip side, Id expect us to set up to negate this so for a time on Saturday, expect a bit of a stale mate. Gung ho at the end if one team needs to...

We do not have the players to set up expansively, especially at home. Our only 'creative attacking players' are Powell and Bowdith, both whom are woefully inconsistent. On loan, early impressions on Joe Powell and Timi both have the same problem. Crookes and KVV were both hugely inconsistent as well. We are well stocked up with solid midfield 'types', our collective strength is an Ian Atkins type line up/approach. Thats what dragged out results in recent times, and what dragged out results during KC's honeymoon spell. When we've tried to pass our way through, be pleasing on the eye etc...its backfired. We do not have the players to do that.

Sorry for the long post, but at the moment we can only judge KC on results and not style of play/entertainment. That has to wait until next season.
Good post Drilling. Spot on about Atkins as well, lets face it Curle took over in a  similar situation to Atkins. The brief for both of them must have been to keep us up.
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2019, 18:13:38 pm »

Any spare tkts for Sat and Tuesday. .. please?

Plenty:
https://www.ntfcdirect.co.uk/match-tickets.aspx
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2019, 18:19:37 pm »

Any spare tkts for Sat and Tuesday. .. please?
Are you expecting some sellouts.
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2019, 13:50:02 pm »

Are you expecting some sellouts.
Some fans are unable to go due to colds, shopping, cant make the early kick off ETC. However a very kind ST offered to lend me his for a small fee. Need another one now!
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2019, 17:25:25 pm »

Some fans are unable to go due to colds, shopping, cant make the early kick off ETC. However a very kind ST offered to lend me his for a small fee. Need another one now!

Any of those pish excuses for not turning up, deserves a three year ban!  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2019, 17:26:59 pm »

Hope we show up tomorrow .
The home fans deserve something to cheer about .
If we sit back we will get beaten.
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« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2019, 11:45:17 am »

Same line up again today, or the usual rotating?

Either way, won't get a better chance of a result against these lot. Looking forward to windy hoofball and a stiff neck.

Just remember the win, please.
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