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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The 'Clare Balding' POTS Swindon (h) 18th September 2021 on: Yesterday at 20:29:01
McWilliams
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: Yesterday at 15:00:28

I hope we stick with Rose and Etete as I feel that they are clearly out best two up top.


I think itís only our great defensive record, set piece goals and a healthy league position (though in a very tight league) that has meant there hasnít been more criticism over us as an attacking unit. While I hope you are right and things will just come good, as there seems to be little sign of Brady making significant changes in formation or personnel, I do worry we are throwing away points by not really addressing the issue of scoring goals in open play.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 20:17:00 pm
Is it time to cash out on my £50 Ktete leagues top goal scorer bet?

Maybe Harry Smith might have been a better bet!
4  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Former Cobblers Exploits 2020/21 on: September 18, 2021, 19:19:53 pm
Toney - Brentford
Morton - Fleetwood
Oliver - Gillingham
Kioso - MK
Smith - Orient
Berahino - Shef W
Dickinson - Carlisle
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 18:23:16 pm

Still missing that creative spark in the middle


I think that lets the two wingers and strikers off the hook who really should be contributing more to scoring goals.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What do you think of Sixfields Stadium? on: September 16, 2021, 08:33:38 am
We are told these days everyone's view matters so here's mine.

I hate it. I stopped going even when I lived in town and only went away, now that says a lot. If a diehard wont go how are new supporters supposed to be enticed and how many potential customers are we losing?

I don't buy this crap that it's adequate for league two, as its absolutely not for league one and isn't that where we are aiming? Due to our location, away followings of over 2000 could regularly be expected in league one and when a large crowd is anticipated it stirs up home fans into going too. 2000 plus away could quite easily create a 10,000 plus home gate here. Currently we will never know.

My perspective it would be a perfect stadium if the West stand (design) of two tiers, continued and wrapped around both the north and south ends. The East stand would be fine as now intended predominantly media/corporate and stand alone. My guess, this would make it around 18-20k?

Then again as long as I have a hole in my arse or we could just wait to win the Championship first... Grin


You talk about the club currently losing potential customers which is a fair concern, but the point seems to be about the capacity of the stadium. I would say there has virtually never been an issue about getting tickets and this is not an issue to new supporters. On the other hand the stadium is now looking shabby and uninviting, so maybe more of the money should be channeled in that direction. I would say a stadium of 18-20k with the attendances we have had in the last couple of years in league 1 and 2 and the lack of atmosphere there would be with so many empty seats would actually be a barrier to new customers.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What do you think of Sixfields Stadium? on: September 15, 2021, 19:32:10 pm
Trumpeters and drummers at WembleyÖÖthey work when there is a big crowd.

I hate the England band with a passion
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Newport Away on: September 14, 2021, 21:55:20 pm
Good win
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Newport Away on: September 14, 2021, 20:32:36 pm
What odds on Guthrie finishing as top scorer?
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Newport Away on: September 14, 2021, 19:42:46 pm
Not convinced by Kabamba, heís never scored at this level before.
Hasnít he scored in the Scottish prem? which is surely at worst is on a par with league 2
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Newport Away on: September 14, 2021, 19:10:48 pm
Donít really fancy us scoring
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers (a) on: September 12, 2021, 16:19:46 pm

or try a 4-2-3-1:

                         
                              Roberts
                  Macgowan Guthrie Horsfall Koiki

                             McWilliams   Sowerby

            Hoskins/Connolly      Pollock/Flores      Pinnock

                                       Etete

 

Wouldnít be against this
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers (a) on: September 12, 2021, 16:15:02 pm
Players who are not in the side are often better than those who are.
Agreed, normally the longer they are out the side or the poorer the previous performance the better that player gets.
14  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Former Cobblers Exploits 2020/21 on: September 12, 2021, 13:31:20 pm
Oliver - Gillingham
Morton- Fleetwood
Blair - Cheltenham
Taylor - Walsall
Smith - Orient
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers (a) on: September 12, 2021, 12:30:39 pm
Our victory against  a poor 10 man Scunny team can now be seen in a different light after they got hammered by Exeter 4-0 at home yesterday.
Any individual result is pretty irrelevant, I donít think that Exeter results makes any difference. People moaned about the Port Vale and Colchester wins because around the time they both were near the bottom of the table, now they are top half does that make those wins better? not for me.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers (a) on: September 12, 2021, 12:18:16 pm
I donít think itís just the midfield thatís the issue,
I agree I think there is something off about us as an attacking unit as a whole. Whether thatís defenders aimlessly booting long balls, central midfielders keeping possession, wingers creating chances or strikers losing the ball or not making the best of what we do create, itís clear the odd bits of tinkering here and there by Brady arenít working and I donít see an odd player coming in will fix things,  I think itís time for a bigger rethink.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers (a) on: September 11, 2021, 23:55:07 pm
I think itís time for some significant attacking changes the small changes here and there arenít working. Maybe a change to 4-2-3-1, I would love to see Pollock get more game time, in his small cameos heís impressed on the attacking side.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers (a) on: September 11, 2021, 16:46:23 pm
We could go a couple of years without scoring here
Yep
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers (a) on: September 11, 2021, 16:40:31 pm
Be nice to see what Sowerby offers

Are we hoping that league 2 is more his level as he offered very little last year
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Trust Presentation to WNC on: September 10, 2021, 08:42:31 am

It comes across as the Trust's wish list of hopes/ideas/proposals and dreams. Nothing wrong with having dreams of course but the presentation seems short of the practical means of achieving these.
I'm not at all sure what the Trust is actually asking WNC to do?


Probably because there arenít any practical measures that will guarantee a team to achieve massively beyond the size and income of the club. When it boils down to it football is a sport and thereís so much luck involved in appointing the right manager at the right team who gets lucky with their recruitment. We appoint Gary Johnson and heís a big failure, he then goes to a smaller club in Yeovil and takes them to the championship. Of course people will say ĎLook at team Ďxí are their overachieving we should be doing what they areí even though the different team that was their the flavour of the month a few years back has since been relegated back to their natural level.

In my time supporting the club the closest weíve been to the championship was the play off final defeat to Grimsby, was that under the best manager Iíve seen?, far from it, was it with the best players Iíve seen at the club?, very far from it. Thereís nothing wrong with having goals, looking at what youíre doing and trying to do it better, but the thing is pretty much every other team is doing the same. Iím sure Iíll be accused of Ďsetting for mediocrityí but having a certain amount of pragmatism helps fans from getting eaten up with what they want for the club as there probably 40-50 teams whoís fans think they should be in the prem, with nearly all the rest thinking they should be in the championship.
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