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  1. 1 hour ago, Ian said:

    Disagree with you on this one……cutting out 5-0 defeats to say a 2 or 1-0 defeat in the main makes bugger all difference to the season.


    what we need to cut out is those last minute equalisers for the opposition that turn 2-1 wins in to 2-2 draws


    I didn't quite mean it like that. I was more meaning cutting out conceding 3 goals in a game. That should see us win more, especially if we continue the goalscoring form from last season.


    But you're bang on. I'm not sure how many last minute/late equalisers we conceded, but I bet it would equal 6 or more points dropped.

  2. 10 hours ago, Lime Tree Heros said:


    Sorry my bad - read last season's results too quickly...


    Easily done. Although some of them I don't blame you for reading too quickly. Sunderland away for example. For me, that's what we need to cut out.


    4 times last season, in the league, we conceded 3 or more goals. Of course we will get beaten this season, all teams do, but we've already conceded 3 goals in our first match and that is a concern for me. Come April, there could easily be 4 or 5 teams in the mix for the automatics and goals difference could be a critical factor.



  3. 15 minutes ago, Lime Tree Heros said:

    We beat Sunderland 5-0 and Cambridge 6-0 last season, I see no reason we can't do the same against other teams this season. There's no doubt we have one of the strongest squads in the division, so it's not unreasonable to expect that a couple of times this season everything will click into place and we'll get a couple of healthy wins - when this will be however I have no idea.


    What else would you expect from the team that's scored the most domestic home goals this year?


    We actually lost 5-0 to Sunderland (away) and beat them 3-0 at Hillsborough. But your point still stands.


    We put 5 past Burton, and 4 past Plymouth, Cheltenham and Portsmouth, which proves we can and did score from all over the park. I'd expect the same this season.

  4. 20 hours ago, PortlandOwl said:

    Seen him for Harrogate a few times. Always impressed me although that was in League 2 and the National League. 


    That's where I've seen him before. He played against us in the Pizza cup last season. He caused us problems that night too. I was quite impressed with a few of their players that night to be honest.

  5. It's not a simple yes or no question though is it. Football isn't that straight forward. Nor will DM get us promoted single handedly. That will be down to the entire team including players, coaches and other backroom staff. Nor does the question take in to account any other of the 23 teams in the league, who may themselves having a bearing on the promotion race. There are way too many variables to answer simply.


    Should the squad he has assembled be able to challenge for an automatic spot? In my opinion yes they should. But that doesn't mean they will.


    Ask the question again in January and we might be able to give a more accurate answer.

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  6. 12 hours ago, Safcfaninpeace said:

    We need a few more additions based on this . 11 changes or not not one of them staked a claim to be in the squad on Saturday   we have been woeful you lot have bossed it from the start .

    Yous have some decent players to call upon if you get injuries whereas we could be a couple of injuries from implosion .

    That's what happens I guess when u spend no money . 

    Well done tonight and good luck going forward in the season


    If the result had gone your way last night, I really wouldn't lose sleep over it. It's not a competion either of us are going to win, and in all fairness it could get in the way of the goals for this season for both teams. Don't get me wrong, I'm pleased with the performance we put in and the result, as I'm sure you're p"ssed with your teams showing, bar Diamond who never stopped working.


    We've both got bigger things to concentrate on than this, yet we are playing at home against Rochdale in the 2nd round so we should be able to progress a little further. I doubt this competition will define either of our seasons.

  7. 2 minutes ago, DeBilde'sTea said:

    The new kieron Lee. Good at most stuff and makes the midfield tick with no fuss. 


    I've said the same thing to some of my mates, especially the way he ghosts in to the box like Lee used to.


    Great all rounder and a vital cog in our midfield.

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  8. I'll put some of his heavier first touches down to match sharpness, but he helped our midfield dominate that game. For a player classed as a "play-maker" he certainly wasn't afraid of picking the ball up and going forward with it.


    Once he gets to know his team mates better, and once he gains more match sharpness, he will be another good addition to our midfield.

  9. I thought all three midefielders were excellent last night. I'd forgotten how good a player Adeniran was. In fact, I'd forgotten what type of player he was. Sunderland didn't seem up for it, which was a surprise but you still have to beat what's in front of you. We dominated in midfield and looked to turn them at every opportunity.


    It was good to see what Bakinson offered too. He looks strong and pacey, and his postional sense seems good. A few first touches were off and he looked maybe a bit rusty, but if this is our back up midfield, bar Byers, then that bodes well.

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