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behind-the-goal last won the day on December 24 2013

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  1. behind-the-goal

    No change, same old, same old.

    Hey Theo! Found myself agreeing with you last season and it looks like I will again. I felt really positive (like most, if not all, of us several games into the season). I even went into statistics mode to 'prove' how much better Andy was doing compared to Brad. Stef stepped in with a post poo-pooing my stats (and I retreated tail between legs!). I'd promised myself I wasn't going to add to the negative posts after the last few games, but...."Circumstances, dear boy. Circumstances!" I didn't start the Kingstonian game in the best of moods. Nick's passing was a great sadness and I was hoping the team would honour his memory appropriately. The first few minutes suggested they would. But then....(as has been noted in other posts elsewhere) we saw Billy on the right wing!!!!!!! (With no-one to cross to!). Harry Kane taking corners under Hodgson sprang to mind. Where was Mickey at this point? Playing at right back, not wing back. There seemed to be a general feeling of WTF! Any thoughts of singing gradually gave way to moaning or worse, apathy. Several people I know who would normally be extremely vocal behind the goal found other, more interesting things to talk about (and even do!). Results are poor, the atmosphere is becoming poor, and good players are looking poor (I would exempt Ryan from that claim: he was easily our MOTM, not Billy).
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    Congrats Kirbs

    Seconded 4WF! Nothing to add to your comments other than that I have always been very disappointed that the powers that be at our club did not even deem it necessary to make an announcement that Mark had officially left the club after being on loan to Haringey. At the very least a 'Thank you' to him would have been nice. After all, he wasn't any old player - he was/is part of our history.
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    ETFC V Haringay

    Funny! First thing that's made me laugh on this forum for ages! Liam Hope, Hope, Hope!
  4. behind-the-goal

    Hall of Fame

    And how about a probably controversial, left- field nomination for Scott McGleish? Wasn't here long but saved up from relegation. (Who knows where we'd be now if we'd gone done that year?)
  5. behind-the-goal

    Hall of Fame

    Good calls from Lovely Stuff and Barney. Would definitely put in a shout for both Liam and Kirbs.
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    Theo, I think you may well have misread others' feelings towards Brad and well done to you for admitting that. Personally, I was very upset with what happened after Brad left, but I certainly wouldn't say that I detest him. I can understand what he did and why he did it. (What the players did can't be blamed on Brad: they had freedom of choice). I take no pleasure at all in seeing that he has lost his job. But...having said that I wouldn't want him back (and certainly not at the expense of Andy). I have to hold my hands up and say that I got caught up in the, dare I say 'hysterical', call for Andy to be sacked last year. I was wrong. I just took a look at how the two managers started their first two full seasons in charge in terms of their first 9 games: Brad: 2015-16) W1 D2 L6 F3 A13 Agg-10 Pts5 Position 21st 2016-17 W2 D3 L4 F13 A 10 Agg+3 Pts9 Position 18th Andy: 2017-18) W3 D3 L3 F15 A14 Agg+1 Pts12 Position 15th 2018-19 W4 D5 L0 F23 A11 Agg+12 Pts 17 Position 4th In summary, Andy has started the first nine games of his two seasons in charge MASSIVELY better than Brad's first two seasons in charge. This is despite the fact that Andy was starting from scratch in 2017-18 and also despite the fact that Brad had all bar the first six games of the 2014-15 season (when George was manager) to get ready for the 2015-16 season.
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    Enfield Town v Bedford Town

    This was a staggeringly inept performance. It was SO bad that I decided to look back at our history of home matches since we got promoted to the Premier league. How often had we lost by three goals (or more) at home? Well, this is our seventh season in this league and it's the seventh time we've lost by three goals or more at home. In 2012-13 we lost 3-0 to Margate in the league under Steve Newing. In 2013-14 we lost 3-0 to Wingate and Finchley in the league also under Steve. In 2014-15 we lost 5-2 to Kingstonian under George Borg. and 4-0 to Maidstone under Bradley Quinton. In 2015-16 no such defeats. In 2016-17 we lost 4-1 to Hornchurch in the League Cup and 4-1 to Havant & Waterlooville in the league, both times under Bradley. In 2017-18 no such defeats. And now in 2018-19 we lost 3-0 to Bedford. While no defeats of this nature are pleasant, one can at least look at the quality of our opponents in those games (or the fact that the League Cup wasn't a priority), sigh and just accept that they were better than us. But today, we were totally out-played at home by a team one league below us. 3-0 did not flatter them: it could have been more: Joe made a really great save within the first minute of the game! I'd begun to think we had moved on from the long ball game (and the hopeful punt up-field from Joe) but that's what we did throughout this game. Why? Any fule could see that their 6 was going to win anything in the air. I know we're 3rd= in the league at the moment, but it's worth bearing in mind that we've failed to win our last three games at home (including today) and have won only one of our last four and two of our last six games home and away.
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    Enfield Town v AFC Hornchurch

    Funny old game. When I left (and even during the game itself) I felt oddly conflicted. On the one hand, it was clear that we were playing better football than last season. On the other, I never felt totally comfortable, and almost expected a goal (or two - groan) from Hornchurch. It is clear that we are moving in the right direction. It is equally clear that we are still a work in progress (but, hey!, we've stll got important players to come back). Like everyone, I though Sam was great, but let's also hear it once again for Liam. Great movement, clinical goal and took out at least a couple of their defenders for our first goal. On balance, despite the frustration of two points lost, I feel positive about the performance. A couple of times during the game we were top of the table!!!!!
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    AGM ?

    Gentlemen, If you look back, you'll see that I predicted we would need 80.375 points in order to get into the play-offs (i.e. 80-81). After rounding down 80 was slightly more likely than 81. Now, look at the final table: both Leiston (in 5th) and Leatherhead (in 6th) got 79 points. It was only goal difference that separated them. If Enfield had got 80 points, we would have been in the play-offs. So, do you still think stats are 'lies'???
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    Darren Purse leaves town

    Ho hum! Sarcasm should definitely be a no-no here, shouldn't it, 53S. Heaven forbid that someone should have a sense of humour on social media nowadays. Let's all make sure that we conform to what is 'expected' of of us and say what we are supposed to say. After all, we might end up offending someone, and we're not allowed to do that anymore, are we? That's what free speech means, doesn't it? Making sure that we don't say anything out of turn and making sure we say what we're supposed to say. (Orwell RIP). Anyway, let the stats speak: We played 17 league games with Darren starting: Points per game: 1.5 Goals scored per game: 1.7 Goals conceded per game: 1.6 We played 29 games without him starting: Points per game: 1.0 Goals scored per game: 1.5 Goals conceded per game: 1.8 So, we were definitely a better team with Darren starting, but the stats concerning the games when he didn't start raise another question in my mind: exactly how good was he at getting his message across to players on the training ground/pitch side? Not very, by the looks of it. And by the way 53S, we would not have got anywhere near the play-offs if Darren had been in the side all season long and we had continued to gain points at the same rate as we did in those 17 matches in which he did play. We would have ended up with 70 points, which would have left us in 9th place, 9 or 10 points off the play-offs (taking goal difference into account).
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    Home to Burgess Town

    Bravo to MTH & 72WF. Agree with both of your posts. Well said.
  12. behind-the-goal

    Home to Burgess Town

    Sorry! Didn't mean to double-send my previous post. Blame my laggy phone!
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    Home to Burgess Town

    I've come to agree with you on pretty much everything Theo, but I think we'll have to agree to disagree as far as Liam's concerned!
  14. behind-the-goal

    Home to Burgess Town

    I've come to agree with you on pretty much everything Theo, but I think we'll have to agree to disagree as far as Liam's concerned!
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    Home to Burgess Town

    Agree with everything you say Theo apart from Liam was 'again no threat'. True that he didn't have his best game last night (to say the least), but I have to say I will argue with the word 'again', but then again I am am a great fan of Liam. Wouldn't it be boroinh if we agreed on everything!!!