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  1. Any supporter that was there last night could see what it meant to the supporters and the team to win that trophy, I certainly didn't feel like the team were playing for a 'Mickey Mouse' cup. Superb all round team performance, thought Davison was fantastic up front, thoroughly deserved his goal, he was my MoM but won't argue too much because Parcell was superb as well. Also thought Rumens had a really good game at the back, he had his hands full with their 9, but coped well and marshalled the defence all night. Totally agree with Stephs comment. Well done to Andy, Mario and all the staff. Last point, thought it was a real touch of class by Hornchurch to do a guard of honour when the team went to get their medals. My respect.
  2. 4WF, you've hit the nail on the head. Everyone knows better than the person doing the actual job. I'm in the minority (obviously) because the manager has my sympathy. Now I've only spoken to him a couple of times this season and like he said to me last season when I had a chat with him he carries the can when things aren't going right. But as I said I have some sympathy for him, and I will use the last 3 games (I know there's plenty of others) as examples. Bognor, players switched off from a short corner/free kick. Haringey, player caught in possession, goal. 2 players looking at the ball in the pen area, penalty goal. Yesterday, unmarked player allowed free header from 7 yards. My point is he can send out players with instructions but these are individual mistakes that he can do nothing about, other than get rid of the players and if he did that we'd have the under 18s playing. Now I'm not a member but there was a meeting where those of you that were could go and air your views to the manager, but from what I was told, it was fairly tame. You can give all the excuses you want but if you are as passionate as your comments of this forum suggest then perhaps you should have gone and spoken face to face to get your views across. It's all fairly easy being wise after the event.
  3. Decent win and performance yesterday, bar the first 20 mins when I thought I might need a neck brace. After that it settled down and plenty of good passing football was played and we were worthy winners and it if hadn't been for their keeper, who I thought didn't have a bad game, it could've been more, but you can't argue with 4 goals and a clean sheet. Thought Johnson and Blackman were my MOM, ran their socks off and totally controlled the centre of the park. As mentioned previously thought Nolan did well, good distribution and handling, he got away with one near the end of the game but all round more than an able deputy for Wright. I think that's 2 games for him now and 2 clean sheets. Just as a side thought on Nolan, were we a bit fortunate he was there as he wasn't originally named on the bench, not too sure what the team protocol is for having the back up keeper at the ground.
  4. Sorry 4WF I wasn't suggesting your comments were personal against the manager, only that using that particular contributor as an impartial outsider was not the best example as we have seen him making personal comments about the manager. i appreciate your difficulties in attending games etc and I hope you are able to attend when you can because at the end of the day we all love football. Perhaps some of the other vocal critics of the manager are able to take the opinions forward. i wish you well.
  5. 4WF, I think anything on this forum by that particular contributor needs to be read carefully as there was some very personal comments made by him about the manager on one topic that is now locked. As for the manager, he still has my backing and I believe he will get it right. I find it very frustrating that some of you can't wait to get on his back when things start to go wrong and very slow to post comments when things were going better earlier in the season. Some of you haven't liked him from the start and even if had won every game this season you'd still find something to criticise him about. There are plenty of younger players still at the club, didn't the manager bring back an u23 side this season (anyone know how they're doing?) and other youngsters are out on loan at other clubs. Last point, there is a meeting coming up where members can attend and make their point direct to the manager. Got to be better than posting on a form surely (not directed at you 4WF, but to all contributors)
  6. Good to see the bandwagon has started up now, with the good start to the season some of you must have been disappointed that you couldn't commence your 'Leese Out' campaign earlier. Whilst the last 3 results have been disappointing, the team is still in a good position and for those that actually watched last nights game you probably came away wondering how we didn't comfortably win that game. Plenty of chances just a combination of poor finishing and a couple of decent saves by their keeper kept them in it and they achieved what they set out to do, go home with a point. The majority on here feel that the squad is decent and that the managers tactics are to blame, so I ask you this, do you think the manager sends his players out and says to Micky Parcell, when you get the ball pass it to the opposition twice within 10 seconds or to Bricknell, when you're in the six yard box, don't score, hit the keeper instead. The manager will accept responsibility for last nights 'defeat' But some of the players need to take responsibility for their own performances. As for the bring back Brad brigade, no thanks, football might have been better but we're still in the same division and if he gets a better offer he will be off again rather than stay and finish the job, which he was on his way to doing before he left and took the entire team with him.
  7. Wow, bit of a harsh post Theo, in my opinion. You are obviously entitled to yours and that should be respected. I know it's still early in the season but Andy has got this team into a decent position so far, he's assembled a good squad and got a young management team in place. They haven't lost in the league yet and it's definitely an improvement on last season, which is what we all wanted.
  8. For those that watched yesterday, it's easy to be disappointed because Enfield dominated so much of the game, but we'll probably play worse and win games. Thought Johnson and Youngs were excellent in the centre of midfield, Johnson just shading MOM for me. It will be interesting to see if Bricknell changes the dynamic up front and games can be killed off, having said that thought Hope had a decent game yesterday. Onwards and upwards. On a side note (I like those) seen on the Bostik site, that we signed Matthew Nolan from Great Wakering, is this the same player (keeper) from last season?
  9. Great performance and result last night, following up an equally good result and performance from Saturday. I know it's early days but you can't ask for a much better start than that. I Agree with Andy we were on the back foot but I think that this team has a bit more resilience about it and last season we would have possibly drew or even lost this match. If the team keeps playing this way the players waiting to come back in might have to sit on the bench for a while. Saturday will be a strong test against the bookies favourite for promotion. Looking forward to it. On a side note, it looks like that this forum will follow the same pattern as last season where wins were less frequently commented on than defeats. I know it's early in the season but let's see shall we.
  10. Good work by the manager so far, seems to have got the spine of the team sorted, Wright, Tafiq, King, Blackman, Johnson, Bricknell and Wadkins. I' m sure with the rest to be added there has to be a decent optimism for the season ahead and if they all stay relatively fit could push for the top.
  11. The manager has made some decent signings so far and these things take time. Building a team is a lot like building a house, start with the foundations, then you build the rest.........
  12. Steve Bould has been Arsenal's number 2 now for a number of years now and if anything our defending has got worse, my point being it doesn't always translate on to the pitch. Anyway, I'm sure the manager won't have to look far for a replacement, there's plenty of contributors on here who seem to know better. Ps - the second paragraph is an attempt at that thing we used have - humour Good luck all, have a great summer
  13. With regards to the players at Enfield Borough, you have to remember that they are playing at step 6. I'm not saying they're not good guys but there is a massive difference between step 6 and step 3, I've even seen a big difference between step 3 and 4 this season. I'm a bit torn about the younger players because although they should be given a chance are they ready for a real tough season at this level or should they be loaned out to clubs at step 4 for instance to get valuable playing time. Experience is everything at this level. It is my understanding that the 3 youngsters that came from Broxbourne u18 (Hockney, Nolan and QC) were considered the best players in that side. Hockney stayed with the squad all season, while QC and Nolan were loaned out to Cheshunt and Egham respectively. Finally to Mr 4WF, sir, it is with the greatest respect that I ask this. I have read of your difficulties this season and I am sorry for your troubles. You made your mind up about the Manager very early from what you were told, but have you tried to speak to the man himself? I too had heard and read differing comments about him, but to satisfy my own curiosity decided to speak to him myself and this resulted in my view being pro the manager and that he should be given time to get it right.
  14. Totally agree with the above 2 posts by littlehampton and benj. I did try to make similar points some time ago but was shot down or ignored as I'm fairly new to this forum. I've found that there are a lot more comments on topics after a defeat by people criticising the players and manager and there are fewer after a good win, whether that's because posters can't be bothered or they don't want to give praise to the manager to contradict themselves, only they can say. It has been a difficult transition this season but I think that if you reflect properly from where the team was when the manager was appointed (2 players only and one of them was long term injured) to where the team is now you would have to say he's done ok. Some of the performances haven't been good but again on reflection some have been, especially against the top two teams and if these type of consistent performances can be produced against other teams something good could happen next season. I believe the manager deserves at least another season to improve on this one. Would still like to see some youngsters come through, have only seen Junior from the academy in the last couple of weeks in the squad, no Hockney or George QC and I believe the young keeper Nolan is on loan at Egham Town.
  15. Another decent point yesterday and a good performance. In order to improve for next season a quality central defender and an out and out goal scorer are needed. I take the point about Ward-Cochrane doing well at PBT, but from the games I've seen at Ware, Cheshunt and Hertford this season the standard is quite a bit different in that league compared to this one. There seems to be a lot of players in the squad so perhaps a bit of a clear out needs to be done. Now is a crucial time in recruiting players for next season and I'm sure that Andy and Darren are on the case, having missed out on this period last year.
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