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  1. jc

    NLP

    What I found more worrying was the reporter in the NLP for the Kettering game claiming that we are virtually assured of our place in the Conference next season. Given how close it is at the bottom now (r.e. Daz's previous thread) I wish I had the same confidence. To be honest, a draw wasn't so bad considering that we had to play about an hour of football without one of our star men. Admittedly, their equaliser was well taken. Bentley's looming suspension is also a great worry, and will doubtless re-ignite the debate about Tostao's role in the team. P.S. A very well-taken goal by Louie yesterday. I have been critical of him in the past, but I was more than happy to be proved wrong on this occasion.
  2. Quote: Agreed, of the front two we started today he looked by far the most dangerous. Perhaps he should start alongside Liam and try to feed off of his headers. Yes, but by doing this you leave out Che, the man who is our top scorer this season by a reasonable distance. Sorry, but however well Louie can do in his lay-offs and hold-up play, the main thing a striker needs is the ability to put away good chances, and he simply failed to do that today on two very obvious occasions. I have to admit that I was bemused as to why Andy brought off Che and not Louie for Liam. I'm sure that he can come good with time, but today's performance by him was disappointing. Anyway, perhaps I shouldn't moan, for today's result was excellent against a Morecambe side who were very quick on the counter-attack, particularly considering the fact that we were 2-1 down. Bentley (my MOTM yet again ) netted yet another fine goal, and the whole team worked really hard. Fridge looks to be getting back into the swing of things as usual, and Macca was impressive again - great to see the pair of them back. I was also delighted to see Rob Owen in the side too, at the expense of Ben White, who has been disappointing in my view. Another nerve-wracking finish to the match, but a second late goal in two weeks was simply sensational. I never saw us as a side that was good at comebacks, but we have certainly disproved that recently. And surely only Tostao could conjure up a finish as cheeky as that! 22 or 24 clubs in the Conference next season? As long as we keep picking up the points, what does it matter?
  3. I fully agree - if Stevenage are behind this, it is outrageous that they cannot take their seemingly impending relegation on the chin like all other clubs would. If the FA has any sense, it will reject the proposal, for as Super Daz rightly states, you simply cannot change the rules like this well into the league season. Stevenage are well aware that with so many teams still in with a chance of going down this season, they had a chance of securing a majority, and so it has proved. You can't blame teams for voting in favour if you consider the financial implications of relegation, but the whole thing stinks to be honest. I think the disgraceful nature of the move is demonstrated quite clearly by the fact that even we, supporters of a side who could still go down, object to the plans. P.S. As Dave's message about the FA statement confirms, the FA haven't reached a decision yet and may not do so for a while, so let's hope that we can defeat Morecambe tomorrow and attempt to seal our place in the Conference by fair means, and not (in Stevenage's case, it seems) foul ones.
  4. Correct Daz, Ben White is usually poor and it's ridiculous that Andy leaves players like Macca and Rob Owen out of the side to accommodate him. Also, I was rather confused by the decision to leave Skins on the bench today, considering that we always play better with four at the back, a formation we could have used had he started the game. However, Daz, your criticism of Tostao seems a little harsh. I admit that some people rate him far too highly, and that we shouldn't adapt the team to play around him, but he looked like one of our most creative players today. His crosses could have been used by Liam, who ironically came on for him. We were certainly poor today and probably deserved to lose, although we did create some good chances in the second half (e.g. Jacko hitting the post). Wilkerson's late miskick summed up the day really. However, one major plus point came out of the match - the return of the Fridge. A pretty good performance for a player just returning to the first team, and a very important goal to cap it off. Francis undoubtedly has the fighting spirit we need towards the end of the season.
  5. So, Budge back to Heybridge it is. It still seems strange to me that Andy should sign a player with a fee involved and not give him a fair crack in the first team. As for those that say he's one for the future, he is 25 now.
  6. Quite right Daz, Che always comes in for criticism but he always ends up as top scorer for us every season. The stats speak for themselves.
  7. Unfortunately, today's Non-League Paper contains a claim by Nuneaton that Murphy has already served his suspension, and so points will not be deducted.
  8. Indeed Daz, it was a fine effort from Benno and the scoreline could have been very different had it gone in. In the end though, we were outclassed and only Wilkerson's fantastic saves (about 6 or 7 top drawer ones ) kept the score down. His place in the NLP team of the week in today's issue is fully deserved. It was a shame that Benno had to play right back for most of the game, but against such quality opposition it probably made little difference. The best performance I have seen against us this season. Nice to see Chris Giles come over to the fans at the end - his quality play and commitment will be sorely missed. God knows how Burton beat Chester at home - we'll just have to make sure we beat Northwich next week. P.S. On a high note, Che's goal, while pretty irrelevant, was a superb strike.
  9. Well, we'll just have to hope that Duku is his former self when he returns to the team. Losing Chris is a real blow, and the effort he has put in for us, despite being only a loan player, has been outstanding. Well done and thank you Chris!
  10. Not a sensational performance today, and better finishing by Burton's front pair and we would have been in trouble. The similarities with the Woking game were evident, with the score patterns matching that game (except the fact that we got a fourth last time). Terribly nerve-wracking towards the end - it was a shame we couldn't have tied the game up after taking such an early 2-0 lead, and I agree that we looked lax at times as though we thought the job was done. Nonetheless, the win was very valuable and we did just enough. I agree that Ben White put in a pleasingly improved performance today, and I thought Tostao caused some problems and crossed well as usual. However, special mentions must be made for Jacko, who scored an unbelievable goal considering the hefty tackle that injured him last week (his powers of recovery seem to be astonishing ), and my MOTM, Benno - a fantastic second goal for him, always a threat in the air and just generally brilliant. I hope we will switch back to a four-man defence next week when Skins returns from suspension, for the three at the back system still looks a bit suspect. A great win today - well done lads!
  11. Reference to 'defending like the Dog and Duck' was also made on The Premiership last night by Jon Champion during Manchester City's heavy defeat to Arsenal, Alan. Andy's teachings and wisdom are spreading!
  12. Well, I've just got back from Telford. After being out of the game for long periods in the first half and going down to a goal when we could have cleared our lines, we improved vastly in the second half. Following the fine penalty save from Wilko (other referees may have sent Strouts off for his foul, considering that he was already on a yellow card) and a one-on-one chance just before it which they put wide, we ran the game for about 20 minutes to half and hour. Tostao (on as sub) forced a fine save from the Telford 'keeper with an excellent 25-yard chip, and our hard work was rewarded with a good finish from just inside the box by Wilko (Craig, not Paul ). However, we conceded another unfortunate goal soon afterwards, and in the end Telford's clinical finishing won them the day. The crushing news is of a leg injury to Jacko which led to him being stretchered off towards the end. Reports we received while on the supporters' coach told us that the swelling on his leg is too great at present for a proper diagnosis, but unfortunately he did look in some pain when he went down. Three bookings today (over our required average to avoid a fine ), the last of which was a needless tug back by Tostao - we really must eradicate these. Overall, though, a good performance in the second half is encouraging for Burton next week. P.S. Simon Parker made a brief sub appearance upon his return to the club, but didn't have long enough to make an impact.
  13. Quote: Thought Stadhart did really well MOTM, I thought you said he was off form! Yes, but he seems to have a knack of finding his feet against you, doesn't he? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> A superb performance by Che - two well-taken goals, a superb volley on the turn in the first half that was brilliantly saved, a header (shock horror <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />) that was also well stopped... I could go on. If putting him on the transfer list was a disguised motivational technique, it appears to have worked wonders! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I know it was only one game, but on this evidence we would be mad to sell him. Although I single Che out as my MOTM, it was a fantastic team performance by the lads today. Surprised to see Giles up front, but he played a part in the first two goals and so it appears Andy's decision was justified. Woking looked strong at the end of the first half and punished us after the break with the equaliser, but by the time it reached 3-2 they capitulated. The most convincing home victory since the superb wins over Scarborough and Nuneaton a few months back. The other results were quite favourable for us today, leaving us four points above the drop zone. I know there is still a long way to go, but more performances like today's and we stand a good chance of staying up. Bring on Telford! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  14. Well Fleet Boy, maybe Andy will be thinking about taking Che back off the transfer list now (unless he is confident of signing a couple more strikers). Fleet Boy's right - a never-say-die player like Liam is just what is needed for a relegation scrap. He will be sorely missed. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />
  15. Indeed Daz, Che's penalty wasn't desperately bad, and it took a good save to keep it out. His pass for Jacko to score the equaliser proves that he still has something to offer us. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> A very good point considering the red card to Skinner and going one goal down in the space of about a minute (remember Dagenham away?). While we had the penalty chance, Southport should have scored when Thomson was through in the first half, and on balance I think a draw was a fair result. You have to say that Southport look like a talented team short of confidence at the moment. Jacko, our Mr. Dependable, deserves special praise for his clinical finish (he remains one of the best finishers in the team), as well as Bentley, who had another strong game. Pennock's presence at the back undoubtedly helps us through the difficult spells of pressure from our opponents. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> The only worries are Giles' injury (any news on how bad it is, Dave?) and the 24 disciplinary points we picked up today, when 9 per game is the target. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> Still, a great day out and a great result, all things considered. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  16. The Reporter says that Che has been 'placed on the transfer list', suggesting that it was the club's wish rather than his. However, the report doesn't actually confirm by any means the details, and so we don't really know whether Che wants to leave. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> If it was the club's decision, then all I can say is: C'mon Che, prove them wrong! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  17. Quote: BTW Che is likely to start on Saturday. As I have already said, I would be very sad to see Che go <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />, but assuming that he wants to leave, he will have to impress in the remaining games he has with us in order to impress potentially interested clubs. This could work in our favour. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  18. Quote: Do we know if Andy put him on the transfer list or he requested the move?? It seems strange that Andy would put him on the transfer list, because when he has been available to play, Andy has always shown faith in him with a place in the starting lineup. Quite right Bate'o, Andy has always stuck with Che. I will personally be absolutely devastated if he does leave, given all of the goals he has scored for us. It will certainly be interesting to find out whether or not Che requested the move. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> It seems a good time to point out one of our other recent threads, referring to the fact that Che is our top scorer for the season, even not including penalties, despite all the criticism that has been levelled at him. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" /> It therefore seems to be a strange move from Andy, for I don't think that our other forwards have looked any more like scoring than Che. Liam, for all of his tireless running which is admittedly a key asset to the side, has scored few goals for us in the grand scheme of things, and while Budge and Evans haven't been at the club for long, they have just one Conference goal so far between them. What I am saying is that Che is probably still our best potential outlet for goals, however worrying that might sound.
  19. Quote: I understand there were problems, with illness and injury, but once Chris Giles got injured, our defence was poor. I didn't realise Giles was injured, Jessica - I was just going to question Andy for bringing off our only first choice defender on the pitch! I'm in general agreement with most people here about the performance - abysmal first half, much better in attack in the second (especially Evans' superb performance and goal <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />) but defensive weaknesses and lack of commitment showed. I too was greatly disappointed with Liam's showing tonight. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> We could have had a penalty when Evans was fouled but the ref gave a free kick outside the box, but generally we deserved to lose without doubt. As for the debate concerning the importance of the KSC, it makes for a great season closer when you get through to the final, and people criticising it must have forgotten the 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 wins we achieved in the last three years in lifting the cup. Oh well, back to the league! P.S. Matt (GNFC), it's important to point out r.e. Ben White that there is a fine line between being composed and casual and being uncommitted, and I think Ben as been toeing this line too often since joining. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />
  20. Quite right Wobbly, bringing on Tostao would have led to a complete tactical overhaul (assuming as one would that Bentley wouldn't have been brought off) that could have been suicidal at only 1-0 up. Those people who were berating Andy (as Fleet Boy indicates, strong language was used) should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, after all he has done for us. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" /> A vitally important result for us without question, and the returning Wilkerson played a key part in it with some fine saves. I agree that White was disappointing again, but at least Pennock is starting to give us the required stability and experience at the back. Along with Giles, our defence has the potential to be a highly competent one. Such a shame that a clean sheet was denied right at the end (although it was admittedly a superb strike by Wormull). However, we must keep our feet on the ground, especially with Leigh and Kettering both winning today too - there is a long way to go. Look on the bright side though - Southport's defeat to Kettering continues their recent poor form, and we play them next! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> P.S. How bad is Wilko's injury? It looked serious (let's hope not).
  21. Quite right Dave - Giles may be one of our most dangerous players in front of goal at the moment, but he is also looking like our best defender. We can't play him everywhere! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  22. I'm also disappointed to see Danny go - particularly after, as Richard C points out, that screamer at Nuneaton. I only hope that Ben White and Dwayne Plummer justify our decision to bring them in, otherwise their arrivals will be pointless considering that we have just had to let a player like Danny go. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> Good luck with the Darts Danny! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  23. jc

    Unlucky

    Quote: Still, generally looked much better tonight and lets face it, I dont recall Jamie having to make any other saves, or any other on target effort from Margate. The trouble is, this has happened in many games this season, yet every time the opposition takes their chances - something that we can't do. And yes, I agree with others that Giles looks our most dangerous striker. At the end of the day, it was admittedly a reasonable performance, but we only really created one real chance at 2-1 down (i.e. Giles' effort that Smith saved brilliantly), and the excellent Margate defence coped with most of the stuff we threw at them. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> As for the new players, Pennock looked impressive (Andy must have faith in him, having given him the captain's armband on his debut after Jacko's injury), but Ben White, although he was reasonable, hit wasteful long shots over the bar on three occasions. A bit too early to judge Dwayne Plummer though. 5-3-2 still seems the wrong formation for me, for it means that Jacko has to play too centrally and Tostao doesn't even get a look in. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> Hard to comment on our disallowed goal from my position behind the goal, but the fact is that it wasn't allowed, and now the Stevenage game looks even more crucial - a defeat and we'll slip into the relegation zone for the first time. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> P.S. How bad is Jacko's injury? (Hopefully not too serious).
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