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Well from listening to it on the radio i'd say we really missed darius today!

 

In my opinion and on a few weeks performances now i think as a defending midfielder jamie hand is being caught out as he doesn't move and as a defensive midfleder needs to be helping out more. Gash i feel is unfortunate as he isn't gonna win all these high balls. Hawkins done ok today as he has been in and out and stone had a very good game as far as i could hear and as radio said, but second half everyone seemed to fade. Ricketts done ok to and macca was usual self but can't dop it all!

 

Should ibe get more chance up front????

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just got home we really played well in the first half we were creating lots of chances and ricky took his goal brilliantly and our defence was really solid.the kidderminster fans were so quiet.we were in charge.

now for the second half all their goals were at the far end.so it was difficult to see entirely but it seemed we ripped apart at the back our forward play had disappeared compared to the first half although near the end we came back and were unlucky not to grab a second.

102 in the away end what a great atmosphere there was put kidderminster fans to shame really.even when were losing the support did not waver.

even at the end fleet fans were moving forward and applauding our heroes

we had lost but our players had given it all you could not fault their effort.

three losses in a row now is worrying next weeks game against torquay is now a big one.

the dream of the fa cup is round the corner draw is on monday

our support for the fleet will never die hope everyone had a safe journey home

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Kiddy's huge improvement and sudden impetus after the break really shocked us - I suspect the fact we didn't have to play too well or create too much to go in at half time ahead contributed to our second half downfall.

 

Our first three-game losing streak since last September - which coincidentally also included a 1-0 home defeat to Histon, I'm sure you'll be enraptured to hear.

 

Originally Posted By: razzlered
Well from listening to it on the radio i'd say we really missed darius today!

 

In my opinion and on a few weeks performances now i think as a defending midfielder jamie hand is being caught out as he doesn't move and as a defensive midfleder needs to be helping out more. Gash i feel is unfortunate as he isn't gonna win all these high balls. Hawkins done ok today as he has been in and out and stone had a very good game as far as i could hear and as radio said, but second half everyone seemed to fade. Ricketts done ok to and macca was usual self but can't dop it all!

 

Should ibe get more chance up front????

 

Italics are my emphasis. I think nothing more needs to be said.

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Listening to Liam this morning on RK. He sounded really fed up and intimated changes, but what? He wasn't specific. I couldn't blame him if he wanted to go and find another club (Just me reading between the lines and starting to worry.

 

A trust member who was at the Youth Cup match stated that there were problems in the dressing room but wouldn't say what. What is going on?

 

Hope the Hornchurch poison brigade don't read this.

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He said something about some players living on the glories of the FA Trophy or similar and perhaps under other circumstances they would not have stayed at the club.

 

Difficult to tell who he'd mean from yesterday's line-up. Cronin, Hawkins, Barrett and Moore were the only ones he could mean from the Wembley line-up, other than Macca who he singled out for praise, and it's difficult to say, Hawkins apart, that any of those have struggled for form this season.

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Hawkins has struggled a bit this season Stu but I think that is probably more down to age than attitude, Long is the obvious out-of-former but he wasn't there yesterday and is always mercurial at the best of times so no real surprise that he has gone a few games without producing.

McPhee was so reliable and so versatile I think that he is a big loss but our forwards this season are, imho, better than last season and offer much more options.

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I'm surprised there has been so little feedback from any of the 100 or so fans who made the trip.

I heard the first hour on t'internet, it seemed we were still playing our "direct" football, which was commented on by Lord Chas, saying how much he despised it, and we look a different side when we pass it short.

What went wrong?

Was it Kiddies were that much more motivated by their half time team talk?

Did they change tactics, or did we?

Was Lance still launching exocets at the opposing keeper, or did he throw it sometimes?

Perhaps young Sam Mott might get a chance to show that he is worth a start.

From the games I have seen him play, he seems far more prepared to distribute the ball short, rather than an aimless punt.

 

I will be happier when Sacha and Darius are back, but I was purturbed to hear Liam's comments, added to the rumours that all is not well in the dressing room. As is always the case, the press reports are probably over hyped, but there is never any fire without some smoke.

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Not much has been posted because our performance was largely uninspiring. Other than Shakes' goal very little happened for either team in the first half and it was looking a bit like the smash and grab at York last season.

 

In the second half, Kiddie actually started attacking with venom and, most importantly, with penetrating passing. That said, their three goals were largely down to loose defending on our part. I don't know if James Smith is injured at the moment, but putting Hawkins in the middle to keep him out of the team seemed a bizarre decision.

 

Having gone 2-1 down, we had few options on the bench to spark a late surge, although I would have given Ibe a run-out. Instead, we had the attacking might of George Purcell, who missed an absolute sitter from about six yards out. I have to say that I have very rarely seen him put in a good display for the Fleet, and he may well leave soon to 'find his level' at a lower-league club.

 

Overall, a disappointing result, made worse by the fact that we were ahead. Also, I haven't seen us win this season and my next game will be the FA Cup on 25th. It looks like the second weekend in November will be free again for us!

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Thanks for the information, Bernard.

My belief is that our problems stem from mainly 2 areas,

1 the lack of self confidence to play the short passing game and

2 Not giving ourselves the chance even to play that way, by preferring to play 'direct' football.

With the likes of Akinde and Moore that was always an option, as they would always chase everyting.

Gash and Moore are altogether different, requiring accurate passes to feet.

I'm not totally convinced wholesale player changes are the answer, more it is a change of playng philosophy and and the banishing of the dreaded long ball that is the answer.

That can be sorted out ant Fleet Leisure.

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Although Liam may deny this, the long ball is king at the moment. It has its place, but we over rely on it. We certainly don't appear confident enough to play the short passing game that you refer to. This is something that should be worked upon.

 

Apart from the true "sitter" that Purcell put wide with an open goal in front of him, Shakes launched a shot into orbit in the first half when, had it been on target, it could well have amounted to his second goal.

 

Kiddy made some deft substitutions and really attacked us in the second half. The third goal was in large part down to a mistake by Pooley who until then had been playing well. Unlike the England "supporters" later we certainly didn't boo our defender because of this error. Although the team didn't play particularly well, they received plenty of applause from the travelling fans at the end of the game.

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Thanks Jimmy.

 

How did Stone get on in Long's usual spot?

 

It is becoming a bit frustrating, we arguably have the best individual players since we have been in the premiership but seem incapable of putting together a top of the table results run.

 

As I have said before the style of football we play appears to be what Liam wants or why else do we keep on lumping it forward.

 

Maybe a few grizzled old timers rather than younger players still learning their trade should be our next imports but they of course will cost more on the wage bill.

 

It could of course all come good in the next few weeks and we will all be happy. Maybe bedding in Hand's talent has changed the areas of the pitch that players now have to occupy and this has thrown off course for a while.

 

 

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Is the "trouble in the dressing room" anything more than a simple run of three successive losses? I would think our place in the table three games ago and our place today would be enough to cause a little dissent. But maybe something else is brewing in addition?

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