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Originally Posted By: Ding
We was robbed!

We played some of the best football I've seen for a while.

From on board one of the supporters coaches.

We were superrb today and can not any more proud of the team. Crewe need to thank the ref for some poor decisions. He handed the game to them.

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Yet another poor ref, i didn't have the greatest view of the penalty incident but from the appeal that went up i assume it was a good shout? First half we were very good, kezie was very unlucky not to get a goal for his shot that was well saved by the keeper. Two questionable decisions managerial wise for me though. Starting with Purcell? First half especially he did seem to lose the ball quite a bit or take it on one touch too many, but he will only learn with experience. The other questionable decision was subbing Ibe off. I thought he looked our most dangerous forward, and personally would just done a straight swap between him and Purcell, but then im not the manager...

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what a change it makes when we dont hoof the ball upfield at every opportunity, we looked like the league side for much of the game, did everything but score, shame Luke wasn't fit as he would have made a world of difference.

Wont be backing Crewe on the fixed odds coupon...... certs for relegation i think

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Looked a penalty from where I was. We were excellent in the first half but again for all our possession in the second, we lacked any real chances in the box. We had a couple of half-chances but I think with a more orthodox centre forward, we'd have nicked at least a draw.

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just got home oh my god we were so unlucky we just could not get that equalizer.what fanstastic support we had it was brilliant.

how refreshing to play most of the game passing the ball on the floor and that against a league side.it shows we can do it.

i thought our defence was brilliant today really strong.

i walked away sad at the end but one part of me was happy because the fleet had played some good football which gives us hope for the forth coming games

hope everyone got home safely and is not too down

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a fleetastic day!! (haven't used that word since wembley)

 

we were awesome, play like that in the league and we will be further up the league i promise u that.

 

superb attendance by the fleet fans full of voice and passion.

 

you got to love the fa cup!!

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Crewe fan here. You were unlucky, played us off the park.

 

Doesn't say much - we have the most inept manager seen in football.

 

You should have had a penalty first half, we should have second half so ref didn't cost you. Moreover, it was a goalscorer - you didn't have anyone to get on the end of your moves.

 

Disappointed in your support - thought more of your owners could have turned up. As you could probably see, we have big problems, hence a lot of our support was anti-manager/board.

 

Good luck for rest of season.

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Disappointed in your support - thought more of your owners could have turned up. As you could probably see, we have big problems, hence a lot of our support was anti-manager/board.

..and where was your support?

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Originally Posted By: alexbarmy

Disappointed in your support - thought more of your owners could have turned up.


Thought that was a good turnout by us - and Crewe in fairness wasn't the best draw! Don't be fooled by the "30,000 owners" tag - we get a fair loyal few bolstering the away support but nothing like those numbers.

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Our support is split at present. This was a week when our chairman said fans were protesting against management/board for fun - yes, he said it was for fun. Therefore, hitting them where it hurts (in the pocket) is seen as a better option.

 

Due to 4 years of dross (since we sold Dean Ashton) and moreover the last 18 months, we have lost about 4,000 supporters.

 

Cancer has set in at our club.

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Couldn't be more prouder of the way the lads played. If you where a neutral supporter and new nothing about the club you would forgive them if they thought the Fleet where the league club.

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The style of play was better, more pleasing on the eye and dominant..just one thing missing someone to take responsibility and put the cherry on the cake. Crewe were there for the taking there yesterday ..if thats "league 1" football then whats the big hoo-ha to get there...Crewe were awful carried no threat at all..got one break and took it .i struggle to recal anothe notable chance of thiers...Well done the team and well done Liam who no doubt listens to us!

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I have not read a report which does not tally with my own view of the match: we were the dominant team. It was an odd game in that we won the important battles in all areas of the pitch - even Donaldson v Charles was a clear victory for Darius - & yet we ended up on the losing side. I do not think I have seen a team run midfield, as we did, & lose. Nobody could argue that Crewe did enough to win the match. At the end of the day, I suppose, a number of factors contributed:

 

1. We were very unlucky; you wouldn't normally dominate a game in that way & get nothing.

2. The referee waved away a cast iron penalty.

3. When Donaldson found his space to score, unless my memory is clouded, it wasn't Darius who picked him up from the throw - was it James or Mark?; if it had been Darius, he'd not have been able to turn & get in the shot.

4. We just lacked that extra penetrative edge to create a clear cut scoring opportunity - Barrett & Smith were both unlucky with overheads & our corners caused problems, but, apart from when George was about to pull the trigger & was fouled for the penalty everyone saw but the ref, we were never really in a "we have to score" position.

 

Still, if we can boss the midfield like we did yesterday against Barrow, Crawley & Kettering, I think we will all be in a much happier frame of mind 2 weeks from today.

 

 

 

 

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In my opinion the quality of Donaldson's finish was the difference today. We had a lot of attacking play, but didn't create any stonewall chances.

 

I felt the barracking of the ref was somewhat ridiculous. From my point of view he got almost everything spot on today (especially our penalty appeal: their defender clearly won the ball). We lost the game because we couldn't set up chances, not because the ref was a 'homer'. Recalling the two dubious penalties at Woking, we'd already had a large enough dose of luck in this cup before today.

 

Our midfield was very lopsided today, with no real winger on the right, and George Purcell (based on several performances now, simply not up to Conference standard) on the left. All of our attacking play was channeled through Purcell, and I think that explains why we failed to create clear-cut chances. Also, Liam needs to decide if he prefers Stone or Hand. With Barrett's place in the centre fairly secure now, save a 3-5-2 of some kind, Stone and Hand simply don't fit in the same team. My personal preference would be to play Hand, who seems to have done little wrong (as opposed to Stone, who had a shocker at Burton and needs to stop blasting shots over/wide from 25 yards).

 

As has been said above, we also lacked a goalscorer up front today. Gash is as good as Akinde at holding the ball up, but his passing is fairly dire, while Ibe looks very useful but as a second striker, not the main one.

 

A further observation was that normally in such FA Cup ties, the non-league side is labeled 'big and physical', but today we were muscled off the park, particularly our lightweight attacking players.

 

On the positive side, Darius was stunning yesterday - clearly far too good for our level of football. He was so composed at the back and dealt well with the physical threat of Donaldson, and their no. 10 who came on for Grant.

 

With tough fixtures ahead away at 5th-placed Crawley, home to 2nd-placed Kettering and away at 7th-placed Cambridge, the Barrow match next week really is must-win if we are to avoid Christmas in the relegation zone.

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Originally Posted By: Bernard

I felt the barracking of the ref was somewhat ridiculous. From my point of view he got almost everything spot on today (especially our penalty appeal: their defender clearly won the ball).




Though it could be argued he had a huge part to play in the goal, missing the blatant foul on Gash in the build up.

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