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'Ricay v. Canvey - Tuesday 10th March, and others.

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I would pick Shave over Leon any day! And that was shown by the performances from both players last night.

 

Semanshia has also done a good job playing in central midfield, but his best partner is Dormer.

 

Maybe last season Flack and Bricknell paired up well together, but this season is different, and facts show that they do not pair up well together this season.

 

Why did we change a winning team?!?!?

 

Apart from Dormer being injured, that change would have had to have been made.. Though I would rather have started with Shave, but why put Bradley on the bench?

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One thing that has dawned on me this year is what a tough job being a football manager is, especially if you manage it along side your full time job. It all looks very glamorous on the TV, with fantastic rewards, especially if you fail, but it must be tough at our level.

 

You have to be committed to the role from June to May each year (if not longer), preparing for and having training sessions and matches, assembling a team within a fixed or reducing budget, managing players injuries, egos, confidence, motivation and personal issues, attending reserve and opposition matches, dealing with the media, fans and board, and generally doing what you think is best to send the team out to win the match which as we know does not always happen for a number of reasons.

 

They must really love the game to put up with all of that, and the disappointment when things don't go to plan.

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What a kind-hearted bunch you all are - feeling sorry for the managament and picking out positives from the game.

Billericay last night were absolutely dire.

There is no positives to be taken whatsoever.

Its a local derby where we've been tonked away already this season. Players should not need any more than that to make them play at the top of the game.

Add to that there was still a slim chance of a play-off place, and that should have been the best performance of the season.

Instead we got a disgracefully abject non-performance from a bunch of individuals that didn't give a t*ss.

The tactics were clueless, the passing was abysmal and the passion was all from those in yellow.

 

Nice of those of you to back Shave regardless, too.

While you can only see the best in him, it was yet another stupid feee-kick he gave away that lead to their 3rd and the nail in our coffin.

However well he occasionally plays, he is prone to giving away pointless free-kicks and contributing to costing us a game.

Having said that, who played better?

I can't think of many.

Ashley Dumas and Jo Flack worked hard but both were lacking in quality.

 

There's no point hiding behind injury or any other excuses.

That performance was a disgrace and the players and management should be embarassed by it.

 

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Originally Posted By: Paul J
Outplayed, outfought and out thought.

The time has come for a change in Management. Lets make a change now and build for the future.


A couple of questions Paul...

1) For what benefit? You say make a change and build for the future. Why do that at the end of a season (with a cup game arranged next week)
2) An easy soulution but you mention "budget" in your post. Where do you think the cash will come from to appoint a new manager that would satisfy your and other supporters requirements (I could put "club" here but we all appear to have our own remit and opinion)
3) From what I saw last night, the management were "fired" up, just not some of the players. So what do you think a new manager could bring to "fire" the players up, especially at this part of the season
4) "Build for the future". Sorry but are you aware that Grant and Jason (with the help of the Chairman and John M) have put in a structure from the Under 18's through the reserves to the 1st team. Do you think that a new manager would want to adopt a similar structure or want to change it? SOme managers don't appear to be interested in a "club" structure, to bring up young new talent for the benefit of the club and the individual player...maybe because they don't wish to spend the time...
5) Do you think that a new manager would do any better, given our budget and current playing staff?

I have a whole new radical idea. Lets all apply to compete in the Essex Senior League and start again (with the current playing budget). That way, we should win every game and everyone will be happy. Of course, there will come a time when we will reach a level when, winning every game will not happen, so, tell ya what...we'll apply for the Essex Senior League again...and start again...and again...and again...(damn, why does my life always reflect a Status Quo record!!!).

Personally, I wouldn't want to because I understand that it's not all about winning (and losing) but hey, I'm game, if it makes the majority happy...(or the vocal minority)

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Another in an already long line of poor performances this season. I thought that the result and display on August BH Monday would have been an incentive to put in an improved show with 100% effort. Unfortunately this didn't happen and Canvey were everything we should have been.

 

Poor defending for all of their goals, a lack of presence in the middle of the park and aimless hoofs up front again.

 

While the last 15 or so minutes were slightly better, I suspect this was down to them shutting up shop. I got the impression that they only had to attack and they'd score such was the standard of defending.

 

A huge improvement is needed for Saturday.

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I like most fans have no idea what the 'structure' is behind the scenes, all I see is what's on the pitch on a Saturday and Tuesday and that's been one poor performance after another. You can have the best 'structure' in the world, but if during a match your pumping long aimless balls up to 5ft9 strikers up against 6ft5 centre backs then there's clearly something massively wrong.

 

You say the management were 'fired up'? All I could hear was there manager and goalkeeping coach for long parts of the match screaming at their players and they were 4-1 up at the time!

 

Basically, as the Chairman has stated, we are budgeted for promotion, it's not working and needs fixing before we are closer to the Essex Senior League than the BSS.

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I must say that the desire to win from the Canvey players was impressive last night, particularly in the latter stages of the game. Despite being 4-1 or 4-2 up and with only 5-10 minutes to go, their goalkeeper and defenders were still yelling/swearing at each other to get into position and defend as if their life depended on it. Particularly impressive as their win came after a poor spell of form away from home.

 

I've seen some of our players display this kind of passion on sporadic occasions, but the collective response across the defence from Canvey, when they were comfortably in the lead, was impressive.

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Originally Posted By: Bluetone

Basically, as the Chairman has stated, we are budgeted for promotion, it's not working and needs fixing before we are closer to the Essex Senior League than the BSS.


Hmmm...lets see...if were to fall down to the ESL, that would be a fall of 33 places in the Pyramid...the BSS is about 12 places...

And I believe the the Chairman said "budgeted to "compete" for promotion"...I will give you that the ambition may not have paid off this season but that is the thing with ambition...it don't always come off.

And may I introduce you to cotton buds...

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Originally Posted By: Barry_T
What a kind-hearted bunch you all are - feeling sorry for the managament and picking out positives from the game.
Billericay last night were absolutely dire.
There is no positives to be taken whatsoever.


It's just not in my nature to kick someone when they are down. I also try to look for the postives in every situation - gives you something to cling on to and work with.

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Yet another shambles of a performance. When the Ryman League teamed up with Comic Relief and said do something funny for money, I didn't expect our players to take to the pitch as eleven clowns. Clueless, inept and no fight. Just as well that Jason Broom didn't want 'revenge'.

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Originally Posted By: The Town Crier

Barry
I noted that you are warming towards PS pointing out that he was possibly our best player.




Ha ha.
Very good
I actually made him my 3rd best player, but only because I closed my eyes every time he went near the ball for the last 25 mins!

Comment re Ashley retracted.
He has been outstanding of late, and I meant that last night alone his usual standard of quality was lacking.

Phew - nearly gave myself a black mark even before I've had my impending interview!

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Maybe we should do a Fisher Athletic and let a supporter manage the team for one game?

 

There is comic relief on Friday! Could raise money for that lol!

 

Canvey had not won away since November as someone else had pointed out, before last night. Yet they still manage to score 4 against us.. Again. If it were any other team.. All you would have to say is - Remember August!

 

Behind the goal.. I couldn't hear the management encouraging the team/telling them what to do.. Like I have heard other managers before... And from what I could see.. They just looked lost.

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How did I guess that you would be first to defend the Managers as soon as I questioned their future Gazza?! smile

 

I have based my opinion on what I have witnessed over the course of the season so far. When we were struggling with injuries and form earlier this season the time wasn

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Local derbies make poor "Litmus Tests". Too many other factors come into play. I was as dissapointed as anyone with the teams display & response last night. But it would, in my opinion, be a knee jerk reaction to allow that result alone to instigate any significant changes.

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It's not that result along though Rick.

 

Its all the other times this season that we have under-performed and have been beaten heavily.

 

It's all these results that have been building and building.. Untill finally supporters either find it hard to take or find it laughable.

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Interesting TC!

 

'Changing the Managers may be a quick fix but it isn't the answer'.

 

'I think it will all come to a head this week, even if it means we have to take a slightly different route'.

 

What could that 'slightly different route' be? If changing the Managers 'isn't the answer', then perhaps it means that we have to change the players? What other alternatives are there?..........Answers on a postcard please........!

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Adam.S, it concerns me that we went into last nights game on the back of a couple of league wins & if we get a result at Harlow then 9 from 12 wouldn't be to bad. It hurts because it was a local derby, & the lack of passion from the blues may indicate a deeper problem. But an over-reaction in response to the fans dissapointment at losing the "scum derby" could do more harm than good.

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A poor result and a poor performance.

 

It was interesting to read from yesterdays's programme that we averaged 1.5 points per game from our injury stricken side prior to January. Since January we have averaged 1.18 points per game.

 

It comes as no surpise to me that many supporters are debating what they consider to be the most effective ways of improving the first team's performance in the medium term.

 

I thought Dumas was top drawer last night.

 

Hopefully we'll see a better performance on Saturday

 

Come on you Blues!!!

 

 

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Originally Posted By: Elwood_Blues
Interesting TC!

What could that 'slightly different route' be? If changing the Managers 'isn't the answer', then perhaps it means that we have to change the players? What other alternatives are there?..........Answers on a postcard please........!


There has been talk of a new cook, or perhaps it might be BrryT as DOF aided by his dog?

Astoturf?

A mirophone for Jason? so Adam can hear him, (sorry Adam, only joking)
Installation of Stocks.

I can tell you it's not going to be a new kit, that'll remain the same for another season at least, (thank you Mr Hill Piling)

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Originally Posted By: The Town Crier

I can tell you it's not going to be a new kit, that'll remain the same for another season at least, (thank you Mr Hill Piling)


Now that is some good news. A big thank you to Mr H.P. It must be all the drilling work he's been doing on the pitch (only joking Moe :D)

A great effort by all concerned to secure some sponsorship for next season in the current climate.

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Originally Posted By: GazzaBTFC
Strange...I and others are of the opinion that Joe and Billy play well together. Last season goal tally suggests that Bradley is a much better winger but hey...short memories and all that.


I would say completely the opposite - they are both much better playing with somebody else.

The results back that up - they have started together on 16 occasions this season in all competitions - and we have won just 4 (25%). They have failed to score in half of those 16 (50%).

For comparison, when only one of them has played we have won 15 out of 25 (60%). As a single player Flack/Bricknell have scored in 11 of those 25 (56% failure rate) - not that different to their record as a pair.

Originally Posted By: GazzaBTFC

I am struggling to see the comparison between Bradley and Burbs, there Simon. Two different styles of player, one tall with an ariel presence, the other a fast and tricky player. I am looking at both in their best light here...but hey, what do I know?


Both Burbs and Bradley "drop off" to link midfield and attack. They do it in different ways, but they both do it. Neither Flack nor Billy is the type of player who drops off.

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