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Team

 

Wright, Parcell, Rumens, Purse, McKenzie, Martin, Blackman, Youngs, Benyon, Thomas, Noto

 

Subs

 

Bartley, Roberts, Blake, Kyriacou, Wales

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Oh dear oh dear. What an inept display. No skill, little organisation and little effort. There has been no progress over the past three weeks, we can’t keep living on the displays against Maidstone, we have been woeful since. The players are simply not good enough. We don’t seem to be able to pass the ball to our own team and there have been too many stupid mistakes, some of which have been bizarre. Either AL has no idea what he wants from this team or they are ignoring him. Today’s display was totally unacceptable and embarrassing to watch. How much longer do we gave to endure, what is the worst quality football I can remember an Enfield Town team dish up. What hope can we be given ? Some changes are needed and quick!

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Totally agree MThead.

Words fail me,this is the worse football i can ever remember watching as a town supporter.

The manager sets the team up and imo they have stopped playing for him.

Something has to change very quickly.

Did not test the keeper at all in 94mins.

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Being indisposed still the last two comments did not make happy reading.  Mainly because they contained similar observations I made on the first game of the season.. I believe Vman you said at the time I was being far to negative.  I don't hold that against you as even I expected

some improvement in the following 6/7 games. But we have now played twice as many and what has been said over the past few weeks, the Maidstone episode excepted, makes me afraid that my original comments are coming home to roost.

 

I said at the time that what I had seen that day was not what I expected from an Enfield team. I inferred that the players were not good enough and I don't feel any satisfaction that MTHead echos my views some 3 months later.

 

It seems that AL is content with his team and the way they play,if not, why does he tolerate it each week. If Kirby is not going to play within the next month or so then it sounds that we will need another central defender.

 

Unless he starts to show some intent to improve the squad I feel the Board may have to consider the position. After all they dealt quickly with Steve Newing to bring in George Borg. Was his team and organisation any worse than the current fiasco. 

 

Ofcourse, another point of view would be to wait and see if our games in hand make a difference. At the moment we have an average of about 3 games over several teams which, unless we start winning,will soon evaporate and we will be down among the dead men, then what?

Edited by 4wembleyfinals

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Hope your feeling better now.

This is the worse football i have seen from a town side since our essex senior league days

The manager is so negative how he is setting up the team.

They have played 26 games now and today they played like they have never seen each other.

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I don’t know what to say about current performances and actions of the management.

 

Defensively we are being found wanting. Just how much longer until Kirby returns and how much longer can we play with Darren Purse in defence?

 

No Greene today was a big loss as we had no natural width in the team.

 

Attacking wise, we are lookin so inept. Benyon clearly is not fit and is lacking confidence in front of goal. We are not getting any goals from midfield and we have no natural goalscorer in the team. Why bring Liam back and not play him?

 

Looking at the bench today we had nothing to bring on of any quality. Although I do think Steve Wales should be given a start.

 

AL and the management just seem very distant from the supporters which is something that with the previous management was not the case. I can’t seem to get a sense of the direction this team is going.

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I was not at the game today so cannot comment on how the team played. However, I stood and watched an inept performance on Tuesday when we were lucky to get a draw.

 

Some people will come on here and say AL had a tough time getting a squad together in a short period of time and the club has a small budget in comparison to others. Other managers do it and other teams have smaller budgets.

 

Time to make changes in the way we play and important decisions need to be taken as we have a few tough games coming up. However, a win will only paper over the cracks.

 

Come on guys, don't let the supporters down.

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I agree Andy.

Tbe board may have a big decision to make very soon if things dont change.

Mr chairman was there today along with other board members surely they have to agree with thr forum comments this time.

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The key to good leadership (AL and the board) is to self evaluate. They need to accept the team is not working at the moment and recognise why, be brave enough to make changes, despite who it upsets. I hope AL is given the opportunity to prove his skills as a manager and not just “moved on” because that will just atagonise the situation more. I believe AL should be given the season to prove his ability, but to do that, he needs to make changes, use the rest of the squad, give any potential youngsters a good go and communicate with the fans.

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The key to good leadership (AL and the board) is to self evaluate. They need to accept the team is not working at the moment and recognise why, be brave enough to make changes, despite who it upsets. I hope AL is given the opportunity to prove his skills as a manager and not just “moved on” because that will just atagonise the situation more. I believe AL should be given the season to prove his ability, but to do that, he needs to make changes, use the rest of the squad, give any potential youngsters a good go and communicate with the fans.

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The players must accept responsibility when they go on to the field. If they dont do what AL wants, then they need to sort themselves out. Case in point on Tuesday was when Wright took a free kick inside his own half and had a go at goal! Now something like that is not coached on the training ground.

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Thanks VxMan, I am afraid I still have a while to go, but do have some respite until late January and hope to get out soon and watch for myself what is happening. But that's enough about me. 

 

Reading all others comments it seems to me that someone has to say something at the AGM. But who ever it is they must have the support of like minded members. I think the club is at the cross road and decisions must be taken. If we start going backwards now, it will be very hard to come back. 

 

Andy says that the players have to take response ability, ofcourse he is right but the players have to also be good enough to know what to do. By mutual consensus it seems that a lot of supporters don't think they have the ability to know what is wrong. 

 

In reply to Castorman, I did say 4 months ago that I understood that AL was not very approachable, especially if given criticism or questioned about his methods. The words used were actually, " very arrogant when approached ".  

 

Quite a while before that I also said, what good is it having a 99 year lease on a splendid ground if you haven't got the team to support it. All the good work by so many cannot be wasted by the ineptness of a few. Sorry... I am getting all profound now!!!!! But I do feel strongly about the current situation.

 

I must say again that if we don't take advantage of our games in hand then we will be up the creek. I also think if it is decided to stay with the status quo then,  forget playoffs this year, we have to stay in this league so as to take part in the reshuffle and reorganise next year.

Edited by 4wembleyfinals

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I agree, players and leaders need to take responsibility. It’s a shame, I have moved around uk over my many years, been to many footballs clubs/games and I can honestly say that the supporters at ETFC are some of the best and loyal I’ve come across, let’s hope the board/AL/players listen to them now.

Edited by Castorman

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4WF SAID. and I don't feel any satisfaction that MTHead echos my views some 3 months later.

 

Oh yes you do... your whole post was full of a misguided smugness .... misguided because you for some reason thought that there was an abundance of young talent all good Ryman premier standard all waiting to join ETFC and AL missed out on them all.... There wasn't...He got in players quickly to do a job and they did.... yes the last few games have been awful and as VM said the negative set up is not helping... but if AL got sacked tomorrow I wouldn't say he did a bad job.....

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the problem for me is midfield we just dont create enough chances for our strikers think we created 3 chances yesterday which isnt good enough when you have 2 midfielders that play the same way as in blackman and martin there job is to break play up from the opposition which they do well thats fine but we need creative players who attack and help the forwards noto and youngs did not do that the way the manager sets the team out is to negative for me how can you get anything when you dont create chances need to up our game otherwise supporters will not come to watch when they are not being entertained

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Spot on give us an e.

The two players thay can really make things happen mickey and Arron are played so deep they cant hurt the opposition.

As you say we are far to negative and I'm not alone in saying it and i am not enjoying watching it.

But i love the town and that wont change.

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Wasn't at the game, but listened to the 2nd half online - didn't sound that great to be honest - the 2nd goal was described as a horrendous back pass! and coupled with last Tuesday, we are certainly off-form.

 

Were there ANY positivies from yesterday from who was there? Did anyone play well?

 

Maybe the Hendon- Margate- Maidstone run was a false dawn after all

 

I don't advocate a managerial change - that would be too early in my view - but agree that team changes need to be made (tactics and personnel) and AL needs to demonstrate his abilities here, and be judged at the end of the season - with only one relegation place we SHOULD be fine.

In theory, next year should be an easier league given the restructure as there will be more step 4 clubs coming up to step 3, and Billericay will probably go up this year.

 

I don't accept that mid table would be an acceptable season after the last 3 seasons- we need to be challenging for the play offs and how close we come to them is how I will judge AL and the season.

 

 

For Tuesday, I would put in Blake and Hope - Liam has been training with us for a number of weeks and we know is a natural goalscorer. Blake was my MOM v Cheshunt, yet dropped to subs bench ever since? With Greene injured, he is essential in the team.

Also agree with the above - get Mickey further forward.

 

Fingers crossed for Tuesday ..

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The only slight positive was once they went two up mickey was allowed to do what he does best and attack there defence.

He was IMO the only player to come out of yesterdays game with any credit.

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Here we go Theo, personal abuse and and a complete misrepresentation of what I am trying to say .If you really feel that I want to see us go backwards then perhaps you should entirely ignore me and only read the input of the others. Am I Bothered?!!!!!

 

I agree with Vman's 9.30am.comment and the latest one of RainG. The two paras starting with "I don't advocate....." in his submission, sums  up exactly how I feel about the current situation.......

Edited by 4wembleyfinals

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4WF... Honestly personal abuse.... just commented on your "don't get any satisfaction " which you seem to post a number of times... I think it's pretty clear you get a lot of satisfaction.... Anyway last ever post or visit on here as I don't want to get wrapped up in this personal abuse craze....

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