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Team

 

Wright, Parcell, Rumens, Purse, Kyriacou, Noto, Balckman, Youngs, Blake, Thomas, Greene

 

Subs

 

Martin, Wales, Calver, Hockney, McKenzie

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Well done to Andy and the lads on securing an away point in a hard fought match. Last season we lost 3-0 at Imber Court.

 

As seemgee points out, we are now half-way through the season, and at the end of another year. Interesting to compare how we have performed in our six league fixtures this December, against the same period last year. Are we doing better or worse?

 

A quick check on results shows that last year our six league fixtures (3 home / 3 away) produced 1 win,4 draws, and 1 defeat. Total: 7 points.

 

This year, over the same period, from 6 league fixtures (3 home / 3 away) we have achieved 3 wins,2 draws, and 1 defeat. Total: 11 points.

 

Hopefully, we can start the new year well and maintain this momentum. COYT

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Had to end my exile on here for an end of year post..... Another point in a run of results that will upset some posters on here.... All in all a great achievement by Andy and the boys starting from scratch and producing a top half finish.... the odd few who did not quite grasp the difficulties involved and still believe there is an abundance of talent waiting to sign who we missed out on will naturally be disappointed but those with an understanding of team building will realise that it was never going to be that simple.... the fact that Andy has got the players "who some on here describe as nowhere near good enough " into a top half position and a decent cup run shows the abilities of the man and fully justifies his appointment.... Admittedly some of the performances have been dire but that happens with all teams and I'm looking forward to new blood coming in next year and hopefully a push for the playoffs next season.... Anyway back to my exile for another year.... HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ETFC SUPPORTERS.....

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I know I am going to shock Theo but in the spirit of the season, and since we are almost level pegging with last year points tally, I have to concede it's more than I had expected. I also hope he proves to be right in his wish for new new blood to come in the future.

 

Other than to reiterate RG query about Kirby and Hope I think it best to say no more other than to wish everyone again a very Happy New Year.

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I came away today feeling positive for the second half of the season. Darren and Mickey had a good game. I know I harp on about getting frustrated when it looks more like we are playing vollleyball rather than football (in the first half balls were flying off everywhere), however, when they did pass the ball to their feet, there was some great play, (maybe they’ve practiced the Barcelona square!) Sam had a great chance of a goal in the first half.

I really believe Andy has got it right with this team, they are a work in progress and it’s going in the right direction. I do agree about new blood, in the sense that for me, we have many experienced, strong older players, but I think we need a bit of young creativity, a bit of flair, a goal scorer, as despite a good game today, no goals were actually scored. (although Darren took his pen very well). This is by no means a dig at Simon Thomas. I heard today that apparently the players all went out for a night over Christmas, and apparently this was arranged by ST. This impressed me because as a Captain he is taking the responsibility of trying to gel a new group of lads off the pitch and this can only have a positive impact during future games if the players have actually bonded and genuinely support each other.

So as a glass half full kinda guy, if we carry on like this, with a few little tweaks, I think we can have a very successful second half of the season. Well done lads and we’ll done Andy! Happy new year all

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Thanks Theo & VMan for your info laying the ghost on Krbs and Liam's, absence.

 

I also go along with Carstorman  comments being another admitted "half empty glass" man.

 

 

 

Ps.

(Finally I am sorry but I have to say  it again, so as to hopefully avoid any more Mickey Taking, is that Barcelona do have a passing routine known as the" Barca.... Square" which every team in the club goes through during their warm up sessions. That said, I promise not to mention it again.)

Edited by 4wembleyfinals

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Well I have to disagree with most posters on here. I thought the game was dreary and at the end we were lucky to escape with a point. A saved penalty means the score could easily have been 2-1.

 

I think that Andy is a lucky manager as he has gone the last four games without defeat.

 

Against Dorking some posters agreed with me, "The quality of both sides was pretty poor" and we won against the run of play and it could be said that the better side lost.

 

Against Tooting we were very lucky to scrape a point as Tooting dominated in most areas of the park and if the goal keepers had been swapped we would have lost by a hat full.

 

Against Harlow we were the better side and deserved our points but the difference was there for all to see namely Kirbs and Hope in the side.

 

Against the coppers we reverted to type there was no real penetration by either side and chances were few but we were lucky to get away with a point see post above.

 

I wait to see what team turns up tomorrow. Harrow are having a wretched time after some great early season form when I believe they were at the top of the table for a brief period.

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I completely agree with Steph, we were second best yesterday to a very poor Met Police side who at least clearly responded to their Manager's half time team talk. Chalk and cheese from the Harlow performance.

 

On the plus side, I thought Mario Noto had his best game for some weeks and Darren Purse put in a battling performance at the back.

 

Passing seemed to go completely out the window (from Darren as much as anybody else) as we resorted to type in lumping balls up to Simon Thomas. I really don't see where he adds to this team other than in defending corners. Our creative midfielders/wingers seem completely inhibited with Simon on the pitch. The amount of times the ball sailed over his head - with no attempt made to turn and spin in behind - was frankly embarrassing and I'm getting fed up watching it.

 

I appreciate its not the Manager's fault if players book holidays during the season, though Liam seems to have had no indication he would be played since joining until Boxing Day. I understand Jack Hockney is a top striker in youth football - so why have we only seem him in midfield? Perhaps time to see what he's got up front.

 

Also could not understand the substitutions we made yesterday - when going ahead in a game we seem content to sit back and wait for the other team to score which they invariably do. Andy gave a lot away when he complained about having to change the team in a recent game at home, after an individual error meant we had to chase the game to get back into it. Why were we not set up to score goals in the first place? 

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I agree with you AT with regards to the substitutions yesterday. And I agree with you about Jack Hockney. I decided to do a bit of “googling” and have found Jack was mentioned on the FA website for his winning goal a game of the FA youth cup. It looks like he came on at extra time (after his team had failed to capitalise on chances during the game (as quoted by the FA), and then scored a thumper in the 115 minute. So if this lad can deal with that pressure last year, i wonder what he could do for us? He has been on the bench the last few games, so I don’t understand why he hasn’t started yet and why he hasn’t been given a go in his position.

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