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I was there yesterday, although to be honest I think the game went very much down the route of what was to be expected.    We weren't 2 goals better than them and the penalty was indeed a tad soft....although not sure really why we're not trying to get Aaron on the ball as much as possible as there aren't too many right backs that can handle his speed.

Samir looked steady although that said their number 7 was indeed very lively...although recovered from his HUGE kick to the head with amazing quickness.

 

I don't think I 've been at a game this season and I've been at a few....where Joe hasnt been one of if not our best player on hte pitch.   Did very well to keep a clean sheet at half time.

 

Only when I walked round to the players entrance to the pitch did I realise that their manager had been sent from the dugout.  Whatever he said at half time....and I guess he offered a rocket or two....Merstham were a completely different team 2nd half.    We responded badly.   It appears as though we revert to sitting deep, inviting the opposition on and this is being repeated.    Also noticed from the table when I looked yesterday our goal difference was plus or minus 1...can't remember which.  Clearly, the defence is an issue and I would say a large part of this is down to how we play.   Yes we can defend well......Dulwich at home, Ricay for 60 70 minutes springs to mind....however why do we seem to revert to type.  

I heard what Andy said on the interview afterwards...are the players not listening to him?  Bigguy I don't mind who we have in charge as long as we have someone who brings good football, decent players and players who want to play for him.  Whatever happened yesterday, and it wasn't the first time and doubt it will be the last there is obviously a disconnect between what the manager wants and what the players are doing although obviously I have no idea what they are doing during training.

 

There were over 360/370 Town fans there yesterday as Merstham's one man and his dog increased to about 10 fans in the second half.   I'd imagine all those who turned up in cold conditions, making the effort to attend and support the team as much as they did all probably want the team to move forwards and play in a way deserving of an Enfield Town team.

 

Thing is, you could tell 5 10 minutes into the 2nd half that there was only one team in it.    Was anyone happy with the changes we made?   Did we adapt?   Did we spend any period of time in their half and take the game to them?   It really did look like the pitch was tilting towards our goal.     I'm not convinced anyone on here is "against" Andy.....I am purely in the boat where I think fans are unhappy that the same mistakes are happening over and over and as a team we are not playing in a style or manner that many of the fans are appreciating.

 

Rant over.   

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Yes Big guy, all actions/words have consequences. Just out of interest, I could be wrong, but Tayshan was with us a year? left and went to Grays Athletic, again for one season I think, then it was Canvey Island just for a few months and then mid season went somewhere else, now just signed at Merstham. Surely if he was a great player, with great team spirit, he would have stayed with us for longer or stayed with other clubs longer? I don’t deny he had a good game on Sunday, but I would have my concerns.

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I agree with the comments about Liam and ST. Liam does hold the ball up better. ST did not do this very well against “K”, hence why I reckon he was on the bench yesterday. But Liam is good for a tap in, but doesn’t move enough to create other opportunities. I want to see how Jack Hockney does as striker. I know he’s young, and doesn’t have the height of ST, but he is very good on the ball which means the others would have to actually play to his feet, and he is stated as a striker.

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All year one of our biggest problems has been our transition from back to front.   With one up front it is vital that we are able to link up with the forward line and get players up the pitch.    However, I'd say that 80% of the time the ball comes back or is given away for the opposition to hold the ball and then put us under pressure.   Also think that since Montel has disappeared Aaron is now our only really outlet.    We do have pace up front but on the break occasionally but surely there is a young centre forwards in the club who can make runs and also help bring others into play.   Liam and Simon both do a bit but I realise this is very much a transition year and as I said earlier....the fact we don't hold the ball up means we are often going to seeing it come straight back hence help consolidating Joe's position as Player of the Year.   

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Wow! I cannot believe some of the things I've just read. Simon Thomas: 0 goals in his last 7 games. Liam Hope: 3 in his last 3. And people are saying Liam offers nothing more?!!! What??? Apart from all his team play? And the fact that he has to try to deal with hoofs up the field when the rest of the team forget it's not Simon playing up front (biwho excels in winning one header in 10). My goodness. When we've got 'fans' like this I wonder if Liam thinks it was worth coming back. I've stayed away from commenting on recent games because I saw no point in being negative, but if people start knocking Liam, you can feel free to have a go a me too.

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Liam doesn't offer anymore than Simon but that is not praising Simon..,. Simon offers diddly squat .... no pace ... no running past defenders and invisible for the majority of the game... remember Liam couldn't get into Cheshunts team last season and Bradley thought he was surplus now supporters think he is the man to lead us forward.... Sorry I don't live in the past and don't look at ex players through rose tinted glasses... Liam and Kirbs very good club players at their peak but are both past their best and not the players to take us forward

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Blimey, some interesting 'opinions' on this thread! It's almost as if some people aren't actually ETFC fans and are just on here to stir things up!

 

The games that Liam has played has shown that he can hold the ball up and link the play which is the type of player he is, plus of course the goals return. He can't surely be the main issue right now? I would like to see the right players with pace around him because agreed that is what we are lacking but for me there remains a greater need to get some pace at the back and energy in the midfield areas. Kingstonian showed how easy we are to get past with some attacking pace as we are so slow at the back and the new signing appears to be in the same mould. In midfield we are very 1 paced with the exception of Sam Youngs.

 

And Castorman, yes we know that Jack Hockney should play in your opinion!

 

Andy's post match interview shows that he is aware of the problems and appears to be of the opinion that it's the same things happening over and over. That's all very well to identify that but how is he and the management team addressing it?

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I think everyone is feeling frustrated hence the opinions this week, probably none more so than the management. And I agree that the subject of ST and Liam is not a priority at the moment. It’s true that some players may be past their best, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to offer, experienced players are crucial!

 

I would actually like to have seen more of Ben WC, but he seems to have disappeared, so has George Beatie, Harley Hagg, and George Quarrington Carter. I know some went to Cheshunt, but looking at Cheshunt latest squad sheets, they haven’t been named?? So Jack seems to be the only new young one left. I only mention him because I really believe in a side that has both experienced and young players so we can draw on the strengths of both. My “opinion” purely comes from wanting Enfield Town to succeed.

 

However, last week was last week, tomorrow night is a new opportunity, and I would be delighted to see a convincing win, Liam or ST smashing some goals in, and the 2 new defenders doing their job so well that Joe has an easy game as I’m sure we all would.

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BWC and George have been playing for Chalfont as they don’t get selected for the squad by AL. Frustrating for young players when they want to play and get dropped. Especially when high paid players get selected and don’t produce. BWC isn’t even on the player list on the website. That must make him really feel part of it! I hope they give the youngsters a chance like other teams or they’ll be going to other clubs and where will enfields future lie? The young players need game time to keep match fit so have to play elsewhere.

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In all honesty I am not against anyone/anything.  Thomas tries......Liam is a blast from the past who is obviously putting in all he can and is very experienced.

 

What does surprise me is this..........we have youth galore at the club.......or more recently did have.    As has just been said.......I was mightly impressed by BWC in his short time on the pitch against Dulwich Hamlet.  So on that basis, was his contribution, workrate, effort, closing down lost causes and then a quality finish.......not worth more than he's been given.    I thought Harley came along with some pedigree, however he hasn't been seen for months(I know he's been injured) so now we seem to be a club who are getting players in who aren't "ready"........or it would appear that way and then offloading them to give them exprience elsewhere.    The Bostik league is full of experienced players however I would imagine that apart from Green and Blake we are crying out for a bit more pace to add to our attack.......this is not having a pop...it's merely an observation.    Here's hoping to improvements however they may come in the 2nd half of the season.    Castorman, I think alot comes from "frustration"....do we want Enfield Town to fail......of course not, surely we all want to string some results together and perform as well as we can each game.........from the top of the club right down to the paying fan.

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I'm with you djwilf ... I have nothing against Liam whatsoever but I just can't see the point of playing someone who is not the future of the club.... I think everyone on here would lay off the manager more if he gave younger quicker players a chance... we have half a season now to prepare us for next season ... still think it's s job well done to now but come on Andy think of the future mate....

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Wow .. what a long thread! Still, shows we have a passionate fan base!

I listened on the radio and watched the highlights and I think the comments above capture that it wasnt a good enough performance

 

In defence of Andy - 

 

- he is stating it isnt good enough in his open and honest interviews

- he is bringing in new players to try to get the mix right

- players brought in at the start have been moved along eg Drew, Bartley

- I think there is a nucleus of some good players here

 

and without sounding like a broken record squad from scratch, best ever FAC run, etc.

 

Andy deserves our full support this season.

 

There should be no mention of him leaving the club now, and I do feel he sometimes gets a hard time on here - e.g. one minute he is not approachable, then when he opens up and says the league was a surprise we all get on his back about it - I think he has been very open in his time at the club

 

Same with Tayshan - I would love to see him back - yes he has been around the block a bit, but is still v young - his twitter video summary of his skills shows what he is capable of. However we employ Andy to make those decisions so whilst we can voice our views - and I have done many times over Jey and Vilcu - the decision rests with him.

 

Dont get the negativity about Liam above- he trained with us for a number of weeks to re-sign, is Enfield through and through - and still has a role to play at this level. 3 goals in 3, proven goalscorer, etc.

 

 

On saying that, all is clearly not well, and as a supporters owned club we are entitled to ask for answers and updates, none more so than at an AGM.

 

- I dont get how players come and go eg Calver - not been given a single start at a time when performances have not been good, and now released? 

- The youngsters as above not getting game time, yet others have appeared undroppable

- The team style of play is not good enough overall - think I can say that after 16 games I have been to this season

- Subs don't tend to be effective or are too late

- If players arent doing what they have been told there must be repercussions

 

Here's hoping for a good performance tonight!

Up the town 

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I just asked what is the benefit of playing Liam when the need for young quick players and to build for the future is blindingly obvious.... please don't take this as a slur against one of the towns legends... with the play offs or relegation highly unlikely please could members explain what is wrong with that reasoning....

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Following on from the very valid points raised previously about our young players getting game time.

I think it is a mistake we do not have a reserve/u21 team anymore,then maybe we could keep all our younger players playing gaining experience.Because if they do not start getting used I fear we will lose some great talent.

I understand the reasons why the emphasis has been put on the u18s and the academy scheme.I just hope once our safety is assured we build for next season.

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When there is no match for Town, attention is switched to other teams results in the Bostik (Ryman)Premier Division.

 

Having played Merstham recently at the QE2, when we blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2, it was interesting to see how they fared against Dulwich Hamlet at Champion Hill this afternoon. Well, surprise, surprise, Merstham came back from a goal down, to win the match 1-2, with Charlie Penny scoring twice for the visitors.

 

Not a result many people would have predicted! Apart from Merstham being good comeback specialists, or perhaps Hamlet having an off-day, maybe (just maybe) we are not quite as bad as some people would have us believe. Faith is a wonderful thing!

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I bet if someone else posted that last one you all would have responded what is it you lot have against me !!!

Yep see exactly what you mean Big guy,the last few posts on the AGM thread bear that out.

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