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  1. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Suspect you might be facing off against Forest Green based on our first performance against them. Woeful. Just looked like no-one was really interested, no urgency to our play. We've gone from seemingly not conceding any goals, but struggling to score, to going 3 up against Scunny then it somehow ending up 3-3! So at the moment we're consistently inconsistent. Injuries really starting to mount up though, first team players currently out: Obika (done for the season), Hall (done for the season), Holmes (can't play more than a couple of games without missing one due to existing injury), Baptiste (dislocated shoulder and op), Mackie (not sure), McMahon (cracked ribs), Garbutt (hamstring), Browne (recurring knee problem), Curruthers (needs an op, out ofr 12 weeks), Ruffels (minor I think), and Whyte has been called up to the NI team. So I have no idea what team is going to be cobbled together for Gillingham at the weekend, maybe give some of the U23 team a run out. Also some rumours that Nile bloody Ranger is training with us, no thanks - I don't want him anywhere near our club.
  2. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Beat Shrewsbury pretty comfortably in the end on Saturday, can't remember the last time we scored 2 from headers in a game. It was bloody cold and chucking it down, but couldn't really fault any of the performances and we limited their chances well. Funny in the first half that they just kept lumping long balls over the top and getting nowhere (which in fairness might have worked against us earlier in the season!) but when they actually tried playing some decent football at the start of the second half it was their best spell. Nice to get a win on our 125th anniversary. With Scunny, Gillingham, and Bradford up next it should be a good opportunity to build some momentum and get us moving away from the bottom hopefully.
  3. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Eeked out a goalless draw at Bristol, not a terrible result given our current form. Baptiste dislocated his shoulder during the match, and Obika is out for the season after rupturing his ACL in a reserve match.. can't remember a season with so many injuries so early on. Crazy. We still can't finish, so despite being on top all of the first half we couldn't bloody score, but at least we've tightened up at the other end and haven't conceded a goal in 3 games now.
  4. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Both teams looked pretty poor to be honest, you had a decent spell 15 minutes before half time but we were spared by your finishing. Second half it was quite one sided, although you had a few decent chances, after your number 4 got sent off though that was it effectively. The obvious issues were that your defense is slow, ours is slow, but sometimes they made Henry look quick (he's not). ASB was with us last season on loan and apart from getting a bit bigger he seems to be the same player, slow and mistake prone. Was surprised he wasn't subbed at half time as he was on a yellow and had been given a final warning. Also your finishing is as devastating as ours usually is! I don't know if was just yesterday but your keeper didn't look comfortable at all either. Defensively we looked more organised than we have, putting Mous in front of the back 4 seems to be working. Our first choice keeper was back and had to make a couple of decent saves. Also Browne was back, him and Holmes are both pretty quick so were causing issues all afternoon. Mackie played the best I've seen this season, reflected by him getting MoM. First time I can remember this season that we looked like a coherent team, rather than a bunch of individuals. Not raising my hopes that this is us turning our season round, but it was nice not having to tell everyone who asked on the way back to the pub that we'd lost again. Great support though, you must have brought 1200-1300? Felt sorry for them afterwards, travelling that far, to our sh*te stadium, then watching a performance like that. Carey was frequently going ape at other players, in fairness to him it did look like some of them didn't bother turning up.
  5. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Enjoy your three points, we look crap! Well we managed a clean sheet last time but had pretty much zero goal threat. In a normal season a draw away to Southend would be a decent result, for whatever reason we never bloody beat them on their patch. Desperately hoping our first choice keeper is back for that game, I think he's playing in the tinpot on Tuesday night so I guess it will depend on how that goes.
  6. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Utter sh*te. Lost to a rubbish Luton side and we are in serious trouble now. Manager has now had long enough for things to settle and we have a number of obvious problems. He's obsessed with 4-2-3-1 but we don't have the players to make it work, also given that we never change this opposition sides can setup to counter it easily. No-one looks like they really know exactly what they should be doing, probably not helped by KR and his two assistants constantly shouting instructions from the touchline. Some of his team selections are also baffling and I can only assume personalities are clashing behind the scenes. We desperately need a striker, the recruitment for that position over the summer was woeful with KR chasing a youngster from Reading on loan who it's become apparent is not the solution. Our only other striker (who in fairness was not signed by him) never looks like scoring. To the extent that our attacking mids and wingers looked like they were refusing to give the ball to him and choosing to go it alone. Defensively we're a shambles, any high ball into the box immediately turns into a danger situation for us. How we've become so much worse in this area compared to the last season I have no idea. The two established full backs we've signed are worse than last season (I'll leave Norman out of that as he's been decent and is good prospect for the future) . We look disorganised and are making too many stupid mistakes. Going forward we're plodding and predictable, meaning it usually requires an outstanding individual effort from someone to make something happen. In short, we're not playing as a team. I can't see the chairman sacking him, given he's got a contract till 2020, but we're averaging half a point per game. Doesn't take any difficult sums to work out that won't be enough, and I think if he stays we're looking at League 2 next season.
  7. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Haha, they were a class apart - don't think they really even had to get into third gear really. They came to get a job done and did it pretty ruthlessly. A good performance from us though (despite the score), were organised and setup to make things as difficult as we could for them, showed some grit, and had a few neat passages of play without really threatening much. We might have been able to hold out at one goal down, but you don't win anything by losing by a goal - so we went for it around the 80th minute and had a lot of our players in and around their box. Couldn't handle the speed and precision of their break and they hit us. Shame about the third, but everyone was visibly shot by then, they had been given the runaround for 90 minutes and given everything. Still an enjoyable night, just to see a team of that quality in person was an experience, David Silva in particular was something else and got a round of applause from us when he went off. Our team came over to the fans and got clapped off at the end, even though it was a loss there was no shame in it and hopefully they'll take some confidence from that performance into the weekend. Although you can't really compare the styles of Man City and AFC Wimbledon!
  8. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    More of the same from us against Walsall, they looked pretty ordinary but it was clear each player knew exactly what their role was and what they needed to do. We on the other hand looked a bit rudderless and only really injected and urgency when we went 2 down. Getting worrying now, I think the manager needs to accept he doesn't have the players he needs to play the system he wants to. To top it all off it took me close to 3 hours to drive home from South London because the traffic was crap, which meant I had to run to the ground in the rain and missed kick off, they had run out of bloody pies, and we lost. A day to forget.
  9. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Didn't this happen last year to an extent too? Then turned around? I seem to remember when we visited you away last season we were both in a bit of a rut. Goalless draw away at Wycombe for us - sounded like we were all over them for most of the first half and the start of the second but couldn't find the back of the net. Better than a loss I suppose, and we usually struggle against physical, anti-football teams, but frustrating as it sounds like an opportunity missed. Much like last season, the lack of an established striker is really hurting us, plus I don't think KR's insistence on playing a lone striker works if you don't have a player who suits that role (which we don't). Weirdly Wycombe fans seem to have invented a rivalry that doesn't actually exist and have been calling it a "derby" despite the fact we're completely indifferent about them.
  10. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Pretty poor effort against an average Coventry. Aside from Baptiste who was outstanding, some pretty below par performances all round. Not sure why but no-one seemed to be near their best. We always do crap when it's televised though.
  11. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Bloody hell, hope no-one got hurt.
  12. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Better than expected result drawing with Sunderland away. Obviously helped by them having someone sent off fairly early on. That said, for the first 20 minutes or so apparently we were all over them. Shame we couldn't find the second goal when they went down to 10 but if you'd offered me a point before the game I would have gladly taken it. Playing Barnsley, Pompey, and Sunderland away already, I think we might have got the three potential toughest matches of the year out of the way. Oh and we drew Man City at home in the league cup which will be a bit of a novelty I suppose.
  13. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Well that turned out better than expected. Beat a pretty poor Burton side 3-1. I'm not sure we actually played much better than we did against Accrington, maybe a bit more organised defensively and fought harder in the midfield. Whyte outstanding again and Henry involved in two of the goals. Holmes looked good again when he came on, and Mackie had his best game for us - worked hard, and used his experience to take the slow the game down and keep us organised at the end. One sour point was that the ref was shocking. Trevor Kettle needs to understand that we've paid to watch our teams, not him - absolutely useless.
  14. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Well if you can believe it, it was a much improved performance over Fleetwood that just goes to show how sh*te we are this season! Going forward we at least looked dangerous and the two young wingers Browne and Whyte (there's a pun in there somewhere) were outstanding. Our defense however was not. We look so porous and Nelson looks like a shadow of his former self - it doesn't really matter what's going on scoring goals if you ship 13 goals in 4 games. Shame as for the first half we basically dominated them without getting the second goal. Their equaliser was a bit of a freak spoon over the keeper so not a lot you can do about that, although I'd argue we shouldn't have been in that position in the first place, but the other two were crap defending plain and simple - we also got a couple of let offs where they should have scored. I'm struggling to understand how we've recruited so badly defensively (or what defensive coaching they're actually doing!). Not looking forward to Burton on Saturday.
  15. Chawkso

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Didn't go but sounded like we put in a similarly sh*te performance as against Fleetwood. Sound like pretty much every attack (and resulting goals) were coming down our left which doesn't surprise me that's where the Garbutt/Mackie dynamic duo are stationed. More worryingly we don't have another left back (Ruffels can play there but he's not a proper LB). I hope KR realises sooner rather than later that he might not have the players he needs to play the system he wants to.
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