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  1. Chawkso

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

    Looked pretty ordinary to be fair. The tactic seemed to be to hoof it up to your number 10 and hope he did something. Seemed to change in towards the end of the game when you started passing it about but by then it was too late. Normally in these circumstances I'd probably be feeling like we'd picked someone's pocket, but we legitimately deserved to win today and if our finishing was better should have been 3 nil up just after halftime. If we can sign a striker, and it's a big if, then we might just survive this season. That said, next two games are Barnsley and Sunderland so I'll curb my enthusiasm for now. Nice to have a few jars after a game and it not be doom and gloom for a change!
  2. Chawkso

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

    Came back from 2 nil down to salvage a draw at Fleetwood. After going two down in the first 25 minutes I turned the radio off as I could see where it was heading, but pleasantly surprised to see we'd pulled it back. That said, we still haven't won on the road, we still haven't signed a striker, and we've just been issued with the third winding up petition from HMRC in the space of 12 months. Worrying times, forget surviving in League 1, it's looking like we might have bigger issues
  3. Chawkso

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

    Yeah sounds about right, I didn't go but roughly describes what I've heard. Mackie, if you can believe it, is the only fit striker we have... And from what I can tell he isn't a lone striker, he's more of a support act to create space for others. But playing one up front, he's pretty ineffective. We let one striker go last summer, one has a season long injury and I doubt we'll see him play again, and the youngster we had on loan from Reading just couldn't cut League one football so was sent back. So Mackie is literally the only choice we have, unless we play without a defined striker and just have attacking mids - which might be a better idea but there is no way on this earth that Robinson would try that, it took him 20 odd games to realise his 4-2-3-1 didn't work. Usually Mousinho plays in front of the back four to give them some protection, which at least means we have some resilience even if we aren't scoring. But for some unfathomable reason Robinson put him on the bench and played Brannigan, who is usually our midfield creator there. Consequently I'm guessing we had little creativity through the middle, relying on either Whyte or Browne to provide the threat down the flanks. Given the number of games they've played recently, they must be absolutely shot. Issue is, our squad is so paper thin at the moment that the starting line up almost chooses itself by default. I have some sympathy as you can't predict injuries, but Robinson assembled a squad of players some of which were known to be injury prone, some of whom had never been proven at this level, and knew going into the season that our striker options were not good enough. So a disastrous summer recruitment is coming back to haunt us. Funnily enough I'm not convinced sacking the manager now will help. We did that around this time last year and look where we are now!
  4. Chawkso

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

    If we played like we did on Saturday you'll beat us. Looked like we did at the start of the season, lethargic, plodding, no threat, and with a guaranteed defensive calamity at some point. Our recovery always looked fragile and with a couple of injuries we've crumbled again to back to back home defeats. We've sent the Reading striker we had on loan back as he just wasn't cut out for League 1, our RB wants to leave as the commute from his family is too far so he's not available either, and the winger we've got on loan from West Ham looks like he's got one foot out of the door already too. This January window is looking even more critical than it already was.
  5. Chawkso

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

    Lost one nil to Southend, one of those games where a single goal was going to decide it. They played direct as usual and rather than stick to our passing game we sank to their level and lost out. In truth both teams played pretty crap, which always seems to happen when we have a larger crowd in! What was worrying was the lack of any options on the bench to change a game. Ended up bringing on a youth player who made a mistake for their goal, hope it doesn't knock his confidence too much as even with the mistake we should have snuffed it out well before it became a goal scoring opportunity. Speaking of time wasting, an absolute masterclass from Southend .. it's as if they wrote the playbook!
  6. Chawkso

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

    Beat Blackpool 2 - 0 in possibly the worst weather conditions I've ever experienced at a football match. Foolishly decided to walk up to the ground (it's only 15 minutes walk or so away) and half way there it was clear that was a terrible decision. Completely soaked through by the time I got to my seat and had to sit in wet clothes for 2 hours being battered by a sub zero wind. No idea how they managed to actually play any football in those conditions as the amount of water I was having to wipe away from my face just to see whilst walking there was ridiculous. Every time the ball got off the ground it seemed to be taken by the wind, but we played some pretty good stuff in the first half, then restricted their chances well in the second - reflected by them having no shots on target (although that's partially because of their awful finishing). Considering they're just outside the playoffs and on a decent run I'm pretty pleased with that. Little bit of optimism creeping in that we might survive in League 1 this year.
  7. Chawkso

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

    Point away at Posh, given our respective league positions I'll take that. Sounds like we're still a striker short of being a reasonable team, hopefully something is being lined up for January.
  8. Chawkso

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

    I guess it's difficult as if you get rid of your manager now, getting someone in and signing targets in January is going to be tight and could potentially be more disruptive. Everyone was clamouring to get of our manager last season, and a 7-0 defeat was enough to see to that, but we were rudderless for quite some time because they didn't have any replacement lined up and if anything the results were just as bad. Can understand your frustration with a manager who won't change the system though, especially when it's obvious it isn't working. Genuinely hope you guys do stay up as I've only ever had good experiences with your fans and you do play decent football. I think if it starts to click again like last season then on your day you can give anyone a run for their money, just difficult getting that confidence to play freely when you're in a rut. We lost to Bradford a week ago so I'm not sure they're necessarily as terrible as their position might suggest. Certainly one of their players, Jack Payne, came to us on loan from Huddersfield last season and was excellent. In a strange way I'm hoping we get knocked out of the FA cup by someone in the next round, we're never going to win it, and I'd prefer we concentrate everything on staying up as we're still in a bad way. Latest drama is that HMRC have issued a winding up petition against us because of unpaid tax bills ...
  9. Chawkso

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

    Didn't manage to listen in as normal as I was out most of day, but from what I've heard apart from a 20 minute spell we struggled to get going at all. I've only seen the 2 minute highlights, but it looks like you've done what we've been doing all season and not been able to finish your chances. Given we're crap at defending corners (as you probably noticed) you should have probably been out of sight by half time! The current RB isn't an RB, and is generally clumsy anyway from what little I've seen of him. We got him from Derby in the summer but he's struggled to actually get into the side (both our actual RBs are injured hence why he's playing) and is supposedly a defensive mid. Given we allegedly paid a record fee for him I'm yet to be convinced. Mackie is a funny one, I think if he was playing against us he'd drive me absolutely mental, as his role seems to be basically be a disrupting influence. Conflicted about whether we should be doing that at all, but given our crappy situation I'll take whatever we can get at the moment and if we got relegated the fact that we played nice wouldn't be much consolation. It's what Ryan Taylor used to do for us to an extent, but Mackie seems to go to the next level. Another one who only really got into the team as we have no other fit strikers (apart from another loanee who has been rubbish so far). Desperately need an actual striker in the January window, as I can't see our current reliance on mids scoring all the goals lasting.
  10. Chawkso

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

    I think we've realised we're not good enough at defending to do that so have to try and attack, which is sort of what happened last night. 4-2 in the end, which might sound comfortable but didn't feel like it! Strange team Rochdale, played some open passing football going forward but defensively looked as bad as we were at the start of the season. For once we took our chances and punished them early on. Our keeper seems to be going through a bit of a dodgy spell which contributed to both their goals, but given the number of points he's saved us over the last few seasons can't really begrudge the odd mistake, hopefully he's not carrying an injury. Given our record on the road you're in with a good shout at the weekend I reckon.
  11. Chawkso

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

    2-1 now Actually not a bad game to watch so far.
  12. Chawkso

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

    Well I thought we had started to turn the season around, beat Gillingham fairly comfortably, then coasted the FA cup replay against FGR 3 nil, which meant 9 games unbeaten .. then of course we do our classic thing of losing to a team who are playing crap. Had a think about it, and I'm not sure we've actually won a game on the road all season .. maybe the manager should have a little think about that as something obviously isn't working! I felt a sense of inevitability as I listened to us batter Bradford in the first 20 minutes but fail to score, from then on I knew it was only going to go one way and of course who scores for them? Someone who played for us last season We've turned down Nile Ranger so it wasn't all bad news this week.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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