Boston away
#51

Looks like a dry game from the highlights. Some world class backing off for their goal. That said, apart from that there were very few chances in the game.

Feels like our defence is pretty well sorted. Need some sort of creative attacking influence to create more chances and score more goals.
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#52

(29-10-2023, 10:38 AM)Paul Wrote:  TF's appointment was, as PC has acknowledged, not the one required. MC has had to work with the team TF had recruited, including local players (which rang alarm bells with some of us) some of whom haven't proved to be up to this level, so no blame can be levelled at MC.

The win against Alfreton last weekend was a positive. We narrowly lost to the top of the table side midweek, and Boston was obviously a game affected by players not being available. It's clear that we need firepower up front but I have faith that MC - if he can bring players in, can take us up the table.

Removing TF came not a moment too soon - we're now a third of the way through the season. As long as we can keep winning at home, we won't be in the playoffs, but we will at least maintain our place in NLN for next season and build from there. Relegation and all that entails doesn't bear thinking about.
Whilst I agree with most of the comments, to be fair to TF I’m not sure the early recruitment was all his doing. I remember reading somewhere that, when he took over, PC has stated that he was going to ensure local players were going to be recruited. Again from memory the ‘Gloucester’ lads from Chippenham arrived almost on the same day as TF. PC also stated he would sort players contracts, so any issues with 2 year contracts should be addressed to him.
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#53

I get the feeling one of the reasons why he went local is because he thought that’s what the fans would want in the same way he has now gone for Cook.
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#54

(28-10-2023, 09:29 PM)Darran Wrote:  No they have picked up 13 at home and 13 away. They are also miles better than we are

They've also conceded more goals than us, which shows we're doing something right at least.

Also, other than Hamilton, I'm not aware we've announced that anyone else is on a 2 year contract?
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#55

My recollection is that Patrick said he ran the potential early signings past the final candidates for the manager’s post, and they all agreed he should go for them. I think this was the returnees from Chippenham and DW.

As a non-local myself, I’m not really moved by the romance of having locally-born players, but I see on Twitter (and have heard on the podcast) that it does mean quite a bit to some fans, including some who have been very vocal critics of the team this season (and at least one of those players).  For me, first and foremost you need players who you’re confident can do the job.
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#56

(29-10-2023, 09:28 AM)Gladfans Wrote:  Not very often I agree with Darren but on this occasion he’s right. Set up to defend fine go behind and we haven’t got the quality to respond.

We were much more on the front foot after we'd conceded though.

(29-10-2023, 09:56 AM)Prorsum Semper Wrote:  JP has played 45 mins under MC I believe which was yesterday after injury.

Joe looked good yesterday when he came on, he wasn't afraid to be physical.

(29-10-2023, 11:11 AM)Darran Wrote:  What worries me most though was we had 40 minutes to try and get an equaliser and still created nothing.

Joe Hanks had a snap shot well saved. That's all it takes to score and we should be trying our luck more often.

(29-10-2023, 12:22 PM)Darran Wrote:  I get the feeling one of the reasons why he went local is because he thought that’s what the fans would want in the same way he has now gone for Cook.

Less petrol money to pay too. That adds more money to the playing budget.

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#57

(28-10-2023, 06:59 PM)Prorsum Semper Wrote:  Keep the Faith,we Will hit a run of form.
Whats happening with Hamilton? Is he even clóse to a return?
I pray you are right. I'm getting a sinking feeling the longer this goes on.
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#58

(29-10-2023, 01:03 PM)TP1 Wrote:  As a non-local myself, I’m not really moved by the romance of having locally-born players, but I see on Twitter (and have heard on the podcast) that it does mean quite a bit to some fans, including some who have been very vocal critics of the team this season (and at least one of those players).  For me, first and foremost you need players who you’re confident can do the job.

Even as a local I wasn't too moved about having locally-born players, it's more important to have decent players coming through the door no matter where they are from, but like you said some fans were very happy to have them back and it means a lot to them. I could see the sense in bringing them in from the clubs POV, we needed to create a whole new squad from scratch and the players were very keen to come back but I reckon most fans hoped that we'd sign stronger players than some of them to fill the squad. Danny Wright was another signing that made sense from a club POV, but reading others opinions and my own, I don't think some fans expected a 39 year old to be the best striker on the books? 

IMO we signed too many players who weren't up to this level, it was obvious to see, and now we're playing catch up. We needed more of the level of BRE, Reckord and Jeacock. Flowers clearly didn't have the contacts needed for a NLN manager and the sheer amount of trialists we went through was a clear sign of that. I think when Cook came in I posted that we need 5 in and 5 out - and Cook said pretty much the same - but we're yet to see the changes we need for whatever reason. Defensively we look quite strong, but we're so feeble up top. The thing is now we are in a position where most/all decent players have a club now, and are they going to leave their clubs for a relegation battle with us, even if we pay them what they ask for?
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(29-10-2023, 03:13 PM)MeadowClark Wrote:  Even as a local I wasn't too moved about having locally-born players, it's more important to have decent players coming through the door no matter where they are from, but like you said some fans were very happy to have them back and it means a lot to them. I could see the sense in bringing them in from the clubs POV, we needed to create a whole new squad from scratch and the players were very keen to come back but I reckon most fans hoped that we'd sign stronger players than some of them to fill the squad. Danny Wright was another signing that made sense from a club POV, but reading others opinions and my own, I don't think some fans expected a 39 year old to be the best striker on the books? 

IMO we signed too many players who weren't up to this level, it was obvious to see, and now we're playing catch up. We needed more of the level of BRE, Reckord and Jeacock. Flowers clearly didn't have the contacts needed for a NLN manager and the sheer amount of trialists we went through was a clear sign of that. I think when Cook came in I posted that we need 5 in and 5 out - and Cook said pretty much the same - but we're yet to see the changes we need for whatever reason. Defensively we look quite strong, but we're so feeble up top. The thing is now we are in a position where most/all decent players have a club now, and are they going to leave their clubs for a relegation battle with us, even if we pay them what they ask for?
Amen.
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(29-10-2023, 12:59 PM)Kitto Wrote:  They've also conceded more goals than us, which shows we're doing something right at least.

Also, other than Hamilton, I'm not aware we've announced that anyone else is on a 2 year contract?

Wow they've conceded 1 whole goal more than us. That isn't a sign we are doing something right it is just a sign that Scunthorpe put 6 past them on Tuesday night and we've yet to play them. They have also scored 26 goals and we have scored 12.
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