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The turtle

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  1. 42 minutes ago, 054123 said:

    As I much as I enjoyed that season, it was such a golden opportunity lost.

    How the fates contrived against us for the play off final against a team we were comfortably better than, still sticks in my craw.

    the 13 years since have done nothing to ease it.

    That entire season was special, just riding a wave from start to finish, whenever we lost, it was just onto the next one. 

    As fans you can't ask for more than the players gave that season and there was a connection because of it. (not just effort, not just winning, but magic + memories) 

     But we just fell short over 46 games and just fell short in the play offs. 

    I really went to Wembley 100% convinced we were winning, just as I saw frazer Campbell get pulled wide and thought danger had passed. 


    Ps. Wow we scored some great goals over the 2 legs

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  2. 6 hours ago, elhombrecito said:

    Málaga away. I'm convinced. 

    @The turtle will be on board too I'm sure.

    I'm absolutely on board with that. 


    Ponferradina is also basically the swindon in our league, in that best reason for living there is the fact it is close to a lot of cool places. 

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    When teams prepare for us the week/days before the game, what do you think our strengths are considered to be? 

    Mccarthy was pretty clear he saw our left side was weak, we all know it.  

    We  have also struggled for years with teams that sit in. Furthermore, Both v Brentford and Cardiff in different ways we knew what was coming, couldn't stop it. 

    But what are our strengths? , what are the things teams have to stop us from doing or we'll punish them?


  4. Knew there was a game, knew what was coming, kidded myself this would be different as will next week, watched it anyway, drifted into inevitable, put myself in a bad mood.

    Been outplayed 3 weeks in a row, 

    By 3 different ways of playing 

    Derby no identify, pitch slogfest

    Brentford enough said 

    Cardiff the power game 

    Now looking down rather than up. Wondering when we'll have an identity that is good to watch. 


    That's football. 

    Mostly lows or annoyances sprinkled with the odd high. 

  5. On 24/01/2021 at 12:54, ExiledAjax said:

    Which itself draws on the more extensive list on the club OS.


    Fam needs 3 more to make the list.

    At that point he would, I think, be the first non-British player on there. I don't know that for sure but none of those names are non-British to my knowledge.

    He'd be the first to score 50 in a single spell with the club since Peacock in 2004 and the first overall since Murray left at the end of his second spell in 2009.

    Special player.

    Bobby 'Shadow' Williams

    What a name 



    Peacock is essentially the highest scorer this century with 0 appearances in the 90s


    Must be close between him and Murray for top scorer this century. 


  6. 17 minutes ago, elhombrecito said:

    So, who do we all have this weekend? I will continue my support of Team Anyone-But-Brady by getting behind the Saints.


    Who I think






    Who I would like 



    Chiefs/browns (torn between theories here) but I guess Chiefs




  7. Resilient, hard working, defensive cohesion. Somewhere dull and boring going forward, yet at times clinical 

    A number of times this season, I've felt like, we've won; that's all that matters. 

    I feel we are stronger mentally this season which is a massive plus. But I wouldn't call it wonderful football, yet anyway. 


  8. 19 hours ago, ExiledAjax said:

    Good post, I'd only add that you also try and identify where you ight be able to improve within the system. Last night we saw some joy when Vyner pushed forward into midfield - so maybe work on that for the next time we play Boro (or any other side with a similar game). 

    Bear in mind as well that they're sole shot on target came from our own defensive howler - a howler that could have happened in a 442, WM, 424, 433 or any other formation

    Moves and counter moves. 

    What you've described is basically for me the joy of sport. 



  9. You don't change, you double down. Change players, but you certainly don't change formation and tactics. 

    For the last few years, we've had a plan B, c, D, e,f.  Guess what we didn't seem to have: identity. 

    They best teams are where everybody knows their role. They can have evolving jobs down to game management, but everyone knows. 

    Last night was down to a lack of changes and tiredness. That's down to a management phylosophy of continuity from which they'll have to learn. 


    Double down, build an identity. Then live or die by it. Now is not the moment to abandon it. 


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  10. If he just stood there and watched without making a challenge then he'd get pelters for a lack of effort and commitment. 

    He was unlucky,  was it even a clear cut pen in terms of position? 

    Either you want players to fully commit and accept these things happen sometimes


    You allow those headers to go unchallenged due to a player not giving their all. You can't have it both ways, just not how it works. 


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  11. 2 hours ago, Simon79 said:

    I remember watching him kick the ball & thinking that he doesn’t seem comfortable. Although I also seem to remember him complaining about the balls being like concrete ( or something along those lines ). But it was like watching a non footballer kicking the ball out of his hands! COYR 

    His goal kicks too. My goodness couldn't get passed the half way line. We were under pressure simply because we had a goal kicks, all teams knew there was a liability there it and set up to attack it. 

  12. When I look at the squad this season,  it feels to me as though its the strongest squad this decade. 


    There are a healthy ammount of youngsters around including some that were out on loan now ready to seriously challenge the first time, even establish. 

    Brunt, Martin, mawson.... Two exceptional veterans along with a highly regarded centre back. 

    The one thing it's lacking is a Murray, Adomah type player... The exciting consistent winger who can also turn a game just like that but that's been the case for a while. 

    Has the squad been this strong in the last ten years? 

    For that reason, shoud fan, board, management expectations be playoffs and nothing less?

    After sacking the manager for getting close but not over the line, there seemed to be a possibility we'd take a step back... Accept mid table etc. 

    But based on that squad, combined with previous expectations.  Would it be incorrect to say even 7th place playing attractive football would be considered a failure?? Who would consider it a success? 

    Normally a manager should be given time.  But how much time can be given in this case? 

  13. 43 minutes ago, Taunton_BCFC said:

    Thought it was Ipswich and millwall??

    The scores stick in the mind... 


    The 1st because of the sheer positivity going into the season. 


    The second because as soon as saw the team sheet with no new signings in the 1st 11. Starting the same 11 that were involved in the season before was just a feeling of "this isn't good" 

  14. 2 hours ago, Taunton_BCFC said:

    Good and Bad.

    I remember a summer of hope the. Conceding after 10 seconds against Blackpool haha, the David James year then getting dicked 0-3!!

    my fav has to be Northampton away Tony Thorpe hatrick!

    Memory fades but wasn't the James 3-0 part of two opening day loses in a row 3-0? 


    1 v Reading possibly 

    1 v Leeds 


    Not a 100% but something like that. 

  15. 3 hours ago, elhombrecito said:

    Big NFL fan here, but also awful at all variations of fantasy sports games (as @The turtle will happily confirm - he's taken a fair few beers/euros off me over the years), so I won't be signing up!

    As for the season itself, I can't wait - even though the Jets will inevitably find a new and novel way of screwing up the season and finishing last. 

    You were so poor in one season, we had to stop it half way through. 

    Fantasy is not your game 🙂

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