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Everything posted by RedRock

  1. Very easy. To the French National Anthem Hano Le Massengo Hano Le Massengo Hano Hano Hano Massengo Hano Le Massengo Has there been an easier name to make chants for... ever? I knew those 3 years at school in French lessons sat looking at my French teachers tits would be of value for me some day!
  2. Possibly a reflection of a lot of us not yet understanding Lee’s pattern of play and the role players have been asked to deliver. Maybe that includes the players - particularly those in midfield. I do get he’s a busy bee and closes space down but, like others, still not quite sure what else he brings to the party - although don’t doubt he has a decent skill set. Don’t think he currently puts in many decisive, hard tackles, doesn’t win many headers, not many thrusting passes, and only has the occasional decent shot. Anyhow, the Captaincy may well be the making off him and may prove a masterstroke from Lee as Captain’s need to impose themselves on the game and lead by example. Needs to get consistent 7’s in the ratings soon.
  3. Flinty is a ‘confidence player’. Remember his first season when he was an absolute liability, as fragile as a butterfly and mistake ridden. His confidence with us grew and grew, to a degree where he was a defensive rock and top goal threat - even played up front. He was loved here, which helped his confidence. Think he could now be on a bit of a slippery slope. If their fans turn on him that’ll accelerate his decline. One of my favourite players, I’ll love him even more if he spectacularly flops at Cardiff.
  4. Think that’s right. He needs to play in and around the centre circle, preferably on the opponents side. We need to get the ball forward quick to him. With runners ahead and breaking midfielders/wing backs. Didn’t see much of that. Hence why I thought he had a quiet and fairly ineffectual game. He has a skill set which could cause panic in the opposition defence. We need to adapt our game if we are going to see his true value. Losing Webster who could play the ball quickly and accurately to Kasey from defence is a big loss. How the other midfielders adapt and work around him, particularly the likes of Josh, is another conundrum. Hopefully Lee can find the formula. If he can, happy days.
  5. One of the reasons we were so poor in that first half is that when in possession very few, if any, actually wanted the ball. The only player who had space was Hunt and he was continually ignored. Most players were hiding. This resulted in aimless punts from Baker in particular. On occasions 2-3 players, normally one of which was Palmer, occupied the same space which was impossible to pass towards for the man in possession. In the second half, things improved. New team and all that. But we need to improve quickly as we are easy to play against.
  6. RedRock

    Nathan Baker

    Yep. Needs to cut that out. Some woeful passing in the first half... but in the second half was awesome at defending.
  7. ..and the votes from the Devon Jury.... Bentley 7- less jittery, one great save, solid distribution Hunt 5 - wobbly Kalas 7- getting back to near his best Baker 7 - started off poorly but improved and won every header in second half, retuning to form Moore 7 - determined, strong and some good work, didn’t look at all out of place Rowe 5 - struggled a little against tricky opponent Brownhill 6 -another who grew into the game, stronger second half Palmer 5 - got to impose himself on games Nagy - 6 part of an anonymous midfield in first half, cracking goal and grew stronger Wiemann 6 - willing runner and shutter down, but not clinical Afobe 6 - thought he looked a bit of a lump tbh, maybe a slightly more athletic lump that we’ve had previously (hard hat on head) No real stand out, but I’d give Moore MOM based on his improvement in form. ..and as for the subs Massengo.... two diving headers ...from a midfielder .....attacking the 6 yard box ..what’s that about FFS!?!
  8. I rather like Gregor McGregorface. Think he nailed our Summer transfer dealings and prospects in a couple of recent articles. Decent reporting and match analysis overall.
  9. I suspect he’s a key part of Lee’s ‘busy bee’ football philosophy. Quick shift, pass and move from back to front. Get the ball in the opponents box before they get ‘set’ in their defensive positions. Fast and fluid football. Love the idea. Just wonder if we have the quality in all positions of the pitch to do it. Hopefully so. If we haven’t. It’ll be a long season, as the Leeds game demonstrated. Makes it even more questionable the decision not to go out and get a ball playing centre half. Webster’s departure has put a big hole in our game plan. I was more worried originally about the lack of a quick fire attacker. Seems to me, a couple of games in, Webby non-replacement is going to hurt us more.
  10. Seems to me we shift from one extreme to another. The last thing I want is us to revert back to is ‘tippy tappy’ football. Playing all around the back four with little purpose. Just seems we’ve gone from that to pass forward at all cost. I like the shift in emphasis, but to successfully deliver the current approach the ‘machine’ has to be finely tuned with all parts operating in harmony. Not sure we have eleven bodies that have the quality, physical and mental capacity to deliver.
  11. Neither have I, but our wing-backs must be way up the pitch - which must make finding them with a pass challenging. Probably also makes it easier for the opponents to defend, as the space is tighter. Particularly so, if the opposition push up in their half. I’d be bringing the wing-backs closer to the defensive midfielder to give them more passing options and allow the centre backs to be narrower.
  12. Just watched the clips someone has posted on Twitter of his contributions in the QPR game. Now then, that is quite an exceptional ‘baller. A real gem, destined for the very top - unless our coaching messes him up. The other observation how ******* open are we in defence if we lose the ball while in possession in our own half. The Walsh goal an accident waiting to happen! Can you really guarantee a 100% passing accuracy when your often isolated, with no passing options, defensive midfielder is in possession? Any intercept means the opposition attacker has a clear run at goal, with our centre-backs seemingly taking up wide full back positions. That game plan should mean we overload midfield and attack, but we’ve got to get the ball up there by fast, crisp, accurate passing and other players making themselves available. Talk, about ‘high risk’ tactics. A lot of responsibility on young heads. Great if it works mind, and at least we have an identifiable game plan!
  13. Anyone received their Members Card yet? Not received mine despite signing up on the first day the new season scheme was available.
  14. Nice. Brave and bold. Not sure Palmer warranted anything other than place on bench after last week’s effort, but prove me wrong.
  15. Time for the manager to be BOLD with his selection and tactics. His two favourites have gone, let’s make a fresh start. Be courageous, thrill and excite. Sod the negativity, stop worrying about them, focus on us. Be POSITIVE, get on the front foot and go for the jugular, and watch others backs. GO.
  16. My fear, given LJs track record with new signings, is that we may have a couple on the subs bench. A couple will disappear completely and the rest loaned out to Torquay or Newport. Time to be bold on the pitch, as well as off it.
  17. Erm... did anyone note at that open training session where Taylor Moore was placed in the sprint races? Genuine question. You can coach out defensive naivety - losing your man for the second and a reckless charge up field and losing the ball for the third. Lack of pace though is not something you can do much about.
  18. That cheered me up. A lot. Three points Saturday lads. COYRs
  19. End of an era with Packy and Pato off. Both good lads and a great loss to the dressing room. Saw Marlon at Plainmoor ages back when he scored an absolute worldie free kick for Chelts. Flagged up on here worth a punt. Great servant and some memorable seasons. Think it was time to move on for both though. Packy needs a fresh challenge, had gone a bit stale here. Pato’s Inconsistency was a real choker for us. Interesting who’s decision this was. Got a feeling that Ashton is becoming more influential in the set up, given his (relative) successes in the transfer market. Do I detect a bit of ‘petulant child’ behaviour’ from Lee? At a guess, don’t think the US trip was his idea, the bombshell that we were shipping out his favourites - I assume before the Palace match - I suspect went down like a lead ballon. Interesting times. Massive gambles as viewed by an outsider - hopefully those ITK know better. Just can’t help but feel not getting a fast, nippy striker and pacey centre back is going to cost us, possibly big time.
  20. Any news on O’Dowda? Assume nobody can afford him.
  21. Good we have refreshed the midfield - on paper looks good. Good we have refreshed the back line, although jury out on keeper and we desperately needed a pacy centre-back to replace Webby to complement Kalas. Big fail on the forward line. Benik ok to alternate with Fammy, but we needed a fast ‘baller man up there. A little alarming that the likes of Reading, Wigan and Brentford secured their men and we were left waiting at the altar. Doesn’t look now like we have a Plan B (should be an A) for our attack. Risk being that we will see a continuation of the dire ‘hit and hope’ tactics of last Sunday rather than the slick ‘pass and move’ football of a couple seasons ago. Loads of deadwood at the Club which we’ve failed to shift that isn’t great for team morale either. Forget the January window. We don’t do those. So, next Summer, for the love of God, make the attack the priority Mr Ashton.
  22. Patently obvious. No doubt we sold ourselves on a total football ethos and, in reality, we just lumped it in the general direction of an isolated Fammy. Think the management (tactics) and players (application) must have a lot of love for our existing forwards. Almost as if they did it deliberately to keep Fammy as No1. Right. Looks like you’ve got your way. Now go deliver.
  23. Well if your ‘performance’ against your transfer rivals stinks the place out it’s no great surprise he would want to go to them rather than us. Congratulations boys (management and players) you’ve got another season to prove that you are good enough to get us promoted. Better do it this time lads. Cheers, here’s to a Fammy hat-trick on Saturday, with a couple from Taylor. About time Watkins and that Scunthorpe bloke justified their existence too.
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