I hope we beat "we should be in the top 6 every season because we're a big club" Leeds. They have a bang average team and will do well to get top half. Cameron Stewart is no better than average and Kebe is great on his day if inconsistent. Good stuff as always Harry.
I think sometimes people have to understand where the club is, the club has made mistakes over the past few years by trying to do things too quickly instead of building a squad which ended up with Mick taking over a squad bereft of confidence and bottom of the League. Things change in football and I'm sure there are many clubs in the football league who would say something very similar to the thoughts in this blog, Sheff Utd, Wolves, Coventry, Bristol City for example who are in various positions in League 1. Then I look at us and where we are and we're on the even of the play-offs. Yes we're not as entertaining but we're starting to look like a proper football club again and other teams are aware of our progress, they don't want to play us at the moment.
Thanks Harry another good read, your notes remind me how much I miss League football during an international break. Think this will be a tough one against a well drilled side who look dangerous with the ball and of course have two in form strikers. One player I feel we need to watch is Stanislas, he often comes on in the last 20 minutes and changes the game so will need to be wary of him. Can see it being very tight with few goals in it.
Nitroblue1970- To say we are an average Championship side just because Derby came back is a silly comment. We're in the top half and we've played 10 games, and we've played well against the 'bigger' sides in the League. I would say on paper Burnley and Blackpool are 'average Championship sides' and they sit in high positions. I suppose Reading were labelled an average Championship side before going unbeaten run late on and getting promoted. Why come out with over the top statements just because of what has happened tonight.
The immediate reaction is what the hell is going on, we were 4-1 up and drew 4-4 which is totally understandable. How bad a point it is depends on how we react, if we play well in the next 2 or 3 games it could be that the players have responded to this game and it actually helps us going forward. The flip side is that the players suffer a hangover, but with a manager like MM in charge I think the former is more likely to happen.
Its ok saying Chambers should be at centre back but that means somebody who has impressed so far in Berra wouldn't be playing so its positives and negatives and you have to find the right balance. As MM says, Chambers may not be a Zabaleta, Baines type right back/left back but he will be solid and perhaps its better to have someone like that than a young player in Hewitt who despite being a real prospect is still a bit suspect defensively. There are a lot of good, pacey wide players in this league and you have to find ways in dealing with them.
He can find himself quite lucky to be given this opportunity if you ask me. He has done little if nothing the past two years and to be given a shot at quite a big club who have the potential to go up is something he should be grateful for. Some of our other lads haven't been given this shot and now find themselves in the lower leagues. Knuckle down and fulfil the potential you had for heavans sake.
Great piece and an enjoyable read which echo alot of my own thoughts about the season with regards to who may do well and who may struggle. I slightly disagree about Blackpool though, I understand why you may think they could struggle as they are quite depleted and have lost and could lose more key players. However I just have a feeling that Paul Ince will make them a bit fresher and that the transition will be quite welcoming for them. Hopefully we will see more blogs on here from you in the future.
I know this might sound silly but the fact MM already calls him Freddy to me shows how soon he can develop a relationship with players. It has to persuade a player when they're made to feel so wanted. Sounds a good acquisition and I think we provide the perfect environment for him to thrive in.
Sounds like we played well with some promising performances from the trialists aswell as the contracted players. It already shows a major comparison to last season where we went to Luton and lost 2-0 last season with two of our players fancying a Sandwich whilst sitting in the crowd, this season we look more professional and focused already. I echo the comments made about how quick TWTD were to put up an informative report on the game, very helpful.
A bit aggrieved about this, from experience when Town play against local sides the first thing I do is find out who is playing for Town hoping that some of the bigger names are in the side. Usually there are a reasonable amount but to take just one is demeaning to Chippenham who I'm sure await the friendly eagerly. It's almost like "well we have to play the fixture, lets get it out the way and send the kids down, I don't want anyone getting injured" The only positive is that it's a chance for some of the younger lads to impress, and sometimes the younger players are more enthusiastic and the senior players laze around the pitch.
Notts County have a young keeper called Fabian Speiss who played a few games under Kiwomya towards the end of last season and done well by all acounts. Perhaps Kimomya is thinking of risking him as their number 1 next season, leaving the door open for Bialkowski.
I enjoyed the suspense of not knowing who the player was until I scrolled down, I had Carlo Nash in my head for some reason. Can't say I've seen him play that often, seems to have been a prospect but has gone of the boil a little bit the last couple of years. Whether he is better than Loach I don't know but it would provide healthy competition which is always good.
Bristol City have signed Fielding, a player I thought we should have gone in for so not sure Fon Williams would want to be 2nd choice at a League 1 side. I can understand the Blackpool link a bit more as Gilks is a bit older.