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Well, today then....
at 19:13 24 Sep 2016

Currently sitting in a nice room in the Gomersal Park Hotel, 3 course meal booked for 8pm.Its been a lovely day so far, only spoiled by that utter dross i had to sit through for 90mins or so.I'm trying to find some positives- best I can come up with is the performance of Best the player, who won lots in the air and put himself about before tiring (understandably).Problem is, winning balls in the air is a complete waste of time when there is nobody actually up in support.

Knudsen was solid enough, I know he isnt everbodys cup of tea but he never hides to his credit.
Skuse, 2nd half made some great last ditch tackles and intercpetions.Its a lack of anything even slightly dynamic alongside him thats the problem.

Not really a great deal more I can add,so if you are looking for anymore crumbs of encouragement, Im afraid you will be disapointed.

Negatives

Chambers- I havent really dipped into the debate about his RB abilities, but boy was he woeful today.Real inability to play even simple passes .
Douglas- (just checked, yes he did start) Can anyone who understands football more than me please tell me what he contributed today?
Sears- I feel so sorry for him.There is absolutely no way he should be in the starting lineup.He is offering nothing whatsoever.He is a shell of the player we signed.I wonder how happy McCarthy and his coaches are with the work they have done with him?

Anyway,must freshen up as Im looking forward to a few drinks and a nice meal.

Enjoy your saturday nights people.
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Jonny Williams
at 09:42 31 Aug 2016

another 'attacking player' who doesnt score goals.

Overrated and a pretty lazy signing by McCarthy in my opinion.
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I am sure its been said by some already,but I really like the Leon Best signing
at 19:46 30 Aug 2016

just got a feeling he will be a big player for us this season.deffo capable of notching 10 or so goals even if he isnt a regular starter.Glad we got that deal over the line.
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Any chance we can resurrect the Shola Ameobi deal?
at 14:28 27 Aug 2016

or Charisteas?
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Can Best sign today and be available?
at 12:53 27 Aug 2016

or has the deadline for today passed?
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New signing before Sunday?
at 12:02 18 Aug 2016

i have an inkling there will be.What a lift that would give to the fans and team alike.
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3 defenders on the bench
at 14:14 13 Aug 2016

wow is the squad really that short of options?

Or is McCarthy going for the 'pinch an early goal from a set piece and switch to 7 at the back' mentality?!

Anyway, COYB!
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One things for certain- we are completely toothless without Murphy
at 22:04 9 Aug 2016

desperate for another forward of his ilk in the squad.

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2 things from yesterdays game I havent seen mentioned much, if at all
at 10:09 7 Aug 2016

1.Our first goal was from a Knudsen throw!

2.Barnsleys number 6 clattering Ward as he looked to break.Seemed very cynical from my seat in lower North and reminded me of that Watford challenge on Williams a couple of years back.Was it that bad?
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Phil- isnt it time we were linked with Kenny Mclean again? (n/t)
at 18:20 2 Aug 2016

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So Paul Jewell replaced Kennedy as u21's manager then
at 21:43 1 Aug 2016

how did i miss that?!

5-4 to Sudbury.
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Phil- is Kaikai one of the 2 players we have ongoing moves for?
at 20:36 31 Jul 2016

or is it him plus 2 others?

And i take it the Bennett deal is dead?
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Wow-that was bad.(what has happened to Freddie Sears?)
at 20:31 30 Jul 2016

This will probably be a drunken mess, pretty much what our right back,midfield and attack looked like.
Apparantly you cant read anything into friendlies- but from what I saw the same concerns from last season still exist :

Chambers- a Belgian pub team winger doing him on toast for their first goal.
Murphy- over reliance yet again on him.34 next birthday- I thought he was our best player,but can he bully defences consistently like he did 2 years ago?
Skuse- Lovely little 5 yard passes here and there, when will he grab a game by the scruff of the neck and dominate though?
Bru- looked quite decent dropping deep first half, picking up possesion, but as per normal drifted out of the game.
Sears- I loved him when he first joined, breath of fresh air.Looks absolutely ruined now.No attempt on goal for the whole game, worked hard but what did he contribute in an attacking sense?


POSITIVES

Lamah- I liked the look of him.Fairly limited contribution in his 60mins, but decent touch on him and looks an athlete.
Webster- Good on the ball and looked like he had been part of our backline for years.McCarthy says he wont be fit for the season opener?Sounds like bullsh*t to me.
Murphy-Looked strong,positive and good hold up play.My worry is our over reliance on him, as a I mentioned earlier.


My biggest concern of the lot is that McCarthy has taken almost the same spine of a team into another season.I know he has said he is looking at additions but I fear they will be average squad filler.

Bart
Chambers
Smith
Berra
Knudsen
Bishop
Skuse
Bru
Sears
McG
Murph

thats his most likely line up- who comes in and replaces any of them?
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The Elliott Bennett rumours have died right down
at 09:59 30 Jul 2016

i guess we can scrub him off the list of potentials.

Sounds like McCarthy is targeting 4 players,id guess thats 2 wingers, a CM (hopefully) and another forward.
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It seems that even McCarthy has forgot about Giles Coke
at 11:05 29 Jul 2016

didnt even mention him when talking about players with niggles or injuries.
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No subject
at 19:27 27 Jul 2016

[Post edited 27 Jul 19:28]
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no McDonnell in the squad today
at 14:25 23 Jul 2016

loan move lined up?
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Lewis Price has just signed for Rotherham
at 20:09 17 Jul 2016

he is 31!

God I feel old now...
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Tabby, Varney and Toure
at 10:59 10 Jul 2016

wonder where they will end up?

Tabby surely can still do a job at league 1 level?
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So,Kightly then- apart from the fact we wont pay the fee
at 12:44 8 Jul 2016

or get near the wages he would want, sounds like a pretty promising link.
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