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Category 2 - Def Info (n/t)
at 14:08 24 Jul 2014

EDIT: Just been told it can be appealed. Not sure if it is being though.
[Post edited 24 Jul 14:38]
Owen Garvan
at 12:41 23 Jul 2014

Apparently he got injured playing for Palace's U21s on Friday - so is he actually training with us or just here?
My view on the trialists...
at 12:17 23 Jul 2014

4 - Adam McDonnell
Only 17 and looks a very good prospect. Passed it very well, both short and long - and knew when to force play intuitively. Read the game nicely and made a couple of good interceptions. Struck an excellent free kick which was very unlucky to hit the bar.

Admittedly, playing in a deep lying midfield role is easy to look good in sometimes, due to having a lot of time on ball but he looked a player.

5 - Ryan Robinson
A couple of strong challenges and swept up nicely alongside Clarke as they spent the evening relatively unchallenged. Not the tallest so struggled a bit in the air but was decent for his size. Definitely worth another look at for a year in the development squad.

7 - Dylan Connolly
Had good pace and wasn't afraid to run at his man, but little end product or understanding of the game, he's 19 and I wouldn't have him near the 1st team judged on yesterdays evidence so I would guess that he's just a player that looks good in Ireland.

8 - Kevin Bru
Neat and tidy, not a lot more. Pulled out of a couple of challenges and while his distribution was good I'd expect a 25 year old to have been absolutely head and shoulders above that level if going to even get close to 1st team and he just wasn't. Did some things well but nowhere near enough.

9 - Leroy Lita
Looked rusty but drew a couple of fouls in dangerous positions that would have led to at least a caution in real matches, so still has that ability to get in behind. Nothing needs to be said about his goal other than he was alert - but I'd like to see him get at least 45 minutes tonight or on Saturday v Gills to see him against some proper defenders.

10 - Achille Campion
Started off very nicely with a couple of neat touches but faded out of the game after 10 minutes. he must have a very good agent to have had trials here, Sheff Weds and Yeovil because he is in no way good enough.
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EADT confirm that Lita plays tonight (n/t)
at 16:01 22 Jul 2014

Jonny Williams in Palace squad for US pre season tour (n/t)
at 20:31 21 Jul 2014

Steven Gerrard retires from international football (n/t)
at 15:03 21 Jul 2014

That just about sums it up
at 14:46 21 Jul 2014

A run out to lose a test match
Root has caught the hooking disease too...
at 14:12 21 Jul 2014

Thrown this away.
Stokes is also a f**king clown
at 14:07 21 Jul 2014

Stop bloody pulling and hooking.
Prior is a f**king clown
at 13:58 21 Jul 2014

That will be his last innings for England, deservedly so.
Latitude traffic...
at 11:20 18 Jul 2014

I was considering heading up to Southwold for the U18s game (6.30pm kick off) tonight...then realised Latitude is on.

IS the traffic going to be a nightmare heading up there? Where actually is the Latitude festival even?!
My 2 favourite moments from last night....
at 08:06 17 Jul 2014

When Matt Clarke and Tyrone Mings had possession early in the 2nd half, no real movement in front of them and after about the 5th pass between those 2 as we kept possession looking for a decent pass in a pre season friendly someone shouts "F**king get it forwards"

When Marriott hits that 1st shot which he dragged wide from 25 yards, guy behind me says to his mate:
"That's why he won't make it, he has to do better with chances like that"
Quick views on everyone tonight...
at 22:42 16 Jul 2014

Bear in mind I was in NS so saw defence more closely in 1st half and attack in 2nd

Gerken - nothing to really do
Hewitt - struggled up against a very lively Jarvis, didn't get much support
Mings - defended very well
Clatke, defended well, comfortable in ball, few wayward passes but kept his head up
Berra - looked very good
Stewart - looked lightweight and seemed to go missing after a heavy tackle
Henshall - tiny, but quick and not afraid to ship over decent crosses
Bishop - great battle with Noble, tackled well and used ball well mostly
Skuse - still doesn't do enough for me, needs to get out of comfort zone
Marriott - bustling, good movement and a great run.
Nouble - hmmmmm

Bialkowski - one good reflex save, not much else to do
Parr - great engine, got forward well
Wystt - did really well v Vaz Te defensively and used ball well. Impressive
Chambers - looked much more comfortable at CB
Smith - picked up where he left off last year
Anderson - got involved and used it well
Tabb - looks lively until he gets the ball then flatters to deceive
Veseli - very tidy and willing in midfield, could be a good option
Hyam - great pressing and a couple if really good forward passes
Taylor - pretty poor, seemed to be trying too hard
Murphy - couple if decent moments
Bialkowski fee....
at 10:22 16 Jul 2014

What do we think then?

£50k up front - £100k on promotion would be my guess....

Anyone (Phil!) with any info on it?
Freddie Veseli...
at 21:41 15 Jul 2014

Another player sent out on loan to develop, but the loan spell has basically been first step on road to release.

Over last 2 years we've loaned out Jack Ainsley, Joe Whight, Ronan Murray, David October, Josh Carson, Tom Winter and more out and haven't seemingly given any of them a chance back here. Seems like Freddie Veseli is going down the same route now - Phil's comments seem to suggest Hewitt might too?

What are we getting so wrong with our youth development? Do people think Marriott will play mire games for ITFC this year or out on loan? We seem to use the loan system so poorly with our own players....
I hope we play Elliott Hewitt this year
at 20:56 15 Jul 2014

Think we played our best footy under Mick with Stearman at right back with Edwards in front and changing constantly between 442 and 352 at back end of 12/13 season - now with Chambers still looking like a centre back playing right back I think it'd work well with Hewitt.

352 seemed to be back in vogue at the WC with a lot of teams playing 2 up top in the Championship I think it could work well in this division.

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Bad news for us that Wickham has turned down a new deal at Sunderland
at 10:26 15 Jul 2014

We need him to sign a new one or most of our top ups will not happen as he is sold off at a cut price deal.

Hopefully this is just an early negotiation rather than final offer.

EDIT: "And although Wickham has rejected an offer at this stage, Sunderland see that as an opening to talks rather than an ending of them."
[Post edited 15 Jul 10:28]
Shame to see Titus retiring.
at 21:20 14 Jul 2014

Looked a cut above in his pre season games last year, would have been a good signing for us this time last year but serious injuries in your 30s are dangerous - one of the reasons why I wasn't interested in Leigertwood signing.
I'm surprised these teacher strikes never fall in school holidays....
at 08:14 10 Jul 2014

...with 13 weeks a year holiday you'd think every now and again one would.
at 11:07 9 Jul 2014

In 1 week he would have been a Chelsea player for 2 years, in that period he has played 156 games for club and country - ridiculous workload.
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