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|A few points|
at 20:35 10 Nov 2018
Having just come back from the game. Great, as ever, to see people.
That was a pretty thunderous first half of football. It would not be unreasonable to say we dominated. However, it would have been even better had we been able to convert one or two more of the chances created. Reading were beginning to wilt and they might not have been able to come back from it.
Reading evidently had a boot up them at HT and, as Harry pointed out, a tactical change. Also, we began to run out of steam somewhat.
We let ourselves get under more pressure than we ought. Also, our attacking spells began to break down, reverting to long balls too often - which wasn't really working. There was a momentary lapse for Reading's second.
Town didn't stop attacking, but it was becoming less and less effective. Jackson worked hard but was not as much of a nuisance as Roberts. Rowe as a CF was interesting, but he didn't have Sears' sharpness or (odd as this may sound) confidence.
Overall, the cohesion and mutual awareness of the team was so far improved as not to be in the same universe as what we were seeing a few weeks ago. Consistent selection obviously helped.
We did score two goals which did not (directly) come from set pieces. So it can be done, by this squad.
at 10:51 9 Nov 2018
Good performance from a well-constructed team. Batsmen to turn around a sticky situation, bowlers to get wickets in the conditions and quality fielding.
Plus a big score for an opener (who isn't Cook).
|Who needs a DoF|
at 15:36 6 Nov 2018
When you have a manager prepared to consult all the elder statesmen of the club?
|A pathway to safety|
at 14:52 4 Nov 2018
If all the teams continue on the same recent form trajectory, then the table as the transfer window opens will look roughly something like this:
Ipswich will be (taking GD into account) nine points from safety. A difficult ask, but still not impossible.
However, if we can tighten up the defence (particularly free kicks/corners) and keep up an attacking style of play which forces the opposition to concede set pieces (with Downes continuing to deliver corners as well as he was doing yesterday) it ought to be possible to increase our points accrual by a significant amount, from the current average of around 0.7 per game to more like 1.25 (say: Reading a W, WBA h D, Bristol h W, Forest a L, Stoke a D, Wigan h W, Sheff U h L, QPR a D, Boro a L = 12 points). That would be enough to lift Town off the bottom of the table and keep us well in touch with 21st place.
Then if, in January, we can acquire a striker to score goals from open play as well, plus continuing to progress team cohesion and the hardening of younger and less experienced players, it ought to be possible to raise the rate yet again. An average of 1.33 points per game (win-draw-lose) would see us finish on something like 48-50 points, enough to escape the drop in eight out of the last ten seasons.
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|Interesting from Mills|
at 17:13 27 Oct 2018
That this squad is no worse than what McCarthy had to work with.
|Would be hilarious|
at 10:42 26 Oct 2018
If everyone's got it wrong and it isn't Lambert.
at 23:41 24 Oct 2018
We seemed to be playing fairly well up to the point where there was a shambles and we conceded. After that, the bottom fell out (or it fell out of the bottom).
|RIP Anthea Bell|
at 20:30 21 Oct 2018
Translator of the Asterix books.
|One for the TWTD botanists|
at 14:43 14 Oct 2018
Found this under/behind a box in a cupboard, but unable to identify. Is it some kind of spider nest, or a sort of mildew? Each little "enclosure" is about 3 - 4mm long. The cupboard is very slightly damp (old house), but not wet.
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