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|Judge: I'm Not Going to Kid Myself, I've Been Shit But Rochdale Felt More Like My Old Self|
Think there is a lot of unfair comment on Judge.
It's clear he's not been at his best, and he has way more ability than we have seen, but he has openly admitted he's struggled for form and it seems there are quite valid reasons for this.
Obviously personal problems and missing pre-season have had an impact but the biggest thing he has mentioned is he has clearly lost a bit of confidence because of the way he has been playing.
I play football regularly, not to any great standard, but after a fairly long absence this year, I just seemingly cannot play to the same level as before....I keep beating myself up about it and it's all completely down to confidence. I'm the same player, same legs but timing has gone when I shoot, crosses over or underhit, constantly feel pressure on the ball even when i have time. Now i'm finally slowly getting confidence back as things i do come off, but what i thought may take a few games has taken me over 3 months. This is the first time I've really appreciated the impact confidence has on a player and the absolute hollow feeling of desperation, and letting team mates down when you seemingly can't play to the standard that you were before.
We really should get behind the guy if the manager seems fit to select him and not knock him as I imagine that is only going to make the situation 10 times worse for AJ. If the manager thinks form and mindset of AJ is not good enough then he won't select him but he's obviously seeing enough in training to see him as a starter. Let's support the guy as we are more to see the player we want to that criticizing him online. I really hope he doesn't read these threads as it won't help his confidence.
|Green’Un With Envy|
Great read. Football and following it had soul before the era of internet and premierleague money. I miss those days, and listening via radio, following grandstand and relying on the papers for any snippets on Town. Even TWTD doesn't make up for those days, (Sorry Phil!)
|Luke Chambers Will Be a Town Legend|
Well said...I'd much rather watch Luke Chambers play at RB, than a more talented player that didn't show any passion or love for the club.
Luke Chambers will go down as one of my favourite ITFC players
Hoppy spot on. Carlos seemed an ok fella, but he could play a whole 90 mins without uttering a word...not what you want from a captain.
|Town Closing in on Malarczyk Signing|
Excellent. This has all the makings of a good signing. Another player signed who has captained his side, and 8 goals from 131 appearances for a defender is good going...we have a considerable goal threat from our defenders.
I genuinely cannot believe how things have gone this season...signings, contracts, performances, results, cup run, a decent 2nd string, emergence of youngsters....now we just need the crowds back...come on everyone...make the dream happen and do your bit!
I haven't felt so excited about Town since we got relegated from the PL in 2001!
|Skuse: Best Team I've Played In|
tractorboy81......is it not a bit rich commenting on someones grammar when you appear not to understand your and you are which is very basic English. It's "you're welcome" not "your welcome" !!
|Briefing Notes for the New Season – Part One|
Harry, your enthusiam for doing these reports is incredible, I love reading the viewpoint of other fans and your blogs are now one of my favourite reads.
Hope you can keep up the tremendous work, I know many TWTD members really love these!
|Hyam Set for Colchester|
Criket, everyone get some perspective. perhaps he's just not good enough. Some players have good spells early days and we think they're going to be great but does not mean they will be a great plyer!
Other than Rhodes (who is still playing a level below Championship) name me a player that is making big strides that we have let go?
We all want youth to do well but if they are not good enough we have to let go! Ask yourselves why it is Colchester interested. Not like scouts are screaming about him and clubs queing up is it??
|Andrews Says No to Leeds|
Sonian......you are thinking of Ryan Nelsen at blackburn who is also a New Zealand International! We are linked with Keith Andrews, completely different player!!
|Jay Hoping to Link Up With Chopra More Regularly at Town|
Really hope JET delivers, he's saying all the right things and he does seem pretty level headed for a 20 yo. He has the potential to be a huge hit here! Great to be truly excited by a Town player again...it's been a while!
Heard him speak on sky sports news yesterday and he's actually quite well spoken, he doesn't speak like he tweets!
|Jewell: More Players in Regardless of Wickham Sale|
Good Luck Connor, a good move for you and for ITFC. Hopefully we'll see you playing at Portman Road sooner rather than later with Town as Premierleague club (and not Sunderland getting relegated!)
Looking forward to some more faces coming in during the next few weeks. Some young hungry players such as Cresswell along with some experienced Championship pro's who know what it takes to get out of the Championship would be good.
Keep building PJ!
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