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at 07:56 4 Mar 2020
Despite everything else about the game last night I was really impressed with him. Considering he was once again parachuted in from not playing since January he seemed to be the only player trying to get things working. His passing is a joy to watch and we simply do not have someone either the vision of a pass like him. I know there’s other aspects of his game that come in to question but I thought he really put a shift in tonight and deserves some credit for it.
|Norwood - Half season thoughts?|
at 10:41 27 Dec 2019
I amongst many others was extremely excited at the thought of signing Norwood and genuinely thought he could be the answer to our striking problems. However as of late i seem to find myself becoming more and more frustrated each game i see him play and wonder if he can truly cut it at this level.
|What did we think of three up top?|
at 09:35 15 Dec 2019
Despite our obvious defensive shortcomings yesterday i do think in patches we played some of our best football in a while. Having Keane on the pitch and being able to fire the ball in to him at pace and him control and lay off is a massive advantage and i think we need to find a way of getting him in the team every week, maybe number 10 behind Jackson & Norwood?
Furthermore yesterday was the first time i've seen us for a while play some lovely one touch football and pass our way through a team. I know he's got some stick from yesterday but i think a big part of this was having Dozzell on the pitch. Whilst we all know he isn't the most physical player and obviously got robbed for one of their goals yesterday I'd like to see him get a run of games.
|Brief thoughts on today's game|
at 17:19 27 Jul 2019
Just back from today's game, thought i'd share my thoughts as best i can from memory. Did a 4am dropoff for the Mother at Heathrow this morning before going straight to Cambridge so slightly weary!
Holy - Has to start at Burton for me. Look so much more assured at the back with him in-between the sticks. Made a couple of good saves, claimed crosses and has an absolute monster kick on him.
Donacien- Not convinced he's our solution at right back, did okay wasn't getting up and down as much as i'd like.
Woolfenden- Looked pretty good defensively, love it when he brings the ball out from the back which he did on a couple of occasions today. Used his pace to get him out of a couple of missed headers but all round pretty good.
Guthrie - Missed a few headers and looked a little suspect today i think, not sure i'd feel comfortably with Guthrie and Woolfenden being our starting pair next week.
Clements - Not sure how others feel on him but i really hope we have Kenlock back and fit next week. Whipped in a couple of great balls into the box but very lightweight and gave away the ball far too many times for me today .
Downes - Man of the match for me, absolutely dominated the midfield today and shields the ball so well for his size, should've probably got a goal when he nipped through had it not been for a heavy touch. The tackle and altercation resulting in the red card's was right in front of me, it wasn't a great tackle by any means however the reaction was way over the top, has to be more professional than that. Love that he's got a bit of passion in him but with the position we're in and how well he's been playing we could do without him having a ban.
Skuse- Was great today don't think he missed a pass all game and was brilliant in the air, his experience showed today. Was fairly untested at right back but some good link up play with Judge and Downes down the right hand side.
Jackson - Looks a better player than last year for sure, links up well with Norwood and should've laid one off to him in the first half but shot instead. Couple of reasonable chances and certainly used his pace, we were just that final ball short today.
Rowe - Good first half and some neat little interplay an touches in the number 10 role, think he should get his chance this year he's a tidy player.
Dozzell - Thought he did well today, not set the world alight by any means but his quick passing and vision can be a joy to watch at times, certainly seems to be working harder than he was last season, i think with a good run of games could be good player for us this season.
Norwood - Maybe not his best game but i think he'll be a huge player for us, a couple of his cushion headers from crosses today to set someone else free were sublime and showed great vision, very good on the ball and always a nuisance.
Judge - What can you say, was absolutely everywhere when he came on and you would never guess that was his first 45 minutes of pre season. Always wants to keep the ball moving and his balls into the box created two great chances for Norwood. Everything crossed in hope he stays because he'll be massive for us this season.
Dobra - started off quietly but was getting more involved as the half went on with some good interplay and touches, a bit lightweight but to be expected as his age/size. Wonder where El Mizouni was today?
Huws - Fairly quiet today, love the way he turns on the ball but don't think he's 100% ready yet, has missed a hell of a lot of football.
Garbutt - First time I'd seen him today, hard to say really, had a fair bit go down his side and was involved quite a bit but certainly not the finished article, would like to see him in some more games as I'm not sold yet.
Chambers - Solid at the back up against an absolute unit, the way we're playing this season though i'd like to see him get his foot on the ball a bit more and find a pass but i guess that's never really been his game.
Wilson - was the other end to me when he came on, didn't see much of him
Cambridge weren't a terrible side in all honesty and played some nice stuff at times. We had some really good spells of possession and when we get into a bit of a rhythm it's certainly good to watch ,were just missing that final ball today.
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