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|Satisfied with that|
at 17:03 12 Feb 2022
Win these next two home games and we will be right in there.
|Excellent news on Walton|
at 11:31 17 Jan 2022
Suggests that, even if we don't get up this year (and I think we still can if we bounce back quickly on Saturday) the owners remain intent on making this work.
|Kundai Benyu ...|
at 12:20 10 Jan 2022
... is starting for Zimbabwe against Senegal at AFCON shortly, it's on Sky if anyone interested. Last spotted playing in the Icelandic second division.
at 21:50 29 Dec 2021
Not remotely pretty, and a sketchy winner, but only one real scare in the entire game and very well managed – we've not done that enough, as we all know. Didn't feel in a lot of danger despite Wycombe's usual manic approach. Excellent start for McKenna and I'm not willing to write the season off just yet, let's see how many points we can pick up over the next couple of months and then have a look at the table.
|It's a very high calibre of coach for ITFC|
at 17:55 16 Dec 2021
McKenna and the people he is bringing are really, really top-notch coaches, don't worry about that, really well rated at the top of the game. The level is really high, a real step up on anything I can remember. Question in the long term will be how they are served by other departments of the club, particularly recruitment-wise I'd say. Very high ceiling to this if it goes well but it's a very new world now and the risks are inescapable.
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at 10:41 13 Dec 2021
From best-connected Brighton journalist:
Doesn't sound great does it, he is excellent and would love him to stay. But I also think a few things are going to be uprooted this January whatever happens and we might just have to go with it.
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|About as low as it's ever been|
at 09:55 8 Dec 2021
Gamechanger have a big problem now and it's one that, sadly for them because the last decade isn't their fault, they were always going to face if things went rocky early on. How do you sell fans the idea that things are going to get better now?
That was just horrible last night, not sure I've seen a worse Town performance in my life when players/opposition are put into context, a kind interpretation would be that they just looked confused. The atmosphere in there was bleak as soon as the first goal went in and by the end it was just very, very depressing. Not a lot more to say really.
We wouldn't have had that performance under Cook and probably not even that outcome, which tells me they've gone too early sacking him – a replacement should at least have been in the wings. Now we've given ourselves an enormous problem and are making ourselves look less and less attractive to potential managers into the bargain.
What a shame. I can't believe it's come to this already.
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|Three ways, maybe two and a half, that we can go|
at 21:16 4 Dec 2021
- "Project" manager: young guy like Manning who I'd be thrilled to see here but probably if we were treading water in lower reaches of Champ rather than needing to get up this season (and make no mistake, today's development should disabuse *anyone* of the idea that this squad wasn't built squarely for promotion this year).
- Promotion-specialist manager: Not sure who really fits that, these days, actually if anyone but that's the road we shouldn't go down, it's no guarantee as the game moves on so fast, look at what's happened with promotion specialist Cook.
- Mid-career manager at similar level with potentially higher ceiling: That's Appleton, basically, and perhaps Ryan Lowe fits into this category best even though he's a touch young for it.
What to do? I think we end up with someone in the third category, but I also think if McGreal takes a few games and does particularly well then why rush it – all we should need at this particular point is someone who can get a tune out of these players consistently, whoever that is.
Not an ideal situation to be in, this, but it's seemed somewhat inevitable.
|A positive twist on the stats|
at 14:34 29 Nov 2021
(Buried a version of this deep in an earlier thread although I was actually one off with one of the figures)
If we carry on our PPG rate since Bolton – 14 games so a reasonable sample size – over the next 26 games we will get 45 more points, meaning we end up on 72. That won't be enough for the play-offs but something between one and two wins on top of that should be, we're looking at 75-78 points for that. Put like this it looks more reasonable to suggest that a pretty small improvement on top of what we are showing now, over a significantly longer run of games, would see us competing in May.
And yes, this is not where any of us wanted to be or thought we'd be ...
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|We have a problem up front|
at 10:13 24 Nov 2021
We do I'm afraid. We've seen Bonne's strengths and he's been superb so far, and works very hard too. When we are on the front foot and fizzing ball across the box he's who you want in there.
But when it's not working, he might as well not be there. Not a criticism of him, sometimes it's a systemic thing and sometimes it's because he can't be everything. Smith last night put in exactly the kind of performance we could have done with from a centre-forward for Rotherham – winning stuff in the air, backing in and holding the ball up on the ground, offering a platform to play off.
Said this last night but if we can't get a similar tune out of Pigott then we need to find someone who can offer those traits, it would be a big help given all the potential we have in attacking midfield and out wide. There's too much on Bonne at the moment and it's starting to tell.
|So far short it's untrue – so what will the owners do?|
at 22:27 23 Nov 2021
I'd like to offer something positive but I've got nothing. Rotherham are a good side: well oiled, strong, confident, they'll go up. But we didn't lay as much as a finger on them.
It's not looking good now, however you spin it. Four points from five games against teams we'd like to be our rivals – a drying-up of the one thing we had in our favour ie goals, and a continued inability to keep things tight enough at the other end.
Might have been better with a right side that wasn't – rough guess – our fifth choice combination at the start of the season or with a senior left-back. Also questions up front today I'm afraid: I love Bonne but compare his contribution with Smith's there and it is night and day, we badly need Pigott to step up and give us another credible option up there otherwise it's a major need in January. Could carry on all over the pitch tonight though.
Good crowd in there tonight and at half time I thought it might still be on if we came out well and there was enough injustice whipped up at whatever sh7thousery Rotherham produced. But it never really was. It's going to be lovely to sell out the Sunderland game but let's get real, we are on course for a 13k crowd this time next year against Forest Green and a tonne of regrets about how we squandered a moment that could have really been special for this club. What will the owners do?
|Basically back where we were after Plymouth, aren't we?|
at 11:06 21 Nov 2021
A lot of pressure on Rotherham game now, just as there was at Wycombe. Win it and yesterday can more or less be chalked off, we'd be on about par for what you'd expect from this tricky run.
Fall short and we're back in danger territory, for me. Can't make any argument that four points from Plymouth, Oxford, Wycombe, Sunderland and Rotherham would be good enough and I don't think five would be either. We need to deliver, it's going to be the toughest game yet but can't really see any available excuses.
My expectation: we draw and then beat Crewe pretty comfortably, meaning we're not out of contention but still not doing anywhere near enough. It's not hard to see us continuing to bob along like that. Hope I'm very wrong.
|Really good if McCleary doesn't make tomorrow's game|
at 14:04 1 Nov 2021
He's been excellent for them, mainly in No10 position, I don't think they are as good without him. Would probably mean the three big lads all start again though, and that obviously brings its own problems for us. Injuries obviously an issue at our end too but when opponents' key players are missing we need be making it count given our squad depth.
|Two points gained after going behind, 15 squandered after going ahead|
at 10:44 31 Oct 2021
That's off a fag packet btw and charitably doesn't include the Bolton game in the latter figure because we were just so comfortably beaten ... but even with some minor deviation it's easy to see that this looks very bad. Those numbers need to at least get close to each other if we're to have a chance of doing anything,
Interesting debate below btw, the thing for me is that we have such a massive opportunity this season with engaged & monied backers, good players, a sense of freshness and momentum around the club ... and if we squander it then it's probably not going to feel exactly like this again for a long time. We need to make it count because if we do then this club could really fly. If we can't do that in the next month then this season has probably gone and it's another squad rebuild next summer.
|Bit of pressure on the Wycombe game now|
at 21:17 30 Oct 2021
Today not a big deal on its own but we already have a lot of catching up to do and we need to show we can do something against these sides – which means it's non-negotiable that we get at least a couple of significant results in the next four. If we see ourselves among the contenders then we should be ensuring the margins go our way in a healthy number of those clashes. Anything else is simply not good enough.
Hopefully we get a couple of players back for Tuesday, but either way let's get Celina into that side and Coulson in at LB, where we need to hope he stays fit as he's a significant upgrade.
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|Going to need a striker aren't we|
at 09:46 22 Oct 2021
If Norwood is not in the mix for whatever reason then we're very short up there – one injury leaves us relying on Jackson, who is clearly seen as a last resort & hopefully finds a new club in Jan, for the bench or just opting for another of our zillion wingers/10s. Don't really fancy going into those November games with one CF if anything happened to Bonne or Pigott, but that's where we are. When the window opens we could do with either an experienced head happy for time off bench or a young buck showing promise somewhere to fatten things up a bit.
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