Out of the League Cup, fine with that. We’ve got the 2nd string cup which could yield a Wembley trip.
Anyone else hoping we take the FA Cup seriously this year? Would be great to get to a round 4 or 5 tie at PR vs. someone decent. It feels like forever ago that we did anything in the FA Cup. Obviously I don’t want anything to compromise us getting up but with the squad we have you would think we can rotate sufficiently.
I'll kick off with the Woolpack. Really nice looking pub, in my favourite part of town too with some really characterful properties surrounding it. Reminds me of visiting my auntie as a kid who lived on Constable Road at the time. Many hours spent in the Woolpack after spending an afternoon dicking around in the park. Not been in for a long while mind.
Is it just me that doesn’t find it remotely funny? I’m not offended by it, not in the slightest, I just think it’s such low grade ‘bants’. It’s neither original or funny is it? Now I’ve seen stickers with it on and a group of virgins squarking it at Chambers on the train, and grinning because they said the word c0ck. He looked so embarrassed at how tragic it is and I’m not surprised, I’m embarrassed for them.
We’ve got a better squad now than we had this time last season IMO, and we’re a league lower. Fair play to Lambert I say, he inherited a bit of a mess, and if you had have asked me when he joined what I wanted to see personnel wise, it’s pretty much been delivered to a tee. He’s cleared out a lot of the deadwood, relied significantly less on loanees and given a pathway to the senior side for the talented younger players we have. The issue with having a bloated squad, and relying on loanees such as the Quaner’s and Elder’s of this world, is not only do I think they were largely no better than what we already had, but you have to question the impact on morale and really cultivating that team spirit that’s so important. Lambert’s been smart, he’s brought in exactly the right characters too, Norwood, Judge and KVY aren’t just a real step up in terms of quality, but they’re intelligent, mature and driven. Together with Chambers & Skuse, and the backroom staff, it really looks like a squad I would love to be a part of now. Ultimately good footballers win matches, but it should never be underestimated how important the right spirit is within a group. Even the 2 loan signings he has made, they’re players that feasibly could be playing for a contract next season, and at a stage of their career that they will feel like they have something to prove. They’re not just here for minutes before returning to their parent club.This very much feels like Lambert’s squad now, and with the additions he’s made, disposals he’s overseen and some of the younger lads coming of age, I really think we’re in a better spot personnel wise than we were 12 months ago.
People are a little cynical of Lambert’s ‘PR’ sometimes, and unfairly IMO. I genuinely think he’s humbled to be somewhere where the fans have taken to him, particularly off the back of his roles at Stoke, Wolves, Villa etc where it wasn’t necessarily the case (although I think Wolves fans would tell you he was doing a good job there, before the new owners had a different idea of what they wanted to do). He’s worked to try and put the club closer to the community and that can only be a good thing. Involving former legends, it’s all with a view to getting fans on side and getting players bought in to what it takes to play here, it’s only a positive IMO and shrewd on Lambert’s side. Not to mention the fact he’s arguably put 5,000 on the gate which has perhaps allowed us to have players like Judge and Norwood at our disposal.
We’ve made a really good start, but I still feel like we’ve not really got fully firing yet. I think there’s a lot more to come from this squad as the young players continue to mature and we start to click. Not to mention the return of certain players - Nsiala, Bishop, Nolan, Sears, Keane. We’ll lose games this season but I think we’ve got all the tools to challenge for the title, and IF we can get back up at the first time of asking, we’ll have a base that’s better equipped for the championship than last seasons squad.
I for one am really enjoying it again. Really loved yesterday, it’s great to see c. 20k fans inside PR creating an atmosphere and long may that continue. Credit too to Blue Action, it’s easy to say we need an atmosphere but well done for actually being proactive in doing something about it.
But what is Boris' rationale for suspending parliament? If we assumed his intentions were sound (as unlikely as I make that), would the benefit be that they can now spend a few weeks uninterrupted in Brussels thrashing out a new deal? Is that the plan?
Probably a bit reactionist on my part, and certainly I don't believe they're responsible for mis-managing lower league football clubs, or the inability of the football league to take steps to determine a prospective football club owner to be appropriate, but I don't fancy lining the pocket of that organisation any longer. I might feel differently if we were where Leicester (or dare I say Norwich) are, and had had the past few years they have, although I would like to think i wouldn't. Frankly, I'm falling out of love with the top level of a sport that I've been nothing short of obsessed with since I could comprehend what it was, and that really saddens me. I still love football, but I passionately hate the industry. It's utterly grotesque and I find myself increasingly having little care about the Premier League.
The 'countdown clock' yesterday was in such poor taste. We're talking about the extinction of 2 of the countries oldest football clubs, losing that history, over a century of it, 150 people losing their jobs at Bury, players unpaid (and at a level that more than likely can't afford it), fans memories of trips to the terraces with family members, priceless moments, even some buried ashes I read yesterday. And Sky Sports report on it with a countdown clock and Jim White and his crew looking delighted at the prospect of the drama that was unfolding. They're never getting another penny of my money.
A 34 y/o ex winger vs one of the leagues best wingers.... he gets destroyed twice yet still manages to block the cross.... we should be applauding this not making fun of it #Respecthttps://t.co/AD5Nlyt7Mu
Second consecutive performance where we’ve looked pretty poor IMO, against weak opposition. The saving grace is that we’ve got through the first 4 games of the season and now we’re perhaps closer to getting the weak links out of the side, namely the full backs. The additions are positive, and if Nolan can come back, and Huws, Dozzell, Judge and Edwards can all kick on then we really should be winning the midfield battle. Norwood is class, and exactly what we’ve missed for ages. Aside from being a very good footballer, I love his attitude. Him and Judge just have that maturity and professionalism, and will to win. They’ll grab us by the scruff of the neck and drag us up a level. An ipswich side without characters like that wouldn’t have won last night. A criticism i’ve had for a while is I think our players have got away with too much. A few boos last night and a rocket up their backsides isn’t a bad thing. We need to be obsessed with winning every game we play. McGoldrick’s departing comments said a lot and i think we’re turning that corner now.
Any side with ambitions to play decent football needs footballing fullbacks who want the ball. I don’t believe we’ve seen such players yet this season, and Donacien doesn’t have a future here for me. Lambert was right about him, and the sooner KVY can make that spot his own the better. Kenlock too to a lesser extent, and I’m sure he’ll face competition from Georgiou and Garbutt as the season progresses. I’m sorry but we absolutely have to go 2 up front and take it to teams this season, home or away. Keane getting fit will be a real win in that regard.
As for Wimbledon, nice of them to let a competition winner have a run out. I hope Rod McDonald enjoyed his day out.
On to the next one, 3 points at Bolton please. Anything less is a failure.