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|Next season squad as things stand|
at 16:24 6 Apr 2021
Crowe - U23
Smith - U23
Baggott - U23
Chirewa - U23
Crane - U23
Simpson - U23
Ward - U23
9 players, plus a further 9 scholars (at least) signing this year
So there are 21 professionals contracted to be here next season - but 6-7 of those are likely to be in U23s bar a good pre season.
There are a few first teamers out of contract I'd give a new deal to - Chambers, Toto, Nydam, Bishop, El Mizouni, and there are some above there who I'd try to move on personally - McGavin and maybe Hawkins......plus a few other youngsters who could/should get a deal - Gibbs, Zak Brown, Siziba, Morris, Przybek, Stewart, Alexander, Curtis, Bello.
It's going to be a huge change this summer, and going to be very difficult to get us down to a manageable squad size whatever happens if you assume Cook is going to look to bring in 8-10 of his own men
|Paul Ritter - RIP|
at 11:17 6 Apr 2021
Loved him in Friday Night Dinner - always seemed a great character when interviewed....only 54.
|9 points in 8 games since changing the manager....|
at 20:41 5 Apr 2021
....and we are still just 2 points outside the play offs.
The lack of bounce since Cook came in is hugely disappointing, I don't think it is a stretch to say that 4 of our poorest performances of the season are since he has come in as well.
|Match day - wonder if we’ll see an interesting selection today!|
at 08:08 2 Apr 2021
Must admit I’ve checked out of things a bit this week as had so much elsewhere going on.....but think there are some big interesting decisions to make today.
Does Chambers go back to RB? Do we find a way to start Jackson and Norwood?
One thing I do know is that we simply have to win
|Greatest ever European footballer?|
at 13:07 24 Mar 2021
Probably between Cryuff and C.Ronaldo for me....
I'd edge towards Cryuff because of how important he has been to the game.
Interesting to see the next 2 big superstars in Haaaland and Mbappe are European, rather than South American
|Out of contract players|
at 11:07 24 Mar 2021
So many, be interesting to see what happens.....
Could run a sweepstake on it
(Edited for Gibbs, which was an oversight)
[Post edited 24 Mar 11:51]
|Wilson out for the weekend....|
at 09:25 24 Mar 2021
....do we see KVY start and Chambers go central as we finished he last game?
Or straight swap for Woolfie?
I'd like to see KVY in there personally
at 08:19 17 Mar 2021
Below average - Wilson, Nsiala
Poor - Holy, Chambers, Dozzell
Woeful - Kenlock, Skuse, Edwards, Parrott, Judge, Harrop, Jackson
We played 7 players across the forward 4 positions yesterday, and not one of them made a single decent contribution in the whole game. (Edwards, Parrott, Judge, Jackson, Harrop, Lankester, Drinan)
It's hard to tell without watching the full game/pitch, but there must have been a lack of movement or ability to find space as there just never seemed a ball being able to be played into feet.
There was absolutely zero press from the front, and just a total lack of positional discipline, every single one of them just meandered around from side to side not getting involved - and when the did get involved - Edwards and Parrott especially - just gave the ball away in such weak attempts. Harrop was beyond bad when he came on.
Think it's important not to overreact, but Cook needs to be doing a bit more with how he sets us up and how he gets us playing - because you can't allow the team to play so slowly and drift through a game. We showed no urgency when 2-0 down to try and get back into it.
I'm interested to see what team starts on Saturday, think it needs a bit of a shake up.
|13 games left - 4 at home and 9 away|
at 13:06 15 Mar 2021
A very strange quirk of the fixture list - with all this travelling and short turnarounds not going to be ideal.
Got 2 runs of 3 away games in a row - starting tomorrow.
|Not a classic last night, but a decent result all things considered....|
at 09:12 10 Mar 2021
....Lincoln a tough side to play against as incredibly well organised in both an attacking and defensive sense, very well coached in all phases.
Think there was a fear on the ball at times when we got into final third, that is something that seems bred into us as a team, plus I think we were rightly concerned about turning the ball over when you saw the pace on their flanks.
We just need to be a bit braver at times, and also show better quality when we do get chances to create something. Edwards struggled with his final touch/ball, and when we were chasing an equaliser there was a 5 minute spell when things opened up 3 times.
Dozzell lovely exchange of passes with Lankester in middle - drives forward - 25-30 yards from goal....tries to pass and it is behind Norwood who makes a bad run
Decent ball from Toto down wing to Norwood, his cross drops to Bishop who is 1 v 1 with a defender in the box......passes back to Dozzell and ends up with Kenlock and breaks down
Lankester striding foward with real purpose, things opening up nicely and rather than hammer a shot at goal he tries to play in Norwood who checks his run and ball comes to nothing.
There were a few other ones mostly out wide, but this attempt to score the perfect goal is why we have so few shots and create so little chances - players need to just shoot sometimes, and have strikers aware for rebounds.
There were some promising signs, but think some fans are underestimating how organised Lincoln were, and how quick on the break they were......their away record is exceptional and easy to see why.
Over the last 6 games we've played 5 of the top 8 and picked up 11 points, very good return - we are in a position now where we have 12 of 14 games remaining against bottom half teams and we just need to play ourselves into form and gain some momentum
|Another Blue Monday special....|
at 18:32 4 Mar 2021
...and quite possibly the greatest bit of video content the team have ever produced to announce it. Make sure you watch to the very end of the video....
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