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|Strong U23s Side Faces QPR|
Decent U23 side that. Wonder if Bru is playing because potential buyers will be watching? Maybe same with Sears?
|Moore Set for ÂŁ750,000 Barnsley Switch|
Good for the lad and a great bit of business for the club. Could we have kept him, honed his skills and developed him into a decent Championship striker? I guess we will never know.
|Palace Continuing to Pursue Interest In Top Target Bialkowski|
Yes, I don't think we can stand in Bart's way and if Palace offer a deal that in the end is worth ÂŁ5m to ÂŁ7m... We simply cannot turn that down. The lad at 30 has a chance to play in the Premier League and let's face it, it is unlikely he will get the chance with us.
|You're the Bunn for ME, Harry|
Apparently, Bunn wants away and is quite jealous of his Huddersfield team mates. He hates it when his friends become successful. Lovely work Mullet.
|Trialist Spence Impressing|
I was at the game on Monday night and thought he played well and if he plays well against Liverpool on Sunday, I suggest he would be excellent cover for right back. Given our injuries, and no doubt suspensions, a short term contract would seem very sensible in the circumstances.
|TourĂ© Deal Confirmed|
Mick may maker other similar signings before the season.... Larsen is perhaps just a Guinea pig...
He must have something or Mick wouldn't have taken a punt. We are in a much different and better position than we were this time 12 months ago. Bajner was taking a chance, or so it turned out, but our squad is stronger, more experienced, finely tuned and strengthened by signings such as this in my view as we build each year.
|Shelbourne 0-6 Town - Match Report|
Superb that Ambrose scored, especially given that he has clearly left the hanger in that shirt...
Would like to see another couple of freebies and a couple of paid for players before we start the season. Sure that Mick can find a couple of gems, although not all of his additions have worked out, although as we aren't paying out big or indeed any money more often than not, the risk is minimal.
|McCarthy Hopeful on McGoldrick But Sears Ready to Start|
Changes are required - can we do any worse? Many players looked jaded on Saturday, lethargic, leggy, uninterestd. Mings and McG were very poor it has to be said - no sense of urgency. Tommy Smith (who isn't helped by playing on the wrong side at CB) could not pass nor head it to anyone in a blue shirt and looked little better than a pub player. Many didn't do enough and Mick might do well to identify which players he should leave out, it was that bad.
Parr, Ambrose in..... Tabb, Anderson out. Even if Mick goes Chambers & Berra at CB, with Mings & Parr fullbacks, with a midfield of Skuse, Bru, Ambrose & Stewart, with Sears & Murphy up top. Needs freshening up.... loans required me thinks. If realistic about going up - squandering points and playing poorly against Rotherham, Wigan and Brighton ain't going to cut it I'm afraid. If we don't beat Sheff Wed tomorrow, I think we've had it and will end up mid-table at best.
Sorry to be so negative.
Well, we have added to our midfield - young Jonny Williams. A good addition, albeit for only a month at this stage. Will he get more game than the Villa boy Jordan?
I must admit, I was never as convinced with Cresswell as most were. He's okay, but his distribution is over-rated and would you say he's a great tackler? But who is in modern football these days.
Yes, I realise I have spelt Taricco wrong!
A very well written and interesting piece - as always. I agree about the solidity and I like Mick, he's a better option than very many who have jobs at this moment in time and better than all / most without a current managerial post. I like Terry Connor too. I do think that FFP will start to have a serious effect on teams up anjd down the country and we have at least paid lip service to it, although you could argue this is an excuse for not spending any money from the owner... I couldn't possibly comment. It would be nice if we were on TV more (than once!) as the money that that would bring in would benefit us in FFP terms, etc. Maybe, however, we will need to sell in order to buy - Cresswell, McGoldrick perhaps, and if we make money, then that is good business. I wouldn't want to sell our best players, but we have done so many times over the years. I recall us playing a cup game at Ewood Park with several banners stating Butcher & Mariner Must Stay. I remember playing at Huddersfield with lots of banners stating Tarrico Must Stay.... There were none that said anything similar about Tunnicliffe and rightly so... It is sad to see so many folks unhappy about Tunners leaving the club, I thought he wasn't an Ipswich player to be honest, never mind a Man U player and whether or not he makes the grade at Fulham / in the Prem remains to be seen, but I doubt it very much indeed.
I think - and whether this be about FFP or otherwise - that we are in a better position than we were because we have a better manager, but spending wise and strengthening the team to enable us to challenge the top six, we are way off. Mick has done great with free transfers and getting the best out of what we already had. Mick is a resolute character and his teams play that way - certainly we are - although we have failed to do so on occasions and that has cost us the game. We do not have the quality in the squad. Can we bring in a couple of loans to freshen things up and with a view to permanent moves in the summer? I think we need to. And I'd get Paul Taylor's finger out because he has a contract and we paid big money for him. The owner will demand a return on that investment and so he should.
|Preston 3-2 Town|
I did go and I will attempt to answer your questions:-
Did we control the game until we went 1 up and then backed off and went into our shell?
We were the better side in the first half, I wouldnâ€™t say we controlled the game. Some very nice passing, little triangles, without much end product. PNE did get more into the game and second half, they stepped things up.
Did Edwards look uncomfortable being played out of position even tho we had a rightback on the bench and 2 out on loan?
No. Edwards I would say was one of our better players last night. I thought he did well. Problem any right back would have â€“ whether it is Edwards, Chambers or a PROPER RIGHT BACK, is that you get no support / cover from Anderson, who runs around a lot with very little end product â€“ a bit like David Norris used to.
Did Berra continuosly hoof it upfield with his right foot cus he cant play a pass with that foot cus hes being played on the wrong side of the defence?
He did okay â€“ our play does depend on the punt to either Murphy, when he plays, or like last night Nouble. Berra had a hard time handling Davies and did okay.
Did Anderson do an impression of the invisible man again?
As I said â€“ he ran about, looked busy, actually did nothing.
Did Tabb look uninterested?
Tabb was interested, but very ordinary and uninspiring to be honest. He got subbed which was the right thing to do.
Was there a huge gap between the midfield and strikers as there is every game cus we dont have an attacking midfielder in the squad?
Not really, not the way we were set up, and certainly in the second half when we were pressing them hard. Hunt was lively and worked hard and got involved. Hyam did okay â€“ and I rarely speak as highly as that for Luke. But Skuse was a big miss and Tunnicfiffe was abysmal. His fault for the third goal entirely. Too many little flicks and dinks he tried â€“ and failed. He is not a Man U player, nor is he an Ipswich player. Heâ€™ll be a free transfer in the summer and I hope we donâ€™t get him. Rubbish last night Iâ€™m afraid.
Also, definite foul â€“ it was all Kevin Davies did last night â€“ in the build up to PNEâ€™s second goal. Also think that Loach, although more communicative and with better distribution than Gerken, should have done better on the goals, certainly the 2nd and 3rd.
Very unhappy â€“ as is Mick it would appear, so he should be. The set-up, playing personnel, it only be the cup, etc., are feeble excuses for a poor defeat at the hands of a reasonable League 1 side, who themselves made changes. This on the back of an error strewn defeat at home by QPR and some ordinary performances prior to that. We should be concerned and simply saying â€śâ€¦well, Millwall weekend, if we win that, all will be forgottenâ€ť, is brushing things under the carpet and, to me in dismissing this defeat, shows a lack of passion and support for the club. With no money having been spent and none likley to be paid out in January (bar wages), looks like we will have to do what we can with what we have - and unless we get more injuries, I'm sure Mick will get the best of of these guys. But we need to defend better or at least with more confidence. Just my view.
|Preston 3-2 Town|
There is some rubbish spouted on here....
Tunnicliffe = useless tosser. He can go back to Old Trafford at any time. Too many fancy tricks he tried tonight and failed - his fault for the third goal, messing about where he did, stupid. He can go back to Man U and play 5-a-side and try his little dinks and flicks there. I can't bring myself to do a match report yet.... it would be too depressing if I wrote it now. Shocking. Oh, and the ref was a clown too - massive foul before their second goal, not given. A joke.
|Town Made Barnett Approach|
Bit naughty of Baz to let this info out... To be fair to the player, he's looking at his longer term future and if he looks at our striking options, he may have been daunted. Plus, although I thought he looked okay the few times I saw him in a blue shirt, maybe an oportunity at a League 1 club with the option of a permanent contract is a safer bet for the player?
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