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at 23:45 11 Sep 2021
|This Paul Cook could/should be sacked nonsense|
at 22:37 9 Sep 2021
I think a lot of folk are kidding themselves if they think this is a realistic propsect.
Ashton has said his concern is that it will take the team time to gel
Owners have said that this is a long term project. They want but do not expect promotion this year.
Significant funds have been spent to sign the players Paul Cook wants.
Some have said that they have only joined Town to work with Cook.
Nine of the new players were not in the first match day squad, three were not here when we played our last league match.
Chaplin, Edmundson, Aluko, Coulson and Carroll and working their way back to full fitness.Burns and Bonne have had injuries. Celina is unlikely to be fit for a while and Morsy will miss three games.
While results have been disappointing, the performance have been really promising at times.
We should have beaten Morecambe, two poor mistakes cost us goals.
We were better team second half at Burton and had we scored the penalty, would have got at least a point, quite possibly three.
Had Bonne scored at Cheltenham, you would have fancied us to go on and win the game, or at least get another point.
Schoolboy defending and a 95th minute equaliser cost us three points against AFCW.
Fine margins but even a Town team who have yet to become a well oiled machine could have had 8-10 point at this stage.
And before adding in Edmundson, Chaplin, Celina, Walton and Morsy
So lots of promising signs that we have the players and approach to be very competitive and entertaining in this league. Cook will be given time to turn this potential into results.
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|Squad size and over-age players|
at 10:25 1 Sep 2021
If I recall correctly, we can only register 22 outfield players aged over 21 this season. I believe that Barry is the only outfield U21, so that leaves us with 23 players for 22 places. Is this correct? and if so, who would not make the cut? Nolan?
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|First team squad|
at 08:25 17 Aug 2021
So, 16 signings to date, who we should assume are guaranteed places in the first team squad when the window closes and we have to confirm our 22 outfield players.
There are also 11 senior players that were signed by previous managers or have come through the academy who currently appear to be around the first team squad. I am discounting the youngsters such as Humphreys, who have featured pre-season. So, how many of the 11 will still be in the squad once the window shuts?
I can make the case for KVY and Dobra as challenging for first team starts. The rest appear to me to be at best back-up and could yet be moved on if we are able to trade and upgrade.
I also suspect that Nbada and El Miz will go out on loan until Xmas and Jackson will be moved on permanently.
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|No goal music today?|
at 19:59 7 Aug 2021
May have just been a duff tannoy, but I do not recall any of the canned music after we scored today.
at 19:58 7 Aug 2021
Great to be back for a proper match.
Some good signs, we are going to create a lot of chances this season and we have brought quality players into the club. Still need time to gel but promising early signs.
Defensively, we need strengthening, quite possible that KVY and Vklady are the only regular starters from the back five today.
|Remind me which of the current first team squad are counted as U21s|
at 11:45 6 Aug 2021
Is it just Dobra?
IIUC we can only register 20 senior players this season, plus unlimited U21s.
We currently have 19 seniors plus Dobra.
Jacobs gets us to 20 and Barrie is an U21.
Suggest that the likes of El Miz, Nbada, Nolan? could miss out if we do bring in further senior players. Else, we would be limited to U21 signings.
at 19:54 14 Jul 2021
ITFC twitter thread is even trolling EADT/TWTD - closing in in bold.
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at 16:24 10 Jul 2021
Great to be back watching Town live and enjoying watching us play.
Thought all the new players are a step up on those that have been let go. Evans and Harper are both beasts and have the making of a really effective central partnership. Burns and Penney got forward well and Bonne had his moments. Hklady did not have much to do but looked assured. I thought Dobra had a really good game and Donacien got forward well.
Norwood contributed little and I would not be surprised if another forward is one of the five that Ashton is targeting, unless the plan is to play Bonne up top and Crooks as a number 10. I still think we need a better option than Norwood.
For a pre-season friendly, there was a good tempo and a lot of intensity in our play. Some big crunching tackles and the players certainly put in a full shift. Dobra lost the ball in the Dartford box and chased it all the way back into our half to win it back.
Gone too was the tentative passing around in the last third. We just looked like we had more purpose.
The fans were great as well. Perhaps a 1000 of the total gate and in good voice.
[Post edited 10 Jul 16:28]
at 14:55 9 Jul 2021
Rather see this used than not. No charge, it is £10 face value. Feel free to spend an extra tenner at the club this season in return. Can be emailed to you.
PM me if interested
[Post edited 10 Jul 8:47]
|Looks like Penney deal was completed yesterday|
at 14:20 29 Jun 2021
The club interview refers to him as the fifth summer arrival.
Could be a mistake but looks like they have spread the announcements out.
How many more this week then?
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