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My patience has run out- some analysis
at 21:52 11 Feb 2020

This was a game where, given recent results, 3 points was a priority.

We went into it with injuries meaning that our wing backs were defensively minded rather than creative attacking players. That is not the manager's fault- and I do not think it inherently wrong to stick with the formation and improvise accordingly. However- we needed to recognise that 2 defensive wingbacks and 3 centre backs meant that a genuinely defensive midfielder would mean we had a very conservative lineup. Even with that recognition- the lineup was not obviously hopeless.

However, it was utterly apparent, within 30 minutes, that we were creating nothing. We dominated possession throughout but made no chances. It was congested, turgid and slow. It should have been obvious that a change was needed, and that there was no necessity for a defensive player in front of a back 3 and two defensive wing backs. There was no room in behind to break- and no creativity or ability to beat a man to break down a packed defence.

Despite that- no changes were made until very late on. When the changes were made- the first was a like for like- Keane for Norwood. Keane did okay- but there was nothing about the change that had any prospect of changing the game or addressing the obvious problem. The second substitution was baffling- Sears as a wing back? Offered nothing and was far too late to effect the game in any meaningful sense.

The system and players meant that our attacking options and spare men were the wide centre backs- and the defensive wing backs. Great as a surprise breaking option. Not ever likely to succeed in breaking down a packed defence. A 532 can work that way if the wing backs are an attacking threat. Given the players available- we needed to ensure an attacking threat came from elsewhere but persisted with a defensive midfielder, covering 3 centre backs and 2 defensive wing backs- leaving a frustrated Downes, and utterly ineffective Huws puffing around to little effect in front of the Wimbledon defence.

The failure to change things and recognise the very very obvious problems was unforgiveable and myopic by Lambert. Dozzell could have supplied some creativity from Skuse's position- and there was no necessity for defensive muscle in front of a back 3, with an opposition with no ambition to get beyond half way. Mizouni and Dobra could have been included to try to provide a spark in these types of games- not part of the squad.

No pace, no width, no creativity- and not a thing done to try to change that throughout 90 minutes. Utterly ridiculous.
Long time since I have been to PR
at 22:04 6 Feb 2020

Kids have never been.

Despite my better judgment, we are going to the Oxford game. I was always a NS ST holder. Sat in Cobbold for the ressies, and Churchmans (post rebuild) during the NS rebuild.

Where is a good atmospheric spot with a good view these days. Was leaning towards the front of upper cobbold. But. 30. Fecking. Quid. Just. For. Me....
How many ponts has norris cost us?
at 18:06 1 Feb 2020

He's not very good is he?
Three month record....
at 17:51 1 Feb 2020

Its useful sometimes to actually look at how things have gone over a period- not just in rough "x points in Y matches" form but having the facts laid in front of us.

Over the last 3 months in the league
Beat Rochdale 1-0
Drew 2-2 with Blackpool
Drew 0-0 with Wycombe
Drew 1-1 with Coventry
Lost 2-1 to Bristol R
Lost 1-0 to Pompey
Drew 0-0 with Gillingham
Lost 5-3 to Lincoln
Drew 1-1 with Wycombe
Beat Accrington 4-1
Drew 0-0 with Oxford
Beat Tranmere 2-1
Beat Lincoln 1-0
Lost 1-0 to Rotheram
Lost 4-1 to Peterborough

4 wins in 3 months (14 games / one third of a season) 5 Defeats. 5 draws
17 goals in that time. Just over 1 a game.

4 wins in three fecking months. Seriously.

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A fine video
at 16:32 31 Jan 2020

ipswich trains
at 10:40 29 Jan 2020

According to the interwebs, a train from london to ipswich on the morning of 22 feb (oxford match) involves changes at ingatestone and newbury park and takes over 2 hours. Am i missing something????
C of E on being gay... Just going to leave this here
at 20:14 23 Jan 2020

Still spreading love and understanding...
Bizarre situation
at 19:42 26 Dec 2019

We remain in a very good league position- as good as anyone could really demand. Our form and performances have been poor for a prolonged period. It would be much easier to stick with it, were I not utterly baffled by the refusal to try to settle a system and personal, and by some of the selections. Usually when it comes to selections, people have different opinions and one has to accept that one's views on a choice are not clear cut and definitive. But here...

Is there ANYONE on the board who thinks that Nsiala deserves to start over Wilson?

Or that dropping Downes in a game we clearly should (and need to) win is rational.

Xmas greetings from Mr J Spence
at 09:58 25 Dec 2019

This, by the way, is how to play guitar
at 20:24 15 Dec 2019

I play it myself, but only have 3 of the interval licks down....

Ari Is a computer programmer by trade- but a lovely fella and an extraordinary musician.

Well- thats my wife and kids applying for Irish passports in the morning...
at 23:16 12 Dec 2019

Going to make for fun holidays whilst I lag an hour behind them.,.. and have to aplpy for visas to pop over to Normandy.
Youth coaches--- Xmas games?
at 18:09 12 Dec 2019

Anyone got any fun ideas for an xmas training session?

Is this actually pathetic?
at 13:34 1 Dec 2019

Or is it, in reality, an indication that childishness continues to lurk in the corners of most decent people- which is a good thing?

at least we got clarity on nuses last night qt
at 08:38 29 Nov 2019

I thought maybe the cons had been saying that they were losing x number each year and therefore adding 50k had to include stopping that to add 50k to the total. But expressing it very badly.

But no. It was very clearly put. 50k more than there would otherwise have been in 10 years but for the proposed measures. So it has indeed been a wilfully and cynically dishonest claim.
Credit to the Man City women's team
at 18:00 24 Nov 2019

The time and effort they spent after the match to make sure everyone waiting got signatrues and pictures was excellent.

The match itself (Bristol City v Man City) was pleasant enough, but the reduced physicality and speed is very notable as against the semi-pro non league fayre I routinely watch. Movement and angles were impressive and the passing ethos very much apparent.

Jill Scott was impressive- probably the only one there physically quick and robust enough, with sharp movement and feet to really stand out. She would do okay in a men's game, at a reasonable level I suspect.

Daughter has photos and signatures from her heroines so all good.
party leader bigotry?
at 13:46 20 Nov 2019

Whilst it is reasonable to continue to criticise one leader on anti semitism issues, it seems right to note and discuss his opponent's extraordinary history of overtly discriminatory comments.

Boris is a man who referred, in print, to gay friends of peter mandelson as 'tank topped bumboys'. Who has made the assertion that women are inherently fickle. And who talks of muslim women in burkgas as looking like pillar boxes.

Most people are aware of that last one. But how about the other two?
Mundane UK Travel advice...
at 18:48 10 Nov 2019

At the back end of this week, I am trekking from the South West up to Pocklington in Yorkshire, for a lovely weekend of guitar related tomfoolery.

I have decided it is stupid to start a 4h 15m journey on Friday morning as the event starts at 1pm (and I need to check in first). I would therefore have to battle Bristol motorway rush hour traffic adding at least an hour and making for a very early start on a day which is supposed to be relaxed and fun.

So- I thought I'd stop in Brum and visit a couple of places- stay overnight for a Balti and then travel up int he morning. However, I have left it late, and even the Hagley Road Premier Inn is £76. So I was wondering if there was somewhere on route people would recommend as a nice stop - either somewhere lovely to stay but keenly priced (ideally with a pool!) or somewhere that is fun for a bloke on his own to potter round, or have a drink etc before returning to hotel.

Ill probably end up paying the £76 but en route, I could stop at Bromsgrove, Nottingham, Derby or even further north- and still make my planned stops in Brum to visit things.

Any clever ideas?
My fridge died
at 19:38 3 Nov 2019

It felt quite new but we think its probably about 9 years old now. Fridges used to live forever. Is this normal now?

Anyone ever bothered repairing one or does the price usually end up being pointless?
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I like this...
at 19:28 2 Nov 2019

I have amde the point in th past, that Cameron pursued civil partnership despite its obvious tension with a lot of grass roots conservative support.

But Boris...

On a slightly related bitter note- why are Mears group
at 21:24 23 Oct 2019

sponsoring a football team?

They provide social care and housing.

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