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  1. Not sure the Bolton team from the start of the season is the one you'll be facing now - they signed a load of players on deadline day which means it's bit of a different proposition. I was initially annoyed that we only managed to draw with them, but Sunderland needed an injury time penalty to salvage a draw there at the weekend. Whether that's fair or not in terms of teams playing them earlier in the season getting an easier ride is another matter. Went away on holiday and we seemingly battered Lincoln (who coincidentally our old manager has just been appointed to) 6-0. Then we went on to beat West Ham 4-0 in the League cup after making 6 changes to the team (admittedly they made 9 but still). Maybe I should go on holiday more often! Shame about drawing Sunderland at home in the next round as I was hoping for a novelty away day, but I suppose the upside is it's winnable.
  2. Join the club - we drew 0-0 to Bolton! I appreciate it's not their U23 team now, but the pros they've signed can only have had a couple of weeks or so of training so we should have been too much on fitness alone. Sounds like they could have been up 2 or 3 by half time. Beat Tranmere at the weekend but 3-0 flattered us, they looked awful. I thought Burton were one of the better sides I've seen this year, worked really hard, moved the ball quickly, and looked to have some attacking threat. The positivity I had at the start of the season is starting to waver a bit, it's feeling very much like last season but with less injuries. I predict us bobbing up and down around the lower end of the table through the season. Which I suppose is an improvement over being in the relegation spots for most of the season last year!
  3. Yes it was a crazy game, I thought it was fairly evenly balanced in the first half and Mackie missed a sitter. Second half was pretty bonkers, from Woodburn hitting the post on the volley from outside the area to your second in less than a minute! Not sure what Dabo was thinking for the first, he wasn't really under any pressure. For the second he had to get something on it otherwise Moore would have got to it, although I'm guessing preferably away from your goal! I thought when we made our substitutions and Woodburn went off it changed the game, Baptiste and Fosu were both more direct and causing problems for what was looking like a pretty tired defense. Regardless it was cracking entertainment and would have been a great game for a neutral, two teams playing quick passing football and 6 goals. Dabo is our second highest scorer this season, Brannagan has three We need to stop shipping goals asap, that's 12 in the last 4 games - which keeps giving us a mountain to climb, especially with only one fit striker at the moment.
  4. We had almost the same against Blackpool and lost, dominated the game but couldn't score. The local rag describes it as 'Take the three points and run' - 'That would be my advice, for this was a theft as brazen as the Great Train Robbery in 1962.' So I'm not too down about it, as long as we're playing well we'll be ok - just one of those days. Burton tomorrow evening, they like to play a passing game so it should be decent watch.
  5. Same result, same scorer, beat Peterborough again in the League Cup despite making 7 changes - good to see we have a little more depth this season as last year we'd struggle to make more than a couple of changes without basically throwing in the towel. Sadly one of our youth players, who had been battling illness last season so had limited playing time, had his leg broken by a pretty rubbish challenge. Seemed to be a little bit of a nasty edge to some of Peterborough's play in both games, not sure if that's something they've been told to do by Ferguson to stamp their authority on the game. Regardless of intent, if someone is getting stretchered off you go and check on them or apologise. Also during the match on Saturday play was stopped whilst we were in possession for a possible head injury to Toney (he had jumped into our centreback). But when play was restarted instead of giving us the ball back Toney just started an attack .. I know it's not against the rules but it's pretty poor sportsmanship. Blackpool next, I think that's going to be a tough test as they've started really well.
  6. That's the guy yeah - signed too late to play Saturday so haven't actually seen him kick a ball yet. Robinson seems to be good at developing young players though so hopefully he can the get best out of him
  7. Decent result in our first home game against Peterborough. Weather was absolutely crazy with it switching between rain, sun, and gale force gusts of wind every few minutes. First half we dominated and they didn't offer much threat, seemed quite disjointed as a team. Their number 10 caused us some problems, but their number 7 seemed more interested in falling over than playing football. He was subbed off at half time so I'm guessing their manager thought the same. Second half they had more energy about them and got back into the game, Maddison was a threat but again not much end product. It eventually degraded into hoofball trying to pick out Toney, which would have probably worked us over last season! But our young centre back seems like a different man this year, full of confidence, kept Toney quiet, and made 3 or 4 crucial interceptions that prevented a one on one. Terrible miss by Woodburn though, should have been a tap in to put us two up after Henry's shot hit the bar, but somehow managed to smash it over - hopefully doesn't dent his confidence too much. Finally signed a forward from Burnley, if we can sign another (or two more would be a rare luxury) then I think we'll have a decent season ahead. Weirdly playing Posh again in the League cup tomorrow night. Not fully confident the result will be the same though.
  8. Yeah decent result, would have taken the point if you had offered it to me before the game. Sounded like some players were struggling for march fitness, and we're sorely lacking any striking options but a positive start. Already surpassed the start of last season! Bolton and Bury look like they're in a bad way, not sure if they'll both see the season out but if they do they've got a mountain to climb already.
  9. Not 100% accurate, we're sponsored by Singha beer because our current chairman is Thai and presumably has business connections there. But the problem stems from the fact we don't own our ground, we're tenants and lease it from a previous club owner. This means we have precious little say on what goes on within the ground itself as we're just tenants. So a catering company leases the space in the ground from the ground owner to sell food and drink and the club see none of that revenue. Whether or not they want to stock Singha is their choice (don't care for it myself personally!) but not something the club can dictate or influence. This is all a legacy of a disastrous decision some time ago to separate the club from the ground - whether this was done knowing the future consequences or was a naive error is debatable. But the fact is the former chairman Firoz Kassam, has done a number on us and has done nothing since to indicate he has any sympathy with our situation. In fact, he'd probably like it if we went bust and he could demolish the stadium and sell it for housing. That said, I wouldn't say we're not a basket case - we lose 1-2 mil a season usually which isn't sustainable, and unless we can find a solution to free us from our current situation regarding the ground to increase revenue we're always going to struggle. Now why someone would want to buy the club knowing the above is another matter... !
  10. Oxford United supporter back for another season. Didn't get round to updating last season's thread as the end of our season just sort of petered out, but given we spent most of the season in and around the relegation spots I guess 12th would be considered a good result in the end. I'm hoping for a more relaxed season than last year and hopefully we've learned lessons from the disastrous recruitment last summer which meant we didn't start looking like a coherent team until mid October. Recruitment has been pretty quiet so far, we've picked up a Spanish midfielder from Motherwell and a couple of youth prospects. Nelson looks like he's leaving for Cardiff and good on him, a great player who behaved like a true professional until the end - unlike a few of our other players in recent memory who started playing silly games to force a move. He will be very difficult to replace, but it's been on the cards all season so hopefully we started looking early. If we can carry on playing as we were at the end of the season I think we'll be comfortably mid table with a possible sniff of the play offs, but as we found last season things can turn sour very quickly! Good luck to everyone, thoroughly enjoyed reading people's insights into their clubs last year.
  11. Scunny aren't looking great at the moment though, hopefully you'll get a bounce from a change at the helm. Such a weird season this year. We drew with Doncaster, had 2 goals disallowed which I don't think should have been (well one definitely should have stood as it wasn't offside), out of the teams around the playoffs they were comfortably the worst. Offered little threat tbh beyond Marquis' constant falling over and looked defensively suspect. We were all over them after we went ahead and if some of our players hadn't been so greedy we would have been out of sight just after half time. Their equaliser came from an own goal, one of our under 18s centre backs making his first full start which was unfortunate. Hope it doesn't dent his confidence too much, the manager spent a lot of time speaking to him at the end of the match which was good to see. Luton away next, there's a slim chance we could upset their party..
  12. We never win at Shrews but given out current run of form I thought it there was ever a time we'd have a good chance it was now. Went one nil up quickly, great. Then Nelson gave away another penalty (no super volley to make up for it this time) which they scored. To make matters worse Kashi was sent off around 30 minutes in - that's 2 red cards and a missed game though suspension since I credited him with turning our season round! They scored before the break and I thought, oh well try again next season maybe. Looked at the score at the end of the game and we'd scored 2 goals in the second half to win! The young winger we picked up from the Northern Irish league in the summer, Gavin Whyte, had scored a hat trick. Mental. Doesn't mean anything now, but the fact we came from behind a man down and don't really have anything left to fight for, and they're still needing a win for safety so should be fighting hard, shows me how far we've come. Earlier this season if we went behind I just couldn't see how we would turn it around, and most of the time we didn't. What's happened @neoELITE? I thought you were flying a couple of months ago. Injuries? I noticed Ladopo wasn't in the team this week and remember him scoring quite a few for you, has his form dipped or injured? Your last 2 games against Accrington and Scunny are going to be huge - fingers crossed for you.
  13. Absolutely crazy game against Charlton - I went in with fairly low expectations as they were on a good run of form, so anything was a bonus as far as I was concerned. The first 10 minutes they were on top, we couldn't get hold of the ball and were pinned back, Nelson put in a silly challenge and gave away a penalty which they scored. At this stage I was just wondering if we could keep the score respectable and not lose by too many. Their fans were chanting "what's the score Robbo?" as our manager managed them last season and there's seemingly some ill feelings towards him still. But he redeemed himself shortly afterwards with a great volley from a corner straight into the top left corner. It was an outstanding stike for a forward let alone a center back! About 5 minutes later we had a free kick 25 yards out which Garbutt smashed into the top corner for his first goal of the season. Insane, scoring from 2 set pieces that quickly is unheard of for us. For once we actually took our chances and were now leading 2-1. The rest of the first half was an end to end affair with a lot of action in the midfield but not much end product. About 10 mins into the second half our keeper got a straight red for handling outside the area .. I don't know why he didn't just boot it away and instead waited for the ball to come to him whilst it was being charged down by their forward. Regardless, it meant we had to bring on our reserve keeper - no pressue, we're only holding onto a single goal lead and are down to 10 against one of the best footballing teams in the division. It was his first senior start and he became the 100th player to graduate from our youth system into the first team. Then to top it all off, about 15 minutes after that one of their players gets a straight red for a two footed challenge on Mackie! We're back on level terms and at this point I think we looked more likely to get another. They had a lot of possession and forced a superb save off the line from our young keeper who looked like he'd been playing for us all season not making his senior debut, but apart from that there was little on target to speak of. At one stage we broke quickly and our forward was clean through but the last defender wiped him out (in fairness looked like clumsiness more than anything deliberate) but the ref only produced a yellow .. I wonder if three reds during a game was one too many for him? A nervous 20 minutes at the end of the game to see it out with both teams still throwing everything at it (including 6 minutes of additional time) but it ended 2-1. Everyone ran themselves into the ground and I can't fault the effort of any player. Our fans were now the ones chanting "what's the score Robbo?" It's sort of a shame as it doesn't really mean anything in terms of the table, but it was one of the best matches I've seen this season there and great entertainment. It gives me some hope that if they can carry that team spirit into next season it should be a much better one...
  14. I'd assumed that AFC Wimbledon's turnaround in form was due to them suddenly playing better, but based on what I saw at the weekend they are probably the worst team I have seen this season. Absolute masterclass in hoofball, they might as well not bothered with midfielders as they usually just skipped that section and lumped it over the top to their unit of a forward. We dominated the whole game but couldn't find a way through, in fairness their keeper made some excellent saves and was comfortably their best player. Ended up 0-0 but one of those games where you can't understand how we didn't manage to score. What confused me was they were starting to time waste in the first half, and they weren't winning .. surely they need wins? Charlton on Friday, should be a good game - I think we'll lose, but it should at least be easier on the eye. In other news I noticed young Joseph was in trouble again for a fracas in the tunnel after their game with Barnsley, how many chances has he had?!
  15. Yes pretty crazy given where we were in January. It's not been entirely comfortable and fine margins have meant we picked up 3 points where it looked like we'd get one (two injury time winners in the last two home games). I'm happy we haven't gone down to the last game at Luton to have to get something as that would have probably been beyond us. That said, we look like a much stronger proposition now than I think at any point during the season and I feel like we can still win a game if we go behind which I wouldn't have said earlier in the year. Our January signings really have made the difference and kept us up. Kashi especially has added a different dimension to our midfield, when we signed him and I read he'd played for Robinson at Charlton it immediately had me suspicious that it was a "job for a mate" type signing, but he's been great. Can read a game well, always seems to pop up in the right place, and can distribute the ball quickly and accurately. I think Mousinho is a great personality but since replacing him with KAshi we've looked far more dynamic and fluid. Another striker, and another option on the wing mean we now have players on the bench who can actually change a game - quite a luxury given the rest of the season. Off the pitch things are still a bit of a mess, we've been issued with our 5th winding up petition in just over a year and the staff didn't get paid on time in March. Our landlord (who has always been an arsehole to be fair) has fallen out big time with the chairman and we're no closer to finding a solution to our current ground situation (without going into too much boring detail, we don't own our ground, some genius signed a contract to seperate the club from the ground a while back so we're tenants in a crap unfinished stadium, but we can't change it and don't get any matchday revenue beyond ticket sales from it). Assuming we're still financially solvent, I'll likely be back in this thread next season by the looks of it - @neoELITE I think you're playing too well at the moment to get dragged into the relegation scrap given some of the teams I've watched recently near the bottom. Reckon you'll be fine. I'm guessing @Coltrane will be graduating into the Championship thread next season Will be nice to watch the remaining games without so much pressure, it's been a season to forget for the most part. Who would have thought I'd be praying for mid table obscurity!
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