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Alex BH
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't attend the game but I get the feeling Stevenage are still playing rugby instead of football, some things never change eh? Laughing

Sounded like we should of won, but equalising in added time always feels good.

8 points out of 12 and the same return in the next 3 games and we can finally start to see daylight between us and the relegation zone and who know maybe we can even start looking at the top 6.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I make Tubbs appearance v goal ratio to be .75 a game. Which has to be some kind of club record for some one that has played more than a handful of matches. Obviously if Bournemouth are reading this you have to appreciate he can only do this in a red shirt in West Sussex. Many of these goals come from such good crosses they ping in when his not even looking. If they want we can take his wage burden of them as a favour next year.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a point to people complaining about the ref- yes, there were many decisions I'd have liked him to give that he missed, but our players make it easy for him not to give them when they hit the ground as if they've been shot by a Russian sniper.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

backofthenet wrote:
In JG I trust.

With the amount of games we have left, he has to start with what he thinks Will do the job for him.

It didn't work this time, and he changed it it H/T - well done him.

If you don't give ALL players a chance, you don't know what they can do.

Anyway, a good point, even if MT did miss his first ever league penalty.

Good support from Satanage; still hope they go down though because I hate the way Westley has them playing.


Good management then! Not sure if RB would have done that. Tough decision to sub players at halftime but he did it.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not recall anyone mentioning Jones performance in goal, he kept us in it in the first half?
How many more goals are we going to concede from corners?
Westley may have them playing in a rugby style, but some of their players looked like rugby players!
"Nobody does it better, Tubbsy your the best"
Please stay?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever we think about Westley and how he sets his teams up, they were far better at their game than we were at ours throughout most of the match; they should have been two up at the very least by half time.
All they had to do was contain us and with Westley telling his players to get the ball in the air, we couldn't do much with it up there.
Then at last some spirit and fight came through from us and it was a great battle of wills.
Must say I though Paul Connolly played well, lots of telling passes down the wing in the second half.
Boetang was poor, probably the pace and intensity just passed him by; he wont start again unless we're desperate.
Still, I'm sure we'd have settled for 4 points from these last two matches so still on course to narrow the gap between us and 6th place although Sheff Utd need to be stopped when they come here.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

d_c_bryan wrote:
Whatever we think about Westley and how he sets his teams up, they were far better at their game than we were at ours throughout most of the match; they should have been two up at the very least by half time.
All they had to do was contain us and with Westley telling his players to get the ball in the air, we couldn't do much with it up there.

True enough... but a look at the table highlights the limitations of sticking resolutely to one approach... I cannot really reconcile the intelligent & inspirational chap that I have had dealings with... and the robust, direct & uncompromising style of his team... but he will do it his way wherever that leads... even if it means a local derby at Luton..(?)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just listened to the JG and Fadz interviews.

JG's, Its so refreshing
He states clearly why he made changes and then stands up and says he got it wrong. And put it right for the second half.
No complaining about the ref, clearly admits we were unlucky tonight but we have been lucky in other games and over a season it evens out.
(None of this defeatest were lucky to be competing in this league, and the team was well prepared.... )
I reckon we have really come up lucky appointing JG.

Fadz interview is so positive it's infectuous, if that attitude goes through the squad at the moment, however inprobable, maybe they can just make those playoffs. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A game of two halves.
I am going to give credit to both managers, for a change.
Firstly Westley for his smothering tactics right from kick off, for the whole of the first 45 minutes. His team completely took over the midfield and negated any attacking ideas we had, but his team looked very capable going forward. Their midfield seemed to want it more than we did, and they won every loose ball and knock down.
Secondly, JG for recognising his team selection / tactical play had ground to a halt and needed to positively alter the team around in the second half.
We completely took over the running of the midfield and really played some exciting attacking footy to retrieve the situation. It was akin to the charge of the light brigade in the second half !!! The only thing missing was the onion bag bulging a few more times.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chippy minton wrote:
A game of two halves.
I am going to give credit to both managers, for a change.
Firstly Westley for his smothering tactics right from kick off, for the whole of the first 45 minutes. His team completely took over the midfield and negated any attacking ideas we had, but his team looked very capable going forward. Their midfield seemed to want it more than we did, and they won every loose ball and knock down.
Secondly, JG for recognising his team selection / tactical play had ground to a halt and needed to positively alter the team around in the second half.
We completely took over the running of the midfield and really played some exciting attacking footy to retrieve the situation. It was akin to the charge of the light brigade in the second half !!! The only thing missing was the onion bag bulging a few more times.


I don't need to add much more to the above, this just about sums it up. It was certainly getting very frustrating in the end as I thought that it was just going to be 'one of those nights'. They closed down our midfielders admirably in the 1st half, but the inspired(?) substitutions at half time had a remarkable effect.

At last, a manager who has a 'Plan B' and isn't afraid to use it. Long may it continue.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some highlights from last night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZQtqcMh8s
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

notso wrote:
chippy minton wrote:
A game of two halves.
I am going to give credit to both managers, for a change.
Firstly Westley for his smothering tactics right from kick off, for the whole of the first 45 minutes. His team completely took over the midfield and negated any attacking ideas we had, but his team looked very capable going forward. Their midfield seemed to want it more than we did, and they won every loose ball and knock down.
Secondly, JG for recognising his team selection / tactical play had ground to a halt and needed to positively alter the team around in the second half.
We completely took over the running of the midfield and really played some exciting attacking footy to retrieve the situation. It was akin to the charge of the light brigade in the second half !!! The only thing missing was the onion bag bulging a few more times.


I don't need to add much more to the above, this just about sums it up. It was certainly getting very frustrating in the end as I thought that it was just going to be 'one of those nights'. They closed down our midfielders admirably in the 1st half, but the inspired(?) substitutions at half time had a remarkable effect.

At last, a manager who has a 'Plan B' and isn't afraid to use it. Long may it continue.


Two very fair appraisals. We could easily have won the game in the last few minutes. But we had four players through with just two to beat, only for them to fluff it, shortly followed by another almost certainty to be hoofed over the bar.

Tubbs spent quite some time on his rear end but to me the player who changed the game for us had to be Bulman. Why, because he never gives up when most other players do.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter wrote:
Some highlights from last night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZQtqcMh8s


Who played the pass for Tubbsy? What a ball that was.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James wrote:
Peter wrote:
Some highlights from last night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZQtqcMh8s


Who played the pass for Tubbsy? What a ball that was.


Kyle...!!! Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matcowdrey wrote:
James wrote:
Peter wrote:
Some highlights from last night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZQtqcMh8s

Who played the pass for Tubbsy? What a ball that was.

Kyle...!!! Shocked

And he was honest enough afterwards to say he was looking for Jamie Proctor.
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