SWINDON TOWN 0 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1: 'Lobotomised' Town slump to home defeat.

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ON Saturday, Swindon Town’s man of the match was a half-time substitute who was sent off for two bookable offences.

That sums up succinctly a turgid performance in difficult conditions which left 7,000 home fans disillusioned at the final whistle.

It shouldn’t take away from Troy Archibald-Henville’s individual effort. The central defender came off the bench to make his first Swindon appearance since November 2012 after a long spell out of the game through injury and slotted almost seamlessly into the back four, looking composed on the ball and willing to make up the hard yards for the sake of the team.

But, aside from a couple of other exceptions, the Robins were abject. Unexceptional, physical, robust Oldham didn’t stifle their hosts, they didn’t stop them from playing – Swindon did all that themselves.

The majority of Town’s players could have been mistaken for patients emerging from a lobotomy clinic, such was their lack of imagination and creativity in and out of possession on a dark and blustery Wiltshire afternoon. But perhaps more worryingly was an almost total absence of inspiration, motivation and heart.

The County Ground crowd isn’t used to this kind of lifeless display. Even on the more difficult days this season, Swindon have at least battled to force some kind of result, even when they haven’t been able to pass the ball with rhythm or fluency.

Not on Saturday. Not even slightly.

Town’s only effort on target came in the 12th minute and even that was a speculative long-range drive from Ryan Harley. Without Yaser Kasim, who was rested, the injured Ryan Mason and the suspended Alex Pritchard, Swindon’s midfield coughed and choked like a rusty engine.

Up front, George Barker and Nathan Byrne offered Michael Smith the kind of service that you’d expect from adolescent waitresses – careless, inconsistent, invariably wrong.

Jonathan Grounds’ 72nd-minute strike for the visitors gave Oldham a victory that, on reflection, they probably deserved. Without Wes Foderingham’s saves – from Danny Philliskirk and Jon Stead – frustration could have given way to embarrassment. Perhaps it did anyway.

Archibald-Henville picked up his first yellow card in the 69th minute for a clumsy challenge and was harshly given a second booking in the dying moments for his second foul of the game. It was a petty decision by referee Tim Robinson but ultimately it did not affect the result.

Peterborough are next for Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. If the prospect of Wembley can’t pull the Robins out of a mini slump, will anything?

Mark Cooper made three changes to his starting line-up, dropping Nile Ranger to the bench in favour of Barker, who made his full Swindon debut, and including Ryan Harley and Byrne. Kasim was rested, while Pritchard missed out through suspension.

A miserable opening 10 minutes, during which neither side was able to retain possession, didn’t bode well for fans who’d made the trek to the County Ground in search of entertaining, free-flowing football.

The tedium was momentarily broken in the 12th minute, as Harley forced Mark Oxley into an uncomfortable save low down to his right with a drive from long range.

Oldham took 20 minutes to muster an effort on goal, with James Wesolowski slashing over the Town crossbar from the edge of the box, but the Latics felt they should have been awarded a penalty 12 minutes later when Nathan Thompson appeared to barge Philliskirk to the floor inside the Swindon penalty area. Referee Robinson, whose performance – along with those of his assistants – fluctuated between poor and confusing – turned away Oldham’s shouts.

An appalling first period gave way to a slightly improved second, though neither side showed any real signs of quality.

Gary Harkins was afforded far too much time and space on the edge of the box in the 50th minute and Town were relieved to see the midfielder’s shot skid past Foderingham’s right-hand post, before Smith couldn’t quite reach Byrne’s raking cross at the other end of the pitch.

Massimo Luongo almost gifted Oldham the opener in the 56th minute. The Australian midfielder gave possession away in leading to Philliskirk turning neatly in the box to force Foderingham to make a fine save at his near post.

The Swindon goalkeeper was once again to thank for keeping his team level with 20 minutes remaining. He had to backpedal quickly to push Stead’s header over the bar after the Town backline had allowed the on-loan frontman to ghost in behind them from a long free-kick.

The warning signs were there to be heeded by Town. But either they ignored them or didn’t take them seriously. Within three minutes of Foderingham’s second impressive save of the second half, Oldham took the lead.

Swindon’s back four tripped over their own feet trying to hack clear a loose ball in the box but Grounds was quickest and thrashed his shot through the legs of Raphael Branco and beyond Foderingham.

Philliskirk almost put Oldham out of sight with 10 minutes left but his audacious 35-yard chip landed on the roof of Foderingham’s net and, despite being behind, Town simply could not create a thing.

Archibald-Henville did his best to gee up his team, picking up possession deep in his own half, finding teammates with crisp passes and running 60 yards to join up with his forwards. But Swindon lost the ball almost immediately on almost every occasion and the former Exeter man could only jog back into his own half – the most unnecessary of shuttle runs.

As the game entered stoppage time, Archibald-Henville was fractionally late in a tackle in midfield and was punished by referee Robinson. His face was a picture of frustration but, as he walked off, he would have seen another 7,000 mirroring his own.

Cooper said after the game: “We needed to compete, it wasn’t a day for pretty football, but I would suggest the only difference is they wanted it a little more than us.

“The only positive for me was Troy, who was outstanding when he came on, but the disappointment is he is now suspended.

“I thought the referee was very, very poor again and it was baffling, it was never a red card, but that isn’t an excuse because it was awful for both teams.

“Today has taught me that one or two players can talk a good game but can’t back it up.

“We started playing at 1-0 down and if we’d played like we did in the last 15 minutes from the beginning then we would have won.

“It was a day for grinding out a result like we did against Shrewsbury, Coventry and Peterborough but we didn’t do it today.”

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7:41am Mon 3 Feb 14

LeGod says...

Wrong team selection from the start of the game should have started with our strongest side then introduce fringe players what I saw of the likes of barker simply weren't good enough and seemed out of his depth. Dropping ranger and kasim was a mistake. Get in front during the game then rest them but no he's texting them for a poxy jpt game.
Troy was the only positive of that game and just shows with him in the side what could have been this season.
Wrong team selection from the start of the game should have started with our strongest side then introduce fringe players what I saw of the likes of barker simply weren't good enough and seemed out of his depth. Dropping ranger and kasim was a mistake. Get in front during the game then rest them but no he's texting them for a poxy jpt game. Troy was the only positive of that game and just shows with him in the side what could have been this season. LeGod

7:57am Mon 3 Feb 14

street2000 says...

Cooper said in the interview after when asked if he thought the team had one eye on the Peterborough game on Wednesday. He said "I hope not". How can he say that when his team selection was based on that game???? By his own admission he said he was resting players ahead of the Peterborough game??? How can he expect the players not to think about it. Baffles me everytime!
Cooper said in the interview after when asked if he thought the team had one eye on the Peterborough game on Wednesday. He said "I hope not". How can he say that when his team selection was based on that game???? By his own admission he said he was resting players ahead of the Peterborough game??? How can he expect the players not to think about it. Baffles me everytime! street2000

8:24am Mon 3 Feb 14

tifosi says...

Just ONE shot on target for the whole match says everything
Just ONE shot on target for the whole match says everything tifosi

9:00am Mon 3 Feb 14

Cricklade Reds says...

Poor management when the jpt money is more important than the 7000 loyal supporter than go to every home league game.
Poor management when the jpt money is more important than the 7000 loyal supporter than go to every home league game. Cricklade Reds

9:19am Mon 3 Feb 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered.

Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again!

I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches.

Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR
I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered. Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again! I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches. Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR Psychedelic Syd

10:38am Mon 3 Feb 14

old town robin says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered.

Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again!

I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches.

Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR
Summed it up perfectly
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered. Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again! I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches. Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR[/p][/quote]Summed it up perfectly old town robin

11:44am Mon 3 Feb 14

Since 1950 says...

...It wasn't a day for pretty football... Then why don't we have a plan B when obviously our passing game isn't working? We could have tried route 1 in the first half with the wind in our back. The mid field were doing nothing and nothing from the wings. We have two strong strikers who if played together might have caused havoc.
I know all the excuses about limited resources and inexperienced players but sometimes team selection and tactics leave me confused.
...It wasn't a day for pretty football... Then why don't we have a plan B when obviously our passing game isn't working? We could have tried route 1 in the first half with the wind in our back. The mid field were doing nothing and nothing from the wings. We have two strong strikers who if played together might have caused havoc. I know all the excuses about limited resources and inexperienced players but sometimes team selection and tactics leave me confused. Since 1950

2:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

old town robin says...

Had to look up what Lobotomised means on the internet, new word for me, sluggish and tranquil is probably the best definition I could find, although Nick Clegg uses it liberally of how he feels being in the Government
Had to look up what Lobotomised means on the internet, new word for me, sluggish and tranquil is probably the best definition I could find, although Nick Clegg uses it liberally of how he feels being in the Government old town robin

2:39pm Mon 3 Feb 14

gingerdad says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered.

Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again!

I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches.

Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR
Agree with most of this. What has happened to Luongo? He was lively, creative and attacked with zeal on arrival and struck up a great partnership with Ranger.. Harley is a complete lightweight who shirks tackles and hides. Barker was barely noticeable. Boy, did we miss Yasser! That was the worst performance I've seen in about three or four years. And I gave a lift to an Oldham supporter to and from the game. Short-changed, humiliated and angry. I hope some pay packets were docked. Simply unprofessional.
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered. Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again! I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches. Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR[/p][/quote]Agree with most of this. What has happened to Luongo? He was lively, creative and attacked with zeal on arrival and struck up a great partnership with Ranger.. Harley is a complete lightweight who shirks tackles and hides. Barker was barely noticeable. Boy, did we miss Yasser! That was the worst performance I've seen in about three or four years. And I gave a lift to an Oldham supporter to and from the game. Short-changed, humiliated and angry. I hope some pay packets were docked. Simply unprofessional. gingerdad

2:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

69Champs says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered.

Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again!

I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches.

Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR
Absolutely on the button. 4-5-1 at home against a team in the bottom half is unforgiveable.

Barker had the most inept debut that I have ever seen, it was like playing with 10 men as he never even demonstrated any intent or effort. How can we have given him an18 month contract?

Other than Wes and Troy the rest played like they were lost against a very average team.

My brother had enough by half time and left and unless the Town start to play like earlier I the season then there will be many more absentees.
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered. Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again! I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches. Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR[/p][/quote]Absolutely on the button. 4-5-1 at home against a team in the bottom half is unforgiveable. Barker had the most inept debut that I have ever seen, it was like playing with 10 men as he never even demonstrated any intent or effort. How can we have given him an18 month contract? Other than Wes and Troy the rest played like they were lost against a very average team. My brother had enough by half time and left and unless the Town start to play like earlier I the season then there will be many more absentees. 69Champs

4:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Since 1950 wrote:
...It wasn't a day for pretty football... Then why don't we have a plan B when obviously our passing game isn't working? We could have tried route 1 in the first half with the wind in our back. The mid field were doing nothing and nothing from the wings. We have two strong strikers who if played together might have caused havoc. I know all the excuses about limited resources and inexperienced players but sometimes team selection and tactics leave me confused.
Spot on - in those condtions we needed two up front and to lump it up field in the first half, and maybe trying more shots which at least would have given Oldham something to think about. Mistakes may then have been made under pressure in their eighteen yard box and given us a few chances. None of that happened, and in the second half Wes was lumping it forward and getting it hit back at him half the time. Then again when you can't trust your centre halfs to pass the ball what choice do you have?

Sick of talking about this now to be honest, was very miffed Saturday but now just can't wait till the next game (whenever that may be, Wednesday could well be off) so that we can start putting things right. COYR.
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: ...It wasn't a day for pretty football... Then why don't we have a plan B when obviously our passing game isn't working? We could have tried route 1 in the first half with the wind in our back. The mid field were doing nothing and nothing from the wings. We have two strong strikers who if played together might have caused havoc. I know all the excuses about limited resources and inexperienced players but sometimes team selection and tactics leave me confused.[/p][/quote]Spot on - in those condtions we needed two up front and to lump it up field in the first half, and maybe trying more shots which at least would have given Oldham something to think about. Mistakes may then have been made under pressure in their eighteen yard box and given us a few chances. None of that happened, and in the second half Wes was lumping it forward and getting it hit back at him half the time. Then again when you can't trust your centre halfs to pass the ball what choice do you have? Sick of talking about this now to be honest, was very miffed Saturday but now just can't wait till the next game (whenever that may be, Wednesday could well be off) so that we can start putting things right. COYR. Swindon1984

4:54pm Mon 3 Feb 14

alchafreds says...

tifosi wrote:
Just ONE shot on target for the whole match says everything
and not for the first time
[quote][p][bold]tifosi[/bold] wrote: Just ONE shot on target for the whole match says everything[/p][/quote]and not for the first time alchafreds

4:56pm Mon 3 Feb 14

alchafreds says...

Cricklade Reds wrote:
Poor management when the jpt money is more important than the 7000 loyal supporter than go to every home league game.
think that figure will start to dwindle soon
[quote][p][bold]Cricklade Reds[/bold] wrote: Poor management when the jpt money is more important than the 7000 loyal supporter than go to every home league game.[/p][/quote]think that figure will start to dwindle soon alchafreds

5:42pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Scouse Red says...

old town robin wrote:
Psychedelic Syd wrote:
I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered.

Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again!

I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches.

Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR
Summed it up perfectly
agreed. Spot on in every sense. Good work Syd!
4-5-1 only works when it becomes a fluid 4-3-3 at home and Saturday was a disaster
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: I think almost everything has been said that can be said about the Oldham debacle. Mark Cooper has my support but at the heart of the performance was lousy team selection and complete lack of tactics. How can we play one man up front on his own at home? Maybe if we had two fast tricky wingers bombing down the flanks and lashing centres over at speed but our crossing is woeful. By the time the players crank themselves up enough to cross, having played the ball right up and down the field a few times, the opposition teams are all standing there waiting and crowding us out. I swear there were times on Saturday when the Oldham defenders were yawning and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the ball to be delivered. Even when we had free kicks on Saturday the balls in were terrible. Harley has plummeted in my estimation after that performance. I think I might have spotted Barker on the pitch once or twice but then I wondered if he had just been warming up by the touchline. Byrne had a mare but I'm sure he will come back, he has played some good matches for us and to give him credit, he didn't try and hide - just kept ****ing up again and again! I gave Reckord the benefit of the doubt at Walsall but now that I've seen him play 90 minutes twice sorry, he is not up to it. Luongo was just plain frustrating because he has such a lot of skill but can be so careless in distribution. Branco is OK, still got much to learn but you have to say he is a strong guy, not like watching Hall get pushed around and knocked out of the way all game. Troy did enough in his time on the pitch to make me wish Ward could make way - maybe that's why Nathan T is talking about captaincy - some hope methinks. Thank goodness for Wes because with a lesser goalie we would be losing many more matches. Very depressing stuff but we've got to keep on supporting the lads because they need lifting all the more going through a bad patch like this. We've been pretty lucky in our last few home games but on Saturday the luck ran out. Roll on the next game when we can try and put it right. COYMR[/p][/quote]Summed it up perfectly[/p][/quote]agreed. Spot on in every sense. Good work Syd! 4-5-1 only works when it becomes a fluid 4-3-3 at home and Saturday was a disaster Scouse Red

5:47pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Scouse Red says...

As a complete aside, can i have a rant about the half time disaster that is trying to get a brew in the Legends Lounge?

The club, based on the fact they've been around a while, surely must know that about let's say 3.45, they may get a few people who want a hot drink on a bitterly cold day. For my sins, i did duck out when the 1 min added time sign came up as my lad wanted the loo, good chance to get a drink i thought.

I was wrong.

1 old dear was there, faffing round with lids and other stuff 'under the counter'. It was now 3.50 and a massive queue formed. still only the 1 lady serving, ordered a Bovril (as you do on a cold day) and then she wandered off for cups.

Come on, get your staff organised between 3.00 and 3.45 and be ready for the customers to pay more money for a hot drink and even a bar of overpriced chocolate. Don't wait for us to get there, then decide you need cups, spoons, lids and god knows what else. And have more than one person serving. Joke again behind the scenes, as it was last saturday (now i know why i usually don't bother - but it was freezing!)

Rant over.
As a complete aside, can i have a rant about the half time disaster that is trying to get a brew in the Legends Lounge? The club, based on the fact they've been around a while, surely must know that about let's say 3.45, they may get a few people who want a hot drink on a bitterly cold day. For my sins, i did duck out when the 1 min added time sign came up as my lad wanted the loo, good chance to get a drink i thought. I was wrong. 1 old dear was there, faffing round with lids and other stuff 'under the counter'. It was now 3.50 and a massive queue formed. still only the 1 lady serving, ordered a Bovril (as you do on a cold day) and then she wandered off for cups. Come on, get your staff organised between 3.00 and 3.45 and be ready for the customers to pay more money for a hot drink and even a bar of overpriced chocolate. Don't wait for us to get there, then decide you need cups, spoons, lids and god knows what else. And have more than one person serving. Joke again behind the scenes, as it was last saturday (now i know why i usually don't bother - but it was freezing!) Rant over. Scouse Red

10:47pm Mon 3 Feb 14

joey butler says...

Scouse Red wrote:
As a complete aside, can i have a rant about the half time disaster that is trying to get a brew in the Legends Lounge?

The club, based on the fact they've been around a while, surely must know that about let's say 3.45, they may get a few people who want a hot drink on a bitterly cold day. For my sins, i did duck out when the 1 min added time sign came up as my lad wanted the loo, good chance to get a drink i thought.

I was wrong.

1 old dear was there, faffing round with lids and other stuff 'under the counter'. It was now 3.50 and a massive queue formed. still only the 1 lady serving, ordered a Bovril (as you do on a cold day) and then she wandered off for cups.

Come on, get your staff organised between 3.00 and 3.45 and be ready for the customers to pay more money for a hot drink and even a bar of overpriced chocolate. Don't wait for us to get there, then decide you need cups, spoons, lids and god knows what else. And have more than one person serving. Joke again behind the scenes, as it was last saturday (now i know why i usually don't bother - but it was freezing!)

Rant over.
Scouse,

In the early 1970s there was a rather fat lad who came around the pitch at half time, wearing a white coat and dispensing hot drinks from a massive tank on his back. We all new him as The Wizard, a really nice guy.

Also, on the {fire station} corner of The Town End, there was a little shed where you could get hot bovril and lardie cakes with 5 million calories.

How times have changed!!
[quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: As a complete aside, can i have a rant about the half time disaster that is trying to get a brew in the Legends Lounge? The club, based on the fact they've been around a while, surely must know that about let's say 3.45, they may get a few people who want a hot drink on a bitterly cold day. For my sins, i did duck out when the 1 min added time sign came up as my lad wanted the loo, good chance to get a drink i thought. I was wrong. 1 old dear was there, faffing round with lids and other stuff 'under the counter'. It was now 3.50 and a massive queue formed. still only the 1 lady serving, ordered a Bovril (as you do on a cold day) and then she wandered off for cups. Come on, get your staff organised between 3.00 and 3.45 and be ready for the customers to pay more money for a hot drink and even a bar of overpriced chocolate. Don't wait for us to get there, then decide you need cups, spoons, lids and god knows what else. And have more than one person serving. Joke again behind the scenes, as it was last saturday (now i know why i usually don't bother - but it was freezing!) Rant over.[/p][/quote]Scouse, In the early 1970s there was a rather fat lad who came around the pitch at half time, wearing a white coat and dispensing hot drinks from a massive tank on his back. We all new him as The Wizard, a really nice guy. Also, on the {fire station} corner of The Town End, there was a little shed where you could get hot bovril and lardie cakes with 5 million calories. How times have changed!! joey butler

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