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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Brentford

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    REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
  • FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Brentford 1 (Donaldson 59)
  • Three changes for Town, with Thompson, Hollands and Martin in for McCormack, Bostock and Williams
  • Robins looking for third straight win, Bees unbeaten in six

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SeanG92 5:09pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Should be a good game, under the lights to which always adds to the atmosphere. 3 points for us tonight would be fantastic :)

My only concern is that ONCE AGAIN we end up shooting to the Town End in the 1st half! Not sure why but i just hate it being that way round!

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Stfc_BristolRed 5:13pm Tue 20 Nov 12

SeanG92 wrote…


Should be a good game, under the lights to which always adds to the atmosphere. 3 points for us tonight would be fantastic :)

My only concern is that ONCE AGAIN we end up shooting to the Town End in the 1st half! Not sure why but i just hate it being that way round!

Confidence seems to have returned within the team and I feel 3 points coming our way tonight! COYR!!!!

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mallorca 5:24pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Funny after all these years being a supporter I also still hate when they kick off against the Town end in first half.
Hope all goes well and he plays the same starting team with the exception of Williams /injured feel Macca should get another shout with Chris martin starting also would be nice to see Storey on the bench.Still Pdc is the BOSS and no doubt will field the team he feels will WIN

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Redhouse Red 5:26pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Going to get wet

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old town robin 6:18pm Tue 20 Nov 12

If Douglas wins the toss, he will kick off to the bank

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DarrenSTFCRomain 6:21pm Tue 20 Nov 12

GOOD LUCK TONIGHT BOYS..
The weather should work in are fav as we will have to keep the ball on the ground...
IF we do that we will win 3.0

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old town robin 6:22pm Tue 20 Nov 12

SeanG92 wrote…


Should be a good game, under the lights to which always adds to the atmosphere. 3 points for us tonight would be fantastic :)

My only concern is that ONCE AGAIN we end up shooting to the Town End in the 1st half! Not sure why but i just hate it being that way round!

my concern would be we don't have half decent officials, seen enough dross of late

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Scottish Dave 6:24pm Tue 20 Nov 12

I felt the same thing on Saturday when we started towards the Town End. We did the double got rid of the failure to win at home and the bogey of wrong end and scored 3 goals in there to boot.

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smirg kcab 6:26pm Tue 20 Nov 12

I say again how can willo be out for two weeks when we have no game in two weeks??
Onwards and upwards

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Haydonender 6:30pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Going to be tough tonight but I have faith we can get the win. We always seem to play better against good sides

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KojaktheWarg 6:50pm Tue 20 Nov 12

I doubt if it will have much bearing on the game but Pocahontas used to live in Brentford. Lets hope we're the ones taking a scalp today...

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Rebel_phish 6:59pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Chris Martin looked lively on Saturday. Play like that again and he should get his first goal tonight. 60 mins of Martin followed by 30 mins of Storey should be awesome

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Robinonfire 7:00pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Hope Storey comes on tonight

Come on you reds

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joey butler 8:00pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Re 'On This Day' 7.09 pm this evening,

''East scored twice in the first half before hitting a hat-trick in 16 minutes during the second period. East remains the only man to have scored five for Town in one game since World War II.''

Sorry Adver Guys, but I think Steve Peplow scored 5 goals in a friendly at Newport???

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joey butler 9:29pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Looking at all the other results so far this evening, this would be such a great match to win!!

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joey butler 9:45pm Tue 20 Nov 12

The fat boy from Norwich is a fantastic signing, no wonder there are no pies at The County Ground, he ate them all.

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Lazaat 9:53pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Bottled it and beaten at home by the mighty Brentford!!! Why is our home form so bad?

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joey butler 10:03pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Dreamo will not be happy, but the way things are going, at least we will save the cost of the statue of PDC!!

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smirg kcab 10:09pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Lazaat wrote…


Bottled it and beaten at home by the mighty Brentford!!! Why is our home form so bad?

Simple they had Donaldson we had Collins
Onwards and upwards
Who ever picked motm should be sent to broad moor

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Stratton Red 10:18pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Really poor. No cutting edge up front, hoof ball from the back.
Get Macca back at the back so we can play football out of defence.
Start with Storey.
Miller and martin not good enough.
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Thompon and Wes Motm...

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mancrobin 10:25pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Easy to overreact to this but you win some and lose some. Players have good and bad games. I still think that we have plenty of players here who can make sure we are there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

And if we do miss out, so what, we are in the process of unearthing of good crop of young players. Storey, the Thompsons, and many more waiting in the wings. Add to that the return of a fit Team captain with some Championship experience (ie Caddis) and we will be well set to finish the job next year.

I say, keep up the good work Paul and let's build for the future.

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southside7 10:27pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Actually thought Brentford played pretty well, so not too disheartened. What a save from the Brentford keeper...out of this planet.

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the don69 10:31pm Tue 20 Nov 12

As I said chaps Brentford was a big test!we failed badly!we are what we are a mid-table side,just lacking that little bit extra what's needed for a promotion chasing side,Brentford done a job on us!just like Colchester and Orient did!much work to be done if we are to maintain a top six challenge!!!!!!!!!!!

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Redhouse Red 10:46pm Tue 20 Nov 12

A wasted evening, still man utd list so at least I didn't miss my other team win...

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Malkym 10:51pm Tue 20 Nov 12

smirg kcab wrote…


Lazaat wrote…

Bottled it and beaten at home by the mighty Brentford!!! Why is our home form so bad?
Simple they had Donaldson we had Collins Onwards and upwards Who ever picked motm should be sent to broad moor

Absolutely Grim - too much corporate red wine methinks -and you & I are in agreement re Collins, I posted on Saturday after all the euphoria about his two goals against Yeovil, that Brentford game would show whether he could cut it - he can't! Him & Roberts can share the Taxi. Donaldson best player on the park for me.
To be fair thought we shaded first half and their keeper made a couple of great saves - 2nd half back to hoofball - lost shape when Ferry went off - young Storey needs to learn to hold the ball up until we have players in the box to release it to but he's still learning. Devera another good game and my mom again. Nathan did ok even if Paolo did blame him for the goal and acknowledged as much in his interview.

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Haydonender 10:51pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Not so much that we played badly today, certainly better than the other home losses. Was just that Brentford defended well and Donaldson was clinical when it mattered.

They scored with their one opportunity while their keeper made a great save from Collins and Martin missed one at the end. A draw would have been fair but just not our day

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Malkym 10:56pm Tue 20 Nov 12

mancrobin wrote…


Easy to overreact to this but you win some and lose some. Players have good and bad games. I still think that we have plenty of players here who can make sure we are there or thereabouts at the end of the season. And if we do miss out, so what, we are in the process of unearthing of good crop of young players. Storey, the Thompsons, and many more waiting in the wings. Add to that the return of a fit Team captain with some Championship experience (ie Caddis) and we will be well set to finish the job next year. I say, keep up the good work Paul and let's build for the future.

Yep dead right Donald me boy!

Jeez mancrobin -you're not another that still thinks Caddis is coming back? Norfolkin chance !! after their public spats -not even if they discover rocking-horse sh!t!!

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Oxon-Red 10:57pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Gutted, we fell asleep for the goal (their only shoot on target). Once again a team has come for a point and nicked a goal.

First time I think I have seen two players booked for time wasting, shocking, the Ref should have booked the keeper far earlier than he did (first 5 minutes would have put a stop to it).

We have to score first against these teams, simple as. Winger with pace that will take players on and put in a decent cross please.

COYMR

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Since 1950 11:02pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Paolo is right. We have to believe him. We aren't going to do anything this season. Far too inconsistent. You never know what Swindon side will come out of the tunnel. We could have done ourselves some good tonight with a win, but, we never really threatened apart from a couple of goal mouth scrambles.

Fully expect Ritchie to go in the Jan window. Not been the same this season without Caddis.

Another disappionting home performance I have to say. Another one to forget.

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Oxon-Red 11:07pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Haydonender wrote…


Not so much that we played badly today, certainly better than the other home losses. Was just that Brentford defended well and Donaldson was clinical when it mattered. They scored with their one opportunity while their keeper made a great save from Collins and Martin missed one at the end. A draw would have been fair but just not our day

Thought it was Storey that missed with the header at the end.

Still not the end of the world, all very tight at the top. Could be worse we could be 18th in League 2 or even worse 21st, if we had gone for Buckle :-)

COYMR

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stigger 11:43pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Such a disappointment after last couple of games. Started badly then last 15-20 mins of first half we started to play a bit and created some chances and couple of good saves from their keeper. 2nd half we were awful, back to hoofball, and when we did play football it was sideways and then backwards for another hoof! Nathan played ok apart from goal, defended well. jay defended well which i guess is why he got MOM but distribution poor. Ward and Dev were solid again and didn't give anything away and were rarely troubled. Roberts was awful again after 2 better displays, gave ball away time and time again and such a bottler in the tackle. Ritchie was poor as well, many poor deliveries but actually 2 excellent ones with his wrong foot that created our best chances. Ferry was not at best but still cant understand why he was taken off, always our best hope to get it down and pass it. I think Bostock should have started and he tried to pass it when on. Hollands was largely anonymous bar one good passage in first half but too early to judge him. Collins had one good effort saved but generally a poor game. People around me were slating Martin but to me he looks a very good player, great touch, very strong, holds ball up well, plays it simple, won plenty in air as well. Last 20 he faded but then he is not match fit. I think people will eat their words if they think he's rubbish. I also am pretty sure it was Storey who missed the header and he had some poor touches when on but not going to slate the young lad who clearly has pace and potential. Not going to comment on Rooney!!! Lets hope the away form continues on sat. COYR!

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Oi Den! 11:44pm Tue 20 Nov 12

I thought the difference tonight was that the opposition looked like a team and we looked like a collection of individuals. It's no good bemoaning the fact that they had one chance and scored. They were playing away from home at what I am sure they would describe as "a difficult place to come". We would be delighted with the same sort of performance on the road from our boys.
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Douglas strolled around the pitch, mopping up and in control of things while hardly breaking sweat.
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Yet again, we were lumping the ball up for our forwards, expecting them to compete for it with two lighthouses. True, Collins was ineffective but the service to him and Martin from midfield was almost non-existent. We are supposed to have a squad of decent quality players, so why the reluctance to play football?
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Agree with Grim and Malk on man of the match. I sometimes wonder what game the sponsors are watching.

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Davidsyrett 11:44pm Tue 20 Nov 12

I hope that PdC is looking for a winger with pace and capable of beating a defender. We need far better service to the forwards than Ritchie or Roberts are serving up at the moment.

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Wilesy 12:19am Wed 21 Nov 12

Credit to Brentford they played well the game could have gone either way really. Donaldson was a right handful throughout, very strong and won most headers and a good finish. Just the sort of player we could do with.....

Thought we actually did OK, although wondered if we may regret not scoring when domainant at end of 1st half.

Paolo very measured on interview, referred to 4 players not performing but kept himself in check and didn't name names which was nice to hear.

Suspect though he was referring to Roberts, Collins, and probably Ferry and Ritchie.

Have said before I'm not impressed with Roberts, and I haven't changed my opinion despite slightly improved performances and still scared to death of a challenge.

Danny Ward and Hal Robson Kanu the benchmark for me of good league 1 wingers, and Roberts, De Vita, Luke Rooney are simply not of the same quality as those players. Ritchie is as good on his day, but is a bit less consistent at this level imo.

Darren Ward lost one header tonight and unfortunately it led to a goal. Suggest though we sign him up in Jan and I would make him captain right now. Devera playing very well too, he is playing very consistently.

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Oxon-Red 12:22am Wed 21 Nov 12

stigger wrote…


Such a disappointment after last couple of games. Started badly then last 15-20 mins of first half we started to play a bit and created some chances and couple of good saves from their keeper. 2nd half we were awful, back to hoofball, and when we did play football it was sideways and then backwards for another hoof! Nathan played ok apart from goal, defended well. jay defended well which i guess is why he got MOM but distribution poor. Ward and Dev were solid again and didn't give anything away and were rarely troubled. Roberts was awful again after 2 better displays, gave ball away time and time again and such a bottler in the tackle. Ritchie was poor as well, many poor deliveries but actually 2 excellent ones with his wrong foot that created our best chances. Ferry was not at best but still cant understand why he was taken off, always our best hope to get it down and pass it. I think Bostock should have started and he tried to pass it when on. Hollands was largely anonymous bar one good passage in first half but too early to judge him. Collins had one good effort saved but generally a poor game. People around me were slating Martin but to me he looks a very good player, great touch, very strong, holds ball up well, plays it simple, won plenty in air as well. Last 20 he faded but then he is not match fit. I think people will eat their words if they think he's rubbish. I also am pretty sure it was Storey who missed the header and he had some poor touches when on but not going to slate the young lad who clearly has pace and potential. Not going to comment on Rooney!!! Lets hope the away form continues on sat. COYR!

Stigger,

I said at half time that we didn't want the half to end. Felt we were well on top at that point and it was ony a matter of time.

I thought Collins did well, given the service, and he was only denied by a superb reflex save by the keeper. After he went off I felt we missed his aerial ability, Miles is quick but will not (yet) compete with defenders in the air, (the yeovil centre pair would have had him for breakfast which explains (to me) why he was not named in the squad).

Nathan did well, except for the goal, and kept their winger largely in his pocket. Devera and Ward solid, no wild lunges so can't see a return for Flint immenent.

We seem to switch off occassional, again tonight, after a substitution. Collins goes off, 1 minute later goal down. It was the same against another team, Scunthorpe I think, something to work on ?

Pondered the Ferry substitution, was it giving him a break or was the cynical Douglas challenge a contributing factor !

Still top six and very very very tight up there, mid January will give us an idea whether top six is on.

I hope so.

COYMR

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the wizard 12:25am Wed 21 Nov 12

Not our best display by a very long way. Hoofball, hoofball, hoofball and it doesn't win games or do anything other than give the ball to the other team to play back at you giving them more possession and us more pressure around our goal.
Not the fault of the players they are merely playing to the managers orders.

So towards the end of the first half, we get the ball on the ground and play football and had our best period of play through the whole game, pressure on their goal and quite a few corners as well, again pressure on their goal, and on balance perhaps a bit unlucky not to score.

Second half, more and more hoof, hoof it here, there, anywhere. Did our manager not spot they have two tall centre backs who seemed to rise above our guys, time and time and time again. So that tells me that yet once more we were tactically inept. You cannot blame the players for that as they MUST do as they are told.

Bewildering, Ferry, although not at his best, gets subbed, and after that no play making in the middle, oh no, lets play hoof ball, tippy tappy stuff no good because it leads to constructive periods of play when we have the ball and they don't. Without the ball they cannot score, yet our Premiership manager as he calls himself(LOL) wants hoof ball. No wonder we are not winning games, and you cannot blame the players, as they are merely following instructions, and don't forget this is a budget busting team so the players are fine. To me they look burnt out, and after half time looked jaded and a yard short on performance, fit or burnt out, the latter looked more like it, and Ward up front at the end as our forwards were shot. Hollands was KO'd at half time , what a waste of three possible points. Not going up this season ??? I think with decent tactics this season is still up for grabs, we have the players, new tactics needed. The players I can cut slack, but the manager decides the tactics, he needs a new book.

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Oxon-Red 12:54am Wed 21 Nov 12

the wizard wrote…


Not our best display by a very long way. Hoofball, hoofball, hoofball and it doesn't win games or do anything other than give the ball to the other team to play back at you giving them more possession and us more pressure around our goal. Not the fault of the players they are merely playing to the managers orders. So towards the end of the first half, we get the ball on the ground and play football and had our best period of play through the whole game, pressure on their goal and quite a few corners as well, again pressure on their goal, and on balance perhaps a bit unlucky not to score. Second half, more and more hoof, hoof it here, there, anywhere. Did our manager not spot they have two tall centre backs who seemed to rise above our guys, time and time and time again. So that tells me that yet once more we were tactically inept. You cannot blame the players for that as they MUST do as they are told. Bewildering, Ferry, although not at his best, gets subbed, and after that no play making in the middle, oh no, lets play hoof ball, tippy tappy stuff no good because it leads to constructive periods of play when we have the ball and they don't. Without the ball they cannot score, yet our Premiership manager as he calls himself(LOL) wants hoof ball. No wonder we are not winning games, and you cannot blame the players, as they are merely following instructions, and don't forget this is a budget busting team so the players are fine. To me they look burnt out, and after half time looked jaded and a yard short on performance, fit or burnt out, the latter looked more like it, and Ward up front at the end as our forwards were shot. Hollands was KO'd at half time , what a waste of three possible points. Not going up this season ??? I think with decent tactics this season is still up for grabs, we have the players, new tactics needed. The players I can cut slack, but the manager decides the tactics, he needs a new book.

Wizard,

Did you hear the Brentford chants very early in the match ?

"We are Barcelona, We are Barcelona, We are Barcelona of the lower leagues"

We lost one nil to Barcelona, a team that also played many many high long balls due to our tactics of closing the ball down high. We could try playing out of defence, as you want us to, but teams don't give the opponents time on the ball at the back any more.

Playing the ball out the way Barca do requires players of very very good techical ability and they are not going to be playing in League 1. We could try maybe but I suspect we would be closer to Hartlepool than Sheff Utd.

I believe we do try to play football on the floor but only when it is safe to do so i.e. in the opponents half or if they allow us to from the back. Easy to be critical of our hoofing but has another League 1 side come to the CG and not played similarly ?

COYMR

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Malkym 7:25am Wed 21 Nov 12

Rebel_phish wrote…


Chris Martin looked lively on Saturday. Play like that again and he should get his first goal tonight. 60 mins of Martin followed by 30 mins of Storey should be awesome

Well err no -wasn't was it? People are expecting far too much too soon from Storey who despite showing electrifying pace and ability is still raw behind the ears and learning his craft. He is a fine prospect but cannot be relied to be the panacea that cures all our ills, the main ones being we don't have a dominant enough midfield and our woeful strikers particularly Collins -TAXI!

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Oi Den! 8:59am Wed 21 Nov 12

Oxon-Red wrote…


the wizard wrote…


Not our best display by a very long way. Hoofball, hoofball, hoofball and it doesn't win games or do anything other than give the ball to the other team to play back at you giving them more possession and us more pressure around our goal. Not the fault of the players they are merely playing to the managers orders. So towards the end of the first half, we get the ball on the ground and play football and had our best period of play through the whole game, pressure on their goal and quite a few corners as well, again pressure on their goal, and on balance perhaps a bit unlucky not to score. Second half, more and more hoof, hoof it here, there, anywhere. Did our manager not spot they have two tall centre backs who seemed to rise above our guys, time and time and time again. So that tells me that yet once more we were tactically inept. You cannot blame the players for that as they MUST do as they are told. Bewildering, Ferry, although not at his best, gets subbed, and after that no play making in the middle, oh no, lets play hoof ball, tippy tappy stuff no good because it leads to constructive periods of play when we have the ball and they don't. Without the ball they cannot score, yet our Premiership manager as he calls himself(LOL) wants hoof ball. No wonder we are not winning games, and you cannot blame the players, as they are merely following instructions, and don't forget this is a budget busting team so the players are fine. To me they look burnt out, and after half time looked jaded and a yard short on performance, fit or burnt out, the latter looked more like it, and Ward up front at the end as our forwards were shot. Hollands was KO'd at half time , what a waste of three possible points. Not going up this season ??? I think with decent tactics this season is still up for grabs, we have the players, new tactics needed. The players I can cut slack, but the manager decides the tactics, he needs a new book.
Wizard,

Did you hear the Brentford chants very early in the match ?

"We are Barcelona, We are Barcelona, We are Barcelona of the lower leagues"

We lost one nil to Barcelona, a team that also played many many high long balls due to our tactics of closing the ball down high. We could try playing out of defence, as you want us to, but teams don't give the opponents time on the ball at the back any more.

Playing the ball out the way Barca do requires players of very very good techical ability and they are not going to be playing in League 1. We could try maybe but I suspect we would be closer to Hartlepool than Sheff Utd.

I believe we do try to play football on the floor but only when it is safe to do so i.e. in the opponents half or if they allow us to from the back. Easy to be critical of our hoofing but has another League 1 side come to the CG and not played similarly ?

COYMR

I'm pleased that one myth has been destroyed already this season - that we were going to find loads of space to play football at this level. Football is an athletic game. Yes, the higher up the ladder you get, the more football is played, but it also gets more physical. Players are fitter and stronger in the Premier League than they are at any other level. I think at times we struggle to match the increased athleticism that we are finding on stepping up a level this season.
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Brentford gave a good compact team performance while we floundered as individuals. I was also disappointed that the longer the game went on the bigger the gap became. They seemed to get stronger late in the game while we wilted and resorted more and more to those desperate hacks towards their box.
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Oxon, I think you do Brentford a disservice. They tried to play much more than we did. And there are other teams who have come here and done the same. Colchester played it out from the back while we hoofed it, and they beat us deservedly. Coventry also gave us a football lesson and had us chasing shadows for much of the game. Even Macclesfield played the ball on the deck more than we did.
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I have to say I find it disappointing that we have stepped up a level and are playing worse football than last season. But all is not lost. If PDC can get Hollands and Martin (should have buried that chance) fully fit, there is every chance they can be the key to a promotion charge. But watch out for Brentford - and Coventry.

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