SWINDON TOWN: Pritchard admits he needs to cut the backchat

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Town's Alex Pritchard Swindon Town's Alex Pritchard

ALEX Pritchard has admitted that he sometimes lets his enthusiasm get the better of him when it comes to dealing with referees but the Swindon Town winger stressed he doesn’t go into games looking to pick arguments with officials.

Pritchard recently served a two-match suspension, having accrued 10 yellow cards over the course of the League One campaign – several of which came as a result of dissent.

The on-loan Spurs man returned to the Town starting line-up at Port Vale on Saturday and instantly showed Swindon what they’d been missing, as he played a part in setting up goals for Nile Ranger and Nathan Byrne as well as finding the net with a sumptuous free-kick.

After the game, the Advertiser asked Pritchard about his disciplinary record and the number of bookings he’s picked up for backchat this term.

The 20-year-old said: “I think about it afterwards and I think I shouldn’t have done it but as soon as I step out onto the pitch it’s like that.

“I know I’ve sometimes got to keep my mouth shut but that’s football.

“I like the referees, I get on with the referees but obviously if you step over the mark they’re going to do their job.”

Pritchard revealed his frustration at having to miss two Town matches, having come into a fine spell of form in recent weeks, but he was delighted to be back involved in the first-team squad.

“I’ve been resting and obviously it’s not nice when you’ve got a two-game ban, especially seeing as we had the game against Peterborough,” he said. It was a great result going there and getting the 2-2 and bringing them back to the County Ground.

“I watched the game at Peterborough and the lads were outstanding.

“We’re 2-0 down and Jay Mac got sent off and to come back with 10 men it didn’t even look like we were playing with 10 men, it looked the other way around.

“(Ahead of the Port Vale game) I thought I was going to be fresh and I needed to get on the ball and create things and I think I did that.”

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9:46am Tue 11 Feb 14

umpcah says...

It`s easier to cut the backchat than to improve on footie skills ! Current standards of refereeing aren`t helpful though !
It`s easier to cut the backchat than to improve on footie skills ! Current standards of refereeing aren`t helpful though ! umpcah

10:14am Tue 11 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

They're the same for every team umps!
They're the same for every team umps! The Jockster

10:46am Tue 11 Feb 14

burley01rs says...

No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.
No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship. burley01rs

11:13am Tue 11 Feb 14

the don69 says...

Simple Pritch, Shut it! according to those pr@ts at the BBC we're still playing on Saturday?
Simple Pritch, Shut it! according to those pr@ts at the BBC we're still playing on Saturday? the don69

12:36pm Tue 11 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

burley01rs wrote:
No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.
Rubbish I'm afraid it evens out over a season some decisions go for you others against - it's called rub of the green and on the subject of this thread, if our more gobby players kept their traps shut we'd have considerably less bookings and suspensions than we have had. It's as simple as that.
[quote][p][bold]burley01rs[/bold] wrote: No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.[/p][/quote]Rubbish I'm afraid it evens out over a season some decisions go for you others against - it's called rub of the green and on the subject of this thread, if our more gobby players kept their traps shut we'd have considerably less bookings and suspensions than we have had. It's as simple as that. The Jockster

1:11pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Vintage Trouble says...

Are you sure you were watching us v Peterboro Pritch? You were tweeting about the Madrid derby!
Are you sure you were watching us v Peterboro Pritch? You were tweeting about the Madrid derby! Vintage Trouble

3:27pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Chish and Fips says...

In the heat of the moment all too easy to speak out of turn.
Old saying : A steel tongue rules a wise head...

I do think ref's can be swayed by constant ear-bashing from teams or even from the side-line by certain managers.
Bit concerned though where MC was openly complaining about the standard of ref's, does this not send mixed messages to his players.

Would like to think and tend to agree like penalty decisions it's also swings and runabouts with dodgy ref's decisions.
In the heat of the moment all too easy to speak out of turn. Old saying : A steel tongue rules a wise head... I do think ref's can be swayed by constant ear-bashing from teams or even from the side-line by certain managers. Bit concerned though where MC was openly complaining about the standard of ref's, does this not send mixed messages to his players. Would like to think and tend to agree like penalty decisions it's also swings and runabouts with dodgy ref's decisions. Chish and Fips

4:25pm Tue 11 Feb 14

jayden says...

Slow news day. I was looking at great come backs and found that in the season of 1957 on the sat before Christmas Charlton played Huddersfield and with half hour to go were 5-1 down with 10 men( no subs in those days. And then Charlton then scored 6 times and won 7-6 . I bet a few had left by then .
Slow news day. I was looking at great come backs and found that in the season of 1957 on the sat before Christmas Charlton played Huddersfield and with half hour to go were 5-1 down with 10 men( no subs in those days. And then Charlton then scored 6 times and won 7-6 . I bet a few had left by then . jayden

4:30pm Tue 11 Feb 14

the don69 says...

jayden wrote:
Slow news day. I was looking at great come backs and found that in the season of 1957 on the sat before Christmas Charlton played Huddersfield and with half hour to go were 5-1 down with 10 men( no subs in those days. And then Charlton then scored 6 times and won 7-6 . I bet a few had left by then .
You need to get out a bit more jayden lol!!
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: Slow news day. I was looking at great come backs and found that in the season of 1957 on the sat before Christmas Charlton played Huddersfield and with half hour to go were 5-1 down with 10 men( no subs in those days. And then Charlton then scored 6 times and won 7-6 . I bet a few had left by then .[/p][/quote]You need to get out a bit more jayden lol!! the don69

5:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

burley01rs wrote:
No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.
Quite correct burley01rs, I seem to remember that the Ferguson Man Utd were past masters at mouthing at the Referee and clearly influencing his decisions.
Also Kenny Jackett when at Millwall always seem to coach his players to constantly shout at the Referee to prompt hasty and wrong decisions in their favour. - A good example was shown at the County Ground a few seasons ago when Jonathan Douglas was sent off, after Jimmy Abdou feigned injury and the Referee was immediately surrounded by Millwall players seemingly under pre-match instruction by Jackett.
[quote][p][bold]burley01rs[/bold] wrote: No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.[/p][/quote]Quite correct burley01rs, I seem to remember that the Ferguson Man Utd were past masters at mouthing at the Referee and clearly influencing his decisions. Also Kenny Jackett when at Millwall always seem to coach his players to constantly shout at the Referee to prompt hasty and wrong decisions in their favour. - A good example was shown at the County Ground a few seasons ago when Jonathan Douglas was sent off, after Jimmy Abdou feigned injury and the Referee was immediately surrounded by Millwall players seemingly under pre-match instruction by Jackett. Old-Stager, Hilperton

5:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

umpcah wrote:
It`s easier to cut the backchat than to improve on footie skills ! Current standards of refereeing aren`t helpful though !
Spot on umpcah, whilst the great majority of referees are performing adequately, there are a handful of referees, viz. Attwell, D'Urso, Kettle, Tierney etc., with big egos who constantly show unnecessary red cards and spoil games'
It beggars belief that the Referees Association do not monitor these individuals more carefully and get them struck off the Football League List, which very rarely seems to happen.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: It`s easier to cut the backchat than to improve on footie skills ! Current standards of refereeing aren`t helpful though ![/p][/quote]Spot on umpcah, whilst the great majority of referees are performing adequately, there are a handful of referees, viz. Attwell, D'Urso, Kettle, Tierney etc., with big egos who constantly show unnecessary red cards and spoil games' It beggars belief that the Referees Association do not monitor these individuals more carefully and get them struck off the Football League List, which very rarely seems to happen. Old-Stager, Hilperton

6:52pm Tue 11 Feb 14

umpcah says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
burley01rs wrote:
No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.
Quite correct burley01rs, I seem to remember that the Ferguson Man Utd were past masters at mouthing at the Referee and clearly influencing his decisions.
Also Kenny Jackett when at Millwall always seem to coach his players to constantly shout at the Referee to prompt hasty and wrong decisions in their favour. - A good example was shown at the County Ground a few seasons ago when Jonathan Douglas was sent off, after Jimmy Abdou feigned injury and the Referee was immediately surrounded by Millwall players seemingly under pre-match instruction by Jackett.
Remember Billy Bremner ? He would dispute every decision the ref. made which did not favour Leeds !
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burley01rs[/bold] wrote: No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.[/p][/quote]Quite correct burley01rs, I seem to remember that the Ferguson Man Utd were past masters at mouthing at the Referee and clearly influencing his decisions. Also Kenny Jackett when at Millwall always seem to coach his players to constantly shout at the Referee to prompt hasty and wrong decisions in their favour. - A good example was shown at the County Ground a few seasons ago when Jonathan Douglas was sent off, after Jimmy Abdou feigned injury and the Referee was immediately surrounded by Millwall players seemingly under pre-match instruction by Jackett.[/p][/quote]Remember Billy Bremner ? He would dispute every decision the ref. made which did not favour Leeds ! umpcah

6:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

umpcah says...

umpcah wrote:
Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
burley01rs wrote:
No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.
Quite correct burley01rs, I seem to remember that the Ferguson Man Utd were past masters at mouthing at the Referee and clearly influencing his decisions.
Also Kenny Jackett when at Millwall always seem to coach his players to constantly shout at the Referee to prompt hasty and wrong decisions in their favour. - A good example was shown at the County Ground a few seasons ago when Jonathan Douglas was sent off, after Jimmy Abdou feigned injury and the Referee was immediately surrounded by Millwall players seemingly under pre-match instruction by Jackett.
Remember Billy Bremner ? He would dispute every decision the ref. made which did not favour Leeds !
and get away with it !
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burley01rs[/bold] wrote: No they are not. Leyton Orient started intimidating the ref right from the start, Nasty gamesmanship.[/p][/quote]Quite correct burley01rs, I seem to remember that the Ferguson Man Utd were past masters at mouthing at the Referee and clearly influencing his decisions. Also Kenny Jackett when at Millwall always seem to coach his players to constantly shout at the Referee to prompt hasty and wrong decisions in their favour. - A good example was shown at the County Ground a few seasons ago when Jonathan Douglas was sent off, after Jimmy Abdou feigned injury and the Referee was immediately surrounded by Millwall players seemingly under pre-match instruction by Jackett.[/p][/quote]Remember Billy Bremner ? He would dispute every decision the ref. made which did not favour Leeds ![/p][/quote]and get away with it ! umpcah

10:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?
Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure? The Jockster

10:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

the wizard says...

I saw the score and thought it would be either you or Den on here saying exactly that. LOL.
I saw the score and thought it would be either you or Den on here saying exactly that. LOL. the wizard

10:40pm Tue 11 Feb 14

joey butler says...

The Jockster wrote:
Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?
Malky,

I just noticed that as well, fair play to Flint for another goal.

A very slow day for comments on here, but Matchday Live still ticking over, with multiple insults from 'Chish and Wiz' to both of us Malky. I will hardly be able to sleep tonight!!

I do however find another of the Wizard's identities particularly offensive, in that DKO often refers to 'Retards'. I am quite sure that term is insulting and not acceptable, EVEN from people like Wizard / DKO???

I quote, 'Ignore the retard Chish, you know it makes sense'......... comment from DKO at 10.45pm on Sunday 9th February being the latest example.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?[/p][/quote]Malky, I just noticed that as well, fair play to Flint for another goal. A very slow day for comments on here, but Matchday Live still ticking over, with multiple insults from 'Chish and Wiz' to both of us Malky. I will hardly be able to sleep tonight!! I do however find another of the Wizard's identities particularly offensive, in that DKO often refers to 'Retards'. I am quite sure that term is insulting and not acceptable, EVEN from people like Wizard / DKO??? I quote, 'Ignore the retard Chish, you know it makes sense'......... comment from DKO at 10.45pm on Sunday 9th February being the latest example. joey butler

11:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

the wizard says...

Not been here for weeks Bantling, but I note you don't let your vile standards drop, still if it keeps you happy and while your hands are tapping keys they don't get the time to pursue your usual hobby, Kleenex is it ?

Cheers Jock, hope you are well. Have to dash, oh and try and keep the child under control will you, and no I dont know whether its drink, drugs or rock'n'roll either.
Not been here for weeks Bantling, but I note you don't let your vile standards drop, still if it keeps you happy and while your hands are tapping keys they don't get the time to pursue your usual hobby, Kleenex is it ? Cheers Jock, hope you are well. Have to dash, oh and try and keep the child under control will you, and no I dont know whether its drink, drugs or rock'n'roll either. the wizard

11:26pm Tue 11 Feb 14

joey butler says...

joey butler wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?
Malky,

I just noticed that as well, fair play to Flint for another goal.

A very slow day for comments on here, but Matchday Live still ticking over, with multiple insults from 'Chish and Wiz' to both of us Malky. I will hardly be able to sleep tonight!!

I do however find another of the Wizard's identities particularly offensive, in that DKO often refers to 'Retards'. I am quite sure that term is insulting and not acceptable, EVEN from people like Wizard / DKO???

I quote, 'Ignore the retard Chish, you know it makes sense'......... comment from DKO at 10.45pm on Sunday 9th February being the latest example.
How exactly is my comment above 'vile' please Wizard.

Your post at 11.12 pm refers above.

Just a thought!!
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?[/p][/quote]Malky, I just noticed that as well, fair play to Flint for another goal. A very slow day for comments on here, but Matchday Live still ticking over, with multiple insults from 'Chish and Wiz' to both of us Malky. I will hardly be able to sleep tonight!! I do however find another of the Wizard's identities particularly offensive, in that DKO often refers to 'Retards'. I am quite sure that term is insulting and not acceptable, EVEN from people like Wizard / DKO??? I quote, 'Ignore the retard Chish, you know it makes sense'......... comment from DKO at 10.45pm on Sunday 9th February being the latest example.[/p][/quote]How exactly is my comment above 'vile' please Wizard. Your post at 11.12 pm refers above. Just a thought!! joey butler

11:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

the wizard says...

If you had the ability to think you would know only full well that the other postesr you often refer to are exactly who they say they are and not myself. Your constant slandering wore thin a couple of years back, and your constant berating of others here makes you a loathed and despised individual, in a nut shell, vile. You may think its entertaining but it isn't. Still there you are Bantling, I'll leave you to it, far better things to do than explain the obvious to you but I've given you my time.

Thats it, gone.
If you had the ability to think you would know only full well that the other postesr you often refer to are exactly who they say they are and not myself. Your constant slandering wore thin a couple of years back, and your constant berating of others here makes you a loathed and despised individual, in a nut shell, vile. You may think its entertaining but it isn't. Still there you are Bantling, I'll leave you to it, far better things to do than explain the obvious to you but I've given you my time. Thats it, gone. the wizard

12:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

joey butler says...

the wizard wrote:
Not been here for weeks Bantling, but I note you don't let your vile standards drop, still if it keeps you happy and while your hands are tapping keys they don't get the time to pursue your usual hobby, Kleenex is it ?

Cheers Jock, hope you are well. Have to dash, oh and try and keep the child under control will you, and no I dont know whether its drink, drugs or rock'n'roll either.
Except, you were on here a few days ago Wizard, not consistent with your above claim you have 'not been on here for weeks'. And of course you have also been on here under your other identities, you really must think we are all stupid!!

Time to ease off the alcohol perhaps Wizard, if you cannot remember posting on here?

You might also explain what exactly about my above posts were 'vile', in the morning when you sober up if you prefer Wizard?
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Not been here for weeks Bantling, but I note you don't let your vile standards drop, still if it keeps you happy and while your hands are tapping keys they don't get the time to pursue your usual hobby, Kleenex is it ? Cheers Jock, hope you are well. Have to dash, oh and try and keep the child under control will you, and no I dont know whether its drink, drugs or rock'n'roll either.[/p][/quote]Except, you were on here a few days ago Wizard, not consistent with your above claim you have 'not been on here for weeks'. And of course you have also been on here under your other identities, you really must think we are all stupid!! Time to ease off the alcohol perhaps Wizard, if you cannot remember posting on here? You might also explain what exactly about my above posts were 'vile', in the morning when you sober up if you prefer Wizard? joey butler

12:37am Wed 12 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

the wizard wrote:
I saw the score and thought it would be either you or Den on here saying exactly that. LOL.
Well yes it would probably be me or Den. I think we both recognise along with a few others that although Flinty isn't Ronaldo he always gives 110% to the cause. It's a pity that our current central defenders don't appear to have that passion.

I hope you are also well and recovering from your surgery. Mind how you go!
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I saw the score and thought it would be either you or Den on here saying exactly that. LOL.[/p][/quote]Well yes it would probably be me or Den. I think we both recognise along with a few others that although Flinty isn't Ronaldo he always gives 110% to the cause. It's a pity that our current central defenders don't appear to have that passion. I hope you are also well and recovering from your surgery. Mind how you go! The Jockster

6:44am Wed 12 Feb 14

Chish and Fips says...

The Jockster wrote:
Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?
Agree about the odd goal or two - but correct me if I'm wrong was his distribution a bit woeful, and tended to be a big hoof up the field.
I quite liked him as a player but he could be expensive also for rash challenges and the above hoof ball.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?[/p][/quote]Agree about the odd goal or two - but correct me if I'm wrong was his distribution a bit woeful, and tended to be a big hoof up the field. I quite liked him as a player but he could be expensive also for rash challenges and the above hoof ball. Chish and Fips

6:49am Wed 12 Feb 14

Chish and Fips says...

the wizard wrote:
Not been here for weeks Bantling, but I note you don't let your vile standards drop, still if it keeps you happy and while your hands are tapping keys they don't get the time to pursue your usual hobby, Kleenex is it ?

Cheers Jock, hope you are well. Have to dash, oh and try and keep the child under control will you, and no I dont know whether its drink, drugs or rock'n'roll either.
Hope things are progressing well Wiz, as you see, things don't change on here too much with regards to you know who with his self pity and bluster.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Not been here for weeks Bantling, but I note you don't let your vile standards drop, still if it keeps you happy and while your hands are tapping keys they don't get the time to pursue your usual hobby, Kleenex is it ? Cheers Jock, hope you are well. Have to dash, oh and try and keep the child under control will you, and no I dont know whether its drink, drugs or rock'n'roll either.[/p][/quote]Hope things are progressing well Wiz, as you see, things don't change on here too much with regards to you know who with his self pity and bluster. Chish and Fips

7:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?
Agree about the odd goal or two - but correct me if I'm wrong was his distribution a bit woeful, and tended to be a big hoof up the field.
I quite liked him as a player but he could be expensive also for rash challenges and the above hoof ball.
As I said I not claiming that Flint was Ronaldo, and certainly his distribution was lacking at times, but IMO at the time he left it was improving. Again IMO he is light years better than any of our current midfield trio and I'd have him back any day. And, he scored some crucial goals didn't he!
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?[/p][/quote]Agree about the odd goal or two - but correct me if I'm wrong was his distribution a bit woeful, and tended to be a big hoof up the field. I quite liked him as a player but he could be expensive also for rash challenges and the above hoof ball.[/p][/quote]As I said I not claiming that Flint was Ronaldo, and certainly his distribution was lacking at times, but IMO at the time he left it was improving. Again IMO he is light years better than any of our current midfield trio and I'd have him back any day. And, he scored some crucial goals didn't he! The Jockster

7:43am Wed 12 Feb 14

Chish and Fips says...

The Jockster wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?
Agree about the odd goal or two - but correct me if I'm wrong was his distribution a bit woeful, and tended to be a big hoof up the field.
I quite liked him as a player but he could be expensive also for rash challenges and the above hoof ball.
As I said I not claiming that Flint was Ronaldo, and certainly his distribution was lacking at times, but IMO at the time he left it was improving. Again IMO he is light years better than any of our current midfield trio and I'd have him back any day. And, he scored some crucial goals didn't he!
Yes Jock the goal at Brentford is one that will stick in my mind.
He improved after PDC told him to cool it as he was giving away silly free kicks in dangerous positions.
His advantage over our present players in the same position is for the set piece goal attempts is obviously his towering height.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?[/p][/quote]Agree about the odd goal or two - but correct me if I'm wrong was his distribution a bit woeful, and tended to be a big hoof up the field. I quite liked him as a player but he could be expensive also for rash challenges and the above hoof ball.[/p][/quote]As I said I not claiming that Flint was Ronaldo, and certainly his distribution was lacking at times, but IMO at the time he left it was improving. Again IMO he is light years better than any of our current midfield trio and I'd have him back any day. And, he scored some crucial goals didn't he![/p][/quote]Yes Jock the goal at Brentford is one that will stick in my mind. He improved after PDC told him to cool it as he was giving away silly free kicks in dangerous positions. His advantage over our present players in the same position is for the set piece goal attempts is obviously his towering height. Chish and Fips

8:33am Wed 12 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

A centre half's first job is to defend or, as Cloughie put it so well, head it and kick it. I don't remember Frank Burrows or Shaun Taylor playing much football; that didn't stop them being Town legends. Flint may have some way to go to reach that level but he's in the same mould.

If a central defenders can play a bit as well (e.g. Calderwood, Greer), all well and good. They are few and far between though - and they don't hang around long at this level.

On another thread we have embarrassing talk of our players being bullied. Welcome to third division football. We haven't been bullied. We've been easily brushed aside by teams with a bit of physical presence. It's good that the penny has finally dropped but talk of bullying just encourages the ridiculous "victim" complex.
A centre half's first job is to defend or, as Cloughie put it so well, head it and kick it. I don't remember Frank Burrows or Shaun Taylor playing much football; that didn't stop them being Town legends. Flint may have some way to go to reach that level but he's in the same mould. If a central defenders can play a bit as well (e.g. Calderwood, Greer), all well and good. They are few and far between though - and they don't hang around long at this level. On another thread we have embarrassing talk of our players being bullied. Welcome to third division football. We haven't been bullied. We've been easily brushed aside by teams with a bit of physical presence. It's good that the penny has finally dropped but talk of bullying just encourages the ridiculous "victim" complex. Oi Den!

8:53am Wed 12 Feb 14

Chish and Fips says...

Oi Den! wrote:
A centre half's first job is to defend or, as Cloughie put it so well, head it and kick it. I don't remember Frank Burrows or Shaun Taylor playing much football; that didn't stop them being Town legends. Flint may have some way to go to reach that level but he's in the same mould.

If a central defenders can play a bit as well (e.g. Calderwood, Greer), all well and good. They are few and far between though - and they don't hang around long at this level.

On another thread we have embarrassing talk of our players being bullied. Welcome to third division football. We haven't been bullied. We've been easily brushed aside by teams with a bit of physical presence. It's good that the penny has finally dropped but talk of bullying just encourages the ridiculous "victim" complex.
Agree with your point about FB and ST they were hard and fair but not clumsy, I saw AF as a bit clumsy.
My favourite of olden days was Mel Nurse, never seem to break out in a sweat but was so good.
I have said in the past we are missing that brick whotsit house at the back - best example I saw recently was the Doncaster CH - completely dominated and marshalled his defence.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: A centre half's first job is to defend or, as Cloughie put it so well, head it and kick it. I don't remember Frank Burrows or Shaun Taylor playing much football; that didn't stop them being Town legends. Flint may have some way to go to reach that level but he's in the same mould. If a central defenders can play a bit as well (e.g. Calderwood, Greer), all well and good. They are few and far between though - and they don't hang around long at this level. On another thread we have embarrassing talk of our players being bullied. Welcome to third division football. We haven't been bullied. We've been easily brushed aside by teams with a bit of physical presence. It's good that the penny has finally dropped but talk of bullying just encourages the ridiculous "victim" complex.[/p][/quote]Agree with your point about FB and ST they were hard and fair but not clumsy, I saw AF as a bit clumsy. My favourite of olden days was Mel Nurse, never seem to break out in a sweat but was so good. I have said in the past we are missing that brick whotsit house at the back - best example I saw recently was the Doncaster CH - completely dominated and marshalled his defence. Chish and Fips

8:59am Wed 12 Feb 14

the don69 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
A centre half's first job is to defend or, as Cloughie put it so well, head it and kick it. I don't remember Frank Burrows or Shaun Taylor playing much football; that didn't stop them being Town legends. Flint may have some way to go to reach that level but he's in the same mould.

If a central defenders can play a bit as well (e.g. Calderwood, Greer), all well and good. They are few and far between though - and they don't hang around long at this level.

On another thread we have embarrassing talk of our players being bullied. Welcome to third division football. We haven't been bullied. We've been easily brushed aside by teams with a bit of physical presence. It's good that the penny has finally dropped but talk of bullying just encourages the ridiculous "victim" complex.
Bullying is a given in the lower leagues Den, unlike your dastardly plan of efficient castration of our opponents strikers LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: A centre half's first job is to defend or, as Cloughie put it so well, head it and kick it. I don't remember Frank Burrows or Shaun Taylor playing much football; that didn't stop them being Town legends. Flint may have some way to go to reach that level but he's in the same mould. If a central defenders can play a bit as well (e.g. Calderwood, Greer), all well and good. They are few and far between though - and they don't hang around long at this level. On another thread we have embarrassing talk of our players being bullied. Welcome to third division football. We haven't been bullied. We've been easily brushed aside by teams with a bit of physical presence. It's good that the penny has finally dropped but talk of bullying just encourages the ridiculous "victim" complex.[/p][/quote]Bullying is a given in the lower leagues Den, unlike your dastardly plan of efficient castration of our opponents strikers LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69

9:05am Wed 12 Feb 14

Chish and Fips says...

the don69 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
A centre half's first job is to defend or, as Cloughie put it so well, head it and kick it. I don't remember Frank Burrows or Shaun Taylor playing much football; that didn't stop them being Town legends. Flint may have some way to go to reach that level but he's in the same mould.

If a central defenders can play a bit as well (e.g. Calderwood, Greer), all well and good. They are few and far between though - and they don't hang around long at this level.

On another thread we have embarrassing talk of our players being bullied. Welcome to third division football. We haven't been bullied. We've been easily brushed aside by teams with a bit of physical presence. It's good that the penny has finally dropped but talk of bullying just encourages the ridiculous "victim" complex.
Bullying is a given in the lower leagues Den, unlike your dastardly plan of efficient castration of our opponents strikers LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
jeez - my eyes are watering at thought of it... ;o)
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: A centre half's first job is to defend or, as Cloughie put it so well, head it and kick it. I don't remember Frank Burrows or Shaun Taylor playing much football; that didn't stop them being Town legends. Flint may have some way to go to reach that level but he's in the same mould. If a central defenders can play a bit as well (e.g. Calderwood, Greer), all well and good. They are few and far between though - and they don't hang around long at this level. On another thread we have embarrassing talk of our players being bullied. Welcome to third division football. We haven't been bullied. We've been easily brushed aside by teams with a bit of physical presence. It's good that the penny has finally dropped but talk of bullying just encourages the ridiculous "victim" complex.[/p][/quote]Bullying is a given in the lower leagues Den, unlike your dastardly plan of efficient castration of our opponents strikers LOL!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]jeez - my eyes are watering at thought of it... ;o) Chish and Fips

9:18am Wed 12 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

Don, I know what you mean but I don't see it as bullying. From what I've seen no team has kicked us off the pitch this season. We've just not been able to cope with strong physical sides. Actually when it comes to fouls we've been pretty good at dishing it out. We've just not been much good at winning the ball when it comes to hard but fair challenges.

By the way, I think it was Wilesy who said we've recently been taking the balls off defenders with ease. I just rephrased his comment slightly!
Don, I know what you mean but I don't see it as bullying. From what I've seen no team has kicked us off the pitch this season. We've just not been able to cope with strong physical sides. Actually when it comes to fouls we've been pretty good at dishing it out. We've just not been much good at winning the ball when it comes to hard but fair challenges. By the way, I think it was Wilesy who said we've recently been taking the balls off defenders with ease. I just rephrased his comment slightly! Oi Den!

9:20am Wed 12 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

Sorry, strikers not defenders.
Sorry, strikers not defenders. Oi Den!

12:36pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

The Jockster wrote:
Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?
By the same token jock, although he's scored two league goals this season he's started in all but three games for a defence that've conceded fifty, so you'd have to wonder how many he's cost them. I don't take enough of an interest in that scummy club down the road to be able to say how well he's done for them this year - however I'll grant you he was a good player for us, and would love to have someone with that sort of aerial presence again. Won't miss some of his rash tackles but when he got them right he was a hard and fair tackler.

Anyway, here's hoping he has an absolute nightmare against us in just over four weeks - got my tickets through yesterday, happy days :-)
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Off topic - I see that the "useless" Aden Flint scored again for City tonight, against Orient no less!, after netting on Saturday also. Could somebody remind me how many our excellent central defenders have scored for us this season? If my fading memory serves me well it's a nice round figure?[/p][/quote]By the same token jock, although he's scored two league goals this season he's started in all but three games for a defence that've conceded fifty, so you'd have to wonder how many he's cost them. I don't take enough of an interest in that scummy club down the road to be able to say how well he's done for them this year - however I'll grant you he was a good player for us, and would love to have someone with that sort of aerial presence again. Won't miss some of his rash tackles but when he got them right he was a hard and fair tackler. Anyway, here's hoping he has an absolute nightmare against us in just over four weeks - got my tickets through yesterday, happy days :-) Swindon1984

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