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Louis Thompson says Town have added steel to their style

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LOUIS Thompson believes Swindon’s new-found resilience on the road is starting to change the football world’s perception of the Robins as they bid to find the perfect ‘promotion formula’.

Mark Cooper’s side earned themselves a reputation as a slick, passing team following a summer influx of young talent from higher division clubs, including Tottenham, but at the same time struggled to cope with difficult away trips where it wasn’t always possible to play their brand of free-flowing football.

Now, having come from two goals down to earn first a draw at Peterborough then a victory at Port Vale, Thompson believes the Robins have found a formula which could set them on course for a serious promotion challenge. “Peterborough have a massive budget and some really good players and other teams like Port Vale come out and try and push us off the park really but we showed there we weren’t going to be rolled over,” he said.

“We kept the ball off them and that’s how to play against these teams, just frustrating them to the point that they can’t chase you anymore and they retreat. It’s not about going toe-to-toe and fighting with them, it’s about finding a way to beat them and that’s what we did in the last two games.

“That is a formula for promotion because we have players who are technically unbelievable so if we keep that grit and determination like we’ve shown in the last few games I think we’ll be alright.

“It’s just a case of things clicking away from home because we’ve put in some good performances but just haven’t been able to put points on the board. We’re getting that now and after coming from behind to get the draw at Peterborough and the win at Port Vale I think people are now starting to think we are a force away from home.

“We’re doing well and people don’t think they can bully us anymore and we’ve been able to play football on some of the worst pitches around.”

Meanwhile, in non-league action, Malmesbury’s visit to Clanfield was postponed last night due to the wet weather.

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7:16am Wed 12 Feb 14

jayden says...

See posh are playing Friday now.
See posh are playing Friday now. jayden
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7:34am Wed 12 Feb 14

avo says...

A step in the right direction yes, far too early to judge in terms of a potential promotion formula though.
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55 points is the 1st target for me, anything above that will equal a pretty good season all things considered.
A step in the right direction yes, far too early to judge in terms of a potential promotion formula though. . 55 points is the 1st target for me, anything above that will equal a pretty good season all things considered. avo
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7:48am Wed 12 Feb 14

LionelHutz says...

Gutted about Malmesbury's game being called off.
Gutted about Malmesbury's game being called off. LionelHutz
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8:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

it's all gone quiet this week - someone on holiday?

I want some fiery articles about how we are going to lineup against Colcheser? and then the Peterboro' game....How Michael Smith is settling in now - when is Rangers court case?
it's all gone quiet this week - someone on holiday? I want some fiery articles about how we are going to lineup against Colcheser? and then the Peterboro' game....How Michael Smith is settling in now - when is Rangers court case? GiulianoGrazioli
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8:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

Moonraker1983 says...

When did Luke Rooney go to Maidstone? I must have missed that news. Is it loan or permanent? Or did we cancel the contract?
When did Luke Rooney go to Maidstone? I must have missed that news. Is it loan or permanent? Or did we cancel the contract? Moonraker1983
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8:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

port de soller says...

yes doing ok however to many yellow and Red Cards,still they aint pushovers no more
yes doing ok however to many yellow and Red Cards,still they aint pushovers no more port de soller
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8:59am Wed 12 Feb 14

oz ashes says...

GiulianoGrazioli wrote:
it's all gone quiet this week - someone on holiday? I want some fiery articles about how we are going to lineup against Colcheser? and then the Peterboro' game....How Michael Smith is settling in now - when is Rangers court case?
oh theres still been plenty of articles just no moaners moaning as they got nothing to moan about
[quote][p][bold]GiulianoGrazioli[/bold] wrote: it's all gone quiet this week - someone on holiday? I want some fiery articles about how we are going to lineup against Colcheser? and then the Peterboro' game....How Michael Smith is settling in now - when is Rangers court case?[/p][/quote]oh theres still been plenty of articles just no moaners moaning as they got nothing to moan about oz ashes
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9:01am Wed 12 Feb 14

oz ashes says...

Moonraker1983 wrote:
When did Luke Rooney go to Maidstone? I must have missed that news. Is it loan or permanent? Or did we cancel the contract?
rooneys contract was mutual consent
[quote][p][bold]Moonraker1983[/bold] wrote: When did Luke Rooney go to Maidstone? I must have missed that news. Is it loan or permanent? Or did we cancel the contract?[/p][/quote]rooneys contract was mutual consent oz ashes
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9:24am Wed 12 Feb 14

umpcah says...

oz ashes wrote:
Moonraker1983 wrote:
When did Luke Rooney go to Maidstone? I must have missed that news. Is it loan or permanent? Or did we cancel the contract?
rooneys contract was mutual consent
Is Navarro still here ?
[quote][p][bold]oz ashes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moonraker1983[/bold] wrote: When did Luke Rooney go to Maidstone? I must have missed that news. Is it loan or permanent? Or did we cancel the contract?[/p][/quote]rooneys contract was mutual consent[/p][/quote]Is Navarro still here ? umpcah
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9:30am Wed 12 Feb 14

burley01rs says...

Get stuck into Orient next time then.
Get stuck into Orient next time then. burley01rs
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9:31am Wed 12 Feb 14

Moonraker1983 says...

@oz ashes

Thanks. That one passed me by.
@oz ashes Thanks. That one passed me by. Moonraker1983
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9:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

Forevered says...

I think Louis adds that steel in the middle of the park and is always prepared to do the dirty work. It is good to see him now getting a decent run in the side as the lad has great potential. Our performances with him involved have been more convincing and results prove that. Let's not forget he is still only 19 and hope this is the start of a push for a Top 6 finish.
I think Louis adds that steel in the middle of the park and is always prepared to do the dirty work. It is good to see him now getting a decent run in the side as the lad has great potential. Our performances with him involved have been more convincing and results prove that. Let's not forget he is still only 19 and hope this is the start of a push for a Top 6 finish. Forevered
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10:22am Wed 12 Feb 14

MITTED says...

I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU.
COYR
I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR MITTED
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10:29am Wed 12 Feb 14

avo says...

MITTED wrote:
I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR
I think you're pretty spot on. We haven't produced that kind of form yet this season and it's difficult to see too much change in that between now and the end of the season.
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Having said that, you just never know! That's the beauty of sport right there.
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We have a very young squad prone to errors, and they're only human and I expect the errors to keep occurring. All part of the 'learning curve!'
[quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR[/p][/quote]I think you're pretty spot on. We haven't produced that kind of form yet this season and it's difficult to see too much change in that between now and the end of the season. . Having said that, you just never know! That's the beauty of sport right there. . We have a very young squad prone to errors, and they're only human and I expect the errors to keep occurring. All part of the 'learning curve!' avo
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11:05am Wed 12 Feb 14

oz ashes says...

umpcah wrote:
oz ashes wrote:
Moonraker1983 wrote: When did Luke Rooney go to Maidstone? I must have missed that news. Is it loan or permanent? Or did we cancel the contract?
rooneys contract was mutual consent
Is Navarro still here ?
navvaro is at town till the end of this season
waiting for insurance company to cough up as he will never play again the last i heard
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oz ashes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moonraker1983[/bold] wrote: When did Luke Rooney go to Maidstone? I must have missed that news. Is it loan or permanent? Or did we cancel the contract?[/p][/quote]rooneys contract was mutual consent[/p][/quote]Is Navarro still here ?[/p][/quote]navvaro is at town till the end of this season waiting for insurance company to cough up as he will never play again the last i heard oz ashes
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11:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis.

Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach.

One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall?

I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.
Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see. Wilesy
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11:59am Wed 12 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

avo wrote:
MITTED wrote:
I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR
I think you're pretty spot on. We haven't produced that kind of form yet this season and it's difficult to see too much change in that between now and the end of the season.
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Having said that, you just never know! That's the beauty of sport right there.
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We have a very young squad prone to errors, and they're only human and I expect the errors to keep occurring. All part of the 'learning curve!'
If Smith, Ranger and N'Guessan can keep up the hard work they've been putting in recently it should be a big help. Also Cooper seems to have convinced Power that there is a time for playing the ball around and there's a time for getting it forward, so that should see us taking fewer risks at the back.

I'm still not convinced by the "age" argument though. There may be something in it but it seems to be a blanket excuse for our poor performances this season. In some cases, the players just haven't looked good enough, never mind old enough.
[quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR[/p][/quote]I think you're pretty spot on. We haven't produced that kind of form yet this season and it's difficult to see too much change in that between now and the end of the season. . Having said that, you just never know! That's the beauty of sport right there. . We have a very young squad prone to errors, and they're only human and I expect the errors to keep occurring. All part of the 'learning curve!'[/p][/quote]If Smith, Ranger and N'Guessan can keep up the hard work they've been putting in recently it should be a big help. Also Cooper seems to have convinced Power that there is a time for playing the ball around and there's a time for getting it forward, so that should see us taking fewer risks at the back. I'm still not convinced by the "age" argument though. There may be something in it but it seems to be a blanket excuse for our poor performances this season. In some cases, the players just haven't looked good enough, never mind old enough. Oi Den!
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12:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy wrote:
Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis.

Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach.

One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall?

I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.
Excellent post Wilesy. The only thing I'd take issue with is "with Monday in mind". Monday shouldn't be in mind at all on Friday. 3 points are at stake and we should play the team most likely to get them.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.[/p][/quote]Excellent post Wilesy. The only thing I'd take issue with is "with Monday in mind". Monday shouldn't be in mind at all on Friday. 3 points are at stake and we should play the team most likely to get them. Oi Den!
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12:29pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis.

Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach.

One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall?

I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.
Excellent post Wilesy. The only thing I'd take issue with is "with Monday in mind". Monday shouldn't be in mind at all on Friday. 3 points are at stake and we should play the team most likely to get them.
We shall see on that Den we currently have more numbers available but he will have an eye on Monday so Friday dilemma will be whether to start Ranger, rest Louis and Mass for Monday, does he risk Pritchard, and I would expect maybe Branco and Reckord to get a game ahead of possibly Ward and Byrne.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.[/p][/quote]Excellent post Wilesy. The only thing I'd take issue with is "with Monday in mind". Monday shouldn't be in mind at all on Friday. 3 points are at stake and we should play the team most likely to get them.[/p][/quote]We shall see on that Den we currently have more numbers available but he will have an eye on Monday so Friday dilemma will be whether to start Ranger, rest Louis and Mass for Monday, does he risk Pritchard, and I would expect maybe Branco and Reckord to get a game ahead of possibly Ward and Byrne. Wilesy
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12:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Wilesy wrote:
Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.
Hall returning from injury worries me - obviously wish him well in his recovery before anyone gets the hump, but if we have to play him, it'll be a great injustice against others who have played better. With Tyroy back especially I see no place in the side for Hall - Troy's a better CB, McEveley/Byrne/Bartr
am could all play better at LB, as he didn't fit in there at all. Can't see a future for him here and if he doesn't go back, and doesn't improve his performances consistently, I can see it being a problem.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.[/p][/quote]Hall returning from injury worries me - obviously wish him well in his recovery before anyone gets the hump, but if we have to play him, it'll be a great injustice against others who have played better. With Tyroy back especially I see no place in the side for Hall - Troy's a better CB, McEveley/Byrne/Bartr am could all play better at LB, as he didn't fit in there at all. Can't see a future for him here and if he doesn't go back, and doesn't improve his performances consistently, I can see it being a problem. Swindon1984
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12:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy, we played a weakened team against Oldham and it may well have cost us 3 points. If that were to happen again on Friday, I don't think I'd be the only restless native!
Wilesy, we played a weakened team against Oldham and it may well have cost us 3 points. If that were to happen again on Friday, I don't think I'd be the only restless native! Oi Den!
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1:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, we played a weakened team against Oldham and it may well have cost us 3 points. If that were to happen again on Friday, I don't think I'd be the only restless native!
I don't believe we should ever play a weakened side unless there are extraordinary circumstances, but having done so in the Oldham game I expect it to happen again. For me the annoyance was down to the lack of effort of the majority of the starting 11, not the selection, but at least people know what to expect this time so can decide whether or not they want to take the chance of a repeat scenario. I would think the gate would be down anyway bearing in mind its a late change in date, it's Valentines day and certainly those who travel a fair way in may think twice.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, we played a weakened team against Oldham and it may well have cost us 3 points. If that were to happen again on Friday, I don't think I'd be the only restless native![/p][/quote]I don't believe we should ever play a weakened side unless there are extraordinary circumstances, but having done so in the Oldham game I expect it to happen again. For me the annoyance was down to the lack of effort of the majority of the starting 11, not the selection, but at least people know what to expect this time so can decide whether or not they want to take the chance of a repeat scenario. I would think the gate would be down anyway bearing in mind its a late change in date, it's Valentines day and certainly those who travel a fair way in may think twice. Wilesy
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1:43pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Archive Robin says...

Hi All

Slightly off subject but what is the weather like in Swindon as it's lashing it down in Northampton. Looking at the weather forecast it looks like the same type of weather will be arriving on Friday so hopefully if the game looks in doubt they will do a pitch inspection earlyish on Friday.
Hi All Slightly off subject but what is the weather like in Swindon as it's lashing it down in Northampton. Looking at the weather forecast it looks like the same type of weather will be arriving on Friday so hopefully if the game looks in doubt they will do a pitch inspection earlyish on Friday. Archive Robin
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2:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Nosuprises says...

Off topic apparently Ranger has been arrested for breaking bail conditions!!!

Link to story: http://bit.ly/1gttIE
j
Off topic apparently Ranger has been arrested for breaking bail conditions!!! Link to story: http://bit.ly/1gttIE j Nosuprises
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2:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MidlandRobin says...

Nosuprises wrote:
Off topic apparently Ranger has been arrested for breaking bail conditions!!!

Link to story: http://bit.ly/1gttIE

j
That's all we bloody need. And what's he doing in Newcastle anyway?!
[quote][p][bold]Nosuprises[/bold] wrote: Off topic apparently Ranger has been arrested for breaking bail conditions!!! Link to story: http://bit.ly/1gttIE j[/p][/quote]That's all we bloody need. And what's he doing in Newcastle anyway?! MidlandRobin
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2:43pm Wed 12 Feb 14

I_Was_There_In_69 says...

Different topic, but breaking news. Nile Ranger arrested for suspicions of breaching bail conditions.
Different topic, but breaking news. Nile Ranger arrested for suspicions of breaching bail conditions. I_Was_There_In_69
  • Score: -1

3:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Vintage Trouble says...

All he had to do was stay out of Newcastle, how bloody difficult is that? The guy is a fool!
All he had to do was stay out of Newcastle, how bloody difficult is that? The guy is a fool! Vintage Trouble
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

just what we needed before Mondays second leg tie.... which could take us to Wembley - dare I say it, he really could be the difference...

the saga goes on...
just what we needed before Mondays second leg tie.... which could take us to Wembley - dare I say it, he really could be the difference... the saga goes on... GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Wed 12 Feb 14

avo says...

Oi Den! wrote:
avo wrote:
MITTED wrote: I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR
I think you're pretty spot on. We haven't produced that kind of form yet this season and it's difficult to see too much change in that between now and the end of the season. . Having said that, you just never know! That's the beauty of sport right there. . We have a very young squad prone to errors, and they're only human and I expect the errors to keep occurring. All part of the 'learning curve!'
If Smith, Ranger and N'Guessan can keep up the hard work they've been putting in recently it should be a big help. Also Cooper seems to have convinced Power that there is a time for playing the ball around and there's a time for getting it forward, so that should see us taking fewer risks at the back. I'm still not convinced by the "age" argument though. There may be something in it but it seems to be a blanket excuse for our poor performances this season. In some cases, the players just haven't looked good enough, never mind old enough.
I think there is something in it Den, but I agree it is not the sole reason. We have some experienced heads in the team making errors too which comes back to quality.
.
However I do believe that with a few of these youngsters in their first real campaign, they are prone to more errors than maybe the older guys are. It's a mix though, and the age thing should not be blamed as the only reason for the inconsistency.
.
There has definitely been a shift in approach during the last 2 games, and it's nice to see a long ball being used from time to time. This has undoubtedly aided the team at times. It's about balance, and again, knowing when to go long and when to play is something else that always used to be drilled into players at a very young age, or at least it was when I was playing, and that's why a lot of us sit there pulling our hair out at times!! watching what appears to be a complete lack of understanding of the match situation from our team!!
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR[/p][/quote]I think you're pretty spot on. We haven't produced that kind of form yet this season and it's difficult to see too much change in that between now and the end of the season. . Having said that, you just never know! That's the beauty of sport right there. . We have a very young squad prone to errors, and they're only human and I expect the errors to keep occurring. All part of the 'learning curve!'[/p][/quote]If Smith, Ranger and N'Guessan can keep up the hard work they've been putting in recently it should be a big help. Also Cooper seems to have convinced Power that there is a time for playing the ball around and there's a time for getting it forward, so that should see us taking fewer risks at the back. I'm still not convinced by the "age" argument though. There may be something in it but it seems to be a blanket excuse for our poor performances this season. In some cases, the players just haven't looked good enough, never mind old enough.[/p][/quote]I think there is something in it Den, but I agree it is not the sole reason. We have some experienced heads in the team making errors too which comes back to quality. . However I do believe that with a few of these youngsters in their first real campaign, they are prone to more errors than maybe the older guys are. It's a mix though, and the age thing should not be blamed as the only reason for the inconsistency. . There has definitely been a shift in approach during the last 2 games, and it's nice to see a long ball being used from time to time. This has undoubtedly aided the team at times. It's about balance, and again, knowing when to go long and when to play is something else that always used to be drilled into players at a very young age, or at least it was when I was playing, and that's why a lot of us sit there pulling our hair out at times!! watching what appears to be a complete lack of understanding of the match situation from our team!! avo
  • Score: 1

4:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-tyn
e-26157490

BBC Suggest he was outside a nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning... was he ever going to make training then.... ?

at it again, it seems...
http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-tyn e-26157490 BBC Suggest he was outside a nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning... was he ever going to make training then.... ? at it again, it seems... GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 0

4:16pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Vintage Trouble says...

avo wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
avo wrote:
MITTED wrote: I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR
I think you're pretty spot on. We haven't produced that kind of form yet this season and it's difficult to see too much change in that between now and the end of the season. . Having said that, you just never know! That's the beauty of sport right there. . We have a very young squad prone to errors, and they're only human and I expect the errors to keep occurring. All part of the 'learning curve!'
If Smith, Ranger and N'Guessan can keep up the hard work they've been putting in recently it should be a big help. Also Cooper seems to have convinced Power that there is a time for playing the ball around and there's a time for getting it forward, so that should see us taking fewer risks at the back. I'm still not convinced by the "age" argument though. There may be something in it but it seems to be a blanket excuse for our poor performances this season. In some cases, the players just haven't looked good enough, never mind old enough.
I think there is something in it Den, but I agree it is not the sole reason. We have some experienced heads in the team making errors too which comes back to quality. . However I do believe that with a few of these youngsters in their first real campaign, they are prone to more errors than maybe the older guys are. It's a mix though, and the age thing should not be blamed as the only reason for the inconsistency. . There has definitely been a shift in approach during the last 2 games, and it's nice to see a long ball being used from time to time. This has undoubtedly aided the team at times. It's about balance, and again, knowing when to go long and when to play is something else that always used to be drilled into players at a very young age, or at least it was when I was playing, and that's why a lot of us sit there pulling our hair out at times!! watching what appears to be a complete lack of understanding of the match situation from our team!!
I may be completely wrong but I don't recall more long balls in the Peterboro game? I felt we kept the ball on the ground just as much but we were more effective with it. Luongo and Louis Thompson ran forwards with the ball and we passed the ball into space out wide. The biggest frustration for me up until recently was no-one (with the exception of Pritchard) was willing to move from position to open up space or take a gamble with a pass and move. It was just passing from static players.
[quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: I hope I am proved wrong but games are running out and we need at least another 30 points to make the play-offs and even then, that might not be enough and, that is championship winning form. I just can't see it happening. As I say, I hope I am wrong but I hope we give it a real good go, starting with ColU. COYR[/p][/quote]I think you're pretty spot on. We haven't produced that kind of form yet this season and it's difficult to see too much change in that between now and the end of the season. . Having said that, you just never know! That's the beauty of sport right there. . We have a very young squad prone to errors, and they're only human and I expect the errors to keep occurring. All part of the 'learning curve!'[/p][/quote]If Smith, Ranger and N'Guessan can keep up the hard work they've been putting in recently it should be a big help. Also Cooper seems to have convinced Power that there is a time for playing the ball around and there's a time for getting it forward, so that should see us taking fewer risks at the back. I'm still not convinced by the "age" argument though. There may be something in it but it seems to be a blanket excuse for our poor performances this season. In some cases, the players just haven't looked good enough, never mind old enough.[/p][/quote]I think there is something in it Den, but I agree it is not the sole reason. We have some experienced heads in the team making errors too which comes back to quality. . However I do believe that with a few of these youngsters in their first real campaign, they are prone to more errors than maybe the older guys are. It's a mix though, and the age thing should not be blamed as the only reason for the inconsistency. . There has definitely been a shift in approach during the last 2 games, and it's nice to see a long ball being used from time to time. This has undoubtedly aided the team at times. It's about balance, and again, knowing when to go long and when to play is something else that always used to be drilled into players at a very young age, or at least it was when I was playing, and that's why a lot of us sit there pulling our hair out at times!! watching what appears to be a complete lack of understanding of the match situation from our team!![/p][/quote]I may be completely wrong but I don't recall more long balls in the Peterboro game? I felt we kept the ball on the ground just as much but we were more effective with it. Luongo and Louis Thompson ran forwards with the ball and we passed the ball into space out wide. The biggest frustration for me up until recently was no-one (with the exception of Pritchard) was willing to move from position to open up space or take a gamble with a pass and move. It was just passing from static players. Vintage Trouble
  • Score: 1

4:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MidlandRobin says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.
Hall returning from injury worries me - obviously wish him well in his recovery before anyone gets the hump, but if we have to play him, it'll be a great injustice against others who have played better. With Tyroy back especially I see no place in the side for Hall - Troy's a better CB, McEveley/Byrne/Bartr

am could all play better at LB, as he didn't fit in there at all. Can't see a future for him here and if he doesn't go back, and doesn't improve his performances consistently, I can see it being a problem.
Picking up on the point made about Hall. I've never been his biggest fan, perhaps the answer to the prospect of taking someone else's place when he's fit can be avoided if we simply send him back to Spurs.

Since his unfortunate injury, Town have a good record bar Oldham. 2-2-1

MR
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.[/p][/quote]Hall returning from injury worries me - obviously wish him well in his recovery before anyone gets the hump, but if we have to play him, it'll be a great injustice against others who have played better. With Tyroy back especially I see no place in the side for Hall - Troy's a better CB, McEveley/Byrne/Bartr am could all play better at LB, as he didn't fit in there at all. Can't see a future for him here and if he doesn't go back, and doesn't improve his performances consistently, I can see it being a problem.[/p][/quote]Picking up on the point made about Hall. I've never been his biggest fan, perhaps the answer to the prospect of taking someone else's place when he's fit can be avoided if we simply send him back to Spurs. Since his unfortunate injury, Town have a good record bar Oldham. 2-2-1 MR MidlandRobin
  • Score: 0

4:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

MidlandRobin wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.
Hall returning from injury worries me - obviously wish him well in his recovery before anyone gets the hump, but if we have to play him, it'll be a great injustice against others who have played better. With Tyroy back especially I see no place in the side for Hall - Troy's a better CB, McEveley/Byrne/Bartr


am could all play better at LB, as he didn't fit in there at all. Can't see a future for him here and if he doesn't go back, and doesn't improve his performances consistently, I can see it being a problem.
Picking up on the point made about Hall. I've never been his biggest fan, perhaps the answer to the prospect of taking someone else's place when he's fit can be avoided if we simply send him back to Spurs.

Since his unfortunate injury, Town have a good record bar Oldham. 2-2-1

MR
Too many variables in the last 5 games to link results to Halls absence imo

Troy has been in and out
Branco has had a couple of good games and a stinker at Posh
We've had 3 different left backs and also went 3 at the back with Jay sent off
Ward had a rest for a half but has been on better form
The midfield helped out defensively in the last 2 games etc etc
[quote][p][bold]MidlandRobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.[/p][/quote]Hall returning from injury worries me - obviously wish him well in his recovery before anyone gets the hump, but if we have to play him, it'll be a great injustice against others who have played better. With Tyroy back especially I see no place in the side for Hall - Troy's a better CB, McEveley/Byrne/Bartr am could all play better at LB, as he didn't fit in there at all. Can't see a future for him here and if he doesn't go back, and doesn't improve his performances consistently, I can see it being a problem.[/p][/quote]Picking up on the point made about Hall. I've never been his biggest fan, perhaps the answer to the prospect of taking someone else's place when he's fit can be avoided if we simply send him back to Spurs. Since his unfortunate injury, Town have a good record bar Oldham. 2-2-1 MR[/p][/quote]Too many variables in the last 5 games to link results to Halls absence imo Troy has been in and out Branco has had a couple of good games and a stinker at Posh We've had 3 different left backs and also went 3 at the back with Jay sent off Ward had a rest for a half but has been on better form The midfield helped out defensively in the last 2 games etc etc Wilesy
  • Score: 3

4:54pm Wed 12 Feb 14

umpcah says...

So Nile Ranger has been arrested again ! So he wont be playing footie just yet ! What an idiot this fellow is ! Pity he`s such a good player to have !
So Nile Ranger has been arrested again ! So he wont be playing footie just yet ! What an idiot this fellow is ! Pity he`s such a good player to have ! umpcah
  • Score: 0

5:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

I remember Coopers interview after the Posh win when Ranger got accepted back into the fold - lets wait and see he said. Seems his caution was well justified, to the surprise of few I would think.

So if I understand correctly Ranger who is banned from Newcastle on bail has gone clubbing in Newcastle? Also didn't Ranger offer out everyone in Newcastle when he got sacked by the club? I can imagine a few taking him up on that offer, like that bloke who punched the police horse for example, or at the least blowing the whistle that he's in town.

Sounds like not the best decision he's ever made......could it be the final straw or (more likely) will he get yet one more chance
I remember Coopers interview after the Posh win when Ranger got accepted back into the fold - lets wait and see he said. Seems his caution was well justified, to the surprise of few I would think. So if I understand correctly Ranger who is banned from Newcastle on bail has gone clubbing in Newcastle? Also didn't Ranger offer out everyone in Newcastle when he got sacked by the club? I can imagine a few taking him up on that offer, like that bloke who punched the police horse for example, or at the least blowing the whistle that he's in town. Sounds like not the best decision he's ever made......could it be the final straw or (more likely) will he get yet one more chance Wilesy
  • Score: 0

5:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

umpcah says...

Wilesy wrote:
I remember Coopers interview after the Posh win when Ranger got accepted back into the fold - lets wait and see he said. Seems his caution was well justified, to the surprise of few I would think.

So if I understand correctly Ranger who is banned from Newcastle on bail has gone clubbing in Newcastle? Also didn't Ranger offer out everyone in Newcastle when he got sacked by the club? I can imagine a few taking him up on that offer, like that bloke who punched the police horse for example, or at the least blowing the whistle that he's in town.

Sounds like not the best decision he's ever made......could it be the final straw or (more likely) will he get yet one more chance
Will he get one more chance ? He`s a class act to watch and I hope STFC can see their way clear to give a treat to their fans on a few more Saturday afternoons ! Don't know what he`ll do next off-field though !
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: I remember Coopers interview after the Posh win when Ranger got accepted back into the fold - lets wait and see he said. Seems his caution was well justified, to the surprise of few I would think. So if I understand correctly Ranger who is banned from Newcastle on bail has gone clubbing in Newcastle? Also didn't Ranger offer out everyone in Newcastle when he got sacked by the club? I can imagine a few taking him up on that offer, like that bloke who punched the police horse for example, or at the least blowing the whistle that he's in town. Sounds like not the best decision he's ever made......could it be the final straw or (more likely) will he get yet one more chance[/p][/quote]Will he get one more chance ? He`s a class act to watch and I hope STFC can see their way clear to give a treat to their fans on a few more Saturday afternoons ! Don't know what he`ll do next off-field though ! umpcah
  • Score: 0

5:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

umpcah wrote:
So Nile Ranger has been arrested again ! So he wont be playing footie just yet ! What an idiot this fellow is ! Pity he`s such a good player to have !
It's almost laughable what he does.
Is he plain stupid or just taking the p@ss.
I don't have a clue but a good footballer and we play better with him on the team.
Never a dull moment at STFC.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: So Nile Ranger has been arrested again ! So he wont be playing footie just yet ! What an idiot this fellow is ! Pity he`s such a good player to have ![/p][/quote]It's almost laughable what he does. Is he plain stupid or just taking the p@ss. I don't have a clue but a good footballer and we play better with him on the team. Never a dull moment at STFC. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 2

5:22pm Wed 12 Feb 14

dazzastfc says...

MidlandRobin wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.
Hall returning from injury worries me - obviously wish him well in his recovery before anyone gets the hump, but if we have to play him, it'll be a great injustice against others who have played better. With Tyroy back especially I see no place in the side for Hall - Troy's a better CB, McEveley/Byrne/Bartr


am could all play better at LB, as he didn't fit in there at all. Can't see a future for him here and if he doesn't go back, and doesn't improve his performances consistently, I can see it being a problem.
Picking up on the point made about Hall. I've never been his biggest fan, perhaps the answer to the prospect of taking someone else's place when he's fit can be avoided if we simply send him back to Spurs.

Since his unfortunate injury, Town have a good record bar Oldham. 2-2-1

MR
How can conceding 5 goals in 3 games be good....I know are last 2 games have been good BUT it has not been that good has it.....
[quote][p][bold]MidlandRobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Consistency has been the issue throughout the season, with standards varying on an almost game by game basis. Louis is showing signs of being the midfield enforcer we need, Mass also on good form, and with 2 or 3 good wingers available lets hope Cooper sticks with the Vale 4-4-2 formation and we push on with the same level of intensity from the last couple of games. If we do then maybe the play-offs aren't out of reach. One factor that may affect this will be the pending return of Hall and Mason from injury - and will they have to play? Cooper on the Friday phone-in implied they do but I don't see where Mason (or Kasim) fits in with Louis and Mass playing so well in centre mid, it would be madness to drop Louis and move Mass to DM to accommodate Mason as an AM. I certainly wouldn't throw Hall in ahead of Troy or Ward (or Branco) at centre back, nor ahead of Jay or Byrne at left back. I also think it would be a backward step now we have flying wingers Murphy and Pritchard, plus Smith and a rejuvenated Ranger to revert to a narrow diamond 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 just to fit in Mason. So a tricky one for Cooper - will he be strong and play his best 11 or will he toe the line and change things to fit in Mason and Hall? I think (and hope) Cooper realises he may have struck gold with the Vale performance and line-up so will stick with the wide 4-4-2 and the personnel for the time being, although Murphy should start instead of Danny. Might not do for Friday (with Monday in mind) or Monday (Smith not eligible) but in the following games lets see.[/p][/quote]Hall returning from injury worries me - obviously wish him well in his recovery before anyone gets the hump, but if we have to play him, it'll be a great injustice against others who have played better. With Tyroy back especially I see no place in the side for Hall - Troy's a better CB, McEveley/Byrne/Bartr am could all play better at LB, as he didn't fit in there at all. Can't see a future for him here and if he doesn't go back, and doesn't improve his performances consistently, I can see it being a problem.[/p][/quote]Picking up on the point made about Hall. I've never been his biggest fan, perhaps the answer to the prospect of taking someone else's place when he's fit can be avoided if we simply send him back to Spurs. Since his unfortunate injury, Town have a good record bar Oldham. 2-2-1 MR[/p][/quote]How can conceding 5 goals in 3 games be good....I know are last 2 games have been good BUT it has not been that good has it..... dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

5:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Since 1950 says...

That has to be the end for Ranger. What an idiot!
That has to be the end for Ranger. What an idiot! Since 1950
  • Score: 1

6:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

umpcah says...

Since 1950 wrote:
That has to be the end for Ranger. What an idiot!
If that proves to be true League One defenders will be delighted !
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: That has to be the end for Ranger. What an idiot![/p][/quote]If that proves to be true League One defenders will be delighted ! umpcah
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6:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Since 1950 says...

umpcah wrote:
Since 1950 wrote:
That has to be the end for Ranger. What an idiot!
If that proves to be true League One defenders will be delighted !
It also has to be the end of the line for any slim hopes anyone held for a chance of the play offs. It will also give Posh a boost in confidence for Monday night.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: That has to be the end for Ranger. What an idiot![/p][/quote]If that proves to be true League One defenders will be delighted ![/p][/quote]It also has to be the end of the line for any slim hopes anyone held for a chance of the play offs. It will also give Posh a boost in confidence for Monday night. Since 1950
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7:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Scouse Red says...

Since 1950 wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Since 1950 wrote:
That has to be the end for Ranger. What an idiot!
If that proves to be true League One defenders will be delighted !
It also has to be the end of the line for any slim hopes anyone held for a chance of the play offs. It will also give Posh a boost in confidence for Monday night.
maybe he was visiting his family or his mum….

oh hang on, in the early hours…

muppet
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: That has to be the end for Ranger. What an idiot![/p][/quote]If that proves to be true League One defenders will be delighted ![/p][/quote]It also has to be the end of the line for any slim hopes anyone held for a chance of the play offs. It will also give Posh a boost in confidence for Monday night.[/p][/quote]maybe he was visiting his family or his mum…. oh hang on, in the early hours… muppet Scouse Red
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7:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

smirg kcab says...

If arrested in early hours I take it he wasn't not going training,
If arrested in early hours I take it he wasn't not going training, smirg kcab
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8:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

mancrobin says...

Some really good points from Louis here which run true with me. I've seen a lot of games away this season where Town have looked clueless and lightweight against aggressive teams, even on good pitches. On that basis Saturday was a very pleasant surprise for me right from the team selection to how the team played in what at times were awful conditions against a fairly physical side.

I imagine the Thompson family must be very proud of Nathan and Louis. I know from the singing in the away end that we are.
Some really good points from Louis here which run true with me. I've seen a lot of games away this season where Town have looked clueless and lightweight against aggressive teams, even on good pitches. On that basis Saturday was a very pleasant surprise for me right from the team selection to how the team played in what at times were awful conditions against a fairly physical side. I imagine the Thompson family must be very proud of Nathan and Louis. I know from the singing in the away end that we are. mancrobin
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10:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Hope Ranger hasn't done anything silly, club seem to be supporting him but he needs more legal hassles like a hole in the head. He's so important to us.
Hope Ranger hasn't done anything silly, club seem to be supporting him but he needs more legal hassles like a hole in the head. He's so important to us. Psychedelic Syd
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