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11:26am Sat 29 Mar 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Following an unexpected but very impressive last three games ( two of which were away ), we have now reached the safety target of 54 points, so we can now relax and enjoy the attractive fixture to-day of Sheffield United.
I am always the pessimist by nature, so I am predicting a 2-1 reversal to-day, but again as always I hope to be proved wrong.
Hopefully Ben Gladwin will re-produce his Preston form today, and grab the headlines again.
Everybody - Please enjoy your matchday experience at the County Ground this sunny afternoon.
Following an unexpected but very impressive last three games ( two of which were away ), we have now reached the safety target of 54 points, so we can now relax and enjoy the attractive fixture to-day of Sheffield United. I am always the pessimist by nature, so I am predicting a 2-1 reversal to-day, but again as always I hope to be proved wrong. Hopefully Ben Gladwin will re-produce his Preston form today, and grab the headlines again. Everybody - Please enjoy your matchday experience at the County Ground this sunny afternoon. Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 4

11:52am Sat 29 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Well O-S, I thought we'd lose to Bristol City and Preston but expected us to beat Tranmere. Like you, I can see a one goal defeat coming today. Hope my current predicting form is a bad guide and I go back to being wrong again!
Well O-S, I thought we'd lose to Bristol City and Preston but expected us to beat Tranmere. Like you, I can see a one goal defeat coming today. Hope my current predicting form is a bad guide and I go back to being wrong again! Oi Den!
  • Score: -2

12:12pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the wizard says...

We will need to be and remain sharp and focused to get anything out of todays game. Troy is a must. Let's just hope that we will be able to convert any scoring chances as I suspect they will be few and far between. Heads up, chins up, keep it clean and tidy, cut out the tippy-tappy stuff, be clear and decisive, and no back passing to Fodders, and keep the wingers out wide to stretch their defence.
We will need to be and remain sharp and focused to get anything out of todays game. Troy is a must. Let's just hope that we will be able to convert any scoring chances as I suspect they will be few and far between. Heads up, chins up, keep it clean and tidy, cut out the tippy-tappy stuff, be clear and decisive, and no back passing to Fodders, and keep the wingers out wide to stretch their defence. the wizard
  • Score: 1

12:24pm Sat 29 Mar 14

red white says...

They are at Wembley in 2 weeks time, so thier minds might be on that to our advantage.
They are at Wembley in 2 weeks time, so thier minds might be on that to our advantage. red white
  • Score: 3

12:25pm Sat 29 Mar 14

wiki27 says...

Quick question, I am at the game today taking a couple of american friends to their first taste of real soccer! We are STFC fans...so where is the best place for a a couple of pre-match drinks, walkable to the ground?
Quick question, I am at the game today taking a couple of american friends to their first taste of real soccer! We are STFC fans...so where is the best place for a a couple of pre-match drinks, walkable to the ground? wiki27
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Sat 29 Mar 14

We are PANTS says...

wiki27 wrote:
Quick question, I am at the game today taking a couple of american friends to their first taste of real soccer! We are STFC fans...so where is the best place for a a couple of pre-match drinks, walkable to the ground?
The tap and barrell on Manchester road.... Full of home fans with a great atmosphere...
[quote][p][bold]wiki27[/bold] wrote: Quick question, I am at the game today taking a couple of american friends to their first taste of real soccer! We are STFC fans...so where is the best place for a a couple of pre-match drinks, walkable to the ground?[/p][/quote]The tap and barrell on Manchester road.... Full of home fans with a great atmosphere... We are PANTS
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Sat 29 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Let's not show them we are the worst team in the division, like we did at their place.
You owe us one mark
2/1 great bet
Coymr
Let's not show them we are the worst team in the division, like we did at their place. You owe us one mark 2/1 great bet Coymr smirg kcab
  • Score: -3

12:45pm Sat 29 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

wiki27 wrote:
Quick question, I am at the game today taking a couple of american friends to their first taste of real soccer! We are STFC fans...so where is the best place for a a couple of pre-match drinks, walkable to the ground?
Tap and barrel
Full of 70s boys
[quote][p][bold]wiki27[/bold] wrote: Quick question, I am at the game today taking a couple of american friends to their first taste of real soccer! We are STFC fans...so where is the best place for a a couple of pre-match drinks, walkable to the ground?[/p][/quote]Tap and barrel Full of 70s boys smirg kcab
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the wizard says...

red white wrote:
They are at Wembley in 2 weeks time, so thier minds might be on that to our advantage.
I'd like to think that as well, but Cloughie will keep them focused, sadly. They are chasing that last play off place and I'll bet that is Clough's priority over a cup. For them, a win here is a must, I hope we can P on their parade.
[quote][p][bold]red white[/bold] wrote: They are at Wembley in 2 weeks time, so thier minds might be on that to our advantage.[/p][/quote]I'd like to think that as well, but Cloughie will keep them focused, sadly. They are chasing that last play off place and I'll bet that is Clough's priority over a cup. For them, a win here is a must, I hope we can P on their parade. the wizard
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the wizard says...

Sounds like a bad accident holding up kick off. Very sorry to hear the guy has gone to Frenchay, probably because of a head injury. I wish him well.
Sounds like a bad accident holding up kick off. Very sorry to hear the guy has gone to Frenchay, probably because of a head injury. I wish him well. the wizard
  • Score: 2

3:34pm Sat 29 Mar 14

red white says...

Yessss !!!
Yessss !!! red white
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Robinonfire says...

Only one Miles Storey..........you REDSSSSSSSSS
Only one Miles Storey..........you REDSSSSSSSSS Robinonfire
  • Score: 0

4:04pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the wizard says...

Beware them coming out early in the second half and pushing really hard to get an equalizer. Cloughie will not let them stand by and get beaten especially when pushing for the play offs.

Well done Town but don't let them back in. We need another goal, quickly.
Beware them coming out early in the second half and pushing really hard to get an equalizer. Cloughie will not let them stand by and get beaten especially when pushing for the play offs. Well done Town but don't let them back in. We need another goal, quickly. the wizard
  • Score: -2

5:06pm Sat 29 Mar 14

TenerifeRed says...

get iiiiiiiiiiiinnnnn!!!
!!!!!
get iiiiiiiiiiiinnnnn!!! !!!!! TenerifeRed
  • Score: 0

5:07pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Scouse Red says...

Get in!! Up in Scouser Land for the weekend and gutted I missed what looks like a great win. Play off's here we come!
Get in!! Up in Scouser Land for the weekend and gutted I missed what looks like a great win. Play off's here we come! Scouse Red
  • Score: 3

5:08pm Sat 29 Mar 14

stfc4ever!! says...

AMAZING!!!! FOOODDDDDDEEERRRRRRI
INNNGGGGHHHHHAAAAAAM
MMMMM
AMAZING!!!! FOOODDDDDDEEERRRRRRI INNNGGGGHHHHHAAAAAAM MMMMM stfc4ever!!
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Sat 29 Mar 14

red white says...

Yooooooooooooouuuuuu
uuuuuuuuuuuu Reds!
Yooooooooooooouuuuuu uuuuuuuuuuuu Reds! red white
  • Score: 0

5:11pm Sat 29 Mar 14

stokes_stfc says...

Wow what a result! And great to see Louis on the score sheet (I think it's his first goal is it not?)...
Wow what a result! And great to see Louis on the score sheet (I think it's his first goal is it not?)... stokes_stfc
  • Score: 5

5:11pm Sat 29 Mar 14

red white says...

Well down Town !
Well down Town ! red white
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5:12pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Robinonfire says...

Great result...must keep it going.

You REDSSSSSSSSSS
Great result...must keep it going. You REDSSSSSSSSSS Robinonfire
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5:28pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the wizard says...

Well done Town, nearly paid the price for sitting deep in the second half, thank the Lord for Thompson, brilliant.
Well done Town, nearly paid the price for sitting deep in the second half, thank the Lord for Thompson, brilliant. the wizard
  • Score: 1

5:57pm Sat 29 Mar 14

nosyrudeman says...

Lets put this to bed once and for all, we don't sit back, we get pushed onto the back foot. Great win and Sir Wes's outstanding saves gave us the momentum to go on and win especially the last save to breakaway, and Louis scoring winner.
Lets put this to bed once and for all, we don't sit back, we get pushed onto the back foot. Great win and Sir Wes's outstanding saves gave us the momentum to go on and win especially the last save to breakaway, and Louis scoring winner. nosyrudeman
  • Score: 18

6:01pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

We're a different team now. Everyone working their arses off for each other. Foderingham fantastic. Stephens a class act - echoes of Calderwood there. Tough second half. Midfield looked knackered then and Sheff U looked as comfortable as we did in the first half but we hung on and battled for the win. Two well worked goals, as theirs was too. Congrats to Storey on his great finish and Thompson on his first goal. And well done Cooper for another great result.
We're a different team now. Everyone working their arses off for each other. Foderingham fantastic. Stephens a class act - echoes of Calderwood there. Tough second half. Midfield looked knackered then and Sheff U looked as comfortable as we did in the first half but we hung on and battled for the win. Two well worked goals, as theirs was too. Congrats to Storey on his great finish and Thompson on his first goal. And well done Cooper for another great result. Oi Den!
  • Score: 15

6:01pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Di kanny oh says...

What a great game and good advert for this Division two teams going for it although Sheff U were gaining momentum as we tired and sat back. Foderingham was outstanding but his miss kick almost cost us dear near the end. What a fantastic win yes I would gladly have taken the draw but we have developed that little Knack of nicking games lately. Troy Arch and Jack Stephens were magnificent again. First half we were superb but feel Sheff put us under the cosh as they went three up front. Play offs never but its Peterborough's to loose so who knows funnier things have happened.
What a great game and good advert for this Division two teams going for it although Sheff U were gaining momentum as we tired and sat back. Foderingham was outstanding but his miss kick almost cost us dear near the end. What a fantastic win yes I would gladly have taken the draw but we have developed that little Knack of nicking games lately. Troy Arch and Jack Stephens were magnificent again. First half we were superb but feel Sheff put us under the cosh as they went three up front. Play offs never but its Peterborough's to loose so who knows funnier things have happened. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 4

6:08pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

nosyrudeman wrote:
Lets put this to bed once and for all, we don't sit back, we get pushed onto the back foot. Great win and Sir Wes's outstanding saves gave us the momentum to go on and win especially the last save to breakaway, and Louis scoring winner.
Agree. I don't think we sat deep at all. We got penned back by a team that found its feet as we flagged. There were two teams out there and Sheffield United played their part in serving up an exciting game.
[quote][p][bold]nosyrudeman[/bold] wrote: Lets put this to bed once and for all, we don't sit back, we get pushed onto the back foot. Great win and Sir Wes's outstanding saves gave us the momentum to go on and win especially the last save to breakaway, and Louis scoring winner.[/p][/quote]Agree. I don't think we sat deep at all. We got penned back by a team that found its feet as we flagged. There were two teams out there and Sheffield United played their part in serving up an exciting game. Oi Den!
  • Score: 8

6:14pm Sat 29 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

Great result and great run. Credit to Coops who has answered his critics yet again.

The Thompson boys have been outstanding this season and Fods is exceptional. Hope we can keep all three in building the squad for next season.

Also hope that 2 goals on the bounce will give Miles the chance to consistently prove the talent that he is.
Great result and great run. Credit to Coops who has answered his critics yet again. The Thompson boys have been outstanding this season and Fods is exceptional. Hope we can keep all three in building the squad for next season. Also hope that 2 goals on the bounce will give Miles the chance to consistently prove the talent that he is. mancrobin
  • Score: 5

6:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Haydonender says...

Games like that are why I love football. Haven't heard the County Ground erupt like that in some time. Well done to louis on his first goal, it was a great counter attack, set off by the save from Wes who was outstanding. Troy and Stephens quality too, if we had them at the back all season, I think we would have been easily in the play offs.

Also don't think we sat back second half, they pushed us back as they threw everyone forward. Also Smith couldn't hold up the ball so we couldn't get out, he needs to improve this (or we have to hope for a miracle recovery for Ranger) if we are to get into the play offs/have a chance in them.
Games like that are why I love football. Haven't heard the County Ground erupt like that in some time. Well done to louis on his first goal, it was a great counter attack, set off by the save from Wes who was outstanding. Troy and Stephens quality too, if we had them at the back all season, I think we would have been easily in the play offs. Also don't think we sat back second half, they pushed us back as they threw everyone forward. Also Smith couldn't hold up the ball so we couldn't get out, he needs to improve this (or we have to hope for a miracle recovery for Ranger) if we are to get into the play offs/have a chance in them. Haydonender
  • Score: 8

6:29pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Haydonender says...

Forgot to say, credit to Cooper who has finally put together a team that can play our football but also stand up to the likes of Preston and Sheff Utd physically. It has taken a while but he seems to have found the formula.

And good to see Miles starting to fulfil his potential.
Forgot to say, credit to Cooper who has finally put together a team that can play our football but also stand up to the likes of Preston and Sheff Utd physically. It has taken a while but he seems to have found the formula. And good to see Miles starting to fulfil his potential. Haydonender
  • Score: 9

6:36pm Sat 29 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

Well well well a great win, i think my excitement surpassed the Preston game!
Thing is though we are only 17 points from relegation.
It was a hard fought win and Foderingham was man of the match despite his poor kicking (glad there was no boos),but it was a good team effort.
As has been said above i don't think it was us sitting but being pushed back by Sheffield.
Great goal by Story but as been said before there is still a few things to work on,but two goals in two games is fine with me.
For me though the moment of the match was seeing Nathan run round the pitch to celebrate with Louis,priceless.
Dare we start thinking of the playoffs!
One very happy clapper :-)
Well well well a great win, i think my excitement surpassed the Preston game! Thing is though we are only 17 points from relegation. It was a hard fought win and Foderingham was man of the match despite his poor kicking (glad there was no boos),but it was a good team effort. As has been said above i don't think it was us sitting but being pushed back by Sheffield. Great goal by Story but as been said before there is still a few things to work on,but two goals in two games is fine with me. For me though the moment of the match was seeing Nathan run round the pitch to celebrate with Louis,priceless. Dare we start thinking of the playoffs! One very happy clapper :-) swwindon61uk
  • Score: 7

6:38pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the don69 says...

What a save from Fodds! then we charge into their half and win it! so pleased for Thomo to score you could see it mean't the world to him, great finish from Storey(I bet Wilma would have missed that one lol) can we get Stephens on loan for a season please? he's a top centre back, well done to Coops battlers to get us where we are he done a great job, keep it going lads long trip up north next week,made it a short trip home with 3 points!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a save from Fodds! then we charge into their half and win it! so pleased for Thomo to score you could see it mean't the world to him, great finish from Storey(I bet Wilma would have missed that one lol) can we get Stephens on loan for a season please? he's a top centre back, well done to Coops battlers to get us where we are he done a great job, keep it going lads long trip up north next week,made it a short trip home with 3 points!!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 14

6:47pm Sat 29 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

Di kanny oh wrote:
What a great game and good advert for this Division two teams going for it although Sheff U were gaining momentum as we tired and sat back. Foderingham was outstanding but his miss kick almost cost us dear near the end. What a fantastic win yes I would gladly have taken the draw but we have developed that little Knack of nicking games lately. Troy Arch and Jack Stephens were magnificent again. First half we were superb but feel Sheff put us under the cosh as they went three up front. Play offs never but its Peterborough's to loose so who knows funnier things have happened.
I think what is that you do make you own luck and you can enhance that by playing positive football like we have recently.
Nice to here the crowd get behind the team after Sheffield had leveled.
Though the ref lost in the 2nd half after a very good first half.
[quote][p][bold]Di kanny oh[/bold] wrote: What a great game and good advert for this Division two teams going for it although Sheff U were gaining momentum as we tired and sat back. Foderingham was outstanding but his miss kick almost cost us dear near the end. What a fantastic win yes I would gladly have taken the draw but we have developed that little Knack of nicking games lately. Troy Arch and Jack Stephens were magnificent again. First half we were superb but feel Sheff put us under the cosh as they went three up front. Play offs never but its Peterborough's to loose so who knows funnier things have happened.[/p][/quote]I think what is that you do make you own luck and you can enhance that by playing positive football like we have recently. Nice to here the crowd get behind the team after Sheffield had leveled. Though the ref lost in the 2nd half after a very good first half. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 1

6:51pm Sat 29 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

Oi Den! wrote:
We're a different team now. Everyone working their arses off for each other. Foderingham fantastic. Stephens a class act - echoes of Calderwood there. Tough second half. Midfield looked knackered then and Sheff U looked as comfortable as we did in the first half but we hung on and battled for the win. Two well worked goals, as theirs was too. Congrats to Storey on his great finish and Thompson on his first goal. And well done Cooper for another great result.
I thought Cox was outstanding, especially how little match play he has had,
That header in the first half was one of the best i have seen in a long time.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: We're a different team now. Everyone working their arses off for each other. Foderingham fantastic. Stephens a class act - echoes of Calderwood there. Tough second half. Midfield looked knackered then and Sheff U looked as comfortable as we did in the first half but we hung on and battled for the win. Two well worked goals, as theirs was too. Congrats to Storey on his great finish and Thompson on his first goal. And well done Cooper for another great result.[/p][/quote]I thought Cox was outstanding, especially how little match play he has had, That header in the first half was one of the best i have seen in a long time. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 4

6:53pm Sat 29 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Let's not show them we are the worst team in the division, like we did at their place.
You owe us one mark
2/1 great bet
Coymr
2/1great bet minus 1
Pricksss
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Let's not show them we are the worst team in the division, like we did at their place. You owe us one mark 2/1 great bet Coymr[/p][/quote]2/1great bet minus 1 Pricksss smirg kcab
  • Score: -21

7:05pm Sat 29 Mar 14

stfcdod says...

A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.
A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit. stfcdod
  • Score: 4

7:06pm Sat 29 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

And just to stop myself getting dizzy about playoff talk,here is Peterborough's remaining games:
Home:
Colchester United
Gillingham
Coventry City
Carlise United
Port Vale

Away:
Wolves
Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town
And just to stop myself getting dizzy about playoff talk,here is Peterborough's remaining games: Home: Colchester United Gillingham Coventry City Carlise United Port Vale Away: Wolves Bradford City Shrewsbury Town swwindon61uk
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Sat 29 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

well done boys .. YET ANOTHER FANTASTIC WIN...
Keep it going and we never know...
Such a shame we dint sort the defence out a long long time ago..
WE ARE MUCH BETTER TEAM WITHOUT Ward,
COME ON YOU REDS
well done boys .. YET ANOTHER FANTASTIC WIN... Keep it going and we never know... Such a shame we dint sort the defence out a long long time ago.. WE ARE MUCH BETTER TEAM WITHOUT Ward, COME ON YOU REDS dazzastfc
  • Score: 3

7:08pm Sat 29 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

stfcdod wrote:
A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.
Yep and all the doom and gloomers are not here either,
"can't see where our next win is coming from" Hah :-)
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.[/p][/quote]Yep and all the doom and gloomers are not here either, "can't see where our next win is coming from" Hah :-) swwindon61uk
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Sat 29 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Minus 2
Twaats
Minus 2 Twaats smirg kcab
  • Score: -32

7:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
And just to stop myself getting dizzy about playoff talk,here is Peterborough's remaining games:
Home:
Colchester United
Gillingham
Coventry City
Carlise United
Port Vale

Away:
Wolves
Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town
And your point is?
Peterborough has to play games.
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: And just to stop myself getting dizzy about playoff talk,here is Peterborough's remaining games: Home: Colchester United Gillingham Coventry City Carlise United Port Vale Away: Wolves Bradford City Shrewsbury Town[/p][/quote]And your point is? Peterborough has to play games. smirg kcab
  • Score: -11

7:29pm Sat 29 Mar 14

joey butler says...

stfcdod wrote:
A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.
That is no Oxford fans apart from YOU Dods!
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.[/p][/quote]That is no Oxford fans apart from YOU Dods! joey butler
  • Score: -35

7:35pm Sat 29 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

smirg kcab wrote:
swwindon61uk wrote:
And just to stop myself getting dizzy about playoff talk,here is Peterborough's remaining games:
Home:
Colchester United
Gillingham
Coventry City
Carlise United
Port Vale

Away:
Wolves
Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town
And your point is?
Peterborough has to play games.
Peterbourgh have to play the games? really that shocks me,
I was making no point,just posting what games they have left that is all, no more no less,
Maybe i should post Stevenage's as they are the team we are battling for relegation isn't it.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: And just to stop myself getting dizzy about playoff talk,here is Peterborough's remaining games: Home: Colchester United Gillingham Coventry City Carlise United Port Vale Away: Wolves Bradford City Shrewsbury Town[/p][/quote]And your point is? Peterborough has to play games.[/p][/quote]Peterbourgh have to play the games? really that shocks me, I was making no point,just posting what games they have left that is all, no more no less, Maybe i should post Stevenage's as they are the team we are battling for relegation isn't it. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 7

7:36pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

Great result, superb finish from Miles after a good set-up by Smith. Both have a lot to learn but are getting there. Back three worked well again together and hope we can keep all three for next season. Fods outstanding but not worried about him as he will be with us next season. Thought Cox was excellent especially as it was his first start for us for two season, credit to him.

Rode our luck and play-offs are still a long shot but should we get there we would possibly be the "form team". Need 5 or 6 wins but it is now 3 down 6 to go.

Pleased for Mark and find it interesting that he is being praised without really changing the style. One factor against us all season IMO is we have rarely been able to name un unchanged side from week to week.

Made up for Louis and great to see Nathan join in the celebrations. Keep it up Town, the good luck seems to be on our side at the moment. Lets make the most of it !!!!!

COYMR
Great result, superb finish from Miles after a good set-up by Smith. Both have a lot to learn but are getting there. Back three worked well again together and hope we can keep all three for next season. Fods outstanding but not worried about him as he will be with us next season. Thought Cox was excellent especially as it was his first start for us for two season, credit to him. Rode our luck and play-offs are still a long shot but should we get there we would possibly be the "form team". Need 5 or 6 wins but it is now 3 down 6 to go. Pleased for Mark and find it interesting that he is being praised without really changing the style. One factor against us all season IMO is we have rarely been able to name un unchanged side from week to week. Made up for Louis and great to see Nathan join in the celebrations. Keep it up Town, the good luck seems to be on our side at the moment. Lets make the most of it !!!!! COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 8

7:52pm Sat 29 Mar 14

red white says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
And just to stop myself getting dizzy about playoff talk,here is Peterborough's remaining games:
Home:
Colchester United
Gillingham
Coventry City
Carlise United
Port Vale

Away:
Wolves
Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town
Starting with Colchester, they are fighting to stay up and they play on Wednesday after the JPT.

Good chance they could do the Posh.
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: And just to stop myself getting dizzy about playoff talk,here is Peterborough's remaining games: Home: Colchester United Gillingham Coventry City Carlise United Port Vale Away: Wolves Bradford City Shrewsbury Town[/p][/quote]Starting with Colchester, they are fighting to stay up and they play on Wednesday after the JPT. Good chance they could do the Posh. red white
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

Loving the performances at the moment, highly entertaining, played at a faster tempo with some crisp passing and using the width of the pitch. It is noticeable that we are digging in more and looking harder to beat. I don't think its a coincidence that the defensive improvement started with the arrival of Stephens who looks excellent in there with Troy. Not being unkind to Wardy but Stephens is a better player at this moment in time.

Take the first goal, 2 incisive forward passes led to Storey breaking through which we haven't seen all season...

I know Cooper is frustrated with the hold up play of the front two, but I hope he sticks with them as the goals are coming and they look a right nuisance up front.

Outstanding performance from Wes, and all those point blank saves were a direct result of non-existent marking, so that's something to work on.

Posh look to have the easier run in but they are so inconsistent they are bound to drop points, that said I would still be surprised to see us get into the play-offs, although at least the season is alive and well after it was petering out 2 weeks ago.
Loving the performances at the moment, highly entertaining, played at a faster tempo with some crisp passing and using the width of the pitch. It is noticeable that we are digging in more and looking harder to beat. I don't think its a coincidence that the defensive improvement started with the arrival of Stephens who looks excellent in there with Troy. Not being unkind to Wardy but Stephens is a better player at this moment in time. Take the first goal, 2 incisive forward passes led to Storey breaking through which we haven't seen all season... I know Cooper is frustrated with the hold up play of the front two, but I hope he sticks with them as the goals are coming and they look a right nuisance up front. Outstanding performance from Wes, and all those point blank saves were a direct result of non-existent marking, so that's something to work on. Posh look to have the easier run in but they are so inconsistent they are bound to drop points, that said I would still be surprised to see us get into the play-offs, although at least the season is alive and well after it was petering out 2 weeks ago. Wilesy
  • Score: 5

7:56pm Sat 29 Mar 14

MidlandRobin says...

Unfortunately couldn't make it to Swindon today, so I decided for a little trip to Walsall down the road instead.

Walsall were pretty ineffective (too much tippy tappy!). But did see a cameo from N'goo - thank goodness we didn't sign him! All arms and legs and awful touch!

So pleased that we've finally found a good centre back pairing in TAH and Stevens, but it's such a pity that Cooper didn't recognise sooner, that something had to be done in the centre back positions. Ward was obviously over the hill early in the season and Hall will never be good enough for league one (as I've said before, conference is about the right level for him)

Playoffs could have been a certainty but now we're at best an outside chance, despite being a point behind the Posh. COYR

MR
Unfortunately couldn't make it to Swindon today, so I decided for a little trip to Walsall down the road instead. Walsall were pretty ineffective (too much tippy tappy!). But did see a cameo from N'goo - thank goodness we didn't sign him! All arms and legs and awful touch! So pleased that we've finally found a good centre back pairing in TAH and Stevens, but it's such a pity that Cooper didn't recognise sooner, that something had to be done in the centre back positions. Ward was obviously over the hill early in the season and Hall will never be good enough for league one (as I've said before, conference is about the right level for him) Playoffs could have been a certainty but now we're at best an outside chance, despite being a point behind the Posh. COYR MR MidlandRobin
  • Score: -4

7:57pm Sat 29 Mar 14

stigger says...

Thoroughly enjoyed the game today. Echoing many comments above Wes was top drawer, Stephens looks a top player in the making and Troy continues his good form of late. Jay divides opinion on here but I still rate him as a defender first and foremost and he put in a shift as well. Thought Cox was excellent and makes me wonder if he couldn't do a job longer term, he was comfortable on the ball, got stuck in and for me offered a lot more than I've seen from Harley. Gladwin continues to show lots of talent some really good passes but also lost possession cheaply a few times, but must remember he is a work in progress but with obvious ability. Great finish by Miles, and great to see Louis score his first after great work from Miles and then Nathan Byrne. And the ref??? good first half he lost the plot in the second!! COYR!
Thoroughly enjoyed the game today. Echoing many comments above Wes was top drawer, Stephens looks a top player in the making and Troy continues his good form of late. Jay divides opinion on here but I still rate him as a defender first and foremost and he put in a shift as well. Thought Cox was excellent and makes me wonder if he couldn't do a job longer term, he was comfortable on the ball, got stuck in and for me offered a lot more than I've seen from Harley. Gladwin continues to show lots of talent some really good passes but also lost possession cheaply a few times, but must remember he is a work in progress but with obvious ability. Great finish by Miles, and great to see Louis score his first after great work from Miles and then Nathan Byrne. And the ref??? good first half he lost the plot in the second!! COYR! stigger
  • Score: 7

8:14pm Sat 29 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

Wilesy wrote:
Loving the performances at the moment, highly entertaining, played at a faster tempo with some crisp passing and using the width of the pitch. It is noticeable that we are digging in more and looking harder to beat. I don't think its a coincidence that the defensive improvement started with the arrival of Stephens who looks excellent in there with Troy. Not being unkind to Wardy but Stephens is a better player at this moment in time.

Take the first goal, 2 incisive forward passes led to Storey breaking through which we haven't seen all season...

I know Cooper is frustrated with the hold up play of the front two, but I hope he sticks with them as the goals are coming and they look a right nuisance up front.

Outstanding performance from Wes, and all those point blank saves were a direct result of non-existent marking, so that's something to work on.

Posh look to have the easier run in but they are so inconsistent they are bound to drop points, that said I would still be surprised to see us get into the play-offs, although at least the season is alive and well after it was petering out 2 weeks ago.
To me it is not just about the improved defence but a much improved midfield, teams have to get through them first before reaching the defence.
The current midfield has a lot of grit and skill about them.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Loving the performances at the moment, highly entertaining, played at a faster tempo with some crisp passing and using the width of the pitch. It is noticeable that we are digging in more and looking harder to beat. I don't think its a coincidence that the defensive improvement started with the arrival of Stephens who looks excellent in there with Troy. Not being unkind to Wardy but Stephens is a better player at this moment in time. Take the first goal, 2 incisive forward passes led to Storey breaking through which we haven't seen all season... I know Cooper is frustrated with the hold up play of the front two, but I hope he sticks with them as the goals are coming and they look a right nuisance up front. Outstanding performance from Wes, and all those point blank saves were a direct result of non-existent marking, so that's something to work on. Posh look to have the easier run in but they are so inconsistent they are bound to drop points, that said I would still be surprised to see us get into the play-offs, although at least the season is alive and well after it was petering out 2 weeks ago.[/p][/quote]To me it is not just about the improved defence but a much improved midfield, teams have to get through them first before reaching the defence. The current midfield has a lot of grit and skill about them. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 2

8:23pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Di kanny oh says...

What a cracking goal by Miles today that is when he is at his best running onto through balls and great pass by Gladwin. Some good substitutions by Mark Cooper today and made a difference. Nathan Thompson was getting the run around down the left second half and had been booked so it made sense to bring Byrne on who actually made the winner after Miles held off two defenders and slipped the ball to him excellent football by Miles who had another lung busting game and will get better the more he plays. Two very important goals by Miles last two games and bet he is loving it. Where on earth is bradley red these days must be hiding in a dark cupboard somewhere moaning that he has nothing to moan about.
What a cracking goal by Miles today that is when he is at his best running onto through balls and great pass by Gladwin. Some good substitutions by Mark Cooper today and made a difference. Nathan Thompson was getting the run around down the left second half and had been booked so it made sense to bring Byrne on who actually made the winner after Miles held off two defenders and slipped the ball to him excellent football by Miles who had another lung busting game and will get better the more he plays. Two very important goals by Miles last two games and bet he is loving it. Where on earth is bradley red these days must be hiding in a dark cupboard somewhere moaning that he has nothing to moan about. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 3

8:41pm Sat 29 Mar 14

old town robin says...

A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under.

As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover.

At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday

Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.
A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under. As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover. At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches. old town robin
  • Score: -1

8:47pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the wizard says...

Very pleased with the performance and the result. Storey doing well and the first of hopefully many many for Louis.

Another week with Bradley Red and his mates missing, can't be bad.
Very pleased with the performance and the result. Storey doing well and the first of hopefully many many for Louis. Another week with Bradley Red and his mates missing, can't be bad. the wizard
  • Score: 5

9:07pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

old town robin wrote:
A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under.

As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover.

At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday

Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.
Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?).

Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon.

Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under. As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover. At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.[/p][/quote]Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?). Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon. Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 1

9:30pm Sat 29 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
stfcdod wrote:
A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.
Yep and all the doom and gloomers are not here either,
"can't see where our next win is coming from" Hah :-)
With the form we were in there is no way in the world you could see STFC getting 7 points from 9...As the previous 15 games we had a return of 12 points

WHAT IS THE POINT IN TRYING TO BE SARCASTIC when all you are doing is making yourself look a d*ck..AGAIN
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.[/p][/quote]Yep and all the doom and gloomers are not here either, "can't see where our next win is coming from" Hah :-)[/p][/quote]With the form we were in there is no way in the world you could see STFC getting 7 points from 9...As the previous 15 games we had a return of 12 points WHAT IS THE POINT IN TRYING TO BE SARCASTIC when all you are doing is making yourself look a d*ck..AGAIN dazzastfc
  • Score: -7

9:31pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the wizard says...

Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.
Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better. the wizard
  • Score: 5

9:41pm Sat 29 Mar 14

old town robin says...

Well OX-red I would firstly like to congratulate you on being Jed's partner, I hope you will both be very happy. Lol

Davies is a foot smaller than Smith and that you cannot deny and Smith never won one airbourne challenge all afternoon . I don't favour Storey over Smith because I'm Swindon born, the fact is Miles has pace, control and is scoring goals, god knows I've had my doubts of him, however, . I have seen enough of Smith to have an opinion that he is limited with ability. He tries hard, has scored some welcome goals, his penalty was a gem, but sorry if my opinion is different to yours, I just don't think he is the long time answer up front as he lacks the nous to hold up the ball, get in the six yard box at the right time. It's not his fault, he's just playing at a level where the game is too fast for him.

Maybe I will be proved wrong and you are right, as a Swindon supporter I hope you will be proved right, but reserve my right to have an opinion.
Well OX-red I would firstly like to congratulate you on being Jed's partner, I hope you will both be very happy. Lol Davies is a foot smaller than Smith and that you cannot deny and Smith never won one airbourne challenge all afternoon . I don't favour Storey over Smith because I'm Swindon born, the fact is Miles has pace, control and is scoring goals, god knows I've had my doubts of him, however, . I have seen enough of Smith to have an opinion that he is limited with ability. He tries hard, has scored some welcome goals, his penalty was a gem, but sorry if my opinion is different to yours, I just don't think he is the long time answer up front as he lacks the nous to hold up the ball, get in the six yard box at the right time. It's not his fault, he's just playing at a level where the game is too fast for him. Maybe I will be proved wrong and you are right, as a Swindon supporter I hope you will be proved right, but reserve my right to have an opinion. old town robin
  • Score: 3

9:44pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Dover Red says...

dazzastfc wrote:
swwindon61uk wrote:
stfcdod wrote:
A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.
Yep and all the doom and gloomers are not here either,
"can't see where our next win is coming from" Hah :-)
With the form we were in there is no way in the world you could see STFC getting 7 points from 9...As the previous 15 games we had a return of 12 points

WHAT IS THE POINT IN TRYING TO BE SARCASTIC when all you are doing is making yourself look a d*ck..AGAIN
9 from 9 surely
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.[/p][/quote]Yep and all the doom and gloomers are not here either, "can't see where our next win is coming from" Hah :-)[/p][/quote]With the form we were in there is no way in the world you could see STFC getting 7 points from 9...As the previous 15 games we had a return of 12 points WHAT IS THE POINT IN TRYING TO BE SARCASTIC when all you are doing is making yourself look a d*ck..AGAIN[/p][/quote]9 from 9 surely Dover Red
  • Score: 4

9:50pm Sat 29 Mar 14

old town robin says...

the wizard wrote:
Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.
good point Wiz, unbeaten in 4, does he deserve to come straight back into the starting 11.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.[/p][/quote]good point Wiz, unbeaten in 4, does he deserve to come straight back into the starting 11. old town robin
  • Score: 4

9:55pm Sat 29 Mar 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Great win today and Sir Wes kept us in it.
We seem to be playing more football in the final third which Is better on the eye.
Great win and fantastic for the Tommo Twins.
Pity the TE was empty.

At least it's maintaining a bit of excitement at the end of the season.
Great win today and Sir Wes kept us in it. We seem to be playing more football in the final third which Is better on the eye. Great win and fantastic for the Tommo Twins. Pity the TE was empty. At least it's maintaining a bit of excitement at the end of the season. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 3

10:05pm Sat 29 Mar 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Can we, can we, can we really even consider May 25th? All the players congratulating Louis T on twitter, including Ex players Jonny Bostock and Si Ferry. Ranger going "Come on Swindon". We're on the cusp here people. Of course Troy and Stephens would have secured it way back and of course it's a long shot but got to buy a ticket to have a chance.

Get your seasons tickets for next year people it's going to be good. Really have the faith that Power may actually know what he's doing.

Also dear all fans Lord Stephens at every opportunity, on and off the pitch and try and persuade him to come back for the year next season......

COYR
Can we, can we, can we really even consider May 25th? All the players congratulating Louis T on twitter, including Ex players Jonny Bostock and Si Ferry. Ranger going "Come on Swindon". We're on the cusp here people. Of course Troy and Stephens would have secured it way back and of course it's a long shot but got to buy a ticket to have a chance. Get your seasons tickets for next year people it's going to be good. Really have the faith that Power may actually know what he's doing. Also dear all fans Lord Stephens at every opportunity, on and off the pitch and try and persuade him to come back for the year next season...... COYR dreamofacleansheet2
  • Score: 7

10:08pm Sat 29 Mar 14

the wizard says...

old town robin wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.
good point Wiz, unbeaten in 4, does he deserve to come straight back into the starting 11.
I'd make him earn it from the bench, but right now the "blend" is the best its been for a long time. I may be a bit sentimental but as far as I'm concerned I think we should now be giving our own lads all the turf time we can, opposed to playing loans. We will never know just how good our guys will aspire to be unless they are given a run of games, given the point that it takes a novice a few games to bed in, and match practice being better than anything the training ground can give.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.[/p][/quote]good point Wiz, unbeaten in 4, does he deserve to come straight back into the starting 11.[/p][/quote]I'd make him earn it from the bench, but right now the "blend" is the best its been for a long time. I may be a bit sentimental but as far as I'm concerned I think we should now be giving our own lads all the turf time we can, opposed to playing loans. We will never know just how good our guys will aspire to be unless they are given a run of games, given the point that it takes a novice a few games to bed in, and match practice being better than anything the training ground can give. the wizard
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Sat 29 Mar 14

6degreessouth says...

Ok fellow town fans what has changed, has MC had a change of mind or is there someone new in the background calling the shots. I know will get pasted for this post but most town fans would have gone with the youngsters months ago, I personally think there is someone else involved in management or someone else advising management. I honestly dont think Cooper is behind thi, Sorry.
Ok fellow town fans what has changed, has MC had a change of mind or is there someone new in the background calling the shots. I know will get pasted for this post but most town fans would have gone with the youngsters months ago, I personally think there is someone else involved in management or someone else advising management. I honestly dont think Cooper is behind thi, Sorry. 6degreessouth
  • Score: -20

10:38pm Sat 29 Mar 14

old town robin says...

6degreessouth wrote:
Ok fellow town fans what has changed, has MC had a change of mind or is there someone new in the background calling the shots. I know will get pasted for this post but most town fans would have gone with the youngsters months ago, I personally think there is someone else involved in management or someone else advising management. I honestly dont think Cooper is behind thi, Sorry.
Interesting theory, but team selection sometimes comes down to availability and players coming in have that little bit extra to prove
[quote][p][bold]6degreessouth[/bold] wrote: Ok fellow town fans what has changed, has MC had a change of mind or is there someone new in the background calling the shots. I know will get pasted for this post but most town fans would have gone with the youngsters months ago, I personally think there is someone else involved in management or someone else advising management. I honestly dont think Cooper is behind thi, Sorry.[/p][/quote]Interesting theory, but team selection sometimes comes down to availability and players coming in have that little bit extra to prove old town robin
  • Score: 3

10:53pm Sat 29 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

stigger wrote:
Thoroughly enjoyed the game today. Echoing many comments above Wes was top drawer, Stephens looks a top player in the making and Troy continues his good form of late. Jay divides opinion on here but I still rate him as a defender first and foremost and he put in a shift as well. Thought Cox was excellent and makes me wonder if he couldn't do a job longer term, he was comfortable on the ball, got stuck in and for me offered a lot more than I've seen from Harley. Gladwin continues to show lots of talent some really good passes but also lost possession cheaply a few times, but must remember he is a work in progress but with obvious ability. Great finish by Miles, and great to see Louis score his first after great work from Miles and then Nathan Byrne. And the ref??? good first half he lost the plot in the second!! COYR!
agree there Stigger. Good game and really exciting. Town on top in first, Utd better in the second - imagine their centre halfs got a proper roll licking at half time for the mistakes, clearances etc. I thought Mile's pace was causing them a number of problems. Gladwin very exciting player who will get fitter. Jay solid as ever and I too am a fan - cracking cross field ball to Natihan.

Think the one downside was the front twos control which will come, Smith very poor touch today but I do think he is a good player in the making. Which is needed when you need to retain pocession!

Also thought the ref was very poor, to many silly, niggly decisions and very inconsistant, did not feel we were getting our share!

Glad for Cooper and the team that we are finishing strongly.
[quote][p][bold]stigger[/bold] wrote: Thoroughly enjoyed the game today. Echoing many comments above Wes was top drawer, Stephens looks a top player in the making and Troy continues his good form of late. Jay divides opinion on here but I still rate him as a defender first and foremost and he put in a shift as well. Thought Cox was excellent and makes me wonder if he couldn't do a job longer term, he was comfortable on the ball, got stuck in and for me offered a lot more than I've seen from Harley. Gladwin continues to show lots of talent some really good passes but also lost possession cheaply a few times, but must remember he is a work in progress but with obvious ability. Great finish by Miles, and great to see Louis score his first after great work from Miles and then Nathan Byrne. And the ref??? good first half he lost the plot in the second!! COYR![/p][/quote]agree there Stigger. Good game and really exciting. Town on top in first, Utd better in the second - imagine their centre halfs got a proper roll licking at half time for the mistakes, clearances etc. I thought Mile's pace was causing them a number of problems. Gladwin very exciting player who will get fitter. Jay solid as ever and I too am a fan - cracking cross field ball to Natihan. Think the one downside was the front twos control which will come, Smith very poor touch today but I do think he is a good player in the making. Which is needed when you need to retain pocession! Also thought the ref was very poor, to many silly, niggly decisions and very inconsistant, did not feel we were getting our share! Glad for Cooper and the team that we are finishing strongly. bearwoodred
  • Score: 4

10:59pm Sat 29 Mar 14

joey butler says...

joey butler wrote:
stfcdod wrote:
A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.
That is no Oxford fans apart from YOU Dods!
Methinks there is a Wizard of Witney, or a Chish and Fips or a DKO replying to this post??

Sad, sad, sad little people, the lot of you!!!

How is GlasRed Wizard please? I hope he is keeping well !!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.[/p][/quote]That is no Oxford fans apart from YOU Dods![/p][/quote]Methinks there is a Wizard of Witney, or a Chish and Fips or a DKO replying to this post?? Sad, sad, sad little people, the lot of you!!! How is GlasRed Wizard please? I hope he is keeping well !!!!!!!!!!!! joey butler
  • Score: -23

11:02pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker.

People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them.

Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith.

Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick.

The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.
MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker. People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them. Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith. Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick. The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides. Wilesy
  • Score: 2

11:12pm Sat 29 Mar 14

6degreessouth says...

old town robin wrote:
6degreessouth wrote:
Ok fellow town fans what has changed, has MC had a change of mind or is there someone new in the background calling the shots. I know will get pasted for this post but most town fans would have gone with the youngsters months ago, I personally think there is someone else involved in management or someone else advising management. I honestly dont think Cooper is behind thi, Sorry.
Interesting theory, but team selection sometimes comes down to availability and players coming in have that little bit extra to prove
Fair comment OTR, maybe I'm just frustrated as to why wehhaven't given some of the youngsters a chance when all i hear is we are building a young team. I watched town play in December and thought Ward was awful, nock knocking him but just thought he was a bit shy of his ability to put it politely. I wish I could watch the boys every week bout unfortunately its a 20 journey for me.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]6degreessouth[/bold] wrote: Ok fellow town fans what has changed, has MC had a change of mind or is there someone new in the background calling the shots. I know will get pasted for this post but most town fans would have gone with the youngsters months ago, I personally think there is someone else involved in management or someone else advising management. I honestly dont think Cooper is behind thi, Sorry.[/p][/quote]Interesting theory, but team selection sometimes comes down to availability and players coming in have that little bit extra to prove[/p][/quote]Fair comment OTR, maybe I'm just frustrated as to why wehhaven't given some of the youngsters a chance when all i hear is we are building a young team. I watched town play in December and thought Ward was awful, nock knocking him but just thought he was a bit shy of his ability to put it politely. I wish I could watch the boys every week bout unfortunately its a 20 journey for me. 6degreessouth
  • Score: -2

11:39pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

old town robin wrote:
6degreessouth wrote:
Ok fellow town fans what has changed, has MC had a change of mind or is there someone new in the background calling the shots. I know will get pasted for this post but most town fans would have gone with the youngsters months ago, I personally think there is someone else involved in management or someone else advising management. I honestly dont think Cooper is behind thi, Sorry.
Interesting theory, but team selection sometimes comes down to availability and players coming in have that little bit extra to prove
Agree OTR. Seems to me it's a combination of helpful circumstances (not being forced to play the Spurs players because they're not available), the addition of Stephens, plus Cooper being allowed to make his own mark on the playing style - i.e. Power finally understands that the manager's job is to manage.

At the end of the last two games I've stood and applauded every player off. Doubt if I've done that more than 4 times all season. We are at last seeing a committed Town team. How so many people thought the previous passionless rubbish was OK I will never know.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]6degreessouth[/bold] wrote: Ok fellow town fans what has changed, has MC had a change of mind or is there someone new in the background calling the shots. I know will get pasted for this post but most town fans would have gone with the youngsters months ago, I personally think there is someone else involved in management or someone else advising management. I honestly dont think Cooper is behind thi, Sorry.[/p][/quote]Interesting theory, but team selection sometimes comes down to availability and players coming in have that little bit extra to prove[/p][/quote]Agree OTR. Seems to me it's a combination of helpful circumstances (not being forced to play the Spurs players because they're not available), the addition of Stephens, plus Cooper being allowed to make his own mark on the playing style - i.e. Power finally understands that the manager's job is to manage. At the end of the last two games I've stood and applauded every player off. Doubt if I've done that more than 4 times all season. We are at last seeing a committed Town team. How so many people thought the previous passionless rubbish was OK I will never know. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

11:40pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

that's last two home games.
that's last two home games. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

11:42pm Sat 29 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
old town robin wrote:
A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under.

As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover.

At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday

Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.
Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?).

Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon.

Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection.

COYMR
Gutted where was my invite?
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under. As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover. At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.[/p][/quote]Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?). Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon. Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection. COYMR[/p][/quote]Gutted where was my invite? bearwoodred
  • Score: 2

11:47pm Sat 29 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

the wizard wrote:
Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.
kind of agree Wiz, quality player but tends to go it alone a bit too much when better options available but that will come as he matures!
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.[/p][/quote]kind of agree Wiz, quality player but tends to go it alone a bit too much when better options available but that will come as he matures! bearwoodred
  • Score: 1

12:02am Sun 30 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Great win today and Sir Wes kept us in it.
We seem to be playing more football in the final third which Is better on the eye.
Great win and fantastic for the Tommo Twins.
Pity the TE was empty.

At least it's maintaining a bit of excitement at the end of the season.
twins? There's a four year age gap!!
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: Great win today and Sir Wes kept us in it. We seem to be playing more football in the final third which Is better on the eye. Great win and fantastic for the Tommo Twins. Pity the TE was empty. At least it's maintaining a bit of excitement at the end of the season.[/p][/quote]twins? There's a four year age gap!! bearwoodred
  • Score: 0

12:05am Sun 30 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

People saying what has changed, jack stephens, the kid is class him and troy were rocks, wes well that save wAs one of the best I have ever seen going the wrong way and stll stops the goal class, no tippy tappy
People saying what has changed, jack stephens, the kid is class him and troy were rocks, wes well that save wAs one of the best I have ever seen going the wrong way and stll stops the goal class, no tippy tappy Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 3

12:40am Sun 30 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
old town robin wrote:
A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under.

As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover.

At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday

Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.
Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?).

Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon.

Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection.

COYMR
I know I am sadly going to get slated here but disappointed Oxon that you have to make your point by taking the rise out of same sex marriage. Diminishes your normally excellent posts.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under. As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover. At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.[/p][/quote]Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?). Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon. Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection. COYMR[/p][/quote]I know I am sadly going to get slated here but disappointed Oxon that you have to make your point by taking the rise out of same sex marriage. Diminishes your normally excellent posts. mancrobin
  • Score: -10

2:04am Sun 30 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

Di kanny oh wrote:
What a cracking goal by Miles today that is when he is at his best running onto through balls and great pass by Gladwin. Some good substitutions by Mark Cooper today and made a difference. Nathan Thompson was getting the run around down the left second half and had been booked so it made sense to bring Byrne on who actually made the winner after Miles held off two defenders and slipped the ball to him excellent football by Miles who had another lung busting game and will get better the more he plays. Two very important goals by Miles last two games and bet he is loving it. Where on earth is bradley red these days must be hiding in a dark cupboard somewhere moaning that he has nothing to moan about.
Bradley Red is probably cursing the fact they didn't renew his 4 season tickets for this season Lol !
[quote][p][bold]Di kanny oh[/bold] wrote: What a cracking goal by Miles today that is when he is at his best running onto through balls and great pass by Gladwin. Some good substitutions by Mark Cooper today and made a difference. Nathan Thompson was getting the run around down the left second half and had been booked so it made sense to bring Byrne on who actually made the winner after Miles held off two defenders and slipped the ball to him excellent football by Miles who had another lung busting game and will get better the more he plays. Two very important goals by Miles last two games and bet he is loving it. Where on earth is bradley red these days must be hiding in a dark cupboard somewhere moaning that he has nothing to moan about.[/p][/quote]Bradley Red is probably cursing the fact they didn't renew his 4 season tickets for this season Lol ! Cleuso
  • Score: 1

2:39am Sun 30 Mar 14

red white says...

Youuu Reds!

You beauties lol xx
Youuu Reds! You beauties lol xx red white
  • Score: 0

8:16am Sun 30 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Storey quality should never been loaned out
Superb win again,
Well done Louis we need more goals from you to make your game complete
Storey quality should never been loaned out Superb win again, Well done Louis we need more goals from you to make your game complete smirg kcab
  • Score: 0

8:37am Sun 30 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

mancrobin wrote:
Oxon-Red wrote:
old town robin wrote:
A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under.

As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover.

At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday

Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.
Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?).

Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon.

Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection.

COYMR
I know I am sadly going to get slated here but disappointed Oxon that you have to make your point by taking the rise out of same sex marriage. Diminishes your normally excellent posts.
Manc,

Not taking the rise out of the marriage side but Cameron's self-congratulation on making it law.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under. As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover. At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.[/p][/quote]Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?). Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon. Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection. COYMR[/p][/quote]I know I am sadly going to get slated here but disappointed Oxon that you have to make your point by taking the rise out of same sex marriage. Diminishes your normally excellent posts.[/p][/quote]Manc, Not taking the rise out of the marriage side but Cameron's self-congratulation on making it law. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 3

8:43am Sun 30 Mar 14

stfcdod says...

joey butler wrote:
stfcdod wrote:
A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.
That is no Oxford fans apart from YOU Dods!
There's always one lurking isn't there.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.[/p][/quote]That is no Oxford fans apart from YOU Dods![/p][/quote]There's always one lurking isn't there. stfcdod
  • Score: 12

8:52am Sun 30 Mar 14

London Red says...

I believe all this bull about strings being pulled
.
Power and Cooper have said all year that Cooper has full control of team affairs - which I think is obvious from the switches from 4231 to 460 to 442 diamond and now 352
.
We still play exactly the same way - there were plenty of passes between Stephens, Troy, Jay, Gladwin, Kasim and Cox around the back yesterday as there was in August, October, Jan etc
.
I think the point about circumstances is exactly what it is
.
Troy and Stephens (a rock -Saints are very lucky to have him coming through) not available in 2013 - but are now - so we are stronger at the back
.
Wes feels the pressure that we have a decent back up and has returned if not exceeded his best!
.
However Ranger is now missing so we are weaker up top - thus Sheff were able to put pressure on us as it simply wouldn't stick up top
.
Yes Power has a big say in transfers - but so what?
.
He also has laid out a vision of how he wants his club to play - so what?
.
Is that any different to Abramovich at Chelsea? Levy at Spurs? Or Liebherr at Saints?
.
I certainly don't think he is doing as much as we are seeing at Forest, Watford and now Charlton!
.
Just think some need to realise football has moved on and the structures have changed.
.
As for the game - dominated first half and was shocked that Sheff came and put XI behind the ball - and only had 2 chances from set pieces
.
They changed that in then2nd and we saw them come back into it - but I think that shows our boys are getting better as a few months back we would have lost!
.
However - I do think we missed Luongo and or Pritchard as the midfield trio were far to defensive!
.
All were dropping back to pick the ball of the defence and start to play it about - but none really drove forward which led to the forwards being isolated - how often did it end up Storey V Their back 4!
.
Louis changed that a bit - thus he was there to score the winner - but think we need ML or AP in there to add some drive
.
Had Ranger and or Pritchard been on the pitch - I think we would have been out of sight by half time as we just lacked that killer touch
.
Thought Cox looked neat and tidy - but no better than we have seen from the others - so considering he is on big big wages wouldn't keep him unless he is prepared to take a massive cut - we need something different and he is not different just more of the same really so should spend the budget elsewhere
.
I personally want us to go for Toumani Diagouraga - who I think would add some steel and drive
.
Troy though is far superior to our other CBs - so is worth spending a bit more on IMO - needs his wage to come down but if needed we should pay him at the upper end as he could be a rock for us for years to come
.
Jay was brilliant yesterday - some great passing, solid defending and no red mist - still not sure on keeping him though as he has that red mist and injuries have taken in and out for 2 seasons - plus he is another on big wages - so do we want to risk having 2 drop out in midweek games? We need the back line to be as stable as possible
.
M. Smith is no Ranger that is for sure! Really needs to get down the gym and bulk up and learn how to hold the ball up!
.
Yes he has scored a few but - anyone can head it into an empty net on the mine like MK!
.
Still young so has time to develop - but wouldn't want him to be our main striker next year as I think we will suffer if he was
.
I've been optimistic about next season for a while and even more so now we have seen what the younger part of our squad can do
I believe all this bull about strings being pulled . Power and Cooper have said all year that Cooper has full control of team affairs - which I think is obvious from the switches from 4231 to 460 to 442 diamond and now 352 . We still play exactly the same way - there were plenty of passes between Stephens, Troy, Jay, Gladwin, Kasim and Cox around the back yesterday as there was in August, October, Jan etc . I think the point about circumstances is exactly what it is . Troy and Stephens (a rock -Saints are very lucky to have him coming through) not available in 2013 - but are now - so we are stronger at the back . Wes feels the pressure that we have a decent back up and has returned if not exceeded his best! . However Ranger is now missing so we are weaker up top - thus Sheff were able to put pressure on us as it simply wouldn't stick up top . Yes Power has a big say in transfers - but so what? . He also has laid out a vision of how he wants his club to play - so what? . Is that any different to Abramovich at Chelsea? Levy at Spurs? Or Liebherr at Saints? . I certainly don't think he is doing as much as we are seeing at Forest, Watford and now Charlton! . Just think some need to realise football has moved on and the structures have changed. . As for the game - dominated first half and was shocked that Sheff came and put XI behind the ball - and only had 2 chances from set pieces . They changed that in then2nd and we saw them come back into it - but I think that shows our boys are getting better as a few months back we would have lost! . However - I do think we missed Luongo and or Pritchard as the midfield trio were far to defensive! . All were dropping back to pick the ball of the defence and start to play it about - but none really drove forward which led to the forwards being isolated - how often did it end up Storey V Their back 4! . Louis changed that a bit - thus he was there to score the winner - but think we need ML or AP in there to add some drive . Had Ranger and or Pritchard been on the pitch - I think we would have been out of sight by half time as we just lacked that killer touch . Thought Cox looked neat and tidy - but no better than we have seen from the others - so considering he is on big big wages wouldn't keep him unless he is prepared to take a massive cut - we need something different and he is not different just more of the same really so should spend the budget elsewhere . I personally want us to go for Toumani Diagouraga - who I think would add some steel and drive . Troy though is far superior to our other CBs - so is worth spending a bit more on IMO - needs his wage to come down but if needed we should pay him at the upper end as he could be a rock for us for years to come . Jay was brilliant yesterday - some great passing, solid defending and no red mist - still not sure on keeping him though as he has that red mist and injuries have taken in and out for 2 seasons - plus he is another on big wages - so do we want to risk having 2 drop out in midweek games? We need the back line to be as stable as possible . M. Smith is no Ranger that is for sure! Really needs to get down the gym and bulk up and learn how to hold the ball up! . Yes he has scored a few but - anyone can head it into an empty net on the mine like MK! . Still young so has time to develop - but wouldn't want him to be our main striker next year as I think we will suffer if he was . I've been optimistic about next season for a while and even more so now we have seen what the younger part of our squad can do London Red
  • Score: 6

8:58am Sun 30 Mar 14

stfcdod says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
old town robin wrote:
A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under.

As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover.

At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday

Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.
Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?).

Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon.

Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection.

COYMR
I agree with that OR. I thought that Smith worked his socks off today. Despite the very hard work of Miles, Smith was in an isolated position for most of the game. Quite often, particularly in the second half, he had 3 or 4 defenders around him. Yes, he missed a couple of chances but that's all they were, chances.
As for people screaming for Smith to be taken off, I had one of those behind me. Moaning almost from the first minute. Must do wonders for a players confidence.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under. As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover. At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.[/p][/quote]Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?). Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon. Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection. COYMR[/p][/quote]I agree with that OR. I thought that Smith worked his socks off today. Despite the very hard work of Miles, Smith was in an isolated position for most of the game. Quite often, particularly in the second half, he had 3 or 4 defenders around him. Yes, he missed a couple of chances but that's all they were, chances. As for people screaming for Smith to be taken off, I had one of those behind me. Moaning almost from the first minute. Must do wonders for a players confidence. stfcdod
  • Score: 7

9:23am Sun 30 Mar 14

Newshoes84 says...

There was a lot of moaning about Michael Smith's performance yesterday from people around me. People wanting him taken off from about 10 minutes onwards! He certainly could have held the ball up better and that is a major part of his game that he needs to work on and I think he has improved at it since he got here. For a 22yo lad playing his first few games at this level though I think he has done well. 6 goals in 14 games and set up Miles goal yesterday with a lovely through ball. He absolutely runs his socks off and it is a shame that some of our fans have to continually mock a player which does absolutely nothing for his self-confidence. Some of his goals have been very well taken such as Wolves, Walsall and the 2 on his debut so I think there is a great deal of potential in him. Some of the fans around me pounce on him the moment he does something wrong but do not even clap or celebrate when he has scored, which is pathetic.
There was a lot of moaning about Michael Smith's performance yesterday from people around me. People wanting him taken off from about 10 minutes onwards! He certainly could have held the ball up better and that is a major part of his game that he needs to work on and I think he has improved at it since he got here. For a 22yo lad playing his first few games at this level though I think he has done well. 6 goals in 14 games and set up Miles goal yesterday with a lovely through ball. He absolutely runs his socks off and it is a shame that some of our fans have to continually mock a player which does absolutely nothing for his self-confidence. Some of his goals have been very well taken such as Wolves, Walsall and the 2 on his debut so I think there is a great deal of potential in him. Some of the fans around me pounce on him the moment he does something wrong but do not even clap or celebrate when he has scored, which is pathetic. Newshoes84
  • Score: 6

9:36am Sun 30 Mar 14

The Jockster says...

Brief and to the point as usual LR :)
Brief and to the point as usual LR :) The Jockster
  • Score: 0

9:36am Sun 30 Mar 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

bearwoodred wrote:
TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Great win today and Sir Wes kept us in it.
We seem to be playing more football in the final third which Is better on the eye.
Great win and fantastic for the Tommo Twins.
Pity the TE was empty.

At least it's maintaining a bit of excitement at the end of the season.
twins? There's a four year age gap!!
My age is lost on you :)
[quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: Great win today and Sir Wes kept us in it. We seem to be playing more football in the final third which Is better on the eye. Great win and fantastic for the Tommo Twins. Pity the TE was empty. At least it's maintaining a bit of excitement at the end of the season.[/p][/quote]twins? There's a four year age gap!![/p][/quote]My age is lost on you :) TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 0

9:41am Sun 30 Mar 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Newshoes84 wrote:
There was a lot of moaning about Michael Smith's performance yesterday from people around me. People wanting him taken off from about 10 minutes onwards! He certainly could have held the ball up better and that is a major part of his game that he needs to work on and I think he has improved at it since he got here. For a 22yo lad playing his first few games at this level though I think he has done well. 6 goals in 14 games and set up Miles goal yesterday with a lovely through ball. He absolutely runs his socks off and it is a shame that some of our fans have to continually mock a player which does absolutely nothing for his self-confidence. Some of his goals have been very well taken such as Wolves, Walsall and the 2 on his debut so I think there is a great deal of potential in him. Some of the fans around me pounce on him the moment he does something wrong but do not even clap or celebrate when he has scored, which is pathetic.
Spot on.
Sadly we have a fair amount of fans who think getting on young players backs during a game is ok.
Sure people pay their money but to me it has a negative effect.
Like you said a few things didn't come off but he was still prepared to work.
Before people mention Nile Ranger I remember his performance at Macclesfield. Not interested.
[quote][p][bold]Newshoes84[/bold] wrote: There was a lot of moaning about Michael Smith's performance yesterday from people around me. People wanting him taken off from about 10 minutes onwards! He certainly could have held the ball up better and that is a major part of his game that he needs to work on and I think he has improved at it since he got here. For a 22yo lad playing his first few games at this level though I think he has done well. 6 goals in 14 games and set up Miles goal yesterday with a lovely through ball. He absolutely runs his socks off and it is a shame that some of our fans have to continually mock a player which does absolutely nothing for his self-confidence. Some of his goals have been very well taken such as Wolves, Walsall and the 2 on his debut so I think there is a great deal of potential in him. Some of the fans around me pounce on him the moment he does something wrong but do not even clap or celebrate when he has scored, which is pathetic.[/p][/quote]Spot on. Sadly we have a fair amount of fans who think getting on young players backs during a game is ok. Sure people pay their money but to me it has a negative effect. Like you said a few things didn't come off but he was still prepared to work. Before people mention Nile Ranger I remember his performance at Macclesfield. Not interested. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 3

10:13am Sun 30 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

London Red wrote:
I believe all this bull about strings being pulled
.
Power and Cooper have said all year that Cooper has full control of team affairs - which I think is obvious from the switches from 4231 to 460 to 442 diamond and now 352
.
We still play exactly the same way - there were plenty of passes between Stephens, Troy, Jay, Gladwin, Kasim and Cox around the back yesterday as there was in August, October, Jan etc
.
I think the point about circumstances is exactly what it is
.
Troy and Stephens (a rock -Saints are very lucky to have him coming through) not available in 2013 - but are now - so we are stronger at the back
.
Wes feels the pressure that we have a decent back up and has returned if not exceeded his best!
.
However Ranger is now missing so we are weaker up top - thus Sheff were able to put pressure on us as it simply wouldn't stick up top
.
Yes Power has a big say in transfers - but so what?
.
He also has laid out a vision of how he wants his club to play - so what?
.
Is that any different to Abramovich at Chelsea? Levy at Spurs? Or Liebherr at Saints?
.
I certainly don't think he is doing as much as we are seeing at Forest, Watford and now Charlton!
.
Just think some need to realise football has moved on and the structures have changed.
.
As for the game - dominated first half and was shocked that Sheff came and put XI behind the ball - and only had 2 chances from set pieces
.
They changed that in then2nd and we saw them come back into it - but I think that shows our boys are getting better as a few months back we would have lost!
.
However - I do think we missed Luongo and or Pritchard as the midfield trio were far to defensive!
.
All were dropping back to pick the ball of the defence and start to play it about - but none really drove forward which led to the forwards being isolated - how often did it end up Storey V Their back 4!
.
Louis changed that a bit - thus he was there to score the winner - but think we need ML or AP in there to add some drive
.
Had Ranger and or Pritchard been on the pitch - I think we would have been out of sight by half time as we just lacked that killer touch
.
Thought Cox looked neat and tidy - but no better than we have seen from the others - so considering he is on big big wages wouldn't keep him unless he is prepared to take a massive cut - we need something different and he is not different just more of the same really so should spend the budget elsewhere
.
I personally want us to go for Toumani Diagouraga - who I think would add some steel and drive
.
Troy though is far superior to our other CBs - so is worth spending a bit more on IMO - needs his wage to come down but if needed we should pay him at the upper end as he could be a rock for us for years to come
.
Jay was brilliant yesterday - some great passing, solid defending and no red mist - still not sure on keeping him though as he has that red mist and injuries have taken in and out for 2 seasons - plus he is another on big wages - so do we want to risk having 2 drop out in midweek games? We need the back line to be as stable as possible
.
M. Smith is no Ranger that is for sure! Really needs to get down the gym and bulk up and learn how to hold the ball up!
.
Yes he has scored a few but - anyone can head it into an empty net on the mine like MK!
.
Still young so has time to develop - but wouldn't want him to be our main striker next year as I think we will suffer if he was
.
I've been optimistic about next season for a while and even more so now we have seen what the younger part of our squad can do
"We still play exactly the same way". LR, how can you possibly say that? A few weeks ago almost every pass was short and we were playing at a snail's pace. We are now mixing it up, playing more direct and with a lot of energy. It all smacks of Power finally releasing the shackles. The tip tap game is not Cooper's way at all.

I know a number of people who had stopped going because they had become bored stiff with the football. A couple of them heard the entertainment was improving so they came back yesterday. Not had the chance to speak to them yet but I reckon it's a safe bet they don't think we're still playing exactly the same way.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: I believe all this bull about strings being pulled . Power and Cooper have said all year that Cooper has full control of team affairs - which I think is obvious from the switches from 4231 to 460 to 442 diamond and now 352 . We still play exactly the same way - there were plenty of passes between Stephens, Troy, Jay, Gladwin, Kasim and Cox around the back yesterday as there was in August, October, Jan etc . I think the point about circumstances is exactly what it is . Troy and Stephens (a rock -Saints are very lucky to have him coming through) not available in 2013 - but are now - so we are stronger at the back . Wes feels the pressure that we have a decent back up and has returned if not exceeded his best! . However Ranger is now missing so we are weaker up top - thus Sheff were able to put pressure on us as it simply wouldn't stick up top . Yes Power has a big say in transfers - but so what? . He also has laid out a vision of how he wants his club to play - so what? . Is that any different to Abramovich at Chelsea? Levy at Spurs? Or Liebherr at Saints? . I certainly don't think he is doing as much as we are seeing at Forest, Watford and now Charlton! . Just think some need to realise football has moved on and the structures have changed. . As for the game - dominated first half and was shocked that Sheff came and put XI behind the ball - and only had 2 chances from set pieces . They changed that in then2nd and we saw them come back into it - but I think that shows our boys are getting better as a few months back we would have lost! . However - I do think we missed Luongo and or Pritchard as the midfield trio were far to defensive! . All were dropping back to pick the ball of the defence and start to play it about - but none really drove forward which led to the forwards being isolated - how often did it end up Storey V Their back 4! . Louis changed that a bit - thus he was there to score the winner - but think we need ML or AP in there to add some drive . Had Ranger and or Pritchard been on the pitch - I think we would have been out of sight by half time as we just lacked that killer touch . Thought Cox looked neat and tidy - but no better than we have seen from the others - so considering he is on big big wages wouldn't keep him unless he is prepared to take a massive cut - we need something different and he is not different just more of the same really so should spend the budget elsewhere . I personally want us to go for Toumani Diagouraga - who I think would add some steel and drive . Troy though is far superior to our other CBs - so is worth spending a bit more on IMO - needs his wage to come down but if needed we should pay him at the upper end as he could be a rock for us for years to come . Jay was brilliant yesterday - some great passing, solid defending and no red mist - still not sure on keeping him though as he has that red mist and injuries have taken in and out for 2 seasons - plus he is another on big wages - so do we want to risk having 2 drop out in midweek games? We need the back line to be as stable as possible . M. Smith is no Ranger that is for sure! Really needs to get down the gym and bulk up and learn how to hold the ball up! . Yes he has scored a few but - anyone can head it into an empty net on the mine like MK! . Still young so has time to develop - but wouldn't want him to be our main striker next year as I think we will suffer if he was . I've been optimistic about next season for a while and even more so now we have seen what the younger part of our squad can do[/p][/quote]"We still play exactly the same way". LR, how can you possibly say that? A few weeks ago almost every pass was short and we were playing at a snail's pace. We are now mixing it up, playing more direct and with a lot of energy. It all smacks of Power finally releasing the shackles. The tip tap game is not Cooper's way at all. I know a number of people who had stopped going because they had become bored stiff with the football. A couple of them heard the entertainment was improving so they came back yesterday. Not had the chance to speak to them yet but I reckon it's a safe bet they don't think we're still playing exactly the same way. Oi Den!
  • Score: 2

10:27am Sun 30 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

congratulations on a very good 3 points won at the end!
congratulations on a very good 3 points won at the end! bradley red 1
  • Score: 1

11:19am Sun 30 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
mancrobin wrote:
Oxon-Red wrote:
old town robin wrote:
A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under.

As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover.

At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday

Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.
Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?).

Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon.

Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection.

COYMR
I know I am sadly going to get slated here but disappointed Oxon that you have to make your point by taking the rise out of same sex marriage. Diminishes your normally excellent posts.
Manc,

Not taking the rise out of the marriage side but Cameron's self-congratulation on making it law.

COYMR
Fair point Oxon. mind you at least Cameron has got one thing right.

How did Lee Cox play yesterday?
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: A hard fought win and the defence in second half held out under intense pressure, special mention to Wes who was outstanding. Referee Keith Hill contributed to our problems with some bizarre decisions in the second half. Those that know his history will not be surprised from his performance. I have to say first half he could not be faulted, the game flowed, very few fouls and no yellows. Second half he completely lost the plot, dishing out yellows like confetti and blowing up for the slightest misdemeanour's which definitely favoured the Blades. it was suggested after the game in the Legend that maybe the assessor told him to get tougher, I don't know why the Mr. Jekyll ref we saw in the first half was turned into the Mr Hyde we saw in the second, maybe Cloughie put something in his tea,. having said that he didn't get any of the major decisions wrong he just acted like a petty dippy Dora that gave him no credit, but thankfully we survived the pressure he helped put us under. As others have said our midfield tired in the second half, Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox all did well but ran out of steam, didn't think Luango or Hartley was missed, in fact probably done them both good to be rested as they were not fit to play, good job we have adequate cover. At the back all of them did well, but it did look like Jay might have been struggling with his knee, hope I'm wrong and he's ready for next Saturday Up front Storey scored a fantastic goal and ran his socks off, a little bit naive at times when totally on his own with nobody supporting him, but overall if he scores every game he;ll do for me. Unfortunately the only real poor performance was Michael Smith, their 5' 4" giant (Davies No 22) out jumped him, out played him as Michael has the touch of a bengal lancer he did himself no credit, he had two clear chances on goal and fluffed both, IMO he is div 4 or conference at best .Arkells were screaming at Cooper to get him off and to be fair to Coops he looked concerned of the abuse. He eventually gave young Waldron his chance and he did OK and certainly showed he gave their back 4 more to think about than Smith had, I'm sorry to say this lad just does not have it at this level and as long as we depend on him up front we will always be missing that vital ingredient that wins matches.[/p][/quote]Agree up until the last paragraph which is the blinkered "Swindon Lad" bias. Storey did better today and took his goal well but often ran into blind alleys, sometimes due to lack of support, but his touch was no better on many occasions than Smith's. Smith had two chances today but neither were easy but he did set up the opening goal (forgotten ?). Both are raw and need to work, they both have time on their hands as strikers tend to mature but why single one out when they are playing in the red and white of Swindon Town FC. IF Miles and Connor had started up front today we would not have won the match today and if there was a player that was 5ft 4 on the field I am Jed McCrory partner and I would like to announce that David Cameron was a guest at our same sex marriage this afternoon. Support the team not individuals because they have a Swindon connection. COYMR[/p][/quote]I know I am sadly going to get slated here but disappointed Oxon that you have to make your point by taking the rise out of same sex marriage. Diminishes your normally excellent posts.[/p][/quote]Manc, Not taking the rise out of the marriage side but Cameron's self-congratulation on making it law. COYMR[/p][/quote]Fair point Oxon. mind you at least Cameron has got one thing right. How did Lee Cox play yesterday? mancrobin
  • Score: 0

11:29am Sun 30 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

Dover Red wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
swwindon61uk wrote:
stfcdod wrote:
A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.
Yep and all the doom and gloomers are not here either,
"can't see where our next win is coming from" Hah :-)
With the form we were in there is no way in the world you could see STFC getting 7 points from 9...As the previous 15 games we had a return of 12 points

WHAT IS THE POINT IN TRYING TO BE SARCASTIC when all you are doing is making yourself look a d*ck..AGAIN
9 from 9 surely
Sorry I forgot we beat Tranny on Tuesday....
EVEN BETTER ....9 FROM 9
[quote][p][bold]Dover Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: A good run and what happens? No Oxford fans to be seen on this forum at all. Good innit.[/p][/quote]Yep and all the doom and gloomers are not here either, "can't see where our next win is coming from" Hah :-)[/p][/quote]With the form we were in there is no way in the world you could see STFC getting 7 points from 9...As the previous 15 games we had a return of 12 points WHAT IS THE POINT IN TRYING TO BE SARCASTIC when all you are doing is making yourself look a d*ck..AGAIN[/p][/quote]9 from 9 surely[/p][/quote]Sorry I forgot we beat Tranny on Tuesday.... EVEN BETTER ....9 FROM 9 dazzastfc
  • Score: 1

11:46am Sun 30 Mar 14

We are PANTS says...

smirg kcab wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
Let's not show them we are the worst team in the division, like we did at their place.
You owe us one mark
2/1 great bet
Coymr
2/1great bet minus 1
Pricksss
No more than you deserve Vic!!!
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Let's not show them we are the worst team in the division, like we did at their place. You owe us one mark 2/1 great bet Coymr[/p][/quote]2/1great bet minus 1 Pricksss[/p][/quote]No more than you deserve Vic!!! We are PANTS
  • Score: 3

11:58am Sun 30 Mar 14

the wizard says...

The Jockster wrote:
Brief and to the point as usual LR :)
LOL, exactly., nice one.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Brief and to the point as usual LR :)[/p][/quote]LOL, exactly., nice one. the wizard
  • Score: -1

12:19pm Sun 30 Mar 14

jayden says...

Oi Den! wrote:
London Red wrote:
I believe all this bull about strings being pulled
.
Power and Cooper have said all year that Cooper has full control of team affairs - which I think is obvious from the switches from 4231 to 460 to 442 diamond and now 352
.
We still play exactly the same way - there were plenty of passes between Stephens, Troy, Jay, Gladwin, Kasim and Cox around the back yesterday as there was in August, October, Jan etc
.
I think the point about circumstances is exactly what it is
.
Troy and Stephens (a rock -Saints are very lucky to have him coming through) not available in 2013 - but are now - so we are stronger at the back
.
Wes feels the pressure that we have a decent back up and has returned if not exceeded his best!
.
However Ranger is now missing so we are weaker up top - thus Sheff were able to put pressure on us as it simply wouldn't stick up top
.
Yes Power has a big say in transfers - but so what?
.
He also has laid out a vision of how he wants his club to play - so what?
.
Is that any different to Abramovich at Chelsea? Levy at Spurs? Or Liebherr at Saints?
.
I certainly don't think he is doing as much as we are seeing at Forest, Watford and now Charlton!
.
Just think some need to realise football has moved on and the structures have changed.
.
As for the game - dominated first half and was shocked that Sheff came and put XI behind the ball - and only had 2 chances from set pieces
.
They changed that in then2nd and we saw them come back into it - but I think that shows our boys are getting better as a few months back we would have lost!
.
However - I do think we missed Luongo and or Pritchard as the midfield trio were far to defensive!
.
All were dropping back to pick the ball of the defence and start to play it about - but none really drove forward which led to the forwards being isolated - how often did it end up Storey V Their back 4!
.
Louis changed that a bit - thus he was there to score the winner - but think we need ML or AP in there to add some drive
.
Had Ranger and or Pritchard been on the pitch - I think we would have been out of sight by half time as we just lacked that killer touch
.
Thought Cox looked neat and tidy - but no better than we have seen from the others - so considering he is on big big wages wouldn't keep him unless he is prepared to take a massive cut - we need something different and he is not different just more of the same really so should spend the budget elsewhere
.
I personally want us to go for Toumani Diagouraga - who I think would add some steel and drive
.
Troy though is far superior to our other CBs - so is worth spending a bit more on IMO - needs his wage to come down but if needed we should pay him at the upper end as he could be a rock for us for years to come
.
Jay was brilliant yesterday - some great passing, solid defending and no red mist - still not sure on keeping him though as he has that red mist and injuries have taken in and out for 2 seasons - plus he is another on big wages - so do we want to risk having 2 drop out in midweek games? We need the back line to be as stable as possible
.
M. Smith is no Ranger that is for sure! Really needs to get down the gym and bulk up and learn how to hold the ball up!
.
Yes he has scored a few but - anyone can head it into an empty net on the mine like MK!
.
Still young so has time to develop - but wouldn't want him to be our main striker next year as I think we will suffer if he was
.
I've been optimistic about next season for a while and even more so now we have seen what the younger part of our squad can do
"We still play exactly the same way". LR, how can you possibly say that? A few weeks ago almost every pass was short and we were playing at a snail's pace. We are now mixing it up, playing more direct and with a lot of energy. It all smacks of Power finally releasing the shackles. The tip tap game is not Cooper's way at all.

I know a number of people who had stopped going because they had become bored stiff with the football. A couple of them heard the entertainment was improving so they came back yesterday. Not had the chance to speak to them yet but I reckon it's a safe bet they don't think we're still playing exactly the same way.
Hi Den yes I am one of them .Much better football yesterday and all giving a hundred % for the team ,that's all I ask. Well done all the fans who stayed with it you are a better fan than me I will be the first to say I could not take any more of that crap we were playing. If we can keep those players together and + a few more then it looks like a team that could be up near the top next season if we play the way we did yesterday. The only down side was the prat three quaters up the north stand shouting at every Ref's decision I had forgot how annoying he is .
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: I believe all this bull about strings being pulled . Power and Cooper have said all year that Cooper has full control of team affairs - which I think is obvious from the switches from 4231 to 460 to 442 diamond and now 352 . We still play exactly the same way - there were plenty of passes between Stephens, Troy, Jay, Gladwin, Kasim and Cox around the back yesterday as there was in August, October, Jan etc . I think the point about circumstances is exactly what it is . Troy and Stephens (a rock -Saints are very lucky to have him coming through) not available in 2013 - but are now - so we are stronger at the back . Wes feels the pressure that we have a decent back up and has returned if not exceeded his best! . However Ranger is now missing so we are weaker up top - thus Sheff were able to put pressure on us as it simply wouldn't stick up top . Yes Power has a big say in transfers - but so what? . He also has laid out a vision of how he wants his club to play - so what? . Is that any different to Abramovich at Chelsea? Levy at Spurs? Or Liebherr at Saints? . I certainly don't think he is doing as much as we are seeing at Forest, Watford and now Charlton! . Just think some need to realise football has moved on and the structures have changed. . As for the game - dominated first half and was shocked that Sheff came and put XI behind the ball - and only had 2 chances from set pieces . They changed that in then2nd and we saw them come back into it - but I think that shows our boys are getting better as a few months back we would have lost! . However - I do think we missed Luongo and or Pritchard as the midfield trio were far to defensive! . All were dropping back to pick the ball of the defence and start to play it about - but none really drove forward which led to the forwards being isolated - how often did it end up Storey V Their back 4! . Louis changed that a bit - thus he was there to score the winner - but think we need ML or AP in there to add some drive . Had Ranger and or Pritchard been on the pitch - I think we would have been out of sight by half time as we just lacked that killer touch . Thought Cox looked neat and tidy - but no better than we have seen from the others - so considering he is on big big wages wouldn't keep him unless he is prepared to take a massive cut - we need something different and he is not different just more of the same really so should spend the budget elsewhere . I personally want us to go for Toumani Diagouraga - who I think would add some steel and drive . Troy though is far superior to our other CBs - so is worth spending a bit more on IMO - needs his wage to come down but if needed we should pay him at the upper end as he could be a rock for us for years to come . Jay was brilliant yesterday - some great passing, solid defending and no red mist - still not sure on keeping him though as he has that red mist and injuries have taken in and out for 2 seasons - plus he is another on big wages - so do we want to risk having 2 drop out in midweek games? We need the back line to be as stable as possible . M. Smith is no Ranger that is for sure! Really needs to get down the gym and bulk up and learn how to hold the ball up! . Yes he has scored a few but - anyone can head it into an empty net on the mine like MK! . Still young so has time to develop - but wouldn't want him to be our main striker next year as I think we will suffer if he was . I've been optimistic about next season for a while and even more so now we have seen what the younger part of our squad can do[/p][/quote]"We still play exactly the same way". LR, how can you possibly say that? A few weeks ago almost every pass was short and we were playing at a snail's pace. We are now mixing it up, playing more direct and with a lot of energy. It all smacks of Power finally releasing the shackles. The tip tap game is not Cooper's way at all. I know a number of people who had stopped going because they had become bored stiff with the football. A couple of them heard the entertainment was improving so they came back yesterday. Not had the chance to speak to them yet but I reckon it's a safe bet they don't think we're still playing exactly the same way.[/p][/quote]Hi Den yes I am one of them .Much better football yesterday and all giving a hundred % for the team ,that's all I ask. Well done all the fans who stayed with it you are a better fan than me I will be the first to say I could not take any more of that crap we were playing. If we can keep those players together and + a few more then it looks like a team that could be up near the top next season if we play the way we did yesterday. The only down side was the prat three quaters up the north stand shouting at every Ref's decision I had forgot how annoying he is . jayden
  • Score: 1

3:49pm Sun 30 Mar 14

RAYSPARROW says...

I believe there was a problem with Ward and that is simply the difference.
I believe there was a problem with Ward and that is simply the difference. RAYSPARROW
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Sun 30 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

old town robin wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.
good point Wiz, unbeaten in 4, does he deserve to come straight back into the starting 11.
If he is not going to play for us next season then he should not be starting for us and also Gladwin does not deserve to be dropped.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Since his dismissal, are we really missing Pritchard ? does the team somehow have a better balance without him ? There is no doubting some of his skills, but are we better with, or without him ? I find it that he is a horses for courses player, we are certainly not lots worse off, and since his sending off we seem to be knuckling down better.[/p][/quote]good point Wiz, unbeaten in 4, does he deserve to come straight back into the starting 11.[/p][/quote]If he is not going to play for us next season then he should not be starting for us and also Gladwin does not deserve to be dropped. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Sun 30 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

Wilesy wrote:
MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker.

People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them.

Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith.

Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick.

The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.
Smith had a bad game that is it, i am sure he will say the same.
Got to give him a chance,7 games i will never decide whether that player is ok or in not,in most cases that is.
Miles crossing was just as poor but he was more of a threat, but both are so far removed from Ranger.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker. People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them. Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith. Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick. The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.[/p][/quote]Smith had a bad game that is it, i am sure he will say the same. Got to give him a chance,7 games i will never decide whether that player is ok or in not,in most cases that is. Miles crossing was just as poor but he was more of a threat, but both are so far removed from Ranger. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Sun 30 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

Oi Den! wrote:
London Red wrote:
I believe all this bull about strings being pulled
.
Power and Cooper have said all year that Cooper has full control of team affairs - which I think is obvious from the switches from 4231 to 460 to 442 diamond and now 352
.
We still play exactly the same way - there were plenty of passes between Stephens, Troy, Jay, Gladwin, Kasim and Cox around the back yesterday as there was in August, October, Jan etc
.
I think the point about circumstances is exactly what it is
.
Troy and Stephens (a rock -Saints are very lucky to have him coming through) not available in 2013 - but are now - so we are stronger at the back
.
Wes feels the pressure that we have a decent back up and has returned if not exceeded his best!
.
However Ranger is now missing so we are weaker up top - thus Sheff were able to put pressure on us as it simply wouldn't stick up top
.
Yes Power has a big say in transfers - but so what?
.
He also has laid out a vision of how he wants his club to play - so what?
.
Is that any different to Abramovich at Chelsea? Levy at Spurs? Or Liebherr at Saints?
.
I certainly don't think he is doing as much as we are seeing at Forest, Watford and now Charlton!
.
Just think some need to realise football has moved on and the structures have changed.
.
As for the game - dominated first half and was shocked that Sheff came and put XI behind the ball - and only had 2 chances from set pieces
.
They changed that in then2nd and we saw them come back into it - but I think that shows our boys are getting better as a few months back we would have lost!
.
However - I do think we missed Luongo and or Pritchard as the midfield trio were far to defensive!
.
All were dropping back to pick the ball of the defence and start to play it about - but none really drove forward which led to the forwards being isolated - how often did it end up Storey V Their back 4!
.
Louis changed that a bit - thus he was there to score the winner - but think we need ML or AP in there to add some drive
.
Had Ranger and or Pritchard been on the pitch - I think we would have been out of sight by half time as we just lacked that killer touch
.
Thought Cox looked neat and tidy - but no better than we have seen from the others - so considering he is on big big wages wouldn't keep him unless he is prepared to take a massive cut - we need something different and he is not different just more of the same really so should spend the budget elsewhere
.
I personally want us to go for Toumani Diagouraga - who I think would add some steel and drive
.
Troy though is far superior to our other CBs - so is worth spending a bit more on IMO - needs his wage to come down but if needed we should pay him at the upper end as he could be a rock for us for years to come
.
Jay was brilliant yesterday - some great passing, solid defending and no red mist - still not sure on keeping him though as he has that red mist and injuries have taken in and out for 2 seasons - plus he is another on big wages - so do we want to risk having 2 drop out in midweek games? We need the back line to be as stable as possible
.
M. Smith is no Ranger that is for sure! Really needs to get down the gym and bulk up and learn how to hold the ball up!
.
Yes he has scored a few but - anyone can head it into an empty net on the mine like MK!
.
Still young so has time to develop - but wouldn't want him to be our main striker next year as I think we will suffer if he was
.
I've been optimistic about next season for a while and even more so now we have seen what the younger part of our squad can do
"We still play exactly the same way". LR, how can you possibly say that? A few weeks ago almost every pass was short and we were playing at a snail's pace. We are now mixing it up, playing more direct and with a lot of energy. It all smacks of Power finally releasing the shackles. The tip tap game is not Cooper's way at all.

I know a number of people who had stopped going because they had become bored stiff with the football. A couple of them heard the entertainment was improving so they came back yesterday. Not had the chance to speak to them yet but I reckon it's a safe bet they don't think we're still playing exactly the same way.
Good post Den, i also think it is down to playing a positive 3-5-2 instead of a negative one or 4-6-0 or diamond what ever we were doing.
The number of back passes to Wes has certainly plummeted the last four games and Troy when he receives the ball from Stephens he receives it smoothly,not a 100 MPH pass in the vague direction or whether he has someone on him or not.
And as i said last night the new gritty and skilled midfield are also now taking some pressure off the defence.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: I believe all this bull about strings being pulled . Power and Cooper have said all year that Cooper has full control of team affairs - which I think is obvious from the switches from 4231 to 460 to 442 diamond and now 352 . We still play exactly the same way - there were plenty of passes between Stephens, Troy, Jay, Gladwin, Kasim and Cox around the back yesterday as there was in August, October, Jan etc . I think the point about circumstances is exactly what it is . Troy and Stephens (a rock -Saints are very lucky to have him coming through) not available in 2013 - but are now - so we are stronger at the back . Wes feels the pressure that we have a decent back up and has returned if not exceeded his best! . However Ranger is now missing so we are weaker up top - thus Sheff were able to put pressure on us as it simply wouldn't stick up top . Yes Power has a big say in transfers - but so what? . He also has laid out a vision of how he wants his club to play - so what? . Is that any different to Abramovich at Chelsea? Levy at Spurs? Or Liebherr at Saints? . I certainly don't think he is doing as much as we are seeing at Forest, Watford and now Charlton! . Just think some need to realise football has moved on and the structures have changed. . As for the game - dominated first half and was shocked that Sheff came and put XI behind the ball - and only had 2 chances from set pieces . They changed that in then2nd and we saw them come back into it - but I think that shows our boys are getting better as a few months back we would have lost! . However - I do think we missed Luongo and or Pritchard as the midfield trio were far to defensive! . All were dropping back to pick the ball of the defence and start to play it about - but none really drove forward which led to the forwards being isolated - how often did it end up Storey V Their back 4! . Louis changed that a bit - thus he was there to score the winner - but think we need ML or AP in there to add some drive . Had Ranger and or Pritchard been on the pitch - I think we would have been out of sight by half time as we just lacked that killer touch . Thought Cox looked neat and tidy - but no better than we have seen from the others - so considering he is on big big wages wouldn't keep him unless he is prepared to take a massive cut - we need something different and he is not different just more of the same really so should spend the budget elsewhere . I personally want us to go for Toumani Diagouraga - who I think would add some steel and drive . Troy though is far superior to our other CBs - so is worth spending a bit more on IMO - needs his wage to come down but if needed we should pay him at the upper end as he could be a rock for us for years to come . Jay was brilliant yesterday - some great passing, solid defending and no red mist - still not sure on keeping him though as he has that red mist and injuries have taken in and out for 2 seasons - plus he is another on big wages - so do we want to risk having 2 drop out in midweek games? We need the back line to be as stable as possible . M. Smith is no Ranger that is for sure! Really needs to get down the gym and bulk up and learn how to hold the ball up! . Yes he has scored a few but - anyone can head it into an empty net on the mine like MK! . Still young so has time to develop - but wouldn't want him to be our main striker next year as I think we will suffer if he was . I've been optimistic about next season for a while and even more so now we have seen what the younger part of our squad can do[/p][/quote]"We still play exactly the same way". LR, how can you possibly say that? A few weeks ago almost every pass was short and we were playing at a snail's pace. We are now mixing it up, playing more direct and with a lot of energy. It all smacks of Power finally releasing the shackles. The tip tap game is not Cooper's way at all. I know a number of people who had stopped going because they had become bored stiff with the football. A couple of them heard the entertainment was improving so they came back yesterday. Not had the chance to speak to them yet but I reckon it's a safe bet they don't think we're still playing exactly the same way.[/p][/quote]Good post Den, i also think it is down to playing a positive 3-5-2 instead of a negative one or 4-6-0 or diamond what ever we were doing. The number of back passes to Wes has certainly plummeted the last four games and Troy when he receives the ball from Stephens he receives it smoothly,not a 100 MPH pass in the vague direction or whether he has someone on him or not. And as i said last night the new gritty and skilled midfield are also now taking some pressure off the defence. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Sun 30 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

RAYSPARROW wrote:
I believe there was a problem with Ward and that is simply the difference.
But in all fairness most us were happy to see Ward back here this season than at Brentford at the start of the season,nobody could have guessed such a drop in form from him.
So how well do we think Hall could play with Troy?
[quote][p][bold]RAYSPARROW[/bold] wrote: I believe there was a problem with Ward and that is simply the difference.[/p][/quote]But in all fairness most us were happy to see Ward back here this season than at Brentford at the start of the season,nobody could have guessed such a drop in form from him. So how well do we think Hall could play with Troy? swwindon61uk
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Di kanny oh says...

Cheer up BRADLEY REEEDDDDD oh what can it be, you have, nothing to moan at, because we've won the last threeeeeeeeee.
Cheer up BRADLEY REEEDDDDD oh what can it be, you have, nothing to moan at, because we've won the last threeeeeeeeee. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Sun 30 Mar 14

red white says...

Whatever happens well done Coops,you could probably do a better job at Spurs than Tim Sherwwod.

Don't tell him we've got his best players!
Whatever happens well done Coops,you could probably do a better job at Spurs than Tim Sherwwod. Don't tell him we've got his best players! red white
  • Score: 0

8:15pm Sun 30 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker.

People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them.

Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith.

Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick.

The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.
Smith had a bad game that is it, i am sure he will say the same.
Got to give him a chance,7 games i will never decide whether that player is ok or in not,in most cases that is.
Miles crossing was just as poor but he was more of a threat, but both are so far removed from Ranger.
I agree thought Smith just had a one of his worse games so far - it happens1! Just one of those days when your touch deserts you etc. Good player for me Smith, different to Ranger and Storey which give us option which is good. Thought Storey hassled the back four really well yesterday and caused them to make errors. Smith and Storey together will get better.
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker. People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them. Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith. Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick. The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.[/p][/quote]Smith had a bad game that is it, i am sure he will say the same. Got to give him a chance,7 games i will never decide whether that player is ok or in not,in most cases that is. Miles crossing was just as poor but he was more of a threat, but both are so far removed from Ranger.[/p][/quote]I agree thought Smith just had a one of his worse games so far - it happens1! Just one of those days when your touch deserts you etc. Good player for me Smith, different to Ranger and Storey which give us option which is good. Thought Storey hassled the back four really well yesterday and caused them to make errors. Smith and Storey together will get better. bearwoodred
  • Score: 0

8:19pm Sun 30 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

Its great to see so many happy SWINDON TOWN FANS ON HERE...


LONG MAY IT CONTINUE............
......COME ON YOU REDS.............
Its great to see so many happy SWINDON TOWN FANS ON HERE... LONG MAY IT CONTINUE............ ......COME ON YOU REDS............. dazzastfc
  • Score: 3

8:38pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Robinonfire says...

If only Cooper changed Ward to the bench at xmas we would have been in the playoffs.

If only Ranger was fit...... Ranger and Storey would be a great fast front line.

You Redsssssss
If only Cooper changed Ward to the bench at xmas we would have been in the playoffs. If only Ranger was fit...... Ranger and Storey would be a great fast front line. You Redsssssss Robinonfire
  • Score: -2

8:55pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Robinonfire wrote:
If only Cooper changed Ward to the bench at xmas we would have been in the playoffs.

If only Ranger was fit...... Ranger and Storey would be a great fast front line.

You Redsssssss
So we should have played with 10 men rather than play Ward? Or was Cooper supposed to wave a magic wand at Christmas and conjure up a good centre back? As for Ranger, it would be marvellous if lack of fitness was the only problem with him.
[quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: If only Cooper changed Ward to the bench at xmas we would have been in the playoffs. If only Ranger was fit...... Ranger and Storey would be a great fast front line. You Redsssssss[/p][/quote]So we should have played with 10 men rather than play Ward? Or was Cooper supposed to wave a magic wand at Christmas and conjure up a good centre back? As for Ranger, it would be marvellous if lack of fitness was the only problem with him. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

9:08pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Comparing Ranger's quality with the abilities of any of our other players is futile and unfair. We all know Ranger is a top class footballer. He shouldn't be playing at this level - but he's only at this level because of all the baggage he brings. No point in thinking about him as part of our future. If he doesn't get rid of the baggage we won't keep him; if he does knuckle down he'll find the right level for his talents.
Comparing Ranger's quality with the abilities of any of our other players is futile and unfair. We all know Ranger is a top class footballer. He shouldn't be playing at this level - but he's only at this level because of all the baggage he brings. No point in thinking about him as part of our future. If he doesn't get rid of the baggage we won't keep him; if he does knuckle down he'll find the right level for his talents. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

9:19pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Fernham Red says...

Amazing run of results and all with a young team - I've said for a long time we should judge Cooper next season once the team is well and truly his. Interesting to note that this recent turn around has all been achieved AFTER we unofficially wrote off the season & without the 'Spurs connection' - so many positives I can hardly list them all here - put simply our sustainable club model and recruitment/selectio

n policy as well as our tactical style is all happily coming together. Miles' return to the team and notching goals was right up there on my wish list and the Thompson's meteoric rise looks set to continue. My only concern now is that our current performances and age of the players will have scouts from up and down the leagues bolstering our attendence stats. When I say concern, it's all part of the plan of Identify, Play & Sell-on which will keep our heads above water financially in the years to come. I've never been happier as an STFC fan.

How many others teams have such a good young crop of youngsters:
Wes, the Thompsons, Kasim, Nile, Miles, Luongo, Byrne, the Smiths, Gladwin, Branco, Barthram, Belford have all done a job this season and Barker and Tijane should still come to the fore.

I hope we offer New contracts to Miles, Alex Smith, Branco, Barthram....and perhaps also to our youngsters Leigh, Aaron, Connor, Mark, Alex, Harry as well as Kayden...they'll eventually get their chance to shine on our treadmill of talent.

Nile's contract extension should be activated no matter what the circumstance and if a longer tern could be negotiated that would be a bonus. Troy would be good if he can be retained on a lower wage and the same goes for Dany.... I suspect Lee will now also be weighing up the benefits of exchanging a lower wage for the chance to play his part in our renaissance.

Having said all that a loan policy that has brought us Pritchard, Mason, Ajose and Stephens is nothing short of inspirational business and that will surely also continue.

Ryan Harley looks set to be the only old head next season, so I hope he can be an effective player as well as an effective minder for us. He's a bit of an oddity in an otherwise very very young squad.

As for permanent signings, we can dream of Pritchard and Stephens can't we?....but the reality will be we'll unearth more gems like Ben from non-league

I reckon Lee and Coops (and the team behind them) have done a quite frankly brilliant job this season bearing in mind where we were when Coops was appointed and the relative lack of inward investment into the team. I hope too that Darren can happily migrate into our coaching team next season as he still has a lot to offer.

STFC forever!

No matter where we finish come May, this will have been a successful season by any outside (& hopefully inside) observers opinion.
Amazing run of results and all with a young team - I've said for a long time we should judge Cooper next season once the team is well and truly his. Interesting to note that this recent turn around has all been achieved AFTER we unofficially wrote off the season & without the 'Spurs connection' - so many positives I can hardly list them all here - put simply our sustainable club model and recruitment/selectio n policy as well as our tactical style is all happily coming together. Miles' return to the team and notching goals was right up there on my wish list and the Thompson's meteoric rise looks set to continue. My only concern now is that our current performances and age of the players will have scouts from up and down the leagues bolstering our attendence stats. When I say concern, it's all part of the plan of Identify, Play & Sell-on which will keep our heads above water financially in the years to come. I've never been happier as an STFC fan. How many others teams have such a good young crop of youngsters: Wes, the Thompsons, Kasim, Nile, Miles, Luongo, Byrne, the Smiths, Gladwin, Branco, Barthram, Belford have all done a job this season and Barker and Tijane should still come to the fore. I hope we offer New contracts to Miles, Alex Smith, Branco, Barthram....and perhaps also to our youngsters Leigh, Aaron, Connor, Mark, Alex, Harry as well as Kayden...they'll eventually get their chance to shine on our treadmill of talent. Nile's contract extension should be activated no matter what the circumstance and if a longer tern could be negotiated that would be a bonus. Troy would be good if he can be retained on a lower wage and the same goes for Dany.... I suspect Lee will now also be weighing up the benefits of exchanging a lower wage for the chance to play his part in our renaissance. Having said all that a loan policy that has brought us Pritchard, Mason, Ajose and Stephens is nothing short of inspirational business and that will surely also continue. Ryan Harley looks set to be the only old head next season, so I hope he can be an effective player as well as an effective minder for us. He's a bit of an oddity in an otherwise very very young squad. As for permanent signings, we can dream of Pritchard and Stephens can't we?....but the reality will be we'll unearth more gems like Ben from non-league I reckon Lee and Coops (and the team behind them) have done a quite frankly brilliant job this season bearing in mind where we were when Coops was appointed and the relative lack of inward investment into the team. I hope too that Darren can happily migrate into our coaching team next season as he still has a lot to offer. STFC forever! No matter where we finish come May, this will have been a successful season by any outside (& hopefully inside) observers opinion. Fernham Red
  • Score: 3

10:41pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

I am. No longer bored watching town, not the best second half, three games haven't changed my mind about cooper
I am. No longer bored watching town, not the best second half, three games haven't changed my mind about cooper Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 0

10:43pm Sun 30 Mar 14

London Red says...

Den - I say that as what I saw yesterday was no different than what I saw in my first game this season at QPR back in. August
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In fact - I would say we were more dynamic then and mixed it up more back then!
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Also were we "restricted by Powers' tippy tappy football" when we put 5 past Crewe and Port Vale or when we went to Wolves etc?
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The answer is no!
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The key fundamentals of how we play are identical now as they were back them - basically short passing on the floor with patient build up from the back
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Or did I imagine the passes between the CBs and midfield and back again yesterday?
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As pointed out by others too - think it is the availability of personnel and confidence levels has led to a resurgence in form and style
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Is it a coincidence that our downturn coincided with Ranger's injury? Is It a coincidence our return has coincided with the return of Wes and the arrival of Stephens and his partnership with Troy?
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The answer to me is no it is not. The fact we lost things and gained things have led to ups and downs in the rest of our young squad
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So yes we had a dip - but to me that is nothing to do with Power forcing Cooper to play tippy tappy and now allowing him to shake of the shackles
Den - I say that as what I saw yesterday was no different than what I saw in my first game this season at QPR back in. August . In fact - I would say we were more dynamic then and mixed it up more back then! . Also were we "restricted by Powers' tippy tappy football" when we put 5 past Crewe and Port Vale or when we went to Wolves etc? . The answer is no! . The key fundamentals of how we play are identical now as they were back them - basically short passing on the floor with patient build up from the back . Or did I imagine the passes between the CBs and midfield and back again yesterday? . As pointed out by others too - think it is the availability of personnel and confidence levels has led to a resurgence in form and style . Is it a coincidence that our downturn coincided with Ranger's injury? Is It a coincidence our return has coincided with the return of Wes and the arrival of Stephens and his partnership with Troy? . The answer to me is no it is not. The fact we lost things and gained things have led to ups and downs in the rest of our young squad . So yes we had a dip - but to me that is nothing to do with Power forcing Cooper to play tippy tappy and now allowing him to shake of the shackles London Red
  • Score: 0

11:55pm Sun 30 Mar 14

red white says...

We are Swindon.

Life gets no better.

Yooooooooooooooooouu
uu Reds!
We are Swindon. Life gets no better. Yooooooooooooooooouu uu Reds! red white
  • Score: 0

8:12am Mon 31 Mar 14

The Jockster says...

bearwoodred wrote:
swwindon61uk wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker.

People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them.

Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith.

Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick.

The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.
Smith had a bad game that is it, i am sure he will say the same.
Got to give him a chance,7 games i will never decide whether that player is ok or in not,in most cases that is.
Miles crossing was just as poor but he was more of a threat, but both are so far removed from Ranger.
I agree thought Smith just had a one of his worse games so far - it happens1! Just one of those days when your touch deserts you etc. Good player for me Smith, different to Ranger and Storey which give us option which is good. Thought Storey hassled the back four really well yesterday and caused them to make errors. Smith and Storey together will get better.
Sorry Bearwood but I think Smith's first touch is atrocious - too many times he fais to bring the ball under control and he loses possession leading to any promising move breaking down and he brings back memories of Wilma & Joan for me.

Talking of which hasn't the defence improved massively since the Chuckle Bros. Haven't been in the side. Just think what we might have achieved this season if Coopernan had addressed the problem earlier. How many goals and points did we squander by persisting with that duo.
[quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker. People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them. Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith. Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick. The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.[/p][/quote]Smith had a bad game that is it, i am sure he will say the same. Got to give him a chance,7 games i will never decide whether that player is ok or in not,in most cases that is. Miles crossing was just as poor but he was more of a threat, but both are so far removed from Ranger.[/p][/quote]I agree thought Smith just had a one of his worse games so far - it happens1! Just one of those days when your touch deserts you etc. Good player for me Smith, different to Ranger and Storey which give us option which is good. Thought Storey hassled the back four really well yesterday and caused them to make errors. Smith and Storey together will get better.[/p][/quote]Sorry Bearwood but I think Smith's first touch is atrocious - too many times he fais to bring the ball under control and he loses possession leading to any promising move breaking down and he brings back memories of Wilma & Joan for me. Talking of which hasn't the defence improved massively since the Chuckle Bros. Haven't been in the side. Just think what we might have achieved this season if Coopernan had addressed the problem earlier. How many goals and points did we squander by persisting with that duo. The Jockster
  • Score: 0

8:27am Mon 31 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

LR, everyone knows we were playing well early in the season. Many of us also believed that once the winter weather set in we would struggle if we continued with the same players and playing style. I don't know whether you're right about Wolves and QPR as I didn't see those games but if you've seen us mixing it up and being dynamic since then, we've been watching different games all the way through the season. What about all the people who voted with their feet because they found our football painfully dull? Did they imagine all that? It's all about opinions of course. But there are two ways to get bums on seats - winning and playing exciting football. If you can manage to to both, you maximise crowds. Do neither (as we were doing for some time) and attendances dwindle.

Cooper dropped a little hint on Saturday that the players have been asked to change the style. About time too. We seem to be agreed on one thing - changes to the line-up have helped enormously. Whether we're just going through a brief purple patch remains to be seen. We are certainly better equipped to scrap for victories than we were a few weeks ago.
LR, everyone knows we were playing well early in the season. Many of us also believed that once the winter weather set in we would struggle if we continued with the same players and playing style. I don't know whether you're right about Wolves and QPR as I didn't see those games but if you've seen us mixing it up and being dynamic since then, we've been watching different games all the way through the season. What about all the people who voted with their feet because they found our football painfully dull? Did they imagine all that? It's all about opinions of course. But there are two ways to get bums on seats - winning and playing exciting football. If you can manage to to both, you maximise crowds. Do neither (as we were doing for some time) and attendances dwindle. Cooper dropped a little hint on Saturday that the players have been asked to change the style. About time too. We seem to be agreed on one thing - changes to the line-up have helped enormously. Whether we're just going through a brief purple patch remains to be seen. We are certainly better equipped to scrap for victories than we were a few weeks ago. Oi Den!
  • Score: 2

8:38am Mon 31 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

The Jockster wrote:
bearwoodred wrote:
swwindon61uk wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker.

People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them.

Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith.

Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick.

The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.
Smith had a bad game that is it, i am sure he will say the same.
Got to give him a chance,7 games i will never decide whether that player is ok or in not,in most cases that is.
Miles crossing was just as poor but he was more of a threat, but both are so far removed from Ranger.
I agree thought Smith just had a one of his worse games so far - it happens1! Just one of those days when your touch deserts you etc. Good player for me Smith, different to Ranger and Storey which give us option which is good. Thought Storey hassled the back four really well yesterday and caused them to make errors. Smith and Storey together will get better.
Sorry Bearwood but I think Smith's first touch is atrocious - too many times he fais to bring the ball under control and he loses possession leading to any promising move breaking down and he brings back memories of Wilma & Joan for me.

Talking of which hasn't the defence improved massively since the Chuckle Bros. Haven't been in the side. Just think what we might have achieved this season if Coopernan had addressed the problem earlier. How many goals and points did we squander by persisting with that duo.
Yes mate but was he given the opportunity to address the problem? Hall was fit so he had to play. Cooper might well have been asking Power for funds to sign a centre half to replace Ward and getting the answer "no". Or were we looking and just not finding the right man until now?

Maybe Ward would do a better job now with the security of a decent partner alongside him?
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: MC was doing the Pete Townsend guitar swing several times, urging his team forward. Definitely a change in policy to get the ball forward quicker. People harsh on Michael Smith here, yes his hold up play could be better but we've been spoilt by Ranger, who held it up every time. If you compare Smith to WIllo who never held the ball up once that I can remember, Smith is far better, plus he has a better goals to game ratio to Ranger. A season of Storey and Smith up front imo will cause teams problems and there's 30 goals in them. Would Pritchard come back in the side? While play offs are on definitely, for Alex Smith. Strange decisions by the ref second half, who seemed confused as to what was or wasn't a foul, and which fouls were worth yellows. Troy for example cleaned the bloke up mid second yet no foul, but then someone got booked for brushing past a player, then Kasim doesn't get a foul for a tackle from behind (when he got booked for arguing). Then he walked the wall back about 15 yards for a free kick. The linesman on the DR side was no better - sweating like Zidane in a sauna, he was behind play all the time so missed countless offsides.[/p][/quote]Smith had a bad game that is it, i am sure he will say the same. Got to give him a chance,7 games i will never decide whether that player is ok or in not,in most cases that is. Miles crossing was just as poor but he was more of a threat, but both are so far removed from Ranger.[/p][/quote]I agree thought Smith just had a one of his worse games so far - it happens1! Just one of those days when your touch deserts you etc. Good player for me Smith, different to Ranger and Storey which give us option which is good. Thought Storey hassled the back four really well yesterday and caused them to make errors. Smith and Storey together will get better.[/p][/quote]Sorry Bearwood but I think Smith's first touch is atrocious - too many times he fais to bring the ball under control and he loses possession leading to any promising move breaking down and he brings back memories of Wilma & Joan for me. Talking of which hasn't the defence improved massively since the Chuckle Bros. Haven't been in the side. Just think what we might have achieved this season if Coopernan had addressed the problem earlier. How many goals and points did we squander by persisting with that duo.[/p][/quote]Yes mate but was he given the opportunity to address the problem? Hall was fit so he had to play. Cooper might well have been asking Power for funds to sign a centre half to replace Ward and getting the answer "no". Or were we looking and just not finding the right man until now? Maybe Ward would do a better job now with the security of a decent partner alongside him? Oi Den!
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