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‘Spitting’ incident leaves Town boss Cooper raging with the officials

Swindon Advertiser: Bakary Sako scores Wolves' third goal but was later alleged to have spat at Town's Raphael Branco Bakary Sako scores Wolves' third goal but was later alleged to have spat at Town's Raphael Branco

SWINDON Town boss Mark Cooper has claimed that defender Raphael Branco was spat at by Wolves striker Bakary Sako towards the end of their 4-1 defeat at the County Ground.

The incident went unpunished by referee Lee Collins but Cooper says that the club won’t complain to the Football Association.

Branco, in for the injured Troy Archibald-Henville, also threw himself down to the ground in the second half when he was shoved by Nouha Dicko.

“It looked like it (spitting),” Cooper said after the match.

“I think Raffa went too easily for the first one but it looked like he spat for the second one.

“But it’s Wolves, you don’t get players sent off when you’re big clubs.”

Cooper was less than pleased with how his team performed in the first 45 minutes after the League One leaders cruised into a 3-0 lead thanks to a Sako brace and a strike from Dicko.

He said: “I don’t think you can play against a club like Wolves, with the riches they’ve got and the players they’ve got, and not have 11 men pulling in the same direction.

“In the second half when we had 11 players who rolled their sleeves up and had a go, I was really pleased with the players.

“You might get away with it against teams lower down the table, but not Wolves.

“We didn’t defend very well down the middle of the pitch in the first half and we need to address that going forward. It’s hard to press high up the pitch when you don’t have a lot of pace at the back.”

The Town boss was pleased with how the second half went as Michael Smith grabbed his second goal in as many matches before former Swindon striker Leon Clarke rubbed salt into the wounds with his late strike.

Cooper added: “We asked the players to go out and earn a moral victory which we largely did.

“I thought that Michael Smith had his best game for us tonight.

“He took his goal well.

“But we did make it easy for him. We told him to run around for 90 minutes and put himself about a bit, how hard can that be?

“And he did it.”

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6:13am Wed 12 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Smith best game? 6:4 and can't win a header. To be fair tho apart from his debut it was on par with all his other games absolute shockimg
Smith best game? 6:4 and can't win a header. To be fair tho apart from his debut it was on par with all his other games absolute shockimg smirg kcab
  • Score: -26

6:21am Wed 12 Mar 14

Chish and Fips says...

Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game. Chish and Fips
  • Score: 24

6:43am Wed 12 Mar 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!!
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 2

6:54am Wed 12 Mar 14

Chish and Fips says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!!
Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again.
Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here.

I shall be out there again .... just not a regular ..

Hows that Lego stand working out.
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!![/p][/quote]Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out. Chish and Fips
  • Score: 5

6:58am Wed 12 Mar 14

Fernham Red says...

Time to start playing with our team for next year; we now have the safety net we need to do this which is a rare luxury for any team to have.

I would go with:

Belford
Nathan, Troy, Branco, Barthram
Tijane, Luongo(c), Louis, Kasim, Byrne
Smith

Average age 21.5 yrs

Subs: Bedwell, Smith, Harley, Gladwin, Ferguson, Barker, Francis

Average age 21.8 yrs

Of course we will play Pritchard instead of Tijane but realistically we're not going to keep him for next season especially with the nomination for Young Player of the Year. He's done us proud. I hope Tijane can get some game time soon though.

My reasoning:
1) Pritchard will win player of the season and carry the "transferred out curse" that comes with the badge. He'll be playing a rung or two up the ladder next year.
2) We will extend Ranger's contract soon and then sell him on for 750k + sell-ons to a big championship club pushing for promotion next year (maybe Wolves?)
3) I love Wes but he has lots of other admirers, I suspect we will sell for about 500k + sell ons over the summer.
4) all other loanees (Hall, Mason, Murphy, Reckord) will return to their parent clubs (job done); I'd like to see Mason back but I'd be surprised if we got him for the same money as Luongo. I wouldn't be surprised if we sign Hall for 200k though, he may be a different prospect alongside Troy (if he stays) or Branco.
5) We'll hold on to all our young talent, who will get more opportunities in a smaller squad for next year. (Miles, Waldon, Ferguson, Francis, Oakley, Agombar, Jackson)
6) Navarro, Cox, Benson, McEveley all out (cost too much, not better than others on our books)
7) Ward becomes defensive coach under Cooper (he's got the football brain for it, just not the legs anymore)
8) N'Guessan will be offered more by a bigger club, he's done we'll this year and I'd like to keep him but cannot see it happening.
9) Troy.........I'd like to think that LP realizes what a good player Troy is and pushes out the boat a little more than usual to keep his services (and then sell him for a packet at the end of next year). If we don't, he won't be short of offers and will leave. If this happens, we'll sign Hall to play alongside Branco or Oakley next season.
10) Cooper will be judged on his overall performance this season and unless we free-fall from now to the end of the season, his job will be safe. We will not be offering a Big salary to attract a Big name manager - so it's a case of better the Devil you know.

Finally, we will bolster the squad next year with:

A) young (unproven at a higher level) loan players from Premier & Championship clubs (incl. Spurs) (Tom Eaves from Bolton looked sharp for the Shrews at the CG)
B) one or two experienced pros on free transfers on one year contracts (plus an option to extend)
C) IF WE ARE LUCKY some of the money from Ranger & Wes will be reinvested in young 'proven' players from League 1. I'd like to see the likes of Coventry's Christie, Moussa & Wilson and also Crewe's Aneke and of course would be nice to see Ajose back in red again. Mason sits on this list too. All of them fit our model and if we could buy for less than 400k (the Luongo benchmark) then we could/should do business.
Time to start playing with our team for next year; we now have the safety net we need to do this which is a rare luxury for any team to have. I would go with: Belford Nathan, Troy, Branco, Barthram Tijane, Luongo(c), Louis, Kasim, Byrne Smith Average age 21.5 yrs Subs: Bedwell, Smith, Harley, Gladwin, Ferguson, Barker, Francis Average age 21.8 yrs Of course we will play Pritchard instead of Tijane but realistically we're not going to keep him for next season especially with the nomination for Young Player of the Year. He's done us proud. I hope Tijane can get some game time soon though. My reasoning: 1) Pritchard will win player of the season and carry the "transferred out curse" that comes with the badge. He'll be playing a rung or two up the ladder next year. 2) We will extend Ranger's contract soon and then sell him on for 750k + sell-ons to a big championship club pushing for promotion next year (maybe Wolves?) 3) I love Wes but he has lots of other admirers, I suspect we will sell for about 500k + sell ons over the summer. 4) all other loanees (Hall, Mason, Murphy, Reckord) will return to their parent clubs (job done); I'd like to see Mason back but I'd be surprised if we got him for the same money as Luongo. I wouldn't be surprised if we sign Hall for 200k though, he may be a different prospect alongside Troy (if he stays) or Branco. 5) We'll hold on to all our young talent, who will get more opportunities in a smaller squad for next year. (Miles, Waldon, Ferguson, Francis, Oakley, Agombar, Jackson) 6) Navarro, Cox, Benson, McEveley all out (cost too much, not better than others on our books) 7) Ward becomes defensive coach under Cooper (he's got the football brain for it, just not the legs anymore) 8) N'Guessan will be offered more by a bigger club, he's done we'll this year and I'd like to keep him but cannot see it happening. 9) Troy.........I'd like to think that LP realizes what a good player Troy is and pushes out the boat a little more than usual to keep his services (and then sell him for a packet at the end of next year). If we don't, he won't be short of offers and will leave. If this happens, we'll sign Hall to play alongside Branco or Oakley next season. 10) Cooper will be judged on his overall performance this season and unless we free-fall from now to the end of the season, his job will be safe. We will not be offering a Big salary to attract a Big name manager - so it's a case of better the Devil you know. Finally, we will bolster the squad next year with: A) young (unproven at a higher level) loan players from Premier & Championship clubs (incl. Spurs) (Tom Eaves from Bolton looked sharp for the Shrews at the CG) B) one or two experienced pros on free transfers on one year contracts (plus an option to extend) C) IF WE ARE LUCKY some of the money from Ranger & Wes will be reinvested in young 'proven' players from League 1. I'd like to see the likes of Coventry's Christie, Moussa & Wilson and also Crewe's Aneke and of course would be nice to see Ajose back in red again. Mason sits on this list too. All of them fit our model and if we could buy for less than 400k (the Luongo benchmark) then we could/should do business. Fernham Red
  • Score: 31

7:35am Wed 12 Mar 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!!
Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again.
Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here.

I shall be out there again .... just not a regular ..

Hows that Lego stand working out.
Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest.
Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night.
We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!!
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!![/p][/quote]Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out.[/p][/quote]Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest. Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night. We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 3

7:42am Wed 12 Mar 14

Chish and Fips says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!!
Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again.
Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here.

I shall be out there again .... just not a regular ..

Hows that Lego stand working out.
Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest.
Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night.
We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!!
What about the 2 million player Rante - bargain buy of the season - the most expensive subs bench seat cover in the Chumpionship eh...
Stratton Bank - If it never gets used why put a roof on it DOH !! classic !!
Blue rinse day today is it ...
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!![/p][/quote]Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out.[/p][/quote]Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest. Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night. We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!![/p][/quote]What about the 2 million player Rante - bargain buy of the season - the most expensive subs bench seat cover in the Chumpionship eh... Stratton Bank - If it never gets used why put a roof on it DOH !! classic !! Blue rinse day today is it ... Chish and Fips
  • Score: 1

8:13am Wed 12 Mar 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!!
Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again.
Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here.

I shall be out there again .... just not a regular ..

Hows that Lego stand working out.
Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest.
Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night.
We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!!
What about the 2 million player Rante - bargain buy of the season - the most expensive subs bench seat cover in the Chumpionship eh...
Stratton Bank - If it never gets used why put a roof on it DOH !! classic !!
Blue rinse day today is it ...
Funny you mention Rantie. Maybe not the most prolific (yet) but wreaks havoc amongst championship defences and ironiclly manages to keep a certain mr Tubbs out of the squad, now, didn't i see his name on the scoresheet somewhere the other day.??. Anyway if he doesn't work out we can afford it, with all the BARGAIN signings we have made.
Here's one for you to ponder......
SMITH or KERMORGRANT.. need i say any more.??? Doh
Over & Out.!!
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!![/p][/quote]Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out.[/p][/quote]Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest. Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night. We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!![/p][/quote]What about the 2 million player Rante - bargain buy of the season - the most expensive subs bench seat cover in the Chumpionship eh... Stratton Bank - If it never gets used why put a roof on it DOH !! classic !! Blue rinse day today is it ...[/p][/quote]Funny you mention Rantie. Maybe not the most prolific (yet) but wreaks havoc amongst championship defences and ironiclly manages to keep a certain mr Tubbs out of the squad, now, didn't i see his name on the scoresheet somewhere the other day.??. Anyway if he doesn't work out we can afford it, with all the BARGAIN signings we have made. Here's one for you to ponder...... SMITH or KERMORGRANT.. need i say any more.??? Doh Over & Out.!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 1

8:21am Wed 12 Mar 14

Robinonfire says...

1 win in 9 who cares who spat at who.

We are going one way and that's downwards with Power running this club.
1 win in 9 who cares who spat at who. We are going one way and that's downwards with Power running this club. Robinonfire
  • Score: -16

8:39am Wed 12 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!!
Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again.
Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here.

I shall be out there again .... just not a regular ..

Hows that Lego stand working out.
Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest.
Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night.
We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!!
What about the 2 million player Rante - bargain buy of the season - the most expensive subs bench seat cover in the Chumpionship eh...
Stratton Bank - If it never gets used why put a roof on it DOH !! classic !!
Blue rinse day today is it ...
Funny you mention Rantie. Maybe not the most prolific (yet) but wreaks havoc amongst championship defences and ironiclly manages to keep a certain mr Tubbs out of the squad, now, didn't i see his name on the scoresheet somewhere the other day.??. Anyway if he doesn't work out we can afford it, with all the BARGAIN signings we have made.
Here's one for you to ponder......
SMITH or KERMORGRANT.. need i say any more.??? Doh
Over & Out.!!
Isn't Kermorgrant a big black Seabird ?

No point putting a roof on the stand when we had to accomodate teams that bring a few hundred fans 60-70 miles up from the south coast.

We have no money but are working towards no debt and a stable club, something you would have died for 6-7 years ago. You have done well but there must be that nagging doubt, what would happen if our comrade leaves ? Reading is just up the road and up for sale !

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!![/p][/quote]Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out.[/p][/quote]Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest. Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night. We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!![/p][/quote]What about the 2 million player Rante - bargain buy of the season - the most expensive subs bench seat cover in the Chumpionship eh... Stratton Bank - If it never gets used why put a roof on it DOH !! classic !! Blue rinse day today is it ...[/p][/quote]Funny you mention Rantie. Maybe not the most prolific (yet) but wreaks havoc amongst championship defences and ironiclly manages to keep a certain mr Tubbs out of the squad, now, didn't i see his name on the scoresheet somewhere the other day.??. Anyway if he doesn't work out we can afford it, with all the BARGAIN signings we have made. Here's one for you to ponder...... SMITH or KERMORGRANT.. need i say any more.??? Doh Over & Out.!![/p][/quote]Isn't Kermorgrant a big black Seabird ? No point putting a roof on the stand when we had to accomodate teams that bring a few hundred fans 60-70 miles up from the south coast. We have no money but are working towards no debt and a stable club, something you would have died for 6-7 years ago. You have done well but there must be that nagging doubt, what would happen if our comrade leaves ? Reading is just up the road and up for sale ! COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 4

8:47am Wed 12 Mar 14

hertz says...

OK Branco did foul Sako , then Sako spat straight in Brancos face ,at that point I am sorry I would have smashed him in he face and got myself sent off disgusting , how the ref let him get away with it then got a pat on the back from Sako beggars belief
OK Branco did foul Sako , then Sako spat straight in Brancos face ,at that point I am sorry I would have smashed him in he face and got myself sent off disgusting , how the ref let him get away with it then got a pat on the back from Sako beggars belief hertz
  • Score: 11

9:02am Wed 12 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

It was a definite spit - saw it all from where we were sat - disgraceful and the club should compalin to stop him doing it again. Even the Wolves fan I was with was appalled.

Branco was my man of the match yesterday.
It was a definite spit - saw it all from where we were sat - disgraceful and the club should compalin to stop him doing it again. Even the Wolves fan I was with was appalled. Branco was my man of the match yesterday. bearwoodred
  • Score: 11

9:23am Wed 12 Mar 14

old town robin says...

Think Cooper got his substitution right last night, all made before 60 minutes and we definitely upped our game in the second half, Barker had a better game when he came on than he did against Coventry, but was once again played out wide, so still not sure how good he could be. The other two subs of Barcham and Louie Thompson did their best but playing in front of 10k crowd may have been too big occasion for them, both looked like boys against men, which they are of course.

IMO Belford, McEverley and Pritchard all had good games, Byrne and Branco did OK at the back, but a bit of lack of understanding having not played much together. It can't be said we were solid at the back conceding 4 goals says otherwise. Poor old Wardy was made to look like a cart horse with the unenviable task of trying to . keep up with Sako. Darren's weaknesses of lack of pace having played under Kenny Jacket were exploited to good effect.with some exquisite play through the middle. Certainly having seen Sako perform against us at their place, their game plan should have been worked out beforehand. it is not the first time we have been opened up down the middle, Peterborough used the same ploy first game of the season. With the players we've got we cannot match a speedy forward with a one on one. IMO Cooper should have known that and had extra cover behind the two centre backs, but maybe having a sweeper is too dated for today's style of play.

Our midfield was very poor, too many stray passes and no movement off the ball, especially from Hartley who tries to slow things down to walking pace. Luango seems to have no vision and loses possession or is very sloppy with his passing too often for my liking. I still don't know what Kasim's best position is, but I'm sure he could have done a useful job as that sweeper I mentioned behind the back four. He's good, but I don't think Cooper is using his strengths in the right way.

I do agree with Cooper with regards the ref not dishing out cards to Wolves, he didn't have too bad a game but it did seem he let them get away with a lot of nasty tackles and the spitting incident should have seen Sako sent off and he didn't even get a yellow card. Kenny Jacket wasted no time getting him off and replacing him with Clarke who once again enjoyed getting a goal against us.

All in all not a bad second half performance from a team decimated with injuries against the best team in the league, maybe the scoreline could have been closer as we hit the post with Jay's header and a better striker than Smith could easily have had 3 on the night if he had been sharper in the 6 yard box area. he did run around a lot and put the effort in but for some reason likes to drift out wide instead of staying in the middle where he should be using his height to better effect.

Tough one at Brizzie on Saturday, would like to think we could get something there, but at the moment it's hard to see any of the games left where we are going to win. At the turn of the year i had great hopes if we brought in the right players in the window we do something special, unfortunately it's gone the other way. 2014 has been very bad the weather, the injuries the suspensions have all been contributing reasons, but we have a big squad that should have been able to cope with adversity, unfortunately too many of them are just not up to it. we need quality not quantity, would like to think we may see some in the summer, but suspect it will be the other way round with our best players being sold to balance the books..
Think Cooper got his substitution right last night, all made before 60 minutes and we definitely upped our game in the second half, Barker had a better game when he came on than he did against Coventry, but was once again played out wide, so still not sure how good he could be. The other two subs of Barcham and Louie Thompson did their best but playing in front of 10k crowd may have been too big occasion for them, both looked like boys against men, which they are of course. IMO Belford, McEverley and Pritchard all had good games, Byrne and Branco did OK at the back, but a bit of lack of understanding having not played much together. It can't be said we were solid at the back conceding 4 goals says otherwise. Poor old Wardy was made to look like a cart horse with the unenviable task of trying to . keep up with Sako. Darren's weaknesses of lack of pace having played under Kenny Jacket were exploited to good effect.with some exquisite play through the middle. Certainly having seen Sako perform against us at their place, their game plan should have been worked out beforehand. it is not the first time we have been opened up down the middle, Peterborough used the same ploy first game of the season. With the players we've got we cannot match a speedy forward with a one on one. IMO Cooper should have known that and had extra cover behind the two centre backs, but maybe having a sweeper is too dated for today's style of play. Our midfield was very poor, too many stray passes and no movement off the ball, especially from Hartley who tries to slow things down to walking pace. Luango seems to have no vision and loses possession or is very sloppy with his passing too often for my liking. I still don't know what Kasim's best position is, but I'm sure he could have done a useful job as that sweeper I mentioned behind the back four. He's good, but I don't think Cooper is using his strengths in the right way. I do agree with Cooper with regards the ref not dishing out cards to Wolves, he didn't have too bad a game but it did seem he let them get away with a lot of nasty tackles and the spitting incident should have seen Sako sent off and he didn't even get a yellow card. Kenny Jacket wasted no time getting him off and replacing him with Clarke who once again enjoyed getting a goal against us. All in all not a bad second half performance from a team decimated with injuries against the best team in the league, maybe the scoreline could have been closer as we hit the post with Jay's header and a better striker than Smith could easily have had 3 on the night if he had been sharper in the 6 yard box area. he did run around a lot and put the effort in but for some reason likes to drift out wide instead of staying in the middle where he should be using his height to better effect. Tough one at Brizzie on Saturday, would like to think we could get something there, but at the moment it's hard to see any of the games left where we are going to win. At the turn of the year i had great hopes if we brought in the right players in the window we do something special, unfortunately it's gone the other way. 2014 has been very bad the weather, the injuries the suspensions have all been contributing reasons, but we have a big squad that should have been able to cope with adversity, unfortunately too many of them are just not up to it. we need quality not quantity, would like to think we may see some in the summer, but suspect it will be the other way round with our best players being sold to balance the books.. old town robin
  • Score: 5

9:34am Wed 12 Mar 14

umpcah says...

In the middle fifties the CG was filled with fans there to enjoy third tier footie with no expectation of any serious promotion pushes ! Alas it seems that`s what we have to do now and for a few more seasons ! COME ON YOU REDS !
In the middle fifties the CG was filled with fans there to enjoy third tier footie with no expectation of any serious promotion pushes ! Alas it seems that`s what we have to do now and for a few more seasons ! COME ON YOU REDS ! umpcah
  • Score: 9

9:43am Wed 12 Mar 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Those were my exact words at the County Ground last night, regarding Dany N'Guessan and 20 Minutes.
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Those were my exact words at the County Ground last night, regarding Dany N'Guessan and 20 Minutes. Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 3

9:54am Wed 12 Mar 14

stanharlands6shirt says...

Feel sorry for Mr Cooper, he IS a nice man, but even though we are in real terms a small club, with real money restraints, this job appears to big for him.
He has shown great fortitude in adversity, and appears to have managed awkward internal situations that perhaps another manager may have struggled with.
BUT we are a football club and that demands that a manager does not just promote a style of football, but actually gets the players to play that brand of football SUCCESSFULLY.. With a few exceptions that has rarely happened this season.
We have in the main, a talented group of players, but every squad of players needs a leader they can follow and believe in, but I am afraid I personally have never believed, from day one, that Mr Cooper was the man to manage and LEAD this club.
I have reserved my opinion whilst we still had a chance of at least the play-offs,, but with the season now effectively over I believe it is time to look to the future NOW and not wait until the summer.
Feel sorry for Mr Cooper, he IS a nice man, but even though we are in real terms a small club, with real money restraints, this job appears to big for him. He has shown great fortitude in adversity, and appears to have managed awkward internal situations that perhaps another manager may have struggled with. BUT we are a football club and that demands that a manager does not just promote a style of football, but actually gets the players to play that brand of football SUCCESSFULLY.. With a few exceptions that has rarely happened this season. We have in the main, a talented group of players, but every squad of players needs a leader they can follow and believe in, but I am afraid I personally have never believed, from day one, that Mr Cooper was the man to manage and LEAD this club. I have reserved my opinion whilst we still had a chance of at least the play-offs,, but with the season now effectively over I believe it is time to look to the future NOW and not wait until the summer. stanharlands6shirt
  • Score: 1

10:13am Wed 12 Mar 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Very interesting post Fernham. I don't necessarily agree with you in total but I think there is merit. If anyone listened to radio Wiltshire after the game, very interesting from Dave Hockaday who said he felt this was the start of a project. if we'd had our second half of season form and then improved to 9th everyone would have been delighted. He felt we had a good strong nucleus of young players with potential to get more premiership youngsters because we play football. (whether people like it or not).

I'd like to think with all the remaining high earners departing at the end of the year we might try and keep Wes and Ranger for one year to see where we get to. Who's to say Ranger won't sign a two year contract? You never know.

Think it will interesting next season.....
Very interesting post Fernham. I don't necessarily agree with you in total but I think there is merit. If anyone listened to radio Wiltshire after the game, very interesting from Dave Hockaday who said he felt this was the start of a project. if we'd had our second half of season form and then improved to 9th everyone would have been delighted. He felt we had a good strong nucleus of young players with potential to get more premiership youngsters because we play football. (whether people like it or not). I'd like to think with all the remaining high earners departing at the end of the year we might try and keep Wes and Ranger for one year to see where we get to. Who's to say Ranger won't sign a two year contract? You never know. Think it will interesting next season..... dreamofacleansheet2
  • Score: 2

10:15am Wed 12 Mar 14

Mchalethegreat says...

My comments on the game. There is a lot of talk about possession and thats all well and good when it is in the right areas. But possession with no threat or end product is pointless and also to be honest pretty boring to watch. There were also players out there ducking out of challenges in particular Harley and N'Guessan. I was calling for NGuessan to be recalled but he simply looked dis-interested ..how a player of his build cannot show some physical strength is beyond me. First half I thought Luongo was colour blind as I think he hardly made an accurate pass. Ward I m sorry is simply past it...what annoyed me was that he gave Branco hardly any encouragement and as a captain he offers nothing. Wolves definitely stepped off the gas second half and that was why we got more into the game. I thought Jay was head and shoulders man of the match and how Pritchard got that above him was a joke. Pritchard has obviously had his moments and deserves some credit but last night far too often did not play the simple ball quickly enough. Had the mis-fortune to listen to Hockaday after the match who kept referring to the Swindon "project" ..whatever that means and said that the fans are still enjoying the exciting football!! Some people on here are referring to us having a safety blanket of points but I am not so sure...for example City beat us Saturday and they are three points behind us.
My comments on the game. There is a lot of talk about possession and thats all well and good when it is in the right areas. But possession with no threat or end product is pointless and also to be honest pretty boring to watch. There were also players out there ducking out of challenges in particular Harley and N'Guessan. I was calling for NGuessan to be recalled but he simply looked dis-interested ..how a player of his build cannot show some physical strength is beyond me. First half I thought Luongo was colour blind as I think he hardly made an accurate pass. Ward I m sorry is simply past it...what annoyed me was that he gave Branco hardly any encouragement and as a captain he offers nothing. Wolves definitely stepped off the gas second half and that was why we got more into the game. I thought Jay was head and shoulders man of the match and how Pritchard got that above him was a joke. Pritchard has obviously had his moments and deserves some credit but last night far too often did not play the simple ball quickly enough. Had the mis-fortune to listen to Hockaday after the match who kept referring to the Swindon "project" ..whatever that means and said that the fans are still enjoying the exciting football!! Some people on here are referring to us having a safety blanket of points but I am not so sure...for example City beat us Saturday and they are three points behind us. Mchalethegreat
  • Score: 4

10:28am Wed 12 Mar 14

sally2 says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!!
Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out.
Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest. Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night. We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!!
matt ritchie was MOM on Saturday according to Daily Mail
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!![/p][/quote]Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out.[/p][/quote]Dont you worry about MR, he is in very safe hands and is gradually finding his feet at a higher level, as are the rest. Lego stand getting very good usage, usually 80% full and good atmosphere. So, did you lot finally put a roof on that thing you call a stand, that never gets used. I assume Wolves filled it last night. We will show you how to tame those pesky Wolves next season.!![/p][/quote]matt ritchie was MOM on Saturday according to Daily Mail sally2
  • Score: 0

10:31am Wed 12 Mar 14

sally2 says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.
Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!!
Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out.
according to the Daily Mail Ritchie was MOM on Saturday
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Smith - his first touch or control was lacking - but at least he tried , Danny N'G I didn't know he was playing for at least 20 mins into the game.[/p][/quote]Please allow me to be the first to congratulate you C&F on finally managing to prise yourself out of your armchair and actually attending a game. Seems the crowbar i sent you last season finally came to some use, shame the old magic wheelbrace doesn't appear to have done the trick, hah, but i guess it works better on c/ship quality wheels. I trust it wont be another 20 yrs before you go again. Regards from Dorset.!![/p][/quote]Cheers Steady - hows Matt Richie lately haven't seen or heard much about him, is he out injured again. Sorry to disappoint, but Jock was the first with the congrats last night on here. I shall be out there again .... just not a regular .. Hows that Lego stand working out.[/p][/quote]according to the Daily Mail Ritchie was MOM on Saturday sally2
  • Score: 0

10:48am Wed 12 Mar 14

johnwolf says...

So how come nobody else saw it cooper! Your players were diving at the slitest touch to get our players booked, and the scum you call fans were chanting off at every foul! Its called CHEATING! Cooper - maybe on your instructions, take defeat graciously like a man.
So how come nobody else saw it cooper! Your players were diving at the slitest touch to get our players booked, and the scum you call fans were chanting off at every foul! Its called CHEATING! Cooper - maybe on your instructions, take defeat graciously like a man. johnwolf
  • Score: -32

11:27am Wed 12 Mar 14

Pickles99 says...

johnwolf wrote:
So how come nobody else saw it cooper! Your players were diving at the slitest touch to get our players booked, and the scum you call fans were chanting off at every foul! Its called CHEATING! Cooper - maybe on your instructions, take defeat graciously like a man.
So this justifies the disgusting antics of Mr Sako? I have never seen such an incident of a disgusting nature at the County Ground and I have been supporting this team for over 30 years.

At the end when confronted by angry supoporters walking out he just turned round at spat at us too - 3 times. If this is what your palyers are like good luck as I thought the whole incident ruined what shouldhave been a great night for your football club.
[quote][p][bold]johnwolf[/bold] wrote: So how come nobody else saw it cooper! Your players were diving at the slitest touch to get our players booked, and the scum you call fans were chanting off at every foul! Its called CHEATING! Cooper - maybe on your instructions, take defeat graciously like a man.[/p][/quote]So this justifies the disgusting antics of Mr Sako? I have never seen such an incident of a disgusting nature at the County Ground and I have been supporting this team for over 30 years. At the end when confronted by angry supoporters walking out he just turned round at spat at us too - 3 times. If this is what your palyers are like good luck as I thought the whole incident ruined what shouldhave been a great night for your football club. Pickles99
  • Score: 12

11:41am Wed 12 Mar 14

stfccrew says...

Am i the only one that thinks Cooper has passed his sell by date..? Ok, this might sound like the typical fans mentality of impatience and easy option of 'let's get rid of our mgr!' attitude. Some fans may also think let's give the guy more time, maybe even till next season..? What also bugs me is the serious lack of leadership at this club on and off the pitch. As well that MC has a seems to be running out of ideas, usually during crucial parts of the games. For example, MK Dons game; We ran out of steam and didn't seem to have a second game plan for the second half, which to be honest lead to us to a brick wall of confusion.

Overall MC has done a pretty good job considering the step up from relegated telford to a League 1 side of our stature. The unfortunate thing for me is that MC doesn't fill me with much confidence, especially of late. Although my expectations at the beginning of this season was a mid table finish, which is where we'll probably finish now, I've noticed over the last month or so our club has deteriorated; the general vibe and attitude of players has changed dramatically. Ok, we have key players missing.. Mason, Ranger who are a big influence on the pitch especially Ranger, but despite that it feels like MC has maxed his capabilities at this club and isn't able to inject enough confidence to inspire these players.

I'm not saying i'm right or wrong, i'm simply putting across my opinions and thoughts. Too many people are too quick to judge and half of them don't even travel home or away to follow their club.

COYR!!
Am i the only one that thinks Cooper has passed his sell by date..? Ok, this might sound like the typical fans mentality of impatience and easy option of 'let's get rid of our mgr!' attitude. Some fans may also think let's give the guy more time, maybe even till next season..? What also bugs me is the serious lack of leadership at this club on and off the pitch. As well that MC has a seems to be running out of ideas, usually during crucial parts of the games. For example, MK Dons game; We ran out of steam and didn't seem to have a second game plan for the second half, which to be honest lead to us to a brick wall of confusion. Overall MC has done a pretty good job considering the step up from relegated telford to a League 1 side of our stature. The unfortunate thing for me is that MC doesn't fill me with much confidence, especially of late. Although my expectations at the beginning of this season was a mid table finish, which is where we'll probably finish now, I've noticed over the last month or so our club has deteriorated; the general vibe and attitude of players has changed dramatically. Ok, we have key players missing.. Mason, Ranger who are a big influence on the pitch especially Ranger, but despite that it feels like MC has maxed his capabilities at this club and isn't able to inject enough confidence to inspire these players. I'm not saying i'm right or wrong, i'm simply putting across my opinions and thoughts. Too many people are too quick to judge and half of them don't even travel home or away to follow their club. COYR!! stfccrew
  • Score: 5

12:38pm Wed 12 Mar 14

umpcah says...

stfccrew wrote:
Am i the only one that thinks Cooper has passed his sell by date..? Ok, this might sound like the typical fans mentality of impatience and easy option of 'let's get rid of our mgr!' attitude. Some fans may also think let's give the guy more time, maybe even till next season..? What also bugs me is the serious lack of leadership at this club on and off the pitch. As well that MC has a seems to be running out of ideas, usually during crucial parts of the games. For example, MK Dons game; We ran out of steam and didn't seem to have a second game plan for the second half, which to be honest lead to us to a brick wall of confusion.

Overall MC has done a pretty good job considering the step up from relegated telford to a League 1 side of our stature. The unfortunate thing for me is that MC doesn't fill me with much confidence, especially of late. Although my expectations at the beginning of this season was a mid table finish, which is where we'll probably finish now, I've noticed over the last month or so our club has deteriorated; the general vibe and attitude of players has changed dramatically. Ok, we have key players missing.. Mason, Ranger who are a big influence on the pitch especially Ranger, but despite that it feels like MC has maxed his capabilities at this club and isn't able to inject enough confidence to inspire these players.

I'm not saying i'm right or wrong, i'm simply putting across my opinions and thoughts. Too many people are too quick to judge and half of them don't even travel home or away to follow their club.

COYR!!
Too many people are too quick to judge and half of them don't even travel home or away to follow their club.
Half of them ? I don't know about that but it`s likely that some attending fans of yesteryear still follow the ups and downs of Swindon Town and as far as I`m concerned their comments are welcome on these threads. What I object to is abuse towards another poster who has a different opinion. It`s unnecessary and spoils the pleasure of others and not just the one receiving taunts and abuse.
[quote][p][bold]stfccrew[/bold] wrote: Am i the only one that thinks Cooper has passed his sell by date..? Ok, this might sound like the typical fans mentality of impatience and easy option of 'let's get rid of our mgr!' attitude. Some fans may also think let's give the guy more time, maybe even till next season..? What also bugs me is the serious lack of leadership at this club on and off the pitch. As well that MC has a seems to be running out of ideas, usually during crucial parts of the games. For example, MK Dons game; We ran out of steam and didn't seem to have a second game plan for the second half, which to be honest lead to us to a brick wall of confusion. Overall MC has done a pretty good job considering the step up from relegated telford to a League 1 side of our stature. The unfortunate thing for me is that MC doesn't fill me with much confidence, especially of late. Although my expectations at the beginning of this season was a mid table finish, which is where we'll probably finish now, I've noticed over the last month or so our club has deteriorated; the general vibe and attitude of players has changed dramatically. Ok, we have key players missing.. Mason, Ranger who are a big influence on the pitch especially Ranger, but despite that it feels like MC has maxed his capabilities at this club and isn't able to inject enough confidence to inspire these players. I'm not saying i'm right or wrong, i'm simply putting across my opinions and thoughts. Too many people are too quick to judge and half of them don't even travel home or away to follow their club. COYR!![/p][/quote]Too many people are too quick to judge and half of them don't even travel home or away to follow their club. Half of them ? I don't know about that but it`s likely that some attending fans of yesteryear still follow the ups and downs of Swindon Town and as far as I`m concerned their comments are welcome on these threads. What I object to is abuse towards another poster who has a different opinion. It`s unnecessary and spoils the pleasure of others and not just the one receiving taunts and abuse. umpcah
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Fernham Red says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
Very interesting post Fernham. I don't necessarily agree with you in total but I think there is merit. If anyone listened to radio Wiltshire after the game, very interesting from Dave Hockaday who said he felt this was the start of a project. if we'd had our second half of season form and then improved to 9th everyone would have been delighted. He felt we had a good strong nucleus of young players with potential to get more premiership youngsters because we play football. (whether people like it or not).

I'd like to think with all the remaining high earners departing at the end of the year we might try and keep Wes and Ranger for one year to see where we get to. Who's to say Ranger won't sign a two year contract? You never know.

Think it will interesting next season.....
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have Wes and Nile stay at the club; we'd all be celebrating louder than if we got Wilson or Aneke on our books. In reality though this business model is only self-sustaining if the board (LP) cash in on 'potential' they've turned into 'talent'. Each of the players brought in have been low risk (low wages) with high potential returns (rising market value) there are only two real options with having young players on the rise cash in now (stick) or offer a more lucrative contract if we belief their value will continue to rise (twist). With Ranger and Wes I think they will only continue to get better and better - the only problem is how does everyone else respond if/when these two break our wage structure?
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Very interesting post Fernham. I don't necessarily agree with you in total but I think there is merit. If anyone listened to radio Wiltshire after the game, very interesting from Dave Hockaday who said he felt this was the start of a project. if we'd had our second half of season form and then improved to 9th everyone would have been delighted. He felt we had a good strong nucleus of young players with potential to get more premiership youngsters because we play football. (whether people like it or not). I'd like to think with all the remaining high earners departing at the end of the year we might try and keep Wes and Ranger for one year to see where we get to. Who's to say Ranger won't sign a two year contract? You never know. Think it will interesting next season.....[/p][/quote]Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have Wes and Nile stay at the club; we'd all be celebrating louder than if we got Wilson or Aneke on our books. In reality though this business model is only self-sustaining if the board (LP) cash in on 'potential' they've turned into 'talent'. Each of the players brought in have been low risk (low wages) with high potential returns (rising market value) there are only two real options with having young players on the rise cash in now (stick) or offer a more lucrative contract if we belief their value will continue to rise (twist). With Ranger and Wes I think they will only continue to get better and better - the only problem is how does everyone else respond if/when these two break our wage structure? Fernham Red
  • Score: 3

3:45pm Wed 12 Mar 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

not seen any mention on here of it.... but how good was that over 60's game at half-time! a couple of them were quicker than Darren Ward!
not seen any mention on here of it.... but how good was that over 60's game at half-time! a couple of them were quicker than Darren Ward! GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: -3

4:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

stfcflag says...

First half was dire yesterday, was such a shame. To be fair Wolves played good football as we did last year, attacking with width, pace and direction. We were non existent in the first half passing sideways until we were tackled, the half time game was better. Second half was a transformation. We started attacking the ball, looking as if we had focus, going forwards and took the game to them. Can't help but feel the result could have been very different if we applied ourselves the same in the first half with those tactics. I know the team and manager are all learning but it was clear from 5 minutes in yesterday that it wasn't right, quicker changes next time please and the second half approach throughout !
First half was dire yesterday, was such a shame. To be fair Wolves played good football as we did last year, attacking with width, pace and direction. We were non existent in the first half passing sideways until we were tackled, the half time game was better. Second half was a transformation. We started attacking the ball, looking as if we had focus, going forwards and took the game to them. Can't help but feel the result could have been very different if we applied ourselves the same in the first half with those tactics. I know the team and manager are all learning but it was clear from 5 minutes in yesterday that it wasn't right, quicker changes next time please and the second half approach throughout ! stfcflag
  • Score: 0

8:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
Very interesting post Fernham. I don't necessarily agree with you in total but I think there is merit. If anyone listened to radio Wiltshire after the game, very interesting from Dave Hockaday who said he felt this was the start of a project. if we'd had our second half of season form and then improved to 9th everyone would have been delighted. He felt we had a good strong nucleus of young players with potential to get more premiership youngsters because we play football. (whether people like it or not).

I'd like to think with all the remaining high earners departing at the end of the year we might try and keep Wes and Ranger for one year to see where we get to. Who's to say Ranger won't sign a two year contract? You never know.

Think it will interesting next season.....
Rather take the views of a seasoned professional than those of Robin on fire or Bradley Red 1 who auto generate their negative comments every day.

Dave Hockaday , spoke glowingly of Swindon's approach even though he had just seen them beaten. It's not as if last night was the first game he had seen this season.

He knows the reality from inside the game, rather than the trashy "we are useless if not top of the league, " mob" who no doubt would still find something else to moan about even when top.
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Very interesting post Fernham. I don't necessarily agree with you in total but I think there is merit. If anyone listened to radio Wiltshire after the game, very interesting from Dave Hockaday who said he felt this was the start of a project. if we'd had our second half of season form and then improved to 9th everyone would have been delighted. He felt we had a good strong nucleus of young players with potential to get more premiership youngsters because we play football. (whether people like it or not). I'd like to think with all the remaining high earners departing at the end of the year we might try and keep Wes and Ranger for one year to see where we get to. Who's to say Ranger won't sign a two year contract? You never know. Think it will interesting next season.....[/p][/quote]Rather take the views of a seasoned professional than those of Robin on fire or Bradley Red 1 who auto generate their negative comments every day. Dave Hockaday , spoke glowingly of Swindon's approach even though he had just seen them beaten. It's not as if last night was the first game he had seen this season. He knows the reality from inside the game, rather than the trashy "we are useless if not top of the league, " mob" who no doubt would still find something else to moan about even when top. Cleuso
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12:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

peter moor says...

Ok clueso,we knock it around at the back in non threatening areas then gob off if the big nasty men take the ball off us,hence the suspensions this season for a team of weak kids,the club just doesn't feel right at the mo,strange times,still we can pass all the way to league 2 for 2016/16.
Ok clueso,we knock it around at the back in non threatening areas then gob off if the big nasty men take the ball off us,hence the suspensions this season for a team of weak kids,the club just doesn't feel right at the mo,strange times,still we can pass all the way to league 2 for 2016/16. peter moor
  • Score: -3

12:21am Thu 13 Mar 14

peter moor says...

Ok clueso,we knock it around at the back in non threatening areas then gob off if the big nasty men take the ball off us,hence the suspensions this season for a team of weak kids,the club just doesn't feel right at the mo,strange times,still we can pass all the way to league 2 for 2015/16.
Ok clueso,we knock it around at the back in non threatening areas then gob off if the big nasty men take the ball off us,hence the suspensions this season for a team of weak kids,the club just doesn't feel right at the mo,strange times,still we can pass all the way to league 2 for 2015/16. peter moor
  • Score: -3

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