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By Claremont Man (legacy user)27/8/2013 12:48Tue Aug 27 12:48:17 2013

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Thank goodness for the three Wycombe loanees yesterday.Young Charlie had a great game and is proving an excellent stand in for Berkeley and Junior and Lee provide much needed flair to the team.We can but hope that their loans can be extended .Early days yet and I am sure that the coaching team will unearth some gems as they always seem to and when we have a settled side things will improve and we can hit the FA Cup trail and indeed the League campaign with a vengeance.

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By richhend (legacy user)28/8/2013 15:41Wed Aug 28 15:41:04 2013In response to Thank goodness for:Top of thread

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I agree we have looked slow at the centre of defence this season. I also feel that none of the players played in the full back slots have looked convincing, perhaps because with the exception of Brandon Horner none of them are specialist full backs.

We are clearly missing both Howard Hall and Scott Cousins (anyone know When Scott will be fit?). I felt last season that when Scott was injured or suspended we were painfully week on the left flank. Oddly, we didn’t seem to have one other player that was naturally left footed. Despite the fact he got booked, I reckon Gary could do worse than try and sign that Wingate and Finchley left back who looked pretty solid.

Also, we don’t seem to have decided how to best use Jefferson Louis. If we play him as a lone striker then the midfield players need to get forward quickly and in numbers to support him. Too often so far the ball has been played up to him and he has no one to lay it off to or, by the time the supporting players have arrived the opposition has had time to pack its defence. Not sure if this is the fitness thing. As one gent standing near to me during the Dulwich game observed “They look three times fitter than us.”

Going on from this, should we be looking to play a more long ball game, hitting Jefferson with more square and diagonal crosses? I agree that Junior is wasted on the wing. His goals last season were from giving him the chance to power through the middle for shots on goal. Why not have him playing off Jefferson and feeding off flick ons?

Oh well back to the armchair.

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By Paul Butler (legacy user)28/8/2013 02:31Wed Aug 28 02:31:11 2013In response to Thank goodness for:Top of thread

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I thought we didn't deserve anything on Monday, but we had deserved something from the two away games we got nothing for, so fair enough. Charlie played very well on Monday having been a little unconvincing before hand, but what worries me is we played two of the worst teams in the league in my opinion over this weekend, and got one point. Both Enfield and Wingate are in the running for the bottom six, as are we on our current showing. What frustrated me most on Monday was substituting Jefferson Louis at half time, now whether he was carrying a knock I don't know, but regardless of that, if we take off the one bloke capable of winning things in the air, why continue to knock it long in the second half? I lost count of the number of balls the Wingate defenders won aerially in the second half, most of them unchallenged. Junior to me is an out and out front man, yet we seem to want to play him wide all the time, and defensively we still look like the simplest of counter attacks will absolutely murder us. We'd better hope for a freakish run of away form like last season, otherwise we're bang in trouble. Lewes on Saturday are another team I expect to be bottom half, three points required.

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By Foxy (legacy user)28/8/2013 10:40Wed Aug 28 10:40:20 2013In response to Re: Thank goodness for:Top of thread

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Over a year since my last vist. Didn't know any of the players but 3 stood out and when I got home I found out they were the 3 loanees. Be struggling without them. The 13 that came on was Rankin I take it. Obviously we know he's played at a higher level and I'm all for playing the game with a smile on your face and conserving energy when you get older but he seemed more concerned with having a laugh with their centre backs whilst the guy out on the right was running his nuts off trying to make things happen. The centre backs look a bit slow.

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Coiled Spring...

By rwakeley (legacy user)28/8/2013 14:13Wed Aug 28 14:13:26 2013In response to Re: Thank goodness for:Top of thread

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I get the feeling one of these days we could gel and unleash a right proper drubbing. We have the ingredients to do so. I feel for the Gaffer, he's clearly tried to redeem the early season stresses and just look at our starting XI each games personnel differs. Lack of availability is severely hampering any cohesion. I think with even a full strength squad at our disposal it would have taken a while to establish any purposeful game-plan, particularly at home.
Six players were on debut at Thamesmead, on Monday five were absent from the starting XI.
It's hardly the most condusive back-drop.
I have many unresolved issues at present, but I equally have complete conviction that we are far better than what our recent results have suggested. Despite our frustrations, (and I'm worst than most), we do need to be patient.
I've been impressed with Seeby, reminds me of James Parker. I really like Junior hitting the by-line and working his way into the box. Something Big Dave has benefited from. Can we replicate this if Junior returns to Wycombe? As for Monday, I thought the game was proceedural, and both teams seemed in-capable of holding onto meaningful possession. I thought the lads grafted. Lewes will presumably offer more urgency and that will offer a better response. Hopefully a winning one!

rwakeley

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By Paul Butler (legacy user)28/8/2013 14:00Wed Aug 28 14:00:41 2013In response to Re: Thank goodness for:Top of thread

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I think comparing Ranks' workrate with Junior Morias is a little bit unfair, bearing in mind one is 17-18 and one is 38. If you thought the centre backs looked slow, you should have seen Duberry!

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By SteveHFC (legacy user)28/8/2013 14:25Wed Aug 28 14:25:09 2013In response to Re: Thank goodness for:Top of thread

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You're doing Ranks an injustice - he's only 35 :)

Now Duberry's gone - there is no registered player in the squad older than me, pretty much for the first time.

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By Paul Butler (legacy user)28/8/2013 15:23Wed Aug 28 15:23:47 2013In response to Re: Thank goodness for:Top of thread

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Sorry Ranks!! Sure I've done that before as well!!

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Ranks a legend in my book !

By eddieedd (legacy user)28/8/2013 18:41Wed Aug 28 18:41:16 2013In response to Re: Thank goodness for:Top of thread

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Yes he is slow , yes a little over the fighting weight for light middle, but he knows what way is up. Yes he laughs and jokes but after watching him over the last few seasons I think that is all in the way he winds up the defenders ,p##### off keepers , confuses the ref and ends up winning a free kick/corner. His talent is not beating players face on , but turning them , backing in ,making them think and upsetting their plans. In addition he is good fun just to watch, pushing a keepers face into the mud whilst gently rubbing his hair in congratulation on a save ,just one little insight. A legend in my book. Sorry not very Corinthian but still fun.

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Re: Ranks a legend in my book !

By Paul Butler (legacy user)29/8/2013 00:58Thu Aug 29 00:58:50 2013In response to Ranks a legend in my book !Top of thread

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Totally agree Eddie!

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By SteveHFC (legacy user)29/8/2013 08:31Thu Aug 29 08:31:16 2013In response to Re: Ranks a legend in my book !Top of thread

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Also in agreement with Eddie about Ranks.

There is another element to Ranks that I've noticed over the couple of years that he's been with us, which is when he's warming up along the touchline, he is always talking to the youngsters who are playing, and giving them valuable advice. Just watch when someone is taking a throw - often you'll see Ranks quietly suggesting who to aim for.

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