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But it was sooo bad from the players last year, AWG, that it is quite a relief to see a group of lads with some real guts and determination. They look to be wearing the shirt with pride. That really does my heart good.
Credit to you there, Neil!
Good to see Jarvis. Not hugely effective but he worked hard and has been out for almost a year. He looks as if he has filled out a bit since last season and wasn’t afraid to let people bounce off him.
Could be a very different – and almost certainly – a stronger side by the next game.
Reasonable for fans to think of coming back.
To be fair to the chairman, the injury crisis probably cannot be levelled at his door.
I do want to know why this keeps happening season after season. All things happen for a reason. Is it the same reason every season – or different ones?
Is there a problem with the backroom staff?
Do we only sign players who have somehow proved that they are totally brittle?
We are in 18th place – I have to think we might have been a little higher still without so many hors de combat.
Again, to be fair to the chairman, first indications are that we have an improved squad on last year.
It does disappoint that we have not managed to get one loanee in this week, however.
Combine the two?
Would it perhaps help not use fans/customers at all but refer to those who venture to the SVS as punters?
I have a dream, Cass.
One day there will BE clean seats at the SVS.
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… if we meet any time – I’ll tell you.
Oh, WG. You know not what you say.
I know DH personally and many who have connections to him. I also knew his father.
UTI99 – just as a matter of interest – where do YOU think really bad mistakes have been made? (For simplicity’s sake, I think we can accept it if you trim the list to around ten.)
Why are the casual supporters now virtually extinct?
Why do you think that hardcore supporters have – completely out of the claret and blue – stopped coming?
Do you honestly, hand on heart, believe that Bru is unrepresentative of the main body of fans?
Your posts remind me of the proud mother at the march past of her son’s passing out parade in the army.
“Look at that – our Jimmy is the only one in step!”
Do remember that for six+ years, this writer gave the chairman complete benefit of the doubt.August 26, 2021 at 10:53 am in reply to: Out of the second of three cups in the first round tonight. #212628
The competition was better without these ‘nursery sides’.
They add nothing whatsoever to the MM Cup.
The reffing is far better than this time last season when a ‘Paddington hard stare’ would almost always result in the award of a free kick.
Reffing improved towards the end of last season when whistle-happy officials seemed to be acting under different orders and it has continued on that path, IMHO.
It looks to me that we have a rather different recurring problem. As in seasons-a-many, the injury lists border on the unbelievable. With two first teamers damaged and a couple who usually sit on the subs’ bench – we’d be fairly okay. But …
I invite those with time on their hands and who have an inquisitive mindset to do some hunting around the division for stats to see how we compare to other sides.
Last year, I did some quarter-baked hunting around and asking the question. Not at all statistically acceptable but fans of bigger and better teams were regularly reporting far fewer crocks.
In fact, not one person asked could believe what I was telling them about our annual situation.
BS – if on the East side of Sheffield – Whitby’s Fish restaurant in Catcliffe – 1st exit off the Sheffield Parkway – is terrific eating in. Huge portions. Not quite so brilliant with takeaways.
Takeaways – Frymaster on Attercliffe Rd, S9 is regularly and rightly voted best in the city. Lunchtimes only. Small restaurant attached – GREAT prices. Much cheaper than Whitby’s eating in – parking not the best.
Trouble is if we wish to do a takeaway – it deteriorates a notch on the awkward drive back to ours.
So, if not eating in the car – buy from Richmond Fisheries on Richmond Rd, S13 and remember to ask for fish to be ‘crispy’.
BS – good to see you appreciate the truly important things!
(Now tell me you prefer Irish to Scotch and we are mates for life!)
I do rather wonder if new owners would be required to pay hire charges on the ground.
Not having seen the specifics of ‘this wonderful Coolsilk deal’ – I am not in any position to comment.
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I actually want the ‘turnstiles to click’.
Ever fewer paying to get in is good news for nobody. It can only help the club add to its brand new debts.
Back in the day, apprentices who cleaned the boots of senior players would have also cleaned the stands.
Not the worst system in the world so that 16-18 year olds don’t get too cocky and do get a preparation for the real world.
I’m guessing that it’s no longer permitted today.
UTI99 – along with countless others, I tried my level best to give my support to the Chairman for as long as it was humanly possible.
My entire philosophy of life is to give people as much of a chance as I can do.
However, there comes a time when people throw their hands in the air and say ‘no more!’
I like good fish and chips. I am a fan. I shall always like them every week or so. (A bit like my beloved team, eh?)
Where I live there are a host of chippies which serve third grade rubbish. I continue to like fish ‘n’ chips but refuse to waste my money in those establishments.
When I find a good one – it has my loyal support.
You may not get it but impecunious supporters find it tough to fork out loadsa cash for a third rate product.
They vote with their feet, you see. Not rocket science, is it?
BUT. We must distinguish between the hard core of supporters and those on the periphery. That latter group are lost because of what has happened in recent seasons and they ain’t coming back unless huge incentives are provided: ie) real quality football. But do not expect them all to return even then. They feel cheated you see. As casual supporters, their loyalty cannot ever be taken for granted.
The problem is that now THE HARD CORE are also voting with their feet. A product they once loved has become third rate and fetid.
Would I use a restaurant that is grubby, often dirty, with fourth grade toilets, poor value and a product nowhere as good as it used to be? – Well. For the moment … yes. But …
I have already written on here that none of my supporter friends from over years and decades attend any longer. Not one!
So UTI – how’s it feel wearing extra large, extra strong blinkers, huh?
Really well argued, WG.
The temptation not to play 4-4-2 is increased dramatically by having three CBS who are both experienced and amongst our most successful current players.
I feel that Neil wants them all included and adjusts formations to make that happen.
I wrote yesterday about not liking the ‘narrowness’ in a 4-3-3. Today, I’ll say that I prefer a 5-3-2 to the very similar 3-5-2.
In the latter, you need FBs with a great deal more experience as it is designed to advance the FBs much further up the pitch – but the former gives a greater control of the system and the play of the opposition.
Effectively, today was a 3-5-1-1 and it left gaping holes all over.
How about an out and out 4-4-2 with Davis in front of the CBs – close enough to be there to cover in the defence itself if required. He’d be better at it than Kenyon, IMHO.
Green – below par. 5
Hippo – patchy but far better. Worked hard. Contributed. 6.
The main problem with Hippo’s corners was that they were not often attacked.
Not sure that I can recall a single corner that the GK took. For us that’s quite an improvement.
That sub winger of theirs would still have got that cross in if marked by a lot better than Pugh.
Can’t imagine why he didn’t start.
Think Hippo looks to be clearly ahead of Green in our pecking order – contributed more.
Defenders looked as if they hadn’t been formally introduced to each other.
Not at all.
We opted for an old favourite – taken down, dusted polished and set loose – the infamous headless chicken impersonation.
Back to back decent games from Rory creates a nice problem for Neil.
Actually BS, if that’s how you read it – little wonder that you are confused.
6 average, 5 below average, 7 above average. Those are the main three.
Isn’t Tyrone O’Neill now fit?
Guessing that Jessop will be eased gently into the side – over time.
Thought Neil said GK not as bad as first thought.
I meant Taft not Loft, of course.
As good as we could hope for, I think.
Now prepared to say that if we do not get too many more injuries, feel happy to plan for lower mid-table.
Interesting to see which CB goes if we go 4-4-2. (Loft for me.)
If Tyrone is fit – think Devarn might not make the 11.
Still a strong chance that it will be 5-3-2 in which case the 11 virtually picks itself.
Anybody know if he has trained with the team yet?
I’d stick to 4-4-2, Cass.
4-3-3 you play too narrow and I don’t fancy all those crosses coming into our box.
(If we’re trailing … maybe.)
Nice topknot, Jake.
If he can hold the ball up on the edge of the box – I almost consider that as important as scoring in this side.
Have the best year of your life at the SVS, Jake!
I reckon we have to start with him on his debut tomorrow. I know it’s not the done thing with us but needs must.
I see him ending up as a wide left player. He’s the best crosser we’ve had in a while.
Green or Mason? – No brainer. And you’d probably get a bit of extra defensive cover when under the cosh.
A propos of nothing in particular …
Read recently that with gardens, parks etc – Worthing is the worst town/city in the UK with regard to greenery, flowers and vegetation.
(I do have friends there but they don’t write excellent articles on football.)