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General Discussion / Re: Woking home
« on: October 31, 2020, 06:06:36 PM »
Much better from Lynn today, first half really tried to play through the midfield, Woking pressed but we stuck to it which was good to see.  Thought Clunan had a good game at the base and Carey his usual positive self but not sure King was fit but that may be down to Woking focusing on him limiting his opportunities.  Unlucky to go in down at half time and went longer as the game went on but Woking dropped and tried to hang on to what they had which allowed opportunities which Loza thankfully took - still think we are better with him OR Power not both.  Good to get the win on the board and stop the run of defeats but still plenty for IC and the side to work on over the next fortnight before the next league game

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General Discussion / Re: Street departs
« on: October 30, 2020, 01:40:57 PM »
Street has gone from, arguably the no 1 Keeper in the NLN to not even being the number one keeper at Kings Lynn.

I wouldn't agree with that at all, Alex was a 'good' NLN keeper and with him being local I was surprised when IC took Mair on loan but from that point onwards this always looked on the cards.  Agree with points made above re international call ups / next season but lets see what IC does as and when the situation arises.

Wish Alex all the best and hopefully neither party has burned any bridges for the future

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General Discussion / Re: Woking home
« on: October 29, 2020, 06:10:46 PM »
Would like to see some changes from Tuesday evening but injuries / lack of options may limit what IC can do (assuming King will be out for a while as well as Jones).  Think it might be worth throwing Barker in and might be a way of injecting some urgency into the midfield.  Has anything been heard about Flemming?  If he isn't anywhere near a match day squad then we ought to be looking for somewhere he can go on loan. 

Basically toss a coin on who starts alongside Lupano, I think Smith is improving but neither he nor McAuley inspires me with much confidence as part of a central pair at this level, the other option would be to go to a back three and push the full backs on as both full backs have questions regarding their positional sense, whatever way he jumps IC has got to find some sort of combination at the back that doesn't look like conceding two goals a game as par.  Appreciate people's views on the change in keeper but, for me, many of the issues were there last season, it's just this season we are up against sides that are exposing those issues and making us pay.

                    Mair
Burrows, Lupano, Smith/McAuley, Brown
          Barker, Richards, Kelly
                  Carey
          Mitchell, Marriott

subs, Smith/McAuley, Clunan, Power, Southwell, Loza/Jarvis

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General Discussion / Re: Home vs Wealdstone (27th Oct)
« on: October 28, 2020, 01:36:04 PM »
Just watched the post match interview with IC.  Whilst I appreciate he may be trying to protect the players publicly I hope that wasn't the same message that was conveyed in the changing room - yes he has to come up with a system that works with the players we have, and after the weekend we have two free midweeks to do more work on the training pitch, but equally there are plenty in the squad that he has kept faith with who now need to prove that faith was well placed. 

I do worry that people are focusing on IC swapping keepers - to gain the four points we have this season we had to score five goals in two games which many would (rightly) say isn't sustainable but isn't far off how the last promotion was won, so many of the current issues were there already.  Had we snatched a point from an offside goal (as in the first game) or even all three with a last minute winner last night would that have papered over the cracks?  Not for me and whilst I understand confidence is a difficult thing to instill on the back of three (now four) defeats, the key thing for me from IC's interview was the second half we were a 'bit braver on the ball' so IC has to work out who in that squad are prepared to 'be brave' and that would be a good place to start with when picking the side for Saturday

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General Discussion / Re: Home vs Wealdstone (27th Oct)
« on: October 28, 2020, 08:40:13 AM »
Another disappointing night with many of the issues that were present when Lynn's form dropped off prior to the shut down of the 2019/20 season still very much present.  For all of Mark & Stephen's upbeat commentary we were poor first half, too often opting for quick balls forward with little play in midfield, at the start of the second half we did at least try to play through the midfield and looked much better for it with Carey being central to that but then lost our way again with the substitutions.  Appreciate if something isn't working then change it but I still can't see anything positive in having both Power and Loza on the pitch together and all we really did was close the game out for Wealdstone.

Bastock was in the EDP praising the work of the two new members of the back room staff, personally from the outside it isn't working and maybe a bit of going back to what got the team to this level in the first place might be a better option - still think there are more personnel changes required but that would be true whether we changed styles or reverted back to what we were once good at. 

Beat me to it KES although agree to disagree where the problem lies - really don't think Pedro and particularly Fryatt would make that much difference (Ryan would be woefully short on pace at this level) and we played our most 'defensive' midfield yesterday and Wealdstone opened us up at will.  Brown doesn't look like he has ever met anyone else in the back four and Barrows proved again last night that he isn't anything other than cover at right back however impressive he was last season in the middle. 

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General Discussion / Re: Mcfadden
« on: October 27, 2020, 01:17:57 PM »
With McAuley's self inflicted absence tonight there is a chance for Lupano to stake a claim to one of the central defensive slots, the report was a months loan with the option to extend which would give us cover almost to the 29th November although maybe IC would be looking for more depth at the back anyway?

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General Discussion / Re: Home vs Wealdstone (27th Oct)
« on: October 26, 2020, 06:01:38 PM »
All about opinions, I have only watched the two home games and Weymouth away so appreciate it's hardly a complete picture and many are still finding their legs in this league. 

Personally I think Carey makes us play on the front foot and is the most positive of our attacking midfield options which is probably the strongest area of the squad (even with the loss of Hendo), hence my picking three of them and one forward.  If going with two up top then I think Kelly has as strong a case for the other midfield spot as King based on what I have seen in the opening games.  Only plus for Power is he offers something different but for me the team looks more than the sum of its parts when he isn't one of the parts ie picking him changes the whole balance of the side and not in a good way imo but appreciate others might see it differently. 

I suppose the worry for me is how few of the summer additions are guaranteed starters, implying that we have increased the depth of the squad without really adding as much quality as we may have hoped. 

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General Discussion / Home vs Wealdstone (27th Oct)
« on: October 26, 2020, 01:36:16 PM »
So after a hectic start to the season what will we look like after IC has been able to work with the lads 'properly' in training, including Saturday?  Presume McAuley is suspended and Jones out injured?  Hopefully we will be positive against another of the promoted teams although we need to move the ball quicker than we did against Weymouth, I would go with:

                  Mair
Barrows, Smith, Lupano, Brown
          Jarvis, Richards
         King, Carey, Kelly
              Marriott

subs Fleming, Clunan, Barker, Southwell & Mitchell

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General Discussion / Re: 1 player out.
« on: October 23, 2020, 01:08:01 PM »
Probably the right decision for both parties, less and less opportunities for Ryan as we moved up the leagues and changes to the squad are an inevitable part of back to back promotions.

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General Discussion / Re: Grant money coming through next week
« on: October 21, 2020, 01:34:37 PM »
Assume Lynn will be very, very happy with how the settlement has been handed out by the league - always going to be clubs who could make a case for getting a bigger slice of the pie (I won't comment on the size of the pie or whether it should be coming from government in the first place) but I would have thought that will go a long way towards plugging the hole caused by supporters not being allowed into grounds.

Have to feel for the likes of York and Chester who are not really being compensated for lost gate receipts

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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:08:33 PM »
I would imagine that if the club offered free streams to season ticket holders then Notts County would be well within their rights to claim 6 for each and every season ticket holder (50% of the lost revenue) whether the supporter watched the game or not - certainly that would be what we would be asking for were the tables turned.  I don't understand why anyone would have bought a season ticket this season with all the uncertainty (unless they really, really wanted to keep 'their' seat for 2021/22 season) but I still think they should be paying to stream cup games.

As for Mallard's comment about the club being 'take, take, take', I just don't agree - yes we have 'top end' prices for entrance (and now streaming) but this was started under Chapman, at least now you can see where the money is being spent - on the pitch (in both senses of the word).  Our stream was pretty good on Tuesday for a first attempt and whilst I have raised a few issues with the club, it was far better than a number of NL clubs offerings so far.

The club needs fans to back it, not just vocally from the terraces on a Saturday afternoon (when we are allowed back) but also financially in whatever way they can - 16 fans in the 12th man is hardly worthy of a NL club.  Also going to watch the stream at the Nap or L&LL rather than the Corn Exchange is also taking money away from the club and whatever people's views on SC, ultimately this will have a direct impact on what IC has as a budget going forward

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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup
« on: October 16, 2020, 10:33:40 PM »
Streaming is 12 for next Saturday according to the club's website https://www.kltown.co.uk/2020/10/16/cup-tie-to-be-screened-in-corn-exchange/ and season ticket holders will have to pay as they would for entrance to cup games in 'normal' times.  Slight difference on the programmes with a combined programme for the next 3 games priced at 7 but with 2 p&p



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General Discussion / Re: Away vs Weymouth (17th October)
« on: October 15, 2020, 05:15:53 PM »
I just think it is sad at how easy a loyal and trusted GK in Alex Street has been dumped to the wayside. By IC and by some supporters.... :dontknow: :dontknow:

I don't see it as 'dumping' Street, just a case of selecting a team in the knowledge that it will always be harsh when you have two keepers who both have their positives and negatives and you can only pick one.  For me, I would like to see Mair given a run against a range of opposition to see how he goes as I don't think he has done too much wrong so far, certainly justified retaining his place more than some who will be picked for Saturday.

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General Discussion / Away vs Weymouth (17th October)
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:42:20 PM »
Away from the FA Cup draw, we are in action at the weekend down on the south coast against fellow promoted Weymouth.

Seems to be debate around the keeper spot, personally I would stick with Mair as I think the problems over the past two games have been mainly down to those in front of him and the quality of the opposition we have faced.  Would love to see IC revert back to something more akin to what got us to the NL and look to play the ball through midfield so for me:

                Mair
Jones, Smith, McAuley, Brown
    Clunan, Jarvis, Richards
           Carey, Kelly
             Marriott

Subs: Barrows, Barker, King, Southwell, Power

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