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General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 23, 2021, 05:14:49 PM »
Richards, Carey, King, Kiwomya......on their day, as good as most in the league.

Fair enough, happy to agree to disagree.  Whilst showing 'glimpses', I don't think either King or Kiwomya have shown anywhere near the consistency to find a place in a 'good' NL side based on what I have seen on the streams this season and to play those four as your midfield would be asking a hell of a lot from Richards in terms of defensive responsibilities.

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General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 23, 2021, 01:37:18 PM »
...we are shaping up to have one of the strongest midfields in the league...

Whilst I appreciate the need to sometimes view the glass as 'half full', this must surely have been said in jest?  I can't see Sonny being here next season and just hope we get some reasonably compensation for him and would wish him all the best.  I think Richards has also done enough to justify interest from elsewhere in the NL and maybe he will be tempted to reduce his travel and he would be a loss but other than that I can't see many clubs coming in for any more of our midfielders.

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General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 23, 2021, 01:31:53 PM »
Concerned !  How many Centre-halves and Right- backs does a team need ?  We need goalscorers to win games...

Dilly, appreciate we need to score goals to win games but looking at the bench these past few games and the fact that we have been playing a young centre half at right back for a while, bringing a right back in seems to make perfect sense.  Likewise we are hardly strong at centre half so bringing a lad in from Ipswich and possibly opening up a new avenue for potential loan players in the coming seasons (another thing we are miles behind on compared to other NL clubs) seems to be a sensible move. 

Given how the season has gone the remainder has to be less about results and more about developing - both the lads who we hope will remain here next season and setting up better links with higher level clubs who probably never thought of King's Lynn as a potential club to loan players out to.

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General Discussion / Two more in
« on: March 22, 2021, 05:31:58 PM »
Bit more movement on the player front - https://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/kings-lynn-set-to-sign-ipswich-defender-7842240

So a centre half and a right back/holding midfield player.  Don't think anyone can argue that they are needed given we went with three forwards on the bench at the weekend (and will now lose Mitchell for a couple of games).  I suppose the other question is whether either is likely to be available for next season or are they just 'filling in'?  Appreciate we need bodies now but for me, the more we can use this period to try and shape the squad for next season the better as it's pretty clear that the squad we started with this season needs some major work if we are going to be at least competitive next year.

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General Discussion / Re: Monkey Hangers pay a Tuesday night visit
« on: March 17, 2021, 05:25:07 PM »
Although I only saw the second half (listened to the first on Radio Norfolk) it sounded / looked another solid performance and a fully deserved the point.  Can't really comment on Gyasi's game but Radio Norfolk were impressed - did he play more centrally alongside Mitchell?  Pleasing again to see us happy to play a more possession style game and see what we can create rather than just giving the ball back to the opposition and inviting more pressure.


Gyasi played more of a free role I thought - pushed up alongside Mitchell at times, but was often on the right hand side. Good first start and be good to see him get more and push on.

Thanks for the post Paul, I don't understand why Kiwomya doesn't have that sort of role when he plays and we go with essentially one up top as you would have thought he has that bit more experience to be able to find the right areas but he often stays stuck out wide and has very little influence on the game.

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General Discussion / Re: Did We Play Last Night
« on: March 17, 2021, 01:21:06 PM »
Looking at the lack of interest of last nights result it makes me wonder what IC and the players have to do to get some credit from the posters on this site.
Narrowly lose to Sutton ( league leaders ) followed by a draw against Hartlepool (2nd in league ) is obviously not good enough under the circumstances.
Paragraph after paragraph is written about substitutes but when the team does well not a word.  :comeon:

Normski, not everyone can post immediately but there were (rightly) positive posts after both Saturday and last night's game.  As for the comments on substitutes, I think it was a reasonable question to ask why we went into last weekend games with only two outfield players but didn't see fit to include one or more of the academy lads.  I think we all understand they are not National League level (yet) but I felt less concerned when Fleming went down with a knock last night that we at least had cover on the bench that wasn't a 50 year old keeper.

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General Discussion / Re: Monkey Hangers pay a Tuesday night visit
« on: March 17, 2021, 01:14:12 PM »
Although I only saw the second half (listened to the first on Radio Norfolk) it sounded / looked another solid performance and a fully deserved the point.  Can't really comment on Gyasi's game but Radio Norfolk were impressed - did he play more centrally alongside Mitchell?  Pleasing again to see us happy to play a more possession style game and see what we can create rather than just giving the ball back to the opposition and inviting more pressure.

Report on radio this morning and in the club website says Mair is injured but no real indication as to the seriousness / timescale but well done to the club for bringing Richardson in at short notice and considering he said he hadn't played since November (and was probably introduced to his back four in the pre-match warm up) I though he did well.

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General Discussion / Re: Monkey Hangers pay a Tuesday night visit
« on: March 16, 2021, 05:32:37 PM »
Apparently the streaming figures have only been around the 200 mark recently, so here's the link if you need it for tonight and want to boost the viewing figures:

https://streaming.insightfour.com/stream/QzBSVWV6.

 :scarf:

Lets hope for a few more tonight, my guess is Hartlepool will 'bring more' than Sutton but still need to find a way to get more of the 'Walks regulars' to see that streams are a way of backing the club.  It does make me concerned for the future that many have 'switched off' because of COVID and that then raises the question of how difficult it will be to get these fans back when the gates do open again.

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General Discussion / Re: Substitutes
« on: March 16, 2021, 05:26:10 PM »
Can anyone enlighten me on the new loan signing Theo Richardson from Cleethorpes. Post from Lynn website says he will play tonight with No 1 Shirt. Does this mean Mair is missing.  :scarf: :scarf:


Internationals coming up.   :dontknow:

Don't think Archie was in the last squad and next fixture for Scotland u21s looks like September so doesn't look like international cover.  That said we know he won't be here next season so maybe we are starting to see the season being turned into trials for 2021/22 which sounds strange with 18 games to go but would at least be a positive to come out of the mess that 2020/21 has been.  Was the new lad at Grantham during IC's brief spell there?

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General Discussion / Re: Monkey Hangers pay a Tuesday night visit
« on: March 16, 2021, 01:47:40 PM »
No new injury concerns and club preview 'hopes' Gash will be fit so may have three subs at least.  Personally thought Saturday was one of our better performances and we looked more assured in possession than in many games this season, even if we didn't look like we had much of a cutting edge.  I would go with the same for tonight but start with Mitchell up top with Jackson and move Kiwomya down to the bench, whilst we may lose a bit of width we should have a more movement up top and options for the midfield.  In terms of the bench, I would still like to see Luke Johnson (if his loan @ Dereham has come to an end) or Joe Taylor at least being in and around the squad as I really can't see how it would inhibit their development

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General Discussion / Re: Help the Linnets!
« on: March 16, 2021, 01:28:24 PM »
I think that it is now absolutely essential for everyone who wants KLTFC to survive and thrive to pull together and not find fault with anyone whether itís the manager his assistant or the owner.

Martin, welcome to the forum which is a place for (hopefully) good-natured and polite debate.  Whilst I appreciate the sentiment and donít condone or agree with abuse / negative posts that serve no purpose ie player x is/was rubbish, there has to be room for constructive questions, even in the current situation, whether they be of the tactics used in a particular game or about off-field aspects of the club from player recruitment through to finance. 

It's not a question of 'finding fault' but I just donít think stifling debate / comment on any particular issue leads to a better outcome and I think you will find the forum is reasonably moderated which allows for debate without descending into a slanging match or personal insults.  I look forward to you becoming a regular contributor

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General Discussion / Substitutes
« on: March 14, 2021, 10:57:57 AM »
Has anything been said anywhere as to why we didn't have more subs yesterday?  Whilst I can understand IC's comment a couple of weeks ago about throwing a host of younger lads in together having a detrimental impact on their development, I think the same could be said when they look at a bench for a home game with only 3 subs, one of whom is a 50 year old keeper.  Are we really saying Bastock is a better outfield option if we had an injury near the end than, say, Joe Taylor?  Personally I don't understand why the lads who have signed forms are not included in the match day squad, even if it was just for additional cover.

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General Discussion / Re: Lost 1-0
« on: March 13, 2021, 06:04:02 PM »
Much better performance today and probably says as much about the recruitment in the summer that the side IC put out looked more capable of playing in a similar style to last season with plenty of football played than many sides put out this year, but understandably without the cutting edge and imo the substitutions weakened us too as we changed shape without really adding anything.

For me, the threat of relegation having been removed, this season is now one long trial period for what we want the shape of the team and squad to look like next season.  I think Alfie and Fleming will get good runs to prove whether they can cut it at this level and maybe there will be others added over the coming weeks with similar aspirations.  I know IC has put great store in keeping the nucleus of the promotion(s) winning side together but we now have to look forward to what we will need for 2021/22.  For me Jones, McFadden, Denton, Richards and Carey (if we can keep him) have all proved they are good enough, still unconvinced that King or Kiwomya are capable of playing 90 minutes week in, week out so do we gamble on one or both again next year?  Barrows, Smith and Clunan are also probably squad players but still with plenty to learn.  As for the rest, maybe we need to let a few of the more older lads go and start building for the future, adding in a bit more recent NL experience where we can.

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General Discussion / Re: Boreham Wood
« on: March 09, 2021, 05:36:12 PM »
Taken a loan for what reason ? The wage bill has been reduced massively.  Canít be more than 60/70k needed to get to the end of the season.

Maybe SC can let the supporters know what the plan is ?

Maybe its to be used for an attempt to get promoted to the football league next season? If so, will need every penny and more!

Maybe it's just to get us to the end of the season.  Whilst we may have reduced the wage bill, carrying on will incur more costs in terms of travel, etc and home games will still end up costing us money unless we can somehow convince more supporters to pay for the stream (think the figure for Weymouth was quoted at 230 or 260 which is shockingly low imo)

I've been informed that the club has taken a substantial loan, repayable over many years.

That's what I was told as well. :dontknow:

Guess it is a gamble to stay in NL for another season rather than face whatever fate awaits Dover (step 3?).  Time will tell if it was worth it but hopefully lessons have been learned on and off the field this season so we are more prepared for 2021/22

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General Discussion / Re: Wealdstone away Tuesday
« on: March 09, 2021, 01:43:50 PM »
Mair, Hickman, Fleming, Callan- McF, Denton, Payne, Richards, Clunan, Kiwomya, Jackson, Mitchell

Subs Carey (probably needs a rest) , Gvasi, Bastock, plus 2 from Ressies/Academy.....Joe plus a centre half ?

IC said 6 more furloughs....... going out on a limb on basis of biggest savings.......Smith, Jarvis, Barrows,King, Gash...... can't find a sixth

KES, I think it will be asking a lot to throw all three new lads in at once, certainly Payne and Jackson wouldn't have trained in a team environment for a while so are bound to be rusty and that is before you consider that they were playing below NL with their parent clubs although maybe the circumstances will demand it.  Personally I would start Carey in what may be one of the few remaining 'winnable' games of the season, at least on paper.

If Gordon is right that Gash won't be furloughed then I think we could see Mitchell furloughed along with Barrows and King (who both have recurring injury doubts) and then maybe Smith and/or Jarvis but hopefully not both.  I would hate to see Richards furloughed but, particularly if you include travel, would he be more expensive than Jarvis?

Much as it is good to see the new lads come into the squad I still think that the recruitment side of the club needs looking at for next season, particularly if, as seems likely, we retain our NL place.  Most clubs at this level seem to have a much wider network of clubs that they recruit from / have loan deals in place with.  I don't doubt IC's ability to coach and manage but the management team as a whole needs to be NL standard to enable the club to be more competitive next season.


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