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General Discussion / Re: Josh Barrett
« on: August 19, 2023, 06:18:59 PM »
Only being realistic!… First half poor.  Not surprising, because the creative players all on the bench, apart from Ponticelli.  Gloucester were the better team.  Concerned that we may be in for a season of effort being selected ahead of skill.  2nd half better, with Barrett & Stevens playing some football.  Fatadjo looks a player we need on the pitch as well.  Three of those 4 needed in every game, or could be a relegation fight…Apols for negativity, but we all say what we see…..

General Discussion / Re: Josh Barrett
« on: August 19, 2023, 01:19:26 PM »
Well?  The Josh or not the Josh - that is the question.  And it’s an important one for our chances this season……

General Discussion / Re: Josh Barrett
« on: August 17, 2023, 01:07:17 PM »
The question apparently remains…, Is Josh B still here? 

General Discussion / Re: Josh Barrett
« on: August 16, 2023, 01:30:47 PM »
That would be very bad news.  You could see he was a player from the off.  Obviously the most talented player in the club.  I spent half a season pushing for him to start a game, but many  people go for effort and physicality over ability, then we lose the best players who get picked up by bigger teams… Fingers crossed he is still here.  Fatadjo could be wasted as well….

General Discussion / Re: Is there a game today?
« on: August 15, 2023, 09:41:15 PM »
It takes 5 minutes and a couple of touches to spot a player…

General Discussion / Re: Curzon Ashton Tuesday.
« on: August 15, 2023, 07:52:09 PM »
Where is Barrett tonight?  We may not have enough to put them on the back foot without Barrett, and possibly Fatadjo, but there are too many players the Dillometer doesn’t know to produce an analysis or related prediction.  Dillification tonight is therefore relying on the 50:50 system of Fingers Crossed!  Concerned about the absence/injuries of the 2 contesting Keepers, but/and wishing the young GK good luck…COYL…

General Discussion / Re: Is there a game today?
« on: August 13, 2023, 03:01:44 PM »
Yes Mall, of course I’d play a GK, but that lines up with 6 defensive players, leaving only 5 to try to dominate the opposition.  However defensive a formation, over 90 minutes, in 9 games out of 10, it’s certain to ship goals.  Attack is the best form of defence, imho.

General Discussion / Re: Is there a game today?
« on: August 12, 2023, 07:11:34 PM »
Disappointed in selection.  Five across the back, plus a keeper?  Never works.  Fatadjo looked a player.  Teams must pick players, and if still fall short, so be it…. 

General Discussion / Re: Today's game.
« on: August 05, 2023, 03:03:35 PM »
Good luck for the season.   Ot many of the newbies in, but a distinctly more positive line-up.  Nice to see!….  COYL….

General Discussion / New Season
« on: August 02, 2023, 11:05:34 AM »
Just watched the Corby highlights, and am giving it the benefit of the doubt!  I appreciate ours was a scratch selection, but have to say Corby had the better players.  But the good news, actually great, imho…. The “Protect the Game” initiative.  I never thought the football community, in its entirety, would ever allow their “loyalty” to be challenged by such reality as this excellent and long overdue exercise.  These days even a disputed throw-in can induce manic anger amongst players, coaches, and spectators.  On the field, lovers of the game are sick of hearing so-called experts and pundits talk about “good fouls” and “good at committing little fouls all over the pitch to break the opponents’ play up.  I hope this takes off in a big way to improve the spectacle of “the beautiful game”.

General Discussion / Re: Trevor Francis
« on: July 25, 2023, 12:26:13 PM »
I enjoyed the cut on TV last night of TF and Brian Clough being interviewed after the signing.  The questioner asked BC why he had signed him… “Talent, young man”!  Then he asked what dis he want him to do in the team…. “Score goals”!  If only we had someone to stop the hours before and after a game on tv these days when the commentators and pundits talk tripe trying to make out there’s so much to learn!  Would have been amusing hearing BC’s answers to today’s questions!  Sad for their families and friends, and particularly TF’s this week, but unfortunately it’s the route of travel we’re all on!

General Discussion / Re: The Mighty "Oke"
« on: June 27, 2023, 03:29:49 PM »
Happy Summer, all….  Doom and Gloom here in Dillyshire.  First look at this forum today, and even more depressing for the Dillymen.  I’ve logged into the Dillathon, and it’s bad news! Apparently teams consisting of Defensive midfielders, local Academy products, Big Lunks up front, etc, are nearly always Bottom Six candidates.  “Big lunks bringing others into play is unsuccessful, as if the “others” aren’t already in play, they shouldn’t be on the pitch.  Being quicker off the mark and speedy over short distances, nippy, and trying to outnumber opponents all over the pitch is the key according to the Dillathon.  Plus everybody back to defend.  Apart from all that, fingers crossed that we are all chuffed to bits by Xmas!…..  No further input until the first match, you’ll be happy to know…..

General Discussion / Re: Retained players.
« on: June 01, 2023, 11:52:52 PM »
Thanks, Nemesis.  Suggests to me Zain Walker should have been given more chances, especially when we needed goals in Widdrington’s defensive period against lower teams.

General Discussion / Re: Retained players.
« on: May 30, 2023, 04:19:16 PM »
Don’t know much about Spencer Keller, but didn’t he score a rather spectacular goal in one game?  Not seen him play, but he was never given another chance, as far as I know.  Did the management think his goal was a one-off fluke, or does he have ability the club hasn’t recognised?  On the wider front, as some have said, the organisational and professional behind the scene staffing and system need 100% improvement if we are ever to make any improvement in stature at all.  Like some again, I thank SC for his commitment and generosity….and continued interest coupled presumably with ambition.

General Discussion / Re: Match day experience
« on: May 22, 2023, 08:42:24 PM »
Where is the Courtyard Area”?  Do you mean the flat area between the Main Stand and the Hospital End corner?  If so, I have to say I’d a mark of our “small-time” outlook that there is no terracing there, nor ground improvements anywhere else in the ground, apart from smartening up inside areas.  One day, perhaps?

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