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General Discussion / Re: More favours required on Saturday.
« on: February 02, 2024, 11:34:49 AM »
Stopping “doom and gloom” is irrelevant to our fortunes.  So is “getting behind the manager”.  The only way to better results is through better players playing better football.  It isn’t possible to make ordinary players play better than they are.  Gloucester looked hopeless at The Walks, apart from their clever Number 7.  They may, of course, have recruited better players since then, and I sincerely hope I’m wrong, but I suspect Gloucester will squeeze a close win.  I’m pleased with Heacham’s impressive journey, and they should stay up, but I’m always disappointed with managerial comments like “They’ve learned how to win fouls”!.  Not part of the game, imho, and currently too common…..

General Discussion / Re: Grant Holt
« on: January 31, 2024, 03:12:20 PM »
Naturally there was no talk of progressing into the Football League at Dereham.  And not much development of young players needed either, as they just need to attract the better youngsters from the area.  We needn’t have the same plans as Dereham as we need much higher ambitions - or did have at one time.  Unfortunately our ground and professional organisation off-field has made no progress since the 50s, despite the recent success of the Steven Cleeve years.  He expected the club to grow with and after the early successes of his tenure, but it hasn’t, and I fear, probably never will.

News of former Linnets / Re: Munashe Sundire
« on: January 29, 2024, 07:17:23 PM »
One of the good players not given enough starts with us…

General Discussion / Re: Home draw for the Linnets
« on: January 28, 2024, 03:02:30 PM »
Very pleased to hear Klopp today answer the usual interview question of “ What are you going to do to tackle Norwich today?” ( or words to that effect).  He answered the same way he would against Real Madrid.  “I don’t tell them anything they know how to play.  Just try to get forward and score goals”!!  Then he headed off as quick as possible!  So Jurgen has caught up with the Dilly way of thinking!…..

General Discussion / Re: Home draw for the Linnets
« on: January 28, 2024, 12:13:50 PM »
Agree with Happy - Barrett was too good for our current team, and probably felt the manager knew the talk (the cliches) but not the walk (the game).  I don’t see how AL can come up with anything for the next game, because only the players can, and we don’t have the players of the type needed.  Sad indeed, but I think we could finish last. 

General Discussion / Re: Home draw for the Linnets
« on: January 27, 2024, 08:33:02 PM »
“Spirit, hard work, making things difficult for the opposition”….  He missed out “Phyicality, Character, and That Holding Role”, (plus others)…..  We’re down, unless we make several changes to the squad, and the manager has a Eureka moment when it suddenly hits him that it’s a ball game!!!…..

General Discussion / Re: Hughes next to go?
« on: January 27, 2024, 03:31:19 PM »
Every team that comes to The Walks at present!!!

General Discussion / Re: Hughes next to go?
« on: January 27, 2024, 11:33:38 AM »
“Workrate football” only wins odd games here and there, and virtually guarantees being in a relegation fight.  Good football wind consistently.  “Winning tactical fouls” has only been invented in the last year or so, but it has nothing to do with “effective” football.  We need some attack-minded players and forwards.  Of course I hope we survive in this league, but don’t see how that is likely by fielding hard-working fitness fanatics!  It’s a ball game…..

General Discussion / Re: Managers interview
« on: January 25, 2024, 11:35:39 AM »
Al sounds like a football manager, actually like most football managers.  He mistakenly thinks players like Barrett plays a half-hearted game, whereas good players, like JB, are looking to beat a player if necessary, then produce a clever through-ball.  AL thinks fitness and running about like headless chickens to chase hoofed wind assisted balls is a “shift” he wants to see.  At least that’s the impression I get from his team’s performance and his subsequent assessments.  If I’m wrong, and hope I am, I apologise, but players who play like JB win matches if teammates are as clever, whereas the fit butchers dogs don’t, in general…

General Discussion / Re: Lynn lose to Curzon.
« on: January 24, 2024, 08:28:55 PM »
Nearly all managers are sacked in the end. Neville, Gerrard, Rooney, Mourinho, etc, although Gerrard’s is in the waiting room.  Message to SC.  Grateful for your efforts and deep pockets in lifting the club to its highest ever level.  But all Chairmen, even indeed fans, hear words and phrases in the interview like, eg, “Character, Workrate, Fitness, Strength, Target Man, Putting in a shift, etc., etc., etc…. cliches of which only apply as the main qualities of teams likely to be in a relegation battle for months.  Footballers with ability, speed off the mark, and elusive playing styles win matches.  I suspect Messi strolling around the pitch between movements of match-winning genius would bring howls of derision from terraces, never mind Barrett!!!  Absolutely no idea where the club goes from here….

General Discussion / Re: Barrett goes
« on: January 22, 2024, 06:17:37 PM »
Bad news.  We’re very short on the flair necessary to win games.  His skill was looked on as a luxury here, but he’s now at the level he should be.  I think the Aldershot players around him will benefit from his creativity.  It always surprises me how skilful players often get accused of being “in and out” in games and not “putting in a shift”, but are usually the match-winners, yet the huff and puffers are praised for their workrate despite hardly ever achieving anything.  Still it’s all opinions, but now we must get back to battling for survival in this league… But we need more skill if we are to succeed…

General Discussion / Re: Important point on the road.
« on: January 21, 2024, 10:42:39 PM »
Yes, we need to be set up to play more football, and I agree we have more ability in the squad than we are seeing.  Leaving out the player(s) that can provide that is a bit like a Sunday roast without the beef!

General Discussion / Re: Another one in
« on: January 19, 2024, 09:01:34 PM »
Sounds more promising than the usual new defender!  Has a decent scoring record at lower levels, so fingers crossed - but don’t get excited because he’s a big bloke, that’s 50s football!

General Discussion / Re: Game tomorrow
« on: January 19, 2024, 08:51:20 PM »
Another embarrassing example of ground improvement from the old Southern League days!  What’s the matter with us?  We have one bit between the end of the main stand and the gate at Seven Sisters end that has a few tables and an occasional barbecue!  At least SC could see the potential!

General Discussion / Re: Buxton win at Chester
« on: January 19, 2024, 08:43:36 PM »
Mall - I think if we don’t pick good players because we prefer effort and “putting in a shift”, that’s where we will finish up!…. 

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