GILLINGHAM 2 SWINDON TOWN 0: Full-time report

Swindon Town were beaten 2-0 at Gillingham this afternoon

Swindon Town were beaten 2-0 at Gillingham this afternoon

First published in Sport

SWINDON Town’s miserable away form continued this afternoon as they were beaten 2-0 by Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium.

A goal in either half, from Leon Legge and Michael Harriman, handed all three points to the Gills who were good value for their victory against a subdued and error-prone Swindon. Town remain without an away win since November 16.

Robins manager Mark Cooper made one change to the XI which started at Stevenage, with Jay McEveley replacing Dany N’Guessan, while the Town boss changed to a 3-5-2 formation as Alex Pritchard supported Nile Ranger up front.

Swindon settled into their passing game as best they could on a rutted Priestfield Stadium pitch but once again they found themselves with an uphill battle to overcome as they fell behind to Legge’s 18th-minute header.

Grant Hall lost track of the Gills defender’s run across the front of him from a free-kick and Legge produced a deadly finish to leave Foderingham helpless.

Cody McDonald spurned two excellent chances when clean through on goal, as Town’s three central defenders struggled to keep an organised line at the back, and that profligacy could have come back to bite the home side’s striker in the final minutes of the first half.

Pritchard picked out Yaser Kasim with a well-weighted centre but the Iraqi’s sidefooted shot was brilliantly saved by Stuart Nelson, low down to his left.

After the break Town showed more energy and creativity and the introduction of the lively George Barker gave the visitors more impetus going forward. It was the former Brighton man who won a free-kick that Pritchard curled at Nelson, while Massimo Luongo also tested the Gills keeper, but a breakthrough just wasn’t coming.

Foderingham at the other end had to be quick off his line to keep out McDonald and Adebayo Akinfenwa steered a header wide but Swindon couldn’t keep their opponents to a single goal and, with seven minutes remaining, the Gills breached the visitors’ defences again.

This time it was not so much about bad defending but intelligent forward play as Bradley Dack found Joe Martin behind enemy lines and when his cross picked out the unmarked Harriman there was only going to be one result.

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5:02pm Sat 18 Jan 14

red steam zulu says...

ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING
ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING red steam zulu
  • Score: 8

5:23pm Sat 18 Jan 14

who am i says...

Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.
Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper. who am i
  • Score: 7

5:38pm Sat 18 Jan 14

gingerdad says...

who am i wrote:
Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.
I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.
[quote][p][bold]who am i[/bold] wrote: Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this. gingerdad
  • Score: 16

5:39pm Sat 18 Jan 14

gingerdad says...

gingerdad wrote:
who am i wrote:
Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.
I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.
came
[quote][p][bold]gingerdad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]who am i[/bold] wrote: Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.[/p][/quote]came gingerdad
  • Score: 2

5:56pm Sat 18 Jan 14

LeGod says...

Same old lame excuses from MC we still havent learnt how to grind out a result another pathetic performance no desire nad commitment again too light weight.
MC and Power need to realise until we get some stell in the side we wont win another away game the way we are and also they need to start looking over their shoulder bacuse the bottom sides are all picking up point. Notts County who were bottom three weeks ago now only 10 points behind us. You need to resolve things quickly MC otherwise we could start getting in trouuble. Roll on 54 points as soon as possible. Gillingham had two shots on target and two goals they are a really poor side who have taken four points from us this season.
I am getting tired of the same old same old away performances and to me MC has got the ability to change it otherwise we would have started picking up points from poor sides like Gillingham and Stevenage.
Same old lame excuses from MC we still havent learnt how to grind out a result another pathetic performance no desire nad commitment again too light weight. MC and Power need to realise until we get some stell in the side we wont win another away game the way we are and also they need to start looking over their shoulder bacuse the bottom sides are all picking up point. Notts County who were bottom three weeks ago now only 10 points behind us. You need to resolve things quickly MC otherwise we could start getting in trouuble. Roll on 54 points as soon as possible. Gillingham had two shots on target and two goals they are a really poor side who have taken four points from us this season. I am getting tired of the same old same old away performances and to me MC has got the ability to change it otherwise we would have started picking up points from poor sides like Gillingham and Stevenage. LeGod
  • Score: 5

6:48pm Sat 18 Jan 14

street2000 says...

Shambles! Not happy.Cooper has to provide something better than "its a young team".Time up son!
Shambles! Not happy.Cooper has to provide something better than "its a young team".Time up son! street2000
  • Score: 6

11:16pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Ossie90 says...

gingerdad wrote:
who am i wrote:
Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.
I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.
Remind me how Paolo did at Priestfield?? (And 3 times against Oxford while youre at it).
I want Cooper gone, but stop trying to change history where Di Canio is concerned.... My Nan could have got that squad out of the bottom tier.
[quote][p][bold]gingerdad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]who am i[/bold] wrote: Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.[/p][/quote]Remind me how Paolo did at Priestfield?? (And 3 times against Oxford while youre at it). I want Cooper gone, but stop trying to change history where Di Canio is concerned.... My Nan could have got that squad out of the bottom tier. Ossie90
  • Score: 5

1:17am Sun 19 Jan 14

stranglers says...

street2000 wrote:
Shambles! Not happy.Cooper has to provide something better than "its a young team".Time up son!
Yes, Yes, Yes, Copper OUT. Clueless! I fear a relegation fight.
[quote][p][bold]street2000[/bold] wrote: Shambles! Not happy.Cooper has to provide something better than "its a young team".Time up son![/p][/quote]Yes, Yes, Yes, Copper OUT. Clueless! I fear a relegation fight. stranglers
  • Score: 1

8:00am Sun 19 Jan 14

LionelHutz says...

Cooper out? Top half of the league and in the JPT area final. Just what did people expect from yhis season, exactly?
Cooper out? Top half of the league and in the JPT area final. Just what did people expect from yhis season, exactly? LionelHutz
  • Score: 6

9:40am Sun 19 Jan 14

port de soller says...

I think what most of us realize is the club is skint?????? Cooper was appointed most likely due to costs because sadly he does not appear to be doing the Job.
it´s the same old excuses week in week out.Yes we need a stronger manager at STFC however who will com????? who wants to be a puppet a yes man to Lee Power???
Yet we have to agree there still in a decent position in the division.
Coopers hands are tied best he can hope for is freebies/kids who needs to play,what does he do send all our pontential kids out on loan why??????surely there wages aint that high.STFC has had problems financially for many years and what happens when we did get decent backers/investors they messed up big time,now there last manager is finding it hard to get a job oh how wise Sunderland were.
Like us all we wish the Town well and where are the accounts that we were told about???
One last point on here we have an opinion could be wrong or right,let´s stop slagging one another.As for reporting how i wish my old pal Clive King was still with us Wow would we get some stories so all I can say is Power find investors quick as the Team needs a few new faces
I think what most of us realize is the club is skint?????? Cooper was appointed most likely due to costs because sadly he does not appear to be doing the Job. it´s the same old excuses week in week out.Yes we need a stronger manager at STFC however who will com????? who wants to be a puppet a yes man to Lee Power??? Yet we have to agree there still in a decent position in the division. Coopers hands are tied best he can hope for is freebies/kids who needs to play,what does he do send all our pontential kids out on loan why??????surely there wages aint that high.STFC has had problems financially for many years and what happens when we did get decent backers/investors they messed up big time,now there last manager is finding it hard to get a job oh how wise Sunderland were. Like us all we wish the Town well and where are the accounts that we were told about??? One last point on here we have an opinion could be wrong or right,let´s stop slagging one another.As for reporting how i wish my old pal Clive King was still with us Wow would we get some stories so all I can say is Power find investors quick as the Team needs a few new faces port de soller
  • Score: 2

9:54am Sun 19 Jan 14

chalkswindon says...

Those of you asking for Cooper heads, who would you like to see come in replace him ?

Before answering though please remember the new coach will have zero input on transfers and will again see a massive reduction in the playing budget at the end of season along with a couple of key members of the squad moving on.

I personally think Cooper is doing OK with the squad he has. I think we need a defensive coach and CB to really give ourselves a chance of not getting sucked into the relegation dog fight.
Those of you asking for Cooper heads, who would you like to see come in replace him ? Before answering though please remember the new coach will have zero input on transfers and will again see a massive reduction in the playing budget at the end of season along with a couple of key members of the squad moving on. I personally think Cooper is doing OK with the squad he has. I think we need a defensive coach and CB to really give ourselves a chance of not getting sucked into the relegation dog fight. chalkswindon
  • Score: 2

10:40am Sun 19 Jan 14

LionelHutz says...

chalkswindon wrote:
Those of you asking for Cooper heads, who would you like to see come in replace him ?

Before answering though please remember the new coach will have zero input on transfers and will again see a massive reduction in the playing budget at the end of season along with a couple of key members of the squad moving on.

I personally think Cooper is doing OK with the squad he has. I think we need a defensive coach and CB to really give ourselves a chance of not getting sucked into the relegation dog fight.
I think he's doing an outstanding job. I was as negative as anyone when he was appointed and I thought we were nailed on for relegation.

Let's not forget that we're still paying high wages to the like of Alan Navarro, Paul Benson, Andy Williams and Lee Cox.

Reality check required by some, I feel.
[quote][p][bold]chalkswindon[/bold] wrote: Those of you asking for Cooper heads, who would you like to see come in replace him ? Before answering though please remember the new coach will have zero input on transfers and will again see a massive reduction in the playing budget at the end of season along with a couple of key members of the squad moving on. I personally think Cooper is doing OK with the squad he has. I think we need a defensive coach and CB to really give ourselves a chance of not getting sucked into the relegation dog fight.[/p][/quote]I think he's doing an outstanding job. I was as negative as anyone when he was appointed and I thought we were nailed on for relegation. Let's not forget that we're still paying high wages to the like of Alan Navarro, Paul Benson, Andy Williams and Lee Cox. Reality check required by some, I feel. LionelHutz
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

LeGod wrote:
Same old lame excuses from MC we still havent learnt how to grind out a result another pathetic performance no desire nad commitment again too light weight.
MC and Power need to realise until we get some stell in the side we wont win another away game the way we are and also they need to start looking over their shoulder bacuse the bottom sides are all picking up point. Notts County who were bottom three weeks ago now only 10 points behind us. You need to resolve things quickly MC otherwise we could start getting in trouuble. Roll on 54 points as soon as possible. Gillingham had two shots on target and two goals they are a really poor side who have taken four points from us this season.
I am getting tired of the same old same old away performances and to me MC has got the ability to change it otherwise we would have started picking up points from poor sides like Gillingham and Stevenage.
OK LeGod, put yourself in Cooper's shoes for a moment. Given the well known constraints, what would you do to improve things? I doubt that an answer lies within the resources he has. What we need is a team of players who see at least their medium term future with Swindon Town. We won't get that while we're a laboratory for another club's fledgling players and while League 1 points are secondary to that function.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Same old lame excuses from MC we still havent learnt how to grind out a result another pathetic performance no desire nad commitment again too light weight. MC and Power need to realise until we get some stell in the side we wont win another away game the way we are and also they need to start looking over their shoulder bacuse the bottom sides are all picking up point. Notts County who were bottom three weeks ago now only 10 points behind us. You need to resolve things quickly MC otherwise we could start getting in trouuble. Roll on 54 points as soon as possible. Gillingham had two shots on target and two goals they are a really poor side who have taken four points from us this season. I am getting tired of the same old same old away performances and to me MC has got the ability to change it otherwise we would have started picking up points from poor sides like Gillingham and Stevenage.[/p][/quote]OK LeGod, put yourself in Cooper's shoes for a moment. Given the well known constraints, what would you do to improve things? I doubt that an answer lies within the resources he has. What we need is a team of players who see at least their medium term future with Swindon Town. We won't get that while we're a laboratory for another club's fledgling players and while League 1 points are secondary to that function. Oi Den!
  • Score: 4

1:24pm Sun 19 Jan 14

LionelHutz says...

Oi Den! wrote:
LeGod wrote:
Same old lame excuses from MC we still havent learnt how to grind out a result another pathetic performance no desire nad commitment again too light weight.
MC and Power need to realise until we get some stell in the side we wont win another away game the way we are and also they need to start looking over their shoulder bacuse the bottom sides are all picking up point. Notts County who were bottom three weeks ago now only 10 points behind us. You need to resolve things quickly MC otherwise we could start getting in trouuble. Roll on 54 points as soon as possible. Gillingham had two shots on target and two goals they are a really poor side who have taken four points from us this season.
I am getting tired of the same old same old away performances and to me MC has got the ability to change it otherwise we would have started picking up points from poor sides like Gillingham and Stevenage.
OK LeGod, put yourself in Cooper's shoes for a moment. Given the well known constraints, what would you do to improve things? I doubt that an answer lies within the resources he has. What we need is a team of players who see at least their medium term future with Swindon Town. We won't get that while we're a laboratory for another club's fledgling players and while League 1 points are secondary to that function.
Would you not say that Mason and Pritchard have been two of our outstanding performers this season?
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Same old lame excuses from MC we still havent learnt how to grind out a result another pathetic performance no desire nad commitment again too light weight. MC and Power need to realise until we get some stell in the side we wont win another away game the way we are and also they need to start looking over their shoulder bacuse the bottom sides are all picking up point. Notts County who were bottom three weeks ago now only 10 points behind us. You need to resolve things quickly MC otherwise we could start getting in trouuble. Roll on 54 points as soon as possible. Gillingham had two shots on target and two goals they are a really poor side who have taken four points from us this season. I am getting tired of the same old same old away performances and to me MC has got the ability to change it otherwise we would have started picking up points from poor sides like Gillingham and Stevenage.[/p][/quote]OK LeGod, put yourself in Cooper's shoes for a moment. Given the well known constraints, what would you do to improve things? I doubt that an answer lies within the resources he has. What we need is a team of players who see at least their medium term future with Swindon Town. We won't get that while we're a laboratory for another club's fledgling players and while League 1 points are secondary to that function.[/p][/quote]Would you not say that Mason and Pritchard have been two of our outstanding performers this season? LionelHutz
  • Score: 2

3:23pm Sun 19 Jan 14

jillyh says...

Ossie90 wrote:
gingerdad wrote:
who am i wrote:
Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.
I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.
Remind me how Paolo did at Priestfield?? (And 3 times against Oxford while youre at it).
I want Cooper gone, but stop trying to change history where Di Canio is concerned.... My Nan could have got that squad out of the bottom tier.
You are an idiot. Clearly didn't see all the games

We were fitter and played direct football
[quote][p][bold]Ossie90[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gingerdad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]who am i[/bold] wrote: Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.[/p][/quote]Remind me how Paolo did at Priestfield?? (And 3 times against Oxford while youre at it). I want Cooper gone, but stop trying to change history where Di Canio is concerned.... My Nan could have got that squad out of the bottom tier.[/p][/quote]You are an idiot. Clearly didn't see all the games We were fitter and played direct football jillyh
  • Score: -1

5:14pm Sun 19 Jan 14

akershaker says...

You don't achieve success by constantly changing manager. Our league position and cup run are proof that Cooper is doing a good job, not a couple of bad games. As for not being able to grind out results, what short memories of the Peterborough game - against a multi million pound team.
At the start of the season most were predicting relegation. We are doing far better than that, better than many would have hoped. It was always going to be a rebuild year. Are you suggesting that ever team that doesn't finish in the top 6 should sack their manager. Get real. We all want the team to do well, but you can't expect to win every game or make the playoffs/promotion every year. It's fantasy.
Next season some wages will be freed up from Benson, Williams, Navarro, etc enabling further improvement to the squad and a push for promotion next year or the year after. That's fine by me.
As for the ridiculous "puppet" allegations with regards to Cooper, it's a proven successful model to have a Coach & a Director of Football to provide stability and a long-term approach to style and squad building. You don't have to like it, but that's how it is here now (and most clubs) and it works.
You don't achieve success by constantly changing manager. Our league position and cup run are proof that Cooper is doing a good job, not a couple of bad games. As for not being able to grind out results, what short memories of the Peterborough game - against a multi million pound team. At the start of the season most were predicting relegation. We are doing far better than that, better than many would have hoped. It was always going to be a rebuild year. Are you suggesting that ever team that doesn't finish in the top 6 should sack their manager. Get real. We all want the team to do well, but you can't expect to win every game or make the playoffs/promotion every year. It's fantasy. Next season some wages will be freed up from Benson, Williams, Navarro, etc enabling further improvement to the squad and a push for promotion next year or the year after. That's fine by me. As for the ridiculous "puppet" allegations with regards to Cooper, it's a proven successful model to have a Coach & a Director of Football to provide stability and a long-term approach to style and squad building. You don't have to like it, but that's how it is here now (and most clubs) and it works. akershaker
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Sun 19 Jan 14

sagadude says...

Now ladies, I have always been prepared to err on the side of caution and give Cooper a chance due to his limited funds and a heavy reliance on loan players. However it seems he has not the skills tattically to respond or what to change when the team is struggling away from home.

I would like to listen to comments on my personal dream and whether you think I have a case for reality or is it just a dream:

1. Power tasks a risk and approaches a certain Mr Hoddle to take the helm at STFC, due to his Spurs contacts and self belief.

2. Hoddle accepts the offer and joins on Coopers wages. Why not, the chance of getting back into management, and he is not short of a Bob or two himself. Was rumoured to be a millionaire before he joined the Town in 1992.

3. Hoddle brings in his academy players costing less than new purchases, and collectively trains the Spurs loanees alongside his new academy players to form a great footballing side and an improved defensive team.

4. Players all respond even though it is too late this season to make a play off place?.

5. Next season sees the addition of a few old heads. Investors come in due to the new Hoddle/Power plan. Promotion is gained :-)

6. As a championship side, the crowds increase, the Swindon council and local businesses respond. Plans for a new stadium are passed ( Nationwide or Honda stadium ?)

7. Championship level is achieved, and STFC emulate Reading to a certain degree.

8. Hoddle leaves for Spurs - job done.

This is achievable Mr Power, are you reading this ?. Why miss a potential opportunity. It is worth asking Glen, it is worth a try, nothing to lose accept the present manager who has done his best, but is not enough it seems.
Now ladies, I have always been prepared to err on the side of caution and give Cooper a chance due to his limited funds and a heavy reliance on loan players. However it seems he has not the skills tattically to respond or what to change when the team is struggling away from home. I would like to listen to comments on my personal dream and whether you think I have a case for reality or is it just a dream: 1. Power tasks a risk and approaches a certain Mr Hoddle to take the helm at STFC, due to his Spurs contacts and self belief. 2. Hoddle accepts the offer and joins on Coopers wages. Why not, the chance of getting back into management, and he is not short of a Bob or two himself. Was rumoured to be a millionaire before he joined the Town in 1992. 3. Hoddle brings in his academy players costing less than new purchases, and collectively trains the Spurs loanees alongside his new academy players to form a great footballing side and an improved defensive team. 4. Players all respond even though it is too late this season to make a play off place?. 5. Next season sees the addition of a few old heads. Investors come in due to the new Hoddle/Power plan. Promotion is gained :-) 6. As a championship side, the crowds increase, the Swindon council and local businesses respond. Plans for a new stadium are passed ( Nationwide or Honda stadium ?) 7. Championship level is achieved, and STFC emulate Reading to a certain degree. 8. Hoddle leaves for Spurs - job done. This is achievable Mr Power, are you reading this ?. Why miss a potential opportunity. It is worth asking Glen, it is worth a try, nothing to lose accept the present manager who has done his best, but is not enough it seems. sagadude
  • Score: -2

9:02pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

LionelHutz wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
LeGod wrote:
Same old lame excuses from MC we still havent learnt how to grind out a result another pathetic performance no desire nad commitment again too light weight.
MC and Power need to realise until we get some stell in the side we wont win another away game the way we are and also they need to start looking over their shoulder bacuse the bottom sides are all picking up point. Notts County who were bottom three weeks ago now only 10 points behind us. You need to resolve things quickly MC otherwise we could start getting in trouuble. Roll on 54 points as soon as possible. Gillingham had two shots on target and two goals they are a really poor side who have taken four points from us this season.
I am getting tired of the same old same old away performances and to me MC has got the ability to change it otherwise we would have started picking up points from poor sides like Gillingham and Stevenage.
OK LeGod, put yourself in Cooper's shoes for a moment. Given the well known constraints, what would you do to improve things? I doubt that an answer lies within the resources he has. What we need is a team of players who see at least their medium term future with Swindon Town. We won't get that while we're a laboratory for another club's fledgling players and while League 1 points are secondary to that function.
Would you not say that Mason and Pritchard have been two of our outstanding performers this season?
Yes, I would - but I'd also say they don't give us enough when the going gets tough. I've said all along that Mason is the best footballer in the club. I stick to that. However, I'm not convinced his heart's in it. Pritchard is a tricky but lightweight player and Hall has done nothing to suggest he's a decent defender. They are not the only ones who too often fail to put in a shift so I'm not really putting all the blame on them. But the fact that we have not built a side suited to the rigours of this division seems to indicate that the interests of individual players come before the interests of the club.

Speaking of which... many people suggested last week that we should play Ranger regardless of his off pitch attitude. What do they think of his on pitch attitude being sh!t yesterday?
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Same old lame excuses from MC we still havent learnt how to grind out a result another pathetic performance no desire nad commitment again too light weight. MC and Power need to realise until we get some stell in the side we wont win another away game the way we are and also they need to start looking over their shoulder bacuse the bottom sides are all picking up point. Notts County who were bottom three weeks ago now only 10 points behind us. You need to resolve things quickly MC otherwise we could start getting in trouuble. Roll on 54 points as soon as possible. Gillingham had two shots on target and two goals they are a really poor side who have taken four points from us this season. I am getting tired of the same old same old away performances and to me MC has got the ability to change it otherwise we would have started picking up points from poor sides like Gillingham and Stevenage.[/p][/quote]OK LeGod, put yourself in Cooper's shoes for a moment. Given the well known constraints, what would you do to improve things? I doubt that an answer lies within the resources he has. What we need is a team of players who see at least their medium term future with Swindon Town. We won't get that while we're a laboratory for another club's fledgling players and while League 1 points are secondary to that function.[/p][/quote]Would you not say that Mason and Pritchard have been two of our outstanding performers this season?[/p][/quote]Yes, I would - but I'd also say they don't give us enough when the going gets tough. I've said all along that Mason is the best footballer in the club. I stick to that. However, I'm not convinced his heart's in it. Pritchard is a tricky but lightweight player and Hall has done nothing to suggest he's a decent defender. They are not the only ones who too often fail to put in a shift so I'm not really putting all the blame on them. But the fact that we have not built a side suited to the rigours of this division seems to indicate that the interests of individual players come before the interests of the club. Speaking of which... many people suggested last week that we should play Ranger regardless of his off pitch attitude. What do they think of his on pitch attitude being sh!t yesterday? Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

9:32pm Sun 19 Jan 14

express_a_view says...

This sack Cooper mentality expressed by some here does not resonate with me. He is a young manager learning his trade. He has recently managed the side to two excellent home victories against two of the better sides in the division (Peterborough and Coventry). He inherited a squad that saw several experienced players from last year sold and yet he has moulded a squad just outside the play offs and who are soon to embark on a two leg semi final to reach a Wembley final. That seems a pretty good effort to me.

There is in modern football a knee jerk reaction to sack the manager before he has even had a season to put his own mark on a team and squad. Just about understandable when facing a relegation fight - for a side on the edge of the play offs and a Wembley final it is a preposterous idea.

There is an issue with the away form but to hit the panic button at this point in time seems a massive over reaction.
This sack Cooper mentality expressed by some here does not resonate with me. He is a young manager learning his trade. He has recently managed the side to two excellent home victories against two of the better sides in the division (Peterborough and Coventry). He inherited a squad that saw several experienced players from last year sold and yet he has moulded a squad just outside the play offs and who are soon to embark on a two leg semi final to reach a Wembley final. That seems a pretty good effort to me. There is in modern football a knee jerk reaction to sack the manager before he has even had a season to put his own mark on a team and squad. Just about understandable when facing a relegation fight - for a side on the edge of the play offs and a Wembley final it is a preposterous idea. There is an issue with the away form but to hit the panic button at this point in time seems a massive over reaction. express_a_view
  • Score: 5

10:34pm Sun 19 Jan 14

sagadude says...

express_a_view wrote:
This sack Cooper mentality expressed by some here does not resonate with me. He is a young manager learning his trade. He has recently managed the side to two excellent home victories against two of the better sides in the division (Peterborough and Coventry). He inherited a squad that saw several experienced players from last year sold and yet he has moulded a squad just outside the play offs and who are soon to embark on a two leg semi final to reach a Wembley final. That seems a pretty good effort to me.

There is in modern football a knee jerk reaction to sack the manager before he has even had a season to put his own mark on a team and squad. Just about understandable when facing a relegation fight - for a side on the edge of the play offs and a Wembley final it is a preposterous idea.

There is an issue with the away form but to hit the panic button at this point in time seems a massive over reaction.
Oh well, next weeks defeat to Shrewsbury may change your mind?.
[quote][p][bold]express_a_view[/bold] wrote: This sack Cooper mentality expressed by some here does not resonate with me. He is a young manager learning his trade. He has recently managed the side to two excellent home victories against two of the better sides in the division (Peterborough and Coventry). He inherited a squad that saw several experienced players from last year sold and yet he has moulded a squad just outside the play offs and who are soon to embark on a two leg semi final to reach a Wembley final. That seems a pretty good effort to me. There is in modern football a knee jerk reaction to sack the manager before he has even had a season to put his own mark on a team and squad. Just about understandable when facing a relegation fight - for a side on the edge of the play offs and a Wembley final it is a preposterous idea. There is an issue with the away form but to hit the panic button at this point in time seems a massive over reaction.[/p][/quote]Oh well, next weeks defeat to Shrewsbury may change your mind?. sagadude
  • Score: -1

11:00pm Sun 19 Jan 14

LionelHutz says...

jillyh wrote:
Ossie90 wrote:
gingerdad wrote:
who am i wrote:
Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.
I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.
Remind me how Paolo did at Priestfield?? (And 3 times against Oxford while youre at it).
I want Cooper gone, but stop trying to change history where Di Canio is concerned.... My Nan could have got that squad out of the bottom tier.
You are an idiot. Clearly didn't see all the games

We were fitter and played direct football
This is subjective, but when we're on form I think we have played better football this season than we did under Paolo.
[quote][p][bold]jillyh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ossie90[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gingerdad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]who am i[/bold] wrote: Well that was dire absolute rubbish Sorry to say cooper has to go he hasn't a clue. He can use the team being young excuse all he likes but away from home he sets the team up for damage limitation and as soon as we go one down he doesn't know how to change thinks. As for playing four up front your aving a laugh cooper.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid I have to agree. When Ranger first game, he and Mass played brilliantly together. We attacked at speed but now we play the ball back and attack so slowly our poorly supported forwards are always outnumbered. These players didn't become lack lustre overnight. The poor organisation at the back and slow attack is a matter of coaching. There is plenty of skill on the pitch. A team with the Luongo of old, Kasim, Ranger and Pritchard should be devastating the opposition. Paolo was a crazed demi-god but he would have done better homework and have got better results out of the same players. I don't want him back but I don't want this.[/p][/quote]Remind me how Paolo did at Priestfield?? (And 3 times against Oxford while youre at it). I want Cooper gone, but stop trying to change history where Di Canio is concerned.... My Nan could have got that squad out of the bottom tier.[/p][/quote]You are an idiot. Clearly didn't see all the games We were fitter and played direct football[/p][/quote]This is subjective, but when we're on form I think we have played better football this season than we did under Paolo. LionelHutz
  • Score: 1

12:38am Mon 20 Jan 14

Swindon1984 says...

sagadude wrote:
Now ladies, I have always been prepared to err on the side of caution and give Cooper a chance due to his limited funds and a heavy reliance on loan players. However it seems he has not the skills tattically to respond or what to change when the team is struggling away from home.

I would like to listen to comments on my personal dream and whether you think I have a case for reality or is it just a dream:

1. Power tasks a risk and approaches a certain Mr Hoddle to take the helm at STFC, due to his Spurs contacts and self belief.

2. Hoddle accepts the offer and joins on Coopers wages. Why not, the chance of getting back into management, and he is not short of a Bob or two himself. Was rumoured to be a millionaire before he joined the Town in 1992.

3. Hoddle brings in his academy players costing less than new purchases, and collectively trains the Spurs loanees alongside his new academy players to form a great footballing side and an improved defensive team.

4. Players all respond even though it is too late this season to make a play off place?.

5. Next season sees the addition of a few old heads. Investors come in due to the new Hoddle/Power plan. Promotion is gained :-)

6. As a championship side, the crowds increase, the Swindon council and local businesses respond. Plans for a new stadium are passed ( Nationwide or Honda stadium ?)

7. Championship level is achieved, and STFC emulate Reading to a certain degree.

8. Hoddle leaves for Spurs - job done.

This is achievable Mr Power, are you reading this ?. Why miss a potential opportunity. It is worth asking Glen, it is worth a try, nothing to lose accept the present manager who has done his best, but is not enough it seems.
Think you're living in a fool's paradise with suggestions like that. Apart from anything else I don't believe Hoddle still has the academy. Other than that you're making promotion sound very simple, and I'm not sure any investor would want to touch Power or Hoddle with a barge pole. Certainly not investors willing to stump up the tens of millions needed for a new stadium.

Also, hate the idea of town and Reading being in the same sentence let alone us looking to emulate anything they do. After all getting a multi millionaire to pump seemingly endless amounts of cash into a club transforming them from a small club into a medium sized one isn't exactly original, Reading, Bournemouth, QPR, all examples of that.
[quote][p][bold]sagadude[/bold] wrote: Now ladies, I have always been prepared to err on the side of caution and give Cooper a chance due to his limited funds and a heavy reliance on loan players. However it seems he has not the skills tattically to respond or what to change when the team is struggling away from home. I would like to listen to comments on my personal dream and whether you think I have a case for reality or is it just a dream: 1. Power tasks a risk and approaches a certain Mr Hoddle to take the helm at STFC, due to his Spurs contacts and self belief. 2. Hoddle accepts the offer and joins on Coopers wages. Why not, the chance of getting back into management, and he is not short of a Bob or two himself. Was rumoured to be a millionaire before he joined the Town in 1992. 3. Hoddle brings in his academy players costing less than new purchases, and collectively trains the Spurs loanees alongside his new academy players to form a great footballing side and an improved defensive team. 4. Players all respond even though it is too late this season to make a play off place?. 5. Next season sees the addition of a few old heads. Investors come in due to the new Hoddle/Power plan. Promotion is gained :-) 6. As a championship side, the crowds increase, the Swindon council and local businesses respond. Plans for a new stadium are passed ( Nationwide or Honda stadium ?) 7. Championship level is achieved, and STFC emulate Reading to a certain degree. 8. Hoddle leaves for Spurs - job done. This is achievable Mr Power, are you reading this ?. Why miss a potential opportunity. It is worth asking Glen, it is worth a try, nothing to lose accept the present manager who has done his best, but is not enough it seems.[/p][/quote]Think you're living in a fool's paradise with suggestions like that. Apart from anything else I don't believe Hoddle still has the academy. Other than that you're making promotion sound very simple, and I'm not sure any investor would want to touch Power or Hoddle with a barge pole. Certainly not investors willing to stump up the tens of millions needed for a new stadium. Also, hate the idea of town and Reading being in the same sentence let alone us looking to emulate anything they do. After all getting a multi millionaire to pump seemingly endless amounts of cash into a club transforming them from a small club into a medium sized one isn't exactly original, Reading, Bournemouth, QPR, all examples of that. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

1:53pm Mon 20 Jan 14

umpcah says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
sagadude wrote:
Now ladies, I have always been prepared to err on the side of caution and give Cooper a chance due to his limited funds and a heavy reliance on loan players. However it seems he has not the skills tattically to respond or what to change when the team is struggling away from home.

I would like to listen to comments on my personal dream and whether you think I have a case for reality or is it just a dream:

1. Power tasks a risk and approaches a certain Mr Hoddle to take the helm at STFC, due to his Spurs contacts and self belief.

2. Hoddle accepts the offer and joins on Coopers wages. Why not, the chance of getting back into management, and he is not short of a Bob or two himself. Was rumoured to be a millionaire before he joined the Town in 1992.

3. Hoddle brings in his academy players costing less than new purchases, and collectively trains the Spurs loanees alongside his new academy players to form a great footballing side and an improved defensive team.

4. Players all respond even though it is too late this season to make a play off place?.

5. Next season sees the addition of a few old heads. Investors come in due to the new Hoddle/Power plan. Promotion is gained :-)

6. As a championship side, the crowds increase, the Swindon council and local businesses respond. Plans for a new stadium are passed ( Nationwide or Honda stadium ?)

7. Championship level is achieved, and STFC emulate Reading to a certain degree.

8. Hoddle leaves for Spurs - job done.

This is achievable Mr Power, are you reading this ?. Why miss a potential opportunity. It is worth asking Glen, it is worth a try, nothing to lose accept the present manager who has done his best, but is not enough it seems.
Think you're living in a fool's paradise with suggestions like that. Apart from anything else I don't believe Hoddle still has the academy. Other than that you're making promotion sound very simple, and I'm not sure any investor would want to touch Power or Hoddle with a barge pole. Certainly not investors willing to stump up the tens of millions needed for a new stadium.

Also, hate the idea of town and Reading being in the same sentence let alone us looking to emulate anything they do. After all getting a multi millionaire to pump seemingly endless amounts of cash into a club transforming them from a small club into a medium sized one isn't exactly original, Reading, Bournemouth, QPR, all examples of that.
I actually attended Reading`s game on Saturday. According to the local paper there was recently a " cards on the table " meeting for manager, coaches and players - the result being tippy tappy stuff had to be given the boot ! All Reading players went forward at every opportunity with minimal backpassing and square balls. Bolton`s defence were given no time to settle and were pulled all over the pace by Reading`s three pronged attacks eventually going down 7-1 ! Bolton unexpectedly scored about ten minutes from the end and their fans began to chant " WE WANT EIGHT " ! ! One had to grin and yes I enjoyed having my money`s worth !
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sagadude[/bold] wrote: Now ladies, I have always been prepared to err on the side of caution and give Cooper a chance due to his limited funds and a heavy reliance on loan players. However it seems he has not the skills tattically to respond or what to change when the team is struggling away from home. I would like to listen to comments on my personal dream and whether you think I have a case for reality or is it just a dream: 1. Power tasks a risk and approaches a certain Mr Hoddle to take the helm at STFC, due to his Spurs contacts and self belief. 2. Hoddle accepts the offer and joins on Coopers wages. Why not, the chance of getting back into management, and he is not short of a Bob or two himself. Was rumoured to be a millionaire before he joined the Town in 1992. 3. Hoddle brings in his academy players costing less than new purchases, and collectively trains the Spurs loanees alongside his new academy players to form a great footballing side and an improved defensive team. 4. Players all respond even though it is too late this season to make a play off place?. 5. Next season sees the addition of a few old heads. Investors come in due to the new Hoddle/Power plan. Promotion is gained :-) 6. As a championship side, the crowds increase, the Swindon council and local businesses respond. Plans for a new stadium are passed ( Nationwide or Honda stadium ?) 7. Championship level is achieved, and STFC emulate Reading to a certain degree. 8. Hoddle leaves for Spurs - job done. This is achievable Mr Power, are you reading this ?. Why miss a potential opportunity. It is worth asking Glen, it is worth a try, nothing to lose accept the present manager who has done his best, but is not enough it seems.[/p][/quote]Think you're living in a fool's paradise with suggestions like that. Apart from anything else I don't believe Hoddle still has the academy. Other than that you're making promotion sound very simple, and I'm not sure any investor would want to touch Power or Hoddle with a barge pole. Certainly not investors willing to stump up the tens of millions needed for a new stadium. Also, hate the idea of town and Reading being in the same sentence let alone us looking to emulate anything they do. After all getting a multi millionaire to pump seemingly endless amounts of cash into a club transforming them from a small club into a medium sized one isn't exactly original, Reading, Bournemouth, QPR, all examples of that.[/p][/quote]I actually attended Reading`s game on Saturday. According to the local paper there was recently a " cards on the table " meeting for manager, coaches and players - the result being tippy tappy stuff had to be given the boot ! All Reading players went forward at every opportunity with minimal backpassing and square balls. Bolton`s defence were given no time to settle and were pulled all over the pace by Reading`s three pronged attacks eventually going down 7-1 ! Bolton unexpectedly scored about ten minutes from the end and their fans began to chant " WE WANT EIGHT " ! ! One had to grin and yes I enjoyed having my money`s worth ! umpcah
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