Barker: The buzz has gone

George Barker

George Barker

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GEORGE Barker has admitted that the Swindon Town dressing room has gone a little quiet in recent weeks but it’s nothing to do with fatigue, according to the forward.

Barker, who has made five appearances for Town since joining from Brighton in January, said that the “buzz” that engulfed the club has diminished slightly as bad form and misfortune combined to leave Swindon’s League One play-off aspirations hanging by a thread.

However, having accepted the squad has not found the going all that good in recent weeks, the 22-year-old stressed that he and his teammates are doing all they can to rectify a winless run which has now reached five matches.

“When I came here I think we were only a few points off the play-offs and there was a really good buzz about the team. Everyone seemed to be playing really well. In the last few games there have been a few draws, a few defeats and everything seems to have gone a bit quiet,” he said.

“I’m sure it’s going to turn around. We need to starting picking it up now. There are 12 games left and we need to turn it around soon.

“We’re going through a bit of a hard time and it’s been a bit of a downer the last few games. It’s been a bit quiet around the training ground.”

When it was suggested by the Advertiser that the decline in form could be down to tiredness as a long season reaches its business end, Barker quickly rubbished the notion.

He said: “I’m not sure (fatigue) is the reason. I think for us, we’re such a young group confidence could be a major factor. When results aren’t going our way I think sometimes we approach games differently.

“We try out new things, we try out new formations, we try out new players and sometimes it doesn’t work and you have to look at yourself and take the personal performances into consideration.

“Mainly it’s down to the boys - nothing to do with fatigue - it’s about the boys out there on the pitch rather than fatigue.”

Peterborough United, who currently occupy sixth spot and the final play-off place, lead Town by five points with a game in hand and Barker knows the enormity of the task at hand as well as most. But he’s refusing to give up hope of challenging for promotion.

“Every day we talk about the possibility of going up and getting to the play-offs, so I don’t think anyone is going to lose that,” he said. “It’s never in doubt, losing the confidence or losing the will to give 100 per cent. We’ve got a good group of players so we’ve got to start pushing on and getting wins.

“Maybe a bit of luck can go our way and we can start winning a few more games.”

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6:21am Thu 6 Mar 14

Twinplums says...

Time to do your talking on the pitch. We can still do it. Believe.
Time to do your talking on the pitch. We can still do it. Believe. Twinplums
  • Score: 7

6:47am Thu 6 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

Just what the fans DO NOT wont to hear....

I have a good idea...STOP SITTING BACK WHEN WE TAKE THE LEAD
Just what the fans DO NOT wont to hear.... I have a good idea...STOP SITTING BACK WHEN WE TAKE THE LEAD dazzastfc
  • Score: 25

7:45am Thu 6 Mar 14

LionelHutz says...

"Hanging by a thread"? With Peterborough and Walsall having poor results this week, we are in 7th place still and only 5 points off the play offs. I think "hanging by a thread" is a bit harsh. This time next week we could be in the top 6!
"Hanging by a thread"? With Peterborough and Walsall having poor results this week, we are in 7th place still and only 5 points off the play offs. I think "hanging by a thread" is a bit harsh. This time next week we could be in the top 6! LionelHutz
  • Score: 6

7:50am Thu 6 Mar 14

LeGod says...

Down to the manager and the captain to get the changing room going and buzzing. Barker seems to talk a good game just do it on the pitch and prove us wrong with what we have seen of you so far.

The players still have to believe they can make the play offs. One of those top 6 sides will go on a drawing or losing run of games, the gap is big but as Sheff Utd have proved you put a run of 8 games on the trot picking up 3 points anything can happen.
Mr Cooper its down to you to get this lot motivated for the reaminder of the season and put some belief into them that is your job to motivate and get them up for it starting against the MK on saturday.
If the players cant get motivated for our next 5 games then they shouldnt be playing the game as we are playing all the top sides with the exception of City but that is a local derby so even more reason to get up for it.
MC over to you give them the Churchillian speech.
Maybe as well now Nile has won his case that may get them going a bit as well as maybe a few had their minds on that as he was a team mate.
No excuses anymore we want desire, passion, committment, and good performances and three points saturday to kick on for Tuesday night which will be very tough against Wolves as they have added steel to their side during the transfer window and our old friend Leon Clarke.
Down to the manager and the captain to get the changing room going and buzzing. Barker seems to talk a good game just do it on the pitch and prove us wrong with what we have seen of you so far. The players still have to believe they can make the play offs. One of those top 6 sides will go on a drawing or losing run of games, the gap is big but as Sheff Utd have proved you put a run of 8 games on the trot picking up 3 points anything can happen. Mr Cooper its down to you to get this lot motivated for the reaminder of the season and put some belief into them that is your job to motivate and get them up for it starting against the MK on saturday. If the players cant get motivated for our next 5 games then they shouldnt be playing the game as we are playing all the top sides with the exception of City but that is a local derby so even more reason to get up for it. MC over to you give them the Churchillian speech. Maybe as well now Nile has won his case that may get them going a bit as well as maybe a few had their minds on that as he was a team mate. No excuses anymore we want desire, passion, committment, and good performances and three points saturday to kick on for Tuesday night which will be very tough against Wolves as they have added steel to their side during the transfer window and our old friend Leon Clarke. LeGod
  • Score: 33

7:54am Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

I have a feeling Sheff U will win promotion!
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They have finally got all that money performing and are steamrolling through the division - win their game in hand and they are level on points with us thanks to 18 from 18 and no goals conceded!
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Think momentum is with them now and that is always the team that does it -
Like Crewe when we were in L2 and Yeovil last season
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Still might be better for us next year not to have them in it!
I have a feeling Sheff U will win promotion! . They have finally got all that money performing and are steamrolling through the division - win their game in hand and they are level on points with us thanks to 18 from 18 and no goals conceded! . Think momentum is with them now and that is always the team that does it - Like Crewe when we were in L2 and Yeovil last season . Still might be better for us next year not to have them in it! London Red
  • Score: 9

8:09am Thu 6 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

Whether we make the play offs depends which Swindon turns up. That seen against Crawley or the polished performance against Crewe.

The only thing lacking at Crewe was finish and I'm not sure we are playing to Smith's strengths. If the full backs and wingers can get to the by line more and whip in crosses, Smith could be useful with his head. We saw that at Walsall.

In fact, with all the talk about formations, I would argue that our current squad are best suited to the old 1 centre half (Ward) who doesn't move, 2 half backs (TAH and Kasim) who create from the back, 2 attacking full backs (Nathan T and B), 2 wingers (Pritchard and Reiss), 2 inside forwards (Llongue and N'Guessan) and a good old fashioned centre forward (Smith).
Whether we make the play offs depends which Swindon turns up. That seen against Crawley or the polished performance against Crewe. The only thing lacking at Crewe was finish and I'm not sure we are playing to Smith's strengths. If the full backs and wingers can get to the by line more and whip in crosses, Smith could be useful with his head. We saw that at Walsall. In fact, with all the talk about formations, I would argue that our current squad are best suited to the old 1 centre half (Ward) who doesn't move, 2 half backs (TAH and Kasim) who create from the back, 2 attacking full backs (Nathan T and B), 2 wingers (Pritchard and Reiss), 2 inside forwards (Llongue and N'Guessan) and a good old fashioned centre forward (Smith). mancrobin
  • Score: 9

8:10am Thu 6 Mar 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

Injuries have certainly cost the side - having Pritchard will be a major boost, i'm sure having him in the starting 11 does boost the team as he is capable of majestic moments.

Mason has been missed (his early season form i.e hat trick against Crewe, Wolves Away perf)

Ranger out....

it's a tough task from here on in, I'd love us to reach the play-offs but honestly believe that ship has sailed. I hope they prove me wrong though! COYR!

Would rather Barker didn't come out saying things like this too...The team are probably down from losing out to a place at Wembley more so....but work on that behind closed doors - we want results, not excuses :)
Injuries have certainly cost the side - having Pritchard will be a major boost, i'm sure having him in the starting 11 does boost the team as he is capable of majestic moments. Mason has been missed (his early season form i.e hat trick against Crewe, Wolves Away perf) Ranger out.... it's a tough task from here on in, I'd love us to reach the play-offs but honestly believe that ship has sailed. I hope they prove me wrong though! COYR! Would rather Barker didn't come out saying things like this too...The team are probably down from losing out to a place at Wembley more so....but work on that behind closed doors - we want results, not excuses :) GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 7

8:47am Thu 6 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

The buzz went in feb 2013,not the words you want to here and only confirms that the coaching staff do not inspire!
The buzz went in feb 2013,not the words you want to here and only confirms that the coaching staff do not inspire! bradley red 1
  • Score: -15

8:53am Thu 6 Mar 14

Robinonfire says...

Never will be a Buzz with COOPERMAN in charge.
Never will be a Buzz with COOPERMAN in charge. Robinonfire
  • Score: -13

9:00am Thu 6 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

Not an ideal thing to hear and maybe it is a dig at some people. Peterborough on paper have got two straightforward home games coming up but then they have some real hard games with the odd lower league side thrown in. Lots of massive ifs but if they were to slip up in one of those two home games and we win then it's game on! They will be the ones under pressure and they have shown they go on losing streaks. If you have seen on the BBC website not all is well in their camp, with players complaining of fatigue etc. Plus they have a Wembley visit (jammy sods) on their plate which is a potential egg shell.

Of course we have to win which is another big issue and a good performance against franchise on saturday and who knows!! As a young team confidence will be a major factor to ensure consistancy. It seems to me than us, Franchise, Walsall, Borough and Vale are all strugllng to find wins at the moment.

Sheff United for that 6th spot anyone?
Not an ideal thing to hear and maybe it is a dig at some people. Peterborough on paper have got two straightforward home games coming up but then they have some real hard games with the odd lower league side thrown in. Lots of massive ifs but if they were to slip up in one of those two home games and we win then it's game on! They will be the ones under pressure and they have shown they go on losing streaks. If you have seen on the BBC website not all is well in their camp, with players complaining of fatigue etc. Plus they have a Wembley visit (jammy sods) on their plate which is a potential egg shell. Of course we have to win which is another big issue and a good performance against franchise on saturday and who knows!! As a young team confidence will be a major factor to ensure consistancy. It seems to me than us, Franchise, Walsall, Borough and Vale are all strugllng to find wins at the moment. Sheff United for that 6th spot anyone? bearwoodred
  • Score: 7

9:26am Thu 6 Mar 14

the don69 says...

I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 16

9:32am Thu 6 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

LeGod wrote:
Down to the manager and the captain to get the changing room going and buzzing. Barker seems to talk a good game just do it on the pitch and prove us wrong with what we have seen of you so far. The players still have to believe they can make the play offs. One of those top 6 sides will go on a drawing or losing run of games, the gap is big but as Sheff Utd have proved you put a run of 8 games on the trot picking up 3 points anything can happen. Mr Cooper its down to you to get this lot motivated for the reaminder of the season and put some belief into them that is your job to motivate and get them up for it starting against the MK on saturday. If the players cant get motivated for our next 5 games then they shouldnt be playing the game as we are playing all the top sides with the exception of City but that is a local derby so even more reason to get up for it. MC over to you give them the Churchillian speech. Maybe as well now Nile has won his case that may get them going a bit as well as maybe a few had their minds on that as he was a team mate. No excuses anymore we want desire, passion, committment, and good performances and three points saturday to kick on for Tuesday night which will be very tough against Wolves as they have added steel to their side during the transfer window and our old friend Leon Clarke.
Absolutely 100% agree. It's in our hands to the extent if we can win games we'll give ourselves a chance. Cooper should be instilling belief in those players, saying that with a few decent performances and wins we can get in the top six and then who knows? I still don't think we can do it, but I'd love to see us finish at least seventh after a real effort in the last few games than throw the towel in and accept mid table - wherever we finish it will have a knock on effect to next season, finish strong and retain key players and we'll be looking good, finish mid table, more likely to lose a few and not be able to bring in decent players and the mindset will already be there that we're a mid table club. No excuses, man up and put in some performances you can be really proud of lads.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Down to the manager and the captain to get the changing room going and buzzing. Barker seems to talk a good game just do it on the pitch and prove us wrong with what we have seen of you so far. The players still have to believe they can make the play offs. One of those top 6 sides will go on a drawing or losing run of games, the gap is big but as Sheff Utd have proved you put a run of 8 games on the trot picking up 3 points anything can happen. Mr Cooper its down to you to get this lot motivated for the reaminder of the season and put some belief into them that is your job to motivate and get them up for it starting against the MK on saturday. If the players cant get motivated for our next 5 games then they shouldnt be playing the game as we are playing all the top sides with the exception of City but that is a local derby so even more reason to get up for it. MC over to you give them the Churchillian speech. Maybe as well now Nile has won his case that may get them going a bit as well as maybe a few had their minds on that as he was a team mate. No excuses anymore we want desire, passion, committment, and good performances and three points saturday to kick on for Tuesday night which will be very tough against Wolves as they have added steel to their side during the transfer window and our old friend Leon Clarke.[/p][/quote]Absolutely 100% agree. It's in our hands to the extent if we can win games we'll give ourselves a chance. Cooper should be instilling belief in those players, saying that with a few decent performances and wins we can get in the top six and then who knows? I still don't think we can do it, but I'd love to see us finish at least seventh after a real effort in the last few games than throw the towel in and accept mid table - wherever we finish it will have a knock on effect to next season, finish strong and retain key players and we'll be looking good, finish mid table, more likely to lose a few and not be able to bring in decent players and the mindset will already be there that we're a mid table club. No excuses, man up and put in some performances you can be really proud of lads. Swindon1984
  • Score: 3

9:45am Thu 6 Mar 14

Stilloyal says...

I agree with the above posters that say Shef U will take sixth, fifth is way out of our reach now. The aim now is to avoid relegation and build for next season.
I agree with the above posters that say Shef U will take sixth, fifth is way out of our reach now. The aim now is to avoid relegation and build for next season. Stilloyal
  • Score: -5

10:33am Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

the don69 wrote:
I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth? Oi Den!
  • Score: -5

10:36am Thu 6 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

Good battle for the top spots and a good battle for 6th spot. Like Bournemouth last season Sheff Utd have the momentum. Just shows how bad their early season form was when 8 wins gets them close to play-offs.

Can see Posh dropping off with all eyes on Wembley and Assombalonga having to be managed carefully due to fatigue.

Unlike Sheff Utd we have no momentum, and have dropped easy points in recent weeks (since Ranger has not been in the team)

Without a new signing or two I don't see us changing our form although I suppose you never know. Small margins though and if we had got the stonewall penalty and the Posh defender got a red card for the foul on N'Guessan in the JPT 2nd leg, things might be different - off to Wembley, everyone buzzing....
Good battle for the top spots and a good battle for 6th spot. Like Bournemouth last season Sheff Utd have the momentum. Just shows how bad their early season form was when 8 wins gets them close to play-offs. Can see Posh dropping off with all eyes on Wembley and Assombalonga having to be managed carefully due to fatigue. Unlike Sheff Utd we have no momentum, and have dropped easy points in recent weeks (since Ranger has not been in the team) Without a new signing or two I don't see us changing our form although I suppose you never know. Small margins though and if we had got the stonewall penalty and the Posh defender got a red card for the foul on N'Guessan in the JPT 2nd leg, things might be different - off to Wembley, everyone buzzing.... Wilesy
  • Score: 1

11:06am Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy wrote:
Good battle for the top spots and a good battle for 6th spot. Like Bournemouth last season Sheff Utd have the momentum. Just shows how bad their early season form was when 8 wins gets them close to play-offs.

Can see Posh dropping off with all eyes on Wembley and Assombalonga having to be managed carefully due to fatigue.

Unlike Sheff Utd we have no momentum, and have dropped easy points in recent weeks (since Ranger has not been in the team)

Without a new signing or two I don't see us changing our form although I suppose you never know. Small margins though and if we had got the stonewall penalty and the Posh defender got a red card for the foul on N'Guessan in the JPT 2nd leg, things might be different - off to Wembley, everyone buzzing....
And if Nathan Thompson had been sent off for his late lunge in the first game...? It's easy to remember the things that go against us and forget the breaks that go for us. Fine margins, yes. Peterborough couldn't beat us over two games (a feather in Cooper's cap, given the difference in resources) but we couldn't beat them either. It's a pity that the result of any game has to be decided by a method that has nothing to do with the game itself. There's no finer margin than that.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Good battle for the top spots and a good battle for 6th spot. Like Bournemouth last season Sheff Utd have the momentum. Just shows how bad their early season form was when 8 wins gets them close to play-offs. Can see Posh dropping off with all eyes on Wembley and Assombalonga having to be managed carefully due to fatigue. Unlike Sheff Utd we have no momentum, and have dropped easy points in recent weeks (since Ranger has not been in the team) Without a new signing or two I don't see us changing our form although I suppose you never know. Small margins though and if we had got the stonewall penalty and the Posh defender got a red card for the foul on N'Guessan in the JPT 2nd leg, things might be different - off to Wembley, everyone buzzing....[/p][/quote]And if Nathan Thompson had been sent off for his late lunge in the first game...? It's easy to remember the things that go against us and forget the breaks that go for us. Fine margins, yes. Peterborough couldn't beat us over two games (a feather in Cooper's cap, given the difference in resources) but we couldn't beat them either. It's a pity that the result of any game has to be decided by a method that has nothing to do with the game itself. There's no finer margin than that. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

11:11am Thu 6 Mar 14

Graham8181 says...

Walsall will get the final playoff spot I think and win the playoffs as well. best team in this league for me
Walsall will get the final playoff spot I think and win the playoffs as well. best team in this league for me Graham8181
  • Score: -7

11:34am Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

Graham8181 wrote:
Walsall will get the final playoff spot I think and win the playoffs as well. best team in this league for me
Best team in the league? One that can't get a win from anywhere and dropping down the table!
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You know they lost AGAIN last night!
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Yes they played well in one game against us - but that doesn't make them the best team in the league!
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On that basis Wolves would be saying we were the best team!
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Wolves are clearly the best team over the course of the season so far as they sit top with games in hand and are on a run of 7 straight wins!
[quote][p][bold]Graham8181[/bold] wrote: Walsall will get the final playoff spot I think and win the playoffs as well. best team in this league for me[/p][/quote]Best team in the league? One that can't get a win from anywhere and dropping down the table! . You know they lost AGAIN last night! . Yes they played well in one game against us - but that doesn't make them the best team in the league! . On that basis Wolves would be saying we were the best team! . Wolves are clearly the best team over the course of the season so far as they sit top with games in hand and are on a run of 7 straight wins! London Red
  • Score: 8

11:40am Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
the don69 wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?
No is the simple answer to that!
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We had the chance to sack him and chose not to after the players requested he be allowed to stay
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The whole "too much trouble" was primarily based on the impact it had on the rest of the squad - well they have spoken and they want him!
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Ask them agian now - should we take up his option even with his lateness etc and I expect all of them to say yes!
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He brings too much to the team to just throw away - he makes them all better players and will improve their careers - they can see that and that is why they want him as much as most fans do
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If an extension was announced this week - I'm sure it would give us that buzz - even if he is not on the pitch as we know he will be here next year unless some is prepared to pay £££££££
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Same as Wes, Thompsonx2, Byrne, Luongo and Kasim
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?[/p][/quote]No is the simple answer to that! . We had the chance to sack him and chose not to after the players requested he be allowed to stay . The whole "too much trouble" was primarily based on the impact it had on the rest of the squad - well they have spoken and they want him! . Ask them agian now - should we take up his option even with his lateness etc and I expect all of them to say yes! . He brings too much to the team to just throw away - he makes them all better players and will improve their careers - they can see that and that is why they want him as much as most fans do . If an extension was announced this week - I'm sure it would give us that buzz - even if he is not on the pitch as we know he will be here next year unless some is prepared to pay £££££££ . Same as Wes, Thompsonx2, Byrne, Luongo and Kasim London Red
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

London Red wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
the don69 wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?
No is the simple answer to that!
.
We had the chance to sack him and chose not to after the players requested he be allowed to stay
.
The whole "too much trouble" was primarily based on the impact it had on the rest of the squad - well they have spoken and they want him!
.
Ask them agian now - should we take up his option even with his lateness etc and I expect all of them to say yes!
.
He brings too much to the team to just throw away - he makes them all better players and will improve their careers - they can see that and that is why they want him as much as most fans do
.
If an extension was announced this week - I'm sure it would give us that buzz - even if he is not on the pitch as we know he will be here next year unless some is prepared to pay £££££££
.
Same as Wes, Thompsonx2, Byrne, Luongo and Kasim
"No is the simple answer to that."

That's a very definite response LR. How can you be so certain, given his
track record? Let's compare notes in a couple of months.

He will improve the careers of our players?! If he has finally decided to abide by the same standards as them, perhaps he will.

Your crystal ball is in overdrive!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?[/p][/quote]No is the simple answer to that! . We had the chance to sack him and chose not to after the players requested he be allowed to stay . The whole "too much trouble" was primarily based on the impact it had on the rest of the squad - well they have spoken and they want him! . Ask them agian now - should we take up his option even with his lateness etc and I expect all of them to say yes! . He brings too much to the team to just throw away - he makes them all better players and will improve their careers - they can see that and that is why they want him as much as most fans do . If an extension was announced this week - I'm sure it would give us that buzz - even if he is not on the pitch as we know he will be here next year unless some is prepared to pay £££££££ . Same as Wes, Thompsonx2, Byrne, Luongo and Kasim[/p][/quote]"No is the simple answer to that." That's a very definite response LR. How can you be so certain, given his track record? Let's compare notes in a couple of months. He will improve the careers of our players?! If he has finally decided to abide by the same standards as them, perhaps he will. Your crystal ball is in overdrive! Oi Den!
  • Score: -2

12:19pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

LR, just to be clear... I get a buzz of excitement every time I see Ranger's name on the teamsheet. However, there have been times when he's appeared not to give a toss - on the pitch and off it. You are one of those people who insist that players must "want to play for us". For me, that means players committing themselves fully to the cause. A half arsed attitude can't be excused on the grounds of ability. If we have a fit and committed Nile Ranger, nobody will be happier than me. If he continues his previous form of being enthusiastic in fits and starts I would rather he went elsewhere - no matter how good he is.
LR, just to be clear... I get a buzz of excitement every time I see Ranger's name on the teamsheet. However, there have been times when he's appeared not to give a toss - on the pitch and off it. You are one of those people who insist that players must "want to play for us". For me, that means players committing themselves fully to the cause. A half arsed attitude can't be excused on the grounds of ability. If we have a fit and committed Nile Ranger, nobody will be happier than me. If he continues his previous form of being enthusiastic in fits and starts I would rather he went elsewhere - no matter how good he is. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

12:24pm Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
London Red wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
the don69 wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?
No is the simple answer to that! . We had the chance to sack him and chose not to after the players requested he be allowed to stay . The whole "too much trouble" was primarily based on the impact it had on the rest of the squad - well they have spoken and they want him! . Ask them agian now - should we take up his option even with his lateness etc and I expect all of them to say yes! . He brings too much to the team to just throw away - he makes them all better players and will improve their careers - they can see that and that is why they want him as much as most fans do . If an extension was announced this week - I'm sure it would give us that buzz - even if he is not on the pitch as we know he will be here next year unless some is prepared to pay £££££££ . Same as Wes, Thompsonx2, Byrne, Luongo and Kasim
"No is the simple answer to that." That's a very definite response LR. How can you be so certain, given his track record? Let's compare notes in a couple of months. He will improve the careers of our players?! If he has finally decided to abide by the same standards as them, perhaps he will. Your crystal ball is in overdrive!
Its definate as its based on what has happened
.
Kasim has clearly stated how he knows that if Ranger is in the team the ball won't come straight back and therefore allows him to push on etc
.
Smith clearly said that until Ranger came on we didn't look like beating Shrewsbury but he made the difference
.
Cooper clearly said the players had said we are better as a team with him than without him
.
So - Do you think we would be still be sat in 7th had Ranger never played for STFC?
.
My answer is No we would not be - simply look at resutls with and with out!
.
Do you think Kasim and Luongo would have performed to the same levels had Ranger never played for STFC? (see comment by Kasim above)
.
Therefore, would they have got International recognition in that case had we been lower mid table like say Oldham?
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My answer is No - why else had Luongo been overlooked before when scouted but not this time?
.
So yes I think 100% that having Ranger about is improving STFC as a whole and improving the players careeer prospects
.
That is not exclusive to Ranger - it would be the same for all great players - Ritchie would certainly have fallen into that camp!
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Its just Ranger is the by far the best player at STFC at present (including loans) and our hopes of challenging next season will dimish if he is not about - unless we get some serious ££££ to strengthen collectively - as we will NOT EVER get a player of his quality in to replace him
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?[/p][/quote]No is the simple answer to that! . We had the chance to sack him and chose not to after the players requested he be allowed to stay . The whole "too much trouble" was primarily based on the impact it had on the rest of the squad - well they have spoken and they want him! . Ask them agian now - should we take up his option even with his lateness etc and I expect all of them to say yes! . He brings too much to the team to just throw away - he makes them all better players and will improve their careers - they can see that and that is why they want him as much as most fans do . If an extension was announced this week - I'm sure it would give us that buzz - even if he is not on the pitch as we know he will be here next year unless some is prepared to pay £££££££ . Same as Wes, Thompsonx2, Byrne, Luongo and Kasim[/p][/quote]"No is the simple answer to that." That's a very definite response LR. How can you be so certain, given his track record? Let's compare notes in a couple of months. He will improve the careers of our players?! If he has finally decided to abide by the same standards as them, perhaps he will. Your crystal ball is in overdrive![/p][/quote]Its definate as its based on what has happened . Kasim has clearly stated how he knows that if Ranger is in the team the ball won't come straight back and therefore allows him to push on etc . Smith clearly said that until Ranger came on we didn't look like beating Shrewsbury but he made the difference . Cooper clearly said the players had said we are better as a team with him than without him . So - Do you think we would be still be sat in 7th had Ranger never played for STFC? . My answer is No we would not be - simply look at resutls with and with out! . Do you think Kasim and Luongo would have performed to the same levels had Ranger never played for STFC? (see comment by Kasim above) . Therefore, would they have got International recognition in that case had we been lower mid table like say Oldham? . My answer is No - why else had Luongo been overlooked before when scouted but not this time? . So yes I think 100% that having Ranger about is improving STFC as a whole and improving the players careeer prospects . That is not exclusive to Ranger - it would be the same for all great players - Ritchie would certainly have fallen into that camp! . Its just Ranger is the by far the best player at STFC at present (including loans) and our hopes of challenging next season will dimish if he is not about - unless we get some serious ££££ to strengthen collectively - as we will NOT EVER get a player of his quality in to replace him London Red
  • Score: 4

12:28pm Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
LR, just to be clear... I get a buzz of excitement every time I see Ranger's name on the teamsheet. However, there have been times when he's appeared not to give a toss - on the pitch and off it. You are one of those people who insist that players must "want to play for us". For me, that means players committing themselves fully to the cause. A half arsed attitude can't be excused on the grounds of ability. If we have a fit and committed Nile Ranger, nobody will be happier than me. If he continues his previous form of being enthusiastic in fits and starts I would rather he went elsewhere - no matter how good he is.
On the field I would say his attitude has been 100% and half @rsed perfromacnces by him would be less than pretty much everyone else - I can only really think of 1 game which would fit that bill - and that was in the middle of his crisis!
.
After support from the club he came back with a bang after that game
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: LR, just to be clear... I get a buzz of excitement every time I see Ranger's name on the teamsheet. However, there have been times when he's appeared not to give a toss - on the pitch and off it. You are one of those people who insist that players must "want to play for us". For me, that means players committing themselves fully to the cause. A half arsed attitude can't be excused on the grounds of ability. If we have a fit and committed Nile Ranger, nobody will be happier than me. If he continues his previous form of being enthusiastic in fits and starts I would rather he went elsewhere - no matter how good he is.[/p][/quote]On the field I would say his attitude has been 100% and half @rsed perfromacnces by him would be less than pretty much everyone else - I can only really think of 1 game which would fit that bill - and that was in the middle of his crisis! . After support from the club he came back with a bang after that game London Red
  • Score: 4

12:29pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Good battle for the top spots and a good battle for 6th spot. Like Bournemouth last season Sheff Utd have the momentum. Just shows how bad their early season form was when 8 wins gets them close to play-offs.

Can see Posh dropping off with all eyes on Wembley and Assombalonga having to be managed carefully due to fatigue.

Unlike Sheff Utd we have no momentum, and have dropped easy points in recent weeks (since Ranger has not been in the team)

Without a new signing or two I don't see us changing our form although I suppose you never know. Small margins though and if we had got the stonewall penalty and the Posh defender got a red card for the foul on N'Guessan in the JPT 2nd leg, things might be different - off to Wembley, everyone buzzing....
And if Nathan Thompson had been sent off for his late lunge in the first game...? It's easy to remember the things that go against us and forget the breaks that go for us. Fine margins, yes. Peterborough couldn't beat us over two games (a feather in Cooper's cap, given the difference in resources) but we couldn't beat them either. It's a pity that the result of any game has to be decided by a method that has nothing to do with the game itself. There's no finer margin than that.
Crikey I only used the N'guessan example to back up a point that the game hinges on fine margins, not to debate the referees performance, who should have won over 180 minutes of football or the merits of penalties....
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Good battle for the top spots and a good battle for 6th spot. Like Bournemouth last season Sheff Utd have the momentum. Just shows how bad their early season form was when 8 wins gets them close to play-offs. Can see Posh dropping off with all eyes on Wembley and Assombalonga having to be managed carefully due to fatigue. Unlike Sheff Utd we have no momentum, and have dropped easy points in recent weeks (since Ranger has not been in the team) Without a new signing or two I don't see us changing our form although I suppose you never know. Small margins though and if we had got the stonewall penalty and the Posh defender got a red card for the foul on N'Guessan in the JPT 2nd leg, things might be different - off to Wembley, everyone buzzing....[/p][/quote]And if Nathan Thompson had been sent off for his late lunge in the first game...? It's easy to remember the things that go against us and forget the breaks that go for us. Fine margins, yes. Peterborough couldn't beat us over two games (a feather in Cooper's cap, given the difference in resources) but we couldn't beat them either. It's a pity that the result of any game has to be decided by a method that has nothing to do with the game itself. There's no finer margin than that.[/p][/quote]Crikey I only used the N'guessan example to back up a point that the game hinges on fine margins, not to debate the referees performance, who should have won over 180 minutes of football or the merits of penalties.... Wilesy
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

London Red wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
London Red wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
the don69 wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?
No is the simple answer to that! . We had the chance to sack him and chose not to after the players requested he be allowed to stay . The whole "too much trouble" was primarily based on the impact it had on the rest of the squad - well they have spoken and they want him! . Ask them agian now - should we take up his option even with his lateness etc and I expect all of them to say yes! . He brings too much to the team to just throw away - he makes them all better players and will improve their careers - they can see that and that is why they want him as much as most fans do . If an extension was announced this week - I'm sure it would give us that buzz - even if he is not on the pitch as we know he will be here next year unless some is prepared to pay £££££££ . Same as Wes, Thompsonx2, Byrne, Luongo and Kasim
"No is the simple answer to that." That's a very definite response LR. How can you be so certain, given his track record? Let's compare notes in a couple of months. He will improve the careers of our players?! If he has finally decided to abide by the same standards as them, perhaps he will. Your crystal ball is in overdrive!
Its definate as its based on what has happened
.
Kasim has clearly stated how he knows that if Ranger is in the team the ball won't come straight back and therefore allows him to push on etc
.
Smith clearly said that until Ranger came on we didn't look like beating Shrewsbury but he made the difference
.
Cooper clearly said the players had said we are better as a team with him than without him
.
So - Do you think we would be still be sat in 7th had Ranger never played for STFC?
.
My answer is No we would not be - simply look at resutls with and with out!
.
Do you think Kasim and Luongo would have performed to the same levels had Ranger never played for STFC? (see comment by Kasim above)
.
Therefore, would they have got International recognition in that case had we been lower mid table like say Oldham?
.
My answer is No - why else had Luongo been overlooked before when scouted but not this time?
.
So yes I think 100% that having Ranger about is improving STFC as a whole and improving the players careeer prospects
.
That is not exclusive to Ranger - it would be the same for all great players - Ritchie would certainly have fallen into that camp!
.
Its just Ranger is the by far the best player at STFC at present (including loans) and our hopes of challenging next season will dimish if he is not about - unless we get some serious ££££ to strengthen collectively - as we will NOT EVER get a player of his quality in to replace him
What Ranger gets up to in his free time is irrelevant to us and the club providing he doesn't bring the club's name into disrepute.

The only problem since he's been here really is in missing training but it's made no difference to match day, plus its obviously not a problem to the rest of the team up to this point.

As for performances on the pitch, surely he's going to be player of the season? Has to be between him and Pritchard and Ranger has been more consistent?!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?[/p][/quote]No is the simple answer to that! . We had the chance to sack him and chose not to after the players requested he be allowed to stay . The whole "too much trouble" was primarily based on the impact it had on the rest of the squad - well they have spoken and they want him! . Ask them agian now - should we take up his option even with his lateness etc and I expect all of them to say yes! . He brings too much to the team to just throw away - he makes them all better players and will improve their careers - they can see that and that is why they want him as much as most fans do . If an extension was announced this week - I'm sure it would give us that buzz - even if he is not on the pitch as we know he will be here next year unless some is prepared to pay £££££££ . Same as Wes, Thompsonx2, Byrne, Luongo and Kasim[/p][/quote]"No is the simple answer to that." That's a very definite response LR. How can you be so certain, given his track record? Let's compare notes in a couple of months. He will improve the careers of our players?! If he has finally decided to abide by the same standards as them, perhaps he will. Your crystal ball is in overdrive![/p][/quote]Its definate as its based on what has happened . Kasim has clearly stated how he knows that if Ranger is in the team the ball won't come straight back and therefore allows him to push on etc . Smith clearly said that until Ranger came on we didn't look like beating Shrewsbury but he made the difference . Cooper clearly said the players had said we are better as a team with him than without him . So - Do you think we would be still be sat in 7th had Ranger never played for STFC? . My answer is No we would not be - simply look at resutls with and with out! . Do you think Kasim and Luongo would have performed to the same levels had Ranger never played for STFC? (see comment by Kasim above) . Therefore, would they have got International recognition in that case had we been lower mid table like say Oldham? . My answer is No - why else had Luongo been overlooked before when scouted but not this time? . So yes I think 100% that having Ranger about is improving STFC as a whole and improving the players careeer prospects . That is not exclusive to Ranger - it would be the same for all great players - Ritchie would certainly have fallen into that camp! . Its just Ranger is the by far the best player at STFC at present (including loans) and our hopes of challenging next season will dimish if he is not about - unless we get some serious ££££ to strengthen collectively - as we will NOT EVER get a player of his quality in to replace him[/p][/quote]What Ranger gets up to in his free time is irrelevant to us and the club providing he doesn't bring the club's name into disrepute. The only problem since he's been here really is in missing training but it's made no difference to match day, plus its obviously not a problem to the rest of the team up to this point. As for performances on the pitch, surely he's going to be player of the season? Has to be between him and Pritchard and Ranger has been more consistent?! Wilesy
  • Score: 4

12:49pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Good battle for the top spots and a good battle for 6th spot. Like Bournemouth last season Sheff Utd have the momentum. Just shows how bad their early season form was when 8 wins gets them close to play-offs.

Can see Posh dropping off with all eyes on Wembley and Assombalonga having to be managed carefully due to fatigue.

Unlike Sheff Utd we have no momentum, and have dropped easy points in recent weeks (since Ranger has not been in the team)

Without a new signing or two I don't see us changing our form although I suppose you never know. Small margins though and if we had got the stonewall penalty and the Posh defender got a red card for the foul on N'Guessan in the JPT 2nd leg, things might be different - off to Wembley, everyone buzzing....
And if Nathan Thompson had been sent off for his late lunge in the first game...? It's easy to remember the things that go against us and forget the breaks that go for us. Fine margins, yes. Peterborough couldn't beat us over two games (a feather in Cooper's cap, given the difference in resources) but we couldn't beat them either. It's a pity that the result of any game has to be decided by a method that has nothing to do with the game itself. There's no finer margin than that.
Crikey I only used the N'guessan example to back up a point that the game hinges on fine margins, not to debate the referees performance, who should have won over 180 minutes of football or the merits of penalties....
I know Wilesy. I was actually agreeing with you about the fine margins - but it was you who mentioned the refereeing decisions! And I wasn't expecting a debate about penalties, just stating may view that it's a pity anyone has to go out of a competition in that way.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Good battle for the top spots and a good battle for 6th spot. Like Bournemouth last season Sheff Utd have the momentum. Just shows how bad their early season form was when 8 wins gets them close to play-offs. Can see Posh dropping off with all eyes on Wembley and Assombalonga having to be managed carefully due to fatigue. Unlike Sheff Utd we have no momentum, and have dropped easy points in recent weeks (since Ranger has not been in the team) Without a new signing or two I don't see us changing our form although I suppose you never know. Small margins though and if we had got the stonewall penalty and the Posh defender got a red card for the foul on N'Guessan in the JPT 2nd leg, things might be different - off to Wembley, everyone buzzing....[/p][/quote]And if Nathan Thompson had been sent off for his late lunge in the first game...? It's easy to remember the things that go against us and forget the breaks that go for us. Fine margins, yes. Peterborough couldn't beat us over two games (a feather in Cooper's cap, given the difference in resources) but we couldn't beat them either. It's a pity that the result of any game has to be decided by a method that has nothing to do with the game itself. There's no finer margin than that.[/p][/quote]Crikey I only used the N'guessan example to back up a point that the game hinges on fine margins, not to debate the referees performance, who should have won over 180 minutes of football or the merits of penalties....[/p][/quote]I know Wilesy. I was actually agreeing with you about the fine margins - but it was you who mentioned the refereeing decisions! And I wasn't expecting a debate about penalties, just stating may view that it's a pity anyone has to go out of a competition in that way. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Thu 6 Mar 14

the wizard says...

The team has always functioned better with him in it. He has some superb skills and is not selfish.

However the fact is the dressing room is down, and motivation, inspiration and confidence is down to one person and that is the manager of any team. That is part of his job. It doesn't matter whether its Cooper or anybody else, it must come from him in an infectious manner so it perpetuates among the squad, and while they are on the pitch they should be motivating each other, encouraging more of the same when somebody does something well, and its a long time since I've seen us really doing that. If there was one good thing about the man, PDC could inspire those around him. Fact is I don't see Cooper having any Charisma, sorry, but that's it. Nil, Zilch, Zero, its just not there is it. Nice guy, tries hard, but not a leader as we see in other managers. Being a nice guy, doesn't always bring results and managers like Ferguson are the prime example of that, Wilson was another "nice guy" and the team walked all over him.
The team has always functioned better with him in it. He has some superb skills and is not selfish. However the fact is the dressing room is down, and motivation, inspiration and confidence is down to one person and that is the manager of any team. That is part of his job. It doesn't matter whether its Cooper or anybody else, it must come from him in an infectious manner so it perpetuates among the squad, and while they are on the pitch they should be motivating each other, encouraging more of the same when somebody does something well, and its a long time since I've seen us really doing that. If there was one good thing about the man, PDC could inspire those around him. Fact is I don't see Cooper having any Charisma, sorry, but that's it. Nil, Zilch, Zero, its just not there is it. Nice guy, tries hard, but not a leader as we see in other managers. Being a nice guy, doesn't always bring results and managers like Ferguson are the prime example of that, Wilson was another "nice guy" and the team walked all over him. the wizard
  • Score: 3

12:57pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

But for shocking refeering in both games against Peterborough United, we surely would have been looking forward to a return to Wembley again.
And for us to be in 7th position in the League at this stage of the season is a credit to Mark Cooper and his coaching staff.
On the down side I must say that the style of football we play this season is the most boring football that I have ever experienced at the County Ground in my lifetime.
But for shocking refeering in both games against Peterborough United, we surely would have been looking forward to a return to Wembley again. And for us to be in 7th position in the League at this stage of the season is a credit to Mark Cooper and his coaching staff. On the down side I must say that the style of football we play this season is the most boring football that I have ever experienced at the County Ground in my lifetime. Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Don't forget we are a young side, and a work in progress
Don't forget we are a young side, and a work in progress smirg kcab
  • Score: -3

1:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

LR, you are preaching to the converted. I love watching Ranger play and yes, I'm certain we have more points because he's been in the team. My reference to his off pitch attitude was nothing to do with his private life. I was talking about his attitude to the club. He's been sacked by three clubs because of his attitude/misdemeanou
rs and he came very close to being sacked by us. If he's finally turned that corner, we'll all be happy - and we'll be able to say that Swindon Town made a big difference. I just think it's a bit early to be so confident.
LR, you are preaching to the converted. I love watching Ranger play and yes, I'm certain we have more points because he's been in the team. My reference to his off pitch attitude was nothing to do with his private life. I was talking about his attitude to the club. He's been sacked by three clubs because of his attitude/misdemeanou rs and he came very close to being sacked by us. If he's finally turned that corner, we'll all be happy - and we'll be able to say that Swindon Town made a big difference. I just think it's a bit early to be so confident. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

1:01pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Don't forget we are a young side, and a work in progress
And an 18 year old played for England last night.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Don't forget we are a young side, and a work in progress[/p][/quote]And an 18 year old played for England last night. Oi Den!
  • Score: 9

1:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

the don69 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
the don69 wrote:
I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?
We'd be foolish not to give him another contract Den! lets give him the chance to show the football world how good he can be and behave himself and act like a man and with how bad Rooney was last night!(not worth £300 a week,but £300,000 yer having a laugh!) Nile should set his sights on being England centre forward for 2118, he may or may not make it but that should be his goal, just heard QPR's wage bill is higher than Borussia Dortmund's! ol Arry loves to blow other people's Dosh lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: I fancy Sheff Utd to get the final play-off spot, unless they get to FA Cup Semi.that could take it's toll,it's a shame Ranger's not fit for the run in, we might have had a chance then, but we're not good enough to go up simple! it's time to build for next season and start by signing Ranger ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I completely agree that we're not good enough to win promotion. Not so sure about Ranger though. He does make a huge difference to our team. But will he prove to be more trouble than he's worth?[/p][/quote]We'd be foolish not to give him another contract Den! lets give him the chance to show the football world how good he can be and behave himself and act like a man and with how bad Rooney was last night!(not worth £300 a week,but £300,000 yer having a laugh!) Nile should set his sights on being England centre forward for 2118, he may or may not make it but that should be his goal, just heard QPR's wage bill is higher than Borussia Dortmund's! ol Arry loves to blow other people's Dosh lol!!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 7

2:08pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Don, his legs might have gone by 2118. He'll be 126 years old then!
Don, his legs might have gone by 2118. He'll be 126 years old then! Oi Den!
  • Score: 6

2:13pm Thu 6 Mar 14

BenSTFC says...

Not sure how some of you expect us to still get play offs... Will be impossible without Ranger. Goals win games and unfortunately we don't have a recognized striker capable of doing that. Cant compete any more with the big boys in the league, was good while it lasted, but without the quality of Mason, Ranger and Pritchard combined we are a very ordinary team.
Not sure how some of you expect us to still get play offs... Will be impossible without Ranger. Goals win games and unfortunately we don't have a recognized striker capable of doing that. Cant compete any more with the big boys in the league, was good while it lasted, but without the quality of Mason, Ranger and Pritchard combined we are a very ordinary team. BenSTFC
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
But for shocking refeering in both games against Peterborough United, we surely would have been looking forward to a return to Wembley again. And for us to be in 7th position in the League at this stage of the season is a credit to Mark Cooper and his coaching staff. On the down side I must say that the style of football we play this season is the most boring football that I have ever experienced at the County Ground in my lifetime.
I can't agree with that, yes there was a poor decision re. the penalty that never was in the home game, but that game was there to be won and we couldn't do it. For all Peterborough's possession in the second half they didn't look like scoring until we gifted them a goal. Their penalties were then better taken than us. In the first leg we went two down very early and were fortunate with the equaliser. Could've been two sendings off in that game as well.

Not knocking the effort of the players which over two legs was very good, but ultimately we got what we deserved. It's a shame but that's the way it is.

Anyway, some good games coming up, still hoping Cooper can gee the lads up for the remainder of the season, we may not be going up but would at least like to enjoy what football remains.
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: But for shocking refeering in both games against Peterborough United, we surely would have been looking forward to a return to Wembley again. And for us to be in 7th position in the League at this stage of the season is a credit to Mark Cooper and his coaching staff. On the down side I must say that the style of football we play this season is the most boring football that I have ever experienced at the County Ground in my lifetime.[/p][/quote]I can't agree with that, yes there was a poor decision re. the penalty that never was in the home game, but that game was there to be won and we couldn't do it. For all Peterborough's possession in the second half they didn't look like scoring until we gifted them a goal. Their penalties were then better taken than us. In the first leg we went two down very early and were fortunate with the equaliser. Could've been two sendings off in that game as well. Not knocking the effort of the players which over two legs was very good, but ultimately we got what we deserved. It's a shame but that's the way it is. Anyway, some good games coming up, still hoping Cooper can gee the lads up for the remainder of the season, we may not be going up but would at least like to enjoy what football remains. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

In other news the OS now has the March Madness Advertised
.
Details are:
.
TOWN have introduced ‘March Madness’ - a ten-day window between the 7th & 17th of March 2014
.
Starting tomorrow, this will allow supporters the opportunity to receive a 10% discount on all advertised Season Ticket prices. If you have already renewed you will be refunded 10% of your Season Ticket cost on or before the 1st May 2014
.
Read more at http://www.swindonto
wnfc.co.uk/news/arti
cle/marchmadness-140
1690.aspx#DJoU3vMCrU
MdelXS.99
In other news the OS now has the March Madness Advertised . Details are: . TOWN have introduced ‘March Madness’ - a ten-day window between the 7th & 17th of March 2014 . Starting tomorrow, this will allow supporters the opportunity to receive a 10% discount on all advertised Season Ticket prices. If you have already renewed you will be refunded 10% of your Season Ticket cost on or before the 1st May 2014 . Read more at http://www.swindonto wnfc.co.uk/news/arti cle/marchmadness-140 1690.aspx#DJoU3vMCrU MdelXS.99 London Red
  • Score: 0

2:50pm Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

So all those complaining at Power over his decision to "hike prices" - if you renew your ST before 17 March you will now pay
.
Town End £310.50 - £9.50 cheaper than this season!
.
DR or Arkelss £337.50 - £12.50 cheaper than this season!
.
Concession are now only £265.50 - sorry don't have last years price but we know it was more!
.
So at £13.50, £14.67 and £11.54 per game - that seems pretty good value to me
.
Especially as they can all be purchased on a 10 month interest free credit option - so as little £26.55 - £33.75 for the next 10 months!
So all those complaining at Power over his decision to "hike prices" - if you renew your ST before 17 March you will now pay . Town End £310.50 - £9.50 cheaper than this season! . DR or Arkelss £337.50 - £12.50 cheaper than this season! . Concession are now only £265.50 - sorry don't have last years price but we know it was more! . So at £13.50, £14.67 and £11.54 per game - that seems pretty good value to me . Especially as they can all be purchased on a 10 month interest free credit option - so as little £26.55 - £33.75 for the next 10 months! London Red
  • Score: 1

3:04pm Thu 6 Mar 14

the don69 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Don, his legs might have gone by 2118. He'll be 126 years old then!
LOL he'll be in his prime then Den!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Don, his legs might have gone by 2118. He'll be 126 years old then![/p][/quote]LOL he'll be in his prime then Den!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 1

4:48pm Thu 6 Mar 14

hertz says...

In words of GB on behalf of the players "The Buzz has gone "

In the words of BB on behalf of supporters

The thrill is gone
The thrill is gone away
The thrill is gone Cooperbaby
The thrill is gone away
You know you done me wrong Cooperbaby
And you'll be sorry someday

COYR
In words of GB on behalf of the players "The Buzz has gone " In the words of BB on behalf of supporters The thrill is gone The thrill is gone away The thrill is gone Cooperbaby The thrill is gone away You know you done me wrong Cooperbaby And you'll be sorry someday COYR hertz
  • Score: -2

5:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

dazzastfc wrote:
Just what the fans DO NOT wont to hear....

I have a good idea...STOP SITTING BACK WHEN WE TAKE THE LEAD
Yep!!!! That's it!!! in a nut shell... Why can't Cooper see that??? I wonder
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: Just what the fans DO NOT wont to hear.... I have a good idea...STOP SITTING BACK WHEN WE TAKE THE LEAD[/p][/quote]Yep!!!! That's it!!! in a nut shell... Why can't Cooper see that??? I wonder MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: 6

5:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

LeGod wrote:
Down to the manager and the captain to get the changing room going and buzzing. Barker seems to talk a good game just do it on the pitch and prove us wrong with what we have seen of you so far.

The players still have to believe they can make the play offs. One of those top 6 sides will go on a drawing or losing run of games, the gap is big but as Sheff Utd have proved you put a run of 8 games on the trot picking up 3 points anything can happen.
Mr Cooper its down to you to get this lot motivated for the reaminder of the season and put some belief into them that is your job to motivate and get them up for it starting against the MK on saturday.
If the players cant get motivated for our next 5 games then they shouldnt be playing the game as we are playing all the top sides with the exception of City but that is a local derby so even more reason to get up for it.
MC over to you give them the Churchillian speech.
Maybe as well now Nile has won his case that may get them going a bit as well as maybe a few had their minds on that as he was a team mate.
No excuses anymore we want desire, passion, committment, and good performances and three points saturday to kick on for Tuesday night which will be very tough against Wolves as they have added steel to their side during the transfer window and our old friend Leon Clarke.
Just about to type the sane about the manager and captain,good post LeGod..
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Down to the manager and the captain to get the changing room going and buzzing. Barker seems to talk a good game just do it on the pitch and prove us wrong with what we have seen of you so far. The players still have to believe they can make the play offs. One of those top 6 sides will go on a drawing or losing run of games, the gap is big but as Sheff Utd have proved you put a run of 8 games on the trot picking up 3 points anything can happen. Mr Cooper its down to you to get this lot motivated for the reaminder of the season and put some belief into them that is your job to motivate and get them up for it starting against the MK on saturday. If the players cant get motivated for our next 5 games then they shouldnt be playing the game as we are playing all the top sides with the exception of City but that is a local derby so even more reason to get up for it. MC over to you give them the Churchillian speech. Maybe as well now Nile has won his case that may get them going a bit as well as maybe a few had their minds on that as he was a team mate. No excuses anymore we want desire, passion, committment, and good performances and three points saturday to kick on for Tuesday night which will be very tough against Wolves as they have added steel to their side during the transfer window and our old friend Leon Clarke.[/p][/quote]Just about to type the sane about the manager and captain,good post LeGod.. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Thu 6 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

Robinonfire wrote:
Never will be a Buzz with COOPERMAN in charge.
Only one buzz you get but i can't type what that is on this board........
[quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: Never will be a Buzz with COOPERMAN in charge.[/p][/quote]Only one buzz you get but i can't type what that is on this board........ swwindon61uk
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Thu 6 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

bearwoodred wrote:
Not an ideal thing to hear and maybe it is a dig at some people. Peterborough on paper have got two straightforward home games coming up but then they have some real hard games with the odd lower league side thrown in. Lots of massive ifs but if they were to slip up in one of those two home games and we win then it's game on! They will be the ones under pressure and they have shown they go on losing streaks. If you have seen on the BBC website not all is well in their camp, with players complaining of fatigue etc. Plus they have a Wembley visit (jammy sods) on their plate which is a potential egg shell.

Of course we have to win which is another big issue and a good performance against franchise on saturday and who knows!! As a young team confidence will be a major factor to ensure consistancy. It seems to me than us, Franchise, Walsall, Borough and Vale are all strugllng to find wins at the moment.

Sheff United for that 6th spot anyone?
I am still sticking with Crawley.
[quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: Not an ideal thing to hear and maybe it is a dig at some people. Peterborough on paper have got two straightforward home games coming up but then they have some real hard games with the odd lower league side thrown in. Lots of massive ifs but if they were to slip up in one of those two home games and we win then it's game on! They will be the ones under pressure and they have shown they go on losing streaks. If you have seen on the BBC website not all is well in their camp, with players complaining of fatigue etc. Plus they have a Wembley visit (jammy sods) on their plate which is a potential egg shell. Of course we have to win which is another big issue and a good performance against franchise on saturday and who knows!! As a young team confidence will be a major factor to ensure consistancy. It seems to me than us, Franchise, Walsall, Borough and Vale are all strugllng to find wins at the moment. Sheff United for that 6th spot anyone?[/p][/quote]I am still sticking with Crawley. swwindon61uk
  • Score: -2

5:47pm Thu 6 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

London Red wrote:
So all those complaining at Power over his decision to "hike prices" - if you renew your ST before 17 March you will now pay
.
Town End £310.50 - £9.50 cheaper than this season!
.
DR or Arkelss £337.50 - £12.50 cheaper than this season!
.
Concession are now only £265.50 - sorry don't have last years price but we know it was more!
.
So at £13.50, £14.67 and £11.54 per game - that seems pretty good value to me
.
Especially as they can all be purchased on a 10 month interest free credit option - so as little £26.55 - £33.75 for the next 10 months!
Makes you wonder why the offer,hopefully it is just a good will gesture,one i think i will take, even if it means going overdrawn next week!!!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: So all those complaining at Power over his decision to "hike prices" - if you renew your ST before 17 March you will now pay . Town End £310.50 - £9.50 cheaper than this season! . DR or Arkelss £337.50 - £12.50 cheaper than this season! . Concession are now only £265.50 - sorry don't have last years price but we know it was more! . So at £13.50, £14.67 and £11.54 per game - that seems pretty good value to me . Especially as they can all be purchased on a 10 month interest free credit option - so as little £26.55 - £33.75 for the next 10 months![/p][/quote]Makes you wonder why the offer,hopefully it is just a good will gesture,one i think i will take, even if it means going overdrawn next week!!! swwindon61uk
  • Score: 1

6:03pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Fernham Red says...

Great news on season ticket prices - hopefully that'll give everyone more reason to cheer on Saturday in a promotion chasing 6 pointer!

Looking ahead to next season and any potential signings: Coventry have three young outstanding young players who are out of contract : Cyrus Christie Age: 21 (Played 26, 4 assists); Franck Moussa Age: 24 (Played 31; 13 goals; 3 assists) & Callum Wilson Age: 22 (Played 23; 14 goals; 6 Assists).
Coventry can't be flush with cash with no stadium and low attendances so they're not going to hold on to them easily. I wonder what their market value would be? perhaps Lee can find out for us?
Great news on season ticket prices - hopefully that'll give everyone more reason to cheer on Saturday in a promotion chasing 6 pointer! Looking ahead to next season and any potential signings: Coventry have three young outstanding young players who are out of contract : Cyrus Christie Age: 21 (Played 26, 4 assists); Franck Moussa Age: 24 (Played 31; 13 goals; 3 assists) & Callum Wilson Age: 22 (Played 23; 14 goals; 6 Assists). Coventry can't be flush with cash with no stadium and low attendances so they're not going to hold on to them easily. I wonder what their market value would be? perhaps Lee can find out for us? Fernham Red
  • Score: 4

7:13pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Di kanny oh says...

Fantastic news on the season tickets from tomorrow a discount of £37.50 so that is a great gesture by the club. Wish we knew if Nile Ranger was going to be here as that would be the icing on the cake. At £14.67 a game that really is the biz and well done Mr Power. I shall now decide to renew as that is too good to miss I feel.
Fantastic news on the season tickets from tomorrow a discount of £37.50 so that is a great gesture by the club. Wish we knew if Nile Ranger was going to be here as that would be the icing on the cake. At £14.67 a game that really is the biz and well done Mr Power. I shall now decide to renew as that is too good to miss I feel. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 0

8:12pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

London Red wrote:
So all those complaining at Power over his decision to "hike prices" - if you renew your ST before 17 March you will now pay
.
Town End £310.50 - £9.50 cheaper than this season!
.
DR or Arkelss £337.50 - £12.50 cheaper than this season!
.
Concession are now only £265.50 - sorry don't have last years price but we know it was more!
.
So at £13.50, £14.67 and £11.54 per game - that seems pretty good value to me
.
Especially as they can all be purchased on a 10 month interest free credit option - so as little £26.55 - £33.75 for the next 10 months!
Yes good to see this is now official.

Quote from Power in the programme on 14th Feb - "Unfortunately season tickets need to increase as we continue with our sustainable model. An increase of £1.09 per game"

What has changed? Lack of uptake at the higher price perhaps, or just testing the water to see first before lowering prices.....
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: So all those complaining at Power over his decision to "hike prices" - if you renew your ST before 17 March you will now pay . Town End £310.50 - £9.50 cheaper than this season! . DR or Arkelss £337.50 - £12.50 cheaper than this season! . Concession are now only £265.50 - sorry don't have last years price but we know it was more! . So at £13.50, £14.67 and £11.54 per game - that seems pretty good value to me . Especially as they can all be purchased on a 10 month interest free credit option - so as little £26.55 - £33.75 for the next 10 months![/p][/quote]Yes good to see this is now official. Quote from Power in the programme on 14th Feb - "Unfortunately season tickets need to increase as we continue with our sustainable model. An increase of £1.09 per game" What has changed? Lack of uptake at the higher price perhaps, or just testing the water to see first before lowering prices..... Wilesy
  • Score: 0

9:52pm Thu 6 Mar 14

London Red says...

Wilesy wrote:
London Red wrote:
So all those complaining at Power over his decision to "hike prices" - if you renew your ST before 17 March you will now pay
.
Town End £310.50 - £9.50 cheaper than this season!
.
DR or Arkelss £337.50 - £12.50 cheaper than this season!
.
Concession are now only £265.50 - sorry don't have last years price but we know it was more!
.
So at £13.50, £14.67 and £11.54 per game - that seems pretty good value to me
.
Especially as they can all be purchased on a 10 month interest free credit option - so as little £26.55 - £33.75 for the next 10 months!
Yes good to see this is now official.

Quote from Power in the programme on 14th Feb - "Unfortunately season tickets need to increase as we continue with our sustainable model. An increase of £1.09 per game"

What has changed? Lack of uptake at the higher price perhaps, or just testing the water to see first before lowering prices.....
Isn't it far too early to tell - they have only been on sale for what a week and the early deadline is not for another 3 weeks - so there is probably lots who were going to renew who haven't yet - as why spend anything on 1st if you don't need to 31st - I know my Old Man fits that bill
.
I would have thought it would have been an April event if sale were disappointing at phase 1 stage
.
Guess it is just an offer to spark interest and possibly sway the undecided as a few above have been
.
Whatever it is - it's a fantastic offer even for new purchases - so hopefully we will see 1000s sold to keep our core fan base high
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: So all those complaining at Power over his decision to "hike prices" - if you renew your ST before 17 March you will now pay . Town End £310.50 - £9.50 cheaper than this season! . DR or Arkelss £337.50 - £12.50 cheaper than this season! . Concession are now only £265.50 - sorry don't have last years price but we know it was more! . So at £13.50, £14.67 and £11.54 per game - that seems pretty good value to me . Especially as they can all be purchased on a 10 month interest free credit option - so as little £26.55 - £33.75 for the next 10 months![/p][/quote]Yes good to see this is now official. Quote from Power in the programme on 14th Feb - "Unfortunately season tickets need to increase as we continue with our sustainable model. An increase of £1.09 per game" What has changed? Lack of uptake at the higher price perhaps, or just testing the water to see first before lowering prices.....[/p][/quote]Isn't it far too early to tell - they have only been on sale for what a week and the early deadline is not for another 3 weeks - so there is probably lots who were going to renew who haven't yet - as why spend anything on 1st if you don't need to 31st - I know my Old Man fits that bill . I would have thought it would have been an April event if sale were disappointing at phase 1 stage . Guess it is just an offer to spark interest and possibly sway the undecided as a few above have been . Whatever it is - it's a fantastic offer even for new purchases - so hopefully we will see 1000s sold to keep our core fan base high London Red
  • Score: 0

12:00am Fri 7 Mar 14

joey butler says...

Sell Fods, his value is decreasing each day, then buy Ajose, as soon as the transfer window opens again.

Ajose scored goals for us, which very few can do at the moment and that will not change soon.
Sell Fods, his value is decreasing each day, then buy Ajose, as soon as the transfer window opens again. Ajose scored goals for us, which very few can do at the moment and that will not change soon. joey butler
  • Score: 2

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