Thompson: "Town are a force to be reckoned with"

Louis and Nathan Thompson celebrate Town's last minute winner

Louis and Nathan Thompson celebrate Town's last minute winner

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LOUIS Thompson has branded Swindon Town “a force to be reckoned with” after scoring his first professional goal in the 2-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Blades came into the clash at the County Ground with just one defeat to their name in their last 10 League One outings but fell victim to Thompson’s 90th-minute winner.

Thompson, whose brother Nathan darted 80 yards from the dug-outs to celebrate with his teammates in front of the Town End, was delighted with the result and intimated that the Robins are in a good place to mount a late play-off challenge.

He said: “I imagined it to be a screamer but it wasn’t quite like that, but I’ll take any goal as it comes.

“I think once I realised it came down I did well to get my breath back but it got even madder when I saw Nathan sprinting round the pitch. When your brother’s scored his first goal I think that’s natural so it’s a great feeling and a great moment.

“I think we were asked a few weeks ago how much character we had and I think we’re proving now that we’re a force to be reckoned with. I think we’re surprising a few and it’s about momentum going into the play-offs, you don’t want to be staggering going into it. Coming into it now with a few wins under your belt would be good.

“I think the gaffer says, and it’s quite true, that it’s good to keep it low-key. I don’t think we’re expected to be in the play-offs so we’re taking every game as it comes and planning for the future ahead for this club.

“For us, if we can get in the play-offs what a great experience it would be for us young boys but for us personally we take every game and try to improve on our performances.”

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7:58am Mon 31 Mar 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

It was heart warming to see Nathan charge out the dug out to celebrate Louis' goal. Obviously there was some Thompson love to share, but it demonstrated to me just how much this club means to the Thompson Two.

Two of our own there!
It was heart warming to see Nathan charge out the dug out to celebrate Louis' goal. Obviously there was some Thompson love to share, but it demonstrated to me just how much this club means to the Thompson Two. Two of our own there! The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: 26

9:21am Mon 31 Mar 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

Nathan gets subbed as hes knackered and looking like hes running through treacle,louis scores and hes suddenly usain bolt around the pitch!!!hahahahaha.
Nathan gets subbed as hes knackered and looking like hes running through treacle,louis scores and hes suddenly usain bolt around the pitch!!!hahahahaha. uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: 23

9:22am Mon 31 Mar 14

the don69 says...

Yes great to see the Thompson Twins celebrating and showing what it means to them! lets hope they'll be singing (you take me up) in the future! can't see us making the play-off's this season we've left it too late and lets face it we're just not good enough or ready for the Championship yet, much work to be done building a stronger squad,be very interesting to see who Power&Coops can recruit in the close season. but over all Coops has done well this season, I thought it was going to be a long struggle to stay in this league! so for me he's over achieved!!!!
Yes great to see the Thompson Twins celebrating and showing what it means to them! lets hope they'll be singing (you take me up) in the future! can't see us making the play-off's this season we've left it too late and lets face it we're just not good enough or ready for the Championship yet, much work to be done building a stronger squad,be very interesting to see who Power&Coops can recruit in the close season. but over all Coops has done well this season, I thought it was going to be a long struggle to stay in this league! so for me he's over achieved!!!! the don69
  • Score: 52

10:17am Mon 31 Mar 14

bluesharpbob says...

Well done Louis! The boys are doing ok again at the moment. I just hope they can keep it fairly low keyish, their resurgence that is, as they don't want to much pressure, on them, with this outside chance of play-offs football. Credit too to the manager who has had a lot of unfair criticism, when things have gone wrong.
Well done Louis! The boys are doing ok again at the moment. I just hope they can keep it fairly low keyish, their resurgence that is, as they don't want to much pressure, on them, with this outside chance of play-offs football. Credit too to the manager who has had a lot of unfair criticism, when things have gone wrong. bluesharpbob
  • Score: 18

10:22am Mon 31 Mar 14

Stilloyal says...

I have to say I'm very, very pleased with the recent performances and results. This can be attributed to 2 things, 1/ Ward being replaced 2/ we've stopped playing tippy tappy and we're getting the ball forward quicker.
I'm still unsure about the play offs but I now believe we will finish top ten.

Cooper is listening to the fans at last, well done manager & players COYR's
I have to say I'm very, very pleased with the recent performances and results. This can be attributed to 2 things, 1/ Ward being replaced 2/ we've stopped playing tippy tappy and we're getting the ball forward quicker. I'm still unsure about the play offs but I now believe we will finish top ten. Cooper is listening to the fans at last, well done manager & players COYR's Stilloyal
  • Score: 9

10:53am Mon 31 Mar 14

Stilloyal says...

Of course I must not forget Wes's great form either. He looked tired and lazy until his injury, welcome back Wes.
Of course I must not forget Wes's great form either. He looked tired and lazy until his injury, welcome back Wes. Stilloyal
  • Score: 12

11:16am Mon 31 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

10 things that have made a difference in recent weeks

1) Introduction of Stephens - looks quality

2) Good management of the defensive line-up with Jay and Troy not 100% fit

3) Taking decision on Ward who clearly needed a rest having played 50+ games in a row

4) The Hall injury whilst a shame for the lad, we look better defensively without him

5) Regular 2 up top - both Storey and Smith are raw but are amongst the goals and assists...

6) Working harder defensively - this starts from the front two who have worked hard and pressure more than say Ranger on his own up top, this obv helps the mf and df. We still don't have the presence in the middle but their life is easier with the work of the front two.

7) Ben Gladwin - has given the side a lift he is also young and raw but performances like Preston give the whole side a lift.

8) Nathan as captain - just feel he has more passion about him than Wardy

9) Rejuvanation of Wes, Jay and Kasim - back to their best

10) More urgency about the side now we are mixing up the slow and quick build-up and getting the width.

I think all of these points can be linked to Cooper's decisions and management so well done to him, things needed freshening up and he's done it.
10 things that have made a difference in recent weeks 1) Introduction of Stephens - looks quality 2) Good management of the defensive line-up with Jay and Troy not 100% fit 3) Taking decision on Ward who clearly needed a rest having played 50+ games in a row 4) The Hall injury whilst a shame for the lad, we look better defensively without him 5) Regular 2 up top - both Storey and Smith are raw but are amongst the goals and assists... 6) Working harder defensively - this starts from the front two who have worked hard and pressure more than say Ranger on his own up top, this obv helps the mf and df. We still don't have the presence in the middle but their life is easier with the work of the front two. 7) Ben Gladwin - has given the side a lift he is also young and raw but performances like Preston give the whole side a lift. 8) Nathan as captain - just feel he has more passion about him than Wardy 9) Rejuvanation of Wes, Jay and Kasim - back to their best 10) More urgency about the side now we are mixing up the slow and quick build-up and getting the width. I think all of these points can be linked to Cooper's decisions and management so well done to him, things needed freshening up and he's done it. Wilesy
  • Score: 31

11:30am Mon 31 Mar 14

itslove says...

Let players just do what they are good at . Pretty passing football , triangles , coaching forget it . It hasn't worked . Cox back Miles back and we take off . Coops is the problem if he doesn't let them go for it .
Let players just do what they are good at . Pretty passing football , triangles , coaching forget it . It hasn't worked . Cox back Miles back and we take off . Coops is the problem if he doesn't let them go for it . itslove
  • Score: -26

12:01pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Davidsyrett says...

Wilesy wrote:
10 things that have made a difference in recent weeks

1) Introduction of Stephens - looks quality

2) Good management of the defensive line-up with Jay and Troy not 100% fit

3) Taking decision on Ward who clearly needed a rest having played 50+ games in a row

4) The Hall injury whilst a shame for the lad, we look better defensively without him

5) Regular 2 up top - both Storey and Smith are raw but are amongst the goals and assists...

6) Working harder defensively - this starts from the front two who have worked hard and pressure more than say Ranger on his own up top, this obv helps the mf and df. We still don't have the presence in the middle but their life is easier with the work of the front two.

7) Ben Gladwin - has given the side a lift he is also young and raw but performances like Preston give the whole side a lift.

8) Nathan as captain - just feel he has more passion about him than Wardy

9) Rejuvanation of Wes, Jay and Kasim - back to their best

10) More urgency about the side now we are mixing up the slow and quick build-up and getting the width.

I think all of these points can be linked to Cooper's decisions and management so well done to him, things needed freshening up and he's done it.
That sums it up perfectly.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: 10 things that have made a difference in recent weeks 1) Introduction of Stephens - looks quality 2) Good management of the defensive line-up with Jay and Troy not 100% fit 3) Taking decision on Ward who clearly needed a rest having played 50+ games in a row 4) The Hall injury whilst a shame for the lad, we look better defensively without him 5) Regular 2 up top - both Storey and Smith are raw but are amongst the goals and assists... 6) Working harder defensively - this starts from the front two who have worked hard and pressure more than say Ranger on his own up top, this obv helps the mf and df. We still don't have the presence in the middle but their life is easier with the work of the front two. 7) Ben Gladwin - has given the side a lift he is also young and raw but performances like Preston give the whole side a lift. 8) Nathan as captain - just feel he has more passion about him than Wardy 9) Rejuvanation of Wes, Jay and Kasim - back to their best 10) More urgency about the side now we are mixing up the slow and quick build-up and getting the width. I think all of these points can be linked to Cooper's decisions and management so well done to him, things needed freshening up and he's done it.[/p][/quote]That sums it up perfectly. Davidsyrett
  • Score: 8

12:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy, excellent post.

As regards Smith, I think the stick he's received for his performance on Saturday is out of proportion. Although his touch was not good he gave the Sheff U defence plenty to think about in terms of the physical battle. He's raw, maybe he'll never be a top notch player but we have to remember where we are. It's players with the commitment of Smith that will bring us success in this division.
Wilesy, excellent post. As regards Smith, I think the stick he's received for his performance on Saturday is out of proportion. Although his touch was not good he gave the Sheff U defence plenty to think about in terms of the physical battle. He's raw, maybe he'll never be a top notch player but we have to remember where we are. It's players with the commitment of Smith that will bring us success in this division. Oi Den!
  • Score: 18

12:33pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce.....

We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....
Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are.... Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

stfcdod says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce.....

We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....
Particularly yourself, if I may say.
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....[/p][/quote]Particularly yourself, if I may say. stfcdod
  • Score: 9

1:02pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

stfcdod wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....
Particularly yourself, if I may say.
No Mate not me I am still in the Cooper out camp, don't like him and don't feel he has done a good job, been in that camp since around three months ago and my feet are still firmly in there, just makes me laugh that we are now world beaters and the fans are all back praising him......
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....[/p][/quote]Particularly yourself, if I may say.[/p][/quote]No Mate not me I am still in the Cooper out camp, don't like him and don't feel he has done a good job, been in that camp since around three months ago and my feet are still firmly in there, just makes me laugh that we are now world beaters and the fans are all back praising him...... Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: -23

1:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Davidsyrett says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce.....

We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....
Why has the last 3 months been a farce? We went on a bad run for all sorts of reasons, but we've still got an outside chance of the play-offs.

Many said at the beginning of the season we were a Spurs feeder club, with all our loanees (and how could we build for the future?), yet on Saturday not one Spurs player was in the squad, only loan player was Stephens, and lets face it, it would be great if we could get him for next season.Cooper has now been able to choice his own team, and not worry about his having to play certain players as their contracts dictated it.

We have a sound base to work from next season, and Cooper and Power deserve a great deal of respect for what they have achieved. We are in a far better position than this time last season
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....[/p][/quote]Why has the last 3 months been a farce? We went on a bad run for all sorts of reasons, but we've still got an outside chance of the play-offs. Many said at the beginning of the season we were a Spurs feeder club, with all our loanees (and how could we build for the future?), yet on Saturday not one Spurs player was in the squad, only loan player was Stephens, and lets face it, it would be great if we could get him for next season.Cooper has now been able to choice his own team, and not worry about his having to play certain players as their contracts dictated it. We have a sound base to work from next season, and Cooper and Power deserve a great deal of respect for what they have achieved. We are in a far better position than this time last season Davidsyrett
  • Score: 26

1:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

harley red says...

We have stopped playing the sh?t tip tap crap and now get the ball forward a lot faster and we get results and far more enjoyable to watch , it took a long time for cooper to change it , but got there in the end
We have stopped playing the sh?t tip tap crap and now get the ball forward a lot faster and we get results and far more enjoyable to watch , it took a long time for cooper to change it , but got there in the end harley red
  • Score: -7

1:38pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....
Why has the last 3 months been a farce? We went on a bad run for all sorts of reasons, but we've still got an outside chance of the play-offs. Many said at the beginning of the season we were a Spurs feeder club, with all our loanees (and how could we build for the future?), yet on Saturday not one Spurs player was in the squad, only loan player was Stephens, and lets face it, it would be great if we could get him for next season.Cooper has now been able to choice his own team, and not worry about his having to play certain players as their contracts dictated it. We have a sound base to work from next season, and Cooper and Power deserve a great deal of respect for what they have achieved. We are in a far better position than this time last season
Nothing to do with the spurs loans for me if a player improves the team then I don't care if we own him or not.

I have been watching Town and season ticket holder since 82/83 season, I have travel to around 80% of the away games.

So there is the context and here is the reason I haven't liked or enjoyed the last three months. We are boring, worse than boring, it has been like watching them train, real men against boys, the annoying thing with that is as I have said many times, we have better players at the club this year than last, yes nobody could legislate for Wards form, but take the JPT semi, we play attacking football 1-0 up he changes it goes defensive for 60 minutes, why we all know we couldn't keep a clean sheet.

I was honestly debating taking a season off, it was that dull to watch, you can't blame the players, they are doing what they are told, we have seen in the last few games what they are capable of when we cut out some of the unnecessary tippy tappy, don't get me wrong I prefer football, but they were overplaying it all accross the park. If we had played this way with Nial in the team he would have loads more goals, but we always played in front of the opposition with nobody running in behind or turning their defenders, that made it easy for the other teams.

I don't like coopers arrogance or the tactics he has been using or the subs during games, if he had played this way three months agao maybe I would feel differently, the last couple of home games have been enjoyable and I have started looking at what away games I can make, having previously knocked them on the head.

I know people who have honestly stopped coming because of the football we play and how dull it has been to watch.
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....[/p][/quote]Why has the last 3 months been a farce? We went on a bad run for all sorts of reasons, but we've still got an outside chance of the play-offs. Many said at the beginning of the season we were a Spurs feeder club, with all our loanees (and how could we build for the future?), yet on Saturday not one Spurs player was in the squad, only loan player was Stephens, and lets face it, it would be great if we could get him for next season.Cooper has now been able to choice his own team, and not worry about his having to play certain players as their contracts dictated it. We have a sound base to work from next season, and Cooper and Power deserve a great deal of respect for what they have achieved. We are in a far better position than this time last season[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with the spurs loans for me if a player improves the team then I don't care if we own him or not. I have been watching Town and season ticket holder since 82/83 season, I have travel to around 80% of the away games. So there is the context and here is the reason I haven't liked or enjoyed the last three months. We are boring, worse than boring, it has been like watching them train, real men against boys, the annoying thing with that is as I have said many times, we have better players at the club this year than last, yes nobody could legislate for Wards form, but take the JPT semi, we play attacking football 1-0 up he changes it goes defensive for 60 minutes, why we all know we couldn't keep a clean sheet. I was honestly debating taking a season off, it was that dull to watch, you can't blame the players, they are doing what they are told, we have seen in the last few games what they are capable of when we cut out some of the unnecessary tippy tappy, don't get me wrong I prefer football, but they were overplaying it all accross the park. If we had played this way with Nial in the team he would have loads more goals, but we always played in front of the opposition with nobody running in behind or turning their defenders, that made it easy for the other teams. I don't like coopers arrogance or the tactics he has been using or the subs during games, if he had played this way three months agao maybe I would feel differently, the last couple of home games have been enjoyable and I have started looking at what away games I can make, having previously knocked them on the head. I know people who have honestly stopped coming because of the football we play and how dull it has been to watch. Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 4

1:52pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
stfcdod wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....
Particularly yourself, if I may say.
No Mate not me I am still in the Cooper out camp, don't like him and don't feel he has done a good job, been in that camp since around three months ago and my feet are still firmly in there, just makes me laugh that we are now world beaters and the fans are all back praising him......
The problems were not of Cooper's making. They were due to McCrory and Power wanting us to play like Barcelona and assuming we could do that because we'd signed a few unwanted players from Tottenham. The Spurs connection has been partially successful and partially hopeless. Did anyone from STFC actually watch all those players before they were signed and decide they were good enough for us? Seems unlikely, as there appears to be an assumption that players must be good because they are on the books of a Premier League club. With the amount of money washing around at that level these days, the top clubs can gamble on doling out contracts to unproven young players without worrying too much about whether they will make the grade or not.

In the last couple of weeks it's started to feel like we're getting our identity back. Very fitting that Louis Thompson scored the winner on Saturday to cap off a gritty performance by a committed group of players.
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....[/p][/quote]Particularly yourself, if I may say.[/p][/quote]No Mate not me I am still in the Cooper out camp, don't like him and don't feel he has done a good job, been in that camp since around three months ago and my feet are still firmly in there, just makes me laugh that we are now world beaters and the fans are all back praising him......[/p][/quote]The problems were not of Cooper's making. They were due to McCrory and Power wanting us to play like Barcelona and assuming we could do that because we'd signed a few unwanted players from Tottenham. The Spurs connection has been partially successful and partially hopeless. Did anyone from STFC actually watch all those players before they were signed and decide they were good enough for us? Seems unlikely, as there appears to be an assumption that players must be good because they are on the books of a Premier League club. With the amount of money washing around at that level these days, the top clubs can gamble on doling out contracts to unproven young players without worrying too much about whether they will make the grade or not. In the last couple of weeks it's started to feel like we're getting our identity back. Very fitting that Louis Thompson scored the winner on Saturday to cap off a gritty performance by a committed group of players. Oi Den!
  • Score: 8

2:00pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote:
stfcdod wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....
Particularly yourself, if I may say.
No Mate not me I am still in the Cooper out camp, don't like him and don't feel he has done a good job, been in that camp since around three months ago and my feet are still firmly in there, just makes me laugh that we are now world beaters and the fans are all back praising him......
The problems were not of Cooper's making. They were due to McCrory and Power wanting us to play like Barcelona and assuming we could do that because we'd signed a few unwanted players from Tottenham. The Spurs connection has been partially successful and partially hopeless. Did anyone from STFC actually watch all those players before they were signed and decide they were good enough for us? Seems unlikely, as there appears to be an assumption that players must be good because they are on the books of a Premier League club. With the amount of money washing around at that level these days, the top clubs can gamble on doling out contracts to unproven young players without worrying too much about whether they will make the grade or not. In the last couple of weeks it's started to feel like we're getting our identity back. Very fitting that Louis Thompson scored the winner on Saturday to cap off a gritty performance by a committed group of players.
Den, you are saying then that Cooper is a liar, because all through the season he has been saying that they play the way he wants, his tactics and his formation....
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....[/p][/quote]Particularly yourself, if I may say.[/p][/quote]No Mate not me I am still in the Cooper out camp, don't like him and don't feel he has done a good job, been in that camp since around three months ago and my feet are still firmly in there, just makes me laugh that we are now world beaters and the fans are all back praising him......[/p][/quote]The problems were not of Cooper's making. They were due to McCrory and Power wanting us to play like Barcelona and assuming we could do that because we'd signed a few unwanted players from Tottenham. The Spurs connection has been partially successful and partially hopeless. Did anyone from STFC actually watch all those players before they were signed and decide they were good enough for us? Seems unlikely, as there appears to be an assumption that players must be good because they are on the books of a Premier League club. With the amount of money washing around at that level these days, the top clubs can gamble on doling out contracts to unproven young players without worrying too much about whether they will make the grade or not. In the last couple of weeks it's started to feel like we're getting our identity back. Very fitting that Louis Thompson scored the winner on Saturday to cap off a gritty performance by a committed group of players.[/p][/quote]Den, you are saying then that Cooper is a liar, because all through the season he has been saying that they play the way he wants, his tactics and his formation.... Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: -7

2:01pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Davidsyrett says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....
Why has the last 3 months been a farce? We went on a bad run for all sorts of reasons, but we've still got an outside chance of the play-offs. Many said at the beginning of the season we were a Spurs feeder club, with all our loanees (and how could we build for the future?), yet on Saturday not one Spurs player was in the squad, only loan player was Stephens, and lets face it, it would be great if we could get him for next season.Cooper has now been able to choice his own team, and not worry about his having to play certain players as their contracts dictated it. We have a sound base to work from next season, and Cooper and Power deserve a great deal of respect for what they have achieved. We are in a far better position than this time last season
Nothing to do with the spurs loans for me if a player improves the team then I don't care if we own him or not.

I have been watching Town and season ticket holder since 82/83 season, I have travel to around 80% of the away games.

So there is the context and here is the reason I haven't liked or enjoyed the last three months. We are boring, worse than boring, it has been like watching them train, real men against boys, the annoying thing with that is as I have said many times, we have better players at the club this year than last, yes nobody could legislate for Wards form, but take the JPT semi, we play attacking football 1-0 up he changes it goes defensive for 60 minutes, why we all know we couldn't keep a clean sheet.

I was honestly debating taking a season off, it was that dull to watch, you can't blame the players, they are doing what they are told, we have seen in the last few games what they are capable of when we cut out some of the unnecessary tippy tappy, don't get me wrong I prefer football, but they were overplaying it all accross the park. If we had played this way with Nial in the team he would have loads more goals, but we always played in front of the opposition with nobody running in behind or turning their defenders, that made it easy for the other teams.

I don't like coopers arrogance or the tactics he has been using or the subs during games, if he had played this way three months agao maybe I would feel differently, the last couple of home games have been enjoyable and I have started looking at what away games I can make, having previously knocked them on the head.

I know people who have honestly stopped coming because of the football we play and how dull it has been to watch.
My question really was what makes it a "Farce"?

I would describe last season as a farce, or the season Wilson got us relegated as a farce, but not his one.

Up until Christmas we were playing excellent football, but then lost our way until recently, and I agree some of the games have been tedious to watch, but you have to judge a team over the whole season. Possible play-offs and a penalty away from the JPS has hardly been a failure and will certainly not be a reason to sack Cooper.

Some of our own youngsters have made huge improvements this season, and gives us something to look forward to next season, and surely for the sake of a few bad games, it's been worth it.

If next this time next season we are in the play-offs or better, surely a little bit of pain will be worth the gain as long as the players and management learn from it?
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha, we are suddenly a force, but for the three months previous we were a farce..... We are improved no doubt about it, its just amazing how fickle our fans are....[/p][/quote]Why has the last 3 months been a farce? We went on a bad run for all sorts of reasons, but we've still got an outside chance of the play-offs. Many said at the beginning of the season we were a Spurs feeder club, with all our loanees (and how could we build for the future?), yet on Saturday not one Spurs player was in the squad, only loan player was Stephens, and lets face it, it would be great if we could get him for next season.Cooper has now been able to choice his own team, and not worry about his having to play certain players as their contracts dictated it. We have a sound base to work from next season, and Cooper and Power deserve a great deal of respect for what they have achieved. We are in a far better position than this time last season[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with the spurs loans for me if a player improves the team then I don't care if we own him or not. I have been watching Town and season ticket holder since 82/83 season, I have travel to around 80% of the away games. So there is the context and here is the reason I haven't liked or enjoyed the last three months. We are boring, worse than boring, it has been like watching them train, real men against boys, the annoying thing with that is as I have said many times, we have better players at the club this year than last, yes nobody could legislate for Wards form, but take the JPT semi, we play attacking football 1-0 up he changes it goes defensive for 60 minutes, why we all know we couldn't keep a clean sheet. I was honestly debating taking a season off, it was that dull to watch, you can't blame the players, they are doing what they are told, we have seen in the last few games what they are capable of when we cut out some of the unnecessary tippy tappy, don't get me wrong I prefer football, but they were overplaying it all accross the park. If we had played this way with Nial in the team he would have loads more goals, but we always played in front of the opposition with nobody running in behind or turning their defenders, that made it easy for the other teams. I don't like coopers arrogance or the tactics he has been using or the subs during games, if he had played this way three months agao maybe I would feel differently, the last couple of home games have been enjoyable and I have started looking at what away games I can make, having previously knocked them on the head. I know people who have honestly stopped coming because of the football we play and how dull it has been to watch.[/p][/quote]My question really was what makes it a "Farce"? I would describe last season as a farce, or the season Wilson got us relegated as a farce, but not his one. Up until Christmas we were playing excellent football, but then lost our way until recently, and I agree some of the games have been tedious to watch, but you have to judge a team over the whole season. Possible play-offs and a penalty away from the JPS has hardly been a failure and will certainly not be a reason to sack Cooper. Some of our own youngsters have made huge improvements this season, and gives us something to look forward to next season, and surely for the sake of a few bad games, it's been worth it. If next this time next season we are in the play-offs or better, surely a little bit of pain will be worth the gain as long as the players and management learn from it? Davidsyrett
  • Score: 8

2:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

I have never heard Cooper say we were playing the way he wants. On a number of occasions he's talked about "the way we have to play", "the remit" or "the brief". To me, that says "those are my instructions". He's obviously not going to overstate the point, especially if he disagrees with it, but I honestly do not believe that the painfully slow football we were playing is his way of doing things. I think it's more likely that he's now said to Power something like "Give me a chance to do it my way and I'll stand or fall by it". Or maybe he's just gambled his job on doing it his way anyway because he knew we were going nowhere before.

Lovesey, if you can show me a direct quote from Cooper where he's said "this is the way I want to do things" rather than "this is the way we have to play", I will gladly take back all I've said.
I have never heard Cooper say we were playing the way he wants. On a number of occasions he's talked about "the way we have to play", "the remit" or "the brief". To me, that says "those are my instructions". He's obviously not going to overstate the point, especially if he disagrees with it, but I honestly do not believe that the painfully slow football we were playing is his way of doing things. I think it's more likely that he's now said to Power something like "Give me a chance to do it my way and I'll stand or fall by it". Or maybe he's just gambled his job on doing it his way anyway because he knew we were going nowhere before. Lovesey, if you can show me a direct quote from Cooper where he's said "this is the way I want to do things" rather than "this is the way we have to play", I will gladly take back all I've said. Oi Den!
  • Score: 4

3:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen.
Oh hang on we won.
Two faced Hypocrites.
Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen. Oh hang on we won. Two faced Hypocrites. smirg kcab
  • Score: -24

3:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen.
Oh hang on we won.
Two faced Hypocrites.
No one's mentioned Archibald-Henville's late over-the-top tackle that didn't even get a booking either. The ref was pretty lenient, seemed to want to keep the game going and keep his cards in his pocket, although some of the second half decisions looked a bit odd. Kasim's booking was idiotic. The ref gave him a chance after his first bit of backchat but he seemed determined to talk his way in to the book. Our discipline has been appalling at times.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen. Oh hang on we won. Two faced Hypocrites.[/p][/quote]No one's mentioned Archibald-Henville's late over-the-top tackle that didn't even get a booking either. The ref was pretty lenient, seemed to want to keep the game going and keep his cards in his pocket, although some of the second half decisions looked a bit odd. Kasim's booking was idiotic. The ref gave him a chance after his first bit of backchat but he seemed determined to talk his way in to the book. Our discipline has been appalling at times. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Mon 31 Mar 14

hertz says...

I appreciate currently 7th is good form and exeeds most expectations , the frustration comes because seeing what we saw at start of season and what we see now we could have ben in play offs , I am afaid Copperman messed around far too much around the semi fnal , we lost our way and lost our place in the final . We coul have been in a much better poition , thats why it was a farce .IMHO COYR
I appreciate currently 7th is good form and exeeds most expectations , the frustration comes because seeing what we saw at start of season and what we see now we could have ben in play offs , I am afaid Copperman messed around far too much around the semi fnal , we lost our way and lost our place in the final . We coul have been in a much better poition , thats why it was a farce .IMHO COYR hertz
  • Score: -14

7:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

Wilesy wrote:
10 things that have made a difference in recent weeks

1) Introduction of Stephens - looks quality

2) Good management of the defensive line-up with Jay and Troy not 100% fit

3) Taking decision on Ward who clearly needed a rest having played 50+ games in a row

4) The Hall injury whilst a shame for the lad, we look better defensively without him

5) Regular 2 up top - both Storey and Smith are raw but are amongst the goals and assists...

6) Working harder defensively - this starts from the front two who have worked hard and pressure more than say Ranger on his own up top, this obv helps the mf and df. We still don't have the presence in the middle but their life is easier with the work of the front two.

7) Ben Gladwin - has given the side a lift he is also young and raw but performances like Preston give the whole side a lift.

8) Nathan as captain - just feel he has more passion about him than Wardy

9) Rejuvanation of Wes, Jay and Kasim - back to their best

10) More urgency about the side now we are mixing up the slow and quick build-up and getting the width.

I think all of these points can be linked to Cooper's decisions and management so well done to him, things needed freshening up and he's done it.
all good points as ever Wilesy. I was so busy jumping up and down on Saturday when the goal went in I had no idea who scored or saw Nath run round the pitch!

Defo big imprvements and good signs. As a happy clapper even I would admit though had Wes not pulled of that blinding save it would have been a different feeling as the crossbar on the Wirrall - but that's football and we have deserved the odd thing to go our way!
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: 10 things that have made a difference in recent weeks 1) Introduction of Stephens - looks quality 2) Good management of the defensive line-up with Jay and Troy not 100% fit 3) Taking decision on Ward who clearly needed a rest having played 50+ games in a row 4) The Hall injury whilst a shame for the lad, we look better defensively without him 5) Regular 2 up top - both Storey and Smith are raw but are amongst the goals and assists... 6) Working harder defensively - this starts from the front two who have worked hard and pressure more than say Ranger on his own up top, this obv helps the mf and df. We still don't have the presence in the middle but their life is easier with the work of the front two. 7) Ben Gladwin - has given the side a lift he is also young and raw but performances like Preston give the whole side a lift. 8) Nathan as captain - just feel he has more passion about him than Wardy 9) Rejuvanation of Wes, Jay and Kasim - back to their best 10) More urgency about the side now we are mixing up the slow and quick build-up and getting the width. I think all of these points can be linked to Cooper's decisions and management so well done to him, things needed freshening up and he's done it.[/p][/quote]all good points as ever Wilesy. I was so busy jumping up and down on Saturday when the goal went in I had no idea who scored or saw Nath run round the pitch! Defo big imprvements and good signs. As a happy clapper even I would admit though had Wes not pulled of that blinding save it would have been a different feeling as the crossbar on the Wirrall - but that's football and we have deserved the odd thing to go our way! bearwoodred
  • Score: 0

8:04pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, excellent post.

As regards Smith, I think the stick he's received for his performance on Saturday is out of proportion. Although his touch was not good he gave the Sheff U defence plenty to think about in terms of the physical battle. He's raw, maybe he'll never be a top notch player but we have to remember where we are. It's players with the commitment of Smith that will bring us success in this division.
I agree Den, I like Smith thought he was off his game on Saturday in terms of touch etc. and became less of a threat as the game went on but that may be frustration as not performing how you want to. It happens no need for some fans to give him stick - this Saturday he may well get a couple.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, excellent post. As regards Smith, I think the stick he's received for his performance on Saturday is out of proportion. Although his touch was not good he gave the Sheff U defence plenty to think about in terms of the physical battle. He's raw, maybe he'll never be a top notch player but we have to remember where we are. It's players with the commitment of Smith that will bring us success in this division.[/p][/quote]I agree Den, I like Smith thought he was off his game on Saturday in terms of touch etc. and became less of a threat as the game went on but that may be frustration as not performing how you want to. It happens no need for some fans to give him stick - this Saturday he may well get a couple. bearwoodred
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen.
Oh hang on we won.
Two faced Hypocrites.
I see you're racking up the minuses again then grim, even though you made a valid point. All hell would have broken loose on here if it was us who'd been denied that penalty and we'd lost the game. Strange how these important so called "big decisions" are quickly forgotten when they go in our favour. We came out of that one on the right side. Might be worth bearing it in mind next time one goes against us.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen. Oh hang on we won. Two faced Hypocrites.[/p][/quote]I see you're racking up the minuses again then grim, even though you made a valid point. All hell would have broken loose on here if it was us who'd been denied that penalty and we'd lost the game. Strange how these important so called "big decisions" are quickly forgotten when they go in our favour. We came out of that one on the right side. Might be worth bearing it in mind next time one goes against us. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

9:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Oi Den! wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen.
Oh hang on we won.
Two faced Hypocrites.
I see you're racking up the minuses again then grim, even though you made a valid point. All hell would have broken loose on here if it was us who'd been denied that penalty and we'd lost the game. Strange how these important so called "big decisions" are quickly forgotten when they go in our favour. We came out of that one on the right side. Might be worth bearing it in mind next time one goes against us.
Thanks den it's the only topic I could think off to wind our fellow fans up lol.
A win makes all the difference, and things soon get missed, really enjoyed the game two teams working hard, great noise in the Townend when the keeper fluffed thommos shot.
The two at the cack looks like they've played there for years together, still struggle to find anything good about smith tho,
Enjoy the rest of the week
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen. Oh hang on we won. Two faced Hypocrites.[/p][/quote]I see you're racking up the minuses again then grim, even though you made a valid point. All hell would have broken loose on here if it was us who'd been denied that penalty and we'd lost the game. Strange how these important so called "big decisions" are quickly forgotten when they go in our favour. We came out of that one on the right side. Might be worth bearing it in mind next time one goes against us.[/p][/quote]Thanks den it's the only topic I could think off to wind our fellow fans up lol. A win makes all the difference, and things soon get missed, really enjoyed the game two teams working hard, great noise in the Townend when the keeper fluffed thommos shot. The two at the cack looks like they've played there for years together, still struggle to find anything good about smith tho, Enjoy the rest of the week smirg kcab
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen.
Oh hang on we won.
Two faced Hypocrites.
I see you're racking up the minuses again then grim, even though you made a valid point. All hell would have broken loose on here if it was us who'd been denied that penalty and we'd lost the game. Strange how these important so called "big decisions" are quickly forgotten when they go in our favour. We came out of that one on the right side. Might be worth bearing it in mind next time one goes against us.
Thanks den it's the only topic I could think off to wind our fellow fans up lol.
A win makes all the difference, and things soon get missed, really enjoyed the game two teams working hard, great noise in the Townend when the keeper fluffed thommos shot.
The two at the cack looks like they've played there for years together, still struggle to find anything good about smith tho,
Enjoy the rest of the week
Back or cack? Make what you want
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen. Oh hang on we won. Two faced Hypocrites.[/p][/quote]I see you're racking up the minuses again then grim, even though you made a valid point. All hell would have broken loose on here if it was us who'd been denied that penalty and we'd lost the game. Strange how these important so called "big decisions" are quickly forgotten when they go in our favour. We came out of that one on the right side. Might be worth bearing it in mind next time one goes against us.[/p][/quote]Thanks den it's the only topic I could think off to wind our fellow fans up lol. A win makes all the difference, and things soon get missed, really enjoyed the game two teams working hard, great noise in the Townend when the keeper fluffed thommos shot. The two at the cack looks like they've played there for years together, still struggle to find anything good about smith tho, Enjoy the rest of the week[/p][/quote]Back or cack? Make what you want smirg kcab
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen.
Oh hang on we won.
Two faced Hypocrites.
I see you're racking up the minuses again then grim, even though you made a valid point. All hell would have broken loose on here if it was us who'd been denied that penalty and we'd lost the game. Strange how these important so called "big decisions" are quickly forgotten when they go in our favour. We came out of that one on the right side. Might be worth bearing it in mind next time one goes against us.
Thanks den it's the only topic I could think off to wind our fellow fans up lol.
A win makes all the difference, and things soon get missed, really enjoyed the game two teams working hard, great noise in the Townend when the keeper fluffed thommos shot.
The two at the cack looks like they've played there for years together, still struggle to find anything good about smith tho,
Enjoy the rest of the week
Bet if he was born in Swindon and came up through the youth team he would be the DB.

Difference in last few games, luck and we have won.

Lovesay, sat back or pushed back. Which was it Saturday ? No different to MK Dons or Posh IMO but we got a break and scored we didn't in the other games. Same against Preston but they couldn't hit a barn door in the last 20 minutes.

Also Grim you forgot to mention the elbow, Nathan should probably have been sent off in the first half.

I've not seen a change in style, I've seen a change in urgency, a change in formation (from a many with no plan B apparently) and the ball moved quicker but the underlying style is the same. Players relaxed perhaps and a crap player proving posters wrong with a fighting display


Never supported Mark or been against him I just believed he needed to be given a chance and the club a bit of stability. Recently we have had a bit of luck, which let us down last year, and we have seen some good play. Happy with season as almost complete rebuild and restructuring of finances have hopefully been achieved. We have some very talented youngsters who now have a season behind them. Renewed season ticket because next season is the one to look forward to. Could even be in a higher league, very unlikely IMO but there is a chance. As a fan isn't that what you hope for rather than a season fizzling out (as it would appear to be for our friends down the road).

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Strange how no ones moaning about the ref, after he never gave them a stone Waller pen. Oh hang on we won. Two faced Hypocrites.[/p][/quote]I see you're racking up the minuses again then grim, even though you made a valid point. All hell would have broken loose on here if it was us who'd been denied that penalty and we'd lost the game. Strange how these important so called "big decisions" are quickly forgotten when they go in our favour. We came out of that one on the right side. Might be worth bearing it in mind next time one goes against us.[/p][/quote]Thanks den it's the only topic I could think off to wind our fellow fans up lol. A win makes all the difference, and things soon get missed, really enjoyed the game two teams working hard, great noise in the Townend when the keeper fluffed thommos shot. The two at the cack looks like they've played there for years together, still struggle to find anything good about smith tho, Enjoy the rest of the week[/p][/quote]Bet if he was born in Swindon and came up through the youth team he would be the DB. Difference in last few games, luck and we have won. Lovesay, sat back or pushed back. Which was it Saturday ? No different to MK Dons or Posh IMO but we got a break and scored we didn't in the other games. Same against Preston but they couldn't hit a barn door in the last 20 minutes. Also Grim you forgot to mention the elbow, Nathan should probably have been sent off in the first half. I've not seen a change in style, I've seen a change in urgency, a change in formation (from a many with no plan B apparently) and the ball moved quicker but the underlying style is the same. Players relaxed perhaps and a crap player proving posters wrong with a fighting display Never supported Mark or been against him I just believed he needed to be given a chance and the club a bit of stability. Recently we have had a bit of luck, which let us down last year, and we have seen some good play. Happy with season as almost complete rebuild and restructuring of finances have hopefully been achieved. We have some very talented youngsters who now have a season behind them. Renewed season ticket because next season is the one to look forward to. Could even be in a higher league, very unlikely IMO but there is a chance. As a fan isn't that what you hope for rather than a season fizzling out (as it would appear to be for our friends down the road). COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: -1

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