Cooper may leave star midfielder Pritchard on the bench

Town midfielder Alex Pritchard

Town midfielder Alex Pritchard

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ALEX Pritchard is not necessarily guaranteed an automatic place in the Swindon Town line-up when he returns from suspension for tomorrow’s trip to Carlisle United.

The tricky midfielder, who has completed a three-match ban incurred by the red card he picked up at Bristol City last month, will be involved in manager Mark Cooper’s matchday squad at Brunton Park.

However, Cooper remained coy when questioned about the Tottenham loanee’s return, stressing that it would be hard for anyone to oust Town’s in-form players from their starting berths.

“Alex gives us something a little bit different. He’s a little unorthodox in the way he plays, a little bit of a throw-back, jinky wide player and we know with Alex that at any time of the game he can create something out of nothing for us,” he said.

“It’s another good player back in the squad.

“What it does do is create competition. The players who are in the team at the minute are thinking ‘Pritch is back this week, I’ve got to make sure I run about and give everything I’ve got otherwise Pritch is going to come back in the team’.

“I think the players are comfortable in that they know that if they’re doing the business they’re going to stay in the team.”

Meanwhile, Cooper reiterated that Nile Ranger will definitely not be fit enough to play any part for Town for the remainder of the season, despite reports of his enthusiastic celebration of Louis Thompson’s late winning goal against Sheffield United last weekend.

When asked whether there was any chance he would recover before the end of the term, Cooper told the Advertiser: “None whatsoever. We’ve just got to make sure he’s right for pre-season.”

Ryan Mason, meanwhile, continues his rehabilitation from an ankle operation at Spurs.

Cooper added: “There’s no immediate plans for him to come back and join us at the moment.”

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6:05am Sat 5 Apr 14

california andy says...

"Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.
"Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option. california andy
  • Score: 8

6:47am Sat 5 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Among supporters, no room for Pretty Boys, only those dedicated to OUR cause need turn up. The last four games have taught us that. Hope Gladwin is there too, as he has certainly bumped a few shoulders to muscle his way in, well done that man.

Carlisle is never an easy place to go to, wish our lads every success today to keep up the pressure on those above. If we keep winning, it keeps them on edge, pressure, pressure, pressure, lets make it work in our favour..

RED ARMY !!
Among supporters, no room for Pretty Boys, only those dedicated to OUR cause need turn up. The last four games have taught us that. Hope Gladwin is there too, as he has certainly bumped a few shoulders to muscle his way in, well done that man. Carlisle is never an easy place to go to, wish our lads every success today to keep up the pressure on those above. If we keep winning, it keeps them on edge, pressure, pressure, pressure, lets make it work in our favour.. RED ARMY !! the wizard
  • Score: 4

8:04am Sat 5 Apr 14

stokes_stfc says...

california andy wrote:
"Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.
This does sound promising... Although I've found the whole thing a bit unusual - he didn't have a terrible injury that you would expect to put him out for so long. Maybe it is just down to the injury, but I can't help feeling that there is more to it than this
[quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: "Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.[/p][/quote]This does sound promising... Although I've found the whole thing a bit unusual - he didn't have a terrible injury that you would expect to put him out for so long. Maybe it is just down to the injury, but I can't help feeling that there is more to it than this stokes_stfc
  • Score: 1

8:25am Sat 5 Apr 14

umpcah says...

california andy wrote:
"Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.
The silence is probably because they have to wait and see what trouble Ranger gets into during the next few months ! Has he been let off by Liverpool police in respect of the taxi damage incident ?
[quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: "Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.[/p][/quote]The silence is probably because they have to wait and see what trouble Ranger gets into during the next few months ! Has he been let off by Liverpool police in respect of the taxi damage incident ? umpcah
  • Score: 0

8:45am Sat 5 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

I'm just intrigued by the reports of Ranger's "enthusiastic celebration" of Thompson's goal! Did he he do a courtroom-style celebration sprint? Or run a marathon perhaps? Come on Adver, spill the beans. Or if I've missed something, maybe fellow posters can throw some light on it.

1-0 win today.
I'm just intrigued by the reports of Ranger's "enthusiastic celebration" of Thompson's goal! Did he he do a courtroom-style celebration sprint? Or run a marathon perhaps? Come on Adver, spill the beans. Or if I've missed something, maybe fellow posters can throw some light on it. 1-0 win today. Oi Den!
  • Score: -3

8:48am Sat 5 Apr 14

old town robin says...

Hope Sam set off in good time this time, ;that M6 can a bit of a mare;Lol.

Agree with the article, wouldn't change things too much, quite impressed with Alex Smith, think he deserves to keep his place and I'm sure we have won more when he's been playing than not. He may not be quite as good as Pritch going forward, but he gets back and helps the defence more and is one of the reasons we have improved at the back by defending further up the pitch.

Midfield will be the key today, barring injury the back 4 and two up front will be the same as last time out. If he was to stick with the same midfield starters as last week which was Alex Smith Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox. he then has options of Pritch, Luango, Louis Thompson and Byrne's on the bench whom apart from Louis who is considered more of a defensive option, the other 3 can add to the attack going forward ,

He has plenty of options to change things round. I don't think he will stick with the same midfield as we played against Sheffield, but even with Mason and Harley out we still have 8 very good players on their day to call on to fill 4 places. I just hope Cooper can show the nous to change things earlier rather than later if we need to, By that I mean he should know 15 minutes into the second half if we have the upper hand or not and not wait until the last 5 minutes and expect a sub to change the game..

Wish them good luck today and give the travelling fans somehing to enjoy on the long road home. Anyone know who the ref is today?
Hope Sam set off in good time this time, ;that M6 can a bit of a mare;Lol. Agree with the article, wouldn't change things too much, quite impressed with Alex Smith, think he deserves to keep his place and I'm sure we have won more when he's been playing than not. He may not be quite as good as Pritch going forward, but he gets back and helps the defence more and is one of the reasons we have improved at the back by defending further up the pitch. Midfield will be the key today, barring injury the back 4 and two up front will be the same as last time out. If he was to stick with the same midfield starters as last week which was Alex Smith Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox. he then has options of Pritch, Luango, Louis Thompson and Byrne's on the bench whom apart from Louis who is considered more of a defensive option, the other 3 can add to the attack going forward , He has plenty of options to change things round. I don't think he will stick with the same midfield as we played against Sheffield, but even with Mason and Harley out we still have 8 very good players on their day to call on to fill 4 places. I just hope Cooper can show the nous to change things earlier rather than later if we need to, By that I mean he should know 15 minutes into the second half if we have the upper hand or not and not wait until the last 5 minutes and expect a sub to change the game.. Wish them good luck today and give the travelling fans somehing to enjoy on the long road home. Anyone know who the ref is today? old town robin
  • Score: 3

8:55am Sat 5 Apr 14

the don69 says...

umpcah wrote:
california andy wrote:
"Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.
The silence is probably because they have to wait and see what trouble Ranger gets into during the next few months ! Has he been let off by Liverpool police in respect of the taxi damage incident ?
We all know Ranger is a liability off the pitch! but on it he's a class act,not to pick-up our option on him would be foolish in my opinion,it's a gamble worth taking with very little to lose,if his off field liability continues and he gets in more trouble or misbehaves he can be sacked ~(without pay-off) but if it came good and he does the business on the pitch, Power must think we could be on a nice little earner or best of all he could help us get to the promised land of the Championship!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: "Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.[/p][/quote]The silence is probably because they have to wait and see what trouble Ranger gets into during the next few months ! Has he been let off by Liverpool police in respect of the taxi damage incident ?[/p][/quote]We all know Ranger is a liability off the pitch! but on it he's a class act,not to pick-up our option on him would be foolish in my opinion,it's a gamble worth taking with very little to lose,if his off field liability continues and he gets in more trouble or misbehaves he can be sacked ~(without pay-off) but if it came good and he does the business on the pitch, Power must think we could be on a nice little earner or best of all he could help us get to the promised land of the Championship!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 5

9:03am Sat 5 Apr 14

jayden says...

old town robin wrote:
Hope Sam set off in good time this time, ;that M6 can a bit of a mare;Lol.

Agree with the article, wouldn't change things too much, quite impressed with Alex Smith, think he deserves to keep his place and I'm sure we have won more when he's been playing than not. He may not be quite as good as Pritch going forward, but he gets back and helps the defence more and is one of the reasons we have improved at the back by defending further up the pitch.

Midfield will be the key today, barring injury the back 4 and two up front will be the same as last time out. If he was to stick with the same midfield starters as last week which was Alex Smith Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox. he then has options of Pritch, Luango, Louis Thompson and Byrne's on the bench whom apart from Louis who is considered more of a defensive option, the other 3 can add to the attack going forward ,

He has plenty of options to change things round. I don't think he will stick with the same midfield as we played against Sheffield, but even with Mason and Harley out we still have 8 very good players on their day to call on to fill 4 places. I just hope Cooper can show the nous to change things earlier rather than later if we need to, By that I mean he should know 15 minutes into the second half if we have the upper hand or not and not wait until the last 5 minutes and expect a sub to change the game..

Wish them good luck today and give the travelling fans somehing to enjoy on the long road home. Anyone know who the ref is today?
Nigel Miller.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: Hope Sam set off in good time this time, ;that M6 can a bit of a mare;Lol. Agree with the article, wouldn't change things too much, quite impressed with Alex Smith, think he deserves to keep his place and I'm sure we have won more when he's been playing than not. He may not be quite as good as Pritch going forward, but he gets back and helps the defence more and is one of the reasons we have improved at the back by defending further up the pitch. Midfield will be the key today, barring injury the back 4 and two up front will be the same as last time out. If he was to stick with the same midfield starters as last week which was Alex Smith Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox. he then has options of Pritch, Luango, Louis Thompson and Byrne's on the bench whom apart from Louis who is considered more of a defensive option, the other 3 can add to the attack going forward , He has plenty of options to change things round. I don't think he will stick with the same midfield as we played against Sheffield, but even with Mason and Harley out we still have 8 very good players on their day to call on to fill 4 places. I just hope Cooper can show the nous to change things earlier rather than later if we need to, By that I mean he should know 15 minutes into the second half if we have the upper hand or not and not wait until the last 5 minutes and expect a sub to change the game.. Wish them good luck today and give the travelling fans somehing to enjoy on the long road home. Anyone know who the ref is today?[/p][/quote]Nigel Miller. jayden
  • Score: 1

9:07am Sat 5 Apr 14

London Red says...

stokes_stfc wrote:
california andy wrote:
"Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.
This does sound promising... Although I've found the whole thing a bit unusual - he didn't have a terrible injury that you would expect to put him out for so long. Maybe it is just down to the injury, but I can't help feeling that there is more to it than this
He had a grade 3 hamstring tear - which is pretty serious (relative to football)
.
A grade three Hamstring strain is a very serious injury. There is an immediate burning or stabbing pain and the athlete is unable to walk without pain. The muscle is completely torn and there may be a large lump of muscle tissue above a depression where the tear is. After a few days with grade two and three injuries a large bruise will appear below the injury site caused by the bleeding within the tissues.
.
The fact he was helped off the pitch and seen being helped to walk after the game shows that it clearly looks like a grade 3 tear.
.
The following website says recovery is 3 to 6 months - which fits with rest of season
.
http://physioworks.c
om.au/injuries-condi
tions-1/hamstring-st
rains-amp-injuries
.
Think this celebration thing is same as court room and totally over played by some - he was probably seen jumping up and down like the rest of us - which is totally different to being able play football for 90 mins
.
Very happy about the pre-season comment as it suggest he will be here - which boost our chance of being sucessful dramatically
[quote][p][bold]stokes_stfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: "Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.[/p][/quote]This does sound promising... Although I've found the whole thing a bit unusual - he didn't have a terrible injury that you would expect to put him out for so long. Maybe it is just down to the injury, but I can't help feeling that there is more to it than this[/p][/quote]He had a grade 3 hamstring tear - which is pretty serious (relative to football) . A grade three Hamstring strain is a very serious injury. There is an immediate burning or stabbing pain and the athlete is unable to walk without pain. The muscle is completely torn and there may be a large lump of muscle tissue above a depression where the tear is. After a few days with grade two and three injuries a large bruise will appear below the injury site caused by the bleeding within the tissues. . The fact he was helped off the pitch and seen being helped to walk after the game shows that it clearly looks like a grade 3 tear. . The following website says recovery is 3 to 6 months - which fits with rest of season . http://physioworks.c om.au/injuries-condi tions-1/hamstring-st rains-amp-injuries . Think this celebration thing is same as court room and totally over played by some - he was probably seen jumping up and down like the rest of us - which is totally different to being able play football for 90 mins . Very happy about the pre-season comment as it suggest he will be here - which boost our chance of being sucessful dramatically London Red
  • Score: 2

9:13am Sat 5 Apr 14

London Red says...

As I said last week - think Pritchard gets unbelievable unjustified stick
.
OK he needs to grow up - but so do Kasim and Jay for example who get booked for dissent regularly - Kasim particularly who is on what 13 bookings now!
.
Yet can't see many calling for him to be thrown out the team!
.
Pritchard as Cooper says adds that extra dimension to is and the fact our forward were isolated last week demonstrat we need that thrust from midfield - so I won't complain if he starts
.
However - should Cooper want to make a statement that play well stay in and bench him - fine - as he can come on if needed
As I said last week - think Pritchard gets unbelievable unjustified stick . OK he needs to grow up - but so do Kasim and Jay for example who get booked for dissent regularly - Kasim particularly who is on what 13 bookings now! . Yet can't see many calling for him to be thrown out the team! . Pritchard as Cooper says adds that extra dimension to is and the fact our forward were isolated last week demonstrat we need that thrust from midfield - so I won't complain if he starts . However - should Cooper want to make a statement that play well stay in and bench him - fine - as he can come on if needed London Red
  • Score: 0

9:15am Sat 5 Apr 14

MarksDad says...

LP said on radio a couple of weeks ago that he would be talking to Ranger to see what he intended to do next year. He basically implied that the option would be taken up irrespective of whether Ranger was here or looking to move elsewhere.

I took that to mean if he does want to move on we would be looking for a fee.

Hope he does stay, on the field he's a different class.

COYR
LP said on radio a couple of weeks ago that he would be talking to Ranger to see what he intended to do next year. He basically implied that the option would be taken up irrespective of whether Ranger was here or looking to move elsewhere. I took that to mean if he does want to move on we would be looking for a fee. Hope he does stay, on the field he's a different class. COYR MarksDad
  • Score: 3

10:42am Sat 5 Apr 14

bluesharpbob says...

Some interesting and tasty comments above. Lets hope there will be a tasty result at the end of today's match at Carlisle. We've just had 4 good results against 3 teams who have been playing well.

I think today might be the biggest test of them all, playing against a struggling team. So if the boys pull it off today, it'll be a big 3 points. I still think the play-offs are almost out of the question, but a very good finish to the season by us could change that
Some interesting and tasty comments above. Lets hope there will be a tasty result at the end of today's match at Carlisle. We've just had 4 good results against 3 teams who have been playing well. I think today might be the biggest test of them all, playing against a struggling team. So if the boys pull it off today, it'll be a big 3 points. I still think the play-offs are almost out of the question, but a very good finish to the season by us could change that bluesharpbob
  • Score: 1

11:48am Sat 5 Apr 14

the wizard says...

bluesharpbob wrote:
Some interesting and tasty comments above. Lets hope there will be a tasty result at the end of today's match at Carlisle. We've just had 4 good results against 3 teams who have been playing well.

I think today might be the biggest test of them all, playing against a struggling team. So if the boys pull it off today, it'll be a big 3 points. I still think the play-offs are almost out of the question, but a very good finish to the season by us could change that
Exactly, the pressure is now all on the teams above if we keep winning. As long as Cooper doesn't change things in the starting line up we should be OK. If he does, and we loose especially through a silly goal around Hall, then beware the backlash. I think most are well happy with the team of the last three weeks, so lets go with them in preparation for next season. No tippy-tappy, no pretty boys, less back chat to refs and concentrate in the job at hand, delivering a result through decent football and working hard for each other, something believe it or not Ranger for all his faults was good at, others please note. Winning 1-0 would be good enough, 3 points. Game on.
[quote][p][bold]bluesharpbob[/bold] wrote: Some interesting and tasty comments above. Lets hope there will be a tasty result at the end of today's match at Carlisle. We've just had 4 good results against 3 teams who have been playing well. I think today might be the biggest test of them all, playing against a struggling team. So if the boys pull it off today, it'll be a big 3 points. I still think the play-offs are almost out of the question, but a very good finish to the season by us could change that[/p][/quote]Exactly, the pressure is now all on the teams above if we keep winning. As long as Cooper doesn't change things in the starting line up we should be OK. If he does, and we loose especially through a silly goal around Hall, then beware the backlash. I think most are well happy with the team of the last three weeks, so lets go with them in preparation for next season. No tippy-tappy, no pretty boys, less back chat to refs and concentrate in the job at hand, delivering a result through decent football and working hard for each other, something believe it or not Ranger for all his faults was good at, others please note. Winning 1-0 would be good enough, 3 points. Game on. the wizard
  • Score: 0

12:06pm Sat 5 Apr 14

old town robin says...

London Red wrote:
stokes_stfc wrote:
california andy wrote:
"Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.
This does sound promising... Although I've found the whole thing a bit unusual - he didn't have a terrible injury that you would expect to put him out for so long. Maybe it is just down to the injury, but I can't help feeling that there is more to it than this
He had a grade 3 hamstring tear - which is pretty serious (relative to football)
.
A grade three Hamstring strain is a very serious injury. There is an immediate burning or stabbing pain and the athlete is unable to walk without pain. The muscle is completely torn and there may be a large lump of muscle tissue above a depression where the tear is. After a few days with grade two and three injuries a large bruise will appear below the injury site caused by the bleeding within the tissues.
.
The fact he was helped off the pitch and seen being helped to walk after the game shows that it clearly looks like a grade 3 tear.
.
The following website says recovery is 3 to 6 months - which fits with rest of season
.
http://physioworks.c

om.au/injuries-condi

tions-1/hamstring-st

rains-amp-injuries
.
Think this celebration thing is same as court room and totally over played by some - he was probably seen jumping up and down like the rest of us - which is totally different to being able play football for 90 mins
.
Very happy about the pre-season comment as it suggest he will be here - which boost our chance of being sucessful dramatically
In hindsight, if only we hadn't tried so hard to get the game played in those terrible conditions against Colchester, without doubt the state of the pitch was a contributing factor to his injury. After the game I saw him outside the legends and he was hopping along, Saw him a couple of games ago in the legends and he's now walking normally, so definitely on the mend.Agree with you LR it sounds promising he will still be around for pre-season.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stokes_stfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: "Right for the preseason" sounds good, given the club's silence on picking up Ranger's option.[/p][/quote]This does sound promising... Although I've found the whole thing a bit unusual - he didn't have a terrible injury that you would expect to put him out for so long. Maybe it is just down to the injury, but I can't help feeling that there is more to it than this[/p][/quote]He had a grade 3 hamstring tear - which is pretty serious (relative to football) . A grade three Hamstring strain is a very serious injury. There is an immediate burning or stabbing pain and the athlete is unable to walk without pain. The muscle is completely torn and there may be a large lump of muscle tissue above a depression where the tear is. After a few days with grade two and three injuries a large bruise will appear below the injury site caused by the bleeding within the tissues. . The fact he was helped off the pitch and seen being helped to walk after the game shows that it clearly looks like a grade 3 tear. . The following website says recovery is 3 to 6 months - which fits with rest of season . http://physioworks.c om.au/injuries-condi tions-1/hamstring-st rains-amp-injuries . Think this celebration thing is same as court room and totally over played by some - he was probably seen jumping up and down like the rest of us - which is totally different to being able play football for 90 mins . Very happy about the pre-season comment as it suggest he will be here - which boost our chance of being sucessful dramatically[/p][/quote]In hindsight, if only we hadn't tried so hard to get the game played in those terrible conditions against Colchester, without doubt the state of the pitch was a contributing factor to his injury. After the game I saw him outside the legends and he was hopping along, Saw him a couple of games ago in the legends and he's now walking normally, so definitely on the mend.Agree with you LR it sounds promising he will still be around for pre-season. old town robin
  • Score: 2

12:14pm Sat 5 Apr 14

old town robin says...

jayden wrote:
old town robin wrote:
Hope Sam set off in good time this time, ;that M6 can a bit of a mare;Lol.

Agree with the article, wouldn't change things too much, quite impressed with Alex Smith, think he deserves to keep his place and I'm sure we have won more when he's been playing than not. He may not be quite as good as Pritch going forward, but he gets back and helps the defence more and is one of the reasons we have improved at the back by defending further up the pitch.

Midfield will be the key today, barring injury the back 4 and two up front will be the same as last time out. If he was to stick with the same midfield starters as last week which was Alex Smith Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox. he then has options of Pritch, Luango, Louis Thompson and Byrne's on the bench whom apart from Louis who is considered more of a defensive option, the other 3 can add to the attack going forward ,

He has plenty of options to change things round. I don't think he will stick with the same midfield as we played against Sheffield, but even with Mason and Harley out we still have 8 very good players on their day to call on to fill 4 places. I just hope Cooper can show the nous to change things earlier rather than later if we need to, By that I mean he should know 15 minutes into the second half if we have the upper hand or not and not wait until the last 5 minutes and expect a sub to change the game..

Wish them good luck today and give the travelling fans somehing to enjoy on the long road home. Anyone know who the ref is today?
Nigel Miller.
Thanks for that Jayden, I'm not familiar with the name but sometimes that's better than getting some of those that we have had in the past with reputations of big ego's that do not exactly inspire confidence with their ability to control a game.
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: Hope Sam set off in good time this time, ;that M6 can a bit of a mare;Lol. Agree with the article, wouldn't change things too much, quite impressed with Alex Smith, think he deserves to keep his place and I'm sure we have won more when he's been playing than not. He may not be quite as good as Pritch going forward, but he gets back and helps the defence more and is one of the reasons we have improved at the back by defending further up the pitch. Midfield will be the key today, barring injury the back 4 and two up front will be the same as last time out. If he was to stick with the same midfield starters as last week which was Alex Smith Gladwin, Kasim and Lee Cox. he then has options of Pritch, Luango, Louis Thompson and Byrne's on the bench whom apart from Louis who is considered more of a defensive option, the other 3 can add to the attack going forward , He has plenty of options to change things round. I don't think he will stick with the same midfield as we played against Sheffield, but even with Mason and Harley out we still have 8 very good players on their day to call on to fill 4 places. I just hope Cooper can show the nous to change things earlier rather than later if we need to, By that I mean he should know 15 minutes into the second half if we have the upper hand or not and not wait until the last 5 minutes and expect a sub to change the game.. Wish them good luck today and give the travelling fans somehing to enjoy on the long road home. Anyone know who the ref is today?[/p][/quote]Nigel Miller.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that Jayden, I'm not familiar with the name but sometimes that's better than getting some of those that we have had in the past with reputations of big ego's that do not exactly inspire confidence with their ability to control a game. old town robin
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

London Red wrote:
As I said last week - think Pritchard gets unbelievable unjustified stick
.
OK he needs to grow up - but so do Kasim and Jay for example who get booked for dissent regularly - Kasim particularly who is on what 13 bookings now!
.
Yet can't see many calling for him to be thrown out the team!
.
Pritchard as Cooper says adds that extra dimension to is and the fact our forward were isolated last week demonstrat we need that thrust from midfield - so I won't complain if he starts
.
However - should Cooper want to make a statement that play well stay in and bench him - fine - as he can come on if needed
LR, I agree with you about Kasim and McEveley but the point is Pritchard threw himself out of the team, so he's now got to be patient. The team has to be picked on form. Our form without him has been good. He can't expect to walk back into the team while we are doing so well.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: As I said last week - think Pritchard gets unbelievable unjustified stick . OK he needs to grow up - but so do Kasim and Jay for example who get booked for dissent regularly - Kasim particularly who is on what 13 bookings now! . Yet can't see many calling for him to be thrown out the team! . Pritchard as Cooper says adds that extra dimension to is and the fact our forward were isolated last week demonstrat we need that thrust from midfield - so I won't complain if he starts . However - should Cooper want to make a statement that play well stay in and bench him - fine - as he can come on if needed[/p][/quote]LR, I agree with you about Kasim and McEveley but the point is Pritchard threw himself out of the team, so he's now got to be patient. The team has to be picked on form. Our form without him has been good. He can't expect to walk back into the team while we are doing so well. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Haydonender says...

Although I think Pritchard is a decent player, he is vastly overrated by a lot of people in my opinion. He constantly seems to get MOTM at home, I guess because of his work rate and nuisance value, but most games the only forward contribution he makes is to hit several shots wide. We've won three in a row without him so he shouldn't have a divine right to go straight back into the team
Although I think Pritchard is a decent player, he is vastly overrated by a lot of people in my opinion. He constantly seems to get MOTM at home, I guess because of his work rate and nuisance value, but most games the only forward contribution he makes is to hit several shots wide. We've won three in a row without him so he shouldn't have a divine right to go straight back into the team Haydonender
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

At one stage earlier in the season I compared Alex Pritchard favourably with Matt Ritchie, but as the season has developed I now realise that I have over-rated Alex.
Whilst his dead-ball kicking is superb and is close control is very good, he tends too often to just run into trouble without making the final pass, and is far too easily pushed off of the ball; and of course his discipline is shocking.
When he is not playing, it really doesn't make any difference to our results.
So I would only put him on the bench today.
Now I have said this of course, Alex will play a blinder today and hopefully win the game for the Town, and the egg will be on my face.
At one stage earlier in the season I compared Alex Pritchard favourably with Matt Ritchie, but as the season has developed I now realise that I have over-rated Alex. Whilst his dead-ball kicking is superb and is close control is very good, he tends too often to just run into trouble without making the final pass, and is far too easily pushed off of the ball; and of course his discipline is shocking. When he is not playing, it really doesn't make any difference to our results. So I would only put him on the bench today. Now I have said this of course, Alex will play a blinder today and hopefully win the game for the Town, and the egg will be on my face. Old-Stager, Hilperton
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12:32pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Wilesy says...

Surely Cooper's comments put paid to the theory that Spurs loanees have to play come what may?

Fair play for sticking with a winning team, although obviously Pritchard is a far greater talent than Alex Smith and should get his place back soon.
Surely Cooper's comments put paid to the theory that Spurs loanees have to play come what may? Fair play for sticking with a winning team, although obviously Pritchard is a far greater talent than Alex Smith and should get his place back soon. Wilesy
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12:56pm Sat 5 Apr 14

mancrobin says...

Wilesy wrote:
Surely Cooper's comments put paid to the theory that Spurs loanees have to play come what may?

Fair play for sticking with a winning team, although obviously Pritchard is a far greater talent than Alex Smith and should get his place back soon.
Mmmm, we'll see. My money is on him being in the starting 11, closely followed by Hall.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Surely Cooper's comments put paid to the theory that Spurs loanees have to play come what may? Fair play for sticking with a winning team, although obviously Pritchard is a far greater talent than Alex Smith and should get his place back soon.[/p][/quote]Mmmm, we'll see. My money is on him being in the starting 11, closely followed by Hall. mancrobin
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1:03pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
At one stage earlier in the season I compared Alex Pritchard favourably with Matt Ritchie, but as the season has developed I now realise that I have over-rated Alex.
Whilst his dead-ball kicking is superb and is close control is very good, he tends too often to just run into trouble without making the final pass, and is far too easily pushed off of the ball; and of course his discipline is shocking.
When he is not playing, it really doesn't make any difference to our results.
So I would only put him on the bench today.
Now I have said this of course, Alex will play a blinder today and hopefully win the game for the Town, and the egg will be on my face.
I agree O-S. Pritchard is a decent player but I wouldn't put him in the class of Ritchie or say Danny Ward, both of whom have some physical presence to go with their skill. Pritchard is a trier though and he has to be admired for that.
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: At one stage earlier in the season I compared Alex Pritchard favourably with Matt Ritchie, but as the season has developed I now realise that I have over-rated Alex. Whilst his dead-ball kicking is superb and is close control is very good, he tends too often to just run into trouble without making the final pass, and is far too easily pushed off of the ball; and of course his discipline is shocking. When he is not playing, it really doesn't make any difference to our results. So I would only put him on the bench today. Now I have said this of course, Alex will play a blinder today and hopefully win the game for the Town, and the egg will be on my face.[/p][/quote]I agree O-S. Pritchard is a decent player but I wouldn't put him in the class of Ritchie or say Danny Ward, both of whom have some physical presence to go with their skill. Pritchard is a trier though and he has to be admired for that. Oi Den!
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1:12pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Oxon-Red says...

mancrobin wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Surely Cooper's comments put paid to the theory that Spurs loanees have to play come what may?

Fair play for sticking with a winning team, although obviously Pritchard is a far greater talent than Alex Smith and should get his place back soon.
Mmmm, we'll see. My money is on him being in the starting 11, closely followed by Hall.
I would like to see the team relatively unchanged, maybe Luongo or Louis for Kasim from last week-end's starting 11. Alex would then give us an excellent option from the bench which could change the game.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Surely Cooper's comments put paid to the theory that Spurs loanees have to play come what may? Fair play for sticking with a winning team, although obviously Pritchard is a far greater talent than Alex Smith and should get his place back soon.[/p][/quote]Mmmm, we'll see. My money is on him being in the starting 11, closely followed by Hall.[/p][/quote]I would like to see the team relatively unchanged, maybe Luongo or Louis for Kasim from last week-end's starting 11. Alex would then give us an excellent option from the bench which could change the game. COYMR Oxon-Red
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