Cooper hails Pritchard's farewell to the County Ground display

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Alex Pritchard Alex Pritchard

ALEX Pritchard has played in front of a County Ground crowd for the final time under the terms of his loan agreement.

Pritchard, who has scored eight times in a Swindon Town shirt during his season-long stint in Wiltshire from Tottenham Hotspur, will not be eligible for the Robins when they host Rotherham United on the final day as he turns 21 on May 3 and therefore no longer fits within the criteria for a youth loan.

The midfielder, who produced a dazzling performance for Swindon in their 1-0 win over Bradford City yesterday, will therefore turn out in a red shirt for the last time when Town visit Notts County on Saturday.

“You look at Alex Pritchard – his last home game for the club – he came here a boy and he’s going to go away a man and I’m sure he’ll go on to bigger and better things,” Swindon manager Mark Cooper said after watching Lee Cox score the only goal against Bradford.

“He can only play next Saturday.

“It’s part of his loan agreement, he’s on a youth loan which means he can only be on a youth loan until your 21st birthday. Alex turns 21 next week.”

Meanwhile, Cooper revealed that contract discussions have begun with defender Troy Archibald-Henville.

The centre-back played for the second time in four days yesterday – an uncommon occurrence as he manages an ongoing knee condition – and Cooper explained: “Troy’s out of contract, we want to keep him and he’s obviously doing his best to put himself in the shop window and rightly so.

“I think the chairman is speaking to Troy’s people and I’m sure there’ll be more talks in days to come.”

Cooper was pleased with his side’s display against Bradford, saying: “I thought it was a totally dominant performance. You see from kick-off, as soon as the ball goes into play and they get everybody behind the ball you guess what kind of afternoon it’s going to be.

“It’s important that you stay patient and keep hold of the ball. I thought we totally dominated the game and we just had to wait for that opportunity to come along.

“I thought with them being safe they’d have a go but that’s their prerogative.

“I thought we totally dominated the game from start to finish. I was pleased with the maturity we showed to control the game.”

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5:58am Tue 22 Apr 14

stokes_stfc says...

Good news that there are contract talks with troy (though I'm sure he will be asked to take a pay cut and whether he is willing to do that or not remains to be seen...)
Good news that there are contract talks with troy (though I'm sure he will be asked to take a pay cut and whether he is willing to do that or not remains to be seen...) stokes_stfc
  • Score: 11

6:57am Tue 22 Apr 14

akershaker says...

"Can't see us winning another game all season"
"Cooper out"
"I'm entitled to my opinion"

As was said at the time, you're entitled to an opinion, you can share it, but if it's clearly ridiculous - then, as proven now - don't be surprised or offended when you're told.
"Can't see us winning another game all season" "Cooper out" "I'm entitled to my opinion" As was said at the time, you're entitled to an opinion, you can share it, but if it's clearly ridiculous - then, as proven now - don't be surprised or offended when you're told. akershaker
  • Score: 3

7:13am Tue 22 Apr 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

With others off the wage bill he may just not have to take such a large pay cut. Could link it to appearances due to his injury problems. There always needs to be an exception that proves the rule. Troy is it for me. Thought he was exceptional at the start of last season (in back four), nothing changed my view.

Good luck tto Pritchard, clearly got some skills, needs a pre season to bulk up before he plays in the Championship. I guess Wolves will buy him.

Always optimistic about a new season but particularly so about next year (assuming Power does own the club)....
With others off the wage bill he may just not have to take such a large pay cut. Could link it to appearances due to his injury problems. There always needs to be an exception that proves the rule. Troy is it for me. Thought he was exceptional at the start of last season (in back four), nothing changed my view. Good luck tto Pritchard, clearly got some skills, needs a pre season to bulk up before he plays in the Championship. I guess Wolves will buy him. Always optimistic about a new season but particularly so about next year (assuming Power does own the club).... dreamofacleansheet2
  • Score: 10

7:16am Tue 22 Apr 14

LeGod says...

Need to get Troy signed up. Why weren't we told it was pritchards last game as more fans would have given him a proper send off.
Need to get Troy signed up. Why weren't we told it was pritchards last game as more fans would have given him a proper send off. LeGod
  • Score: 29

8:04am Tue 22 Apr 14

smirg kcab says...

LeGod wrote:
Need to get Troy signed up. Why weren't we told it was pritchards last game as more fans would have given him a proper send off.
Thought the waves to the crowd at the end gave it away.
Or you could always go to county next week if you want to give him a send off.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Need to get Troy signed up. Why weren't we told it was pritchards last game as more fans would have given him a proper send off.[/p][/quote]Thought the waves to the crowd at the end gave it away. Or you could always go to county next week if you want to give him a send off. smirg kcab
  • Score: 1

8:08am Tue 22 Apr 14

London Red says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
With others off the wage bill he may just not have to take such a large pay cut. Could link it to appearances due to his injury problems. There always needs to be an exception that proves the rule. Troy is it for me. Thought he was exceptional at the start of last season (in back four), nothing changed my view.

Good luck tto Pritchard, clearly got some skills, needs a pre season to bulk up before he plays in the Championship. I guess Wolves will buy him.

Always optimistic about a new season but particularly so about next year (assuming Power does own the club)....
Not so sure about Wolves now
.
They wanted him in Jan but clearly put off by Spurs £1m+ asking fee (which surely has only gone up since being named 2nd best L1 player and 2nd best U21 player in the entire FL) and went for Michael Jacobs from Derby for about £400k
.
Can't see then splashing out on him now when they have Jacobs there who played a big role in their title success
.
Agree about TAH - he should be the one we are prepared to pay a bit more for
.
Getting shot of Williams, Navarro, Benson and some there who never play like Agmobar and even some of the kids like Ferguson and Francis should free up enough to keep him
.
Agree part should be pay as you play so if he plays he gets big wages if he doesn't he doesn't!
.
Jay is the strange one. Has come into great form recently - but still has that red mist which gets ridiculous bookings and sending offs - which won't change as he is nearly 30. Then his knee issue exists and he is on big wages - so do we push the boat out on him?
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: With others off the wage bill he may just not have to take such a large pay cut. Could link it to appearances due to his injury problems. There always needs to be an exception that proves the rule. Troy is it for me. Thought he was exceptional at the start of last season (in back four), nothing changed my view. Good luck tto Pritchard, clearly got some skills, needs a pre season to bulk up before he plays in the Championship. I guess Wolves will buy him. Always optimistic about a new season but particularly so about next year (assuming Power does own the club)....[/p][/quote]Not so sure about Wolves now . They wanted him in Jan but clearly put off by Spurs £1m+ asking fee (which surely has only gone up since being named 2nd best L1 player and 2nd best U21 player in the entire FL) and went for Michael Jacobs from Derby for about £400k . Can't see then splashing out on him now when they have Jacobs there who played a big role in their title success . Agree about TAH - he should be the one we are prepared to pay a bit more for . Getting shot of Williams, Navarro, Benson and some there who never play like Agmobar and even some of the kids like Ferguson and Francis should free up enough to keep him . Agree part should be pay as you play so if he plays he gets big wages if he doesn't he doesn't! . Jay is the strange one. Has come into great form recently - but still has that red mist which gets ridiculous bookings and sending offs - which won't change as he is nearly 30. Then his knee issue exists and he is on big wages - so do we push the boat out on him? London Red
  • Score: 6

8:09am Tue 22 Apr 14

old town robin says...

LeGod wrote:
Need to get Troy signed up. Why weren't we told it was pritchards last game as more fans would have given him a proper send off.
He'll probably get a good send off at Notts County end of this week and I'm sure hell be at the Rotherham game even if he's not playing, so still got time for the fans to say thank you.. Thought he took a bit of bullying from Bradford on Saturday and got no protection from the ref, But he kept his cool and didn't retaliate or back chat, which must have hard for him.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Need to get Troy signed up. Why weren't we told it was pritchards last game as more fans would have given him a proper send off.[/p][/quote]He'll probably get a good send off at Notts County end of this week and I'm sure hell be at the Rotherham game even if he's not playing, so still got time for the fans to say thank you.. Thought he took a bit of bullying from Bradford on Saturday and got no protection from the ref, But he kept his cool and didn't retaliate or back chat, which must have hard for him. old town robin
  • Score: 4

8:10am Tue 22 Apr 14

smirg kcab says...

akershaker wrote:
"Can't see us winning another game all season"
"Cooper out"
"I'm entitled to my opinion"

As was said at the time, you're entitled to an opinion, you can share it, but if it's clearly ridiculous - then, as proven now - don't be surprised or offended when you're told.
Top two or playoffs "Can't see us losing another game all season"
"Cooper in
"I'm entitled to my opinion"

As was said at the time, you're entitled to an opinion, you can share it, but if it's clearly ridiculous - then, as proven now - don't be surprised or offended when you're told.
[quote][p][bold]akershaker[/bold] wrote: "Can't see us winning another game all season" "Cooper out" "I'm entitled to my opinion" As was said at the time, you're entitled to an opinion, you can share it, but if it's clearly ridiculous - then, as proven now - don't be surprised or offended when you're told.[/p][/quote]Top two or playoffs "Can't see us losing another game all season" "Cooper in "I'm entitled to my opinion" As was said at the time, you're entitled to an opinion, you can share it, but if it's clearly ridiculous - then, as proven now - don't be surprised or offended when you're told. smirg kcab
  • Score: -6

8:47am Tue 22 Apr 14

the don69 says...

The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 5

8:56am Tue 22 Apr 14

LeGod says...

smirg kcab or (K***)
I was at the game you Prat and what I meant was why weren't we told before the game and duh - I think the waving did give it away give it away and yes I was at the game.
Why are you such an idiot.
smirg kcab or (K***) I was at the game you Prat and what I meant was why weren't we told before the game and duh - I think the waving did give it away give it away and yes I was at the game. Why are you such an idiot. LeGod
  • Score: 14

9:07am Tue 22 Apr 14

old town robin says...

the don69 wrote:
The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so.

Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so. Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol. old town robin
  • Score: 0

9:08am Tue 22 Apr 14

madred says...

Good luck to Pritch whichever road he takes next, has been great for us this season. Hope we keep T.A.H., we look a much better team with him in it. As for Jay Mc. he as been in great form over the last few games and would love to see him stay, he always gives you everything and has shown he is willing to give his all for the team every game.
Good luck to Pritch whichever road he takes next, has been great for us this season. Hope we keep T.A.H., we look a much better team with him in it. As for Jay Mc. he as been in great form over the last few games and would love to see him stay, he always gives you everything and has shown he is willing to give his all for the team every game. madred
  • Score: 4

9:24am Tue 22 Apr 14

stigger says...

London Red wrote:
dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
With others off the wage bill he may just not have to take such a large pay cut. Could link it to appearances due to his injury problems. There always needs to be an exception that proves the rule. Troy is it for me. Thought he was exceptional at the start of last season (in back four), nothing changed my view.

Good luck tto Pritchard, clearly got some skills, needs a pre season to bulk up before he plays in the Championship. I guess Wolves will buy him.

Always optimistic about a new season but particularly so about next year (assuming Power does own the club)....
Not so sure about Wolves now
.
They wanted him in Jan but clearly put off by Spurs £1m+ asking fee (which surely has only gone up since being named 2nd best L1 player and 2nd best U21 player in the entire FL) and went for Michael Jacobs from Derby for about £400k
.
Can't see then splashing out on him now when they have Jacobs there who played a big role in their title success
.
Agree about TAH - he should be the one we are prepared to pay a bit more for
.
Getting shot of Williams, Navarro, Benson and some there who never play like Agmobar and even some of the kids like Ferguson and Francis should free up enough to keep him
.
Agree part should be pay as you play so if he plays he gets big wages if he doesn't he doesn't!
.
Jay is the strange one. Has come into great form recently - but still has that red mist which gets ridiculous bookings and sending offs - which won't change as he is nearly 30. Then his knee issue exists and he is on big wages - so do we push the boat out on him?
TAH is def the one to keep and a decent basic wage made even better with appearance bonuses should do it. As you say a lot of money should be freed up by others leaving. As for Jay I think we should sign him up as well, I think given his age and knee problems we may be able to get him at cheaper than TAH who being younger may well attract more suitors, I think Jay would want security and stability nearing 3o's so a 2 year contract on reduced but still healthy terms may well still get him signed on, could always do an appearance thing with him as well. If it came down to one or the other then its Troy for me he looks like the player to build whole defence around
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: With others off the wage bill he may just not have to take such a large pay cut. Could link it to appearances due to his injury problems. There always needs to be an exception that proves the rule. Troy is it for me. Thought he was exceptional at the start of last season (in back four), nothing changed my view. Good luck tto Pritchard, clearly got some skills, needs a pre season to bulk up before he plays in the Championship. I guess Wolves will buy him. Always optimistic about a new season but particularly so about next year (assuming Power does own the club)....[/p][/quote]Not so sure about Wolves now . They wanted him in Jan but clearly put off by Spurs £1m+ asking fee (which surely has only gone up since being named 2nd best L1 player and 2nd best U21 player in the entire FL) and went for Michael Jacobs from Derby for about £400k . Can't see then splashing out on him now when they have Jacobs there who played a big role in their title success . Agree about TAH - he should be the one we are prepared to pay a bit more for . Getting shot of Williams, Navarro, Benson and some there who never play like Agmobar and even some of the kids like Ferguson and Francis should free up enough to keep him . Agree part should be pay as you play so if he plays he gets big wages if he doesn't he doesn't! . Jay is the strange one. Has come into great form recently - but still has that red mist which gets ridiculous bookings and sending offs - which won't change as he is nearly 30. Then his knee issue exists and he is on big wages - so do we push the boat out on him?[/p][/quote]TAH is def the one to keep and a decent basic wage made even better with appearance bonuses should do it. As you say a lot of money should be freed up by others leaving. As for Jay I think we should sign him up as well, I think given his age and knee problems we may be able to get him at cheaper than TAH who being younger may well attract more suitors, I think Jay would want security and stability nearing 3o's so a 2 year contract on reduced but still healthy terms may well still get him signed on, could always do an appearance thing with him as well. If it came down to one or the other then its Troy for me he looks like the player to build whole defence around stigger
  • Score: 0

9:24am Tue 22 Apr 14

the don69 says...

old town robin wrote:
the don69 wrote:
The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so.

Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.
I agree Old Town, he was not up to the job! Sir Alex picked him so he should cough up the £10m pay-off lol! relegation battle for them next season there a poor side, no defence,cr@p midfield and Rooney ,Van Persie getting too old and injury prone,it's about time their fans had to suffer!LOL!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so. Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.[/p][/quote]I agree Old Town, he was not up to the job! Sir Alex picked him so he should cough up the £10m pay-off lol! relegation battle for them next season there a poor side, no defence,cr@p midfield and Rooney ,Van Persie getting too old and injury prone,it's about time their fans had to suffer!LOL!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: -1

10:21am Tue 22 Apr 14

Son of gwen says...

I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio !
PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.
I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio ! PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done. Son of gwen
  • Score: -10

10:56am Tue 22 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Son of gwen wrote:
I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio !
PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.
The problem is we don't have players with enough pace/power/convictio
n to drive forward with the ball or get past defenders. Thompson was a classic example yesterday. He seemed to be in an excellent position to take a stride or two forward and put a cross in but he turned and passed back. Pritchard has the trickery and to be fair to him he had a good game yesterday and put in some brave challenges against big blokes but he's often shrugged off the ball.

All things considered, Cooper has worked wonders to get us where we are. I don't think we should be too surprised at the end of season form though. Our players struggled to cope with the heavy mid-season conditions, while many of them are tailor-made for beginning and end of season pitches.
[quote][p][bold]Son of gwen[/bold] wrote: I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio ! PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.[/p][/quote]The problem is we don't have players with enough pace/power/convictio n to drive forward with the ball or get past defenders. Thompson was a classic example yesterday. He seemed to be in an excellent position to take a stride or two forward and put a cross in but he turned and passed back. Pritchard has the trickery and to be fair to him he had a good game yesterday and put in some brave challenges against big blokes but he's often shrugged off the ball. All things considered, Cooper has worked wonders to get us where we are. I don't think we should be too surprised at the end of season form though. Our players struggled to cope with the heavy mid-season conditions, while many of them are tailor-made for beginning and end of season pitches. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

10:58am Tue 22 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

the don69 wrote:
old town robin wrote:
the don69 wrote:
The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so.

Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.
I agree Old Town, he was not up to the job! Sir Alex picked him so he should cough up the £10m pay-off lol! relegation battle for them next season there a poor side, no defence,cr@p midfield and Rooney ,Van Persie getting too old and injury prone,it's about time their fans had to suffer!LOL!!!!!!!!!
Don/OTR,
WGAF?
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so. Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.[/p][/quote]I agree Old Town, he was not up to the job! Sir Alex picked him so he should cough up the £10m pay-off lol! relegation battle for them next season there a poor side, no defence,cr@p midfield and Rooney ,Van Persie getting too old and injury prone,it's about time their fans had to suffer!LOL!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don/OTR, WGAF? Oi Den!
  • Score: -6

11:11am Tue 22 Apr 14

stfc4ever!! says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Son of gwen wrote:
I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio !
PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.
The problem is we don't have players with enough pace/power/convictio

n to drive forward with the ball or get past defenders. Thompson was a classic example yesterday. He seemed to be in an excellent position to take a stride or two forward and put a cross in but he turned and passed back. Pritchard has the trickery and to be fair to him he had a good game yesterday and put in some brave challenges against big blokes but he's often shrugged off the ball.

All things considered, Cooper has worked wonders to get us where we are. I don't think we should be too surprised at the end of season form though. Our players struggled to cope with the heavy mid-season conditions, while many of them are tailor-made for beginning and end of season pitches.
Excellent point Den. This is why MC has his fair share of critics is because he lacks a plan B. As you say, and I agree, fast and well prepared pitches suit our style of play and its no coincidence that we have picked up a lot of points in summery conditions but in our league with the type of bully players we come up against and the pitches that are prepared due to limited budgets, we cannot progress with the 'tippy tappy' play throughout the season.

Plan B needs players who want to fight, scrap and shed blood for a win at any costs. Qualities that I think were lacking in the middle parts of the season. We missed that Douglas like character who, in his prime, loved to get stuck in to a dirty game. No doubt we missed TAH for the majority of the season and Ranger towards the back end but if we can keep hold of both and invest in a battling midfielder with experience then we can start to look forward.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Son of gwen[/bold] wrote: I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio ! PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.[/p][/quote]The problem is we don't have players with enough pace/power/convictio n to drive forward with the ball or get past defenders. Thompson was a classic example yesterday. He seemed to be in an excellent position to take a stride or two forward and put a cross in but he turned and passed back. Pritchard has the trickery and to be fair to him he had a good game yesterday and put in some brave challenges against big blokes but he's often shrugged off the ball. All things considered, Cooper has worked wonders to get us where we are. I don't think we should be too surprised at the end of season form though. Our players struggled to cope with the heavy mid-season conditions, while many of them are tailor-made for beginning and end of season pitches.[/p][/quote]Excellent point Den. This is why MC has his fair share of critics is because he lacks a plan B. As you say, and I agree, fast and well prepared pitches suit our style of play and its no coincidence that we have picked up a lot of points in summery conditions but in our league with the type of bully players we come up against and the pitches that are prepared due to limited budgets, we cannot progress with the 'tippy tappy' play throughout the season. Plan B needs players who want to fight, scrap and shed blood for a win at any costs. Qualities that I think were lacking in the middle parts of the season. We missed that Douglas like character who, in his prime, loved to get stuck in to a dirty game. No doubt we missed TAH for the majority of the season and Ranger towards the back end but if we can keep hold of both and invest in a battling midfielder with experience then we can start to look forward. stfc4ever!!
  • Score: 0

11:25am Tue 22 Apr 14

harley red says...

Son of gwen wrote:
I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio !
PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.
We have played slow boring football all season but the last 7 or so games we have played a longer ball to the front and we have won the games . But there are other factors like ward out and hall out that is how the opposition scored a lot of goals with the backward and sideways crap and they were not good enough to play that way . Do you think cooper has learnt anything ? I doubt it
[quote][p][bold]Son of gwen[/bold] wrote: I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio ! PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.[/p][/quote]We have played slow boring football all season but the last 7 or so games we have played a longer ball to the front and we have won the games . But there are other factors like ward out and hall out that is how the opposition scored a lot of goals with the backward and sideways crap and they were not good enough to play that way . Do you think cooper has learnt anything ? I doubt it harley red
  • Score: -10

11:29am Tue 22 Apr 14

harley red says...

Son of gwen wrote:
I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio !
PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.
We have played slow boring football all season but the last 7 or so games we have played a longer ball to the front and we have won the games . But there are other factors like ward out and hall out that is how the opposition scored a lot of goals with the backward and sideways crap and they were not good enough to play that way . Do you think cooper has learnt anything ? I doubt it
[quote][p][bold]Son of gwen[/bold] wrote: I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio ! PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.[/p][/quote]We have played slow boring football all season but the last 7 or so games we have played a longer ball to the front and we have won the games . But there are other factors like ward out and hall out that is how the opposition scored a lot of goals with the backward and sideways crap and they were not good enough to play that way . Do you think cooper has learnt anything ? I doubt it harley red
  • Score: -16

11:33am Tue 22 Apr 14

Frampton58 says...

This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon.
Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year?
Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.
This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon. Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year? Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions. Frampton58
  • Score: -3

11:39am Tue 22 Apr 14

mqzjohnson says...

Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather!

I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games.

It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed.

I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season!

month rainfall
2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62%
2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea)
2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67%
2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62%
2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33%
2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47%
2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33%
2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52%
2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%
Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather! I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games. It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed. I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season! month rainfall 2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62% 2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea) 2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67% 2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62% 2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33% 2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47% 2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33% 2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80% mqzjohnson
  • Score: 4

12:06pm Tue 22 Apr 14

the don69 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
the don69 wrote:
old town robin wrote:
the don69 wrote:
The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so.

Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.
I agree Old Town, he was not up to the job! Sir Alex picked him so he should cough up the £10m pay-off lol! relegation battle for them next season there a poor side, no defence,cr@p midfield and Rooney ,Van Persie getting too old and injury prone,it's about time their fans had to suffer!LOL!!!!!!!!!
Don/OTR,
WGAF?
Only most of the world Den! sorry to bore you with the worlds number 1 story today! I'll shut up and go back to doing a bit of work now!!
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so. Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.[/p][/quote]I agree Old Town, he was not up to the job! Sir Alex picked him so he should cough up the £10m pay-off lol! relegation battle for them next season there a poor side, no defence,cr@p midfield and Rooney ,Van Persie getting too old and injury prone,it's about time their fans had to suffer!LOL!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don/OTR, WGAF?[/p][/quote]Only most of the world Den! sorry to bore you with the worlds number 1 story today! I'll shut up and go back to doing a bit of work now!! the don69
  • Score: 0

12:15pm Tue 22 Apr 14

stfcdod says...

mqzjohnson wrote:
Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather!

I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games.

It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed.

I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season!

month rainfall
2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62%
2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea)
2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67%
2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62%
2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33%
2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47%
2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33%
2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52%
2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%
wtf?
[quote][p][bold]mqzjohnson[/bold] wrote: Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather! I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games. It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed. I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season! month rainfall 2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62% 2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea) 2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67% 2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62% 2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33% 2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47% 2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33% 2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%[/p][/quote]wtf? stfcdod
  • Score: -9

12:24pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

the don69 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
the don69 wrote:
old town robin wrote:
the don69 wrote:
The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so.

Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.
I agree Old Town, he was not up to the job! Sir Alex picked him so he should cough up the £10m pay-off lol! relegation battle for them next season there a poor side, no defence,cr@p midfield and Rooney ,Van Persie getting too old and injury prone,it's about time their fans had to suffer!LOL!!!!!!!!!
Don/OTR,
WGAF?
Only most of the world Den! sorry to bore you with the worlds number 1 story today! I'll shut up and go back to doing a bit of work now!!
Sorry Don, wasn't really having a go at you or OTR. It's the media's obsession with the Premier League that drives me bonkers. I'm sure it's half the reason many people in general - and kids in particular - don't support their local teams these days. I talk to loads of people who think they "support" Liverpool, Man United etc but all they ever do is watch them on the telly. Some support that is!
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: The lad has a lot of talent,needs to learn to shut it and get on with his game! just heard Moyes has been sacked,there talking £10m pay off for failure? maybe Sir Alex will cough up? after all he picked him, Man Yoo think it's their divine right to win the title every year! with any luck they'll pick another dud and fail again lol!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don, I think Pritch has learned, he had a lot of provocation Saturday and turned the other cheek. I wouldn't go as far to say Parker deliberately had him targeted hoping for retaliation, if he did, shame on him. Thought the ref wasn't bad, certainly seen worse, but should have given more protection to Pritch and Nathan, the crippling tackle on Nat the Arkells lino should have seen, he took a bit of stick from the fans sitting around me and deservedly so. Regarding you comments on Moyes, the guy has never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, how did they think he was going to change that as the Utd manager, especially after getting rid of all Sir Alec's backroom staff and bringing in his own losers. IMO the next appointment will be a big name from abroad who has proven European experience, not that will help them next season. Lol.[/p][/quote]I agree Old Town, he was not up to the job! Sir Alex picked him so he should cough up the £10m pay-off lol! relegation battle for them next season there a poor side, no defence,cr@p midfield and Rooney ,Van Persie getting too old and injury prone,it's about time their fans had to suffer!LOL!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don/OTR, WGAF?[/p][/quote]Only most of the world Den! sorry to bore you with the worlds number 1 story today! I'll shut up and go back to doing a bit of work now!![/p][/quote]Sorry Don, wasn't really having a go at you or OTR. It's the media's obsession with the Premier League that drives me bonkers. I'm sure it's half the reason many people in general - and kids in particular - don't support their local teams these days. I talk to loads of people who think they "support" Liverpool, Man United etc but all they ever do is watch them on the telly. Some support that is! Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

12:42pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Brainy_G93 says...

Frampton58 wrote:
This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon.
Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year?
Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.
I bow to your obvious superior knowledge as you've seen A game!
[quote][p][bold]Frampton58[/bold] wrote: This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon. Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year? Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.[/p][/quote]I bow to your obvious superior knowledge as you've seen A game! Brainy_G93
  • Score: -1

12:46pm Tue 22 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Den, once more you have that about right. Although I don't support Liverpool my late father did, and from that perspective I'm glad they are hopefully going to break up the mix by winning the Prem this season. Well done to Rodgers and his camp and Man U should look at that, but they didn't and then sacked Moyes in my opinion, wrongly. Any road we cannot really speculate now for next season because we don't know who the owners will be. For me its Power every time as opposed to the options, but you just don't know now that someone has taken the brakes off that old roller coaster, yet again.
Den, once more you have that about right. Although I don't support Liverpool my late father did, and from that perspective I'm glad they are hopefully going to break up the mix by winning the Prem this season. Well done to Rodgers and his camp and Man U should look at that, but they didn't and then sacked Moyes in my opinion, wrongly. Any road we cannot really speculate now for next season because we don't know who the owners will be. For me its Power every time as opposed to the options, but you just don't know now that someone has taken the brakes off that old roller coaster, yet again. the wizard
  • Score: 0

1:06pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

the wizard wrote:
Den, once more you have that about right. Although I don't support Liverpool my late father did, and from that perspective I'm glad they are hopefully going to break up the mix by winning the Prem this season. Well done to Rodgers and his camp and Man U should look at that, but they didn't and then sacked Moyes in my opinion, wrongly. Any road we cannot really speculate now for next season because we don't know who the owners will be. For me its Power every time as opposed to the options, but you just don't know now that someone has taken the brakes off that old roller coaster, yet again.
Well Wiz, I'm 50% scouse; my mother's family was split evenly down the red/blue line but I don't have any affiliation to either. I certainly wouldn't knock anyone who's been indoctrinated by family though. They can't help it after all!

As for the goings on at STFC, it's just a matter of "wait and see" now I suppose.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Den, once more you have that about right. Although I don't support Liverpool my late father did, and from that perspective I'm glad they are hopefully going to break up the mix by winning the Prem this season. Well done to Rodgers and his camp and Man U should look at that, but they didn't and then sacked Moyes in my opinion, wrongly. Any road we cannot really speculate now for next season because we don't know who the owners will be. For me its Power every time as opposed to the options, but you just don't know now that someone has taken the brakes off that old roller coaster, yet again.[/p][/quote]Well Wiz, I'm 50% scouse; my mother's family was split evenly down the red/blue line but I don't have any affiliation to either. I certainly wouldn't knock anyone who's been indoctrinated by family though. They can't help it after all! As for the goings on at STFC, it's just a matter of "wait and see" now I suppose. Oi Den!
  • Score: -2

2:17pm Tue 22 Apr 14

lifelong red says...

Just a word on Branco- was not to impressed with him previously , but that was when he was playing in a flat back 4 and mainly alongside a struggling Ward . But since reverting to 3 central defenders and playing alongside Troy and Stephens he is gradually becoming more confident and a far better player .I think that if he maintains his present rate of progress, then he may develop into very good player.
Just a word on Branco- was not to impressed with him previously , but that was when he was playing in a flat back 4 and mainly alongside a struggling Ward . But since reverting to 3 central defenders and playing alongside Troy and Stephens he is gradually becoming more confident and a far better player .I think that if he maintains his present rate of progress, then he may develop into very good player. lifelong red
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

smirg kcab says...

LeGod wrote:
smirg kcab or (K***)
I was at the game you Prat and what I meant was why weren't we told before the game and duh - I think the waving did give it away give it away and yes I was at the game.
Why are you such an idiot.
K***, Pratt,idiot ?
No need for that old man.
Cooper and power don't talk to morshead, so why would he want to tell a small crumb in a large box of biscuitsl
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: smirg kcab or (K***) I was at the game you Prat and what I meant was why weren't we told before the game and duh - I think the waving did give it away give it away and yes I was at the game. Why are you such an idiot.[/p][/quote]K***, Pratt,idiot ? No need for that old man. Cooper and power don't talk to morshead, so why would he want to tell a small crumb in a large box of biscuitsl smirg kcab
  • Score: -3

3:19pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Swindonian63 says...

Frampton58 wrote:
This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon.
Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year?
Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.
Who is Stein???
[quote][p][bold]Frampton58[/bold] wrote: This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon. Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year? Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.[/p][/quote]Who is Stein??? Swindonian63
  • Score: -2

3:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

castle9 says...

harley red wrote:
Son of gwen wrote:
I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio !
PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.
We have played slow boring football all season but the last 7 or so games we have played a longer ball to the front and we have won the games . But there are other factors like ward out and hall out that is how the opposition scored a lot of goals with the backward and sideways crap and they were not good enough to play that way . Do you think cooper has learnt anything ? I doubt it
You certainly haven't learned anything Hardly Red have you? How about some appreciation of the fantastic run that we are on and the excellent work MC is doing? Thought not.

Whilst we need all the support we can get, sometimes I think we can do without 'supporters' like you.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Son of gwen[/bold] wrote: I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio ! PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.[/p][/quote]We have played slow boring football all season but the last 7 or so games we have played a longer ball to the front and we have won the games . But there are other factors like ward out and hall out that is how the opposition scored a lot of goals with the backward and sideways crap and they were not good enough to play that way . Do you think cooper has learnt anything ? I doubt it[/p][/quote]You certainly haven't learned anything Hardly Red have you? How about some appreciation of the fantastic run that we are on and the excellent work MC is doing? Thought not. Whilst we need all the support we can get, sometimes I think we can do without 'supporters' like you. castle9
  • Score: 5

3:45pm Tue 22 Apr 14

We are PANTS says...

smirg kcab wrote:
LeGod wrote:
smirg kcab or (K***)
I was at the game you Prat and what I meant was why weren't we told before the game and duh - I think the waving did give it away give it away and yes I was at the game.
Why are you such an idiot.
K***, Pratt,idiot ?
No need for that old man.
Cooper and power don't talk to morshead, so why would he want to tell a small crumb in a large box of biscuitsl
Sure is the need Grim... I thought he was quite polite to be honest!! I would have gone for #nob of the century!!!
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: smirg kcab or (K***) I was at the game you Prat and what I meant was why weren't we told before the game and duh - I think the waving did give it away give it away and yes I was at the game. Why are you such an idiot.[/p][/quote]K***, Pratt,idiot ? No need for that old man. Cooper and power don't talk to morshead, so why would he want to tell a small crumb in a large box of biscuitsl[/p][/quote]Sure is the need Grim... I thought he was quite polite to be honest!! I would have gone for #nob of the century!!! We are PANTS
  • Score: -1

3:55pm Tue 22 Apr 14

dazzastfc says...

mqzjohnson wrote:
Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather!

I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games.

It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed.

I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season!

month rainfall
2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62%
2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea)
2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67%
2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62%
2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33%
2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47%
2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33%
2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52%
2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%
DLWLD (5/15)- 33%
2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47%
2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33%
2014 3 36.1* DLLD....

21 points from 63...This is the reason why we are only 7th and not in the top 6..
We all know what the team can do WWW - 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%..

Playing the way we did cost use big time then we changes things when we new we would not make the play-offs...
The only person you can blame for that is Cooper
[quote][p][bold]mqzjohnson[/bold] wrote: Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather! I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games. It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed. I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season! month rainfall 2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62% 2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea) 2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67% 2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62% 2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33% 2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47% 2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33% 2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%[/p][/quote]DLWLD (5/15)- 33% 2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47% 2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33% 2014 3 36.1* DLLD.... 21 points from 63...This is the reason why we are only 7th and not in the top 6.. We all know what the team can do WWW - 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%.. Playing the way we did cost use big time then we changes things when we new we would not make the play-offs... The only person you can blame for that is Cooper dazzastfc
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Tue 22 Apr 14

LeGod says...

One thing we all need to be worried about is Jed and his money grabbing mates who are trying to get into to run this club because as I have done if you check these guys out they don't have money and most are in debt up to their eye balls and have heavy liabilities and will use this club to fund their businesses.
I very much hope that the high court find in favour of LP. I have every intention of renewing my season ticket if LP is still running this club but if the bunch of bandits come in I will hold off as I don't trust any of them.
One of them has 6 million of debts so we all need to be aware of these money grabbing bunch of crooks lining up to shaft us all.
I hope what has happened with these three is all hot air and just trying to put the frighteners on LP and they don't have a leg to stand on as no way do I want lying Jed back at this club.
One thing we all need to be worried about is Jed and his money grabbing mates who are trying to get into to run this club because as I have done if you check these guys out they don't have money and most are in debt up to their eye balls and have heavy liabilities and will use this club to fund their businesses. I very much hope that the high court find in favour of LP. I have every intention of renewing my season ticket if LP is still running this club but if the bunch of bandits come in I will hold off as I don't trust any of them. One of them has 6 million of debts so we all need to be aware of these money grabbing bunch of crooks lining up to shaft us all. I hope what has happened with these three is all hot air and just trying to put the frighteners on LP and they don't have a leg to stand on as no way do I want lying Jed back at this club. LeGod
  • Score: 7

4:09pm Tue 22 Apr 14

smirg kcab says...

LeGod wrote:
One thing we all need to be worried about is Jed and his money grabbing mates who are trying to get into to run this club because as I have done if you check these guys out they don't have money and most are in debt up to their eye balls and have heavy liabilities and will use this club to fund their businesses.
I very much hope that the high court find in favour of LP. I have every intention of renewing my season ticket if LP is still running this club but if the bunch of bandits come in I will hold off as I don't trust any of them.
One of them has 6 million of debts so we all need to be aware of these money grabbing bunch of crooks lining up to shaft us all.
I hope what has happened with these three is all hot air and just trying to put the frighteners on LP and they don't have a leg to stand on as no way do I want lying Jed back at this club.
Message to Jed
Please sue this man for tarnishing your reputation.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: One thing we all need to be worried about is Jed and his money grabbing mates who are trying to get into to run this club because as I have done if you check these guys out they don't have money and most are in debt up to their eye balls and have heavy liabilities and will use this club to fund their businesses. I very much hope that the high court find in favour of LP. I have every intention of renewing my season ticket if LP is still running this club but if the bunch of bandits come in I will hold off as I don't trust any of them. One of them has 6 million of debts so we all need to be aware of these money grabbing bunch of crooks lining up to shaft us all. I hope what has happened with these three is all hot air and just trying to put the frighteners on LP and they don't have a leg to stand on as no way do I want lying Jed back at this club.[/p][/quote]Message to Jed Please sue this man for tarnishing your reputation. smirg kcab
  • Score: -5

4:14pm Tue 22 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

Swindonian63 wrote:
Frampton58 wrote:
This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon.
Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year?
Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.
Who is Stein???
He's a chef got a fish restaurant in Padstow!
[quote][p][bold]Swindonian63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frampton58[/bold] wrote: This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon. Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year? Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.[/p][/quote]Who is Stein???[/p][/quote]He's a chef got a fish restaurant in Padstow! The Jockster
  • Score: -3

4:35pm Tue 22 Apr 14

lifelong red says...

LeGod wrote:
One thing we all need to be worried about is Jed and his money grabbing mates who are trying to get into to run this club because as I have done if you check these guys out they don't have money and most are in debt up to their eye balls and have heavy liabilities and will use this club to fund their businesses.
I very much hope that the high court find in favour of LP. I have every intention of renewing my season ticket if LP is still running this club but if the bunch of bandits come in I will hold off as I don't trust any of them.
One of them has 6 million of debts so we all need to be aware of these money grabbing bunch of crooks lining up to shaft us all.
I hope what has happened with these three is all hot air and just trying to put the frighteners on LP and they don't have a leg to stand on as no way do I want lying Jed back at this club.
Absolutely - as I have said before , Power has shown his commitment to the club by putting his own money in , and has laid his cards on the table by giving a clear indication on what his plans are for the club. Hopefully this whole episode will be resolved sooner than later , and in favour of Lee Power.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: One thing we all need to be worried about is Jed and his money grabbing mates who are trying to get into to run this club because as I have done if you check these guys out they don't have money and most are in debt up to their eye balls and have heavy liabilities and will use this club to fund their businesses. I very much hope that the high court find in favour of LP. I have every intention of renewing my season ticket if LP is still running this club but if the bunch of bandits come in I will hold off as I don't trust any of them. One of them has 6 million of debts so we all need to be aware of these money grabbing bunch of crooks lining up to shaft us all. I hope what has happened with these three is all hot air and just trying to put the frighteners on LP and they don't have a leg to stand on as no way do I want lying Jed back at this club.[/p][/quote]Absolutely - as I have said before , Power has shown his commitment to the club by putting his own money in , and has laid his cards on the table by giving a clear indication on what his plans are for the club. Hopefully this whole episode will be resolved sooner than later , and in favour of Lee Power. lifelong red
  • Score: 5

5:44pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Di kanny oh says...

The Jockster wrote:
Swindonian63 wrote:
Frampton58 wrote:
This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon.
Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year?
Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.
Who is Stein???
He's a chef got a fish restaurant in Padstow!
I'm hoping Nicky Ajose will come back to SN1 should P'Boro go up through the play offs reckon he and Ranger would be a formidable strike force as they proved this season..
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindonian63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frampton58[/bold] wrote: This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon. Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year? Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.[/p][/quote]Who is Stein???[/p][/quote]He's a chef got a fish restaurant in Padstow![/p][/quote]I'm hoping Nicky Ajose will come back to SN1 should P'Boro go up through the play offs reckon he and Ranger would be a formidable strike force as they proved this season.. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 0

5:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

dazzastfc says...

LeGod wrote:
One thing we all need to be worried about is Jed and his money grabbing mates who are trying to get into to run this club because as I have done if you check these guys out they don't have money and most are in debt up to their eye balls and have heavy liabilities and will use this club to fund their businesses.
I very much hope that the high court find in favour of LP. I have every intention of renewing my season ticket if LP is still running this club but if the bunch of bandits come in I will hold off as I don't trust any of them.
One of them has 6 million of debts so we all need to be aware of these money grabbing bunch of crooks lining up to shaft us all.
I hope what has happened with these three is all hot air and just trying to put the frighteners on LP and they don't have a leg to stand on as no way do I want lying Jed back at this club.
who has a 6 million debt...
if this is true then how on earth can he be able to pass the football league fit and proper rule..
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: One thing we all need to be worried about is Jed and his money grabbing mates who are trying to get into to run this club because as I have done if you check these guys out they don't have money and most are in debt up to their eye balls and have heavy liabilities and will use this club to fund their businesses. I very much hope that the high court find in favour of LP. I have every intention of renewing my season ticket if LP is still running this club but if the bunch of bandits come in I will hold off as I don't trust any of them. One of them has 6 million of debts so we all need to be aware of these money grabbing bunch of crooks lining up to shaft us all. I hope what has happened with these three is all hot air and just trying to put the frighteners on LP and they don't have a leg to stand on as no way do I want lying Jed back at this club.[/p][/quote]who has a 6 million debt... if this is true then how on earth can he be able to pass the football league fit and proper rule.. dazzastfc
  • Score: 3

5:52pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Di kanny oh says...

66 Points is a magnificent return for a new manager and almost new team of mainly youngsters so I wonder if the Cooper out brigade are choking on their humble pies. I certainly have not seen many apologies on here so can only assume many have no balls.
66 Points is a magnificent return for a new manager and almost new team of mainly youngsters so I wonder if the Cooper out brigade are choking on their humble pies. I certainly have not seen many apologies on here so can only assume many have no balls. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 10

6:25pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Swindonian63 says...

The Jockster wrote:
Swindonian63 wrote:
Frampton58 wrote:
This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon.
Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year?
Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.
Who is Stein???
He's a chef got a fish restaurant in Padstow!
Of course! I didn't know Rick played.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindonian63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frampton58[/bold] wrote: This is the first game I have seen this season and I agree that we must sign TAH up for at least another season. As for Pritchard, I don't think he will make it at a much higher level. He is too light weight and needs to man up. Also needs to be more aware, doesn't drift off into open spaces enough. He was far to central yesterday and that where he gets kicked. I think Ritchie is the better player and don't see anyone offering £1m for him any time soon. Not convinced about Smith, worked hard but let down by his first touch. Didn't cause their defenders much trouble. Stein showed how to control the ball and lay it off. Knew where defenders were and positioned himself well to receive the ball. An understudy for Ranger next year? Summing up yesterday - kept possession well but little final product. As for Bradford might as well have saved the petrol just went through the motions.[/p][/quote]Who is Stein???[/p][/quote]He's a chef got a fish restaurant in Padstow![/p][/quote]Of course! I didn't know Rick played. Swindonian63
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Tue 22 Apr 14

LeGod says...

smirg kcab - once a K*** always a K^^^
check them out yourself.
They haven't passed the fit and proper yet but really does that mean anything after all the crooks we have had in this country running clubs ie Birmingham, Man City, to name a couple and there are many more that have been run into the ground because of bent owners.
If people check out for their selves the back ground of these people then you will see for your selves.
smirg kcab - once a K*** always a K^^^ check them out yourself. They haven't passed the fit and proper yet but really does that mean anything after all the crooks we have had in this country running clubs ie Birmingham, Man City, to name a couple and there are many more that have been run into the ground because of bent owners. If people check out for their selves the back ground of these people then you will see for your selves. LeGod
  • Score: 1

7:31pm Tue 22 Apr 14

smirg kcab says...

LeGod wrote:
smirg kcab - once a K*** always a K^^^
check them out yourself.
They haven't passed the fit and proper yet but really does that mean anything after all the crooks we have had in this country running clubs ie Birmingham, Man City, to name a couple and there are many more that have been run into the ground because of bent owners.
If people check out for their selves the back ground of these people then you will see for your selves.
Slander
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: smirg kcab - once a K*** always a K^^^ check them out yourself. They haven't passed the fit and proper yet but really does that mean anything after all the crooks we have had in this country running clubs ie Birmingham, Man City, to name a couple and there are many more that have been run into the ground because of bent owners. If people check out for their selves the back ground of these people then you will see for your selves.[/p][/quote]Slander smirg kcab
  • Score: -2

8:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Swindonian63 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
LeGod wrote:
smirg kcab - once a K*** always a K^^^
check them out yourself.
They haven't passed the fit and proper yet but really does that mean anything after all the crooks we have had in this country running clubs ie Birmingham, Man City, to name a couple and there are many more that have been run into the ground because of bent owners.
If people check out for their selves the back ground of these people then you will see for your selves.
Slander
I very much doubt it and if it were it would be libel.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: smirg kcab - once a K*** always a K^^^ check them out yourself. They haven't passed the fit and proper yet but really does that mean anything after all the crooks we have had in this country running clubs ie Birmingham, Man City, to name a couple and there are many more that have been run into the ground because of bent owners. If people check out for their selves the back ground of these people then you will see for your selves.[/p][/quote]Slander[/p][/quote]I very much doubt it and if it were it would be libel. Swindonian63
  • Score: 3

8:55pm Tue 22 Apr 14

stfc4ever!! says...

dazzastfc wrote:
mqzjohnson wrote:
Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather!

I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games.

It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed.

I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season!

month rainfall
2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62%
2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea)
2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67%
2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62%
2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33%
2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47%
2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33%
2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52%
2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%
DLWLD (5/15)- 33%
2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47%
2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33%
2014 3 36.1* DLLD....

21 points from 63...This is the reason why we are only 7th and not in the top 6..
We all know what the team can do WWW - 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%..

Playing the way we did cost use big time then we changes things when we new we would not make the play-offs...
The only person you can blame for that is Cooper
We are where we are based on our performances throughout the ENTIRE season. The table doesnt lie. What if we had TAH and Ranger fit the whole season? What if we had Stephens for the entire season? If all three had been available then yes Id agree with you but to blame MC for not being in the top 6 is ridiculous. He's not perfect by any means but I wouldve settled for anything bar relegation before the start of this season. All I can say is that you are a very hard person to please!!!!
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mqzjohnson[/bold] wrote: Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather! I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games. It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed. I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season! month rainfall 2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62% 2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea) 2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67% 2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62% 2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33% 2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47% 2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33% 2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%[/p][/quote]DLWLD (5/15)- 33% 2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47% 2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33% 2014 3 36.1* DLLD.... 21 points from 63...This is the reason why we are only 7th and not in the top 6.. We all know what the team can do WWW - 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%.. Playing the way we did cost use big time then we changes things when we new we would not make the play-offs... The only person you can blame for that is Cooper[/p][/quote]We are where we are based on our performances throughout the ENTIRE season. The table doesnt lie. What if we had TAH and Ranger fit the whole season? What if we had Stephens for the entire season? If all three had been available then yes Id agree with you but to blame MC for not being in the top 6 is ridiculous. He's not perfect by any means but I wouldve settled for anything bar relegation before the start of this season. All I can say is that you are a very hard person to please!!!! stfc4ever!!
  • Score: 1

12:04am Wed 23 Apr 14

Oxon-Red says...

stfc4ever!! wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Son of gwen wrote:
I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio !
PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.
The problem is we don't have players with enough pace/power/convictio


n to drive forward with the ball or get past defenders. Thompson was a classic example yesterday. He seemed to be in an excellent position to take a stride or two forward and put a cross in but he turned and passed back. Pritchard has the trickery and to be fair to him he had a good game yesterday and put in some brave challenges against big blokes but he's often shrugged off the ball.

All things considered, Cooper has worked wonders to get us where we are. I don't think we should be too surprised at the end of season form though. Our players struggled to cope with the heavy mid-season conditions, while many of them are tailor-made for beginning and end of season pitches.
Excellent point Den. This is why MC has his fair share of critics is because he lacks a plan B. As you say, and I agree, fast and well prepared pitches suit our style of play and its no coincidence that we have picked up a lot of points in summery conditions but in our league with the type of bully players we come up against and the pitches that are prepared due to limited budgets, we cannot progress with the 'tippy tappy' play throughout the season.

Plan B needs players who want to fight, scrap and shed blood for a win at any costs. Qualities that I think were lacking in the middle parts of the season. We missed that Douglas like character who, in his prime, loved to get stuck in to a dirty game. No doubt we missed TAH for the majority of the season and Ranger towards the back end but if we can keep hold of both and invest in a battling midfielder with experience then we can start to look forward.
I was at the game on Saturday, when Town had possession Bradford did not attack the ball until it was in their half of the pitch which meant most of the time there were 18 player in one half. You could lump it forward 10 v 7 and hope for a break or you could play the ball around, keep possession and look for an opening.

I thought Town were superb on Saturday, it took 35 minutes but they started to find those gaps. The work Storey, Smith and the midfield put in running off the ball was tremendous. Yes at times it was boring but the move that put Storey through was a joy as was the move that led to the goal. I think Town and Mark deserve a huge amount of credit for their patience, unless you score early against sides like Bradford you have to open them up patiently.

It is interesting that they did exactly the same two seasons ago and Di Canio failed miserably to create a decent chance. We had 5 or 6 on Saturday and probably should have won more convincingly. If you want hoof and hope it can be exciting when it works but after seeing a recent live match on Sky I suggest you go down the road to watch our neighbours (but only before Christmas) :-)

One for Grim, what would your reaction have been if you had been a Bradford fan at the match on Saturday ? Serious question because I suspect Bradford played more defensively than we did at Bramall Lane.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]stfc4ever!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Son of gwen[/bold] wrote: I have watched town for many years now, and yes you would be right in saying this season we have done better than expected, but after yesterday's game on the journey home I was left thinking was that worth £25 to watch, £5 car park, £10 petrol ???? My answer is no, the pace was slow, sometimes boring and I know a lot of that was Bradfords fault for the way they approached the game, but how many times did the ball go backwards and sideways from town players when they had time and room ? To me it was so negative, maybe players were not confident or are frightened to make a mistake ? Because of injuries etc a few player were playing that May not have, and one or two were playing out of position, but we showed a total lack of imagination in midfield and attack, know one had the ability to attack and run and go past players and make thing happen, it was easier to push it sideways or go backwards ! Yes, great to be winning, but I also want to be entertained, if not, I will stay at home and listen to it on the radio ! PS you Bradford fans need a medal for travelling hundreds of miles to watch your team play in that negative way, well done.[/p][/quote]The problem is we don't have players with enough pace/power/convictio n to drive forward with the ball or get past defenders. Thompson was a classic example yesterday. He seemed to be in an excellent position to take a stride or two forward and put a cross in but he turned and passed back. Pritchard has the trickery and to be fair to him he had a good game yesterday and put in some brave challenges against big blokes but he's often shrugged off the ball. All things considered, Cooper has worked wonders to get us where we are. I don't think we should be too surprised at the end of season form though. Our players struggled to cope with the heavy mid-season conditions, while many of them are tailor-made for beginning and end of season pitches.[/p][/quote]Excellent point Den. This is why MC has his fair share of critics is because he lacks a plan B. As you say, and I agree, fast and well prepared pitches suit our style of play and its no coincidence that we have picked up a lot of points in summery conditions but in our league with the type of bully players we come up against and the pitches that are prepared due to limited budgets, we cannot progress with the 'tippy tappy' play throughout the season. Plan B needs players who want to fight, scrap and shed blood for a win at any costs. Qualities that I think were lacking in the middle parts of the season. We missed that Douglas like character who, in his prime, loved to get stuck in to a dirty game. No doubt we missed TAH for the majority of the season and Ranger towards the back end but if we can keep hold of both and invest in a battling midfielder with experience then we can start to look forward.[/p][/quote]I was at the game on Saturday, when Town had possession Bradford did not attack the ball until it was in their half of the pitch which meant most of the time there were 18 player in one half. You could lump it forward 10 v 7 and hope for a break or you could play the ball around, keep possession and look for an opening. I thought Town were superb on Saturday, it took 35 minutes but they started to find those gaps. The work Storey, Smith and the midfield put in running off the ball was tremendous. Yes at times it was boring but the move that put Storey through was a joy as was the move that led to the goal. I think Town and Mark deserve a huge amount of credit for their patience, unless you score early against sides like Bradford you have to open them up patiently. It is interesting that they did exactly the same two seasons ago and Di Canio failed miserably to create a decent chance. We had 5 or 6 on Saturday and probably should have won more convincingly. If you want hoof and hope it can be exciting when it works but after seeing a recent live match on Sky I suggest you go down the road to watch our neighbours (but only before Christmas) :-) One for Grim, what would your reaction have been if you had been a Bradford fan at the match on Saturday ? Serious question because I suspect Bradford played more defensively than we did at Bramall Lane. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 3

12:06am Fri 25 Apr 14

dazzastfc says...

stfc4ever!! wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
mqzjohnson wrote:
Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather!

I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games.

It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed.

I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season!

month rainfall
2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62%
2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea)
2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67%
2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62%
2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33%
2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47%
2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33%
2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52%
2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%
DLWLD (5/15)- 33%
2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47%
2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33%
2014 3 36.1* DLLD....

21 points from 63...This is the reason why we are only 7th and not in the top 6..
We all know what the team can do WWW - 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%..

Playing the way we did cost use big time then we changes things when we new we would not make the play-offs...
The only person you can blame for that is Cooper
We are where we are based on our performances throughout the ENTIRE season. The table doesnt lie. What if we had TAH and Ranger fit the whole season? What if we had Stephens for the entire season? If all three had been available then yes Id agree with you but to blame MC for not being in the top 6 is ridiculous. He's not perfect by any means but I wouldve settled for anything bar relegation before the start of this season. All I can say is that you are a very hard person to please!!!!
BUT WE NEVER
[quote][p][bold]stfc4ever!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mqzjohnson[/bold] wrote: Thought I would share with you some fantastically pointless and questinonable analysis regarding our form and the weather! I've found the average rainfall for each month as a proxy for how bad the weather was and how shoddy a condition the average pitch was in. The % is the amount of points we got from the maximum and includes cup games. It's worth pointing out the anomaly of September 2013 where I think most would agree we were playing very nicely, but didn't win much. Also you need to split up October and March. In October good pitches at the beginning of the month accompanied good results, and bad pitches in the second part of the month were asscociated with less good results. March was the other way round with bad pitches at the beginning which dried out as the month progressed. I think generally you can see that when the weather was rubbish (late October, December, January, February, early March) we were rubbish and when the weather was better and pitches in better shape it suited our passing style and led to better results. Let's pray for good weather next season! month rainfall 2013 8 19.3 LWWLDWW (13/21)-62% 2013 9 40.6 DLWLL (4/15)- 27% (Wolves away and Chelsea) 2013 10 86.5 WWWWLL(12/18)- 67% 2013 11 55.2 WLWWLDW (13/21)- 62% 2013 12 97.7 DLWLD (5/15)- 33% 2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47% 2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33% 2014 3 36.1* DLLDWWW (11/21)- 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%[/p][/quote]DLWLD (5/15)- 33% 2014 1 146.9 WLLWD (7/15) – 47% 2014 2 83.2 LDWDDLD (7/21) – 33% 2014 3 36.1* DLLD.... 21 points from 63...This is the reason why we are only 7th and not in the top 6.. We all know what the team can do WWW - 52% 2014 4 LWWW (12/15) – 80%.. Playing the way we did cost use big time then we changes things when we new we would not make the play-offs... The only person you can blame for that is Cooper[/p][/quote]We are where we are based on our performances throughout the ENTIRE season. The table doesnt lie. What if we had TAH and Ranger fit the whole season? What if we had Stephens for the entire season? If all three had been available then yes Id agree with you but to blame MC for not being in the top 6 is ridiculous. He's not perfect by any means but I wouldve settled for anything bar relegation before the start of this season. All I can say is that you are a very hard person to please!!!![/p][/quote]BUT WE NEVER dazzastfc
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