Doing the Iron in

Yaser Kasim restrains Marcus Williams following the Scunthorpe players push on Nathan Thompson which earned him a red card

Yaser Kasim restrains Marcus Williams following the Scunthorpe players push on Nathan Thompson which earned him a red card

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MAYBE it was all in our heads. Maybe there was nothing wrong with Swindon Town after all. Maybe, just maybe, the events of the past three months have led us all to become hypochondriacs.

When Hans Christian Andersen, the celebrated author, travelled Europe in the 19th century he was so convinced he was going to be taken ill that on his person at all times he carried a piece of paper on which he scribbled ‘I only seem dead’.

Swindon, it seems, had been handed a similar note by their fans and local media during the summer of 2014. Perhaps understandably, the County Ground became a place of pessimism and borderline nihilism while the sun shone brightly; and the phrase ‘no news is good news’ was by universal consensus dismissed as total garbage.

No one can blame the club’s hardcore support for feeling that way. It’s hard to be inspired ahead of a new season when there are more headlines relating to off-field squabbles than enterprising new signings. Yet, amongst all our collective doom and gloom and anxious glances at the garish Sky Sports News transfer window countdown clock, we managed to forget that there already existed a group of hugely talented players with a season’s experience in League One stuffed neatly into their back pockets. On Saturday, they showed how valuable that and they can be.

And so an opening day that began with nervous smiles ended with rapturous applause. This was far from the perfect performance from Mark Cooper’s men but it was everything the manager had promised – entertainment, hard work and pride – and more.

Sure, there are still plenty of areas of concern. The defence lacked shape against the counter-attack, over-committing through youthful exuberance, and for 20 second-half minutes the Town back three ought to have been slapped with a baggage tag – ‘fragile, handle with care’.

However, thanks to some woeful Scunthorpe finishing and the now traditional stoic display from Wes Foderingham, they survived with just one goal conceded. That needed an element of luck. Going forward, Swindon’s supremacy had nothing to do with good fortune.

In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock.

Kasim, in particular, was sublime. One pirouette on the touchline in front of the dug-outs brought gasps from the home crowd. He ran the engine room with grace on the ball and dogged determination off it.

Then there was Nathan Byrne. Finally allowed back over to the right, the wing-back delivered balance to a team so lop-sided for much of pre-season. Marcus Williams, the Scunthorpe defender, couldn’t keep up. Quite literally.

Byrne’s nimble feet and darting runs had his marker chasing dust. No wonder, then, that Williams lost the plot with 10 minutes to go, delivering a double-handed thump to Nathan Thompson’s face and getting himself sent off for his troubles.

Byrne set up the opener with a tidy cross, tucked home by Luongo for his first goal in a little over nine months – a gestation period that has seen the Australian grow into quite possibly the finest all-round footballer Swindon has had the pleasure of watching this millennium. After the game he talked of hitting the 10-goal mark this season. If this performance is replicated 45 more times, he’ll surpass it with ease.

Then it was Michael Smith’s turn. Detracted by the stubborn element amongst Town’s fanbase since his arrival, the former Charlton man has a knack of being in the right place at the right time. He was there to latch onto Louis Thompson’s cross to make it 2-0 after 12 minutes and then again when Ben Gladwin’s cannonball strike rebounded off a post into his path on the stroke of half-time – though how much he knew about it is grounds for a good debate.

In between Smith’s first and second goals, Paddy Madden stole in to bring Scunthorpe back into the game, ghosting ominously through the middle to beat Foderingham, and, but for the Town keeper, the half-time fanfare that greeted the Swindon players might have been a little more downbeat.

He saved marvellously from Jennison Myrie-Williams’s back-post header and, in the second half, kept out an almost identical chance for Madden.

And so after our cries for help this summer, on Saturday the County Ground was enthralled not by a new signing but by familiar faces.

Kasim, Luongo, Byrne and Foderingham – names we all know, players who were on the roster before this summer of our discontent; the old guard in a brave new world.

Cooper said before the match that first-day results are undecipherable, they can’t be relied upon to predict the direction of a campaign.

Still, it seems our hypochondria can be cured after all.

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6:04am Mon 11 Aug 14

tractorski-red says...

Simply stunning football.
Well done boys, keep the faith.
COYR's
Will be at Luton tomorrow night.
Simply stunning football. Well done boys, keep the faith. COYR's Will be at Luton tomorrow night. tractorski-red
  • Score: 22

6:45am Mon 11 Aug 14

port de soller says...

Well put Sam,yes I think all of us were hung gover from last season.What with the court case and to be honest normal rumours of doom and gloom just think the Fans were let´s say worried and and concernes as to how STFC were going to survive,In a way kind reminded me of the young players in 1962,so hats off tou the "YOUNG SWINDON REDS" plus LP and MC.
As you said work on defence needs to be done.
However what a good start to the season.
Well don to all of them and to the Fans for being patient and giving support
Well put Sam,yes I think all of us were hung gover from last season.What with the court case and to be honest normal rumours of doom and gloom just think the Fans were let´s say worried and and concernes as to how STFC were going to survive,In a way kind reminded me of the young players in 1962,so hats off tou the "YOUNG SWINDON REDS" plus LP and MC. As you said work on defence needs to be done. However what a good start to the season. Well don to all of them and to the Fans for being patient and giving support port de soller
  • Score: 10

7:05am Mon 11 Aug 14

Since 1950 says...

Second that!
Second that! Since 1950
  • Score: 4

7:33am Mon 11 Aug 14

red white says...

We'll go up as effin Champions!
We'll go up as effin Champions! red white
  • Score: 0

7:54am Mon 11 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

For once s/m you have got it spot on.
I fact it was actually a good read/ summary through every fans eyes.
2 things I will pick you up on tho.
1- I have not heard anyone shout at smith
2- I'm still a hypochondriac.
Apart from that keep up the good work, as you never know what's lurking around the corner.
For once s/m you have got it spot on. I fact it was actually a good read/ summary through every fans eyes. 2 things I will pick you up on tho. 1- I have not heard anyone shout at smith 2- I'm still a hypochondriac. Apart from that keep up the good work, as you never know what's lurking around the corner. smirg kcab
  • Score: 2

8:04am Mon 11 Aug 14

London Red says...

Power was ridiculed this summer yet now Sam is writing "In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock"
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I've always had faith in these lads and will get to hopefully see them repeat this performance first hand over the next 2 games
Power was ridiculed this summer yet now Sam is writing "In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock" . I've always had faith in these lads and will get to hopefully see them repeat this performance first hand over the next 2 games London Red
  • Score: 6

8:11am Mon 11 Aug 14

London Red says...

smirg kcab wrote:
For once s/m you have got it spot on.
I fact it was actually a good read/ summary through every fans eyes.
2 things I will pick you up on tho.
1- I have not heard anyone shout at smith
2- I'm still a hypochondriac.
Apart from that keep up the good work, as you never know what's lurking around the corner.
Smirg you must have been on a boycott or something as he got loads of abuse at Orient away and Sheff U at home
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Granted he had very poor games in those 2 - but still shouldn't get that abuse from his own support
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Effort has never been an issue either has goals - so if he has bulked up and his hold up play is better we should have a real asset in L1 this season
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: For once s/m you have got it spot on. I fact it was actually a good read/ summary through every fans eyes. 2 things I will pick you up on tho. 1- I have not heard anyone shout at smith 2- I'm still a hypochondriac. Apart from that keep up the good work, as you never know what's lurking around the corner.[/p][/quote]Smirg you must have been on a boycott or something as he got loads of abuse at Orient away and Sheff U at home . Granted he had very poor games in those 2 - but still shouldn't get that abuse from his own support . Effort has never been an issue either has goals - so if he has bulked up and his hold up play is better we should have a real asset in L1 this season London Red
  • Score: 8

8:13am Mon 11 Aug 14

Scouse Red says...

smirg kcab wrote:
For once s/m you have got it spot on.
I fact it was actually a good read/ summary through every fans eyes.
2 things I will pick you up on tho.
1- I have not heard anyone shout at smith
2- I'm still a hypochondriac.
Apart from that keep up the good work, as you never know what's lurking around the corner.
bloke in front of me in the family stand moans and groans every time Smith touches the ball. My 10 year old said to him on Saturday "he's just scored 2 goals, what more do you want from him" which kept him quiet for the rest of the game.

Still would like a back up striker though please Santa
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: For once s/m you have got it spot on. I fact it was actually a good read/ summary through every fans eyes. 2 things I will pick you up on tho. 1- I have not heard anyone shout at smith 2- I'm still a hypochondriac. Apart from that keep up the good work, as you never know what's lurking around the corner.[/p][/quote]bloke in front of me in the family stand moans and groans every time Smith touches the ball. My 10 year old said to him on Saturday "he's just scored 2 goals, what more do you want from him" which kept him quiet for the rest of the game. Still would like a back up striker though please Santa Scouse Red
  • Score: 12

8:41am Mon 11 Aug 14

Longtime Red says...

red white wrote:
We'll go up as effin Champions!
Offensively it was a good performance on Saturday, defensively it wasn't great. Before we start making predictions about winning the league we ought to see if our away performances are going to be better than last seasons.
[quote][p][bold]red white[/bold] wrote: We'll go up as effin Champions![/p][/quote]Offensively it was a good performance on Saturday, defensively it wasn't great. Before we start making predictions about winning the league we ought to see if our away performances are going to be better than last seasons. Longtime Red
  • Score: 2

8:56am Mon 11 Aug 14

umpcah says...

Longtime Red wrote:
red white wrote:
We'll go up as effin Champions!
Offensively it was a good performance on Saturday, defensively it wasn't great. Before we start making predictions about winning the league we ought to see if our away performances are going to be better than last seasons.
I somehow don't think Luton will be pushovers like Scunny. We shall see !
[quote][p][bold]Longtime Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]red white[/bold] wrote: We'll go up as effin Champions![/p][/quote]Offensively it was a good performance on Saturday, defensively it wasn't great. Before we start making predictions about winning the league we ought to see if our away performances are going to be better than last seasons.[/p][/quote]I somehow don't think Luton will be pushovers like Scunny. We shall see ! umpcah
  • Score: 0

8:57am Mon 11 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

Great writing Sam, you should do it for a living :-)

I can't really add anything that hasn't already been said or written.

We do probably have the best midfield in this league but there will undoubtedly be off days. We do have defensive frailties but there will be good days, our front line isn't perfect but there will be games with lots of goals and there will be days of drought.
We will have a season of great wins and poor defeats our season will be up and down as is the Swindon Town rollacoaster however that is football, it's a funny old game.
Great writing Sam, you should do it for a living :-) I can't really add anything that hasn't already been said or written. We do probably have the best midfield in this league but there will undoubtedly be off days. We do have defensive frailties but there will be good days, our front line isn't perfect but there will be games with lots of goals and there will be days of drought. We will have a season of great wins and poor defeats our season will be up and down as is the Swindon Town rollacoaster however that is football, it's a funny old game. Stilloyal
  • Score: 9

9:16am Mon 11 Aug 14

mancrobin says...

London Red wrote:
Power was ridiculed this summer yet now Sam is writing "In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock"
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I've always had faith in these lads and will get to hopefully see them repeat this performance first hand over the next 2 games
LR, I don't think Sam was talking about us.

Still, before everyone gets carried away, let's wait 10 games and then Sam can re-write that article, or not.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Power was ridiculed this summer yet now Sam is writing "In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock" . I've always had faith in these lads and will get to hopefully see them repeat this performance first hand over the next 2 games[/p][/quote]LR, I don't think Sam was talking about us. Still, before everyone gets carried away, let's wait 10 games and then Sam can re-write that article, or not. mancrobin
  • Score: 2

9:24am Mon 11 Aug 14

Pants88 says...

Very good article Sam, Saturday was very encouraging though we were defensively fragile it's the first 'proper' game for that defence so it's to be expected and hopefully they'll gel properly over the next few weeks.

My own personal wish is for people to leave Andy Williams alone, give the guy a break, he was getting abused as soon as he came on, no player deserves abuse from his own fans, especially one who hasn't done anything wrong, he looked sharp on Saturday and was very unlucky not to score a couple.
Very good article Sam, Saturday was very encouraging though we were defensively fragile it's the first 'proper' game for that defence so it's to be expected and hopefully they'll gel properly over the next few weeks. My own personal wish is for people to leave Andy Williams alone, give the guy a break, he was getting abused as soon as he came on, no player deserves abuse from his own fans, especially one who hasn't done anything wrong, he looked sharp on Saturday and was very unlucky not to score a couple. Pants88
  • Score: 11

9:25am Mon 11 Aug 14

red white says...

London Red wrote:
Power was ridiculed this summer yet now Sam is writing "In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock"
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I've always had faith in these lads and will get to hopefully see them repeat this performance first hand over the next 2 games
Well said Red,but who wrote Sam's script?!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Power was ridiculed this summer yet now Sam is writing "In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock" . I've always had faith in these lads and will get to hopefully see them repeat this performance first hand over the next 2 games[/p][/quote]Well said Red,but who wrote Sam's script?! red white
  • Score: -3

9:49am Mon 11 Aug 14

akershaker says...

red white wrote:
London Red wrote:
Power was ridiculed this summer yet now Sam is writing "In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock"
.
I've always had faith in these lads and will get to hopefully see them repeat this performance first hand over the next 2 games
Well said Red,but who wrote Sam's script?!
Lee Powers ability to build a squad should not be underestimated in these financially hardened times. Almost every signing has been a success and slides into the team, building a squad around a formation and ethos. Smiths signing allows Byrne to play in his best position, im very excited about 3-5-2 with wingbacks, it allows our team to attack with fluidity and width and should provide some entertaining football.
[quote][p][bold]red white[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Power was ridiculed this summer yet now Sam is writing "In Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Louis Thompson, the Robins have perhaps the most naturally gifted midfield in the division. On Saturday they strutted their stuff with all the arrogance and poise of unbeaten stallions in the paddock" . I've always had faith in these lads and will get to hopefully see them repeat this performance first hand over the next 2 games[/p][/quote]Well said Red,but who wrote Sam's script?![/p][/quote]Lee Powers ability to build a squad should not be underestimated in these financially hardened times. Almost every signing has been a success and slides into the team, building a squad around a formation and ethos. Smiths signing allows Byrne to play in his best position, im very excited about 3-5-2 with wingbacks, it allows our team to attack with fluidity and width and should provide some entertaining football. akershaker
  • Score: 5

10:05am Mon 11 Aug 14

6degreessouth says...

Well done MC, the players and LP, what a fantastic start.

Nice piece Sam, an enjoyable read.
Well done MC, the players and LP, what a fantastic start. Nice piece Sam, an enjoyable read. 6degreessouth
  • Score: 2

10:40am Mon 11 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

Yes good report Sam.

I didn't hear anyone criticse Smith or Williams in the DR, people were clearly enjoying a thoroughly entertaining game.

Whilst all five of the midfield were indeed superb going forwards on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if they can produce that more consistently than last season.

Looking forward to seeing how Cooper addresses the defensive problem. Presumably when Stephens arrives it will be a back 3 of Nathan - Stephens - Turnball with Branco on the bench and maybe Lelan returned.

In the meantime if I were an opposition manager, I would target Lelan and Nathan in the air by playing route one to a big target man with a nippy centre forward and 2 wingers looking for the flick on - 4 against 3. Not an issue if you've got a Troy or a Flint winning 90% of their headers but a problem when Turnball wins 75% and Lelan and Nathan probably only 50%. Branco is better than all the current options in the air but the Saints lads and Nathan will be picked ahead of him. There will definitely be an onus on the midfield 5 to track back a bit more and help out as we can't expect to out score the opposition every game in a shoot out.
Yes good report Sam. I didn't hear anyone criticse Smith or Williams in the DR, people were clearly enjoying a thoroughly entertaining game. Whilst all five of the midfield were indeed superb going forwards on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if they can produce that more consistently than last season. Looking forward to seeing how Cooper addresses the defensive problem. Presumably when Stephens arrives it will be a back 3 of Nathan - Stephens - Turnball with Branco on the bench and maybe Lelan returned. In the meantime if I were an opposition manager, I would target Lelan and Nathan in the air by playing route one to a big target man with a nippy centre forward and 2 wingers looking for the flick on - 4 against 3. Not an issue if you've got a Troy or a Flint winning 90% of their headers but a problem when Turnball wins 75% and Lelan and Nathan probably only 50%. Branco is better than all the current options in the air but the Saints lads and Nathan will be picked ahead of him. There will definitely be an onus on the midfield 5 to track back a bit more and help out as we can't expect to out score the opposition every game in a shoot out. Wilesy
  • Score: 3

10:43am Mon 11 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

Chaps lets not get carried away eh! Whilst I'd agree that Saturday was a very encouraging start which demonstrated our plus points the minus signs were there too. We all know what both of those are but for the plusus to consistently outweigh the minus the likes of Kasim, Luongo, Byrne, Louis & Nathan have to show that what we saw against Scunny wasn't a one off. Too many times last season all or some of them were anonymous, particularly away from home and I'm hoping I see the same input and effort at Luton and the rest of the season, but an encouraging start nonetheless.
Chaps lets not get carried away eh! Whilst I'd agree that Saturday was a very encouraging start which demonstrated our plus points the minus signs were there too. We all know what both of those are but for the plusus to consistently outweigh the minus the likes of Kasim, Luongo, Byrne, Louis & Nathan have to show that what we saw against Scunny wasn't a one off. Too many times last season all or some of them were anonymous, particularly away from home and I'm hoping I see the same input and effort at Luton and the rest of the season, but an encouraging start nonetheless. The Jockster
  • Score: 0

10:58am Mon 11 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

Wilesy I didn't read your post before doing mine but it seems we're singing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to our midfielders performing consistently. Also can't understand why sound comments from Umpcah & Longtime attract the old thumbs down when their comments are realistic and valid, but I suppose there'll always be some lens wearers that refuse to see any shortcomings when there obviously are some.
Wilesy I didn't read your post before doing mine but it seems we're singing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to our midfielders performing consistently. Also can't understand why sound comments from Umpcah & Longtime attract the old thumbs down when their comments are realistic and valid, but I suppose there'll always be some lens wearers that refuse to see any shortcomings when there obviously are some. The Jockster
  • Score: -1

11:18am Mon 11 Aug 14

hertz says...

Good job Scunny couldnt shoot , could easily have been 3-3 or even 3-4 at the break , ut it was'nt and in this game you need he luck t o with the skill , talking of luck Smith gets a lucky goal then Williams did nothing wrong but his shot hits the post and comes out , if he is get paid for hitting the post he is on a good salary . Very enjoyable some moments of class through out the game .
Good job Scunny couldnt shoot , could easily have been 3-3 or even 3-4 at the break , ut it was'nt and in this game you need he luck t o with the skill , talking of luck Smith gets a lucky goal then Williams did nothing wrong but his shot hits the post and comes out , if he is get paid for hitting the post he is on a good salary . Very enjoyable some moments of class through out the game . hertz
  • Score: 1

11:18am Mon 11 Aug 14

hertz says...

Good job Scunny couldnt shoot , could easily have been 3-3 or even 3-4 at the break , ut it was'nt and in this game you need he luck t o with the skill , talking of luck Smith gets a lucky goal then Williams did nothing wrong but his shot hits the post and comes out , if he is get paid for hitting the post he is on a good salary . Very enjoyable some moments of class through out the game .
Good job Scunny couldnt shoot , could easily have been 3-3 or even 3-4 at the break , ut it was'nt and in this game you need he luck t o with the skill , talking of luck Smith gets a lucky goal then Williams did nothing wrong but his shot hits the post and comes out , if he is get paid for hitting the post he is on a good salary . Very enjoyable some moments of class through out the game . hertz
  • Score: 0

11:26am Mon 11 Aug 14

LeGod says...

Superb performance on saturday but as well as we played and as alot have pointed out and we know MC also knows defensively we need to tighten up and some teams could exploit it more than what Scunthorpe did.
Our ball retention and movement going forward was excellent and second half we totally dominated the game and restricted them to one chance. The midfield were excellent throughout and we used the width excellently and Smith second half came into the game more and i thought Bryne was excellent throughout and both Smith and Bryne terrorised them with their pace.
An all round excellent team performance and hopefully if we can get Stephens in this week to slot into the back four we will look a very good team.
With all Scunthorpes experience they were chasing shadows for long periods of the game and our possession you could see was frustrating them and coming up from L2 they wouldnt have come across any teams who play the way we do.
There is alot to be optomistic about this season and i know its only one game but we have very good technical players whereas alot of teams in this league have experience and physical prescence but it goes to show that technical ability and committment during the game counts alot and Scunthorpe were given a lesson on saturday on possession football its not all about brawn and experience and i hope we can be the surprise package again this season. One thing we will need to learn though is once teams suss out our method of play is our plan b and c.
Although it was a great all round team performance Michael Smith should also get praise as he put in a good performance and took his goals well and i thought he held the line well against experienced defenders.
Tomorrow will be a tough game as Luton are very strong at home and will be really up for it as it will be their first home game plus a L1 side but if we can adapt to our game hopefully we can come out on top.
Superb performance on saturday but as well as we played and as alot have pointed out and we know MC also knows defensively we need to tighten up and some teams could exploit it more than what Scunthorpe did. Our ball retention and movement going forward was excellent and second half we totally dominated the game and restricted them to one chance. The midfield were excellent throughout and we used the width excellently and Smith second half came into the game more and i thought Bryne was excellent throughout and both Smith and Bryne terrorised them with their pace. An all round excellent team performance and hopefully if we can get Stephens in this week to slot into the back four we will look a very good team. With all Scunthorpes experience they were chasing shadows for long periods of the game and our possession you could see was frustrating them and coming up from L2 they wouldnt have come across any teams who play the way we do. There is alot to be optomistic about this season and i know its only one game but we have very good technical players whereas alot of teams in this league have experience and physical prescence but it goes to show that technical ability and committment during the game counts alot and Scunthorpe were given a lesson on saturday on possession football its not all about brawn and experience and i hope we can be the surprise package again this season. One thing we will need to learn though is once teams suss out our method of play is our plan b and c. Although it was a great all round team performance Michael Smith should also get praise as he put in a good performance and took his goals well and i thought he held the line well against experienced defenders. Tomorrow will be a tough game as Luton are very strong at home and will be really up for it as it will be their first home game plus a L1 side but if we can adapt to our game hopefully we can come out on top. LeGod
  • Score: 6

11:47am Mon 11 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

Byrne was pretty good too I thought didn't know we'd signed anybody calked Bryne is he another on loan? :)
Byrne was pretty good too I thought didn't know we'd signed anybody calked Bryne is he another on loan? :) The Jockster
  • Score: -10

12:02pm Mon 11 Aug 14

old town robin says...

LeGod wrote:
Superb performance on saturday but as well as we played and as alot have pointed out and we know MC also knows defensively we need to tighten up and some teams could exploit it more than what Scunthorpe did.
Our ball retention and movement going forward was excellent and second half we totally dominated the game and restricted them to one chance. The midfield were excellent throughout and we used the width excellently and Smith second half came into the game more and i thought Bryne was excellent throughout and both Smith and Bryne terrorised them with their pace.
An all round excellent team performance and hopefully if we can get Stephens in this week to slot into the back four we will look a very good team.
With all Scunthorpes experience they were chasing shadows for long periods of the game and our possession you could see was frustrating them and coming up from L2 they wouldnt have come across any teams who play the way we do.
There is alot to be optomistic about this season and i know its only one game but we have very good technical players whereas alot of teams in this league have experience and physical prescence but it goes to show that technical ability and committment during the game counts alot and Scunthorpe were given a lesson on saturday on possession football its not all about brawn and experience and i hope we can be the surprise package again this season. One thing we will need to learn though is once teams suss out our method of play is our plan b and c.
Although it was a great all round team performance Michael Smith should also get praise as he put in a good performance and took his goals well and i thought he held the line well against experienced defenders.
Tomorrow will be a tough game as Luton are very strong at home and will be really up for it as it will be their first home game plus a L1 side but if we can adapt to our game hopefully we can come out on top.
If Stephens doesn't arrive in time to play against Luton, then with Lelan not available Branco will start for sure. I wonder if Cooper will give Belford a start. other than that I can't see too many other changes, Luton will be a tough away game and Power will want the boys to do their best to get a second round tie for the extra revenue. Assuming Rodgers hasn't recovered from injury our bench will not be strong in depth, so would think 2 changes at the most,

COYR
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Superb performance on saturday but as well as we played and as alot have pointed out and we know MC also knows defensively we need to tighten up and some teams could exploit it more than what Scunthorpe did. Our ball retention and movement going forward was excellent and second half we totally dominated the game and restricted them to one chance. The midfield were excellent throughout and we used the width excellently and Smith second half came into the game more and i thought Bryne was excellent throughout and both Smith and Bryne terrorised them with their pace. An all round excellent team performance and hopefully if we can get Stephens in this week to slot into the back four we will look a very good team. With all Scunthorpes experience they were chasing shadows for long periods of the game and our possession you could see was frustrating them and coming up from L2 they wouldnt have come across any teams who play the way we do. There is alot to be optomistic about this season and i know its only one game but we have very good technical players whereas alot of teams in this league have experience and physical prescence but it goes to show that technical ability and committment during the game counts alot and Scunthorpe were given a lesson on saturday on possession football its not all about brawn and experience and i hope we can be the surprise package again this season. One thing we will need to learn though is once teams suss out our method of play is our plan b and c. Although it was a great all round team performance Michael Smith should also get praise as he put in a good performance and took his goals well and i thought he held the line well against experienced defenders. Tomorrow will be a tough game as Luton are very strong at home and will be really up for it as it will be their first home game plus a L1 side but if we can adapt to our game hopefully we can come out on top.[/p][/quote]If Stephens doesn't arrive in time to play against Luton, then with Lelan not available Branco will start for sure. I wonder if Cooper will give Belford a start. other than that I can't see too many other changes, Luton will be a tough away game and Power will want the boys to do their best to get a second round tie for the extra revenue. Assuming Rodgers hasn't recovered from injury our bench will not be strong in depth, so would think 2 changes at the most, COYR old town robin
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Mon 11 Aug 14

bearwoodred says...

I like Smith alot and will maintain that given the service he will score well and he is good in the air which previous strikers we have had are not.
It was clear on Saturday that the backbone from last season have come on and have grown. Kasim and Mass were magnificent and Louis the quieter of the three will we all know be our most valuable player before long. I would also go as far to say that was the best half of football we have had from Byrne who they did tighten up on in the second half. Thought Gladwin was good on the whole and paired well with Smith.

Of course there is stuff to work on but we have a new backline apart from Nathan who was also in an unfamiliar role and in the second half they were collectively miles better - so credit for Cooper for sorting them at the break - good job.

Still need to win more in the air in all areas of the park, but going forward, we are going to take some stopping and most importantly we look good both left and right up front which will make us harder to stop.
I like Smith alot and will maintain that given the service he will score well and he is good in the air which previous strikers we have had are not. It was clear on Saturday that the backbone from last season have come on and have grown. Kasim and Mass were magnificent and Louis the quieter of the three will we all know be our most valuable player before long. I would also go as far to say that was the best half of football we have had from Byrne who they did tighten up on in the second half. Thought Gladwin was good on the whole and paired well with Smith. Of course there is stuff to work on but we have a new backline apart from Nathan who was also in an unfamiliar role and in the second half they were collectively miles better - so credit for Cooper for sorting them at the break - good job. Still need to win more in the air in all areas of the park, but going forward, we are going to take some stopping and most importantly we look good both left and right up front which will make us harder to stop. bearwoodred
  • Score: 3

3:47pm Mon 11 Aug 14

old town robin says...

For all you Sam lovers, went on his twitter account 5 minutes ago and if you don't already know he's leaving the Adver for pastures new on 22nd August. says he's not going far so question is, is he joining the BBC network. thought something was happening with the chief sports as there has been quite a few articles from Andy and a few others of late.

He also said on his account there are no denials with interest in Luke James, checked who that might be on the internet and he's a 20 year old Hartlepool striker or midfielder with 15 goals last season. but quite experienced for his age getting close to 100 appearances. Have no idea if there is any substance in this other than reading Sams tweet.
For all you Sam lovers, went on his twitter account 5 minutes ago and if you don't already know he's leaving the Adver for pastures new on 22nd August. says he's not going far so question is, is he joining the BBC network. thought something was happening with the chief sports as there has been quite a few articles from Andy and a few others of late. He also said on his account there are no denials with interest in Luke James, checked who that might be on the internet and he's a 20 year old Hartlepool striker or midfielder with 15 goals last season. but quite experienced for his age getting close to 100 appearances. Have no idea if there is any substance in this other than reading Sams tweet. old town robin
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Mon 11 Aug 14

London Red says...

OTR - the Luke James is who Posh are after - their Chairman ruled out M.Smith but not Luke James
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Sam moving on is probably the best thing for all - as it might allow the adver back in with the club and Sam I assume is happy with his move to aid his career wherever he is going
OTR - the Luke James is who Posh are after - their Chairman ruled out M.Smith but not Luke James . Sam moving on is probably the best thing for all - as it might allow the adver back in with the club and Sam I assume is happy with his move to aid his career wherever he is going London Red
  • Score: 2

4:55pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

The Jockster wrote:
Chaps lets not get carried away eh! Whilst I'd agree that Saturday was a very encouraging start which demonstrated our plus points the minus signs were there too. We all know what both of those are but for the plusus to consistently outweigh the minus the likes of Kasim, Luongo, Byrne, Louis & Nathan have to show that what we saw against Scunny wasn't a one off. Too many times last season all or some of them were anonymous, particularly away from home and I'm hoping I see the same input and effort at Luton and the rest of the season, but an encouraging start nonetheless.
Fair comments. I thought we did well, but objectively (wait for the thumbs down!) would have to pick up a few points - will give a positive for every criticism before you all go mad...

Smith scored twice - put the first away well (although would've struggled to miss from there) and the second was a deflection off him. He still needs to improve his overall game, as his passing, hold up play and heading aren't good enough yet. The amount of times the ball was chucked up to him and he never got near heading it makes me think there's no point. When we played quick through balls we looked a lot better. Positive? His goal scoring record is decent, he's young and will improve. Already looks better than he did in a lot of games last season.

Went two up very quickly against a static defence but should have played the rest of the first half like we played the whole of the second, i.e. positive going forward and without fear. We sat back a fair bit in the first half and invited pressure on ourselves. Having said that, when we went forward we looked very good. Less back passing than there was last term.

Currently asking a lot of the wing backs, and I saw a few times Byrne, not naturally a defensive player, getting caught out - Nathan Thompson as a full back was naturally drawn out to the wing to cover and gaps were opening up. However, going forward was far better, lots of width, Byrne looked a threat every time going forward.

Lelan - did ok but needs improvement - could get bullied

Turnbull - another good young saints player, looked almost a match for Stevens

Brad Smith - naturally left footed and looks like he can cross a ball well, looked good to me. Shouting for the ball all the time as well, clearly keen to play

Just being a bit cautious not to get too carried away, there were weaknesses present and a better side on another day would've put a few more past us (Scunny had a lot of chances, more than us even, and didn't exploit them). HOWEVER - couldn't have asked for a better result, and considering a few faces have only been at the club a couple of weeks, we looked like an accomplished team. Bit of work and they may surprise us all. COYR.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Chaps lets not get carried away eh! Whilst I'd agree that Saturday was a very encouraging start which demonstrated our plus points the minus signs were there too. We all know what both of those are but for the plusus to consistently outweigh the minus the likes of Kasim, Luongo, Byrne, Louis & Nathan have to show that what we saw against Scunny wasn't a one off. Too many times last season all or some of them were anonymous, particularly away from home and I'm hoping I see the same input and effort at Luton and the rest of the season, but an encouraging start nonetheless.[/p][/quote]Fair comments. I thought we did well, but objectively (wait for the thumbs down!) would have to pick up a few points - will give a positive for every criticism before you all go mad... Smith scored twice - put the first away well (although would've struggled to miss from there) and the second was a deflection off him. He still needs to improve his overall game, as his passing, hold up play and heading aren't good enough yet. The amount of times the ball was chucked up to him and he never got near heading it makes me think there's no point. When we played quick through balls we looked a lot better. Positive? His goal scoring record is decent, he's young and will improve. Already looks better than he did in a lot of games last season. Went two up very quickly against a static defence but should have played the rest of the first half like we played the whole of the second, i.e. positive going forward and without fear. We sat back a fair bit in the first half and invited pressure on ourselves. Having said that, when we went forward we looked very good. Less back passing than there was last term. Currently asking a lot of the wing backs, and I saw a few times Byrne, not naturally a defensive player, getting caught out - Nathan Thompson as a full back was naturally drawn out to the wing to cover and gaps were opening up. However, going forward was far better, lots of width, Byrne looked a threat every time going forward. Lelan - did ok but needs improvement - could get bullied Turnbull - another good young saints player, looked almost a match for Stevens Brad Smith - naturally left footed and looks like he can cross a ball well, looked good to me. Shouting for the ball all the time as well, clearly keen to play Just being a bit cautious not to get too carried away, there were weaknesses present and a better side on another day would've put a few more past us (Scunny had a lot of chances, more than us even, and didn't exploit them). HOWEVER - couldn't have asked for a better result, and considering a few faces have only been at the club a couple of weeks, we looked like an accomplished team. Bit of work and they may surprise us all. COYR. Swindon1984
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

One side note - worst ref I've seen in a long time, for all the petty fouls Scunthorpe gave away in the first half, it was still a town boy that got booked first. Scandalous. Second half there were a few fouls from us and even a few that looked suspiciously like dives which weren't given. Ref was poor for both teams overall.
One side note - worst ref I've seen in a long time, for all the petty fouls Scunthorpe gave away in the first half, it was still a town boy that got booked first. Scandalous. Second half there were a few fouls from us and even a few that looked suspiciously like dives which weren't given. Ref was poor for both teams overall. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Mon 11 Aug 14

lifelong red says...

London Red wrote:
OTR - the Luke James is who Posh are after - their Chairman ruled out M.Smith but not Luke James
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Sam moving on is probably the best thing for all - as it might allow the adver back in with the club and Sam I assume is happy with his move to aid his career wherever he is going
New his Brother well ! Jessie James . 0 )
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: OTR - the Luke James is who Posh are after - their Chairman ruled out M.Smith but not Luke James . Sam moving on is probably the best thing for all - as it might allow the adver back in with the club and Sam I assume is happy with his move to aid his career wherever he is going[/p][/quote]New his Brother well ! Jessie James . 0 ) lifelong red
  • Score: -1

7:14pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mancrobin says...

Here's wishing Sam all the best for his new role. I have enjoyed his articles over the last few years and at best they have been thoughtful, thought provoking and shown a real passion for the Club.

Ok, so at times they have also been a bit of a wind up and occasionally sensationalised but do not think that the Club's current attitude to the Adver is justified.

Hopefully Sam, you'll be doing the football on Points West and we can all look forward to you reporting on City, after you've spend 10 minutes talking about the Town :)
Here's wishing Sam all the best for his new role. I have enjoyed his articles over the last few years and at best they have been thoughtful, thought provoking and shown a real passion for the Club. Ok, so at times they have also been a bit of a wind up and occasionally sensationalised but do not think that the Club's current attitude to the Adver is justified. Hopefully Sam, you'll be doing the football on Points West and we can all look forward to you reporting on City, after you've spend 10 minutes talking about the Town :) mancrobin
  • Score: 1

7:20pm Mon 11 Aug 14

old town robin says...

London Red wrote:
OTR - the Luke James is who Posh are after - their Chairman ruled out M.Smith but not Luke James
.
Sam moving on is probably the best thing for all - as it might allow the adver back in with the club and Sam I assume is happy with his move to aid his career wherever he is going
Thanks for that LR
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: OTR - the Luke James is who Posh are after - their Chairman ruled out M.Smith but not Luke James . Sam moving on is probably the best thing for all - as it might allow the adver back in with the club and Sam I assume is happy with his move to aid his career wherever he is going[/p][/quote]Thanks for that LR old town robin
  • Score: 0

9:45pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

mancrobin wrote:
Here's wishing Sam all the best for his new role. I have enjoyed his articles over the last few years and at best they have been thoughtful, thought provoking and shown a real passion for the Club.

Ok, so at times they have also been a bit of a wind up and occasionally sensationalised but do not think that the Club's current attitude to the Adver is justified.

Hopefully Sam, you'll be doing the football on Points West and we can all look forward to you reporting on City, after you've spend 10 minutes talking about the Town :)
Good shout manc.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: Here's wishing Sam all the best for his new role. I have enjoyed his articles over the last few years and at best they have been thoughtful, thought provoking and shown a real passion for the Club. Ok, so at times they have also been a bit of a wind up and occasionally sensationalised but do not think that the Club's current attitude to the Adver is justified. Hopefully Sam, you'll be doing the football on Points West and we can all look forward to you reporting on City, after you've spend 10 minutes talking about the Town :)[/p][/quote]Good shout manc. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

10:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
One side note - worst ref I've seen in a long time, for all the petty fouls Scunthorpe gave away in the first half, it was still a town boy that got booked first. Scandalous. Second half there were a few fouls from us and even a few that looked suspiciously like dives which weren't given. Ref was poor for both teams overall.
84 no complaints from me for NT's booking he waded in after his bro got fouled and in fact he could have seen red for retaliation. Hardly the type of behaviour one would expect from the Town captain and a poor example to his team mates and not the sort of start to lessen the number of cards received compared to last year.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: One side note - worst ref I've seen in a long time, for all the petty fouls Scunthorpe gave away in the first half, it was still a town boy that got booked first. Scandalous. Second half there were a few fouls from us and even a few that looked suspiciously like dives which weren't given. Ref was poor for both teams overall.[/p][/quote]84 no complaints from me for NT's booking he waded in after his bro got fouled and in fact he could have seen red for retaliation. Hardly the type of behaviour one would expect from the Town captain and a poor example to his team mates and not the sort of start to lessen the number of cards received compared to last year. The Jockster
  • Score: 1

10:23am Tue 12 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

No complaints from me either Jock, was talking about Michael Smith's booking earlier on - not saying that wasn't a foul but the ref had his back to the incident. We were kicked all over the park in the first half and had nothing given.
No complaints from me either Jock, was talking about Michael Smith's booking earlier on - not saying that wasn't a foul but the ref had his back to the incident. We were kicked all over the park in the first half and had nothing given. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0

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