We were two defeats from the last 23 league games being the complete opposite of the first 23 in terms of wins, draws and defeats. Two heavy losses could’ve even seen the goal difference being equal and opposite. Useless bunch.
...not signed or given a contract by McGreal? I’m thinking that there isn’t meaning that this is 100% his squad. Given how well the three additions have performed so far this season you would have to say it’s the best bit of player recruitment for quite some time.
Scored the winning goal again tonight. Maybe we should concentrate on him and other players still at the club rather than going on about a player that wasn’t prepared to stay and fight for his place in the team.
When it became apparant that Walker wouldn't be here this season I was happy to go into the season with Barnes and Gilmartin as our two goalkeepers. I'm not convinced by Barnes yet but Gilmartin is more than capable enough to play at this level and we don't need to pay an extra goalkeeping coach so that's a wage saved. For some reason though we've signed two more goalkeepers, neither of which are our number one. In fact we paid money for one and he hasn't even got a squad number. Do we really need four goalkeepers? Is it a luxury that we can't afford?
I'm hearing a rumour that Guthrie has been released. Shame as he had talent but like so many in recent years his attitude is questionable at best so I'm not disappointed to see him go. I want players at the club that want to play for the club.
Does anyone else think that bringing him back into the side / squad was a factor in our drop in form this year?
This is how our first twenty league games compare to previous seasons.
Year PTS Pts per game Gls per game GF per game GA per game 2004 - 05 26 1.3 2.7 1.5 1.3
2005 - 06 33 1.7 2.5 1.4 1.1
2006 - 07 30 1.5 2.9 1.7 1.3
2007 - 08 20 1.0 3.3 1.6 1.7
2008 - 09 24 1.2 3.4 1.6 1.8
2009 - 10 36 1.8 2.6 1.7 0.9
2010 - 11 31 1.6 2.7 1.4 1.3
2011 - 12 26 1.3 3.1 1.5 1.6
2012 - 13 23 1.2 2.7 1.2 1.6
2013 - 14 21 1.1 2.6 1.1 1.5
2014 - 15 17 0.9 3.2 1.3 1.9
2015 - 16 20 1.0 4.0 1.5 2.5
2016 - 17 24 1.2 2.7 1.4 1.3
2017 - 18 29 1.5 2.5 1.3 1.2
It's a lot better than the last six seasons and interesting to see that it's not much different to 05-06 which was the promotion season and yet the impression this season is that we're playing boring football. I think some people have forgotten that Parkinson made us difficult to beat and score against first and foremost and the rest followed. Teams with poor defences don't generally win much. If Guthrie, Dickenson, Murray and Slater can come back into the side in the same form as last season then we've got plenty to be optimistic about.
I really can't see how they can escape relegation now. Will be sad to see as they normally bring a decent amount of fans to the WHCS and it will be one of our most local fixtures gone, although it won't make a difference if we get promoted. Big if that though. Just goes to show how quickly things can change in football. It wasn't that long ago that they were 2-0 up at Wembley in the League One Play Off final. It's pretty much been a disaster since Barry Hearn went. Careful what you wish for Cowling haters.
It's important for us to get back on track tomorrow especially after Tuesday's defeat and the game against Wycombe next week. Also a lot of teams around us in the table are playing each other which could mean three points tomorrow would strengthen our play off push.
There are 40 topics on the front page of this board, 20 of them are related to or started by one individual. This is far too many. There are around 10 that are directly related to the U's. This is not enough and it's time we changed that. Let's get the board back to how it used to be and hopefully some of our missing contributors will return.