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I was drawn to Mansfield
at 10:38 12 Mar 2018

Well, here we go Durham.

Had a crap journey from Lincolnshire coast to Mansfield with all the roadwork's and pot holes about. Lunched close to the ground at Frankie and Bennies. Burger raw in the middle, sent it back, didn’t pay. Thought the day couldn’t get worse. IT DID!

The first half was probably the worst performance I have seen from any U's team in all my time supporting since the late '50's. We were abysmal. I thought the inclusion of Sammy after injury may fire the front line but in truth he didn’t look back to fitness. Little of those penetrating runs that unsettle defences and with Guthrie non existent maybe even Mandron may have given us a bit of inspiration.

Mansfield kicked with the wind first half and looked a decent side, compared to us anyhow. Their goal came from a long punt from deep in their own half for which Walker made a crazy decision to try to beat the forward to the bouncing ball when Eastman appeared to have control. Walker didn’t make it, forward did and lobbed them both.

Now McGreal had two weeks to format some way of devising a system that could bring us a much needed win but blow me if I could understand what it was. We continually played the ball out wide from Walker to our defenders and back again and making it into Mansfield half was painful. Some of our passing movements were like Barcelona, oooops! sorry, I meant Barrow. We went nowhere fast. Case in point was having finally won a corner; after about six passes the ball was back with Walker. We do not need "careful" football at present, we must take chances and put a foot through the ball, preferably towards the opposition's goal if we want to win games. Apart from one through ball from Sammy to Guthrie who scuffed his shot that was finally cleared by a defender we hadn’t really threatened the Mansfield goal. Maybe if Mansfield had been street wise we would have been out of the game at halftime.

Halftime "McGreal team talk" dramatically changed our attitude on the game and for ten minutes we absolutely bossed the game. Pressure told and a fine strike by Comley across the goalie put us level. Thought that we would push on from there with the wind behind us but no, very little ambition for the rest of the half as though we were defending the draw….really? Could have easily lost it in the end with some desperate defending in the last five minutes. It’s definitely all over for the season and we can only hope for a massive overhaul in the coming months in an attempt to get things more positive for next season.

One last gripe. While at the game I will always support the U’s and encourage them whatever the state of play. I do however reserve the right to my views after the match, good or bad. Unfortunately, some of our younger “fans” disgraced themselves again with their vile chants when things weren’t going well. This is not what I call “supporting”.



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Great TV this afternoon
at 19:00 25 Feb 2018

Just watched a great TV programme, lots of good acting, tumbling and intrigue. One main actor even injured himself in a great piece of acting and subterfuge . Think the actor was called Monreal.
The programme? It was called Carabou Cup I think.
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What?
at 18:40 4 Feb 2018

You just couldn't make it up.
"Guardiola had picked only six out of the seven permitted substitutes because of a shortage of fit players and a reluctance to call upon his reserves, who played on Friday night."
You have to feel sorry for the guy. Perhaps he could have gone out and spent £20m to fill his substitutes bench. Oh, I forgot, transfer time is over.
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