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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hickmott Senior wrote:
Frankly awful
Missing a penalty is unforgivable but conceding a further goal to 10 men is pathetic
Non-league is our level and it was so much more fun
Destiny will surely take its course and we will be re-united
Today's result is embarrassing when the detail is drilled into


Agree with the first point about the penalty. I didn't go but it sounds like we were piling everyone forward but got caught on the break. We need better options up front and the transfer window is still open.

I still reckon we will establish ourselves in the FL but most likely in League 2 as teams like Dag & Red, Wycombe and Accy Stanley have.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Disappointing but not surprising.
All the games I have seen so far tell me we are short of quality in too many important areas of the pitch.We aren't blind to the problems,we have all seen the midfield struggle to dominate the opposition and stamp their mark on a match.On top of this we have an impotent strike force that little blue pills would struggle to fix.
John Gregory has put this squad of players together, so I hope for his sake they come good and prove they are capable of competing in this league.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We need to change tactics if we can't change players. It's clearly not working

Four defeats. We can't keep possession we can't hit a barn door let alone score and the defence which was strong last year is carrying in like a tea strainer. In the four defeats we have scored 2 goals and conceded 9 goals.

If that doesn't show something needs to change not sure what does.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:27 pm    Post subject: Does John Gregory have the answers ? Reply with quote

Does John Gregory have the answers ?

Listening to his interviews is a strange affair, he talks about great performances ....I sure haven't seen one. He talks about possession of the team, we always have less than the opponents on two occasion this year they have had twice as much!

Every interview is we need to score , agreed ! ..but it's the way we play that is stopping us scoring you need the ball and you need shots on goal.

I hope he turns it around ...the next three games could make or break .
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just for an alternative viewpoint, if you look at the games we've played so far, every team is in the top half of the table, mostly aiming realistic promotion candidates which means they're playing reasonably well and beating other teams as well as us.
Realistically we are aiming to stay in the league this year with a bit of mid table security being a job well done.
This team is new, young and has a pretty difficult start to the season, plus Simpson has been injured. Not making excuses but if we want to turn young released players into young promising talent it takes time, mistakes will be made. That's the plan as I see it. We can't compete financially and can't afford our own academy so giving time to the younger players will hopefully make us financially sustainable.
Some years will be development/experimental years, other years we'll reap the benefits. Patience and positivity is needed, all we have to do is look at Proctor to see what happens when youngsters are not given a positive environment to develop.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

reddish wrote:
Just for an alternative viewpoint, if you look at the games we've played so far, every team is in the top half of the table, mostly aiming realistic promotion candidates which means they're playing reasonably well and beating other teams as well as us.
Realistically we are aiming to stay in the league this year with a bit of mid table security being a job well done.
This team is new, young and has a pretty difficult start to the season, plus Simpson has been injured. Not making excuses but if we want to turn young released players into young promising talent it takes time, mistakes will be made. That's the plan as I see it. We can't compete financially and can't afford our own academy so giving time to the younger players will hopefully make us financially sustainable.
Some years will be development/experimental years, other years we'll reap the benefits. Patience and positivity is needed, all we have to do is look at Proctor to see what happens when youngsters are not given a positive environment to develop.


Thank you Reddish for providing some sane comment!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evening gents. Don't be too disheartened by us beating you, hey, you did better than the other Red Devils Wink. On a serious note, without sounding arrogant, we're looking pretty formidable right now, 4 clean sheets in a row against Chesterfield, Coventry City, Manchester United and yourselves and we've scored 16 goals in 7 matches. It will be tough for a lot of teams to get anything out of us at the moment, especially at home.

A funny game, with McFadzean, a former Crawley player getting sent off and McLeod, a former MK player missing a penalty.

Think we deserved that, the stats suggest we just about edged it and in the first 20 minutes, we should have been 3 or 4 up. The penalty had a big impact, score that and we'd of been lucky to come out with a point, but as it was, Martin who is on fire saves the penalty, we defend fantastically to stop you getting the equaliser and then nick the goal that seals the win right at the end through Afobe who is also on fire. Great tactical performance.

Good luck for the rest of the season, reckon you will be mid table looking at your squad and today's performance (you look like a good team, just without any real threat up front, similar to us last season).
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BucksIsOurs. wrote:
Evening gents. Don't be too disheartened by us beating you, hey, you did better than the other Red Devils Wink. On a serious note, without sounding arrogant, we're looking pretty formidable right now, 4 clean sheets in a row against Chesterfield, Coventry City, Manchester United and yourselves and we've scored 16 goals in 7 matches. It will be tough for a lot of teams to get anything out of us at the moment, especially at home.

A funny game, with McFadzean, a former Crawley player getting sent off and McLeod, a former MK player missing a penalty.

Think we deserved that, the stats suggest we just about edged it and in the first 20 minutes, we should have been 3 or 4 up. The penalty had a big impact, score that and we'd of been lucky to come out with a point, but as it was, Martin who is on fire saves the penalty, we defend fantastically to stop you getting the equaliser and then nick the goal that seals the win right at the end through Afobe who is also on fire. Great tactical performance.

Good luck for the rest of the season, reckon you will be mid table looking at your squad and today's performance (you look like a good team, just without any real threat up front, similar to us last season).


Ban this moron

Polite, insightful and reasonable. What a t&@t
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Does John Gregory have the answers ? Reply with quote

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Does John Gregory have the answers ?

Listening to his interviews is a strange affair, he talks about great performances ....I sure haven't seen one. He talks about possession of the team, we always have less than the opponents on two occasion this year they have had twice as much!

Every interview is we need to score , agreed ! ..but it's the way we play that is stopping us scoring you need the ball and you need shots on goal.

I hope he turns it around ...the next three games could make or break .

Funny I thought we "out possessioned" Norwich, but admittedly any decent passing performances have all been away from home, even the Ipswich win good as it was came from hard work rather than any passing and keeping the ball.
The "win ugly" comments came out from him again today which I dont much like. We have played decent football last three games but got nothing, cannot see how lumping the ball is going to improve things when our main issue is not being able to put the ball in the net, or is he just preparing us for an aerial bombardment to Matt Harrold?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

reddish wrote:
Just for an alternative viewpoint, if you look at the games we've played so far, every team is in the top half of the table...


Err, why do you think that is?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps because playing us is a guaranteed 3 points at the moment.

I think we have every right to expect more from the team, the manager and the CEO.

They dismantled a decent team and so far have served up total dross in the main. The difference in the quality in the football played by this and last years team is huge. To early to call for heads but it's been a very poor start.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, I see you have conveniently missed out the second part of the sentence where I have clarified that point by explaining to be in the top half you must have won several games not just a one off against us.

Can you really judge a team that has only played better/in form teams. in the Premiership if you had lost to Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea, does it make you bad?

Out of interest do you think we have had a tricky start compared to say Fleetwood?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically we were not good enough today.

Regroup and let's try harder on Tuesday.

Come on you Reds !

PS : great stadium experience at MK today !
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crawley69 wrote:
Perhaps because playing us is a guaranteed 3 points at the moment.

I think we have every right to expect more from the team, the manager and the CEO.

They dismantled a decent team and so far have served up total dross in the main. The difference in the quality in the football played by this and last years team is huge. To early to call for heads but it's been a very poor start.

so sack the board?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crawley69 wrote:
Perhaps because playing us is a guaranteed 3 points at the moment.

I think we have every right to expect more from the team, the manager and the CEO.

They dismantled a decent team and so far have served up total dross in the main. The difference in the quality in the football played by this and last years team is huge. To early to call for heads but it's been a very poor start.


You don't have any rights at all in this area.

The last couple of years we have been losing around 2m a year. Check the company's accounts if you need evidence of this.

No club at our level can carry that on indefinitely. That is why the team was dismantled. Plus we are about the same level in the league now (16th against 14th at end of last season) so what were we getting for all the extra cash?

We had 2,225 against Bradford - you get what you pay for.
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