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  1. Probably an age thing because I don't do emoticons, but does your smiley face mean that you find my post laughable? If so, I would be interested to know why.
  2. Does saying "end of" mean nobody else can comment? Of course his performance can be defended, and to prove it here are a few match ratings from elsewhere: Chicksen 7 - Flipped a switch 10 mins into 2nd half and had a fantastic 15mins. More of that, please. Chicksen - 8* - Thought he was excellent. Another assist too Chicksen - 8* - Was troubled a couple of times by Rochdale's high press early on but recovered and delivered a sublime cross that led to the equaliser. Was brilliant in the second half. Two of them made him their man of the match, I would have rated him a solid 7 and thought he had a decent game.
  3. Adam Chicksen wasn't played as a centre back, he was played on the left side of a back 3 which is his best position and in my opinion he did a pretty good job.
  4. Good question. I often look at their forum and after they won their first two games they were convinced Clough was the man. The following 12 games have produced 5 draws and 7 defeats, and many now want Clough out. Stags fans 'worst case scenario', where their main rivals Chesterfield and us go up and they go down is looking a slight but increasing possibility. Even though they are a division above, I'm sure us and the Spireites are enjoying the season more than they are!
  5. Patterson 7 - a couple of good saves, distribution superb first half but went a bit awry in the second. Brindley 7 - some good forward runs out of defence. Rawlinson 7 - a good, solid performance. Cameron 8 - won most of his challenges, really good goal, led by example. DKE 6 - usual commitment, but let down by his crossing. JOB 7 - always involved, covered a lot of ground. Palmer 9* - Sheer quality. Always available for a pass and barely wasted a ball. Too good for this level. Vincent 6 - seemed to be trying a bit too hard, not many things worked. Taylor 7 - did well defensively and going forward, caused them a few problems. Rodrigues 6 - no real impact, a few decent runs but struggled to work a shooting position. Wootton 7 - held the ball up well, got others involved. Roberts 6.5 - took a while to get going, unlucky not to score. Mitchell 5 - had a good chance to win it, but badly scuffed his shot and it ended up more of a pass back to their keeper. The ref 4 - he seemed so determined not to be influenced by the crowd that the 50/50 decisions went 90/10 in their favour. It had to be a really blatant foul for him to give us a free kick.
  6. Patterson 7 - not a lot to do in the way of saves, but confident with his handling and distribution. Deserved a clean sheet. Brindley 7 - looks good on the right side of a back three, defended well and helped to build a few attacks. Rawlinson 7.5 - looked rock solid all afternoon until his brainfart at the end. Cameron 8.5 - looked more like the player I hoped we'd signed, commanding performance at the back. Kelly-Evans 8.5* - his best game for a while, did everything you expect from a wing back all over the pitch. Palmer - 8.5 - always available, barely wasted a pass, looks a class above this level. O'Brien 7 - as usual not everything worked, but always in the action. Vincent 8 - gave us something extra, lots of energy and movement, composed finish for his goal. Taylor 7 - solid defensively and a threat going forward. Rodrigues 7.5 - seemed to be singled out as the danger man, linked play well and worked some good positions. Wootton 7 - missed two pretty good chances, but kept going and deserved his goal. Roberts 6.5 - got involved, helped us keep hold of the ball in their half. I have to mention his woeful effort when he had possession in the centre circle and their keeper had gone up for the corner. A real chance, but it went nearer the corner flag than the goal. He probably needs a bit of extra training with Michael Doyle on scoring 50-yarders! Mitchell - n/a. A really enjoyable game and an excellent atmosphere, where the tempo was quicker and we played some really good stuff. There wasn't a weak link in the team and every player did their job. This showed what we are capable of, we just need to do it more often.
  7. Right from the start of the season I've given 3 reasons why I don't think we'll succeed: 1. We concede too many soft goals. 2. We are lightweight in midfield and are too easy to play against. 3. Our style of play seems based more on stats and analytics than what's needed to get you out of the National League. Today only reinforced that opinion. For 70 minutes we didn't look in any real trouble, but once they equalised the way we fell apart was embarrassing. In short, they wanted it far more than we did. They grew in confidence, we hid. I don't know why they resorted to all the time wasting and play acting near the end, if they had gone at us we were in such disarray they could have ended up with 5 or 6.
  8. The most hilarious head butt in football history came from our much revered Prime Minister Boris Johnson (piethagoram might like this one) in a charity game. He seemed to forget he was on a football pitch, and reverted to something between a rugby tackle and 'what we got up to at public school':
  9. I would agree with that, Ruben has reverted to the inconsistent player he was under Ardley last season rather than the exciting player we saw later on under Burchnall. Whether it is down to a reaction from him catching Covid, who knows? He's looked a bit lost and indecisive in recent games, and I'm not sure the deeper role he seems to be playing suits him. Hopefully he'll play further forward against Woking with Roberts suspended, and we'll see an improvement.
  10. Why is it nonsense, and why is it argumentative? Are differing opinions not allowed on here? Last season when we were playing twice a week we had a large enough squad to rotate players frequently, whereas some of our rivals didn't even have enough players to put 5 subs on the bench. Also, for this level, we have state-of-the art facilities and medical back up that other clubs just don't have. That must mean that we should suffer from fatigue less than many of our rivals. Of course it makes a difference, just ask King's Lynn or Dover. If a club like ours has 'fatigued' players after 8 games, this division will be played at walking pace after Christmas!
  11. Really???? We have players who are fatigued after eight games, mostly playing once a week??? When did professional footballers become so weak? Other teams have played a similar number of games, so are their players equally "fatigued"? Sorry, but of all the excuses we can come up with fatigue isn't one of them given our facilities and squad depth.
  12. We managed a couple weeks in Lanzarote with the family in August, and are flying to The Algarve on 3rd October (the day after we play Woking) returning on 22nd (the day before we play Stockport). That's 19 days away without missing a game at Meadow Lane unless we are drawn at home in the cup. The return flights cost £39.96, and that's the total for both of us, not each!!! The apartments we are staying in directly overlook the training ground of the Portuguese Primeira Liga team I have become a fan of, Portimonense FC. I first became interested in them when I saw fans walking around in black and white striped shirts, and they were a second division club then. I have been to watch them play a couple of times, and was hoping to go again but they don't have any home games due to the international break.
  13. I'd even be tempted by the current Neal Bishop. The one thing we really lack is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder like Bishop or Ryan Yates.
  14. Slocombe 6.5 - not tested enough to merit a high mark, but didn't do a lot wrong. Brindley 7 - much better than Tuesday, defended well. Taylor 6 - a bit hit and miss, looks for the safe pass a bit too often when he should be crossing it. Lacey 7 - more like the Lacey we know. Held us together when Cameron went off. Cameron 6.5 - brought the ball out of defence well, hope his injury is a minor one. Francis 7.5* - impressed me today. Some really good forward balls and imposed himself more. Palmer 7 - not a good first half, but made up for it in the second. Roberts 5.5 - nothing seemed to go his way. Flashes of what he is capable of, but a poor penalty and a petulant booking limits his mark. Ruben 5.5 - again below par. The slightly deeper role doesn't suit what he is best at, he struggled to get into scoring positions. Wootton 6 - can't fault his effort, but he didn't get a lot of service. Mitchell 5.5 - I think there's a good player there, but he didn't show it today. Subs- O’Brien 6 - typical JOB, some things worked and some didn't, but I love his passion. Chicksen 7 - a really good replacement for Cameron. Solid, and a very useful squad member who is a bit unlucky not to start. Brilliant that we got another 3 points, but this game once again provided more questions than answers. We did the job against limited opposition, we need to show that we can do the same against the better teams.
  15. I like the one of Meadow Lane and Trent Bridge cricket ground. Just a pity about the eyesore in between.
  16. Slocombe 7 - one dodgy punch apart, he looked a bit more confident. One superb save low down probably earned us two points. Brindley 5 - a torrid night, constantly exposed and most of their dangerous attacks were down our right. Lacey 5 - never got to grips with their strikers, had a difficult time. Cameron 6 - same as Lacey, but gets an extra point for scoring the winner. He needs to show similar dominance and desire in our box as well though. Taylor 6 - did ok, best of the back line and got forward at times. Roberts 7.5 - the end product didn't match the approach work, but he was a real danger all game. Francis 6 - moderate first half, but improved as the game progressed. Needs a bit of shooting practice! Palmer 7.5* - covered a lot of ground, always available for a pass and hardly wasted a ball all night. Rodrigues 5 - a shadow of the player he can be. Overhit passes, poor first touch, struggled to get involved. Wootton 7.5 - led the line well, another goal, showed how viital he is to the team. Mitchell 6.5 - his pace was always a threat, I think he needs a goal to really show what he can do. O'Brien 6 - worked hard. Kelly-Evans 6 - helped to shore up the right side late on. Sam n/a - not enough time to rate, but the more I see of Eli Sam the more I wonder what he offers. We started slowly and were poor until Roberts equalised, and we were very lucky to go in ahead at half time. The 15 minutes after half time was our best spell, we created a lot and should have put the game to bed. Once they got back to 3-2 though it was a nervy last half hour, and a relief when the final whistle blew. A very entertaining game where 5-5 would probably have been a fair score. Well done to Wealdstone and their fans, they certainly played their part.
  17. An entertaining game, but one we were a bit lucky to win. My main concerns about a dodgy defence and a midfield that gives it little protection were only reinforced. Delighted with a 3-2 win, but it could easily have been 5-5. A special mention for Wealdstone, I thought both their team and support were very good. They were comfortable on the ball, and most of their passes whether long or short found a team mate. Their fans were still making plenty of noise even when they were 3-1 down, and they must be gutted to be going home with nothing.
  18. My 'benefit of a replay' view of the key moments: DKE non-goal - their keeper saves it, then with one hand tries to get hold of it with two. Before he does DKE slides in and puts it into the net. Did the keeper have control of the ball? It looks 50/50, which means refs will always side with the goalkeeper. Our first - great first touch and layoff from Ruben, Wootton's shot wasn't cleanly hit but it went where he aimed it. Their first - good from their point of view, but disappointing from ours. We need to defend balls like that much better. Their second - bad error from Cameron. No foul for me, just a very poorly directed header. Our second - Cameron makes amends by being determined to be first to the ball. Our winner - the sort of quality we have that most other teams don't. A very classy goal. JOB non-goal - what can you say, apart from that the lino will be very embarrassed when he watches the replay.
  19. Sorry, but I don't think we played well. We played well in little bursts, but we allowed a (good) team from a division below to match us. We were poor defensively and the midfield never looked like a cohesive unit. I know it was only a friendly, but we have a lot of work to do to look like a promotion team.
  20. Yes, Ebosele was the one who rolled around like he'd been shot at the faintest touch. He didn't need to, because he looks a very promising player. If Jóźwiak was their blond number 7, he was the one who blatantly dived to try and win a penalty. Also the one who appeared to elbow Kyle Cameron in the face off the ball.
  21. It's hard to know how strong the opposition were, but I would take more positives than negatives from the game. The scoreline flattered Derby, there was no obvious gulf between the teams. Disappointing to concede in the way we did from the corner for their first because we were just starting to get on top in the 10 minutes before it. Matty Palmer looked good, and JOB played well. A lot more there than I expected, it was quite a good atmosphere for a pre-season friendly.
  22. Slocombe 7 - I thought he should have saved their first, but he redeemed himself with the one-on-one Tyson save and was pretty good with his handling, kicking and distribution. Rawlinson 6 - Was often forced backwards and sideways, probably better as a centre back. Ellis 8.5* - Just the sort of player you want on your side. Maybe a dodgy defensive moment or two, but puts his body on the line and his effort can't be faulted. An assist, and a memorable winner earns him MOM. Chicksen 8 - In the two games I've watched him live, he's gone from 'Adam who?' to being one of the first names on the teamsheet. He is ideally suited to a left side of a back three role, intelligent positioning, gets stuck in defensively and offers a forward threat. Brindley 7 - Better in the second half than the first, looks a good player on the right side of a back three. Doyle 7 - Typical Doyle, always available for a pass and mostly used the ball well. Reeves 6 - Took a while to get involved, and didn't make the best of his shooting opportunities, but stuck at it well. Boldewijn 7 - A few quiet spells, but had the beating of his full back and caused them problems. Miller 6.5 - Not quite his recent level of performance, but looks dangerous every time he runs at opposing defences. Rodrigues 6.5 - A few wrong decisions and didn't influence the game as much as he can, but great delivery for the winner. Wootton 7.5 - Led the line to good effect and was in the right place to bag a couple of goals. Knowles 5 - Looked off the pace and didn't contribute much. DKE 5.5 - No time to impress. Memorable game, brilliant atmosphere, well done to all concerned.
  23. I just find it really, really good to finally be able to do these ratings from what I actually saw from my seat rather than what the cameraman decided to show me on a live stream. Here is my offering: Slocombe 7 - only routine saves to make, but he did everything well. Brindley 8 - excellent throughout, always composed and some great forward surges. Ellis 7 - did what he does best and won most of his challenges, one dodgy back header. Chicksen 8.5* - looks the perfect fit on the left side of a back 3. Sound defensively, but still managed to be a creative force. He barely put a foot wrong, where has he been all season? Kelly-Evans 7 - gave us what we have come to expect, 100% commitment all over the pitch. Doyle 7.5 - another who did what he's good at. Always composed on the ball and rarely wasted it. Reeves 7 - energetic and offered something in defence and attack. O'Brien 7 - looks rejuvenated lately, did his bit all over the pitch. Miller 8 - our main attacking threat for much of the game, I love his pace and forward desire. Rodrigues 7 - sometimes overplayed it a bit and maybe should have made a bit more of his opportunities, but the sort of player defenders are scared of. Wootton 7.5 - more of the Wootton of old, led the line well and proved a real handful for their defenders. Boldewijn 7.5 - instant impact, great finish for his goal, and must have loved the reception he got from the crowd. Enzio seems a bit of a confidence player, and today will have done him nothing but good. Sam 6 - again what we have come to expect, a bit mixed. Griffiths 6.5 - not much time to make an impact, but showed a flash of skill that suggests he might still have a part to play. What an occasion! As a Notts fan I have learned to fear the worst when expectations are high, but not today. It delivered from all angles, and it was a privilege to be part of that crowd. We often pretend to play 3-5-2, but today we really did play 3-5-2. Brindley and Chicksen defended well, but also offered an attacking threat, and the 'Dad's Army' midfield trio all did what they are best at. The wing backs were more offensive than defensive, and it meant we created loads of chances. I wondered early on what Burchnall had to offer, but if this is the answer I can't wait to see more.
  24. Fantastic afternoon, well worth the wait. I was a bit concerned that with the fans being so spread out it wouldn't feel like a proper game, but that concern evaporated in the first minute. This was what I had missed so badly, it was every bit the real thing. We need to go all out for 5th place, because I can't wait to go back to Meadow Lane again. We played some really good stuff, and 6-0 would have been a more accurate scoreline. Well done to everyone in the ground, the atmosphere was brilliant.
  25. I'm going. Not overly keen on my randomly allocated seat (my season ticket is row R, this one is row DD) right near the top of the Pavis stand, but can't wait to get back to Meadow Lane. I'd willingly sit on the roof of the stand rather than watch a live stream. Hopefully this will be the first of two visits this season, because if we finish in 5th place it means a home playoff quarter final.

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