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Ani

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  1. Ani

    The Final

    Every corner was fucking wank.
  2. Evatt is an integral part of the FV long term project so I will be amazed if on the back on Saturday he is sacked , long term projects do not change route on the back of a really shit day. The decision has to be made on the season as a whole, personally I think this is still a failure it was a very weak division and given the position we were in around Jan it has been a disappointing outcome. Although we finished higher than last season and made the play off final the level of progress is marginal and measured as an outcome there is no progress we are stuck in same league. Does this merit dropping Evatt ? I would think not but can see why others would. I think only way he goes is if he 'walks'. As recently as last week Sharon B was talking about running a club in a different way, the idea of sacking a manager who has got to play off final is the polar opposite of everything she preaches. There are some real challenges ahead and I do wonder how much of the summer transfer budget was taken up with the Collins fee. The flip side is how much was the drop off second half affected by injuries with which could we have gone straight up ? The most worrying thing about the debacle on Saturday that there have been numerous games this season where we have been equally bad twice v Wigan, Carlisle and Bristol Rovers at home, Blackpool away. And other games where we have had terrible 45 minutes such as Northampton away, Reading away, Orient at home. But our manager and players seem shocked it happened. My mate text me after the game ' I can not believe what I have just seen, but not that surprised either.' We all knew we had these performances in our DNA ( as seems the trend to describe stuff these days) This post has become a bit of a brain dump but trying to take the anger and emotion away from Saturday I think Evatt stays if he wants to, the way we are trying to operate as a club is more about 'circling the wagons' than kicking someone out. If he does go there would be plenty wanting the job , I would personally be tempted to consider Nolan , all the coaching credentials, history at the club, new manager at West Ham might want his own team in. Lack of management experience but hardly held Ipswich back when they went down that route.
  3. Ani

    The Final

    Also goes to heart of the problem that there is no real leader on the pitch that will bollock other players and drag a performance out of them. Absolute priority is a proper leader on the pitch. Remember when everyone used to criticise Nolan as he was always pointing telling other players what to do ?
  4. I know, Ogbetta is a kid and still learning is the same as not being good enough. Maybe one day but Saturday was too much for him. Taking players on loan from Championship clubs who are going to release them as soon as possible is not IMO using the loan system well, nor is getting Ashworth in and not playing him. And Calvin Ramsey ??
  5. Ani

    Playoffs

    Not reading back through the thread but is the first time the same 3 teams have lost in play offs 2 years running ?
  6. If a player is not wanted they can be persuaded to leave. Clubs and agents are talking all the time. When Bristol Ciity came in for Legohead we could have pushed him out and at the time 99% of our fans thought £1m for him was very good money. When we announce the retained list in next few days we can make it clear retained players are available for transfer either publically or behind the scenes. On the wider discussion about the team if we make better use of the loan market next season it would make a massive difference. Only 2 loan players started (I think) the final and on the day Ogbetta and Paris were amongst the worst in an awful team performance .
  7. Evatt said when Legohead decided to stay that we would not force out players who did not want to leave. Not sure we can afford to be that 'nice'.
  8. The worrying thing about that is that of the midfield 3 Sheehan is nominated for league player of the season, Legohead has been a top performer and Paris will play at a higher level than us next season. So it ain't the quality of the players but need to look at the Manager.
  9. I get everyone is available at a price, but I think we are now at a juncture where we need to be actively looking to move players on.
  10. Ani

    The Final

    Not sure if this has been mentioned but Paris picked up a knock early and was awful on day when standing out as awful was a tough job. Would love to know what the medical call was and was it made by player of the staff ? Who ever made it, it was wrong.
  11. Going to be an interesting couple of weeks in FV land, all been about togetherness and community so far, but now there are some potentially tough calls to be made. Personally think they will stick with Evatt but based on the season overall, not just yesterday, there are big calls to make across the squad. Dion 20 goals after injuries is a decent return, Collins is fine - not sure any of other 4 forwards Bod, CJ, Big Vic and Big Dan would be greatly missed Midfield , Legohead and Sheehan have contributed, IMO Dempsey massively under used, Paris would not pay a fee for (think we stuck with him when injured yesterday and that was a mistake) Morley given a new contract but hardly plays. Need a leader in there who does not get booked every other game. At the back.....I would not lose any sleep if any of them left or be too upset if any of them stayed other than Ogbetta. GJ has become better whilst injured but at least can play left side. Santos should not be captain. Keepers - the two are good enough for the level.
  12. Ani

    The Final

    Are people really blaming fans who went on the pitch after the semi for anything that happened today ? Or the post match reaction of the players ? 4 or 5 times this season we have produced lifeless performances, today was just on a bigger stage .
  13. This year the money is done on a tie by tie basis. So for us , we get 25% of gate money for our games v Barnsley. We now get 25% of total gate money for final. All these are based on net receipts so there are some costs that taken out (including some money we can claim for expenses. https://www.efl.com/documents/play-off-rules/#
  14. Ani

    The Final

    Especially this game, a playoff final is all about the result on the pitch. Then hopefully celebrate, nothing else matters. Daresay a few are going on Saturday full of the memories of last year, whereas as the reality is more like the Watford and Tranmere games. Hopefully the outcome like Reading but even that was awful till the final whistle.
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    The Final

    In terms of attendances the only stat that matters is who has the most there 5 minutes after the final whistle.
  16. Ani

    Snoring

    My missus wears earplugs at night because of my snoring.
  17. Ani

    Playoffs

    Did not read the small print ! Damn ! 😂😂
  18. Ani

    Playoffs

    1880-81 Old Carthusians 3 Old Etonians 0. Yes I did look it up 😂
  19. Ani

    Playoffs

    2 letters.
  20. Retiring from test matches this summer.
  21. I know they track and have no real issue with it. You are not the only person who has worked in Marketing roles young man 😎👍 Probably more surprised that as I am tone deaf that any device no matter how sophisticated would recognise my version of a tune and relate back to the original.
  22. Ani

    Barnsley Home

    Apart from the corner we scored off ?
  23. Ani

    Barnsley Home

    Play Legohead and everyone can cover cost of the trip by backing to get booked.
  24. Ani

    The Final

    The Pizza game tickets kept rolling out as people jumped on, think with this timescales makes it tougher, especially with travel options being limited especially getting back. Oxford can get a direct train to Wembley that takes about an hour, £60 for a family of 4 with rail card.
  25. Ani

    The Final

    Just talking to my mate who is going from over here, him and missus and 3 kids, one of which is over 18. Match tickets are just over £150, train about £200 So £350 before day starts. Be at least £400 but probably nearer £500 at end of day, which is a fuck load of money for a day out.
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