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Cambridge (H) Easter Monday


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4 minutes ago, desperado said:

Just asked our crew who was our MOM today, all 5 of us said Johnstone. Was there anybody better today? 

The two aren’t mutually exclusive!

I can’t think of anyone who played better than Johnston. 

Jones, Bradley, Thomason all did ok. Possibly Thomason played better than Johnston? 

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I said pre-Wembley I'd take a win in that if it meant losing every league game and I stand by that, winning the cup meant more to me.  But just in terms of trying to enjoy a game, its a bit painful watching our style of play in league games.

A lot of talk about the line up - but let's not hide behind that when the frustration is how we are trying to play - pass, pass, pass, no urgency or pace, and shooting seems to have gone out of fashion (but ironic that our one shot in the 1st half should have been a pass!).  

Mbete is an accident waiting to happen but has to play because there is no-one else.   Along with Williams and Shoretire that's 3 signings in January that IMO have weakened us compared to the departures of Aimson, Dapo, Sadlier.  Throw in half a mil spent on Adeboyejo and its hard to argue that January was IEs finest month.  On a positive note Nlundulu looked bright and bust a gut to make things happen, just hard to see him starting games or earning himself a longer deal here.

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1 hour ago, MancWanderer said:

Well that was a bit rubbish today. Hey ho. If we’d taken a point at Exeter and beaten Cambridge who wouldn’t have been happy? I’ve got no coaching badges and don’t have any inside info on the squad so I’ll trust that Evatt makes decisions based on what he knows. Onwards we go…

Key point right there. 

We're all a bit annoyed with todays result/performance, but the man has absolutely earned the right to be trusted. Still got our chances to get it sorted. 

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26 minutes ago, globaldiver said:

The two aren’t mutually exclusive!

I can’t think of anyone who played better than Johnston. 

Jones, Bradley, Thomason all did ok. Possibly Thomason played better than Johnston? 

We all see games differently but I thought Tomo was really poor most of the time.  A couple of good moments, a lot of bad one's is my memory of his performance. 

Johnstone defended well without a doubt but part of the problem was how much he slowed the game down in possession.  He must have had as many touches as the rest of the team put together apart from Sheehan, so many passes, so little progress apart from a 10 or 15 minute spell in the 2nd half when we hit it longer a couple of times.  But if its tactical to make so many short, slow passes its not always down to the player, he must be told to play that way as well.

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Too many big players missing from the starting line - up who consistantly step up to the plate -  Dempsey, Morley, Lee, Charles.

They are our big players and were badly missed, some of the lads brought in just can’t hack it in my opinion -  Shoretire, Mbete, Adeboyejo and even Tommo just aren’t up to it.

Always play your best team, they can have a rest in June/July

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2 minutes ago, Leyther_Matt said:

That’s exactly what he is. 

Not at all, pissed but not a Wigan fan. BWFC fan from Essex! 
 

apologies Santos didn’t play Vs Exeter but maybe didn’t risk him and Dempsey today due to the pitch being slippery and not wanting them to get injured? 

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45 minutes ago, globaldiver said:

The two aren’t mutually exclusive!

I can’t think of anyone who played better than Johnston. 

Jones, Bradley, Thomason all did ok. Possibly Thomason played better than Johnston? 

Yep, just been out for a walk with the mutt. And was mulling things over about the game like you do. Johnstone was my motm, shown real leadership qualities both today and Friday, he was in great form before his injury and has just carried on where he left off. Not sure when his contract is up but hope we are trying to extend it, especially if the rumours were true about stoke sniffing around on transfer deadline day.

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20 minutes ago, embankment said:

Easter 4 points.

Would have taken that.

Along way to go .5th and 6th spot will flutchuate  

Hopefully we will finish there.

If we do go up , unless FV flip us , next season will be probably be a mare.

COYWM. 

In Shazza I trust.

 

Maybe would have taken it but not ideal considering.

 

we go again. Hopefully we can get up next year. Fancy us at Wembley but can’t see us getting through an away 2nd leg. 

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1 hour ago, Traf said:


Might as well go 4 at the back than play Mbete.

CaptMed is right, recent league performances haven't been up to our usual standards.

That ship sailed a long time ago.  It would be a useful option to be able to keep the opposition guessing as to our formation.  But we no longer have the personnel to play 4-4-2 realistically with letting 2 wingers go, unless we're counting Williams and Bradley as wide midfielders.   

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"Bring your Wembley flags, and make sure you're in your seats for 2:45!". Was expecting them to at least bring the trophy out onto the pitch or something, but fuck all happened. Sack the board, and knock the stadium down.

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14 minutes ago, Big E said:

Hopefully we can get up next year.

Fancy us at Wembley but can’t see us getting through an away 2nd leg. 

That’s where I am at.

Play-offs are clear progress for the club & the experience will do the players a world of good.

Unfortunately with Santos & Toal potentially out for the season, then we are going to struggle away from home, both in the remaining league games and particularly in the play-off away game.

 

 

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Frustrating day all round. Whenever we lack tempo I fear the worst and that was definitely the case in the first half. 

Second half was better but it turned into a tale of substitutions for me. The first three were spot on (Charles, Lee, Morley). I didn't really understand the second two (Nlundulu and Kachunga) when we'd just taken the lead. From then on we looked too open and our centre backs exposed.

Anyway - as the old saying goes you can't win em all and four points over Easter would probably have been accepted by most before Friday.

I expect that morning/early afternoon deluge knocked a few off what was still a mightily impressive gate.

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