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Just now, CambridgeBWFC said:

Wasn't meant to be a criticism of Thomason, more just pointing out it was a mistake that lead to their one chance. Probably didn't need to mention him by name. 

No I get you and tbf I was cursing him at the time, but Santos put far too much behind it when watching the replay. DJ more than covered for them though and that’s the making of a good team in my book 👍  

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No we don't. We win every game 1-0 between now and the end of the season and we go up as champions.  Now's not the time for trying to turn 1-0 wins into 3-0 ones.  The system works. Don't pi

Very good bridge if he plays snooker.

Pretend it's a broken arm. You'll be reet.

2 minutes ago, Leyther_Matt said:

No I get you and tbf I was cursing him at the time, but Santos put far too much behind it when watching the replay. DJ more than covered for them though and that’s the making of a good team in my book 👍  

Yeah, thought Santos could have done a bit better with his positioning as well when it did come back. But one possible mistake of note in ages, and as you say DJ was right on it to take it of their striker. They are definitely all together as a defensive unit and you see from how they react to each other when clearances/blocks are made how much clean sheets mean to them. All expertly controlled by Gilks.

 

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So some stats, make of them what you will;

13 games, 50 shots on target 20 goals which seems a fair ratio.

However, we had 11 shots against Cambridge, which was universally lauded as the best we have played all season, despite the twitchy ending. The next highest was 5 shots.

Take Cambridge out of the equation, we had 39 shots on target over 12 games, ave 3.25 a game, or one shot every 28 mins!. I have no bench mark, but that seems extremely low, especially for a team on such an excellent run as we are and with the resources we have in the 4th division.

But it would explain why some games are as dull as ditchwater. As it happens I was less bothered yesterday against a promotion rival, and thought it was a hard fought win, rather that say the laboured performance against Port Vale.

Some more stats, we only had 3 shots on target against Oldham despite them being down to 10 men, and had less shots than goals at Mansfield!

So I'm chuffed to bits we are on the run we are, and hope we get promoted; IE has impressed after a dodgy start, and the result is the most important thing, but with these tight margins it isn't giving us much margin of error.

So more displays like Cambridge please, they've shown they're capable.

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26 minutes ago, RONNIE PHILLIPS said:

You really think FGR looked the better side yesterday? 🤔

Second half I thought they were better going forward. Other than the goal we created nothing

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1 hour ago, RatchetMan said:


we aren’t “so in control” though, FGR looked  the better side yesterday, we were fortunate that their striker isn’t very good.

 

I feel that a select few on here border on arrogance and get a bit carried away with how things are. For example, look at the Walsall thread and notice how many people were so sure that we’d brush them aside.

 

Got to be a WUM.

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5 minutes ago, RatchetMan said:

I’m new to this forum and not here to make enemies. Well wishings to you all and let’s hope we go up 

Don't think anyone will really have a problem with you on here, it's like a chat in the pub.

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11 minutes ago, RatchetMan said:

Second half I thought they were better going forward. Other than the goal we created nothing

They created nothing at all in the 2nd half. They could have had a couple in the first. We really shut the game down 2nd half, I thought.

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For all their dominance in the 2nd half I can only remember a couple of half chances for FGR from set pieces which Gilks collected well. He didn't have to make a save.

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1 hour ago, desperado said:

Good lad. 

Bit like @JimmyRiddle did this morning in our debate and to be fair always from @Johnnyrotten, a balanced view when throwing out some criticism is always better received.

There’s so much more to be positive about at the moment. As @Ani alluded to earlier, we are never beyond trying to get better and we’d all like to score more goals, IE himself has said this, but the game management during this run has been fantastic regardless of some of the narrow wins.

Fair points.  Always happy to have a balanced debate with reasonable folk.

A 6th big positive apart from the obvious impact of the new signings, is Baptiste.  Becoming one of my favourite players, from being one of my least favourite.  It will be interesting to see if he gets a new contract next season if we're in league one (for debate in May).

 

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Yesterday was a fine victory. Much like the Port Vale game, they had limited chances at best. We got the goal when we were on top then didn’t look like conceding.

A very professional performance. 

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10 minutes ago, Johnnyrotten said:

Fair points.  Always happy to have a balanced debate with reasonable folk.

A 6th big positive apart from the obvious impact of the new signings, is Baptiste.  Becoming one of my favourite players, from being one of my least favourite.  It will be interesting to see if he gets a new contract next season if we're in league one (for debate in May).

 

I missed it, did they give out an official sky MOTM? I know Hendrie was impressed with both Santos and Baptiste 

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Apart from city games I don’t think many games have a high amount of big chances. A shot on target can mean a trickler from 20 yards or a shit slow header. We seem to get into good positions that don’t necessarily lead to a shot on target. For me it doesn’t mean it’s not a dangerous situation. There’s not many games in this league where it seems the winning team has bosses the game. All seem to be by the odd goal

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5 minutes ago, desperado said:

I missed it, did they give out an official sky MOTM? I know Hendrie was impressed with both Santos and Baptiste 

No idea either, I switched off.  Mark Iles has Baptiste MOM FWIW.

I think he's been an 8 out of 10 in every game of the unbeaten run, and occasionally Santos, John, Lee or MJ  has been an 8.5 or 9; yesterday I thought they were no more than 7's, not their best games for me, so Baptiste MOM.

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3 hours ago, Ani said:

The post from Jimmy Riddle that you could not agree more with says we have been fortunate in games and winning masks other issues. 
What I am struggling with more than anything else is what you are saying is that we should push on more and go the killer goal, others are saying if we get the second great but the way the team are playing one goal is proving enough so why change things. 
The case for 'as is' is 35 points from 39. The case for changing is speculative. 
It is not as though we are going to 9 at the back, we rarely change formation all our forward players invariably get a run out. 
I am sure we both want the same thing, half time three up with their keeper sent off would good. 

Look Ani, I think we need to politely differ on the interpretation of what I agreed with in JR’s post. I think you’re misreading what he wrote anyway and what I did agree with. Being fortunate to come away with narrow one goal wins is absolutely true, it’s an observation not a criticism and even Ian Evatt has agreed we should have taken more of our chances to make life more comfortable. Making silly comments like us wanting to be 3-0 up at halftime with their keeper sent off is a bit childish. You’re right, we all want the same thing and that is to get Wanderers back up to L1 at the end of the season. So far the team and IE have played a blinder and if getting up means 1-0 wins for the rest of our games, great, bring it on but whether you like it or not, or you accept it or not, the fact is that a 1-0 lead is always fragile, however good your defence is and if without taking risks we can make that a two goal lead, we’d be much safer and this team is more than good enough to do that. I honestly don’t see what you can find to dispute that.

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40 minutes ago, Whitesince63 said:

Look Ani, I think we need to politely differ on the interpretation of what I agreed with in JR’s post. I think you’re misreading what he wrote anyway and what I did agree with. Being fortunate to come away with narrow one goal wins is absolutely true, it’s an observation not a criticism and even Ian Evatt has agreed we should have taken more of our chances to make life more comfortable. Making silly comments like us wanting to be 3-0 up at halftime with their keeper sent off is a bit childish. You’re right, we all want the same thing and that is to get Wanderers back up to L1 at the end of the season. So far the team and IE have played a blinder and if getting up means 1-0 wins for the rest of our games, great, bring it on but whether you like it or not, or you accept it or not, the fact is that a 1-0 lead is always fragile, however good your defence is and if without taking risks we can make that a two goal lead, we’d be much safer and this team is more than good enough to do that. I honestly don’t see what you can find to dispute that.

The 3-0 at half time with the keeper sent off was tongue in cheek. But it is what I want every game, just making the point that we want the same thing, stress free victory. 
But yet again you have talked about us being fortunate to win 1-0 and that is what I totally disagree with. Of course if we could win by more it would be great as per my example. There is a risk at 1-0 but I think we have gone on such a good run not because we are 'fortunate' but because we have a group of good players playing well. 
 

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At last we totally agree Ani, we are where we are because of good play and not necessarily good fortune but only leading by one goal is a risk. Anyway, now that we’re both on the same page, whether it’s 1, 2, 3, or more, let’s just hope we keep winning and get out of the basement!! 😉

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How are arguments breaking out?? 😂 Come on people, we're on our best run since '99 and in the best form of the whole EFL!!!

fwiw I don't think we need to be banging in 2/3/4 goals every game with our style. It'll come one day but at the minute we can keep possession, grab a goal and continue to control the game without feeling too on edge or desperate for another. Maybe it's not thrilling viewing to some but I'll take it any day if it gets us results and its a helluva lot more entertaining than Parkinson.

Stay humble, enjoy the winning run and stay positive.

Cheers to those with The Office references, made me laugh. Pretty sure the players have to follow the advice of the medical staff so it was probably their call to put him on the stretcher, give the lad a break. No pun intended.

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6 hours ago, RatchetMan said:

I’m new to this forum and not here to make enemies. Well wishings to you all and let’s hope we go up 

We all have different opinions it’s what makes it interesting

but you will find on here some don’t like that you crack on

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