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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:36 pm 
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Only mid-week but it seems like ages since we've played so thought we might as well start looking ahead to this weekends game. It's another opportunity to turn around our slightly dull home form against a side in turmoil.

I wrote in another thread that our form was improving. To repeat, our form in the first 8 games compared to our last 8 looks like this:
First 8
W: 1
D: 3
L: 4
GF: 12
GA: 18
Points: 6

Last 8
W: 3
D: 4
L: 1
GF: 10
GA: 6
Points 13

We are slowly building into a tough team to beat, but we will have to work to transform some of those draws into wins which could pick us up to the coat tails of the playoff contenders. We have the attacking players to get us the goals it's all about keeping them out at the other end, we need to keep our shape and concentration for 90 minutes and be more professional when were ahead. Slow games down, get compact. In addition, I'd really like to see us improve at both ends from set pieces. With Galbriath, Hughes, Ainge and Thompson etc we have players who can win the ball in the air, yet i can't remember the last time we scored from a set piece. In addition, I really hate this bringing everyone back for corners routine. Surely leaving someone like Saunders or Nicholson up the pitch give us the opportunity to get up the pitch and remove the pressure.

Our opponents Hereford are without a win in 13 league games, their last 5 results reading LLDDL and leaving them in 21st place. Having been sat just 3 points outside the playoffs at the beginning of the season, with a game in hand, when their manager was sacked. The board claimed this was to put in place a structure (Director of Football and Head Coach) that would help them build back towards the football league. It's fair to say it hasn't worked. Their most recent outing on Tuesday night ending in a 3-0 home defeat to Southport and with only 10 men on the field. The suspension comes too late for the player to miss the game against us, but you've got to be thinking if there was ever a time to play Hereford it's now.

Our team has been fairly settled in recent weeks but keeping this consistency will depend on the fitness of Ainge and the hamstring injury of O'Hanlon. We haven't seen O'Hanlon in the team since the switch to 3-5-2 and it seems like a formation that would suit him. If both players are fit I'd like to see both included from the start and so would set us up as:

--------------------------- Maddison -----------------------------

------------- Trotman ----- Hughes --- Galbraith -------------
Thompson ------------------------------------------- O'Hanlon

------------ Wheatley ---- Nicholson ---- Elliott -------------

------------------- Saunders ------- Aigne --------------------

Subs: Syers, J Burn, Hemmings, Henshall, Glover.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:34 pm 
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They got beat last night and another player sent off , so we all know what's gonna happen[GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:40 pm 
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JE93 wrote:
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Our opponents Hereford are without a win in 13 league games, their last 5 results reading LLDDL and leaving them in 21st place. Having been sat just 3 points outside the playoffs at the beginning of the season, with a game in hand, when their manager was sacked. The board claimed this was to put in place a structure (Director of Football and Head Coach) that would help them build back towards the football league. It's fair to say it hasn't worked. .....



Thats an understatement!

The previous manager had taken them from Step 5 to the NLN including to a Vase final in a very short period.

The Director's decision to remove him in their first season in NLN when placed so well can only be described as a monumental c*ck up

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There is a lot of anger among the Hereford fans directed towards the board and the new management team. On Tuesday some of their fans were singing songs in support of the former manager and there were unsavoury scenes at the end with allegations that a fan threw punches towards one of their players. It's looking a bit fractured now after the euphoria of the new club's rise through the leagues.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:12 am 
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LoidLucan wrote:
There is a lot of anger among the Hereford fans directed towards the board and the new management team. On Tuesday some of their fans were singing songs in support of the former manager and there were unsavoury scenes at the end with allegations that a fan threw punches towards one of their players. It's looking a bit fractured now after the euphoria of the new club's rise through the leagues.


Doesn't that sound familiar?

Obviously excluding the "new club" part. :silent:

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quaker4life wrote:
LoidLucan wrote:
There is a lot of anger among the Hereford fans directed towards the board and the new management team. On Tuesday some of their fans were singing songs in support of the former manager and there were unsavoury scenes at the end with allegations that a fan threw punches towards one of their players. It's looking a bit fractured now after the euphoria of the new club's rise through the leagues.


Doesn't that sound familiar?

Obviously excluding the "new club" part. :silent:



The difference is the Hereford manager didn't slag off the clubs fans or behave towards them in a disrespectful way.

At Hereford the fans are turning on the board, not the former manager. I can understand their anger at the board.

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