Darlo 0 Hamilton 0

by Scott Thornberry - 22nd July 2009

darlo 0 hamilton 0

After two fixtures against Sunderland and Newcastle respectively the visit of Hamilton Academicals gave Colin Todd the chance to see if his team could defend better than of late.   Conceeding 11 goals in the two games could be soul destroying but the fact that the games were against big name teams then they can be forgiven.

But, fans and Todd himself, have expressed their concerns over the left and right back positions and the line up on Wednesday evening did not feature Craig James or Ben Starosta.  Both players did not even feature on the subs bench either,  their places were taken by Paul Arnison and new trialist Mark Bower.

photo: Les Hodge

But even before kick off things literally kicked off when a drunken lad thought he could take on the world and managed to virtually take on all of the stewards before finally being taken from the stand horizontally, slightly bizarre and such a waste of a tenner.

The match kicked off infront of a very small crowd, 565, not surprising really considering it was a tenner to get in.  The pissed up lout in the stands was the pre match entertainment.  To be honest it was kind of concerning as the stewards seemed scared of him and most of them were getting on a bit.  I almost felt that I should do something due to the fact that an elderly steward was trying to ask him to leave but the lad was punching the steward whilst otther stewards just looked on.  Totally bizarre but did give a lesson to my two kids who were with me, that is what happens when you drink white star son!

After the recent circus of the black cats and barcodes it was actually good to see two teams of equal quality, The Quakers were more than a match for the Scottish Premiership side but both teams were hardly pushing themselves.  The main positions that most will have been interested in were the defenders and the combination of Ian Miller and Matty Plummer was proving to be a nice pairing.  Add the fact that the left and right back could also hold their own then things were certainly looking up.  Colin Todd was also giving former Shrewsbury striker Nick Chadwick a trial upfront alongside Lee Thorpe.

For the majority of the game there wasn't much to report but Colin Todds team were passing the ball around the pitch but were struggling to penetrate up front though with Lee Thorpe showing some poor first touch control on several occasions.

For some reason a group of Arsenal youth players (I mean about 13 year old youth) had turned up to watch the game.  They were supporting Hamiltons number 4, hopefully somebody can tell me what that was all about because I couldn't work it out.

David Knight was on hand to pull of a great reaction save late on in the game but apart from that he had very little to do.  Infact it was the Accies keeper who was the busier of the two and was on hand to ull of several great saves.

Next home friendly is Middlesbrough a week today (wed). 

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I_were_a_mascot - 22nd July 2009 21:48:10

Nice review, but I can't help but think if they visitors had their shooting boots on it could of been another nightmare match.

The right-back had a very impressive first half, looked solid.

I were sat one row behind the Arsenal Youth side with my girlfriend, most of them were American, apparantly it was just a visit as i overheard them saying they were flying back to London tonight.

darlocraig - 22nd July 2009 21:53:40

I defiantly feel more confident about the team after todays performance. Tho theres still a lot of room for improvement.

Hopefully when the final team gels together we can be proud of what we have in our circumstances

e4sby - 22nd July 2009 21:56:49

How was Convery?

Darlo Cockney - 22nd July 2009 21:59:47

Both full backs looked solid compared with what we have seen previously.

Worrying that we didn't look like scoring.

However against what i would think is a Division 1 standard team, we certainly held our own.

Much more encouraging.

DC

PS Scott
The kids with Gooner shirts on were from California

wylam_rangers - 22nd July 2009 22:01:20

e4sby wrote:How was Convery?
Would that be pork, beef or lamb, Sir?

BishopQuaker - 22nd July 2009 22:03:48

wylam_rangers wrote:
e4sby wrote:How was Convery?
Would that be pork, beef or lamb, Sir?
A Mark Convery roast.

Oh dear lord that's a vile image.

Darlo Cockney - 22nd July 2009 22:09:52

e4sby wrote:How was Convery?
Played OK - Showed lots of commitment, tracked back and tackled when necessary.

Worth giving a go.

DC

e4sby - 22nd July 2009 22:11:19

Darlo Cockney wrote:
e4sby wrote:How was Convery?
Played OK - Showed lots of commitment, tracked back and tackled when necessary.

Worth giving a go.

DC
That last paragraph sent a shudder down my spine. I just don't rate the lad and would've preferred to keep Poole

divas - 22nd July 2009 22:12:37

convery seems to be a steady eddy, not great going forward and rarely beats his man, but he tracks back well and helps out the full back, he'd be worth a contract if he's not on much, and i think he'll get one as todd hasnt played anyone else in that position.

would be nice if we can get franks on loan to play there and use con as backup tho

divas - 22nd July 2009 22:15:33

e4sby wrote:
Darlo Cockney wrote:
e4sby wrote:How was Convery?
Played OK - Showed lots of commitment, tracked back and tackled when necessary.

Worth giving a go.

DC
That last paragraph sent a shudder down my spine. I just don't rate the lad and would've preferred to keep Poole
what have you got against the letter DC like cheese? ;)

id bring him in as he's likely to be on very little and isnt awful, poole probably offered a bit more going forward than convery did but like i say he'll graft and give us a bit more stability in there, we'll just need to attack a bit more down the left with jeff smith if convery plays i think.

right wing has still got to be a priority for todd and even if convery is signed im pretty sure its a position where he'll look to bring in a youngster on loan

uncovered - 22nd July 2009 22:15:57

convery did ok, did a nice move near the end of the game. I just think we lack the killer touch in the final third. It is still early days but I dont like the idea of having to rely on Windass for goals. I would say Todd is going to offer him a contract though. But as Easby has said, would have preferred we had kept Poole but we dont know what budget limitations had an impact there.

d5rlo - 22nd July 2009 22:18:40

He was never that bad in the first place, he deserves a contract from his pre-season efforts - and he has done well if he does earn one because he'll have proven a lot of people wrong.

divas - 22nd July 2009 22:19:02

uncovered wrote:convery did ok, did a nice move near the end of the game. I just think we lack the killer touch in the final third. It is still early days but I dont like the idea of having to rely on Windass for goals. I would say Todd is going to offer him a contract though. But as Easby has said, would have preferred we had kept Poole but we dont know what budget limitations had an impact there.
agree scott, todd seemed to be very complimentary of our goal threat on the radio last night but i struggle to see where goals are going to come from. it was only in the second half against newcastle when smith started to get forward a bit more that we looked as though we had an edge. windass wont play more than 60 mins a week and while thorpe has looked decent he's not a goalscorer

it all boils down to whether todd can make these 3 or 4 loan signings for me.

e4sby - 22nd July 2009 22:24:12

I'll just have to get used to seeing Convery in a Darlo shirt again. Just a thought, i wonder if his sisters still come and watch him, now there's a positive....

The loan signings are going to be key to our season, look at Hereford a couple of seasons back, they had a run of the mill league two side but with their loan signings turned it into a promotion side. A long way to go but lets hope the local big(ish) 3 can help us out

Quakerz - 22nd July 2009 22:50:12

The thing is, Convery isn't and never has been a winger.

Before you even get into the whys and wherefores of whether he is good enough, he is a square peg in a round hole.

If we sign him as a midfield back up with Bennett, who can cover the wings, then fine. I can see Todd's gameplan from here...sign Arnison and Bower for the full back slots, sign Convery for midfield, and get a right winger and forward in on loan.

Lets say he got Franks and Waghorn for example, and signed Convery, Arnison and Bower (this would give us a squad of 20, if James and Starosta are gone) I think we'd look pretty good, especially if he could get another couple of loans in after the squad restrictions are lifted.

-------------------Knight-----------------

Arnison------Miller------Foster------Bower

Franks----G Smith----Lumsdon----J Smith

----------Waghorn-------Windass--------

Subs

Liversedge
Plummer
Convery
Bennett
Thorpe
Main
Gray

StevieMardenboro - 22nd July 2009 22:57:08

Bearing in mind we are skint, that line up looks way better than we could have expected.

However I don't think we will get Franks or Waghorn. I know you are only using them as examples but I fear they are both too good to want to come to league two. Hope I am wrong.

Spyman - 22nd July 2009 23:13:59

d5rlo wrote:He was never that bad in the first place, he deserves a contract from his pre-season efforts - and he has done well if he does earn one because he'll have proven a lot of people wrong.
Yeh, that's why he made a huge impact at York, then Cambridge, then Blue Star.

If he's brought in as 4th choice central midfield then I'm not too fussed considering the budget, but he's a conference player at best. I always liked him first time round and never thought he got enough first team action, but his track record since leaving says it all. Despite his 'efforts' in pre-season he's not good enough - particularly if he's our first choice right-winger as it stands.

beatroute66 - 23rd July 2009 10:14:11

"Despite his 'efforts' in pre-season..."

And there's the rub - as mentioned earlier, it's one of the reasons I've left pre-season be this time around; what you see before the first game of the season and then every game from then on in is often very different.

I've no doubt that Convery will be busting his balls just now, but try as he might if he's given a contract he'll be at best no worse than he worse last time. I didn't mind the lad in his first spell with us, but as Spyman says he hasn't set the footballing world alight since then.

doc_64 - 23rd July 2009 10:24:12

i liked the look of arnison bower last night very solid as was the back 4 overall