Darlo v Bradford PA

Open now for discussion of all things Darlo!

Moderators: mikkyx, uncovered

JE93
Posts: 1593
Joined: Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:48 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by JE93 » Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:35 pm

Time to get the season started tomorrow (we hope) feel like the mood would really be lifted by three points and dare I suggest a clean sheet.

With reinforcements at CB not arriving yet I'd stick by what I said in the other thread. I'd put 5 at the back bringing in Beeden and telling him to challenge for everything in the air, let Taylor and Storey cover in behind that. Smith and Griffiths showed in pre-season they can put quality crosses in the box and then it's a case of getting men in and around Cassidy to challenge for those second balls and knock downs from the delivery out wide. Further forward let Hatfield play as the most advanced of the midfield three he's looked a goal threat in our opening couple of games. With Charman and Cassidy the focal points of the attack. On the bench you have options to put fresh legs at wing back in Hedley and Hope with Rivers or Dos Santos available if you want to change the shape during the game.

--------------------------- Taylor ---------------------------
----------- Taylor --- Beeden --- Storey -----------
Griffiths ------------------------------------------ Smith
---------------- Purver ------- Wheatley --------------
------------------------- Hatfield --------------------------
--------------- Cassidy ------ Charman -------------

Subs: Hope, Hedley, Rivers, Dos Santos, Nelson

LoidLucan
Posts: 3533
Joined: Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:29 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by LoidLucan » Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:56 pm

If I was the Bradford boss and had seen our first couple of games I would stick big Adam Nowakowski up front as often as possible. The £1 a week man isn't afraid to go in where it hurts but hopefully AA has come up with a cunning plan for us to deal with threats in and around the box this time.

Old Git
Posts: 1213
Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:09 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Old Git » Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:21 pm

LoidLucan wrote:
Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:56 pm
If I was the Bradford boss and had seen our first couple of games I would stick big Adam Nowakowski up front as often as possible. The £1 a week man isn't afraid to go in where it hurts but hopefully AA has come up with a cunning plan for us to deal with threats in and around the box this time.
A cunning plan might be to offer him £2 a week to play in our defence!

50 years
Posts: 441
Joined: Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:02 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by 50 years » Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:37 pm

🤣🤣

joejaques
Posts: 2938
Joined: Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:36 am
Team Supported: Darlington
Location: Milford Haven

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by joejaques » Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:25 pm

A cunning plan won't help. Baldric isn't tall enough for a CB :roll:
Image

jjljks
Posts: 2310
Joined: Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:25 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by jjljks » Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:16 am

joejaques wrote:
Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:25 pm
A cunning plan won't help. Baldric isn't tall enough for a CB :roll:
:lol: Perhaps one of the dustbins used in training may be enough, a wheelie bin would be more mobile of course.

Either way, come on you Quakers & stuff BPA!

joejaques
Posts: 2938
Joined: Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:36 am
Team Supported: Darlington
Location: Milford Haven

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by joejaques » Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:32 am

jjljks wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:16 am
joejaques wrote:
Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:25 pm
A cunning plan won't help. Baldric isn't tall enough for a CB :roll:
:lol: Perhaps one of the dustbins used in training may be enough, a wheelie bin would be more mobile of course.

Either way, come on you Quakers & stuff BPA!
Just been to the bookies, and got 8/1 about the wheelie bins winning 1-0 :roll:
Image

Darlogramps
Posts: 5643
Joined: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:47 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Darlogramps » Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:12 pm

A grand total of one change today.

George Smith in for Hedley. Storey stays in the side after being publicly called out by Armstrong. Taylor also at centre back.

By keeping faith with the side, if this goes wrong today AA will have handed his critics lots of ammunition.
If ever you're bored or miserable:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlZohZoadGY

User avatar
divas
Posts: 13195
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:38 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by divas » Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:25 pm

Darlogramps wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:12 pm
A grand total of one change today.

George Smith in for Hedley. Storey stays in the side after being publicly called out by Armstrong. Taylor also at centre back.

By keeping faith with the side, if this goes wrong today AA will have handed his critics lots of ammunition.
Not sure he had any other choice after failing to sign any defenders. Lexus isn’t the answer currently, I can only assume he was signed with the view to teaching him how to defend at some point

Darlogramps
Posts: 5643
Joined: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:47 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Darlogramps » Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:42 pm

Can’t disagree with any of that. Beeden’s pre-season displays don’t exactly give confidence he’s the man to solve our defensive problems.

But….AA was really critical of our defence and is now relying on the same CB pairing. Indeed after promising changes, the only change is to bring in our full fit first choice left back, which would have happened anyway.

If Storey and Taylor have another stinker today, AA will understandably receive a lot of flak. And to some of our fans, Beeden will appear Maldini-esque.
If ever you're bored or miserable:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlZohZoadGY

Vodka_Vic
Posts: 2259
Joined: Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:27 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Vodka_Vic » Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:04 pm

Darlogramps wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:42 pm
Can’t disagree with any of that. Beeden’s pre-season displays don’t exactly give confidence he’s the man to solve our defensive problems.

But….AA was really critical of our defence and is now relying on the same CB pairing. Indeed after promising changes, the only change is to bring in our full fit first choice left back, which would have happened anyway.

If Storey and Taylor have another stinker today, AA will understandably receive a lot of flak. And to some of our fans, Beeden will appear Maldini-esque.
One of Nasser Hussain's favourite quotes is 'You always become a better player out of the side'. Very apt here.

tdk1
Posts: 2191
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:21 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by tdk1 » Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:18 pm

Hooray, 0-1.

Are we going down?

Beano
Posts: 1375
Joined: Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:33 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Beano » Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:36 pm

tdk1 wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:18 pm
Hooray, 0-1.

Are we going down?
We have a clear weakness in the team and the recruitment we have made, however, this is only our third game after an extremely disrupted pre-season.

We have to give the players time to gel without further diminishing their confidence but I can understand why folk are worried as we have been abnormally poor defensively.

tdk1
Posts: 2191
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:21 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by tdk1 » Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:38 pm

Which teams are genuinely worse than us this season? Where are the points coming from?

MB86DFC
Posts: 519
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:50 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by MB86DFC » Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:39 pm

Beano wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:36 pm
tdk1 wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:18 pm
Hooray, 0-1.

Are we going down?
We have a clear weakness in the team and the recruitment we have made, however, this is only our third game after an extremely disrupted pre-season.

We have to give the players time to gel without further diminishing their confidence but I can understand why folk are worried as we have been abnormally poor defensively.
We were poor most of last season, have a weaker team this year, and are being beaten by teams who have historically been poor. It is very concerning.

Comfortably_numb
Posts: 1979
Joined: Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:23 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Comfortably_numb » Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:52 pm

0-2 at half time....doesn't look good :(

JasonDeVos
Posts: 213
Joined: Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:51 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by JasonDeVos » Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:55 pm

Comfortably_numb wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:52 pm
0-2 at half time....doesn't look good :(
Same s*** - different day

Yarblockos
Posts: 766
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:19 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Yarblockos » Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:00 pm

MB86DFC wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:39 pm
Beano wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:36 pm
tdk1 wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:18 pm
Hooray, 0-1.

Are we going down?
We have a clear weakness in the team and the recruitment we have made, however, this is only our third game after an extremely disrupted pre-season.

We have to give the players time to gel without further diminishing their confidence but I can understand why folk are worried as we have been abnormally poor defensively.
We were poor most of last season, have a weaker team this year, and are being beaten by teams who have historically been poor. It is very concerning.
Yes, very concerning. Genuinely think this is the worst squad we've had at ths level. Don't now how it's happened.

Darlogramps
Posts: 5643
Joined: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:47 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Darlogramps » Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:34 pm

Still not as bad as Gloucester today. 9-0 down against Chorley.
If ever you're bored or miserable:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlZohZoadGY

joejaques
Posts: 2938
Joined: Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:36 am
Team Supported: Darlington
Location: Milford Haven

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by joejaques » Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:40 pm

Darlogramps wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:34 pm
Still not as bad as Gloucester today. 9-0 down against Chorley.
We need some points before Goal Difference counts for anything :roll:
Image

bga
Posts: 1779
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:18 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by bga » Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:47 pm

Darlogramps wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:34 pm
Still not as bad as Gloucester today. 9-0 down against Chorley.
Currently 8 different goalscorers! How I wish.....

bga
Posts: 1779
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:18 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by bga » Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:49 pm

Darlogramps wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:34 pm
Still not as bad as Gloucester today. 9-0 down against Chorley.
Was it their keeper who got sent off?

AndyPark
Posts: 11681
Joined: Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:08 pm
Team Supported: Darlington
Location: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by AndyPark » Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:36 pm

One word…. Shite!

quakersfan
Posts: 471
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:26 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by quakersfan » Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:37 pm

Much better second half, alarm bells back in the box for me.

Darlopartisan
Posts: 1058
Joined: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:49 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Darlopartisan » Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:40 pm

First half was as poor as it gets, we only looked better when Beeden came on , second half was better, but we still look disjointed.

MB86DFC
Posts: 519
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:50 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by MB86DFC » Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:41 pm

quakersfan wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:37 pm
Much better second half, alarm bells back in the box for me.
Easier to play well when the other team is holding a 2-0 lead

Yarblockos
Posts: 766
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:19 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Yarblockos » Sat Sep 04, 2021 5:00 pm

Yep, defence looks much more solid when the opposition has absolutely no interest in attaking us.

Old Git
Posts: 1213
Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:09 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by Old Git » Sat Sep 04, 2021 5:26 pm

Worrying pattern emerging in our games so far this season. Poor first half,although we did score first at Curzon, then losing at half time before a token rally in the later stages of the game. As others have said it is relatively easy to look ok when the opposition is in front and more content to hold what they have than risk pushing forward too much. We need to become more competitive from the get go and put teams under more pressure. Not sure what our home record is in the league in the last 12 months but I know it is poor.
I usually reckon it takes at least 6 games before it is possible to assess how we are likely to do. The bad news is that things could get tougher from here on in. Next up is Blyth and they are going well and around half of their team has a massive incentive to want to do well against us. We then face a lengthy mid week trek to Brackley which is always a tough place to go before we entertain York who just seem to be hitting their stride.
On small ray of hope is that we are not getting tanked and are only losing by the odd goal and we know there are specific weakness that need to be addressed. We can and will improve I am sure. Even if David Wheater is only 80% fit lets get him in training and try to get him up to match fitness ASAP.

LoidLucan
Posts: 3533
Joined: Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:29 am
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by LoidLucan » Sat Sep 04, 2021 5:35 pm

We dominated possession today and should have got got an equaliser when that fantastic chance presented itself. But of course we shot ourselves in the foot yet again with two more defensive lapses. You can't give anyone a two goal start like that and clean sheets seem a million miles away. I do think our first points will not be for some time yet

darlo2001uk
Posts: 1361
Joined: Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:10 pm
Team Supported: Darlington

Re: Darlo v Bradford PA

Post by darlo2001uk » Sat Sep 04, 2021 5:39 pm

We, ie our management team, have to be 100 per cent sure that Wheater has regained his motivation for the game and has overcome his 'niggling' injury before we sign him. He will be high budget and the signing of a similar experienced central defender last season didn't exactly work out too well.......

Post Reply