Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

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Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by Old Git » Thu Feb 08, 2024 2:48 pm

With just 8 home games left, it is really important we get a good run of home form going. The last one, when we beat Hereford was more like it, and we need more of the same on Saturday against Alfreton. We will have to see exactly who is available, but would think we might go with a back 4 of Griffiths, Lees, Siddick and Barrow, especially after Lawlor’s back injury reoccurrence last week. Probably go with Hatfield and Moke in central midfield, with Nagandu and Cornish wider out, and Main and Curry up front. That would leave a bench of Hedley, Platt, Liddle, Nelson and possibly Asante.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by theoriginalfatcat » Thu Feb 08, 2024 3:27 pm

We will be fresher than Alfreton - them losing away on Tuesday night and all that.
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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by My opinion » Thu Feb 08, 2024 5:33 pm

Wouldn't surprise me at all if SW still played with 5 at the back putting Platt in there alongside of Lees and Siddick. Also expect him to use Barrow and Griffiths as wing backs. Midfield of Hatfield and Moke. Two up front Main and either Curry or Nelson with Cornish just behind the front tw,o

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by Quakerlad » Thu Feb 08, 2024 6:01 pm

As above, I would do same.

Platt and Hatfield together in midfield doesn’t work in terms of creativity and Barrow looked like wing back would suit him.

Mind you if we yet again don’t make any creativity additions what the hell are they doing!! But, maybe we will.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by Lallacab » Thu Feb 08, 2024 6:19 pm

I’d go with as close to the same side and shape that comprehensively beat Hereford

Siddick in for Lawlor if Lawlor is out and maybe Barrow in for Hedley - the rest id keep the same unless we can somehow add a winger or two before Saturday

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by Ghost_Of_1883 » Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:10 pm

Old Git wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 2:48 pm
With just 8 home games left, it is really important we get a good run of home form going. The last one, when we beat Hereford was more like it, and we need more of the same on Saturday against Alfreton. We will have to see exactly who is available, but would think we might go with a back 4 of Griffiths, Lees, Siddick and Barrow, especially after Lawlor’s back injury reoccurrence last week. Probably go with Hatfield and Moke in central midfield, with Nagandu and Cornish wider out, and Main and Curry up front. That would leave a bench of Hedley, Platt, Liddle, Nelson and possibly Asante.
"possibly Asante" :lol:

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by we_8_poolie » Thu Feb 08, 2024 9:58 pm

My opinion wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 5:33 pm
Wouldn't surprise me at all if SW still played with 5 at the back putting Platt in there alongside of Lees and Siddick. Also expect him to use Barrow and Griffiths as wing backs. Midfield of Hatfield and Moke. Two up front Main and either Curry or Nelson with Cornish just behind the front tw,o
Agreed with this … unless of course we manage to bring some new blood in

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by banktopp » Fri Feb 09, 2024 9:12 am

Ghost_Of_1883 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:10 pm
Old Git wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 2:48 pm
With just 8 home games left, it is really important we get a good run of home form going. The last one, when we beat Hereford was more like it, and we need more of the same on Saturday against Alfreton. We will have to see exactly who is available, but would think we might go with a back 4 of Griffiths, Lees, Siddick and Barrow, especially after Lawlor’s back injury reoccurrence last week. Probably go with Hatfield and Moke in central midfield, with Nagandu and Cornish wider out, and Main and Curry up front. That would leave a bench of Hedley, Platt, Liddle, Nelson and possibly Asante.
"possibly Asante" :lol:
Looks like his groin strain is better, and he is just ill now. The speed he moves you could easily catch a chill.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by we_8_poolie » Fri Feb 09, 2024 9:37 am

Evidently he’s caught food poisoning off Scott Barrow

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by eddie-rowles » Fri Feb 09, 2024 9:45 am

Ghost_Of_1883 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:10 pm
Old Git wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 2:48 pm
With just 8 home games left, it is really important we get a good run of home form going. The last one, when we beat Hereford was more like it, and we need more of the same on Saturday against Alfreton. We will have to see exactly who is available, but would think we might go with a back 4 of Griffiths, Lees, Siddick and Barrow, especially after Lawlor’s back injury reoccurrence last week. Probably go with Hatfield and Moke in central midfield, with Nagandu and Cornish wider out, and Main and Curry up front. That would leave a bench of Hedley, Platt, Liddle, Nelson and possibly Asante.
"possibly Asante" :lol:
Akwasi Asante is missing because of illness vague enough

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by LoidLucan » Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:18 am

Well at least we know exactly what to expect on Saturday. Alfreton try to engineer as many set pieces and Adam Lund Exocet long throws as they possibly can. Usually aimed for the head of 6ft 3in Gerry McDonagh or 6ft 4in Jake Day or one of the big defenders who amble forward to flick it on for Salmon to score.

At least there's no Matt Rhead to torture us. He's now approaching 40 years old (and probably 40 stone) and is still out long term.

Essentially, if we can deal with 90 minutes of aerial bombardment (and seemingly many can't) then we might just have a chance of getting our third home win in what seems like about a hundred. Both sides have six points over the last six games.

Deep breath, tin hats on and it really is now or never.
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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by Old Git » Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:18 am

According to the club website there will be a precautionary pitch inspection on Saturday morning. Surely there is either an inspection or there isn’t, the word precautionary is a complete red herring. If you are examining the pitch to see if it is playable, then that constitutes a pitch inspection in my book.
As for Asante, you have to question whether he is ever going to play for the club again. If both parties could reach agreement, maybe we could just rip up his contract and move on.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by MattDFCTTW » Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:21 am

As others have said, I'd like to see us start with the same team that featured against Hereford. It goes without saying that our home form will be our best chance of getting out of this mess, so we need to start getting results.
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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by poppyfield » Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:45 am

Old Git wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:18 am
According to the club website there will be a precautionary pitch inspection on Saturday morning. Surely there is either an inspection or there isn’t, the word precautionary is a complete red herring. If you are examining the pitch to see if it is playable, then that constitutes a pitch inspection in my book.
As for Asante, you have to question whether he is ever going to play for the club again. If both parties could reach agreement, maybe we could just rip up his contract and move on.
I read it differently , it says;

As a precaution, a pitch inspection will take place at Blackwell Meadows at 9.30am on Saturday morning to determine whether the game against Alfreton will go ahead.

Unless the wording has been changed of course.
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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by theoriginalfatcat » Fri Feb 09, 2024 11:24 am

There's no rain forecast for Saturday at all - it looks to be a clear day.
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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by lo36789 » Fri Feb 09, 2024 11:24 am

Precautionary usually means by club officials - often with a match official lined up if needed.

If there is absolutely no concern then there is no reason to get an official in.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by LoidLucan » Fri Feb 09, 2024 11:34 am

Sounds like a sensible step just in case Thursday's overnight monsoon is repeated overnight Friday. Not that Billy Heath would be likely to kick up a fuss on arrival as the state of the surface for passing the ball would be neither here nor there!

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by MattDFCTTW » Fri Feb 09, 2024 11:57 am

Only light rain is forecast for the rest of today, so let's hope we can get the game on.
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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by theoriginalfatcat » Fri Feb 09, 2024 12:03 pm

Of course in 'the good old days' at Feethams, there would be no doubt!

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by TKOA » Fri Feb 09, 2024 12:28 pm

eddie-rowles wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 9:45 am
Ghost_Of_1883 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:10 pm
Old Git wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 2:48 pm
With just 8 home games left, it is really important we get a good run of home form going. The last one, when we beat Hereford was more like it, and we need more of the same on Saturday against Alfreton. We will have to see exactly who is available, but would think we might go with a back 4 of Griffiths, Lees, Siddick and Barrow, especially after Lawlor’s back injury reoccurrence last week. Probably go with Hatfield and Moke in central midfield, with Nagandu and Cornish wider out, and Main and Curry up front. That would leave a bench of Hedley, Platt, Liddle, Nelson and possibly Asante.
"possibly Asante" :lol:
Akwasi Asante is missing because of illness vague enough
It’s been confirmed by the physio as lazyitis. I believe he’s out for the rest of the season and next season too.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by theoriginalfatcat » Fri Feb 09, 2024 12:50 pm

Gowling gambled everything on Asante, it not only backfired on him, it backfired on us too, and is still backfiring.

Turn the clock back and imagine if he'd hit the ground running, scored goals, brought in points, galvanised the team etc - it would be a different story now.

You need a good imagination for this....
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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by darlo reborn » Fri Feb 09, 2024 1:33 pm

Yes something like playing on fantasy island

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by LoidLucan » Fri Feb 09, 2024 2:19 pm

theoriginalfatcat wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 12:50 pm
Gowling gambled everything on Asante, it not only backfired on him, it backfired on us too, and is still backfiring.

Turn the clock back and imagine if he'd hit the ground running, scored goals, brought in points, galvanised the team etc - it would be a different story now.

You need a good imagination for this....
Gowling was out of football management for 7 or 8 months after parting company with Hereford and, after what happened here, I think it will be a lot longer before his next opportunity comes along.

I'm sure when he finally speaks about his time with us (because he will eventually) he'll say he inherited a very difficult situation, tried his best but wasn't given enough time and was harshly treated. One thing he never lacked was complete faith in his style and way of doing things. But I think the damage he inflicted in a 98-day tenure (and his terrible record) will ensure clubs looking for a manager won't be beating a path to his door.

The expensive and irresponsible Asante gamble (because there were more than enough warning signs to warrant extreme caution) was just one of a number of major errors of judgement and failures in his management that will deter others when looking for a new manager.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by Quakerlad » Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:00 pm

What a boring awful interview that was with TM. Learnt nothing except stuff that we already know. Same questions, same answers.

Why oh why cannot we ask and learn about players, who,s likely to be in squad, Will Barrow be fit, what’s wrong with Asante etc etc. Things of interest. Oh, and while we are asking, is there any chance of any new faces? and if not why not.

They need to keep us fans engaged for goodness sake so talk about things that we don’t know, not everything that we already do know.

Frustrated!

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by Darlopartisan » Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:22 pm

Quakerlad wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:00 pm
What a boring awful interview that was with TM. Learnt nothing except stuff that we already know. Same questions, same answers.

Why oh why cannot we ask and learn about players, who,s likely to be in squad, Will Barrow be fit, what’s wrong with Asante etc etc. Things of interest. Oh, and while we are asking, is there any chance of any new faces? and if not why not.

They need to keep us fans engaged for goodness sake so talk about things that we don’t know, not everything that we already do know.

Frustrated!
Agreed , we learned absolutely nothing!

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by AndyPark » Fri Feb 09, 2024 5:19 pm

Darlopartisan wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:22 pm
Quakerlad wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:00 pm
What a boring awful interview that was with TM. Learnt nothing except stuff that we already know. Same questions, same answers.

Why oh why cannot we ask and learn about players, who,s likely to be in squad, Will Barrow be fit, what’s wrong with Asante etc etc. Things of interest. Oh, and while we are asking, is there any chance of any new faces? and if not why not.

They need to keep us fans engaged for goodness sake so talk about things that we don’t know, not everything that we already do know.

Frustrated!
Agreed , we learned absolutely nothing!
Don't criticise though, it's against the rules.

The Media side and the interviews need to be given to someone younger and more vibrant. I can't bring myself to listen to them these days as we already know what's been asked.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by QUAKERMAN2 » Fri Feb 09, 2024 5:31 pm

AndyPark wrote:
Darlopartisan wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:22 pm
Quakerlad wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:00 pm
What a boring awful interview that was with TM. Learnt nothing except stuff that we already know. Same questions, same answers.

Why oh why cannot we ask and learn about players, who,s likely to be in squad, Will Barrow be fit, what’s wrong with Asante etc etc. Things of interest. Oh, and while we are asking, is there any chance of any new faces? and if not why not.

They need to keep us fans engaged for goodness sake so talk about things that we don’t know, not everything that we already do know.

Frustrated!
Agreed , we learned absolutely nothing!
Don't criticise though, it's against the rules.

The Media side and the interviews need to be given to someone younger and more vibrant. I can't bring myself to listen to them these days as we already know what's been asked.
Updates on injuries and player movement should be a given.

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by LoidLucan » Fri Feb 09, 2024 5:40 pm

poppyfield wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:45 am
Old Git wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:18 am
According to the club website there will be a precautionary pitch inspection on Saturday morning. Surely there is either an inspection or there isn’t, the word precautionary is a complete red herring. If you are examining the pitch to see if it is playable, then that constitutes a pitch inspection in my book.
As for Asante, you have to question whether he is ever going to play for the club again. If both parties could reach agreement, maybe we could just rip up his contract and move on.
I read it differently , it says;

As a precaution, a pitch inspection will take place at Blackwell Meadows at 9.30am on Saturday morning to determine whether the game against Alfreton will go ahead.

Unless the wording has been changed of course.
Interesting that the Alfreton supporters bus is booked to set off at 9am (before the inspection) .... must be one helluva "comfort" stop they factor in as it's only about 2hr 15min away. Maybe they take in some cultural and historic sights on the way :wtf:

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by jjljks » Fri Feb 09, 2024 6:36 pm

LoidLucan wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 5:40 pm
poppyfield wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:45 am
Old Git wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:18 am
According to the club website there will be a precautionary pitch inspection on Saturday morning. Surely there is either an inspection or there isn’t, the word precautionary is a complete red herring. If you are examining the pitch to see if it is playable, then that constitutes a pitch inspection in my book.
As for Asante, you have to question whether he is ever going to play for the club again. If both parties could reach agreement, maybe we could just rip up his contract and move on.
I read it differently , it says;

As a precaution, a pitch inspection will take place at Blackwell Meadows at 9.30am on Saturday morning to determine whether the game against Alfreton will go ahead.

Unless the wording has been changed of course.
Interesting that the Alfreton supporters bus is booked to set off at 9am (before the inspection) .... must be one helluva "comfort" stop they factor in as it's only about 2hr 15min away. Maybe they take in some cultural and historic sights on the way :wtf:
Or slowed up by fog? Hope all our lights are 100%

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Re: Darlington v Alfreton 10/02/24

Post by loan_star » Fri Feb 09, 2024 9:23 pm

The pitch is a bit wet apparently.

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