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21 October 2013 00:10 Post ID: #124176 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Not sure why Pablo was missing as was expecting to see him at least on the bench, Ash was no surprise but shame for Ben that an ankle injury made him depart early in the second half. Well done to Taylor though who came on and played very well, we are lucky to have two excellent left backs. More concern is our defensive cover as you say, we did look vulnerable in the first half yesterday and could easily have gone into the break a goal behind. Keeping fingers crossed that our captain returns next weekend for the West Ham game, they are a threat going forward and may not be as bad at taking chances as Sunderland were yesterday.
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21 October 2013 11:09 Post ID: #124181 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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(BSC) Young Boys,Switzerland
Mystery about Pablo,after he was saying he's ready to play,surely he'll play some part on Thursday.
They're saying this morning that Ben has had an x-ray,and nothing broken,but are investigating further. Taylor looked really good when he came on,after gaining vital match time for Wales.
I was waiting for Fletcher to sneak in at the far post to score,as he usually does.He lost his marker a few times doing that again,but we got away with it,although he wasn't match fit and faded before being subbed.
Before we scored,it was looking like a 0-0 draw,just goes to show how vital that first goal is. It would be a tough match to come back to against West Ham.I would prefer him to play this Thursday,if he can,ease him back in and see how he is. West Ham and Cardiff will be tough aerial battles,and we need both centre backs 100% fit.
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21 October 2013 15:31 Post ID: #124188 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Zenith St Petersburg

About time we had a little luck and the deflected corner for our first was pay back time for all the unlucky times we've hit the bar or gone close. Although the first half was difficult still felt we were the better side and just needed to quicken things upfront which is exactly what ML said post match...That lucky deflection was all we needed for the lads to grow in confidence, the second was a sublime shot though De Guzman was given as much time and space as he needed. The point blank save from Westwood from another cracking volley soon after was world class but it didn't stop us increasing the score, loved that spell when we got our goals really lifted the Liberty after so much anxiety.

We needed that win and all those goals otherwise the pressure would have mounted, we now face another couple of tough home games but with renewed confidence and vigour. Not sure if Ash will be risked on thursday though as you say he does need to regain his full fitness with a certain derby game on the horizon...

Edited by Swan_Lady2 21/10/2013 15:33
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22 October 2013 09:58 Post ID: #124196 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Academica,Portugal
I suppose luck evens out over the season. I've always rated Keiren Westwood,and thought he was coming to us at one time.He's been given his chance this season after Simon Mignolet moved to Liverpool in the summer.
No mention of the referee,Craig Pawson,in match reports,which means he must have had a good game. He was better than most of the PL refs we've had,even though he's a newcomer to this league.
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22 October 2013 11:39 Post ID: #124202 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Barnsley

Yes I thought the ref did ok on Saturday unlike a certain Anthony Taylor who gave Chelsea a lucky break against our neighbours. Years ago refs were rarely known or talked about(apart from Keith Cooper who never liked us and is a dye in the wool bluebird fan) but these days they have almost celebrity status. We have Phil Dowd again on Sunday, he normally is quite fair towards us but remember against Man U he seemed to side with the "big" team on the day. Am wondering who will be the man in charge at Cardiff, whoever it is he will have a hard job so my choice would be Michael Oliver who seems to cope well under pressure. It better not be Mike Dean again after that penalty decision at Ninian Park ....or Webb or Moss or Mason or Mariner or that terrible Chris Foy .....oh God.

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23 October 2013 08:27 Post ID: #124212 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Cote d'Ivoire
Definitely hard to find a decent ref in the PL,and one that doesn't favour the big teams.
The West Ham and Cardiff matches will be an aerial bombardment,so we need to get our defence in order. Maybe Tremmel will play for those games as he's better dealing with high balls into the box. Whatever,it's going to be an eventful few weeks coming up.
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23 October 2013 15:28 Post ID: #124217 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Dumbarton

Yes if we don't appreciate what we are currently experiencing we never will, playing in Europe plus interesting games in the premier league and of course the derby match coming up in just over a week or so. Who would have thought this ten years ago...
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24 October 2013 09:32 Post ID: #124225 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Eintracht Frankfurt
Surprisingly,although tickets are still available for tonight and Sunday,fans on the various forums are complaining they can't get to see the team in action?
You still have to pinch yourself sometimes to make sure you're not dreaming. Swans top ten in the Premier League and top of the group in a European competition,we are definitely in Dreamland!
I hope the Cardiff v Swans match is a bit of a showpiece,with plenty of passion,and not marred by trouble,as the eyes of the football world will be watching with interest.
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24 October 2013 17:48 Post ID: #124233 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Forfar Athletic

Spoke to someone this week who rarely goes to our games and he says he prefers watching our matches on tv because it is too much hassle trying to get tickets plus he thinks they are overpriced. Some are saying we don't need expansion but for this very reason I think we do. If there were cheap enough tickets for all to get into the Liberty especially kids then it becomes a habit to attend games like we do, the thought of missing even one is not an option for me or many others who go all the time. That is our aim to attract more long term die hard supporters but you have to make it easier for them to make it to games otherwise the armchair or pub is preferred and not live attendance.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 24/10/2013 17:54
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25 October 2013 09:35 Post ID: #124237 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Galatasaray FC (five "a" 's in their name!)
It's expensive to watch football,and for the cup games it should be reduced prices to fill the stadium.
Kuban played the same game plan as Sunderland,blanket defence,crowd the midfield,and gave us no room to play it out from the back,resulting in us hitting a lot of long balls and losing possession.
We lost out in midfield,with the erratic Shelvey,Canas,and Pozuelo disappointing. Kuban,on a dreadful run of results recently,were far quicker to the ball and showed an enthusiasm which was missing from our game.
It looks as if the Bony/Michu partnership is still not working yet,and we played much better once the team was reshuffled,Bony and Tiendalli going off,to accomodate Vasquez and Rangel. Tiendalli once again a poor game,and a mere shadow of last season's form. Rangel changed things,linking well with Dyer again. Michu scored a great goal,running on to a delicate chip over the defence by Pozuelo.
Instead of keeping possession the last few minutes,taking the ball out to the touchline and holding on to it,we inexplicably kept on attacking,leaving us exposed to the breakaway,which resulted in Tremmel conceding a penalty right at the end of injury time.
Kuban worked harder and wanted it more than we did,as the statistics show,even though we had more possession. We have to learn how to close games down,once ahead.
Possession 65%-35% ,Shots 17-17, On target 5-3, Corners 1-7, Fouls 12-6
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25 October 2013 16:43 Post ID: #124245 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Halifax Town

Pretty much summed up the night, always sickening to concede so late in a game but at 1-0 the visitors must have been surprised that we failed to keep possession on numerous occasions and more or less handed them the chance to equalise. We have been so used to our keep ball game that to see us playing as we have done in the last couple of games is concerning, too many changes hasn't helped either as as there is little chance for fringe players to get into any rhythm whilst there still seems to be a lack of understanding between Michu and Bony or the wingers for that matter though they have been playing together for sometime. Once again Pozuelo found it hard sticking to his wide role and kept coming inside only to lose the ball once crowded out.

Sunday will be upon us before we know it so it will give the players another opportunity to get things right and then the Kuban game hopefully will be just a distant memory....

Edited by Swan_Lady2 25/10/2013 16:44
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26 October 2013 10:00 Post ID: #124266 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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It was crazy going gung ho in attack with seconds left,and with only a one goal lead,very unprofessional.
As Trundle said afterwards,take the ball to the touchline and play keepsy to count down the clock.
I don't think it would have happened if Ash was playing,he would have kept them more disciplined.
The best thing we have going at the moment is the Rangel/Dyer partnership,and it's a pleasure to see them linking so well. Now if we can get Taylor and Routledge to do the same,with Leon controlling midfield,we'll look a lot better.
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26 October 2013 18:19 Post ID: #124276 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Johannesburg FC

Will be very happy to see our strongest side battle it out tomorrow, the weather is set to be stormy anyway but this game needs strong characters who are willing to give their all for the cause so the right blend of players is very important. Let's try and get back to keeping the ball and look for openings instead of just attempting hopeful balls, Bony does need to get on the scoresheet again soon as his critics are sharpening their pencils (or keyboards) with each passing match.
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27 October 2013 09:00 Post ID: #124280 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Karpaty FC,Ukraine
The wind is already howling here,and the storm hasn't even arrived yet. Hopefully it won't affect the match,and we'll all be safely tucked up in bed by the time it comes,with three points in the bag.
Let's get back to what we do well today,as you say.I can't see Shelvey starting,he's brilliant one minute,then gives the ball away the next. He needs to calm down,and go for the simple pass,instead of the speculative one.
I have every faith in Bony. We need to feed him with balls he can run on to,instead of passed to him with his back to goal and two or three defenders close marking him.
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27 October 2013 12:54 Post ID: #124287 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Lincoln City

Let's get behind every player wearing white today, I do know we all have our favourites but during the game we have to support them all as nobody else will. Ref today is Dowd who normally is quick to pick up on niggling fouls, this West Ham side are rough on times so trust he won't allow them too much licence because of the conditions....
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28 October 2013 09:15 Post ID: #124307 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Maccabi FC,Tel Aviv
Ash was back,and it was as if he'd never been away,great captain's performance. Pablo also made a difference when he came on.
We were denied a penalty at the end from a raised hand,right in front of the inept linesman,who failed to raise his flag.
Laudrup on the penalty -
"If you have your hand down you can talk about ball-to-hand, but when it’s up, you know if the ball touches you, nine times out of 10 it’s a penalty.”
Chances were few and far between,as West Ham crowded out the midfield and defence,with ten men behind the ball,and relying on quick breaks by blasting the ball up the field from defence.Even the goalkeeper was used for off sides and free kicks,to get it into our area.
Daily Express's biased London journo contradicting himself in one sentence -
West Ham dominated the rain-sodden first half and had 11 shots at goal in comparison to the hosts’ two. But Allardyce’s side only found the target on four occasions and caused goalkeeper Michel Vorm no real problems.
Ash was happy with our defensive display and praised the Swans solidity after a clean sheet against West Ham -
"They are one of the biggest teams in the league and set-pieces are massive for them, but we coped well," said the centre-back"
A game we really needed to win,but we're up to ninth in the table,and it's another point gained in our initial quest for a 40+ points total and safety for another season.
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28 October 2013 16:02 Post ID: #124317 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Narbeth FC

On reflection a point wasn't such a bad result in such difficult conditions against a side that has done well away from home this season with their uncomprimising tactics, just a shame we couldn't get that goal that we deserved. It was great to see Ash back leading the team and once Pablo come on we looked a side capable of overcoming the blanket defence and were unlucky on several occasions with the time wasting West Ham keeper saving everything thrown at him. I'm glad for a change that ML made an issue of the penalty denial, he should do it every time we don't get an obvious decision from now on just to prove to the powers that be that we seem to be at the sharp end of many dubious and unfair important decisions.
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