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04 October 2013 10:41 Post ID: #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Jurgen Klinsmann
Certainly a memorable night,with the vociferous St Gallen crowd and their fireworks,the over robust tactics of their team,and the inept officials.
The St Gallen team gave us a really tough match,and were a really good side that didn't need to resort to fouling and playacting to get free kicks. They missed a penalty,missed an open goal,and hit the post.
It was like playing twelve men with the ref giving them almost all the decisions. How did he wave away the kick to Michu's head, then left him prostrate on the ground with a head injury,letting play go on,surely against the rules to not immediately stop play for a head injury?
Very brave of Michu to carry on after receiving stitches to a head wound at half time,or was it foolish for ML to allow him to continue,with a huge league game coming up in a few days time.
Lost count of the bookings we undeservedly had,with their fouls going mostly unpunished,what a crazy referee,making our PL refs look Saints compared to him.
How did their fans get fireworks into the ground illegally,and how did they manage to get them on board their flight over,some big questions to be answered there.
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04 October 2013 18:02 Post ID: #123997 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Kenny Jackett

Seems the continental fans love the Euro games, as with those from Malmo and Petrolul they were loud and proud but agree about the flares. A Chelsea fan caught with one at the liberty last season was banned from football grounds whilst there must have been at least ten lit at once last night causing a huge smoke cloud which took sometime to clear. How did the stewards miss those then? No body searches perhaps and as you say they must have got them across from Switzerland via plane....security issues there as well unless they picked them up from shops in Swansea maybe.

Michu was heroic once again, love his passion and desire despite his head pouring blood...just wish one or two others in our team had half of his determination. Leon was another braveheart, the boy was brilliant last night and worked his socks off keeping us competitive. A true Jack legend.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 4/10/2013 18:04
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05 October 2013 09:22 Post ID: #124005 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Excellent support from the St Gallen fans who sang throughout. What can you say about Leon,another great game,but strange how he's not playing the PL matches lately.He'd be the first name on my teamsheet.
A big match tomorrow,away at high flying Southampton,and a few re-unions,with Amat and Pozuelo having played under Pochettino when he was managing Espanyol.
Will Michu recover to play,be rested,or on the subs bench,he's such a key player,and his partnership is growing with Bony. Depends also on ML's thoughts on how strong Southampton's midfield is,as to who plays and the formation. Rangel may come back,Pablo definitely out.
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05 October 2013 19:22 Post ID: #124018 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Matt Holland

Was hoping we would see Pablo back by now, seems very injury prone which is disappointing as he does give us flair in the final third and we'll need that tomorrow against a strong Saints side. Not expecting too much at St Mary's I must admit, they are on a high and no doubt confident and with Ash missing for us do worry that they will be too strong for us....but you never know we could surprise them with Angel hoping to return to strengthen our right side.
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08 October 2013 11:36 Post ID: #124044 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Disappointing result,maybe we`re not so good as we think we are. Definitely can´t go on missing chances,and defence is weak,please come back soon Ash,two weeks rest,club before country.
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08 October 2013 15:38 Post ID: #124049 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Niall Quinn

Disappointing and frustrating to come away from St Mary's with nothing to show for our efforts. Unlucky maybe but we have to start scoring from the chances we create. At the back we do look a little shaky, not so much cover from midfield when Leon is not around but thought Canas did well. Two weeks to stew over the result which is never good, read somewhere that Ash won't play the Wales games hope that is true as we do need him back asap.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 8/10/2013 15:39
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09 October 2013 15:40 Post ID: #124062 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Ash out of Wales squad then,sense prevailed at last. We can hope all the other players return uninjured. Great for Michu to be called up,surely he'll score for Spain. How many times do we end up the first to play a team with a new manager,Sunderland will be flat out to impress.
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09 October 2013 19:15 Post ID: #124067 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Oscar

Poyet has studied our play and is an admirer I understand, will be anything but easy against a Sunderland side with renewed vigour.

Have just seen the revised fixtures for tv coverage, can't believe they've changed Hull to a Monday night before St Gallen away on the Thursday plus Norwich at 1.30pm ko three days later. For those of us travelling to Switzerland it is a logistical nightmare, have booked to go to Zurich on the Tuesday and returning late on the friday night so may have to stay in the South East until the game as it just isn't feasible to come back home and travel up again in the early hours of Sunday.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 9/10/2013 19:16
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10 October 2013 16:57 Post ID: #124079 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Paul Harris
Pretty unsympathetic that schedule,have we bitten off more than we can chew. Injuries are the problem with so many games.Pablo for instance,seems he's prone to injuries,did Valencia know this when they sold him?
Monk as well,always injured,perhaps time to move him to the coaching staff and bring an experienced,but younger,player in.
Norwich a heck of a journey,better to stay in London & pick the bus up at a Services on the way.
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10 October 2013 23:35 Post ID: #124084 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Quentin Fortune

Sorted out lift from Gatwick to Norwich for the game in December but will bus it back of course we have several very important games before then to concentrate on. Rumours that Ash will not be fit for the derby game in November seem to be coming from the East, we'll see but they have enough to worry about themselves with the chairman doing all he can to destabilise the club.

Ticket news for Cardiff must be published soon, this will be a game that most will want to get to but only those with plenty of Jack Army points will be guaranteed. There are advantages having an away season ticket though after the seats that we were given for Southampton (very back row in the corner) there is to be a change of policy by the ticket office about our seating allocation after several complaints were made.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 10/10/2013 23:36
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12 October 2013 13:18 Post ID: #124099 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Had reasonable seats so far,but missed last game. Away supporters always get the worst seats anyway except at our stadium. Having trouble wi fi connecting at hotel,last day in the sun.
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12 October 2013 16:48 Post ID: #124105 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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The Southampton away section isn't too bad infact the people lower down than us had a great view but it was just that the away season ticket holders this time were right at the back in row OO which is miles back from the pitch and the exits which were down towards the front. With some older fans having to use walking sticks to get about it was very difficult but a couple of our friends were able to swap to be nearer the front but the ticket office have taken note. It is the first time I have to say that we have had problems with away seating this season, hopefully it will be the last.

Cardiff ticket news has been announced and it will be a bubble trip which was inevitable really, the club are organising the buses with tickets being given out during the journey even for the away season ticket holders. Understand we will get around 2300 tickets with jack army points coming into play for about the first time this season.
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14 October 2013 08:32 Post ID: #124124 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Rory Fallon
Just saw the Swans Player highlights of the Southampton match. Our defence looked dreadful,and the highlights were all Southampton,except for a few shots by us,were we really that bad,don't think so. Therefore I've just e-mailed Swans Player to cancel my subscription from next March,I've already paid an annual subscription up until then,so can't do much about that.
We have to get Williams back soonest and get quality cover in this position in January,Amat too inexperienced and Monk too slow.
I have my doubts about Shelvey,he can be a liability sometimes,and Britton should be playing in the league games not Canas,our defence looks stronger with Britton there.
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14 October 2013 16:02 Post ID: #124131 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Simon Church

We were unlucky at Southampton no doubt about it but chances went begging and the home side took two of theirs...have to say our defence is not the same without Ash though Amat is improving, seems Chico is more rash than him these days. Don't think our captain will be back for Saturday or nor even West Ham a week later so we will have to make do, agree we need Leon back to aid our defence but I also like Canas and would prefer him to Shelvey who as I've said before is not a team player, too much of a luxury who looks to play the spectacular ball when not always the wisest move.
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15 October 2013 09:04 Post ID: #124137 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Looks as if the rumours of Williams being out for a long time are correct,with him already missing six matches and no sign of a return. Monk is back in training,but he works best with Williams,so it seems we're limited to Chico and Jordi for the time being.Davies is doubtful,but we have Taylor as back up,if he comes through the Wales match unscathed tonight. Rangel's link up with Dyer will be needed on the right,but Routledge on the left is off form,and Pablo will replace him if we can afford the luxury of two wingers,with central midfield not functioning recently.
The run of injuries we're having is affecting us more than one would have thought, and with an outlay of £20 mill plus on players,we are a stronger squad on paper this season,but not in reality. We are not as strong in midfield as last season,even though we have supposedly strengthened there. One of our top midfielders,out of favour,was controversially loaned out for the season to a rival club,whom we play on Saturday,and the reason is still a mystery to me.
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20 October 2013 01:39 Post ID: #124161 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Upson Matthew

Despite having our captain still missing from the squad we managed a comfortable 4-0 win over rock bottom Sunderland. After a rather lack lustre first half when the Mackams had the best chance of scoring we raised the tempo in the second and scored from two corners, had a penalty for the first time in 56 league games and De Guzman curled in a beauty. Certainly has lifted the spirits tonight as it was a much needed win to boost our points tally and take us into a plus one goal difference.

Man of the match for me was Leon Britton, he did play a captains role once again making us tick and covering when necessary. When he chased back with the Sunderland winger and won the sprint to get back the ball the whole East Stand rose to applaud, the lad is a Swans legend and should go down as one of our all time greats.
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20 October 2013 09:43 Post ID: #124165 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Vladimir Weiss
Poor first half as Sunderland dug in deep and relied on breakaways,and collapsing at any contact to gain free kicks,for their goal chances,whereas we seemed unusually slow and predictable.
Second half,after the first few minutes,we started to move the ball faster,and once we scored,Sunderland capitulated,and we could have had more than four. Leon was immense,why has he been held back from league games,Dyer and Rangel linked up so well,and de Guzman was brilliant second half after an indifferent first. His volleyed goal was class,and for me he was MOM with Leon.
So instead of hovering around the relegation places,today we are sitting proudly in 11th spot,what a difference a win makes.
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