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25 November 2013 11:12 Post ID: #124654 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Haas (Bernt), St Gallen
I was also in the corner in Block P7. I don't think away seasons ticket holders are given any preference at all,it's just as they come,this time obviously rubbish.
A bit worried for next Sunday with City in rampant goal scoring form,and our defence still not right at the moment. By the way who was supposed to be marking Bent,they gave him so much room on Saturday. We won,that was the main thing though.
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25 November 2013 18:16 Post ID: #124658 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Ian St John

Spoken with someone at the ticket office and was assured those were the tickets suggested by Fulham were the best on offer....I did take a photo on my phone of our view so had a very good case to prove they were anything but. Apparently the club are told to sell in certain blocks but why they have to sell the worst first and to the regular away fans seems very unfair. Many around me are not renewing next season and will just book on an individual basis, this obviously is not good for our club as fans will pick and choose when to travel so our support away will be affected at certain less attractive games. Don't think some of the other clubs are very helpful with explaining the seating at their stadiums to our ticket office but even so more effort should be made to find out and choose the seating better for the loyal travelling fans.

As for the game I was just relieved when the final whistle went, a win at last to lift the pressure but still plenty for our coaches to work on. I guess we have been used to success in recent years and really don't want us to be struggling for points but with the Europa league taking its toll it is no wonder that our league form has been a bit patchy. Am hoping this win will give the players a confidence boost going into the game against Valencia but to get anything from the Etihad on Sundaywould be a bonus after they have scored 13 and conceded none in their last two home games.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 25/11/2013 18:20
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26 November 2013 10:48 Post ID: #124662 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Jonjo Shelvey
It's a lot less hassle getting a season ticket.
It would have been unthinkable to lose at Fulham,to be just above the relegation places and moral would have been an all time low. We won though,and we can look forward to the next two games positively. A draw with Valencia would do me,but to get the win would be wonderful.
Man City are unbeatable at home,so what a time to maybe get a draw there. Their away form is not so good,losing 0-1 to Sunderland recently,and even Cardiff have beaten them,so there is some hope.
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26 November 2013 15:10 Post ID: #124672 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Kenny Jackett

Fulham looked a side devoid of ideas and some of their established players were just going through the motions on Saturday, have to say that an ageing Scott Parker was their best player by a mile always nipping in stealing the ball and doing his best to set up attacks. He's a bit like our Leon who obviously was rested at Craven Cottage, shame our boy never got the international recognition that Parker did as I'd take Leon ahead of him any day. As we usually do so well there in West London am hoping that they can stay up at the expense of clubs like Norwich, Stoke and of course our neighbours, three clubs that I dislike for varying reasons.
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27 November 2013 09:01 Post ID: #124682 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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L'Hostis (Franck).Monaco
The Valencia circus rolls into town this morning,arriving in Cardiff Airport at 11:45am on Volotea Airlines,the Spanish equivalent of Easyjet.
They sit in mid table after two league defeats,but are unbeaten away in the Europa League,winning their three matches since we beat them out there. They have already qualified but will want to win the group to get seeded for the next round. We could be through to the last 32 before kick off,if Kuban and St Gallen draw their match played a few hours before ours.
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27 November 2013 16:14 Post ID: #124688 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Mike Summerbey

Starting to concentrate my thoughts on tomorrow night, it would fantastic if we could play them off the park as we did out there but who knows as football is unpredictable and that is why there are so many wealthy bookmakers.

The club have certainly shot themselves in the foot with the overpricing of these European games at the Liberty and then trying to give them away to anyone willing to make the effort to attend. Those of us who are loyal land up paying through the nose and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth, you can't keep doing this or some regulars will just stop attending and that is completely against what the boards aims are for the future. We paid £7 in Spain yet are charging £30 for the same fixture here, no wonder there are still plenty of tickets available with the match live on terrestial tv as well....where is the sense of those supposed to be working in our best interests....Reasons for the DVLA handouts include a study on the demand for an extension to the stadium. All I can say to the board is stop stalling for goodness sake and get on with building it....people will come if they know there are reasonably priced seats and readily available season tickets....every year that goes by is an opportunity missed to increase our fan base especially the youngsters who are denied access at the moment. Also please get a better information system going so that when there are tickets on sale the general public know about it. Rant over.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 27/11/2013 16:29
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28 November 2013 09:50 Post ID: #124693 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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N'da (Julien), Gueugnon FC- France
Talking of bookmakers,we've got suspected match fixing in the lower leagues,with six arrests,hard to believe it's happening in this country.
Agree about the tickets. Nothing would have been said if they hadn't charged high prices to the loyal fans in the first place.
As for the stadium expansion,if we do not build it now,we'll never get it. We need a substantial sized stadium in this corner of the country to attract big events and allow an expanding fan base. And with Cardiff already in the process of expanding up to 32k+ from 28k,we are looking the smallest fish in the PL. It's not as if it's coming out of the Boards pocket,Sky income is paying for it,not them. People talk about the new East Stand that was built at the Vetch as an example of the folly of ground expansion,but in those days they didn't have the massive Sky income to sustain PL status.
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28 November 2013 16:13 Post ID: #124699 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Odenwingi

I have no doubt it will be worth the effort to increase the capacity as the phrase goes...build it and they will come as has been proved when the Liberty was first built and that long jumper Lynn Davies was so disparaging about our chances of even being able to fill half of the capacity. It is the fear by the board of relegation that is hampering the decision I'm sure plus memories about of happened to us in the 1980's when mistakes were made and we nearly lost our club. Things are very different these days and this outlay is small in comparison to what we are likely to lose if it doesn't happen. So let's hope we can get as many league points as we can as soon as we can to make the decision an easy one for them.
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29 November 2013 09:39 Post ID: #124706 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Paatelainen (Mikko), IFK Mariehamn
We have some difficult matches coming up,not helped by our expanding injury list. As many clubs have found out before us,the Europa league is very distracting and affects league form. Next week we are playing one of those clubs that were affected last season,Newcsatle,who struggled near the bottom of the PL after playing in the Europa League,having finished in the top six the season before. Free from the constraints of the EL they are flying high again this season.
Bony,Michu and Rangel out injured are huge misses,and this weekend's match against free scoring Man City will be viewed with some trepidation. Not by one person though,our Chairman,who should maybe give the team talk,after rallying the troops and saying we should be looking forward to beating Man City and the likes,not discounting these matches as not in our mini league and therefore unwinnable.
He may be an awe inspiring coach to the players in training,but both ML and sidekick Curtis remain detached and uninvolved from the dug out during matches,and it rankles me a bit. It makes one wonder what the home technical area is for,as it is never used,with them both preferring to be impassive and glued to their seats.
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29 November 2013 17:22 Post ID: #124710 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Quentin Fortune

Would prefer to have the class of Laudrup in our dug out rather than the rantings of such characters as Sam Allardyce, our manager does get to his feet on times during games but less so in these Europa cup it seems. Disappointed last night but Valencia are a good side and played like we normally do, they also had 3 or was it 5 extra supporters in the guise of officials who denied us not only a perfectly good goal but several other dodgy decisions which stopped us in our tracks. Means the St Gallen game now becomes an important one and we'll be unable to field a weakened side.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 29/11/2013 17:24
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30 November 2013 10:24 Post ID: #124718 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Rabello (Bryan), Sevilla
Certainly wouldn't want to change them,but if only they were a bit more demonstrative in the dug out.
Just watched the first half on ITV Player,it was a deflection from Tremmel's weak punch out (why didn't he catch it?) to an unmarked player for their goal,but poor defending by Shelvey/Bony on the near post.
Our goal was never offside,poor officials yet again have robbed us of a result,when is it going to end?
The match was pretty even first half with strong defending stifling our play,but overall we were better than I first thought watching live.
Surely Valencia will see off Kuban and help our cause. Let's see if we can keep our defence solid and get the point needed in St. Gallen. This cup is draining our player resources though,and whilst wanting to do well,we must make sure our PL status is a priority.
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30 November 2013 23:55 Post ID: #124725 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Definitely prem survival is our priority, chances of any points tomorrow are pretty slim particularly with our injury problems so any sort of positive result would be a bonus.
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02 December 2013 08:37 Post ID: #124734 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Franck Tabanou,Toulouse
Blue Moon shining bright as Negredo collapsed in a heap just outside the penalty area after a "foul" by Canas in the first few minutes. Canas fell to the floor first as Negrado made a meal of the tackle,not a foul at all IMO,but weak reffing yet again. Negredo took the free kick,Tremmel caught sleeping and out of position,1-0 to the diving,and a huge psychological advantage to the home team so early in the game. I am becoming disillusioned with officials and the cheating that's openly encouraged. We do not cheat,but most teams do,therefore we are at a disadvantage in every game.
demichelis pulled pablo
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02 December 2013 18:05 Post ID: #124741 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Ugo Etiugh

Looking at refs for Newcastle and Hull we have Howard Webb (with that cheating linesman Malarky) and the wonderful Chris Foy respectively....sound like a broken record but we have had little joy with regard to fair decisions all season especially of late in the Europa League. Wouldn't it be good if we could talk about the game on Wednesday without referring to contentious decisions, who knows though have never had much joy from Webb who thinks he is a cut above everyone else.
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03 December 2013 12:32 Post ID: #124746 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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From my last unfinished post,that should have been - Demichelis pulled back Pablo for a penalty appeal that was ignored

Vacca (Antonio), Barletta Calcio
Great news about Bony,probably fit for Hull,with a projected ten day lay off for a Grade 1 hamstring injury. He is so good in defence as well at set pieces,like Danny Graham used to be,but never got credit for,so a big positive for us. Rangel two or three weeks,not so good. Plenty of positives from the Man City first half,now we need to sustain this form over 90 mins.
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03 December 2013 16:33 Post ID: #124750 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Watkins (Steve)

Certainly a bonus to get Bony back before the Christmas fixtures, Angel has had a series of injuries of late which is unlike him. We have come to rely on his presence at right back and certainly miss him when not available as he can be like an extra winger at times, Tiendali not in the same class unfortunately. No news on Michu but can't be too long til he's available again, would give everyone a lift including the players to see him back on the field, Pozuelo is a great prospect but has yet to mature into the player we need right now.
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04 December 2013 09:10 Post ID: #124758 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Xavier(Renato), Americano,Brazil
Michu not available tonight then,maybe next Monday against Hull. ML has set a target of at least four points out of the next two matches. Someone has to score some goals then,who is going to rise to the plate, Vasquez? More likely Shelvey or Guzman,start crossing your fingers.
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