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24 September 2013 16:42 Post ID: #123823 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Tranmere Rovers

Think batteries or at least bank balances of fans need recharging after all these matches, do believe though that we have had a wonderful and memorable last ten days. Well worth making the effort to get to these places to watch this team of ours, tomorrow might be slightly different as I can see ML using the rest of the squad at Birmingham. Michu will probably be rested though he won't want to be, the lad is on a mission to succeed for the club and wants to win every challenge and every game. Don't think I've ever seen such a committed player for us ever, he's brilliant as well with his ball winning skills, assists and goals of course.
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25 September 2013 10:02 Post ID: #123840 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Udinese Calcio FC
Certainly an expensive hobby,globe trotting with the Swans lately. A bit closer to home tonight though,with Birmingham relatively just up the road. Both their loan players can't play tonight for Brum,our own Kyle Bartley,and Man Utd loanee Jesse Lingard,who scored all four goals for them on Saturday. Another sleeping giant,they won the Capital One Cup a few seasons ago and got relegated the same season
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26 September 2013 16:56 Post ID: #123854 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Valencia

Seemed a long trip home after a disappointing second half, had we taken our numerous chances early on the game would have been beyond the home side but they grew in confidence as the game progressed and deservedly went through. Not too disappointed as we have such a heavy schedule but was disappointed with some of our team who seemed to fold too easily once we were behind.

Just shows how much we rely on Michu as our talisman, we looked disjointed at times but trust that we can give a decent account of ourselves at the Liberty on Saturday.
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26 September 2013 18:42 Post ID: #123858 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Werder Bremen
It's very hard to strike a balance, Ideally we would field our strongest team in every game,but in practice it's impossible. Having said that,everybody thought we had strengthened our squad for this season,after spending over 20 million on players,but last nights result shows that we have not. Why,because Birmingham are struggling at the bottom of the Championship in 18th place,and any one of our squad should be capable of playing to PL standard,and this is not the case after the reality check last night.The crucial part of our game is possession,and 61% - 39% to Birmingham reflects how our game plan broke down last night,and before last Saturdays win with a Man Utd loanee scoring their four goals,they couldn't beat their way out of a paper bag.Our back four were in disarray second half,had Monk and Amat played together before? Tiendalli was cruelly exposed by their ex bluebird winger and Taylor hadn't played football for a month.Not an ideal combination.
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27 September 2013 16:29 Post ID: #123865 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Yeovil Town

As I said we were much the better side early on but Brum used their wingers well in the second half while our midfield seemed to lack understanding. Still not sure about Shelvey who to me is too selfish, his distribution was patchy and he was critical of others who were not on his wavelength. Not a team player and won't dig in and fight when the chips are down unlike someone like Leon who will die for the cause.
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27 September 2013 16:29 Post ID: #123866 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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27 September 2013 16:30 Post ID: #123867 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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27 September 2013 16:30 Post ID: #123868 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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27 September 2013 16:30 Post ID: #123869 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Where has my post gone....eventually it came up after four attempts.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 27/9/2013 16:31
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28 September 2013 09:57 Post ID: #123878 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Zaragoza FC
The jury's out on Shelvey,brilliant one minute,and wasteful the next.None of our midfielders are perfect or they'd be playing elsewhere,but when they go missing in a match,then it's annoying.The likes of Guzman and Ki are reluctant to tackle,but are brilliant passers,all have their strengths and weaknesses.
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29 September 2013 22:38 Post ID: #123897 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Arsenal

Frustrating on Saturday against an Arsenal side full of quality in midfield and upfront yet who looked vulnerable at the back. Felt we could really have taken the game more to them by bringing on Bony and Poz much earlier, it was too late once we were behind though we did make a fight of it and could have taken a point with a bit more composure. Had we had Rangel, Ash and Pablo available I do feel we could have taken the points as they looked shaky but Tiendali and Routledge failed to give us the wing play we needed on the day. We did miss Ash though Amat did his best for a youngster playing his first full league game, wish Chico would cut out the play acting as it did him or us no favours.
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30 September 2013 11:16 Post ID: #123905 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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(FC)Biarritz
We missed Ash in the middle,we missed Rangel linking up on the right with Dyer,and his overlaps. Best player Ben,who stood tall for us,worst player Tiendalli,who was a liability,couldn't defend and couldn't cross the ball accurately.We had to leave out Bony as we had to combat their very strong midfield,although for me Guzman was not strong enough in midfield and shied away from the tackles again. After saying all that we should have got the draw at the end with our all out attacking and Arsenal defending desperately.
What the last two games have shown us is that some of the squad players are not as good as we thought although to be fair they are hampered by not being match sharp,having had little game time.
Our injury list grows - Monk knee,Lamah toe,Angel ankle,Williams ankle,Pablo thigh. We'll probably go with roughly the same team on Thursday,with maybe Bony starting and Michu sub,with Briton coming in for Canas

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30 September 2013 11:18 Post ID: #123906 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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(FC)Biarritz
We missed Ash in the middle,we missed Rangel linking up on the right with Dyer,and his overlaps. Best player Ben,who stood tall for us,worst player Tiendalli,who was a liability,couldn't defend and couldn't cross the ball accurately.We had to leave out Bony as we had to combat their very strong midfield,although for me Guzman was not strong enough in midfield and shied away from the tackles again. After saying all that we should have got the draw at the end with our all out attacking and Arsenal defending desperately.
What the last two games have shown us is that some of the squad players are not as good as we thought although to be fair they are hampered by not being match sharp,having had little game time.
Our injury list grows - Monk knee,Lamah toe,Angel ankle,Williams ankle,Pablo thigh. We'll probably go with roughly the same team on Thursday,with maybe Bony starting and Michu sub,with Briton coming in for Canas

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30 September 2013 19:34 Post ID: #123917 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Chelsea

Tiendali was an afterthought signing as originally he wasn't coming back, was disappointed with him on Saturday and personally I would try Neil Taylor at right back for Thursday, it just goes to show how important Rangel is to our offensive play. We should have enough to beat St Gallen without extending ourselves too much, can see Ash out for a while and with Monk injured we are forced to play Amat on Thursday.

Think the club realise they made a real mess of pricing the Europa home games, not that many were planning to attend the St Gallen or Russian team matches anyway so better offers should have been made for regulars from the outset with Valencia tickets priced a little more and only sold initially with the other games thrown for perhaps £5. As it is they are now forced to try and fill the stadium with freebies which leaves the rest of us who paid for the package feeling a little let down. I have picked up the extra tickets for first time visitors who would otherwise not have attended but many of our season ticket holders who were only prepared to pay for Valencia therefore now won't have the option of the free tickets unless offered by someone who paid for the two lesser games.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 30/9/2013 19:38
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01 October 2013 10:07 Post ID: #123928 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Dundalk FC
We are one of the poorest areas of the country,with little investment and not many jobs. People haven't got the money to go to a football match twice in one week,so the Europa matches in these early rounds should be low priced.
Just reading Jeffrey Archer's latest book "Best Kept Secret",here's a quote which is very apt concerning our Board and the Supporters Trust -
"So Miss Barrington,does your family still own the shipping line that bears their illustrious name?"
"Yes my mother owns 22%"
"That should give the family more than enough control,and that's all that matters in any organisation - as long as no one else gets their hands on more than 22%"
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01 October 2013 14:04 Post ID: #123935 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Exeter City

Difficult to be too critical of those in charge, suppose we should be glad that we are not run by a foreign investor who doesn't really care about the club or heritage such as our neighbours up the road but sometimes I would like us to be a bit more professionally run off the field. At least the club shop has finally got some new stock in which will give the fans something to buy after a very limited supply initially in the newly revamped store.

With our Europa matches being shown live on terrestrial tv it is little wonder there is not much interest in attending these group games with the price so high particularly for kids. It would have been a perfect opportunity to offer kids for a quid instead of trying to charge them £25. Offering free tickets now doesn't really help the hard core support who have paid through the nose as those that will get in for nothing are unlikely to have normally been bothered either way, I include family and friends of mine in that catagory and just hope they appreciate their opportunity to see our team live and give vociferous support on the night.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 1/10/2013 14:07
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02 October 2013 10:06 Post ID: #123952 - in reply to #65817
Ivor Allchurch
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Fenerbagca
As you say,a missed opportunity.It's not as if we need to penny pinch,the television coverage money would have compensated for lack of gate income,but now we'll have a lack of something else, atmosphere.
Apparently,Pablo is back in training,will he be kept for Southampton,or will he make a cameo appearance. Dyer and Routledge didn't impress last Saturday,although Davies's overlaps on the left did.
Tiendalli looks as if he needs matches,he's shown he can excel in some games last season,so another work out for him on Thursday then.
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