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Just Back v Barnsley
06 January 2018 18:52 Post ID: #1567077
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A decent performance against a side that has had the indian sign over us for far too long.

We began well with some good movement down both flanks and everybody getting their foot in well. It wasn't long before our first chance came along. A corner from the left was swung in by Williams, Copper nodded it back across goal, it was passed back to the edge of their area but the shot sailed over the bar. we continued to press and it just looked like a matter of time. They had other ideas. They spread the play to their right when TC gave their bloke far too much room. He hit a cross to the middle which cannoned off their bloke and Hutch and Copper too, fell kindly for him with a hint of handball and he smashed it home from ten yards. Martin had no chance.

We regrouped and kept pressing forward but it looked as if it could be on of those days. Fred was caught offside five yards into their half, the ref blew, they threw the ball down two yards into our half and the ref just played on. Scandalous! We continued to press forward, get our foot in and create some threatening moves. One of them broke down but TC got his strong challenge in, the ball was fed to Wallace who crossed it and there was AOB to pass it into the net from ten yards. A deserved equaliser. They managed a scooped shot which sailed over following a deflection but that was the sum total of their attacks. We continued to press forward and a dinked ball to the far post from Fred found Wallace, but a combination of goalkeeper and bad luck saw it roll across the face of the goal And so 1-1 it was at half time.

NH had clearly told them to carry on the way we were and the goals would come. And it didn't take long for our second. A deep ball found AOB on the right in their box. He caught it,crossed it well and there was Thompson to force it home from ten yards. They looked crestfallen. All of their manager's half time talk was out of the window in less than three minutes. We continued to press forward and then they pressed the self destruct button. Some close passing down the left clearly frustrated their bloke who took Wallace out with a wicked tackle. Our lot were incensed and the ref had little option but to show him a red for an early bath.
They floundered and we took full advantage. A long shot from Wallace took a poor contact from their defender, fell kindly for AOB who hit it sweetly from 25 yards into the far corner. They struggled to adapt to their 4-4-1 and we continued to press forward. Morison flicked a forward pass to Fred in their box who held off a powder puff challenge from the defender and slotted it into the left of the goal with his left foot. It was game set and match.

They made two subs and went to 4-3 2 and looked livelier but we took off Morison for Gregory and Wallace for Twardek and looked comfortable. We even got Romeo on for Fred who looked cream crackered. The ref took pity on them and blew up after 90 minutes even though there had been 6 subs.

Martin looked solid and assured and could do nothing for the goal. McLaughlin slotted in well and looked strong and composed and Hutch and Cooper looked similar. TC had a wobbly first half but a better second half.
Wallace looked energetic and threatening and Williams had a calm and composed game. Thompson had his normal pocket battleship performance but had a little bit more skill and guile to his game and edged MOM for me. AOB had his normal enigmatic game where he finds the right place at the right time to score two good goals.
Morison looked solid and threatening and signalled to NH that at 4-1 and twenty minutes to go could he come off. Gregory looked lively. Fred played better...could he have played worse?....than last week and scored a decent goal and certainly tried harder. Twardek, Gregory and Romeo played decent cameos for the time they were on.

So, one down to our bogey team and come back and win 4-1, in the hat for round four so here's hoping we get a day at the Emirates or the Etihad. Sadly, it will probably be a trip to MK bloody Dons or up to Spotland to face Rochdale. Oh well. We can dream!
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06 January 2018 18:54 Post ID: #1567079 - in reply to #1567077
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“frustrated their bloke”
Personally that’s all I need to know but Whisky will be steaming again!
Thanks Silver, great report!
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06 January 2018 19:07 Post ID: #1567081 - in reply to #1567077
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Thanks Silver, good you do not carry this out for the bbc otherwise you would be replaced by an excitable woman.
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06 January 2018 19:09 Post ID: #1567082 - in reply to #1567077
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Great report. Thanks, bloke.
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06 January 2018 19:12 Post ID: #1567084 - in reply to #1567077
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TC had a very shaky 5 mins after their goal when the crowd started to get on his back but recovered well after that, his tackle in the lead up to our equaliser was first class.

And credit where it’s due Fred showed some nice touches and a couple of bits of sublime skill, wish he’d learn not to drift offside so often though. Honourable mentions to Ben, Wallace, AOB & Morison as well.

Thought Martin in goal carried on from his Villa performance, not withstanding the goal which he could do very little about, calm assured & very vocal. Good use of throws as well which McLaughlin, AOB & especially Wallace would thrive on if he played regularly. Next weeks team selection will be very interesting.
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06 January 2018 19:13 Post ID: #1567086 - in reply to #1567079
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onlyagame - 6/1/2018 18:54

“frustrated their bloke”
Personally that’s all I need to know but Whisky will be steaming again!
Thanks Silver, great report!


Joe Williams!
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06 January 2018 19:34 Post ID: #1567092 - in reply to #1567077
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what today's game confirmed is that fred and aob are not as effective played out wide - both are more likely to influence games form the centre- the sooner we get a left winger, the better then aob and fred can be back up to Morison and Gregory - Harris has to have the guts to play them that way - this was a weakened oppo of course but Fred showed he has the skill to trouble any defence as per Leeds when played central - a quality left winger in the window will give us far better balance

highlight of the match: their sent off player kicking the blue tunnel thing as he went off
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06 January 2018 20:03 Post ID: #1567102 - in reply to #1567092
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liontime - 6/1/2018 19:34

what today's game confirmed is that fred and aob are not as effective played out wide - both are more likely to influence games form the centre- the sooner we get a left winger, the better then aob and fred can be back up to Morison and Gregory - Harris has to have the guts to play them that way - this was a weakened oppo of course


No it wasn't.

Nine of the 11 that started in last week's 1-0 win at Sunderland began the game today - the other two came on as substitutes. For all we know those two might have been carrying slight knocks.

This was a full strength Barnsley team.
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06 January 2018 20:05 Post ID: #1567103 - in reply to #1567102
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whiskylion - 6/1/2018 20:03

liontime - 6/1/2018 19:34

what today's game confirmed is that fred and aob are not as effective played out wide - both are more likely to influence games form the centre- the sooner we get a left winger, the better then aob and fred can be back up to Morison and Gregory - Harris has to have the guts to play them that way - this was a weakened oppo of course


No it wasn't.

Nine of the 11 that started in last week's 1-0 win at Sunderland began the game today - the other two came on as substitutes. For all we know those two might have been carrying slight knocks.

This was a full strength Barnsley team.


in that case that was a very fine perfomance indeed. breezed through them.
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06 January 2018 20:06 Post ID: #1567104 - in reply to #1567077
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also, we went down the gears in the last twenty big style. i was saying to my dad, we should go up them again and try and get six or seven!
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06 January 2018 20:52 Post ID: #1567119 - in reply to #1567077
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Thanks Silver.

AOB mom for me with morro a close second

As HLS said we took our foot off the gas for the last 20. I would liked to have seen us keep at them. Its what we do best.

Fair play to Barnsley they never gave up.
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06 January 2018 21:02 Post ID: #1567124 - in reply to #1567077
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I have just watched the brief highlights on BBC Sport and it confirmed my initial thoughts that TC's defending for their goal was woeful. It is not just that he gives their bloke too much room but he makes no effort whatsoever to block the cross. He did partially make up for it with a strong tackle which led to our first goal.
Our other goals were well taken and I didn't realise what a great strike from AOB to get our third. A decent game, a great result and West Ham here we come.....iF Harris gets his way!
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06 January 2018 21:08 Post ID: #1567125 - in reply to #1567077
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Fred is such a frustrating player, I thought he had a good game today. At times, his skill on the ball can be amazing.

Also of note, Harris getting AOB and Wallace to swop wings in the first half seemed to change the game for us.
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06 January 2018 21:25 Post ID: #1567129 - in reply to #1567081
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lionheart48 - 6/1/2018 19:07

Thanks Silver, good you do not carry this out for the bbc otherwise you would be replaced by an excitable woman.



Liono-Lill,
Reading your mispelt or misspelt even comments on the match day thread and again now.

At least I had the balls to put my limited journo ramblings on line rather than take cheap pot shots from the comfort of my keyboard.

Yes cheap like nylon from Woolies.

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06 January 2018 21:29 Post ID: #1567131 - in reply to #1567125
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hardleyse16 - 6/1/2018 21:08

Fred is such a frustrating player, I thought he had a good game today. At times, his skill on the ball can be amazing.

Also of note, Harris getting AOB and Wallace to swop wings in the first half seemed to change the game for us.


as i said ealier there was a big what the fuck??? moment when ten yards from the half way line he had three players charging at him from north, east, west, and just when you thought they would all clatter him at once, he sort of spun out of all of them and bore down on goal.

i know that sort of shit doesn't make a player, but there's this nagging feeling that if he could do that inside the box...



Edited by High Life Street 6/1/2018 21:30
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06 January 2018 21:51 Post ID: #1567132 - in reply to #1567077
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Well I think he took his goal really well.skipped past his man giving himself half a yard to squeeze his shot home.

AOB not getting the praise he deserved either, two well taken goals and a really good pull back from the byline to set up Ferguson
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06 January 2018 22:00 Post ID: #1567134 - in reply to #1567077
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A very strong return to form from the Lions. Having shook the team up
it was always going to be interesting. After our bright opening, Barnsley
started to go through us like a knife through butter and it looked like
another Norwich turn-out. Craig was caught in no-mans land and a lucky
deflection gifted them an opener. We then started to apply ourselves and
a great Craig tackle was the catalyst. We even had the luxury of Wallace
missing two open goals ! We took control 15 minutes before half-time and
were totally dominant in the second. It's funny how many Wall deride tippy
tappy football, but when we started doing it the sparse crowd loved it.
Martin......7.......Superior to Archer in his distribution.
McLaughlin....7....An excellent right-back.
Hutch..........7.....Another good display.
Cooper......7......If he can start scoring from corners , we will struggle to keep him.
Craig.......Nightmare 1st 25 minutes, improved there after.
Wallace.....6......A bizarre game of good & bad, two bad misses and the crowd
singing and clapping him off.
Thommo.......8.....Just got better and better as the game progressed. Beats me
how teacake keeps him out of the team.M.O.M.
Williams......7......Still the best keeper/passer of the ball at the club.
A.O'B..........7......Lets hope he goes on a scoring run now.
Fred.........7.....Much improved showing which won over a lot of the Upper-West
by the end.
Morrison.....6......Couldn't find his passing boots 1st half, improved 2nd.
Subs.......6
Manager.....7...Fair play for changing it today, will he have the nerve to change
it again or was he just putting the frighteners on a couple of them.
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