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  1. Ruddy Naughton De Laet Barnett Tierney Crofts Johnson Bennett Hoolahan Pilkington Morison
  2. It''s gone to McNally''s head. He should relax a bit - there''s no mileage in trying bully basically well-meaning people. He''s too trigger-happy by half.
  3. ".....there story''s" "their stories" FFS!
  4. Could''ve scored three but didn''t score once. That''s a problem for a striker. Not so Super.
  5. Mine''s down too Ron. Fucking disgrace
  6. [quote user="Excited Canary"]If Holt stayed in the bloody box rather than drifting out wide yesterday we would have won I am sure. There were too many times when Hoolahan, Lappin, etc had the ball in a crossing position but there was just no-one in the box. Last season Holt would have bust a gut to get into the box, but now he is either caught wandering or has the ball out on the wing! He''s definitely not at the top of his game, Martin/Jackson for 45 minutes on Tuesday I think.[/quote] Remind me - who''s our top scorer this season? It must be Chris Martin, right? Even though he missed a one-on-one yesterday, and looks every bit a 2-goals-in-10-games striker, you''d play him instead of Holt?
  7. [quote user="Beauseant"]Why are so many people in denial about Holt? The guy is a shadow of the rampaging player of the first half of last season, yet he seems to be treated as beyond criticism. Its an easy option to drift out wide when you''re not getting any joy in the middle, and he''s doing it too often. Having said that, he''s got to find his way out of Ayala''s pocket before Tuesday night. [/quote] You think what I said wasn''t critical of Holt? Read it again. He''s always had a tendency to get stuck in wherever the play is and to try to do the work of 2 men, but now we need him to concentrate on his own job. I can''t criticise his attitude though. Paul McVeigh''s recollections on RN before the match of Lambert spending most of last season''s games shouting at Holt to get back up front was very revealing - he could do it and get the goals last season because we were the class of the field, but it''s not so easy this term.
  8. [quote user="Gingerpele"]If Holt can''t improve beyond his current performances :S[/quote] Huh? The only thing with Holt''s performance yesterday was that he tried to do too much. He''s brilliant at putting crosses in, but that means he''s not there to receive them. He needs to be nearer the goal for more of the time. He''s a true leader by example, trying all the time to make it happen. But that hurts his scoring stats, and hurts the team, ironically.
  9. He was really suffering with the heat = you could see it on his face. He''s a bulky bloke, and not young, so it''s to be expected. But he never gave up, as usual, and made the second goal.
  10. [quote user="a1canary"]The guy''s a legend, in a totally different way to your hucks or your holts (sure to become city legend if he isn''t already - he has to score against the binners next). He reminds me a little of another left back who never got any attention but was always there doing a great job - Denis Irwin of the man u sides of the 90s. He could hit a wicked free kick too though, nice if Ads could add that to his game! When he hangs up his boots he should have the same status around the city as Hucks. He is also from the same village as me![/quote] I agree with all of that a1canary, including your admiration for Irwin - one of those low-profile professionals who are better than most people realise, purely because they just get on with their job. And Drury is definitely another one.
  11. The Club''s putting the screws on the fans, but at the same time it''s investing money in the squad. I''ll go with that, provided they don''t push it too far. Volunteer gate people isn''t too far IMO.
  12. Could do a lot worse. He was more consistent last season than when he was here last time, and he''s a pretty good footballer when he''s on his game. He''s athletic, hard working, very brave. He''s not a fan''s favourite because he doesn''t give a shit about the fans, or the Club, whichever Club it is. But still, a good player at this level.
  13. [quote user="ron obvious"]A few random thoughts:Excellent pitch. No excuses there.Ruddy is bloody huge. Looked even bigger further away (!). Very strong & agile - smacked a well-taken free kick out into touch. Kicking awful though (overhit/misdirected passes a Norwich problem throughout).Whitbread certainly not wrestling. Just didn''t look very inspiring - got outmuscled a lot.Nelson just what you''d expect. A lot of the ball went to him (not necessarily a good thing).R. Martin''s body language nervous. Stevenage LM frequently waltzed round him; bit of a worry.Drury class.Eyes not what they used to be, so couldn''t really too much of the MF/forward stuff first half. Got the impression Jackson was quick, though, & couldn''t miss Wes working his socks off - somebody else of a similar stamp looked pretty useful too. MF got completely overrun at times.Second half obviously saw more of the attack. Oli well off the pace - is he really better than Cody?Korey the real deal. Looked by far the player with most potential, like a raw version of Tevez. Needs the right coaching (& players to play alongside!).Tudur-Jones another huge player; appeared stately & self-assured. Don''t know if he was any good though.Pretty meaningless game as to future form really. Some signs of decent flowing moves occasionally, but obvious that most of them didn''t know each other''s game very well. Stevenage obviously much more together as a team; I think they could do rather well in L2.Excellent support (especially for £18!!!) &  a fair bit of noise, although you could tell nobody was taking it very seriously. Stevenage suporters were really getting into it, especially when the drummer got going.And many apologies to the lady I (nearly) kicked when waving a leg in the vague direction of a passing ball![/quote]Didn''t go Ron, but I like your summary for its honesty and humour, and because I agree with you on some general points! Particularly about Korey Smith, who I think is the one player of lasting solid potential that our youth system has produced since Bellars. R Martin - I''ve always thought his body language looks dodgy, usually lacking in the confidence to make a crucial challenge.Oli - loads of raw talent, but almost no footballing nous. I really hope that he and the coaches put the effort in, because he could be a great player. I think...The Admiral - you''ve got to admire him for his total commitment and guts last season, but to be honest he was well back in the queue for talent. I really hope he doesn''t come unstuck this season and end up crucified by the fans, after what he did for us last season.Drury - a true NCFC legend. Has had a very few bad games over the years, but he''s always given it everything.Good luck Stevenage - fly the flag for good football in L2.
  14. What a difficult one. I''m going for Keelan, though Steeno was such a great professional, and a total role model in a game where true role models are rare. But Keelan had such a long career here and was (in my opinion) one of the best keepers in the world for a while. Love to see Steeno come back and say hello though.
  15. That''s interesting - we do need someone like that in the squad. But where does this idea that Holt has no skill come from? He has a very good first touch, pretty good close control, shields the ball really well. He doesn''t dance a jig like Hoolahan, but then he''s twice Wes''s size. But he''s at least as skilful as Martin (and quicker, and works harder). He''s a gem.
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