Post by wrangatongulls on Jul 21, 2010 22:12:17 GMT
What a terrible turn out of fans just over a thousand and about a hundred or so bristol fans!
As far as the game went the boys really did play well, they wanted it far more than city (not sure they wanted it more than coppel though) And in the second half played city off the park for long periods, they really should of had a third with the goal mouth scramble but somehow city kept it out, Even with 4 changes the team looked good dare i say it- depth to the squad- oh well that will give it the kiss of death.
Reading the match report in today’s Herald Express it looks like I missed a very good game where we started very well and fully deserved to win in the end. DT seems to suggest that the it might be Grits and Benyon who would be likely to start up front for us, but I would really like to see how well Grits and Kee would get on up front together.
It looks like all our players played well and are really starting to gel as a team and have shown they can play teams from higher leagues and not only perform well, but can beat them into the bargain.
I’m pleased to hear Guy got a great reception when he came on for the second half and what a loved man he is here at Plainmoor, one reason I’m sure he wanted to sign for us this season even if in the end he had to settle for a one year contract and not a two year one. There is no reason if he does well this season that Bucks won’t offer him another contract for next season and I think having him here this season will go along way to us having a very good season.
We have a good side made up with players we all know and ones we would have wanted to see remain here after their performances last season, add to that the young players who look very exciting prospects for the future and you certainly end up feeling we will not be ending up this season in a relegation dog fight as was the case last season.
I believe our side are more than capable of a very good solid midtable position in the league and could even make the play-offs if the key players can remain injury free and do not end up getting suspended as with the size off our squad that might end up putting pressure on some off our young starlets.
Disappointing to learn the gate was very low last night and one can only hope our fans will turn up in numbers when the season starts proper as the club needs every penny it can lay its hands on and if we are going to have sides worth watching the money to pay for them has to come from somewhere.
On the manager front, Bucks has been here a good while and his record is one that other clubs have sat up and taken notice of, lets hope this season we see ALL fans get fully behind him and trust his judgements and decision making and not get on his back as in past seasons the second results do not go our way.
got to agree with the above comments dave,i think the attendances are low for many factors,the psfs are not the real mccoy for some people,its holiday time and there have been a fair few at home as well,couple that with the present economic situation and the answer is there.The gates will pick up for the new season though and hopefully increase as we impress.And as far as PB is concerned i truly think it is a WHEN rather than IF he moves on,he has done a pretty good job so far and is being watched by bigger clubs than ourselves,so we need to make the most of it.He is one of those characters that just as you think he is dropping us in it pulls a rabbit out of the hat to turn things around,i have a good feeling about the present set up and we are quite stable at present despite the very sad recent events surrounding paul bristow
what a person is told is not half as important as what they think they have been told
Another reason the gates are low is the pricing policy. Whilst £10 for an adult is fine, to charge £5 for a child (only £1 less than normal price) I think is a bit steep. With 2 children and all the associated costs involved ie food and drink it works out very expensive to watch what is to all intents and purposes a practice match. If they had made it £1 a child i'm sure more people would have come.
My first game of the PSF’s so I was looking forward to seeing how the players from last season were going to carry on and to get a good look at the new players.
I know it’s only a PSF and you shouldn’t read too much into it, however I was mightily impressed by last night’s performance.
I would imagine that the Bristol side was made up of trialists/reserves (with the exception of their number 20) as we played them off the park for most of the game, the score (no that it matters) really did flatter them.
I believe the side that started the game last night is going to look remarkably like the team that lines up against Northampton, the only exception for me would be Branston for Charnock or Ellis.
The game was barely a minute old when Gritton showed those that haven’t seen him before how good a player he is in the air, flicking one on for Benyon, whose shot was tipped over for a corner. The first of many in the first half.
My thoughts were, in no particular order, with the obvious rider that it was only a PSF and as I explained to Phil before the game it doesn’t take much to get me excited in pre season;
We did everything we needed to do and did it well. You can only beat what is put in front of you, City were no great shakes but we did all the smalls things right. We defended from the front, played the ball around nicely, got it wide, took players on, got some crosses in, closed them down really quickly, got stuck in, didn’t let them settle, showed some real quality touches. Buckle has his detractors but you can’t deny he is developing the players really well, they played some nice football and more importantly penetrative football, not knock it from side to side keep the ball football. There is a small exception to that which I will get onto.
Zebs was OUTSTANDING, the best I have seen him play in a long long. Easily the Man of the Match. He beat his man every time, got some good crosses over, tracked back, won lots of ball and finally the lay off for Mansell’s goal was sublime. I didn’t think he was the same player last season, but I was so impressed last night, if he plays half as good as that every week then a very good season beckons for him.
Gritton; fantastic addition to the squad. I would expect him to start every game, give it 60 minutes or so and then see him replaced by Benyon/Kee (whichever didn’t start with him). He won pretty much everything in the air, shows a good touch, a good positional awareness and he is strong. The eldest referred to him as a stronger, fitter, faster Sills, to that I would add, better ball control. Tired a bit in the second half as you would expect.
Benyon; ran his heart out as usual, chased everything down. I like attackers who defend from the front. He also lays off a decent ball when he needs to, he will be a bit disappointed he didn’t score. He did have a couple of half chances and one where he failed to connect with the ball a couple of yards out.
Kee; Another who impressed in the short time he was on the pitch. A stocky lad, who makes Benyon look positively slim, however as strong as an ox, really keen to get stuck in. Another who chases everything down and gives it his all. I think the 3 of them will score a few goals this season. On an earlier post I noticed comments about Branston and Red cards, Kee looks the type who may pick a few cards up this season as well. He looks hungry, although not in the literal sense obviously.
Stevens; drifted in and out of the game, but when he was ‘in’ he seemed to make more impact than usual.
Mansell; The usual for him, covers every blade of grass, gets stuck in, took his goal well (only criticism I ever have with him is his lack of goals, wouldn’t it be good if this season he weighed in with half a dozen this season).
Wroe; Time for him to step it up again. Not a huge impact on the game and last season he was quite hit and miss. If he could deliver what we know he is capable of, week in week out, we would be sitting pretty.
Potter; another who impressed. Pulled off one fantastic save and did all the necessary things well. Also very commanding, comes and gets the ball and you can hear him from the other end of the ground which is no bad thing. I like him. Another who I believe will have a good season, as our Number 1.
Nicholson; Set piece delivery is second to none. Sent in some quality corners that will bring us a few goals this season. Didn’t really need to do any defending.
Charnock & Ellis; This is the area where if it is going to go wrong it’s going to go wrong here, and I’m not sure that Branston will make that much difference because the problem is their distribution, its poor at best. If you keep giving the ball away cheaply it’s going to keep coming back in spades. We WILL get punished by this, we will concede. They get caught out of position to easily and don’t win enough of the ball from corners/set pieces, we will concede from these. Admittedly Branston will help out in this respect, but his distribution is not the best. I know at our level it is difficult to find a centre back who can win the ball, have good positional awareness and good delivery/distribution, but we could do with one.
Of the other; Macklin appears to have pace in abundance, which could unlock defences late in games when he comes on. Lathrope was only on for a few minutes but one thing that became apparent was how calm and collected he looked, a couple of times he got the ball and gave it simply to Wroe. Early days but he gave the impression of a player that will win the ball/get the ball and just give it simple to Wroe who can then deliver the killer ball. Again he was hardly on long enough to form any opinion, but he just caught my eye, not sure what it is but I just think he can offer us something.
The most unsavoury moment of the game was City’s number 2 head butting Ellis in the face, what is this game coming to when in a ‘friendly’ a player feels the need to head butt someone, outrageous. The referee bottled it, which was bad enough, but Coppell not taking him off was reprehensible, IMO.
All in all a surprisingly enjoyable evening. A thoroughly impressive performance. A quick trip to the bookies today to take a rather miserly 25/1, higher than both Oxford and Stevenage?. (I Thought we would more likely be 33/1 or 40/1) However, I’m really looking forward to the start of the season now.
Before that a MUST win game against Yeovil. PSF it might be for the players but working in Yeovil, in an office full of Yeovil fans, who only don’t give me hard times because of our FA Cup victory over them, it will be a long time before they let me forget it if they win. I can’t believe people take PSF so seriously.
.And as far as PB is concerned i truly think it is a WHEN rather than IF he moves on,he has done a pretty good job so far and is being watched by bigger clubs than ourselves,so we need to make the most of it.He is one of those characters that just as you think he is dropping us in it pulls a rabbit out of the hat to turn things around,i have a good feeling about the present set up
I have to agree with you that it is a WHEN rather than an if, however there is a part of me that thinks he will want to finish off something he has started before he does move on.
He has spent the last few years building the side he wants, yes there have been one or two 'not so good' buys, but on the whole you have to say that not only has he brought in some good players but more importantly he has brought them on/molded them, and the team, into the way he wants it.
The team/Squad is by no means the finished article yet, but the potential is there for all to see. I think he will want at least another season, wait for a promotion or at least take this current crop of players as far as he believes he can first.
It was another hugely encouraging performance that bodes well for the start of the season and the PSF's have been well worth the money.
I suppose that Bristol were disappointing compared to the QPR yardstick but they are suffering from a number of injuries at present. We did put them under pressure from the off when a Gritton header almost resulted in a Benyon goal. Gritton certainly won more than his fair share of headers and gives us something different although he was looking leggy by the second half. Benyon may have come back as an improved player yet again and it has been great to watch his development.
Zebroski was outstanding and I hope he stays on the right wing and regularly plays to this standard throughout the season. Apart from constantly going past the left back, he put Mansell through on goal with a great one touch flick and two of his crosses in the second half found in one instance an unmarked Danny Stevens who headed wide with the goal at his mercy and in another instance resulted in goal mouth scramble.
The defence is solid, even more so with Branston but with Nicholson being the main outlet underlining his importance in the side. Stevens was quite in the first half but made more of an impact in the second. I did like O'Kane on the wing and at times he completely bamboozled the right back when he came on.
The midfield of Mansell and Wroe will be fine and the team is now looking pretty solid all the way through.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.