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    onyadon
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    I’ve decided to spruce up the web-site a wee bit (even with our new logo – any comments?). Another new feature is the single thread forum, so you can jump on and have your say, ask a question or just read what is being said. As I always say the forum is only as strong as what you make of it, so I would urge you to contribute and regularly to keep it all worthwhile. BTW, if you want to check something in the old forum it is now archived and the link is below… Okay let’s hear from you …

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    Windlesham Don
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    And so on to Saturday and the visit of basement dwellers Plymouth. Despite propping up the table, I am sure that tomorrow will be a game just as tough as Northampton and Rotherham were. The Pilgrims will be desperate to pick up something, despite having a long injury list at the moment – they are even likely to have an emergency loan keeper making his debut tomorrow.

    We will need to snuff out Graham Carey, as Bully did so effectively at Wembley, as he is the player who tends to make them tick. Another factor may be the weather, with 40mph gusts predicted – I’m expecting another scrappy game with desire rather than skill liable to be the deciding factor.

    Although I’d like to see a couple of changes to the starting XI, I’d be surprised if the manager changed anything at this stage, as he is not exactly known for his adventurousness. However, fingers crossed, the return to fitness of Appiah and Meades should come within the next couple of weeks, and with it a pleasant conundrum for the boss.

    I can’t believe that we will get 9 points out of 9, so I’m going for a hard fought stalemate.

    COYD!!

    #13678

    Windlesham Don
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    There would have been some sore bodies amongst the team this morning after an evening of tremendous effort and commitment. Rotherham were all we had expected – hard, fit, physical and when necessary, cynical. Anything less than 100% commitment and we would have lost. Fortunately we were given the sort of performance that we have been crying out for all season – we matched them tackle for tackle, header for header, for 90 minutes.

    The difference between the teams was probably Harry Forrester, who finally showed for a full match the quality we had only seen in glimpses until last night. Quicker in thought and in deed than the Rotherham defenders, he was a thorn in their side all night. And of course there was Lyle Taylor (baby), who ended a six month barren spell with a hat-trick which moved his tally from zero to top goalscorer for the season!

    There is still much to work on, however. After the Millers equalised there only looked to be one winner until LTB relieved the pressure with his piledriver second. I still feel that a natural left footer should replace Francomb at left back and Oshilaja would provide athleticism and physicality in that role. I also feel that Abdou would offer more dynamism in midfield than Trotter.

    Hopefully, everyone will recover in time for the visit of Plymouth on Saturday – for the first time this season we will go into a match with a degree of confidence, and the opportunity (perhaps briefly) to look up the table rather than down it…

    #13677

    Colum
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    What a great night it was, and what a wonderful game of football. Of course Lyle will get the plaudits, but as was revealed at the post match MOTM award, at 91 minutes it was going to Harry Forrester. Then up steps Lyle again to get us looking for the record books. When was the last time a Dons player scored a hatrick? My guess was Jon Main sometime back in the Conference South, but who cares.

    The whole team were immense defensively. Darius and Will at the back showed what they’re about, limiting the visitors to absolute scraps and long range shots. Don’t forget Soares and Trotter. Yes Trotter. His distribution may be hopeless, but he did his job well. Up front Barchie, Kaja, and LTB did the rest. Barchie’s slide rule pass for Lyle’s first was a thing of beauty, and Forrester’s run to create the space for his second shows that football is so much more than just kicking a ball.

    So we go in to Saturday and a game against bottom placed Plymouth. Suddenly it no longer seems like a six pointer. If we win, perhaps we’ll be saying “Crisis? What Crisis?”.

    #13676

    liamwimbo
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    Wonderful news to wake up to on a Wednesday morning. And the table shows what winning two in a row can do at this stage of the season. Obviously the change in tactics that many people had been crying out for worked. But also having Darius Charles back and Forrester hitting form has helped as well. Well done to LTB for becoming the first AFCW player to get a Football League hat trick. Onwards and upwards!

    #13675

    Devon Womble
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    So… I come home to find we’ve won 3-1 and in convincing style…. As much as I want to believe the team formation and strategy was all NA, I beg to believe he’s been reading the recommendations of others. e.g. LTB FINALLY gets to play in his best role…
    Let’s see what he’s learned on Saturday, which, on this form, really should be another three points.

    #13674

    Windlesham Don
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    Saturday was all about the win and the 3 points, and on that criteria it was ‘job done’. However, there was little to get excited about in the change of formation or the style of play.

    Many of us had been calling for a change of formation to 4-2-3-1, and remarkably that is exactly how NA put the team out on Saturday. McDonald was dropped to the bench, with Taylor moved up to play as a lone striker. Behind him, Barcham, Forrester and Kaja played as advanced midfielders, with Forrester given a free role to support Barcham (left) and Kaja (right), whilst also occupying the hole behind Taylor. The two holding midfielders were Soares and Trotter, in front of a normal back four with Charles restored ahead of Oshilaja.

    We dominated possession and territory for most of the game against a woeful Cobblers’ team – if we thought that we were lacking in confidence it is nothing compared to them! However, despite a dominant performance we failed to create a single clear cut chance until Forrester’s moment of class created the single goal that was always liable to settle the tie.

    IMO despite the change of formation we still have the fundamental problem of lumping the ball forward to a small target man, and it is pretty irrelevant if that man is Taylor or McDonald as neither will win the ball in the air against bigger centre backs. The reason for aimlessly lumping the ball forward is in my view down to the lack of movement in midfield, specifically the two ‘Mister Blobbys’ in the holding role – Soares and Trotter!

    I can just about cope with Soares, as he does tackle and can do a holding job, but Trotter in my opinion is simply doing the minimum he can to take his wages – why we recruited him I have idea and why NA continues to play him I have even less idea! Until we play two in the holding role who have energy and can initiate attacks with passes in the direction of the opposition goal, then we will struggle regardless of formation – surely NA must see this?! To see Abdou and Hartigan warming the bench while Trotter ambled and lumbered around the pitch was disappointing to say the least…

    However, there were some good points to come out of the match (apart from the 3 points, of course). For 60 minutes Forrester showed the speed and guile sadly missing from the aforementioned players, Barcham and Kaja were also lively when given the ball at their feet. Sadly Taylor was as much use as McDonald up top, and NA must be hoping for the quick return of Appiah as at least he still possesses an eye for goal and a little imagination – he could work well with Forrester if they ever get to play together.

    At the back, Darius was imperious on his return to the defence and slotted in seamlessly next to Nightingale who also had another solid game. Bas seems to have regained a little of his mojo on the right, but with Oshilaja and Kennedy on the bench I cannot understand how Francomb still occupies the LB spot – he did nothing wrong, but Deji would offer physicality and pace, and Callum would offer a natural left foot…

    On to Tuesday, and what promises to be a tough evening against a hard, physical and free-scoring Rotherham team. We will need to up our game if we are to get anything out of this, or hope that the opposition have an ‘off’ night.

    At least Saturday’s result has kept us in touch with the other strugglers above us…

    COYD!!

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