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August 12, 2017, 6:55pm Report to Moderator
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Barralad has pretty much written what I would have so won't add too much, except to say that I thought it was significant the number of second balls we didn't win today. The game was tight up until the stupid first goal, but I thought we were pretty much second to everything throughout the game, and that was a decisive factor in losing in my opinion. Must do better or we'll lose more than we win.

Disappointing that we showed such little attacking intent throughout the game, but Coventry made it very difficult for us to impose ourselves on the game so fair play to them I guess.

Very disappointed in the contribution of Berrett who again showed he is not good enough to play in the centre of midfield for a team that expects to do anything in this league.

I suppose RS's options were limited by injuries a bit, and you could see he was trying to set up to be hard to beat against powerful opponents, but i thought the tactics were a bit unimaginative, and probably more suited to an away game. Cardwell was given 20 minutes too long and probably misused in that role anyway,  and Jones needed to be pushed further forward before he finally was.

Bit disappointed but not unduly worried overall.

'See the steeple pine
The hills as old as time
Soon to be put to the test
To be whipped by the winds of the west..'
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August 12, 2017, 6:57pm Report to Moderator

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When Clarke kicks it the ball is in play I guess.
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Well that was a long drive home,what to say!!!!
1st half started pretty even but as the half went on Coventry grew more into the game and dominated midfield, Berrett was a passenger today the game passed him by, Summerfield was better but not great(should not play both together ask York fans),Rose is a work horse but cant do it all on his own, Defence looked ok until the mix up ,Dixon didn't get to grips with there Tom daly impersonator, as for us as an attacking force well here words fail me, whats the point in having  really exciting players like Dembele and jones when you play one out of position and play hoof ball to the other who's 5ft1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.And what the hell is playing a lone striker all about at home, felt for the lad Caldwell, he never stood a chance.Now for the Ref im not one for excuses but he is the most biased one sided ref I have witnessed for years,we got didley from him all game yet was so quick to punish us at every turn,diabolical.However you get what you desrve and today we deserved nothing.Now roll on Stevenage and lets learn from this,lets move the ball about  on the floor and get our forward line using there pace because when we did today we caused a few problems.UTFM
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August 12, 2017, 7:08pm Report to Moderator

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First half not much in it. Second half gifted them a goal in a bizarre free kick mix up clearly Macca shouted something that confused the taker  into thinking Macca was taking it either way the Cov player was alert and took full advantage. The goal knocked the stuffing out of us and we were under pressure after that.Their keeper hardly had a save to make in fact i cannot recall one. Dembelee looked a threat but he needs better service than a high hoof he's not the biggest needs a ball played low into space. Jones was so wasted today he is  better than that but needs too be more central and direct. We really missed a Osbourne type play maker our midfield seemed non existent .

Played as eleven individuals today not good.

Absolute and totall bollox. You are not seriously trying to blame Macca for that.  If and I mean IF  Macca had said he was taking the kick why was it passed ?   FFS

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August 12, 2017, 7:11pm Report to Moderator
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The first half was pretty even. Dembele's run and ball to Jones deserved the latter to at least get it on target. It's early days but I doubt very much whether our midfield will have their various shortcomings highlighted in such dramatic fashion all season. Coventry's midfield four had strength, pace and skill. Having said that I thought Jones did O.K.although he was caught on the ball a few times. I think the criticism of Summerfield is harsh (and if I'm honest smacks of scapegoating). In the first half he made two goal stopping interventions. One from a cross where he took it off their lads boot and the other with the ball bouncing around in the area that he thumped away for a corner. He gave it 100% and I'm not at all sure you can ask for more.
Agree with others about the decision to play Jones out wide, other than to say he had all of our best chances yet couldn't hit the target. Apparently Vernon was named in the original side so must have got an injury during the warm up so possibly that threw a spanner in the works for Slade's game plan-although that may be clutching at straws.
Second half we needed to step up a gear but couldn't. The first goal was beyond ridiculous but you got the feeling that once it went in there was little chance of a leveller. Their number 11 was the best player on the pitch for me but credit due to both central defenders for dealing positively with anything he created. I suspect both Collins and Clarke may question the second concession of a goal from a set piece free header for their second goal-although the scorer must have been about 6 foot 5.
Away from matters on the field it looked a good decision to keep their fans in. Peter's family would've been immensely comforted by a spectacularly good minutes applause. Fair play to the Coventry fans who joined in. For their turn out though I thought they were pretty quiet until the first goal went in.

Good post IMHO. I doubt we'll see many better teams at BP this season. We need McAllister or Clements (or both) fit as soon as but let's remember that it took a farcical goal to break through and I'm sure we'd all have taken a 0-0 before kick-off. UTM
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Hoof ball all game . Coventry came on to us on 40 mins and were in total control for the rest of the game . If you play hoof ball and lose it is an awful watch and that is as poor as I saw at any time last season .

Einstein definition of madness...... doing the same thing over again and hoping for a different outcome,what makes any of you happy clappers expect a different outcome?
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Just watched the highlights and Berrett was lucky to not get a straight red for that challenge, so late and foot up. Hope the FA review it and give him a season long ban.

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Found myself muttering off off off quietly at that point. I wasn't alone and I wasn't the loudest.
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Quoted from BP Vicar
Absolutely shocking performance. The free kick? I've seen it again and words fail me, the ref was absolutely right to give the goal. What Collins is thinking of even passing the ball backwards to the keeper is beyond understanding. I was pulling my hair out watching the full backs punt the ball long to a centre forward isolated on his own against Coventry's three centre backs and tucked in full backs, especially when the central midfielders were showing and available.

It's going to be a long hard season if we continue in that vain, and we will under Slade. Ridiculous tactics against a poor side IMO, we have some good footballers at the club who will do nothing but see the ball flying over their heads. It isn't our way, but we'd best get used to it.

The goal should not have stood as the player who scored was not 10 yards away when the ball was kicked.

We didn't deserve anything from the game though.


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Didn't go go any of the pre-season games but didn't Slade try Jones out wide in some of them, if against non league players or friendlies he doesn't look comfortable there why is he persisting with this, also strikers at this level cannot t play up front on their own, such as Costa, Aguerra can, that's why their in the premier, get 2 up there with midfielders coming through also, why did we always get managers who appear to not have a clue or are too defensive?
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