Adkins stresses need for consistency

Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins

First published in Saints News

Nigel Adkins insists Saints will maintain their consistent approach despite a 3-1 defeat to Reading.

The Saints boss was trying to remain positive after the loss that put the Royals three points clear at the top of the table.

But he was clearly frustrated as the pressure increased just a little on his side, who will be waiting to hear West Ham’s result at Brighton tomorrow to see if it will get a little nervier ahead of a game at Peterborough on Tuesday night.

Adkins said: “We will keep our principals right on how we want to play but ultimately it’s about sticking them in at one end and keeping them out at the other.

“We will be in training in the morning which is planned, we will analyse this, we’ll do a recovery session, put this game to bed and get ourselves ready for Tuesday.

“What we will do is remain positive and get ourselves ready for the next game.”

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10:59pm Fri 13 Apr 12

gladbachsaint says...

I have waited 35 years for a really big celebration - ONE DAY it will come. I don't know when but it will happen one day. Sometimes i really wish i moved to Southampton before May 1976 because i might not make it another 35 years.
I have waited 35 years for a really big celebration - ONE DAY it will come. I don't know when but it will happen one day. Sometimes i really wish i moved to Southampton before May 1976 because i might not make it another 35 years. gladbachsaint
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11:01pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Ontario Saint says...

Very frustrating for NA but hopefully we come back against Peterborough in the same way as we did against Palace last week.
This game was the reverse of the Leeds game at Elland Rd when Kelvin Davis was supreme as the Reading goalie was today.
Saints controlled the game today but had 3 defensive lapses in which Reading took their opportunities....it happens to the best of teams and Saints just need to regroup and stay calm
Very frustrating for NA but hopefully we come back against Peterborough in the same way as we did against Palace last week. This game was the reverse of the Leeds game at Elland Rd when Kelvin Davis was supreme as the Reading goalie was today. Saints controlled the game today but had 3 defensive lapses in which Reading took their opportunities....it happens to the best of teams and Saints just need to regroup and stay calm Ontario Saint
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11:57pm Fri 13 Apr 12

VancouverSaint says...

We did not deserve to loose this game. I posted on here last week that Jason Roberts was the real threat..and he was. Fonte could not handle him. What was Fox thinking... crossing the ball right across the field from deep inside our half. A draw was the fair result. We dominated but for some reason the ball just din't fall for us. Adam was near his best, Lambert too. TV does not do us any good. Middlesborogh coming up on Sky makes me nervous.
We can do this, we are only 2 wins from 3 away.
We did not deserve to loose this game. I posted on here last week that Jason Roberts was the real threat..and he was. Fonte could not handle him. What was Fox thinking... crossing the ball right across the field from deep inside our half. A draw was the fair result. We dominated but for some reason the ball just din't fall for us. Adam was near his best, Lambert too. TV does not do us any good. Middlesborogh coming up on Sky makes me nervous. We can do this, we are only 2 wins from 3 away. VancouverSaint
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12:48am Sat 14 Apr 12

DisplacedFan says...

I agree we dominated the stats, but perhaps this was fair play after our win at Leeds. Let's win the rest!!
I agree we dominated the stats, but perhaps this was fair play after our win at Leeds. Let's win the rest!! DisplacedFan
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2:05am Sat 14 Apr 12

Forest Saint says...

your not good enough for the premiership nigel and nor is your team. tactically naive. keep lambert and lallana. dump the rest. sharpe is a waste of money.
your not good enough for the premiership nigel and nor is your team. tactically naive. keep lambert and lallana. dump the rest. sharpe is a waste of money. Forest Saint
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3:03am Sat 14 Apr 12

Tirau Dan says...

gladbachsaint wrote:
I have waited 35 years for a really big celebration - ONE DAY it will come. I don't know when but it will happen one day. Sometimes i really wish i moved to Southampton before May 1976 because i might not make it another 35 years.
We'll have about 30 saints having a meet up lunch tomorrow here.. we'll still celebrate this fantastic club of ours... go home do it all again for a welcome to the Prem party in the new season!! .. Pop over and meet the lads at The Station, Bitterne.
[quote][p][bold]gladbachsaint[/bold] wrote: I have waited 35 years for a really big celebration - ONE DAY it will come. I don't know when but it will happen one day. Sometimes i really wish i moved to Southampton before May 1976 because i might not make it another 35 years.[/p][/quote]We'll have about 30 saints having a meet up lunch tomorrow here.. we'll still celebrate this fantastic club of ours... go home do it all again for a welcome to the Prem party in the new season!! .. Pop over and meet the lads at The Station, Bitterne. Tirau Dan
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6:52am Sat 14 Apr 12

Southampton boy says...

I wasnt a good night for saints fans ut if we were offered 2nd place at start of season we would have taken it, I still think we can do it we the last 3 games and Reading will have to do the same and it will all be down to the last game of the season and we have Coventry and they have Brimingham so we could all be there listening to the radios and singing to let the team know when we go top again so come on keep the fiath and lets get ready for Prem footall next season COYR;s
I wasnt a good night for saints fans ut if we were offered 2nd place at start of season we would have taken it, I still think we can do it we the last 3 games and Reading will have to do the same and it will all be down to the last game of the season and we have Coventry and they have Brimingham so we could all be there listening to the radios and singing to let the team know when we go top again so come on keep the fiath and lets get ready for Prem footall next season COYR;s Southampton boy
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7:19am Sat 14 Apr 12

roverme says...

Hang on in there, ther'll be more twists to come yet, there always is and you cant predict them. As long as the players stay calm we will be ok.
Fox looked isolated at times and fair do's reading are a decent outfit, bit of a smash and grab but it wins points. 3 to go, it'll be alright, just hold on to your seat, I think the bus has some tight turns to maneuvre and I can smell fear on the passengers. Sit down and belt up, its going to be close!!
Hang on in there, ther'll be more twists to come yet, there always is and you cant predict them. As long as the players stay calm we will be ok. Fox looked isolated at times and fair do's reading are a decent outfit, bit of a smash and grab but it wins points. 3 to go, it'll be alright, just hold on to your seat, I think the bus has some tight turns to maneuvre and I can smell fear on the passengers. Sit down and belt up, its going to be close!! roverme
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9:49am Sat 14 Apr 12

Ali-Dia-Barmy-Army says...

mellowmellor wrote:
ADKINS OUT !!!!!!!!
As your monicker is ambiguous I can't be 100% sure if you are a red or a blue. (assuming your a Saint)I can't work out if Adkins or the players are to blame for: Brighton (a) Leicester (h) Brizzol City (h&a) Bladkpool (a) Pmouth (h&a) and last nights shocker I'm 30 years old I haven't had a sleepless night like last night since the Ian Brandfoot days.
[quote][p][bold]mellowmellor[/bold] wrote: ADKINS OUT !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]As your monicker is ambiguous I can't be 100% sure if you are a red or a blue. (assuming your a Saint)I can't work out if Adkins or the players are to blame for: Brighton (a) Leicester (h) Brizzol City (h&a) Bladkpool (a) Pmouth (h&a) and last nights shocker I'm 30 years old I haven't had a sleepless night like last night since the Ian Brandfoot days. Ali-Dia-Barmy-Army
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9:52am Sat 14 Apr 12

Alicesdad says...

Ontario Saint wrote:
Very frustrating for NA but hopefully we come back against Peterborough in the same way as we did against Palace last week.
This game was the reverse of the Leeds game at Elland Rd when Kelvin Davis was supreme as the Reading goalie was today.
Saints controlled the game today but had 3 defensive lapses in which Reading took their opportunities....it happens to the best of teams and Saints just need to regroup and stay calm
Spot on !! We will go up !!

Calmness
[quote][p][bold]Ontario Saint[/bold] wrote: Very frustrating for NA but hopefully we come back against Peterborough in the same way as we did against Palace last week. This game was the reverse of the Leeds game at Elland Rd when Kelvin Davis was supreme as the Reading goalie was today. Saints controlled the game today but had 3 defensive lapses in which Reading took their opportunities....it happens to the best of teams and Saints just need to regroup and stay calm[/p][/quote]Spot on !! We will go up !! Calmness Alicesdad
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10:16am Sat 14 Apr 12

Corkonian Saint says...

Forest Saint wrote:
your not good enough for the premiership nigel and nor is your team. tactically naive. keep lambert and lallana. dump the rest. sharpe is a waste of money.
Time will prove you wrong on all counts...
[quote][p][bold]Forest Saint[/bold] wrote: your not good enough for the premiership nigel and nor is your team. tactically naive. keep lambert and lallana. dump the rest. sharpe is a waste of money.[/p][/quote]Time will prove you wrong on all counts... Corkonian Saint
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10:24am Sat 14 Apr 12

St.Yorkie says...

Watched the game on laptop in Pocklington Towers, and can I say it was an entertaining game, with some woeful defending.
Reading didn't create much and scored 3-goals - you have to hand it to them they took their chances.
The first was self inflicted - what was Fox thinking about? The second came from the left hand side too - who was meant to be marking Le Fondre. The third was a gimme for Le Fondre!
We huffed and puffed but do not look clinical in front of goal. The diagonal ball to the back stick for Lambo gets a bit monotonous - can't we do anything else? We seem to lack the inventiveness we had earlier in the campaing - I guess that's because we are trying to go up automatically?
Going to next 3-games to see us through to the finishing line - Reading have been unstopable of late, but they do look beatable. Perhaps we are not destined to be Champions again?
All to do at Posh - pretty sure we will get something there. Boro sounds a tough game, but they are not that good at home.
I was gutted last night, a chance gone begging - but this morning I am more philosophical about the game.
Let's not mourn a missed opportunity, and get up for the next challenge.
Forget the cynics - we can do this. I thought our support last night was quiet - I guess "we" the 12th man is getting nervous?
No such nerves at Peterborough on Tuesday night. Onwards and upwards...COYR!
Watched the game on laptop in Pocklington Towers, and can I say it was an entertaining game, with some woeful defending. Reading didn't create much and scored 3-goals - you have to hand it to them they took their chances. The first was self inflicted - what was Fox thinking about? The second came from the left hand side too - who was meant to be marking Le Fondre. The third was a gimme for Le Fondre! We huffed and puffed but do not look clinical in front of goal. The diagonal ball to the back stick for Lambo gets a bit monotonous - can't we do anything else? We seem to lack the inventiveness we had earlier in the campaing - I guess that's because we are trying to go up automatically? Going to next 3-games to see us through to the finishing line - Reading have been unstopable of late, but they do look beatable. Perhaps we are not destined to be Champions again? All to do at Posh - pretty sure we will get something there. Boro sounds a tough game, but they are not that good at home. I was gutted last night, a chance gone begging - but this morning I am more philosophical about the game. Let's not mourn a missed opportunity, and get up for the next challenge. Forget the cynics - we can do this. I thought our support last night was quiet - I guess "we" the 12th man is getting nervous? No such nerves at Peterborough on Tuesday night. Onwards and upwards...COYR! St.Yorkie
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11:29am Sat 14 Apr 12

talbot says...

LET IN 6 GOALS IN 2 GAMS DEFENDING V POR HASSAN IN BRIGHTON
LET IN 6 GOALS IN 2 GAMS DEFENDING V POR HASSAN IN BRIGHTON talbot
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11:38am Sat 14 Apr 12

RedArmy| says...

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON No. 1 in the SOUTH.

RED ARMY WE FIGHT TO WIN AND WE RULE THE SOUTH.

LAST NIGHT we played READING.

WE RULED THE STREETS.

WE RULED THE PUBS.

WE RULED THE TERRACES.

Unfortunately, the Reading players RULED THE GAME.

But WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, PRIDE OF THE SOUTH.

WE ARE SECOND IN THE LEAGUE.

And I still RULE my CAPS LOCK KEY.

COYR COYR
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON No. 1 in the SOUTH. RED ARMY WE FIGHT TO WIN AND WE RULE THE SOUTH. LAST NIGHT we played READING. WE RULED THE STREETS. WE RULED THE PUBS. WE RULED THE TERRACES. Unfortunately, the Reading players RULED THE GAME. But WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, PRIDE OF THE SOUTH. WE ARE SECOND IN THE LEAGUE. And I still RULE my CAPS LOCK KEY. COYR COYR RedArmy|
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12:10pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Bungy53 says...

To say I came away from last night's game very disappointed at the result, is to say the least, any understatement.
Fair play to Reading, they took their chances we didn't.
Having said that, the referee I thought was appaling for another so called Premier league ref.How he missed the blantant infringements on Sharp and Lambert is beyond me. I can only recall the ref awarding us the off-sides, yet he awarded Reading every **** 50/50 challenge and those that were out and out fouls on Saints players.
It seems sometimes that only the Saints can grab defeat out of the jaws of victory.
As other true Saints supporters have said, we dominated the game but didn't take our chances and Reading took theirs.
All is far from lost; so jog on whitelines,mellowmel
lor and Forest Saint, none of you are Saints supporters just wums.
We have played far worse and come away with the results earlier in the season so it's just the way football goes.
Shitelines- the fact that supporters leave early is, believe it or not, referred to as human nature. Your lot don't even make up the numbers who left early yesterday when they attend a game at the start, so you cannot critisise our fans whatsoever.
We played good football last night but as is often said in these postings, Saints never do things the easy way.
Just everyone remain behind the team until the final game when we gain our rightful automatic promotion spot.
"Adkins out", what a load of borrocks!! he is the best manager Saints have had in a long long time and long may he continue to drive our team forward. He will however, need his sports psychology degree qualification to get the team up for the next game.
I'm confident he will do that, his mantra that he always uses after all games will never be truer following last nights result.
We are still 6 points above the Spam so we are still on target for promotion.COYRs
To say I came away from last night's game very disappointed at the result, is to say the least, any understatement. Fair play to Reading, they took their chances we didn't. Having said that, the referee I thought was appaling for another so called Premier league ref.How he missed the blantant infringements on Sharp and Lambert is beyond me. I can only recall the ref awarding us the off-sides, yet he awarded Reading every **** 50/50 challenge and those that were out and out fouls on Saints players. It seems sometimes that only the Saints can grab defeat out of the jaws of victory. As other true Saints supporters have said, we dominated the game but didn't take our chances and Reading took theirs. All is far from lost; so jog on whitelines,mellowmel lor and Forest Saint, none of you are Saints supporters just wums. We have played far worse and come away with the results earlier in the season so it's just the way football goes. Shitelines- the fact that supporters leave early is, believe it or not, referred to as human nature. Your lot don't even make up the numbers who left early yesterday when they attend a game at the start, so you cannot critisise our fans whatsoever. We played good football last night but as is often said in these postings, Saints never do things the easy way. Just everyone remain behind the team until the final game when we gain our rightful automatic promotion spot. "Adkins out", what a load of borrocks!! he is the best manager Saints have had in a long long time and long may he continue to drive our team forward. He will however, need his sports psychology degree qualification to get the team up for the next game. I'm confident he will do that, his mantra that he always uses after all games will never be truer following last nights result. We are still 6 points above the Spam so we are still on target for promotion.COYRs Bungy53
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1:57pm Sat 14 Apr 12

nysaint says...

Tirau Dan wrote:
gladbachsaint wrote:
I have waited 35 years for a really big celebration - ONE DAY it will come. I don't know when but it will happen one day. Sometimes i really wish i moved to Southampton before May 1976 because i might not make it another 35 years.
We'll have about 30 saints having a meet up lunch tomorrow here.. we'll still celebrate this fantastic club of ours... go home do it all again for a welcome to the Prem party in the new season!! .. Pop over and meet the lads at The Station, Bitterne.
wish I could join you... grew up just around the corner from there. But too far for today!
[quote][p][bold]Tirau Dan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gladbachsaint[/bold] wrote: I have waited 35 years for a really big celebration - ONE DAY it will come. I don't know when but it will happen one day. Sometimes i really wish i moved to Southampton before May 1976 because i might not make it another 35 years.[/p][/quote]We'll have about 30 saints having a meet up lunch tomorrow here.. we'll still celebrate this fantastic club of ours... go home do it all again for a welcome to the Prem party in the new season!! .. Pop over and meet the lads at The Station, Bitterne.[/p][/quote]wish I could join you... grew up just around the corner from there. But too far for today! nysaint
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1:59pm Sat 14 Apr 12

One Heart....One Vision says...

Yesterday's gone.......Time to dust ourselves down and to focus on Tuesdays game.

Best of Luck to Brighton this afternoon as this could be their last chance to cement a place in the Play-Offs.
Yesterday's gone.......Time to dust ourselves down and to focus on Tuesdays game. Best of Luck to Brighton this afternoon as this could be their last chance to cement a place in the Play-Offs. One Heart....One Vision
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2:28pm Sat 14 Apr 12

saintmichael says...

Some thoughts following last night's game:
1 we lost to the form team in the division. No shame in that.
2 reading have here before in recent seasons. This is new ground for this saints team.
3 we are still 6 points clear of wet spam. If they lose today and we beat pboro tues, we're virtually up.
4 did we really think it would be so easy? Come on, this is saints -we don't do easy!
5 where is puncheon? Has he had another fallout with nicola? Can't help thinking we would have more about us with punch wide right and Chaplow through the middle instead of deano.
6 whatever happens this has been a great season. Beyond what any of us could reasonably have expected.
I still believe we'll be promoted. We could still be champions. Let's enjoy the rest of the ride. It will be nailbiting, it will be nervy, it will probably go to the last day - but I reckon it'll be worth it. COYS!
Some thoughts following last night's game: 1 we lost to the form team in the division. No shame in that. 2 reading have here before in recent seasons. This is new ground for this saints team. 3 we are still 6 points clear of wet spam. If they lose today and we beat pboro tues, we're virtually up. 4 did we really think it would be so easy? Come on, this is saints -we don't do easy! 5 where is puncheon? Has he had another fallout with nicola? Can't help thinking we would have more about us with punch wide right and Chaplow through the middle instead of deano. 6 whatever happens this has been a great season. Beyond what any of us could reasonably have expected. I still believe we'll be promoted. We could still be champions. Let's enjoy the rest of the ride. It will be nailbiting, it will be nervy, it will probably go to the last day - but I reckon it'll be worth it. COYS! saintmichael
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3:32pm Sat 14 Apr 12

ramptonfromsouthampton says...

whitelines wrote:
whitelines wrote:
You played well and are premier league bound but what must the players have thought as they trudged of the pitch applauding the empty seats, live on tv with millions watching,your fans were leaving in their thousands with 10 minutes left,you cant deny it and its shameful.
:0)....
I presume that you are at the game and supporting your team in their not-quite-finest hour as they exit through the relegation trapdoor today? What's the score? What's that? 2-0 down in 8 minutes. Oh dear, never mind. Bye bye you idiot.
[quote][p][bold]whitelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whitelines[/bold] wrote: You played well and are premier league bound but what must the players have thought as they trudged of the pitch applauding the empty seats, live on tv with millions watching,your fans were leaving in their thousands with 10 minutes left,you cant deny it and its shameful.[/p][/quote]:0)....[/p][/quote]I presume that you are at the game and supporting your team in their not-quite-finest hour as they exit through the relegation trapdoor today? What's the score? What's that? 2-0 down in 8 minutes. Oh dear, never mind. Bye bye you idiot. ramptonfromsouthampton
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5:45pm Sat 14 Apr 12

David Crook says...

Oh no,West Ham are starting to bang in the goals,does that mean we are going to end up on the same points,but West Ham pip us on goal difference to get automatic promotion.
Oh no,West Ham are starting to bang in the goals,does that mean we are going to end up on the same points,but West Ham pip us on goal difference to get automatic promotion. David Crook
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5:52pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Winchester Saint says...

West Ham beat Brighton 6-0 and both Reading and Hammers now have found strong tatics and both likely to keep their strong tatics all the way to the last day.

If Saints lose one match and both Reading and West Ham win all remaing three matches then Saints will finish third while Reading and West ham both will get promotion.

If that is the case Saints may lose promotion if Blackpool and Cardiff join play off.
West Ham beat Brighton 6-0 and both Reading and Hammers now have found strong tatics and both likely to keep their strong tatics all the way to the last day. If Saints lose one match and both Reading and West Ham win all remaing three matches then Saints will finish third while Reading and West ham both will get promotion. If that is the case Saints may lose promotion if Blackpool and Cardiff join play off. Winchester Saint
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5:53pm Sat 14 Apr 12

David Crook says...

As I said last week,is it McDermott,Allardyce or Adkins with the bottle to get his side promoted,we will see how good Adkins really is with next weeks results.
As I said last week,is it McDermott,Allardyce or Adkins with the bottle to get his side promoted,we will see how good Adkins really is with next weeks results. David Crook
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9:55am Sun 15 Apr 12

Boarhunt Saint says...

Is NA the right man to lead us? Tactically he doesn't seem to be able to change the way we play despite all the other teams having worked out how we faff around at the back instead of just getting the ball up front quicker. At the start of the season we were closing opposing teams down & now they're doing that to us & we've stopped doing it. Ian Holloway worked us out & other managers have used the same tactics but we're still trying to play possession football & it's not working. As a supported who can see this why can't NA? There are some ordinary players that he has signed compared to the signings of AP! If we still get promoted (it won't be thro the playoffs) would he be the first casualty of the premier league? Can't believe we have 2 full backs on the bench (one not good enough) but not a striker like Lee Barnard to bring on, Guly came on in midfield. Change the tactics NA, prove me wrong & get us back where we belong!
Is NA the right man to lead us? Tactically he doesn't seem to be able to change the way we play despite all the other teams having worked out how we faff around at the back instead of just getting the ball up front quicker. At the start of the season we were closing opposing teams down & now they're doing that to us & we've stopped doing it. Ian Holloway worked us out & other managers have used the same tactics but we're still trying to play possession football & it's not working. As a supported who can see this why can't NA? There are some ordinary players that he has signed compared to the signings of AP! If we still get promoted (it won't be thro the playoffs) would he be the first casualty of the premier league? Can't believe we have 2 full backs on the bench (one not good enough) but not a striker like Lee Barnard to bring on, Guly came on in midfield. Change the tactics NA, prove me wrong & get us back where we belong! Boarhunt Saint
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11:41am Sun 15 Apr 12

David Crook says...

Boarhunt Saint wrote:
Is NA the right man to lead us? Tactically he doesn't seem to be able to change the way we play despite all the other teams having worked out how we faff around at the back instead of just getting the ball up front quicker. At the start of the season we were closing opposing teams down & now they're doing that to us & we've stopped doing it. Ian Holloway worked us out & other managers have used the same tactics but we're still trying to play possession football & it's not working. As a supported who can see this why can't NA? There are some ordinary players that he has signed compared to the signings of AP! If we still get promoted (it won't be thro the playoffs) would he be the first casualty of the premier league? Can't believe we have 2 full backs on the bench (one not good enough) but not a striker like Lee Barnard to bring on, Guly came on in midfield. Change the tactics NA, prove me wrong & get us back where we belong!
WELL SAID
[quote][p][bold]Boarhunt Saint[/bold] wrote: Is NA the right man to lead us? Tactically he doesn't seem to be able to change the way we play despite all the other teams having worked out how we faff around at the back instead of just getting the ball up front quicker. At the start of the season we were closing opposing teams down & now they're doing that to us & we've stopped doing it. Ian Holloway worked us out & other managers have used the same tactics but we're still trying to play possession football & it's not working. As a supported who can see this why can't NA? There are some ordinary players that he has signed compared to the signings of AP! If we still get promoted (it won't be thro the playoffs) would he be the first casualty of the premier league? Can't believe we have 2 full backs on the bench (one not good enough) but not a striker like Lee Barnard to bring on, Guly came on in midfield. Change the tactics NA, prove me wrong & get us back where we belong![/p][/quote]WELL SAID David Crook
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