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Title: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Costanza on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 09:48:32
The League Two Play-Offs start this afternoon and I am unashamedly a big fan of them.

L2 Thursday
Colchester United vs. Exeter City @ 17:15
Northampton Town vs. Cheltenham Town @ 19:45

L2 Monday
Exeter City vs. Colchester United @17:15
Cheltenham Town vs. Northampton Town @ 19:45

Plenty of Swindon links - Norris, Nouble, Holmes, Ajose, Hussey, Tozer, Ince, McCormack, Turnbull, Williams, Marshall...

I don't think I can call it. I lean towards Exeter because they've been in the promotion picture for the majority of the season whilst Cheltenham offer an easy, yet stressful, away day.

(I am quite aware that there are turning points throughout the season but) Incredible to think that Northampton's goal at the County Ground essentially squeezed them into the Play-Offs.



Elsewhere....

L1 03/07:
Portsmouth vs. Oxford United @ 17:30
Fleetwood Town vs. Wycombe Wanderers @ 19:30

L1 06/07:
Oxford United vs. Portsmouth @ 17:00
Wycombe Wanderers vs. Fleetwood Town @ 19:30

Can't think of any Swindon links beyond the rivalry. Should be a case Portsmouth or Oxford (the latter had the form before the 100 odd day break).


FOOTBALL!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 09:52:17
ABC tonight.- anyone but Cheltenham/ Colchester


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 09:55:24
 Bit confused here, a mate is a Cobblers fan and was going to wade in shortly because I thought they were playing tonight not tomorrow  :hmmm:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 09:58:57
They are tonight - both games. 17.15 and then 19.45 for you lot in the UK.

21/10 for an Exeter win looks a decent bet


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:08:37
Yeah, both first legs are tonight. Hoping for Exeter to come out on top, as neither Colchester nor Northampton deserve to go up and Cheltenham are just, well, Cheltenham


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Flashheart on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:14:03
I'm not much of a nuetral fan and I don't have any dogs in the L2 fights.

I think I'll be watching the Oxford games, though. As a self-appointed honorary Portsmouth fan of course.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:14:52
I'm not much of a nuetral fan and I don't have any dogs in the L2 fights.

I think I'll be watching the Oxford games, though. As a self-appointed honorary Portsmouth fan of course.
Topless, stinking, shitfaced and waving a bell for no good reason I hope!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Flashheart on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:21:06
Topless, stinking, shitfaced and waving a bell for no good reason I hope!

Sounds like a standard Saturday afternoon, I just need a bell.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:22:51
Channel?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:27:49
Sky


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:40:09
Also :

League 2 final - Monday 29th June  (7.30pm)
League 1 final - Monday, July 13 (7.30pm)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RedRag on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:50:04
For those of us without Sky, does anyone know whether will we be able to dip in to ifollow or Now TV for example and pay £10 to watch any games?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:57:53
For those of us without Sky, does anyone know whether will we be able to dip in to ifollow or Now TV for example and pay £10 to watch any games?
I believe you can get it on NowTV, certainly I looked at doing that until I went down an IPTV route instead, and it seemed to be that you can get the games via the SkySports pass.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 11:04:07
until I went down an IPTV route instead

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Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 11:05:05
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The gentleman in the mac and trilby from the Saudi investment fund assured me it was all quite legitimate


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 11:07:57
I shall listen on the wireless.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Panda Paws on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 11:47:06
For those of us without Sky, does anyone know whether will we be able to dip in to ifollow or Now TV for example and pay £10 to watch any games?

Now TV are doing Sky Sports for £25 a month no contract, with an additional £7 off via https://www.topcashback.co.uk/nowtv/?ihr=trin1.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: StfcRusty on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 11:47:40
All the play-off games are available to stream for free.

See https://socceronline.me/


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Frigby Daser on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 11:54:29
I hope Cheltenham stay where they are. Not even the prospect of an all dayer nearby is enough to persuade me that itís a good day out. It never has been!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Jimmy Quinn on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12:02:57
I would prefer Cheltenham as luck has to change sooner or later and they will probably take up one of the relegation places if they do go up


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12:07:49
Exeter for me as they are 1 local game I could attend.

Cheltenham would be my last option.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Panda Paws on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12:38:01
Colchester really easy for me to get to but god I hate that place.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 13:36:30
I hope Exeter go up


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: donkey on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 14:07:41
I hope Exeter go up

Me too. I would be fine with Northampton, as well, though.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 14:15:02
Don't really care, albeit rather it wasn't Cheltenham as they always beat us, and them and Oxford with us in a division would be four losses immediately without a ball being kicked.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 14:15:58
Me too. I would be fine with Northampton, as well, though.
This.

Rather it wasnt 'Numb due to their evil eye over us and also Cochester as its a horrible place to travel to midweek, horrible ground and they always seem to beat us too!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 14:23:07
I want Fleetwood to go up, playing Pompey, Pox and High Wycombe again will be fun.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 14:26:45
I want Fleetwood to go up, playing Pompey, Pox and High Wycombe again will be fun.
Aye.

So we will be joined by 1 of those 1, my preference would be Exeter followed by Northampton with Colchester 3rd preferred choice and the perenial Swindon beaters 'Numb easily my last choice.

Again an easy choice, for geographical and rivalry reasons I would prefer Fleetwood to gain promotion so we can play the other teams, all being within 80 miles of Swindon.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: kirky69 on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:15:25
The League Two Play-Offs start this afternoon and I am unashamedly a big fan of them.

L2 Thursday
Colchester United vs. Exeter City @ 17:15
Northampton Town vs. Cheltenham Town @ 19:45

L2 Monday
Exeter City vs. Colchester United @17:15
Cheltenham Town vs. Northampton Town @ 19:45

Plenty of Swindon links - Norris, Nouble, Holmes, Ajose, Hussey, Tozer, Ince, McCormack, Turnbull, Williams, Marshall...

I don't think I can call it. I lean towards Exeter because they've been in the promotion picture for the majority of the season whilst Cheltenham offer an easy, yet stressful, away day.

(I am quite aware that there are turning points throughout the season but) Incredible to think that Northampton's goal at the County Ground essentially squeezed them into the Play-Offs.



Elsewhere....

L1 03/07:
Portsmouth vs. Oxford United @ 17:30
Fleetwood Town vs. Wycombe Wanderers @ 19:30

L1 06/07:
Oxford United vs. Portsmouth @ 17:00
Wycombe Wanderers vs. Fleetwood Town @ 19:30

Can't think of any Swindon links beyond the rivalry. Should be a case Portsmouth or Oxford (the latter had the form before the 100 odd day break).


FOOTBALL!

Rich - not forgetting Conor Thomas who is now with Cheltenham. So that makes 12.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:27:54
I want Fleetwood to go up, playing Pompey, Pox and High Wycombe again will be fun.

Whilst Fleetwood is geographically near to here its a complete twat to get to on public transport so if they go up so be it really.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:28:13
Rich - not forgetting Conor Thomas who is now with Cheltenham. So that makes 12.
Add Lloyd Jones at Northampton and is Theo Robinson still officially on loan at Colchester too? 13 and maybe 14?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Jimmy Quinn on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:33:40
Exeter for me as they are 1 local game I could attend.

Cheltenham would be my last option.

I do like the location of Exeter and previous Torquay both stunning areas to live in if I could


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:39:59
Has Doris left the Colchester building?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:43:23
Has Doris left the Colchester building?
No, he was mentioned by Rich.

Plenty of Swindon links - Norris, Nouble, Holmes, Ajose, Hussey, Tozer, Ince, McCormack, Turnbull, Williams, Marshall...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:44:49
For those of us without Sky, does anyone know whether will we be able to dip in to ifollow or Now TV for example and pay £10 to watch any games?
Kodi plus Sports Devil is a cheaper option.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:48:03
Exeter reckon itíll cost them £150,000 to play these PO games


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 16:50:48
Exeter reckon itíll cost them £150,000 to play these PO games
Worth it if they eventually get promoted I would think, if they don't then can they afford to soak up that sort of financial loss with no income?

I guess they will get some money from Sky for showing the games live that will cover some of that loss?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 17:00:14
Seems that a dirth of sport means they are live over here through ESPN+


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 17:51:32
Exeter out of those for. I'm liking Colchester's little posse of cardboard rood bois.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 17:52:15
Couple of players I always thought Iíd like at SN1 - Ryan Jackson and Randell Williams. Now realise we have far better already.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: ibelieveinmrreeves on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 17:56:01
Dogshit so far. Understandable perhaps.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 17:56:42
yeah, you can't judge then after this layoff


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 18:04:31
Dogshit so far. Understandable perhaps.
I have just tuned in on Kodi, sounds like I haven't missed much so far then!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Mr Stevens on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 18:22:43
Why is Tom Kerridge co-commentating?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 18:56:16
Well that was a weak goal to concede, keeper should have done better than being beaten at the near post from an angled free kick from 20 yards, poor keeping.

Exeter have had slightly the better play this half but Colchester relying on the long ball and pace down the wings as their main threat, Exeter for all their play have created hardly anything of note.

2 very average sides TBH with little quality.

Norris and Nouble have looked poor, Robinson done a bit better since coming on.

The only player on the pitch that has impressed me is Kwame Poku the Colchester young right winger who has pace and skill but lacks the final ball, reminds me of MacNamee.

Not a great advert for league 2 football TBH.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 18:58:28
Turns our watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives is better than watching L2 football, oh well.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 19:44:11
This is a far better quality game already than the last match.

I had forgot about "one trick Tozer" throw that fucking ball........


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: donkey on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 20:18:24
This is not going well.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: theakston2k on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 20:21:57
This match is terrible, both teams are just about set pieces, just long ball galore.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 20:38:47
Turns our watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives is better than watching L2 football, oh well.

Donít be so council house left wingish. You actually mean, The Repair shop donít you.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 20:53:12
ooh, what happens in The Repair shop?

Oddly, I was brought up in a Council House by parents who voted Labour I think, although UKIP got at least one of their votes more recently.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 21:17:59
Northampton are basically a Swindon XI. Harry Smith on now!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: tans on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 21:26:31
Conor Thomas makes it 2-0


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 21:53:44
ooh, what happens in The Repair shop?

Oddly, I was brought up in a Council House by parents who voted Labour I think, although UKIP got at least one of their votes more recently.

So was I, so was I.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 22:22:23
The Colchester game was terrible, very little quality.

I thought Cheltenham played well and deserved their win over a one dimensional Northampton side. On what I saw today weíll be meeting Cheltenham again in the league next season.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: REDBUCK on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 22:27:22
RobertT. On the repair shop punters bring in their treasured possesions that are in a state of disrepair and leave them to get mended by the expert crafts people.

Metalworkers, coopers, ceramics, clocks, mechanical engineers, basket weavers and many more.

The reunions are filmed for the tears.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: THE FLASH on Thursday, June 18, 2020, 23:56:11
I endured that sack of shit Colchester v Exeter.

Everything was woeful. The play, passing, water breaks...all shit.

Disappointed in Exeter. Colchester big and organised as usual....even the goal was shit.

Decided to give the cobblers a miss.

Commentators did their best to spin it into something exciting and a magnitude of excuses...I particularly enjoyed the skyed shot which was worthy of four replays.

Grecians will have to improve. I can see Colchester banging it long from the start at St James.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Friday, June 19, 2020, 08:22:13
RobertT. On the repair shop punters bring in their treasured possesions that are in a state of disrepair and leave them to get mended by the expert crafts people.

Metalworkers, coopers, ceramics, clocks, mechanical engineers, basket weavers and many more.

The reunions are filmed for the tears.

Understand the sentiment though I think itís a bit harsh. You cannot have a programme that appeals to mass audience with a piece just turning up to Be repaired. Their has to be a backdrop. Dropping it off With a story is one aspect. The objects owners reactions vary from meh to nearly sobbing uncontrollably. For me itís a 80% the repair and 20% the story behind it. In a similar vein X factor was all about the talent or not. Not itís filled with hard luck stories and sobbing twats with no backbone and no talent. Give me the repair shop anytime.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: REDBUCK on Friday, June 19, 2020, 09:01:13
Don't get me wrong, i like the program. Started watching as it was on Quest, just before or just after the EFL highlights program.

I like the fact that there are people with the skills on show still practicing them. It reminds me of my grandfather who was a carpenter for GWR on the coach building.

It also shows how inadequate i am at even the basic DIY

Sorry gone off track from the topic.

Anyway, Cheltenham look the best bet for promotion unless Exeter get their shit together for the second leg.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Friday, June 19, 2020, 09:05:43
The repair shop is ace.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Cookie on Friday, June 19, 2020, 09:10:21
Felt a bit sorry for Northampton, missed penalty and a few missed chances or good saves by the keeper but Cheltenham looked decent and will be tough to beat as they have been all season. If we look at the season results/stats, Cheltenham deserve to go up, fewest defeats and least goals conceded. Fair play to Duff, club legend coming back and doing well. Despite all that, I hope they fuck it up.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Friday, June 19, 2020, 09:12:08
Ryan Bowman is joint 3rd highest scorer in L2 - no wonder Exeter looked toothless - what an absolute donkey. I suppose Ajose was injured.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Tails on Friday, June 19, 2020, 10:03:35
Looks like Cheltenhams to lose.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Banker on Friday, June 19, 2020, 10:43:49
Meh. Not a shot on target tells its own story. Ajose is proving an expensive passenger, at 28 he should be in his prime, but obviously peaked early with you !

Half-time 0-1, all to play for.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Friday, June 19, 2020, 10:55:45
Looks like Cheltenhams to lose.
Although their keeper was easily their MotM which says something.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 22, 2020, 20:00:53
game on in the Cheltenham second leg


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Cookie on Monday, June 22, 2020, 20:06:39
I enjoyed the Exeter match, a bit of back and forth but the best team won. So far so good in this match too.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 22, 2020, 20:14:15
Cheltenham getting on top last 5. other than that, all Northampton.

finely poised


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: donkey on Monday, June 22, 2020, 20:19:08
Go Cobblers!

If they can do the unexpected, then I'm good whoever wins the final.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 22, 2020, 20:54:47
I can't see them getting through, but they're giving it a good go


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:03:49
quality finish!

2-2 agg


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: donkey on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:09:56
quality finish!

2-2 agg

One more, Cobblers, one more.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:18:34
shame mcCormacks legs won't do the 90, he was rolling back the years with that performance


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Private Fraser on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:23:45
Oops!  :)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:24:14
fake ginger pele!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Matchworn Shirts on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:26:15
F*ck off Cheltenham


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: donkey on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:27:09
 :wotjump:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Super Hans on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:48:28
Whoops.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:49:32
That was reminiscent of our performance against Preston a couple of years ago. Out battled, out muscled, and knocked off the game plan. All they had to do was get the ball down and pass it around. Cheltenham looked so, so sluggish.


Title: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 22, 2020, 21:58:16
Quote
I can't see them getting through, but they're giving it a good go
excellent reverse psychology on the football gods.

;)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: THE FLASH on Monday, June 22, 2020, 22:04:46
The best Manager in the league, managing the best team in the league, with the best defensive record in the EFL....will be playing Barrow next season!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Frigby Daser on Monday, June 22, 2020, 22:57:25
Hopefully we can now (re)sign Ben Tozer.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 22, 2020, 23:28:12
Hopefully we can now (re)sign Ben Tozer.
Yes, cos he was absolutely awful tonight!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 09:26:43
Couldn't be bothered to watch Numb vs Famton, glad Numb lost just so we dont have to play them next season, jumped up wankers, Tozer is only effective if you have an 8 foot centre forward to rifle throw ins into the box at, as a centre back hes poor.

Glad Excetera won so I may well still get 1 local team next season to visit. Ambivalent towards Northampton TBH.

Which venue is the PO final being played at?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 09:28:31
For some reason, Wembley.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 09:33:05
For some reason, Wembley.
Seriously? wow, that surprises me.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Frigby Daser on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 09:49:25
Couldn't be bothered to watch Numb vs Famton, glad Numb lost just so we dont have to play them next season, jumped up wankers, Tozer is only effective if you have an 8 foot centre forward to rifle throw ins
Tozer is only effective if you have an 8 foot centre forward to rifle throw ins into the box at, as a centre back he is poor

Each to their own - but heís seen by their lot as the best player in a side that has conceded fewer goals than any in the league. From what Iíve seen of him, Iíd agree.  Jake Doyle-Hayes, on loan from Villa, is their other star, along with Broom. Hayes is being released by Villa, Cheltenham want him, but have said there are L1 sides after him. We donít really need more in the middle of the park, but heíd be a decent addition at a good age.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 09:57:14
Each to their own - but heís seen by their lot as the best player in a side that has conceded fewer goals than any in the league. From what Iíve seen of him, Iíd agree.  Jake Doyle-Hayes, on loan from Villa, is their other star, along with Broom. Hayes is being released by Villa, Cheltenham want him, but have said there are L1 sides after him. We donít really need more in the middle of the park, but heíd be a decent addition at a good age.
As I suggested a few days ago ;)

Having watched most of the Cobblers vs Numb the only players that I wouldn't mind seeing in a Town shirt from that game were Hussey (who had a bit of a fall out with fans before leaving) and midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes who is released by Villa and is on loan at 'Numb.

Every other player on show in both L2 play offs wouldn't get anywhere near our side.
I must admit I have not been impressed with Tozer everytime I have seen him he just isn't a ball playing defender that Wellens wants and also we don't have any players capable of getting onto the end of his long throws currently, thats not Wellens style and is a huge part of his game.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10:00:43
Seriously? wow, that surprises me.
FA are still paying back the money they borrowed to build it so not suprising that they're keeping the League to the contract


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10:02:06
I must admit I have not been impressed with Tozer everytime I have seen him he just isn't a ball playing defender that Wellens wants and also we don't have any players capable of getting onto the end of his long throws currently, thats not Wellens style and is a huge part of his game.
Have to agree with this (apart from the first bit!). I quite like Tozer, he's a decent defender IMO, but I don't think he fits how we play.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Tails on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10:15:15
Think Tozer is a solid League Two centre back. He would have fit in perfectly in a David Flitcroft side!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10:18:53
Think Tozer is a solid League Two centre back. He would have fit in perfectly in a David Flitcroft side!
Absolutely this.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10:35:58
Have to agree with this (apart from the first bit!). I quite like Tozer, he's a decent defender IMO, but I don't think he fits how we play.
I remember him playing for us first as a young un, so I had a look back at some old posts about him by myself about 12 years ago, God I feel old!

I thought Morrison was better than Tozer but that Flint was better and worth more than Morrison and Tozer....which it turns out he was, weird that they are both playing together now at Cardiff.

one of my best mates is a Newcastle fan and season ticket holder, he says that David Edgar is a much much more talented centre back than Tozer but he admits Tozer has it in him to progress further, I personaly wasnt hugely impressed with Tozer in the 2 games I saw him play for us but hes a big physical bloke and I am sure with good coaching could go quite far.

As for Morrison I have only seen him in the ressys and he looked good, and fucking huge and a good man marker of a big centre forward, dont know what he would be like with a nippy small striker against him, he didnt strike me as being particularly agile, but he may well have progressed, again with good coaching.

Morrison has a lot more ability IMO than Tozer and hopefully will go from strength to strength with Greer alongside him, a much better option that Ifil and with shedloads of potential, hes gonna be a good un, maybe not premiership but certainly Championship level...if he continues to progress for the next few years as he is now.

The plight of Tozer sounds a lot like the plight of the other star prodigy defender we sold to Spurs....Leigh Mills.

I have to admit I was never much of a fan of Tozers, and am still shocked that Newcastle paid good money for him.

Morrison looks a much better prospect IMO.

For me Flint is worth more now than we got for Tozer and Morrisson combined and with come coaxing (like Hoddle did with Shaun Taylor) and improving his passing then this guy can be a good good player in the future, one of the best defensive prospects I have seen at Swindon in decades.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: normy on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10:36:52
Good riddance Cheltenham I don't like bogeys!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10:43:11
Good riddance Cheltenham I don't like bogeys!
This is why I am torn about Oxford going up, they have had the "evil eye" over us for a while much as 'Numb have.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Tails on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 11:07:57
This is why I am torn about Oxford going up, they have had the "evil eye" over us for a while much as 'Numb have.


That Di Canio team towards the latter stages of the season was ridiculous. Barely conceded, scored for fun and had some amazing players... Oxford still beat us 2-0... with 10 men... Think they just have our number for some reason. They definitely seem to want it to more going by the most recent games.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 11:09:11
I blame me, I haven't seen Oxford beat us when I've attended. Home or away.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 11:17:28
I blame me, I haven't seen Oxford beat us when I've attended. Home or away.
Me neither, I have seen us win at least 12 times since my first game vs them in 1978. Ironically the last Oxford game I attended was the last one we won when Turbo scored 2 goals to win 2-0 at the Manor.

That Di Canio team towards the latter stages of the season was ridiculous. Barely conceded, scored for fun and had some amazing players... Oxford still beat us 2-0... with 10 men... Think they just have our number for some reason. They definitely seem to want it to more going by the most recent games.
Yes there is no rhyme or reason to it, they just have the evil eye of late.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 11:23:45
I blame me, I haven't seen Oxford beat us when I've attended. Home or away.
Clearly a desperate attempt to shrug off your well-earned jinx tag :)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 11:28:35
Clearly a desperate attempt to shrug off your well-earned jinx tag :)
:D

I must admit I was thinking I was a jinx up until the Exeter game which was the first Town match I had attended that we have won since Yeovil away a few years back.

It was certainly my first home attended win since Bristol City in 2013!

I think its still safest and me and 4D not to attend too many ;) sorry 4D :D


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 12:37:12
:D

I must admit I was thinking I was a jinx up until the Exeter game which was the first Town match I had attended that we have won since Yeovil away a few years back.

It was certainly my first home attended win since Bristol City in 2013!

I think its still safest and me and 4D not to attend too many ;) sorry 4D :D
Yep, you should both be kept in isolation for your own and others' well-being except for two occasions next season when we play that lot and then we can wheel you out to reverse jinx it before locking you both back up in storage again


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Banker on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 12:55:47
FA are still paying back the money they borrowed to build it so not suprising that they're keeping the League to the contract

Used to be every player's dream to play at Wembley. Very few would have imagined it being empty !



Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: tans on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 12:57:02
Used to be every player's dream to play at Wembley. Very few would have imagined it being empty !



Was empty when i played there :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

Might give the teams some tips on how to deal with the pressure


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Cookie on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 12:59:56
I've enjoyed the League Two play-offs more than any other football which has returned recently, I think my brain is rotted from too much lower league football. I hope Exeter win the final, nothing against Northampton but success at Exeter is success for sensible football club management, and it'll keep the annoying Plymouth fans occupied.

League One POs will be good too assuming Oxford lose, goes without saying but, come on Pompy.



Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Berniman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 13:04:18
Was empty when i played there :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

Might give the teams some tips on how to deal with the pressure

You never mentioned that you played at Wembley?  ;)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: tans on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 13:09:55
I like to keep it quiet :D


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: swindonmaniac on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 13:13:07


Each to their own - but heís seen by their lot as the best player in a side that has conceded fewer goals than any in the league. .
Might be wrong,  but surely Liverpool have conceded less  ?.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 13:14:05
Was empty when i played there :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

Might give the teams some tips on how to deal with the pressure

Not quite in the same league, but I have scored a brace at Dunfermline Athletic's East End Park!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Berniman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 13:35:35
I like to keep it quiet :D

:D


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 13:40:00
Not quite in the same league, but I have scored a brace at Dunfermline Athletic's East End Park!

Not sure what leagues, but I scored a penalty at St James Park in a full DJ set up whilst pissed at 1am.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: tans on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 13:43:51
Not quite in the same league, but I have scored a brace at Dunfermline Athletic's East End Park!

I had Alan Shearer take the piss out of me when i missed a penalty. Closest i got to hitting the onion bag


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Banker on Monday, June 29, 2020, 09:27:54
No doubt you're all having a very relaxing day !

:beach:





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Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, June 29, 2020, 09:43:03
No doubt you're all having a very relaxing day !

:beach:





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4D at Bormuff....


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 10:08:52
No doubt you're all having a very relaxing day !
Yes thanks.

Good luck tonight, I personally would rather have you guys promoted than Curles hoofers, mostly because it would easily be my closest match this coming season to attend!

Going to be a tough one for you though, Curle has his troops trained to play his style and there are a lot of quality players in his squad.

Harry Smith, Alan McCormack, Jordan Turnbull, Andy Williams, Mark Mashall and Lloyd Jones (we were close to signing Paul Anderson pre season also) so they have some decent ex Town players there.

In the last 23 games between Excetera and Fampton the Grecians have only won 3 and drawn 3 of the last 23 meeting, with the Cobblers winning 17!

Exeter form since 1st Feb LWWWLLDDLLW so just 1 win in the last 7 games (inc 2-0 defeat by Northampton).

Northampton form WLLLLWLWLLW (1 of those wins vs Exeter).

Heart wants Exeter to win, living down not far from them I know a fair few of their fans and they seem a fair bunch.

Head says Curles experience of big matches and quality in the squad along with better form means I feel they will win 3-1 without the need for extra time.

On the Northampton forum they seem averagely confident, the Exeter forum they seem very confident they will win, lots of Exeter fans seem to think Northampton are a bunch of cheats for whatever reason.

I am glad we are not in the shoes of fans of either side, may the best team win at the souless stadium.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Saxondale on Monday, June 29, 2020, 10:31:49
Would still like Exeter to win.  I know its pathetic, however I can hold bitterness for a long time and Northampton gained 3 points from a shit referee at our place, so come on you grecians. 


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, June 29, 2020, 10:38:06
Would still like Exeter to win.  I know its pathetic, however I can hold bitterness for a long time and Northampton gained 3 points from a shit referee at our place, so come on you grecians. 

Some of us are still resentful of events in 65.   


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Banker on Monday, June 29, 2020, 11:25:35
Going to be a tough one for you though.......In the last 23 games between Excetera and Fampton the Grecians have only won 3 and drawn 3 of the last 23 meeting, with the Cobblers winning 17!

Indeed, a bogey team for us, and the reason why we'd have preferred to meet the other lot.  :nod:

This being our fifth visit to Nou Wembley, albeit an empty one, that experience might count in our favour. For them, a bit more of a novelty, and had tickets been on sale we'd have been seriously outnumbered !

Anyway, cheers, back to chewing me fingers.....






Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Cheltred on Monday, June 29, 2020, 12:59:54
That Di Canio team towards the latter stages of the season was ridiculous. Barely conceded, scored for fun and had some amazing players... Oxford still beat us 2-0... with 10 men... Think they just have our number for some reason. They definitely seem to want it to more going by the most recent games.
Oxford were on a really good run when they beat us then - they promptly went on a bad one and missed the play offs! As though all they wanted was to beat us!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: tans on Monday, June 29, 2020, 13:47:00
That Di Canio team towards the latter stages of the season was ridiculous. Barely conceded, scored for fun and had some amazing players... Oxford still beat us 2-0... with 10 men... Think they just have our number for some reason. They definitely seem to want it to more going by the most recent games.

I just laugh thinking about Luke Williams trying to fire a team up for a derby game. Probably gave the players cake and a game of fifa


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: THE FLASH on Monday, June 29, 2020, 14:55:59
Its all selfish for me.

Exeter is a corking day...good pubs and not too complicated to get to on the Train.

Cobblers is a nice easy evening game..there and back like last season or stay at MK for work. Also a huge result beating the mighty Numb and pissed all over Sky Sports arse kissing of them.

But, for football reasons i back Exeter.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:11:44
Turnbull, McCormack start with Williams, Smith and Marshall on the bench for Northampton.

Ajose on the bench for Exeter.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:21:45
I hope Exeter win


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:29:29
Northampton 1 up. Deflected 2-0 yard shot.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:30:50
Good game, this.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:33:04
Exeter have a dodgy keeper!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:37:40
Exeter have a dodgy keeper!
I thought that in the last game, watching Northampton is like watching a Flitcroft side.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:39:16
Exeter look pretty weak in front of goal too, not sure how those 2 strikers can keep out Ajose they both look pretty poor in front of goal.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:41:17
Thought the Exeter keeper was lucky to get away with that face punch, only an inch in it, more luck than judgement.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bathford on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:42:04
Does anyone have a link for this please?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:45:08
Makes you appreciate how important having a keeper like Benda is after watching the bearded clown for Exeter.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:47:02
Does anyone have a link for this please?

I am watching it on Kodi.

Makes you appreciate how important having a keeper like Benda is after watching the bearded clown for Exeter.
Damn right, hes useless!

Wharton won't finish the game, will be subbed or sent off.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Mr Stevens on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:47:40
I think it cleanses the soul sometimes to drop down the pyramid and watch these lower-league teams.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nemo on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:49:15
Exeter having a Swindon at Wembley day.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:50:25
Yep 2-0 to Cobblers now.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: ibelieveinmrreeves on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:52:28
Does anyone have a link for this please?

hesgoal.com


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nemo on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:53:42
Failing that, just look up and you'll see a decent amount of Northampton's build up play


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:56:05
Just put on a ludicrous £5 (of PaddyPower money) on Exeter to win and Bowman to score anytime...

...Got 33/1 (34.00)


 :pint: :pint:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:57:57
Failing that, just look up and you'll see a decent amount of Northampton's build up play
You can see that Curle learnt his style of play from Wimbledon.....hooooffff.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Monday, June 29, 2020, 19:59:45
Ah, I've missed the Venkman running commentaries  :pint:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nemo on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:03:29
Bowman to score anytime...

I can only imagine what just came out of your mouth...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:03:30
Ah, I've missed the Venkman running commentaries  :pint:
Somewhat diluted admittedly :) its just nice to have games back being played.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Cookie on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:03:47
Two games against this next season is depressing, come on Exeter.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:05:13
OMG what an awful miss by Bowman! fell over his own feet with just the keeper to beat, might have put your money on the wrong horse there Boo.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:06:04
Bowman to score anytime...

...Got 33/1 (34.00)


 :pint: :pint:
I am shocked you got odds that low, hes terrible so far.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:06:44
I foresee that Exeter will win 3-2


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bathford on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:08:17
Cheers

 :D :D


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:10:34
Exeter are playing the nicer football but that does win games does it Luke Williams? totally innefective in front of goal and with an incredibly weak keeper.

Northampton are like a $10 crackwhore, cheap, ugly to look at but effective and gets the job done with absolutely no frills.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:13:15
Northampton fans think otherwise.

Quote
If we go up can we please perform like this in every game from now on Mr Curle
It's just like watching Barcelona!!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:15:59
I can only imagine what just came out of your mouth...

Haha, I wasn't looking. But heard the commentator jizz himself "Bowwwwmannnnnn.. Oh"  :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

OMG what an awful miss by Bowman! fell over his own feet with just the keeper to beat, might have put your money on the wrong horse there Boo.


Haha, I'm just glad it's PPs money and not mine. Love an underdog so to speak. I feel Bowman will get one but looking doubtful of the win part.  33s does seem poor but that's bookies for you, they seem to just add the odds together rather than multiply. I think at that point it was 28s for Exeter W and about 6s for Bowman to Score.

Game of two halves as they say  :pint:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:20:24
Give him his due, the Exeter keeper made a couple of good saves. Looks as if he is a shot stopper, but isn't mobile and doesn't have any sort of distribution.

Northampton look a strong, quick and powerful team. Exeter being made to look poor.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bathford on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:20:58
As Exeter have blown this, are there any of their players you fancy after they're released?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:23:04
Game of two halves as they say  :pint:
Great optimism!

As it stands I can't see Exeter getting anything from this, unless there are big changes at HT.

Exeter can't cope with the long balls down the wings and to the big man up front, with better crossing Northampton would be 4 up already.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:23:34
As Exeter have blown this, are there any of their players you fancy after they're released?
Just Williams on the wing, and hes been pretty innefective so far today.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:30:58
As Exeter have blown this, are there any of their players you fancy after they're released?
Not from what we've seen tonight. Northampton fear Williams as they are kicking him up in the air all the time.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nemo on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:33:35
Williams is getting a lot of attention, and Northampton can get away with it as Exeter appear to have no other threats.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:35:36
Not from what we've seen tonight. Northampton fear Williams as they are kicking him up in the air all the time.
He hates the rough stuff, loves to play the pretty football but as soon as he gets a kick he loses interest, typical winger. He was the same against us at the County Ground. Caddis kicked him early in the 2nd half and he barely kicked the ball again after.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:36:15
Great optimism!

As it stands I can't see Exeter getting anything from this, unless there are big changes at HT.

Exeter can't cope with the long balls down the wings and to the big man up front, with better crossing Northampton would be 4 up already.

Agree, the fuckers have 30 mins to sort their house out  :pint:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:36:20
Oh no...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nemo on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:36:51
That tackle from Moxey is so late that it might as well be next season.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:37:28
Money: Stupid red.
McCormack should have had a yellow at least though.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:38:42
Shock horror, Moxey gets sent off but McCormack very lucky to stay on there. Good at being a niggly cunt him. We should sign him up again.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:40:14
Money: Stupid red.
McCormack should have had a yellow at least though.
McCormack is a niggly fucker, always was when he played for us too.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: theakston2k on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:40:46
Have Exeter got anyone worth much in terms of selling? If not they are going to really struggle next season being Ďfan ownedí they are going to be extremely limited in terms of funding sources.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Costanza on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:43:01
Randell Williams will be the hot property.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:46:26
Randell Williams will be the hot property.
Not been overly impressed with him tonight. Flatters to deceive.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:47:25
Randell Williams will be the hot property.
Not 1 other player in their side would even get onto our bench.

Championship teams after Williams.

https://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/exeter-city/transfer-talk/news/championship-clubs-keen-on-exeter-winger_372505.html


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:47:33
I think he's a very good player, but mark Marshall has been better than him so far tonight


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:49:00
I think he's a very good player, but mark Marshall has been better than him so far tonight
I always rated him at Town and was disappointed he didn't stay with us. Tricky little unit.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:49:22
That should have been 3.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:51:06
Turnbull being a twat


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:52:29
Unless hes not recovered fully from his injury a few months back what the hell does Ajose have to do to play a part in this game? Exeter have been awful in front of goal tonight.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:56:31
Shit


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:57:44
Shame for Exeter.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 20:57:54
Easy for Northampton.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:00:08
Very soft goal to concede, poor positioning by the keeper but how the ball found its way through so many Exeter players is silly.

Sweeney the Exeter right back must have found a Northampton player with more than half his passes this game.

Exeter have no answer to Marshall.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:01:09
Nothing wrong with Morton's workrate there for 20 years old basically battled to make that goal.

Game was over when Moxey got sent off.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:06:43
Nice HD Stream on Palace v Burnley. NBCSN Burnley just scored. Stream about 1 min behind.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:06:53
All too easy.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:08:19
All too easy.

Indeed. 3-0 is 3-0. Credit to Norgampton there. Even if most our hearts were wanting Exeter. Think they know they need to do it automatically because POs just ain't their bag.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:08:27
Sorry Banker. Shame your team didn't really turn up tonight, all the best for next season, I thought it would have been a bit closer, your defence and keeper were a bit of a shambles today.
Head says Curles experience of big matches and quality in the squad along with better form means I feel they will win 3-1 without the need for extra time.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:08:33
Nothing wrong with Morton's workrate there for 20 years old basically battled to make that goal.

Game was over when Moxey got sent off.
Think it was over well before that.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:08:43
Indeed. 3-0 is 3-0. Credit to Norgampton there. Even if most our hearts were wanting Exeter. Think they know they need to do it automatically because POs just ain't their bag.
4-0


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bathford on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:09:15
It's probably been asked before, but how many ex Town players are playing / on the bench tonight?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:09:37
Indeed. 3-0 is 3-0. Credit to Norgampton there. Even if most our hearts were wanting Exeter. Think they know they need to do it automatically because POs just ain't their bag.
0-4 and could have been more.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:10:57
It's probably been asked before, but how many ex Town players are playing / on the bench tonight?
2 starting and 4 on the bench, only Ajose didn't get game time.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:11:33
It's probably been asked before, but how many ex Town players are playing / on the bench tonight?
Only Ajose. The rest have all played!

Turnbull, McCormack, Smith, Marshall, Williams, Anderson was with us for a bit.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:13:01
I hope Banker sticks around. They seem alright.

PV, I changed stream about 5 left to play. 3 nil 4 nil. Red pill blue pill. Big win that. Indeed Exeter have done a Swindon and Northampton have done a Preston. At least soem respite for Exeter fans is that they didn't have to go through the shambles and heartache at the Neu Wembley. Thst day was fucking horrible. Met and spoke with Lee Peacock though. He's a lovely bloke.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:14:58
Met and spoke with Lee Peacock though. He's a lovely bloke.
He is, was outside the Swindon end in a tent and radio truck doing radio interviews pre game etc, I met him there too.

Exeter deserved to lose tonight but I don't think Northampton were 4 goals better but they did want it more and deservedly won it.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:20:27
He is, was outside the Swindon end in a tent and radio truck doing radio interviews pre game etc...

Yes it did mention he was doing Radio bits as at HT he had to shoot off. He was sat one row in front about 6 seats away. In front of me were a few football friends of Byrne. At that time both Peacock and I were sporting pretty strong beards. So naturally, a mutual "attraction" ensued as he smiled and asked 'how long have you been growing yours for'

Genuinely lovely guy. I'm glad he is involved in the Town set up.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:20:50
I know the spectacles get rose tinted when you watch your own team but I thought that was pretty awful watching, in terms of standard of football.  Northampton looked a better version of Flitcrofts team with us and Exeter looked like us against Preston.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:27:42
I know the spectacles get rose tinted when you watch your own team but I thought that was pretty awful watching, in terms of standard of football.  Northampton looked a better version of Flitcrofts team with us and Exeter looked like us against Preston.

I thought it was a good old game of Div 4 football... it's the first game since the comeback that I've watched for 90mins, I've tried with the Prem stuff but they've been truly terrible games, basically going through the motions, so have tended to give up after 20 mins. 

Div 4 by definition isn't going to be technically the best so the players need to make up for that in other ways..... effort, honesty and the occasional glimpses of some good skill.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Banker on Monday, June 29, 2020, 21:37:52
Well, what a load of cobblers that was, congratulations to them.

Even our cardboard cutouts were leaving at half-time, it was that feckin' embarrassing.







Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: THE FLASH on Monday, June 29, 2020, 23:41:38
The nightmare of PNE at Wembley was lingering tonight...Exeter like us, never turned up!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Leggett on Monday, June 29, 2020, 23:46:01
That was shit.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Ardiles on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 06:55:33
Feel sorry for Exeter.  (Commiserations, Banker.)  They were up there with us for most of the season, and only dropped away during the last few games.  But that's football.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: brocklesby red on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 06:59:35
As Wellens said on the highlights show last night, the most one sided play-off final since Preston v Swindon. I was impressed by Marshall when he came on, an assist and plenty of good crosses. Moxeys challenge was ridiculous but Exeter would still have lost with 11 on the pitch
  


Title: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 07:41:26
I quite enjoyed it, I guess I slightly favoured Northampton because I've not seen us lose there, and parking is easy if us fans are allowed in :)

But Exeter looked as pathetic as we did last visit(s) to Wembley. So Banker, we know how it feels.

Actually, Exeter have lost 3 out of the last 4 po finals. at least ours were spread out.

onwards to next week. FFS PUP


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 09:49:01
I know the spectacles get rose tinted when you watch your own team but I thought that was pretty awful watching, in terms of standard of football.  Northampton looked a better version of Flitcrofts team with us and Exeter looked like us against Preston.
I agree, it was a match between 2 pretty average sides, one better trained at their own brand of football than the other was.

Exeter hampered by a shoddy goalkeeper on a par with Moore and RCC for dithering ineptitude. Exeter also for a team managed by a defender could not defend.

They also were dire in front of goal, Northampton will struggle this coming season without huge investment in the team IMO.

But then its worked well for Wycombe playing that style in L1 so who knows.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: swindonmaniac on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10:36:00
As Wellens said on the highlights show last night, the most one sided play-off final since Preston v Swindon. I was impressed by Marshall when he came on, an assist and plenty of good crosses. Moxeys challenge was ridiculous but Exeter would still have lost with 11 on the pitch
  
Exeter would have lost with 12 on the pitch,  woeful performance.   Wouldn't mind seeing Goode or Oliver in a Swindon shirt, Goodes throw ins are a major bonus for any team.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10:41:28
Goodes throw ins are a major bonus for any team.
Any team that have players that can win headers, so wouldn't work in our team ;)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: swindonmaniac on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10:50:21
For those of you that did the same as me and took advantage of Skys football channels offer of  £18 a month on a 31 day rolling contract,  ýnless you wish to continue through the summer now is the time to cancel,   did mine this morning,  subscription runs out on August 1st, enough time to see the last games of the season.   Must admit only really purchased it to watch the play off games,  but have watched quite a few games in the premiership.  Must be the only time I have been able to say that I got good value from Sky !!.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: swindonmaniac on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10:52:23
Any team that have players that can win headers, so wouldn't work in our team ;)
Ahh, it would,  as we would take Oliver as well  !!.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10:54:06
Presumably, had Exeter secured promotion, That Nestor Lorenzo Heade would point to this (alongside Bayern's success in the bundesliga) as further evidence of the benefits of community ownership.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 13:12:57
Exeter would have lost with 12 on the pitch,  woeful performance.   Wouldn't mind seeing Goode or Oliver in a Swindon shirt, Goodes throw ins are a major bonus for any team.

Saw the highlights on quest. Exeterís GK was MOTM, in my humble opinion. Sure four went past him but bloody hell, could have been double that, as for their defence, where was it?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 13:13:41
Has a week gone by already?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 13:24:07
Saw the highlights on quest. Exeterís GK was MOTM, in my humble opinion. Sure four went past him but bloody hell, could have been double that, as for their defence, where was it?
Admittedly their defence was shocking but I thought he was awful, didn't come to claim crosses, his handling was terrible, almost every shot he saved was straight at him.

If it was 1 foot to the left or right of him it went in, even Exeter fans were slating him as they have most of the season when he has played. His attempt at the 4th was comical.

Northamptons keeper wasn't much better but has so little to do all game.

Makes me so glad we had Benda this season, easily the best keeper in L2 by a country mile.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 14:37:40
Admittedly their defence was shocking but I thought he was awful, didn't come to claim crosses, his handling was terrible, almost every shot he saved was straight at him.

If it was 1 foot to the left or right of him it went in, even Exeter fans were slating him as they have most of the season when he has played. His attempt at the 4th was comical.

Northamptons keeper wasn't much better but has so little to do all game.

Makes me so glad we had Benda this season, easily the best keeper in L2 by a country mile.

I mostly agree, however, those in front of him didnít cover themselves in any form of glory by going down fighting and the chap sent off needs a good kicking from his peers, no need for that tackle. My point indirectly was the saves he made, 0-4 could easily have been 0-6 or 0-8


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 14:50:59
Exeterís keeper is a clown - maybe not RCC levels of clownishness but a clown nonetheless. No wonder the defence was all piss and panic with Krusty between the sticks.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: theakston2k on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 14:54:03
I mostly agree, however, those in front of him didnít cover themselves in any form of glory by going down fighting and the chap sent off needs a good kicking from his peers, no need for that tackle. My point indirectly was the saves he made, 0-4 could easily have been 0-6 or 0-8
They were saves any keeper would make it doesnít mean he had a good game, itís the ones that he didnít make that matter. Take RCC or even Belford, some of our fans rated them as they made a few saves, ultimately the saves that they made any pro keeper would make whereas as if you look at some of the stops Benda made they wouldnít have got near them.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Costanza on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 15:00:04
Exeter had a good few years of goalkeeping stability with Christy Pym or Bobby Olejnik as number 1 with James Hamon as the settled back-up.

I know Maxted played yesterday but Lewis Ward's performance at the CG this season was one of the poorest I've seen in a good while and he largely got away with it.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 15:13:32
Exeter had a good few years of goalkeeping stability with Christy Pym or Bobby Olejnik as number 1 with James Hamon as the settled back-up.

I know Maxted played yesterday but Lewis Ward's performance at the CG this season was one of the poorest I've seen in a good while and he largely got away with it.

If you compare Maxted to Benda in regulation league games, you find that Maxted has played 17 games to Benda's 24, both have kept 10 clean sheets.  Maxted has conceded 19 goals, Benda 23.  Maxted concedes at a rate of just over 1 a game Benda just under 1.   Benda has a clean sheet % of 43%, Maxted 59%.   Exeter's defensive seems generally solid, but is then prone to shipping a few if conceding a goal.... perhaps an issue of game management.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 16:05:33
Saw the highlights on quest. Exeterís GK was MOTM, in my humble opinion. Sure four went past him but bloody hell, could have been double that, as for their defence, where was it?
Welcome back


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 16:15:56
If you compare Maxted to Benda in regulation league games, you find that Maxted has played 17 games to Benda's 24, both have kept 10 clean sheets.  Maxted has conceded 19 goals, Benda 23.  Maxted concedes at a rate of just over 1 a game Benda just under 1.   Benda has a clean sheet % of 43%, Maxted 59%.   Exeter's defensive seems generally solid, but is then prone to shipping a few if conceding a goal.... perhaps an issue of game management.

Not sure clean sheets tell the full story. 


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 16:18:58
If you compare Maxted to Benda in regulation league games, you find that Maxted has played 17 games to Benda's 24, both have kept 10 clean sheets.  Maxted has conceded 19 goals, Benda 23.  Maxted concedes at a rate of just over 1 a game Benda just under 1.   Benda has a clean sheet % of 43%, Maxted 59%.   Exeter's defensive seems generally solid, but is then prone to shipping a few if conceding a goal.... perhaps an issue of game management.
So basically what you are saying is that Maxted is as good as Benda?

Have you ever actually watched Maxted play? if you think he is anywhere near as good as Benda or for that matter even McCormack then I do not trust your judgement on goalkeepers, sorry.

Do not judge purely by stats judge by performances.


He conceded more in 1 game than Swindon have conceded with any keeper since Wellens first game in charge.

RCC would have kept that many clean sheets behind that defence this season IMO, one of the tightest in the whole football league.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 16:27:29
Don't think you can underestimate the impact of playing behind closed doors, especially in bigger stadiums, plus the long lay off.  I've no idea how good or bad the keeper is usually, but the beard did not help.  Big beards on keepers set alarm bells ringing for me, they are likely to be shit, FACT!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: JBZ on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 16:38:36
Don't think you can underestimate the impact of playing behind closed doors, especially in bigger stadiums, plus the long lay off.  I've no idea how good or bad the keeper is usually, but the beard did not help.  Big beards on keepers set alarm bells ringing for me, they are likely to be shit, FACT!

Tim Howard?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 17:47:32
Welcome back

Not been away 😉🤭


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 18:03:43
So basically what you are saying is that Maxted is as good as Benda?

Have you ever actually watched Maxted play? if you think he is anywhere near as good as Benda or for that matter even McCormack then I do not trust your judgement on goalkeepers, sorry.

Do not judge purely by stats judge by performances.


He conceded more in 1 game than Swindon have conceded with any keeper since Wellens first game in charge.

RCC would have kept that many clean sheets behind that defence this season IMO, one of the tightest in the whole football league.


As clearly indicated Maxted concedes at a marginally higher rate than Benda, ergo he isn't quite as good, however the clean sheet ratio suggests that if all Grecians defensive parts are working he can keep a clean sheet, which is a desirable attribute.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: NotHarryAgombar on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 18:07:42
I agree that clean sheets are only part of the answer to whether a keeper is a good one.
The quality of the rest of the defence can impact adversely on whether a clean sheet is achieved - our team under Cooper with Foderingham is an example of that - some very poor goals conceded in the second half of that season.
The other point is distribution when in possession - Bendaís ability in this regard was a major contribution to our style of play this season - he did mix it up / go long too, and he understood the importance of playing it wide rather than central when defending at the Stratton end in the wind tunnel - unlike some of the comedians other teams had between the posts.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 18:16:00
I agree that clean sheets are only part of the answer to whether a keeper is a good one.
The quality of the rest of the defence can impact adversely on whether a clean sheet is achieved - our team under Cooper with Foderingham is an example of that - some very poor goals conceded in the second half of that season.
The other point is distribution when in possession - Bendaís ability in this regard was a major contribution to our style of play this season - he did mix it up / go long too, and he understood the importance of playing it wide rather than central when defending at the Stratton end in the wind tunnel - unlike some of the comedians other teams had between the posts.

The keeper as footballer is now a thing again thanks to Guardiola.... Joe Hart has just been released by Burnley, as his form had nose dived, since PG binned him off for not being good enough with the ball. That it's not quite a new thing was shown by Hoddle leaving out Fraser for Nicky Hammond who he felt was better at distribution.

Personally, I doubt too many sides in Div 3/4 will fanny about with that sort of stuff, where the old fashioned hoof is probably more sensible.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Banker on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:26:56
Black cloud lifted.  :D

Appreciate the empathy rather than ridicule, which I'd anticipated, and it threw me somewhat until I discovered we both now share the 'heaviest defeat at a play off final' record !  :beers:

Fine margins, what could have been, hey ho. You now look forward to swelling your coffers playing Sunderland, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Rovers and co. and we welcome Morecambe, Macclesfield, and Barrow once again.

COVID19 and fixture list permitting, it'll be my solemn duty to be with you in the Town End v Argyle, cheering your boys on.  :D


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:33:13
I did mention somewhere before the POs started that 30 teams that played in red and white stripes and black sorts have contested the POs - and not one has won the thing!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Tails on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:33:27
Black cloud lifted.  :D

Appreciate the empathy rather than ridicule, which I'd anticipated, and it threw me somewhat until I discovered we both now share the 'heaviest defeat at a play off final' record !  :beers:

Fine margins, what could have been, hey ho. You now look forward to swelling your coffers playing Sunderland, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Rovers and co. and we welcome Morecambe, Macclesfield, and Barrow once again.

COVID19 and fixture list permitting, it'll be my solemn duty to be with you in the Town End v Argyle, cheering your boys on.  :D

Always liked Exeter and was hoping you'd come up with us. Northampton have some real quality in their squad but still play like shithouses... It felt like your manager had never seen them play.

We know all too well what it's like to have your team not show up at all in a PO final. If it's a small crumb of comfort, at least you weren't there and didn't spend a fortune!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:41:28
Appreciate the empathy rather than ridicule, which I'd anticipated, and it threw me somewhat until I discovered we both now share the 'heaviest defeat at a play off final' record !  :beers:
Most Town fans will appreciate that you, like us, support one of the shitter teams in the league by definition, we didn't get where we are today by winning games consitantly!

You do get some fans doing the "Billy big balls" "too big for this shit league" from some but in the main we know we are where we are becuase we have not been good enough. Some fans will always think they are far better than where they are, Bolton will be one like this for you this coming season. Bradford to an extent also.

We have been there as fans, going to Wembley (you guys watching on TV) and then the entire team decide to start their Summer holiday a day early. We know EXACTLY how that feels and its difficult to stomach.

It has taken a lot of Town fans many years to get over the utter capitulation we suffered at the hands of Preston in the L1 play off final, it took the stuffing out of a lot of fans for a long long time. The lack of effort and quality, the conceding of many soft goals.

It genuinely took me until this season to fully get over it (5 years), how a team can turn up and just look like not 1 of them are bothered about winning made me and several fans question if they deserved mine/our support.

It actually took the stuffing out of the entire club and we soon fell down the league and then were relegated within 2 years.

I hope it doesnt affect your fans and players as it did many of us and all the best for next season.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12:21:41
Always liked Exeter and was hoping you'd come up with us. Northampton have some real quality in their squad but still play like shithouses... It felt like your manager had never seen them play.

We know all too well what it's like to have your team not show up at all in a PO final. If it's a small crumb of comfort, at least you weren't there and didn't spend a fortune!
Agree on both counts. Spent several hundred quid on a perfectly nice family day out in London which was slightly spoiled by an absolute shitshow for 2 hours in the middle. Best of luck next season Banker, just go up auto and dodge the play-off hoodoo (and expense)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 15:25:16

COVID19 and fixture list permitting, it'll be my solemn duty to be with you in the Town End v Argyle, cheering your boys on.  :D

This is what it's all about. Top man. Good luck for next season (whenever that may be) but do stick around. I'll return the favour and say, I'll be in the away end v Mansfield (I live up North) when Exeter play there. I'll wear the Swindon shirt for good measure.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Tails on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 15:31:15
Agree on both counts. Spent several hundred quid on a perfectly nice family day out in London which was slightly spoiled by an absolute shitshow for 2 hours in the middle.

Funny, thats exactly how we all described it! Thankfully I was pretty inebriated for the game so my memory of it is a bit hazy. Spent a fortune in the second half on hot dogs and beer. To compound our misery, Nando's in Swindon had run out of chicken when we got there after the game.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 15:36:22
Spent the night near Wembley and got drunk with some Preston fans who were understandably in good spirits but very good natured.  The idiots were the Middlesborough fans who had decided they were some sort of monster club with the best fans int he world and had taken over London prior to their game the next day.  It at least distracted from the football match that I had witnessed.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 17:11:03
Spent the night near Wembley and got drunk with some Preston fans who were understandably in good spirits but very good natured.  The idiots were the Middlesborough fans who had decided they were some sort of monster club with the best fans int he world and had taken over London prior to their game the next day.  It at least distracted from the football match that I had witnessed.
You saw a football match? Where?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: swindonmaniac on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 08:49:00
Funny, thats exactly how we all described it! Thankfully I was pretty inebriated for the game so my memory of it is a bit hazy. Spent a fortune in the second half on hot dogs and beer. To compound our misery, Nando's in Swindon had run out of chicken when we got there after the game.

Same !!,  left about five minutes into the second half,  went into the pub/restaurant opposite,  think it may have been an indian, that's how pissed I was even before I went in, only thing I can remember was they certainly helped me lighten my wallet to the tune of around sixty quid, god only knows who the people were who benefited from free beers !!.  Was worth the  expense just to get out of that lifeless shithole called Wembley.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 10:56:17
Same !!,  left about five minutes into the second half,  went into the pub/restaurant opposite,  think it may have been an indian, that's how pissed I was even before I went in, only thing I can remember was they certainly helped me lighten my wallet to the tune of around sixty quid, god only knows who the people were who benefited from free beers !!
tbf in a London restaurant, that's probably only 3 or 4 pints so you probably just paid for your own :)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 11:19:22
6 pints and 6 hot dogs inside the ground  :)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 11:23:45
I won't forget the 1 can of Carlsberg and a 6 inch hotdog inside Wembley for £11.50p.

Glad I ate outside the ground before going in.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: DV Canio on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 11:59:04
I remember not going.

I turned the tv off after 5 minutes.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Costanza on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:09:47
I'm glad I was there. It makes the good times even better.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: tans on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:12:47
I was in Magaluf watching it in some bar getting pissed up with some bloke who was playing for Carlisle United at the time. Nice bloke.

Just been promoted with Barrow


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: THE FLASH on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 14:11:08
Same !!,  left about five minutes into the second half,  went into the pub/restaurant opposite,  think it may have been an indian, that's how pissed I was even before I went in, only thing I can remember was they certainly helped me lighten my wallet to the tune of around sixty quid, god only knows who the people were who benefited from free beers !!.  Was worth the  expense just to get out of that lifeless shithole called Wembley.

Well it wasnt me that benefited!!?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: THE FLASH on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 14:14:11
Most Town fans will appreciate that you, like us, support one of the shitter teams in the league by definition, we didn't get where we are today by winning games consitantly!

You do get some fans doing the "Billy big balls" "too big for this shit league" from some but in the main we know we are where we are becuase we have not been good enough. Some fans will always think they are far better than where they are, Bolton will be one like this for you this coming season. Bradford to an extent also.

We have been there as fans, going to Wembley (you guys watching on TV) and then the entire team decide to start their Summer holiday a day early. We know EXACTLY how that feels and its difficult to stomach.

It has taken a lot of Town fans many years to get over the utter capitulation we suffered at the hands of Preston in the L1 play off final, it took the stuffing out of a lot of fans for a long long time. The lack of effort and quality, the conceding of many soft goals.

It genuinely took me until this season to fully get over it (5 years), how a team can turn up and just look like not 1 of them are bothered about winning made me and several fans question if they deserved mine/our support.

It actually took the stuffing out of the entire club and we soon fell down the league and then were relegated within 2 years.

I hope it doesnt affect your fans and players as it did many of us and all the best for next season.

It really hurt me. Lost interest.

That and the Williams season, which for me was the worst.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 14:24:32
I'm glad I was there. It makes the good times even better.


I even forced myself to watch the trophy being handed to Preston, just to ensure I appreciated every success thereafter.  I'm not sure I expected the next 4 years after that though.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 14:27:32
I even forced myself to watch the trophy being handed to Preston, just to ensure I appreciated every success thereafter.  I'm not sure I expected the next 4 years after that though.
Me too, there were about 1,000 of us left inside Wembley when they lifted the trophy. We were shocking but yes I never thought it would take this long to get over.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nick Bamosomi on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:14:04
Me too, there were about 1,000 of us left inside Wembley when they lifted the trophy. We were shocking but yes I never thought it would take this long to get over.

Yep. Anyone whos says the play-offs are great needs to remember that day.
Otherwise the play-offs are only great when your team isn't in them.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:22:12
Me too, there were about 1,000 of us left inside Wembley when they lifted the trophy. We were shocking but yes I never thought it would take this long to get over.

I stayed to "watch" too. The best thing I remember about that day was meeting and subsequently meeting again a fantastic Kosovan guy, who worked as a Bus Driver at Golders Green station. He told me his story of how he managed to get to the UK in the 90s, losing many loved ones and being able to rebuild a new life. The way he talked about nodnoL. He beamed, he was unashamedly thankful to be alive but also to come here. His sadness of his native home, always being his home yet never being able to return. That he would always be a Kosovan but he was proud to adopt the UK as his home.

In that double chance meeting, my trivial sadness quickly disappeared. An instant and stark perspective of a life seemingly eradicated, yet born out of that a new one rebuilt.

A much too familiar story that I'm sure many have heard similar. But an important one it was. Amongst all the despair of a post match hammering, he was a Phoenix personified that day.

'Önever has a greater Phoenix metaphor been personified'


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:22:51
2010 finished me off with Wembley...didn't go to the Paint Pot Final in '12 or the Preston abomination in '15. Best two decision I ever made...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:26:33
Paint pot 12 was ok for me, was pressed off we lost but only for a few hours.

10, and especially 15 had me down for days.

but I know I'd go again, just in case...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:41:27
I've been to every Wembley appearance we've made since 1990   :pint:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:42:29
Didn't go because I am a shit fan, plus from recollection it was an early evening kick off and you could not do it in a single day from up here (felt for the Preston fans, just another example of the EFL not giving a shite about fans), also seen us enough times against Preston to know that we would be shit (we always seem to be) and just couldn't face a hotel cost on top of Wemberley costs!

Watched it on the Telly, as expected we were shite but  the stats seem to give us more credit than we deserve.

                 Preston    Swindon
Possession    32%    68%
Goals scored      4             0
Shots on targets  6        3
Shots off target   3        10
Fouls committed 14       7
Corner kicks     3        6
Yellow cards     0        1
Red cards     0            0


Title: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:49:14
thus allowing Luke Williams possession stats football (yeah cooper was manger then, I know) can be utterly pointless


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:51:54
There were rail strikes on if I remember correctly? I drove, so I was sober  :suicide:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: reeves4england on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:54:44
Didn't go because I am a shit fan, plus from recollection it was an early evening kick off and you could not do it in a single day from up here (felt for the Preston fans, just another example of the EFL not giving a shite about fans), also seen us enough times against Preston to know that we would be shit (we always seem to be) and just couldn't face a hotel cost on top of Wemberley costs!

Watched it on the Telly, as expected we were shite but  the stats seem to give us more credit than we deserve.

I drove down from Preston. It was not an enjoyable journey home, but the train would have been much worse had they been running!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Costanza on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 15:57:21
Me too, there were about 1,000 of us left inside Wembley when they lifted the trophy. We were shocking but yes I never thought it would take this long to get over.

I was behind the goal and stayed for the presentation but the stewards ushered everyone out shortly afterwards.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 16:13:25
I drove down from Preston. It was not an enjoyable journey home, but the train would have been much worse had they been running!

I was on a National Express from/to Derby. Enjoyable much?! But reflective on the journey back after chatting to the Kosovan bloke.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 17:52:58
There were rail strikes on if I remember correctly? I drove, so I was sober  :suicide:
I drove with my Liverpool supporting best mate and Arsenal supporting daughter. Took me nearly 3 hours, managed to park at Harrow and Wealdtone for free for the day, easy being a Sunday. 3 stops down to Wembley Central on the overground.

Couldn't use the train as there were no trains back from Waterloo to Crewkerne on a Sunday after 7.30pm and with the EFL deciding not to KO the match until 5.30pm if we had managed to get to extra time (even without it) we wouldnt have made it back to Waterloo before about 9pm well after the last train had left on a Sunday.

Its a bloody long day if you take the train from here, a minimum of a 3 hour train trip to Waterloo, then Underground to Marylebone 20 min trip and 5 min walk after, then Marylebone to Wembley overground 20 mins making it almost impossible to do in less than 4 hours.

And at the end of that it was really not worth it.

300 mile round trip at least it only cost me about £25 in diesel and £3 each in train tickets compaired to costing £180 for 3 of us on the train!

Went to the JPT on the train and got home at 11.30pm after leaving at 7.30am, never again on the train.

Yes I am still bitter and yes I would have to think hard about going if Town got there again.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 18:04:03
I parked in some streets I know about 1/2 mile from Stamford Bridge, kept away from the usual haunts  :)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 18:07:11
I'd have to get a flight, still think I'd do it.  Madness.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Thursday, July 2, 2020, 21:53:15
I'd have to get a flight, still think I'd do it.  Madness.

It is ey? I think we've all healed a fair bit now. I'm sure had we got in the POs the following year or two later, lots would not be able to stomach it, despite any form.

But similarly, I think now even if I lived abroad, I'd very likely end up going again.

Spare a thought for Preston thoughh. They had to have a break some stage. I'm certain they'd lost their last 9(nine) PO appearances (3 or 4 of them finals) before winning against us. Possibly fate because their fans must've feared the worse. Had they beat Col Utd on the last day, they would've gone up automatic and we would've ended up playing MKFranchise but they slipped out of the autos losing 1-0. So potentially fated that they would win the POs on the 10th occasion.

But guess who could've made a big difference had he still been at Chesterfield in Preston's SF win? He scored a hattrick v PNE in the league for the Spirities. I also forgot he had an on field fight with Beckford when he was at Preston a couple of years later (a la Dyer & Bowyer. Gareth Barry played peacemaker that day. Angel was some player though https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd0dtRoLFdI); which eventually saw him out of favour?

None other than, the Ginger Messiah.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Valid Pint on Friday, July 3, 2020, 07:02:21
Maxwell's daughter arrested through implication with Epstein sex trafficking while Maxwell was alive. Lovely lot: see Rix, Alsop etc


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Friday, July 3, 2020, 07:14:54
ĎIf you tolerate Rix,
Then your children will be nextí


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: swindonmaniac on Friday, July 3, 2020, 09:05:13
Maxwell's daughter arrested through implication with Epstein sex trafficking while Maxwell was alive. Lovely lot: see Rix, Alsop etc
Where is the connection with the play offs ??.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: swindonmaniac on Friday, July 3, 2020, 09:07:05
There were rail strikes on if I remember correctly? I drove, so I was sober  :suicide:
Was bad enough watching it pissed, fair play if you watched it sober.  Painful.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Friday, July 3, 2020, 10:22:33
Assume we're all Pompey today then?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 10:29:54
Assume we're all Pompey today then?
Natch, I have a fair few Pompey supporting mates so I will be wishing them well today!

Although it would be nice to see the Pox get to the final and fail miserably ala Swindon v Preston or Exeter last week :)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Friday, July 3, 2020, 10:31:11
Natch, I have a fair few Pompey supporting mates so I will be wishing them well today!

Although it would be nice to see the Pox get to the final and fail miserably ala Swindon v Preston or Exeter last week :)
It's a tough one isn't it? Do you want them to have that temporary elation and then fall flat on their faces in the final, or just get miserably humiliated over two legs in the semis?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 10:32:58
It's a tough one isn't it? Do you want them to have that temporary elation and then fall flat on their faces in the final, or just get miserably humiliated over two legs in the semis?
It really is mate! final heartbreak will probably win overall for me though :) twist that knife.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Wobbly Bob on Friday, July 3, 2020, 11:12:10
Or the glory of a play off final win at Wembley followed by a very long, miserable season and finishing bottom by 15-20 points.
While at the same time we win another title with a record points total.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: BoA Vagabond on Friday, July 3, 2020, 11:21:48
Or the glory of a play off final win at Wembley followed by a very long, miserable season and finishing bottom by 15-20 points.
While at the same time we win another title with a record points total.
I have a suspicion that they may well win it. Therefore, I like the proposed outcome WB.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Red Frog on Friday, July 3, 2020, 12:05:30
Assume we're all Pompey today then?

Off to the pub with my Pompey mate tonight. Red 'n' blue, hopefully with no piss-stains.  :(

It's a bit of a blow to the short-changed fans that they can't see this on their curtailed iFollow subscription, only on Sky.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Leggett on Friday, July 3, 2020, 12:29:41
Is someone gonna pipe in that fucking bell during Pompey's home leg?

(And yea, we're all Pompey!)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: reeves4england on Friday, July 3, 2020, 13:06:23
Off to the pub with my Pompey mate tonight. Red 'n' blue, hopefully with no piss-stains.  :(

It's a bit of a blow to the short-changed fans that they can't see this on their curtailed iFollow subscription, only on Sky.

On the flip side, it costs very little to get a NOW TV pass for these games compared to buying tickets for both legs...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: pauld on Friday, July 3, 2020, 13:07:19
It's a bit of a blow to the short-changed fans that they can't see this on their curtailed iFollow subscription, only on Sky.
Seriously? That's really shit. The league really does bend over backwards to do everything possible to display it's complete and utter contempt for loyal fans at every opportunity doesn't it?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Friday, July 3, 2020, 13:09:22
Off to the pub with my Pompey mate tonight. Red 'n' blue, hopefully with no piss-stains.  :(

It's a bit of a blow to the short-changed fans that they can't see this on their curtailed iFollow subscription, only on Sky.
Fuck Ďem.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 13:18:00
On the flip side, it costs very little to get a NOW TV pass for these games compared to buying tickets for both legs...
Or these guys show pretty much every game, yes sometimes there is a lag or delay and the quality at times is poor but they have shown every game so far.

http://www.hesgoal.com/


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Friday, July 3, 2020, 13:19:49
I predict a piss stain victory


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 16:41:11
Other than Liverpool Pompey boast the only other unbeaten home record in English football.

They won 12 of their 18 home games scoring 36 and conceding 15 goals.

The Pox by contrast have won 6 drawn 6 and lost 6 of their away fixtures scoring 28 goals, 4 more than conceded.

Pompey are not so good away so would really need a decent win today to set them up for the 2nd leg.

All of my Pompey mates have been moaning about the style that Kenny Jackett has them playing this season saying its very dull but quite effective and wouldn't actually mind if he was replaced win or lose in the play offs.

They spread the goals around the team and play normally fairly direct, Marquis not starting today has surprised a lot of their fans.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: 4D on Friday, July 3, 2020, 16:43:19
4-0 Pompey


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 16:44:13
I think it will be 2-1 Pompey with them trying desperately to hold on in the 2nd leg.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Costanza on Friday, July 3, 2020, 16:58:50
I don't know, that Oxford side looks strong to me.

Can't call this one.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 17:03:16
Can't call this one.
And even when we think we can see from a mile off what will probably happen often its exactly  the opposite!

That really is the beauty of football.

Even more so in play offs and even more so with the current climate, so much at stake, its brilliant.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 17:25:14
Pompey are more direct than the Pox, Pompey having the better of the chances so far, hit the post and Pox defence not at the races yet.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 17:44:09
Massive gulf in quality between the L2 play offs and the L1 play offs.

But I think we would give either side a good run for their money though.

Pompey edging it with a far more direct style which is actually not as bad to watch as a Curle or Flitcroft side, Pox passing it accross midfield more but with no killer edge at all.

Pompey currently looking the better side in terms of chances created.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 17:49:42
1-0 Pompey, been coming.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:00:30
was the Pompey groundsman bored? the pattern on the pitch is twisting my melon man


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:00:47
1-1 Pox first shot actually on target all game.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: theakston2k on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:01:17
1-1 now all the keepers in play-offs have been awful.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:01:39
ffs


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:02:08
Pretty soft goal to concede from 25 yards out really.

Every attack for the Pox has gone through Browne, Pompey need to get closer to him.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:02:36
1-1 now all the keepers in play-offs have been awful.
Definately 2 soft goals today already.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:04:27
Pompeys Ellis Harrison is the sort of target man we could do with but then again he should be for a £500k signing.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:08:22
HT 1-1

I would take Pox's Browne and Curtis, Harrison and Burgess from Pompey, the rest are not much better than what we have, even Woodburn hasn't shown that much quality really.

Pompey should be winning but as they say "thats football".


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:11:56
Again, rose tinted specs maybe on, but our side would give these two a good game.  The passage of t8me may have dulled the memory but the 2014 and 2015 season play off teams seemed much better than these are offering.

The Portsmouth right back has been awful.  Both the goal scorers are easily their teams best players.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:17:54
Tbf, piss stains look good on the ball with some crisp passing, but . . . The ball still ends up being just crossed into the box. Whether our preferred option of passing the ball on the deck in the box where possible will prove to be as effective in L1 weíll soon find out.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: ibelieveinmrreeves on Friday, July 3, 2020, 18:46:22
Karl Robinson's moobs are really off-putting.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:17:42
Meh 1-1 in the end.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Ginginho on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:22:05
I had a dodgy stream on the laptop, who was co-commentating? Sounded so familiar.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:26:17
Wycombe 1-0 up at Fleetwood after 1 min.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:26:36
I had a dodgy stream on the laptop, who was co-commentating? Sounded so familiar.
I am watching on a dodgy stream too so cant help you mate!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:28:53
1-1 already 4 mins.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Jimmy Quinn on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:30:34
Tbf, piss stains look good on the ball with some crisp passing, but . . . The ball still ends up being just crossed into the box. Whether our preferred option of passing the ball on the deck in the box where possible will prove to be as effective in L1 weíll soon find out.

At least their mob will be able to put a ladder up against the six foot fence and watch the second leg with plenty of optimism!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:30:43
2-1 to Wycombe 6 mins.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:32:48
Some more great goalkeeping!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:37:43
I had a dodgy stream on the laptop, who was co-commentating? Sounded so familiar.
Danny Gabbidon... sounds just like Tom Kerridge...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:38:12
I've seen more quality in village level football!

Exciting though!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: tans on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:42:00
I had a dodgy stream on the laptop, who was co-commentating? Sounded so familiar.

Danny Gabbidon


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:54:01
We could easily beat either of these 2 teams thats for certain. No better quality that Exeter v Northampton.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 19:55:45
Fleetwood defender sent off now with 60 mins left!

Keeper made a great penalty save though!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:10:59
Wycombe 3-1 up now just before HT.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:11:54
can only assume keepers had to be woken out of lockdown hibernation and are still a bit groggy


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:12:43
Poor game between 2 bang average teams.

Can't see Fleetwood coming back from this now.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: THE FLASH on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:27:21
Pox got away with at least two pens.

Cod game more blood and guts...

Ainsworth thinks he's the Fonz!

Don't ever enjoy the running to the referee etc etc....Wycombe done it for years.

Shit ref will mean the beast will come on and notch no doubt.



Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Ginginho on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:27:40
Danny Gabbidon

Haha, he sounds just like Tom Kerridge, thatís why he sounded so familiar 😂


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:38:25
Haha, he sounds just like Tom Kerridge, thatís why he sounded so familiar 😂

*Ahem*...have you fuckers got me on ignore or something?? (Wouldn't blame you if you did)

Danny Gabbidon... sounds just like Tom Kerridge...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:39:01
4-1 Wycombe.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:39:49
Some absolutely attrocious goalkeeping in these play offs.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Ginginho on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:40:29
*Ahem*...have you fuckers got me on ignore or something?? (Wouldn't blame you if you did)


Sorry, I completely missed your post! Glad i'm not the only one who thought that! :)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:42:18
Oh and Barrie McKay has a 4th division footballers haircut.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:43:33
Sorry, I completely missed your post! Glad i'm not the only one who thought that! :)
Maybe it was Tom...I just assumed it was Danny Gabbidon ;)

Celebrity chefs as football pundits...could work  :hmmm:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 20:43:38
*Ahem*...have you fuckers got me on ignore or something?? (Wouldn't blame you if you did)
Sorry I am ignoring you :D

Trouble with Ginginho is that his fringe gets in his eyes!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 21:07:38
Fleetwood have another player sent off, I have a feeling Wycombe may snatch this ;)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 21:10:28
How the fuck did a smoke bomb get on the pitch!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 3, 2020, 21:12:28
More gamesmanship from Wycombe, and Akinfenwa looks like the Michelin man!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Valid Pint on Monday, July 6, 2020, 08:39:34
How the fuck did a smoke bomb get on the pitch!

Does anyone have any unused red smoke bombs left over from our Championship season?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 13:10:32
L1 play off 2nd legs today.

Pompey v Pox could easily go either way, Pompey had the better of the 1st leg IMO but Pox can easily grab a goal as they did down South last week. At leat both teams want to play a bit of football even if Pompeys is a little more route 1 than the Pox who prefer a slow build up.

If Pompey keep Browne quiet then they will win, one man team the Pox but they need to take their chances better than in the 1st leg.

In the other tie Fleetwood are as good as buried at 4-1 down vs Wycome, 2 dull as dishwater teams that both use dirty tactics and long balls to break down the opposition, can't see Fleetwood overcoming them today.



Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Banker on Monday, July 6, 2020, 16:46:39
L2 play off 2nd legs today.

Just had an outbreak of hives  :D


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 16:47:42
Just had an outbreak of hives  :D
Doh I messed up there! :D


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:02:57
Home end looks fuller than normal today at the 3 sided eyesore.

Oxford had one half decent long shot otherwise all Pompey playing the more attacking football and Pox passing it around with no end product, much like most of the first leg.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:05:38
Harrison should have scored that from a lovely cross from the right winger, the Pox left back is being skinned every single time so far, most of Pompeys pressing focussed on the poor left back.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:18:45
Other than the Pox's 2 massive (and pretty useless) centre backs they are a small team, Pompey are like a team of men up against a developing Pox U23 side, lightweight and shirking from a lot of 50-50 balls so far.

Pompey are a far more physical and direct side, Pox are a lightweight passing team who try to keep possession but with no end product and poor from set peices.

I have seen nothing in any of the 3 L1 play off games so far to bother me as to what we will face next season TBH.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:23:13
Harrison misses another good chance with just the keeper to beat!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:24:45
Browne misses a chance 1 on 1 with the Pompey keeper, best chance for half an hour for them, poor finish though straight at the keeper.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:24:56
1-0 Pompey on the break!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:26:14
Long kick by the keeper from after the save from Browne, onto Harrisons head 30 yards out and he nods it onto Harness who hits a low 20 yarder into the net with the keeper wrong footed.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Private Fraser on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:33:54
Home end looks fuller than normal today at the 3 sided eyesore.


Probably a higher overall IQ level too.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:36:30
1-1 OG in from a corner, poor Pompey defending, defender headed it out of the keepers hands. Right on Half Time.

Still only looks like 1 team going to win this and its not Pox.

Pompey the founders of their own demise, again.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:41:39
If ever there was a dodgy looking goal then that was it!

He must have put money on Pompey losing today, that should go to the "questionable goals panel".



Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:11:31
Bugger ! Forgot about this !!!!

Cmon Pompey!!!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:16:54
And this is top end L1 football?

Bring it on!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:22:07
Comparing this to all three of our most recent visits to the League One Play Offs is like night and day, and I'm not just saying that as a comparison to us.  The other teams we had in those play offs were far better than this serving. 


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: REDBUCK on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:32:15
Not much constructive footy on show absolutely no flow to the game. The Foul count is ridiculous.

My money's on Taylor getting a late pen, he screamed and shouted for one almost every time he's touched the ball. 


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:37:07
The standard is no better than most L2 games we havs een this season in all honesty.

I see absolutely nothing to fear in any of these  play off sides.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Sippo on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:42:50
The standard is no better than most L2 games we havs een this season in all honesty.

I see absolutely nothing to fear in any of these  play off sides.

I think that could go for most games behind closed doors. Standard has been poor and almost like a training session.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:45:30
Poor. But Oxford the better team. 🤫


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:48:27
I think that could go for most games behind closed doors. Standard has been poor and almost like a training session.
Yeah excepting the premier league games which have been mostly decent, any of the Championship/L1/L2 PO's have been pretty poor, I think the goalkeepers seem to have suffered most from lockdown.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:01:38
Pompey paid Doncaster £2m for Marquis!
What a waste if money.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:03:21
Best bit of this has been hearing a bit of Teenage Kicks on the tannoy!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nemo on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:12:34
Think they should have agreed beforehand for these playoff games to go straight to penalties after the 90, the extra 30 minutes when not fully match fit looks brutal.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:18:41
They could have just done something productive and had them see how many Masks they can make in 90 minutes to judge the winner.  This has been awful.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:20:55
Glad it wasn't just me thinking it was a poor game. I'm hoping that Fleetwood come out of the traps in the next one and score a quick 2 goals. That would make that tie interesting.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:22:48
Glad it wasn't just me thinking it was a poor game. I'm hoping that Fleetwood come out of the traps in the next one and score a quick 2 goals. That would make that tie interesting.
Did you watch the first game at Fleetwood? it was shockingly shit I am not expecting much out of that game, the standard of all 4 teams in L1 has been no better than say Exeter were in our league.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:25:07
Southend must have been absolutely terrible if this lot are good enough for the play offs, all four teams included.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:25:44
and how have Sunderland managed to fuck up in this division?


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: ibelieveinmrreeves on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:29:09
Pretty good pens so far.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:32:46
Ah well, final heartbreak for the Pox hopefully then.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: skiptotheLouMacari on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:32:58
 Bollocks!!
They won't lose to either Fleetwood or Wycombe. Fucking yellow piss stains, all of the sides in this year's playoffs have been so poor and typically they make it in.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nemo on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:33:18
10 penalties on target, even the saved one was pretty good.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:33:41
So, an M40 Derby for the final it seems.  Be amazed if either of them survives more than a season in the Championship - goes to show how bad our team was to get relegated from that!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Arriba on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:33:46
Diabolical match that was. Endured that for fuck all. Glad I'm hitting the booze or I'd be in a right pissy now after that shower.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Batch on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:34:27
fucking hell.

Wycombe, I can't see them turning Oxford over .


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:37:57
And to pick back up a comment from Venks - Marquis isn't worth a pair of football boots, let alone 2m!!!!!  They were sold a dud there, if the past two games were anything to go by.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:37:59
fucking hell.

Wycombe, I can't see them turning Oxford over .
On the Wycombe/Fleetwood showing from last week there is no way on hell Pox will get beaten by either of those sides. Hoooooooooffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Costanza on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:42:41
I think Oxford will go up and I'll be able to avoid them to be honest...

 :)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: RobertT on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:44:48
Not a bad start to the second game, which you'd expect given Fleetwood have to chuck the kitchen sink at the game.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: tans on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:53:46
Judge me in 5 years ;)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:55:30
Cmon Fleetwood! 1-0 (2-4)


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:05:27
Joseph Anthony Barton looking like a fucking animated version of Harry Potter.


Anyway my bet is going well.

Viborg Win - Viborg 4 - 3 NFC :check:
BTTS - Oxford v Portsmouth   :check:
BTTS - Wycombe v Fleetwood (half done)
BTTS&O2.5 - Spurs v Everton (ongoing)
BTTS&O2.5 - Sevilla v Eibar (KO 21:00)

I would piss myself if Wycombe fucked this up btw. Ainsworth can then go back to playing air guitar with an Aerosmith cover band  :soapy tit wank:


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Frigby Daser on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:28:47
I think Oxford will go up and I'll be able to avoid them to be honest...

 :)

Yep, theyíre a decent side with good players throughout the side. To rationalise this in my head on the same day as having GP (likely) leave us has been a hard ask.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:34:21
I didn't think Oxford looked that good. Looks as if the Fleetwood Wycombe game is petering out too. Would have been interesting if Fleetwood had scored a second before half time.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Saxondale on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:35:34
I watched most of the second half of that oxford thing and it was shocking.  Massive lack of quality from both sides.  If thats the standard we're going into Im not worrying.  GP or not!


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Frigby Daser on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:38:26
Iím talking generally. Didnít watch anything except pens tonight. Dickie, Browne, Taylor - theyíre good players. Theyíre not in the Grant, Doughty, Yates class but, ya know...


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: ibelieveinmrreeves on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:44:00
Wow. Suicidal defending from Souttar there. He looks fucking terrible.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Saxondale on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:47:24
I was interested see Soutter against Akinfenwa.  6 foot 6 tall against the heft of Akinfenwa.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:48:55
Anyway my bet is going well.

Viborg Win - Viborg 4 - 3 NFC :check:
BTTS - Oxford v Portsmouth   :check:
BTTS - Wycombe v Fleetwood (half done)
BTTS&O2.5 - Spurs v Everton (ongoing)
BTTS&O2.5 - Sevilla v Eibar (KO 21:00)


Anyway my bet is going well.

Viborg Win - Viborg 4 - 3 NFC :check:
BTTS - Oxford v Portsmouth   :check:
BTTS - Wycombe v Fleetwood :check:
BTTS&O2.5 - Spurs v Everton (currently 1-0 HT)
BTTS&O2.5 - Sevilla v Eibar (3 mins in)

 :pint: :pint: :pint:




Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: mystical_goat on Monday, July 6, 2020, 21:12:36
We were shite in both matches and I would not have been at all surprised had they won it.

Hopefully we'll actually play some  football in the final.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, July 6, 2020, 21:45:42
We were shite in both matches and I would not have been at all surprised had they won it.

Hopefully we'll actually play some  football in the final.

I have a feeling Wycombe will beat you but they will be straight back down.

Having watched all off the PO matches so far, I can safely say that the Tottenham v Everton match was worse than all of them and even more boring than Gary Neville's voice.


Title: Re: EFL Play-Offs
Post by: Super Hans on Monday, July 6, 2020, 21:50:45
Oxford play the better football but wouldn't be at all surprised if Wycombe shithouse the final. Kind of like how we've been physically overpowered in our last two play off finals v Preston and Millwall.

Wycombe seem as tight knit as a squad can be with Akinfenwa leading the rally in the post match huddle and the rest of them lapping it up.

Convinced myself Wycombe will pinch the final 2-1 and go on to be obliterated in The Championship!