Tuesday, 9 December 2014

How are we doing?

Below are some thoughts on our progress published on the Glynne Jones list. They represent good sense and I thought that they were worth reproducing.

Our record of Won 6, Drawn 11 and Lost 3 is respectable and we sit in 11th place, three points from the play offs and eleven points from third from bottom. I would have taken that before the start of the season. Also some of the football played has been a big improvement on last season however I take into account the new pitch as a contributory factor. The laying of the new pitch is the best thing RD has done for us so far, the quality of football in the matches not only by us but by the opposition as well is much better. This leads to better quality matches.

With some investment in the forward line and attacking midfield in January could see us making a bid for the play offs although I am happy for measured progress and if you can get better players on better deals then the long term deals will need to wait until the summer. However we will need in my opinion a decent striker either on loan or short term signing to support Vetokele in January.

I don't think our squad has the quality in depth to make a sustained challenge at the top although we have a good quality first 16 with some promising young players as well.

I can understand some peoples frustration that if we had more up top and scored more goals turning draws into wins then we could be top six. However considering everything the club are in a better position than twelve months ago and the outlook good if RD invests a reasonable amount in the squad. Also I think he needs to consider Bob Peeters contract which was only for one year and for stability and planning I'd like to see him be given another two years. He has made errors but is learning the English game and he could be really good for us. I think going just from year to year is too short term a vision.

I think it's fair to say that not everyone has bought into the RD vision and some need persuading. I'd be fibbing if I said I was 100% sure that RD was perfect for us, for me, it is still too early to tell but it is promising. Our attendances are a bit disappointing and not showing much sign of increasing. The lack of goals recently at The Valley hasn't helped and a quality forward signing in January leading to more goals and wins especially at home could well boost the numbers. Time will tell on that one.

Overall I am satisfied with the progress made, we are higher up the table than I thought and not looking too nervously at the bottom three. The football is better and we have the best forward we have had at the club for quite a few years in Vetokele. Young players like Cousins and Gomez promise to achieve great things and I hope the crowd get behind Harriott as I think he has the talent to be a good player for us. His confidence seems very fragile but when confident he is a real handful.

9 comments:

Dave said...

Lack of goals is definitely not attracting fans back to the Valley. We also can't ignore the fact that we have also lost both televised matches which is a real turn-off for former fans who tune in.

jonathan acworth said...

in all im quite pleased,we have 2 top keepers in pope and Henderson so im very happy in this department. The defence is solid in Bikey, solly, gomez ,ben haim and fox having a good season. Wiggins I feel sorry for the bloke being out injured for most of this campaign. The midfield looks also promising in Gudyonson, Buyerns and Harriott perhaps I was wrong on Harriott he shows promise and if we keep him behind the 2 strikers then we could do well. Antony Knockerbout at Leicester should be brought in in jan he would replace jj whos legs are going sad to see on such a top player. The midfield I think does need a few more players come in.
Up front we only have igor banging them in but hes carrying an injury so we do need a striker how about sam vokes>?did very well when he went on loan last season or even Zamora at QPR whos not getting much game time overall very impressed with peeters. I just hope ellis statement to me on sat when he said the owner will spend in jan will be true players to bring in

knockerbout
vokes
Zamora

problem solved

jonathan acworth said...

in all im quite pleased,we have 2 top keepers in pope and Henderson so im very happy in this department. The defence is solid in Bikey, solly, gomez ,ben haim and fox having a good season. Wiggins I feel sorry for the bloke being out injured for most of this campaign. The midfield looks also promising in Gudyonson, Buyerns and Harriott perhaps I was wrong on Harriott he shows promise and if we keep him behind the 2 strikers then we could do well. Antony Knockerbout at Leicester should be brought in in jan he would replace jj whos legs are going sad to see on such a top player. The midfield I think does need a few more players come in.
Up front we only have igor banging them in but hes carrying an injury so we do need a striker how about sam vokes>?did very well when he went on loan last season or even Zamora at QPR whos not getting much game time overall very impressed with peeters. I just hope ellis statement to me on sat when he said the owner will spend in jan will be true players to bring in

knockerbout
vokes
Zamora

problem solved

jonathan acworth said...

in all im quite pleased,we have 2 top keepers in pope and Henderson so im very happy in this department. The defence is solid in Bikey, solly, gomez ,ben haim and fox having a good season. Wiggins I feel sorry for the bloke being out injured for most of this campaign. The midfield looks also promising in Gudyonson, Buyerns and Harriott perhaps I was wrong on Harriott he shows promise and if we keep him behind the 2 strikers then we could do well. Antony Knockerbout at Leicester should be brought in in jan he would replace jj whos legs are going sad to see on such a top player. The midfield I think does need a few more players come in.
Up front we only have igor banging them in but hes carrying an injury so we do need a striker how about sam vokes>?did very well when he went on loan last season or even Zamora at QPR whos not getting much game time overall very impressed with peeters. I just hope ellis statement to me on sat when he said the owner will spend in jan will be true players to bring in

knockerbout
vokes
Zamora

problem solved

Anonymous said...

I agree with everything said above, but not sure about Jacko being done. If we had a bigger squad he might be protected a bit more, as clubs do and as Liverpool are doing re; Gerrard, to stave off the inevitable, and the injuries. Frustrating as he can be I don't think the opposition like playing against Harriott at all, Dunne at Millwall said as much. 20 yrs and a tricky unpredictable so and so with some pace.
Who the f***k is knockerbout he sounds a bit too casual to me and I'd prefer kickaround!

Brian G said...

So good you had to say it 3 times, JA? Overall, I'm very satisfied with the way things are going but, of course, we need some strengthening, particularly upfront. I guess that the lowish attendances still owe something to the Lord Powell factor and it will take something much more exciting than is being served up at the moment to induce some of our previously stalwart fans to return to the fold. However, the one thing that worries me about the team is our inability to play well in both halves of the match. we were very good in the 1st halves of the Ipswich and Forest matches but pretty poor to average in the 2nd halves of those games. Conversely, we were poor in the 1st half at Fulham and tremendous in the 2nd. Mind you, against Bournemouth, we were rubbish throughout. So, six and a half out of ten for me at the moment.

jonathan acworth said...

leicester city midfielder sorry cant spell his name lol but he the one who missed the penalty against watford a couple seasons back hes a very good player box to box and does a lot of running just what we need

jonathan acworth said...

sorry web froze on me this morning poxy computers

jonathan acworth said...

antony knockaert thats his correct spelling surname apologies was told wrong by a dozy swansea fan