Oxford Utd 0 Burton Albion 1 (Akins 42)

Oxford Utd 0 Burton Albion 1 (Akins 42)

Oxford Utd 0 Burton Albion 1 (Akins 42)

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 A TAP-IN from Lucas Akins proved the difference as Oxford United slipped to an opening day defeat at home to Burton Albion.

The winger could not miss late in the first half, after Stuart Beavon had exploited a defence which included Michael Raynes, who was still feeling the after-effects of a heavy fall.

It came at the end of a half which United had largely controlled with some bright, passing football.

But after falling behind, they created very little in an uneventful second half as Burton closed out the victory.

Michael Appleton's first line-up for a competitive game saw five players make their United debuts.

George Long got the nod in goal, Joe Riley was preferred to David Hunt at right back, while Michael Collins was the fulcrum in midfield.

Junior Brown played in an advanced role, just behind Carlton Morris, who made his first appearance in senior football.

The 18-year-old, given the No 9 shirt, made an impressive start leading the line.

He was involved in a move which carved out the game's first shooting chance, on five minutes.

Riley began a move which ended with a fizzing shot from Josh Ruffels, which goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin punched clear unconvincingly.

Burton's No 9 also looked lively, with Beavon twice testing Long in the opening 20 minutes.

The visitors were limited to sporadic attacks on the break, though, as United made a decent start.

Patient in possession, they were content to keep the ball at the back and wait for an opening.

Riley provided a good outlet on the right, tempting Alex MacDonald into a booking for a reckless lunge early on.

The on-loan Bolton full back also showed quality on the ball, swinging in a 21st-minute cross which Potter headed straight at McLaughlin.

Despite not creating any gilt-edged chances, United were in control for the opening half hour, but their rhythm was upset late in the half.

Michael Raynes sustained a head injury after falling awkwardly when challenging a high ball.

After treatment he looked a little groggy, but was cleared to come back on.

Burton suddenly took the initiative when play resumed and they carried much more of a threat going forward.

And on 42 minutes they took the lead when the dangerous Beavon was allowed to burst into the area and prod a ball across goal, which was tapped in by Akins.

It was a soft goal to concede and Appleton responded by bringing on Johnny Mullins to replace Raynes, who looked as though he had not recovered from the knock.

The game was flat for a spell after half-time, with no real pattern.

It suited Burton, who were happy to protect their lead and frustrate United, who struggled to break them down despite dominating possession.

Morris glanced a header wide just before the hour mark, but it was a rare moment of drama at either end as the game drifted.

Appleton brought on Danny Hylton, another debutant, and Callum O'Dowda to change the game in the final 20 minutes.

It was to little avail. Hylton had one chance as the Burton defence backed off, but he delayed too long and the threat was snuffed out.

Aside from a Josh Ruffels fired into the side netting in the final minute, that was as good as it got late on, as United were unable to build any pressure on a Burton defence which closed out the victory.

Oxford Utd: G Long, Riley, Raynes (Mullins 44), Wright, Newey, Collins, Ruffels, Potter, Rose (O'Dowda 77), Brown (Hylton 70), Morris.

Unused subs: Meades, Hunt, Crocombe, Roberts.

Burton: McLaughlin, Edwards, Sharps, Taft, McFadzean, Akins, Mousinho, Weir, MacDonald (McGurk 75), Knowles (Palmer 68), Beavon (Kee 86).

Unused subs: Lyness, Slade, Cansdell-Sherriff, Harness.

Referee: Darren Handley (Lancashire).

Attendance: 5,370 (395 visitors).

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5:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Just back from match same old rubbish just different manager with long ball tactics I got sore neck
Just back from match same old rubbish just different manager with long ball tactics I got sore neck Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -5

5:10pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Joe1 says...

Just what we expected, huff & puff can't score, the owners need to bring a couple of GOOD forwards. More investment is needed to get anywhere.
Shame.
Just what we expected, huff & puff can't score, the owners need to bring a couple of GOOD forwards. More investment is needed to get anywhere. Shame. Joe1
  • Score: 19

5:28pm Sat 9 Aug 14

we are oxford says...

just no attacking threat up top.........
Stikers needed & fast otherwise its going to be one long season!
just no attacking threat up top......... Stikers needed & fast otherwise its going to be one long season! we are oxford
  • Score: 16

6:16pm Sat 9 Aug 14

South Upper 87 says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
Just back from match same old rubbish just different manager with long ball tactics I got sore neck
Wierd really, you must be a bit more simple in the head than most scuds supporters, to post on here as you are coming out of another ground thirty miles away .
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Just back from match same old rubbish just different manager with long ball tactics I got sore neck[/p][/quote]Wierd really, you must be a bit more simple in the head than most scuds supporters, to post on here as you are coming out of another ground thirty miles away . South Upper 87
  • Score: 9

6:43pm Sat 9 Aug 14

oldun says...

Newey - why?
Newey - why? oldun
  • Score: 11

7:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

BigAlBiker says...

oldun wrote:
Newey - why?
Quite possibly the worst player on the pitch?

Overall not the best result but in the first half I thought we played some good football, not so good in the second half but we showed promise.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Newey - why?[/p][/quote]Quite possibly the worst player on the pitch? Overall not the best result but in the first half I thought we played some good football, not so good in the second half but we showed promise. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 6

7:14pm Sat 9 Aug 14

martico1 says...

Not often I agree with you Oldun - but' 'yes indeed' on this one!
Appleton turned away in disgust a couple of times

How often have we seen a bright start, then concede, fall away, no idea of how to get back? We looked a beaten side for whole of 2nd half, and a few - Riley, Collins (though how well the Burton central defence played him) e.g. didn't look match-fit...

But at least we know there is much to do - and there is time to put things right; AND how often does the first game give a true picture of how it will all look come April....?!
Not often I agree with you Oldun - but' 'yes indeed' on this one! Appleton turned away in disgust a couple of times How often have we seen a bright start, then concede, fall away, no idea of how to get back? We looked a beaten side for whole of 2nd half, and a few - Riley, Collins (though how well the Burton central defence played him) e.g. didn't look match-fit... But at least we know there is much to do - and there is time to put things right; AND how often does the first game give a true picture of how it will all look come April....?! martico1
  • Score: 12

8:35pm Sat 9 Aug 14

karatavuk says...

Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team.
A long fight against relegation ahead.
Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team. A long fight against relegation ahead. karatavuk
  • Score: 5

8:47pm Sat 9 Aug 14

oldun says...

martico1 wrote:
Not often I agree with you Oldun - but' 'yes indeed' on this one!
Appleton turned away in disgust a couple of times

How often have we seen a bright start, then concede, fall away, no idea of how to get back? We looked a beaten side for whole of 2nd half, and a few - Riley, Collins (though how well the Burton central defence played him) e.g. didn't look match-fit...

But at least we know there is much to do - and there is time to put things right; AND how often does the first game give a true picture of how it will all look come April....?!
Hope for me yet
[quote][p][bold]martico1[/bold] wrote: Not often I agree with you Oldun - but' 'yes indeed' on this one! Appleton turned away in disgust a couple of times How often have we seen a bright start, then concede, fall away, no idea of how to get back? We looked a beaten side for whole of 2nd half, and a few - Riley, Collins (though how well the Burton central defence played him) e.g. didn't look match-fit... But at least we know there is much to do - and there is time to put things right; AND how often does the first game give a true picture of how it will all look come April....?![/p][/quote]Hope for me yet oldun
  • Score: -1

9:02pm Sat 9 Aug 14

South Upper 87 says...

karatavuk wrote:
Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team.
A long fight against relegation ahead.
He was subbed today after 75 minutes in a non league game as he was never any danger in front of goal. Not a problem for his team mates who managed to score three though.
[quote][p][bold]karatavuk[/bold] wrote: Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team. A long fight against relegation ahead.[/p][/quote]He was subbed today after 75 minutes in a non league game as he was never any danger in front of goal. Not a problem for his team mates who managed to score three though. South Upper 87
  • Score: 16

9:42pm Sat 9 Aug 14

OUFC67 says...

All it is, is talk talk talk. We desperately need more depth in attacking midfield as well as forwards otherwise we are wasting our time in trying to get in the top 7. This will be a long long season for us unless we can get some decent attacking midfielders and forwards to get us some goals as we have nothing of any substance up front. Any div could see where we are weak and where we need to any substance. A very disappointing result as we need to get something from the home games. A point would be something. Frustrating as normal.
All it is, is talk talk talk. We desperately need more depth in attacking midfield as well as forwards otherwise we are wasting our time in trying to get in the top 7. This will be a long long season for us unless we can get some decent attacking midfielders and forwards to get us some goals as we have nothing of any substance up front. Any div could see where we are weak and where we need to any substance. A very disappointing result as we need to get something from the home games. A point would be something. Frustrating as normal. OUFC67
  • Score: 10

11:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

rightendofa420 says...

Oh OUFC you have no idea how you often you make my weekend, keep it uo losers
Oh OUFC you have no idea how you often you make my weekend, keep it uo losers rightendofa420
  • Score: -11

11:14pm Sat 9 Aug 14

rightendofa420 says...

Apologies meant to say keep it up, my eyes watering from laughing at your failure today blurred my vision hence the typo....keep smiling yellows ;)
Apologies meant to say keep it up, my eyes watering from laughing at your failure today blurred my vision hence the typo....keep smiling yellows ;) rightendofa420
  • Score: -11

11:17pm Sat 9 Aug 14

rightendofa420 says...

karatavuk wrote:
Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team.
A long fight against relegation ahead.
Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'
[quote][p][bold]karatavuk[/bold] wrote: Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team. A long fight against relegation ahead.[/p][/quote]Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at' rightendofa420
  • Score: -3

11:20pm Sat 9 Aug 14

oldun says...

You obviously don't know what a sentence is .

Perhaps you did mean 'sentAnce' , whatever that is .
You obviously don't know what a sentence is . Perhaps you did mean 'sentAnce' , whatever that is . oldun
  • Score: 1

11:25pm Sat 9 Aug 14

rightendofa420 says...

Again distracted from laughing so much at you lot, so excuse the odd spelling/grammer mistakes....you must be so upset knowing your seasons over before it starts??
Again distracted from laughing so much at you lot, so excuse the odd spelling/grammer mistakes....you must be so upset knowing your seasons over before it starts?? rightendofa420
  • Score: -9

11:30pm Sat 9 Aug 14

rightendofa420 says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
oldun wrote:
Newey - why?
Quite possibly the worst player on the pitch?

Overall not the best result but in the first half I thought we played some good football, not so good in the second half but we showed promise.
Agreed the worse player on the pitch
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Newey - why?[/p][/quote]Quite possibly the worst player on the pitch? Overall not the best result but in the first half I thought we played some good football, not so good in the second half but we showed promise.[/p][/quote]Agreed the worse player on the pitch rightendofa420
  • Score: -1

11:58pm Sat 9 Aug 14

LetsBeRational says...

One of the biggest problems I could see today was the lack of music during the game. The team had obviously spent the pre-season practicing musical statues. Warming up before the game, the music was pumping from the tannoy system and the boys looked lively. The minute the whistle blew to start the game, the music switched off, and most of the team seemed to stand still, like statues hoping to win a bag of Haribo for being the last one to move.

Every time a player got the ball in the final third, he had no options. Bar a couple of runs down the wing from Potter in the first half nobody seemed willing to take players on, and when they looked to pass there were very few options and no movement from others trying to create the space/pass.

And watching Newey in front of me for most of the second half, I began to think 'sorry' was one of the new signing he said it so much.
One of the biggest problems I could see today was the lack of music during the game. The team had obviously spent the pre-season practicing musical statues. Warming up before the game, the music was pumping from the tannoy system and the boys looked lively. The minute the whistle blew to start the game, the music switched off, and most of the team seemed to stand still, like statues hoping to win a bag of Haribo for being the last one to move. Every time a player got the ball in the final third, he had no options. Bar a couple of runs down the wing from Potter in the first half nobody seemed willing to take players on, and when they looked to pass there were very few options and no movement from others trying to create the space/pass. And watching Newey in front of me for most of the second half, I began to think 'sorry' was one of the new signing he said it so much. LetsBeRational
  • Score: 12

2:17am Sun 10 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

Can't help thinking the new regime is not what it seems - promises of new players has become scratching around for loan players and we're sponsored by a company that hasn't yet traded and is owned by a Director of the club. I'm assuming no money was paid by Black&Rounds to the club for the sponsorship? Anyone out there confirm/deny this?

On the pitch it is early days and we have some youngsters in the team who need time to flourish but we also need to address the lack of strikers asap if we are going to make a go of this season. I hope the new management have some money to put where their mouths are otherwise it will.as other fans have said, be a long season.

PS you'd think Beachump Dummy would be tired of trolling this forum but I guess that's what a frontal lobotomy does to you.
Can't help thinking the new regime is not what it seems - promises of new players has become scratching around for loan players and we're sponsored by a company that hasn't yet traded and is owned by a Director of the club. I'm assuming no money was paid by Black&Rounds to the club for the sponsorship? Anyone out there confirm/deny this? On the pitch it is early days and we have some youngsters in the team who need time to flourish but we also need to address the lack of strikers asap if we are going to make a go of this season. I hope the new management have some money to put where their mouths are otherwise it will.as other fans have said, be a long season. PS you'd think Beachump Dummy would be tired of trolling this forum but I guess that's what a frontal lobotomy does to you. Oxokuba
  • Score: 8

5:22am Sun 10 Aug 14

Manor Born says...

Appleton has said from day 1 that it will be January before he is able to bring in the players he needs. Give the man some time. He knows what is needed and will hopefully deliver on that. He's only been working with the team for a few weeks, it is never easy bringing in the right players - especially those that are likely to demand a large wage (ie those of an attacking nature).

He came in with no time to prepare or plan on the players he wanted for the season. Whilst most teams and managers have had since mid-April to formulate plans/target players and bring in what they need, Appleton has had a month - by which time a lot of the players he probably would have identified have already found clubs and signed up. He's said he is still looking and as said he knows what is needed. Getting in what is required is always the tricky part, but he's not sitting on his thumbs doing nothing.

This season was always going to be one of transition and I for one am willing to give the club that leeway. Just over a month ago, I was genuinely worried about the season ahead. The club was going backwards and dead certs for relegation. Now, if MA can do what he wants to do, bring in what he needs, we'll be ok. Do not judge after one game, let's see how the land lies come January. It's a long season with lots of peaks and troughs ahead.
Appleton has said from day 1 that it will be January before he is able to bring in the players he needs. Give the man some time. He knows what is needed and will hopefully deliver on that. He's only been working with the team for a few weeks, it is never easy bringing in the right players - especially those that are likely to demand a large wage (ie those of an attacking nature). He came in with no time to prepare or plan on the players he wanted for the season. Whilst most teams and managers have had since mid-April to formulate plans/target players and bring in what they need, Appleton has had a month - by which time a lot of the players he probably would have identified have already found clubs and signed up. He's said he is still looking and as said he knows what is needed. Getting in what is required is always the tricky part, but he's not sitting on his thumbs doing nothing. This season was always going to be one of transition and I for one am willing to give the club that leeway. Just over a month ago, I was genuinely worried about the season ahead. The club was going backwards and dead certs for relegation. Now, if MA can do what he wants to do, bring in what he needs, we'll be ok. Do not judge after one game, let's see how the land lies come January. It's a long season with lots of peaks and troughs ahead. Manor Born
  • Score: 25

8:11am Sun 10 Aug 14

willowsj says...

Don't know how competent Riley is on his left foot but, personally, I'd like to see Bevans in the back four ahead of Newey with Riley on the left. Watched him (MB) a couple of times in pre season and looked very comfortable and keen to play the ball short - fitting with the Appleton philosophy.

Overall, yes, we lost and it's disappointing. But we were playing against one of the top teams in the division who look odds on to get promoted, at home (where we've struggled) and with MA's first game in charge - anyone honestly think we were going to coming away with three points and 3/4 goals?

Onwards and upwards.
Don't know how competent Riley is on his left foot but, personally, I'd like to see Bevans in the back four ahead of Newey with Riley on the left. Watched him (MB) a couple of times in pre season and looked very comfortable and keen to play the ball short - fitting with the Appleton philosophy. Overall, yes, we lost and it's disappointing. But we were playing against one of the top teams in the division who look odds on to get promoted, at home (where we've struggled) and with MA's first game in charge - anyone honestly think we were going to coming away with three points and 3/4 goals? Onwards and upwards. willowsj
  • Score: 12

10:39am Sun 10 Aug 14

boagongrui says...

rightendofa420 wrote:
karatavuk wrote:
Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team.
A long fight against relegation ahead.
Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'
a catch wilts grunts
Typical three word animal from
swinetown
[quote][p][bold]rightendofa420[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]karatavuk[/bold] wrote: Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team. A long fight against relegation ahead.[/p][/quote]Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'[/p][/quote]a catch wilts grunts Typical three word animal from swinetown boagongrui
  • Score: 6

11:35am Sun 10 Aug 14

NCDCVR says...

Some really poor mistakes from the management today
1 How did Newley manage to stay on the pitch for the entire game.
2 When it was completely obvious to everybody that Raynes was concussed why was he allowed back on the pitch resulting in Burton scoring. With half time approaching the obvious call would have been to reorganise he clearly was not 100% fit
3 Potter lacks heart and fight, most would call this confidence but we can't afford to have players in the team who do not contribute.
Some really poor mistakes from the management today 1 How did Newley manage to stay on the pitch for the entire game. 2 When it was completely obvious to everybody that Raynes was concussed why was he allowed back on the pitch resulting in Burton scoring. With half time approaching the obvious call would have been to reorganise he clearly was not 100% fit 3 Potter lacks heart and fight, most would call this confidence but we can't afford to have players in the team who do not contribute. NCDCVR
  • Score: 2

11:44am Sun 10 Aug 14

BigCrompy says...

rightendofa420 wrote:
karatavuk wrote:
Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team.
A long fight against relegation ahead.
Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'
Ooooohh, I like word games, can I play too?

I've made the first one easy for you as you don't seem blessed with quite sufficient chromosomes.

Make a sentence from the following random selection of words;
"Give my best regards to Flossie your woolly lover who is also your uncle, you moon-raking hick inbred".
[quote][p][bold]rightendofa420[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]karatavuk[/bold] wrote: Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team. A long fight against relegation ahead.[/p][/quote]Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'[/p][/quote]Ooooohh, I like word games, can I play too? I've made the first one easy for you as you don't seem blessed with quite sufficient chromosomes. Make a sentence from the following random selection of words; "Give my best regards to Flossie your woolly lover who is also your uncle, you moon-raking hick inbred". BigCrompy
  • Score: -1

11:58am Sun 10 Aug 14

boagongrui says...

BigCrompy wrote:
rightendofa420 wrote:
karatavuk wrote:
Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team.
A long fight against relegation ahead.
Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'
Ooooohh, I like word games, can I play too?

I've made the first one easy for you as you don't seem blessed with quite sufficient chromosomes.

Make a sentence from the following random selection of words;
"Give my best regards to Flossie your woolly lover who is also your uncle, you moon-raking hick inbred".
crimpy bog
That's where you belong
[quote][p][bold]BigCrompy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rightendofa420[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]karatavuk[/bold] wrote: Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team. A long fight against relegation ahead.[/p][/quote]Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'[/p][/quote]Ooooohh, I like word games, can I play too? I've made the first one easy for you as you don't seem blessed with quite sufficient chromosomes. Make a sentence from the following random selection of words; "Give my best regards to Flossie your woolly lover who is also your uncle, you moon-raking hick inbred".[/p][/quote]crimpy bog That's where you belong boagongrui
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Sun 10 Aug 14

oldun says...

Wright, Raynes, Potter, Rose , Wing, Hunt and certainly Newey - like Constable they are not third flight players . Just as well that we are not up at hat lofty level . Eight better players needed soon
Wright, Raynes, Potter, Rose , Wing, Hunt and certainly Newey - like Constable they are not third flight players . Just as well that we are not up at hat lofty level . Eight better players needed soon oldun
  • Score: -4

12:50pm Sun 10 Aug 14

dovepe says...

Interesting prog notes from the Chairman.Now seen the first game so He must act fast in getting players in.Newey just go!Early days would like to have seen Roberts on for a few minutes as He has been scoring.
Interesting prog notes from the Chairman.Now seen the first game so He must act fast in getting players in.Newey just go!Early days would like to have seen Roberts on for a few minutes as He has been scoring. dovepe
  • Score: 4

1:20pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Yellowlines says...

karatavuk wrote:
Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team.
A long fight against relegation ahead.
You must be joking. Barndoor cost us promotion last season.
[quote][p][bold]karatavuk[/bold] wrote: Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team. A long fight against relegation ahead.[/p][/quote]You must be joking. Barndoor cost us promotion last season. Yellowlines
  • Score: 8

6:07pm Sun 10 Aug 14

dave from witney says...

Everyone knew this was going to be a tough game, Burton are a good, settled and proven team. We were starting with so many new players and a new style of play. Did we really EXPECT to win, hoped maybe. The first half was pretty entertaining, just that Burton read us at half time and as the management have said we still need those couple of players to turn a game. Agree about Newey, but not too worried about anything else at such an early stage.
Everyone knew this was going to be a tough game, Burton are a good, settled and proven team. We were starting with so many new players and a new style of play. Did we really EXPECT to win, hoped maybe. The first half was pretty entertaining, just that Burton read us at half time and as the management have said we still need those couple of players to turn a game. Agree about Newey, but not too worried about anything else at such an early stage. dave from witney
  • Score: 4

9:42pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Davos P says...

Manor Born wrote:
Appleton has said from day 1 that it will be January before he is able to bring in the players he needs. Give the man some time. He knows what is needed and will hopefully deliver on that. He's only been working with the team for a few weeks, it is never easy bringing in the right players - especially those that are likely to demand a large wage (ie those of an attacking nature).

He came in with no time to prepare or plan on the players he wanted for the season. Whilst most teams and managers have had since mid-April to formulate plans/target players and bring in what they need, Appleton has had a month - by which time a lot of the players he probably would have identified have already found clubs and signed up. He's said he is still looking and as said he knows what is needed. Getting in what is required is always the tricky part, but he's not sitting on his thumbs doing nothing.

This season was always going to be one of transition and I for one am willing to give the club that leeway. Just over a month ago, I was genuinely worried about the season ahead. The club was going backwards and dead certs for relegation. Now, if MA can do what he wants to do, bring in what he needs, we'll be ok. Do not judge after one game, let's see how the land lies come January. It's a long season with lots of peaks and troughs ahead.
Absolutely agree with this post. Anyone expecting our newly formed team to defeat a tried and tested Burton team with established players is in cloud cuckoo land. Let's just get behind them through the transition.
I've got a feeling it could be a really good end to this season once we get all the players to gel gradually.
Incidentally, it could be a great opportunity to give Roberts some senior games.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Appleton has said from day 1 that it will be January before he is able to bring in the players he needs. Give the man some time. He knows what is needed and will hopefully deliver on that. He's only been working with the team for a few weeks, it is never easy bringing in the right players - especially those that are likely to demand a large wage (ie those of an attacking nature). He came in with no time to prepare or plan on the players he wanted for the season. Whilst most teams and managers have had since mid-April to formulate plans/target players and bring in what they need, Appleton has had a month - by which time a lot of the players he probably would have identified have already found clubs and signed up. He's said he is still looking and as said he knows what is needed. Getting in what is required is always the tricky part, but he's not sitting on his thumbs doing nothing. This season was always going to be one of transition and I for one am willing to give the club that leeway. Just over a month ago, I was genuinely worried about the season ahead. The club was going backwards and dead certs for relegation. Now, if MA can do what he wants to do, bring in what he needs, we'll be ok. Do not judge after one game, let's see how the land lies come January. It's a long season with lots of peaks and troughs ahead.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree with this post. Anyone expecting our newly formed team to defeat a tried and tested Burton team with established players is in cloud cuckoo land. Let's just get behind them through the transition. I've got a feeling it could be a really good end to this season once we get all the players to gel gradually. Incidentally, it could be a great opportunity to give Roberts some senior games. Davos P
  • Score: 8

7:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

rightendofa420 says...

boagongrui wrote:
BigCrompy wrote:
rightendofa420 wrote:
karatavuk wrote:
Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team.
A long fight against relegation ahead.
Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'
Ooooohh, I like word games, can I play too?

I've made the first one easy for you as you don't seem blessed with quite sufficient chromosomes.

Make a sentence from the following random selection of words;
"Give my best regards to Flossie your woolly lover who is also your uncle, you moon-raking hick inbred".
crimpy bog
That's where you belong
Arent we touchy.....must be opening day bubble burst syndrome....keep up the impressive home form yellows...;)
[quote][p][bold]boagongrui[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigCrompy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rightendofa420[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]karatavuk[/bold] wrote: Without Constable we don't have a goal scorer in the team. A long fight against relegation ahead.[/p][/quote]Make a sentance from these words 'straws clutching at'[/p][/quote]Ooooohh, I like word games, can I play too? I've made the first one easy for you as you don't seem blessed with quite sufficient chromosomes. Make a sentence from the following random selection of words; "Give my best regards to Flossie your woolly lover who is also your uncle, you moon-raking hick inbred".[/p][/quote]crimpy bog That's where you belong[/p][/quote]Arent we touchy.....must be opening day bubble burst syndrome....keep up the impressive home form yellows...;) rightendofa420
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