Oxford United confirm signing of David Connolly + VIDEO

Oxford United confirm signing of David Connolly + VIDEO

Oxford United confirm signing of David Connolly + VIDEO

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Oxford United have confirmed the signing of Portsmouth striker David Connolly on loan until the end of the season.

The 36-year-old has a wealth of experience, and has played in the Premier League.

But he has fallen out of favour at Fratton Park under new boss Richie Barker and has joined the U's in time to feature for United against AFC Wimbledon tomorrow.
 
The Republic of Ireland man, who won 41 caps for his country and has moved for more than £4.1m, has made 323 career starts, scoring 141 goals.

United's newest player speaks to Oxford United's Youtube channel here:

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1:17pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

To old
To Slow
Get's injured to much

Give TY Marsh a run.
To old To Slow Get's injured to much Give TY Marsh a run. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -48

1:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

EastIlsleyyellow says...

I'm happy with that. He certainly will come with experience, and a half decent score rate, lets hope that he has a postivie impact form the start.
I'm happy with that. He certainly will come with experience, and a half decent score rate, lets hope that he has a postivie impact form the start. EastIlsleyyellow
  • Score: 31

1:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Manor Born says...

Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.
Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played. Manor Born
  • Score: 35

1:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Taff Ewe says...

I think that experience will help to get us up. Excellent. He is similar to Jamie Cureton and how many clubs has he gone to after reaching 30 where the fans have thought "Oh no, he is past it", but he contues to find the net.

Goalscorers are priceless.
I think that experience will help to get us up. Excellent. He is similar to Jamie Cureton and how many clubs has he gone to after reaching 30 where the fans have thought "Oh no, he is past it", but he contues to find the net. Goalscorers are priceless. Taff Ewe
  • Score: 28

1:55pm Fri 31 Jan 14

wayoutwest says...

Same old, same old from the same old voices on here! Like the sensible posters I agree that Connolly is exactly what we need at this stage of the season. A clever player whose movement is exactly what we need at the top end of the pitch to aid the slightly less mobile JC and Kitson. Could act as a bit of competition for the likes of Smalley, who you would think would be the most under threat by DC's arrival. May also be able to pass on some of his experience to youngster's like Ty which can surely only benefit OUFC in the long run.
Same old, same old from the same old voices on here! Like the sensible posters I agree that Connolly is exactly what we need at this stage of the season. A clever player whose movement is exactly what we need at the top end of the pitch to aid the slightly less mobile JC and Kitson. Could act as a bit of competition for the likes of Smalley, who you would think would be the most under threat by DC's arrival. May also be able to pass on some of his experience to youngster's like Ty which can surely only benefit OUFC in the long run. wayoutwest
  • Score: 23

2:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

Manor Born wrote:
Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.
Oi!

If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here????

He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.[/p][/quote]Oi! If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here???? He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -39

2:13pm Fri 31 Jan 14

laughtoutloud says...

He cant be any worse than what we have, but with the manager leaving to go to a club 6 points from safety and Connolly not being able to get into a team in a regulation fight, leaves a lot of questions to be answered. There is a great chance to change things now and imspire the stay away fans to at least think of returning. Get rid of the existing management who are uninspiring to say the least and get a new manager with is own staff brought in. If Micky Lewis is named manager nothing will change. Even if we got promoted this season we would be relegated the following season with the present squad. Worrying and sad times ahead with IL as chairman and stuck at the Kassam stadium making no revenue.
He cant be any worse than what we have, but with the manager leaving to go to a club 6 points from safety and Connolly not being able to get into a team in a regulation fight, leaves a lot of questions to be answered. There is a great chance to change things now and imspire the stay away fans to at least think of returning. Get rid of the existing management who are uninspiring to say the least and get a new manager with is own staff brought in. If Micky Lewis is named manager nothing will change. Even if we got promoted this season we would be relegated the following season with the present squad. Worrying and sad times ahead with IL as chairman and stuck at the Kassam stadium making no revenue. laughtoutloud
  • Score: -23

2:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Manor Born says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.
Oi!

If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here????

He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.
Come on Al, give him a chance. If he comes in, scores a few goals, brings out the best in the other strikers and passes on his knowledge from several years playing at a higher level and international football to lads like Ty Marsh, as wayoutwest said, this can only benefit the long-term future of the club.

By all accounts he had fallen out with Barker and had been unhappy at Fratton Park for some time. An unhappy player is not a productive player and it is amazing how many niggling injuries they mysteriously pick up. Sure the club would have checked out his personality and would have undoubtedly asked Kitson what his opinion was.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.[/p][/quote]Oi! If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here???? He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.[/p][/quote]Come on Al, give him a chance. If he comes in, scores a few goals, brings out the best in the other strikers and passes on his knowledge from several years playing at a higher level and international football to lads like Ty Marsh, as wayoutwest said, this can only benefit the long-term future of the club. By all accounts he had fallen out with Barker and had been unhappy at Fratton Park for some time. An unhappy player is not a productive player and it is amazing how many niggling injuries they mysteriously pick up. Sure the club would have checked out his personality and would have undoubtedly asked Kitson what his opinion was. Manor Born
  • Score: 18

2:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

Like the sound of him. has scored at all levels, providing he can stay fit will be a very good addition. Probably see the best of him when Kitson comes back. Looks like we are getting another striker as well, so injury to Raines can't be too bad.
Like the sound of him. has scored at all levels, providing he can stay fit will be a very good addition. Probably see the best of him when Kitson comes back. Looks like we are getting another striker as well, so injury to Raines can't be too bad. South Upper 87
  • Score: 10

2:44pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

Manor Born wrote:
BigAlBiker wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.
Oi!

If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here????

He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.
Come on Al, give him a chance. If he comes in, scores a few goals, brings out the best in the other strikers and passes on his knowledge from several years playing at a higher level and international football to lads like Ty Marsh, as wayoutwest said, this can only benefit the long-term future of the club.

By all accounts he had fallen out with Barker and had been unhappy at Fratton Park for some time. An unhappy player is not a productive player and it is amazing how many niggling injuries they mysteriously pick up. Sure the club would have checked out his personality and would have undoubtedly asked Kitson what his opinion was.
If he comes in and scores goals then i will buy you a beer and apologise, but methinks after the Donkey Wilder time and the layers we have here this will not happen.

Time will tell.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.[/p][/quote]Oi! If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here???? He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.[/p][/quote]Come on Al, give him a chance. If he comes in, scores a few goals, brings out the best in the other strikers and passes on his knowledge from several years playing at a higher level and international football to lads like Ty Marsh, as wayoutwest said, this can only benefit the long-term future of the club. By all accounts he had fallen out with Barker and had been unhappy at Fratton Park for some time. An unhappy player is not a productive player and it is amazing how many niggling injuries they mysteriously pick up. Sure the club would have checked out his personality and would have undoubtedly asked Kitson what his opinion was.[/p][/quote]If he comes in and scores goals then i will buy you a beer and apologise, but methinks after the Donkey Wilder time and the layers we have here this will not happen. Time will tell. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -23

2:54pm Fri 31 Jan 14

train passenger says...

The downside: He last played really well in the 1990s at Excelsior and when he hit his hattrick against Liechtenstein. The upside: Strength in depth. Note to al: Ty Marsh is not the new Messi(ah).
The downside: He last played really well in the 1990s at Excelsior and when he hit his hattrick against Liechtenstein. The upside: Strength in depth. Note to al: Ty Marsh is not the new Messi(ah). train passenger
  • Score: -5

3:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

A Scroat says...

Well I will give him a chance, I will also return to the Kassam now Wilder has gone. I stopped a month ago out of sheer frustration regarding Wilder/Smalley/Const
able. COYY
Well I will give him a chance, I will also return to the Kassam now Wilder has gone. I stopped a month ago out of sheer frustration regarding Wilder/Smalley/Const able. COYY A Scroat
  • Score: 2

3:55pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
BigAlBiker wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.
Oi!

If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here????

He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.
Come on Al, give him a chance. If he comes in, scores a few goals, brings out the best in the other strikers and passes on his knowledge from several years playing at a higher level and international football to lads like Ty Marsh, as wayoutwest said, this can only benefit the long-term future of the club.

By all accounts he had fallen out with Barker and had been unhappy at Fratton Park for some time. An unhappy player is not a productive player and it is amazing how many niggling injuries they mysteriously pick up. Sure the club would have checked out his personality and would have undoubtedly asked Kitson what his opinion was.
If he comes in and scores goals then i will buy you a beer and apologise, but methinks after the Donkey Wilder time and the layers we have here this will not happen.

Time will tell.
Time has already shown that Tyrone is not good enough,. Part of me thinks it would be funny to see you bikes as manager for a bit so we can compare your stats with Wilder.. But i love the club..so no..
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.[/p][/quote]Oi! If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here???? He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.[/p][/quote]Come on Al, give him a chance. If he comes in, scores a few goals, brings out the best in the other strikers and passes on his knowledge from several years playing at a higher level and international football to lads like Ty Marsh, as wayoutwest said, this can only benefit the long-term future of the club. By all accounts he had fallen out with Barker and had been unhappy at Fratton Park for some time. An unhappy player is not a productive player and it is amazing how many niggling injuries they mysteriously pick up. Sure the club would have checked out his personality and would have undoubtedly asked Kitson what his opinion was.[/p][/quote]If he comes in and scores goals then i will buy you a beer and apologise, but methinks after the Donkey Wilder time and the layers we have here this will not happen. Time will tell.[/p][/quote]Time has already shown that Tyrone is not good enough,. Part of me thinks it would be funny to see you bikes as manager for a bit so we can compare your stats with Wilder.. But i love the club..so no.. BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: 13

3:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

New Manor rename says...

Dubes came to us past his prime and did a great job. Yes, he had injuries but we only have/need Connolly to the end of the season. A good start but hopefully more to come.
Dubes came to us past his prime and did a great job. Yes, he had injuries but we only have/need Connolly to the end of the season. A good start but hopefully more to come. New Manor rename
  • Score: 7

4:26pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Roy Burton's shorts says...

This feels like a good signing. It’s wrong to judge Connolly as poor based on where he’s coming from. He’s leaving a misfiring team where he’s unhappy. Richie Barker will want him gone simply to free up funds and to plan for Pompey’s longer term future. Our objective is very different. We just need someone to improve our striking options for 19 massive games. If he gets us half a dozen goals (like he has at Pompey this term) then job done.
Connolly hasn’t taken on body weight like many older players do. He’s still pretty mobile and remains a clever player who takes up good positions.

More worryingly, I hope IL isn’t seriously considering an interim manager. We have enough time to find a good permanent man and this is surely what we need. Even an interim manager will want to change things. But it’s in the nature of change that it won’t please everyone. If change is seen as temporary it will be easier to resist. Players can form unhelpful cliques in situations like this. In any event we need someone longer term to improve our negotiating position on contracts due for renewal in the months ahead. Players need to know who they’ll be playing for. Beyond Ryan, there are still a couple of key players we’ll probably want to keep in L1.
This feels like a good signing. It’s wrong to judge Connolly as poor based on where he’s coming from. He’s leaving a misfiring team where he’s unhappy. Richie Barker will want him gone simply to free up funds and to plan for Pompey’s longer term future. Our objective is very different. We just need someone to improve our striking options for 19 massive games. If he gets us half a dozen goals (like he has at Pompey this term) then job done. Connolly hasn’t taken on body weight like many older players do. He’s still pretty mobile and remains a clever player who takes up good positions. More worryingly, I hope IL isn’t seriously considering an interim manager. We have enough time to find a good permanent man and this is surely what we need. Even an interim manager will want to change things. But it’s in the nature of change that it won’t please everyone. If change is seen as temporary it will be easier to resist. Players can form unhelpful cliques in situations like this. In any event we need someone longer term to improve our negotiating position on contracts due for renewal in the months ahead. Players need to know who they’ll be playing for. Beyond Ryan, there are still a couple of key players we’ll probably want to keep in L1. Roy Burton's shorts
  • Score: 10

5:20pm Fri 31 Jan 14

nickw000 says...

Not a frequent poster but felt compelled listening to some of the rubbish being spouted. Connelly is a good signing with a decent record, who will bring the attributes we need right now. Experience, agile enough at this level and a great footballing brain the provide the likes of Rose and Wroe with opportunitiea to unlock defences.
I would like to see Williams getting wider and getting to the goal line rather than cutting in early at every opportunity, and lets stop playing this crappy lofted ball from the fullbacks into JC or DS to lay off with a heavy touch into central areas where there is little space or options to play the ball because we are too narrow and lack (or did lack) an inventive clever striker who can create the spaces for himself and others. rant over good signing.
P.s. how many strikers have we had that havent fitted into plans and gone on to score a hatfull at thier next club?
Not a frequent poster but felt compelled listening to some of the rubbish being spouted. Connelly is a good signing with a decent record, who will bring the attributes we need right now. Experience, agile enough at this level and a great footballing brain the provide the likes of Rose and Wroe with opportunitiea to unlock defences. I would like to see Williams getting wider and getting to the goal line rather than cutting in early at every opportunity, and lets stop playing this crappy lofted ball from the fullbacks into JC or DS to lay off with a heavy touch into central areas where there is little space or options to play the ball because we are too narrow and lack (or did lack) an inventive clever striker who can create the spaces for himself and others. rant over good signing. P.s. how many strikers have we had that havent fitted into plans and gone on to score a hatfull at thier next club? nickw000
  • Score: 10

6:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

dovepe says...

I would think that all these negative comments regards Ty Marsh is doing his confidence a lot of good.NOT! Let's give David Connolly a warm welcome and hope he gets a goal or two.
I would think that all these negative comments regards Ty Marsh is doing his confidence a lot of good.NOT! Let's give David Connolly a warm welcome and hope he gets a goal or two. dovepe
  • Score: 7

6:38pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Davos P says...

Good experience but 36 yrs old? Definitely on his last legs and certainly 3rd or 4th choice! Good luck to him though.
Good experience but 36 yrs old? Definitely on his last legs and certainly 3rd or 4th choice! Good luck to him though. Davos P
  • Score: -12

6:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

dovepe says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
BigAlBiker wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.
Oi!

If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here????

He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.
Come on Al, give him a chance. If he comes in, scores a few goals, brings out the best in the other strikers and passes on his knowledge from several years playing at a higher level and international football to lads like Ty Marsh, as wayoutwest said, this can only benefit the long-term future of the club.

By all accounts he had fallen out with Barker and had been unhappy at Fratton Park for some time. An unhappy player is not a productive player and it is amazing how many niggling injuries they mysteriously pick up. Sure the club would have checked out his personality and would have undoubtedly asked Kitson what his opinion was.
If he comes in and scores goals then i will buy you a beer and apologise, but methinks after the Donkey Wilder time and the layers we have here this will not happen.

Time will tell.
All down the Newlands then!
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.[/p][/quote]Oi! If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here???? He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.[/p][/quote]Come on Al, give him a chance. If he comes in, scores a few goals, brings out the best in the other strikers and passes on his knowledge from several years playing at a higher level and international football to lads like Ty Marsh, as wayoutwest said, this can only benefit the long-term future of the club. By all accounts he had fallen out with Barker and had been unhappy at Fratton Park for some time. An unhappy player is not a productive player and it is amazing how many niggling injuries they mysteriously pick up. Sure the club would have checked out his personality and would have undoubtedly asked Kitson what his opinion was.[/p][/quote]If he comes in and scores goals then i will buy you a beer and apologise, but methinks after the Donkey Wilder time and the layers we have here this will not happen. Time will tell.[/p][/quote]All down the Newlands then! dovepe
  • Score: 1

7:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

Roy Burton's shorts wrote:
This feels like a good signing. It’s wrong to judge Connolly as poor based on where he’s coming from. He’s leaving a misfiring team where he’s unhappy. Richie Barker will want him gone simply to free up funds and to plan for Pompey’s longer term future. Our objective is very different. We just need someone to improve our striking options for 19 massive games. If he gets us half a dozen goals (like he has at Pompey this term) then job done.
Connolly hasn’t taken on body weight like many older players do. He’s still pretty mobile and remains a clever player who takes up good positions.

More worryingly, I hope IL isn’t seriously considering an interim manager. We have enough time to find a good permanent man and this is surely what we need. Even an interim manager will want to change things. But it’s in the nature of change that it won’t please everyone. If change is seen as temporary it will be easier to resist. Players can form unhelpful cliques in situations like this. In any event we need someone longer term to improve our negotiating position on contracts due for renewal in the months ahead. Players need to know who they’ll be playing for. Beyond Ryan, there are still a couple of key players we’ll probably want to keep in L1.
I agree, Connolly isn't young but has experience, he has played at this level and didn't seem to fit in with Whittingham or Barker but We should welcome him here and give him our support.
I also agree with your point re interim Manager, we need someone, not necessarily straight away, who has enough time to evaluate the current players and which Division we will be going into next season. He must be given time to assess what he needs for next season as well as driving us into the automatic spots this season. Promotion is the key to bigger gates and better players, and to happy fans.
[quote][p][bold]Roy Burton's shorts[/bold] wrote: This feels like a good signing. It’s wrong to judge Connolly as poor based on where he’s coming from. He’s leaving a misfiring team where he’s unhappy. Richie Barker will want him gone simply to free up funds and to plan for Pompey’s longer term future. Our objective is very different. We just need someone to improve our striking options for 19 massive games. If he gets us half a dozen goals (like he has at Pompey this term) then job done. Connolly hasn’t taken on body weight like many older players do. He’s still pretty mobile and remains a clever player who takes up good positions. More worryingly, I hope IL isn’t seriously considering an interim manager. We have enough time to find a good permanent man and this is surely what we need. Even an interim manager will want to change things. But it’s in the nature of change that it won’t please everyone. If change is seen as temporary it will be easier to resist. Players can form unhelpful cliques in situations like this. In any event we need someone longer term to improve our negotiating position on contracts due for renewal in the months ahead. Players need to know who they’ll be playing for. Beyond Ryan, there are still a couple of key players we’ll probably want to keep in L1.[/p][/quote]I agree, Connolly isn't young but has experience, he has played at this level and didn't seem to fit in with Whittingham or Barker but We should welcome him here and give him our support. I also agree with your point re interim Manager, we need someone, not necessarily straight away, who has enough time to evaluate the current players and which Division we will be going into next season. He must be given time to assess what he needs for next season as well as driving us into the automatic spots this season. Promotion is the key to bigger gates and better players, and to happy fans. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 2

7:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

happyharryhardon says...

Surely that's not all. Everyone watching us playing football can see we need more help, and 1 sighning is not enough. We are very weak up front , we don't have a midfield that can create chances or keep the ball and now we are low on centre halfs, come on oxford we don't have long.
Surely that's not all. Everyone watching us playing football can see we need more help, and 1 sighning is not enough. We are very weak up front , we don't have a midfield that can create chances or keep the ball and now we are low on centre halfs, come on oxford we don't have long. happyharryhardon
  • Score: 1

8:09pm Fri 31 Jan 14

RocketMan says...

Well we are in certainly need of a decent experienced striker! Hope Connolly is the answer to our prayers! Number of shots and number of goals, not good enough at present to be certain of promotion. The U's need to be able to punish the mistakes of lesser teams, instead of hoping one nil will cut it!!

Equally it is about speed and sharpness of decision making in the final third of the pitch to make an incisive goal opportunities. Too many attacks break down with no end product. There have to be questions about Connolly's mobility and ability to withstand knocks.
It will be interesting to see how he links up with Rigg, Kitson, Smalley and Constable.

Home form needs urgent improvement. I think we might just creep over the line to make the playoffs. With a bit of luck we might do better and get promotion. It is going to be a close call.

I really hope we go up and Stevenage go down! But given that Kitson is likely to leave at the end of this season and Connolly is an unknown quantity for next season. We are going to need more players of quality with division one experience or higher. This does not come cheap and I do not see where the cash is going to come from to make this happen even with another few thousand on the turnstiles?
Well we are in certainly need of a decent experienced striker! Hope Connolly is the answer to our prayers! Number of shots and number of goals, not good enough at present to be certain of promotion. The U's need to be able to punish the mistakes of lesser teams, instead of hoping one nil will cut it!! Equally it is about speed and sharpness of decision making in the final third of the pitch to make an incisive goal opportunities. Too many attacks break down with no end product. There have to be questions about Connolly's mobility and ability to withstand knocks. It will be interesting to see how he links up with Rigg, Kitson, Smalley and Constable. Home form needs urgent improvement. I think we might just creep over the line to make the playoffs. With a bit of luck we might do better and get promotion. It is going to be a close call. I really hope we go up and Stevenage go down! But given that Kitson is likely to leave at the end of this season and Connolly is an unknown quantity for next season. We are going to need more players of quality with division one experience or higher. This does not come cheap and I do not see where the cash is going to come from to make this happen even with another few thousand on the turnstiles? RocketMan
  • Score: 1

10:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

dovepe says...

Brian Mcdermott IL get him now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brian Mcdermott IL get him now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dovepe
  • Score: 2

11:50pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bluewhiteandred says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.
Oi!

If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here????

He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.
We wont be happy if he starts scoring again he been on the subs bench since Richie barker arrived mainly yes mixed feelings he last scored away at Stevenage 9/11/3 fa cup :o).
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Connolly's scoring record is excellent and experience from someone proven at a higher level is exactly what we need right now - not some youngster who hasn't looked anywhere near good enough in the games he has played.[/p][/quote]Oi! If he cant get in Pompey's side week in week out why do you think he can do a job here???? He is old and slow and subject regular injury, just go look at the Pompey fans forum, their happy he has gone.[/p][/quote]We wont be happy if he starts scoring again he been on the subs bench since Richie barker arrived mainly yes mixed feelings he last scored away at Stevenage 9/11/3 fa cup :o). bluewhiteandred
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12:48am Sat 1 Feb 14

LetsBeRational says...

Cant help think he may help bring the best out of Kitson when he returns to the squad. Someone with the same experience and on the same wavelength.

Although I thought when Wilder went the chairman was confident of get a stricker from the Championship? This isn't that signing
Cant help think he may help bring the best out of Kitson when he returns to the squad. Someone with the same experience and on the same wavelength. Although I thought when Wilder went the chairman was confident of get a stricker from the Championship? This isn't that signing LetsBeRational
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11:40am Sat 1 Feb 14

Brenda Jackson says...

On the Pompy forum I visited their fans were not happy about Connolly leaving, and were critical of their manager. So take your choice of opinions, and wait and see what Connolly brings.
Best of luck to the new player and interim manager Mad Dog Lewis!!.
On the Pompy forum I visited their fans were not happy about Connolly leaving, and were critical of their manager. So take your choice of opinions, and wait and see what Connolly brings. Best of luck to the new player and interim manager Mad Dog Lewis!!. Brenda Jackson
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