I think DC subbed off Lines because he pulled out of a tackle that led to us conceding a goal. Not really sure why he has been playing in front of the back 4 anyway as defending is hardly one of his strengths.
Totally agree re: Ollie Clarke, I didn't even notice he was on the pitch for the first half an hour!
I know DC said he would take the blame for that pi$$ poor performance but to be honest I think he is just trying to protect his players from criticism which is weird because he always makes a thing of saying he tells it like it is / won't paper over the cracks etc. The reality is that the team he selected was pretty much the same as the one that played on Saturday and should not have capitulated in such a spectacular fashion.
The pressure is now well and truly on us for the next game, if we don't get something out of it then we will have lost 3 in a row which could be the start of a losing streak. Let's hope the boys bounce back.
As much as we have been inconsistent so far this season I don't believe we are as bad a team as that performance would suggest.
As far as tonight's team selection goes I only have 2 requests please Daryll...
Firstly, give Telford a start, by all means bring Nichols on as a sub for the last 15 if absolutely necessary.
Secondly, don't bring Moore even for the bench, would rather give Broom a go.
Right I'm off to the supermarket to buy some weetabix.
But I've seen nothing of Telford to say that he can play in the attacking midfielder Bodin role, which is where Nichols has been playing. Or do you mean to break up the Harrison-Gaffney partnership, which is starting to look promising?
I mean replace Nichols with Telford, since we are likely to go 4-3-3 I'd put Telford in the middle and have Rory and Ellis either side, midfield 3 of Lines, Sercs and Ollie and then back 4 of Parts, Locks, Sweeney and Bola. GK to stay as Slocs
Agreed regarding Sercombe. Not his best outing yesterday.
I think Sercombe was guilty of trying to prove a point to Oxford and it caused him to lose focus
Yeah that's exactly what I thought, he was guilty of trying too hard.
Whenever he made a shot it was off target, over hit and had no control so went over or wide. A little more composure and I think he could have been a match winner as he had a few decent opportunities throughout the game.
I didn't sample the new grub yesterday as the queue for the SW stand pasty hut was ridiculously long when I arrived. Will hopefully get a chance to try next time.
Great to hear all the rave reviews though.
Just out of interest had the prices gone up?
The price of a pie was £3.90 which is a bit of a rise on the pasty, but the interesting bit is that Brighton apparently sell the same pies for £4.50 and they don't have to be transported a fraction of the distance. Therefore I would guess that this is an introductory price to allow it compete with the Cornish products....
It's gonna be interesting to see how this unfolds because there were still loads of people buying pasties yesterday, I guess there might be a silent majority....
My only gripe really in all of this is that I loved the chicken curry pies which disappeared about 3 years ago.... 2 quid and bloody lovely
Good idea to keep it under £4 though, maybe the club doesn't demand the same level of mark up as Brighton.
On Saturday I took my 8 year old son to his first game (yes, I will definitely take him again!). Of course, all future games will be a disappointment to him now despite me trying to explain that we won't win like that every week. We don't live in Bristol and I was prompted to take him by talk of wanting to go and see his local team (a premiership club), which I needed to nip in the bud. I'm pleased to say that he has declared himself to be a gashead now despite taunts in the school playground from his friends. I do realise that I could be condemning him to a life of football supporting misery and bitter disappointment when he could be watching Man. Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea etc. from the comfort of a nice stadium. Does that make me a bad parent? Probably.
It was interesting on Saturday to see how he reacted. He loved the noise, the crowd, the chanting and, most of all, the swearing (I was in trouble at home that evening when he sang the 'cheer up Lee Johnson' song to his mum). What scared him though was seeing grown adults p@ssed up, aggressive, fronting up to police and stewards and one puking in front of him. That was mostly confined to a small group, which in hindsight I should have moved us further from but I guess that after going to so many games I see that behaviour as 'normal' and just take it for granted. It didn't really occur to me that an 8 year old might be shocked by it! I'm not being judgemental by the way; In my younger days I've not always been the best behaved or most sober at games.
Anyway, the main purpose of this thread was to ask for advice. His grandad has offered to buy him a Rovers kit. He doesn't live in Bristol now either and so would have to order it and get it sent to us, so there won't be an opportunity to try it on or at least look at it and size it up. There was a lot on this forum earlier in the summer about adult shirts being a 'snug' fit and people finding that they needed to buy one or two sizes bigger than normal. Has anyone had a similar experience with kids' shirts? He's quite tall but quite thin. Should I take the 'he'll grow into it' approach and go really big? Any advice welcome!
Fantastic to hear yet another gas head has joined the family!
My lad is 9 years old and as thin as a rake, he's not really tall compared to his peers though.
I bought him a 2xs size and it seems a good fit, not too tight/small but has enough room for him to grow into it over the next year or so, the length of the shirt seems quite good too, i.e not too short, the 3xs seemed really short in length.
One suggestion for you is that the kit is made by Macron, I would imagine their sizing is standard across their range so if you live near another local club who also has Macron kit then you could pop in to their shop and check the sizing out for yourself, that way you know you are not making a mistake when you order online or over the phone.
IMO the club are proceeding in exactly the right way by firstly engaging with the immediate residents and interested stakeholder groups such as FOMG before publishing any plans or proposals.
Get these people on side and you will make life much easier for yourself in the long run through the planning process.
"FOMG would support a community stadium, which is really beneficial to the neighbourhood, and is fitting, given the war memorial status of the sport ground and its residential setting."
This is very positive statement indeed.
A community stadium will be mutually beneficial to all parties, the community gain facilities that they don't currently have and Rovers can gain from the diverse revenue streams outside of match days as well as the fact that there will be an increase interest in the club which in turn will push up supporter numbers and gates on match days.
This is the first bit if encouraging news I have heard since UWE went down the pan.
I don't give a monkeys if the club haven't made an official announcement about this, they will do when they are good and ready. UTG!