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Is it time to move on?

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After five seasons as Swans manager it's time to move on to the next club.
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We were so close to seizing a playoff spot! Why not give it one more year?
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Once a Jack, always a Jack. See out your career at the club!
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Kingsley wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 1:17 pm Cracking win in the cup and a bumper draw for the 4th round (in terms of cash)
Very unlucky against a good Forest side. How the hell have they got Redknapp playing for them ?
Wimbledon was an important one to win
Just can't seem to get closer than 6 points from automatic promotion.
Nice to see Lita and Howie coming back to some sort of form.
Yes, you were right earlier about that part of our formation with the three guys so neatly lined up in the centre (Bryan, Howie and Lita). It still doesn't work terribly well. Especially not for Bryan and Howie. They probably need to play alongside each other.

It''s mostly coming from the wingers now. Barnes, of course, but also Brough (with 8 assists from 8 appearances!)

Also, Lita is on fire with six goals from these three games, mostly from low crosses and none of them headers, while Macías scored a header again as soon as he was brought on. So two strikers might also be an option. But then Howie or Bryan would have to sit on the bench....
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Lita right back on form

Balls - thought we sneaked a draw v Forest there

West Ham game will bring some pennies but Upton Park so not the stadium they are in now

Nice to see Howie bag again

Going well and for sure playoff contenders looking a solid bet now
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A minor change to our formation

After that hectic first week in January we were still playoff contenders but it was also clear that having Howie as attacking central midfielder with Bryan playing behind him as MC was not a huge success. For Bryan's through passes to be effective he had to play directly behind Lita, who was able to time his runs well.

So we made a minor change to our formation hoping that both Howie and Bryan would be more effective this way. We also decided to play this formation until the end of January and then possibly try a two-striker formation.


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First of all we had to play Bradford City at Valley Parade. Bradford had a decent team with Paul Evans and Rody Turpijn as their best players.


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Saturday 14th January 2006

"Not quite what we had hoped. Barnes and Bryan played well, but we still struggled to find the net even though we battered Bradford at times."

"Eventually we scored from a set piece. Brough whipped in a corner and Collins powered a header into the net. And not for the first time this season, either. It's good to have a tall defender with good heading skills!"

"Saunders and Brough were our best-rated players. In fact we played well as a team, but we were not very effective."


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The next week we had to play a strong Watford side. Watford had an effective striker in Tommy Smith and they were just below us in the table.


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We played the same formation as the previous week, when we narrowly defeated Bradford City, only with Grimes for the suspended Lee Collins.

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Saturday 21st January 2006

"Strange things can happen in football. The other day most of the goals were scored in the final twelve minutes of the match and today all of the goals were scored in the first eight minutes."

"Lat week Collins scored a header from a corner. Today Grimes scored his very first goal of the season, also with a header! And for Grimes this is rather unusual."

"However, two minutes later Nardiello cancelled out Grimes opener with a clinical finish and another three minutes later Smith blasted in low and hard and we were 2-1 down!"

"We really played quite well as a team, and Bryan played better than he has been for a while, but Lita was very unfortunate with his shots not finding the target."

"Guéret was not very confident so we brought on Freestone in the second half on 'Big Rog' played well, but we lost the game..."

"Remarkably, Lita was named Man of the Match, but our whole team played well again."


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The final game of the month was the FA Cup game against West Ham United, whose main striker, Daniel Defoe, was valued at £12.5M - only he was injured. The Hammers still had a formidable team, though.


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We played the same formation again, with Lee Collins back from his suspension and Ciarán Grimes on the bench again.

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Saturday 28th January 2006

"Well, that was a very good lesson in efficiency! We were outplayed today and even Saunders and Willis were struggling today against the Premier Division title contenders. In fact, our central defensive midfielders were our weakest link!"

"And unfortunately the match did not even bring in all that much money, either."

"One thing worth mentioning, though, is that just like last week we gave Freestone game time and he played quite well again."


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And so Bryan was playing better than he had been, but Howie was still struggling to find his form and we were ready to try a two-striker formation in February. Only we had not counted on one thing...


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• Slight risk changing formation when it’s been doing so well
• Hard lines v Hammers
• No shock Big Rog is still a ledge
• Brough on 60 fitness?! And not subbed?!
• Meh – only 19k turned up as well
• Balls on the striker injury!
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Redknapp69 wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 9:17 pm • Slight risk changing formation when it’s been doing so well
• Hard lines v Hammers
• No shock Big Rog is still a ledge
• Brough on 60 fitness?! And not subbed?!
• Meh – only 19k turned up as well
• Balls on the striker injury!
It may have been risky - and it did not pay off yet - but we did keep the three defenders and two midfielders.
The idea was that Bryan playing behind Howie playing behind Lita that did not seem to fit our two midfielders.

Also, Howie is more of a central midfielder (20) than an attacking midfielder (15).
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A difficult month

Because of Macías' injury we could not switch to a two-striker formation when we had to play Aston Villa, who had been relegated from the Premier Division the previous year.

The Villans played a 4-4-2 formation with Sergei Rebrov as their star player and with Martijn Reuser and Hamit Altintop as wingers.


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We played with the same formation as the previous month. Freestone started out on the bench again.


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Friday 3rd February 2006

"Well, we received a sound thrashing from Aston Villa today..."

"We played the Villans in front of a boisterous crowd of some 27,000 and although our hosts had a bad start to the season - they are still trying to recover from their relegation - in the first half Gary Holt scored the opening goal with a fierce strike and in the second half Martijn Reuser doubled their lead with a tap-in after Rebrov's shot was spilled by Guéret."

"And when Reuser was brought down by Guéret in the area a penalty was awarded and Holt completed his brace from the spot."

"A very bad day at the office, especially for our goalkeeper, but I have to add that Saunders and Willis were our best players again. The fact that they struggled so much against West Ham makes one wonder if we are even ready for the Premier Division, though."


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The next week we faced Rotherham United, a side in the relegation zone. The Millers had a mediocre squad - and it was a home game for us.


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We decided to have Roger Freestone start as goalkeeper again. Roger seemed fit enough and Guéret was going through a dip in form.

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Saturday 11th February 2006

"Sad to say, but even against Rotherham we struggle to find the net."

"Scott Brough played fantastically, though. In the first half he already found the net, but it was ruled out for offside. However, the second half had barely started when Brough scored a fine 20-yarder."

"It looked like this would be another narrow 1-0 win, but then, with just twelve minutes remaining, Karen Robert netted the equaliser and as the clock ticked down a draw seemed inevitable. However, to the fans' delight with 89 minutes on the clock Brough scored his second goal for the club with the assist from Lita and we managed to keep the three precious points at the Vetch!"

"Obviously, there was no argument about who was named the Man of the Match today!"


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Three days later we played Caersws (also known as Clwb Pêl Droed Caersŵs) in the Premier Cup Quarter Final, hoping for an impressive win to boost our morale...


Tuesday 14th February 2006

"Well, this was a rather pathetic performance today, although Freestone, Howard and Brough played well enough."

"We started with Ronnie Green as striker, but at half-time there were still no goals so we brought on Lita in the second half. We did not want the game to go to extra time. But it was Scott Brough again who scored the late deciding goal!"

"Obviously we are going through some sort of dip at the moment and Lita doesn't produce any braces anymore..."


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• I’m calling for Big Rog
• Not much in Villa game apart from scoreline -why no subs are being made?
• Who is Karen Robert?!
• Christ – fortunate win v Rotherham but we’ll take it!
• Squeaked through in Welsh Cup
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That formation is not working. Having 2 defensive midfielders does seem excessive
I know you wanted to play 2 up top, but you need to change something before Macias is back
Do you have any other central defenders ? Playing with just 1 looks very exposed at the back.
Good news is that you have limited the damage and not lost too much ground
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Redknapp69 wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 9:28 pm • I’m calling for Big Rog
• Not much in Villa game apart from scoreline -why no subs are being made?
• Who is Karen Robert?!
• Christ – fortunate win v Rotherham but we’ll take it!
• Squeaked through in Welsh Cup
1. Guéret doesn't have the consistency needed to be a regular starter so we shall finish the season with Freestone between the sticks. The problem is that Freestone will turn 38 in August and is injury-prone.
2. i did not think that subs would make a difference and would only demoralize the players being brought off. Also, I wanted to give them all a chance to prove their value to the club so I wanted them to play the full ninety minutes.
3. Rotherham got Karen Robert os a free transfer in the 2001/02 season.
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Kingsley wrote: Sat May 14, 2022 6:48 am That formation is not working. Having 2 defensive midfielders does seem excessive
I know you wanted to play 2 up top, but you need to change something before Macias is back
Do you have any other central defenders ? Playing with just 1 looks very exposed at the back.
Good news is that you have limited the damage and not lost too much ground
It isn't. And we can't have two central defensive midfielders and also two up top. Besides, we couldn't have backup players for the as we only have two of each.

So we in March we shall once again have to change our formation.

The damage, as you say, is limited.

ps) Tested positive on corona this week (IRL) but fit enough to post an an interesting update to my memoirs later today :)
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Struggling through February

There were still three leagues remaining and we had to play Hull City at Boothferry Park next. The Tigers were stuck in the relegation zone and a good result would be a boost to our players' morale.


Saturday 18th February 2006

"Well, when Lita netted the early opener with the assist from Howard we were expecting a comfortable win today, but Bryan played well below par and so did Brough and in the end it was only a narrow win for us. But at least it's three points in the bag."


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"Meanwhile, Leicester played a game which they will want to quickly forget as they received no less than three red cards! The Foxes are still in first place, but this is a real blot on their season."

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And our midweek game happened to be a home game against Barnsley, four days after they had humiliated the league leaders.


Wednesday 22nd February 2006

"A rather disappointing affair. Richard Knopper was sent off just before the break so we thought that might give us a chance to keep the points at the Vetch. But then Freestone picked up an injury and we had to bring him off. I mean, just when we had decided to finish the season with Big Rog as our first goalkeeper..."

"Of course we should have scored at least once in the second half but scoring goals is a real problem for us these days, even though we played well enough as a team. We are just not being effective and so the match ended in a frustrating stalemate (although we would have taken a point before the game)."


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"Now it looks like Leicester don't seem to have recovered from the weekend yet. They had another player sent off and they got another thrashing today..."

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Obviously, Freestone's injury was another huge setback for us. And four days later we faced Derby County, who were just below us in the league table.


Saturday 25th February 2006

"A very decent result, especially after being 1-0 down at half-time. Lita scored with the assist from Jenkins and we remain in seventh place, which is a decent position only it's just not good enough."

"And the same thing can be said of our formation. This time Willis played below par."


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Look after yourself. I hope it is not too heavy an infection and you recover quickly.
Same could be said for Freestone, but I’m starting to think he might be a liability if you can’t rely on him.
5 points from these 3 games might just be enough to keep you in the hunt, but without a big run, Automatic promotion looks out the window
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Hope you feel better soon mate - don't worry about the story and rest up. I had feck all energy for a few days when I had it so take it easy

Meh - shame on Rog

5/9 decent haul there with a couple of tough games

Leicester imploding!

Still all to play for with the playoffs!
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Redknapp69 wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 9:31 pm Hope you feel better soon mate - don't worry about the story and rest up. I had feck all energy for a few days when I had it so take it easy

Meh - shame on Rog

5/9 decent haul there with a couple of tough games

Leicester imploding!

Still all to play for with the playoffs!
Cheers.

At least I can sit down, writing this stuff :)
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Kingsley wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 4:59 pm Look after yourself. I hope it is not too heavy an infection and you recover quickly.
Same could be said for Freestone, but I’m starting to think he might be a liability if you can’t rely on him.
5 points from these 3 games might just be enough to keep you in the hunt, but without a big run, Automatic promotion looks out the window
Cheers.

I think I may be on the mend now. But I take the rest I need. The official five days of isolation end today.

Meanwhile, yes, five points from three games should be enough you'd think. But the others don't drop too many points either.
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Starting a fresh month

Sometimes you just want to turn the page on a month and start a fresh month - only Macías and Freestone were both still injured.

The month of March started with a home game against Bristol City and with us reverting back to the formation we had played at the very start of the season, so with four defenders and just one defensive midfielder. The only difference was that we now had Scott Brough rather than Lee Clitheroe as right winger.


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Lita's former club were several places below us in the league table and they still played a very solid 4-4-2 formation.


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Saturday 4th March 2006

"We played well as a team but we were not lethal enough up front. That sums up the game and also the entire season. Or at least, up to this point."

"Macías is still injured so we still played with one striker and it was a typical match again with a goalless draw as the inevitable result. It only goes to show that something will need to change. And to be honest, we can hardly wait until Macías is fit and ready to play again."

"The good news is that Bryan played quite well again today."


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We also had a midweek game to play against Tranmere Rovers, one of the bottom-half sides who had Darren Bent as striker and Brad Friedel as goalkeeper.


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Wednesday 8th March 2006

"Not too much to report."

"That is to say, when Lita was knocked to the floor by Matt Hill's shoulder barge and a penalty was awarded we thought this might become a totally different game from the one we played on Saturday, but then Sumit Chawla netted the equaliser and although Bryan played even better than four days ago we were unable to find the net and to restore our lead."

"And so it took a penalty for us to score a goal today."

"Bryan seems happy, though, that we reverted back to a more normal formation. Our creative midfielder was our best player by far, tonight."


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"We don't score enough goals, but we have had a run of six league games without a loss now. Two wins and four draws. And still the gap with sixth place is only widening."

"This raises a question. Have we reached a plateau above which we are unable to rise? Or can a two-striker formation make the difference for us as we are going into the final stages of the season?"


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These are games that you really need to be winning
Not to late for a barnstorming end to the season, but you need to find goals from somewhere.
Another striker for next season must be top of the shopping list ( and a replacement for Freestone)
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You have dropped out of those playoff places at just the wrong time. Feb/Mar is the time when you really want to be picking up form not losing it.
But as Kingsley says, still a long way to go. Still 30 points to play for.

Going back a few updates to the West Ham game. Just did actually show Phil Babb's full name on the pitch tactics screen before. Never seen that before. Normally just surname or with first initial.
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ebfatz wrote: Mon May 16, 2022 12:30 pm You have dropped out of those playoff places at just the wrong time. Feb/Mar is the time when you really want to be picking up form not losing it.
But as Kingsley says, still a long way to go. Still 30 points to play for.

Going back a few updates to the West Ham game. Just did actually show Phil Babb's full name on the pitch tactics screen before. Never seen that before. Normally just surname or with first initial.
We'll see what happens. Ten games with a two-striker formation to try and turn things around!
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Kingsley wrote: Mon May 16, 2022 7:32 am These are games that you really need to be winning
Not too late for a barnstorming end to the season, but you need to find goals from somewhere.
Another striker for next season must be top of the shopping list ( and a replacement for Freestone)
If Macías, with his heading skills, can show his value for the club the season might end well. He has excellent finishing skills and very good heading and off the ball. He is unknown and just 18-years-old and may become a superb striker.

If this season does not end well I've had enough. A third year in the First Division isn't very appealing to me."
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Don’t blame you. Anything in the offing from Netherlands ?
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Kingsley wrote: Mon May 16, 2022 3:53 pm Don’t blame you. Anything in the offing from Netherlands ?
I hope so. We shall see what happens.
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Would have liked 4/6 there - not much in these games

2 striker will surely offer more goals as you do have decent protection behind and maybe the wide men will have more to aim at

You are performing very well - few decent summer signings and playoffs for sure is the target next season if you don't manage a late run this season
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Redknapp69 wrote: Mon May 16, 2022 8:43 pm Would have liked 4/6 there - not much in these games

2 striker will surely offer more goals as you do have decent protection behind and maybe the wide men will have more to aim at

You are performing very well - few decent summer signings and playoffs for sure is the target next season if you don't manage a late run this season
Yes, more to aim at and even high crosses would work, or at least that's the plan...
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A crucial South Wales derby

And so, rather than having our season peter into mid-table mediocrity after a long string of goalless draws with the odd narrow win or loss, we decided to make one final attempt to qualify for the playoffs. We switched to an attacking two-striker formation.

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And we had picked what was arguably the very best time for this all-or-nothing strategy because we had to play the South Wales derby next and Cardiff happened to be the bottom-most team at the time!

And if we would not take any risks stalemate would be the logical result judging by their defensive formation...


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Saturday 11th March 2006

"We didn't quite know what to expect when we started playing with two strikers and just three defenders, but my word, those first ten minutes!"

"The match had barely started when Barnes already hit the bar. Brough then picked up on the loose ball and he lifted it into the six-yard box where Macías climbed above Simon Colosimo to head the ball into the goal and put us 1-0 up!"

"But our rivals immediately hit back to turn the game around. First Steve Pearson cancelled out Macías' opener - also with a header - and then Peter Thorne took advantage of the confusion in our defence and he blasted the ball into the top corner and we were 2-1 down!"

"All of this happened in the space of just ten minutes, but it wasn't over yet. We managed to recover and with thirty minutes on the clock Bryan sent the ball into the area in front of Lita who worked himself some space and beat Colin Meldrum with a powerful effort to make it 2-2."

"And after the break Lita did not take long to restore our lead. When Brough passed the ball into the area our striker showed that he, too, can finish with his head if needs be!"

"We played a lot more carefully after that third goal and we even made a triple substitution as we have another game to play on Tuesday. Lita and Macías had seven shots on goal between them and almost all of them on target, so I am pleased with that. And also with Collins, who played well as central defender."

"So far, so good. Much better and much more entertaining than goalless draws. Saunders, Brough, Macías and Lita were outstanding. It's just a bit worrying that we conceded twice, but after an unfortunate start to the game Guéret played a very solid second half."


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