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KT2 that's very true, they won't have played as a group - although oddly the bits less used to each other (like Alexander and Chislett down the right) worked better than ones like Thomas and Nightingale who must have played at least 20 games together over the last couple of years.
27th Nov 2020 15:39:07 
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KD - re your 12.26 - wholeheartedly agree
27th Nov 2020 15:13:02 
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I think they are our only two injuries at the moment. Of course there may be occasions when we have more players out but it's not exactly unknown to have a few youngsters on the bench (either those out on loan currently or from the development squad). I guess my question to people who think the squad is small is what positions do we need more players in (as opposed to better players to replace what we have)? Personally, I'd say we would ideally have another midfielder as Glyn often plays three relative defence minded players there so effectively three from Hartigan, Oksanen, Woodyard and Reilly. But I think we probably have better options/cover in most positions this season than we've had for some time.
27th Nov 2020 15:10:06 
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Lurker, think you may have taken my 'resembling a reserve team' comment a little too literally. Perhaps 'heavily rotated starting 11' would have been more accurate. The point being that it wasn't an 11 that was used to playing together, or playing at all in some individual cases. Credit to Barrow's team who were quite well organised and fought throughout the 120, they can rightfully feel gutted at being knocked out on pens. Good luck to them.
27th Nov 2020 14:55:29 
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kt2
All things considered (long journey, heavy squad rotation, opposition that didn't just roll over), the wombles did fairly well simply by not shitting the bed. But it was a steaming turd of a game.
23 players = five not involved any weekend. How many injuries do we have at the moment? O'Neill, young loan midfielder whatisname. Three not involved. Any others injured?
27th Nov 2020 14:47:51 
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TF that's not a bad idea for a shirt if someone can get a picture of the ball in the goal for the back of it.
27th Nov 2020 14:43:07 
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One of you should get Rudoni an "Eh if anyone's gonna miss it's gonna be this lad" t-shirt. Ridiculous thing for even the most biased commentator to say - Rudoni could have kicked the ball back towards the centre circle and it would still have found its way in after that sort of shit-spoutery. We won't stand for it, Dons go through by default.
27th Nov 2020 14:20:34 
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Bush womble the thing is that's not me deliberately finding ones who have got more or the same. Those are comparable clubs. I deliberately excluded ones that would definitely have more. I can find an average and lowest etc if you want but honestly we're running at the lower end for L1. I agree that's as much as we're capable of running. But also this isn't just about how many we include. Half our listed 1st/reserves squad are under 21s. Last few years we've had the youngest squad in the division. I mean our bench keeper last night was 18. So yeah we seem to not have a small squad (compared to what we're used to) but having 6 potential forwards doesn't mean much when 2 of them haven't played a single senior game in their career and 1 is playing his first senior football with us on loan.
27th Nov 2020 14:11:16 
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Well done, DLAG - thoroughly deserved, with more awards to come I hope. Interesting food bank development with Morrisons [Link] – maybe the DLAG could talk to local supermarkets about producing a Dons-branded pack to sell – the contents could vary according to what’s needed and it would help transport issues.
27th Nov 2020 13:32:46 
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Thanks for the Surrey/Kent border info, Joey. I’m a bit gutted that I wasn’t born in Surrey, but at least our kids were, postally at least (Kingston). Pete – there was (still is?) a telephone exchange opposite my nursery school near what was then Merton Park station (now a tram stop) – not sure if that was the Cherrywood exchange. We lived in Church Walk off Grand Drive.
Just want to point out that Peterborough have lost 4, just like us - they just don’t do draws, which is why they’re quite a bit higher than us.
27th Nov 2020 13:19:50 
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Longman will score vs Creepy 😬
27th Nov 2020 13:17:51 
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1 in 4 is ok but he’s on a downward trend. 0 in 4 doesn’t look quite so ok and that’s his current form.
27th Nov 2020 13:17:12 
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Lurker - I'm sure there are L1 clubs with bigger squads, though it's difficult to know the 'real' squad size without knowing the clubs (I suspect they don't all list them on a consistent basis). I think we have 23 senior players who have all featured in the first team this season, and nearly all had 1st team experience prior to this. We have 6 centre backs for 3 places, 3 left wing backs for 1 place, 6 midfielders for 3 places, etc. I just don't think that is a small squad, and it would also be difficult to carry a squad with any more senior players than this without sending people out on loan.
27th Nov 2020 13:12:01 
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bush womble - veery true, if Pigott can get near to 20, a second player getting 10 and another couple combined getting 10 is a massive difference to getting 0.7 goals per game which is the usual level for us.
27th Nov 2020 13:08:34 
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1 in 4 is really not that bad, especially if we have another striker scoring on a regular basis. You hardly ever get L1 strikers scoring 1 in 2 (and if they do they tend not to stay in L1) and even 1 in 3 is also not that common. I agree Longman has dropped off a bit recently and most of his goals were earlier in the season but if we did get 10-12 goals from him over the season that would not be too bad.
27th Nov 2020 13:07:06 
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Posh pushed back 24 hours.
27th Nov 2020 13:06:18 
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Probably doesn't help either that every pass longer than 5m is a total fucking lottery for us.
27th Nov 2020 12:43:43 
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I'd speculate - especially after the predictions coming right last night - that it doesn't help that we still tend to play the wrong ball to the wrong players. We played balls over the top for Palmer to chase and upped the hoof ball by a large factor after he came off and Pigott/Longman came on. There were 2 or 3 through balls Palmer did chase but he was way too slow for that Longman would have got to and made their keeper/defender have to do something. Likewise there were balls that Pigott was having to hold/lay off that we could have done with Palmer doing that and Pigott working off those lay offs. (I'm personally not sure about Longman's end product much as he's definitely better than Folivi or sicknote) but I definitely think a team that could put the ball in the right place could get another 5-10 goals from Pigott and probably a few more from players like Palmer and Longman.
27th Nov 2020 12:39:50 
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Definitely agree with whoever said we can't afford to sell Pigott - even if it's a Taylor situation of we know he'll go in the summer.
Longman has scored 1 in 4 in the league and nothing in the last 4 games he's played (all 65 mins or over) where the team has scored 6, so he really needs to step up and start contributing more than he is. He can't use the excuse of a poor side behind him because we're creating more chances than we were last year and other players are scoring goals. I'm not slamming the guy or looking for a scapegoat - he's certainly not shit or lazy - just saying he needs to start contributing because he's at risk of becoming an empty shirt.
27th Nov 2020 12:32:31 
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As a comparison of other first teams in L1 - Plymouth list 31, Doncaster list 28, Gillingham list 25 BUT have their reserves/U23s separate so actually have more than that, Bristol Rovers 32 PLUS another 10 listed in their "development squad", Fleetwood list 27 PLUS 10 in their development squad, Accrington list 33 (no dev/reserves)
27th Nov 2020 12:30:03 
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So no we're not carrying a large first team squad by L1 standard
Wonderful announcement on DLAG on the OS. Congrats to all involved.
27th Nov 2020 12:28:01 
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Huge congrats to the DLAG folk. If we are a movement (I don't think we are - we're a football club - but some do), that's precisely the kind of social good & capital we can generate for local communities and volunteers. Fan-owned or otherwise.
27th Nov 2020 12:26:30 
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Perhaps the movement types should get involved with DLAG?
Bush womble - technically we have a first team squad of 30 but that actually is our first team and reserves (as in under 23s) combined. In fact 15 of those 30 would still qualify to play U21s if it existed. Realistically we're running a first team squad of 20 and that's including the injured players.
27th Nov 2020 12:22:23 
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Good to see Epsom, sutton,Kingston, merton,and especially wandsworth going the right way with less infections up till 22nd November
27th Nov 2020 12:14:09 
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BBC coronavirus website.
I was waiting for Hartigan to take a pen 😂😂
27th Nov 2020 12:11:13 
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