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DPL v Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe will present an interesting challenge for the best team the manager could put out, but it remains doubtful whether, wedded to his Horses for Courses approach, he will focus on formation irrespective of who is playing well.

I have seen comment from those who follow the clubs who have loaned players which implies that they are owed explanations if their players are not picked to play. This rather reinforces the belief that they are prioritised.

I suppose that prediction of the outcome is one theme in any preview and the obvious one, based on our recent record would be a defeat. I have been to the away WW matches the last 3 times there and their main quality is hard work, rather than any great skill. They don’t give up. So, if our best team were put out and they played well, we could beat them.

However, the accuracy of a prediction reduces as the number of variables increases and I am losing faith in the manager’s judgement in the present situation. He handled limited resources well, proving himself capable of getting the best out of what he had. Suddenly, faced with more choice, he has indulged in complete re-engineering of the machine. The components, some of them of very high quality, scatter the floor of the workshop and he is struggling to reassemble them into something that functions more efficiently than before or even as efficiently as before.

On a lighter note, I used to wonder why a football team would want to be known as the choirboys and then realised that I’d misread it. The Vikings ought to make short work of a collection of furniture and on that basis with no sensible rationality at all I’ll back Mr Moore to return to his tried and tested management approach and provide us with a 2-0 win with Amos playing and Sadlier/Blair/Taylor/Copps to score.

(I am inclined to introduce a 1 point bonus for anyone who can name an ex Development squad player who actually starts!)

posted on 2/3/20

Madger Gomes wanted by Sheff Weds.

posted on 2/3/20

I did not see the game. I got a reasonable signal on the coast, but iFollow dropped-out om my iPad while I was watching DM’s pre-game talk on Friday and for some reason would not re-connect then, or on Saturday. I’ve watched the highlights back at home today, and there were good and poor things about the performance. I’d like to hear some thoughts about Cole from people who saw the game; the DFP gives him a positive write-up.

I am almost totally p---d off with DM’s chop-and-change manner of team selection, and when he drops Amos for the next game, will be totally p---d off!

I think one problem is relying (or just having) so many loanees. Last season Wilks and Kane were very good additions, and, of course, we first had Anderson on loan. DM says there are no agreements as to how often anyone has to play, but obviously the players, or the parent clubs, will not be happy if they do not play. However, he does seem to give them preference over well-established players that are performing well. To me the biggest tragedies are the lack of opportunities for promising development squad players (despite all DM’s talk about it), and the lack of sufficient playing time for our two top scorers, Sadlier and Taylor. With Ramsey’s, and now Lokilo’s, good early games (it appears Lokilo had a very good game for the U-23s today), when will Taylor get game time?

I feel very sorry for Baptiste as he was injured in his second game. However, would DM break-up the Anderson-Wright partnership to give him a start? - probably “Yes” because of some “mysterious injury” to one of them!

Also, I am not looking forward to the second year running of the dismantling of our team.

posted on 2/3/20

Cole was virtually anonymous for the first forty minutes against Wycombe.
I was hoping that Moore would take him off, put Ennis down the middle, Sads on the left and bring Taylor on down the right.
To be fair, Cole did do better in the second half and should have had that last minute pen but for me, I haven’t seen him produce enough in his games so far.
He appears to be lazy and certainly won’t chase about like JM did last season.Fejiri completes his suspension this coming Saturday but will need to get match fit before Moore will put him back in the team.
He had just got himself into the starting line up before the sending off of course.


posted on 2/3/20

The DFP has acted as a willing messenger for the “Party line” on this issue. DM is a genuinely nice man and he may believe what he says without having objectively analysed whether his actions match his words. That brings me back to the role of the press and the duty to question and challenge.

It is time they began to do their job. Do they ever read this stuff though?

posted on 3/3/20

Thanks, Hound.

posted on 4/3/20

Donaldo,
You ask if "they ever read this stuff". I'm sure they have some lowly staff member assigned to it, and take no notice of what he/she says. However, I hope someone like Sads looks at it and realises that most of us would love him to stay. At 75, I hate social media and have would never partake in Facebook or Twitter, but I assume a "youngster" like Sads may well do. You young guys, please tell him we love him!

posted on 4/3/20

Lanza is the only contributor who scored in more than 1 category in this difficult period.
In such unstable times forecasting is not much easier than the National Lottery.

Shrewsbury 1 : Rovers 0
>>>>>>> Scorer > Score > Result Bonus > Total > Pts B/F > O/all
Donaldo>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 78 >>>> 78
PDXMickey> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 77 >>>> 77
Yorks Lad>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 72 >>>> 72
BVZ>>>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 3 >>>> 0 >>>> 3 >>>>> 34 >>>>>> 37
Crazy>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 71 >>>> 71
Uthred>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 57 >>>> 57
Mooligan>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 3 >>>> 0 >>>> 3 >>>>> 63 >>>> 66
King Chmprr 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0
Small Azza> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 52 >>>> 52
Azza>>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 11 >>>>> 11
Cheltenham 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0
Nookie>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 94 >>>> 94
Selby>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0
Lanza>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 55 >>>> 55
>>>>>>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 6 >>>>> 0 >>>> 6 >>>> 664 >>> 670

Rovers 3 (Ennis) : Wycombe 1
>>>>>>> Scorer > Score > Result Bonus > Total > Pts B/F > O/all
Donaldo>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 3 >>>> 0 >>>> 3 >>>>> 78 >>>> 81
PDXMickey> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 3 >>>> 0 >>>> 3 >>>>> 77 >>>> 80
Yorks Lad>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 72 >>>> 72
BVZ>>>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 37 >>>>>> 37
Crazy>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 3 >>>> 0 >>>>> 3 >>>>> 71 >>>> 74
Uthred>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 57 >>>> 57
Mooligan>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 63 >>>> 63
King Chmprr 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>>> 3 >>>>> 3
Small Azza> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 52 >>>> 52
Azza>>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 11 >>>>> 11
Cheltenham 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0
Nookie>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>> 94 >>>> 94
Selby>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0 >>>>>> 0 >>>>> 0 >>>> 0
Lanza>>>>> 4 >>>>> 0 >>>>> 3 >>>> 0 >>>>> 7 >>>>> 55 >>>> 62
>>>>>>>>>> 4 >>>>> 0 >>>> 12 >>>>> 0 >>>> 16 >>>> 670 >>> 686

posted on 5/3/20

Be interesting to see who gets picked on Saturday, wonder if Taylor will be another one departing at end of season. The more I hear, the more I have grave concerns about next season.
Regarding Moore and who he's brought in compared to the players McCann had lined up, doesn't look good to be honest. Both full backs and Taylor where lined up before he left, so who has Moore brought in and when.

posted on 5/3/20

Looking sympathetically on Darren Moore’s situation, you could attribute where he finds himself now to a degree of inexperience. OK he will have coached and managed junior teams prior to WBA, but his actual time in first team control is still less than 2 years. Most of us will have made mistakes which we look back on with some embarrassment in our early years of management.

The fact that he put out a winning team last time is to his credit and he seems the sort of person who is sensitive to criticism. He may not admit publically that he was getting things wrong and I think it his actions here on in that will show his real calibre

posted on 5/3/20

...it is his actions hereon in...

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