AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: We played some of our best football of pre-season against Swans

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

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MANAGER Eddie Howe felt Cherries had played some of their best football of pre-season during last night’s 3-1 victory over Swansea City.

Marc Pugh’s double and a Brett Pitman penalty saw Cherries down the Premier League outfit who fielded a somewhat weakened team.

Howe said: “It was a good game and I thought we played well. It took us a bit of time to get going but, once we got the first goal, the confidence was evident and we played some really good football in the second half.

“We scored some good goals so it was a good night’s work. It looks like everyone came through unscathed and we gave the players more minutes and good minutes. The lads look very fit so it was pleasing.

“Once we got our confidence, scored the goals and started feeling good about ourselves, I thought some of our football in and around the box was as good as it has been during pre-season. That will give the lads a real boost before next week. With another week’s training to go, where we can just refine certain points, we are quite happy with where we are.

“It was frustrating to concede one and it is not a habit you want to get into. The game was dead and it was disappointing to see but there is still time to work on that.”

Howe said Swansea boss Garry Monk had contacted him to inform him the Welsh club would be fielding only a couple of first-team players due to an injury crisis.

“We wanted as strong a test as we could have had, even if we had been beaten so it was slightly disappointing from that perspective,” said Howe.

“But it is what it is and you can only play what is in front of you. Swansea are still a good side and you could see the philosophy running through their younger players. It was still a good test to get the ball for the first 20 minutes and I thought it was an entertaining battle.”

Discussing today’s trip to Oxford, Cherries’ final pre-season friendly, Howe said: “We have a very strong side to go to Oxford which shows the depth of our squad. I am hoping to see another good performance in what will be a tough game. It will be a totally different game to this one and, in some senses, it will be harder.”

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8:51am Sat 2 Aug 14

Web by says...

Yes this was a good exercise however lets not get carried away as the report says they did not have many 1st team players playing but the lads done what they had to can't wait for the season start c'mon you reds
Yes this was a good exercise however lets not get carried away as the report says they did not have many 1st team players playing but the lads done what they had to can't wait for the season start c'mon you reds Web by
  • Score: 2

8:56am Sat 2 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) .. Nat1234
  • Score: 1

9:25am Sat 2 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

Bret Pitman is good for the squad .Dont think he can play a full match at this level ,But when he does play he can put the ball in the net with no hesitation.We all know he is a great penalty player.as show against the Swans., Eddie is write in keeping him ,at least for another season.
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Bret Pitman is good for the squad .Dont think he can play a full match at this level ,But when he does play he can put the ball in the net with no hesitation.We all know he is a great penalty player.as show against the Swans., Eddie is write in keeping him ,at least for another season. . cromwell9
  • Score: -2

9:29am Sat 2 Aug 14

alasdair1967 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Three players signed thus far ,dan gosling junior stanilas and Callum Wilson
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Three players signed thus far ,dan gosling junior stanilas and Callum Wilson alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

9:40am Sat 2 Aug 14

alasdair1967 says...

Web by wrote:
Yes this was a good exercise however lets not get carried away as the report says they did not have many 1st team players playing but the lads done what they had to can't wait for the season start c'mon you reds
Good result yes but .To me is an insult this fixture was supposed to be one of the premium pre season friendly matches,I appreciate so close to the season start players need to be rested but would have been nice to have played against a full squad to give us a further indication on where we are at seems we played very much our starting 11 which I'm sure Eddie has all ready decided very very excited for the seasons start praying that camp is match fit
[quote][p][bold]Web by[/bold] wrote: Yes this was a good exercise however lets not get carried away as the report says they did not have many 1st team players playing but the lads done what they had to can't wait for the season start c'mon you reds[/p][/quote]Good result yes but .To me is an insult this fixture was supposed to be one of the premium pre season friendly matches,I appreciate so close to the season start players need to be rested but would have been nice to have played against a full squad to give us a further indication on where we are at seems we played very much our starting 11 which I'm sure Eddie has all ready decided very very excited for the seasons start praying that camp is match fit alasdair1967
  • Score: 2

10:07am Sat 2 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Three players signed thus far ,dan gosling junior stanilas and Callum Wilson
Only 2 new additions I mean . 2 more players than last season ...
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Three players signed thus far ,dan gosling junior stanilas and Callum Wilson[/p][/quote]Only 2 new additions I mean . 2 more players than last season ... Nat1234
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10:22am Sat 2 Aug 14

marketboy says...

Didn't see the game,but unfortunate Swansea had injuries.
Eddie won't standstill and if there's a weakness he plugs it quickly now he has the financial backing.
Didn't see the game,but unfortunate Swansea had injuries. Eddie won't standstill and if there's a weakness he plugs it quickly now he has the financial backing. marketboy
  • Score: 1

10:35am Sat 2 Aug 14

cherryexe says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5 cherryexe
  • Score: 7

10:36am Sat 2 Aug 14

cherryexe says...

cherryexe wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5
Spelling era i mean grabban
[quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5[/p][/quote]Spelling era i mean grabban cherryexe
  • Score: -2

10:56am Sat 2 Aug 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

cherryexe wrote:
cherryexe wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5
Spelling era i mean grabban
No mate, you spelt it right first time.!!!
[quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5[/p][/quote]Spelling era i mean grabban[/p][/quote]No mate, you spelt it right first time.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 6

11:30am Sat 2 Aug 14

bobsworthforever says...

On a more positive note the ones that did play looked fit and sharp and our old mate TK did do exceptionally well to earn the penalty beat about 4 men in the box before crossing for the handball as for next weeks line up fingers crossed that Camp Daniels Kermorgant are all fit
On a more positive note the ones that did play looked fit and sharp and our old mate TK did do exceptionally well to earn the penalty beat about 4 men in the box before crossing for the handball as for next weeks line up fingers crossed that Camp Daniels Kermorgant are all fit bobsworthforever
  • Score: 6

12:19pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Cherryfan says...

Anyone know if Yann and Callum are playing today? Hoping so in prep for next week's starting line-up.
Anyone know if Yann and Callum are playing today? Hoping so in prep for next week's starting line-up. Cherryfan
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Sat 2 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

cherryexe wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5
He has been injured and has only played 130 mins against better teams (Nice and Celta Vigo) than Dorchester and Swansea res. Even Surman is scoring for them.
[quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5[/p][/quote]He has been injured and has only played 130 mins against better teams (Nice and Celta Vigo) than Dorchester and Swansea res. Even Surman is scoring for them. holdinkæft
  • Score: -5

2:26pm Sat 2 Aug 14

abc100 says...

I think it's fairly simple to understand with Pitman, he is the type of player that needs to play every week to be on top of his game, he isn't one that can be in and out of the side and play well when he comes in, if he played every week I would be confident he will get 20+ goals next season
I think it's fairly simple to understand with Pitman, he is the type of player that needs to play every week to be on top of his game, he isn't one that can be in and out of the side and play well when he comes in, if he played every week I would be confident he will get 20+ goals next season abc100
  • Score: 1

2:54pm Sat 2 Aug 14

dustbindanny says...

Just looked at the Swansea Team playing Reading this afternoon, it looks like their Premiership First Team are starting? I think Swansea have been a bit disrespectful to our Club and fans by fielding the side that played last night?
Just looked at the Swansea Team playing Reading this afternoon, it looks like their Premiership First Team are starting? I think Swansea have been a bit disrespectful to our Club and fans by fielding the side that played last night? dustbindanny
  • Score: 7

3:00pm Sat 2 Aug 14

matt68 says...

Thought it should have been less than 15 quid for last nite,yes they played well but Swansea are playing Reading today so i do not think they ever intended playing a strong team can understand stains being 15 but it should have been about 7 quid for last nite or a free ticket if you went to stains game they need more of an incentive to get people to these games or make them cheap
Thought it should have been less than 15 quid for last nite,yes they played well but Swansea are playing Reading today so i do not think they ever intended playing a strong team can understand stains being 15 but it should have been about 7 quid for last nite or a free ticket if you went to stains game they need more of an incentive to get people to these games or make them cheap matt68
  • Score: -1

3:23pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

You can only beat what is put in front of you - will need our "walking wounded" for next Saaturday though. I would have thought that the Echo would have listed the players who made an appearance last night, the majority of their readers weren't at the game last night, poor reporting!. With so many seats reserved for Season Tickets holders and away supporters there are already restrictions on ticket sales and would urge those who can, to get in early, whilst there are still tickets available, even now it will be difficult for familes and groups to sit together..
You can only beat what is put in front of you - will need our "walking wounded" for next Saaturday though. I would have thought that the Echo would have listed the players who made an appearance last night, the majority of their readers weren't at the game last night, poor reporting!. With so many seats reserved for Season Tickets holders and away supporters there are already restrictions on ticket sales and would urge those who can, to get in early, whilst there are still tickets available, even now it will be difficult for familes and groups to sit together.. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Sat 2 Aug 14

cherryexe says...

holdinkæft wrote:
cherryexe wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5
He has been injured and has only played 130 mins against better teams (Nice and Celta Vigo) than Dorchester and Swansea res. Even Surman is scoring for them.
But he couldn't score against Dareham town.!!!
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5[/p][/quote]He has been injured and has only played 130 mins against better teams (Nice and Celta Vigo) than Dorchester and Swansea res. Even Surman is scoring for them.[/p][/quote]But he couldn't score against Dareham town.!!! cherryexe
  • Score: -1

3:33pm Sat 2 Aug 14

cherryexe says...

abc100 wrote:
I think it's fairly simple to understand with Pitman, he is the type of player that needs to play every week to be on top of his game, he isn't one that can be in and out of the side and play well when he comes in, if he played every week I would be confident he will get 20+ goals next season
Totally agree. Give him good run in team he will score goals his record from youth threw to first team proves this
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: I think it's fairly simple to understand with Pitman, he is the type of player that needs to play every week to be on top of his game, he isn't one that can be in and out of the side and play well when he comes in, if he played every week I would be confident he will get 20+ goals next season[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Give him good run in team he will score goals his record from youth threw to first team proves this cherryexe
  • Score: 1

4:05pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

Not long now 1 week today , I really hope ran tie comes into his own ,AND shut me up ,,
Not long now 1 week today , I really hope ran tie comes into his own ,AND shut me up ,, Nat1234
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Not long now 1 week today , I really hope ran tie comes into his own ,AND shut me up ,,
Rantie..
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Not long now 1 week today , I really hope ran tie comes into his own ,AND shut me up ,,[/p][/quote]Rantie.. Nat1234
  • Score: -3

4:14pm Sat 2 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

cherryexe wrote:
holdinkæft wrote:
cherryexe wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5
He has been injured and has only played 130 mins against better teams (Nice and Celta Vigo) than Dorchester and Swansea res. Even Surman is scoring for them.
But he couldn't score against Dareham town.!!!
Grabbs goals were predominately tap ins and penalties which is pretty easy to replace
[quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5[/p][/quote]He has been injured and has only played 130 mins against better teams (Nice and Celta Vigo) than Dorchester and Swansea res. Even Surman is scoring for them.[/p][/quote]But he couldn't score against Dareham town.!!![/p][/quote]Grabbs goals were predominately tap ins and penalties which is pretty easy to replace cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -1

4:46pm Sat 2 Aug 14

joetheman says...

Premiership b team should be on a par with championship, the swans were outplayed by a very good cherries performance, bodes well for the coming season, only downside was the 4 subs late on who were running around like headless chickens,eddie could not have been impressed with the four youngsters chasing the ball right in front of dugout,
Premiership b team should be on a par with championship, the swans were outplayed by a very good cherries performance, bodes well for the coming season, only downside was the 4 subs late on who were running around like headless chickens,eddie could not have been impressed with the four youngsters chasing the ball right in front of dugout, joetheman
  • Score: -3

5:02pm Sat 2 Aug 14

West moors 1 says...

Very enjoyable game to watch and I also think monk was disrespectful by not playing more of his first team players, with any luck they will get us in the FA cup and we will spank them. Rantie is looking the best I've seen him and has discovered his first touch control.itman proved he still isn't a championship player in my view, he just didn't contribute enough. Francis looked quality and hopefully Derby can be kept at bay! We pressed and if we take this desire to win into the new season, we'll make teams sit up and fear us.
Very enjoyable game to watch and I also think monk was disrespectful by not playing more of his first team players, with any luck they will get us in the FA cup and we will spank them. Rantie is looking the best I've seen him and has discovered his first touch control.itman proved he still isn't a championship player in my view, he just didn't contribute enough. Francis looked quality and hopefully Derby can be kept at bay! We pressed and if we take this desire to win into the new season, we'll make teams sit up and fear us. West moors 1
  • Score: 2

5:09pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Deejaycee says...

Hat trick for Wilson against Oxford!
Hat trick for Wilson against Oxford! Deejaycee
  • Score: 2

5:12pm Sat 2 Aug 14

afcb-mark says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Fair to say we put out a 'B' team as well. We were missing. Camp, Cook, Faser, Daniels, Arter, Kermorgant, not sure if I've missed anyone out. All 1st team players so in effect half of our team was missing
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Fair to say we put out a 'B' team as well. We were missing. Camp, Cook, Faser, Daniels, Arter, Kermorgant, not sure if I've missed anyone out. All 1st team players so in effect half of our team was missing afcb-mark
  • Score: 6

6:55pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Doddler says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Web by wrote:
Yes this was a good exercise however lets not get carried away as the report says they did not have many 1st team players playing but the lads done what they had to can't wait for the season start c'mon you reds
Good result yes but .To me is an insult this fixture was supposed to be one of the premium pre season friendly matches,I appreciate so close to the season start players need to be rested but would have been nice to have played against a full squad to give us a further indication on where we are at seems we played very much our starting 11 which I'm sure Eddie has all ready decided very very excited for the seasons start praying that camp is match fit
Starting Eleven?? So don't you rate Wilson, Stanislas, Kermorgant, Gosling, Camp, Fraser, Cook, Daniels, Arter ..... etc? The team looked a lot short of the starting eleven to me!
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Web by[/bold] wrote: Yes this was a good exercise however lets not get carried away as the report says they did not have many 1st team players playing but the lads done what they had to can't wait for the season start c'mon you reds[/p][/quote]Good result yes but .To me is an insult this fixture was supposed to be one of the premium pre season friendly matches,I appreciate so close to the season start players need to be rested but would have been nice to have played against a full squad to give us a further indication on where we are at seems we played very much our starting 11 which I'm sure Eddie has all ready decided very very excited for the seasons start praying that camp is match fit[/p][/quote]Starting Eleven?? So don't you rate Wilson, Stanislas, Kermorgant, Gosling, Camp, Fraser, Cook, Daniels, Arter ..... etc? The team looked a lot short of the starting eleven to me! Doddler
  • Score: 2

8:04am Sun 3 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

I really can't see much change from last Season's team next Saturday, Wilson in for Grabham and either Gosling or Stanislas taking over the Surman role, with Pitman, Rantie, Fraser etc on the bench. Tatically, though different, we have no one with Grabhans pace and physique, so balls over the top and through balls to take advantage of the real pace we have and midfielders coming through to help the attack. It will be interesting to see how they will cope with packed defences when playiong at home. With nearly 7000 Season Tickets sold , plus the 1200 seats for away fans and so many tickets sold already for the new seasons games, a packed stadium is guarateed.
I really can't see much change from last Season's team next Saturday, Wilson in for Grabham and either Gosling or Stanislas taking over the Surman role, with Pitman, Rantie, Fraser etc on the bench. Tatically, though different, we have no one with Grabhans pace and physique, so balls over the top and through balls to take advantage of the real pace we have and midfielders coming through to help the attack. It will be interesting to see how they will cope with packed defences when playiong at home. With nearly 7000 Season Tickets sold , plus the 1200 seats for away fans and so many tickets sold already for the new seasons games, a packed stadium is guarateed. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 0

9:24am Sun 3 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
I really can't see much change from last Season's team next Saturday, Wilson in for Grabham and either Gosling or Stanislas taking over the Surman role, with Pitman, Rantie, Fraser etc on the bench. Tatically, though different, we have no one with Grabhans pace and physique, so balls over the top and through balls to take advantage of the real pace we have and midfielders coming through to help the attack. It will be interesting to see how they will cope with packed defences when playiong at home. With nearly 7000 Season Tickets sold , plus the 1200 seats for away fans and so many tickets sold already for the new seasons games, a packed stadium is guarateed.
I really think we need another striker , another big strong centre forward . If yann picks up a injury , I could see us struggling up front . Brett is a good finisher on the ground , Wilson and rantie are both good on the ground , but in the air from crosses , all 3 of them are not that good . And we do have some very good crossers of the ball in the team. Last season when we purchased yann , we played our best football , by crossing the ball to a big strong centre forward ..
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: I really can't see much change from last Season's team next Saturday, Wilson in for Grabham and either Gosling or Stanislas taking over the Surman role, with Pitman, Rantie, Fraser etc on the bench. Tatically, though different, we have no one with Grabhans pace and physique, so balls over the top and through balls to take advantage of the real pace we have and midfielders coming through to help the attack. It will be interesting to see how they will cope with packed defences when playiong at home. With nearly 7000 Season Tickets sold , plus the 1200 seats for away fans and so many tickets sold already for the new seasons games, a packed stadium is guarateed.[/p][/quote]I really think we need another striker , another big strong centre forward . If yann picks up a injury , I could see us struggling up front . Brett is a good finisher on the ground , Wilson and rantie are both good on the ground , but in the air from crosses , all 3 of them are not that good . And we do have some very good crossers of the ball in the team. Last season when we purchased yann , we played our best football , by crossing the ball to a big strong centre forward .. Nat1234
  • Score: -1

10:49am Sun 3 Aug 14

Steveo123 says...

Top 4 finish for us ....?
Top 4 finish for us ....? Steveo123
  • Score: -2

12:32pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Chish and Fips says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
cherryexe wrote:
cherryexe wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5
Spelling era i mean grabban
No mate, you spelt it right first time.!!!
Whatcha Steady - good luck for the new season - we don't need luck here at STFC think a miracle would be better :o/ ... no, we'll see how it goes, all still up in the air a bit at the moment since the boardroom battle..
Wheel brace at the ready.....
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5[/p][/quote]Spelling era i mean grabban[/p][/quote]No mate, you spelt it right first time.!!![/p][/quote]Whatcha Steady - good luck for the new season - we don't need luck here at STFC think a miracle would be better :o/ ... no, we'll see how it goes, all still up in the air a bit at the moment since the boardroom battle.. Wheel brace at the ready..... Chish and Fips
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Sun 3 Aug 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
cherryexe wrote:
cherryexe wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..
Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5
Spelling era i mean grabban
No mate, you spelt it right first time.!!!
Whatcha Steady - good luck for the new season - we don't need luck here at STFC think a miracle would be better :o/ ... no, we'll see how it goes, all still up in the air a bit at the moment since the boardroom battle..
Wheel brace at the ready.....
Blimey, thats some boardroom battle if you have to resort to using a wheel brace. I thought you lot were more accustomed to using slabs of concrete as your favoured weapon of choice :-)

OUFC 1 - AFCB 4

Im sure that will brighten your weekend.!!!
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good result even if it was a B team we played . Looks like Pugh and Brett are really staking a claim to start next week . If Brett could just get his form back from 3 seasons ago . I wonder if Eddie is still looking to strengthen the squad , I thought he would of brought more players in than he has . In reality he has only got 2 new players , Wilson was bought as a replacement for grabban ( who by the way scored 2 more goals for Norwich last night ) ..[/p][/quote]Wish people would stop going on about grabbing. He's gone let's forget about him and for the record he's only scored 3 in pre season pitman scored 5[/p][/quote]Spelling era i mean grabban[/p][/quote]No mate, you spelt it right first time.!!![/p][/quote]Whatcha Steady - good luck for the new season - we don't need luck here at STFC think a miracle would be better :o/ ... no, we'll see how it goes, all still up in the air a bit at the moment since the boardroom battle.. Wheel brace at the ready.....[/p][/quote]Blimey, thats some boardroom battle if you have to resort to using a wheel brace. I thought you lot were more accustomed to using slabs of concrete as your favoured weapon of choice :-) OUFC 1 - AFCB 4 Im sure that will brighten your weekend.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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