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AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth
Blackpool v Swindon
Bristol Rovers v Ipswich
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Charlton v Doncaster
Hull v Crewe
MK Dons v Lincoln
Oxford v Sunderland
Peterborough v Fleetwood
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Rochdale v Portsmouth
 

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Our 2nd league game and our second relegated team. Hull have looked pretty strong so far so I’m not expecting much out of this. We played well vs Charlton but missed far too many chances, to score none of 19 shots is poor, and whilst dominating possession as well. I expect Hull to be on the front foot though which may work in our favour, it’s been a long time since a team didn’t sit back with lots of men behind the ball vs us.

Hull 2-1 Crewe (Magennis, Honeyman, Kirk)
 

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Blackpool - or rather their fans - have got a bit of a bee in their bonnet about us. No doubt something to do with the protracted Yates transfer and Wellens being an ex. Don’t really know, tbh, but they’re right up there, if not surpassing, Bolton fans in their self inflated opinion of how great they are.

I think they realise they’ve probably had their pants pulled down re Yates and the dawning realisation that Keshi Anderson looks great in friendlies but blows very warm and cold in games that matter - Grant will tear him a new one Saturday!

That said, they should be thereabouts this season, but I’m still not sure on Critchley - we’ve had a bad experience with an excellent youth coach becoming manager.

Without being biased I’m sure we’ve replaced both Anderson and Yates with better and hopefully a few injuries clear up by the weekend.

Wellens has already said we need to up the shithousery this season - or game management as they like to call it. Should be a belter I reckon.
 

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Not sure how we will play, I do believe we will get stronger as the season goes on but having so many youngsters with little league experience is a total unknown.
 

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24 hours ago I was relatively confident that we'd get something from this but Lincoln's cup game caught my eye. I still think we'll control possession but we aren't clinical enough at all, I'd take a draw.
 

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Not sure how we will play, I do believe we will get stronger as the season goes on but having so many youngsters with little league experience is a total unknown.
Ah, so we’re not the only ones who seem to be a footballing kindergarten? Average age last weekend was 23, I think.
 

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24 hours ago I was relatively confident that we'd get something from this but Lincoln's cup game caught my eye. I still think we'll control possession but we aren't clinical enough at all, I'd take a draw.
As I posted on the cup forum we look good going forward but still suspect from set pieces and balls into the box.
 

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After failing to land a glove on the Shrews last week, we really need to be beating Dale on Sunday if their fans' comments on here are anything to go by.

First league appearance for Michael Jacobs so hopefully he can bring some much needed creativity to the party. Interesting to see what the formation is with both Jacobs and Curtis preferring the left wing spot. Both are probably adaptable enough to switch into a more central role, so it will be interesting to see what Jackett chooses.
 

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24 hours ago I was relatively confident that we'd get something from this but Lincoln's cup game caught my eye. I still think we'll control possession but we aren't clinical enough at all, I'd take a draw.
Think we had 39% possession against Oxford last weekend, and won 2-0. We're happy to let the other team have possession in non-threatening areas, and hit on the counter.
 

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Blackpool - or rather their fans - have got a bit of a bee in their bonnet about us. No doubt something to do with the protracted Yates transfer and Wellens being an ex. Don’t really know, tbh, but they’re right up there, if not surpassing, Bolton fans in their self inflated opinion of how great they are.

I think they realise they’ve probably had their pants pulled down re Yates and the dawning realisation that Keshi Anderson looks great in friendlies but blows very warm and cold in games that matter - Grant will tear him a new one Saturday!

That said, they should be thereabouts this season, but I’m still not sure on Critchley - we’ve had a bad experience with an excellent youth coach becoming manager.

Without being biased I’m sure we’ve replaced both Anderson and Yates with better and hopefully a few injuries clear up by the weekend.

Wellens has already said we need to up the shithousery this season - or game management as they like to call it. Should be a belter I reckon.
They were quite good against us to be fair, they obviously just didn’t finish any of the openings they created and it’s too early in the season to tell whether that was because they just weren’t very clinical, or whether we were just really resilient in keeping them out
 

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Haven’t scored for 3 games. Well done, Agent Yates!
 

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Thankfully we seem to have come through Tuesday with a fully fit squad so some decisions for Appleton to make, especially in midfield. It's worked very well without Bridcutt but he takes us up a level when he plays but leaving one of Jones, McGarndles and Grant is going to be difficult, especially as we can't revert to putting Grant onto a wing because the front three have so much pace and done well in the last four games.

I thought we'd look to control possession more under MA, and we might do so later in the season, but we'll probably let MK have the ball and break as and when. We've been incredibly clinical so far this season and the only time we've had to chase a game is Scunny in the EFL Cup but that's different from chasing it in a L1 game.
 
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Northampton at home for Salop with 1,000 Salopian fans allowed in attendance for this one.

Unfortunately Aaron Pierre got sent off last weekend in virtually the last kick of the game so he’ll miss a game against his former club. We’ve looked decent in both the Middlesbrough (4-3 defeat) and Pompey (0-0 draw) games so far, definitely more threatening going forward unlike last season.

I’ve been told that we’ve signed a winger which will be announced later today so it’s unlikely that whoever it is will be involved in the squad of 18 as the paper work won’t have been done on time.

GK) Sarkic

RB) Fossey
CB) Ro-Shaun Williams
CB) Ethan Ebanks-Landell
LB) Scott Golbourne

CM) Vela
CM) High
CM) Walker

RW) Cummings
ST) Pyke
LW) Whalley

Really fancy us for this game, 2-0 Town (High, Cumdog)
 

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I'd take a draw at Blackpool. Horrendous record up there.

1-1. Pitman late equaliser.
 

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Think it’ll be a good game tomorrow but fear Blackpool might have too much for us. 2-1 defeat.
 

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Same line up as last week:
Bursik
Halliday Wright Anderson James
Whiteman Gomes
Taylor Richards Tulloch
John-Joules
 

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Playing a back 3 with one non-injured centreback. In a bit of injury crisis today, 5 out of the 7 on the bench are youth, probably get a bit of tonking from Shrewsbury.
 

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It took 10 minutes for this game to become the Brett Huxtable show. Wonderful

Edit: after our goal one of our commentators has made an excellent point, if VAR was in place at stadium:mk then it would still be 0-0.
 
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It took 10 minutes for this game to become the Brett Huxtable show. Wonderful
Bizarrely enough he did two games for us Last season and he got 7-8 from pasoti for each. We made an assumption he had turned the corner. Clearly it was a two-match purple patch. We have Trevor Kettle so understand your fear.


Do you think Mr Huxtable runs in slow motion?
 

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2-0 Blackpool who really should have won by more in the second half as we fell a bit to pieces. Was even for 35 minutes. CJ Hamilton a great signing and looked sharp.
 

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Bit of a smash and grab against Shrewsbury, but with up to 10? 11? injured now, I'll take 3 points away from home however we get them.
 

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Hmm. So far our games this year have been 3-2, 1-0, 2-3, 2-3 and now 4-4. If the whole of this season continues to be such a nail-biting goal fest I am not sure my ticker will be able to take it.

I found that exhausting to watch on tv, imagine how emotionally draining it would have been to have watched that in the flesh.

We clearly can’t defend well, but boy we can score a few interesting goals.
 

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We are going to cause a few teams problems with our counter attacking football if we can keep it up. Also with a very young squad of mainly new players. MK were always going to have more of the ball and certainly be better in the second half (they were abysmal in the first).

You can see why Palmer got the best keeper award last season with a good couple of saves. Still thought we did more with the ball and looked more dangerous than MK with all that possession they had, just like the Oxford and Bradford games.

As for the officials, they were all terrible tbh.
 

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Controlled the match for 90 minutes and then switched off at the back, Posh scored two good goals and all the hard work out the window. Fleetwood's midfield dominated the game and clearly the signing of Duffy will be key as the season really gets underway. Disappointing but Posh kept going and this will be a lesson, particularly for the younger guys out there
Camps again showed what a fine signing he is turning out to be, but we still need a good full back to replace Coyle
 

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The MK Dons goal is close. If he's offside then it's only just. I wonder if our penalty was given because Hopper was dragged down before the tackle came in? Difficult to see anything much in it, mind.

Good start to the season anyway, 5 wins on the spin (albeit one of those an EFL Cup penalty win) and some good performances through the squad. The first XI seems to have settled down pretty quickly as well with a little bit of rotation in wide areas rather than chopping and changing trying to find what works.

Small matter of Liverpool next...
 

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The MK Dons goal is close. If he's offside then it's only just. I wonder if our penalty was given because Hopper was dragged down before the tackle came in? Difficult to see anything much in it, mind.

Good start to the season anyway, 5 wins on the spin (albeit one of those an EFL Cup penalty win) and some good performances through the squad. The first XI seems to have settled down pretty quickly as well with a little bit of rotation in wide areas rather than chopping and changing trying to find what works.

Small matter of Liverpool next...
A decent performance from us and not getting too embarrassed will be fine.
 

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