I see Allen is up to his usual mind games.
Saying how great the Notts County fans are is probably as much about heaping pressure on a manager at risk of the boot as it is genuine and telling everyone he intends to shuffle the pack usually means an unchanged side..
Allen did a reasonable job here, but will get a much better reception from our fans than he probably deserves. His behaviour was just odd.
Suspect we'll win this, we've been pretty consistent in running through sides outside the top seven at home. McLeod is back from suspension as well, which is useful. Missing Aborah though, which is a nightmare.
We're useless that's why. Don't quite know how bad the chairman wants results/performances to get before he gives Moniz the bullet, but he's clearly wanting to give him more time than he's given previous managers, maybe rightfully so after the money that's been spent. A home defeat/ draw against Barnet in front of about 2,500 home fans will surely be too much though.
Funny how our next two games are against 2 of the most popular Notts managers of recent times.
Let's face it, Notts won't sack Moniz. Would make a mockery of the decision to appoint him or go down this so called Swansea, Watford route otherwise.
I blame a lot on the players myself. They do things that even in my 5 a side team you get a bollocking. General lack of football intelligence in our teams at times this season. Salford being a great case in point
Some shit is just odd, though. We've loaned out a perfectly good left back to our local rivals, are playing another one at centre back and seemed surprised that we have to keep playing people out of position at left back.
Notts County have quick strikers so we drop Nelson and bring in a transfer listed right back to play in the middle because he's quick. Is Stead supposed to be the speed merchant as I know having watched McLeod for a couple of years first hand it is not him. Not sure what is wrong with playing deep and leaving no space in behind.
I never get the feeling that we are a well coached, well drilled team. Part of that is that we change personnel so often but it also looks like we give too much credit to the opposition rather than working on our shape and our disciplines. A record of 8 defeats out of 10 away games shows a lack of appreciation of how to play away from home.
I got back early this morning. I knew it would end like that as soon as I saw the lineup.
In fairness, Hoyte played quite well at covering Stead. Batt went to jump for the ball several times and completely missed it. Their players were disgusting. They were diving at every opportunity and play acting after every foul. Aborah and Stead were brilliant but the rest of their players seemed average. Aborah got injured in the way he fell over. He overreacted and hurt himself.
Notts County must be truly awful if we managed to score 2 goals against them with a lineup that bad. It was more about us be crap than them being good. We only really made a few chances at 3 nil down.
Lovely ground but with very little atmosphere. Looked empty with a crowd of around 3000. I thought 199 Barnet is very good considering our away form.