Discussion in 'Dulwich Hamlet FC' started by geezuz170, Apr 30, 2018.
Hendon have won 4-0 in their game
Dulwich win 1-0 (Carew)
Final monday v Hendon 15.00
Leiston manager not happy aptly, sarcastically clapping the ref at the end of game
Hamlet v Hendon.
we deserved to win. Shame he wants to act like that as their fans and players were decent folk. If anything they had the better decisions...
Ref had an absolute shocker today tbf. Far too eager to use that whistle. Can understand their manager doing that, I'd deffo be doing the same if they'd scored the winner from one of the many outrageous free kicks they had.
Anyway, buzzin about tonight... just devastated I'm gonna be on a plane come Monday 3pm. I'll ask the pilot to get in touch with air control and give me updates but I ain't holding out much hope!
This is a bit harsh! He came over and applauded the DHFC fans at the end after all his players had gone in! I thought he was very gracious in defeat. Best of luck to them next season. Their #8 is one of the best players I've seen at this level for ages.
Ah respect then! was merely commenting on what was said.
Dipo should start in the final
Thought it was a very even game personally and if anything, Leiston edged it on clear cut chances.
I was sure we would see the starting lineup that took on Folkestone so was surprised to see Beaney/Tomlin come in (and that's no slight on either). We never quite found our fluency but it's a fantastic win against a good side, and another clean sheet.
Monday will be another tough test against a free scoring Hendon side. They burgled us back at CH last year to take home the three points, and we were fortunate to take away a point from SJP with a late equaliser.
I'm going to have to cancel and rebook a flight to make it, but roll on Monday.
I thought their right back was decent too, did well against Nathan Green.
Oh and fantastic work on the tifo.
yep credit to scolly
You’re joking right? No2? Nathan had him every time, maybe mainly the first half though.
There was a whoop and a holler from the stage in Mainz tonight! Up the Hamlet!
Well done Hamlet!
Need to start with Dipo, Tomlin no good!
Bit harsh on Tomlin, but definately agree Dipo to start.
Yeh, obviously delighted to get to the final but I thought we made very heavy weather of it and I thought that was mainly down to the selection.
As pitchfork says, Tomlin was miles off the pace for most of the game and he's clearly nowhere near fit. The trouble with starting Dipo is that it leaves less on our bench: I don't know what the situation with Dumaka is, but he can't be fit either and Tomlin's out of shape. I think we'd be better to have Faal and Nana on the bench - both have been playing games and are sharp, Faal's been scoring and Nana's exactly the kind of bustley player that can make a difference when playing against tired legs. Given that Allassani has dried up, whoever partners him needs to have some goal threat, or needs to get the best out of Reise (like Ferguson was doing). Tomlin does neither better than Dipo or Ferguson, IMO.
Don't think we can start Beaney and Carew in the same team either. They do very similar jobs and we really missed Ferguson's ability to break from deep and join midfield with attack. I know he's been out of sorts recently, but I think he's the only one that can do that job.
Hopefully Hayles isn't too badly crocked, but if he is I'd feel confident with Acheampong taking his place. He seems to bring a real presence and calmness when he plays - it's just a shame he's been so hampered by injuries this season.
Well done to all, especially given the season we've had off pitch, but we need to really step it up for Saturday. At the moment we only look like we can score from free kicks or penalties.
What a night that was. Two very strong teams giving it absolutely everything, an immense atmosphere (well done to whoever organised the tifo, and it has to be said the Leiston fans contributed to the noise too, despite their small numbers), and a trademark Carew beauty to settle it all.
I'd agree with comments above that we struggled a bit to find our flow up front, but I thought it was an incredibly professional, cover-every-blade-of-grass performance and (for the most part) our defending was exceptional. I did feel the two relatively early substitutions, combined with Hayles being forced off, unsettled us a bit, and we rode a wave of Leiston pressure where they were very unlucky not to go in front (and yes their number 8 was a real stand-out). I'm just glad Carew wasn't one of the players subbed, because you could tell he was in the mood all night, from his early long range effort onwards, and I had a feeling that if we were going to get anything it would come from him. What an absolutely vital player he's been for us in these big games over the last few seasons - love watching him play.
I'd be tempted to start with Ferguson in the final (probably ahead of Beaney, though it's a tough call), and I also think we need to change something up front (Tomlin's still not looking up to speed and Allassani hasn't been getting close to goal). Very tempting to chuck in Faal, given his recent loan stint, though Dipo's due a chance too. DD and Taylor were in front of me in the stand so not sure what their status is (spotted Frazer Shaw and Peter Adeniyi nearby too), and of course there's still Preston to possibly chuck in as well.
Incidentally, was very surprised to see the crowd at just 1,200, as it seemed like significantly more than that, though it's hard to judge in this ground. By comparison, this time last year we had 2,500 for our midweek semi against Enfield, so that's a pretty strong measure of the impact our Meadow-imposed exile is having (even though our overall support, or at least awareness, seems higher than ever).
Massively looking forward to the final - but with Hendon on current form we're going to need our best performance yet. Whatever happens, this season has been an incredible ride.
I think Reise is a victim of his own success, it looks like that every opposition manager has identified him as the biggest threat and he ends up with 3 burly lads man marking him anytime he gets near the ball meaning he can’t do anything with it or has to run wide.
Couldnt sleep boys? Incredible.
Great stuff from DHFCTV as always.
This is pretty cool too:
Dare I suggest we should start with Dipo and Tomlin? Tomlin has a lot to his game. He can win the ball in the air, protects it better and is the best passer. We must score first against Hendon. We must not go behind.
That was a bit of a slog last night, although I felt we were the better side overall in a close game, especially in the first half. Having reached the final I feel more comfortable than at this time last year. A year ago we hammered a good young Enfield side, leading from the first minute, in a game that was a great spectacle to watch and I came away preoccupied by the thought that we'd struggle to play that well again four days later. This time I feel we can step it up and deliver when it matters most, a bit like the win at Folkestone a couple of weeks ago that secured the home advantage we now have for the final.
There are certainly some big selection decisions to be made on Monday and suffice to say I doubt we'll go with the same XI as last night. Gavin must have been dissatisfied with the way the game was unfolding to make the two substitutions less than ten minutes into the second half, then when we were forced to make the third one with nearly half an hour to go we were left worryingly short of further options and in danger of going into extra time with two spare strikers left unused on the bench.
Ming was especially unfortunate to be dropped as I felt he'd been in prime form of late. I'm a big fan of Beaney, but he Kargbo and Carew have too many common weaknesses, i.e. lack of pace and inability to break into the box in open play; although Ferguson often disappoints me with the infrequiency of his best form, he just gives a bit more pace and dynamism to the midfield, especially with his ability to receive a pass then switch direction and accelarate in one fluid movement. Tomlin simply isn't up to full match fitness after his lengthy injury lay-off; he does give an extra dimension to our attacking play with his nous and experience allied to his technical skills, but I think he may be better coming off the bench right now. Allassani isn't looking as influential as he once did, and his goals have dried up, but that's partly due to being heavily man-marked which creates space for others. Clunis has been our most consistent scorer in open play in recent months and I'd like to see him start up front with Ming at right wing back. Ming and Green as wing backs really helps to stretch opposition defences.
Another great free kick by Carew to win the game last night. I can understand their manager being unhappy, as I felt Clunis fouled one of their players in the build up before being fouled himself. The referee was a bit erratic but I've seen plenty worse, and I felt his inconsistent decisions were fairly evenly dispersed in each side's favour, it's just Leiston's bad luck that the crucial one went against them.
Team (3-5-2): Tangara - Weatherstone, Hayles, Chambers - Clunis, Carew, Kargbo, Beaney(c), Green - Tomlin, Allassani. Subs: Ming (for Weatherstone), Ferguson (for Beaney), Acheampong (for Hayles), Akinyemi, Faal (not used).
Absolutely impossible save by Amadou Tangara followed by an incredible block by that man Ash Carew, aided by Michael Chambers. Starts ~4.45m in followed by replay.
Reise was dragging (literally on occasion) some or all of the Leiston defence with him when he made lateral runs. It may suppress his own goalscoring but it often leaves his colleagues in space if he can find them and wins free-kicks.
I thought Gavin Tomlin had a decent second half and showed his experience in holding up and shielding the ball. That said, I'd rather have him on the bench on Monday to help run-down a tight game and start Dips or Fergie. I'd like Monday to be a little less tense and racing into a three-goal lead in the first 10 minutes will make the day even more enjoyable.
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