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Dulwich v Slough Town Monday 26th August 3pm

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Wealdstone have got a trickerty away game at Weymouth and Rickerty are away at Hemel. I'm hoping we are top of the division tomorrow evening.
 

Bugpowder Dust

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Seems like pre-season assessments of Case and Yusuff not quite making the grade were accurate. Can't wait to see Mills, Chapman, Monlouis and Monakana again.

Are both keepers still injured? Or is Maynard Brewer working out so well we are just keeping him on?

Stunning managerial performance from Gav to gel what is essentially 18 strangers together in such a short space of time, as well as coping with injuries to our captain, the keeper crisis and a lengthy suspension for our new midfield playmaker too.
 

Pink Panther

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Seems like pre-season assessments of Case and Yusuff not quite making the grade were accurate. Can't wait to see Mills, Chapman, Monlouis and Monakana again.

Are both keepers still injured? Or is Maynard Brewer working out so well we are just keeping him on?

Stunning managerial performance from Gav to gel what is essentially 18 strangers together in such a short space of time, as well as coping with injuries to our captain, the keeper crisis and a lengthy suspension for our new midfield playmaker too.
With so many newcomers it's probably inevitable that one or two will ultimately leave without having made much of an impression, but it's a bit harsh to suggest anyone "hasn't made the grade" after 6 matches. We need more than eleven players and there's stiff competition for places in a team that looks strong and is winning regularly. Case appears to be a defensive utility player and has featured in every matchday squad I think.

I think Maynard-Brewer has kept his place on merit. The other two have both been warming up with the team in recent matches.

It is an impressive start with almost a totally new team. At the moment Gavin appears to have done a good job identifying the right players and blending them into a unit.
 

cg__

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Was one of those games really. Think a loss is a bit of a harsh result but we really should have put the game to bed when we had the chance.

We really dropped off in the 2nd half, but I cant really be too begrudging as I cant imagine how tough it must be playing competitive football in this heat
 

pitchfork

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That was turgid, 2 mistakes gifted us 2 goals then we really should have gone for the kill. Sat back and invited the pressure just felt it was all going to unravel 2nd half and it did. That’s the first game I’ve been to this season, I like Mills up front but he looked isolated, he won loads of knock on’s but no one was running past him. Reece playing out wide doesn’t work. He really should have finished when he went through should gone with his right foot.

Not attractive football other than a couple of crosses we didn’t really threaten.
 

EDC

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Strange second half, their equaliser and penalty came down their left after half time subs with Nyren on that flank. Injuries with no cover?
 

RabbleLevi

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Credit to Slough who worked hard through the heat, a draw would have been fair but the loss gives the team plenty to reflect on.

I was never worried at 1-0 down, we looked completely in control at 2-1 up and I was cometely baffled by the substitutions, two that were not like for like. Taking Connors and Ambrosine off, moving Barnes over to the left, bringing Smith and Clunis on, neither of which are defenders...

We lost our shape in the second half, banked on Slough to run out of steam, they didn’t, we didn’t offer a lot going forward...

Reise Allassani is Brilliant. Jack Connors also thinks Reise Allassani is brilliant, for anyone else who heard him shout it.

Great performance in the first half, some great efforts overall, players did well in the heat, just not our day.

Onwards and Upwards.
 
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EDC

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I was lagging in the stands after five pints of refreshing cold lager so it must have been hell out there.
 

Cat Daisy

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Frustrating second half when we went down a gear. Partly injuries I guess - saw Ambroisine limping in first half but not Connor, down whose side it unravelled--but also appeared to try and shut up shop. Pity Mills' effort hit the woodwork. The second Slough goal was a cracker though.
 
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AveryDave

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Too much messing around with formations in the second half, when we were solid enough up until then. Understand that certain changes were due to defenders going off, but seemed to me the unravelling came with too many attack minded players given defensive duties, and all whilst we had a defender left on the bench.
 
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StephenMac

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That was turgid, 2 mistakes gifted us 2 goals then we really should have gone for the kill. Sat back and invited the pressure just felt it was all going to unravel 2nd half and it did. That’s the first game I’ve been to this season, I like Mills up front but he looked isolated, he won loads of knock on’s but no one was running past him. Reece playing out wide doesn’t work. He really should have finished when he went through should gone with his right foot.

Not attractive football other than a couple of crosses we didn’t really threaten.
You're asking for a change of formation then.
 

Bugpowder Dust

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First competitive game for me and I've had a couple of pints but wasnt overwhelmed by that performance. Didn't see Ijaha doing much directing, Mills seemed quiet, subs were odd and changed the game for the worse.

Not sure we need Lewis White now that we have Reise, would rather have Dipo back tbh.

But hey, Champion Hill was sparkling in the sun, the beer was cold (car park end bar was drunk dry), and it was probably a good sense check for us, Slough looked organised and positive and hopefully it was just an off day for us.
 

pitchfork

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You're asking for a change of formation then.
Change of something. Reese needs to play down the middle.

After reading rave reviews about the current squad, I was somewhat underwhelmed, the football was pretty average hoof it up to the big guy, never thought I would see that under Gav.
 

Pink Panther

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I thought we were good value for our half-time lead after conceding first from an inswinging corner to the near post. Hamlet equalised only a couple of minutes later when a right wing cross eluded defenders leaving Allassani with time and space to trap the ball and beat the keeper. We were ahead on the half hour when the keeper clawed away a Mills header only for Allassani to pounce and volley in the rebound from close range.

Some people are talking about the two half-time substitutions as if they were some tactical blunder. I can't believe we removed two of the back four by choice, with the two that remained each having to swap sides. Ambroisine was receiving treatment for an injury immediately before half-time, I didn't notice whether Connors had a problem. We might have brought on Case at right back rather than Chapman dropping in there from midfield. We were also hampered by the absence of Orlu, our most dominant defender in my view. We still had chances to extend our lead as a Mills header hit the crossbar and Allassani was denied a hat-trick by a defender throwing himself in front of a shot to deflect it wide for a corner. I felt Slough were extremely lucky not to have a man sent off with almost half an hour to go for an appalling two-footed challenge on Clunis as he accelerated away on the wing. It was basically a long jump with no chance of winning the ball cleanly, luckily it only caught our man a glancing blow, and typically Clunis stayed on his feet and an advantage was played, but it really infuriates me that referees use his honesty to fudge important decisions like this. If one of our players had made that challenge my heart would have been in my mouth in anticipation of the red card. I thought it was a pretty straightforward call to make. Slough began to look more and more dangerous going into the final 20 minutes, pressing us in our own half. The equaliser came with just over ten minutes to go when the ball came out to their left back on the corner of the box and he rifled a low shot inside the far post. Then with three minutes left Chapman was penalised for what looked to me like a legitimate shoulder charge inside the box, trying to force the man wide with the ball there to be won, and Slough converted the opportunity for their winner.

Disappointing result. We have even more attacking options now but our defensive options look a bit thin with only six specialist defenders in the squad, and three of those apparently injured right now.

Team (4-2-3-1): Maynard-Brewer - Barnes, Ambroisine, Taylor, Connors - Ijaha (c), Chapman - Monakana, Monlouis, Allassani - Mills. Subs: Smith (for Ambroisine), Clunis (for Connors), White (for Monakana). Not used: Case, Hunte.
Attendance: 2,086
 
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StephenMac

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Change of something. Reese needs to play down the middle.

After reading rave reviews about the current squad, I was somewhat underwhelmed, the football was pretty average hoof it up to the big guy, never thought I would see that under Gav.
Problem is you're then talking about having a two-man midfield which I think is completely unviable.

Reise is a player who has scored some goals at this level but not above. He's a good player but nowhere near good enough to build a team around. In my opinion, of course.
 

Pink Panther

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Problem is you're then talking about having a two-man midfield which I think is completely unviable.

Reise is a player who has scored some goals at this level but not above. He's a good player but nowhere near good enough to build a team around. In my opinion, of course.
Reise could maybe play as a number 10 behind Mills, but the manager seems to favour Monlouis for that role. Monlouis seems to have succeeded Ferguson as that technically accomplished midfielder who doesn't quite seem to offer the attacking threat he should be capable of, although it's early days yet. Hopefully Hunte will be fully fit soon, which will increase our attacking permutations.

There were some interesting comments from Gavin at the end of the Eastbourne highlights video. There was an opportunity to sign Reise on loan last season but Gavin didn't think it would be a good move for him to come into a struggling squad and be under pressure to turn it around for us, so he went to Woking instead and helped them win promotion.
 

StephenMac

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Reise could maybe play as a number 10 behind Mills, but the manager seems to favour Monlouis for that role. Monlouis seems to have succeeded Ferguson as that technically accomplished midfielder who doesn't quite seem to offer the attacking threat he should be capable of, although it's early days yet. Hopefully Hunte will be fully fit soon, which will increase our attacking permutations.

There were some interesting comments from Gavin at the end of the Eastbourne highlights video. There was an opportunity to sign Reise on loan last season but Gavin didn't think it would be a good move for him to come into a struggling squad and be under pressure to turn it around for us, so he went to Woking instead and helped them win promotion.
I really couldn't see Reise as a number 10 on any level.

Really looking forward to Hunte being back, if only to see if he's half as good as I thought he was in his brief stint last season.
 

Nivag

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felt Slough were extremely lucky not to have a man sent off with almost half an hour to go for an appalling two-footed challenge on Clunis as he accelerated away on the wing. It was basically a long jump with no chance of winning the ball cleanly, luckily it only caught our man a glancing blow, and typically Clunis stayed on his feet and an advantage was played, but it really infuriates me that referees use his honesty to fudge important decisions like this. If one of our players had made that challenge my heart would have been in my mouth in anticipation of the red card. I thought it was a pretty straightforward call to make.
I couldn't believe he didn't even give any card after he played advantage. Jumping off the floor like that in any other game, like you say, would have been sent off.
 

Pink Panther

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I couldn't believe he didn't even give any card after he played advantage. Jumping off the floor like that in any other game, like you say, would have been sent off.
There was a naughty one by a Concord player on Monakana last week that was borderline red and the referee showed a yellow, but this one was worse.
 

pettyboy

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Credit to Slough who worked hard through the heat, a draw would have been fair but the loss gives the team plenty to reflect on.

I was never worried at 1-0 down, we looked completely in control at 2-1 up and I was cometely baffled by the substitutions, two that were not like for like. Taking Connors and Ambrosine off, moving Barnes over to the left, bringing Hill and Clunis on, neither of which are defenders...

We lost our shape in the second half, banked on Slough to run out of steam, they didn’t, we didn’t offer a lot going forward...

Reise Allassani is Brilliant. Jack Connors also thinks Reise Allassani is brilliant, for anyone else who heard him shout it.

Great performance in the first half, some great efforts overall, players did well in the heat, just not our day.

Onwards and Upwards.
Not sure who 'Hill' is but Smith was brought on, and he is a centre back. So...
 

pettyboy

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Also let's cut the team some slack. This was their second game in three days, their second played in 30 degree heat. It's fucking exhausting just being outside at the moment, let alone playing football.

We are still 4th and certainly finding the net more frequently than we did last season. Onwards!
 

RabbleLevi

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Not sure who 'Hill' is but Smith was brought on, and he is a centre back. So...
Woops...a mistake. Having said that Christian Smith is a midfielder, every game he has started/played for the Hamlet so far has been in midfield and when he came on today...he was in midfield.

Also gave both teams plenty of credit because both sets of players had to play in the same conditions.
 

baleboy_93

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Woops...a mistake. Having said that Christian Smith is a midfielder, every game he has started/played for the Hamlet so far has been in midfield and when he came on today...he was in midfield.

Also gave both teams plenty of credit because both sets of players had to play in the same conditions.
Smith is primarily a midfielder by trade but has been known to also play centre back during his career with various clubs, and has played in defence during preseason and when Quade was sent off at Tonbridge, and he actually came on to play in defence today, it was Chapman, Quade, Smith, Barnes from right to left at the start of the half
 

pettyboy

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Woops...a mistake. Having said that Christian Smith is a midfielder, every game he has started/played for the Hamlet so far has been in midfield and when he came on today...he was in midfield.

Also gave both teams plenty of credit because both sets of players had to play in the same conditions.
He's a utility player and has featured at centre back at a number of clubs during his career. He's filled in there for Dulwich already during pre-season, against Sutton for instance.

When he came on today, he was definitely playing centre back next to Taylor. So a like for like swap with Ambroisine really!
 
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