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Hamlet v Hungerford 14 Sept

Bugpowder Dust

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Wot no match day thread?

Lovely day for a game of football. Betfair odds last night had us as the surest win in the league today, less than 2:1 on, which I think is a tad optimistic.
 

AveryDave

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Preston on Twitter last night offering his commiserations to Reise and wishing him a swift recovery from his injury. Which doesn’t sound great.

 

Griff_Turnstile

Flitting in & out like Tinkerbell on Meth
Seem to call Hungerford considered voluntary relegation last season so wonder if investment in the team has been decreased accordingly?
 

RabbleLevi

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2-0 at half time. Some truly world class saves from Brewer stopped an early Hungerford onslaught.

Since then we have been on top. David and Mills with the goals. Monakana should have had a stone wall penalty. Was a total wipeout moment. Ref has been poor, Monakana booked for diving.
 

scousedom

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I have never booed my team, but I was sorely tempted to break my duck there. Awful, awful performance. We were so lucky to go in ahead. Maynard-Brewer made some fantastic saves to keep us in it. 2-0 to them at half time would have been fair. And then that second half... If the players showed the same passion for winning the ball as they did for whining at the ref they’d be world beaters.
 

EDC

A Slightly Less Invisible Cyber Fan These Days
To be fair, we’re all pissed off but their keeper made a couple of save on the last few minutes that could have swung it.
 

Bugpowder Dust

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That brings my Hamlet season so far to: watched 4, lost 4.

Three of those we were ahead and couldn't hold the lead.

Two most recent ones we had a player booked for diving in the box almost as though the ref had pre-decided before the match he wouldn't be giving a pen.

Chapman looks the part but was a disastrous half time sub today. Smith is equally poor and and White isn't good enough either. Connors, Monakana and Mills were good first half but fell away.

This is relegation form, looks like it is going to be a long tough season. At least we won't lose 3 points next Saturday...
 

scousedom

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To be fair, we’re all pissed off but their keeper made a couple of save on the last few minutes that could have swung it.
Yeah but that’s just standard last minute chances. Especially when you’re bottom of the league and away from home. Drop back and inevitably give something away. No credit should be given for that, it’s not even turd-roll glitter.
 

JoeBoy1959

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That half-time change was ridiculous. Why bring on Chapman, who has not lived up to expectations, for a defender? And if it was for injury, rather than tactical, reasons, why not bring on another defender?
All three Hungerford goals came from the same place where there was a gaping hole.
WTF happens in the changing room at half time?
This is now getting to be a habit and something has to change and probably at the top.
 

EDC

A Slightly Less Invisible Cyber Fan These Days
Buck stops with the management. At least last year’s team had a bit of fight!

Champion Hill has just become a day out it’s not about the footy anymore.
Some absolute bellends present today, key jangles, Aussie twats on the pitch, etc. Annoyingly it’s the first game for ages I watched the whole match behind the goals and the new terraces have made that possible, apart from the result I actually enjoyed it.
 

EDC

A Slightly Less Invisible Cyber Fan These Days
Yeah but that’s just standard last minute chances. Especially when you’re bottom of the league and away from home. Drop back and inevitably give something away. No credit should be given for that, it’s not even turd-roll glitter.
Fair enough, just straw grasping.
 

Pink Panther

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"Riddled with deficiencies" is the most imaginative description I can think of for that performance. We started each half looking slack and unready. We got away with it the first time, but it took three good saves by Maynard-Brewer to keep us level before we took a 14th minute lead against the run of play with a Mills header. The rest of the first half was a decent contest with Hungerford looking surprisingly positive and confident given their league position, but their heads dropped when we doubled our lead five minutes before the break and we spurned two or three opportunities to bury them with a third goal.

I assume Orlu had to come off at half-time (if it was purely tactical it had a disastrous effect) and with a bench comprising five midfielders of varying types we sent on Chapman, with Taylor dropping into the back four. Within five minutes our advantage was wiped out. Monakana had been booked for simulation after falling inside the box under a lunging challenge that didn't come close to winning the ball, and he also appeared to be fouled when a strong run deep into the visitors' half was halted immediately before they broke upfield for their winner midway through the second half. However, such was our inability to make anything resembling a fighback during the ample time that remained it's impossible to argue that we deserved anything from the game.

Once more we're trapped in a cycle of chopping and changing the starting XI for each game - three changes from the last one, it's difficult to remember the last time there were fewer than that and it's sometimes been more - and no doubt there will be more changes next week. Eventually we'll hit on something that produces a convincing win and stick with it for a while, which is what always happens, but these painful periods of transition seem to be a recurring part of early Autumn for the Hamlet.

Team (4-2-3-1): Maynard-Brewer - Barnes, McCoy, Orlu, Connors - Ijaha (c), Taylor - Monakana, Hunte, White - Mills. Subs: Chapman (for Orlu), Clunis (for White), Smith (for Hunte), Vose, Monlouis (not used).
Attendance; 2,071
 

Moroccan Sunset

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Eventually we'll hit on something that produces a convincing win and stick with it for a while, which is what always happens, but these painful periods of transition seem to be a recurring part of early Autumn for the Hamlet.
I get that we go through this every year, but that means we're making the same fundamental mistakes every season. Frankly, it's just tedious. It's even more tedious to hear the squad or a select handful of players blamed every single time something goes wrong. I think I'd dispute that going entire halves/games without a shot on target is a mistake: that's a major flaw in the tactics (one that's been around for seasons now).

These mistakes would perhaps be understandable if we had a budget similar to that of a club like Hungerford, but we've massively increased the wage bill this season. On top of that we've gone to three training sessions per week, got nutrition plans for all of the players, and signed a load of players that are proven at this level or the one above. I just don't think it's good enough.
 
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