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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #16

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I intentionally didn't post yesterday as there is nothing worse than a moaner when the team have won. Also most of the posts since Grantham have been pretty positive. However one issue is still worrying me and I want to get a thread going and gauge other Wittoners' views.

We all noted that Hammers fans booed their team off after a win in midweek, which doesn't surprise me. As an "ex-pat" at Upton Park I witnessed this many times. I remember one occasion when they got booed off at half time whilst leading 2-0!! Why? because the team weren't playing the West Ham way. I think that Witton have the same principles, which is why I stick by them through thick and thin and Pritch always has my full support. However...

What do others think about this "run it into the corner" syndrome ? I reckon on two occasions yesterday Scott and Titch could have had a one-on-one with the keeper in the 2nd half, but chose to go for the corner and run down time. I have two issues with this

1) It ain't football as I understand it, which is about trying to score goals

2) It doesn't mean you are going to win the game - witness our porous defence and the number of late goals we have conceded this season.

So, maybe this has influenced my mood. I thought the goals were great and was delighted that Coops had a solid game, but this negativity left a sour taste, for me. OPINIONS PLEASE...

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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #17

Not a fan of running it into the corner when there's a chance, but equally, not a fan of taking a gamble in injury time and dropping points because of it. I think its ok when you're leading by a goal but would hate to see it at 3-0. Then again, I suppose it depends on how the game is going too. If you're under pressure and want to relieve it its a good tactic.
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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #18

I quite agree, RonMoy. Good result yesterday, and we played pretty well in the first half, but second half was dire. It would have been a great improvement (and morale-boosting) if we'd at least had a go in those two situations, even if we hadn't scored. I know the points are important with our league position, but surely another goal or two would have made the win even more likely - and anyway, when we do take it into the corner, the amount of time we waste is negligible.

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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #19

I'm all for attack attack attack but how many late goals have we seen go in this season?
If we were mid-table then fine go for it but every point is huge at the mo so I can't blame them for going for the corner.
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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #20

witton massive77 wrote: I'm all for attack attack attack but how many late goals have we seen go in this season?
If we were mid-table then fine go for it but every point is huge at the mo so I can't blame them for going for the corner.
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Agreed.

Had we tried to score and been hit on the counter, i'm pretty sure everyone would be complaining about naivity.

We're now 3 points closer to safety.

Once relegation is avoided then by all means attack attack attack, but when every point counts then let's not take any chances.

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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #21

They were lightning quick at getting the ball from the keepers hands to their strikers so definitely better to keep it in the corner!

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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #22

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Whilst it isn't pretty it is a better way to waste time than taking for ever to take a goal kick. The referee can stop his watch for wasting time when the ball is not in play.
I'm not sure every attempt by Titch to take it into the corner was deliberate as some of his first touches took him in that direction anyway!
Bottom line is we got a very good 3 points, which not only helped our cause, but dragged the opponents back into the mix.
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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #23

Unfortunately I missed the game on Saturday but i'm glad we showed a bit of maturity and tried to do the sensible thing and run the clock down. I wonder how the West Brom fans are feeling today after seeing Berahino give the ball away in the dying seconds, trying to pinch a late goal and loosing 2 points to there rivals!

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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #24

3 points was the target, which is what we got. so come on stop complaining, it was a game in which the players showed a full 100% commitment and was richly deserved. good to see josh back, we always pose a threat playing wide with him on the left and danny on the right, a perfect combination. also with the tenacity, not to mention an array of skills from scot i think it looks good for the future. also must say it was good to see gards back at his usual and best position. looking forward to the remaining games which will see us staying up, and building for next season.

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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #25

I don't actually care how we get 3 points in each game at this moment in time to be perfectly honest, and whilst I love football for the entertainment its given me over the years (despite my choice albeit hereditary of teams!). I have seen us far to often be the best footballing team in the division and not get the reward that it deserves
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Re the point, if we ever had a clear cut one on one situation, then of course we should go for goal, but we didn't! And running the clock down whilst retaining possession in the oppositions half is far preferable to conceding possession and getting ever nervier and the defence getting ever deeper.

Listening to some of the stuff that got spouted on Saturday when we were winning, I have to say that there are certain people whose inane and continual verbal tripe who make mine and many other peoples WP experience cringable and make me embarrassed to be a Wittoner. (That isn't you Ron btw!).

We have a habit as Wittoners of moaning when we get beat at the officials, difficult job and all that but the referee on Saturday especially 1st half was woeful, with the highlight being the handball that only 2 people in the ground failed to see. He must have been bad because BOTH managers pilloried him at half time (over to you GE!).

Bottom line 3 massive points and its in our own hands which is nice for a change! UTA

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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #26

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Yes it was a penalty. His performance - best left to the assessor.
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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #27

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On balance, it seems the discussion prompted about running down the clock has me in the minority - fair enough, we're all entitled to our opinion. maybe I was just feeling less positive than many about Saturday's ( ok, really the second half's performance). It's partly about context, I suppose. If we're winning tonight at Chorley with 2 minutes to go, I dare say I wouldn't have too many complaints about the tactic.

Anyway, I can't make it tonight so good luck boys, and I hope all those that do make the trip have a profitable evening. I'd settle for a point...

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Vs Grantham 7 years 5 months ago #28

Now would be a good time for Uinted to run it to the corner.
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