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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby cookiemonster » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:34 pm

My recollection of the away game at Northampton around Christmas is that we should have beaten them quite easily. I think we hit post and bar when to score was simpler.
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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby The Old TomCat » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:27 pm

TreeinWillsbridge wrote:A better explanation is that Northampton are a very good play-off team :?:



I think everybody agrees that Cheltenham were completely outplayed in 2nd leg.
A complete turnaround from 1st leg where common opinion was that they were best of the four teams on that day.
Cheltenham then became not only the bookies favourite to win trip to Final but also to win promotion.
Their form had been outstanding with five league wins and one draw [19pts] while Northampton had only won two games out of last six [6pts].
Plus the two teams had recently met on at Whaddon Rd on Feb 25th where Cheltenham won 2-1.
Northampton had been stagnating around 7th in table for a month having dropped down from 6th.

Northampton forward, Vadaine Oliver said their win was spurred on by Cheltenham's 'arrogance' in the build-up to play-off semi-final second leg:
"They were big-timers and thought they had it won after the first leg but we showed what we're about and we showed our grit and we'll now take that to Wembley."
Asked if he thought Cheltenham were guilty of 'arrogance' ahead of return game, Oliver said: "Yeah, massively. You could see they were strutting about in the warm-up. They thought they had it won.
"They didn't bank on us coming back and they thought we were defeated but we proved that you can never count us out.
"It 100 per cent motivated me. We knew we weren't at our best in the first leg and we didn't bring our A-game. They defended well but tonight we showed what we're all about.”
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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby michael » Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:36 am

could one say that cheltenham morphed into FGR and trid to play 'nice' ,whereas Northampton were simply up and at 'em ,and hence effective ?

neanderthal stuff-but its what works at this level,and its why i fear that fgr will never make it to efl1 with the 'stylish ' football .

as per cheltenham (1st leg ) you get the odd game where you look brilliant, but come unstuck when a team gets 'in yer face.
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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby cookiemonster » Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:42 pm

michael wrote:could one say that cheltenham morphed into FGR and trid to play 'nice' ,whereas Northampton were simply up and at 'em ,and hence effective ?

neanderthal stuff-but its what works at this level,and its why i fear that fgr will never make it to efl1 with the 'stylish ' football .

as per cheltenham (1st leg ) you get the odd game where you look brilliant, but come unstuck when a team gets 'in yer face.


Best footballing\passing team in League 2 this year was Crewe, and it worked for them.
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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby michael » Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:07 pm

fair comment .

maybe the' exception which proves the rule'-but nevertheless -you are prob correct on this occasion
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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby cookiemonster » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:26 am

Saw the Northampton goals. Talk about a comedy of errors for the winner. Just get rid.
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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby michael » Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:59 am

midfield probably remains his best position, but what happened in march when FGR started with a 'big man 'up front who could challenge aerially ?

oh -didn't FGR win a couple of games relatively convincingly and Ebou Adams scored ?

its what works at EFL2 level as Northampton demonstrated very well ,against the 'passing style' of cheltenham ,who just got bullied out of it
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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby The Old TomCat » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:47 am

michael wrote:midfield probably remains his best position, but what happened in march when FGR started with a 'big man 'up front who could challenge aerially ?

oh -didn't FGR win a couple of games relatively convincingly and Ebou Adams scored ?

its what works at EFL2 level as Northampton demonstrated very well ,against the 'passing style' of cheltenham ,who just got bullied out of it

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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby Kentstripe » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:02 am

michael wrote:midfield probably remains his best position, but what happened in march when FGR started with a 'big man 'up front who could challenge aerially ?

oh -didn't FGR win a couple of games relatively convincingly and Ebou Adams scored ?

its what works at EFL2 level as Northampton demonstrated very well ,against the 'passing style' of cheltenham ,who just got bullied out of it


Adams is 5'10", when he played up front at Swindon it was his athleticism/energy to press/harry them as they played out from the back that was most useful, rather then him playing with his back to goal/bullying them out of it. He certainly isn't a target man.
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Re: Cheltenham town

Postby michael » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:24 pm

another effective display from Northampton.

just 40% possession but double the shots that Exeter had.
long throws,crosses -just keep on' getting it in the box ' -created havoc .

Its the way to win games at this level.
No prizes are given out for pretty football and being 'nice '
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