Thursday, February 26, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Up front, joining Jon Macken are the Nigerian, Kayode Odejayi and Daniel Bogdanovic, a Maltese international born in Libya. To add to the cosmopolitan atmosphere, three new additions in the January window included Andranik Timotian, an Iranian midfielder from Fulham, the Maltese mosquito Michael Mifsud from Coventry and an Englishman, well scouser, Adam Hammill, a left winger from Liverpool.
DangerMan? Although without a goal in 8 the current top scorer is the Manchester-born Irishman Jon Macken on 6 but there's a bit of a drought going on as he's only scored twice in the last 14 games since he put two past us on November 1st in Barnsley's first ever win at the Valley. Sadly, then, after the recent arrival of the two Maltesers - internationals Bogdanovic and Mifsud - he only managed the bench on Tuesday. So forgetting Macken and these two potential bogeymen, ( at your peril, Parky) step up Jamal Campbell-Ryce to the role of this weeks Dangerman. After scoring the winner on Tuesday the ex-Addick winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce is also on 6 goals for the season and is eagerly ticking off the days till Saturday to add to his total much as he did in April last year at Oakwell. As least he can give a piece of hope to the six youngsters who have this week been released by the club as Campbell-Ryce becomes the latest player to prove what we have been missing. And a bit a bad luck already is that his ban for collecting 5 yellows is not operative until their next game against QPR.
Overall we've winning this little encounter 17-14 which, incidentally, is one of only 8 ( out of 23) we are currently winning against the present members of the fizzies.
Elloit; Murty, Ward, Hudson, Youga; Soares, Racon, Spring, Bailey; Kandol, Dickson
Subs: Randolph, Basey, Shelvey, Holland, Toddy.
Summary Sorry, Parky but this would appear to be a must win game. A point would help while a defeat really cannot be contemplated and with other teams also improving we have to as well. Revenge is also in order after Novembers' sickening embarrassment. But the new loanees at the Tykes appear to working well and with that ex-factor winger currently on fire this game could be another one that gets away from us all too easily. Close your eyes Addicks, this may not be a happy sight.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Barnsley (P30 - Pts 32; 7 pt gap) also on 7 from last 8 (0.875 per game), 14 points from last 14 so at 1 point per game. So 1 x 16 = 16 + 32 = 48 total
Watford ( P30 - Pts 30; 5 pt gap) 7 from last 8 (0.875 per game), 15 points from last 14 so at 1 point per game. So 1 x 16 = 16 + 30 = 46 total
Norwich (P33 - Pts 32; 7 pt gap) 6 from last 8 at 0.75 per game, 12 points from last 14 so at 0.85 per game. So 0.85 x 13 = 11 + 32 = 43 total
Plymouth (P32 - Pts 35; 10 pt gap) - 5 points from their last 8 games (0.625 per game), 7 from last 14 games at 0.5 per game. So 0.5 per game x 14= 7 points + 35 = 42 points total.
Barnsley - 0.875 per game x 16 = 14 + 32 = 46 points total
Watford - 0.875 per game x 16 = 14 + 30 = 44 points total
Plymouth - 0.625 per game x 14 = 8 + 35 = 43 points total
Norwich - 0.75 per game x 13 = 9 + 32 = 41 points total
Southampton - 0.75 per game x 14 = 10 + 28 = 38 points total
Addicks - 0.875 per game x 14 = 12 + 25 = 37 points total
Now only a one point deficit but a result that shows just how desperate the situation actually is - there are simply not enough games to guarantee an escape.
And the only promising way to look at things is to see who has improved over the last 8 games the most and clearly we are head and shoulders above the rest.
Forest - Aver. 1.5 pts per game over last 14 - currently up to 1.625 per game
Barnsley - Average 1 per game over last 14 - currently decreased to 0.875
Watford - Average 1 per game over last 14 - currently decreased to 0.875
Plymouth - Average 0.5 per game over last 14 - currently increased to 0.625
Norwich - Average 0.85 per game over last 14 - currently decreased to 0.75
Southampton - Average 0.64 per game over last 14 - currently increased to 0.75
Addicks - Average 0.64 per game over last 14 - currently increased to 0.875
So four teams improving and three going the other way and we are therefore left with the conclusion that we just need to keep improving. Target 21 was an effort to see what we needed to reach the comparative safety of 21st position. A similar number of 21 additional points would give us a total of 46 points. Would even that massive total from our remaining 14 games prove to be enough?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Current Form One place above the Addicks and 23rd in this little table with only one win in last 8 and with a further 6 winless matches in all competions before that but they are unbeaten in their last two away from home with a goalless draw at Ipswich followed by a 1-1 draw at Preston.
Who They Got? Another ex-Addick returns to the Valley keen to display the talents that got him nowhere at Charlton. Back in August 2008, ex-addicks, or rather Iain Dowie hopefull, Simon Walton signed for Plymouth Argyle - after brief stays at Ipswich QPR and Hull - in what was a club record fee, estimated to be around £750,000. Last December he was placed on the transfer list after being sent off in a league match against Barnsley. But after missing four games, and with manager Paul Sturrock questioning his attitude and temperament, things seem to have settled down and he's returned to the fold and started in the last three - he's Number 4.
DangerMan Number 11 is the loanee from Blackburn Paul Gallagher and he's currently the top goalscorer with 7 goals. But after a now 11 game non-scoring run he's been moved into midfield for the last couple of games and the Pilgrims now have a new little and large strike force of number 25 the diminutive 23 year old Jamie Mackie currently on 3 goals for the season and number 14, the tall one, Rory Fallon, on five but who hasn't scored in 7. In fact strike force is a bit of a misnomer as they only have 2 goals between in the last 20 games.
Subs; Randolph, Youga, Holland, Kandol, Burton
Thursday, February 05, 2009
As for our makeshift defence Graeme Murty got himself injured again on Tuesday but it appears he's available and back in training is Mark Hudson. Parky, while thanking Matt Holland for his contribution, would be glad to have his planned partnership of Hudson and Ward at last take shape but is one day of training enough to see Mark back on the pitch, unlikely really.
Elloit; Murty, Ward, Holland, Basey; Sam, Bailey, Spring, Racon, Soares; Dickson.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Team News Playing his first game for us at Burnley was new boy Darren Ward, and forming a rock solid defence with none other than Matt Holland, has already been to Ashton Gate this season back in November with his previous loan club Watford and came away with a 1-1 draw and he may feel he has something to prove as it turned out to be his last game for Watford before returning to Wolves. Meanwhile, our other Rock, Mark Hudson, was having more injections over the weekend to try to recover from his hip injury.
Subs: Randolph, Hudson, Racon, Basey, Kandol