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I was horrified to see the Argus headline that we were ready to turn to our bench. Then I saw the teamsheet and that made the prospect of doing so even worse. As expected, the substitutions cost us the game. The starting eleven may have dug out some sort of result despite being second best but there was only going to be one outcome once the changes had been made. I'm not sure who Coughlan thinks is hiding in the treatment room but I guess a few more could be after that bruising encounter.

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In fairness, it's been a very long season for a lot of players. You don't often see ever-presents in the modern game, and we've had a few who've played a lot. Let's just finish as strongly as we can and set ourselves up for next year. Personally, I'm very proud of the effort these boys have put in, a bit of strengthening (maybe 2 or 3) and the retention of key players, and I think we'll be in the top 7 next season.

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I’ve calmed down a bit now. Very poor performance, made even more annoying by the fact, that the odd occasions we strung some passes together we looked far better than them. Only happened once or twice though. Missing Lewis & then Bondswell through injury cost us. Payne is not a left back, and although neither of the other two are great defensively, they would have been out covering their player that scored the winner. That being said Colchester deserved the 3 points. Incidentally, the commentator on ifollow came out with a classic just before half time. ‘The U’s have come closest to scoring in the first half apart from Newport who have actually scored’! Strangely enough, I knew what he meant!

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rncfc wrote: March 29th, 2024, 6:38 pm In fairness, it's been a very long season for a lot of players. You don't often see ever-presents in the modern game, and we've had a few who've played a lot. Let's just finish as strongly as we can and set ourselves up for next year. Personally, I'm very proud of the effort these boys have put in, a bit of strengthening (maybe 2 or 3) and the retention of key players, and I think we'll be in the top 7 next season.
I agree with your analysis.

One question. My own view is that Coughlan has done brilliantly with that with which he has had to work with. And if it were my decision I would offer him an extented contract. However it is not my decision. Do you, or indeed anyone else have any views not as to whether he should be the manager but rather whether he will still be our manager in August?

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Stan A. Einstein wrote: March 29th, 2024, 7:58 pm
rncfc wrote: March 29th, 2024, 6:38 pm In fairness, it's been a very long season for a lot of players. You don't often see ever-presents in the modern game, and we've had a few who've played a lot. Let's just finish as strongly as we can and set ourselves up for next year. Personally, I'm very proud of the effort these boys have put in, a bit of strengthening (maybe 2 or 3) and the retention of key players, and I think we'll be in the top 7 next season.
I agree with your analysis.

One question. My own view is that Coughlan has done brilliantly with that with which he has had to work with. And if it were my decision I would offer him an extented contract. However it is not my decision. Do you, or indeed anyone else have any views not as to whether he should be the manager but rather whether he will still be our manager in August?
I think he's deserved an opportunity to continue after this season. I wouldn't offer him an extension at this point, rather wait until November to see how the club is performing next season.

I think injuries have ultimately ruined the season, and possibly trying to function with such a small squad. I've said it before but I really wish we'd try and find either full backs that can come forward or wing backs that can defend. If we can't find either then I'd be much happier with full backs and buck the trend of playing with 3/5 at the back and settling for 4-4-2 with full backs and wingers. We are to easy to attack on either flank atm.

I'm guessing it'll be virtually same players on Monday but Bright looked a better option to Payne on the right side and if Will Evans isn't scoring then he remains the best option on the left side of defence (unless Sanca can play there). We're almost at the stage at looking at youngsters in positions to see whether they could make the step up to this level.

But still hasn't been a bad season. Just team is dying on the run in. They've literally out on their legs...

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wattsville_boy wrote: March 29th, 2024, 10:07 pm
Stan A. Einstein wrote: March 29th, 2024, 7:58 pm
rncfc wrote: March 29th, 2024, 6:38 pm In fairness, it's been a very long season for a lot of players. You don't often see ever-presents in the modern game, and we've had a few who've played a lot. Let's just finish as strongly as we can and set ourselves up for next year. Personally, I'm very proud of the effort these boys have put in, a bit of strengthening (maybe 2 or 3) and the retention of key players, and I think we'll be in the top 7 next season.
I agree with your analysis.

One question. My own view is that Coughlan has done brilliantly with that with which he has had to work with. And if it were my decision I would offer him an extented contract. However it is not my decision. Do you, or indeed anyone else have any views not as to whether he should be the manager but rather whether he will still be our manager in August?
I think he's deserved an opportunity to continue after this season. I wouldn't offer him an extension at this point, rather wait until November to see how the club is performing next season.

I think injuries have ultimately ruined the season, and possibly trying to function with such a small squad. I've said it before but I really wish we'd try and find either full backs that can come forward or wing backs that can defend. If we can't find either then I'd be much happier with full backs and buck the trend of playing with 3/5 at the back and settling for 4-4-2 with full backs and wingers. We are to easy to attack on either flank atm.

I'm guessing it'll be virtually same players on Monday but Bright looked a better option to Payne on the right side and if Will Evans isn't scoring then he remains the best option on the left side of defence (unless Sanca can play there). We're almost at the stage at looking at youngsters in positions to see whether they could make the step up to this level.

But still hasn't been a bad season. Just team is dying on the run in. They've literally out on their legs...
Agreeing with this, especially about the manager. Can't see HJ being in any rush to offering an extension close season.

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