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Discussion in 'City Talk' started by Drunk Bantam, Jul 14, 2017.
I doubt scunthorpe will finish outside top six they will have learned from last year.
Same we need a good start as confidence breeds confidence.
Changed my vote. Somehow feel not as confident now
I didn't vote on the original ....... and wary of voting on this one. (Which has a deadline before a league match is played !)
I still maintain that until we've all witnessed over half a dozen league games, the predictions will remain erratic. Therefore I will stand by my first thoughts ....... of just missing the play offs. At this early stage I'm truly struggling to see where anything more than 70 points will come from ?
I loved our 'Fast Start' last campaign. But I am fearful of achieving only half those points by game 6/7 And that is the point I expect any change in our fortunes to start. (As the Window slams firmly shut, until January - and I see little, if any business then!).
My main concerns (to explain) are the new rear guard, and a seemingly unbalanced midfield. I'm not dismissive, but guarded, for sure.
One thing that is in our favour for this season is surely the other teams in the League. Sheff Utd had a Championship level striker up front and Bolton were throwing money at players until they got promoted. I don't think Fleetwood or Scunthorpe will perform like they did last season and of the newcomers I think we only have Blackburn to fear! The squad (while changed significantly) is a lot more settled than the start of last season and we now have a set of our own strikers from which partnership and playing relationships can be built.
Just when you thought C&B was on its last legs you get this thing of beauty
For me I just don't know this year and that drives the pessimistic in me. However one chink of light is my faith in the owners and management team, as for the signings, nothing excites me but you never know,. All the talk of Chickson, Reeves and McCarten but it wouldn't surprise me to see the unexpected happen this year ie The young lad Omar is a revelation or Greer turns out to rock solid or Taylor rediscoveres the form that made him a 1.4 million pound footballer
Hopefully it's all of the above
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Of those coming down I think Wigan will adjust best. Rotherham will be lucky to halt the slide back where they belong (L2) and Blackburn may have thrown cash at it but even a lottery win won't make up for having the kings of minced chicken in the boardroom and Tony Mowbray in the dugouts.
Coming up I think with Kenny Jacket Potato in charge Portsmouth will do well, but Doncaster have Darren Ferguson, a serial under performer at L1 level and Plymouth are bang average. Can't even recall who won the playoffs so they must really worry me.
Of our contenders last year, Fleetwood overachieved and won't repeat it. Scunthorpe have lost Crooks, Dawson & Toney. Morris was pants from Jan onwards and Madden looked nothing special, Millwall are gone, Rochdale will always be thereabouts but have lost Vincenti, Bury will do what Bury always do - spend loads and bomb out, especially with that fucking idiot in charge. Southend are tough but I'm not worried about them, they caught us on our worst day. MKD and Charlton will kick on but not enough. The rest are mid table.
C - Wigan
R/u - Bradford City
P/offs - Portsmouth, Rochdale, MK Dons, Charlton
Down - Rotherham, Bury, Oldham, whoever won the play offs
Blackpool won the POs and I agree they may struggle.
But that's probably where our agreement ends. Personally, I think Wigan and Blackburn will be there or thereabouts. I also think you're wrong in relation to Scunny and Fleetwood. Both have improved areas where they were weakest last season and I fully expect them to be challenging again.
I fancy Bury to be the surprise challengers this season. They've bought well and regardless of what you think of him, Clarke will get them firing.
I also can't see Charlton and MKD having poor seasons again and along with Pompey will be another 3 sides up and around the chasing pack.
To suggest we will finish 2nd is a case of heart overruling head I'm afraid.
all true - and you haven't even mentioned southend who have kept their squad so far and strengthened, or Northampton who've been taken over and spending cash, or posh who are always strong !
Posh & Northampton fall under midtable for me and southend "Southend are tough but I'm not worried about them"
Too much going on in the background at Northampton for the takeover to be effective. There are still potential fraud investigations that will de-stabilise them. Posh hire and fire too often and I think Barry Fry has lost his ability to spot the up and coming assombalonga's.
Southend top 6 anybody? Think in Phil brown they have one of the better managers, but it's going to be a cracking season I hope for all the right reasons, and if we're in the running come January, then I believe Stuart will be backed again.
Heaton, genuinely interested why you have such optimism to predict auto's ?
I asked the same (but think I must be on 'ignore')
This is what I find amusing the most. If you criticise players X, Y and Z. You're shot down for judging them without seeing them play.
Yet the same people hold those same players up as shining lights. Despite not having seen them either.
I've heard that he looks like being a handful.