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  1. Can't fault the club, if Valon gets over the line it's a terrific transfer window. The midfield was clearly the most deficient area of our squad and we've rectified it with three hard-nosed Europeans, all at a really good age and with experience. How we go throughout the season really falls on PK now.
    15 points
  2. Props to Josh Cavallo. Takes some courage. Though I'll be glad when a players sexuality is not news, and just accepted. On this one attitudes in football need to catch up a few decades.
    12 points
  3. Weve literally done the double with Metcalfe and Atkinson last year, and are the odds on favourite to win the plate again this week. If the talent is good enough then its good enough, irrespective of age.
    11 points
  4. Definitely aren't out on a technicality, the rules were in place before the tournament started. Can certainly argue the 4th place points not counting isn't fair, given we were technically the 3rd ranked 2nd place side across both east and west combined across any sort of normal system, but ultimately it is what it is and we needed to do better. We were 100% ridiculously unlucky with how the other results conspired against us. Aloisi would be proud of that set of circumstances for sure. Ultimately i think we did well overall as a team given the injuries we had and 6 games in 18 days, but its hard not to look at the little things like man management and Glover's indiscretions as being key reason we fell agonizingly short.
    11 points
  5. Colacovski has been disappointing should have offered alot more in his 85 seconds as impact sub
    11 points
  6. OK, show us a photo of your Misses then
    11 points
  7. This is the problem though, he should have been more than a bit part player. He was good enough to warrant getting 30 mins of game time pretty much every game, especially in the first half of the season where Leckie was just plodding around looking content to collect his pay cheque and do nothing to earn it. People's reactions are not over the top in my opinion, the reactions are a result of seeing "one of our own" leave for a reason that is likely PK's coaching philosophy of "I don't make substitutions even when it is blindingly obvious that they need to be made".
    10 points
  8. There's absolutely nothing wrong with our Plan A. It's generally good to watch and effective. But its maddening that when teams set up that low block against us we're too pig headed to change our point of attack. It's happened all season and IMO, PK has to cop most of the blame for what happened Saturday night. Plan B can't be do Plan A better. We're Melbourne City not Real Madrid. We don't have the out and out quality to repeatedly put the ball on a dime against a 10 man defence.
    10 points
  9. I don't mind at all if it is directed at me. This is as far as possible an open Forum, and I actually think that this season, and changes to the squad during the off-season ahead should be discussed and debated at quite some length. I guess all clubs have plans based on their resources. IMO though, all plans have to include a Plan B, otherwise you find yourself in a "First Day of the Somme" situation, relentlessly following a plan even though it is manifestly failing (and on the Somme dreadful and inconceivable loss of life). Just focussing on the game plan for the moment, our game plan delivered a Premiership, and with it ACL football again next time around. Very good. It didn't deliver in the FFA Cup, the Group stage in Thailand, and now the Finals Series back here at home. All these were, if you like, short forms of competition. In such competitions there's basically no second chance - you don't play a weak team the next week and get three points that way. I think that this season we have been very inflexible in our starting line-ups, and apparently unwilling to make substitutions and positional changes when that line-up doesn't deliver. At the 60-minute mark yesterday we were 2-0 down, and not looking like scoring. I cannot see any logical reason why we didn't, say, move Leckie to the centre, bring on Cola on the right wing, Tilio on the left, Bos as a left wing-back, and try and win the game. One goal and the pro-City crowd would have lifted and maybe we could have brought City home on the day. Why not go for it? It didn't matter if it didn't work, because we'd already lost the match as it stood. And there was no second leg, no catch-up match next week, no second chance. There's nothing wrong with having a game plan, but you have to be prepared to be flexible when it's not delivering. And Kisnorbo is not sufficiently flexible.
    10 points
  10. Agree with so much of the above. And finally PK actually influenced a result. Was brave to start Berenguer and we looked a completely different side the first 30 minutes, then he ran out of gas. Was great that he brought on Tilio and moved Leckie central. Glover played so much better, but was lucky. He completely missed a punch and it was only luck Adelaide didn't score. But Good and Nuno, seriously solid. Metcalfe worked and stretched them, but Griffiths change was also critical. I think he should start the granny over Gomulka. Cola was another great change. Overall PK has done what a decent coach should do and he needs his bench. Looking forward to this week.
    10 points
  11. Incorrect. No-one can take the plate off us. If we dont win it, we'll have lost it and have no one to blame but ourselves. We'll get it done tomorrow tho
    10 points
  12. It's all a bit fluid because the team that finishes *2nd, and the team that finishes 4th, often isn't decided until the final day, and then you have to work backwards to rank the second place teams. The United game is a total dead rubber until it isnt effectively; if Jeonnam get something out of the game against Pathum then top spot is back on the table, either by simply winning if Pathum lose, or winning by 5+ if there is a draw. Jeonnam have some incentive to get a result too; if they win they need us to lose for them to slide up into 2nd spot. In fairness that looks highly unlikely if we have a result to play for. In terms of the ranking of 2nd placed teams, our best result at the minute is to hope the game between Johor and Ulsan isn't a draw, because either of those team winning takes them top and we have already secured more points than Kawasaki against the non-last placed teams (Kawasaki play last in the final game). The other key fixture for us is hoping that Kitchee don't take more than 3 points over their two games v Vissel Kobe and Chiangrai. I think our most likely outcome is that we'll go through 3rd ranked of the 2nd placed teams, but top spot and missing out altogether are definitely still on the table.
    10 points
  13. I’ll take first place and a champions league spot as a success for this season.
    10 points
  14. Stockholm syndrome is a coping mechanism to a captive or abusive situation. People develop positive feelings toward their captors or abusers over time. This condition applies to situations including child abuse, coach-athlete abuse, relationship abuse, sex trafficking and above all supporting Melbourne heart/Melbourne City prior to Eric Mombarets.
    10 points
  15. I had to double take to make sure that wasn't someone else....
    9 points
  16. Of all the players that I thought would have no use for us, but turned out to be incredibly useful, you were the best Rostyn, fucking brilliant part of the squad who did his job very well.
    9 points
  17. PK just text me and he’s found your 3 visa spots!
    9 points
  18. Moreover, deserved a yellow card given the position and potential impact on the game. Perhaps felt that the penalty was enough. I'm not sympathetic to CCM for a host of reasons. 1. We get bad calls against us, we've had a fair few recently and these things both even out, and are a reflection of poor quality refereeing. 2. They were play acting through the game. This IMHO was a major factor in the second decision. 3. As in previous matches against other opponents the strategy appears to be to kick us out of the game, especially but not solely Tilio. CCM tried to kick us up in the air, and got away with a lot because of inconsistent refereeing. The crocodile tears about them being innocent parties and hard done to doesn't wash. 4. They've no claim to be the better team over the course of the match. On the balance of play they didn't really deserve anything. 5. The commentariat hate us. They and we can argue all week about whether particular decisions were right or wrong, but they were subject to thorough and endless review, and there was apparently sufficient ambiguity to both that there was not enough to overturn the original decision. Having said all of that, we should be good enough to put ourselves two or three goals ahead and not concede soft goals to our opponents, so that such issues don't have a material impact.
    9 points
  19. There it is, finally your German midfielder?
    9 points
  20. Cold and unpleasant evening at the stadium. Curtis Good monstered the defence and was the linchpin for most of our plays. Tillio in the midfield gave us more confidence to play through the middle at times, and it seemed that we were almost ready to click in attack ... but not quite there and hard when a team parks the bus against us, and our front three are yet to gel. PK really is not coaching well ... he has said that the front 3 will eventually click (which they may), and he has no expectation on them to play well - he rates their quality and he is happy for them to take their time to find their groove. When a player (like Leckie) is struggling, by persisting with him for as long as PK did, you are literally draining him of any confidence ... both he, and JMac were forlorn towards the end of the game. In fact Leckie seemed shattered by his poor game. Perhaps PK would be better starting him on the bench, or switching him with JMAC, or playing a 4-4-2, rather than persisting with a plan that just isnt working. I also find it inexcusable that he is yet to give Colakovski a go, even as sub ... These kids have no fear and lots of potential - throw em on! Look what Tillio, then Nathaniel gave us last night .... Instead we get stale tactics, and players being played into less form Griffiths and Nathaniel into the team last year sparked a run of good form ... hoping the team turn it around soon
    9 points
  21. We've got the players. The question is whether we have the coach. Nothing more, nothing less.
    8 points
  22. Just signed a Japanese player, Asahi. Not sure what position he plays but heard he likes it super dry so I suppose will like it in our summer. One for the ACL?
    8 points
  23. This could be one of the key signings for the next season. Tom Glover was decent and was improving under Neil Young's coaching, but really regressed last season. A good coach will get both our keepers back on track and save our on-field recruiting efforts for other positions
    8 points
  24. Love the thread, great idea @Jovan. Got a positive story to add. Got a call from Ryan on the Friday before the Wellington game. Said the club wanted to thank my partner and I for attending all home games this season and being long term members, and offered us an 'ultimate matchday experience'. We were chauffeured to and from AAMI, got free jerseys, had a stadium tour, and had seats behind Wellingtons bench (not the best view, but being pitch-side was cool). On the pitch up close for the trophy lifting too. Truly amazing. There's a video on social media if you want to watch us try, and fail, to act naturally with a camera following you the entire time.
    8 points
  25. Finally someone explaining it in a way I can understand.
    8 points
  26. I can only speak for myself, but i can say that anecdotally ive heard this replicated many times over, but i cbf'd with this forum most of the time anymore because it is predominantly an endless stream of negativity. Robust debate is fine and encouraged, but honestly theres a few key players here that constantly whinge with zero comprehension of perspective and balance. No one wants wants rainbows and butterflies all the time either, but it just seems that its never sunny in this place.
    8 points
  27. Maybe PK will have to use the bench players?
    8 points
  28. Kisnorbo not there. Win two. Kisnorbo back. Lose.
    8 points
  29. If this fella leaves due to lack of game time and opportunity, it will be as big a loss as when Bruno left. Kid has grown up as part of the club, has skill, can score a cracking goal or create one, and has been used as one of the faces of the club ... and just ask any young kid who follows the club and they'll tell ya he's a favourite. CFG need to step in and fix this ... the club has to build up players like this
    8 points
  30. I'll wait and see whether PK plays him.
    8 points
  31. Hard to have a good shot conversion rate when they have 10 players camped in the 18 yard box though
    8 points
  32. Best pod to date. To have a senior club figure give straight up answers without the usual fluff was a great listen. Really enjoyed this one!!!!!
    8 points
  33. Looks a very good signing on paper.
    7 points
  34. It’s kind of disappointing this club doesn’t care about making a signing that will get fans in.
    7 points
  35. 7 points
  36. Very saddened by this news. Cola gave his heart and soul to this club. If his departure really is due to PK then I join the "PK out" chorus.
    7 points
  37. Some of this season, and especially the last few games, has started to remind me of the dog days of the Joyceball era. I'm trying to be optimistic and put it down to exhaustion through a thoroughly odd season. But the stale, predictable, sideways football, and the sense of all not being well behind the scenes, with players frozen out, is looking a little familiar. Feels like we all need a reset.
    7 points
  38. PK makes two mistakes. If there is no intention to play Endoh and Pucci then they shouldn't be on the bench at all. It cripples our substitute options. If they are on the bench then they must be used , as in the last match with the depleted squad. It means that he doesn't have approval from the top to get rid of them. Like in Wazza Fornaroli case. As a fully paying member I'm concerned about the funding for these players. It's completely out of business logic which CFG are supposed to be masters.
    7 points
  39. Hearts Fan here folks. He will get game time here. We bought Cammy Devlin earlier this year and he has been a revelation in the team, total pitbull of a player and loves to wind up the opposition. There is a podcast, which I have linked below, where one of the presenters asks Cammy about other Aussie players and he mentioned Nathaniel Atkinson. We are pretty excited about seeing this young man play!!!! https://scarvesaroundthefunnel.co.uk/2021/10/06/episode-154-from-a-land-down-under/ As for recognition beyond our league, don't worry, if he smashes it up here then bigger teams come calling!
    7 points
  40. Terrific player, and so versatile. Gives us another attacking dimension too by allowing us to throw Atinkson higher up the pitch when needed without compromising the defence. Love that he's committing long-term despite the direct competition for a starting place, and it shows just how strong our culture is atm.
    7 points
  41. You're never going to ht 100% of your imports - there are too many factors at play when scouting and signing foreign players to a salary capped league, played in summer, on the other side of the world. I think the idea we've had more hits than misses is nonsense too. Let's have a closer look (going back to the 2015/16 season): Sorensen - Hit Hughes - Miss Novillo - Hit Fornaroli - Hit Colazo - Miss Jakobsen - Hit Brandan - Miss (but was very fun) Schenkeveld - Hit La Rocca - Hit Budzinski - Miss De Laet - Hit Harrison - Miss Florin - Hit Noone - Hit Windbichler - Miss Luna - Hit Cabrera - Miss Susaeta - Miss Hendry - Miss Reis - Hit Tsubaki - Miss Jenkinsn - Hit? Endoh - Miss Pucciarelli - Miss So we probably hit on half of our import signings, and I think a lot of the misses could be put down to signing mid season (far less likely to succeed) and injury. Additionally, we know it makes little to no financial sense to sign big name and money international players, and that's not even taking into consideration what they can bring to the table on field at 35yo+. Anyway, I'm keen to see what Battocchio can do. I like the CV and think our midfield was our clear weak link last season - hopefully him and RvdV are creative types.
    6 points
  42. I would love for Griff to go to Mumbai, stay with the group and perhaps starting a coaching career after. I always find him well spoken and has the right balance to become a coach. Not sure what his ambitions are of course.
    6 points
  43. Having Florin back is huge but I am worried we'll get his pedestrian version coming off a bad injury. Honestly, I'd only bring him off the bench for the first leg personally but Adelaide away is a massive test so I guess we can't afford to hold back.
    6 points
  44. So you're saying we need to bring back the sausage stand yeah?
    6 points
  45. It doesn't surprise me. I've been a rusted on 10-11 home matches minimum for several seasons, and I bet I've only managed 5 or 6 this season. That's down to impossible scheduling. And there have been plenty who haven't attended at all because of covid. Let's get back to a more manageable schedule, get past covid, have something of a reset and then see where we are. Three things that get people going to matches are good atmosphere, entertaining football, and decent food/bevs. With small crowds we've been lacking atmosphere (but that's a longer run suppression of active terrace culture too), the football has been patchy (some of that is scheduling) and the food and bevs choice this year has been rank.
    6 points
  46. 6 points
  47. I did see your other post, don't really agree. Yes Olver played along time ago relatively speaking, but it has zero to do with Glover's performances. Before I continue I would like to put it out there I got no idea if Olver is bad coach, and therefore cannot confirm if he is a brilliant coach either, but surely, to say that he's unable to teach/coach modern goalkeeping techniques because he retired a few decades ago is wrong. The bloke has been involved in the game, obviously has numerous coaching badges and has been studying analysing and above all coaching for a very very long time. I'm putting it back on Glover, he is at minimum 95% responsible for his own performances. Glover would have had at least 15 different coaches over his journey to become a professional and all of them would have been responsible for his development but none of them have ever been responsible for his performances. He is the one that at the end of the day that decides to come, to stay, punch, catch, kick long short. Imo Glover is the problem not Olver. I'm also undecided if last season was an aberration and he played at a level above himself and this season is his true level or he is just in bad run of form and will come good again.
    6 points
  48. The guy is a proven wife beater No thanks.
    6 points
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