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Posts posted by mattyh001

  1. 6 hours ago, D.B. Cooper said:

    Look we aren’t that great this year but it seems the author either didn’t have a good view of the game or wasn’t playing close attention. I stopped reading when he said we had 2 chances. 
    Leckie hit the post, Tilio had a shot tipped on to the crossbar (the commentators refused to acknowledge it was a save, but it was). Antonis had a one vs one and Natal had 2 one vs ones.  Enough to win pretty much any game.
    It’s ok to be critical of the game etc (I don’t have an axe to grind) but an argument should be based on facts not emotion to match a narrative. 


    2 hours ago, jw1739 said:

    So why didn't we?

    in a nut shell, the injuries, player & coaching changes et al have lead to a very inconsistent and incohesive line up week in week out.  give current line up (particularly with Arslan to come back) an uninterrupted two months together and we would have a solid grounding and style between the group

  2. 5 hours ago, Mr MO said:

    Lam departure was publicized straight after the GF, almost in the same articles as VdV. Are you saying the CFG didn’t have time and then signed Soups? I don’t have the calendars in front of me but it seemed there was plenty of time there.

    Atkinson and Bos didn’t leave around the same time also they play on opposite wings, I’m failing to see the mitigation factor in the clubs favour here. However the signing of Behich was excellent I have no issues there.

    thought the Lam departure was later, happy to be wrong here.

    in terms of the other two, my point is that having young players come through takes time to get them into shape consistency wise.  take a look at Talbot; he's has essentially been the player to replace Atkinson.  blokes played over 40 aleague games for us (which doesnt even include cup or champions league games) and yet the guy is so inconsistent.  throw in the fact young players come cheap when they sign, you cant just throw money at the situation when Bos or Atkinson leave since their low wage helps offset the bigger wages we spend elsewhere in a salary cap

    and frankly, Talbot is by far the best young defender we have seen come through recently outside of Atkinson and Bos.  in a way, i kinda see a perfect storm

    again, not trying to give a free pass to the recruitment team or players; just dont think we can put this down to one simple solution.

  3. 19 hours ago, MCMLIII said:

    I know John Didulica. He told me years ago when he was still at the club that they could get anything they wanted from the parent company. As long as they could justify the request it was approved. So how does a club with access to so much end up performing so poorly?

    starting with the keeping spot, others have covered it well.  Young has always been signed as a short term option where there was probably not much better on offer (particularly from a domestic signing perspective).

    on top of that we lost Bos (21) and Lam (30) last season and Atkinson (24) in December 2021.  replacing quality (particularly youngsters in the form of Bos and Atkinson) from the youth academy is never easy.  even signing them from another team's youth academy is no guarantee either - just look at Talbot (22).  he is so inconsistent.  plus the likes of Bos and Atkinson would have been cheap from a salary cap perspective, so it's not like our club can just throw money at it.

    Lam is a rather frustrating one for me since he left so late into the post season.  no issues with his reasons for leaving, just the timing.  our club has tended to find some absolute gems (ie Arslan, Sahki) when they have the chance to do their due diligence.  finding a like for like player with such a short turn around for ACL duties (where we had to sign within the registration deadline) was always going to be risky - hence the signing of Souprayen.  

    i'm not trying to justify how poor we've been; rather there's probably been a few mitigating events.

  4. had a 7.30 booking for dinner last night so got to watch that lovely first half before going; stellar stellar choice for sure 

    fuck me our midfield is shit. while it doesnt help to have your best player out suspended and have had our next best leave mid season for personal reasons, any good team can cover.  they have depth. we dont.  any individual defending Lopane can join Lopane and get the fuck out.  guy is fucking shit.  for all the shit Lachie Wales coped, this guy is 10 times worse.  why the fuck was he signed?

    their second was essentially walked into the goal.  FMD - how can the players be this apathetic?? two goals from outside the box doesnt help (sometimes opponents just lucky with a well taken shot) but still, where is the pressure??

    season is well and truly over.  i just hope we can get / keep a fully fit and firing front third for the rest of the season.  will be great to see us finally play with some intent, some way of putting our opponents under constant pressure week in week out.

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  5. 3 hours ago, jw1739 said:

    Indeed he is. Until he signed a permanent deal with us he was on loan from his parent club AJ Auxerre in Ligue 2. Now he is "without club." Transfermarkt has been remarkably quick to keep up with all this.

    The urgency of it all could mean any number of things. TBH I don't think we should speculate. Just respect the decision and wish him well.

    agreed.  can see a number of factors at play, including something like an out of the blue cancer diagnosis.  and in a number of situations, a mutual termination works out the best.  Sahki gets to move closer to home and be with his family, we get to sign a replacement more easily given the transfer window.

    as sad as it all is, just wish him the best.  i doubt he has done this with any malice what so ever.  why would he sign otherwise only to get a small (if any at all) payout two weeks later?

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  6. 1 hour ago, jw1739 said:

    IMO we've got issues all over the park. They've been evident right from the start of the season against Oakleigh.


    our wide attacking players are not what they were last few years (hard to plan for when the three we started the season with in Leckie, Nabbout and Jakolis have been injury prone), while our midfield three hasnt settled.

    plus the loss of Lam and Van Der Venne when they did leave meant the club was scrambling to replace them.

  7. 16 hours ago, jw1739 said:

    I don't know what others think but I always get the impression that our Head Coach doesn't get a great say in the players that are going to be under his control. Doesn't seem particularly ideal to me.


    7 hours ago, NewConvert said:

    I think that would be the case for all clubs TBH. I think they get some input but ultimately the decision is with the bean counters. And this would be the case in most leagues. Also, Vidmar is interim coach.

    the difference for me between good managers and great managers is their ability to get the best out of their players irrespective of style.  good managers tend to be stubborn and struggle to change things up - even when it's in the best interest of the squad.

    the other thing to remember is that one of our great advantages in the aleague is our scouting network.  that includes our ability to bring the best young Aussie talent through as our youth academy should be a massive draw card for all young Aussie hopefuls. 

    so while players may have bad games or poor stretches of form, the manager needs to be able to work with the players they are given.

    of course, the club shoudlnt just blindly sign players without thinking of the strengths, weaknesses and philosophy of it's coaching staff either. it'd be like asking a classically trained violinist to choreograph a 3 min dance performance for a rap video clip.

  8. 1 hour ago, NewConvert said:

    It was Foxtel that cut the A-League as the return on investment did not meet the higher returns Rupert demanded. The rice was out of SBS' budget, so there wasn't much on the table.

    remember, that was after Foxtel lost the rights to the EPL.  I'm sure that Rupert was happy investing locally as they were getting oodles of eyeballs for the EPL and it added nicely to its portfolio.

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  9. On 17/01/2024 at 8:10 AM, Baka1 said:

    If Optus ever gets the rights the game will explode. Trust me


    On 17/01/2024 at 9:30 AM, marn11 said:

    I was a rusted on A-League fan (would watch 2 or 3 games a week), but now I only follow City from afar. My interest was already waning, but the move to Paramount has meant I only watch one or two games a season. My guess is there would be many like me, where Paramount has little to offer outside of the ALM, so it became a bridge too far to pay the subscription unless you're a diehard fan. 

    Agree with the above - I'd probably re-engage if Optus had the rights. 

    Always thought the league benefited from Foxtel the most when our broadcast was coupled with the EPL.

    Unfortunately the current administration are more interested in making a short buck than solid long term business decisions 

    The sooner we join Optus the better 

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  10. 36 minutes ago, D.B. Cooper said:

    Seriously what is this bloke doing in the A League? 
    on the run from something in his personal life? 
    pissed off some powerful football people so now can’t get a contract in an entire continent? 
    Got family down here and hates paying airlines?

    Whatever the reason, he’s a hell of a signing. 

    wouldnt be surprised if he simply wanted to try a new challenge. same here; one's one hell of a signing.

    my understanding is that he's on a two year deal.  hope that we sign him him longer soon.

  11. 19 hours ago, jw1739 said:

    Perth lost 4-2 and had two players sent off and a host of yellows. Who owns them now that Sage has walked away?

    my understanding is that the APL does.  the Glory had been set to be sold mid November but the purchasing party failed to meet presale conditions.  could be wrong though

  12. 16 hours ago, jw1739 said:

    So a player who hasn't had a start and barely any minutes in two seasons comes into the match as a starter and is straightaway the fans' best player? Either we don't know what we're looking at or our head coach(es) didn't.


    10 hours ago, malloy said:

    It could also be a case of "over performance" due to being given an opportunity under new coach, with possibility of then locking in a starting position.

    Could also be that there is an expected level of performance of the more established players. For example, what fans expect out of Maclaren is different to most given his record as the all time league top scorer.

    Dare I say it too, fans can have short memories. We tend remember the good and bad of most recent games more readily.

  13. my thoughts last night

    • massively needed win that hopefully puts the start to the league and the last week from hell behind us
    • similar to others, we have been playing with low confidence and lots of uncertainty.  this result will go a long way to restoring some self belief
    • we were lucky that Sydney have been as shite themselves - we should have never kept the clean sheet but will take it
    • our structure and pressing is starting to gel.  with the turn over of players from last season and no Leckie and Nabbout, there was a strong risk of things taking a while to gel
    • we still take too long to settle into our grove.  that said i feel we have dominated the second halves of both home games.  hopefully that means we really start smashing teams once things are clicking better
    • our midfield is starting to look much better from a transition point of view.  it was missing in the game against Western Utd and looked worse against Adelaide.  again, fingers crossed this is a positive sign going forward
    • we got a great reaction from the squad to a shite week.  
    • Natel is constantly improving.  happy days.
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