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 Post subject: Re: Checkatrade
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:46 pm 
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Congratulations to the Cowley brothers on yet another impressive achievement in their so far continually upward managerial career. The Lincoln fans and players sound absolutely delighted to be going to Wembley for the first time in their 133 year history. They are also doing well in the league this season, as are Shrewsbury who play in the other Checkatrade S/F.
The two main arguments for not taking the Checkatrade serious are that it doesn't matter and that it effects the league form. Well it clearly matters to Lincoln, as it did to us in 2008. And it clearly had no negative effect on our league form that season, or on Lincoln and Shrewsbury this year.
Whatever league we're in next season, I really hope Dan proves to be a manager who takes all the cups serious.
A lot of modern managers make their own job easier by throwing the cups so that they only have to focus on the league games. I think that's unacceptable, says more about their limitations as a manager, and is robbing the fans of potential cup memories and glory.
I would love to see Dan lead us out at Wembley in 2019. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Checkatrade
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:45 pm 
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BertieWoostersDonsClub wrote:
Congratulations to the Cowley brothers on yet another impressive achievement in their so far continually upward managerial career. The Lincoln fans and players sound absolutely delighted to be going to Wembley for the first time in their 133 year history. They are also doing well in the league this season, as are Shrewsbury who play in the other Checkatrade S/F.
The two main arguments for not taking the Checkatrade serious are that it doesn't matter and that it effects the league form. Well it clearly matters to Lincoln, as it did to us in 2008. And it clearly had no negative effect on our league form that season, or on Lincoln and Shrewsbury this year.
Whatever league we're in next season, I really hope Dan proves to be a manager who takes all the cups serious.
A lot of modern managers make their own job easier by throwing the cups so that they only have to focus on the league games. I think that's unacceptable, says more about their limitations as a manager, and is robbing the fans of potential cup memories and glory.
I would love to see Dan lead us out at Wembley in 2019. :)


To be fair I would say we took it pretty seriously this year just unfortunate to run into Michy Batshuayi


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 Post subject: Re: Checkatrade
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:44 pm 
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Put three over 21s in against us but none last night


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 Post subject: Re: Checkatrade
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:18 pm 
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barry wrote:
Put three over 21s in against us but none last night

I know. Bloody annoying. Their team last night was a real U-21 team. Not just their ages, but experience-wise. Apart from Ampadu, who also played against us, they were all still academy and U-23 team players in need of senior level experience - the very reason for their involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy. But against us they picked Eduardo, Batshuayi, Kenedy, Musonda - all players who, regardless of their age, had progressed well beyond U-23 team level and have since joined the likes of Dortmund, Newcastle, Celtic and gone straight into their first team. Not sure where that team selection came from but they haven't picked one anywhere near as strong before or after our game.
Hope we don't get screwed like that again.


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 Post subject: Re: Checkatrade
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:20 pm 
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BertieWoostersDonsClub wrote:
barry wrote:
Put three over 21s in against us but none last night

I know. Bloody annoying. Their team last night was a real U-21 team. Not just their ages, but experience-wise. Apart from Ampadu, who also played against us, they were all still academy and U-23 team players in need of senior level experience - the very reason for their involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy. But against us they picked Eduardo, Batshuayi, Kenedy, Musonda - all players who, regardless of their age, had progressed well beyond U-23 team level and have since joined the likes of Dortmund, Newcastle, Celtic and gone straight into their first team. Not sure where that team selection came from but they haven't picked one anywhere near as strong before or after our game.
Hope we don't get screwed like that again.



Basically it was a conspiracy against us, because of Chelsea’s link with AFC Kingston, they put out a very strong team to knock us out of the competition, they have not put out a team of that strength before or after our meeting

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 Post subject: Re: Checkatrade
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:46 am 
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BertieWoostersDonsClub wrote:
barry wrote:
Put three over 21s in against us but none last night

I know. Bloody annoying. Their team last night was a real U-21 team. Not just their ages, but experience-wise. Apart from Ampadu, who also played against us, they were all still academy and U-23 team players in need of senior level experience - the very reason for their involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy. But against us they picked Eduardo, Batshuayi, Kenedy, Musonda - all players who, regardless of their age, had progressed well beyond U-23 team level and have since joined the likes of Dortmund, Newcastle, Celtic and gone straight into their first team. Not sure where that team selection came from but they haven't picked one anywhere near as strong before or after our game.
Hope we don't get screwed like that again.


Take it as a compliant. They wanted to give their players a proper test.


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