Like A Summer Thursday

Morning,all.

I can remember the good old days when Thursday was a day of rest after our latest midweek game,a day when we renewed our energies for the usual riotous weekend to come. Well,some things never change-like the latter part of my opening statement!-but it is likely that we will have to get used to playing our midweek European matches on,yes,a Thursday evening.

Actually,I’m struggling to remember the last time we had a European match on a Wednesday and acquitted ourselves well,so maybe the Thursday evenings is our lot for a while,and we should be grateful. I get a distinct feeling though that AP will be going all out to change that next season. It is,of course,too late for this season. A couple of ninety minute draws against The Great Danes followed by an extra time winner that we NEVER looked likely to pull back saw to that.

I know there is an argument that we didn’t play European football after Christmas from 1980 till only a few years ago,but those were the days when there were only eight teams left in each of the three tournaments. There are twice as many sides still competing post-Christmas nowadays,and that will only increase with the addition of the new Europa Conference League.

Is it really too much to ask for that a club like ours should be one of them? It sure seems so,for every year it finds that meagre target a bridge too far,a mountain too high. And that simply is not good enough.

But enough with the negative waves…

Tonight sees us take a two-goal lead to AZ Alkmaar. The result last week really could have been anything,as the action and the chances see-sawed with each side taking the ascendancy for periods of the match. AZ will feel hard done by to be two down-while we can equally argue that we could easily have scored more. It was that sort of game,and the tie is far from over. AZ are a very good team indeed,and we should take heart from our performance against them last week.

I’m sure that AP will have been busy reminding the players of that,and also that he will not send them out to do something that they cannot do,or at the very least are ill-equipped to do. I really can’t see him simply trying to hold what we have,ours is not yet a team capable of such as we really don’t have the players for it. We do though have the players to make it that bit more difficult for the Dutch by scoring over there,and I suspect that will be a big part of the game plan.

No predictions from me on the outcome,that’s for sure. It really could go either way. But if our players perform to the level that they did a week ago,we can go into the game With Hope In Our Hearts.

Do us proud,lads.

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Above article by BMCUWP

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Sol Kitts

The midfield is anonymous so far.

Mahe

Great point Fan, haven’t heard or seen the name McGregor

Maestro Fan

The 2 goals we’ve conceded are beyond incompetent

Sol Kitts

2 clear fouls ignored by the ref

Mahe

Now Ralston down, gulp.
He’s been trying hard, two headers not that far over

Mahe

And the Uruk Hai (Urogeady) gives me the fear

Prestonpans bhoys

Tempo far too high for both teams, who will be knackered the first😱

Mahe

Their Japanese right back is handy

Mahe

In the last quarter of this tie we don’t need to play it out from the back.

Mahe

Ooft. Good save Joe Hart

Mahe

Fair play to Starfelt he won that header well

Big Audio Dynamite

We have zero protection from midfield. Been goin on a long time now.

This is where we should be smart and stop playing in our own 18y box!

Mahe

Get to half time and get Soro on for Tam

St tams

Starfelt confirming what most thought

Prestonpans bhoys

Well not surprising AZ gain momentum after offering two daft goals. Welsh did put Hart under pressure with a slack pass and big Hart does a Harty😱. Second goal Starfelt was looking at the stars🌌

Mahe

Starfeart

Big Audio Dynamite

Get Eddy on and go longer. I’ll say it, it’s insanity to keep playing like this under these circumstances.
When the other team figure you out and counter it, you need to have something to counter with.
Put on a def-mid and play longer, and let our fast players turn theirs.
Keep playing across our own goal against smart players, we will pay the price

CaltonTongues

As expected away from home in Europe, unfortunately.

All Welsh had to do was header clear or get right out the feckin road and….

HH

Billy Bhoy

Who the fuck signed Starfelt????
Nightmare!!!

At least we’ve found a left back!

Leggy

Midfield is non existent. McGregor as captain needs to show up and sort it out !!! Definitely no out ball so Eddy might be a shout !!!

Perplexed CSC 🍀🍀🍀

Mahe

A McCarthy Soro double screen for the harder games, Ange needs to be practical sometimes.

fan

Someone in central midfield has to help the D by coming for outball to at least create options.Rogic is a liability in Europe as he gives ball away too often.
Christie needs to abandon his headless chicken routine which has returned tonight,

CaltonTongues

2 Mins into 2nd half, channel off.

Blood pressure can’t take this ineptitude.

HH

Mahe

Wimp 😉

Maestro Fan

Getting flashbacks of Artmedia.

Big Audio Dynamite

Take Rogic off and stop playing in our box …it’s mental

Sol Kitts

Big Tam having a mare.

Mahe

Playing from back is gonna cost us here,,,,
Some subs are needed Ange

Big Audio Dynamite

Real naivety here!

Sol Kitts

Joe Hart to the rescue.

Mahe

Joe saves a goal, that’s twice fair play he has made up for that blooper

Big Audio Dynamite

Change the system, ffs!

Maestro Fan

Our midfield posted missing

Sol Kitts

Poor touch by Ryan.

Prestonpans bhoys

Mid field anonymous, if your tactics aren’t working change it now not at 70+ minutes

Sol Kitts

Giving the ball away continually.

Mahe

Christie is back to his usual

Mahe

Good tackle by Starfelt leads to a break

Mahe

Eddy for Tam. Good. His last effort was a water sclaff

Mahe

Kyogo could do with being subbed. He’s taken a knock and looks tired.

Prestonpans bhoys

Well at least we are in their half now

Mahe

We need Soro on I reckon. Tam departing left the middle weaker when it needs bulking

Mahe

That was a nice move

Mahe

Another nice move. We are stringing a few passes together at last

Puff puff

How long to go ??

Prestonpans bhoys

20 minutes

Puff puff

Thanks

Mahe

Free header goes wide after Joe Hart rush of blood. Gulp time

Sol Kitts

Don’t know what Joe was doing there

Mahe

Subs anytime Ange