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snapper1

Schoolboy
Joined
Aug 31, 2011
Messages
95
Usually around this time of the Season we plummet into a downard spiral.Is it Phil Brown or is it just co-incidence ?
 

SupaBlues

Coach⭐
Joined
Nov 27, 2007
Messages
1,181
Location
Sunny Sarfend
I think the fact we have a more settled squad for the first time in years and players willing to play for each other and the manager has a lot to do with it. Plus the team spirit at the mment is immense and everybody wants to be a part of it
 

Blueshrimper

Manager
Joined
Jan 20, 2007
Messages
1,546
We certainly seem to have better fitness levels this season, probably a massive help in the busy schedule.
 

Westcliff Shrimper

Director of Footballs⭐
Joined
Apr 8, 2004
Messages
3,641
Location
Westcliff-On-Sea
For all PB's detractors, he is certainly a forward thinking coach who has probably got the squad in better shape than they have been for a number of years. Hence, the annual new year slump we seem to suffer hasn't happened - a bit of depth to the squad in midfield helps too, with a couple of changes due this Friday which won't essentially damage the team too much.

Fair play to PB. And the rest of the backroom staff...
 

londonblue

Topgun Pilot
Joined
Feb 18, 2004
Messages
17,062
Under PS a lot of the players were on loan, and went home to their parent clubs when the loan deal ran out. That left us rather short at a time when we needed more players rather than less.
 

snapper1

Schoolboy
Joined
Aug 31, 2011
Messages
95
Fitness is certainly a key factor and for that PB must take credit.Also Dave Penny,too. Not sure how many loans we currently have-From memory,Woodrow(Fulham) and Steven Gerrard (Wigan) have gone back,Luke O'Neil is still with us.
Have great hopes for the remainder of the Season and we can now focus totally on the League-hopefully the pitch will stand up to the Elements !
 

chapperzUK

Guest
Fitness is certainly a key factor and for that PB must take credit.Also Dave Penny,too. Not sure how many loans we currently have-From memory,Woodrow(Fulham) and Steven Gerrard (Wigan) have gone back,Luke O'Neil is still with us.
Have great hopes for the remainder of the Season and we can now focus totally on the League-hopefully the pitch will stand up to the Elements !

We had Steven Gerrard from Wigan! :stunned:
 

yogi bear up the cagire

Life President⭐
Joined
May 8, 2008
Messages
15,502
Location
St Gaudens France
HANG ON! I'd question the validity of your proposition about a USUAL Christmas/ New Year slump. OK, I'm only going back three years.......perhaps trends would be different if one went back further? Anyway, taking our recent record of league games in December/January, I found the following (I have in two cases added a game right at the start of February):-

2010/11 W6 D1 L3 10games 19 points I'd settle for that this year!
2011/12 W3 D1 L4 8games 10 points OK, not brilliant
2012/13 W4 D2 L3 9 games 14 points not that bad!
2013/14 W3 D4 L1 8 games 13 points ????

So, lose on Friday and we've actually done worse than last year! Looking at it like that, it makes Friday look quite important :unsure:............................which of course, it is! :smile: Amazing what you can do with stats!
 

Rob1920

Manager⭐
Joined
Jan 28, 2008
Messages
2,194
HANG ON! I'd question the validity of your proposition about a USUAL Christmas/ New Year slump. OK, I'm only going back three years.......perhaps trends would be different if one went back further? Anyway, taking our recent record of league games in December/January, I found the following (I have in two cases added a game right at the start of February):-

2010/11 W6 D1 L3 10games 19 points I'd settle for that this year!
2011/12 W3 D1 L4 8games 10 points OK, not brilliant
2012/13 W4 D2 L3 9 games 14 points not that bad!
2013/14 W3 D4 L1 8 games 13 points ????

So, lose on Friday and we've actually done worse than last year! Looking at it like that, it makes Friday look quite important :unsure:............................which of course, it is! :smile: Amazing what you can do with stats!

Thats it, go on, spoil the feel good factor. Next you'll be telling us Ron lied about the stadium being built in the spring..:whistling:
 

snapper1

Schoolboy
Joined
Aug 31, 2011
Messages
95
HANG ON! I'd question the validity of your proposition about a USUAL Christmas/ New Year slump. OK, I'm only going back three years.......perhaps trends would be different if one went back further? Anyway, taking our recent record of league games in December/January, I found the following (I have in two cases added a game right at the start of February):-

2010/11 W6 D1 L3 10games 19 points I'd settle for that this year!
2011/12 W3 D1 L4 8games 10 points OK, not brilliant
2012/13 W4 D2 L3 9 games 14 points not that bad!
2013/14 W3 D4 L1 8 games 13 points ????

So, lose on Friday and we've actually done worse than last year! Looking at it like that, it makes Friday look quite important :unsure:............................which of course, it is! :smile: Amazing what you can do with stats!
I take your point :-). Perhaps the Christmas/New Year slump should be 'in comparison' to our previous few months League form ? Getting a bit technical now !
 

snapper1

Schoolboy
Joined
Aug 31, 2011
Messages
95
Non stop rain all day in Basildon today :-(. Just had to broom the driveway again.
 

Jam_Man

Life President
Joined
Apr 7, 2005
Messages
25,545
Location
Southend
Under PS a lot of the players were on loan, and went home to their parent clubs when the loan deal ran out. That left us rather short at a time when we needed more players rather than less.

Indeed, we looked average before Tam etc were brought in, and when they left they werent replaced quickly enough and we nose dived.
 
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