FA Cup

Kentbee

Vital Reserves Team
#2
Always like the FA cup, be nice to have a good run this year. Now we have amassed some decent points to move away from the bottom can approach this game in a more relaxed mood.

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Will be interesting to see what side DS puts out and formation. I expect changes but not a B team.

Would have though the game was made for Macca to come back into the side and maybe a game for Hoff seeing I can't see Hogan starting this one. Jota on the bench at least maybe?

MA's return will get a good reception no doubt and I expect a physical and direct style from them which may suit our 3-5-2 formation

 

Beefeater

Vital Squad Member
#2
I think much of the bench might find itself on the pitch and vice versa but even then that could be risky if there are too many changes. KK, Macca, the Hoff, Bonham and Sammy have barely played in the last couple of months.

I agree, can't see Hogan in this one - cup tied!
 

RebelBee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
Better get my ticket - got loads of time for MA & will give him a good reception, but we need to get the job done. No dicking about like we have done in the cups for a while now. Eastleigh have done about 1400 tickets so far so it should make for a good atmosphere. Need to put out a strong 11, with a bit of bite (macca). Need to be careful & patient with Jota.
 

collioure_bee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
Eastleigh will be well up for this, Allen will make damn sure of that. They'll be in our faces and hassling us from moment one. Certainly not a time to put out those who tend to hide, like a certain unused midfielder from Austria. We need people like Macca who will give as good as they get. Don't think we should drop Jota straight in either. Like Rebel says, be careful with him.
Can see changes but not many. We need a win to boost confidence, especially to follow on from Saturday. IF, and I mean IF, Hogan played it would tell us how seriously the offers on him have been taken, or if any decent ones have actually come in. A defeat would be unthinkable confidence wise with the next three games we have.
Have got to wait until Sunday to see it on beesplayer so as of Saturday, no internet for me. (What is bets I bump into someone in town who just happens to know the score?)
 

RebelBee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
Get through this round & who knows what the draw could bring. But it'd be so us to lose this then beat Newcastle!

I'll be there to suffer it anyway
 

Kentbee

Vital Reserves Team
#2
We put out our strongest team virtually and got our just rewards with a very good performance. Thought Josh and Sawyers were outstanding and two well taken goals by young Field.

Onto Monday night and the 4th round draw, on balance I would like a draw that we can reasonably win that just a big day out.
 

collioure_bee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
Sounds like a great performance. I look forward to seeing it. I succumbed to temptation and watched Sky score thing. I agree, Kent, I'd like another game we could win, the further you get the more money you win. Big day out in round six would be nice.
 

RebelBee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
Just a nice day all round & well worth the £10 entry. Josh Mc, Sawyers & the home grown kids gave heart warming performance whilst the return of Jota & MA resulted in a decent crowd, bigger than the all championship tie at LR. The reaction to both Jota & MA was fantastic. Eastleigh threw a lot of high balls into our goalmouth which we struggled with at times- otherwise a very comfortable day lit up by some terrific goals.

Nice to be in the hat today, winnable home draw or one of the big names please.
 

Beefeater

Vital Squad Member
#2
I thought we were awful against their dead balls, but there was some gorgeous midfield play from us. Josh Clarke needs to learn to stay out wide as a wing back, especially when we are trying to break down ten defenders!

Great first half, professional second half, Jota's back and Mad dog remains a legend at GP. All good.

As for the next round, anything, absolutely anything except a Sunday game! Even if it's Man United at home I won't be able to make it!
 

RebelBee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
Not quite a home tie but almost- happy with that. Probs worth £500k to us if we go out, worth the effort last round. Our run of fixtures would give the impression that we were already in the PL.. Got to say the visit of Newcastle is doing it for me over the trip to Chelsea though at the mo.

Happy days, things are looking up.
 

Beefeater

Vital Squad Member
#2
According to a friend who knows these things, apparently if we are picked for TV it won't be a Sunday as Chelsea Play Liverpool the following Tuesday. Yippee!

I never thought of that Rebel, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Brighton all at home in the next few weeks plus Chelsea away.
 

Kentbee

Vital Reserves Team
#2
Agree with above, playing Villa, Newcastle and Chelsea really is hitting the dizzy heights and the way we are playing at the moment I fancy us to do well against these teams.
 

RebelBee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
Be interesting to see how we cope with these PL type fixtures coming thick & fast. Both Chelsea & Brentford are probably stronger than when we last met, so our performance their vs the last one will be a good marker. Be lovely not to treat it as a day trip but to go there and show that we're a really good side and a club very much on the up.

As mentioned elsewhere it's likely we're going to see Lasse up top which is possibly the on,y plays we can play him anyway. He might surprise us....
 

Kentbee

Vital Reserves Team
#2
3.00 pm on Saturday, grateful for that as an early kick off might have been difficult. Gonna be a difficult one but you never know.
 

collioure_bee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
If Newcastle pick us apart like they did early on up there, I fear the worst as it will show we haven't learnt much. I know I am a merchant of doom a lot of the time but this Brentford side have me bemused. We can play so well at times and others, look like a team that has never met each other and isn't interested. Sadly the second team has turned up more often than not this year.
I know we'll raise our game, our support will be great and show the Bridge what an atmosphere really is but I don't have as much faith in a result there as I did last time we played them. Like them or loathe them, they are by far the best team in the country at the moment.
 

RebelBee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
I don't see us getting much at Chelsea but they do have big games around our tie, sadly so do we. Personally 3 points at Wigan feel more important right now, not a day trip to Stamford bridge.
 

Kentbee

Vital Reserves Team
#2
Well that's our cups dreams over for another season. Quite a damp squid at Stamford Bridge, as soon as they scored their first goal it was pretty much all over. We managed to take our poor form into the game and looked disjointed and second best to all 50/50 balls.

The team selection did not work, Barbet was all over the place and left large gaps for Chelsea's classy players to run us ragged ease. Only Dean, Josh and Woods came out with some credit.

For 20 minutes or so in the second half we gave it a good go and upped the tempo and pressure which gave us a fleeting hope of a comeback but it was all over when the third goal went in.

I felt for all four goals we gave them the opportunity to score by giving the ball away one way or another.

Just disappointing. Villa has become a big game for a number of reasons now.
 

RebelBee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
Awful no show, poor selections, tactics & zero belief or fight from most of our team. Vibe & Sawyers looked like kids they were so lightweight & uncommitted. Chelsea will have tougher training sessions! Been an awful month & one that has convinced me that we're going so far backwards under DS that we could be in trouble. Sure there are other factors concerning the quality & balance of the squad, but Smith isn't getting anything out of these players.

Was yesterday worth it, day tripping at Chelsea & looking like a lower division club? Not for me.
 

Kentbee

Vital Reserves Team
#2
Certainly felt like it wasn't worth it in the end, I have not been to Stamford Bridge for some time so was interesting to see how it has developed but as you say we looked like a plucky(ish) lower league side than a serious contender for the game. This was the Eastleigh game in reverse. Can't really blame Bentley for any of the goals but you kind of think that a top keeper might have saved one or two of them.

The ground is quite impressive although the away end stand has been surprisingly squashed in and makes the Ealing Road look relatively comfortable.

At the moment we are in trouble as we look like a relegation side, there is plenty of time to turn it around but anyone who thinks we are not fighting to stay in this division is dreaming. Some players like Nico and Egan look like they literally need a rest so DS should change it about but not sure he will.
 

collioure_bee

Vital 1st Team Regular
#2
OK. It was Chelsea so we have to make some allowances. One of the best teams in the Europe, certainly currently the best in England with players like Pedro, Wilan and then Ivanovic and Costa coming on, it would be enough to worry any team.
BUT. It made an absolute mockery of this so called ambition to be a top flight side in three years. This squad is laughable when it comes to dreaming of that.
Before the game I said I'd be happy with anything less than four nil against a side like Chelsea. But I was far from happy. Were it not for Bently it could have been four by half time, easily. Bjellend got ripped apart (again) time and again and I have to wonder how the hell he is an international. Sawyers and Vibe have got something about them but they are no better quality than third division and certainly not good enough. I've tried to like Sawyers but he blows cold far too often and Vibe was like a schoolkid as Rebel says. The Chelsea defence would have never had it easier. As for the foul leading to the first goal. No way. Vibe is not strong enough to foul anyone.
Woods runs around a lot, gets involved and isn't scared to mix it a bit, and I like that about him. His distribution is awful. Gives the ball away far too often, far too cheaply. All the midfield do.
Then we brought on one of the worst players in my time at Brentford and what did he do? Won a free kick on the edge of the box and then his usual disappearing act. I wish he would learn how to disappear off the pitch too. I forgot he was there and think he did too.
Smith has to wake up to the fact there is a growing number that want him out, a growing number that see him as not up to it. I don't think Benham is one of them but I don't think it is down to him we've gone backwards. I put it down to since Rasmas slimed his way under the door. He seems to have bewitched Benham with his pathetic slogan talk that means nothing and that was the start of it. We are heading in the wrong direction and no amount of "Don't believe what your eyes see" or "We will be Premier League side in three years" crap will change that.
As someone said, it was like the reverse of the Eastleigh game. I expected them to be at us, in our faces and hassling us from moment one. But they played a passing game and we outplayed them because we are a better side. I expected us to be in Chelsea's faces hassling from moment one but we tried to play a passing game and got outplayed by a better team.

The Villa game is a much bigger game now. Lose this one and I think we are in deep trouble.