B team v Eastleigh Friday 20th 2pm

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Who is the defensive midfielder that keeps dwelling on the ball too long ? Balcombe just sold him short with another pass !
 

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I tried. Found an open gate and walked in.... tried to keep a very low profile (bit tricky when you’re a paddock fatty) and watched five minutes of football before being asked very nicely to leave.

Made me realise just how much I miss being at a game. 😥

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I tried. Found an open gate and walked in.... tried to keep a very low profile (bit tricky when you’re a paddock fatty) and watched five minutes of football before being asked very nicely to leave.

Made me realise just how much I miss being at a game. 😥
Should have told them your were related to Cliff Crown!
 

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Nice one Bob...was going to try the same but glad I didn't bother.... 😊
 

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I tried. Found an open gate and walked in.... tried to keep a very low profile (bit tricky when you’re a paddock fatty) and watched five minutes of football before being asked very nicely to leave.

Made me realise just how much I miss being at a game. 😥

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told ya mate , hi viz and no one would have said a dicky bird
 

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Whoever it was there (Valgs?) who had a chance to shoot and pull a goal back, but instead dilly dallied and tried to dribble the ball into the net, argh, glad to see they're teaching them the Brentford way!
 

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3-0 down now...totally outplayed and Eastleigh don't have many regulars on the pitch either.
 

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Huge mistake by Hercules and Eastleigh punished n classic counter style. Very good goal
 

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One of the worst performances the B team have had. Think they will get a proverbial rollicking about it
 

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Not much quality on show from us in the last quarter of the match at any rate.
 
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One of the worst performances the B team have had. Think they will get a proverbial rollicking about it
It was a really weak team given the situation. So I doubt that will happen apart from some of the defenders who were so sloppy and casual.
 

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Instead of a rollicking - get 'em on the training ground with 3 objectives - 1) teach them to control a football, 2) teach them to pass to their own team mates (especially those not marked by 2/3 defenders) and 3) teach them to play towards the other team's goal.

If there's time, also teach thm to use their 'second ' foot (as the home goalkeeper did).

A dreadful, amateurish display.
 

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One of the worst performances the B team have had. Think they will get a proverbial rollicking about it
Instead of a rollicking - get 'em on the training ground with 3 objectives - 1) teach them to control a football, 2) teach them to pass to their own team mates (especially those not marked by 2/3 defenders) and 3) teach them to play towards the other team's goal.

If there's time, also teach thm to use their 'second ' foot (as the home goalkeeper did).

A dreadful, amateurish display.
I presume that Farls is secure in his job, but rather than us just getting his cliched in-house interviews after games and the odd cliched in-house player interview, it'd be nice to be informed what the plan is for the B team this season (are they treading water/rebuilding etc), why is the squad so depleted and are the trialists serious considerations for signings or are they just plugging the gaps? It'd just give us some context for these "bad" performances, which at times hark back to the Dev Squad era (though yeah, the B team plays against far higher quality opposition).
 

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Thought that Balcombe had another reasonable game, well half a game.
Made a couple of good saves but on occasions early on he fumbled the ball and played a teammate into trouble but got away with it . I hope he makes it ,
 

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I presume that Farls is secure in his job, but rather than us just getting his cliched in-house interviews after games and the odd cliched in-house player interview, it'd be nice to be informed what the plan is for the B team this season (are they treading water/rebuilding etc), why is the squad so depleted and are the trialists serious considerations for signings or are they just plugging the gaps? It'd just give us some context for these "bad" performances, which at times hark back to the Dev Squad era (though yeah, the B team plays against far higher quality opposition).
I suspect Covid19 has been a major factor, not only in the whole squad having had to isolate but also in terms of having a good regular set of fixtures around Europe to play. The current B team squad looks to have a lot of new players with a cohort having stepped up or out and getting them integrated and trained in the Brentford way can’t have been easy.
 

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Maybe we need a multi-lingual Danish coach for the B boys ? (and only half joking 😉)
 

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Saw a few minutes and we looked really really bad. Would be interested to see how many Eastleigh first teamers played.
 

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Well this thread made for depressing reading. Apart from the HT music.
 

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told ya mate , hi viz and no one would have said a dicky bird
No hi vizzes in the ground today - nor most others at the moment, no point . . . plus they become something the home team have to disinfect afterwards.
Strangely Stoke still insisted on using them - but at least they smelt nice for a change 😅
 
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Let's keep things in perspective. Looking at the current B team squad, not including those out on loan I make it eleven players with a reasonable possibility of having a decent football career for themselves - perhaps even with us.

Only three of them played today.
 

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Let's keep things in perspective. Looking at the current B team squad, not including those out on loan I make it eleven players with a reasonable possibility of having a decent football career for themselves - perhaps even with us.Only three of them played today.
My comments were based purely on today's showing. But 3 possibles ? No 5 (O'Kane) I'd say certainly, and No 2 possibly - who was the third who impressed you out there?,
And incidentally, what happened to our Icelandic forward? I kept a good watch, but never saw his number 7 at any time.
 
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I presume that Farls is secure in his job, but rather than us just getting his cliched in-house interviews after games and the odd cliched in-house player interview, it'd be nice to be informed what the plan is for the B team this season (are they treading water/rebuilding etc), why is the squad so depleted and are the trialists serious considerations for signings or are they just plugging the gaps? It'd just give us some context for these "bad" performances, which at times hark back to the Dev Squad era (though yeah, the B team plays against far higher quality opposition).
I think this is overly harsh. They've been playing very well recently with some v tough games. Today was a poor performance but there were definitely mitigating circumstances and regardless of whether it was mostly squad players, Eastleigh looked very strong and aggressive and didn't let us settle on the ball at all. All v good experience for the boys and most of them probably haven't experienced that intensity before. It's much better that they're facing challenges like this than thumping some club's kids 6-0 every week.

The B team are indeed in transition and the players we've brought in this year all look very positive. Not sure why so many were out today but I suspect the new 9 subs rule has had an impact along with ongoing injuries in the first team. In the midweek training photos, there were a fair few B teamers involved including Gilbert, Pressley and Hammar. Stevens will more than likely be in the squad as back up RB and it maybe that we've taken a couple more along in case?
 

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I suspect Covid19 has been a major factor, not only in the whole squad having had to isolate but also in terms of having a good regular set of fixtures around Europe to play. The current B team squad looks to have a lot of new players with a cohort having stepped up or out and getting them integrated and trained in the Brentford way can’t have been easy.
I think this is overly harsh. They've been playing very well recently with some v tough games. Today was a poor performance but there were definitely mitigating circumstances and regardless of whether it was mostly squad players, Eastleigh looked very strong and aggressive and didn't let us settle on the ball at all. All v good experience for the boys and most of them probably haven't experienced that intensity before. It's much better that they're facing challenges like this than thumping some club's kids 6-0 every week.

The B team are indeed in transition and the players we've brought in this year all look very positive. Not sure why so many were out today but I suspect the new 9 subs rule has had an impact along with ongoing injuries in the first team. In the midweek training photos, there were a fair few B teamers involved including Gilbert, Pressley and Hammar. Stevens will more than likely be in the squad as back up RB and it maybe that we've taken a couple more along in case?
You're both making exactly my point, we have our theories as to why things are as they are, it'd be just nice to have someone from the setup come out and state what the objectives are this season and why they're perennially short on numbers!
 

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I think this is overly harsh. They've been playing very well recently with some v tough games. Today was a poor performance but there were definitely mitigating circumstances and regardless of whether it was mostly squad players, Eastleigh looked very strong and aggressive and didn't let us settle on the ball at all. All v good experience for the boys and most of them probably haven't experienced that intensity before. It's much better that they're facing challenges like this than thumping some club's kids 6-0 every week.

The B team are indeed in transition and the players we've brought in this year all look very positive. Not sure why so many were out today but I suspect the new 9 subs rule has had an impact along with ongoing injuries in the first team. In the midweek training photos, there were a fair few B teamers involved including Gilbert, Pressley and Hammar. Stevens will more than likely be in the squad as back up RB and it maybe that we've taken a couple more along in case?
Yes, I am sure you are correct. I had forgotten all about the nine subs rule, and of course up to five substitutions Spot on again.
 
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You're both making exactly my point, we have our theories as to why things are as they are, it'd be just nice to have someone from the setup come out and state what the objectives are this season and why they're perennially short on numbers!
Objectives are the same as always, to develop players for the first team or to move on to other clubs and hopefully generate profit from them in the future..
 

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Bad day at the office, with a bit of a scratch team, against a well organised opposition. From what I saw nobody really shone out.

Wouldn't read much more into it than that
 
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Bad day at the office, with a bit of a scratch team, against a well organised opposition. From what I saw nobody really shone out.

Wouldn't read much more into it than that
It happens, the B team have gone 3 at the back recently (mainly due to lack of fit midfielders), and it had worked reasonably well for them but yesterday showed the downside of that system, when you get overrun in midfield and can't get the ball to your dangerous players, particularly with no outlet for the long ball. We saw that at Stoke with the first team. I don't think we can properly judge this 'group' until we've got a fully fit and settled squad.. Personally think there's some real talent in there who are probably closer to first team level than previously.. (this may also have a negative impact on B team results as players are training with the first team more)..
 

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