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Posts posted by ManfredSchaefer

  1. 8 minutes ago, Taurus said:

    The last peeps that need to know about those dets are the media seagulls & opposition eyes can also view what is written in here. 

    I thought those of us who were at training the other day were supposed to spill the beans so no one would have exaggerated expectations.

    Oh well, I’ll mark that up to experience.

  2. 18 minutes ago, Taurus said:

    We came through a bruising Derby with plenty of niggles.

    Duke pulled up a tad sore in the knee which was operated on a couple of months ago, partly due the clash with Grant in 87th minute. He received treatment rather than train with the squad on Tuesday.

    Pirmin & Yeboah completed approx 66% & 75% of the session respectively, before being rested.



    Bang goes your credentials mit Der Babbel.

    Not revealing relevant & informed factual information until after the game also blows your cred on the forum too :ninja:

  3. 22 minutes ago, ZachMercer said:

    To quote Ron Burgundy. "Well, that escalated quickly."

    Here's my leftfield slant on the performance. As background I've been doing research lately on a course I'm putting together per mindset training for sport. What I feel I saw from our game was what they call "The let-down" effect. It's a common condition that results from an adrenaline hangover.

    Now you'd think that a week would be enough time to recover from the derby win/anxiety/stress, but there's some science out there that suggests it can take a significant amount of time for the body to withdraw from stress related hormones - even at elite athlete level. Think about how you sometimes get sick after a big event or work deadline, it happens all the time.

    Slow and lethargic play, increased chance of injury or illness, lack of accuracy, forgetting plays or formations are all indicators.

    Let's appreciate there's a lot of pressure on the team externally as well to turn around fan disappointment, and if you think these guys don't know it then you're mistaken.

    I think with the resources that the club has at it's disposal, as well as MB's experience that the result of the game would have been expected, and they would not have seen the draw as a backward step.

    Happy to gauge opinions.

    Echoes exactly what the likes of Meier, Georgievski & Duke have said.

    Quality post digger!

  4. 23 minutes ago, dcrow said:

    Quoted from the FBTL site:

    Where last we didn't see that at all last season, defense, resilience and a fighting attitude.

    I believe we will get there soon, we seen glimpses against Victory.

    Seem to recall a club from western Sydney winning the ACL with that kind of attitude.

    Course people were bitching about how they capitulated against Ulsan Hyundai in the rain and pyro back then too...

  5. 13 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

    Show us this hysteria you speak of.  I don't see anyone saying we can't defend well, or that we haven't got a way better attitude and approach to previous seasons.  I see people rightfully questioning our ability to hold the ball, create, and score. 

    Before the game lloydy said this game would tell us a lot about ourselves. It told us we are still gutsy and determined but need to get better up front. I don't see too many people running for the hills thinking we're gonna be fighting the wooden spoon.

    Check out posts where some people in this thread are yammering about how players and Babbel should piss off because of yesterday's effort.

    And people making stupid comments about if player X wasn't around we'd be on 0 points. He played, we got the points...deal with it.

    That's the kind of inane BS that deserves a bollocking.

  6. 18 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    I understand that ABC sporting coverage is Melbourne oriented.

    The Vic vs MU game got covered.

    Our game didnt get a mention on Offsiders just then. :lol:

    Less said the better, I guess, but... but.

    First rule of watching sports tv in this country...don't watch 'Offsiders'.

    Second rule of watching sports tv in this country...don't watch 'Offsiders'.

    Third rule of watching sports tv in this country...don't watch 'Offsiders'.

    And just in case you're uncertain..

    Fouth to 150th rule of watching sports tv in this country...don't watch 'Offsiders'.

  7. 3 minutes ago, Jefski said:

    Firstly, the players get paid to play and we, the fans in the stands pay to watch them so your comment is void.


    Secondly, all these variables and reasons you've listed are completely understandable and agreeable, people can't arguing that. It was just another flat game of football which we have become so accustomed to over the last few years and are tired of paying to watch it. We have what is arguably one of the best squad in the club's history and I think we're just hoping for better than what we saw tonight. 


    Let's just hope for cooler weather and a better performance next week heading into the bye and I'm sure, all will be forgiven (at least for another 2 weeks).

    Your first statement is utter BS. It doesn't matter who pays and who is paid; when keyboard warriors come out and make ridiculous statements without a shred of experience of what the players are doing, how they train, what they've been told to do, their physical and mental fitness etc, then it's perfectly appropriate to call out hyperbolic BS. The whole point of trying to appreciate and deconstruct what has transpired this season so far is to understand that we have a limited and biased perspective, and that is based on the fact that we aren't professional footballers, we aren't on the inside of the club or the team, we are spectators who will never experience what the players do. 

    As for 'flat football', yeah, it wasn't goal a minute excitement. However football is not going to always be like a 15 minutes highlight package on TV or a quick game of FIFA at your mate's place. Doing enough not to lose can be a key result in and of itself, but especially when there is another 5 or so months to go in the season. And if you think that the effort against Brisbane was like the last few seasons, then you must not have watched more than 4 or 5 games max. I can cite plenty of games over the last three seasons where we played far worse than that and got hammered, and some where we played better and still didn't get any points.

    I see no need to 'forgive' the players because I don't go in for the hyperbolic flagellation game that some folk are doing. The team could've lost, the team could've won. The team could have played better, the team could've played worse. Bottom line is the team is undefeated after 4 games, top of the table. I'd rather believe in the players to sort themselves out and do what they can instead of superimposing on them my ill-informed and biased preconceptions of what they should do.

  8. Just now, Smoggy said:

    Meier is very isolated, nothing going through him much, the is no link up between midfield and the forwards, or between the defense for that matter, its just all very disjointed. Unless we find a way to click we won't stay near the top long, someone eventually is going to give us a good spanking....its coming..

    Notice in the last 20 mins Müller got the ball into Meier, but Fußballgott was a bit lethargic in his finishing. Hopefully that’ll get better.

  9. Needs to be said that whilst we were pretty ordinary the heat/humidity out there must’ve been a bugger for Meier, we lost Schwegler after 15 mins or so, the ref was fücking woeful, & when Müller came in you could see the quality improve.

    Disappointed we didn’t do much better, but again last season this would’ve been a game we would’ve lost. We’ve dropped 2 points playing spotty football & it’s obvious there is still much development to come. Would we rather we lose 2-3 at home and play like geniuses after only four rounds of a long season, or grind out results & keep near or on top?

  10. 9 minutes ago, FCB said:

    Exactly my thoughts, this going to be a stinker of a game. If I am counting correctly then Roar have seven players who are at solid League One level, and a few have played in the Championship and even PL. They are hardened pros who can give you a run for your money. We'll need to break them down, and it'll require a lot of work.

    Not denying it'll take some work but everything seen so far about the Meow is that they are bog standard. Last Friday a half arsed One-Victory made them look ordinary and again, Fowler may be a legend as a player but he is still learning how to coach.

    Babbel has our guys humming mentally if not 100% tactically or technically, and when it comes down to it we are winning games now because of this confidence & team spirit. It's been said elsewhere and in other contexts, but this squad looks far more likely to find a way to win, whereas in previous seasons we had squads that would find a way to lose.

    Meow will be lucky to find their way to Parra...

  11. 9 hours ago, Taurus said:

    The Albion are going to need a fleet of courtesy buses to ferry WSW fans to Phillips Park pre-march if they expect us to rock up in decent numbers.

    It would be quicker to walk to Wanderland 2.0, from a licensed establishment in Westmead.

    Btw, Happy Hour at the RO from 10am - 3pm tomorrow  

    Virtually lived at the Westmead Tavern in the late 90s...every Thursday night was trivia & my old team, ‘Brian Mannix’ won shitloads of $ free beers pizzas etc. Was a very decent boozer.

    i was actually talking about it as a hypothetical option the other day. It’s probably too far but hey, nice to think it’s on the radar.

  12. 7 minutes ago, Potkorok said:

    As has been said poor defence and also didn't take their chances with the one exception. They had several other clear chances in front of goal but poor finishing and then an abundance of cheap turnovers.  I didn't think Sydney's defence was anything exceptional either,  particularly against set pieces they conceded one and were fortunate not to concede another

    Yeah, Hoffman had two sitters and stuffed both of them.


  13. 50 minutes ago, mack said:

    Without Wilkinson you'd probably have seen him off in the 85th.

    Yup....plus Ninkovic had a big ouchy lol so AB had to stay on.

    He was utterly fooked at the end of the game also. Not used to having to play so many minutes. And his contribution was, as always, more flash than cash.

  14. 21 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

    Didn't watch but i'm assuming its because they have a cheap squad that is on the minimum salary cap requirement as the owner wants to sell their club and doesn't want to put in money to invest in a squad?

    They have a less than quality defence and aside from Petratos & their Panamanian not much going forward. Moss is past his use by date & no one has come through the ranks and become a stalwart. Miller scored a goal but he had a big part to play in the first goal too.

    The way everyone was talking it sounds as if Hoolahan being injured has hurt them badly. However when you put so much of your club's hopes in one player it's no wonder things turn to shite if he's out.

    Also, I don't know if Merrick has the answers or is all that invested in trying to turn things around either. Poor bugger must know that he's been handed a shite sandwich and there's no bread...

  15. 3 hours ago, jockman said:

    Got to be honest I am  a bit concerned about what impact they will have on our  current fan base (Defectors !!!!!) and future growth/new members.  Despite what they may say they  are already encroaching into "Our Territory"  I guess time will tell . 

     Anyway decision  made by people who know  far better than us with absolutely no bias or protection to  the other team in Sydney,   

    people like winners, we absolutely need to have a great season on and off the field , can see that the club recognise that and are acting accordingly ..


    No concerns whatsoever.

    First off, as Flytox cites, they will be lucky to call upon 10% of our existing membership, plus the 10% smurf membership. The potential for any turnover in membership, particularly with us being back at Parra & (so far) doing almost everything right on & off the pitch should keep almost all aligned already to us with us. Plus, as previously discussed vis-a-vis the Members Committee, the club ain't going to be walking away from the Macarthur and south west.

    Second, there club raison d'etre is supposedly designed to tap into both unaligned football fans out in the area to start with, and those people who move into the region in the coming years. I'd love to know who these unaligned sokkah fans are out in the south west/Macarthur...aside from already having perhaps us or the smurfs, there's also the Eurosnobs and the bitters/NPL community. Oh, and for all the hype about football support in the south west/Macarthur, league is king there. And those hordes of new arrivals in the coming years? How many of them will be coming in as 'clean skins' with zero or minimal affiliation from other clubs, sports? Not too many, based on what has happened in past developments (such as what I saw here in the Riff in 1970s & 80s).

    If the Bullshtters have any thing that will help them it's that they have set themselves up as a long term project, with maybe 10 years from now the possibility to really become a 'thing'. Course in the mean time football in this country could change a lot, thanks to the potential for a NSD & maybe even pro/rel. 

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