Is Jon Nolan About to Break the Loan Jinx?

Two matches is a very small sample size so perhaps I should guard against getting carried away. However, our last two matches suggest that Jon Nolan has the capability to become that most rare of things – a successful loan signing. In fact, the current crop of loanees are shaping up quite well. James Caton looked sharp when he came on against Shrewsbury, and the … Continue reading Is Jon Nolan About to Break the Loan Jinx?

Stoke City: the club that keep on giving

What fortunate timing! Good job we had to  ask Stoke to let us keep Dan Bachmann before we play them in the cup. If we’d asked them after our glorious 4-0 victory they might not have been in such a charitable mood! Stoke are the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas! Bachmann’s presence is clearly crucial if we’re to achieve anything this season, and … Continue reading Stoke City: the club that keep on giving

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Jon Flatt: the inevitable comparison.

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. It had to come to this eventually. Finally I must address the question on everyone’s lips and compare the relative merits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel … Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Jon Flatt: the inevitable comparison.

TACTICAL REPORT: Wrexham 3 Maidstone Utd 1

Flisher, Bodkin and York sounds like a Dickensian firm of lawyers to me (WARNING: a list of three footballers’ names always sounds like a Dickensian law firm to me. Except Sakho, Obeng and Ugarte.) However, Alex Flisher, Matt Bodkin and Wes York were actually the decisive players in this superbly well-contested second round cup tie. So often a cup tie is determined by the superior … Continue reading TACTICAL REPORT: Wrexham 3 Maidstone Utd 1

The Balance Sheet: Wrexham v Maidstone

Positives: We’re through to the third round! Lots of creativity in midfield – Clarke, Carrington and Harris all played defence-splitting passes to put strikers clear on goal. The energy and movement of Connor Jennings. Jon Flatt’s string of sharp saves. James Pearson’s first career assist. Wes York’s pace allowed us to get in behind Maidstone’s defence regularly. Andy Bishop maintained his fine scoring record in … Continue reading The Balance Sheet: Wrexham v Maidstone