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Substance? Yes...Style? Getting there...
Having finally attended my first game of the season after various holidays, I`m pleased to see that plenty has changed, but certainly one thing that hasn`t changed is Tamas Priskin`s overall uselessness and lethargic manner.

It`s fair to say that my patience with the Hungarian has worn out, in fact it had on his debut some two years ago, but still, enough is enough, he needs to go and we need someone else in to play with either Smith or Rasiak, someone who will get dirty, put effort in, look interested and score.

I`m not sure who we could get in, especially with the market being close by the time you read this, but still, if Mr Boothroyd has half the football brain people claim he does, he will move in time to replace dear old Tam.

The other problem other than time running out is our lack of finances, but I`m sure if Priskin were farmed out on loan to a side from Turkmenistan [about his level, I think], then we could afford a contribution to the wages of a loanee striker. The fact that we only have enough money to afford the wages for one loanee this Summer has worried me hugely, we haven`t spent any cash on transfer fees, yet we`ve taken on two and let many more go.

Also worrying is this. We let go of [in one way or another]:

Nathan Ellington, Steve Kabba, Moses Ashikodi, Darius Henderson, Alex Campana, Danny Shittu, Matt Jackson, Jordan Stewart, Gavin Mahon and Toumani Diagouraga.

From that we`ve raised around £5,150,000 in sales alone….goodness only knows how much we`ve saved in wages, but two in, just two in leads me to think we are under poor financial management. We`ve also got the final years parachute payment arriving, plus a nominal amount from the cup run…what was the point of not 'making a go of it` in the Premier League, but 'making a go of it` in the Championship?

This is of course old news, but I`m only really delving into it now the season is a few games old, Tamas has had a few run outs under the new system and still looks pretty ineffectual. However, with little funding around for improvement, and Boothroyd 'not making any more signings` I guess we will have to persevere with the hopeless Magyar.

I feel that the youngsters involved in Saturday`s game gave good accounts of themselves and perhaps playing Jordan Parkes was the wrong idea if you`re just going to haul him off after 45 minutes, the mental damage that could`ve caused for a youngster waiting and waiting for their first team chance must be huge.

John Joe O`Toole, Lee Williamson and John Eustace were excellent in the midfield and Jon Harley moved seamlessly from left midfield to left back. O`Toole changed the game with his energy and it`s good to see the young man back in favour after slipping away a bit last season. Aidy recently said O`Toole had come off the tracks a bit and come back unfit, but fair play, O`Toole looked fit, and ready to put the miles in yesterday. Hopefully he will be given a start come next time out with Sadler and Harley vying with one another for the left back slot.

A mention also for Liam Henderson, who came on, looked lively and made a couple of things happens in his cameo appearance. He looks to have a bright future ahead of him and showed willingness to shoot, run at the defence and chase lost causes. I actually think he had a decent shout for a penalty when Richard Wright fell on him [purposely?] after clearing the ball away from him. Either way, I`m sure he will become a fans favourite like our last Henderson.

All in all, the future looks brighter than I thought it would after returning from my holds. The board are still around, Boothroyd is still around, we`re not in administration, the ground is sort of together and no more important players have departed.

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell

Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
Time: 3:52PM

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i thought priskin played alright
03/09/2008 17:13:00
Priskin is never going to give you blood, guts & thunder like Hendo, so we mustn't expect it. However, I thought he worked hard on Sat, was unlucky with the trip in the area, laid Jobi's miss on a silver platter and generally had one of his better games. The new system obviously suits his sytle but Rasiak will get stuck in for sure, let's hope we can get him fit asap.
03/09/2008 17:29:00
If thats all you can put in your memoirs, you can stick them where the sun don't shine!
03/09/2008 17:30:00
I agree Priskin had one of his better games on sat. I think we need to remember that Tamas is also still only a youngster really, and as we are prepared to give the other youngsters time, we should get behind Tamas and show him our support! It might give him the confidence to improve and score a few more goals!
03/09/2008 18:22:00
ANDY710 - 'All' I can put in my memoirs? You wanna write them for me?
03/09/2008 20:32:00
Tom. I sincerely hope this site does not desend to the depths of personal abuse and sillyness the did, it's good to have different opinions and to challenge each other but that's it. I do not agree with everything that's said in the articles, although appreciate that some of it is tongue in cheek and enjoy the insight you guys provide. So keep it up and thanks. Come On You Golden Boys!
04/09/2008 08:37:00
Prisin has come on leaps and bounds this season (and boy I should know after witnessing him at Barnet in the summer). His work on the ground is good and he is tactically very sharp but by cripey he needs a goal. He and Rasiak would be a decent partnership!!!
04/09/2008 10:57:00
That's fine RFB and I take your point, but I write here, and the comments are here for fans to say 'No, you're wrong on Priskin.'. Not 'your works crap'.
04/09/2008 12:03:00
Absolutely I just hope your point is taken on board. Anyway, back to Tamas....Having witnessed the dreadful early efforts of Ross Jenkins when he first arrived from Palace and his subsequent transformation to become a Watford legend, I live in hope that Priskin will stll emerge and fulfill his potential, but I have a feeling that it's now or never for him at the Vic.
04/09/2008 17:08:00
Thats Ross Jenkins (80s legend) and not Ross Jenkins (Academy scholar) for all you whipper snappers out there.... Rave safe children.
04/09/2008 18:14:00
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