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Nick is joined by Spike Godding and Rob Boyce to discuss the latest issues around Plough Lane, including the departure of Joe Palmer as Chief Executive, and the daft surrender of a two-goal lead at home to Doncaster. Why did Palmer leave, and why could we not see out a first win in 14 games? A fun show as always so check it out 😉

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A simple discussion of a performance against Sunderland that was inverse in quality of that of the referee. We’re not in the business of criticising refs, because it lessens the impact of our critique when you get one that actually did perform quite poorly. We also look at our record during the thirds of the season, as we approach the final one, and compare our progress to where we were this time last campaign.

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Yeah two defeats in a week makes it hard to be upbeat. We tried, but … meh. Sucks the life out of you, doesn’t it? Well, it does if you attended either of last week’s defeats. It seems many decided against doing so, and did those people miss much anything?! Still, good news about the Chocolate Oranges.

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Sam Cosgrove … no pressure. But yes, this week we have two frustrating draws to discuss, and a difficult week ahead to look forward to. Why couldn’t we end our search for a win with two favourable home fixtures? It wasn’t down to lack of effort, chips, half-time chocolate, or semi-naked football staff. Well, not as far as we could tell.

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Okay, despite the title, we are optimistic on the show this week. No wins in eight, one goal in seven – scored by a player who has now left – and inching closer to a place in the bottom four. BUT … performances suggest better things to come, especially with home games against teams in the bottom third of the division. Reasons to be cheerful, so don’t you dare be sour …

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Well, that wasn’t great. An FA Cup exit followed by a defeat in franchise-land, where dreams go to die, has got everyone a little on edge. But don’t worry – Nick and Stu are here to offer some much-needed perspective … although it can’t always be sunshine, lollipops, and whatever else that song was going on about.

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Nick and Stu kick-off 2022 on the podcast with a gentle talk through all the important stories surrounding the first-team. We consider what are transfer window options are before reviewing the Oxford defeat, the situation in League One, and our FA Cup trip to Boreham Wood. We also ask whether postponing fixtures for international call-ups is really necessary …

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As the League One season entered the home straight, Jim Potter wondered whether data averages could predict the division’s final outcome – at the bottom end, at least. Had we followed Jim’s analysis, would we have saved ourselves the stress and anxiety that comes with hoping we’d keep our heads above water? The results paint an interesting picture …

We’ve all heard the adage that ‘past performance is no guarantee of future performance’. However, over time, trends do emerge which allow one a greater degree of confidence in looking towards the future.

Of course, you cannot mitigate for unexpected, unnatural events like this recent pandemic which curtailed last season. But – as we reach the crunch part of the season (roughly five games to go, I’d always said, based on a casual observation over the years) – teams currently in the bottom four of League One will not, generally, achieve more than a point per game on average during the final run in.

Is that true?

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