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League One Teams For 2010-2011

AFC Bournemouth who will be treatin this game as a local derby. They will be really up for this as will their Saints hating fans.

Brentford improved from a poor start and gave us a few problems in our two games.

Brighton and Hove Albion will again be up for our matches. They beat us at St Mary's last season and drew at home. We will need to beat teams like them if we are to gain automatic promotion next season. They could do well.

Bristol Rovers flattered to deceive and beat us at ours. We beat them in the league and in the JPT cup. Could be a tricky away game but should be better this time around.

Carlisle United were our victims at Wembley and we should hold no fears about them.

Charlton Athletic will be a tough and dogged outfit again I should think next season. Will probably be a threat.

Colchester United finished just behind us in the league and could threaten again next season. Though will probably falter as this season past.

Dagenham and Redbridge will never have played at our ground and I can see them being very tight at the back.

Exeter City I expect to see trying to play pretty football again as they fight to stay in the league.

Hartlepool United are a team that can play well occasionally but too often fail away from home. Will probably struggle again.

Huddersfield Town have come so close this season and are already stronger having got Arfield from up north.

Leyton Orient are a tricky little team with ambition and made life awkward last season for us. I would hope we fare better next season against them.

MK Dons were a big strong outfit that we beat three times last season, albeit not easily. They will be a hard team to beat.

Notts County made the jump from division two as champions and could be anything.

Oldham Athletic are a solid team that can be very hard to beat.

Peterborough United were relegated from the CCC and may have a problem keeping all of their players. They may struggle if they can't do so.

Plymouth Argyle were also relegated.Like Peterborough will be hoping not to lose too many of their better players.

Rochdale come up from division two and looked good for most of the season once they had got going.

Sheffield Wednesday will possibly be the hardest team to beat of those relegated from the CCC.

Swindon Town will be hoping for at least as good a season though with a slightly better finish. Beat us twice and we will be looking for a better result next time round.

Tranmere Rovers so nearly got themselves relegated. Without reinforcements I can see them struggling again.

Walsall were good at home but poor away. They may strugglr to finish better than mid table again.

Yeovil Town are a team that seems content with their lot. No prima donnas in their team but tough to beat at home and away.

Southampton will be looking for a swift return for their money. Promotion is the only thing that will satisfy us and the boss this coming season. Would be nice to keep hold of the JPT cup for another season.




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The Journalist

Writer: SFC Forever Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 30 2010

Time: 10:29PM

Your Comments

Quite a few teams that we will be looking forward to there I think. We will be stronger this time round and should be able to cope far better. I think Huddersfield, Swindon and Brighton will be dangerous. Sheffied Wednesday could be if they find a backer with some dosh to help them. Charlton should be up there as well.
sfc4ghg
Can't see any reason why we shouldn't be looking at automatic promotion next season as long as we show teams respect and put in the effort.
iwred&white
It does look like we should have a good season, especially as we will be strengthening our team still further. Seeing how the relegated teams did last seson makes me suspect all three could be contenders for promotion. [Edited by SFC Forever] [Edited by SFC Forever]
SFC Forever
Didn't know Rochdale were champions. I thought they finished 3rd. COYP. Bring on the Saints! [Edited by SFC Forever] [Edited by SFC Forever]
thedor
You are right thedor. How do you fancy your chances.
sfc4ghg
Thanks thedor. Don't know why I did that but have sorted it. You can have that one but just wait for our game with you and your boys.
SFC Forever
Currently we don't have a manager, and a goalkeeper, and have a transfer embargo. All three should change monday week and then we'll know. To be honest the team is 90% the same as last year, and most are certainly good enough for league 1. I think mid table with a sniff of the playoffs would probably be where we will stand. Can't see us struggling. I think of the other L2 sides, Rochdale and Daggers will find it difficult, but Bournemouth will be in a similar position to ourselves. Can't see you guys being outside of the top 2. After a few years down below looking forward to the long trips in Div3(s) again.
thedor
Thedor how do you rate the teams that came up with you? You say two will maybe struggle but don't you think that they will be hoping for the same as you?
sfc4ghg
I would think that Dagenham and Redbridge will struggle unless they can find some money to buy a player or two.
SFC Forever
Hoping they may be but..... Rochdale have a large proportion of their players out of contract. And not a lot of money unless they offload the best ones. Their average gates were poor even in a promotion season (avg 3,300). They finished the L2 season with the worst form in the division. That takes some doing in a division containing Barnet, Grimsby and Darlington. It will be very difficult for D & R to keep pulling rabbits out of the non-league hat in L1 after they lose some of their best players. John Still has done amazingly well and I was chuffed to bits that they were promoted. They concede too easily though and will struggle to score once Benson moves on. Financially I cannot see them being able to cope with the level change. They were too inconsistent, I can't see that changing. In both games we played (early and late in the season) the same defensive frailties showed. Both times after they had thumped good teams the week before we beat them 3-0. They have been beating the odds for years, but I think its just a step too far. Bournemouth. Fantastic achievement considering their embargoes over the past 18 months. They will add to their small and consistently performing squad now the embargoes are lifted and I can see them consolidating, they have a great manager and are getting control behind the scenes. Notts County, following the most turbulent of seasons in memory, in which my club has been sold three times for 1, had 4 managers and been under an embargo since December. But had possibly the most successful season on the pitch in decades. Why? Simply very good quality players. We have kept all but Kasper Schmichael. We finished top of the form table including only two defeats between December and the end of the season. Very similar to yourselves I suspect. Anyway I hope that explains my reasoning.
thedor
The bookies agree with me on D & G, Notts and Rochdale, but don't have the same faith in Bournemouth I have. http://odds.betrescue.com/football/england/league-one/winner/
thedor
The Cherries do have a bright young manager and as long as they can keep him I feel that they should be able to survive. Some of their fans feel a bit bitter towards us and will be pushing their team to the max. They seem to look upon us as pompey do for some reason, yet we have often done things to help them.
SFC Forever
And yes I do like the reasoning behind your predictions. Last season we were among the poorer sides and saw how badly it can effect the team.
SFC Forever
I look forward to meeting your lot at SMS. Maybe have a pint before the game.
SFC Forever
 

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