A home game at last

It is over a month since our last league game at home and tomorrow we face the mighty Ebbsfleet. I was following the Histon score the other night via a terrificly poor mobile phone connection, and it sounds as if perhaps Liam Hatch’s introduction at half time was the catalist.

The team news is to come later, however it was good to see the giant Kovacs get a goal on his debut on Wednesday, presumably he will start tomorrow, especially with Blackett on the sidelines. Still not sure where we are up front, with Craddock and Gallen starting the other night though we ended with Hatch and MBH. Presumably Hatch isn’t ready to start yet and if Gallen came off with a tweak, then perhaps MBH might start with Tommy Craddock.

We’ll know more later on….

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Gateshead

I didn’t go up to Gateshead – because my in laws live up there, if I had disclosed to Mrs Mosque that I was up to the North East it would have meant a family trip to see her family. Unfortunately missing my beloved Hatters is a small price to pay for my sanity.

I listened to the game via 3CR and enjoyed the commentary, even though the win sounded a little laboured. Despite it sounding as if Gateshead made a bright start to both halves, I certainly didn’t think that somehow we would contrive not to win. As it happens it was a freak goal by Gnapka which gave us the three points.

The game saw another debutant, yes, yet another winger, this time York’s Craig Nelthorpe who is on loan until the end of the season.

As I type apparently we are sniffing around a lad called Janos Kovacs who is a Hungarian centre-half at Lincoln. Hopefully the rumours are true and it is not a load of goulash.

It’s off to Histon on Wednesday, which I shall miss too because I am away with work. I have only seen two games since 12th December. That’s what I call a mid-season break, I’m getting to feel like a part-timer.

If we can get another three points at Histon and then another three on Saturday then we will be back in the play offs and the season will be right back on course, if not quite the course we had plotted back in August…

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…and so onto Gateshead

Damn – another game cancelled. I’ve got to go shopping with Mrs Mosque now…

Our players are going to be seriously rusty. If new Saturday’s game is on then it will be only the third game since the 12th December and we will have played only one game in 26 days.

On the positive side, we can’t really grumble about fixture congestion in December and January this year can we?

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It’s true

At his press conference Richard Money admitted that Nico (White we know about) Gallen and Keet’ are on the transfer list.

Gallen – well we know of his shocked reaction now, as he went to the papers.

Nico wants to stay, really wants to stay – but we can’t afford him if we want to bring others in to develop the squad. No one can doubt or could ever have doubted his commitment to our club. In that regard he is a modern legend. However, at times this year it has been apparent that he has been off the pace and also unable to pass a ball properly which is a shame. Also, his errors in the last third have cost us a number of games and points now – as well as a cup replay at home to Southampton, so he is costing the club money in lost revenue as well as wages. Like Mick, his loyalty and pride in LTFC have always shone through, but those alone don’t guarantee a place. Anyway – someone has got to want him for him to leave the club. Perhaps now Mick is in charge of QPR (again) he’ll take him and Gallen?

Keet’ I’m most disappointed about. He hasn’t signed another contract and so, if he is to be off in 6 months any way, the club may as well try and cash in between now and then. He’s our best holding player by far, and don’t forget he did the winning assist for Gnapka at Wembley in April. He’s a better player now than when he was appearing in the championship for us and will be a big miss.

As for Salisbury, I know they are not a bad team in this division, but realistically we should be beating sides like that 2 or 3 nil at home. There is a pitch inspection in the morning so we will know first thing whether or not it is on. Personally, it means a trip to Waitrose with the Mrs if it isn’t so clearly I’m willing the ref to give it the go ahead in the morning. I wonder what the ref will do tomorrow. Presumably he will turn up at about 8:30 to find the club officials and Richard Bird. Presumably he will stomp around and give it the go ahead if it is okay. But then what does he do for the next 4 hours? Will he pop to the Arndale centre to do a bit of shopping? Will he hang around the car park and have a snooze in the car? Perhaps he lives locally so he will pootle back home. Maybe he will nip into the WhiteHouse for an early morning ‘cup of coffee’…

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You have him back

Alan White has been pinged back to Darlo on loan until the end of the season. Seems like those rumours were true…

I thought he was a solid addition at the back, and this blog thanks him for his efforts whilst back with us. I’ll miss his wild stary eyes and his short temper.

Any takers for poor Nico?

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Are they or Aren’t they?

Speculation is rife as to the future of Nico, Gallen and White. And possibly Keet’ Keane.

Is this just message board rumours or newspaper tittle-tattle. The Luton News says they are up for sale and quote Kevin Gallen saying:

“I was brought into the office and told I was going to go on the transfer list and wasn’t going to play any more. I wasn’t going to be in the squad for the next game.

“He said I was too old and said he was going to play Tom Craddock and Matthew Barnes-Homer and said something about finances.

“It isn’t very much to do with me, I’m not a big wage earner at Luton.”

It seems a daft thing to have to say, but I’m sure they wouldn’t publish such a direct quote without having spoken to KG and having his permission to publish it. And if it is an accurate quote, what reason would KG have to lie?

However, the Luton and Dunstable Express stated the following:

Asked if there was any truth to the suggestion that the players may be set for an exit, the Hatters boss said: “There’s nothing to add from me from that point of view.

“Football clubs are always full of rumours and conjecture and it seems that this football club is maybe more so than most.”

What does that mean? So the reporter said to him ‘are four of your players on the transfer list’ and he says that he has nothing to add to that and that there is lots of conjecture and rumour at LTFC. (I could have told him that).

The thing is: he hasn’t denied it – and later went on to state in the article that there have been no bids for players.

Also, the official site, which is usually slow with news, but quick with condemnation of others has nothing to quell the speculation.

Of the players listed, I think it would be a crying shame to lose Gallen and Keet’. And cock-ups at Cambridge apart, White has been sound enough, and does what it says on the tin and nods away long balls all day. He’s not getting any younger, but is good to have around in case Pilks, Ed or Blackett are crocked, which knowing our luck, is pretty often.

We do seem to have an awful lot of strikers though: MB-H, Craddock, Nwokeji, Gallen, Rio, Basham (yes, I realise we probably won’t see him again), Hatch, Patrick, and the new lad O’Donnell. We haven’t got room for them all. Something’s got to give, especially if Money is building a team for the future, not solely for promotion this year.

On the signings front, there has been little news as to new players, although Nwokeji’s loan has been extended to the end of the season (good) Murray has been offered a 18 month contract (bad news for Porno) and Barnes-Homer has signed like we knew he would (excellent).

Money also spoke about Poku, suggesting we will see him sooner rather than later, which would again add weight to the rumours that one or more of Nico and or Keane are transfer listed. Would we need three holding midfielders? It’s like London buses. Two years ago we were crying out for a defensive midfielder, now we have three…

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