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    Why is Tom Pope undroppable?

    The cold, bald facts are that he hasn't scored all season, hasn't looked like scoring all season and is not really offering anything to the team (unless you count holding his arms up in perpetual annoyance or berating his teammates).

    I'm not sure any other non-striking striker would keep his place at any other club....so why does Tom Pope?

    I watched again last night as he was easily dealt with by the opposition and pondered if Turner and Pyke could do any worse. I started the season thinking Pope might get us 6 goals. I'm now wondering if he'll get any.

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    Ask yourselves the question.
    Has he, or any other forward been squandering chances?

    If not, then surely the problem lies with the fact that we are not creating goal scoring opportunities.

    The shots on target stats for this season says it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkie View Post
    Ask yourselves the question.
    Has he, or any other forward been squandering chances?

    If not, then surely the problem lies with the fact that we are not creating goal scoring opportunities.

    The shots on target stats for this season says it all.
    In addition we are not getting down the side of teams in order to get any kind of decent delivery in to the box. We have no width and no proper full backs who can push on and help in that regard either.

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    Everyone with half a brain cell knows Tom Pope is at his most threatening when you have got wingers getting to the byline and crossing balls into the box.

    We have an abundance of wingers, but a manager who doesn't know how to set a team up to its strengths.

    Hoofing a ball 60 yards up the pitch to Pope, with his back to goal and no one getting in or around him is never going to work. Opposition defenders must love playing against us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tean Vale View Post
    Everyone with half a brain cell knows Tom Pope is at his most threatening when you have got wingers getting to the byline and crossing balls into the box.

    We have an abundance of wingers, but a manager who doesn't know how to set a team up to its strengths.

    Hoofing a ball 60 yards up the pitch to Pope, with his back to goal and no one getting in or around him is never going to work. Opposition defenders must love playing against us.
    I think that the last three replies have answered your question quite well. As Ray Williams said on RS last night when the question regarding lack of goals and Popey was raised when he said repeating the song 'Feed the Pope and he will score'. Then he added when will they start supplying him with some food!!! So don't blame Popey for the famine look at the lack of a food chain!


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    Why is Tom Pope undroppable?

    Kane, ronaldo, Rooney, messi, akinfenwe, shearer, Henri, naylor and foyle

    All made their own chances if no service was or is being provided from wingers/midfield

    Pope can't do this as he isn't fit or clever enough to do it

    Just my opinion but factual.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkie View Post
    Ask yourselves the question.
    Has he, or any other forward been squandering chances?

    If not, then surely the problem lies with the fact that we are not creating goal scoring opportunities.

    The shots on target stats for this season says it all.
    There were some decent crosses in last night but Tom was nowhere near them. Our best efforts were from ADF and Worrall.

    Excuses for Tom aside, all strikers are judged on goals scored. He is/was cut some slack for his overall contribution to the team, but that has been missing all season.

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    For me all season he has had one good cross to attack and that was at home to Crewe where he hit the underside of the bar. He needs better service but also a runner up front with him.

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    Point blank free header at Chesterfield saved. free header v Crewe hit bar. Totally free effort at Coventry to get a point with last kick. He has had chances....granted not many

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