In the second of a series of features where we ask OVF forum users for their views, it’s Biddulph_Vale who offers his insights on the season so far.
Thanks to Biddulph_Vale for answering our questions.
What are your thoughts on the season so far?
There was such a sense of optimism having finally shaken off Smurf, I’m disappointed we haven’t made more of it…
Most people will disagree, but I feel slightly underwhelmed by the start. There was such a sense of optimism having finally shaken off Smurf, I’m disappointed we haven’t made more of it, particularly as Askey has put together, to my mind, a really strong squad.
We’ve played some outstanding football at times (Forest Green, Plymouth) but thrown so many points away thanks to conceding late goals it’s untrue.
Where do you think we will finish?
I’d be disappointed if we didn’t finish in the top eight. In other words, I’d like to think we were at least challenging for a play-off place. The reality is probably more like 10th-12th which of course would be an improvement on previous years.
Which players have impressed you?
The obvious ones are Amoo and Worrall, who is totally transformed from last year. I like Bennett as well. I’m really eager to see more of Rhys Browne, who had an outstanding cameo vs Plymouth (I think) and Jordan Archer who got an unfortunate should injury on his first appearance.
Where do we need to strengthen in January?
We need a proper, recognised left back and a strong, athletic ball carrier in midfield, like an Anthony Grant of old.
Are you happy with the manager and his tactics?
I’m reasonably happy with Askey. On our day we can play football not seen since we last got promoted…
Despite my criticism after the Macc game – which was a massive disappointment and felt like a big step backwards – I’m reasonably happy with Askey. On our day we can play football not seen since we last got promoted, but equally seem prone to losses of concentration several times a game which have cost us dearly results-wise. He needs to stamp these out because, by his own admission, there is nothing between the teams in this League and we could actually achieve something with a bit of fine tuning.