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  1. 1 hour ago, Nofinikea said:

    We won't go down.

    Clarke has had a good look at most of the players now.  He has swapped things around a bit and they will have learnt alot about them.  I would expect another couple of poor ish games whilst he trys a few things and then we will go on a decent run with a relatively settled side.   We will finish well clear.

    Stop having a go then  -  2 points from 9

    You appear not to know what you are on about or are you trying to cover yourself and keep people happy.

  2. 1 hour ago, darren1810 said:

    What is frustrating me is this league Is pants .

    I've just looked at the table.

    Bolton are in the play offs and Bradford are only 4 points off with 2 in hand. 

    Neither of those are particularly good and neither are Cambridge .

    To be where we are is an absolute shameful disgrace by the players 


    Our whole squad lacks enough creativity and goals to secure a top half finish. This season has shown up problems / issues which leave us fighting survival.

    We have a poor squad

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  3. 1 hour ago, Jacko51 said:

    Missing today, Gibbons, Worrall, Oyeleke, Amoo, Joyce and Pope. All of this would be in most fans first 11 when fit. None played today. We didn’t deserve to lose that and probably wouldn’t have done with those six available. 

    We lost , again. We know we have players missing. Manny, Amoo question why we even consider them as being fit anyway. Joyce has played almost all season.  Gibbons, hope we are not rushing him back too soon. Thought Mills did not let us down today. Worral yes, major loss, even though i criticise him for his lack of goals. Pope, you have to admit that most fans have not been calling for him much this season.

    I said earlier, our best hope of survival is to have Gibbons, Montano fully fit, Joyce and Worrall back to fitness and a half fit Pope is best we can hope for. All playing regularly and thenn i believe we will secure enough points for survival.. We need creativity and goals. Lest hope we can limp through this season and then start again.

  4. 1 hour ago, WV said:

    Disappointed to lose that one. We didn't create much but neither did the league leaders and it took a wonder goal to win the game. Guthrie missed a sitter but he put himself about well and won us some free kicks in dangerous areas. Rodney put in a lot of effort but needs to learn when to pass and when to shoot. 


    One thing that can't help is the pitch. It looks horrific, one of the worst in the football league. It doesnt inspire great football to be played on it. Come on Speedy sort it out it is a joke. 

    Agree with most of above.

    Wether its a wonder goal, penalty or own goal it doesnt matter. Top teams score these late quality goals. Bottom teams miss sitters. It happens every year.

    Guthrie is still the best we have to lead the frontline. Maybe not good enough but the best we have.

    Rodney better learn fast. Sick and tired of hearing what a world beater he may become. At the moment he doesnt even look a footballer. Still the best we have at the moment.

    Yes the pitch is awful and it is a leveller. Hard work comes first but you still have to try and create and we dont have players that can do that.


  5. 1 hour ago, Santa said:

    Workmanlike, disciplined but missing quality. Particularly in the final third. Ultimately, far too many of our key players are out injured at the moment.

    I thought Cambridge paid us a bit of respect, got men behind the ball at times during the game but it felt ominous that a sucker punch was coming. At least to a pessimist like me anyway.

    Neither Guthrie nor Robinson look like players who are capable of putting the ball in the net.

    I wouldnt be surprised to see this from Cambridge most games, certainly away. First thing you do is keep the home team quiet. When you do get on top then your midfield players will always get up to support the front man. Once they get in front then maybe the goals follow. You are top after 30 games for a reason

  6. 1 hour ago, Diego Maradona said:

    With the adrenaline still flowing, IMO very little between the two teams today.

    Would have being ‘reasonably’ satisfied with a point AND a solid performance.

    Much better than Tuesday.

    Radio Stoke commentary was absolutely painful today.

    We were poor. Yes better than Tuesday and had the ball but there was no creativity. How can you score goals without.

    Conlon decent

    Monty, still the best wide player we have, when he wants to do it. He can hold the ball and wait for someone to move for him. He can attack a defence. He can create some chances.

    Burgess - Poor       Taylor not much better. 3 yr contract maybe but he will not be in the starting 11 soon

  7. 1 hour ago, 1 said:

    No Gibbo, Worrall or Joyce. They’re big misses and when they’re back we’ll hopefully start putting some wins together.

    MUST ADD Montano and even Pope. Would also like to add Manny but whats the point !

    Without these players being involved for ten games or more we will struggle to survive.

    Have said for two years - No creativity and No goals in our whole squad. Not enough for play offs any way and possibly not enough for survival.

  8. 1 hour ago, darren1810 said:

    Point was fair but we can't 0-0 our way to safety.

    I'm very very worried. Maybe a point at best next 2 games and then Oldham who are one of if not the best away teams in the division. 

    Positive substitutions was good to see.

    Ultimately Guthrie miss has cost us the game, never even for a millisecond did he look like he'd score 

    Positive substitutions ????

    Robinson and Cullen WOW  Might as well leave it as it was.

    Guthrie and Rodney dont look like scoring but they look more like footballers than the subs

  9. 1 hour ago, Iron Curtain said:

    By “people” I think @1 means the posters on here who continually said how incredibly poor Southend were when Pugh’s record as Caretaker manager was being discussed.

    It was made VERY clear that he should be given no credit whatsoever for that result as Southend were so bad.

    A few posters insisted that Portly Vale would beat them. And I’m sure one said he could do it all on their own. 

    You did watch the game. Southend were shocking AND it was a game where the ball dropped for us far more than in any game recently.

    We had the run of the ball and took our chances. In games when we have struggled the ball never seems to drop for us. We need our fair share of luck.

    Another bearing on safety or not is in our own hands. We have to keep our players fit and on the pitch. How do you do that with Manny. Joyce andd Worrall could both be a doubt. Monty and Gibbo just have to stay fit. Cullen has played 25 mins so he is due another injury i suppose.

    Not sure how we address the fitness issue. We seem to have struggled all season in the second half. Perhaps we need to use the five subs rule more.

    With injuries,fitness,systems,lack of goals oh and poor players we have a battle on our hands. We need fighters on the pitch now who want to do it for the Vale


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  10. 18 minutes ago, LancyTony said:

    Taylor and Conlon...Burgess...Hurst...are all young lads having far too much responsibility lumped on them, because of the poor performances of much-more experienced players...like Monty. That's most of our midfield not playing to their potential, so the forwards are getting nothing, either! I'm afraid we will have to suffer this until we reach safety and the pressure is off? An emotional cry to get rid of players - outside of a transfer window - is just a bit daft - we're all suffering!

    GET RID when he can. End of season. We have some poor players and i am convinced the majority will go. Not too many showing positives signs to D C at the moment

  11. 25 minutes ago, PV1973 said:

    There’s another team we’re playing against who had more of the ball than we did. If you’re just judging players in what they do going forwards then you’re not watching the whole picture or not realising what jobs they look like they’re being asked to do. The midfielders and forwards were the biggest issue from tonight and they hardly brought anyone in to the game. That’s where we lost the battle. 

    You are 100% correct our midfield three and front two let us down tonight.

    Still believe and i am sure Monty would admit that his game, going forward tonight was not his best. I say poor, you say he concentrated on his defensive duties first. It still led to very little football being played by us.

    A point is a point and i am fully behind D C and he has to do what he believes will get us enough points for safety this season. We are by no means safe this season yet. We need points. Perhaps i see that tonight was a game where three points was more possible to achieve than the next three games coming up.

    Cant wait for this season to end and hopefully see a clear out of as many players as possible.

  12. 33 minutes ago, Jacko51 said:

    Our two wing backs were actually two backs. How many crosses did they put in. Agree about the complete lack of service. 

    They got forward. Monty was in opposition box three times in final ten mins.

    Gibbons too was in opposition box.

    Just failed with the quality tonight for me.

  13. 32 minutes ago, PV1973 said:

    Plain as day. Some fans don’t seem to realise that players do the things positionally that they are told to by the manager. We set up like that for a reason. But IMO that formation means we don’t get the best out of certain players. However we got a clean sheet, so from that point of view the defensive base worked. But it’s the   forward thinking players though in front of them that were the issue. 

    Say again, that defensive back 5 worked against Stevenage.

    What for the next three games, a back 7

  14. 25 minutes ago, Iron Curtain said:

    You want DC to get rid of Rodney?

    Didnt say that.

    I will say again that i would still pick Rodney in the first 11. He has a goal in him from nowhere sometimes. He is very quick , he has a tremendous powerful shot.

    I also see in him, too often, a player who offers very little when we need it from him. Perhaps i expect too much because he has scored goals but tonight i think he offered very little to the team.

    He was let down by the service once again but he has to do better for himself and when the team need it from him.

    Saturday will probable see a stunning goal from him

  15. 23 minutes ago, SuperHuman said:

    Not having that. Gibbons barely got past the half way line. Conlon has clearly been told to be conservative and hold his position. The back 3 or 5 were ridiculously deep.

    Also to add that the danger in playing three at the back, especially three who have all come under pressure for poor performances and who are not the quickest and who are probable the three worst distributor of the ball in league two, yes i would expect them to not push up.

    Two wing backs and three midfield plus two forwards should have played football and kept the ball and then gone forwards. All those players would be described as footballers wouldnt they. Not tonight !!!

  16. 20 minutes ago, SuperHuman said:

    Not having that. Gibbons barely got past the half way line. Conlon has clearly been told to be conservative and hold his position. The back 3 or 5 were ridiculously deep.

    Thats Gibbons problem surely. Yes he did get forward so too did Monty but without and quality at the end of it.

    Even at full back Monty got forward more than he did tonight. He had a poor game end of.

  17. 23 minutes ago, 1 said:

    The team was much better set up against Orient - much more balanced. We didn’t need to go 5 at the back.

    Forget the system

    Look at how the individual players performed.

    When the ball is at Taylors feet [ or Conlon or Monty etc etc ] the formation we are playing means absolutely nothing. They have to be capable of doing something with the ball, i.e. play football.

    We were awful tonight.

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  18. 22 minutes ago, 1 said:

    Manny in the midfield would be night and day in this formation. It relies on at least one decent midfielder who is a good tackler, passer and chance-creator. Without him in a 532 we will get bypassed in midfield, especially against oh I don’t know... the league leaders perhaps.

    I confirm that Mannys best position is in the treatment room.  Its the only place he is consistent

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