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  1. Ah ok. I read previously he was going to be out of contract from Port Vale hero Ryan Edmondson set to leave Leeds - Tribal Football WWW.TRIBALFOOTBALL.COM but Leeds Live should be more accurate you’d have thought
  2. that says loan, but I thought he’d been released by Leeds
  3. With Gibbo being 24, would that mean we wouldn’t be due any compensation either? I would be gutted, fantastic player but like others I wouldn’t begrudge him for the move up - it’s just a real shame that we won’t get anything for him
  4. I was surprised that the only casualty was Amoo. Amoo was a good player and his attitude seemed brilliant, given he was hardly featuring. That is the culture the whole club have generated, which I don’t think you’ll find at many clubs. I wish Amoo well. Kian, I too was hoping he’d come back but having time to reflect on the decision - I think it makes perfect sense. We were his first loan team and he only joined in January. So Huddersfield have decided to send him to league two for the season- which if you remember was their plan anyway but Kian came in January because he was so impressed with us. If he performs as we know he can but on a more regular basis, then hopefully that recall option will be triggered and he can come back to us if we’re in need. I think I want that more than anything due to the fact Bradford have done it so often to us but we’ve never returned the favour
  5. Some really good posts here from Joe and I’ve missed these types of posts. That’s not dig either mate, as I can completely appreciate why the frustration began to set in when it looked like we were about to throw a fabulous promotion chance away. I’m still very much on a high and I’m reluctant at present to suggest where I feel slight improvements are needed - as I want us and the team to be able to enjoy this a little while longer. however, priorities for me is Gibbo and Smith signing new contracts. Smith showed in the last few games why he should always have stayed at CB rather trying to make him play the RCB role. a few tweaks but I don’t want the squad balance and relationship completely ripped up, I’m happy to just keep adding small tweaks to ensure we continue to progress
  6. Whilst not wishing to de-rail this thread, the lads can carry on mocking the Swindon players a little more, who keep giving us digs - as they're about to announce Sol Campbell as their next manager
  7. I'd agree with keeping the same team. Smith proved on Tuesday why he should be first choice CB - nothing against Martin and when he's played he's done nothing wrong but for me, Smith plays that role brilliantly. It's also compelling that Wozza had one of this best games in recent months, which I put down to Gibbo playing the RCB role and overlapping him but giving sound re-assurance from a defensive perspective. That is a combination that I've been looking/waiting for, and I wasn't disappointed. Mansfield are going to be a really tricky game and on paper have a very good squad, but we've shown we can match them. Mansfield fans are acting similar to Swindon's, they think their team just need to turn up and we're beat. One thing which could work in our favour, the size of the pitch. Mansfield pitch is relatively tight so not accustomed to a pitch of Wembley's size....it's only Monday, and my nerves are shot already! UTV - into these
  8. I noticed their forwards kept leaning into walkers back whenever he went to head the ball, but for me, he just isn't strong enough or seems to relish the battle in that part of the pitch. That's why I think Smith is much better in that role. If smith does move across, who do you then put in at RCB. I'd prefer to see Proctor and Wilson closer together in a front two - which is what Dazzler started with and said he always likes two up top
  9. I wasn't sure if Jones was injured as he hasn't been mentioned, but I did notice he hadn't been on the bench again. I do agree but I think he'd be the best option in replicating what Cass was offering previously. Ideally, you want Gibbo in the wing back role due to his crossing ability, but we also need to accommodate wozza. I think them pair work really well together, so whilst it wouldn't be my first choice, it's an enforced choice to try and get more triangle pass and movement. his distribution is way off but unless he does something drastically wrong, then I can't see him getting dropped.
  10. I agree with the formation just not in a personal positional sense. We were to more effective when we had Cass and Jones being able to carry the ball out and overlap the wing backs - offering more outlets. Smith and Hall are purely just solid defenders but that's why we're tending to go back and sideways rather than forward. For me, and Martin hasn't done anything wrong i'd go the following. Goalkeeper, I don't really have a preference but Covolan did collect a lot of crosses but I rarely saw him actually make a save - Holy, good presence, collects crosses but it's like he's not used to playing on small tight pitches, given his goal kicks go all the way to the other keeper. So my team: Holy Gibbo Smith Jones Wozza Pett Walker Hussey Garrity Proctor Wilson
  11. This is where I think people seem to be missing the point on. If we are offering a top basic salary of £1,850, we know for a fact that not all players will be on that amount. The likes of Hurst etc will be on less than that. However, what we appear to be doing, is making this almost a Sales related environment. This is your basic package but heavily incentivised if you meet these certain goals. To some degree, most clubs work similar to that, but it appears that rather than an individual incentive, it's collectively i.e. bonus paid if we're in the top 7 and therefore each and everyone of you needs to be putting in a performance. Rather than here's £30k if you reach 15 goals Wilson.
  12. How many of those were early season... Saturday 21st August LEAGUE TWO Stevenage1Port Vale1 FT Tuesday 17th August LEAGUE TWO Port Vale0Carlisle United0 FT Saturday 14th August LEAGUE TWO Port Vale0Tranmere Rovers0 FT Tuesday 10th August EFL CUP Port Vale1Sunderland2 FT Saturday 7th August LEAGUE TWO Northampton Town1Port Vale0 FT There you go - that's the start of the season....and using the same amount of games since we lasted scored from opened play.......now bore off.
  13. Absolutely agree with this, other players include rodders. We do have a tendency to want to blame certain players - and it’s not just when we’re not doing so well.
  14. Smithy must have read your comments mate….can you do the same again on Tuesday about the rest of the squad 🙏
  15. Bog standard comment from a lower league player, I don’t really see that as a dig personally. It’s the same as when a player states, the gaffer, the facilities etc
  16. Is he injured do we think, or is it a smoke screen and he's off to join another club before the deadline! I was hopeful we'd be getting him
  17. Trevor Kettle is the 4th Official........at least he shouldn't be able to ruin the game from that role
  18. well, that's frustrating - I was a big fan of Grant during his time with us. I'm hoping he doesn't get booed tomorrow, like previous occasions - as it never seems to work in our favour!
  19. Not to dig you out, but have we really stooped to this level - "Clarke only picks his favorites"...........given your past obvious dislike to Smith, I assume you mean him. Play Hussey centre mid, the Hussey that is famous for his deliveries into the box and probably the sole reason we were in for him. Why would you play Jones, a left back/WB in a Sweeper role? He's 6 foot, whilst still tall - he's not as tall as Martin 6'3 and Hall 6'4 - so surely you'd move Hall to the sweeper role and Jones in the LCB role which he has excelled out previously? Not every cross into a box is reliant upon someone being able to head the ball in, and whilst heading isn't Wilson main attribute, I wouldn't particularly say that it is an absolute weakness. When hussey and benning have played, we don't appear to have great options available for them to move forward - which forces them back and sideways, rather than it being their lack of confidence in making a forward pass.
  20. If that is the case, then I think it's safe to say DC doesn't feel he can rely on Lucas any longer - rather than my earlier thoughts it could be we're just looking for a short term reserve goalie.
  21. Where has the 'not breaking the bank' thing come from - have I missed something that's been said today? I've heard DC say in the past they have a wage structure and DF say that's why we lost out on Politic but a lot of people have quoted it today - so just interested what I've missed
  22. I instantly thought that too, but then I remember DCs interview and he was asked why he'd not named a youth team goalie on the bench - he basically said that none of them are up to the grade required. So, I guess it could be either a direct replacement for lucas or just a youth/reserve goalie
  23. On what evidence do you basis that on? So every club that gets out of league two, spends above their means do they? No one at the club has said that we can't afford new signings, we're just not signing players that want more money than we're willing to spend. It makes complete commercial sense - it's not difficult to comprehend.
  24. He’s been with us for a season and a half. First season, did pretty well without being spectacular, however so far this season has had a number of set backs. he’s still under contract so unless someone is paying a fee or we’re settling his contract early (highly unlikely) then he’ll be staying put and I for one hope that he can continue to develop with us. He’s still relatively young so why wouldn’t we want to develop him…..but that will mean we will have to accept the inconsistencies in his game rather than just looking for a scapegoat as our fan base usually do
  25. I think Rodney is worth keeping, he's 23 so still has plenty of time to develop within his current contract which runs until July 2023. He's not the finished article but I don't think him nor the club claim that he is. His touch and hold up play is improving - you only need to look at Burton game to see that his must have been an area the coaches are working on with him. Don't get me wrong, I've been frustrated at times with his decision making but that is the purpose of working with them on the training ground to fine tune those weaknesses. Look at Tom Conlon progression (who's now 25 and soon to be 26 in Feb) who was being written off a couple of years ago - players at our level just need a little more time to train and learn from mistakes in games. I appreciate that the greedy league sees young prospects playing fantastic football at 21 but they are few and far between and at our level, they will generally develop at a later stage in their career. With Rodney, he needs to earn his place like everyone but there is certainly a good player in there and one I hope is realised with us rather than somewhere else. He seems to be a confidence player and he does need to zone out the moans and groans that I hear around the ground - I've been guilty of letting out a little moan when his first touch has made the ball run away from him when we would otherwise have been in a good attacking position - but that unfortunately part of the game with fans in the ground that he needs to get used to. His first full season with us, he had no fans in the ground on his back and was top scorer (in a shocking season admittedly).
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