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  1. 2 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

    What I’m a little surprised about is Clarke saying we only have one defensive midfielder. I can’t believe that professional footballers can’t adapt their game to the position they are asked to play. Why can only Joyce play that position?  Why have we not got another player in our large squad that could put in a shift there?  

    Its the physique we are lacking with the rest of the midfield to play that position except Manny who lacks the discipline.

  2. 17 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

    Southend have won at Newport and the Vegans. You also dismiss them as having less fans than on your street. Just remind me how many times we've beaten the Vegans this season. 

    I'm afraid you have buried your head in the sand. Momentum is huge in football. 

    We are in trouble unless we get our act together

    You're right. Momentum and confidence is everything in football. Even world class players look bang average when confidence goes as they take more care and 2nd guess things which they normally do without thinking.


  3. I posted a while ago I think we are in a relegation battle.The club AND fans have been very complacent about it as we drifted towards the bottom which is what annoyed me about the manger situation. New manager or not we need to secure our league status first and foremost so we can have a summer rebuild.

    It will be an uneasy month or two as the manager figures our squad capabilities and teams at the bottom start to rally towards the end of the season. It happens each season when struggling teams start to play on the front foot rather than playing not to loose.

    In my option our status is going to depend on our injury hit players fitness (Gibbo,Manny,Wozza,Amoo) over the next 4 weeks as we play Tue & Sat. 

    We should have just about enough of a head start to stay in L2 but I think it will be close.

  4. 13 minutes ago, Nofinikea said:

    Clarke has done what needed to be done.  He has made us hard to beat first and foremost

    Exactly. We have to a base to work from and stop the losing mentality. Can't keep averaging nearly 2 goals conceded per game.

    14 minutes ago, Nofinikea said:

    Askey has gone mate, we have signed 5 players and played 7 games...  how many of those players featured tonight?  Does that tell you anything at all?

    Tells me a new manager is assessing the squad inherited and will give every player in the squad a chance to show what they can do before moving forward in the summer. It is irrelevant whether Brown, Aspin, Askey or Pugh signed the players.

  5. 8 minutes ago, PV1973 said:

    I don’t think the formation helped us because the midfield 3 were the main problem for me. They couldn’t get hold of the ball at all, neither could the front 2 and as a result our back 5 are pushed back. I thought the back 5 were fine defensively, but when you play wingbacks the central midfielders are key to getting it down and getting it out wide. They just didn’t do that at all and those 3 should have ran the game from the middle but they just didn’t get a foothold in it.


    I thought we should have changed formation in the second half, yes it’s great that players like Gibbo and Monty get another 90 mins under their belts, but Gibbo clearly tired as the half wore on and we should have made a change to give him a rest. But despite that you can’t fault the workrate that those 2 put in I bet they covered some km between them.

    100% agree with that.

  6. Very very low on quality and a really disappointing performance with the ball.It appears we where playing with a hot potato. No player prepared to put the foot on the ball and play a pass.

    On the positive side we looked very solid at the back and I thought all 3 CB's played really wellI think. Even though he hasn't played Guthrie really showed his value tonight by not playing. Rodney is not a striker!!!

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  7. 2 hours ago, PV1973 said:

    I like his policy on not discussing injuries before a game. 

    Me too.

    I also like how upfront he is with the questions reading the transcript of the press conference today.Calls it very honestly where its about Crookes, midfield or squad fitness. Clearly questioning everything and everyone. I imagine there are going to be quite a few lads in that squad who he will upset in the non too distant future.

    I don't think it's going to be long before he starts to question the players character and mentality.

    Personally I love it. We need a damn good shake up.

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  8. 20 hours ago, 1 said:

    Rodney and Guthrie together is not enough of a goal threat. Rodney can hold the ball up and put himself about, so we don’t need 2 to do that. Swan has to play.

    Rodney has shown he can't hold the ball up when playing up front which is why Guthrie was brought in.

  9. 2 minutes ago, TylerB said:

    To fetch his shooting boots that he clearly didn't bring?

    How many chances has Guthrie had to shoot since he has come to the club? None. I don't recall him missing any shooting chances. 

    What he is doing is occupying defenders, winning his fair share of headers, holding the ball up, bringing others in to play which allows us to play higher up the pitch.  He is giving us the mobile presence we desperately needed.

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  10. 2 minutes ago, CambridgeDon said:

    How he can pick Crookes after his recent performances is beyond me - slow, lacks height and presence and positional play non-existent. And not too happy about monty being left out. The bench looks stronger than the starting eleven!

    Clean slate for everyone over the next 18 games.

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  11. I'm interested to see how the young CB from Huddersfield plays today. Thats a very young looking backline overall. Big performance from Brown needed talking his way through the game to help them along.

    Hopefully we will see an extra 10% of effort today for a new manager along with a positive performance.


  12. Interesting comments around the squad from Clarke - better than Walsall, biggest he has had to work with, squad only set-up to play one way. Will need to show they are adaptable going forward as he will tweak it!

    Even more interesting he is also assessing the coaching staff as well if they are upto the job.

    Another excellent press conference with Clarke.

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  13. I'm a little confused about the squad situation. 

    I noticed Grimsby signed Giles Coke last week and Southend United have rolled the dice signing Nile Ranger and Ricky Holmes. All three players are free agents so I understand they are OK to sign but I understand you had to declare your squad and couldn't change to add to it after that point. 

    Can anyone clarify what the rules are on squad registration? 

  14. 3 minutes ago, valefan16 said:

    It isn’t something I thought I’d be posting to be fair!

    Or me!

    Onwards and upwards to safety with an exciting summer to look forward to.

  15. OMG love this guy Clarke. Even a welcoming interview and press conference have a little bit of an edge.

    The tree is going to be getting one hell of a shake and imagine a lot of leaves will be falling!!

    Bring it on !!


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  16. 33 minutes ago, valefan16 said:

    Seems the manager thread is locked so what we all thinking?


    His interview was decent, what’s your first priority? “Win... always win”


    I’m quite excited by what we’ve done here with Flickers and Clarke. Well done Carol and Colin.

    Its on another thread mate. Very positive response generally and rightly so.


  17. 33 minutes ago, Iron Curtain said:


    Vale fans need to get prepared for some tactic tinkering 

    I have just been through the first half or so of his league 2 promotion campaign at Bristol Rovers 

    he played

    442 x 13 games

    352 x 5 games

    532 x 8 games

    I stopped at that point.

    Longest run of not changing formations was 6 games of consecutive 442.

    After John “433 no matter what” Askey I’m ok with some tinkering and hopefully he can find 2 formations for different situations and settle with those.


    I have to applaud your dedicated homework for the cause!

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