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  1. That second half performance was better than anything we produced against Harrogate, Morecambe and Carlisle. Those are performances I’d call ‘crap’, not a steady second half against the league leaders. Open your eyes, mate. It was a massive improvement last night. Yeah, the last 15 went scrappy, but what do you expect? We were losing and needed to throw everything at it.
  2. The expectancy coming into this season is adding much unneeded pressure to a relatively steady start. Just seen this stat on Twitter: After Matchday 7 19/20: 9 points (W2 D3 L2) 8 For, 10 Against After Matchday 7 20/21: 10 points (W3 D1 L3) 6 For, 5 Against Before everyone goes to sleep tonight, just remember a season is played over 46 games, not 7. Stop with the overreactions and meltdowns. Give Askey and the lads time to replicate the dazzling performances of last season. They will come.
  3. Mate, what on earth were you watching in the second half? Admittedly, we weren’t as good, but to say we were poor is a bit odd. Some people must watch a different game. Or maybe just don’t understand football?
  4. I completely agree with the point about Askey and his substitution times. It’s always frustrated me, but he’s always done it. It’s nothing new. We have been successful with him doing it in the past. Yes, the lack of goals is concerning but we’ve been without Amoo, McKirdy and Cullen over the past few weeks. I think goals will gradually start to come. Robinson certainly did himself no harm today. On another day, he would have scored a second with the chance he had in the second half. He’s starting to show us the player he can be. It took us a while to get into our stride last season
  5. On another note, read around social media and you’ll find Cambridge fans giving us a lot of credit. They are saying we are one of the best sides they have played this season. I wonder what some of you lot watch during the 90 minutes?
  6. I don’t completely understand the meltdown if we went to Scunthorpe and lost 3-1 tonight. But we didn’t, we went to top of the league, and as a whole performed as good as we’ve seen this season. People are so quick jump on the negative bandwagon. It’s laughable, it really is.
  7. Do you ever got bored of spouting negativity around on this page? What’s wrong with “keep the faith”? Some people have clearly lost theirs seven games in. Reading this forum really is a joke sometimes.
  8. The overreaction on here is nearly as bad as the third goal tonight! In my opinion, we played our best football so far this season in the first half. We more than matched them, we maybe just edged it. We played some really neat football, and showed flashes of our form from last season. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite replicate that in the second half. However, I still don’t think we were as bad as people are making out. Their second was a well worked goal, with Mullin getting in between Smithy and Fitz after a great ball by Dunk. The game went a bit sloppy after this. I think we p
  9. Expecting a very, very tough game on Tuesday. They are scoring for fun at the minute and they have only conceded one more than us. I think a point would be reasonable, but a win would obviously be a real statement of intent. I think Rodney could do with a spell on the bench, he has struggled since the Exeter game. Not all his fault, but on Saturday he was given his chance down the middle and didn’t do enough to justify keeping the shirt. Therefore, I think Robinson is due a run. Robbo looked lively and did very well for the goal. That would be the only change for me, unless Manny is read
  10. Great result today. The back five produced an absolute masterclass to restrict the most expensive attack in the league to very few clear-cut chances. Good to see Joyce and Conlon back, even though Tom had one of his quieter games. Whitehead looked a bit better than his dire showing last week. Still not convinced though. Wozza produced a decent display once again and who’d have thought he could jump that high! Monty was kept quiet, but there was no stopping that rocket; it really was a fantastic finish. I think Rodney needs a spell out of the side, he’s been poor now for a few weeks. Good
  11. On what basis are you forming that opinion? He has yet to be given a proper chance.
  12. Don’t really know where to start... I feared the worst when I saw the team. Worrall, Whitehead, Burgess and Rodney isn’t a midfield which is going to win you games, it’s as simple as that. I honestly question what was going through Askey’s head to drop Joyce and Conlon, who are arguably our two best midfielders. Rodney isn’t a LM, he isn’t disciplined enough and it completely kills his best attributes. I noticed on a number of occasions Rodney leaving Monty exposed by not tracking back. Worrall was better today, but still not as good as he can be. Whitehead is woeful. I felt sorry Burge
  13. I’m expecting a really tough game tomorrow. I wouldn’t be surprised if Carlisle came and sat in. Let’s just hope this week that we can muster up a few shots on goal. 2-1 win to the Vale with Pope and Legge get the goals. Brown Clark, Legge, Brisley, Monty Manny, Joyce, Conlon Worrall, Pope, Rodney
  14. A relatively straight forward win last night. It was good to see the likes of Crookes, Pope, Hurst, Monty and Robinson get a run out. I was very impressed with Hurst, he really did run his socks off. Tidy up his final product and he could be a useful option for us. I think Robinson has got the shirt for Saturday after that brace.
  15. Just my opinion. Worrall is the first person on my team sheet. Yeah, he hasn’t looked anything like his best recently but I’d back him to start showing it at some point soon. In fairness to Woz, I don’t think having either Mills or Fitz behind him has helped him in the slightest because they offer him no support going forward. I think having attacking full-back suits Worrall’s game.
  16. A second consecutive poor showing from the Vale is quite concerning, and our lack of Plan B is even more concerning. Askey has to find an alternative to his 4-3-3 when we are struggling against compact and resolute sides. This was our major downfall last season and I'd hoped John would have addressed this problem. Unfortunately, two poor showings in succession suggests not much has changed. The game itself was poor, they happily sat back and didn't allow any space for us to play football. Their midfield did a good job of not letting Joyce have a minutes peace on the ball, which res
  17. I left myself a bit of time to think about yesterday’s performance. For me, Harrogate was always going to be a tough fixture. It seemed like a lot of people thought it would be a walk in the park, but i had a feeling this would have been our toughest game so far. Harrogate arrived with a game plan and they executed it perfectly. Their work rate was second to none and they looked very, very organised. In the first half especially, they bossed midfield. They made us go long at every opportunity by giving Joyce no space to receive the ball and pick a pass out. Vale going long meant they cou
  18. Credit to the boys today, they were all superb. Coming down to Exeter is never easy, but we looked comfortable throughout the game. Exeter themselves are a good side, and I believe they will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. That is what makes the victory even more pleasing. A special mention has to go to Manny, he absolutely bossed that midfield in the first half. I genuinely believe he could be key to being a successful side this season. With the likes of Gibbons, Amoo, Pope, McKirdy all ready to compete at some point, we can genuinely start to believe that
  19. Great start to the season, nothing beats three points and a clean sheet. First half performance was impressive. The second half turned very scrappy, but we did well to see the game out. Rodney looks a real handful. There is certainly work to be done with him, but judging by that 80 minutes, we have a real player on our hands. UTV!
  20. Well according to a Carlisle fan, their season professionals weren’t up to it. My point is, we have four lads who showed throughout last season they are leaders. This is what McKirdy could potentially need.
  21. “McKirdy strikes me as a lad who's easily led. If you've got good leaders, he might keep on the straight and narrow. Unfortunately we had Webster/Collin as main leaders during his time here.” That quote has been taken from Carlisle’s forum. They talk about the lack of leaders in their side last season. Taking a quick look at our squad, we have the likes of Legge, Brown, Pope, Joyce. Four seasoned professionals who could keep the lad on the straight and narrow. Then we have a manger in John Askey, who as we have seen before, takes no sh*t. Just look at the likes of Rawlinson, Miller, Hann
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