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  1. We’ve got irons in the fire for January.

    Clarke: ”We are already on it. I have an unbelievable director of football, Flickers (David Flitcroft). We are ahead of recruitment. I know now what business I want to be doing. That is what this club should look like in my opinion, having one or two things that in every window needs to be freshened up. Certainly with one or two injuries in the front line, you look at, that needs to be freshened up. We are working hard. We have Tommy (Johnson) head of recruitment. He is a top man at his work. This is fair play to the owners yet again, backing this to keep building that profile so you are not making those last minute phone calls to try to get deals done. We are working hard to make sure the tweaks that need to be made in the window, in the next six weeks, we are ready for it.”

    Sounds promising.

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  2. 22 minutes ago, jjvale_03 said:

    If I'd told you back in May that our strongest/preferred back 5 (3 CBs, 2 WB) would consist of 4 players who were already at the club - and one of them was a midfielder - would you have been happy? Because despite signing 6 defenders over the summer, only one of them (Jones) would get into our 'best' starting XI with the managers preferred formation. 

    Gibbo - Jones - Legge - Smith - Wozza

    We disagree on defensive recruitment so there's no point in continuing to go over the same ground.

    An area we may agree on is that if we have no intention of using Ryan Johnson (could also use the same argument for Amos although he is only 21!) then it's in our best interests to try to work something out in January that allows him to move on and for us to replace him with someone who will get us over the line. 

    Although we’ll never know for sure, I’d guess the idea would probably have been to play Wozz/ Gibbo, Smith, Martin, Jones, Benning if playing wingbacks.  Martin and Benning came with decent reputations.  I don’t think recruitment was bad, rather those two players mentioned haven’t been at the heights we’d expect from them, and I’d add that Jones up until recently was playing better than most fans would’ve expected.

  3. On 24/11/2021 at 14:10, valiant_593 said:

    Formation clearly plays a big part in it. They stopped our formation from working as have numerous teams. In a 352 it’s key that the wing backs are as high as possible, if they’re pushed back it becomes 532 and we just invite pressure as per last night. Mistakes are huge I agree. But we were never going to win with the way we (and they) set up. 

    Formations didn’t cause us to continually pass the ball to an opponent. We were giving the ball away when under no pressure.  We did the same v Bradford.

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  4. No idea why there’s so much focus on formations, Gibbo. Wozza.  Simply if we keep turning the ball over in open play when under no pressure we are then defending.  Formations don’t come into it, Gibbo, Wozza are forced to come back, along with the other 10 outfield players. It’s not the odd bad pass costing us, it’s a glut of errors.  Play whatever formation and personnel you like and it won’t change anything until we cut out the mistakes.

    Players need to go back to doing the basics right and results will follow.

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  5. People saying we’re set up wrong is all fine and dandy but the bottom line still is that Jones set the goal up, it was nothing to do with any trap set by the opposition, or great play, just a rank bad pass which left the bulk of the player marooned upfield in offensive positions completely unable to defend.

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  6. 6 hours ago, darren1810 said:

    A record of 6-6-6 barely suggests Taylor is a managerial genius to me. 

    As you said teams are gradually sussing us. 

    I'm wondering if it's time for the return of Walker. Almost become the forgotten man. Puts a foot in, physical. Maybe horses for courses to get us back on track. 

    It’s not a case of teams sussing us out.  If we can’t do the basics right then tactics don’t really matter.  Simple passes going straight to the opposition, not competing for every ball, players making poor decisions.  We’re making the job easy for our opponents at the moment.  We can’t keep a clean sheet.

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  7. 2 minutes ago, Beech said:


    I genuinely didn't think people would take me so seriously and believe I actually thought he did get sent off on purpose. It's just ranting out of frustration.

    But it was poor from him, especially being the Captain. When you're on a yellow you can't go and do things like that and allow refs to get the attention most of them crave. We needed him badly tonight and he let everyone down, including himself.

    Just to be clear, nobody takes you seriously.

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  8. 1 minute ago, osprey said:

    We were awful true 

    but if the ref can’t control a game how can any side attempt to play any football 

    The refs at this level do ruin games and this one certainly contributed to a dire evening 


    The ref isn’t the one passing the ball to the opposition I’m afraid.

  9. Wow, didn’t see that performance coming.  Can’t take one single positive from that game.  Walsall were bang average but we simply rolled over.  Professional footballers should be able to make simple passes when under no pressure.  11 fans picked out of the stand would’ve shown more guts and fight tonight.  The players that played need to take a long hard look at themselves.

  10. 45 minutes ago, jjvale_03 said:

    We were defensively poor against bog-standard non-league balls into the area at Sutton and Oldham. Both matches ended in late losses - a six point differential that would currently see us top. What's so hard to understand?

    Ah yes, apologies, I had completely forgotten that they were only two games where we had to defend balls into our box.  Thankfully the likes of Swindon, FGR, Tranmere and Co. kindly decided not to cross the ball when we played them.  It’s all clear now. Thanks.

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  11. 2 hours ago, vog said:

    Let's be honest, in the league this season we have conceded 19 goals. 10 of those came in 3 games (Rochdale, Sutton and Oldham) Taking out the lapses, we have conceded 11 in 14...

    Without checking I’d guess 19 isn’t a terrible figure but it’s obvious that the top sides won’t be letting 3’s and 4’s in too often.

    We’re going to give chances away because we’re set up to attack.  The second half performance going forward was outstanding so we could probably forget about the defending and talk about missed chances and a bit of bad luck that end of the pitch with a goal bound shot or two being deflected.

  12. 17 minutes ago, jjvale_03 said:

    Got hammered last week for suggesting our defensive recruitment wasn't good enough. Particularly for daring to question the performances of Martin. We've now thrown away 6 points combined from the Sutton and Oldham defensive collapses that come as a direct result of signing two (Martin and Johnson) 'commanding' centre backs who are not good enough. In other words, the difference between us being top instead of where we are (still a fabulous and well earned position at this stage).

    This will be my last post on the subject. A priority signing for me in January would be a commanding centre half to cover for any absence of Smith and/or Legge. What's Darren Purse upto? I really hope that in the meantime Martin puts in a few decent performances that make him adequate for that role. I also really hope that teams haven't noticed our weakness.

    To suggest we’re third in the league after this many games on the back of being defensively poor is utter tripe.  Think about it, it defies logic.

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  13. Not sure why folk are down on Martin individually.  We possibly have a bit too much “culture” in a back 3 of Cass, Martin and Jones, so Smith is a good contrast to that.  We’ve bought Legge on to add his height and power in the air but it didn’t work.

    Maybe we were a bit unlucky with third goal having watched it back a few times but panic has set in.  Martin was certainly unlucky with the o.g. as he’s just reacting and once any player is defending that situation when facing their own goal it’s all too easy to find the net rather than safety.

    The first and second goals are preventable.  The first, our players switch off, the second, possibly our player flicks the ball on then we manage to completely misjudge what is effectively a free header to clear the ball.

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