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  1. 3 hours ago, LancyTony said:

    hmmm...not great when you choose to deny the truth! There's at least 2 examples on this thread alone. Scott Brown did a great job when he first joined us. By the end of last season his performances had clearly deteriorated.

    Wow, really two examples? Go and check how many games he played then google the formula to help you work out percentages.

  2. 2 hours ago, LancyTony said:

    Shocker! Conveniently forgotten by the St Scott Brigade, and you will find a good few more examples over the last 2 seasons...more so from last because his form dipped so dramatically it was poretty bloody obvious he wouldn't be retained on his performances.

    Pretty bloody obvious you've got a very short and very selective memory.

  3. 5 hours ago, Doha said:

    Yeah I looked this up earlier to double check. Oldham at home, immediately after the little debacle at Cheltenham below, he hadn't been dropped. If Covolan had done this instead of the venerated saint Scott Brown there'd be murder on social media. 

     

     

    If you’re trying to defend Covolan by knocking Brown, no way can you argue against the fact that when Brown came in he actually lived up to his reputation.  OK so there was a dip towards the end in a few games, but he was mostly excellent in his time for us, far more consistently good than the present incumbent.  From what I’ve witnessed, at his best he was way better than we’ve seen so far from Covolan, who you could also say is arguably having a far easier ride in this team than Brown ever did.

    Covolan got off to a bad start and it’ll  take some great performances from him to erase the memory of that in many fans minds.  Hopefully we’ll see that from him as the season progresses.

  4. Every player makes mistakes so a keeper is going to be no different in that regard. Put simply, the better players make fewer mistakes.

    I’ve no idea which camp Covolan, or Stone for that matter, will fall into, good, bad or indifferent, I’ve not seen enough of either yet to really form a solid opinion myself but I’ve seen enough good in both to think we’re fine in the goalkeeping department, without either player looking like setting the world on fire.

     

  5. 1 minute ago, Phil1965 said:

    It’s your resident Crewe fan here, looking bleak for us this season, we have lost all our best players that won us promotion two years ago - Ng, Kirk, Pickering, Dale, Wintle. Lowery doesn’t seem to want to play any more and we are relying on loan players.

    Looks like we could be passing you on the way down, but that, as they say, is football! Will be going to Wycombe next week as it’s a short drive for me, but can only see a defeat there.

    Hi Phil, that’s football for you.

  6. Not relating to Covolan in just this one game but more generally, is it possible, subconsciously maybe, that some fans have got a little bit carried away in thinking we’ve signed a goalkeeper who was destined to become a superstar club legend, when in reality it’s more likely that we’ve signed a decent League 2 level keeper, no better or worse than that?

    Ironically, we’ve seen already, the better players so far have been those where our expectations were lower.

  7. 1 hour ago, bomber said:

    To the few slagging off the goalie ! What about the defensive wall! very poor took there eye of the ball , should we have had a player lying down? We defend as a team the wall did not do there job.

    I’m not a Lucas doubter, or massive fan at the moment.  What I would say was that at the time the free kick went in, it looked like the wall had been lined up wrong.  Either way, it didn’t do it’s job so having watched the replay I’ll give Covolan the benefit of the doubt and say he’d have seen, what was a very well hit shot, a bit too late to get enough on it.  I’ll also say he made a very brave save to prevent Gordon getting on the end of a low cross second half.  Swings and roundabouts.

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  8. 10 minutes ago, robf said:

    It will be interesting to see who comes in if Proctor is unfit. One from Rodney, Amoo, Lloyd or Politic?

    I would guess Proc will be fit.  Didn’t look happy at being subbed on Saturday.  Just DC playing mind games in my opinion.

    Speaking of Rodders, what’s the word on him?  “Personal” reasons mentioned for his unavailability last weekend.  Anyone heard anything to suggest he’s available this?

  9. 1 hour ago, mattyboy said:

    Good luck to him

    Whilst the football, and indeed everything about Vale is better than under his tenure, and I certainly don't miss his media work, it must be galling for him to see what structure Darrel now works within when in his time everyone at the club seemed to be stretched over many roles.  Not saying it would have been better (in fact, probably not) but surely he'll look onto a DoF and all the backroom support and wonder what he might have achieved in the same set up.  (he was a bit old fashioned he might contrarily not have wanted to as well)

    Anyway - decent bloke, good luck to him and Telford

     

    Can’t disagree with any of this apart from the football.  Depends on how you look at it, but my own recollection is that at its best the football was better under Askey than we’ve seen so far under DC.  Obviously the flip of this is that we weren’t always at our best. 😬

  10. How anyone can be critical of Smith just now is beyond me.  Of the 3 current CB's he's by far the best out and out defender, despite not maybe being the tallest of the 3.  Jones and Cass don't even come close in this regard.  What those 2 players have, as we've seen, is more ability with the ball, Jones has a great pass on him whilst Cass carries the ball really well and can cross.  So what I think we have is a great blend with those 3 players and I don't think it's fair, on current form to be critical of any of them.

    That said, non of the 3 have the raw power and size of Legge, who must also be one of the best headers of a ball in this division.  Clarke recognised in his post match interview that it was a game that needed a Legge or Martin, but neither were available sadly.

    We've seen some big teams already this season but Sutton looked the biggest.  Not sure if this will be a continuing trend or if we've played all the big sides now, either way we've mainly held our own and if that continues we'll be in a good place.

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  11. On the subject of game management, one thing that did occur to me yesterday was why not, when under pressure at 3-2 up in a tiny ground, repeatedly deliberately smash the ball out of the ground?  Wastes a bit of time and, generally, gets a reaction from the crowd.  Best example I can give is away at Altrincham years ago in the cup.  Not that we we’re under any pressure there that day.

  12. 31 minutes ago, rob1983 said:

    At the end of the da you shouldn't be losing that <ovf censored> game. Poor. Sick of it. Little old port vale. Bad rank management of the situation.

    That's football.  Last week "little old Port Vale" snatched victory when it looked impossible.  Swings and roundabouts.  Bad management?  You could also say bad luck, bad ref, bad whatever you want but you've also got to give a bit of credit to the opposition for not giving up.  They stuck to their guns and had the rub of the green in the end.

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  13. 4 hours ago, Biddulph_PV said:

    You could have put your mortgage on this ending in defeat pre-match, all the classic Ingredients; MOTM curse and decent and expectant following to a smaller club.

    Just don’t understand why, irrespective of the tactics, players or managers, who always balls up games like this. Any trip to the likes of Rochdale, Macclesfield and now Sutton it seems always ends in disappointment.

    Why do we struggle against so-called physical sides. We do have more physicality in the squad, so why should this be an issue? 

    Why do we still struggle with balls into the box as @valefan16points out? 

    When you look at the team we had out on the pitch compared to Sutton it was quite clear who was the bigger side.  Without Legge we're pretty small at the back and the midfield isn't the biggest so it's always going to be tough against your Suttons.  It's very difficult to consistently win the ball, get it down on the deck and play your football against these teams, who're just looking to launch the ball at every opportunity rather than play the ball through you.  We managed to play some great stuff first half but not enough the second, certainly after Proctor went off.

  14. Some very valid points made and I think most of us have the same opinion.

    We just sat back second half and didn't put enough pressure on the ball, the irony being that whenever we went forward we looked like we could score.  They were bigger all over the park so it was inevitable they would get on the end of some of the numerous balls we allowed to be pumped into our box but their goals were far too easy.

    Amoo, Lloyd and Johnson actually made us worse.  What was wrong with trying Politic through the middle in place of Wilson?  The guy has a goal in him and a bit of physicality.

    The Matrix has gone with more cultured central defenders than we had previously, so, whilst it's great to see Jones pinging 40 yard diagonal balls to Wozz, the trade off is that we're lightweight in central defence and teams like Sutton are able to exploit this weakness, so I guess we'll have to accept that we'll see a few more games like today, perhaps until Legge is fit.

    Some of our play first half was outstanding it's just a shame that we dropped our standards second half.

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  15. On 04/10/2021 at 08:49, Santa said:

    Anything overly complicated like trying to show the time in seconds and the scoreboard crashes unfortunately. 

    That’s why we can’t have the potato men, they’re too intense.  That and, allegedly, the EFL banned them for potentially inciting crowd disorder.  No reason why we shouldn’t have the Ambulance though, or any of those other iconic cartoon graphics.

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  16. That winner was vital, not only for the result but for Proctor himself, having missed those earlier 2 chances, which looked like costing us all 3 points.  Full credit to the guy.  Tremendous finish, as was our equaliser.

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  17. The squad as a whole looks massively stronger than last season in my view. If only because some of the supposed lesser names have really excelled. Injuries battered us last year but hopefully a) we’ll have fewer injuries, and b) we’ll be better equipped if they happen.  All teams need a bit of luck on that score.

    You can see from results so far that we can compete at the very top end, and that’s whilst juggling with a couple of injuries and the suspension of Rodders.

    I’d still like to see some of the better chances we create being tucked away, to boost the goals for column if nothing else, but if we’re winning games that’s all that really matters.

  18. 3 hours ago, NellyTheValiant said:

    Maybe have to see how Garrity's injury pans out, hopefully precautionary yesterday but if he does miss a few games then Politic may get his chance.  I've not been too impressed with Jake Taylor when he's played, still looks a bit unfit to me.

    I’d be fairly sure Politic, normally an attacking wide player, wouldn’t come in as a straight swap for Garrity, we’d have to change the system.  He came on as a last ditch throw of the dice, pretty much an additional forward.  We won’t be that gung-ho at the start of a game.

    Jake Taylor did well I thought, picked the ball up and drove forward a few times and nicked the ball off their players a couple of times too.  The thing is they all need games to get fully fit.  Taylor is only just back to playing 90 minutes in the occasional reserve game so I’m not sure what you expect.  You could say the same about Gibbo, he’s a few weeks in front of Taylor but we still have to sub him off at the mo.

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  19. 18 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

    I agree. Think we have a chance with Politic but get a feeling that Newcastle are giving Cass an opportunity to get men's football and possibly won't sell yet.  Wouldn't surprise me next season to see him at a higher level ( hopefully with us ) 

    A ball playing centre half , I mean that cross for Proctor was inch perfect. He clearly is relishing game time and has licence to roam . 

    There's no harm Vale enquiring. If you don't ask you don't get. 

    Politic would have to be playing every week for him to sign with us.  As things stand we may not even see him beyond January.  Our starting lineup and formation is pretty much set in stone right now so it’s hard to see who he would dislodge.

  20. As other posters have have said, if we reproduce that first half performance and convert the chances we’ll batter somebody.  I think if Proctor scored his first chance we’d have taken Orient apart.  Often the it’s timing of goals which shape a game.

    I felt Orient stepped up the physicality second half and started to win far more of the second balls.  We lost a bit of physical presence when Garrity went off.  No disrespect to Taylor, who did well when he came on.  A midfield of Conlon, Pett and Taylor is a bit lightweight.  Smyth came on for them and made a big difference but the deflected goal was the turning point.  Up to that point, despite the pressure, they didn’t look like scoring to me.

    The subs swung the game back in our favour.  Taylor was busy, Amoo was excellent and deserves a lot of praise for his attitude and Politic, well what can you say.  The lad will remember his Vale debut for a very long time, that’s for sure.

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