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Think second half Crawley seemed much fitter when coming forward at us. They attacked in numbers and their midfield ran at us and wingers joined in.

 

Something our midfield cannot do.

 

First half we looked ok, then we quickly faded and didn’t get forward and support.

 

So fitness is an issue but having old tired legs in there doesn’t help.

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A comparison of player ages of both teams could be interesting.

 

Having tired legs second half is not good mo matter what the age.

 

I was also concerned about the shape and positioning of the back four

in the second half.

 

We were cut open time and time again. A goal was a certainty and it did finally come.

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Fully agree we looked slow and cumbersome.the lack of pace in our young defence is frightening. The lack of pace in our old midfield is predictable. The lack of pace in our forward line ....Oh we don' have a forward line other than Pope.

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Fully agree we looked slow and cumbersome.the lack of pace in our young defence is frightening. The lack of pace in our old midfield is predictable. The lack of pace in our forward line ....Oh we don' have a forward line other than Pope.

Our full backs have pace don’t they? (Until Davis came on). How many quick centre halves are there at this level? I think add some more legs in midfield, a nippy striker to play off pope, a new centre half to play alongside smith and we’re fine.

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Think second half Crawley seemed much fitter when coming forward at us. They attacked in numbers and their midfield ran at us and wingers joined in.

 

Something our midfield cannot do.

 

First half we looked ok, then we quickly faded and didn’t get forward and support.

 

So fitness is an issue but having old tired legs in there doesn’t help.

 

I don’t agree with the old tired legs thing, older players like Tonge and Pugh will loose some speed but with age comes more stamina, which is why you never get an 18 or 20 year old winning a marathon.

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I don’t agree with the old tired legs thing, older players like Tonge and Pugh will loose some speed but with age comes more stamina, which is why you never get an 18 or 20 year old winning a marathon.

 

At age 59 I can chug along for 10k a few times a week. But I started dying about 30 years ago and there is no escape. Simply don't get more stamina with age, maybe more discipline and determination, but it's about holding on to what I have for as long as possible.

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Supposedly the older players are at the top end of the fittest in the squad. The problem is that half yard turn of pace or sharpness that you lose as you get older.

 

I can agree that Tonge is very fit for his age. I am uncertain about the Pugh and Kay, I have paid less attention to them during games, but I wouldn't accuse them of being unfit. I think we have played the whole season with one too many older players on the pitch and I think at times we have also lacked strength and pace. To be fair the team won a game down to 10 men for the whole second half, but games losing goals very late is a sign of undue tiredness as well as tactical naivety.

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I can agree that Tonge is very fit for his age. I am uncertain about the Pugh and Kay, I have paid less attention to them during games, but I wouldn't accuse them of being unfit. I think we have played the whole season with one too many older players on the pitch and I think at times we have also lacked strength and pace. To be fair the team won a game down to 10 men for the whole second half, but games losing goals very late is a sign of undue tiredness as well as tactical naivety.

 

Pugh was the main one still pushing in the Stevenage game

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I think part of the issue is also that a lot of players have very narrow roles and don't break off the shape too often. When a player like Montaño moves to LB and starts making forward runs from deep and adding a bit more fluidity, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

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I think part of the issue is also that a lot of players have very narrow roles and don't break off the shape too often. When a player like Montaño moves to LB and starts making forward runs from deep and adding a bit more fluidity, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

I think thats one of the big differences between the bottom leagues and the higher you go. The lower down you go things are much more rigid in terms of formation. Watching Crawley reminded me of us a bit, as they seem to be one of the few teams in this league who encourage their full backs to join in and pose an attacking threat.

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