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I'm struggling to care to be honest. It's a joke competition that gets joke attendances. It's all about Lincoln and Oldham for me.

 

Another way of looking at it is it’s also an opportunity to give some players some confidence after a couple of bad performances.

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I'm not sure where everyones memories of the great service Pope received in the promotion year from Vincent & Myrie comes from.

I seem to remember us scoring more goals off scuffed crosses from those pair than good crosses. I reckon Pope scored almost as many headed goals from crosses off Yates than Myrie & Vincent combined.

What the pair did do was rip defences apart with their pace and too a lesser extent skill which occupied the opposition players creating more space for Pope.

 

In the first half of the season too McCombe had perfected the art of just clearing the opposition midfield with his balls to Pope, this allowed Pope to come short and take the ball on his chest or to feet and the midfield to get past him. In the second half of the season Purse came in for McCombe and Hughes was up top with Pope and we resorted to lumping it up to Popes head with Hughes using his intuition to pick up the scraps. Miller for me doesn't have the football intelligence to do this, but is where we have put our eggs this season.

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Miller for me doesn't have the football intelligence to do this, but is where we have put our eggs this season.

 

Some of his close control is really good but his decision-making lets him and the team down. He's clearly desperate to score (as he should be) but yet again on Saturday he was in great positions to pass and went solo.

 

That's fine when it ends with a goal but his stats so far show that's a rarity.

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Pope has been doing too much outside the box,against Exeter for instance Pope was chasing everything and having to cross the ball himself, keep Pope in the box and feed him and he will score..would the doughters like Pope to be up front for any of our opponents I'm sure the answer is no because he would get goals.

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I would say Pope was MOM against MK dons, really battled for the ball and tracked back

 

Pope isn’t scoring due to a poor support cast not helping him

 

He missed a 7 yard sitter at Grimsby and one from 10 yards at Crewe.Sometimes it’s useful to help yourself.

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He missed a 7 yard sitter at Grimsby and one from 10 yards at Crewe.Sometimes it’s useful to help yourself.

 

And they are the recent ones.Add to that he has got one assist this season.The promotion season, which people cling to,was 6 years ago.What little pace he had has long gone.The bloke will always put in a shift but

at the moment that’s not enough.Rest needed if he is injured.

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Give Pope a break and let his back injury rest up for Saturday's battering he will get from a hard fighting Lincoln side. He is struggling to train during the week and that is not his fault. But something is going to give and we could very well be without Pope for a spell if his injury flares up or he gets another knock.

 

Why not try Kanu and Miller combo. What has Aspin got to loose. Its a tin pot competition and a good chance to try a different Striker combo. You never know it may work and both players look like they have played for ages together and score goals for fun. Sorry I was just day dreaming again - it is Vale we are talking about.

 

Aspin will probably set up 1 striker, 5 defensive midfielders and go for the draw. Just don't pass to Mitch Clark in the first 40 seconds of kick off. :razz:

 

Hope Mitch has recovered from that mistake and gets back to his previous good game.

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He missed a 7 yard sitter at Grimsby and one from 10 yards at Crewe.Sometimes it’s useful to help yourself.

 

Howjy, There's never been a striker or player in the history of the game that has never missed a sitter.

 

Popey kept Vale in The Football League last season.

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Given the situation we have with strikers we’d need to be nuts to drop Pope. He is without doubt our best chance of scoring a goal. I do think he’s been poor recently and has missed a few sitters, but he looks the only one getting into the chances to miss sitters at least. I like Miller and his energy, passion and desire to win the ball but he’s not even really making any half chances and spends a lot of time just running around. Ineffective.

 

Keep Pope in the team, just let’s remember we have 10 more players on the pitch. Pope is experienced and has a proper footballing brain. If we play around him and not so direct all the time, other players can push forward more and Pope is a top class striker at holding it up and supporting runners down the wings – he was great at when we went up. Pope does a lot more for the team than just scoring goals.

 

Agree that Legge should be captain though, I’ve noticed Popey can get a bit wingey if things aren’t going well and I think we have better to motivate the players than him.

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He missed a 7 yard sitter at Grimsby and one from 10 yards at Crewe.Sometimes it’s useful to help yourself.

 

The one at Grimsby wasn't a sitter, Howjy. Granted, the one at Crewe was. I thought Conlon missed our best chance on Saturday, plus the one where Miller was put through on the right hand side of the area and waited for the defenders to come back and tackle him, presumably looking for a foul.

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The one at Grimsby wasn't a sitter, Howjy. Granted, the one at Crewe was. I thought Conlon missed our best chance on Saturday, plus the one where Miller was put through on the right hand side of the area and waited for the defenders to come back and tackle him, presumably looking for a foul.

 

I saw the Miller chance, as he wouldn't finish with his right foot and tried to drible it to his left, and instead lost the chance...

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The one at Grimsby wasn't a sitter, Howjy. Granted, the one at Crewe was. I thought Conlon missed our best chance on Saturday, plus the one where Miller was put through on the right hand side of the area and waited for the defenders to come back and tackle him, presumably looking for a foul.

 

It came to him quickly chesh,but at the very least he should have worked the goalie at Grimsby.I think Tom should get off Miller’s back,he,Miller,must **** himself every time he gets the ball.This continual banging on the floor,slapping of thighs and holding of head does no favours to anyone and especially to Tom’s wrist.Like I said,give Legge the armband and let Tom chill a bit.

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Howjy, There's never been a striker or player in the history of the game that has never missed a sitter.

 

Popey kept Vale in The Football League last season.

 

 

Of course there hasn’t Paul.My comments were in response to ‘nobody is helping him’.Toms’ goals that came after Brown had left were very helpful in us staying up.Before then,he couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo.I’m convinced we need to alter our tactics,whether Popey is in the side or not.

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I’d personally like us to rest him until he is 100% fit. I’d hope we don’t play long balls against Lincoln anyway as they’ll kill us as they did last time. Imo it’s not fair to keep asking him to play with injuries, give him a decent rest and he will come back better.
Totally agree mate, Popey's playing with an ankle injury and if he doesn't rest up and let it heal it'll only get worse until he ends up missing for ages. Apart from that a bloke who isn't blessed with pace to start with and who's game involves a lot of jumping & landing is seriously handicapped with a less than 100% working ankle.

We'd be better off biting the bullet and getting him for now while there's still plenty of the season left.

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