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First home game of the New Era,  and with a bumper gate  to show  our appreciation to Carol and Kevin Shanahan the new owners of Port Vale.

Any  team changes  expected to suit the Cobblers style?  .League positions  are mainly built from home points,  one of our failings last season,  So with the boost  of an away point at Colchester, we must be confident of three points with a more attacking style.

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I’d imagine we will go with the same 11. 

For me at home I would play Cullen over Joyce and go 442, wouldn’t be looking to bring bennet on as a winger either, either up top or not at all. 

Brown 

 

gibbons 

legge

smith

crookes

Worrall

manny 

conlon

amoo

cullen

pope

 

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1 hour ago, Fosse69 said:

First home game of the New Era,  and with a bumper gate  to show  our appreciation to Carol and Kevin Shanahan the new owners of Port Vale.

Any  team changes  expected to suit the Cobblers style?  .League positions  are mainly built from home points,  one of our failings last season,  So with the boost  of an away point at Colchester, we must be confident of three points with a more attacking style.

We are the home team Fosse it's Northampton who should be worrying about our style. 

Take the game to them and leave their expensive acquisitions at the bottom of the league.

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I think it will be pretty much the same team apart  from I think we should start with both Pope and Cullen.

I think the plan this season will be to start with Pope most games but take him off after an hour so he’s not getting as tired or injured by playing the full 90 of every game as he has done in recent seasons.

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It will be interesting to see the team sheet and how/when we use subs given that we have a winnable home tie in the cup just a few days later.
Of course league points are most important but a nice run in the cup would bring welcome income and some decent media attention for the right reasons for a change.
For me we have to take the game to Northampton so maybe Cullen should start alongside the Pontiff.

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17 minutes ago, Birches Head Fred said:

It will be interesting to see the team sheet and how/when we use subs given that we have a winnable home tie in the cup just a few days later.
Of course league points are most important but a nice run in the cup would bring welcome income and some decent media attention for the right reasons for a change.
For me we have to take the game to Northampton so maybe Cullen should start alongside the Pontiff.

League the priority but beating last year's Semi Finalists would be great and I would love a high profile draw for once instead of our usual Scunthorpe or Huddersfield. 

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Looking forward to this one immensely!

i have been reading their forum and they are mixed on their assessment of their opening day loss.

Some saying they were unlucky, but the majority saying Curle needs a win or he will be under sever pressure.

Their main gripes were:

1. They play Zonal marking and it doesn’t work

2. Their Right back is really a centre half and doesn’t look comfortable

3. Lines was anonymous and morais should be starting but is on the bench... however as it was first game of the season they are not too concerned about that one.

4. They played the famous formation of the moment with a diamond in midfield. They don’t like it and felt overrun by an energetic young midfield.

So... plan of attack to target their right back via Amoo on the left and keep three in the middle to harass their midfield?

 

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26 minutes ago, Iron Curtain said:

Looking forward to this one immensely!

i have been reading their forum and they are mixed on their assessment of their opening day loss.

Some saying they were unlucky, but the majority saying Curle needs a win or he will be under sever pressure.

Their main gripes were:

1. They play Zonal marking and it doesn’t work

2. Their Right back is really a centre half and doesn’t look comfortable

3. Lines was anonymous and morais should be starting but is on the bench... however as it was first game of the season they are not too concerned about that one.

4. They played the famous formation of the moment with a diamond in midfield. They don’t like it and felt overrun by an energetic young midfield.

So... plan of attack to target their right back via Amoo on the left and keep three in the middle to harass their midfield?

 

Askey ain't going to play 442, pretty clear from his comments in the paper today. Very rare teams do today. If they do one normally gets quite deep.

Not convinced Northampton have recruited that well. A lot of players on the cusp of being too old. Looking forward to this one.

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6 minutes ago, JRC said:

Askey ain't going to play 442, pretty clear from his comments in the paper today. Very rare teams do today. If they do one normally gets quite deep.

Not convinced Northampton have recruited that well. A lot of players on the cusp of being too old. Looking forward to this one.

I completely agree. I think Northampton could be this season’s Notts County. Too many old boys past their best. 

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I don't usually believe in over hyping situations, but I would love Kevin and Carol to be introduced  to the home support before the game,just so we can have the chance to show them our appreciation.

#newera.

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8 minutes ago, blackdog said:

I don't usually believe in over hyping situations, but I would love Kevin and Carol to be introduced  to the home support before the game,just so we can have the chance to show them our appreciation.

#newera.

Despite them being around for a few months, many won't have been to the friendlies or even seen them in person before so it's not a bad idea really. We'd do the same with a manager so why not!

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Another tricky fixture. Given the occasion the first goal will be more vital than ever.

When teams have made wholesale changes it’ll usually take a few games for all the new faces to click, so this will hopefully work in our favour.

With regards to 442, I don’t think we’ll start that way but maybe at home we’ll revert to this formation after 60-70 mins.

Chance of another player in place of Rawlinson perhaps?  Also when is Rhys Browne due back?  Would be handy to have another wide man to bring on late in the game.

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We can’t keep relying on hoof ball to Pope with one up front.

They will put two players on him and stop the crosses coming in.

We are still too predictable.

Pope and Cullen need to start and attack them from the start.

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3 hours ago, Tomo said:

Despite them being around for a few months, many won't have been to the friendlies or even seen them in person before so it's not a bad idea really. We'd do the same with a manager so why not!

I agree lets hope their buying the club is recognised by introducing them to the crowd and not by standing on the bye line but by walking to the middle of the pitch us peasents in the Railway stand cant make out whats going on half the time when theres a presentation so lets give them the welcome they deserve.

Carol has said she will miss the "Super Vale Away " Chant sitting in the directors box so lets give them a rousing rendition.

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On 04/08/2019 at 12:38, valiant_593 said:

I’d imagine we will go with the same 11. 

For me at home I would play Cullen over Joyce and go 442, wouldn’t be looking to bring bennet on as a winger either, either up top or not at all. 

Brown 

 

gibbons 

legge

smith

crookes

Worrall

manny 

conlon

amoo

cullen

pope

 

What is the obsession with 4-4-2 at home? Askey will play his favoured and worked on 4-3-3 formation and rightly so. 

Also, it's not one up front, it's three up front with Oyeleke linking it all up. Effective and well drilled in my opinion.

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What is the obsession with 4-4-2 at home? Askey will play his favoured and worked on 4-3-3 formation and rightly so. 
Also, it's not one up front, it's three up front with Oyeleke linking it all up. Effective and well drilled in my opinion.

Agreed 4-4-2 is one of the most outdated systems in this day and age. Almost guaranteed to get overrun in midfield.
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13 hours ago, blackdog said:

I don't usually believe in over hyping situations, but I would love Kevin and Carol to be introduced  to the home support before the game,just so we can have the chance to show them our appreciation.

#newera.

As long as she doesn't grab the mike and do a Delia .

I wonder if Norman Collier is still doing the announcements ? 

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10 hours ago, Rudge's Flat Cap said:

What is the obsession with 4-4-2 at home? Askey will play his favoured and worked on 4-3-3 formation and rightly so. 

Also, it's not one up front, it's three up front with Oyeleke linking it all up. Effective and well drilled in my opinion.

Just don’t think Joyce is needed at home. At home I want us to take the game to the opposition so two up top (and I’d say two of our better players) are a must for me. Happy for us to set up 433 as long as it is 433 not 451. I still don’t see it as 3 up front. It looked to me at Colchester that worral and amoo were very wide so two wingers and a forward. 

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