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Match Thread: Stevenage v Port Vale

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1 minute ago, Fosse69 said:

Most games in L2 are tight affairs, Stevenage have conceded 31 same as us, Maccesfield  27, but Morecambe 45. More a problem of scoring goals, but Morecambe looks promising? 

Most teams now are at the very least organised. Teams at the bottom are hard to beat at this time of the year because players are fighting for their careers. Add in ifollow which allows managers to analyse every opposition to death and scoring 4 or 5 goals becomes a big ask against most teams.

Stevenage were very good yesterday at giving away minor fouls just inside our half whenever Amoo and Worrall had some space further forward. Seemed a pretty obvious ploy to stop us getting their full backs isolated one on one. Teams will know that is how we are most dangerous going forward and look to nullify us.

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1 hour ago, Fosse69 said:

Most games in L2 are tight affairs, Stevenage have conceded 31 same as us, Macclesfield  27, but Morecambe 45. More a problem of scoring goals for them, but Morecambe looks promising for us? 

Be nice to win by a few, but I expect another tight affair. In this league more than any other sides can drag you down to their level, especially when playing on their own pitch. Most games are battles, fortunately for us with the likes of Legge, Smith and Gibbons in the side, along with the best keeper in League Two, we're able to compete regularly under Askey, while also being able to more and match the better teams that try to play more football. The one thing that has only really let us down at times this season is a lack of concentration when winning games.

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This was a must win for us and luckily the penalty was awarded, or else we’d still be playing today and we wouldn’t have scored. It was a very poor game, played by two poor teams. Credit to Stevenage, they had their fair share of chances and really should have scored at least one. Ultimately, that will be their downfall, they can’t find that finishing touch. Credit to ours boys though, we stuck at it and finally got a bit of luck for once. The finish was never in doubt. The front three played poorly today, especially Worrall. I love Wozz, but he just had one of them days today. They were a physical side and he just couldn’t get going. Popey had a tough game and didn’t really seem to win much in the air. Amoo was quiet. Conlon isn’t the answer in midfield, he’s too negative. The quicker Manny or Taylor come back the better. Burgess was steady, not spectacular. Joyce played well. The back four also did okay, they all helped in getting the clean sheet. Last, but not least, Browny was superb. Mr Reliable kept us in it. 

The next two games are now massive. 6 points is absolute must. The run of games after the next two are very tough. Anything less than 6 points and I think the play-offs are out of reach for us. Are we good enough for the play-offs? I’m not sure. 
 

 

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7 hours ago, Joe B said:

Don't think I ever suggested we had  'devine' right to beat the likes of Morecambe; just that, considering we are 10th with 38 points and they're 23rd with 19 points, the chances are we will. Betting people will bet on us. Really weird reading of what I said. Suggesting a side just outside the playoffs should be beating a side who would be going down if Bury hadn't liquidated isn't arrogance, just common sense.

Apologies. I did not mean to suggest that you had, it was a general comment after the response to the direct bit of your post that I quoted.

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This was a must win for us and luckily the penalty was awarded, or else we’d still be playing today and we wouldn’t have scored. It was a very poor game, played by two poor teams. Credit to Stevenage, they had their fair share of chances and really should have scored at least one. Ultimately, that will be their downfall, they can’t find that finishing touch. Credit to ours boys though, we stuck at it and finally got a bit of luck for once. The finish was never in doubt. The front three played poorly today, especially Worrall. I love Wozz, but he just had one of them days today. They were a physical side and he just couldn’t get going. Popey had a tough game and didn’t really seem to win much in the air. Amoo was quiet. Conlon isn’t the answer in midfield, he’s too negative. The quicker Manny or Taylor come back the better. Burgess was steady, not spectacular. Joyce played well. The back four also did okay, they all helped in getting the clean sheet. Last, but not least, Browny was superb. Mr Reliable kept us in it. 
The next two games are now massive. 6 points is absolute must. The run of games after the next two are very tough. Anything less than 6 points and I think the play-offs are out of reach for us. Are we good enough for the play-offs? I’m not sure. 
 
 

People are forgetting we’ve actually been decent against the better teams this season
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On 12/01/2020 at 08:14, ClntonBoulton said:

Hey up yewth.....almost a home game for you that is int it? Obviously I've not seen them in the flesh living and working in Baku but I've watched every game on iFollow and I think you're being a bit harsh on Burgess. I think yesterday he was missing his mucker JT. He has grown and matured week by week and I've liked what I've seen. I think he is developing into a tidy midfielder. Conlon, I'm still not sure when you have Jake Taylor to compare him with. Having said that he worked his taters off to get that penalty yesterday....a lot would have given that up. 

The one that has always got me is the criticism Joycey got under Aspin when he was like a fish out of water, played in the wrong system. I remember being well impressed when we signed him because he had been part of that Carlisle team that came up the Vale last game of the season and toyed with us....almost playing 5 a side stuff in their own area before breaking....Keith Curle's last game I think? I thought Joycey was a great signing and we are now seeing it consistently.....he just does all the simple stuff and works his a$%e off, always available, not afraid to put his foot in and just keeps us going forward as he tidies up in front of the back 4. 

As a few have said, I'll take 3 points from there thank you very much even playing like that. Someone has also said we need to get Smiffy signed up PDQ......he is consistently performing well and the thing I like about him is he is one of those quiet assassins at the back.....whacks you and then just moves on, gives it and takes it, no histrionics. Monty is performing well as well, I think....gives me a heart attack with every drag back inside our area but going forward he is a brilliant addition as he learns the craft of a LB....whether he'll ever make a fully fledged LB I don't know but he's giving it a good go!

PS Hope the family is all well, Bud?

Yup, about 40 minutes on the train and then 20 minutes walk. Never been before and thought the Lamex was the pits - pies nowhere near as good as Wrights! All well here, thanks. Hope it's the same in the Far East!

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