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5 hours ago, Doha said:

Why are so many of you keen to drop a centre mid who’s notched 1 goal and 3 excellent assists in his last 4 matches?

I agree, there is no way Conlon should be dropped with how well he’s done this last couple of games. 

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4 hours ago, geoff1 said:

oh yes it is! ps what guitar is that?🎸

Strat, or Jap Strat copy.  Not me in the picture, just to be clear. I’ve got far more hair. 

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Smith back in the centre, with Gibbons at right back, Taylor back at the expense of Conlon and Amoo for Brown. We need our best team out there now as we approach the final furlong of the season. I’m not saying that Brisley and Conlon have been poor, but I believe Smith and Taylor fit better into our system.The reasons for my thought process, are as follows,:-

1. If we don’t push for the PO’s now, then all the good things we’ve achieved this season, have been pointless.

2. Smith has been fantastic for our club and has been extremely loyal, to our cause through good and bad times. Certainly a nominee for player of the season.He’ll be off in summer if we don’t show him the loyalty that he deserves.

3. If Taylor is match fit then his pairing with Burgess is as good as anything in L2. We will have had to pay Forest a fee for the extension of his loan, so again pointless if we don’t play him. With him and Burgess playing this gives Joyce a little more room and time on the ball as they press the opposition defence, preventing them from passing the ball through the midfield, instead of allowing them to do it then having a midfield battle.

If we start with Pope then see if he can do the full 90 mins, if we go with Cullen and need to bring Pope on, then no later than 60-65 mins.

This is just my opinion so if you disagree, feel free to state your opinion.

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Smith back in the centre, with Gibbons at right back, Taylor back at the expense of Conlon and Amoo for Brown. We need our best team out there now as we approach the final furlong of the season. I’m not saying that Brisley and Conlon have been poor, but I believe Smith and Taylor fit better into our system.The reasons for my thought process, are as follows,:-
1. If we don’t push for the PO’s now, then all the good things we’ve achieved this season, have been pointless.
2. Smith has been fantastic for our club and has been extremely loyal, to our cause through good and bad times. Certainly a nominee for player of the season.He’ll be off in summer if we don’t show him the loyalty that he deserves.
3. If Taylor is match fit then his pairing with Burgess is as good as anything in L2. We will have had to pay Forest a fee for the extension of his loan, so again pointless if we don’t play him. With him and Burgess playing this gives Joyce a little more room and time on the ball as they press the opposition defence, preventing them from passing the ball through the midfield, instead of allowing them to do it then having a midfield battle.
If we start with Pope then see if he can do the full 90 mins, if we go with Cullen and need to bring Pope on, then no later than 60-65 mins.
This is just my opinion so if you disagree, feel free to state your opinion.


1) I don’t think the season will be pointless if we don’t make the playoffs. We have developed on and off the pitch. Lorne st to be finished, ticket offers for fans, exciting cup run, fans back in love with the club , players signed up early for next season (that’s not happened in years ). Yes we should press on for playoffs but looking at the bigger picture not the be all and end all. ( but god I hope we do ! Love to end the season with a win a Wembley)

2) smith has been amazing all season , but unless there is an injury can’t see how he can be placed straight back to centre half . Gibbons should play right back however as he gets forward better and can see Scunthorpe sitting back more than the last few sides we have played at home. We need the attacking threat.

3)is Taylor match fit is the big question ? I think Conlon has been amazing last few home games and even gets a goal .. maybe Taylor for a 60 minute substitute . Score the winner !

Cullen for me to start at home , pope suites the team away when Cullen is usually a bit too isolated.

Either way ... 2-1 vale up the vale !
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10 hours ago, Guitar Ray said:

Strat, or Jap Strat copy.  Not me in the picture, just to be clear. I’ve got far more hair. 

telecaster man myself, good banter, 

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7 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

I agree with Playa, now is not the time for sentiment. Best team has to be played. That means Gibbons Taylor and Amoo all start . 

But the Jake Taylor who we have at the moment may not be the Jake Taylor we had earlier in the season before his injury, it will take a while for him to get back to full fitness. Look at Manny on Saturday, he was nowhere near the player he can be when fully fit. 

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1 hour ago, Rampant Zebra said:

But the Jake Taylor who we have at the moment may not be the Jake Taylor we had earlier in the season before his injury, it will take a while for him to get back to full fitness. Look at Manny on Saturday, he was nowhere near the player he can be when fully fit. 

Hadn’t looked at it like that but we will need be at full tilt whoever Askey chooses.

Hope every supporter who goes encourages to the max and there is no one sitting there moaning ,use your mouth and shout goaaarnn son  every time we attack and come out that ground as exhausted as the players.

UTV 1-0 Vale Taylor or popey with a text book header after Wozza does one of his bursts in 88th minute 

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Brisley out injured for 4-5 weeks. The back 4 pretty much picks itself for Saturday now.

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Thats a shame but great to know we have a ready made replacement in Smudge.

I wasn't at Walsall but if Amoo is fit I'd swap him for Browne but either or is fine for me 

No other changes for me. Taylor and Manny need to get as fit as possible and ready to jump into the team when an opportunity arrises. Sure one if not both will make an appearance from the bench. 

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It’s going to be a big ask for Crookes to come in, I don’t think he’s even featured in any kind of reserve game yet either has he?

Joyce mustn’t be far off ten bookings either. Legge will be a big miss if he gets to ten bookings. 

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17 minutes ago, Andy Proctor said:

Is crooked back fit or able play yet? Legge is on 9 bookings so will get a 2 match ban which you know is bound to happen during the time brisley is out injured. 

Good point.

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26 minutes ago, PV1973 said:

It’s going to be a big ask for Crookes to come in, I don’t think he’s even featured in any kind of reserve game yet either has he?

Joyce mustn’t be far off ten bookings either. Legge will be a big miss if he gets to ten bookings. 

I saw on some stats site that Joyce is on 9,PV1973.

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1 hour ago, Andy Proctor said:

Is crooked back fit or able play yet? Legge is on 9 bookings so will get a 2 match ban which you know is bound to happen during the time brisley is out injured. 

Legge isn't on 9 bookings.  Only Luke Joyce is, or Luke James according to the FA Disciplinary site!

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The back 4 has now picked itself with Brisley out injured for 4-5 weeks.  

Looking forward to see who JA and Co pick for the first 11 and bench now.  

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Should recall Kennedy now as we need some cover on the bench, if Legge or Smith get sent off or injured who would go in at CB mid game for example?

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