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Another good performance, this time whilst missing loads of key players.

However, the same issues remain; an inability to hit the target and a defensive switch off.

Why Legge is left to operate in such massive amounts of space is baffling.

Some good chances created, but we missed loads against Orient, loads against Colchester, and loads tonight. Needs sorting. For our all good player against a good side, our goal comes from a deflected, messy goal. Our goal on Saturday was a worldie. Why can't we just score a normal chance like everyone else?

1 win in 8 (9 with Kings Lynn). For all of our good stuff, we're dropping too many points. Each non-win makes the path narrower for the rest of the season.

We seem to be a classic 'great team apart from in either box'. However, an enjoyable enough game and the players are clearly working hard and fighting. Just lacking something. 

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I’m trying to think of something worse than our defending for that goal and I’ve decided  it’s Vale1995. 

Frustrating, but can’t help feeling that, after those 6 defeats, the last 3 results represent a steadying of the ship. We’ve played 3 decent teams and have held our own. I’m feeling a bit more positiv

This is off topic but OK, "is Askey better than the current alternatives?"  And when you've answered that, please tell me why is it that fans always assume the next guy in the job will always be bette

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Another very, very frustrating result. We are literally throwing points away like and it is so infuriating.

Again, one goal that was basically an own goal. Once more, a terrible, terrible goal to concede. 

We need to change the system, go to 3 at the back, because we need to be keeping clean sheets. When was the last one??? 

As I’ve said before, we will be marooned in mid-table just like we were last year for ages because so are so poor in both boxes. 

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We need to do just one thing in the January window and - easier said than done, I know - that's find a goalscoring midfielder. So frustrating to watch so much attacking play, sublime at times, and then have no one to put it in the net. We simply don't have the goals in our current midfield.

This keeps us in mid table and, unless, we can solve the problem, that's where we'll stay. 

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The players/management can come out and wax lyrical about another decent performance, and 'dust themselves down', but the repetitive nature of them has to be raising alarm bells.

We're a great team in the middle third and an average-poor team in the other two thirds. 

As I've said, I don't think we're far off. But as long as we insist on overplaying it in the box, panicking when shooting, and switching off just after scoring. we're going to become very comfortable in mid-table.

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a decent performance with a weakened team, but we should have done so much better. Issues with the attack, issues with the defence. Last season we were stuck in 8th, but this season we will be stuck in 12th without 2 decent signings in January

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1 minute ago, grand prix pants said:

Frustrating, but can’t help feeling that, after those 6 defeats, the last 3 results represent a steadying of the ship. We’ve played 3 decent teams and have held our own. I’m feeling a bit more positive.

Definitely a good response from the November debacle. Performances have been good and I've enjoyed the games, with Rodney flourishing. 

However, we've got to start being crafty bast**** and seeing these things out. 

Also... loads of injuries, 3 games in a week, and we make 1 sub? Robinson, Clark, McKirdy on the bench???

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2 minutes ago, ItsPricey said:

Put a real shift in tonight but its so frustrating to waste so many good chances, we just lack that bit of quality in the final third. Hopefully Oyeleke and Worrall will be back soon

Yes, you're right - but Worrall and Oyeleke have so few goals in them.

And that's the problem.

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2 minutes ago, Joe B said:

The players/management can come out and wax lyrical about another decent performance, and 'dust themselves down', but the repetitive nature of them has to be raising alarm bells.

We're a great team in the middle third and an average-poor team in the other two thirds. 

As I've said, I don't think we're far off. But as long as we insist on overplaying it in the box, panicking when shooting, and switching off just after scoring. we're going to become very comfortable in mid-table.

For a minute I though iFollow was just showing a re-run from Saturday. 

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We don't half let some teams off the hook.

What was that Shankly quote about being in the penalty area and not knowing what to do? "Pop the ball in the net and we can discuss your options afterwards"

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Great work rate, changes created but again we can't put the ball in the back of the net or defend properly. Worrying thing is we are playing as well as we possibly can and we still can''t win.

Sorry Lost  1W 2D L6 in last 8 nowhere near go enough.  JA needs to be relieved of his duties sooner rather than later before this season is another write off.

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So frustrating!@@@ had enough chances tonight to win 3 games. We desperately need a striker, but the most disappointing thing is, another long ball over the top and bang an equalizer. After I've calmed down I will realise that that was a good performance against one of the best teams in the league, but it feels like another 2 points thrown away. We look like a very good league 2 team, just the final piece of the jigsaw is missing.

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I actually enjoyed the game, I thought we played reall well and if we had scored 3 or 4, Forest Green could not have complained.  It was really frustrating, if we had a quality striker out there tonight, it would have been a comfortable 3 points.  

I know we were on top most of the game but to use only 1 sub goes to prove that Askey does not rate Mckirdy or Robinson, I am no fan of Robinson, a complete waste of a signing but he should have been on for Pope with 20 minutes to go.

Performances have picked up in the last few games but it is 1 win in 8 league games which is not what a team wants to challenge would expect.  Another tough game on Saturday, we really need to get some results soon before we start to get 7/8 points behind the play offs.

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