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Dire game. Couldn’t see any game plan at all.  Just limping it up to two strikers neither of who can head a ball, or even jump in most cases.  I seriously hope this isn’t what we will be expected to watch.    

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Yes, Barrow and Grimsby have both won...but Mansfield and Colchester have both lost. Mansfield now been dragged into the mix. It's a useful point for us, tonight - not a good one, but useful. I'm not

I think some people need to give players a bit of time. Guthrie's had six games after being out in the cold for some time at Bradford. For me, he's still finding match sharpness but that will only com

First job was to stop leaking goals, we've done that tonight. That's a positive.

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Has it finished, thought it was still playing and the commentators had given up.  At least it was a point and that is about it.

The side were not playing at their best and seemed to prefer hoofball rather than football tonight.

Both sides were poor really.

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We look a lot more solid, but in order to become so we have sacrificed attacking intent.

Once Joyce went off our midfield was none existent with Taylor far too similar and lightweight to Burgess... as DC said, all our midfielders are too similar.

Back 5 defended well... but their distribution wasn’t great. 

Midfield was poor.

Forward line had nothing to go off.

Looked like the first time we have played a system that got severely disrupted by losing the anchor defensive midfielder.

Quality is severely lacking. 

Bring on summer.

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1 minute ago, Valepopey11 said:

Bottom two teams won tonight, I want to just remind everyone that Askey had us in playoff contention

Did he this season? Its that clowns fault we are in this mess. 

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Manny in the midfield would be night and day in this formation. It relies on at least one decent midfielder who is a good tackler, passer and chance-creator. Without him in a 532 we will get bypassed in midfield, especially against oh I don’t know... the league leaders perhaps.

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1 minute ago, Iron Curtain said:

We look a lot more solid, but in order to become so we have sacrificed attacking intent.

Once Joyce went off our midfield was none existent with Taylor far too similar and lightweight to Burgess... as DC said, all our midfielders are too similar.

Back 5 defended well... but their distribution wasn’t great. 

Midfield was poor.

Forward line had nothing to go off.

Looked like the first time we have played a system that got severely disrupted by losing the anchor defensive midfielder.

Quality is severely lacking. 

Bring on summer.

I actually thought Burgess did better than Taylor. He still did pretty much nothing, but at least he wasn’t giving the ball away every single time he touched it.

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Forgot the likes of Whitehead, Mills, Robinson, Mckirdy, Fitzpatrick have all been brilliant. <ovf censored> me, he signed dire players and left us in this mess that now Clarke has somehow got to turn around. 

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Bottom two teams won tonight, I want to just remind everyone that Askey had us in playoff contention
He was and then took us hurtling into the bottom half. He's signed most of that dross

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I don’t think the formation helped us because the midfield 3 were the main problem for me. They couldn’t get hold of the ball at all, neither could the front 2 and as a result our back 5 are pushed back. I thought the back 5 were fine defensively, but when you play wingbacks the central midfielders are key to getting it down and getting it out wide. They just didn’t do that at all and those 3 should have ran the game from the middle but they just didn’t get a foothold in it.

 

I thought we should have changed formation in the second half, yes it’s great that players like Gibbo and Monty get another 90 mins under their belts, but Gibbo clearly tired as the half wore on and we should have made a change to give him a rest. But despite that you can’t fault the workrate that those 2 put in I bet they covered some km between them. 

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Very very low on quality and a really disappointing performance with the ball.It appears we where playing with a hot potato. No player prepared to put the foot on the ball and play a pass.

On the positive side we looked very solid at the back and I thought all 3 CB's played really wellI think. Even though he hasn't played Guthrie really showed his value tonight by not playing. Rodney is not a striker!!!

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"We'll never score with 1 up front - get 2 up top!"

I don't we'd have scored if we carried on playing for another hour tonight.

Happy we didn't lose, and happy it's two unbeaten as we needed to stop the rot with this team of losers.

The clearout (yet again) will be monumental this summer.

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