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Match Thread: FLT G1 Bolton Wanderers v Port Vale


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Trophy games are back.

A Work out for the Vale Bench at FGR? 
A Win bonus would be useful, but game time and avoidance of injury is the priority.
Seem to remember us knocking a few goals in during our last visit.
Preparation for the win against Rochdale a must.
 

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Must have a priority which is get promoted to League 1 by taking an automatic position. Players need games in the squad to be match fit so some risk has to be taken to play a good team in this game. 

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I’d look at playing the likes of Hurst, Gibbo and if he’s available Jake Taylor to get some more minutes in their legs. Other than that let everyone who started yesterday put their feet up for the night and surround them with some of the academy lads like Bailey.

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Lots of changes for this whilst still been able to keep a strong starting 11.  For me something like this;

Stone

Gibbons  Cass  Smith   Johnson  Benning

   Conlon   Taylor (if fit)  Garrity

      Rodney  Bailey

8 changes from Saturday, Smith is one of those players that could play 3 times a week no problem throughout the season and also always seems to play in this competition as well.  Benning has been in and out so another start would not do him any harm to try and get up to full match fitness, looked good yesterday I thought.  Garrity looks like he could run all day, great fitness levels shown.  I wanted to get Amoo into the team but playing with 3 or 5 at the back find it hard to see how he breaks in unless Clarke sees him going up top.

        

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If we have a big enough squad to do it then make 11 changes from the team that started Saturdays game. The players that played yesterday deserve a rest and might aswell give game time to fringe players or ones that are coming back from injury. I'm not really bothered even if we lost this game 6 nil league games or fa cup run is more important to me.

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Posted (edited)

 

Stone

Gibbons

Johnson

Cass

Benning

Rodney

Walker

Conlon

Amoo

Wilson

Bailey

 

Would only play Conlon to get 60 minutes or so into his legs.

No ides really though. But a fair few that played yesterday deserve a full week of rest.

 

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2 hours ago, Andy Proctor said:

If we have a big enough squad to do it then make 11 changes from the team that started Saturdays game. The players that played yesterday deserve a rest and might aswell give game time to fringe players or ones that are coming back from injury. I'm not really bothered even if we lost this game 6 nil league games or fa cup run is more important to me.

Can we make 11 changes? I wasn't sure if that was allowed in this cup?

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31 minutes ago, WV said:

Can we make 11 changes? I wasn't sure if that was allowed in this cup?

There’s lots of different criteria to be allowed to play,one is a player must have played more than about 20 (I think) league games in their career, which would mean most of our squad would qualify.

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Play the kids for this one, with a few senior players needing game time. Concentrate on getting out of this division, and avoid injuries to key players. FGR paid a price for their attempts at Brentford by playing a largely full strength team in mid-week.

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Hypothetically, can the unwanted three play?  Seeing as we don't play a reserve team I'd view it as an opportunity to give some game time to those coming back from injury/on the periphery.

Probably not a popular opinion, but I kind of enjoy these games. Low pressure, get to see a few different players and if we win bank some cash.

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