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I don't think there's one positive to come from tonight's game. No one performed against a poor Walsall. Not been this peed off and frustrated since we were two up away last season and threw it away second half and lost 4-3 to you've guessed it bloody Smallsall. 

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1 hour ago, glenpvfc said:

Couldnt give a rats arse about the ref when weve not been able to pass a ball all night, we have been 100 times worse than him. Today was embarassing. We will still be orate though

Listen to Clarkes interview. He is spot on.

On here we have a go at the ref. Unbelievable Jeff

There's a dozen players out there who were shocking, most of them disgraceful tonight. Thats how awful that performance was. We have gone back three years.

Lets hope D.C sorts them out now

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6 minutes ago, Smugsy said:

I don't think there's one positive to come from tonight's game. No one performed against a poor Walsall. Not been this peed off and frustrated since we were two up away last season and threw it away second half and lost 4-3 to you've guessed it bloody Smallsall. 

On that occasion, Askey was outsmarted by Dazza - tonight it was his turn and it's a bit worrying. Let's hope he thinks this through and gets it right on Saturday because we've played some great stuff so far this season. We've been sussed and he needs to press the reset button. 

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Wow, didn’t see that performance coming.  Can’t take one single positive from that game.  Walsall were bang average but we simply rolled over.  Professional footballers should be able to make simple passes when under no pressure.  11 fans picked out of the stand would’ve shown more guts and fight tonight.  The players that played need to take a long hard look at themselves.

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Re: Vale

The writing was on the wall after the first 5 minutes: poor first touch, poor distribution, no real pattern or quality to our play. Lacking confidence. Generally poor! This didn’t ‘really’ change all game.

Work to do ready for Saturday. Will take a 1-0 nil win on Saturday from a deflection off someone’s backside. Just need something to help us get our confidence back.

Re: Walsall

Physically strong, ‘up for it’. However, not much quality either, no real pattern to their game either. That said, they managed the game well by time wasting at every opportunity and dropping 10 men back behind the ball when defending after they went 1 up.

Am surprised how the Walsall fans seemed so happy with their manager after 18 games with their record? Obviously, easily pleased. He’s obviously gaining himself some ‘capital’ with their fans after beating us and it was a bit embarrassing when he went to their fans at the end as though they had won the FA Cup. Very odd!

 

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1 hour ago, valiant_593 said:

Horrible game of football that. They are a disgusting side and that referee was worse than Trevor kettle. 

Wrong formation again. 
 

Keeper, Gibbo and the subs did ok, everyone else was atrocious 

People calling for Politic up front for last two weeks. Tonight shows why he is not the man. Very poor. We played with one up front. Politic doesnt know how to play that role.

Thats why he struggles to get in our team. He needs to play in the midfield and run at players, thats when he looks good but he is no midfield player who will play in a top team for me. There are other positions we need to strengthen first , when we have the money available.

D.C. formation tonight ? Looked like 3 6 1 to me. It was awful. Added to that the players bottled it big style. Shocking performance

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We desperately needed to change formation, but you know you're in trouble when you're bringing on Benning and Rodney to try and help you get back in the game. On current form, both wouldn't stand out playing across the road in Burslem Park.

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1 hour ago, Biddulph_PV said:

Wouldn’t be so sure about Proctor, didn’t look to be moving that great.

Horrible, horrible performance. They and Oldham have shown what this league is all about and we have been found wanting.

Proctor seemed to be struggling after colliding with their keeper. Not too sure he will be ok for sat

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1 hour ago, valiant_593 said:

I don’t mind a ref making a howler, it happens but I think both sides should complain about him tonight. Every tackle was a free kick. All their time wasting that he was apparently keeping clock of added to an extra 40 seconds at the end of the 5 

After this season we have no rights to complain about teams ' time wasting '

People in glass houses etc

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1 hour ago, CambridgeDon said:

Outmuscled, out-thought, out played. If we're ever going to get out of this league, we need to be able to compete with big ugly sides like Walsall but we're just not up to it. We lack physicality at the back, in the middle and when Proctor is out, up front.

On top of that we should never have set up with a formation that played straight into their hands and we stuck with it for too long. DC and Co got it terribly wrong tonight and they need to rethink it, starting imho with a change to four at the back and some physicality down the spine of the team.

Walsall knew exactly how we were going to play and nullified us completely. They're not alone - teams have worked us out and the same thing will happen again on Saturday unless we show some variation in formation, tactics and the way we play. Things need to change or there'll be more of this to come.

 

 

Quote of the week by far

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1 hour ago, PVFC764 said:

From what Yates said on the radio it should have only been a yellow and warning.  But the ref made more of it and couldn't wait to get the red card out.

Walsall players have got away with throwing our players to the ground and in some cases more like full on assault.  

Tom had already been booked in the aftermath of the Gibbo tackle on the touchline where he himself was booked and may have been a red.

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Can we clarify for those who seem  unsure that Conlon was indeed 2 yellow cards . He got involved in the fracas when I think Gibbons took their player out on the touchline. 

He was late for the second challenge. Absolutely a nailed on second yellow. 

I'd of been screaming blue murder if it had been a Walsall player doing it. 

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1 minute ago, Joe B said:

Listening to his interview, I don't think we'll see Jones for a while. 

Its up to the squad players now to show they can come in and do a better job. After tonight there are 11 players, if they are not selected Sat we may not see for a while.

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