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1 hour ago, The French Connection said:

At least until he stops getting booed from the off!

Didn’t hear any booing but when we have a treatment room bursting at the seams with strikers it strikes as a bit mad to boo the only one we’ve got left!!

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I think that we can all be in agreement that Rodders needs the support from the fans (like all our players) but it doesn’t change the situation that at the moment, regardless of the fans booing or backing him, he isn’t playing well enough. Especially if we want a promotion push and with our 2 main strikers out.

He’s one of the more frustrating players we have. Seems to have a lot of the tools to be a good footballer but he just seems to have lost the tool box.

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Yesterday I thought Rodders held the ball up and distributed quite well. Worked for the team and even did a bit of useful defensive work. But if you ask did he look like scoring? the answer is no. Not at all. 

His lean spell actually goes back to the second half of last season. After Clarke arrived he scored two. Not a criticism of Clarke, just I don't think the system suits him.  Nearly all his good games were left of a front three.

Now you could argue that being that specific is not much use if it's suited to a setup you rarely use, and that he should be able to adapt better to being more central, then that would be fair comment for me.  

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Rodney’s not a striker, that’s the biggest issue. I can’t remember him ever playing well as a striker. He’s far more effective as a winger. 

With the absence of Proctor and Wilson we’d be more suited to a front 3. Amoo, Rodney, Politic, Worrall, Lloyd can all fit in a front 3 much better than playing 2 strikers who aren’t strikers. The 2 strikers haven’t looked like scoring in the last 3 games. 

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1 hour ago, bycars rob said:

I thought Rodders did ok yesterday held the ball up well, he seems short of confidence(no wonder with some of our fans) and fitness and lacks a bit of strikers instinct but we have had far worse players.  

I agree Rob, he also tracked their 27 who had possibly their best chance of the game, he did enough to stop him converting a very easy chance at the far post.  Had that gone in could very well have been a very different outcome.

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Rodney did OK yesterday, he got involved but needs a goal or two for his confidence, IMHO he's a confidence player.

He's not a striker (In the mold of a Proctor/Wilson/Lloyd) to play one of the 2 in a 3-5-2 system but a player who plays on the left in a 4-3-3 where he can move along the line to find space etc and he's got cover behind him. Hence the 3-5-2 system DC employs doesn't really suite Rodney IMHO.

No Vale player should be boo'ed, particularly Rodney as he's a confidence player, he has that athletic/languid style that sometimes makes it look like he's not trying but he's trying as much as the other lads.

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9 hours ago, philmpv said:
17 hours ago, LancyTony said:
I never realised how many medical experts were Vale fans?

Indeed. It seems that we have some who know the exact extent of the original injury, and having earned an online medical degree by reading a hernia article, feel confident to pronounce without question that he's been rushed back. They also know without doubt that the new injury is inextricably linked to the old injury. I feel safer than I ever have at VP now, in the event of a medical emergency

They were my thoughts exactly!!!

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43 minutes ago, Rampant Zebra said:

Proctor played for 20 minutes on Tuesday night after coming on as a substitute, his first appearance since his injury. Yesterday we didn't have a full bench but Proctor wasn't even in the squad. Doesn't that suggest he came back too soon? 

No, he sustained another injury unrelated to the one he had just recovered from.

thats why he wasn’t in the squad.

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