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Pett is a sitting midfielder, and is pretty good at it. He's won a title at this level in the exact same role.

If we had any creative midfielders in the squad bar Conlon he wouldn't look as bad. Unfortunately, he's paired with Garrity, who is good but not creative either. 

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31 minutes ago, johnjeffersfanclub said:

Dreadful to watch, but a win's a win.

Nothing much was happening, so I had a lot of time to think about this team. Here's what I came up with:

1) Brad Walker makes the 3/5 at the back make sense. He was great again today.

2) Pett needs to hurt teams or prepare to be dropped when Conlon is back. Stevenage were as poor as any side I've seen at Vale, yet he never turns on the ball and makes things happen. He's not physical enough to mix it, so he has to be creative, or at least move the ball faster. He slows us down and doesn't take enough risks on the ball and constantly passes the ball back under no pressure. Starting to boil my piss.

3) Gibbo is so good.

4) Holy is not a long term solution - I'd like Lucas back.

5) We're not going to concede many. I'd like another body in the middle of the park.

6) Getting out of this league is a must, the standard in nosediving.

Up the Vale. Darrell Clarke's black and white army.

Some good points it’s all about opinions…

1. Brad Walker is too slow on the turn to play there for me…in fairness he had an awful start missed his tackle for a booking in the first minute then missed his first header….against better opposition I think he d be exposed

2 agreed

3 agreed

4 I think Holy is the better keeper and settling into the role nicely

5 not going to get an extra body in midfield easily playing 5 at the back 

6 I think the standard is ok most teams trying to play football even Stevenage today moved the ball around nicely but had little threat

utv

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Build up too slow, everything we do is in front of opposition. Pett slows us down at every opportunity. 3 up top looks attacking on paper but we just end up with all 3 playing with their backs to goal. Play 1 off proctor and put another body in midfield. We're hard to beat but need to vastly improve going forwards if we're going to go up via playoffs.

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Pett sits, Garrity runs, Conlon creates

- Conlon = a sitter and a runner

Play Charlsey and put Wilson back up top with Proc. He doesn’t have to worry about holding it up then.

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35 minutes ago, Beech said:

Pett is tidy but plays too safe and simple for me. He's never poor but I'm often left with a feeling that he has it in him to be offering more, certainly going forward.

I suppose a lot of his good work comes off the ball.

The more I watch Tom Pett the more I think of Ray Wilkins and I think it was Ron Atkinson that used to call him - "The Crab" - For me He is excellent on the ball - just watch him wrong foot and weave through players, sending them one way then another, but, nearly always sideways - but if that his his role, that is his role, and for me he plays it exceptionally, but unfortunately to the detriment sometimes of the quick forwards ball. He has been the same all season, but with Conlon missing, we are just missing that killer through ball, often to a marauding wing back  

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2 hours ago, valiant_593 said:

Just hope that these dropped points in last minutes Dosent come back to haunt us. Two points per game clearly the target but we should still be beating the likes of Rochdale. Overall as you say makes good reading especially as I don’t think we have played well for some time 

Wonder if Northampton thought the same

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Possibly naive of me, but I'm wondering whether we are deliberately conserving energy as there are so many games.

Why bust a gut at 2-0, when there's another game on Tuesday night?

Still a third of the season left, all to be played in a 10 week spell.

Needs careful management.

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4 minutes ago, SFBT said:

Possibly naive of me, but I'm wondering whether we are deliberately conserving energy as there are so many games.

Why bust a gut at 2-0, when there's another game on Tuesday night?

Still a third of the season left, all to be played in a 10 week spell.

Needs careful management.

Good point that.

We need to also remember Gibbo and Proctor are being gradually brought back into the fold. Clearly neither are fully at it though you would think Gibbo in particular has never been away .

It's all about the win , I don't think we'll see much scintillating stuff any more.  Its all about 3 points. 

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14 minutes ago, SFBT said:

Possibly naive of me, but I'm wondering whether we are deliberately conserving energy as there are so many games.

Why bust a gut at 2-0, when there's another game on Tuesday night?

Still a third of the season left, all to be played in a 10 week spell.

Needs careful management.

That’s exactly how I saw it… I never felt nervous today. Professional result.

 

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