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Match Thread: Colchester United v Port Vale


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Didn't go today but I'm so, so frustrated! Seems like we now have only 1 game plan and that is to try and hold onto a draw until the final stages of a game and then hope we can actually conjure up a goal.  Realistically we are killing any "good feelings " we all had earlier in the season. Carol etc have worked so hard to improve everything about the Club but we are seriously now looking very much like an ordinary mid table team on the pitch. Frustrated, fed up, disillusioned and yet again looking forward to next season to see if we can escape this shyite division.

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Season is probably over with that today.

We have to be the most dominant side you’ll see who don’t actually create anything with it! They were camped in their final third for all bar the corner the last half hour and we still managed to lose it.

It’s an embarrassing result but like Rochdale A, Oldham A for example we’ve contrived to lose points to awful sides in games we’ve been far the better side in.

No idea why we are playing 3-4-3 all the time but it isn’t working and today it’s become clear that we are desperately missing DC.

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9 minutes ago, Alkie said:

Five points adrift of the play offs and two of the teams above us have a game in hand. If the squander them like we have then it’s still a tall order when we are only creating one or two ‘on target’ chances in 90 minutes.    

We're 'throwing away' our games in hand.  It's not games in hand that count,but points on the board and in the last 10 matches, although only losing one of these, has only added 15 points out of a possible 30--that's not promotion form! Bring back Conlon asap.

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We had so much of the ball in that second half but we were lacking quality in the final third and frankly we were clearly missing conlon and gibbo, but no one stepped up or we don’t have the same quality replacements. Was Hussey injured, if not Benning coming on for him says a lot about his performance today . The crosses coming in were poor, the link up play in and around the box was non existent. But we had 2 moments were we could have done something, Harratt should 100% have dangled a leg up to try and win a pen when their lad dived in on him and secondly Proctors chance is the one we were waiting for and possibly should have done better. It’s slim pickings I know. Defending for the goal was poor, they created nothing and withstood the pressure to hang on and nick  something. We dominated but just didn’t do enough with the ball to deserve anything out of it. 

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Well, poor overall that was, from an attacking perspective. AC, for me, is showing why he's a coach and not a manager. Seems clueless from a tactical standpoint, and welded to 343. Sooner we get DC back the better

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5 minutes ago, geoff1 said:

lucas injured (back problem)!😒

Don't tell me doing to much in the dojo and picked up a back injury.  🤔

Not sure getting Lucas back is the answer.  We have to improve all over the pitch and show some creativity and wanting to win the game.  It seems we just going through the motions now and can't wait for the season to be over.  

This season started off so promising and we saw Vale play awesome football.  Now it is poor from the players.

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We don't create enough and always have conceding a cheap goal in us. Although only 5 points off I can't see us making the playoffs.
Seem to work hard but lack quality.

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That was way short of what every fan expects, especially with so much at stake. We were devoid of quality and frustratingly in the three games after the Tranmere match we could see we were heading in this direction. 
There were a few on this forum at the beginning of the season asking where the goals we’re going to come from and I’m beginning to ask those same questions myself. 
Players whom we would normally look to, to bring quality, for example Worrrall and Proctor were nowhere near good enough today.

We all knew what was going to happen with their one attack, we’d already written the script. 
Was there a positive? Probably not, apart from Garrity and even some of his passes were wayward.

Ive got to believe there is a team in there somewhere, but until we find someone who can actually boss a game I think the season will fizzle out, in fact it may already have done.

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1 minute ago, Bycarsbill said:

We're 'throwing away' our games in hand.  It's not games in hand that count,but points on the board and in the last 10 matches, although only losing one of these, has only added 15 points out of a possible 30--that's not promotion form! Bring back Conlon asap.

This conlon must be one hell of a player because he’s going to transform this bang average team into promotion contenders in fairness if we played Phil Foden a don’t think he could

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I think you’ll be able to measure the level of discontentment and dissatisfaction at how the club have been performing for sometime, by the number of tickets returned for Salford away. I think fans will think they can’t be bothered so why should I and cash out

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Just now, Coyney Valiant said:

This conlon must be one hell of a player because he’s going to transform this bang average team into promotion contenders in fairness if we played Phil Foden a don’t think he could

We have seemingly lost virtually all of our creativity since Conlon's been ouit--surely I'm not the only one who thinks that?

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1 minute ago, philmpv said:

Well, poor overall that was, from an attacking perspective. AC, for me, is showing why he's a coach and not a manager. Seems clueless from a tactical standpoint, and welded to 343. Sooner we get DC back the better

The downfall started before AC took over…no Conlon or Gibbons and we are a mid table team, both of these players were hear before DC came, I don’t see any improvement from 2 seasons ago, in fact we’ve gone downhill since then (on the pitch). Failure to make the top 7 this season is a massive failure and I would question the whole team management.

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5 minutes ago, Bycarsbill said:

We're 'throwing away' our games in hand.  It's not games in hand that count,but points on the board and in the last 10 matches, although only losing one of these, has only added 15 points out of a possible 30--that's not promotion form! Bring back Conlon asap.

Agreed but I worry that we’ve become a side with only one creative midfielder.   When Conklin comes back he’ll be marked out of the game as opponent know that he’s the creator of chances 

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