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Surely Ben Garrity has to win player of the season. Probably our most (on paper and in light of the Oldham fans thoughts of him) underwhelming signing of the summer. Guy is an absolute midfield goal machine. Note to Michael Brown and Neil Aspin - this is what happens when you don't rely on a midfield duo of Danny Pugh and Michael Tonge

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Charsley and Benning stood out.
Early second half was good quality, and the game was won in that period.
A few concerns for me.
The habit of picking up bookings from break aways.
The poor ball retention in the last 20 minutes made it far more uncomfortable than I would have liked.
Having said that, the goal conceded was fortuitous, and Bradford created very few openings.
An excellent, and much needed win that has finally brought us in striking distance of the promotion pack.
Massive game, again, on Tuesday!

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Charsley and Benning stood out.
Early second half was good quality, and the game was won in that period.
A few concerns for me.
The habit of picking up bookings from break aways.
The poor ball retention in the last 20 minutes made it far more uncomfortable than I would have liked.
Having said that, the goal conceded was fortuitous, and Bradford created very few openings.
An excellent, and much needed win that has finally brought us in striking distance of the promotion pack.
Massive game, again, on Tuesday!

I agree with most of that , however I thought the bookings were ‘good fouls’ to stop Bradford breaking dangerously. We did it against Mansfield to good effect as well .

We wanted the team to be more attacking and throw players forward , we are doing that for sure . The above is collateral for that style of play . We can’t have it every way unfortunately
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Don't say this too often but I thought the ref was excellent yesterday. Gave out cards only when deserved, let the game flow as much as he could and didn't blow up for every little bit of contact. Nice to see the '6 of 1 half a dozen of the other' grapples and challenges being viewed as just that

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3 minutes ago, philmpv said:

Don't say this too often but I thought the ref was excellent yesterday. Gave out cards only when deserved, let the game flow as much as he could and didn't blow up for every little bit of contact. Nice to see the '6 of 1 half a dozen of the other' grapples and challenges being viewed as just that

Yes I thought so as well he deserves a mention nice to Hughes moaning about him as well some things never change 

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Brilliant result for Vale.

Benning had his best game in a vale shirt.
Wilson is a joke at this level.
Proctor is so good and gives us that physical presence that we need up top and allows us to get up and beyond the strikers, which is where the likes of Garity come in to their own.

Defensively very good too. They scored from their first shot and it was deflected.

On to Tuesday.

What a run in its going to be.

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1 hour ago, philmpv said:

Don't say this too often but I thought the ref was excellent yesterday. Gave out cards only when deserved, let the game flow as much as he could and didn't blow up for every little bit of contact. Nice to see the '6 of 1 half a dozen of the other' grapples and challenges being viewed as just that

Yep...bob on. Wilson's goal was a perfect example. How many refs would have pulled up Proctor and their centre half but would have then been guessing as to what had happened? Probably given a free kick to the defender? No, he said get on with it, it hasn't influenced the flight of the ball or the game, 6 of one etc....great decision and I was pleasantly surprised by it. 

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13 hours ago, DazFred said:

Carl is actually Jimmy the Sjoke fan off Radio Sjoke. Both hate their clubs yet claim to be fans. 

I'm sure if we get promoted Carl will say we don't deserve it 

 

 

I love Jimmy the Sjoke fan, could listen to him all day. Give him his own show.

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9 minutes ago, ClntonBoulton said:

Yep...bob on. Wilson's goal was a perfect example. How many refs would have pulled up Proctor and their centre half but would have then been guessing as to what had happened? Probably given a free kick to the defender? No, he said get on with it, it hasn't influenced the flight of the ball or the game, 6 of one etc....great decision and I was pleasantly surprised by it. 

He has been a referee for many years and I have always liked him. He never stops the game for 50:50's and just lets the players get on with it.

If a player feels a touch and collapses to the ground he is taking a risk if Mr Drysdale is in charge. They probably know that.

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15 hours ago, rwhite said:

Some interesting games over the next few weeks for other teams in the mix…..
 

Colchester United v Forest Green Rovers, Mon Mar 21

Port Valr v Exeter City, Tue Mar 22

Bradford City v Newport County, Sat Mar 26
Carlisle United v Bristol Rovers, Sat Mar 26
Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers, Sat Mar 26
Exeter City v Stevenage, Sat Mar 26
Northampton Town v Hartlepool United, Sat Mar 

Bristol Rovers v Bradford City, Sat Apr 02
Forest Green Rovers v Scunthorpe United, Sat Apr 02
Mansfield Town v Northampton Town, Sat Apr 02
Newport County v Exeter City, Sat Apr 02
Rochdale v Swindon Town, Sat Apr 02
Tranmere Rovers v Carlisle United, Sat Apr 02

Forest Green Rovers v Mansfield Town  Tue Apr 05

Carlisle United v Exeter City, Sat Apr 09
Forest Green Rovers v Hartlepool United, Sat Apr 09
Northampton Town v Bradford City, Sat Apr 09
Swindon Town v Newport County, Sat Apr 09
Tranmere Rovers v Bristol Rovers, Sat Apr 09

Just looking at those fixtures I fancy all of Carlisle, Hartlepool and Bradford to act as spoiler in at least one game each. Bradford with Vernam in that team looked pretty decent to me so that will be a tough ask for the others and Carlisle have had a huge upturn in form under Simpson.

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22 minutes ago, The man in the pub said:

I love Jimmy the Sjoke fan, could listen to him all day. Give him his own show.

Not heard from Bryn for a while. You know the one, the faux Manc-Lardie that started blubbing on P&G…..?

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9 minutes ago, KEV.WILLIE said:

Never more so, has promotion been in our own hands, 20 points from 30 must be the target imo 

Surely it was more in our own hands in 12/13 when we were actually in auto spots?  30 from 30 must be the target. 

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17 hours ago, knapperm said:

Who was the player on crutches??

Tom Conlon.  One picture he was pretending to be a tank by the looks of it.  Great to see him joining in with the rest of the team.  Great team spirit.

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Loads of Yarkshire men whining about the 'foul' in the build up to the second goal. In my opinion Songo'o starts off with a big handful of Proctor's shirt, then after the ball misses them both and runs right through, he throws himself to the ground theatrically to try and kid the ref because he knows they're in trouble.

It's impossible to look at the incident in isolation, you have to understand it in the context of the running battle between the two players going on all afternoon.

The pair of them were at it all afternoon and the ref will let some go, give some one way, give some the other, sometimes rightly and sometimes infuriatingly.

Songo'o is one of the most handsy players I've seen in League Two this season. If he concentrated more on playing the ball than the man then he could have prevented both goals. But if you choose to go down that road, some will go for you and some will go against and you can't moan too much when they do.

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51 minutes ago, Santa said:

Loads of Yarkshire men whining about the 'foul' in the build up to the second goal. In my opinion Songo'o starts off with a big handful of Proctor's shirt, then after the ball misses them both and runs right through, he throws himself to the ground theatrically to try and kid the ref because he knows they're in trouble.

It's impossible to look at the incident in isolation, you have to understand it in the context of the running battle between the two players going on all afternoon.

The pair of them were at it all afternoon and the ref will let some go, give some one way, give some the other, sometimes rightly and sometimes infuriatingly.

Songo'o is one of the most handsy players I've seen in League Two this season. If he concentrated more on playing the ball than the man then he could have prevented both goals. But if you choose to go down that road, some will go for you and some will go against and you can't moan too much when they do.

Yep, Songo definitely instigating as the ball came in, then Proctor had a handful of Songo's shirt.  Hard to see if Proctor had an arm around Songo to pull him off balance before he fell.

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Also love that just after that Proctor was literally pushing Ben G to get up and support the attack.

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