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51 minutes ago, Bald Eagle said:

He’ll certainly moan that it’s another consecutive away game to contend with, after having to play the 2nd leg away as well!

I forgot about that!

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10 minutes ago, kendoddsdadsdogsdead said:
9 hours ago, ClntonBoulton said:
Jeez...just looked at flights over.....45 euros from Toulouse to Heathrow Satdee morning......brilliant BUT returning next day is 392 euros....Gulp...think I might be swimming!

Try using one of those discarded dinghys the migrants keep streaming across the channel on.

I dunner fancy Rwanda at this time of year......😂

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Still going to be a very difficult game but I would rather play Mansfield than Northampton, Pinnock and Hoskins looked very good players to me,  capable of winning a game on their own on their day .

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It’s a flip of a coin game, we beat them at home fairly comfortably in the end and deserved the result but had a real battle at their place.

Mansfield don’t tend to travel well and their win at Northampton was their first against a top 10 side all season on their travels (8 losses and 1 draw) in the regular season and with our away record that’s something to take but last night did show nothing can be taken for granted and they have a very good team.

We are favourites with the bookies by the looks of it but it’s fine margins and will need to be at our very best if we are to win.

It’s likely to be a battle, they are a solid, hard working and physical outfit, the type of animals Swindon want removing from the EFL along with us but it will be a honest blood and guts battle.

Can’t call it. Two decent outfits.

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9 hours ago, ericisbannanaman said:

Our goal - close-call for onside/offside but I think he was looking along the line and the Swindon player trying to block the cross was playing him on.

The was it a handball? was it a penalty?, did it come off Benning's foot and onto his arm? Anyway if you look at the jump and where he lands, it's by no means clear that contact is inside the box.

Mansfield v Port Vale at Wembley, I know that many people will be very pleased it's at Wembley and our first visit to the new-build Wembley; for me though this is a game that should be played at Villa Park, 45k capacity and considerably less travelling and expense. But Wembley it is! 🙂

I think its time sport, and football in particular, started thinking of the planet first.  Villa Park would have been great for this match and saved a lot of unnecessary pollution. 

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4 minutes ago, The French Connection said:

I think its time sport, and football in particular, started thinking of the planet first.  Villa Park would have been great for this match and saved a lot of unnecessary pollution. 

I get the sentiment but honestly seeing Vale walk out at Wembley will be up there with one of the proudest moments so far for me. 

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5 minutes ago, Jgpvfc said:

I get the sentiment but honestly seeing Vale walk out at Wembley will be up there with one of the proudest moments so far for me. 

Yes, I know, and at least this is two English clubs playing in England.  Not as bad as Arsenal and Chelsea fans travelling to Azerbaijan, for example. 

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21 hours ago, philmpv said:

Am I right in thinking there is VAR for this one? Thank God we didn't have it last night!

If we had it through the season we would be on 30 penalties now instead of none with all the shirt pulling and fouling on Smith in the area 🙂 

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10 hours ago, The French Connection said:

Yes, I know, and at least this is two English clubs playing in England.  Not as bad as Arsenal and Chelsea fans travelling to Azerbaijan, for example. 

Of course, the other thing is the atmosphere. We saw how valuable that was on Thursday night!  Will a one third full Wembley be the same as a pretty packed Villa park?  I don't think so. 

I've seen the Vale twice at (the old) Wembley, and they lost by three goals each time.  One was the West Brom Play Off Final, and the other the Anglo Italian Cup Final, when a very classy Genoa side beat us 5-2.

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14 minutes ago, The French Connection said:

The Anglo Italian Cup Final, when a very classy Genoa side beat us 5-2.

That Genoa team took us apart. IIRC they'd only been relegated from Serie A the previous season? Great day out though 

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11 hours ago, The French Connection said:

I think its time sport, and football in particular, started thinking of the planet first.  Villa Park would have been great for this match and saved a lot of unnecessary pollution. 

But we would only get about 20k tickets?

 

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7 minutes ago, Bycarsbill said:

Beat them 3-1 at home and drew 1-1 at theirs--so that puts us 4-2 up on aggregate already doesn't it?😁🤣

Last time we were in a play off final we beat West Brom home and away in the league and finished quite a few points ahead of them. I know you are joking but its a one off game and previous results don't mean anything 😥

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1 hour ago, RicheyJames said:

That Genoa team took us apart. IIRC they'd only been relegated from Serie A the previous season? Great day out though 

Genoa in the bottom 3 at present, is it an omen?

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14 hours ago, The French Connection said:

I think its time sport, and football in particular, started thinking of the planet first.  Villa Park would have been great for this match and saved a lot of unnecessary pollution. 

I agree. Once the EFL know the playoff teams, they should organise a stadium which makes geographical sense based on all the possible outcomes. You don’t get the Wembley aspect, but choose the right venue and it could be nearing capacity.

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5 hours ago, werstayinup said:

If we had it through the season we would be on 30 penalties now instead of none with all the shirt pulling and fouling on Smith in the area 🙂 

Yes I’ll take winning the league over the 46 games with VAR thanks.

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