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General Discussion / Re: FA CUP
« on: November 25, 2020, 05:49:33 PM »
Why would you want to leave MacAuly out and Lupano has gone back to Hull

I would have left McAuley out as part of rotating the back three and Lupano is probably a little bit quicker, sorry I hadn't seen the club's press release to say he had gone back to Hull which again unbalances the squad and leaves us short of cover at the back.  Just read the Dover report and Lupano's exit was a footnote to the report (I don't generally read reports on games I watch)

General Discussion / Re: FA CUP
« on: November 25, 2020, 05:15:09 PM »
Difficult balancing act for IC again - does he play his strongest side or does he make use of the squad in light of the midweek game against Bromley?  I would continue with the back five and bring Lupano in for McAuley if Hull will allow him to play in the cup.  In front of that I wouldn't risk Richards even if he is fit again so Clunan and Jarvis to shore up the midfield and then perm any three from the rest which seems like it might include Gash, although again whether this is the game to bring him back in is open to debate.  Think we have to set up to be solid and then break when we can so I would go with:

Barrows, McFadden, Smith, Lupano, Brown
                Clunan, Jarvis
Loza                                    Power

subs McAuley, Kelly, King, Marriott, Gash with a view to getting King and Marriott on the pitch if it does look like going to penalties (which I accept is wishful thinking)

General Discussion / Re: Dover at home Saturday
« on: November 23, 2020, 02:00:23 PM »
To be fair, other refs may have had a different view on Sonny's 'challenge', I think the ref got it right in terms of their being other defenders back so not the last man and not dangerous but still a silly thing to do in the middle of the park.  Not sure there was much argument about their red, Mitchell got the wrong side and was brought down, once the ref had given the penalty he had no option but to give the guy his marching orders.

As for Lynn, I guess the main positives were another clean sheet and another three points which keeps the momentum going.  Slightly disappointed we stayed so negative against what will probably end up being the basement side in the league and they still managed to open us up a number of times in the second half.  Carey and Kelly on very short leashes meant the full backs were our only real outlet and not sure Loza coming so deep, so often, is what we need at home when the opposition is just looking to get bodies behind the ball.  Fair enough for IC to stick with the three centre-halves for the time being and away from home that formation (if not personnel) may be our best bet but against the lesser sides at home I would like to see us impose ourselves a bit more.

One final point on the post on the live feed about the streaming - from what I have seen the quality of Lynn's is better than a number at this level (and further comments from SC post match about further improvements) but would agree with the comments about the commentary.

General Discussion / Re: Barnet away Tuesday
« on: November 15, 2020, 03:11:54 PM »
Hi Tony,
Yes we need a new system, problem is , as I see it , we don't have the personnel on board yet to make it happen.
Personally not sure that Smith has the pace for this league.
When McFadden arrives, could see him playing alongside or  just in front of McCauley and Lupano.
Think we need another full back and a ball winning midfielder....we have a lot of similar players in midfield....I think one or two will be released and replaced over thecoming months.

That was part of my issue with the summer's recruitment - players coming in that were similar to what we already had whilst not really addressing the issues from the NLN campaign.  Hopefully McFadden can be part of the rebuild (in whatever position) but do we need adapt the system to get the most out of the existing squad or make changes to the squad so the current system can work at a higher level?  Difficult choice for IC who seems very set on how he wants his teams to play but has also been very loyal to many of the squad, maybe signs in the post match interview from Saturday that he was starting to lose patience with some ("enough experience but not enough leadership")

General Discussion / Re: Barnet away Tuesday
« on: November 15, 2020, 02:58:07 PM »
Power never seems to make your 16

Yet, somehow, Kelly does??

Different players who bring different qualities to the team imo.  Somehow IC has got to find a pattern that both suits the squad we have (subject to any strengthening that can be achieved) that can be competitive against the bottom half of the league and doesn't get consistently thumped by those chasing the playoffs.  The choice seems to be keeping the pass & move style but ensure the players adapt to the higher tempo required at step 1 to be successful with maybe the need to replace some who can't make that step up against going with an alternative plan of playing longer, relying on pace, catching teams on the break which would probably mean more wholesale changes in midfield but greater roles for Loza AND Power.

General Discussion / Re: Barnet away Tuesday
« on: November 15, 2020, 12:51:52 PM »
Mallard, well spotted, duly amended.  Maybe I was thinking of junior football where teams are allowed another player once the deficit reaches a certain level!

As for Power, more an indication of the 'riches' of attacking options within the squad, although the worry for me is none of the additions really looks that much stronger than what we had to start last season and can't justify putting Loza and Power both on the bench when essentially would be coming on to fulfill the same role.  We are away and I was going with a back five and Fleming as cover so who would you leave out to bring him in?

KES posed the question as to 'who looks an NL player' for me it would only be Richards and Carey and then others who have looked the part at times but not consistently enough.  Appreciate players like Marriott could probably question whether they have been given sufficient chances to prove their worth (he can't score every opportunity) and Mair has maybe had more opportunities than he would like but overall we are looking short all over the pitch imo, most of the squad are capable of playing 'in' a NL side when they are playing well but equally when the side is not playing well are they able to help turn a game at this level?

General Discussion / Re: Barnet away Tuesday
« on: November 15, 2020, 12:27:16 PM »
Big test for IC and his squad, I hope his post-match comments about looking for a 'reaction' doesn't mean he will go with the same side/system.  I didn't watch yesterday but listened on the radio and seemed more of the same in terms of how the season has gone so far and IC has to try to find a combination that makes us look more solid without the ball, don't think either full back is really helping the two lads in the middle so maybe we need to go with a tighter back three for a period to see if that helps.  Hopefully Richards will return Tuesday but still think we are in need of a 'young Jarvis' type player (new lad can't play everywhere).  Lack of balance in the squad really starting to hit home with plenty of options further forward but almost no cover at the back or 'proper' midfielders and realistically only Jones out injured.  My side for Tuesday

    Lupano, Smith, McAuley
Barrows, Clunan, Richards, Brown
            Carey, Kelly

subs, Fleming, Jarvis, Loza, Marriott, King

General Discussion / Barker returns to Peterborough
« on: November 12, 2020, 01:10:22 PM »
No real surprise that the young lad from Peterborough has gone back having played a handful of minutes for us.  Nothing on club website but they Tweeted this earlier:

Club Statement | Kyle Barker

The club can confirm that Kyle Barker has returned to Peterborough United following a short loan spell at The Walks.

We would like to thank @Kylebarker34 for his efforts while at the club and wish him all the best for the future.

Think IC will change at least two of the front three - Marriott & Carey have to be in our starting 11 and Mitchell also comes back into the reckoning after missing last weekend through being cup tied.  May need to 'manage' the midfield too as we go back to Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday which I don't think Jarvis can manage but IC doesn't seem keen to give Barker a start.  No news on Jones so assume he is still out for a couple more weeks but hopefully back soon.  My team

Barrows, Lupano, McAuley, Brown
      Clunan, Jarvis, Richards
         Marriott, Mitchell

subs Smith, Barker, Kelly, Loza, Southwell

General Discussion / Re: Past Cup heroes
« on: November 09, 2020, 01:58:00 PM »
Not sure about anything for Mick Wright but the club said it was delaying the tribute to Ronnie Bacon until such time as fans were allowed back into the ground and be part of, which seems a reasonable stance to me.

General Discussion / Re: Port Vale - FA Cup
« on: November 08, 2020, 04:53:05 PM »
Well done to the team on yesterdays result.  IC managed to get the best of both worlds - limited exposure for our two main attacking threats and then introduced them with 20 mintues left to combine for the winner.  Would still like us to 'concentrate on the league' but hopefully the momentum KES was hoping for will have received a boost and can carry through into the next couple of league fixtures. 

As for tomorrows draw I guess SC is either hoping for a big name to produce a live TV bonus or a 'winnable' tie to then host Chelsea at the Walks in the 3rd round? 

General Discussion / Re: Port Vale - FA Cup
« on: November 06, 2020, 01:36:45 PM »
Don't really see the logic behind taking anything other than the strongest squad Tony. Really important to develop a system that works and to get the relatively new additions to gel.......the next game is Sutton on the 14th, so match time is important. Resting players, most of whom have only had 4/5 outings doesn't make a lot of sense.....we need to develop a consistent pattern of play and get some momentum going

Appreciate the point and would love to see us develop a system that works at step 1 (still very much work in progress) but I personally would rather not risk some of the men that will be key to that system, for example Richards has played and 'put in a shift' in every game this season so if Peterborough would allow it I would rather Barker took his place in this game. 

Mac, I think this season is a 'one-off' and if we were taking hundreds to Port Vale then I might think differently but retaining step 1 has to be the first (and maybe only) thing this season.  I am too young to have gone to Everton but Mum and Dad did and I went to Rotherham and funnily enough I think my only trip to Port Vale was in the cup to watch Norwich

General Discussion / Re: Port Vale - FA Cup
« on: November 05, 2020, 01:35:36 PM »
I think this season has to be all about the league - income has to be a secondary concern and we are already 'up' on the cup income after the bye vs Notts County so with 34 more important games this season I would rest as many as was realistic.  Basically take a first 11 with the reserves filling the bench and give a rest to Richards, Clunan, Marriott, Carey and one of McAuley/Lupano so something like, which would at least give the front three more match time and give a chance of catching Port Vale on the break.

Flemming, Smith, Lupano (if Hull allow it), Brown
             Kelly, Jarvis, Barker (if P'boro allow it)
                Power, Loza

Might be different in any other season but with minimal income from cup games (unless you get a tv match) and looking at how the league is panning out our focus has to be getting points on the board.

General Discussion / Re: Here we go again
« on: November 02, 2020, 05:43:17 PM »
FA Cup ties all still on according to BBC

I don't have a problem with PL fixtures carrying on, they are probably some of the safest 'working environments' in England, possibly not the case as you get lower down the pyramid but are still classed as elite?

General Discussion / Re: Woking home
« on: October 31, 2020, 06:06:36 PM »
Much better from Lynn today, first half really tried to play through the midfield, Woking pressed but we stuck to it which was good to see.  Thought Clunan had a good game at the base and Carey his usual positive self but not sure King was fit but that may be down to Woking focusing on him limiting his opportunities.  Unlucky to go in down at half time and went longer as the game went on but Woking dropped and tried to hang on to what they had which allowed opportunities which Loza thankfully took - still think we are better with him OR Power not both.  Good to get the win on the board and stop the run of defeats but still plenty for IC and the side to work on over the next fortnight before the next league game

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