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ianofcleveleys

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  1. He'd have had 15 already if he hadn't had to keep on coming too deep to get involved with moving the ball upfield and, half the time, generating his own chances. He hasn't the pace to drop back to half way, get a move going then be on the end of the cross that results, unless it takes us two or three more passes to get there. The support and service to him has been pathetic at times and the team not set up to make the best of his abilities. Let's be clear, he's not a high level operator, his goal ratio when he had a go in Championship, L1, even SPL wasn't great but at L2 level his stats
  2. Where I am really, this season has a sort of whiff of that one with Freedman when we were bumping along in relegation zone at end of Jan, Dawson and Juke sorted two big problem areas and we were in for play offs by May. We could still do that but we definitely do have to get that physical, hold up player to work close to Doyle though. Evatt's wasted half a season thinking he could tiki taka out of this Division, which is just not on
  3. Yes, noticed that, think a lot have suffered though with this weather, Blackburn's looked like a farm field on Soccer Saturday
  4. I didn't see that first half, we got the ball to Doyle more in half an hour than we did in a couple of games combined, had 10 efforts on goal, 4 on target. What was concerning was that we didn't pick the thread up after half time and lost the initiative too easily, just because they tweaked their shape a bit.
  5. I've been as negative as anybody in recent weeks but I didn't think it was so bad today. Half an hour up to half time was really good, should have gone in at least one up. They changed things, stopped us working right side and got on top early second half but we still had to gift them the goal, another mess at a set piece. We huffed and puffed to get back into it, not surprising given they parked the bus, goal came from the thing we're crying out for the most, somebody bothering defenders closer to Doyle. Evatt reckons he knows that's needed and is trying to sort it, if he does I'll
  6. Sarcevic is a fraud, 'finishes strong' and looks handy in last 15 mins, reality is he lumbers around a yard off the pace for 75 mins before that, giving the ball away, getting knocked off it by lads half his size and giving cheap fouls away because he can't tackle. He's the sort of player I can't stand, gives a foul away that could have cost us a goal near half time then waves his armed about as though it's everybody else's fault. Not fit to to be captain and would be better off coming on for last 20-25 mins in games, when opponents are tiring and space opens up. On the game, we were outf
  7. Seen none of this game yet, tried refreshing it umpteen times, pausing and playing, nothing other than a frozen picture. Piss poor, not for the first time
  8. Oh yes, he wasn't wrong with that one. Think the Carlisle one was a bit red rag to a bull and an admission we are a bit soft, which we are, unfortunately
  9. He basically said Cheltenham were long ball merchants whose main weapon was launching long throw bombs at us and that Carlisle would clog us out of it if they could
  10. Agree with this, as I saw it, I thought it was a good goal. Every team who lets one in can pick at the defending, and we didn't make it difficult enough for them but it was well worked all the same. There are plenty of teams in this league who can put together quality bits of play and produce good goals
  11. Isgrove has his moments (two good ones late on at Carlisle) but is another that's lightweight and only delivers in fits and starts. Had contributed nothing till those couple of moments last week and very little again today till a couple of decent deliveries late on. To be fair to him another unsuited by the formation and balance around him, not a wing back by any stretch of the imagination, in a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 he'd probably be better. Back to the recurring issue really, we have too many in our squad who want the game to be played to suit them, think it's ok to show something once every
  12. I've no big issue with a young manager having an ideal about how he wants the game played, and at times, in flashes, I've liked some of it. We've scored two or three goals this season that have been superbly put together and finished. But, one of my bugbears with the current vogue of managers arriving at levels right down to National League with an unshakable belief in a style or philosophy, whether it be Bielsa, Pep or some hybrid of one or more of them, is them trying to embed it with seasoned lower level operators who aren't capable of it and beyond being coached it. Some of the goals
  13. I'm as prepared as many others on here evidently are to give Evatt this window and enough games after for whoever he signs to bed in and take effect. I think he knows what needs to change to make us more effective in this Division. In the short term though, during Jan, he's going to have to find a different way of getting the best out of what he's got, stop us being a soft touch and get some points on the board, just to steady the nerves a bit. We did play well for 20 mins once we'd gone behind, as we upped the intensity and workrate 20% from the previous hour. We have too many in our te
  14. If our signings are Lee, John I'd expect a bit more Imagination going forward (sorry, one for those of a certain age...)
  15. As has been said earlier, we'll never know which of this squad are solely Evatt's picks and which were Phoenix's, maybe it doesn't matter much now, what does is that he gets to sort out the coaching / scouting structure and to move out / bring in what he reckons he needs to make us consistently competitive enough to haul ourselves up the league. I'm getting a sense that there's becoming a bit less of the stubborn idealist about him, he's fed up with our inability to impose ourselves against more robust teams and wants to do something about it. However much he is a disciple of particular s
  16. It's easy to keep saying 'its a shit league and we can easily put a few results together and be up there' but we're not looking any more likely to do that in the near future. The only run of results we've put together was against the rags of the division. There's obviously still time, the season under Freedman when we were 3rd bottom at end of Jan window and should have got in play offs on last day gives us that sort of hope. It can be done for sure, with a change in approach, attitude and personnel in Jan
  17. Gilks won't be the slightest bit bothered about whether it costs him the shirt, he had to be persuaded to take over from Crellin. He is a professional and a member of the coaching staff so he'll no doubt be annoyed about the goal and the tone it set in the first five minutes. My takeaway from Evatt's post match comments is he's softening on his philosophy and seeing that if he doesn't be a bit more pragmatic short term he won't be around to see his way bear fruit. I can't see that folk like him and Atherton like seeing their team being bullied and shipping pathetic goals in the manner the
  18. It was like a classic park pitch Sunday morning game, stay in it first half against the gale and win it second half. Problem for us is we just haven't got the tools to handle games like that, or indeed any where the opponents or the conditions are to our liking. We were pathetic first 35 mins, improved a midge's last 10 of first half and got the goal, showed in doing that Carlisle weren't that solid at back, even with the huge advantage. Second half our efforts to get back into it were dreadful for half an hour, we didn't make a single clear chance or work the keeper once and if the
  19. I reckon we'll know if he's the right man if he does get the right types of players into the right positions,and moulds what he's got by the end of Jan into a unit that climbs the table through the Spring, in the manner of that season under Freedman. Square pegs in square holes and a big injection of bollocks required sharpish, and some evidence Evatt is prepared to compromise and find different ways to win a game of football
  20. All the stats and data in the world can't tell you whether players have mental fortitude, focus, leadership qualities. You'd expect though that Evatt would know enough about a fair number of those signed to be able to make an informed judgement on them. All I've seen so far is a squad with loads who like to play the game how he wants it playing but hardly any with enough of those mental qualities. We look nice, easy on the eye but ultimately as weak as piss and a soft touch that will finish a lot nearer the bottom than the top of this league unless Evatt has a serious and swift rethink
  21. That was frustrating beyond belief today. Watching it with one eye on Boris's speech made it even worse Sarcevic looked a good player at this level with Plymouth because he was played well forward and not saddled with too much defensive responsibility. Top of a diamond with Tutte or Lee at base of it and we might get more out of him. Unfortunately, our squad is so unbalanced we have four or five like Sarcevic who can only play when they're allowed, are non existent without the ball and need at least one if not two scrappers behind them doing the dirty work. Doyle needs more robust s
  22. This. Spot on. We are pathetic without the ball, our efforts at pressing are half hearted and our tackling worse. A chronically lightweight League 2 imitation of the current Arsenal
  23. With Tobias out the door we'll see what Evatt's about in this window, and whether he's going to stick stubbornly with his philosophy and shape and just try to move some out to bring in better exponents of it, or admit there needs to be a rethink and bring in sorts that would enable alternatives like 4 at the back, wingers and a hold up, physical presence sort of player up front. We only have one way of playing, we have too many of the same types of players and not enough of what we do need, even for the shape Evatt is persisting with. We knocked over a few bad sides who stood off us and
  24. Agreed, fine line between 'easing the attacker out' or 'holding your ground' and ref seeing it as a shove. A few in previous weeks were a bit borderline.
  25. Darcy was at his best last season allowed to roam free in a no 10 or head of a diamond role in behind Murphy, looked more than capable at L1 level in that sort of area. Could cause some damage in L2 in similar role. Our issue is that we have too many in midfield who are better with a holding player behind them and only one holding player, poor recruitment in my view, as our two left wing backs who aren't good / trusted enough to get in front of two right footed players. Sarcevic is one of those who would be at his best freed up to do what he does best in forward areas. He's put a cou
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