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ianofcleveleys

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Steve Eyre much better co-commentator, bob on with his assessment off what he and we were seeing this afternoon
  8. I'd no problem with young Thomason being given a go and he showed some nice qualities on the ball, clearly needs a bit of pace and physicality adding to his game but him being there certainly wasn't the root of our problems today. The real issue is that with Tutte injured neither of White or Comley were a better option than the young lad. Some of that for me is rooted in Evatt's blaze attitude from the off to having a holding player protecting his defence and recycling possession. Maybe today will confirm the need and prompt Jan window action. Having said that, there were also loads of o
  9. I'd agree with that, I'd no problem with what he was saying, Evatt said similar after the game, the spaces were there for the outside central defenders to stride into and draw players out to meet them, freeing up space for others to make use of. For 25-30 mins first half it was painful, receive ball, stop, go sideways or back. When that was also White's first thought we looked without a clue of how to open them up. First goal came from the first such foray from Baptiste, a few words about it at half time and loads better second half. If final ball had been better down right we'd have got
  10. Play your best players (Tutte) and deal with the issues swiftly (Crellin) and results will follow. If IE stops being a pig headed smart arse banging on about his philosophy and just gets us winning football matches regularly we'd all get to like him However grumpy Wellens was after game, he was on same page as us, tip tapping about for 40 passes with no purpose and at no pace gets you nowhere. Our three best performances this season (Cambridge, Bradford and tonight) have come when we've had the least possession of the ball
  11. Santos was brilliant tonight, one dodgy back header early second half but otherwise immense. Henderson is a good operator at this level but never got a sniff
  12. Shows what happens when you've an experienced head in goal, organising and encouraging, back three looked superb, Tutte in front of them great second half, constant harrying, blocking and ball winning There's more than one way to win a football match and, when we've been serially losing for years I'm quite happy to watch that 👍
  13. Decision making wise he's Jordan Pickford on speed, too many rash charges out to balls that aren't his to get. First half, Santos had to take it away from him and clear it as he wasn't going to get there. Dropped a fairly simple high ball at their lad's feet early on. Pen save on Tues was good but two other aberrations could have cost goals. It's not all about him having said that, just a relationship that isn't working for all concerned, back five could do without him behind them, he could do with more solid, reliable customers in front of him.
  14. Not sure Santos trusts him, turned away in tight areas twice rather than go back to him. Either way, a horror show from the first 10 seconds, Tutte and Darby possibly only two who can come out of it with a grain of credit
  15. Him and Sarcevic staggering about, neither anywhere near their man or even looking like they knew who they should be tracking
  16. We've had a fair bit of bad injury luck with that left back position over the years, Gardner had his share, Elliott as mentioned then the lad Tierney who ought to have been a good signing but we never got to know
  17. Enjoyed it tonight, if Barrow was the watershed moment that's been talked about, can certainly see it from Saturday's and tonight's performances. Miles better off the ball, more determination not to concede chances and goals, more purpose and positivity when we have the ball Should have put game to bed first 15 mins second half, could have paid for it but made up we didn't. Loads of good performers tonight but Tutte and Delaney probably the pick of the bunch. Tutte, Sarcevic, Crawford machine really started to click into gear at times. Kioso a real asset. iFollow is rubbish, o
  18. Both great bottles of red those 👍. Jam Shed marginally the winner
  19. Sarcevic could have ended with an assist if Doyle had hit target 2nd half but otherwise looked like a player whose stats were good in a team that suited him. Here and there a few decent contributions but not enough and faded as badly as half a dozen others last 20 mins. For a big lad gets knocked off ball too easily My issue here is the supposed focus on stats, can be misleading if they were produced in teams that were set up to suit their best attributes. We look to have a few too many of that ilk and not enough with a big enough pair of bollocks to direct, organise and take a bit of per
  20. Whatever football 'philosophy' you want to put out there on a match day it has to be effective. We are nowhere near being that. Too many risky balls in our own half, too many lapses in concentration, too many in our team who want too long on the ball and are too easily knocked off it. Too many touches, too many ineffective passes, too little penetration from the wing backs, too easily ripped through when we lose it, too many fade out of game in last quarter. The only decent chance we made second half was from the simplest thing we did all afternoon. We are fannying around trying to turn n
  21. On the point earlier about whether you can coach lads in their 20s to pass it to each other, if they haven't got the ability to do it and have had little experience of doing it previously, it'll be hard work. I'm involved in coaching (not football) and all my long term athlete development education has told me that teaching new skills and movements requiring co-ordination and spacial awareness will be very difficult after the age of 15. So, where I'm a bit unsure where we're at, having listened to all the comments from IE about each of our new players (particularly the defenders) as they
  22. What concerns me a bit after these three games is, despite the glowing sales pitches from Evatt when each of them signed, we have little in the way of proven quality in the squad, even at L2 levels. Doyle and Delfouneso yes, not much else in my view. What we do have is a lot of cast offs (some from this league), non league lads and other wild cards like Greenidge that Evatt evidently thinks he's capable of polishing up into effective individuals and an effective unit. Even if that happens it's going to take time and pressure will grow if defeat follows defeat and confidence is eroded. Th
  23. As is often the case, having loads of possession isn't a guarantee of winning football matches. They had far less than us and made more of it, aided and abetted by some rank defending from us
  24. Slightly concerning thing for me was, in the first game, opponents sussed our system out and largely nullified it. Once that happened we were too easily played through. Wing backs rarely got into advanced enough positions so we ended up doing loads of playing around and across the middle in front of them. Delfouneso did well coming a bit deeper and linking things up but otherwise we didn't often look threatening. Holes behind the wing backs (mostly Gordon's side to be fair to Jones) were alarming and none of the back three had the pace to quickly get across and cover them. All three were
  25. No idea what's been being worked on defensively in training and the pre season games but some really basic issues evident throughout today, communication and positioning - wise. Hopefully a few more games will sort them. Bradford haven't had to do anything of any great quality to win today
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