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6 minutes ago, Zico said:

Garp wanked himself senseless when Lennon did short corners because you rarely score direct, ie, one touch from a corner 

However, that stat didn't include more than one touch from corner 

At the end of the day, get it in the fucking box

Aye and Garps never recovered from wanking.

The days of patient over passing tippy tappy football are upon us.

69% possession today, and it's been like that for the last 15 games or so.

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We play the wrong system We are playing the wrong players Our corners free kicks and throw ins are rubbish Our tempo is too slow, need to get in the box quicker 32 points from last

My main issue is still the lack of quality when crossing. So many of our crosses are very poor.  

3-0 Doyle, Dapo and Lee The promotion push continues 

6 minutes ago, Zico said:

Garp wanked himself senseless when Lennon did short corners because you rarely score direct, ie, one touch from a corner 

However, that stat didn't include more than one touch from corner 

At the end of the day, get it in the fucking box

Didn’t Evatt say about a month ago that we’re scoring on average 1 in every 60 corners and conceding 1 in every 20, or have I dreamt that?

I don’t think we have either scored or conceded from one since, so I imagine both have gone up since but set pieces really aren’t a strength for us. It’s clearly not a problem at the moment, but it would be nice to add it as another string to the bow.

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1 minute ago, Biggish Dave said:

Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying the football we play. Even earlier on in the season, I could see what he was trying to do so kept the faith.

Having an extra string to the bow wouldn't be a bad thing though? Just don't go playing for it

I'm the same as you, but he ain't going to change his philosophy, maybe if it was the last minute and we need a winner, we might swing one over because the opposition are a bit nervy at that point in the game. Evatt is a thinker, a young manager as well, he has moved from a back 3 to a back 4, so there is a chance he will re-think and change.

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Just now, Mr Grey said:

I'm the same as you, but he ain't going to change his philosophy, maybe if it was the last minute and we need a winner, we might swing one over because the opposition are a bit nervy at that point in the game. Evatt is a thinker, a young manager as well, he has moved from a back 3 to a back 4, so there is a chance he will re-think and change.

I agree mate. I think if he had a more settled squad and one he wanted from the off, things would change and set pieces would be practiced more.

As it happens, I'm convinced we are the best team in the league so will be in top 3 come what may. Bring on last 10 games, Saturday can't come around quickly enough

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Just now, Traf said:

My main issue is still the lack of quality when crossing. So many of our crosses are very poor.

 

Aye and IE basically fucked Hickman off for a few shit crosses, so he must have high standards 

Or it was just an excuse because Hickman is a prick 

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Just now, Biggish Dave said:

I agree mate. I think if he had a more settled squad and one he wanted from the off, things would change and set pieces would be practiced more.

As it happens, I'm convinced we are the best team in the league so will be in top 3 come what may. Bring on last 10 games, Saturday can't come around quickly enough

Brilliant innit 😃

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9 minutes ago, Mr Grey said:

I'm not sure we will, maybe under Allardyce or that shyster Parkinson when we actually ventured into the opposition half, different era now fella, frustrating but we have to get used it, we are winning with the type of football we are playing.

Saying that, it does seem pointless sending 2 centre backs up, or maybe that's to confuse the opposition, anyway in Brand Evatt we trust.

Possession based or whatever, teams will always get set pieces. Definitely could improve ours.

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1 hour ago, RONNIE PHILLIPS said:

We all have opinions on how we feel about changes & formations & I get your point but tbf whilst we are racking up points more often than not we are far from convincing therefore there is room for improvement. 

For instance I feel that as long as we play a high tempo we are well equipped to beat any team in this league, however, I think that Delfounso hampers us trying to do this so I would like to see someone who displays a bit more pace & urgency replace him. Doesn't mean I'm right but I'm not necessarily wrong either. 

   

Don’t get me wrong if I was an in-game poster based on the comments I was shouting out to my lads you could add me to the list. Corners, free kicks, certain players not performing to their potential.... I passed negative verbal comments at times. I keep waiting for us to to put 4/5 past somebody, I thought today could be the day.

But like I said it does make me smile when I read back, we get so emotionally involved and sometimes expect utopia when really another 3 points and continuing this amazing run, no matter how the victory comes, is all that matters. And IE seems to have the right combination of consistency, goals, defensive solidity, rotation of team/subs to get a result every game at the moment. He seems to know what he’s doing, long may that continue.

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Just now, Tonge moor green jacket said:

Possession based or whatever, teams will always get set pieces. Definitely could improve ours.

Not disagreeing fella, better to mix it up imo, I'm just putting it out there from Evatts perspective and guessing how he is thinking.

At least we are defending corners and set pieces better, was it 17 goals we conceded from the first 20 games or so, I bet that hasn't been the case for the last 16, which is fantastic, clean sheets are the basis that you win games on, or you at least dont lose.

I'm as happy as a pig in shit.

 

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I'm not proposing we play for free kicks just that when we get one we shoukd have a plan ... a practised plan ... for how to use it. At present it's like we simpky punt it in with no plan, & precious little hope.

Corners. I long for the days of Walker, Stubbs, McGinley when we had a plan to aim for the player at the near post who flick headed it to the back post & in came McGinley

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2 hours ago, Biggish Dave said:

The one the really pisses me off is our free kicks from 25 yards out. Have we put one on target yet this season? They are hopeless

Agreed, its so poor.  Fact is we are part of a league that can't do free kicks.  If any have been scored against us, or even hit woodwork or forced a good save, I've forgotten it.  For the last 40 odd years that I've been going I've never known a season of free kicks not resulting in goals, at both ends. 

And we've never gone so long without a headed goal from a centre back.  Its like we're playing with one hand tied behind our back, not having the easy set piece goals to fall back on every now and again.

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2 hours ago, Mr Grey said:

Never change a winning team, Dapo was indifferent today, but he works his bollox off, dropping him could do him more harm than good.

He will get goals, he's just trying to hard in the last third, once he breaks his duck in front of goal, he will hit a purple patch, the lad is class for this league, I'm hoping he signs for us, he will only get better.

I've never understood that.  Play your best team.  At some point Santos and John, and maybe Gilks, will miss a game through injury.  I want them back in the week after, asap, even if we've won 2-1 without them with a dodgy pen and an even dodgier sending off.  Just play our best team available every week.

Agree on Dapo though, he's a breath of fresh air, stick with him, his close control is different class and I like that he shoots, too many of our players don't have a shot in them.

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9 minutes ago, Johnnyrotten said:

Agreed, its so poor.  Fact is we are part of a league that can't do free kicks.  If any have been scored against us, or even hit woodwork or forced a good save, I've forgotten it.  For the last 40 odd years that I've been going I've never known a season of free kicks not resulting in goals, at both ends. 

And we've never gone so long without a headed goal from a centre back.  Its like we're playing with one hand tied behind our back, not having the easy set piece goals to fall back on every now and again.

Orient scored two in the first 10 mins against us! It was Crellin though!

 

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24 minutes ago, Traf said:

My main issue is still the lack of quality when crossing. So many of our crosses are very poor.

 

Isgrove in particular, he adds a better final ball to his game and everyone’s a winner. 

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1 minute ago, Johnnyrotten said:

I've never understood that.  Play your best team.  At some point Santos and John, and maybe Gilks, will miss a game through injury.  I want them back in the week after, asap, even if we've won 2-1 without them with a dodgy pen and an even dodgier sending off.  Just play our best team available every week.

Agree on Dapo though, he's a breath of fresh air, stick with him, his close control is different class and I like that he shoots, too many of our players don't have a shot in them.

He is playing his best team imo.

Jones/Brockbank or Delf /Thomasson (if Sarc isn't fit), not much in it.

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