Gary Jones goal lifts Bradford City mood after John Egan agony adds to injury woe

Jones goal lifts Bradford City mood after Egan agony adds to injury woe

Gary Jones celebrates scoring what proved to be City’s winning goal

Gary Jones jumps to it to win an aerial challenges for City

Stephen Darby puts his head where it hurts for City against Plymouth

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City 1, Plymouth 0

City were plunged into further injury crisis as they got back on track with three crucial points last night.

The win was just what the manager had ordered to keep them in the thick of the play-off places. But unfortunately it came at a huge cost for poor John Egan.

The on-loan Sunderland defender was carried off in agony with a suspected broken tibia and fibula in his right leg – the third centre half City have lost to serious injury this season.

It came from the most innocuous of situations as he headed the ball away. Unfortunately his leg gave way on landing and the end result was horrendous for the young Irishman.

At least his team-mates picked themselves up to claim a first home league win in three games thanks to a second goal of the season from Gary Jones. It was a scruffy finish in keeping with the quality of the match.

Phil Parkinson had left City in no doubt about the importance of the next two league games before the next batch of cup distractions. It was crucial to regain momentum after Saturday’s loss to Exeter.

The return of full backs James Meredith and Stephen Darby provided a timely lift. There was another change in midfield where Craig Forsyth, subbed at half-time at the weekend, was replaced by Garry Thompson.

Meredith was straight into the action with a surging overlap and Nahki Wells was frantically crowded out as he shaped to shoot in the box.

Parkinson wanted City to get at Plymouth from the off and there were a couple of early probes down the left side.

But the club’s injury jinx struck again after 13 minutes as Egan landed badly as he made a clearing header. It looked very nasty for the on-loan defender and Matt Duke shielded Egan’s eyes away from his twisted leg while he received treatment before being stretchered off.

The game eventually resumed after a five-minute stoppage, with Carl McHugh coming off the bench to slot in alongside Rory McArdle down the middle.

But City rode their latest blow to grab the lead in the 21st minute thanks to Jones. James Hanson and Wells battled for a bouncing ball in the Plymouth box and it popped out to the skipper.

Jones slipped as he shot but managed to get it off as he hit the floor and the ball bobbled past keeper Rene Gilmartin from ten yards.

It was just the boost City needed to lift morale after what had happened to Egan and rewarded their positive approach.

Plymouth had lost all seven of the previous games when they had conceded the opening goal. But Alex MacDonald tried to rectify that straight away with a burrowing run at the other end.

The all-action Jones had back-tracked all the way with him and slid in to make an important challenge just inside the area.

But City continued to call most of the shots and Jones whipped an inviting free-kick across the goalmouth which managed to beat everyone.

Plymouth had everyone back bar Nick Chadwick whenever City went forward and it was difficult to plot a way through a maze of green shirts. It was not a great spectacle but the home side’s lead looked comfortable as half-time approached.

Wells cleverly spun away from Andres Gurrieri to have a pop from 25 yards but his aim was awry.

Referee Tony Bates added six minutes at the end of the half for the Egan injury – and City needed a stunning save from Duke to prevent Plymouth equalising during it.

Plymouth had offered nothing up top but suddenly the space opened up with a five-man counter-attack.

Chadwick headed across goal and the ball sat up invitingly for Jamie Lowry. The midfielder struck it well enough but Duke reacted superbly to push it away with both hands.

Plymouth came back out for the second half with a bit more tempo – and MacDonald wasted a glorious chance to fire them level within five minutes.

Gilmartin’s long clearance was flicked on and MacDonald found himself goal side of McArdle with only Duke to beat. Valley Parade waited for the net to rustle but instead his drive flew well wide.

It was another low midweek crowd but some were growing restless as City made hard work of it. The Kop tried to rally the troops but there was a definite spring in the step of the visitors that had been absent before the interval.

Hanson flicked on a long throw-in by Meredith that was begging to be finished. But nobody was on hand to challenge Maxime Blanchard’s panicky clearance and Jones’ follow-up shot flew harmlessly over the bar.

Then Gilmartin had to be on his toes to beat Wells as the Bermudian looked to spring clear from Meredith’s long pass.

But Plymouth still remained in the hunt and Chadwick’s looping header was another warning that the job was far from finished. Lowry’s ambitious long-range volley was less of a concern.

City tried a double salvo as Wells drilled in a cross from the right that flashed across the box and Meredith sent it straight back but Hanson’s header glanced off target.

The home side screamed for a penalty when Thompson claimed he had been pulled back by Curtis Nelson but nothing was given.

Chadwick nodded wide from Plymouth’s first corner of the night and when the striker did get a shot on target, Duke proved equal to it to push over the bar.

Parkinson brought on Alan Connell for Wells and the fit-again Ritchie Jones in place of Thompson – two substitutes who were capable of keeping the ball better.

Will Atkinson threatened to ease home nerves as he wriggled into space for a goal against his former loan club. But he went for placement rather than power and Gilmartin was able to make a straightforward save.

The midfielder then appeared on the right side, cutting in to take a neat lay-off from Connell, but his shot was nowhere near. At least it kept the ball up the right end.

It was not pretty but the result was what mattered. After the Exeter blip, City’s bandwagon is back on the road.

Attendance: 8,843

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7:55am Wed 21 Nov 12

otleygent says...

A poor game, marred by the injury to John Egan. All the best to him. Gary Thompson absolutely hopeless and shouldn't be considered for a place unless we are really desperate and even then Parky should think twice. Wells seemed uninterested from start to finish. Will Atkinson my man of the match for ceaseless effort throughout.
A poor game, marred by the injury to John Egan. All the best to him. Gary Thompson absolutely hopeless and shouldn't be considered for a place unless we are really desperate and even then Parky should think twice. Wells seemed uninterested from start to finish. Will Atkinson my man of the match for ceaseless effort throughout. otleygent
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8:21am Wed 21 Nov 12

_Size3_ says...

Otleygent....maybe they are all just tired? Maybe the constant Sat, Tue, Sat + Extra Time + Penalties, Tue, Sat, Tue + Extra Time + penalties and so on is taking its toll?

We need a break, physically and mentally.
Otleygent....maybe they are all just tired? Maybe the constant Sat, Tue, Sat + Extra Time + Penalties, Tue, Sat, Tue + Extra Time + penalties and so on is taking its toll? We need a break, physically and mentally. _Size3_
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8:24am Wed 21 Nov 12

Rich73 says...

gutted for Egan, number of injuries we are getting this season is unbelievable, not the best game but the 3 points is what matters
gutted for Egan, number of injuries we are getting this season is unbelievable, not the best game but the 3 points is what matters Rich73
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8:48am Wed 21 Nov 12

ES says...

Am I the only one who is getting that here we go feeling again. Up until a couple of weeks ago I left the ground feeling very positive about our performances, but now I'm starting to get that déjà vu feeling. The way we are playing at the moment is very reminiscent of the style we were playing for most of last season i.e. defending far too deep and allowing the opposition to come on to us. Up until recently we were playing a style of very attacking football, getting the ball down and knocking it around with crisp quick passes and movement, but now we seem content on hoofing the ball up field at every opportunity.
I appreciate that we have lost the services of Reid and Hines, but a big worry to me is Jones and Doyle who (don't get me wrong) appear to have lost that vice like grip that they have held for the majority of games this season. Jones was all action all over the field 100% of the time, but now only appears to be able to do it in short bursts. Doyle was (is) very capable of taking the sting out of the game by holding the ball very well, then distributing some great through balls to our forwards.
Don't really know what the solution is upfront with Hanson and Wells who are in my opinion our best pairing, but it is just not happening for them at the moment and we maybe need to shuffle the pack a bit. Shame that there aren't more reserve games that we could stick James in to get his goal scoring confidence back again.
Again I appreciate the fact that we have suffered major setbacks with injuries and maybe playing two games a week is telling a tale, but as I said earlier I am getting a little concerned that we are drifting back to the way we played last season.
I will take a scrappy three points every day of the week, but whereas earlier in the season if we lost a goal or two, I felt confident that we could go on and score three or more, but if we concede a goal like we did against Exeter, I feel that we are finding increasingly difficult to get ourselves back into the game.
Best wishes to John Egan by the way ... he is young enough to bounce back from this.
Am I the only one who is getting that here we go feeling again. Up until a couple of weeks ago I left the ground feeling very positive about our performances, but now I'm starting to get that déjà vu feeling. The way we are playing at the moment is very reminiscent of the style we were playing for most of last season i.e. defending far too deep and allowing the opposition to come on to us. Up until recently we were playing a style of very attacking football, getting the ball down and knocking it around with crisp quick passes and movement, but now we seem content on hoofing the ball up field at every opportunity. I appreciate that we have lost the services of Reid and Hines, but a big worry to me is Jones and Doyle who (don't get me wrong) appear to have lost that vice like grip that they have held for the majority of games this season. Jones was all action all over the field 100% of the time, but now only appears to be able to do it in short bursts. Doyle was (is) very capable of taking the sting out of the game by holding the ball very well, then distributing some great through balls to our forwards. Don't really know what the solution is upfront with Hanson and Wells who are in my opinion our best pairing, but it is just not happening for them at the moment and we maybe need to shuffle the pack a bit. Shame that there aren't more reserve games that we could stick James in to get his goal scoring confidence back again. Again I appreciate the fact that we have suffered major setbacks with injuries and maybe playing two games a week is telling a tale, but as I said earlier I am getting a little concerned that we are drifting back to the way we played last season. I will take a scrappy three points every day of the week, but whereas earlier in the season if we lost a goal or two, I felt confident that we could go on and score three or more, but if we concede a goal like we did against Exeter, I feel that we are finding increasingly difficult to get ourselves back into the game. Best wishes to John Egan by the way ... he is young enough to bounce back from this. ES
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8:57am Wed 21 Nov 12

otleygent says...

_Size3_ wrote:
Otleygent....maybe they are all just tired? Maybe the constant Sat, Tue, Sat + Extra Time + Penalties, Tue, Sat, Tue + Extra Time + penalties and so on is taking its toll?

We need a break, physically and mentally.
Fair points, we looked jaded, Jimmy Hanson just seems exhausted. I don't know where the break will come from. New centre back and winger urgently required.
[quote][p][bold]_Size3_[/bold] wrote: Otleygent....maybe they are all just tired? Maybe the constant Sat, Tue, Sat + Extra Time + Penalties, Tue, Sat, Tue + Extra Time + penalties and so on is taking its toll? We need a break, physically and mentally.[/p][/quote]Fair points, we looked jaded, Jimmy Hanson just seems exhausted. I don't know where the break will come from. New centre back and winger urgently required. otleygent
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9:12am Wed 21 Nov 12

MrsAngryofRidd says...

What do you people want!!! We got 3 points last night we played to the 90th minute and didn't give up like we would have done in previous seasons, we are 5th in the league and still in 3 cups - of course they are going to look tried and have off games. Better to have them now and be in this position so we can push on for top 3 after Christmas.
What do you people want!!! We got 3 points last night we played to the 90th minute and didn't give up like we would have done in previous seasons, we are 5th in the league and still in 3 cups - of course they are going to look tried and have off games. Better to have them now and be in this position so we can push on for top 3 after Christmas. MrsAngryofRidd
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10:16am Wed 21 Nov 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

These people want the continuation of our moderate success so far this season. Some decent points made above this, I don't agree with them all but valid and reasoned.

My thoughts on last night, jaded, as we were Saturday. Plenty of effort and will to do well, tired legs and bodies holding the players back. I'm not making excuses as I believe professional players should be able to play two games per week with ease, it becomes harder if they are carrying niggles and knocks.

Great to see Ritchie Jones looking so fit and 'speedy' whilst not a wideman he actually tried to go past his full back a couple of times which is a couple of times more than the widemen who had been on teh pitch for 70 minutes. If we are worried about the strikers not getting enough chances or goals this is still the problem area, lack of width and will to beat a man and deliver from wide has been a big failing of ours in recent years, looked to be nearly addressed this season and now back to square one. Thompson couldn't go past me nan and Atkinson could but won't.

The most dangerous cross of the night was a driven ball across the 6 yard box but that came from Nahki who should be in the box letting Thompson etc put it there for him.

Hanson set up the goal, once again, missed one very good headed chance in teh second half but also provided three more chances with knock downs/layoffs, he may well be another who is very tired after playing the majority of the games so far but you watch his energy levels rise if and when he knocks his next goal in.


Now, I'm not one for asking players to play out of position but I would be tempted to try Nahki as one of the wide men for one or two games and let Connell partner JH, use the JPT or even the Brentford game for this, if it works we may have a working fix, if it doesn't we haven't lost too much apart from some unwanted Tuesday night games.

The good thing about R Jones return is that it frees Doyle up to drop to CH if needed or play as a defensive mid as a game progresses and we are 'hanging on' as we did last night, we may as well have a proper plan if we are going to revert to sitting that deep, a big no-no in my opinion but not something I can affect.

In the end up, another night of ups and downs at City, flashes of skill and brilliance, sickening leg break, fighting spirit. team work and most of all 3 points on a night when all around us bar Port Vale lost (yes I know Pope got 3)


What odds would you have got before Saturday that Exeter would come to us and Gills and take maximum points?


Finally, best wishes to John Egan, I sincerely hope the break wasn't as bad as it sounded and he is back playing before the end of the season.
These people want the continuation of our moderate success so far this season. Some decent points made above this, I don't agree with them all but valid and reasoned. My thoughts on last night, jaded, as we were Saturday. Plenty of effort and will to do well, tired legs and bodies holding the players back. I'm not making excuses as I believe professional players should be able to play two games per week with ease, it becomes harder if they are carrying niggles and knocks. Great to see Ritchie Jones looking so fit and 'speedy' whilst not a wideman he actually tried to go past his full back a couple of times which is a couple of times more than the widemen who had been on teh pitch for 70 minutes. If we are worried about the strikers not getting enough chances or goals this is still the problem area, lack of width and will to beat a man and deliver from wide has been a big failing of ours in recent years, looked to be nearly addressed this season and now back to square one. Thompson couldn't go past me nan and Atkinson could but won't. The most dangerous cross of the night was a driven ball across the 6 yard box but that came from Nahki who should be in the box letting Thompson etc put it there for him. Hanson set up the goal, once again, missed one very good headed chance in teh second half but also provided three more chances with knock downs/layoffs, he may well be another who is very tired after playing the majority of the games so far but you watch his energy levels rise if and when he knocks his next goal in. Now, I'm not one for asking players to play out of position but I would be tempted to try Nahki as one of the wide men for one or two games and let Connell partner JH, use the JPT or even the Brentford game for this, if it works we may have a working fix, if it doesn't we haven't lost too much apart from some unwanted Tuesday night games. The good thing about R Jones return is that it frees Doyle up to drop to CH if needed or play as a defensive mid as a game progresses and we are 'hanging on' as we did last night, we may as well have a proper plan if we are going to revert to sitting that deep, a big no-no in my opinion but not something I can affect. In the end up, another night of ups and downs at City, flashes of skill and brilliance, sickening leg break, fighting spirit. team work and most of all 3 points on a night when all around us bar Port Vale lost (yes I know Pope got 3) What odds would you have got before Saturday that Exeter would come to us and Gills and take maximum points? Finally, best wishes to John Egan, I sincerely hope the break wasn't as bad as it sounded and he is back playing before the end of the season. Prisoner Cell Block A
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10:53am Wed 21 Nov 12

lawsonio123 says...

Best Wishes to John Egan for a speedy and lasting recovery
Best Wishes to John Egan for a speedy and lasting recovery lawsonio123
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11:38am Wed 21 Nov 12

CheltCityFan says...

I can understand people's frustrations after all the optimism surrounding a very good start to the season and the development of a very good, albeit small, squad by Phil Parkinson.

However, I really do think that people need to be realistic and manage their expectations. Whilst it is great seeing City playing good football, it is unrealistic to expect that to happen every match. Look at the kind of teams that have done well in this division in recent seasons and you will not find scintillating footballing teams in the main. You will find strong, hardworking, athletic teams with good team spirit and some footballing skill, but able to grind out results consistently. Swindon, last year, ran away with promotion but were not a particularly good footballing team. There have been several games in recent seasons where City have played really good football and lost games, so I don't mind winning scruffy 1-0 games, especially considering the horrendous injury situation and the tiring schedule of games, where it is not easy to keep fresh for each match.

How many other teams could have coped with losing Oliver, Davies, Reid, Hines, both Jones' etc and syill played as many matches and still be in fourth place and in all three cups? Look at the BBC website this morning in League Two and you have Gary Rowett blaming fatigue for their defeat last night - have they played as many games as City and had similar injuries? You will also see Evans at Rotherham saying that he is playing a reserve team at the moment and they are not good enough - incidentally, he was praising his team last match for beating Cheltenham at home so he seems a bit confused. Have they had as many serious injuries as City and played anywhere near as much football?

Not every player can play well every game and some are probably carrying knocks at the moment, but at least we have far more effort and resilience in the squad than seen for many a long season. We need to recognise this, applaud the players for their achievements in very difficult circumstances and continue to play our part by carrying on giving the fantastic support through this trying period. If we can get through to the New Year still in touch and with more of our best players back on the pitch, it could be an exciting end to the season for us.

Finally, best wishes to John Egan and hope he comes back from this injury able to resume his promising career.
I can understand people's frustrations after all the optimism surrounding a very good start to the season and the development of a very good, albeit small, squad by Phil Parkinson. However, I really do think that people need to be realistic and manage their expectations. Whilst it is great seeing City playing good football, it is unrealistic to expect that to happen every match. Look at the kind of teams that have done well in this division in recent seasons and you will not find scintillating footballing teams in the main. You will find strong, hardworking, athletic teams with good team spirit and some footballing skill, but able to grind out results consistently. Swindon, last year, ran away with promotion but were not a particularly good footballing team. There have been several games in recent seasons where City have played really good football and lost games, so I don't mind winning scruffy 1-0 games, especially considering the horrendous injury situation and the tiring schedule of games, where it is not easy to keep fresh for each match. How many other teams could have coped with losing Oliver, Davies, Reid, Hines, both Jones' etc and syill played as many matches and still be in fourth place and in all three cups? Look at the BBC website this morning in League Two and you have Gary Rowett blaming fatigue for their defeat last night - have they played as many games as City and had similar injuries? You will also see Evans at Rotherham saying that he is playing a reserve team at the moment and they are not good enough - incidentally, he was praising his team last match for beating Cheltenham at home so he seems a bit confused. Have they had as many serious injuries as City and played anywhere near as much football? Not every player can play well every game and some are probably carrying knocks at the moment, but at least we have far more effort and resilience in the squad than seen for many a long season. We need to recognise this, applaud the players for their achievements in very difficult circumstances and continue to play our part by carrying on giving the fantastic support through this trying period. If we can get through to the New Year still in touch and with more of our best players back on the pitch, it could be an exciting end to the season for us. Finally, best wishes to John Egan and hope he comes back from this injury able to resume his promising career. CheltCityFan
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2:13pm Wed 21 Nov 12

macca1969 says...

Got to agree with the above. This is a crucial period for city. Its about hanging on in there till the injury crisis is over. If we can maintain out position in the league through this very trying period it will put us in a great position for the second half of the season. Yes we look tired and poor at times,too much lump ball too much reliance on wells a goal shy striker, but if the fans stay together behind the players as much as the players are behind each other the club will weather the storm and win promotion at the season end. In fact if we are still in the same position at Christmas I fancy us to not only gain promotion but win the league. We will have a less hectic schedule and hopefully an almost fully fit first team squad. Onwards and upwards
Got to agree with the above. This is a crucial period for city. Its about hanging on in there till the injury crisis is over. If we can maintain out position in the league through this very trying period it will put us in a great position for the second half of the season. Yes we look tired and poor at times,too much lump ball too much reliance on wells a goal shy striker, but if the fans stay together behind the players as much as the players are behind each other the club will weather the storm and win promotion at the season end. In fact if we are still in the same position at Christmas I fancy us to not only gain promotion but win the league. We will have a less hectic schedule and hopefully an almost fully fit first team squad. Onwards and upwards macca1969
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2:26pm Wed 21 Nov 12

pockman says...

A decent result for us last night. In terms of spirit there is no comparison to the stuff we've seen down at Valley Parade over the past few dreadful seasons. Gary Jones is an absolute revelation as a player with genuine "vision" although I though he struggled a little in the air and was second to the ball more than usual in the second half when Plymouth pressed strongly. Nevertheless, we defended stoutly and conceding only 6 league goals at home so far is tremendous. If we can "hang in" until our first choice players are back I think that the omens are good for a cracking and productive remainder of the season.
A decent result for us last night. In terms of spirit there is no comparison to the stuff we've seen down at Valley Parade over the past few dreadful seasons. Gary Jones is an absolute revelation as a player with genuine "vision" although I though he struggled a little in the air and was second to the ball more than usual in the second half when Plymouth pressed strongly. Nevertheless, we defended stoutly and conceding only 6 league goals at home so far is tremendous. If we can "hang in" until our first choice players are back I think that the omens are good for a cracking and productive remainder of the season. pockman
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2:26pm Wed 21 Nov 12

macca1969 says...

That was supposed to read Wells and a goal shy striker not infer wells is a goal shy striker
That was supposed to read Wells and a goal shy striker not infer wells is a goal shy striker macca1969
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7:25pm Wed 21 Nov 12

fantam says...

You;re dead right. Hanson is a goal shy striker-if you can u se the word striker where he is concerned
You;re dead right. Hanson is a goal shy striker-if you can u se the word striker where he is concerned fantam
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7:59pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Victor Clayton says...

ES wrote:
Am I the only one who is getting that here we go feeling again. Up until a couple of weeks ago I left the ground feeling very positive about our performances, but now I'm starting to get that déjà vu feeling. The way we are playing at the moment is very reminiscent of the style we were playing for most of last season i.e. defending far too deep and allowing the opposition to come on to us. Up until recently we were playing a style of very attacking football, getting the ball down and knocking it around with crisp quick passes and movement, but now we seem content on hoofing the ball up field at every opportunity. I appreciate that we have lost the services of Reid and Hines, but a big worry to me is Jones and Doyle who (don't get me wrong) appear to have lost that vice like grip that they have held for the majority of games this season. Jones was all action all over the field 100% of the time, but now only appears to be able to do it in short bursts. Doyle was (is) very capable of taking the sting out of the game by holding the ball very well, then distributing some great through balls to our forwards. Don't really know what the solution is upfront with Hanson and Wells who are in my opinion our best pairing, but it is just not happening for them at the moment and we maybe need to shuffle the pack a bit. Shame that there aren't more reserve games that we could stick James in to get his goal scoring confidence back again. Again I appreciate the fact that we have suffered major setbacks with injuries and maybe playing two games a week is telling a tale, but as I said earlier I am getting a little concerned that we are drifting back to the way we played last season. I will take a scrappy three points every day of the week, but whereas earlier in the season if we lost a goal or two, I felt confident that we could go on and score three or more, but if we concede a goal like we did against Exeter, I feel that we are finding increasingly difficult to get ourselves back into the game. Best wishes to John Egan by the way ... he is young enough to bounce back from this.
I agree that we are in danger of slipping back into some of the bad habits of previous years. hopefully it is down to players missing and an obvious tiredness. we were luck to win this and would not have done against a better side. thought Well espesially dissapointing by his standard. Hanson doesn't look like a striker but if we are going to persist playing to his strengths we need to make the most of them by playing further up the pitch. I think its time to start using whats left of the squad more. Connell, R Jones and Ravenhill in some of the games. Pluses - Actkinson and Meridith seem to be gelling well. need something similar on the other side. thought we looked dangerous when central MF (G Jones) got in the box but needs to happen more. and i don't think we have any team to fear.
[quote][p][bold]ES[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who is getting that here we go feeling again. Up until a couple of weeks ago I left the ground feeling very positive about our performances, but now I'm starting to get that déjà vu feeling. The way we are playing at the moment is very reminiscent of the style we were playing for most of last season i.e. defending far too deep and allowing the opposition to come on to us. Up until recently we were playing a style of very attacking football, getting the ball down and knocking it around with crisp quick passes and movement, but now we seem content on hoofing the ball up field at every opportunity. I appreciate that we have lost the services of Reid and Hines, but a big worry to me is Jones and Doyle who (don't get me wrong) appear to have lost that vice like grip that they have held for the majority of games this season. Jones was all action all over the field 100% of the time, but now only appears to be able to do it in short bursts. Doyle was (is) very capable of taking the sting out of the game by holding the ball very well, then distributing some great through balls to our forwards. Don't really know what the solution is upfront with Hanson and Wells who are in my opinion our best pairing, but it is just not happening for them at the moment and we maybe need to shuffle the pack a bit. Shame that there aren't more reserve games that we could stick James in to get his goal scoring confidence back again. Again I appreciate the fact that we have suffered major setbacks with injuries and maybe playing two games a week is telling a tale, but as I said earlier I am getting a little concerned that we are drifting back to the way we played last season. I will take a scrappy three points every day of the week, but whereas earlier in the season if we lost a goal or two, I felt confident that we could go on and score three or more, but if we concede a goal like we did against Exeter, I feel that we are finding increasingly difficult to get ourselves back into the game. Best wishes to John Egan by the way ... he is young enough to bounce back from this.[/p][/quote]I agree that we are in danger of slipping back into some of the bad habits of previous years. hopefully it is down to players missing and an obvious tiredness. we were luck to win this and would not have done against a better side. thought Well espesially dissapointing by his standard. Hanson doesn't look like a striker but if we are going to persist playing to his strengths we need to make the most of them by playing further up the pitch. I think its time to start using whats left of the squad more. Connell, R Jones and Ravenhill in some of the games. Pluses - Actkinson and Meridith seem to be gelling well. need something similar on the other side. thought we looked dangerous when central MF (G Jones) got in the box but needs to happen more. and i don't think we have any team to fear. Victor Clayton
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9:05pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Spenvalleyspartan says...

Yes winger and centre back required to stablelize our promotion push! Don't give a crap about cup games. Getting out of this division is priority! My philosophy on Wells is he's lost 10% of interest and enthusiasm due to the impending Arsenal game. Doesn't want to get injured!! I'd remind him that his place is NOT guaranteed for this game with performances like last night and Saturday! Connell's looked quite lively coming on! We've no time for the big time Charlie outlook from Nahki for the bread and butter games of the league!
Yes winger and centre back required to stablelize our promotion push! Don't give a crap about cup games. Getting out of this division is priority! My philosophy on Wells is he's lost 10% of interest and enthusiasm due to the impending Arsenal game. Doesn't want to get injured!! I'd remind him that his place is NOT guaranteed for this game with performances like last night and Saturday! Connell's looked quite lively coming on! We've no time for the big time Charlie outlook from Nahki for the bread and butter games of the league! Spenvalleyspartan
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10:28pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Victor Clayton says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
ES wrote: Am I the only one who is getting that here we go feeling again. Up until a couple of weeks ago I left the ground feeling very positive about our performances, but now I'm starting to get that déjà vu feeling. The way we are playing at the moment is very reminiscent of the style we were playing for most of last season i.e. defending far too deep and allowing the opposition to come on to us. Up until recently we were playing a style of very attacking football, getting the ball down and knocking it around with crisp quick passes and movement, but now we seem content on hoofing the ball up field at every opportunity. I appreciate that we have lost the services of Reid and Hines, but a big worry to me is Jones and Doyle who (don't get me wrong) appear to have lost that vice like grip that they have held for the majority of games this season. Jones was all action all over the field 100% of the time, but now only appears to be able to do it in short bursts. Doyle was (is) very capable of taking the sting out of the game by holding the ball very well, then distributing some great through balls to our forwards. Don't really know what the solution is upfront with Hanson and Wells who are in my opinion our best pairing, but it is just not happening for them at the moment and we maybe need to shuffle the pack a bit. Shame that there aren't more reserve games that we could stick James in to get his goal scoring confidence back again. Again I appreciate the fact that we have suffered major setbacks with injuries and maybe playing two games a week is telling a tale, but as I said earlier I am getting a little concerned that we are drifting back to the way we played last season. I will take a scrappy three points every day of the week, but whereas earlier in the season if we lost a goal or two, I felt confident that we could go on and score three or more, but if we concede a goal like we did against Exeter, I feel that we are finding increasingly difficult to get ourselves back into the game. Best wishes to John Egan by the way ... he is young enough to bounce back from this.
I agree that we are in danger of slipping back into some of the bad habits of previous years. hopefully it is down to players missing and an obvious tiredness. we were luck to win this and would not have done against a better side. thought Well espesially dissapointing by his standard. Hanson doesn't look like a striker but if we are going to persist playing to his strengths we need to make the most of them by playing further up the pitch. I think its time to start using whats left of the squad more. Connell, R Jones and Ravenhill in some of the games. Pluses - Actkinson and Meridith seem to be gelling well. need something similar on the other side. thought we looked dangerous when central MF (G Jones) got in the box but needs to happen more. and i don't think we have any team to fear.
meant to say "Hanson is not a striker on form".
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ES[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who is getting that here we go feeling again. Up until a couple of weeks ago I left the ground feeling very positive about our performances, but now I'm starting to get that déjà vu feeling. The way we are playing at the moment is very reminiscent of the style we were playing for most of last season i.e. defending far too deep and allowing the opposition to come on to us. Up until recently we were playing a style of very attacking football, getting the ball down and knocking it around with crisp quick passes and movement, but now we seem content on hoofing the ball up field at every opportunity. I appreciate that we have lost the services of Reid and Hines, but a big worry to me is Jones and Doyle who (don't get me wrong) appear to have lost that vice like grip that they have held for the majority of games this season. Jones was all action all over the field 100% of the time, but now only appears to be able to do it in short bursts. Doyle was (is) very capable of taking the sting out of the game by holding the ball very well, then distributing some great through balls to our forwards. Don't really know what the solution is upfront with Hanson and Wells who are in my opinion our best pairing, but it is just not happening for them at the moment and we maybe need to shuffle the pack a bit. Shame that there aren't more reserve games that we could stick James in to get his goal scoring confidence back again. Again I appreciate the fact that we have suffered major setbacks with injuries and maybe playing two games a week is telling a tale, but as I said earlier I am getting a little concerned that we are drifting back to the way we played last season. I will take a scrappy three points every day of the week, but whereas earlier in the season if we lost a goal or two, I felt confident that we could go on and score three or more, but if we concede a goal like we did against Exeter, I feel that we are finding increasingly difficult to get ourselves back into the game. Best wishes to John Egan by the way ... he is young enough to bounce back from this.[/p][/quote]I agree that we are in danger of slipping back into some of the bad habits of previous years. hopefully it is down to players missing and an obvious tiredness. we were luck to win this and would not have done against a better side. thought Well espesially dissapointing by his standard. Hanson doesn't look like a striker but if we are going to persist playing to his strengths we need to make the most of them by playing further up the pitch. I think its time to start using whats left of the squad more. Connell, R Jones and Ravenhill in some of the games. Pluses - Actkinson and Meridith seem to be gelling well. need something similar on the other side. thought we looked dangerous when central MF (G Jones) got in the box but needs to happen more. and i don't think we have any team to fear.[/p][/quote]meant to say "Hanson is not a striker on form". Victor Clayton
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