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Post  sunderpitt on 2018-10-03, 8:25 am

At the start of the season I thought (along with a few others ?)  scoring goals would be a problem cos we had not brought in enough strikers. Well a certain magic Maja has put paid to that problem.

We now also have a better than decent keeper.. but we are leaking goals far too easily.. Clean sheets are as rare as Syd sitting on the fence over any matter. 

Part of the problem is not having a settled back 4 and defensive midfield.. due in part to injuries and suspensions.. plus Ross trying to see what works best.

If we are to get promoted we need the defence to tighten up..Ross undoubtedly is working on this. I wish him well.

Not sure what I would do.. double drills in training for the defence?
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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-10-03, 8:40 am

That settled back 4 is becoming a problem with Hume out for 6 weeks and now Oviedo out for a few games can James grasp the opportunity?

We also go between a back 4 and back 3 and that cant help so time for Jacko to settle on a system, I prefer a back 4.

One bright spot is I thought Mathews had his best game for some time last night?

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Post  sunderpitt on 2018-10-03, 10:35 am

cyprussyd wrote:That settled back 4 is becoming a problem with Hume out for 6 weeks and now Oviedo out for a few games can James grasp the opportunity?

We also go between a back 4 and back 3 and that cant help so time for Jacko to settle on a system, I prefer a back 4.

One bright spot is I thought Mathews had his best game for some time last night?


Roker Report agreed with you about Matthews
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Post  Kipper on 2018-10-03, 10:59 am

sunderpitt wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:That settled back 4 is becoming a problem with Hume out for 6 weeks and now Oviedo out for a few games can James grasp the opportunity?

We also go between a back 4 and back 3 and that cant help so time for Jacko to settle on a system, I prefer a back 4.

One bright spot is I thought Mathews had his best game for some time last night?


Roker Report agreed with you about Matthews

I'm glad other people noted that Matthews was VERY impressive last night and deserves a lot of credit. I thought there was some very good performances and that was reflected by the support the crowd gave the team during the game and at the end.

We got punished for mistakes, Sometimes you get away with not being flawless, sometimes you don't. We could have had a few more goals but so could Peterborough.

A few comments on other players:

Maja - I don't know what it is about him. To me he always seems to be getting bundled off the ball or doesn't control it very well. Then he scores and my prediction that he will be ineffective goes out of the window. Can't argue with his goal record nor the pressure he puts on defenders.
Sinclair - pleased to get a proper look at him at last and was very impressed. Give him more game time and he will be very effective.
Power - immense, and a great captain on the night although I did think he was in danger of getting a second yellow for arguing with the ref.
Oviedo - ya pillock - we've got enough players out without you doing that.
McGlaughlin - What a great keeper - made some very impressive saves.

Last night I thought we were all over them in the first half and outskilled them in every way. We need to put the goals away though. 2nd half started badly and a Peterborough goal was inevitable. Did we think it was wrapped up at half time or something?

We finished the stronger and another goal would have been justice. Even with 10 men we pressured their goal after 2-2 looking for the win.

Although I thought the team overall were great, I left hugely frustrated and also angry at the ref who was abysmal. I should be used to the standard of refereeing in League 1 by now but still spend most of my time shouting at the ref.
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