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 on: Yesterday at 13:07:05 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by Deepcut Cobbler
I donít believe Saturday was a one off .
The reason being is that I know hasselbank confused the players and many of them didnít either understand or buy into what he was doing .
Tactics have been simplified and people are given roles they are comfortable with .
The team is now operating as a team and the management is not aloof from that .
The culture has changed

Are you are posting that with a factual tone?

 22 
 on: Yesterday at 13:05:57 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by everbrite
I agree the surprise element has gone but the problem is, itís difficult to stop even if you know it's coming. Even if theyíre prepared for it, as a defender life becomes a lot more difficult when you even have to think about someone running in behind. You can plan all you want but if someone is just downright quicker than you and makes the right runs itís awkward. Plymouth was the first game all season weíve even put that doubt into the oppositions head.

Perhaps it is more down to an upturn in confidence and above all we have some momentum going into the next game. The form of Oldham and Walsall is not very good at the moment and this is exemplified on their respective forums. IMO our real advantage is that we have some momentum which the other two teams don't appear to have.

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 on: Yesterday at 12:31:18 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by crazycobbler
I completely agree about the tactics being the reason we played so well on Saturday. It also stands to reason that Plymouth were caught totally by surprise by the tactics we used seeing as it was so different to how we have been playing for the most part this year. They weren't expecting us to play like that and they clearly didn't have a plan to deal with it and stubbornly playing such a high line for the entirety of the second half was incredibly naive. We WERE good but they also played a part in making us look good.

Walsall know what to expect now and have had a week to work on a plan to combat the new threat we pose. Can we do it against a team that knows what's coming? Do we have a plan B if it doesn't work? There are still so many unknowns!

I agree the surprise element has gone but the problem is, itís difficult to stop even if you know it's coming. Even if theyíre prepared for it, as a defender life becomes a lot more difficult when you even have to think about someone running in behind. You can plan all you want but if someone is just downright quicker than you and makes the right runs itís awkward. Plymouth was the first game all season weíve even put that doubt into the oppositions head.

 24 
 on: Yesterday at 11:52:56 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by bri77
I've been reading Walsall and Oldham's forums today and their fans are all pretty much resigned to relegation.

I'm not sure if I'm happy I now have some hope or if I would rather be resigned to our fate like they are.

 25 
 on: Yesterday at 11:06:16 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by Razor
The reason I don't think it was a one-off is because a lot of our success on Saturday was down to the tactics Dean Austin used. By playing Hoskins up front it meant that we could use his pace and play balls in behind the Plymouth defence which got us from back to front very quickly. That's something we haven't really done all year. You could see Plymouth couldn't handle it. It's no secret that defenders hate having players run in behind. Whilst I'm not a huge Hoskins fan, he does possess the pace and mobility to cause problems for a back line.

I completely agree about the tactics being the reason we played so well on Saturday. It also stands to reason that Plymouth were caught totally by surprise by the tactics we used seeing as it was so different to how we have been playing for the most part this year. They weren't expecting us to play like that and they clearly didn't have a plan to deal with it and stubbornly playing such a high line for the entirety of the second half was incredibly naive. We WERE good but they also played a part in making us look good.

Walsall know what to expect now and have had a week to work on a plan to combat the new threat we pose. Can we do it against a team that knows what's coming? Do we have a plan B if it doesn't work? There are still so many unknowns!

 26 
 on: Yesterday at 10:59:36 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by Boot and shoe
I donít believe Saturday was a one off .
The reason being is that I know hasselbank confused the players and many of them didnít either understand or buy into what he was doing .
Tactics have been simplified and people are given roles they are comfortable with .
The team is now operating as a team and the management is not aloof from that .
The culture has changed

 27 
 on: Yesterday at 10:53:43 
Started by FezNTFC - Last post by Melbourne Cobbler
Iím up for a game. As long as I donít have to head the ball, tackle or do any running. Iím thinking a sort of Matt Taylor role?

 28 
 on: Yesterday at 10:51:40 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by JollyCobbler
We might be outnumbered!! Villa expecting 35000 plus for their hone game with Derby and Wolves a 30000 sell out for their game with Sheffield Wednesday.

Itís going to be a busy Saturday in Brum!

It is indeed! And i'm more up for this game than I have been for anything since Pompey away in the championship year, but I'm still trying to temper my emotions...if things go wrong we could be relegated by teatime Saturday. Lips Sealed

 29 
 on: Yesterday at 10:47:55 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by crazycobbler
It has the potential to be a Dagenham. There are quite a few parallels.

It is almost impossible to predict because of the tiny number of games played under the new manager. Was Plymouth a one off or have we genuinely come a long way in a very short space of time? We'll have the answer soon enough. There have been so many false dawns this season that it would be typical of us to go and get stuffed on Saturday.

What we have finally found now is some momentum and belief. We had that in 2013/14 and it kept us up against the odds, despite a few bumps in the road on the run we went on. Any bumps now will be terminal. We need a Dagenham followed by an Oxford.

Bring it on!

The reason I don't think it was a one-off is because a lot of our success on Saturday was down to the tactics Dean Austin used. By playing Hoskins up front it meant that we could use his pace and play balls in behind the Plymouth defence which got us from back to front very quickly. That's something we haven't really done all year. You could see Plymouth couldn't handle it. It's no secret that defenders hate having players run in behind. Whilst I'm not a huge Hoskins fan, he does possess the pace and mobility to cause problems for a back line.

 30 
 on: Yesterday at 10:20:10 
Started by ntfclad - Last post by GrangeParkCobbler
I've been saying this all week. Can't wait to see the pubs in Birmingham full of town fans like we did in Liverpool Street that day.

We might be outnumbered!! Villa expecting 35000 plus for their hone game with Derby and Wolves a 30000 sell out for their game with Sheffield Wednesday.

Itís going to be a busy Saturday in Brum!

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