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Crawley Town (h) Saturday 8th January 2022

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« Reply #60 on: January 09, 2022, 10:40:39 am »

Crawley must have left wondering how they had managed to come away with the 3 points as they were 1 of the worst sides to visit this season. The first half was a non event apart from slack defending gifting them the goal from a simple through ball and that was the only attacking threat they posed all game as Roberts did not have to make a save. Unfortunately their 'keeper also had a pretty easy afternoon as the stats tell the story, 14 corners, 17 shots with only 1 on target as Lewis, Hoskins, etc all blazed decent chances over the bar.
After a lack of intensity in the first half we came out with more purpose in the second but despite the early pressure we failed to work their 'keeper. We were better in the final quarter after the subs had been made and Zimba looks like he has goals in him but could not convert the 1 on 1 when put through by Kabamba's flick on. I don't think he is able to play the Etete role and we are probably going to have to revert to playing 442 to accommodate him with a target man.
I thought our set play delivery was below the usual standard and was puzzled by the decision to take Koiki off, who had made several good bursting runs, and then put Pinnock at left back.
We are now at the half way point of the season and our 3 strikers have a total of 2 goals and therein lies our problem. Not difficult to see what needs fixing in the transfer window.
After 6 weeks without a home game it was rather disappointing to record our lowest home Saturday attendance, it was not as if they weather was particularly bad.
With FGR and Sutton to follow a vast improvement on that performance is needed otherwise we are going to have a very bad month.
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« Reply #61 on: January 09, 2022, 12:40:56 pm »

Regardless of the amount of squandered chances, it took Brady well over an hour to introduce some sting into the side. Rose is useless.
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« Reply #62 on: January 09, 2022, 12:49:16 pm »

Regardless of the amount of squandered chances, it took Brady well over an hour to introduce some sting into the side. Rose is useless.

Hopefully, this will be lesson learned.
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« Reply #63 on: January 09, 2022, 14:47:45 pm »


Hopefully we can look to offload Rose and BAS over the next few weeks. There must be other clubs willing to take a punt on them despite it not working out here.


Really? I hope you're right but I can hardly imagine many clubs wanting to take a punt on two strikers with such poor scoring records.
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« Reply #64 on: January 09, 2022, 14:59:21 pm »

Those suggesting returning to 4-4-2 must have short memories, we rarely created anything playing that formation earlier in the season and weíre getting continually overrun.
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« Reply #65 on: January 09, 2022, 15:07:46 pm »

Those suggesting returning to 4-4-2 must have short memories, we rarely created anything playing that formation earlier in the season and weíre getting continually overrun.

I think itís somewhat dependent on who the ď2Ē are.
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« Reply #66 on: January 09, 2022, 16:04:05 pm »

I think itís somewhat dependent on who the ď2Ē are.

Iím not convinced that the 4-4-2 that was so bad earlier in the season is suddenly going to work now weíve swapped Etete for Zimba. Itís exactly the same midfield that was being overwhelmed and creating nothing.
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« Reply #67 on: January 09, 2022, 18:02:43 pm »

I think the 442 discussion arises from seeing Zimba's brief cameo yesterday as he does not appear the type of player to replace Etete in the loan striker role with his hold up play capabilities and needing a Kabamba, or similar target man, to feed off.
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« Reply #68 on: January 09, 2022, 18:45:56 pm »

I think the 442 discussion arises from seeing Zimba's brief cameo yesterday as he does not appear the type of player to replace Etete in the loan striker role with his hold up play capabilities and needing a Kabamba, or similar target man, to feed off.
In a nutshell, this.
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« Reply #69 on: January 09, 2022, 18:56:54 pm »

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« Reply #70 on: January 09, 2022, 18:59:51 pm »

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« Reply #73 on: January 09, 2022, 19:15:03 pm »

I think the 442 discussion arises from seeing Zimba's brief cameo yesterday as he does not appear the type of player to replace Etete in the loan striker role with his hold up play capabilities and needing a Kabamba, or similar target man, to feed off.

Maybe a 4-4-2 might suit Zimba better, but do we have the midfield to play it? Earlier in the season we were tried various combinations but the one constant was we were getting overrun and creating nothing for the front two. I just donít think things will be any different now, people might look at the last 20 minutes yesterday but for me thatís just an outlier, playing a poor team at home who were just trying to hold onto a lead. What that means for Zimba and where he fits into the team I donít know, I just think people have short memories of how bad we were playing 4-4-2.
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« Reply #74 on: January 09, 2022, 20:32:03 pm »

Itís always tempting to over complicate these these. Rose doesnít score goals. Iíd say the stats prove that completely. So if you put him on as your main goal scorer youíre fcuked. So Brady's job is to slot someone into that spot that doesnít have to be particularly prolific. But certainly more than a player who averages one goal in what amounts to a seasons worth of games. Iím not a fully qualified coach. But Iíd say that even by the law of averages, if you stuck a traffic cone in the box, it would deflect the ball into the net more than once over a season.
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« Reply #75 on: January 09, 2022, 22:12:39 pm »

Itís always tempting to over complicate these these. Rose doesnít score goals. Iíd say the stats prove that completely. So if you put him on as your main goal scorer youíre fcuked. So Brady's job is to slot someone into that spot that doesnít have to be particularly prolific. But certainly more than a player who averages one goal in what amounts to a seasons worth of games. Iím not a fully qualified coach. But Iíd say that even by the law of averages, if you stuck a traffic cone in the box, it would deflect the ball into the net more than once over a season.
Rose a traffic cone by any other name!  Wink
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« Reply #76 on: January 10, 2022, 08:41:53 am »

You win some, you lose some. Easier games to come?  Cool
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« Reply #77 on: January 10, 2022, 08:53:15 am »

I don't think we have easier games to come as we have to play all of the same teams again as we have played in the first half of the season.
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« Reply #78 on: January 10, 2022, 10:55:53 am »

Those suggesting returning to 4-4-2 must have short memories, we rarely created anything playing that formation earlier in the season and weíre getting continually overrun.

Agreed, plenty of critical discussion on lone striker/duo but until we know who else is coming in itís a bit pointless. As for hindsight Criticism of JB on his selection, tactics but forgetting the two cruel blows dealt by Covid and above all by Spurs.
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« Reply #79 on: January 10, 2022, 11:14:56 am »

Regardless of the amount of squandered chances, it took Brady well over an hour to introduce some sting into the side. Rose is useless.

Agree with this totally. I was saying to my mate at half time Id give it to 55-60 mins max and then go two up top and get Rose and anon off....


He's the obvious player who we could probably sell for a nominal fee (20 grand or something) and save on a big wage going out each month. I recall saying this a few weeks back. Given his record in front of goal if I was Brady Id be looking to cash in my chips and still have enough money for a taxi home.  Whilst I like Danny (he really does work hard), he's simply not contributing much and unlike Sam, doesn't have the versality to play in a number of positions. He's too expensive to just bring off the bench in order to do some diving about to help us over the line to a 1-0 win, which is the only thing I've seen him bring to the party this season quite frankly!

That said, we do need another striker to come in first (or simultaneously) because he's still percentage wise got more chance of scoring than the other two we've got (not including Zimba)!
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