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The departing threesome.

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Think Ben Abbey should have been played more in our last few games. He would have probably contributed more to the team than Manny and is better than Pinno overall, IMO. Shame to see him go.

 

I thought Walshie is out of contract at QPR and is therefore looking for a club to take him on. As mentioned before, it's probably a case of both salary and Ben looking for full time. Given a choice, I'd sign Walshie over Jacko without a doubt!

 

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I weould not I think Jacko is a far better player than Walshe, his scoring rate is better and his free kicks and dead ball contribution is better and he can also play left back.

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Walshe any day for me.

No disrespect at all to Jacko but he is now a part of GNFC history.

That said, great to see him coming to watch - legend!

 

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Walshe did say in an interview with the Reporter after the Dagenham game that he was keen to stay at Stonebridge Road. I must say that I was surprised he wasn't offered a contract.

 

I was also surprised to hear that Abbey was leaving - yes, Stu, I'd rather he stayed than Rob Haworth too - although in an ideal world I'd have both at the club. As mentioned above, Andy's presumably got replacements lined up, but we must be careful about letting players go before the replacements are definitely in place - letting players like Che go last summer before any obvious replacements were in the pipeline was nearly disastrous, and probably played a big part in our poor start to this season.

 

Also, I was told that the Reporter also listed Matt Lee and Lee Gledhill has having signed contracts for next season - if so, that is excellent news, and while there is a little turbulence in the squad regarding the midfield and forward line at present, it's good to see all our defenders (with the exception of Duku, whom I'm sure we all wish well after all the injury problems he's had) signing up for next year. Hopefully we can add Robin Trott to that list if he makes a successful recovery from his injury.

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Jeff said:
Walshe any day for me.
No disrespect at all to Jacko but he is now a part of GNFC history.
That said, great to see him coming to watch - legend!



Ah, but is he history..?

Also, what are the odds on Tony 'Sicknote' Battersby coming back? 500-1, I hope...

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how can you say ben surey is not good enough to stay 442? He has had one bad game, (northwich) but since he has been with us, he has loked more than comfortable on the ball, with good passing skills and a good tackler.

As for ben, I think rob hs the better temperament and provides cover for big roy. ( what an absolute legend).

 

Ben can be a bit lazy and gets the hump too quickly when things dont go his way. Sorry to se perks and walshe go, but I feel owen would have sruggled to retain his place next season.

 

 

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Stu M said:Also, what are the odds on Tony 'Sicknote' Battersby coming back? 500-1, I hope...


He has actually started a few games for Cambridge City since leaving us... perhaps the claim that he was 'out for the season' was slightly off the mark.

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I'd expect more quality from a player that has been with Crystal Palace. He has played OK in most games, but I'd put Perkins, Walshe, Drury, Owen, Mckimm and Sidibe all ahead of him

And not forgetting Protheroe

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Anyone got any idea why Rob H has been released by the club? It was in the reporter today. Surely the club can never have enough strikers! I also hear that the Fridge has fractured his leg.

 

I really think that we should have signed Ben Walshe, he was a real asset. Mind you, there are still two months left to re consider. I hope they do, coz he was a lovely geezer, and a top quality player when he wasn't injured. I became friends with him because he was my best mate's cousin's favourite player, and he was constantly signing stuff for me, from shirts, to programmes, to banners and flags!!!!

 

I'm glad to see that majority of the first team have signed contracts, or those who were out of contract any way, and I wish the best of luck to those players who haven't been offered contracts.

 

A bit sorry to see Ben Abbey go, we might not have been treated to the full potential that he has because of his arguements with Andy.

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Rob was a hard worker, who gave everything for the team when he was on the pitch - his goalscoring ratio wasn't great though (albeit he scored some important ones for us, amongst them) and I guess its felt that we need a more regular scorer on the pitch.

 

Mind you, it does mean we're short on back up for Roy and Pinno ( I guess you could include Drury amongst potential front men as well) and I just hope we get replacements in place before the new season, unlike this year where we suffered from a lack of a good forward in the first few months.

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Protheroe is a must in midfield, a few have commented on him being an asset at the back, no no no. He HAS to play in midfield for us to reap maximum benefit from him.


Not sure Prothers himself would agree with you here, Squawky.

Don't Canvey fans reckon he under-performed for them because the Great Floodlight Controller insisted on playing him in centre midfield, in a 352 formation, when his preferred position was as an orthodox right back within 442?

I thought he performed well in both positions for us, but was more potent as a right back, who regularly overlapped & got behind defences, & also gave the ball away much more rarely when playing full back.

Only personal opinion of course. We'll have to wait & see where Andy prefers to use him.

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I thought the biggest threat from Protheroe was the quality of his crosses and free kicks hit hard and flat rather than hung up in the air.

He can take free kicks and corners whatever position he plays but its hard to get crosses in from center midfield.

If Surey doesnt sign I suspect Saunders will partner Macca in midfield, Andy usually goes for ball winners in the middle with "flair" players out wide.

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prothers is a tricky call .. he isnt fast enough to be a full back in 442.. midfield is his slot out wide with crosses and of course his great free kicks .. i reckon he works best in 352 but he is so adaptable he can cover anything on the right hand side and is good enough to play in the middle as well, as and when needed.

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Alan W (GNFC) said:Mind you, it does mean we're short on back up for Roy and Pinno ( I guess you could include Drury amongst potential front men as well) and I just hope we get replacements in place before the new season, unlike this year where we suffered from a lack of a good forward in the first few months.


Correct Alan - I posted my own concerns about letting forwards go before having replacements for them higher up this thread, and the departure of Rob Haworth has only increased my fears. As previously mentioned, though, Andy may well have replacements in mind, and I certainly hope so. To be honest, unless Andy obtains someone really special as a replacement for Rob, it seems likely that he will be fulfilling the role that Rob looked likely to - i.e. as back-up for Roy. Considering that Rob looked a good player for us and scored a few goals, I'm surprised he isn't being retained to be Roy's deputy. Having said that, there may always be factors such as player dissatisfaction that we don't know about. Best of luck for the future Rob.

As for Proths, you're quite right to mention his excellent crossing ability, Slarti, and that is something Andy must consider when picking his team. Having said that, wherever he plays we will still have the benefit of his set-pieces - he must have set up three or four goals for Mooro from free-kicks and corners in his short time with us.

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I'm surprised he isn't being retained to be Roy's deputy. Having said that, there may always be factors such as player dissatisfaction that we don't know about.


Maybe he wants first team action at whatever level & not to be just 'Roy's deputy'?

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high everybody great to be back just a rumbling i heard that walshie is wanted by yoevil


I shouldn't be surprised.....the mullet is still fashionable in the wild west country.

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