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The game should have been put beyond Hereford in the first half. Yes, the wind was a major factor yesterday but we threw the game by playing the long ball and too many poor performers.

 

Surey was my MOM but have to say Mooro, Provs, Macca & Wilko were poor, the latter two should be dropped for next week. Move Provs & Lovell up into midfield.

 

 

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Hehe!!

 

how views differ!! Proths put in superb crosses, didnt stop running, and defended cooly.... possible fault for second but it wasnt his fault nobody covered...

 

As for Macca - he was ok and should not be dropped! He knows when hes been average and will come back even stronger - dont panic on that front.....

 

the only real debate in my eyes would be wilko! BUT even then heonly made a mistake and saved us on other occassions id stick with him - but then what must mitten think!!??!!??!!??!!??

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Personally, I'd go for Mitten. Not the first time this season that Wilko has poorly positioned in goal.

 

Provs / Surey contenders for MoM yesterday - my vote went to Provs earlier today.

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I can't believe the number of people in this thread and others who want to see Manny dropped, one couldn't even find a place for him on the bench!

I must have been at a different match on Saturday because in the first half he was the best player on the pitch by a mile.

I think Surey and Saunders have been excellent this season and I can't see why we would need to play Macca ( who hasn't been ) alongside them.

Side for Barnet:

Mitten

Protheroe,Shearer,Moore,Skins

Drury,Surey,Saunders,Jacko

Essandoh,Manny

Subs:Wilko,Lovell,Moussa,Louis,Pinns

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As I've mentioned before, Macca being left out is unlikely given that he is the captain, and this shows the problem of having captains in football. Unlike in cricket, having a captain in football isn't really all that necessary, and in fact creates problems when the captain isn't really in the side on merit (as, in agreement with Slarti, is the case at the moment in my view).

 

As for the team Slarti, it's a pretty good one, and with Jacko in the side, the midfield would perhaps have a little more balance compared with our current one, which house three more centrally-minded midfielders and so is a little lopsided. But as some have mentioned in other threads, maybe putting Gledhill in at right-back would provide a bit of extra defensive steel - although then you'd lose Proths and his crossing ability. Who'd be a manager?

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A couple of fans I spoke with suggested the lacklustre second half display may have been due to the fact a number of players were suffering from flu. Apparently this is why Skinner was missing.

 

We have been playing some really good football over the last few games so it seems strange that a lot of the game was spent "lumping" the ball forward, especially given the conditions.

 

Against 1 of the fancied teams who can clearly knock the ball about rather well maybe it was felt we shouldn't "play them at their own game", so players resorted to the long ball tactic. However, this may not have been part of the game plan, so much as a players gut reaction when being pressurised by Hereford players.

 

Regardless of Saturday's disappointment, the players have done us proud this season but the results need to keep coming if the club is to keep moving forwards.

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I have to admit to not feeling too disappointed on Saturday.

 

It was a shame we lost, and it was definately a game of two halfs for both teams. But I think we played well in the first half, and lost to a good team who played mostly fair football(imagine Stevenage breaking our unbeaten run, I would have topped myself lol).

 

We're 4th in the league, playing some great football, and have a team to be proud of. I'm not interested in who should and shouldn't play, I leave all that to Andy, he knows what he's doing. I just sit here and wait for the next time I can see the fleet play.

 

So hopefully, we'll take a fair few up to Barnet on Saturday, and pack out the ground for the Dagenham match. Let's raise the roof so to speak.

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Hey, we've lost our unbeaten run, but we're still ahead of Hereford in the table. I'd've settled for that state of affairs at the beginning of the season...

 

...unless Hereford were bottom!

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Chris B quoted "I'm not interested in who should and shouldn't play, I leave all that to Andy, he knows what he's doing. I just sit here and wait for the next time I can see the fleet play".

I and along with 1500 or so other Fleet fans are all midweek armchair managers. We KNOW we can never emulate Andy, or what he has achieved, but it is fun comparing the merits of different sides/line ups/formations in the downtime between games.

None of us take it too seriously, but if it promotes healthy, intelligent, interesting discussion and debate on this forum, I don't see any harm in it.

Besides, it's more fun than slagging off Sodge.

 

 

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And, it has to be said that the Hereford fans comments have generally been complimentary to us as well - a pleasant change from the comments we generally got last year - full credit to them for that.

 

Hereford fans often take a fair amount of flack, but they deserve praise as well.

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we got speaking to a few of them in the bar after the game, and they all had good things to say about us, and they enjoyed the banter, and look forward to our next meeting

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