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  1. Agree with most of these ratings. However, it was quite clear to some of us at least before kick off that the eleven selected was inadequate from a defensive perspective. A central midfield of Vaughan and Husin although creative, is simply not physical enough in League 2 and they should not play as a pair again. It should be one or the other. O'Connor has not been adequately replaced, indeed our recruiting generally is looking unbalanced. I like Kevin Nolan who over his time with us has demonstrated he is a strong motivator. Last season we had a basic approach centred around playing up to Stead/Ameobi and feeding off them so our manager stuck with a formula that was relatively successful. Once established it didn't require a great deal of tactical nous to manage games. We now have a comparative excess of attacking options but limited defensive ones and yesterday Kevin Nolan had no answer to the Yeovil attacks other than replace like for like from the subs bench and that clearly failed. He is going to have to show a great deal more tactical acumen and imagination going forward if he wants to avoid serious criticism of both his recruiting over the summer and in play tactics. I hope he has the skills to do this.
  2. Football manager and his assistant watch a very local football match. Hardly news.
  3. Yes, we'll do well if we are still in the playoffs at the end of the season. We did need to strengthen more in the January window but we've been unfortunate with the loss of the Derby lad who would have brought an new attacking dimension. Having said that we had some things go in our favour in the autumn where we scrambled a result or two, so I don't think this team was going to maintain second position. Nolan has done a great job getting us to this point, and he's done it by getting the best out of lads who were previously performing poorly so we don't want to lose that factor but we clearly will need to strengthen more in the summer so we can really go for an automatic next season. Stead, Ameobi and Smith have been great players but expecting them to provide what's needed up front, week by week, was a big ask which they are struggling to deliver consistently. Forte will score the odd goal but he doesn't contribute nearly enough in his all round game to deserve a starting place. So I suggest we need to lose at least one of the senior lads and Forte in the summer and bring three strikers in. Ikpeazu would be a start.
  4. Two wins since Derry left them so it won't be easy but I agree difficult to predict.
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