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I'm not surprised to see Mellish back in. Beech rates him.
  1. 20-02-2021 14:03
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Is that Kayode playing centre forward? Will be interesting!
  1. 20-02-2021 14:07
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I have a weird feeling we might see a 5/3/2 today
  1. 20-02-2021 14:16
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I have a feeling we will see a 1-2 win today
  1. 20-02-2021 14:47
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From what I could gather Mellish was one of the players who had Covid and his 2 starts since our restart seemed to back this up. He looked tired, lethargic and lacking energy and fitness. If he’s fully recovered he’ll be a welcome addition given his usual high energy workrate, if not then frankly he’ll be a waste of time.
  1. 20-02-2021 14:51
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Nervous with 1o minutes to go... even though I forecast 1-4 on Griffs prediction league. I just hope we play better than Tuesday, don't give away a penalty and don't get red cards.
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No goals against from open play for 3 games- Hope this continues ?
  1. 20-02-2021 14:55
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No commentary
  1. 20-02-2021 15:03
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Tanner is going to love that after his dead end loan spell with Salford last season. Get In!
  1. 20-02-2021 15:13
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Pressing much better- never happened on Tuesday.
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Switch audio to ‘home’ in settings (bottom right of screen)
  1. 20-02-2021 15:25
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Awesome Farman save - strong ?
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Cheltenham and Tranmere currently losing at home too. Even the home commentary is tolerable.
  1. 20-02-2021 15:26
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Hand- no emoji?
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With no fans allowed in the ground, it seems Salford have more "essential staff" than your average Premier League club.
  1. 20-02-2021 15:28
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Much better but not great in a scrappy match. Our back 4 good, Reilly, Kayode and Patrick as well.
  1. 20-02-2021 15:48
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It’s not particularly pretty but I don’t mind the direct play when we’re away from home against a decent team.

Not really sure where Mellish and Dickenson are playing but they’re putting a shift in and our high press it limiting their chances.

As it opens up I think we’ll get a chance against their fullbacks who are very attacking minded. I really think Toure could cause some problems for their left back.
  1. 20-02-2021 15:54
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Morecambe winning too - against Barrow, they're right in the shit - I know they have games in hand like us but they're at that end of the table because they lose 'em
  1. 20-02-2021 15:55
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Can see one of Hayden, Bennett and Henderson being off before full-time.
  1. 20-02-2021 15:57
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More like our old selves in terms of competing, could do with improving our use of the ball but definite signs of progress from the last 2 games.

Big half ahead, feel we’ll need a second to take 3 points.
  1. 20-02-2021 16:05
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C’mon Blues... lets get these 3 points... last 15 mins
  1. 20-02-2021 16:33
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Shit......
  1. 20-02-2021 16:37
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boooo 1-1 by flashscores

the comm is about 2 minutes behind
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Said we’d need a second, but have been too much on the back foot this half. An equaliser was always coming.

If we can cling on for a point it still wouldn’t be a bad result.
  1. 20-02-2021 16:44
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Don’t think Zanzala was the right change in this game. I think Toure would have held onto it better and got us much needed territory up the pitch.

Zanzala hasn’t adapted to us yet, think he’d be better coming into a game where we’re on top of things rather than backs to the wall like we’ve been this half.
  1. 20-02-2021 16:48
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This is direct without purpose- hit and hope. Pretty dire. We’re not getting second balls at all.
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Better without making much....lot of head football.
  1. 20-02-2021 16:53
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Would’ve taken a point beforehand, but feels like two missed after Subs which didn’t really work...
  1. 20-02-2021 16:55
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Take the point again Farman was brilliant
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Very poor decision not to bring toure on, they had a left winger and centre mid at full back
  1. 20-02-2021 16:56
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That was an awful second half, very luck to get away with a point.

Let’s hope we improve otherwise promotion is off the table.

Played the whole second half as if we were in the last 5 minutes of the game, holding on hoofball...
  1. 20-02-2021 16:56
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Point is a result we would have taken at Salford a few weeks back... all on for Tue.. every game played is more match fitness and now a chance to get back to home form again. Two winnable games, hopefully 6 points and we are firing again. We know the quality is there in our squad, and I am convinced we will get back up to top 3.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:00
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I'll take that. Salford were good. The two that came of the bench, Asante and Wilson (?) I would have both of them. Bernard looked good at the back as well
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Zanzala's managing to look like one of the worst strikers we've ever signed.

Again, shocking longball tactics from Beech. We're fortunate Farman played well.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:01
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Piglet, you not fancy the managers job?. Feel as though you’d have us playing the best football we have ever seen at the club.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:09
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Our goal has saved us today like, we look way off it and can’t string two passes together... Farman has kept us in it today and their poor finishing.

Albeit a point away at Salford isn’t bad but very worried about our performances need to get back to them Stevenage/Bolton 1st half standards ASAP.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:12
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Not over confident we can get back into the top 3, unless we really find some form in front of goal. Need to be scoring more to give the side confidence. FGR and Cambridge showing consistency which puts pressure on us to win our games in hand or end up to far behind.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:13
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On the evidence of the last four games, there won't be a contract for Zanzala at the end of the season. I've never seen a 'striker' so poor at holding up the ball and on the rare occasions he had the ball under control, had no idea what to do with it. He may be better off in a more withdrawn midfield role. Guy had a worrying stinker too, he's looked completely spent the last couple of games. Mellish and Riley started brightly but tired.

On the plus side Farman was superb and Tanner and Dickenson gave improved displays.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:16
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Guy took a few games to get going at the start of the season. It seems he’s back to being slightly off it again after the lack of matches. I’m sure we’ll start to see him back to his usual self in 1 or 2 games time. Likewise Bennett, just don’t think he’s quite at the level he was in December, but I’m sure he’ll get back.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:22
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Really good point against a decent side. Good first half which we controlled pretty well, disappointed we didn’t threaten more but second half they were a different team. When you can bring the likes of James Wilson off the bench - possibly the best player in the league - you’ve got a seriously good squad.

Harrogate was abysmal, today was much improved but still not up to standard, I’m expecting a good performance and result on Tuesday, no excuses now. Anything other than a win and I’d seriously question our promotion credentials.

Btw, what exactly is Zanzala meant to be???
  1. 20-02-2021 17:23
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We'd have taken a point all day long without the rash of postponements. I wish we had someone who could hold the ball up front, it comes back too quickly. Fitness levels are returning thankfully. We can't underestimate how disruptive the lay off has been. We have to be patient to be fair.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:23
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Not over confident we can get back into the top 3, unless we really find some form in front of goal. Need to be scoring more to give the side confidence. FGR and Cambridge showing consistency which puts pressure on us to win our games in hand or end up to far behind.


Not really. They got absolutely stuffed 4-1 at Salford, then failed to beat Southend at home last week.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:25
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We’re not looking anything like a promotion team at present. I know the pitches haven’t been conducive to a passing game but this hoofing the ball up the park hoping for the best is hard to watch.

Salford looked a decent side though so a point isn’t too bad. Good job Farman was on his game or it would have been none.

Two wins at home to Tranmere and Oldham would make things look a little brighter. :D
  1. 20-02-2021 17:54
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We don't know which players had COVID and how badly - not that I'm expecting that kind of information to be forthcoming. Some of these lads seem to be struggling to regain the form we had prior to the long break. Mellish, Allesandra, Guy, Bennett

I can't see why Patrick can't last a full match or Dickenson gets picked at all whereas Furman rarely gets even a sub appearance. Today I would have brought Toure on instead of Dickenson and Furman in place of Mellish in the hope that this could free Guy up to be more forward thinking.
  1. 20-02-2021 17:47
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We have to remember that it wasn’t just games we missed during the break, until about a week ago we’d barely been able to train outside. That’s bound to take its toll.

I’m pleased with the improvement today compared to Tuesday in terms of looking competitive. I expect to see further improvement on Tuesday then heading into the weekend.
  1. 20-02-2021 18:04
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Yes, agree with Crunch. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't a vintage performance and could have no complaints if we'd have lost 2 or 3-1.
But, considering the lack of pitch time - both training and game minutes - it was a good step forward from Harrogate against a really classy looking side.
I thought off the ball we did well - harried and hassled but on the ball struggled a little bit. Too many hopeful punts rather than a touch, a turn or a ball played sideways.
As Frank said that bloke who came on from Man U looked like he could waltz his way through us.
This side has guts, grit and character which was sadly missing from the Pressley teams.
Considering Salford hadn't been beaten at home you can't knock an away point against such a decent side.
From what you can see on iFollow, I thought Tranmere have been the best team we've played this year so will be interesting to see how we get on.
Looks like we might be 2 or 3 games away from firing on all cylinders but there's plenty of games left for us to get back to where we were before the break.
Just need to stay in or around the tops 6 or 8 for the next few weeks.
Once they are back at their fighting weight this squad has shown us already it's good enough to be top of the league.
  1. 20-02-2021 18:36
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Yes, agree with Crunch. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't a vintage performance and could have no complaints if we'd have lost 2 or 3-1.
But, considering the lack of pitch time - both training and game minutes - it was a good step forward from Harrogate against a really classy looking side.
I thought off the ball we did well - harried and hassled but on the ball struggled a little bit. Too many hopeful punts rather than a touch, a turn or a ball played sideways.
As Frank said that bloke who came on from Man U looked like he could waltz his way through us.
This side has guts, grit and character which was sadly missing from the Pressley teams.
Considering Salford hadn't been beaten at home you can't knock an away point against such a decent side.
From what you can see on iFollow, I thought Tranmere have been the best team we've played this year so will be interesting to see how we get on.
Looks like we might be 2 or 3 games away from firing on all cylinders but there's plenty of games left for us to get back to where we were before the break.
Just need to stay in or around the tops 6 or 8 for the next few weeks.
Once they are back at their fighting weight this squad has shown us already it's good enough to be top of the league.


Well balanced assessment as always there NCF
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Thank-you, Bluebry. Nice to be a bit disappointed with a result against such a decent side. Shows you where Carlisle are at the moment.
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Guy looks a poorer player at the minute as teams have worked out how to manage our predictable 4-3-3.

Everyone knows from the off we're going to hump it long and have two of our three midfielders "pressing" high up the pitch. Guy is left isolated as the holding midfielder.

When you're aware of this you just stick an extra man in midfield centrally and Guy's easily outnumbered. He's effectively trying to do the work of two players. He'd look a better player in a midfield four with Furman added centrally or even with a player with a tiny bit of positional awareness rather than Mellish.
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Goodness me, so many experts on here then.....come on, let’s hear how many games, goals saves whatever, reveal yourselves please so we can check your careers out on Wikipedia...then I can make a judgement as to your qualifications to give such comments....,
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