Saturday 22nd January

Robshep

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2020
Messages
2,544
Reaction score
985
Points
113
Location
Wallasey
Supports
Tranmere Rovers
I agree thought we were much the better side in truth. We had more clear cut chances and in the second half, Crawley didn’t look like scoring at all. It’s worth noting that Crawley were one of the form teams in the league as well and they never really laid a glove on us.

Our defensive record is truly remarkable and Peter Clarke is simply outstanding. He had a central midfielder with him yesterday playing at CB and it looked like they’d been our chosen two all season!

It’s exciting times for us because we’re playing an efficient style of football and have a very good squad now. The recruitment is starting to turn for the better and we’re seeing the rewards. When we have Glatzel and Hawkes back we have even more options going forward. Combine that with our defence and defensive midfield options and we’re looking sound. O’Connor by the way has been absolutely outstanding the last couple of months. Really hope we can sign him permanently from Celtic as he’s going places that lad.

The FGR game should be a belter. Im all about looking up the table rather than looking down so would like to win to start putting pressure on them. Especially as we host Stevenage and go to Barrow in the two after that which you’d fancy us to take 6 points from. I’m still not used to this “being in the automatic promotion places” lark though!
Its not bad to watch us defending, its entertaining in a perverse way. Not good for the nervous though. Earlier in the season there was complaining but now its mostly being seen as a good sign of how much the players care. Having a team that wants it as much as the supporters is a great feeling.
 
  • Like
Reactions: RLC

RiftHouseLad

Active Member
Joined
Jul 1, 2021
Messages
453
Reaction score
67
Points
28
Supports
Hartlepool
Fela should be picked more often, he'll blow very hot and cold but he was much more threat than Molyneux and Cullen. He's more of a winger I think, we should really change the shape as we are far too predictable and one dimensional. It is embarrassing seeing us punt the ball to two midgets up top. Then again I don't think Lee and Nelse have any firm ideas how they want their sides to play.
Molyneux could have been dragged at half time, And not been missed.
 

Pablosammy

Soowhyarmy
Joined
Jan 31, 2015
Messages
2,384
Reaction score
1,486
Points
113
Location
Suffolk Coast
Supports
Tranmere
I agree thought we were much the better side in truth. We had more clear cut chances and in the second half, Crawley didn’t look like scoring at all. It’s worth noting that Crawley were one of the form teams in the league as well and they never really laid a glove on us.

Our defensive record is truly remarkable and Peter Clarke is simply outstanding. He had a central midfielder with him yesterday playing at CB and it looked like they’d been our chosen two all season!

It’s exciting times for us because we’re playing an efficient style of football and have a very good squad now. The recruitment is starting to turn for the better and we’re seeing the rewards. When we have Glatzel and Hawkes back we have even more options going forward. Combine that with our defence and defensive midfield options and we’re looking sound. O’Connor by the way has been absolutely outstanding the last couple of months. Really hope we can sign him permanently from Celtic as he’s going places that lad.

The FGR game should be a belter. Im all about looking up the table rather than looking down so would like to win to start putting pressure on them. Especially as we host Stevenage and go to Barrow in the two after that which you’d fancy us to take 6 points from. I’m still not used to this “being in the automatic promotion places” lark though!
Aside from a sketchy first 5 minutes where they had the lion's share of posession, I thought we were well in control pretty much throughout, and the stats back it up. I don't understand some of their fans suggesting we were lucky.

I think we may get found out against FGR, but who knows? And really, the result doesn't matter too much... we'll still be in the autos if we lose, it's just one game. Bring them on.
 

GEORGE

Bristol Rovers
Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Messages
1,108
Reaction score
330
Points
83
Supports
bristol rovers
Game of 2 halves. We were good 1st, poor 2nd. Rovers team is certainly a Barton side - 6 yellows, constant fouling. If they spent less time fouling they may have had all 3 points. Dreadful.

Strange we gave them an extra 304 tickets when they didn’t sell out their initial allocation of 2500
Funny you say that about the fouling. I've just seen the stats and it was 13 fouls for each side. Also states we had 56% possession . Although we're not good at least we are getting better.
 

Boz

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2015
Messages
2,681
Reaction score
532
Points
113
Location
Huddersfield
Supports
Tranmere Rovers
It won't be a surprise to any Rovers on here that I am the nervous type, at least so far as football match attendance is concerned. The sit back and hold on tight approach when we take the lead can be a bit of a nail-biter, it's less tense for me in an end to end game, though the outcome may not differ.

Earlier in the season, we were lacking in attacking options and it showed in games like the Mansfield trip and at home to Northampton. Now, we do have those options, it's the manager's choice, he's a professional and knows what he's doing, our League placing is testimony to that. Personally, have never shouted abuse at the players if things go wrong, just have to trust that Micky's got the answers to turn things round. There's no fixed template to being a good football fan and I won't stop being nervous though:)
 

Indian Dan

‘Absolute calamity!’
Joined
Jan 18, 2015
Messages
8,566
Reaction score
2,684
Points
113
Location
Kefalonia
Supports
Swindon
Funny you say that about the fouling. I've just seen the stats and it was 13 fouls for each side. Also states we had 56% possession . Although we're not good at least we are getting better.
It’s not just the fouls that were given it was the sheer volume of niggly shirt pulling and the like. Not moaning about that, just that it seemed if you had spent that effort on disrupting our play into creating something yourself you may have had all 3 points. You created very little and don’t remember our keeper making any saves.
 

Casey

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2015
Messages
2,058
Reaction score
510
Points
113
Location
Creepy
Supports
Creepy
Pablosarmy; I don't think you were lucky to win. I've not heard any Crawley fan or staff member say you were.

I have heard a lot say we didn't play well. Our passing was off, even when we had time on the ball but I was happy with the way we stuck at it and made you work for the points.

We are a mid table league two side. We aint going to win all the time but when we don't we have to make the opposition work to beat us.

Casey
 

denzel ecfc

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2015
Messages
2,732
Reaction score
728
Points
113
Supports
Exeter City
If he is your answer, what is the question?
The question is who is going to provide cover on the bench with no strikers available? Perhaps Sonny Cox would be a better option, but he's out on loan too.
I'm not sure getting a third striker on loan for what might only be a few games is needed at the moment
 

kieran_vale

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 17, 2015
Messages
5,215
Reaction score
1,071
Points
113
Supports
Vale / New England Patriots
Well. Delighted to be back at a game after six weeks. Pity it was that game.

I think apart from that fox going for a wander on the pitch in the first half couldn’t point to anything else that happened at all.

Pretty pleased with the result though. Felt like an age since we kept a clean sheet and we’ve needed to make ourselves a bit tougher to score against than we have been lately. Orient looked like a team who hadn’t played a league game for a long time which is perfectly understandable. We are still trying to hit our stride again too following our break so can imagine it’ll be similar for yourselves unfortunately. Hall and Hussey do look like being very good additions for us.
 

E10rifle

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 28, 2015
Messages
3,392
Reaction score
2,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
Supports
Orient
I think apart from that fox going for a wander on the pitch in the first half couldn’t point to anything else that happened at all.

Pretty pleased with the result though. Felt like an age since we kept a clean sheet and we’ve needed to make ourselves a bit tougher to score against than we have been lately. Orient looked like a team who hadn’t played a league game for a long time which is perfectly understandable. We are still trying to hit our stride again too following our break so can imagine it’ll be similar for yourselves unfortunately. Hall and Hussey do look like being very good additions for us.

Hall was very good (as was Nathan Smith) not that we gave them much trouble. Hussey was fine. When Gibson went off neither side had any of their starting wingbacks which really showed. Completely different game if Worrall, Gibson, Archibald and James are out there. Ogie stood out for us. That was about it.

Fox definitely the highlight though I assume you missed the flock of parakeets as they were right up there as well.
 

Greenacres

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2015
Messages
1,834
Reaction score
719
Points
113
Location
West Country
Supports
Forest Green Rovers
Fox definitely the highlight though I assume you missed the flock of parakeets as they were right up there as well.
I saw a fox on my way back to Stratford, after our game back in October, just stood on the pavement...didn't seem too bothered that I was there, I stopped as soon as I saw it, it just watched me for a bit then disappeared through some railings and out of view. Clearly I haven't a clue whether it had also been to the match!

I went to an FA Cup game at Ashford Town (Middx) a few years ago, apparently a flock of parakeets goes there to roost in the late afternoon...didn't manage to see them though...although I have seen one in Gloucester.
 

northstandexile

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2015
Messages
2,086
Reaction score
580
Points
113
Supports
Mansfield
Banks was exactly the same in the reverse fixture. He only stopped off the balling our players when he could hear the lower west stand signalling to watch him to the linesman. Easily the dirtiest visiting player out of the majority of home games that I've watched.
No wonder he is a dirty Spireite.
 

BarrieOwl

Active Member
Joined
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
449
Reaction score
170
Points
43
Supports
Sheffield Wednesday
How did Alex Hunt look Latics fans?
 

Sestonpoolie

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 3, 2015
Messages
1,095
Reaction score
218
Points
63
Location
Hartlepool
Supports
Hartlepool
Thank god he’s 40 years old, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to keep him as we’d have Championship clubs queuing up to take him off our hands.

Fela should be picked more often, he'll blow very hot and cold but he was much more threat than Molyneux and Cullen. He's more of a winger I think, we should really change the shape as we are far too predictable and one dimensional. It is embarrassing seeing us punt the ball to two midgets up top. Then again I don't think Lee and Nelse have any firm ideas how they want their sides to play.
The players fitness levels have dropped in the last 2 months.
We've gone from a high press,high tempo team,to a bunch of plodders,who look like they're towing a caravan.
Feath is starting to return his former podgy self & Cullen looks bigger than when he first signed.
 

E10rifle

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 28, 2015
Messages
3,392
Reaction score
2,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
Supports
Orient
I went to an FA Cup game at Ashford Town (Middx) a few years ago, apparently a flock of parakeets goes there to roost in the late afternoon...didn't manage to see them though...although I have seen one in Gloucester.

Pretty much guaranteed to get a second half parakeet fly past at Orient these days. Lovely sight.
 

Luke Imp

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 17, 2015
Messages
11,021
Reaction score
2,611
Points
113
Location
Lincoln
Supports
Lincoln City
Given Tranmere's GF and GA, are they a really boring side to watch?

Defensively, to only to have conceded 15 at this point of the season is obviously impressive (and I love a good, solid defence as much as everyone else where it feels like you'll rarely concede) but 28 goals scored?

Is the lack of goal scoring down to poor attacking options, lack of chances, a defensive way of playing, risk averse etc?
 

Greenacres

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2015
Messages
1,834
Reaction score
719
Points
113
Location
West Country
Supports
Forest Green Rovers
We get them in our garden, I had no idea they were in London. It’s always a welcome distraction when working from home
There is definitely at least one large flock of them in London, with various stories about where they might have come from as they are clearly not a native but an invasive species...one theory is that the original birds escaped from a film set and, with no real predators, they have continued to thrive.

The bird I saw was a couple of years ago, when walking into town...I heard a squawk, looked up and saw a green bird fly past and into a tree that was in full leaf. I didn't see it reappear but heard it making a right old racket, it was definitely a parakeet...the only other green bird you might see in the UK is a woodpecker and it was nothing like one of them...apparently it had been sighted in several areas of the city, backing up my claim of having seen it!
 

Bottega Don

Lenging Man Down
Joined
Jan 23, 2015
Messages
4,947
Reaction score
1,637
Points
113
Supports
Scunthorpe United
Given Tranmere's GF and GA, are they a really boring side to watch?

Defensively, to only to have conceded 15 at this point of the season is obviously impressive (and I love a good, solid defence as much as everyone else where it feels like you'll rarely concede) but 28 goals scored?

Is the lack of goal scoring down to poor attacking options, lack of chances, a defensive way of playing, risk averse etc?
You've got Robshep frothing at the mouth suggesting that there is anything wrong with Tranmere
 

Robshep

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2020
Messages
2,544
Reaction score
985
Points
113
Location
Wallasey
Supports
Tranmere Rovers
Given Tranmere's GF and GA, are they a really boring side to watch?

Defensively, to only to have conceded 15 at this point of the season is obviously impressive (and I love a good, solid defence as much as everyone else where it feels like you'll rarely concede) but 28 goals scored?

Is the lack of goal scoring down to poor attacking options, lack of chances, a defensive way of playing, risk averse etc?
We aren't boring to watch just very stubborn defensively and not prolific attack wise. Micky Mellon has said in interviews its not deliberate tactics but he isnt bothered if we win 1-0 a lot because they work at being awkward to play against. Not a team to put on your 2•5 goals per game bet if you like a gamble for sure.
 

Robshep

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2020
Messages
2,544
Reaction score
985
Points
113
Location
Wallasey
Supports
Tranmere Rovers
You've got Robshep frothing at the mouth suggesting that there is anything wrong with Tranmere
I see no suggestion of anything wrong with us. Just not prolific at scoring, except once.
 

Robshep

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2020
Messages
2,544
Reaction score
985
Points
113
Location
Wallasey
Supports
Tranmere Rovers
There is definitely at least one large flock of them in London, with various stories about where they might have come from as they are clearly not a native but an invasive species...one theory is that the original birds escaped from a film set and, with no real predators, they have continued to thrive.

The bird I saw was a couple of years ago, when walking into town...I heard a squawk, looked up and saw a green bird fly past and into a tree that was in full leaf. I didn't see it reappear but heard it making a right old racket, it was definitely a parakeet...the only other green bird you might see in the UK is a woodpecker and it was nothing like one of them...apparently it had been sighted in several areas of the city, backing up my claim of having seen it!
Years ago any escaped exotic bird wouldnt last very long outside but they have obviously adapted now. Rapid evolution. Must upset the religious types.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
15,951
Messages
1,086,032
Members
6,636
Latest member
bosfofkevin
Top