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120797
November 3, 2014, 10:38pm Report to Moderator
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Hurst says "it's a big game" and "we've got to create us own atmosphere".

I would seriously consider rolling out the cavalry playing as many of the big guns as possible...

..........................McKeown
Magnay......Nsiala.......Pearson....Thomas
......v............Clay..........Pell.............v
Pittman.............Neilson..............Arnold
.........\.............John-Lewis............/

Subs: Bignot, Disley, Paddy, Mackreth, Hannah.

Judging by their impressive home form, Braintree could be very tough anyway so arguably there's little to lose.
We could go there, try to secure a point and still end up losing anyway.

Would I risk 1 point for 3 in our quest for automatic promotion ? You bet I would !
I really struggle to imagine 1 lost point will be the difference between reaching the playoffs (or not) with so many games left to play.
So I say "let's go for it !" (with one eye on defence), see how we fare and re-assess...  
Let's remember - 1 away win in 3 games = 3 away draws.

Let's try to rip Braintree a new @rsehole.

UTM.
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I think swap disley for neilson and mackreth for pittman and thats PH starting 11.


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Personally i would go for the same team as we had for Dartford, don't see any reason for any personal to be dropped and the XI is definitely capable of winning at Braintree.
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120797
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Well when would you suggest Neilson and Pittman (2 of our best players) return ?
After we suffer a defeat ? The FA Trophy ?!
Or should PH stick them on the "available for loan/transfer" list while they twiddle their thumbs ?

It's a squad game...
You didn't see anyone complaining after Pell and Arnold replaced Hannah and Neilson v Dartford !
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Of course we should play for the win and I'm quite sure that PH will stick with the same team that started against Dartford (and rightly so).
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120797
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I'm quite sure that PH will stick with the same team that started against Dartford (and rightly so).

I wouldn't be so sure !
I can only assume you must have missed some of his comments in the Dartford post match interview where he said if he thought it was best to change the side for the good of the team/club then that's what he'd do (or words to that effect).
And rightly so !

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If it aint broke don`t fix it, no fiddling for fiddling sake
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Quoted from 120797
Well when would you suggest Neilson and Pittman (2 of our best players) return ?
After we suffer a defeat ? The FA Trophy ?!
Or should PH stick them on the "available for loan/transfer" list while they twiddle their thumbs ?

It's a squad game...
You didn't see anyone complaining after Pell and Arnold replaced Hannah and Neilson v Dartford !


No because recently neither had been doing the business.
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No brainer!  We go for the win, if we win we go 2nd if we draw we go 5th, we have to keep within distance of Barnet, we have a game in hand over them and tonight we must close that gap and keep the pressure on.

A win tonight would set us up lovely for Saturday too with confidence high and sitting 2nd in the league.

We can do this!


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grimsby pete
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We go for the win,

The team owe us exiles big time , ( at Braintree )

We owe Braintree a big thrashing,

We can win and we will win UTM !!!!!!!!


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Don't know where Braintree's "impressive" home form is: they're 4-3-2 at home (same as Town away) with just 11 goals scored
& 6 conceded.
I think their recent 6 match league form is 0-2-4, so not trying for 3 points would be absurd.

I'd play 442: LJL and Pittman up top, Arnold Clay Pell Nielson in midfield (same defence) and try to paste them.
Wasn't impressed with how few clear chances we made against a very poor Dartford on Saturday playing 433...
though that's what I expect PH to do tomorrow.


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I would possibly drop Mackreth to the bench (could be useful later in the game against a tired fullback) and play Neilson on the left, Arnold on the right. That would be my only change.
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Mckeown

Magnay
Nsiala
Pearson (c)
Thomas

Mackreth
Clay
Pell
Arnold

Neilson

John-Lewis

Doig
Disley
Paddy
Pittman
Hannah

I have gone 4-4-1-1 this team pretty much fully fit a part from Brown, this formation works great away from home against a team that seems a tough team drew 0-0 against Woking who have Rendell and Sole scoring for them. This formation in my opinion works great because of our pace out wide with Thomas, Arnold and Mackreth with the skill of Neilson central it allows the wingers to attack plus get back and help out and with the arrival of Harry Pell someone who's good on the ground and good in the air and if he's tiring later we have Disley or Paddy to come on depending on Braintree play with have got Clay in midfield aswell.
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Are these teams that people would pick themselves or teams that they think PH will play?

Away from home PH will go for 3 CMs, guaranteed. Sorry to disappoint those hoping for 4-2-3-1s or 4-4-2 variations.
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I have not seen Pittman or Arnold yet,

So I hope they both play a part in tonights game.


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Got to go for the win tonight - Hurst will choose who he thinks will deliver at a bogie ground for us !

Faster buildup play and shooting on sight will be the way forward.You have to trust the back five to hold their forwards ,and look to Pell to impress his family in the stands alongside the other 2 in midfield.

Great chance to go 2nd - let's take it !!
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Quoted from pizzzza
Are these teams that people would pick themselves or teams that they think PH will play?

Teams people would pick themselves.

Quoted from oldun
No because recently neither had been doing the business.

Perhaps so (slightly debatable regards Hannah IMO) but it's hardly the only occasion he's changed a team to win a game of football by any means.

So are you trying to say Hurst shouldn't change it tonight if he thinks it best for the club ?
Or simply saying you personally wouldn't change the team yourself ?

If the latter I can only pose the same questions I posed to JMT.
Because obviously the same side could keep winning too (and ultimately the win is the be all and end all) but where does that leave Neilson and Pittman ?
I suppose the FA Cup is one option but aren't the same grumbles gonna apply there too ?
In any case I'm trusting PH's judgement based on the opposition and his eyes and ears on the training ground.

Quoted from Garth
If it aint broke don`t fix it, no fiddling for fiddling sake

Shame you see it that way IMO.

Here's a teaser then, which game does this comment refer to ?

"Two changes were made to the Town side after the xxxxxx with xxxxxx last week, with Neilson replacing Disley and Jon-Paul Pittman coming in for Alan Connell."

I'd give you a hint, it starts with G.
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I don't necessarily agree with the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' saying, because each game is different.

But that example above is wrong, because the game before was a draw at home to Dover, which suggests something was 'broke'!


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120797
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Well I should hope so after you wanted Hannah dropped !  

The point I'm really making is, was it entirely co-incidence our improved performance at Gateshead came with the introduction of these 2 players ?

tbh I've no desire to try to defend this spurious "never change a winning team" argument any longer.
If Hurst plays a weakened team in the Trophy and wins, is everyone suddenly gonna be saying "never change a winning team" ?
Let's get real here - you play your best players (for the occasion) and that's where "opinions" come into play.
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Quoted from 120797
Well I should hope so after you wanted Hannah dropped !  


Luckily PH was listening


“I hit the ball as though it owed me money.”
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If the weather in Braintree is anything like it is here in East London (chucking it down) and knowing Braintree's pitch to be a complete bog, PH could well go for Brawn over Beauty.  I think we should go for it, having said that.
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