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September 19, 2020, 5:36pm

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I like Edwards and I think he's skilled, but the lad is so raw and has displayed absolutely zero end product in the two league games so far. Went clean through at 0-0 today and tamely hit his shot into the onrushing keeper instead of trying to lift it over him. Could have been a completely different result if that went in. His decision making on the ball needs a lot of work too - he's guilty of keeping possession and trying to do too much himself before ending up on his bottom, or deliberating too long and missing the opportunity for an incisive pass far too often. Don't want to get on his back too much because he's only played two league matches in his career so far, but it's worrying when someone as inexperienced and inconsistent as him is viewed as our biggest attacking threat.
Valid points .What I liked about Edwards though considering  its the first time Ive seen him via "I follow"  was some of the close ball control he displayed in tight areas .

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September 19, 2020, 5:39pm
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As it’s appearing that it could be a long miserable season and a bit tight at the back end, I noticed when Sky showed the current league table they had only 1 team below the dotted line, intimating only one relegation place this season, question is, is that correct ?

Nope, 2 down.
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September 19, 2020, 5:40pm
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Gibson looks to have the most potential of all the front players so far, tbh I'd stick him in and give him run of unbroken games. The offside issue can be worked on, but he does look explosive, with a powerful shot on him.

The rest we are scratching around a bit but Scannel seems decent so maybe go with them as a two for now.
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September 19, 2020, 5:42pm

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I think he's an absolute liability to have in the team. His first instinct is to take somebody on, regardless of where on the pitch he is. He slows the game down too much. He needs to beat a man 3 times before actually going anywhere. He has the worst end product and decision making I think I've ever seen. Salford figured out that if they stand still, he just gives you the ball back.

I'd have Gibson, Scannell and Green as the front 3 next time. At least Gibson was around to win the second ball when he came on and made some nice bits of link up play
He's still very young though so has a lot to learn.

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September 19, 2020, 5:42pm

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Edwards will come good and scares defenders, Green putting a good shift in,  Ohman won everything he had a chance to, Idehen often out of position, Hewitt just one of those days, CLIFTON MOM, Preston good.
Tilley played rubbish, Taylor why? Williams who knows, is it lack of fitness? The subs, MEH !!!
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September 19, 2020, 5:49pm

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Good summary tbh^. 2 of our midfield 3 completely anonymous, a winger who was terrified of the left back marking him. No leaders on that pitch either
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September 19, 2020, 5:49pm
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In times like this I’ll always try to see the best but my god we are excrement.

Thankfully I feel Holloway knows that, but then again how on earth do you go from Benson to Taylor? One will be playing at Mollenux every season and the other will be lucky to be working in the club shop.

We just look absolutely awful, no end product and woeful at the back.

I’ve bought the last 2 on iFollow and I fear one more will conclude in the neighbours questioning my girlfriends welfare.

So much time to sort it, but so so far to go.
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September 19, 2020, 6:05pm
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I thought we played well first half and were unlucky to go in 1-0 down.

Second half I thought we were crap and in the end deserved to lose.

On that second half showing we are heading back to the National League.
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September 19, 2020, 6:18pm

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We're playing a 4-2-3-1 and of that midfield 5 Harry Clifton is the senior player. Says it all. A guy who hasn't really kicked on since he broke into the team 2 and a half years ago.

Clifton - 60th league start
Taylor - 2nd league start
Edwards - 2nd league start
Williams - 56th league start
Tilley - 10th league start

An average of 25 league starts each prior to todays game. It's no wonder our decisions making was so poor today.

And then we have 2 defenders making just their 2nd league start.

And if you ignore the 3 penalties, the goal from open play was again a player totally unmarked on the edge of our 6-yard box.

Going to be a very long season.

We desperately need another experience central midfielder and a striker who knows where the goal is.
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September 19, 2020, 6:33pm

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Oh dear, that wasn’t good, but I don’t think 4 was deserved. Town were in it until the 2nd pen which was an appalling decision.

Still at the minute we look way off, too many kids and clearly lacking a preseason. Whoever decided to keep the players on furlough when other teams were training might live to regret that.

I thought Clifton showed exactly why he should be in the team, at the heart of everything good that we did. Sadly his midfield partner was way off, hopefully Taylor will get fitter and better, but he looked lacking in effort, fitness and quality today, if you look at the build up to their third goal he’s plodding around making no effort to get the ball back.

I thought Preston was pretty good.
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