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    ironkingironking
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    A worrying statistic has occurred to me that 5 out of the 6 draws this season have been from winning positions. Peterborough Sports 1-1 and Boston United 2-2 at home. Alfreton Town 2-2, Chorley FC 1-1, Boston United away 1-1. The other draw was Buxton away 0-0.

    That’s 10 points dropped needlessly, no wonder we can’t shake Tamworth off!

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    #278983
    Rene ArtoisRene Artois
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    Five out of Six cats drive Jaguars.

    We all want to win every game but it ain’t going to happen.
    When we are 2-0 up, we’ve got to go for the jugular and bang in a third and a fourth.
    Attack, attack, attack.
    No sitting back and hoping not to concede.
    Attack is the best form of defence.

    UTI.

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    #278985
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    That’s 10 points dropped needlessly, no wonder we can’t shake Tamworth off!

    It’s one way of looking at it, but you risk turning a strength into a weakness: equally, you could say we usually score first, we don’t lose if we do, and we are putting ourselves in a strong position.

    I can’t agree that it’s points dropped “needlessly” – the other team is allowed to play well too. If we equalise having gone behind, is that just because the opposition have “needlessly” let us score?

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    cassidystashcassidystash
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    I think what it shows is that we are ill equipped to successfully sit back and defend a 1 goal lead.

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    I think what it shows is that we are ill equipped to successfully sit back and defend a 1 goal lead.
    Which is why taking away our attacking players on 70 minutes on a regular basis makes no sense

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    You have summed up in 20 words what I was trying to say in my much longer post on the Brackley thread.

    We are ill equipped for plan B but we are very good at plan A.

    Roberts and Smith had the Boston full backs on toast and Elliott had too much pace and movement for their centre backs. They had to have a go in the second half so instead of rubbing our hands and going for 2 or 3 more goals we dropped off and left Elliott isolated to fight (and lose) the midfield battle they wanted to have. If it was a one off I could understand it but there is a pattern particularly in away games.

    If we do go up we will need a more flexible approach because half the games are ugly battles in the league above.

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    WonderGoalsWonderGoals
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    It’s time when we’re up against it we would have done with Pugh to come on from the subs bench to bolster CM. Shrimpton came on and looked completely lost and just got over run.

    I’m not a fan either of playing CM players as tucked in wingers. I find it far too negative and thought Wilson should have come on the other day against Boston.

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    cassidystashcassidystash
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    Maxi in front of the back 4 might (only might) have been a better option. The way we were defending a bit more height could have helped.

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    mkironMK Iron
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    When you are playing a team of equal or higher capability then batten down the hatches.

    If your forwards are terrorising their defence then take the challenge.

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    #279009
    ironkingironking
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    A great debate and some first class points of view, all relevant and well made.

    There are no poor teams in this division, they all have very tall, strong defences and are quick on the counter attack.

    We need to keep attacking and retain a capable strike force until the final whistle.

    Hopefully the footballing brains at the club will be pointing this out to Mr Deans.

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    Maxi in front of the back 4 might (only might) have been a better option. The way we were defending a bit more height could have helped.

    Good God no, that’s what Wilcox used to do with Boyce in his first spell at the club and it never worked.

    I’m not in the Jimmy Dean fan club but he’s really not getting a lot wrong just now, Tamworth’s form can’t last forever, we have to make sure we hang in there and can capitalise when Tamworth have a wobble.

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    cassidystashcassidystash
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    TBF I only said might and Maxi is better equipped for the job than Boycie IMO.

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    FerriteFerrite
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    TBF I only said might and Maxi is better equipped for the job than Boycie IMO.

    Fair, it’s just some things really leave a mark on your memory!

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    Yep still scarred by the Wilcox era, of trying to defend a slim lead and bringing defenders on in central midfield for the last few minutes and conceding.

    We finished second instead of champions that season!

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    Yep still scarred by the Wilcox era, of trying to defend a slim lead and bringing defenders on in central midfield for the last few minutes and conceding.

    We finished second instead of champions that season!

    That’s true although in Wilcox’s defence (and I think he is not respected anywhere near enough) his priority was promotion, not the title, and maintaining the lead over teams in 4th place was the most important thing. Obviously that’s not the case this year but there are still 20 games to go and plenty of twists & turns to come.

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