Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Jan 25, 2010 19:26:50 GMT
If Robertson was withdrawn purely on the basis of his performance on Saturday (and I personally thought he was far from the worst culprit in terms of marking his man) then I'm sure that Ellis will start alongside Charnock. It doesn't look like there will be any movement on the Hargreaves front (or any other arrivals) as Oxford have a match tomorrow and as he started on Saturday I'm sure that Bucks will not hesitate to pick him again tomorrow. It's vital to have Carlisle back if he is fit again - his experience, abilty but also he workrate is missed when he isn't there. That would also allow Zebs to move back up-front.
There's no doubt that the "travelling" support (which will be a "home game" for a great many supporters there tomorrow!) will get right behind the players in a way that was absent on Saturday. With the youngsters in the team it is so important to have that support - hopefully everyone gets rewarded with a fine display and a plethora of goals - although I'm sure that a non-event match won by a defensive error as we did the last time we played there will send everyone home happy!
We were hopeless against Barnet earlier in the season and were lucky to lose by just the one goal - but they have plummeted dramatically since. I think this will be a very good marker as to how we will do over the remainder of the season (although unfortunately so was Saturday!).
<EDIT> Hargreaves doesn't travel, so perhaps it will be Thompson starting instead? I can't see O'Kane being risked in a match as big as this....
With our manager under some pressure to get a result into nights game, I can't see him making any more changes than he feels he needs to. I just don't think he will start young Cox and move Mansell into the midfield.
I believe he will do one of two things, one just play Thompson in the middle with Wroe and play Zebs up front with Rendell and Stevens on the left wing and Tomson on the right wing, or two start with Zebs on the left wing with Rendell up front on his own with Thompson behind him in the hole.
That system has worked well away before and Thompson played well when it was used. If he does start then he has to try and take the opportunity to show Bucks he really can do a job for us in midfield, there has been games he has looked the part and others where he has looked poor.
I would also hope Ellis gets a start to night, he will battle for everything and we need players tonight who will do that for us.
Hard result to call after our defeat against Burton, but all games are winnable and this one is no different.
I just cannot see him going into such a crucial away game with Stevens and Thomson on the wings as they offer no protection to to their full backs and we will be completely wide open. In all fairness to Paul Buckle the injury to Carlisle has meant that he has little option to play Zebroski wide who is better defensively than either the aforementioned wingers. I don't see this as a game for Cox/Okane and I am just wondering whether the manager might spring a suprise by moving Mansell into midfield, switching Smith to right back and bringing back Nicholson at left back. That just leaves the striking positions so it will be Rendell and I am just wonder whether he might use Tyrone linking up in midfield as well. Buckle is hamstrung by the lack of a fourth striker as well so by leaving Benyon on the bench we at least have an option later in the game.. Failing this it will be as you were Saturday with Thomson in for Hargreaves. The key issue for me will be the team morale. If reports are right about some teddys going out the pram after Saturdays game then perhaps that may not be a bad thing. Better out than in as they say and a siege mentality is needed amongst the players. Barnet are on a bad run as well so the key tonight is not giving away an early goal (no back heels on the edge of your own box please Jake Thomson). A 1-0 win here will be more than satisfactory.
frobisher was forgetting we still have Nico here, its getting hard to keep up with who we do have left your team makes perfect sense and while Smith was meant to be right back, the one time he switched to that position, I thought he was getting skinned far to easily. So that would be my only worry.
Your right the players need to show a siege mentality, they are all pros and need to remember they are a team and must work hard for each other, the manager, the club and very importantly the fans.
Post by longeatongull on Jan 26, 2010 18:41:25 GMT
Due to work taking me North instead of South I cant make the game tonight but dont know about everybody else...I am a bag of nerves. Looking for any good news through all this "gloom" ......I have just had a message from "a source"--who I was hoping to meet at the match. He has been in the same service area as the team and informed me "they all look in good spirits". I take this to be a big positive before the game and not due to the "Bogof" offers in the shop ;D Come on United!! Going slightly off topic-last time I went to Barnet (3 seasons ago?) when Buster (I think) missed a penalty---there was a fight amongst a couple of Gulls fans---quite "senior" guys--I never found out what that was all about--anybody?