This being the first big game should give us a real indication of where we are and the strengths of the new player's. We will also see how effective our new style of play will be against a good team.
It will indeed and I like most can't wait to get to Plainmoor. once again the result will not be to important, yes we would like to come home having won the game, but our style and how the players do perform, playing a against a better team , is what we should be looking at.
I think we will win the game and I think Benyon, will continue to impress.
Post by tufcwewillbeback on Jul 19, 2008 10:01:11 GMT
I very much hope that Benyon will continue to impress and i think that if he can continue to improve and give Buckle the selection headache that he wants then it can only be good for the club. Dsane, of course is also a possibility up front next season but at the moment he seems as though he will be 4th choice striker. This highlights the quality we have up front as Dsane, of course scored 24 for Aldershot at this level only afew seasons ago. I hope Benyon can get himself on the scoresheet again today. Personally, id like to see him playing of Sills as this was very affective in the 2nd half against Newton.
Post by tufcwewillbeback on Jul 19, 2008 10:19:38 GMT
To be honest i can't claim to have seen enough of Green yet so he may well be a better option than Benyon but i certainly did like the understanding between Sills and Benyon the other night. I'm not sure I could see us playing with three up front, purely because if i have one criticism of Buckle it would probably be that things did'nt really work when he changed formation last season. For example: the 2-0 loss to Grays and of course Exeter!!! We are much stronger this season though and the competition for places is excellent.
I must confess that doing match reports is not my forte and I'm sure we will get some excellent ones on here later. I enjoyed the game, felt we passed it around nicely in the first half and felt Bristols goal was a against the run of play.
Sills and Benyon played well together, Benyon worked hard, but was sometimes brushed of the ball a little easily. Still he had some attempts on goal and showed he will have no problems playing in the side.
Nicholson, did not play to well I felt, lost it a few times and always wanted to hit it long, also I do not see Hargreaves as a defender.
Second half we saw Woods and Todd at the back plus Hodges, who along with Mansell, who must be our starting back four. Woods was vocal, did get caught out once by a bouncing ball, but apart from that he was solid.
I do prefer Green up front with Sills, he has the pace and skill needed, he was unlucky on a clever through ball by Sills, not to score, the ball hit the post. Sills scored our goal, it looked a Clean header, but he went down holding his nose, so maybe the nose scored.
Adams played a few good balls, but lost some as well, he did track back once and win it back, but I can't see him getting a starting place.
Mustapha Carayol once again looked good and put in the cross for Sills goal. he over did it once or twice, but he has skill and pace to burn. Poke played well as we would expect.
Final score 1 each
small edit, Todd played the first half not the second, well I was talking to Romfordkev, who got into a spot of bover with a steward over his camera.
Don't normally bother with pre-season games but after a busy week at work and a suggestion from my son that we get along to Plainmoor, I thought 'Why not?'.
Overall I thought we looked strong all over the pitch although Rovers offered steady opposition rather than anything special. I was pleased with the performances of all the new boys except Wroe and Brough but obviously won't form a firm opinion until I've seen more of them. Thought Hodges looked the better option at left back in the second half after being fairly anonymous in midfield. Of the old guard, Mansell and Todd stood out and I thought Ellis played well when he came on.
Judging by Carayol's showing today there may be many Blue Square right backs with red faces (and brown pants?) this season. In typical 'tricky winger' fashion he sometimes over-egged it but the lad certainly has skill and pace. Layed on Sills' goal with his second touch.
A final thought. With the all the substitutes on at the start of the second half and most of the rested players appearing in their white shirts at the tunnel entrance for the second half, if we had lost anyone through injury would we have seen Ricey playing outfield?....
ricardo, I fully agree he will skin most defenders with his skill and pace, my view is he is much better the Zebs, who so often ran into trouble and at times looked like he did not know what to do with the ball. I would start with him out wide. Hodges was much better in the second half and I would start him there over nico.
I felt when Green first came on, for some reason, we seemed to try and start hitting the ball to long. Green ran the channels well and showed plenty of skill on the ball, I do think we should start with Green and Sills.