|Port Vale v Salford City|
SkyBet League Two
Saturday, 17th October 2020 Kick-off 15:00
|Marcus added 19:08 - Jan 11|
Joey Barton played the clown role by deliberately placing the ball slightly outside the line for corners but at such an angle the fans could see the ball was out of play but the officials could not. It didn't really matter as his corners were scruffy at best.
In the second half it was clear QPR were a bit more determined but it was still quite a level game until they scored. Not sure which players were at fault but the defence crumbled and offered very little resistance to the second and third. Town's goal was a deserved consolation.
3-1 was a harsh score with the only real difference between the two teams the ability to score. I hope Mick keeps this team together for another game as I believe they could dominate a weaker team.
dalianwasexciting added 19:16 - Jan 11
Gerken - Back and looked nervous at times, one splendid save in the first half but seemed very hesitant to come off his line for any crosses. Not sure he could have done much with the goals and was unfortunate for the second when a save went straight to the attacker.
Chambers - A worrying injury but looked more adventurous than of late going forward
Smith - A bit rusty perhaps but decent overall, his slip led to their 3rd but redressed it with a splendid finish any striker would be proud of.
Berra - Again looked decent, but perhaps along with the entire defence lacks the pace of some fast strikers. One splendid saving tackle in the first half.
Cresswell - Looked assured, always time on the ball and definitely good enough for premiership football.
Hyam - Much better than of late, although an early booking did perhaps stifle his game. Still needs work on the attacking part of his game.
Anderson - Looked bright for the opening 30 minutes but faded. Was clean through on goal in that first half and should perhaps have shot, 2nd half anonymous.
Tunnicliffe - Seems the real deal, certainly time on the ball and has a burst of speed when needed. Ran out of steam towards the end of the 2nd half but clearly a first choice.
Skuse - Does all his work in the wrong part of the pitch in my opinion. And with Hyam and Tunnicliffe perhaps too samey for all 3 to be in a midfield.
McGoldrick - Not his best game, but still bright and carried a threat, along with Taylor he seemed to be frustrated by lack of service and went off looking to do it on his own.
Taylor - Our man of the match, good on the ball, clever, quick, tricky and clearly just needs a run in the team.
Subs - Hunt - disappointing, Nouble - What ever does he add.....? Would rather have seen Alan Lee, which would have at least lifted a larger than normal crowd.
Overall - midfield is the problem, total lack of creativity resulting in the strikers going to look for the ball. Tactically, as you would expect we seem hell bent on long balls and being sound at the back, once we go behind is there a proper Plan B?
Highlight of the day - seeing the 116 Fortuna Dusseldorf fans, and the splendid half time entertainment including Mr Chandler celebrating with the worthy crossbar winner!
mrmorisato added 21:01 - Jan 11
I consider QPR to be the strongest team on paper in the Championship this season and it was a game Town were not expected to win, however the scoreline flattered the visitors even with Tommy Smith's spectacular solitary consolation volley late on. Town need to strengthen their midfield if there going to mount a genuine promotion challenge.
muccletonjoe added 11:33 - Jan 12
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