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manor15

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Would have taken that at the start of the afternoon. Yet another set piece conceded which is worrying and we really didn't threaten going forwards so had a bit of luck to get the penalty and Cox did well to convert. Tactics frustrating, Brown's decisions were a little questionable for me, the formation change didn't really work but when it gets the result you can't complain. For me it got rid of all our width and we looked more vulnerable at the back but it worked.

Oxley 7 Did well, made a couple of decent saves first half
Demetriou 6.5 Ventured forward well but sloppy passing let him down
Barrett 7 Solid and as reliable as ever, can see his lack of pace but today was more of a physical battle
Thompson 7 Last ditch desperate defending at times but solid, took a while to get going but he did deal with their forwards
Coker 7 Did well to adapt centrally and handled their winger well, only criticism was getting caught too far forward at times
O'Neill 6.5 Works well with Demetriou but struggled to really threaten. That said, today was the best I've seen of him on the wing
Leonard 8 Drove forwards like he used to and was the best man on the pitch for me today
King 6 Runs himself into trouble and dead ends, he's got potential but he's not quite there yet
McLaughlin 6 Spent more time rucking with their fullback than on the ball, looked dangerous on it but not up to his recent standards
Mooney 4 Real waste of space, falls over a lot, wins the odd free kick as a result but that's all he contributes
Cox 7 Has the intelligence and some great flicks, needs a partner on the same wave length

Subs
McGlashan 7.5 Got at them and his pace was a threat
Bridge 7.5 Brought something different on with a bit more creativity, linked Cox and the midfield well
Williams 4 No footballing intelligence and no footballing quality, need a striker ASAP

Would expect Atkinson to come back in for King next week to hold things up in midfield. It wasn't a bad result and we were the more fortunate of the two sides, but Rovers weren't that good and it was a winnable game on a different day. Set piece work and a forward necessary please Phil.

Awful and inconsistent refereeing too, spent more time talking than any ref I've seen in a while.
 
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