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Re: Match 8 Discussion: Aldershot (A)
Posted by: Higgosboots
Date: 03/09/2016 18:53
Wasn't at the Aldershot game but here are some thoughts.
It is one defeat so let's keep it in perspective and see how Brabin and the team respond to the set back. We could see Aldershot in a different light if the team respond well and string together some wins.

However, there have been warning signs this was coming. We were poor against Southport and only able to beat Guiseley by one goal. The big problem is we're not scoring enough goals!

When Gary Johnson took over at Cheltenham in March 2015 he went on record that his first priority was to bring in goal scorers because you need about 100 goals to win automatic promotion from this league. Brabin did well in the summer with his transfers but the team doesn't seem to be clicking. Is it formation? Is it man management? Who knows.

Here are some thoughts,

- Our tempo in matches appears to be too slow. Teams playing against us have time to get themselves organised. Just think back to the 1st half display vs. Southport.

- Brabin seems to use substitutes very late in the game. This means they have very little time to come on and impact the game.

- We always seem to be looking for the perfect ball and take one touch too many and make one pass too many. One of the culprits is Norwood.

- Just an opinion but Norwood seems to be a bit lethargic now he's been asked to move out wide to accommodate Cooky. Not much tracking back which you need when you play 4-3-3 otherwise the 3 in midfield can get over run.

- After a great start Connor Jennings' form seems to have dipped. Don't know why!

Some fair points, but if you look at them together they all happen pretty regularly and come back to one thing, failure to see and learn from errors, it the rose tinted glasses or ivory tinted in Rovers case. When we perform poorly the post match reaction is the same, we gave away bad goals, were disappointed, were better than that I've told the players. Maybe identify why we give away bad goals in the same manner time and again, why we miss chances time and again. Failure to learn from experience. It's like the player who try's really hard but just can't see the pass or read the danger, managers are the same they can either see it or they can't. A big change for me would be to bring in Sutton at the back and drop out Ihwekie.

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