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Davefevs

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So.  Having missed Saturday's rampant performance, was a bit sceptical tonight against a decent Stoke eleven.  No problems with 9 changes to our side, the plan was always to pick two sides to keep players fresh, and the ones coming in chomping at the bit.  Fully deserved win, could'be easily been 4-1/5-1.  They had a bit of ping-pong in our 6 yard box in first half injury time (reminiscent of Hull last season) and after the missed one on one by Sobhi at 1-0 (perhaps a key moment) they flashed a couple of good balls across our box late on.

Tactics were spot on, good pressing on a central two of Fletcher and Adam (neither massively mobile these days), and also at the right times against Martins, Zouma and Wimmer, none of who are sufficiently decent on the ball when pressured.  You wouldn't have seen Flint look out of place alongside any two of those three, and Hegeler might look the pick!  Sobhi was their dangerman (never heard of him), but luckily he was a bit wasteful.

Ratings - 6 equals a player earning their corn

Steele 7 - impressive debut, made a couple of very good saves and pushed the ball away from danger when right to do so.  Has the experience and back story to be an astute signing to push Frankie.  You certainly wouldn't worry about him coming in based on that performance.  Cane out and took a great ball to ease the pressure from a late cross.

Vyner 6 - tough game for him tonight.  Often Stoke's best (if few) chances came down his side.  Caught a little bit by trying to overplay.  Will be fantastic learning for him, and always makes himself available.

Magnússon 7 - wonderful player to have as cover for Joe or the CBs.  Looked assured on the ball, and good positioning for the flicks from Crouch.  Choupo-Moting rarely got the better of him.

Flint 7 - perfect game for him v Crouch, and dealt with him well.  A great volleyed clearance in first half and good headers from crosses. Close to an 8.  Looked a threat in their box too.  And what a drilled pass to O'Dowda (I think) late on.

Hegeler 8 - great partnership tonight, never got caught with Crouch, picked up flicks and so good on the ball.  In fairness Flint played good balls into midfield tonight, but Jens looks so calm.  A couple of Inspector Gadget tackles too.

Eliasson 6 - a few flashes early on, but not the final ball we wanted.  Worked hard, picked up fouls on him, neat and tidy.  Would like to see him with Pisano.

O'Dowda 7 - what an eye-catching, hard working performance.  So often took the ball deep into Stoke territory, and would've so deserved that point blank shot had he lifted it over Grant.  Thought his awareness at the back post was very good tonight.  Worked well with Hördur.

Pack 8 - tireless performance, so good with the ball, made Fletcher and Adam look ordinary.  Great closing down of the keeper late on typified how he set the press tonight.

Brownhill 7 - pest of a performance, everywhere.  Kept it simple on the ball, the the fluid movement with Pack made Flint and Hegeler's job much easier...they rarely had to go long.  A lot to look forward to in the future from Josh.

Diedhiou 7 - so much more like the player I saw on tv / Internet at Angers.  Gave their defenders a physically tough time.  Great ball for Taylor first half.  Should've taken his one on one inside 2 minutes.  Great flick to set Taylor free for his goal, and great follow-up for his own.  Mmmmm 4 in 9 starts.

Taylor 8 (and a bit) - saw a very good striker's performance tonight that I didn't think he had in him.  Super finish across the keeper for 2-0.  Made some very good runs....I've never had a problem with that, it's always been the bit of quality lacking.  Tonight that was the chance into side-netting late in first half. But he made up for that, involved in everything second half.  My MOTM...just.

Bryan, Smith, Reid - can't be bothered!

Well done City.

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Pack was the best player on the pitch tonight for me. Absolutely superb performance. Think 8 is harsh really. Can't speak highly enough of him.

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4 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

So.  Having missed Saturday's rampant performance, was a bit sceptical tonight against a decent Stoke eleven.  No problems with 9 changes to our side, the plan was always to pick two sides to keep players fresh, and the ones coming in chomping at the bit.  Fully deserved win, could'be easily been 4-1/5-1.  They had a bit of ping-pong in our 6 yard box in first half injury time (reminiscent of Hull last season) and after the missed one on one by Sobhi at 1-0 (perhaps a key moment) they flashed a couple of good balls across our box late on.

Tactics were spot on, good pressing on a central two of Fletcher and Adam (neither massively mobile these days), and also at the right times against Martins, Zouma and Wimmer, none of who are sufficiently decent on the ball when pressured.  You wouldn't have seen Flint look out of place alongside any two of those three, and Hegeler might look the pick!  Sobhi was their dangerman (never heard of him), but luckily he was a bit wasteful.

Ratings - 6 equals a player earning their corn

Steele 7 - impressive debut, made a couple of very good saves and pushed the ball away from danger when right to do so.  Has the experience and back story to be an astute signing to push Frankie.  You certainly wouldn't worry about him coming in based on that performance.  Cane out and took a great ball to ease the pressure from a late cross.

Vyner 6 - tough game for him tonight.  Often Stoke's best (if few) chances came down his side.  Caught a little bit by trying to overplay.  Will be fantastic learning for him, and always makes himself available.

Magnússon 7 - wonderful player to have as cover for Joe or the CBs.  Looked assured on the ball, and good positioning for the flicks from Crouch.  Choupo-Moting rarely got the better of him.

Flint 7 - perfect game for him v Crouch, and dealt with him well.  A great volleyed clearance in first half and good headers from crosses. Close to an 8.  Looked a threat in their box too.  And what a drilled pass to O'Dowda (I think) late on.

Hegeler 8 - great partnership tonight, never got caught with Crouch, picked up flicks and so good on the ball.  In fairness Flint played good balls into midfield tonight, but Jens looks so calm.  A couple of Inspector Gadget tackles too.

Eliasson 6 - a few flashes early on, but not the final ball we wanted.  Worked hard, picked up fouls on him, neat and tidy.  Would like to see him with Pisano.

O'Dowda 7 - what an eye-catching, hard working performance.  So often took the ball deep into Stoke territory, and would've so deserved that point blank shot had he lifted it over Grant.  Thought his awareness at the back post was very good tonight.  Worked well with Hördur.

Pack 8 - tireless performance, so good with the ball, made Fletcher and Adam look ordinary.  Great closing down of the keeper late on typified how he set the press tonight.

Brownhill 7 - pest of a performance, everywhere.  Kept it simple on the ball, the the fluid movement with Pack made Flint and Hegeler's job much easier...they rarely had to go long.  A lot to look forward to in the future from Josh.

Diedhiou 7 - so much more like the player I saw on tv / Internet at Angers.  Gave their defenders a physically tough time.  Great ball for Taylor first half.  Should've taken his one on one inside 2 minutes.  Great flick to set Taylor free for his goal, and great follow-up for his own.  Mmmmm 4 in 9 starts.

Taylor 8 (and a bit) - saw a very good striker's performance tonight that I didn't think he had in him.  Super finish across the keeper for 2-0.  Made some very good runs....I've never had a problem with that, it's always been the bit of quality lacking.  Tonight that was the chance into side-netting late in first half. But he made up for that, involved in everything second half.  My MOTM...just.

Bryan, Smith, Reid - can't be bothered!

Well done City.

Pretty much agree with those ratings.

Hegeler absolute class at the back. As you say, Taylor and Pack also very impressive.

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Ita good to see COD growing more and more as a player and it would be nice to see him on the scoresheet, as he has been so close many times.

Not seen enough of Eliasson yet but he a lot of competition now with Leko.

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Interesting reading this, I concur with the majority. 

I thought O'Dowda was the best player on the pitch.

Conversely, I thought Magnusson was poor tonight and was the obvious weak link. Just goes to show how we all see things differently.

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2 minutes ago, WesM said:

Interesting reading this, I concur with the majority. 

I thought O'Dowda was the best player on the pitch.

Conversely, I thought Magnússon was poor tonight and was the obvious weak link. Just goes to show how we all see things differently.

Yeah Magnússon was wobbly, wouldn't say poor though. We didn't really help out the full backs with the square balls and mistakes across the midfield early on.

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Perhaps harsh on O'Dowda who was our most potent threat in the first 60 minutes - he carried the ball superbly and made up a lot of ground.

Magnússon took a while to get into the game - thought he looked sloppy at the start, but improved so much by midway through.

Also Brownhill proved he can be a centre midfielder, calm, strong and assured and Bryan why left back is probably best for him - he should have finished them off late on.

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3 minutes ago, WesM said:

Interesting reading this, I concur with the majority. 

I thought O'Dowda was the best player on the pitch.

Conversely, I thought Magnússon was poor tonight and was the obvious weak link. Just goes to show how we all see things differently.

How odd, O'Dowda was my Man o'Match but thought Magnússon was more than competent. In fact I thought Vyner was the only one to look uncomfortable tonight

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11 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

So.  Having missed Saturday's rampant performance, was a bit sceptical tonight against a decent Stoke eleven.  No problems with 9 changes to our side, the plan was always to pick two sides to keep players fresh, and the ones coming in chomping at the bit.  Fully deserved win, could'be easily been 4-1/5-1.  They had a bit of ping-pong in our 6 yard box in first half injury time (reminiscent of Hull last season) and after the missed one on one by Sobhi at 1-0 (perhaps a key moment) they flashed a couple of good balls across our box late on.

Tactics were spot on, good pressing on a central two of Fletcher and Adam (neither massively mobile these days), and also at the right times against Martins, Zouma and Wimmer, none of who are sufficiently decent on the ball when pressured.  You wouldn't have seen Flint look out of place alongside any two of those three, and Hegeler might look the pick!  Sobhi was their dangerman (never heard of him), but luckily he was a bit wasteful.

Ratings - 6 equals a player earning their corn

Steele 7 - impressive debut, made a couple of very good saves and pushed the ball away from danger when right to do so.  Has the experience and back story to be an astute signing to push Frankie.  You certainly wouldn't worry about him coming in based on that performance.  Cane out and took a great ball to ease the pressure from a late cross.

Vyner 6 - tough game for him tonight.  Often Stoke's best (if few) chances came down his side.  Caught a little bit by trying to overplay.  Will be fantastic learning for him, and always makes himself available.

Magnússon 7 - wonderful player to have as cover for Joe or the CBs.  Looked assured on the ball, and good positioning for the flicks from Crouch.  Choupo-Moting rarely got the better of him.

Flint 7 - perfect game for him v Crouch, and dealt with him well.  A great volleyed clearance in first half and good headers from crosses. Close to an 8.  Looked a threat in their box too.  And what a drilled pass to O'Dowda (I think) late on.

Hegeler 8 - great partnership tonight, never got caught with Crouch, picked up flicks and so good on the ball.  In fairness Flint played good balls into midfield tonight, but Jens looks so calm.  A couple of Inspector Gadget tackles too.

Eliasson 6 - a few flashes early on, but not the final ball we wanted.  Worked hard, picked up fouls on him, neat and tidy.  Would like to see him with Pisano.

O'Dowda 7 - what an eye-catching, hard working performance.  So often took the ball deep into Stoke territory, and would've so deserved that point blank shot had he lifted it over Grant.  Thought his awareness at the back post was very good tonight.  Worked well with Hördur.

Pack 8 - tireless performance, so good with the ball, made Fletcher and Adam look ordinary.  Great closing down of the keeper late on typified how he set the press tonight.

Brownhill 7 - pest of a performance, everywhere.  Kept it simple on the ball, the the fluid movement with Pack made Flint and Hegeler's job much easier...they rarely had to go long.  A lot to look forward to in the future from Josh.

Diedhiou 7 - so much more like the player I saw on tv / Internet at Angers.  Gave their defenders a physically tough time.  Great ball for Taylor first half.  Should've taken his one on one inside 2 minutes.  Great flick to set Taylor free for his goal, and great follow-up for his own.  Mmmmm 4 in 9 starts.

Taylor 8 (and a bit) - saw a very good striker's performance tonight that I didn't think he had in him.  Super finish across the keeper for 2-0.  Made some very good runs....I've never had a problem with that, it's always been the bit of quality lacking.  Tonight that was the chance into side-netting late in first half. But he made up for that, involved in everything second half.  My MOTM...just.

Bryan, Smith, Reid - can't be bothered!

Well done City.

Agree with all of that. Have too say it's a pity there can't be a place for Hegeler (difficult I know) but what a rolls Royce of a footballer. Makes everything look so easy and his reading of the game is superb. Never flustered and great on the ball. Der kaiser 

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8 minutes ago, GrahamC said:

O'Dowda for me.

 

4 minutes ago, Dullmoan Tone said:

Perhaps harsh on O'Dowda who was our most potent threat in the first 60 minutes - he carried the ball superbly and made up a lot of ground.

Magnússon took a while to get into the game - thought he looked sloppy at the start, but improved so much by midway through.

Also Brownhill proved he can be a centre midfielder, calm, strong and assured and Bryan why left back is probably best for him - he should have finished them off late on.

I originally had COD as an 8, but as Taylor was my MOTM and I couldn't justify a 9, I gave MT an 8 and a bit....and should've put COD back to an 8.  

@GrahamC I'm a bit worried seeing Taylor play like that :P

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Good to see that O'Dowda is getting so many good reviews on here. Maybe his brother, you know the one who is never going to make it and should go on loan to a League 1 club, could learn one or two things from his performance? :ph34r:

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Agree with all the ratings - Taylor and Pack were outstanding.  COD was next best but tried to do a bit too much at times and ran into a few blind alleys.

Eliasson and Vyner will have their time as they learn but made the right side a weak link but Stoke did not exploit it.

Was concerned at the start Flint and Hegeler would struggle for pace but if anything complimented each other and highlighted the strength in depth we now have.

Steele was composed and good distribution and as said no problem with him coming in when needed.

Taylor has caused a headache for LJ as has Famara - difficult to decide who to start Saturday with Reid and Woodrow in pole position before tonight I guess. Nice problem to have - all this worry about who would score when Tammy went is a distant memory- they all score !!

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O'Dowda was brilliant tonight, outshone Eliasson by a mile who is clearly still finding his feet. We certainly have strength in depth which we haven't had for a while and players that are hungry for the shirt. An exciting season ahead I hope!

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Eliasson's set piece delivery is superb though. He put some great balls in from corners and a free kick in the second half.

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15 minutes ago, Kodjias Wrist said:

Ita good to see COD growing more and more as a player and it would be nice to see him on the scoresheet, as he has been so close many times.

Not seen enough of Eliasson yet but he a lot of competition now with Leko.

Like O'dowda , brownhill etc we won't see the best of Eliasson until next season imo. There's definitely a player there but is very lightweight and gets pushed off the ball too easily at the moment 

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Matty Taylor comfortably MOTM for me. Strong performances from the likes of Pack, Flint, O'Dowda & Hegeler but MT was superb. 

I still think he needs to improve his finishing, but he's actually a very intelligent player. Great movement and everything good involved him tonight. Very impressed.

Great performance tonight. Let's hope it continues.

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Jens as outstanding tonight....O'dowda and Pack had stand out performances too. Great to see Taylor score as well. What a composed game we played. Everyone so confident and contributed. Great to watch.

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3 minutes ago, Neo said:

Taylor has caused a headache for LJ as has Famara - difficult to decide who to start Saturday with Reid and Woodrow in pole position before tonight I guess. Nice problem to have - all this worry about who would score when Tammy went is a distant memory- they all score !!

I've been interested to see how Famara and Taylor would play as a two and I have to say, they look promising. They look to have a decent understanding with Taylor pointing and moving Famara around all the time. I like how passionate Famara was when Taylor scored...it was like he'd scored himself. Looks like a team player.

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25 minutes ago, ZiderEyed said:

Pack was the best player on the bitch tonight for me. Absolutely superb performance. Think 8 is harsh really. Can't speak highly enough of him.

 

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6 minutes ago, WRERE said:

Eliasson's set piece delivery is superb though. He put some great balls in from corners and a free kick in the second half.

Have to second this, the boy didn't have the greatest of games (wasn't poor though) but he can't half whip a ball in,

when he gets up to speed With the championship can you imagine him and Leko down opposite wings 

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I thought O'Dowda had a storming game, our main outlet first half and had Johnson, an established prem RB, wondering what hit him.

Brownhill and Pack were outstanding gave Adam and Fletcher no time on the ball and won it back with ease at times, Taylor and Diedhou were quality as well. Overall a brilliant performance against a strong stoke team

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9 minutes ago, Up The City! said:

Are your ratings out of 8 or something? Seem a little low and conservative to me?

Mine?  I don't like to go OTT, but nor am I so extreme the other way too.

For Taylor, some great play, but also missed one on one, poor decision making in first half when he could have played Eliasson in, or moved the ball on.

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The biggest compliment I can pay those players tonight, is that I wouldn't bat an eye lid if that was the srarting line up for a league game. Virtually every player picked up from where their predecessors left off on Saturday. Pack, Flint, Hegeler and O'Dowda were the standouts for me but Farmer and Taylor weren't far behind.

Massive credit to LJ and the coaching staff for getting every player looking like they deserve their place in the first team. 

You're only as good as your bench they say, well ours looks like it's packed with quality. 

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4 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

Mine?  I don't like to go OTT, but nor am I so extreme the other way too.

For Taylor, some great play, but also missed one on one, poor decision making in first half when he could have played Eliasson in, or moved the ball on.

I get what your saying and had Taylor and even Steele played more this season I'd be agreeing with you. 

I think when you factor that in a bit of rustiness is understandable. Taylor will be beating himself up for missing those chances as those were chanced he would usually put away 9 times out of 10.

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Really enjoyed the match and agree with the original poster ratings.  Vyner did ok, but the weak link in the team (tonight).  I like Magnússon but looks like a mistake about to happen and Elliason was a little disappointing with final ball at times.  A big HOWEVER, despite this we thrashed Stoke and what a fantastic squad!!

 

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6 minutes ago, glynriley said:

The biggest compliment I can pay those players tonight, is that I wouldn't bat an eye lid if that was the srarting line up for a league game. Virtually every player picked up from where their predecessors left off on Saturday. Pack, Flint, Hegeler and O'Dowda were the standouts for me but Farmer and Taylor weren't far behind.

Massive credit to LJ and the coaching staff for getting every player looking like they deserve their place in the first team. 

You're only as good as your bench they say, well ours looks like it's packed with quality. 

I think what DH said on the radio is why we are seeing such impressive performances from every member of the squad.

He said that every training session is extremely intense so come match day the match is just an extension of the training sessions.

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3 minutes ago, Up The City! said:

I get what your saying and had Taylor and even Steele played more this season I'd be agreeing with you. 

I think when you factor that in a bit of rustiness is understandable. Taylor will be beating himself up for missing those chances as those were chanced he would usually put away 9 times out of 10.

Rustiness....I'm not that generous!

Taylor does not put away those chances 9 times out of 10.  I know it's an expression / phrase, but he is not clinical at this level...or at least he's not shown it yet.

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Steele - 8 - Excellent first impression for me, won't be worried should he be required. Smart saves, came off his line well when needed and composed on the ball when passed back to him. 

Vyner - 6 - Solid enough although you could see Stoke were targeting him. A bit naive on the ball in the second half trying to do a bit too much at times when just clearing our lines would have been better. Signs of what we saw in the Plymouth game of getting forward but much more selective tonight about when. 

Flint - 8 - Solid. An absolute rock at the back tonight, Crouch won the odd header over him but matched him well enough, few great tackles, and a brilliant goal line clearance. 

Hegeler - 8 - If Flint did more of the dirty work (so to say) in defence then Hegeler brought the class to the pairing. Some of the defending by getting his body in the right place against the striker was glorious. Secure heading in defence and oozed class with the ball at his feet. Personally my man of the match. 

Magnússon - 6.5 - Good showing tonight, good in defence and decent enough with passing and moving for going forwards. Had the quieter evening of the full backs but not really his fault, no reason to be against him featuring again at left back. Felt giving him a 6 was a bit harsh. 

Eliasson - 7 - Very good on the ball, gave their left back a big problem in the first half, very good set piece delivery. Odd bit of miss control let him down at times, definitely improving though. 

Pack - 8 - Ran the show in the middle, a lot of, if not most of the play came through him, but I feel we also saw the best of his defensive work tonight as well with three or four excellent tackles and as always his distribution was excellent. 

Brownhill - 8 - Complemented Pack very well, was all over the place, not to do JB a disservice, but played the Korey Smith role very well. Cleaned up a lot of the time along with Marlon which freed up our wingers.

Callum O'Dowda - 8 - One of the best performances we've seen from him given the opposition we faced, Glen Johnson still holds his own at premier league level but CO'D gave him big problems, his powerful breaking runs were excellent. Just to draw a comparison to rugby they were similar to backs line breaking runs I felt. Added trickery we saw from him shows he's really coming on and that's before his defensive work we saw. 

Diedhiou - 7.5 - Strong and very good movement, excellent flick on but really should have taken his early chance. Feel we're seeing his fitness level improve, LJ previously said he could play for 60 mins, tonight he seemed he was still going well after 70 minutes and he was hardly slacking. 

Taylor - 8 - Given he's only just returned from injury that was an excellent showing, movement, passing and vision were all there. Maybe, just maybe you could say should have taken his chance in the first half and the one leading to Fammy's goals, but that's getting very critical. 

Joe Bryan - (rating given time on pitch) 7 - Playing in a LM capacity felt he showed he still provides the option of playing in an advanced role if required. Got forward well, good vision in the box and nearly scored an excellent goal. 

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7 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

Rustiness....I'm not that generous!

Taylor does not put away those chances 9 times out of 10.  I know it's an expression / phrase, but he is not clinical at this level...or at least he's not shown it yet.

Blimey, your a hard one to please.

OK for us he hasnt so far but in the lower leagues he did. However I'd say tonight was the first time we have played to Taylors strengths since he joined us. He was played much deeper for us last season and was more of a provider than a scorer.

I can't believe you have only given COD a 7 also.

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MOTM for me was Pack.  I thought it was his best ever game for City.

Mine you, he was only just better than Jens, Brownhill, COD, Taylor .....

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30 minutes ago, steviestevieneville said:

Like O'dowda , brownhill etc we won't see the best of Eliasson until next season imo. There's definitely a player there but is very lightweight and gets pushed off the ball too easily at the moment 

That was my thoughts as well as I was driving back home, think Eliasson could be one hell of a player, O'Dowda in my opinion needs a goal. Enjoyed the game tonight , surprised Stoke were so poor.

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4 minutes ago, Up The City! said:

Blimey, your a hard one to please.

OK for us he hasnt so far but in the lower leagues he did. However I'd say tonight was the first time we have played to Taylors strengths since he joined us. He was played much deeper for us last season and was more of a provider than a scorer.

I can't believe you have only given COD a 7 also.

He he :P 

I think Taylor was a streaky scorer for Rovers, fair play to him though.

COD - i did admit in a later post that I meant to give him an 8.

 

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2 minutes ago, Toffee dog said:

That was my thoughts as well as I was driving back home, think Eliasson could be one hell of a player, O'Dowda in my opinion needs a goal. Enjoyed the game tonight , surprised Stoke were so poor.

Once he gets it, it'll be a huge weight lifted.  Brownhill's goal v Brighton was the same, really lifted him.

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Once again this highlights the fans often quick negativity towards players.  O'Dowda written off by some as never going to be good enough.  Same with Smith recently.  Fans need to quickly learn that one bad game doesn't mean anything.  Have faith

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1 hour ago, GrahamC said:

O'Dowda for me.

Me too, was outstanding tonight and a constant threat going forward and did everything and more to support Vyner. So many good performances tonight but he stood out for me

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I thought O'Dowda was a menace tonight. Strong as well.

Hegeler and Flint stood tall throughout (literally)

Elliasson put in a couple of good crosses but still needs to adapt to the Championship.

I was slightly concerned about Vyner. He looked very flat footed and was very slow on the turn which is surprising for such a young lad. He really needs to work on his turns, but if he isn't able to quicken then he'll have to learn to position himself better, stand off until the last second and then come in for the challenge.

Stoke looked poor tonight, but we played a very controlled game for the most part.

We are certainly showing maturity in our play now. No panicking. 

If we can speed up a bit and create a bit more space in the final third (more off the ball running) then we will be right up there challenging for promotion.

You can see the confidence that 8 games unbeaten is bringing to the team.

Really enjoyed the match today.

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That's only my second game this season but hugely impressed with the team tonight. You can really see things coming together with the speed of pass, movement , harrying ... don't know if we can keep this up but strength in depth suggests we can. And on that note i would say matty taylor was superb and looks a natural fit to style of play. Even flinty joined in with the squad flexibility thing by being a dynamic centre forward for a few minutes in the first half! looked pretty annoyed the ball wasn't delivered to him whilst he was up there to!

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5 hours ago, steviestevieneville said:

Like O'dowda , brownhill etc we won't see the best of Eliasson until next season imo. There's definitely a player there but is very lightweight and gets pushed off the ball too easily at the moment 

Just send him round to Bobby's for dinner five nights a week!....

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10 hours ago, WesM said:

Interesting reading this, I concur with the majority. 

I thought O'Dowda was the best player on the pitch.

Conversely, I thought Magnússon was poor tonight and was the obvious weak link. Just goes to show how we all see things differently.

Due to contractual issues I had to listen to the match on RB and Maggers did seem to be the name mentioned most when things didn't come off however this is all relative in a top , top team performance.

It should be remembered that he is not up to match speed having played very few games and with those team mates .

 I rate him very highly and feel he's a little unlucky not to be playing more often . He must love 'Arry ! 

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