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He showed flashes of good play buy typically wasted his best moments -

  • Pressed and won the ball to reach the bye-line, but then hammered a ball across that gave Wells little chance of getting on the end of it and being able to control it. 
  • Did well to win a Free kick running at them, to give us a good chance of swinging in a cross to be attacked, then takes the FK and fails to beat the first defender.

He has had enough chances for me.

 

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No worse than Weimann or Wells today imo. Not my favourite player either. Got hooked at HT and yet we didn’t get much better defending after the change. Lost probably our only threat going forward too. Odd sub for me with Weimann and Wells out there. 

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Crap player and it amazes me that some on here defend him. 

Pissed right off with him and have been for ages. Would be happy if the club paid his contract up and release him.

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18 minutes ago, Henry said:

Absolutely awful. He offered Pring no protection and looked lost.

As they attacked down our left for their goal, O’Dowda was wide right.

I would not be disappointed to never see him play again.

Hes crap hes a bottler in the tackle thats why he's forever injured I watched him chicken out at Brentford a couple of year ago

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Funny how O’Dowda always gets roasted, however he plays.  He was arguably our best player in the first half and I certainly didn’t see the first goal stemming from a poor pass.  It was James losing the ball that was the problem, but then the likes of James, Martin and Weimann rarely get criticised.  Martin was absolutely abysmal today, but we don’t have thread on that.  

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2 minutes ago, And Its Smith said:

Was one of our better players in the first half, getting the ball and moving us up the field. The victim of a formation change at half time.  There were a fair few worse than him today. 

One of our better players? Are you having a laugh?

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8 minutes ago, The Dolman Pragmatist said:

Funny how O’Dowda always gets roasted, however he plays.  He was arguably our best player in the first half and I certainly didn’t see the first goal stemming from a poor pass.  It was James losing the ball that was the problem, but then the likes of James, Martin and Weimann rarely get criticised.  Martin was absolutely abysmal today, but we don’t have thread on that.  

Agree 100%

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13 minutes ago, The Dolman Pragmatist said:

Funny how O’Dowda always gets roasted, however he plays.  He was arguably our best player in the first half and I certainly didn’t see the first goal stemming from a poor pass.  It was James losing the ball that was the problem, but then the likes of James, Martin and Weimann rarely get criticised.  Martin was absolutely abysmal today, but we don’t have thread on that.  

Agree, I actually thought he was our only outlet (one brilliant cross) & assumed he came off because he had a knock.

Martin wasn’t great but gets isolated in the games we struggle. Much as I like King I thought he was struggling big time even before he pulled up & should have come off before him.

One of those days when a lot went wrong but to pin it on O’Dowda is ridiculous.

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38 minutes ago, Numero Uno said:

He got hooked at half time for a reason. People who only watch the ball would have missed it. Hung his own left back out to dry.

Yes, not an injury, Nige confirmed a “tactical change”……you’d think he (Nige) could’ve gone 352 with the personnel that ended the half.  The fact that he didn’t just play Pring LCB3 with Callum and George as WBs, tells me he wasn’t happy with O’Dowda.  Because he used Dasilva, meant 10 men when King went off too.

@Silvio Danteagree, he did a couple of decent things….but his lack of tracking back (a basic part of his game - Gary Owers) far outweighed any positive bits.

I think people like me will always pick up on players who don’t appear to put enough effort in, or only put it in going one way (going forward).  I can’t comprehend that, unless they come with so much talent that you can sort of let them off (e.g. Tomlin…..at times, not when he was being a nob).

He wasn’t the only player not earning his corn today though.

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24 minutes ago, The Dolman Pragmatist said:

Funny how O’Dowda always gets roasted, however he plays.  He was arguably our best player in the first half and I certainly didn’t see the first goal stemming from a poor pass.  It was James losing the ball that was the problem, but then the likes of James, Martin and Weimann rarely get criticised.  Martin was absolutely abysmal today, but we don’t have thread on that.  

You seem to have omitted his lack of tracking back. It is a basic requirement in his position . It is certainly why he was taken off . He had a shocker. (some others did too )

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2 minutes ago, billywedlock said:

You seem to have omitted his lack of tracking back. It is a basic requirement in his position . It is certainly why he was taken off . He had a shocker. (some others did too )

Exactly, you can’t judge a player as “arguably our best player first half” if you take a full view of what the expectation of his role is.

And then to say Weimann and Martin rarely get criticised….this forum is full of their critics.

As you say, others poor today, e.g. Matty James, but nobody has come on here to say he was good, so there is no debate about him.

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34 minutes ago, The Dolman Pragmatist said:

Funny how O’Dowda always gets roasted, however he plays.  He was arguably our best player in the first half and I certainly didn’t see the first goal stemming from a poor pass.  It was James losing the ball that was the problem, but then the likes of James, Martin and Weimann rarely get criticised.  Martin was absolutely abysmal today, but we don’t have thread on that.  

If you are playing left midfield and your left back is getting bummed you have to help out. It’s basics. If you sit in the stand and ball watch for 90 minutes I guess you miss that part of the game? A few runs with the ball werent enough for the staff that’s for sure. He gave James a terrible pass for the goal.

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When James was caught in possession O'Dowda was furthest right of our front 4, so basically become a right winger by that point.

When James is tackled Weimann and Martin were closest to Stacey who made the run down the line to then cross for the goal. 

I expect O'Dowda was told to drift at times, like he did first half against Peterborough. Otherwise it would be strange seeing him do it if Pearson tells him not to.

The difference in the Peterborough game was that Joe Williams can be trusted to cover O'Dowda better than others did for O'Dowda on that first goal today. 

I didnt think O'Dowda was great today, but in a very poor team performance he was our only real threat first half. Probably give him a 6 out of 10, which is better than some others.

The Wells chance he made himself by winning it off of Cahill, and was stretching running at full speed to keep it in. Volleyed cross low into a good area for a poacher like Wells, so did everything right imo. Just a bit unfortunate. 

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8 minutes ago, billywedlock said:

You seem to have omitted his lack of tracking back. It is a basic requirement in his position . It is certainly why he was taken off . He had a shocker. (some others did too )

Amazing how many people who have been watching football for years don’t understand what a wide midfield player has to do.

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