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1 hour ago, rigger said:

On todays performance I was not impressed with Pike at all.

Pike's a good prospect, at this level it's difficult to judge players on a singular game. He didn't have his best game but up against a side with 10-men behind the ball it's not easy to find space

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3 hours ago, briansol said:

That was a strong win with basicly the U-18 side that went to the semi-final in the FA Youth. Even more impressive considering Brennan is away on loan, and there is not so much creativity in that lineup.

There is raft of good centre-back prospects in Barnes, Whitehall(plays midfield, but reckon centre-back is his best position) and Garrett. 

I'm sure Pike will have a career as a professional footballer. Maybe with us. 

 

 

Agreed. It was ponderous at times and very first-team 2019/20 esque, but I think in the end the better side won. 

They missed Brennan big time, and Harry Chapman didn't stand out at all did he :( Think McBride has much more presence than Burns too.

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16 hours ago, only2garners said:

He's from the Wirral and is a Tranmere fan. He started out at Everton, then Liverpool and came to Rovers two years ago. All this gleaned from here - https://www.rovers.co.uk/teams/development-squad/profiles/midfielder/sam-durrant/

I saw bits of the game today. He was busy and constantly involved but lacked a bit in decision making. he was getting into good positions on the edge of their box regularly but would then choose the wrong option. But in the end he took his chance well.

I managed to miss the sending off right at the end of the first half but it meant the second half was just Rovers trying to break down a wall of Brighton players. Eastham spent large parts of the half sweeping from the edge of the centre circle. It looked like it wasn't going to happen until first a penalty won and scored by McBride and then the 95th minute winner from Durrant. Lewis Thompson looked very assured at eft back again.

Cheers, no connection then.

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9 hours ago, JoeH said:

Pike's a good prospect, at this level it's difficult to judge players on a singular game. He didn't have his best game but up against a side with 10-men behind the ball it's not easy to find space

Pikes performance was worse in the first half, against 11. He looked lacking in any confidence, which was typified by raising his arm to indicate he wanted the ball, but not actually calling for it.

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Jake Garrett is a good prospect, only 17 and plays with the maturity of someone much older. Believe he’s a left fullback by trade (someone please correct me if I’m wrong), but is trusted to play as a central midfielder and a central defender.

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1 minute ago, Hoochie Bloochie Mama said:

When he was first raved about a couple of years back I'm sure it was as a left-back. Seems he's now seen as a CB. 

Yes I thought the same. Wonder what the reason or for the change is. Wasted as a left back? Not athletic enough? Two left backs in the same squad and you can’t leave either out the 11?

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Just now, RV Blue said:

Yes I thought the same. Wonder what the reason or for the change is. Wasted as a left back? Not athletic enough? Two left backs in the same squad and you can’t leave either out the 11?

No idea mate, never seen him play. If he's a big unit maybe he's more suited to CB. Is he left-footed?

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8 hours ago, rigger said:

Pikes performance was worse in the first half, against 11. He looked lacking in any confidence, which was typified by raising his arm to indicate he wanted the ball, but not actually calling for it.

Young lads. One bad game isn't the end of the world

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1 minute ago, bazza said:

Any result of game v Everton?

1-1 mate.

Rovers: Eastham, Pike, Barnes, Annesley, Grayson (c), Thompson (Garrett, 90), Whitehall, Lyons, McBride, Burns, Chapman (Durrant, 90).

Unused substitutes: Stergiakis, Saadi, Harlock.

Goal: Lyons, 39.

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3 hours ago, skous18 said:

Does anyone know what happened to Butterworth? Can the guy still be injured? Jeez how one get back from an injury like this

I'd stop worrying yourself about Butterworth. Sadly I suspect he simply isn't going to make it here. Not through any fault of his or lack of talent, just because his injury problems unfortunately seem to be endless.

Best of luck to him and I very much hope I'm wrong, but to have had as many injury woes as he has, at his age, it doesn't look good.

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9 hours ago, bluebruce said:

I'd stop worrying yourself about Butterworth. Sadly I suspect he simply isn't going to make it here. Not through any fault of his or lack of talent, just because his injury problems unfortunately seem to be endless.

Best of luck to him and I very much hope I'm wrong, but to have had as many injury woes as he has, at his age, it doesn't look good.

It's been pretty much the same injury to his back the majority of his time out though hasn't it? Not promising to get a back injury so early in your career but a little harsh to write him off.

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