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  1. Bristol Rovers v THE ROVERS

    Agree 100%. As a sub to see out games is probably his role until his contract expires at the end of the season. Ideally you have Bennett one wing getting up and down and supporting the Centre mids more with Armstrong on the other pushed up to use his pace. and Dack floating. Hopefully Nyambe will be available for Thursday so we can push Bennett further forward (although he's been good at rb). If we can't use Bennett there would rather start Antonnson even though he's not done much since coming back from injury or Payne who clearly isnt a winger and sometimes unbalances the side. They at least can help us play on the front foot more.
  2. Bristol Rovers v THE ROVERS

    Graham can head the ball, has scored a few headers this year. I'd agree if you mean that Conways style doesn't fit this side
  3. Bristol Rovers v THE ROVERS

    Having personally written off Conway as past it a few times this season, when he set the winner up last weekend vs Southend with some quality wing play I thought I'd been proven wrong which really pleased me as I've always liked Conway and we aren't exactly stacked on natural wide players. But he's followed that up with two really poor showings in a week.He's looked very slow again and lacking in quality. Not picking out any decent crosses, can't beat his man, can't drive into the spaces like he used to, isn't even taking corners which he used to get a dew assists from. We need Bennett back in Midfield on one of the wings just to get a bit of energy back in there. Thought Smallwood had his best game in a while. Dacks had two poor games also, and In hindsight on that rubbish boggy pitch when the ball was hard to move we could've played the more powerful players in a 4-4-2 and gone more direct. But hindsight is a wonderful thing I don't think anyone would suggest dropping Dack if he claims he's fully fit. I still think he's not 100% though and thats the worry as when he's been off the boil last few games we've struggled.
  4. Bristol Rovers v THE ROVERS

    Tbf we've played 3 at the back a few times the second half of the season with mixed results so its not really a new formation. Didn't think it was that fanciful a team selection, swap Smallwood for either the two CM's and its a team we've played before.
  5. Bristol Rovers v THE ROVERS

    Team I'd go for is: 3-4-1-2 Raya Lenihan Mulgrew Williams Bennett Evans Whittingham Bell Dack Graham Armstrong Bench: Leutwiller, Downing, Travis, Smallwood, Conway, Payne, Nuttall. CM needs freshening up a bit, would rotate Smallwood out for this one.
  6. Gillingham away 17.3.18

    If we win on Saturday its a decent point if we don't its a missed opportunity
  7. Gillingham away 17.3.18

    In bold is an excellent point. Dack looked like he was carrying a knock against MK Dons, came off early against Southend, he's clearly not 100% and should've been saved for Saturday. Your point about Conway and Graham is also very true neither can do 2 games in 4 days and both need to be subbed. So with the Dack gamble and those two players only being able to last 60 mins Mowbray effectively had his changes decided for him which limited what we could do from the bench. Last night we needed a double change at half time to get us moving the ball and we couldn't do it. When Whittingham came on he needed to come on for one for either Evans or Smallwood but he couldn't. We really struggled to string passes together last night, it was only when Payne (who should've started) and Whittingham came on that we managed to do this at all. We have the squad but he chose not to use it last night. The lack of movement last night was very worrying, we were so flat. You've gotta use the squad better.
  8. Player of the Season 17/18

    As other posters have pointed out it feels like the first year in a while were we aren't picking who was the least bad player was. I've voted for Dack. Once he got going in October he's been the leader of our attack, he's come up with the goods when we've needed it and has been a constant threat Mulgrew would be my next vote, mainly just for staying fit all season. He's a quality defender, a leader and 12 goals is an exceptional haul from CB. After that your down to players who have performed in spells: Graham - looked finished at the start of the season but has been brilliant since around the end of November. Goals, assists and great hold up play really linking well with Dack in particular. Smallwood - would've been my vote if this poll was taken at the end of 2017. He was great first half of the season, especially when you consider that he was puitting performances in when we hadn't gelled as a unit and weren't playing well. Hasn't been as good in 2018 for a few reasons. Bennett - Keeps getting mentions for the award mainly because he has had his season the other way round to Smallwood. He wasn't great in 2017, missed a lot of games early on, didn't contribute enough goals and assists, gifted Scunthorpe a goal in the home fixture, couple of red cards. Fantastic second half of the season has excelled in 2 or 3 different positions. (I count him at 5 different positions he's played this year). Scored a couple in 2018 also. Never gives anything less than 100% and has a real bond with the fans. Armstrong - Has been a great addition but hasn't been here long enough to be realistically considered. Really hope he's playing here next season. 9 Goals mostly from the wing is a good haul. Raya - Makes some wonderful saves but has made a few too many errors to be considered as POTY. Has developed his game but still further room to improve (please stop shanking balls played back to you David!) Downing - Has only lost one game he's played. Has been pretty consistent just overshadowed by Mulgrew and now Lenihan. As a signing has exceed all expectations.
  9. The January 2018 transfer thread

    Maybe the reason why we pay such high agent fee's is the lack of experience and man power we've had at board room level. They may be overly relying on agents to get deals done on our behalf?
  10. Rovers v Southend

    Your description of Conway is a few years old. He's useful now late on as a defensive winger but doesn't offer a lot else. Conway had been a good player for Rovers but he's past it now. He's lost what made him effective. He can't get up and down like he used to, he was never quick but now he looks slow. His crossing is appalling. He never had that great technical ability. Antonnsson covers more ground, is quicker, can occasionally beat a man and early in the season chipped in with a lot of goals. I'm not advocating starting Antonsson again on Saturday but Conway isn't the answer.
  11. VAR

    If an offence involves contact it is penalised by a direct free kick or penalty kick. There isn't a different set of rules for fouls inside and outside the box
  12. VAR

    Direct free kick A direct free kick is awarded if a player commits any of the following offences against an opponent in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force: charges jumps at kicks or attempts to kick pushes strikes or attempts to strike (including head-butt) tackles or challenges trips or attempts to trip If an offence involves contact it is penalised by a direct free kick or penalty kick. Careless is when a player shows a lack of attention or consideration when making a challenge or acts without precaution. No disciplinary sanction is needed Reckless is when a player acts with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, an opponent and must be cautioned Using excessive force is when a player exceeds the necessary use of force and endangers the safety of an opponent and must be sent off A direct free kick is awarded if a player commits any of the following offences: handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within their penalty area) holds an opponent impedes an opponent with contact spits at an opponent Thats the law - what part of that would you say equals a penalty?
  13. VAR

    Just because two players make contact in the penalty area doesn't make it a foul and a penalty
  14. VAR

    Just because there was contact in the penalty area doesn't mean its a 'definite' penalty. I didn't think it was a foul, he's already falling over having lost possession. and he sticks his foot out to try to regain balance. It was 'definitely' not a clear and obvious error.
  15. Bradford City (home)

    He was nearly back for the Wigan game on the 2nd March. Played in the Lancashire senior cup game on the 7th March. And was in the match day squad for the Gillingham game. So he'll be good for an hour I reckon.