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Mark Atkins' Bald Patch

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About Mark Atkins' Bald Patch

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    Portadown, N. Ireland
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    Rovers. Family. Still trying to make time to play the beautiful game on a saturday.

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    Congratulations to Tony, his staff and of course the team. A shaky start to the league season but a terrific run of form sInce then. Soldiers and Artists. Arte et Labore. Now let's get that League title... Wigan are wobbling!!
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    Rovers v Peterborough

    I remember that Dwight Gayle hatrick inspired win for Peterborough. it was my daughter's birthday so I was in some indoor play area all afternoon. We had got back to 3-2 late on from memory and I was refreshing the match thread on this message every 3 seconds (sorry mods!) in the hope of a late equalizer. Some idiot, can't remember who, posted '3-3!' in jest. IN JEST!!?! Not cool.
  3. When it comes to Rovers I need to know what's happening immediately and for the duration of the match. So I can't watch Rovers on delay or on a recording. I have been caught out many times watching non-rovers matches on a slight delay (putting kids to bed etc.) then you get a text from your mate saying something like "what a strike that was from Aguero" - that's a real annoyance that!! Phone normally goes on silent and gets turned upside down when I'm on delay now. However I do watch a lot of NBA and NFL on recording, usually the following evening. I manage to avoid the results throughout the next day because very few people in work etc. are into those sports (or if they are they too are watching the following evening). I also don't use social media so manage to avoid spoilers from there too.
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    Rovers v Blackpool

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    Rovers v Wigan

    Really enjoyed that... more of the same please second half. Lenihan is a monster but needs to keep it controlled.
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    Rovers v Wigan

    Anyone know if Powell will be fit to play on Sunday? He was taken off injured against man city and missed their last game against Rochdale. Lets hope he is, that would be a big miss for them.
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    Wimbledon v Rovers

    Great result and fair play to all those who travelled down. Safe home. Bring on Wigan.
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    Wimbledon v Rovers

    Great stuff. As someone said earlier... get smallwood off now.
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    Wimbledon v Rovers

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    Wimbledon v Rovers

    Like the lineup... massive 2 games now, 6 points would be huge. Cmon Rovers. I'll take 1-0 with a Mulgrew special and a booking free Smallwood.
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    Walsall v Rovers

    2-0 yessss
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    Walsall v Rovers

    Dack out is a negative... although Payne is very decent cover as long as he's played in his preferred central role. Evans and Smallwood should give him plenty of license to get forward.
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    Walsall v Rovers

    I would like a settled system and don't think 3 at the back suits us at all, but I do sympathize (a bit) with TM with regards formation changes as I think he is facing the challenges below: -Finding a spot for the returning Lenihan in the 11 (one of the best performers last season). -Trying to get Armstrong playing more centrally without dropping Graham who's scoring regularly. -Introducing Amari Bell into the 11 without dropping Williams, who has his failings but still seems to merit a place in TM's eyes. -Having to accommodate our best player in Dack who can't play in a 2 in midfield. With that said, in my view is he needs to be a bit more ruthless and have confidence in this squads ability to be beat anybody in this league, without overcomplicating the selection to compensate for the opposition's strengths. Forget the back 3, it hasn't worked and whilst Bell seems to have the attributes, on paper, to be a decent wing back it clearly doesn't work on grass. IMO he'd be more effective attacking from deep, overlapping an advanced left sided attacker. Neither Nyambe or Bennett are capable of playing right wing back either. He was delighted with Mulgrew and Lenihan in as the central defensive pairing last season (evidenced here > https://www.rovers.co.uk/news/2017/may/they-give-us-a-solid-base-to-work-from/) ... so why not just go with them as the pairing again now? Downing has proved capable but he was only ever signed as Lenihan cover and Williams doesn't merit a start at CB. My team, therefore would be: (4-2-3-1) Raya Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Bell Bennett Smallwood Payne Dack Armstong Graham Antonsson off the bench for Graham and move Armstrong up top for a different dynamic should the game need it. I'll go for a 2-1 win on Saturday. Armstrong and Dack to score.
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    Plymouth Away - 3rd February 2018

    Is that you Tony?!
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    The January 2018 transfer thread

    Good call ... Getting Bradley Orr and Danny Murphy back in too would be cracking business!!

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