Players missing yesterday

voyeur

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From the Gazette...

Explaining the decision to include Ballard but omit Gretarsson, Critchley told The Gazette: “Dan (Ballard) played for Northern Ireland on Wednesday night for the national team and travelled back and got back in the early hours of Thursday.

“As for Daniel, he has had a week of training but he’s got to acclimatise and has got to adapt to the intensity of the training.

“He plays a lot of football on astro turf and trains on astro turf, so even training on grass every day is something different for him.

“He’s looked really good in training and we’re delighted he’s here and in the next few weeks at some point he’ll prove what a good player he’ll be.”

Liverpool loanee Woodburn, the first of two signings on Friday, should come into contention for Tuesday night’s home game against Charlton Athletic.

Dougall, the second player to arrive on deadline day and the 17th in total during the transfer window, is likely to be slowly but surely eased into first-team action.

“Kenny has not had a pre-season, so we’ll have to integrate him back into training and get him up to speed as quickly as we can,” Critchley conceded.

“Ben was just ineligible because he didn’t sign before 12pm, but he’ll be available for Tuesday.”

Anderson was a surprise absence from Blackpool’s side at Gresty Road having previously started all of Blackpool’s league games.

According to Critchley, the 25-year-old has suffered an injury that will likely keep him out of action for a good portion of October at least.

“He pulled up in training on Thursday. He’s had a scan, so he will miss a couple of weeks,” Critchley said.

“It’s hard to say though, as some people recover quicker than others and bodies react differently to certain injuries.

“I don’t think he’ll be appearing in the next week or two though, that’s for certain.”

 

TANGERINETOWERPOWER

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Hmmm think we are now at the position we should have been at 6 weeks ago. It is like the pre season games were meaningless and we are going to have to chop and change this team an awful lot to get to the manager's best 11. To be fair that isnt all the manager's fault as we were left with a poor squad last year once the loan stars went back.

Whilst yesterday looked a marginal improvement, it remains to be seen how good Crewe are. Swindon are the only team we have beaten and they have now lost their last 3 so may not be that great. We simply have to win home games as these away trips dont seem to be yielding much at all.

Reading that article I assume Woodburn will be in on Tuesday probably for Ward so there is one change immediately. I think Ballard will come in and Husband will go back to left back so thats more changes.

The defence did a little better yesterday but could still easily conceded three goals in a very wobbly five minute spell. Had that happened then we would be in a very different place right now and Im pleased we are not. The goal yesterday came when Ekpiteta missed a tackle and Turton lost his man and simply didnt have the pace to get back with him. The ball comes across and they have two at the back post as Husband didnt pick up properly in the middle and Mitchell was too late to react. That is pretty much a full house of defensive frailties in one move.

For all our pretty possession football we rarely looked like scoring and stats can be very misleading. I thought it was a fair result and dont think we did nearly enough to warrant three points.

I still think we are along way away from the team he wants to put out week in week out tbh and that is worrying. Pre season is the time to chop and change and it shouldnt be happening at this stage. However he needs to get his favoured players in the team and playing as a unit as soon as possible.

I think peoples expectations have now been tempered and talk of going up as champions has subsided. That takes the pressure off a bit but it will be a big test on Tuesday against a decent Charlton side.
 

20togo

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Oh give over.
Nope, you said it to get a re-action. You got one, deal with it.
People still have concerns with the team and the set up. Provided their criticism is constructive what's your problem?
Hmmm think we are now at the position we should have been at 6 weeks ago. It is like the pre season games were meaningless and we are going to have to chop and change this team an awful lot to get to the manager's best 11. To be fair that isnt all the manager's fault as we were left with a poor squad last year once the loan stars went back.

Whilst yesterday looked a marginal improvement, it remains to be seen how good Crewe are. Swindon are the only team we have beaten and they have now lost their last 3 so may not be that great. We simply have to win home games as these away trips dont seem to be yielding much at all.

Reading that article I assume Woodburn will be in on Tuesday probably for Ward so there is one change immediately. I think Ballard will come in and Husband will go back to left back so thats more changes.

The defence did a little better yesterday but could still easily conceded three goals in a very wobbly five minute spell. Had that happened then we would be in a very different place right now and Im pleased we are not. The goal yesterday came when Ekpiteta missed a tackle and Turton lost his man and simply didnt have the pace to get back with him. The ball comes across and they have two at the back post as Husband didnt pick up properly in the middle and Mitchell was too late to react. That is pretty much a full house of defensive frailties in one move.

For all our pretty possession football we rarely looked like scoring and stats can be very misleading. I thought it was a fair result and dont think we did nearly enough to warrant three points.

I still think we are along way away from the team he wants to put out week in week out tbh and that is worrying. Pre season is the time to chop and change and it shouldnt be happening at this stage. However he needs to get his favoured players in the team and playing as a unit as soon as possible.

I think peoples expectations have now been tempered and talk of going up as champions has subsided. That takes the pressure off a bit but it will be a big test on Tuesday against a decent Charlton side.
Agree. Crewe look a poor side and just because they didn't take their three chances mean that everything is right with our back four. If we'd lost that game people on here would be clamouring for change. Especially in the centre of our defence.
 

voyeur

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Nope, you said it to get a re-action. You got one, deal with it.
People still have concerns with the team and the set up. Provided their criticism is constructive what's your problem?
I said it out of frustration with your snipe at Critchley tbh. "so he's got to adapt to training on grass but looked really good in training."

As FessParker righty replied, Blimey. Nitpicking at it's finest.
 

20togo

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I said it out of frustration with your snipe at Critchley tbh. "so he's got to adapt to training on grass but looked really good in training."

As FessParker righty replied, Blimey. Nitpicking at it's finest.
See my reply to TTP. To expand. I think we've got serious problems with the centre of our defence. As much as we've got problems with our front three, not necessarily the personnel there, but how to get the best out of them, it's different with the heart of defence. The basic skills of a a central defender are about positional sense and awareness. We are conceding soft goals and chances and that needs addressing asap. Basically, I think it's much easier to slot in a central defender than a midfield or forward player. I know it's an extreme example but it's the point I'm making, if we signed a 10 million pound centre half because it was needed, you'd put him straight in. You wouldn't wait a month for him to train and get used to the players and the system. So if Ballard and Greta are good enough, get 'em in.
 

Seasidesupporter

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Nope, you said it to get a re-action. You got one, deal with it.
People still have concerns with the team and the set up. Provided their criticism is constructive what's your problem?

Agree. Crewe look a poor side and just because they didn't take their three chances mean that everything is right with our back four. If we'd lost that game people on here would be clamouring for change. Especially in the centre of our defence.
especially you
See my reply to TTP. To expand. I think we've got serious problems with the centre of our defence. As much as we've got problems with our front three, not necessarily the personnel there, but how to get the best out of them, it's different with the heart of defence. The basic skills of a a central defender are about positional sense and awareness. We are conceding soft goals and chances and that needs addressing asap. Basically, I think it's much easier to slot in a central defender than a midfield or forward player. I know it's an extreme example but it's the point I'm making, if we signed a 10 million pound centre half because it was needed, you'd put him straight in. You wouldn't wait a month for him to train and get used to the players and the system. So if Ballard and Greta are good enough, get 'em in.
The one thing you don’t mention is we’re in extreme times where players have not had a preseason because of the window closing late .So players who have been without clubs are not fit.
 
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