rovers v Southport

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The ticket arrangements for Rovers fans for the replay seem pretty shambolic. No priority for season ticket or points holders, just general sale from 9am on Thursday morning.

All the sales are online and I can see Southport's system struggling to cope. Pretty frustrating for the regular away fans who get no priority at all for this match.
 
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If the rumours about Banks and Mullin being out are true, I would switch to a five man midfield for the time being, certainly for the cup replay, with Cole or Jennings playing behind Norwood. We need to get control of games again in the middle of the pitch and pass the ball as we were in the early months of the season.

I think at Southport it is vital that we keep the ball on the deck and play football. If it becomes a physical, direct game we negate our key advantage over the opposition - our greater skill.
 
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Anything more known about Cole’s absence on Sunday? If we’re playing a lot of longer balls again, is there not a case for having a bigger striker like Stockton up front in the hope some of them will stick?
 
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I don't think we should be playing long balls, or at least not as many as we are. It is not a strength of this team, even when Stockton plays.

In the specific case of the Southport replay, if we let the game develop into a scrap with the ball in the air the majority of the time, we will struggle as much as we did on Sunday.
 
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I wasn’t at the game, but the impression given was there was a lot of hoof ball. Were there any particular culprits who could be replaced or was the whole team at fault? If we can’t eradicate that from our play, then having a player who can hold the ball up, like Stockton, may yield some benefits. I’m not sure, given the likely absentees, that we have the ability to impose our passing game.
 
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I’m not sure, given the likely absentees, that we have the ability to impose our passing game.
We have. Any team featuring Jennings, Smith, Cole (possibly), Gilmour (possibly), McNulty, Buxton can pass the ball.

Others like Zoum and Caprice are perfectly at home in a footballing side, and certainly better technically than Southport's players.
 
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We have. Any team featuring Jennings, Smith, Cole (possibly), Gilmour (possibly), McNulty, Buxton can pass the ball.

Others like Zoum and Caprice are perfectly at home in a footballing side, and certainly better technically than Southport's players.
I agree that we have the players to play a passing game, less sure that they’re capable of dictating a match is played that way.
 
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If we win the replay, the Spurs match will be televised by BT on Friday 4th January. A bit disappointed by that, as like most people I will be working and it would be a bit frantic trying to get to PP on time as part of a massive crowd. I would have preferred even a lunchtime weekend kick off, where there is a bit more build up to the game.

Still, it would be another cool 150,000 pounds for the club.

Not counting my chickens though.....