• Nigel Adkins has been given the Tranmere job on a permanent basis signing until the end of the 25/26 season. Continue the discussion here.

League Two Rovers (1) v Doncaster Rovers (2)

Match result

  • Tranmere

    Votes: 1 11.1%
  • Draw

    Votes: 5 55.6%
  • Doncaster

    Votes: 3 33.3%

  • Total voters
    9
  • Poll closed .
Rovers (1) v Doncaster Rovers (2)
Posted by Ian
Prenton Park
Friday, October 20, 2023 - 07:45 PM
Until: Friday, October 20, 2023 - 10:00 PM
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Ian

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Yet we continue to do the same thing week in week out.
 
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It's the result that counts rather than how we get there, reckon an Adkins team is more likely to win 5-4 that 1-0.
At home we have picked up points in high scoring games, but I still think we need to be more pragmatic when we play away. We have lost every away game and I can't see that record improving unless we address the defensive frailties.
 

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At home we have picked up points in high scoring games, but I still think we need to be more pragmatic when we play away. We have lost every away game and I can't see that record improving unless we address the defensive frailties.
I agree and think we both think there’s a need for a defensive midfielder at home to protect the back four more. However Nigel seems to view it differently.
 

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Club just tweeted no planned pitch inspection today and the grounds staff are preparing as normal.
Assume they are planning for continued rain all day so hopefully it’s on
 
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Club just tweeted no planned pitch inspection today and the grounds staff are preparing as normal.
Assume they are planning for continued rain all day so hopefully it’s on
It won't be the pitch, that will cause a postponement, it will only be the surrounding areas, which is my neighbourhood, and we have had a lot of rain. I need a boat to get across my garden!
The rain is due to stop and become intermittent.
I hope.
Don't bring yer boots, bring yer wellys!
 
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Club just tweeted no planned pitch inspection today and the grounds staff are preparing as normal.
Assume they are planning for continued rain all day so hopefully it’s on
Best news I’ve heard in a long time. I’m on the train heading for Birkenhead and staying overnight before heading back. It’ll be a great relief when the match starts.
 

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Ahhh and there's me hoping it would be off and the boys would not lose. Sorry boys you know that it will be the same formation and same result the whole club seems clueless
 

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I think the only weather that would stop this pitch is ice and snow, it loves the rain. Imagine what the old bog would have looked like!
 
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Just noticed the picture you put up @Ian.

The state of that pitch!
Wouldn't be the kit person washing that!

Good job the foreign investment paid for the upgrade!

Out of seven votes, not one has predicted a home win!
Wow!
I’ve added my vote and I’m predicting a home win. Three-nil would be great. We did it in 1958 and last season, so why not?
 
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Finished work early, now I’m just hanging around hoping there’s no postponement! I guess the next few hours are going to tick by slowly. Takes a lot to beat Friday nights under the lights; wish the same could be said about us!
 
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Latest from Birkenhead!
Rain just spitting for now!
If you need to play on council pitches, unlucky! All games off!
Sky still grey! But it looks hopeful!
That is if the players can get here and of course the officials!
Getting windier, hopefully keeping rain at bay!
Don't forget your wellys or waders.
But still bring your boots, long studs required!
 

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I didn’t realise that Donny have won 4 of their 6 last league games after their dreadful start. So they are in good form.

Maybe I should do a rain dance…
 
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Although on their travels they are nearly as bad as us!
5 defeats and 1 win from 6 games
 

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No issues with the system just not sure the personnel is right or even Nigel has the right players. Someone pointed out Wood had a decent CV, he has so maybe that nightmare at Crewe could be a blip? I'm in the LOC camp for central midfield, however I recognise it might make a similar issue at full back.
Just about in the Jolley camp with Dennis coming one, but cannot fathom how Taylor isn't a wide selection?
Could do with seeing some glimmers of progress. 4 points from the next three would be good, three coming tonight!!
 

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I still think a 442 with O'Connor as a defensive midfielder would be much more solid than the 433 we have been playing. Our home form under Adkins is decent, but we still give the opposition too many chances. And obviously the away form has to improve.

I don't think defending as a team is just about formations though. The gaps between the different compartments of the team have been too big all season and we are too easy to play against. Nigel is a positive manager who has generally operated at ambitious clubs with big budgets and I wonder whether he has the right mindset for the position we currently find ourselves in. On occasions we simply need to 'play ugly' and grind out a result, without worrying too much about expansive football.

I would play Pike at right back and O'Connor in midfield in future, but I don't think it will happen.

As has been commented, we really need to win tomorrow or we might find ourselves cut adrift after the two away games that follow.
I agree 433 is asking for trouble and LOC is a must for DCM. My worry is that with just him plus ano...say Hendry in the middle, they might get steam rollered. I'd much prefer 3 in Centre Midfield with both, or at least one of our full backs performing the wing back roles. Pike looks composed in forward position with some clever runs. Get Hawkes, Taylor on later. Dennis hopefully more of a goal threat next to Jolley up front.
Disappointed how it turned out after Mellon left. I hold my hand up I was anxious for change - big mistake! Nigel is massively more experienced than Dawsey - so just hope the improvement forthcoming.
2-2 draw for me.
 

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Murphy and Turnbull come in, Pike back on the bench, no sign of Walker no doubt Injured again
 

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Walker has disappeared leaving Lewis as the only midfield sub? Saunders retains over Taylor- odd. Jolley and Dennis is an evens match for a role neither are suited. Hawkes needs to up his decision making, he opened up so much for one of his log shots at Crewe the defender realised he was nearer to the ball and nicked it!

Starbucks has disappeared, Pike back but can only see Apter as bringing something new
 
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