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Who will Partner Gillespie?

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posted Jul 23, 2008

It has to be Vernon at this stage.
I say at this stage as i still believe we need an experienced striker.
What do you think about my article about Alan Lee??
Any other suggestions on who we can bring in if not Vernon.

Up the U's

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posted Jul 23, 2008

Already commented. Can't see George going for another striker at the mo.

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posted Jul 24, 2008

GW has signed up Sunday...that means we have for strikers. I would expect Vernon to partner Gillespie against Hartlepool.

Baring a long term injury occuring before the end of August or a renewd bid for Yeates, I guess GW's finished in the transfer market, atleast until Janruary.

Do we think he's done enough?

Col U rule ok!

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comment by swcolu (U10603304)

posted Jul 24, 2008

I just hope it's not Platt. His lack of movement means that when he's on the pitch we end up playing this dull game built on long diagonal balls. Horrible to watch and produces nothing. Please don't put us through another season of watching that - I couldn't take it. Get the ball down, pass and move, give and go, triangles, flair...!

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posted Jul 24, 2008

I've never understood the slating of Platt. One of the few players last season to actually do his job. It's not his fault if people don't understand the role of a target man.

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posted Jul 24, 2008

Steve Gillespie is a magician, incredible with the ball at his feet, the most talented striker I've ever seen at Whaddon Road. A bit greedy, mind you. An absolute snip nevertheless!

At Cheltenham he tended to play off just off a bigger target man, but I'd actually say that for the majority of his goals, he was either played in via a clever through ball, or he ran it himself from deep - he then applies the finish more often than not.

So, not knowing your strikeforce, I'd expect to see him play off, or alongside, a big centre forward, with plenty of creativity in the middle and (to a lesser extent) on the flanks.

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comment by amgcolu (U7436359)

posted Jul 24, 2008

Thanks for the info JJ, Stevie G looks absolute quality. I havent been this excited about one our signings in ages (although have to admit i was after we signed Sheringham) but nevertheless this guy looks like the real deal and with hammond, perkins and Jacko behind him he should get plenty of good servive. I'm hoping for 20+ goals from him and if we go up at the end of the season it will probably be down to Stevie G

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posted Jul 24, 2008

Just hope his buy-out clause is set well over 2million! <doh>

Co U rule ok!

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posted Jul 24, 2008

LayerdromeDave ..... you are dead right he did do his job as a target man but unfortunately when he is in the side we tend to hoooof the ball to him from the back and bypass the midfield.
The only thing i have worries over is that we will rely to heavily on Stevie G.
Vernon not prolific but will chip in with a goal or 2,Platt not prolific and Sunday unknown at the mo.
I really do think we could do with a striker to partner Gillespie who also knows where the back of the net is.
Just don't think it will happen now!!!

Up the U's <cheers>

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posted Jul 24, 2008

the trouble with Platt is that as our form dipped and we struggled, he seemed to lose interest. we know he can score good goals, the one at Ipswich was a stunner. he has done pretty well pre-season and seems up for it. I just can't face another season of hoofing up the middle + he lacks movement. I would start with Vernon and Gillespie.

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posted Jul 25, 2008

There is more than one way to play as a target man. Last season, and what I saw at Chelmsford, is Platt pushing onto the centre-halves and staying there in a rather static manner - his movement is not that clever. This style leads to little margin of error when the ball is pinged at his head - far, far too often last season - and the ball is quickly returned to the opposition.
A far better way to play as a target was demonstrated by van Nistelroy in the Euros. He came off the defenders - causing them a problem immediately - and linked with the clever midfield players. Vernon played like this at times last season and looked very useful. With our midfield of JJ, Hammond, Perkins, Yeates and Wordsworth all good movers and passers of the ball I would hope that GW will play with the more mobile set-up as this style would surely help Gillespie get in behind more often. Hoping for headed flick-ons for goals, or for that matter anything at all, is a dated and useless way to play football. If GW goes for Platt and he doesn't move away from the defence then we will not look a very progressive side and we may not reap the rewards that we are all hoping for this season. Be a waste to have paid £400+K for a player and 'HOPE' that he gets on the end of uncontrolled flick-ons. Sadly, thats what happened at Chelmsford - has GW learnt his lessons as he keeps on repeating - the jury is out until we see his tactics in the games that matter!

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posted Jul 28, 2008

No problem amgcolu,

Stevie is definitely capable of 20+ goals in a good side, and will probably fire you up the league. Just one thing to bear in mind though - last season he was very lucky with injuries (he had none), whereas the previous two he was very prone indeed. They say last season's improvement was down to him 'toughening up' to the rigours League One football but I worry that he's due a spell on the sidelines. I genuinely don't want that to happen - now he's gone I'll follow you guys a lot more closely, as I now do with the likes of Barnsley, Bristol City and Barnsley who are benefiting from our better players - I hope Stevie G does fantastically well as he's a championship player. The only thing I ask is that he does nothing in the two games against us, ok?

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comment by amgcolu (U7436359)

posted Jul 28, 2008

Well, he's already missed two of our pre-season games with a tight groin, which is a little bit concerning, hopefully thats the only injury he will get this season. He's scored 4 goals this pre-season including a hat-trick and an amazing goal last wednesday. Well if he does score 20+ goals this season, and we're winning the league by miles, then i would not begrudge you at least a draw when you play us with Stevie G having a quite game, because we will owe you that at least ;)
On another note, i do see peoples concerns about needing another goal scoring partner for Gillespie but we scored 5 at the weekend without him, so hopefully we can get plenty of goals from the midfielders this season, we need another Danns!!

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posted Jul 28, 2008

Covering for injuries is why teams run 4/5 strikers... and no team runs with two Gillespie quality players where one plays while the other sits on the bench waiting for an injury.

Platt will hopefully come good.

If Gillespie is injury prone, let's hope GW has taken that onboard and set the Doc the task of sorting it out.


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