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Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)


By Deadly Submarine
August 25 2016

As Tranmere travel to Southport on Saturday afternoon, keep up to date with the action and have your say on what’s unfolding with our Match Thread.......

 

 

 

After finally gaining a full week's break from action after a whirlwind start to the season, it's back to action this weekend with a Bank Holiday double-header which first sees Rovers travel to Southport on Saturday afternoon.  Rovers will be looking to lengthen their 100% start to the season so far after five wins from their first five games.

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Southport are the next opponents for Rovers in the National League on Saturday afternoon

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Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
25/08/2016 19:35
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2016:08:28:12:16:58 by Deadly Submarine.

 
Higgosboots
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
25/08/2016 21:16
1-2 Rovers

 
warren r
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
25/08/2016 22:39
1- 4 rovers

 
wpato7
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
25/08/2016 22:56
0-1 will do just fine for me

 
kennyspint
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
25/08/2016 23:05
Bit concerned I only just noticed its all ticket and sold out. Am I mistaken that it was pay on the door last year- and I know it was a Tuesday game.

 
jade-trfc
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 07:33
there was pay on door last year, but was announced on the day before the game and we were only given 1000 tickets last year, this year we were given 1700 tickets sold the lot

 
DevonExile
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 08:01
Another litmus paper game. We struggled there last year but we are a better side now and they are weaker so a convincing win should be on the cards.

With two games in quick succession it may be just the time to give a substantial part of the game to players like Stephenson,Mekki,or Kirby. I know the theory about never changing a winning side but I also wonder whether it is time to rest Vaughan and perhaps bring Sutton in at right back

 
tranmerepete
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 08:23
You can pay in the home end...



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Chris28SWA
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 11:28
Keep Sutton on the bench for as long as possible for me

 
ming05
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 12:57
2-1 loss

 
tranmerepete
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 13:00
Tranmere win 3 - 1



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mini_andy
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 13:10
A freak 5-6 victory

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 13:39
southports defence leaking a lot of goals and I believe their defence was ALL OVER THE PLACE in the first 20 mins or so in their recent game at macc. confidence should be low so hopefully rovers can exploit this.. go at em straight from kick off and put them right under pressure is my advice.

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 14:27
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2-1 loss
Guess you wont be going to the match then

 
ming05
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 15:06
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2-1 loss
Guess you wont be going to the match then


Like thousands others that won't be going

 
Higgosboots
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 17:49
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southports defence leaking a lot of goals and I believe their defence was ALL OVER THE PLACE in the first 20 mins or so in their recent game at macc. confidence should be low so hopefully rovers can exploit this.. go at em straight from kick off and put them right under pressure is my advice.

It's a derby game though they are always tight and they have had a week to work on things now, don't get me wrong won't turn down a 4 or 5 goals just can't see it happening. Take a point to be fair but think we'll win.

 
martyd12
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 18:11
2-0 Rovers!!

 
bheadlad
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 18:35
A win will be 2 points more than last year which will be 10 points better off already
A tranmere win but as with all games now will be Hard as they will want to be the first to take points off us

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 21:42
This represent the first good opportunity to see if Tranmere can win big, as they did on more than one occasion last season.

Many champions have that level of scoring in their locker, for games when the defense slips up more than usual, or they put out a B standard performance and then there are goals to be eeked out of an uncommon performance.

However the win is the most important thing and Tranmere have to be favourites, regardless of the home advantage for Southport, but the problem is Southport may behave like a wounded animal, as confidence won't be too high after their start and suddenly they may find a much improved performance, but I'm confident Tranmere will do it.



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warren r
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
26/08/2016 23:00
Hope everyone enjoys there day I'm being dragged around the shops holiday shopping the joys of being told what to do 👍

 
Fiftyyearsarover
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 07:36
Going for Tranmere 2-0 with another 5 missed 😁

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 15:29
ive got full match commentary on wirral radio. seems as if there are loads of rovers fans there.

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 16:35
Around 20 minutes to go and it sounds like we are struggling somewhat.

 
wpato7
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 16:52
Still a good start to the season. Those creeping suggestions throughout our winning run of struggling to put away our chances seem to have some substance however...

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 16:56
hopefully just a minor derailment. back on track on Monday.

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 17:02
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Still a good start to the season. Those creeping suggestions throughout our winning run of struggling to put away our chances seem to have some substance however...
i think it's something that could seriously hold us back. Again

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 17:09
Ronnie wins his first home game in charge of eastleigh. FGR moving up the table.

 
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Deadly Submarine (IP Logged)

Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 17:10
The only two players who did well were Maynard and Hughes.

Norwood for whatever reason had a terrible game and Mekki proved why he hasn't been getting games so far.

Just surprised that we went long ball today but a decent point in a tough Derby game.

I thought despite a more sluggish performance though we were still the Team that deserved to win but still unbeaten and still Top will do me just fine!

Yet again we did create chances - it would be worrying me if we weren't doing so. Yet to click properly yet in my opinion!

 
bumhobo33
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 17:13
Glad we play again on Monday, hopefully we can get the taste of this one out of our mouths quickly!

 
Fiftyyearsarover
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 17:39
We were pushed off the top of the table by Dagenham before we kicked off ,why ?.goal difference, the lack of goals is very worrying It's ok creating chances but it won't boost your points or goal tally we got extra strikers to score more goals but it is just not happening .i know some will say on this forum ,here we go again ,negative thoughts but already I can see it causing problems ahead ,even Chester ,and York got 4today .from what I can gather they were poor today which is not unexpected after 6games but it does not explain the lack of goals in general

 
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Deadly Submarine (IP Logged)

Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 17:46
Dagenham's goal difference is 1 better than ours after 6 games so not sure I get the point?

 
Kennel
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 17:53
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The only two players who did well were Maynard and Hughes.
Norwood for whatever reason had a terrible game and Mekki proved why he hasn't been getting games so far.

Just surprised that we went long ball today but a decent point in a tough Derby game.

I thought despite a more sluggish performance though we were still the Team that deserved to win but still unbeaten and still Top will do me just fine!

Yet again we did create chances - it would be worrying me if we weren't doing so. Yet to click properly yet in my opinion!
Would you like to explain why you feel the need to be so negative towards Mekki.Were you really expecting him to change the game in 20 minutes?

 
tranmerepete
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 18:02
Very poor performance today. Maynard and Hughes the only two who remotely played OK. Norward had a stinker and we looked so flat. Why did we hit the long ball every time?. We brought on wide players and still hit the long ball. This is the second game in a row we look tired at 70 minutes mark.. We should have won that easily. They are a terrible team but we matched them today. They did not look a winning team today.



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aktrfc
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 18:23
Did we really play any worse than some of the other games this season? For me and I know I'm going to get slatted for it again. It all comes down to scoring goals which we don't despite having the capability. I know most on here are happy with 1 goals wins, but for me, we need to be putting games to bed. We had the chances 1st half to be out of sight. Look at FGR result today, 4 past a team we just got past. Don't want to be negative and it has nothing to do with today's result. If you don't score goals you don't win leagues and that what we are in it for. Please don't reply with just because we drew I getting on their back because that's not the case, the case is we have needed more goals for 4 years now.

 
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Deadly Submarine (IP Logged)

Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 18:46
Yes it was the worst performance of the season by a mile in answer to the question.

All the other games we looked sharp and effective and have been deserved winners. Today we still were the better team but played much poorer - the previous 5 games cannot be compared to this in any way.

 
aktrfc
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 19:13
They can because today we played by fair the worst team we have faced, but no matter how poor we were compared to other games, we still had the chances to put the game to bed. In games to come, that could be the difference between the play offs or not like last season.

 
bumhobo33
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 19:28
Like most things in life, the exact truth is grey and somewhere in the middle. We can both be pleased with the results and critical of performances, these do not need to be mutually exclusive. At some point the talk of looking much the better team needs to be backed up by dominant score lines. We are going to concede goals, we need to be able to win a game 3-2. Teams are playing deep and defensive, but to be top of the league we need to overcome that. So while I am happy to be on top of the league and think we are well positioned going forward, it is not realistic to think we can stay there relying on late goals and 1-0 clean sheets all season. Let's take out some frustrations on Monday against the bottom team at home.

 
Hoots Mon
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 19:37
Southport were dreadful-by a mile the worst team we have played this season. However they did have one thing that we didn't in the second half and that was desire,which is very worrying.

We were just plain awful from start to finish. We were so bad that we could have lost that game in the 20 minutes after they equalised with a fluke. We had three or four chances to clear the ball before their player scored but fluffed them all.Their goal also came just after quite the worst offside decision I've seen for a very long time. Norwood was extra careful in ensuring he was on[which he clearly was]on this occasion but the assistant waited the requisite couple of seconds and then amazingly raised his flag.He seriously needs a visit to the opticians if he truly thinks he was right.

I totally agree with Deadly about Mekki-contributed nothing. But he was far from the only one.

Yes we had a few chances but at the end of 90 minutes we did not deserve to win.The manager in his after match interview said that too.But ''it's a tough place to go.'' Only as tough as you make it.


Why did we sign Stephenson if the manager is not prepared to give him a chance? Baffling.


Oh-and the pitch LOOKED really good.But it was terrible. Unbelievably slow.



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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 19:38
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They can because today we played by fair the worst team we have faced, but no matter how poor we were compared to other games, we still had the chances to put the game to bed. In games to come, that could be the difference between the play offs or not like last season.

Why have you changed the slant of the question? You asked if we really played any worse than the other five games which we didn't in my opinion.

 
aktrfc
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 19:40
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Like most things in life, the exact truth is grey and somewhere in the middle. We can both be pleased with the results and critical of performances, these do not need to be mutually exclusive. At some point the talk of looking much the better team needs to be backed up by dominant score lines. We are going to concede goals, we need to be able to win a game 3-2. Teams are playing deep and defensive, but to be top of the league we need to overcome that. So while I am happy to be on top of the league and think we are well positioned going forward, it is not realistic to think we can stay there relying on late goals and 1-0 clean sheets all season. Let's take out some frustrations on Monday against the bottom team at home.

Agreed, and seeing guisley got a good hiding at home by a team we have beaten, it's time to show that we have not just been lucky in the first few games. If our promotion rivals are putting 4 & 5 past the same teams we scrap a 1-0 then what chance do we have against them. Let's just show them and go out for it, because I don't seem to remember us going for the main vain in the last 24 months.

 
Higgosboots
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 20:18
Didn't go, and havnt been bothered read all the posts on here. But its not a bad result, Southport being on the end of hankerings us 100% they will have been well up for halting that run and ending our unbeaten record. Lack of goals is a concern FG put 4 in today now just 3 behind and Daggers right on us, they are the two to watch so we need to match them as best we can.

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 20:38
For me anyone who thinks the lack of goals is not a major concern is burying their heads in the sand. ok we've just won 5 on the run and you can't really argue with that but as we seen last season virtually every team in the league is capable of this. This post may get tagged as that capital offense of being negative but In my opinion it will be our undoing if we can't somehow find a way of putting games to bed. It may well this season get us a play off spot but it certainly won't make us champions.

 
aktrfc
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 20:50
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They can because today we played by fair the worst team we have faced, but no matter how poor we were compared to other games, we still had the chances to put the game to bed. In games to come, that could be the difference between the play offs or not like last season.

Why have you changed the slant of the question? You asked if we really played any worse than the other five games which we didn't in my opinion.

I was putting it in context to how we have played in each game and although won, only just been better by one goal despite being the better team. As per the last 5 games we have been the better side, but only just got the result. a few of us on here have been described as negative for expressing this when we have won. As I said at the start and all the way through last season, we won't get anywhere without getting more goals.

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 20:54
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For me anyone who thinks the lack of goals is not a major concern is burying their heads in the sand. ok we've just won 5 on the run and you can't really argue with that but as we seen last season virtually every team in the league is capable of this. This post may get tagged as that capital offense of being negative but In my opinion it will be our undoing if we can't somehow find a way of putting games to bed. It may well this season get us a play off spot but it certainly won't make us champions.

Agree 100%

 
Kenny_Crons
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:03
That was my first game this season and whilst I have been assured that we have played loads better than this, I felt today showed no real improvement from last season.

We may have had lots of possession but we didn't dominate the game or even pass the ball. It was long balls for about 80 minutes which totally played into the hands of the opposition.

Connor Jennings and Norwood were isolated and therefore ineffective, and Harris and Steve Jennings proved what we already know that they can't play together. The pair of them didn't know what to do or where to run.

Extenuating circumstances were a small pitch with a surface not conducive to passing and a local derby atmosphere, but we still should have played better.

The big plus points are Cooks finish and the way we played when Hughes was in the middle, and also that we are still unbeaten.

It's only one game out of six so there is no cause for huge concern but I do hope a few lessons were learnt from today. Namely, don't play long ball against a rubbish team with massive centre backs!!!

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:05
Disappointing to concede the goal, but when Cook scored I had a feeling Southport were likely to counter and Tranmere needed to consolidate their position with another goal, as you're never safe at 1-0 unless there's about 2 seconds left and this type of game was just setup to be a banana skin, with them being local and out of form.

Guiseley has to be a win now, as you can't get 1 or 2 consecutive points against sides in the bottom 3, when you've won 5 on the spin, because the start of this season indicated Tranmere had the title winning credentials, that aren't always evident when a team is top 2 after 1-2 games, but 5 straight wins, set up the notion they could go for the title, but anything less than a win on Monday after this slippery result, would create doubt about the teams title winning credentials and also that the creeping doubts from some about how much they could be scoring, versus how much they do, would become more of a point of note.

For me I could accept a 1-0 against Guiseley, but I think considering they are 6 without a win, it's got to be a 3+ goal scoreline, to prove, like many eventual champions in any league have got, there are a few complete high scoring winning margins in the locker.



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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:10
A disappointing performance from the time we scored our goal until the end for me. That game could of been easily out of sight if we stepped up a gear in the 1st half. On the bright side a point even with a poor performance is a positive and we are still top. Mekki was very poor after all the jeers from the crowd to get him on.

 
Kenny_Crons
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:12
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Disappointing to concede the goal, but when Cook scored I had a feeling Southport were likely to counter and Tranmere needed to consolidate their position with another goal, as you're never safe at 1-0 unless there's about 2 seconds left and this type of game was just setup to be a banana skin, with them being local and out of form.
Guiseley has to be a win now, as you can't get 1 or 2 consecutive points against sides in the bottom 3, when you've won 5 on the spin, because the start of this season indicated Tranmere had the title winning credentials, that aren't always evident when a team is top 2 after 1-2 games, but 5 straight wins, set up the notion they could go for the title, but anything less than a win on Monday after this slippery result, would create doubt about the teams title winning credentials and also that the creeping doubts from some about how much they could be scoring, versus how much they do, would become more of a point of note.

For me I could accept a 1-0 against Guiseley, but I think considering they are 6 without a win, it's got to be a 3+ goal scoreline, to prove, like many eventual champions in any league have got, there are a few complete high scoring winning margins in the locker.

Agree.

 
borowhite
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:17
I would give their manager some credit though. After our goal their fans expected them to fold but he made the substitutions (which went down like a lead balloon with their fans by the way), changed the shape and overloaded our left, gambling on Hughes struggling to cope being a part-time full back - and it worked as we dropped deeper and deeper, looking decidedly edgy to boot. No doubt it was a gamble but their fans were chuffed to bits at the end. I would not be surprised to see Ridehalgh back in for Monday at LB but then you have the quandary of where to put Jeff Hughes? He's a smashing footballer Jeff but I don't think he can be a long term solution at left back.

 
Higgosboots
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:17
As I've said I didn't go, but I find it odd that people are saying on the one hand we played hoof ball again even when we brought wide players on, then slating the wide player I.e Mekki, surely he can only be as good as his service. Lack of goals will cost us end of, I've said it for 3 weeks now Championship winning sides find a way to win a game when the play poorly as they have goals. I know some people are saying that it's not concerning as we are creating chances but I'm the opposite, it's concerning to me that we've spent money on 30 goal a season men and we've scored 10 goals, 3rd an 4th have scored 16 an 15 respectively, York in 14th have scored 11 one more than us and even Chester have bagged 10, even Guisley have 8. So for all those saying that we can put it right and give them a hammering on Monday well I hope the team talk is a good one because ultimately they are averaging more than a goal a game and we haven't scored more than 2, so we can assume they will hit the back of the net. Realistically those we've signed are not 30 goal strikers, None of them have ever hit and I don't think Nors did last season either, his highest scoring return to date. I would be more comfortable with the lack of goals if we were winning 2-1 and putting both of our chances away, the fact we are creating and not scoring is a worrying signal that yet again we have a strike force who need 6 or 7 chances to hit the net.

 
AndyMase
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:19
Still not lost which is good. But as people have said slight concern is conversion rate. We look better this year over 6 games than last and if we win 5 from 6 as a repeating pattern we will be in good shape.

We just need to continue to improve as season goes on. I would like to see some squad rotation to see if the depth of squad is there and be ready for injuries and suspensions

 
Higgosboots
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:22
The other thing with squad rotation is it keeps everyone confident, when players sit their watching competitors squander chance after chance and don't get a run out they start to become disinterested and want away as it sends the message they are either not trusted, not good enough or both.

 
KW88
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:34
Point made about the pitch being slow earlier on in this discussion. I think that was a major factor in how the game was played today. There was no zip to the passing and everything was slow from both teams. I think that forced us into a long ball game against a team sitting deep, who had 2 very big CB's. The tempo suited Southhport today. To put a positive spin on today though... If that game was played last season I think we would of lost it. 1 point is better than 0

 
Higgosboots
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 21:35
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I would give their manager some credit though. After our goal their fans expected them to fold but he made the substitutions (which went down like a lead balloon with their fans by the way), changed the shape and overloaded our left, gambling on Hughes struggling to cope being a part-time full back - and it worked as we dropped deeper and deeper, looking decidedly edgy to boot. No doubt it was a gamble but their fans were chuffed to bits at the end. I would not be surprised to see Ridehalgh back in for Monday at LB but then you have the quandary of where to put Jeff Hughes? He's a smashing footballer Jeff but I don't think he can be a long term solution at left back.

In the slot currently occupied by S Jennings.

 
jim rockford
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 23:08
Re Adam Mekki while i agree he did not contribute a great deal it is worth remembering that his game time has been very limited even in the pre season i dont remember him playing a full game having no reserve team does not help.He needs more games maybe a start on Monday.

 
WWStandsure
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
27/08/2016 23:42
I think most who went will agree it was a dreadful performance, how to disappoint the majority of fans in one swoop. Some exceptions but overall the long ball system is horrible to watch and doesn't appear to be working outside of the training pitch. Nobody seems to want to shoot from outside the box / test the keeper. Please stop all the high ball stuff, it just makes every ball 50/50 - no advantage to Rovers, playing the ball on the ground was much more effective. Linesman - please re-read the offside law, you were wrong in your judgement.

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 06:23
Still a good awayday. Great to see around two thousand of us going to an away game.

Spoke to their fans in the supporters club after the game who said it was their best performance so far.

Statistically we leathered them and we dominated until we scored and they changed their formation. Our fans even sang Gary give us a wave at one point!!!!

Not great, but still an away point and still unbeaten this season, and unbeaten away for ages.

Southport's goal was a fluke and we nearly snatched it at the death. Not reaching for the panic button just yet.

Nice to see Southport's players in the supporters club munching on pizzas supplied by Dominos after the game. Probably whilst ours were checking their performance trackers on the coach.



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DevonExile
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 08:04
Whatever the reason this was two points lost against a side that already looks to be relegation bound.
It is still silly season as far as league tables are concerned but in another four or five games we will have played a reasonable cross section of sides.
Look at final tables over a decade and teams do not have to score a shed load of goals to win the league but it helps. Guisely are out of their depth in this league and we should win by a comfortable margin.
It is true that teams will play deep against stronger sides.The answer then is not possession but attacking with pace.It begs the question why Stephenson has not had a meaningful period of time on the pitch.Has Brabin decided that he is not good enough or is he loath to really attack?
He has a reputation for exceptional pace so why is Mekki the go to sub.Could it be that he is better at tracking back and so covering our fragility in the full back positions?

 
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Deadly Submarine (IP Logged)

Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 09:24
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Re Adam Mekki while i agree he did not contribute a great deal it is worth remembering that his game time has been very limited even in the pre season i dont remember him playing a full game having no reserve team does not help.He needs more games maybe a start on Monday.

We had a behind closed doors game last week for the first team players not getting a game and apparently won 5-0 so they've at least been getting some playing time who is a good thing.

 
Fiftyyearsarover
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 10:57
I am pleased people are not calling us that complain about lack of goals being slated or accused of being negative ,Dagenham ,FG and possibly Lincoln are going to push us all the way ,and with only one place for promotion up for grabs goals are a must,Brabin said post match that he was happy because they are creating chances ,same as last season ,you don't get points for creativity with each goal scored on average of 5 missed .l don't know what the answer is you can only lead a horse to water but can't make them drink, imagine if we had Ian Muir at this moment of time I reckon he would be good for 40/45 goals .another nail biting season coming up ,but I expect nothing less than playoffs

 
Higgosboots
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 16:40
Do we need an attacking coach? You can't lead a horse to water but you can learn to ride one! I was also a bit concerned as to how we would perform with 7 days between games, first time this season, it's easy to manage a winning side that are playing regularly it's keeping that confidence up when there's a week or so in between matches where a managers money is earnt. With games every 3 or 3 days there's very little a manager can do in between and very little time for players to think.



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Owainsleftglove
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 17:24
Poor...too slow letting a team get organised defensively ...all the calls for Mekki baffle me....fans sing his name he barely acknowledges and looks like he's got a cob on and spent most of the twenty minutes on his @#$%&.....same starting line up on Monday for me with a rollicking all round to wake em up !!!!!!

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 17:54
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Poor...too slow letting a team get organised defensively ...all the calls for Mekki baffle me....fans sing his name he barely acknowledges and looks like he's got a cob on and spent most of the twenty minutes on his @#$%&.....same starting line up on Monday for me with a rollicking all round to wake em up !!!!!!

Glad it's not just me that can see this re Mekki!

 
Hoots Mon
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 18:52
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Poor...too slow letting a team get organised defensively ...all the calls for Mekki baffle me....fans sing his name he barely acknowledges and looks like he's got a cob on and spent most of the twenty minutes on his @#$%&.....same starting line up on Monday for me with a rollicking all round to wake em up !!!!!!

Where was he playing? Because he wasn't on the wing.

 
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
28/08/2016 19:54
Too much long ball for most of the game. After we scored we just sat back and allowed them as much time on the ball as they wanted. A guy stood next to me said we need to try and go through them not over them. A poor performance but at least we got a point.

 
Johntyponty
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Re: Match 6 Discussion: Southport (A)
29/08/2016 11:19
The pitch was woefully slow, long grass I assume. That made us go long ball, despite the wind and we never really dominated

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