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SWINDON TOWN: Granite man Branco can be Town's next big find

Swindon Advertiser: Raphael Rossi Branco wins a header during his star performance in Swindon Town's victory over Peterborough Raphael Rossi Branco wins a header during his star performance in Swindon Town's victory over Peterborough

SWINDON Town could have unearthed another gem in the shape of Raphael Rossi Branco after the centre-back’s impressive full league debut on Saturday.

Branco, who looked less than convincing on his first start for the club against Plymouth Argyle in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy back in October, earned his place in the starting line-up on the back of a resilient display off the bench at Bradford on December 29 and made the most of his opportunity with a stand-out performance in the clash with Peterborough United.

The Brazilian made several critical blocks and showed superb positional sense as he and captain Darren Ward kept a formidable Posh frontline, which included £1.5million striker Britt Assombalonga, at bay during 90 tough minutes at the County Ground. And he earned a lorry-load of praise from his manager Mark Cooper as a result.

“He is made of granite. You wouldn’t want to bump into him in a dark alleyway and he showed today he can compete defensively, he’s got decent pace and he’s no slouch on the ball,” said the Town boss.

“If you put those three together you should get a decent central defender but he has to do it consistently now.

“He’s shown me today that he deserves to be in the picture and if he can string three or four of them together we’ve got another young asset on his hands.”

Grant Hall was moved to left-back to accommodate Branco and Cooper was pleased with the way the on-loan Tottenham youngster stood up to the test.

“We knew that Peterborough from set-pieces were a threat and they showed that, although we scored from a set-piece,” he said. “We wanted another bigger defender in the team and it worked today.”

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7:00am Fri 17 Jan 14

Scouse Red says...

Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent.

As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward?

Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?
Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent. As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward? Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo? Scouse Red
  • Score: 11

7:26am Fri 17 Jan 14

Swindon1984 says...

Scouse Red wrote:
Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent.

As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward?

Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?
Agree, could alternate Ward and Hall, still have reservations about both though. Hall definitely not a left back, didn't look comfortable there.
[quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent. As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward? Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?[/p][/quote]Agree, could alternate Ward and Hall, still have reservations about both though. Hall definitely not a left back, didn't look comfortable there. Swindon1984
  • Score: 4

8:26am Fri 17 Jan 14

old town robin says...

Scouse Red wrote:
Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent.

As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward?

Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?
I was going to post exactly the same as you Scouse, sam doesn't know what he's taliking about if he thought Rossi was less than convincing against Plymouth. After settling the nerves he went on to have a brilliant game. Spoke with him outside the ground after the game, very modest polite young man, I really look forward to him making his mark in the game, a bit of a mystery why Cooper has waited this long given the two encumbrants have played every game to date.

Also agree with you Hall is not as bad as others have said, definitely better playing on the left side but not at full back, Jay is more experienced and gets forward better. For me it's a toss up who plays along side Branco, but the Hall Ward partnership needs to have a break.
[quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent. As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward? Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?[/p][/quote]I was going to post exactly the same as you Scouse, sam doesn't know what he's taliking about if he thought Rossi was less than convincing against Plymouth. After settling the nerves he went on to have a brilliant game. Spoke with him outside the ground after the game, very modest polite young man, I really look forward to him making his mark in the game, a bit of a mystery why Cooper has waited this long given the two encumbrants have played every game to date. Also agree with you Hall is not as bad as others have said, definitely better playing on the left side but not at full back, Jay is more experienced and gets forward better. For me it's a toss up who plays along side Branco, but the Hall Ward partnership needs to have a break. old town robin
  • Score: 5

8:44am Fri 17 Jan 14

London Red says...

Branco is certainly no nonsence and the sort of CB we need as he is not too shabby with the ball at his feet either
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Imagine what he would have been like next to Adam El-Abd - who has just signed for Bristol!
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If we had money to spend on Thomas surely we would have had money to spend on El-Abd?
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Is he Flint's replacement there?
Branco is certainly no nonsence and the sort of CB we need as he is not too shabby with the ball at his feet either . Imagine what he would have been like next to Adam El-Abd - who has just signed for Bristol! . If we had money to spend on Thomas surely we would have had money to spend on El-Abd? . Is he Flint's replacement there? London Red
  • Score: 0

9:15am Fri 17 Jan 14

Wilesy says...

London Red wrote:
Branco is certainly no nonsence and the sort of CB we need as he is not too shabby with the ball at his feet either
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Imagine what he would have been like next to Adam El-Abd - who has just signed for Bristol!
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If we had money to spend on Thomas surely we would have had money to spend on El-Abd?
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Is he Flint's replacement there?
I think Power and Cooper are hoping to eventually get games out of Troy so with Branco's good form the defensive position is not the priority.

As per above what is happening with the Ngoo talks, presumably there is still a need for another striker to replace El Gabbas? Assuming that Barker and 'new' Ranger have filled the Ajose and 'old' Ranger gaps?

The Adver 'tweetgate' seems to be the main priority at present maybe once he's steered the ship through that crisis Power will focus on a bit of wheeling and dealing
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Branco is certainly no nonsence and the sort of CB we need as he is not too shabby with the ball at his feet either . Imagine what he would have been like next to Adam El-Abd - who has just signed for Bristol! . If we had money to spend on Thomas surely we would have had money to spend on El-Abd? . Is he Flint's replacement there?[/p][/quote]I think Power and Cooper are hoping to eventually get games out of Troy so with Branco's good form the defensive position is not the priority. As per above what is happening with the Ngoo talks, presumably there is still a need for another striker to replace El Gabbas? Assuming that Barker and 'new' Ranger have filled the Ajose and 'old' Ranger gaps? The Adver 'tweetgate' seems to be the main priority at present maybe once he's steered the ship through that crisis Power will focus on a bit of wheeling and dealing Wilesy
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10:12am Fri 17 Jan 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Surely Ngoo talks were a smokescreen for Ranger coming back?
Surely Ngoo talks were a smokescreen for Ranger coming back? dreamofacleansheet2
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10:31am Fri 17 Jan 14

London Red says...

Cooper said they were looking for another forward - but surely the arrival of Ranger and Barker has eased that necessity to get a deal done as we now have 4 strikers available (Storey and N'Guessan the others)
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Surely now it is better to ensure we get the right person at more importantly at the right price even if that means taking the rest of Jan
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Wilesy with El-Abd I was think a lot more long term. He is 29 so is the perfect age to take over as club captain and could potentially give us 3-4 seasons
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Ward has gone downhill this year - so do we think he will be doing it next year?
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Hall could also be gone next year - so with our "first choice pair" potentially gone - we need to think about that going forward
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Troy, Branco and Oakley could be good starting point - but they would need to have someone like El-Abd leading them - none are experienced campaigners
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If Troy drops out of the mix then surely a CB would have come a prioity again? Remember Sam reported he had been circulated for a loan
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Granted I don't think we should waste money a loanee CB with Oakley out getting fitness and Troy nearly back to compliment Ward, Hall and Branco - but if the opportunity for a brilliant CB (which El-Abd is) on a perm deal was there I think we should have taken it!
Cooper said they were looking for another forward - but surely the arrival of Ranger and Barker has eased that necessity to get a deal done as we now have 4 strikers available (Storey and N'Guessan the others) . Surely now it is better to ensure we get the right person at more importantly at the right price even if that means taking the rest of Jan . Wilesy with El-Abd I was think a lot more long term. He is 29 so is the perfect age to take over as club captain and could potentially give us 3-4 seasons . Ward has gone downhill this year - so do we think he will be doing it next year? . Hall could also be gone next year - so with our "first choice pair" potentially gone - we need to think about that going forward . Troy, Branco and Oakley could be good starting point - but they would need to have someone like El-Abd leading them - none are experienced campaigners . If Troy drops out of the mix then surely a CB would have come a prioity again? Remember Sam reported he had been circulated for a loan . Granted I don't think we should waste money a loanee CB with Oakley out getting fitness and Troy nearly back to compliment Ward, Hall and Branco - but if the opportunity for a brilliant CB (which El-Abd is) on a perm deal was there I think we should have taken it! London Red
  • Score: 1

11:57am Fri 17 Jan 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

I think Mark Cooper is a good manager and he has exceeded my expectations but when he watches Grant Hall he must wear rose tinted glasses. Branco is much more reliable in the centre. We also have some great left backs available, Hall shouldn't even be considered for the left back position, it just moves the area of weakness.

There must be a "play every match" clause in Hall's loan deal because he certainly doesn't keep his place on merit. Mind you I reckon if you did a count up of assists, Hall would be at the top of the pile; unfortunately for the opposition and not us. His continued inclusion is costing us dearly.
I think Mark Cooper is a good manager and he has exceeded my expectations but when he watches Grant Hall he must wear rose tinted glasses. Branco is much more reliable in the centre. We also have some great left backs available, Hall shouldn't even be considered for the left back position, it just moves the area of weakness. There must be a "play every match" clause in Hall's loan deal because he certainly doesn't keep his place on merit. Mind you I reckon if you did a count up of assists, Hall would be at the top of the pile; unfortunately for the opposition and not us. His continued inclusion is costing us dearly. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: -2

12:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

sadgit says...

No mention of Troys fitness lately.
Will he ever play for us again or is it a case of getting him fit (whatever that is) and shipping him out, as already intimated by Cooper.
No mention of Troys fitness lately. Will he ever play for us again or is it a case of getting him fit (whatever that is) and shipping him out, as already intimated by Cooper. sadgit
  • Score: 0

12:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Swindon1984 says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
I think Mark Cooper is a good manager and he has exceeded my expectations but when he watches Grant Hall he must wear rose tinted glasses. Branco is much more reliable in the centre. We also have some great left backs available, Hall shouldn't even be considered for the left back position, it just moves the area of weakness. There must be a "play every match" clause in Hall's loan deal because he certainly doesn't keep his place on merit. Mind you I reckon if you did a count up of assists, Hall would be at the top of the pile; unfortunately for the opposition and not us. His continued inclusion is costing us dearly.
Exactly what I said when I saw the team sheet Saturday - with Byrne fit and a far better choice as full back surely the club are having their hands tied in playing Hall, he's not a full back by a long stretch but seems to still get in the side as such even when there are better options available.
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: I think Mark Cooper is a good manager and he has exceeded my expectations but when he watches Grant Hall he must wear rose tinted glasses. Branco is much more reliable in the centre. We also have some great left backs available, Hall shouldn't even be considered for the left back position, it just moves the area of weakness. There must be a "play every match" clause in Hall's loan deal because he certainly doesn't keep his place on merit. Mind you I reckon if you did a count up of assists, Hall would be at the top of the pile; unfortunately for the opposition and not us. His continued inclusion is costing us dearly.[/p][/quote]Exactly what I said when I saw the team sheet Saturday - with Byrne fit and a far better choice as full back surely the club are having their hands tied in playing Hall, he's not a full back by a long stretch but seems to still get in the side as such even when there are better options available. Swindon1984
  • Score: -1

12:48pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Wilesy says...

London Red wrote:
Cooper said they were looking for another forward - but surely the arrival of Ranger and Barker has eased that necessity to get a deal done as we now have 4 strikers available (Storey and N'Guessan the others)
.
Surely now it is better to ensure we get the right person at more importantly at the right price even if that means taking the rest of Jan
.
Wilesy with El-Abd I was think a lot more long term. He is 29 so is the perfect age to take over as club captain and could potentially give us 3-4 seasons
.
Ward has gone downhill this year - so do we think he will be doing it next year?
.
Hall could also be gone next year - so with our "first choice pair" potentially gone - we need to think about that going forward
.
Troy, Branco and Oakley could be good starting point - but they would need to have someone like El-Abd leading them - none are experienced campaigners
.
If Troy drops out of the mix then surely a CB would have come a prioity again? Remember Sam reported he had been circulated for a loan
.
Granted I don't think we should waste money a loanee CB with Oakley out getting fitness and Troy nearly back to compliment Ward, Hall and Branco - but if the opportunity for a brilliant CB (which El-Abd is) on a perm deal was there I think we should have taken it!
LR I think they will consider all that at the end of the season as part of phase 2 of the rebuilding. Defense wise we can probably live with what we've got for 4 months.

Hall clearly has a 'must play' clause but will probably return to Spurs in May unless he improves dramatically.

Ward has been OK but is gradually grinding to a halt and probably in his last season but is on lower wages than last year anyway,

Troy and Oakley back up to them and the impressive Branco.

El-Abd would have been great but would break the bank at the moment and would be a luxury we can't afford until Navarro, Williams etc are gone.

Let's not forget the objective given to Cooper was 'don't get relegated' so with that in mind I can't see us spending any more than we have to and we've got enough to avoid that happening providing we keep the home form going and adequately replace anyone who leaves in Jan.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Cooper said they were looking for another forward - but surely the arrival of Ranger and Barker has eased that necessity to get a deal done as we now have 4 strikers available (Storey and N'Guessan the others) . Surely now it is better to ensure we get the right person at more importantly at the right price even if that means taking the rest of Jan . Wilesy with El-Abd I was think a lot more long term. He is 29 so is the perfect age to take over as club captain and could potentially give us 3-4 seasons . Ward has gone downhill this year - so do we think he will be doing it next year? . Hall could also be gone next year - so with our "first choice pair" potentially gone - we need to think about that going forward . Troy, Branco and Oakley could be good starting point - but they would need to have someone like El-Abd leading them - none are experienced campaigners . If Troy drops out of the mix then surely a CB would have come a prioity again? Remember Sam reported he had been circulated for a loan . Granted I don't think we should waste money a loanee CB with Oakley out getting fitness and Troy nearly back to compliment Ward, Hall and Branco - but if the opportunity for a brilliant CB (which El-Abd is) on a perm deal was there I think we should have taken it![/p][/quote]LR I think they will consider all that at the end of the season as part of phase 2 of the rebuilding. Defense wise we can probably live with what we've got for 4 months. Hall clearly has a 'must play' clause but will probably return to Spurs in May unless he improves dramatically. Ward has been OK but is gradually grinding to a halt and probably in his last season but is on lower wages than last year anyway, Troy and Oakley back up to them and the impressive Branco. El-Abd would have been great but would break the bank at the moment and would be a luxury we can't afford until Navarro, Williams etc are gone. Let's not forget the objective given to Cooper was 'don't get relegated' so with that in mind I can't see us spending any more than we have to and we've got enough to avoid that happening providing we keep the home form going and adequately replace anyone who leaves in Jan. Wilesy
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Fri 17 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

No mention of the awful game on Tuesday? Don't think many Scouts would call anybody gems, would they? Or have in missed something?
Could be worth £50 million or 50 pence, another awful story, adver get rid ASAP
No mention of the awful game on Tuesday? Don't think many Scouts would call anybody gems, would they? Or have in missed something? Could be worth £50 million or 50 pence, another awful story, adver get rid ASAP smirg kcab
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Wilesy says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Psychedelic Syd wrote:
I think Mark Cooper is a good manager and he has exceeded my expectations but when he watches Grant Hall he must wear rose tinted glasses. Branco is much more reliable in the centre. We also have some great left backs available, Hall shouldn't even be considered for the left back position, it just moves the area of weakness. There must be a "play every match" clause in Hall's loan deal because he certainly doesn't keep his place on merit. Mind you I reckon if you did a count up of assists, Hall would be at the top of the pile; unfortunately for the opposition and not us. His continued inclusion is costing us dearly.
Exactly what I said when I saw the team sheet Saturday - with Byrne fit and a far better choice as full back surely the club are having their hands tied in playing Hall, he's not a full back by a long stretch but seems to still get in the side as such even when there are better options available.
Imo the STFC defence in League 1 should feature 4 defenders who are big, strong, good in the air, and can tackle. 1 centre back in particular should be a leader. Pace and good feet secondary abilities. Ward (although in decline) and Branco fit the bill. McEveley and Nathan Thompson aren't in stunning form but are good enough, on their day. Hall, Byrne and Barthram just aren't physical enough although Byrne is very decent on the wing.

To compliment the strong defence imo we should have at least one central midfielder who also has those defensive characteristics. Badly lacking there. Luongo's been triying but he's wasted there should be further up field but then Cooper is trying to fit Mason and Kasim in. It's been said many times but we haven't replaced the Miller / Macca / Hollands position and that is where we need to recruit now Branco looks to have solved the Flint issue.

All just my opinion of course, clearly the people that really matter don't think so...
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: I think Mark Cooper is a good manager and he has exceeded my expectations but when he watches Grant Hall he must wear rose tinted glasses. Branco is much more reliable in the centre. We also have some great left backs available, Hall shouldn't even be considered for the left back position, it just moves the area of weakness. There must be a "play every match" clause in Hall's loan deal because he certainly doesn't keep his place on merit. Mind you I reckon if you did a count up of assists, Hall would be at the top of the pile; unfortunately for the opposition and not us. His continued inclusion is costing us dearly.[/p][/quote]Exactly what I said when I saw the team sheet Saturday - with Byrne fit and a far better choice as full back surely the club are having their hands tied in playing Hall, he's not a full back by a long stretch but seems to still get in the side as such even when there are better options available.[/p][/quote]Imo the STFC defence in League 1 should feature 4 defenders who are big, strong, good in the air, and can tackle. 1 centre back in particular should be a leader. Pace and good feet secondary abilities. Ward (although in decline) and Branco fit the bill. McEveley and Nathan Thompson aren't in stunning form but are good enough, on their day. Hall, Byrne and Barthram just aren't physical enough although Byrne is very decent on the wing. To compliment the strong defence imo we should have at least one central midfielder who also has those defensive characteristics. Badly lacking there. Luongo's been triying but he's wasted there should be further up field but then Cooper is trying to fit Mason and Kasim in. It's been said many times but we haven't replaced the Miller / Macca / Hollands position and that is where we need to recruit now Branco looks to have solved the Flint issue. All just my opinion of course, clearly the people that really matter don't think so... Wilesy
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

London Red says...

Fair point about not address the CBs until the summer when it is more essential than now
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Only thing is we might have potetially missed out on a brilliant new captain - unless of course Williams didn't rate him and we were not interested, as you would have thought he would know about him the most
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Or as suggested we simply couldn't afford him yet now or then!
Fair point about not address the CBs until the summer when it is more essential than now . Only thing is we might have potetially missed out on a brilliant new captain - unless of course Williams didn't rate him and we were not interested, as you would have thought he would know about him the most . Or as suggested we simply couldn't afford him yet now or then! London Red
  • Score: 0

4:24pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Scouse Red wrote:
Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent.

As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward?

Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?
Agree, could alternate Ward and Hall, still have reservations about both though. Hall definitely not a left back, didn't look comfortable there.
True but not as exposed as in the middle, where he hardly looks comfortable either.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent. As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward? Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?[/p][/quote]Agree, could alternate Ward and Hall, still have reservations about both though. Hall definitely not a left back, didn't look comfortable there.[/p][/quote]True but not as exposed as in the middle, where he hardly looks comfortable either. Oi Den!
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4:42pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Swindon1984 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
Scouse Red wrote: Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent. As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward? Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?
Agree, could alternate Ward and Hall, still have reservations about both though. Hall definitely not a left back, didn't look comfortable there.
True but not as exposed as in the middle, where he hardly looks comfortable either.
Would agree with you there, would rather have him at left back then in the centre with Ward. Not convinced about our defence at all currently, speaks volumes that even when we pack the midfield we still look vulnerable, largely because the defence play themselves into trouble. Really need a midfielder like Kasim to drop back and make the forward passes for them, as when the pass amongst themselves or try to pass forward they too often give possession away cheaply.

Can't lay all the blame on the defence either though I suppose, from what I've heard of Tuesday's match near enough the whole team failed to turn up. Let's hope we can muster ourselves for Gillingham. Last weekend I would've taken a draw from the Gills away, after the midweek result I'd bite someone's hand off for it.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: Agree Branco looks a find and disagree with Sam in the piece above. Yes first 20 mins against Plymouth he struggled playing in the back 3 but second held he was excellent. As for Hall, i said on Saturday i think he needs a rest, certainly never a left back and with Jay back maybe time for a breather. He's certainly not useless as some people were stating on Saturday and i though he'd looked rather good last few games. Perhaps rest him for a few and then Ward? Anyway, what happened with Mr Ngoo?[/p][/quote]Agree, could alternate Ward and Hall, still have reservations about both though. Hall definitely not a left back, didn't look comfortable there.[/p][/quote]True but not as exposed as in the middle, where he hardly looks comfortable either.[/p][/quote]Would agree with you there, would rather have him at left back then in the centre with Ward. Not convinced about our defence at all currently, speaks volumes that even when we pack the midfield we still look vulnerable, largely because the defence play themselves into trouble. Really need a midfielder like Kasim to drop back and make the forward passes for them, as when the pass amongst themselves or try to pass forward they too often give possession away cheaply. Can't lay all the blame on the defence either though I suppose, from what I've heard of Tuesday's match near enough the whole team failed to turn up. Let's hope we can muster ourselves for Gillingham. Last weekend I would've taken a draw from the Gills away, after the midweek result I'd bite someone's hand off for it. Swindon1984
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6:14pm Fri 17 Jan 14

readie57 says...

Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said:
Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).
Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said: Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them). readie57
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6:55pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

readie57 wrote:
Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said:
Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).
They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.
[quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said: Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).[/p][/quote]They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects. Oi Den!
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7:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Rebel_phish says...

Off Topic.
PREDICTIONS LEAGUE

Sam hasn't posted the page for the Predictions League details for the Gillingham match yet.

I have put the questions on the questions for tomorrows match on the Stevenage thread. Post your predictions there for the time being. Hopefully Sam will have the page up tomorrow.

Rebel.

Link

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Off Topic. PREDICTIONS LEAGUE Sam hasn't posted the page for the Predictions League details for the Gillingham match yet. I have put the questions on the questions for tomorrows match on the Stevenage thread. Post your predictions there for the time being. Hopefully Sam will have the page up tomorrow. Rebel. Link http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/fix tures_and_results/ne ws_articles/10931913 .PREDICTIONS_LEAGUE_ _Stevenage_v_Swindon _Town/?action=succes s Rebel_phish
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7:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

readie57 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
readie57 wrote:
Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said:
Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).
They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.
Was meaning 1 or 2 of the ones we have here now!
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said: Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).[/p][/quote]They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.[/p][/quote]Was meaning 1 or 2 of the ones we have here now! readie57
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8:46pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

readie57 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
readie57 wrote:
Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said:
Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).
They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.
Was meaning 1 or 2 of the ones we have here now!
Ah! I did wonder if that was what you meant. Of Hall, Mason and Pritchard who would you keep? I think Mason is the best of the lot by a long way but even he has a tendency to disappear.
[quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said: Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).[/p][/quote]They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.[/p][/quote]Was meaning 1 or 2 of the ones we have here now![/p][/quote]Ah! I did wonder if that was what you meant. Of Hall, Mason and Pritchard who would you keep? I think Mason is the best of the lot by a long way but even he has a tendency to disappear. Oi Den!
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8:49pm Fri 17 Jan 14

The Jockster says...

The answer is play Branco in the middle - drop Hall - s0d the " he must play" clause -L1 survival is the only aim and Spurs need tobe told he is a liability in that aim. Bring in Jmac or NB job done!
The answer is play Branco in the middle - drop Hall - s0d the " he must play" clause -L1 survival is the only aim and Spurs need tobe told he is a liability in that aim. Bring in Jmac or NB job done! The Jockster
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9:03pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Di kanny oh says...

The Jockster wrote:
The answer is play Branco in the middle - drop Hall - s0d the " he must play" clause -L1 survival is the only aim and Spurs need tobe told he is a liability in that aim. Bring in Jmac or NB job done!
Thinking the same Jock but after hearing Chalkie White at Stevenage saying we needed a six foot plus midfielder to break up play win headers and distribute the ball to the ball playing midfielders I wondered if Hall could do this job. His defending has been erratic but he has his good moments and looks assured with the ball most times. We are failing in the midfield as there is no steel there and we need someone to put it about as I feel Kasim Luongo and Mason are too lightweight and too much alike. If only we could find another Ray McHale but bigger. Chris Kamara type would be best.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: The answer is play Branco in the middle - drop Hall - s0d the " he must play" clause -L1 survival is the only aim and Spurs need tobe told he is a liability in that aim. Bring in Jmac or NB job done![/p][/quote]Thinking the same Jock but after hearing Chalkie White at Stevenage saying we needed a six foot plus midfielder to break up play win headers and distribute the ball to the ball playing midfielders I wondered if Hall could do this job. His defending has been erratic but he has his good moments and looks assured with the ball most times. We are failing in the midfield as there is no steel there and we need someone to put it about as I feel Kasim Luongo and Mason are too lightweight and too much alike. If only we could find another Ray McHale but bigger. Chris Kamara type would be best. Di kanny oh
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9:10pm Fri 17 Jan 14

readie57 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
readie57 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
readie57 wrote:
Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said:
Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).
They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.
Was meaning 1 or 2 of the ones we have here now!
Ah! I did wonder if that was what you meant. Of Hall, Mason and Pritchard who would you keep? I think Mason is the best of the lot by a long way but even he has a tendency to disappear.
I thought when I 1st saw Pritchard,that cuz of his size,he would be a bit like Benyon..too little and no weight.But what he can do ,on his day,is a little special.And yeah,like the look of Mason,but agree he drifts in and out.Hall...jury is out.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said: Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).[/p][/quote]They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.[/p][/quote]Was meaning 1 or 2 of the ones we have here now![/p][/quote]Ah! I did wonder if that was what you meant. Of Hall, Mason and Pritchard who would you keep? I think Mason is the best of the lot by a long way but even he has a tendency to disappear.[/p][/quote]I thought when I 1st saw Pritchard,that cuz of his size,he would be a bit like Benyon..too little and no weight.But what he can do ,on his day,is a little special.And yeah,like the look of Mason,but agree he drifts in and out.Hall...jury is out. readie57
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9:57pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Wilesy says...

readie57 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
readie57 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
readie57 wrote:
Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said:
Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).
They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.
Was meaning 1 or 2 of the ones we have here now!
Ah! I did wonder if that was what you meant. Of Hall, Mason and Pritchard who would you keep? I think Mason is the best of the lot by a long way but even he has a tendency to disappear.
I thought when I 1st saw Pritchard,that cuz of his size,he would be a bit like Benyon..too little and no weight.But what he can do ,on his day,is a little special.And yeah,like the look of Mason,but agree he drifts in and out.Hall...jury is out.
Absolutely on their day they are fantastic, Mason and Pritchard have run the show a few times, but they do need to improve their consistency.

Of all the Spurs lads I think Luongo is the best, at least the most consistent, but I would prefer to see him attacking rather than holding, with a dominant midfielder alongside.

I was thinking Mason was something really special on early performances but hasn't seemed the same since returning from injury.
[quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: Get in 1st Cooperman... Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let some of his fringe players leave Tottenham this month. Asked if he was willing to let some players leave this month, Sherwood said: Yes, absolutely. As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them).[/p][/quote]They wouldn't necessarily be any good just because they're Premier League rejects.[/p][/quote]Was meaning 1 or 2 of the ones we have here now![/p][/quote]Ah! I did wonder if that was what you meant. Of Hall, Mason and Pritchard who would you keep? I think Mason is the best of the lot by a long way but even he has a tendency to disappear.[/p][/quote]I thought when I 1st saw Pritchard,that cuz of his size,he would be a bit like Benyon..too little and no weight.But what he can do ,on his day,is a little special.And yeah,like the look of Mason,but agree he drifts in and out.Hall...jury is out.[/p][/quote]Absolutely on their day they are fantastic, Mason and Pritchard have run the show a few times, but they do need to improve their consistency. Of all the Spurs lads I think Luongo is the best, at least the most consistent, but I would prefer to see him attacking rather than holding, with a dominant midfielder alongside. I was thinking Mason was something really special on early performances but hasn't seemed the same since returning from injury. Wilesy
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1:32am Sat 18 Jan 14

Steve. Brentford says...

Di kanny oh wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
The answer is play Branco in the middle - drop Hall - s0d the " he must play" clause -L1 survival is the only aim and Spurs need tobe told he is a liability in that aim. Bring in Jmac or NB job done!
Thinking the same Jock but after hearing Chalkie White at Stevenage saying we needed a six foot plus midfielder to break up play win headers and distribute the ball to the ball playing midfielders I wondered if Hall could do this job. His defending has been erratic but he has his good moments and looks assured with the ball most times. We are failing in the midfield as there is no steel there and we need someone to put it about as I feel Kasim Luongo and Mason are too lightweight and too much alike. If only we could find another Ray McHale but bigger. Chris Kamara type would be best.
Is Jon Gittens available to help out in defence.

Jonnys gunna get yer.
[quote][p][bold]Di kanny oh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: The answer is play Branco in the middle - drop Hall - s0d the " he must play" clause -L1 survival is the only aim and Spurs need tobe told he is a liability in that aim. Bring in Jmac or NB job done![/p][/quote]Thinking the same Jock but after hearing Chalkie White at Stevenage saying we needed a six foot plus midfielder to break up play win headers and distribute the ball to the ball playing midfielders I wondered if Hall could do this job. His defending has been erratic but he has his good moments and looks assured with the ball most times. We are failing in the midfield as there is no steel there and we need someone to put it about as I feel Kasim Luongo and Mason are too lightweight and too much alike. If only we could find another Ray McHale but bigger. Chris Kamara type would be best.[/p][/quote]Is Jon Gittens available to help out in defence. Jonnys gunna get yer. Steve. Brentford
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