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Crawley to swoop for Benson

Swindon Advertiser: TARGET: Paul Benson TARGET: Paul Benson

PAUL Benson is wanted on loan by Crawley Town at the conclusion of his time with Portsmouth, the Advertiser understands.

The striker, who has fallen out of favour at the County Ground despite scoring 15 goals in 39 appearances for Swindon Town after arriving from Charlton a year ago, is believed to a target of the Red Devils as they aim for a League One play-off place.

Benson’s current loan spell at Pompey expires next week and it is understood that a deal to take the forward to the Broadfield Stadium has already been mooted.

Crawley boss Richie Barker has denied the suggestion he is looking at the 33-year-old. Cheltenham are also understood to be keen on Benson.

One player who is unlikely to be leaving this month, however, is defender Aden Flint.

The Adver has learnt that Plymouth are the latest side to show an interest in prising the imposing centre-back from Swindon but all approaches for the 23-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, are believed to have been rebuffed by Town. Port Vale and Bradford had previously enquired about the former Alfreton Town captain.

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6:43am Tue 8 Jan 13

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

Need to keep Flint as back up. I would rather have him in the centre back pairing over Macca at the moment. Personally I think Macca is the weakest link of the starting 11 at present. Still like him though so don't get me wrong.
Need to keep Flint as back up. I would rather have him in the centre back pairing over Macca at the moment. Personally I think Macca is the weakest link of the starting 11 at present. Still like him though so don't get me wrong. Ollie Reed's Parky dance!
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7:10am Tue 8 Jan 13

Maxwell'79 says...

Hi Ollie Reeds Party Dance - I have to disagree with you re Macca - I think he gives us a better balance at left back than Jay Mc. Maccas distribution and link up play is far better than Jay's and he doesn't waste many passes either. Plus, he drives forward with the ball rather than lumping it every time too.

I agree we need to keep Flint though!
Hi Ollie Reeds Party Dance - I have to disagree with you re Macca - I think he gives us a better balance at left back than Jay Mc. Maccas distribution and link up play is far better than Jay's and he doesn't waste many passes either. Plus, he drives forward with the ball rather than lumping it every time too. I agree we need to keep Flint though! Maxwell'79
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8:21am Tue 8 Jan 13

old town robin says...

Isn't it time to open talks with Flint for a further two year contract, seems most of the enquiries are coming from lower league clubs who I doubt would be able to offer him the same level of contract that we can, all the same I think the lad has enough potential for us to keep him and he is very much a part of the present squad.
Isn't it time to open talks with Flint for a further two year contract, seems most of the enquiries are coming from lower league clubs who I doubt would be able to offer him the same level of contract that we can, all the same I think the lad has enough potential for us to keep him and he is very much a part of the present squad. old town robin
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8:37am Tue 8 Jan 13

Is that you Lovesey says...

For me Macca is idolised by town fans and whilst I like him he gives the ball away a lot, he also dives in too quick at times and gets beaten to easily in right or left back, but as a centre back he is quality.
For me Macca is idolised by town fans and whilst I like him he gives the ball away a lot, he also dives in too quick at times and gets beaten to easily in right or left back, but as a centre back he is quality. Is that you Lovesey
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8:54am Tue 8 Jan 13

HOOKEY says...

macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side
macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side HOOKEY
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9:46am Tue 8 Jan 13

NORTH STAND says...

Tend to agree with Hookey on this - the 'stats' are pretty conclusive.... Don't see any reason why Flint couldn't get first team football somewhere else on loan but with a recall option... that gets money off the wage bill and opens up a possible permanent move?
Tend to agree with Hookey on this - the 'stats' are pretty conclusive.... Don't see any reason why Flint couldn't get first team football somewhere else on loan but with a recall option... that gets money off the wage bill and opens up a possible permanent move? NORTH STAND
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10:04am Tue 8 Jan 13

stanharlands6shirt says...

HOOKEY wrote:
macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side
HOOKEY... I have to disagree and say your post whilst provocative, is HOOOEY.

Players like Flint certainly are not two a penny.
Yes Flint is a no nonsense defender of the old school variety, but just look at his progression, given where he has started from.
Flint, even if he is not playing at present is absolutely vital to any promotion push.
If we offered him to the football market in the window, there would be a good queue asking to spend their two penny's worth.
It is a surprise that Devera is playing as well as he is, given his early season indifferent form in changing positions..
However the difference between early season and now is WARD..
I was not convinced about Ward early on, but DiCanio is no mug and so I, maybe like many, reserved judgment in favour of giving him time to settle.
In that settling in period he has forged a superb partnership with Devera.
Once again, given time and opportunity, I think Ward would help Flint to improve his defensive game in the same way.
As for not letting in goals since Flint is out of the side, I would say that has more to do with the fact we are defending better throughout the whole team now, especially since the team is more settled in terms of an almost settled first eleven,

As to ALAN MAC, I feel there are times when he can look a little vunerable at left back, but wherever he plays, he does a superb job.
To borrow an Amercanism, the play of the season so far for me, was the Alan Mac, Matt Ritchie, James Collins combination for one of the five goasl against Portsmouth !!!

Ritchie tucks in behind his marker and is pointing where he wants Macca to put the ball.
Looking up Macca sees Ritchies movement and fires a ball that Lampard, Gerrard or Scoles would be proud of, right in behind the left back.
Ritchie out paces the defence, reaches the dead ball line and pulls it back for Collins to score again.
My favorite moment of the season so far, and like often in the recent past, all started from Alan Mac.

Having said all that, Jay would probably still be my first choice left back.

It's great to have quality options though.
[quote][p][bold]HOOKEY[/bold] wrote: macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side[/p][/quote]HOOKEY... I have to disagree and say your post whilst provocative, is HOOOEY. Players like Flint certainly are not two a penny. Yes Flint is a no nonsense defender of the old school variety, but just look at his progression, given where he has started from. Flint, even if he is not playing at present is absolutely vital to any promotion push. If we offered him to the football market in the window, there would be a good queue asking to spend their two penny's worth. It is a surprise that Devera is playing as well as he is, given his early season indifferent form in changing positions.. However the difference between early season and now is WARD.. I was not convinced about Ward early on, but DiCanio is no mug and so I, maybe like many, reserved judgment in favour of giving him time to settle. In that settling in period he has forged a superb partnership with Devera. Once again, given time and opportunity, I think Ward would help Flint to improve his defensive game in the same way. As for not letting in goals since Flint is out of the side, I would say that has more to do with the fact we are defending better throughout the whole team now, especially since the team is more settled in terms of an almost settled first eleven, As to ALAN MAC, I feel there are times when he can look a little vunerable at left back, but wherever he plays, he does a superb job. To borrow an Amercanism, the play of the season so far for me, was the Alan Mac, Matt Ritchie, James Collins combination for one of the five goasl against Portsmouth !!! Ritchie tucks in behind his marker and is pointing where he wants Macca to put the ball. Looking up Macca sees Ritchies movement and fires a ball that Lampard, Gerrard or Scoles would be proud of, right in behind the left back. Ritchie out paces the defence, reaches the dead ball line and pulls it back for Collins to score again. My favorite moment of the season so far, and like often in the recent past, all started from Alan Mac. Having said all that, Jay would probably still be my first choice left back. It's great to have quality options though. stanharlands6shirt
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10:56am Tue 8 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

stanharlands6shirt wrote:
HOOKEY wrote: macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side
HOOKEY... I have to disagree and say your post whilst provocative, is HOOOEY. Players like Flint certainly are not two a penny. Yes Flint is a no nonsense defender of the old school variety, but just look at his progression, given where he has started from. Flint, even if he is not playing at present is absolutely vital to any promotion push. If we offered him to the football market in the window, there would be a good queue asking to spend their two penny's worth. It is a surprise that Devera is playing as well as he is, given his early season indifferent form in changing positions.. However the difference between early season and now is WARD.. I was not convinced about Ward early on, but DiCanio is no mug and so I, maybe like many, reserved judgment in favour of giving him time to settle. In that settling in period he has forged a superb partnership with Devera. Once again, given time and opportunity, I think Ward would help Flint to improve his defensive game in the same way. As for not letting in goals since Flint is out of the side, I would say that has more to do with the fact we are defending better throughout the whole team now, especially since the team is more settled in terms of an almost settled first eleven, As to ALAN MAC, I feel there are times when he can look a little vunerable at left back, but wherever he plays, he does a superb job. To borrow an Amercanism, the play of the season so far for me, was the Alan Mac, Matt Ritchie, James Collins combination for one of the five goasl against Portsmouth !!! Ritchie tucks in behind his marker and is pointing where he wants Macca to put the ball. Looking up Macca sees Ritchies movement and fires a ball that Lampard, Gerrard or Scoles would be proud of, right in behind the left back. Ritchie out paces the defence, reaches the dead ball line and pulls it back for Collins to score again. My favorite moment of the season so far, and like often in the recent past, all started from Alan Mac. Having said all that, Jay would probably still be my first choice left back. It's great to have quality options though.
My fave moments so far are the 1st and 3rd goals against Carlisle..one moment of brilliance (opportunity was created by Maccas quick thinking incidentally!), and a beautiful piece of counter attacking. If both these goals had been scored in the prem by a Van Persie or a Tevez, the MOTD pundits would be drooling!
[quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HOOKEY[/bold] wrote: macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side[/p][/quote]HOOKEY... I have to disagree and say your post whilst provocative, is HOOOEY. Players like Flint certainly are not two a penny. Yes Flint is a no nonsense defender of the old school variety, but just look at his progression, given where he has started from. Flint, even if he is not playing at present is absolutely vital to any promotion push. If we offered him to the football market in the window, there would be a good queue asking to spend their two penny's worth. It is a surprise that Devera is playing as well as he is, given his early season indifferent form in changing positions.. However the difference between early season and now is WARD.. I was not convinced about Ward early on, but DiCanio is no mug and so I, maybe like many, reserved judgment in favour of giving him time to settle. In that settling in period he has forged a superb partnership with Devera. Once again, given time and opportunity, I think Ward would help Flint to improve his defensive game in the same way. As for not letting in goals since Flint is out of the side, I would say that has more to do with the fact we are defending better throughout the whole team now, especially since the team is more settled in terms of an almost settled first eleven, As to ALAN MAC, I feel there are times when he can look a little vunerable at left back, but wherever he plays, he does a superb job. To borrow an Amercanism, the play of the season so far for me, was the Alan Mac, Matt Ritchie, James Collins combination for one of the five goasl against Portsmouth !!! Ritchie tucks in behind his marker and is pointing where he wants Macca to put the ball. Looking up Macca sees Ritchies movement and fires a ball that Lampard, Gerrard or Scoles would be proud of, right in behind the left back. Ritchie out paces the defence, reaches the dead ball line and pulls it back for Collins to score again. My favorite moment of the season so far, and like often in the recent past, all started from Alan Mac. Having said all that, Jay would probably still be my first choice left back. It's great to have quality options though.[/p][/quote]My fave moments so far are the 1st and 3rd goals against Carlisle..one moment of brilliance (opportunity was created by Maccas quick thinking incidentally!), and a beautiful piece of counter attacking. If both these goals had been scored in the prem by a Van Persie or a Tevez, the MOTD pundits would be drooling! ChrisWantageRed
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1:20pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

HOOKEY wrote:
macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side
Aden Flint wins every ball in the air, and is a very dominant defender.
It would be madness to even consider losing him to another club.
[quote][p][bold]HOOKEY[/bold] wrote: macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side[/p][/quote]Aden Flint wins every ball in the air, and is a very dominant defender. It would be madness to even consider losing him to another club. Old-Stager, Hilperton
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1:36pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Swindon1984 says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
HOOKEY wrote: macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side
Aden Flint wins every ball in the air, and is a very dominant defender. It would be madness to even consider losing him to another club.
Quick and to the point, agreed.
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HOOKEY[/bold] wrote: macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side[/p][/quote]Aden Flint wins every ball in the air, and is a very dominant defender. It would be madness to even consider losing him to another club.[/p][/quote]Quick and to the point, agreed. Swindon1984
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2:03pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Oi Den! says...

McCormack's tendency to lose composure at the end of his runs is a bit of a drawback, as is his occasional drifing out of position, but I think he's a better player than McEveley. If I was told we'd have to sacrifice one of those two or Flint, it would not be Flint. He is still a bit raw, as evidenced by his rash challenges this season, but he has time on his side. When he eventually reappeared after his last suspension, it looked as if the penny had dropped and he was concentrating on keeping his discipline. I think we are very lucky to have a player of his quality and potential in reserve.
McCormack's tendency to lose composure at the end of his runs is a bit of a drawback, as is his occasional drifing out of position, but I think he's a better player than McEveley. If I was told we'd have to sacrifice one of those two or Flint, it would not be Flint. He is still a bit raw, as evidenced by his rash challenges this season, but he has time on his side. When he eventually reappeared after his last suspension, it looked as if the penny had dropped and he was concentrating on keeping his discipline. I think we are very lucky to have a player of his quality and potential in reserve. Oi Den!
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2:49pm Tue 8 Jan 13

HOOKEY says...

lol take it this is a wind up
lol take it this is a wind up HOOKEY
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8:18pm Tue 8 Jan 13

mikek says...

HOOKEY wrote:
macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side
Totally disagree with you comments look at the stats and you will find Flint was in teams with many many clean sheets. How on earth you can call him a "two a penny hoof it anywhere" obviously you have not attended many games. Looking at your spelling you could even be a Poxford schoolkid.
[quote][p][bold]HOOKEY[/bold] wrote: macca is a footballer flint is a boot it anywhere player,players like hime are two a penny,funny how we havt been letting goals in since flints out the side[/p][/quote]Totally disagree with you comments look at the stats and you will find Flint was in teams with many many clean sheets. How on earth you can call him a "two a penny hoof it anywhere" obviously you have not attended many games. Looking at your spelling you could even be a Poxford schoolkid. mikek
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