Smith could make an early return

Smith could make an early return

Smith could make an early return

First published in STFC News

LOANEE Brad Smith could be available to Town as early as next Saturday’s clash with Crewe after the diagnosis on his knee injury was better than first feared.

The Liverpool youngster was taken off at half-time in Town’s 2-1 Capital One Cup victory at Luton on Tuesday, with initial suggestions being he could miss more than a month with what was thought to be a medial ligament injury.

However, with further tests showing a small fracture in the knee, manager Mark Cooper revealed he could have Smith at his disposal for the Crewe clash and that the search for a temporary replacement has been called off.

“We think Brad Smith may be available next weekend so we’re not going to rush to bring anyone in for a couple of games,” he said.

“We believe he may have a small fracture on the top of his knee bone, so it’s not knee ligament damage which makes it easier to heal.”

When asked if there was any update on any potential new arrivals at the Country Ground, Cooper replied “Nothing.”

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9:29am Mon 18 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Fingers crossed he returns sooner than later because Barcham is not best suited to play in that position and we have no other experienced cover to fill the slot. I wasn't there Saturday, but have seen enough of Barcham to know if selected he should be playing down the right flank not the left.

Reading the post match reports Cooper moved Branco to outside right seems like a very strange thing to do, when we are crying out to have tall defenders at the back. Why did he not move the naturally right footed Barcham to help Byrnes out. Going by marks in my Sunday paper their left back Leacock was there star man and Byrne's was finding it hard to get any change out of him.

We are short of available players to fill the left back/wing back position, we are desperate for a proper centre half to play along side Turnbull and we only have 1 up front that is scoring goals When asked by the reporter if we are expecting any new arrivals. He answers in one word "Nothing".

I read a Paul Scholes article yesterday, have to say he tells it how it is and he doesn't mince his words. He said regarding the 3-5-2 system "3-5-2 is a slow way of playing and all about possession rather than having the thrust or ability to score goals. It is supposed to allow a bit of solidness, but possession will not win you games".

I would say that sums up our situation perfectly, no problem playing that way if you've got the right type of players, but surely there has to be a plan B if it breaks down against a solid defence which their manager is renowned for his defensive nous and why were we not prepared for the long ball counter attack tactic that every manager adopts against us with balls over the top which we have failed to combat in 3 games and conceded 3 goals in the process..

Cooper praised his players for their effort, but I would have to question if he got it right on Saturday with team selection and failing to come up with an alternative ploy other than sticking a centre half on the right wing.
Fingers crossed he returns sooner than later because Barcham is not best suited to play in that position and we have no other experienced cover to fill the slot. I wasn't there Saturday, but have seen enough of Barcham to know if selected he should be playing down the right flank not the left. Reading the post match reports Cooper moved Branco to outside right seems like a very strange thing to do, when we are crying out to have tall defenders at the back. Why did he not move the naturally right footed Barcham to help Byrnes out. Going by marks in my Sunday paper their left back Leacock was there star man and Byrne's was finding it hard to get any change out of him. We are short of available players to fill the left back/wing back position, we are desperate for a proper centre half to play along side Turnbull and we only have 1 up front that is scoring goals When asked by the reporter if we are expecting any new arrivals. He answers in one word "Nothing". I read a Paul Scholes article yesterday, have to say he tells it how it is and he doesn't mince his words. He said regarding the 3-5-2 system "3-5-2 is a slow way of playing and all about possession rather than having the thrust or ability to score goals. It is supposed to allow a bit of solidness, but possession will not win you games". I would say that sums up our situation perfectly, no problem playing that way if you've got the right type of players, but surely there has to be a plan B if it breaks down against a solid defence which their manager is renowned for his defensive nous and why were we not prepared for the long ball counter attack tactic that every manager adopts against us with balls over the top which we have failed to combat in 3 games and conceded 3 goals in the process.. Cooper praised his players for their effort, but I would have to question if he got it right on Saturday with team selection and failing to come up with an alternative ploy other than sticking a centre half on the right wing. old town robin
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5:31pm Mon 18 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

Spot on OTR.
Spot on OTR. The Jockster
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9:55pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Who is this "Barcham"?
Who is this "Barcham"? Psychedelic Syd
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10:58pm Mon 18 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
Who is this "Barcham"?
Malapropisms my dear boy, I'm sure you're not so thick you didn't know who I meant. but take your point. lol
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: Who is this "Barcham"?[/p][/quote]Malapropisms my dear boy, I'm sure you're not so thick you didn't know who I meant. but take your point. lol old town robin
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