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Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:30 pm
by Roger Stone
Good enjoyable game overall. We spurned 3 or 4 great chances which cost us 2 points in the end. Your keeper made some great saves to keep you in it. Must say, with exception of your keeper, I think your defence is prob the worst in the league, especially in the air - need to strengthen there for next season. Going forward though you are very strong and have one of the best attacks in the division. Impressed with right winger and your centre mid did well - ran all game driving you forward. Should have no probs staying up - see you next season.

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:45 pm
by NewForestRover
Billy wrote:
NewForestRover wrote:
And I'll be happier still when I hear good news about CD.


Doidge just a knock says Gaffer and Lee Collins. More upset about having to lift share with Lee and hearing about his goals.


Thanks for the update. So pleased that he's not too bad.

Hearing Lee score that goal was just wonderful!
:)

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:55 pm
by Billy

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:24 am
by Pitchfork
Great interview Billy....though not sure about the MOTM to Brad - he made some good saves, but Osbourne would have been my pick

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:40 am
by candy
3 v 3 great point against a mid table team, 3 wins & 3 draws =12 points will keep Rover's in league 2 next
season. Well done to all fgr fans for making the trip. Now all we have to do on Saturday against
Notts County is get three point's .Notts County are in the playoff's. Who are poor on the road only
5 away wins all season. COYR

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:34 am
by twinkletoes
First half we looked very misjointed and perhaps lucky to go in at halftime only a goal behind but controlled the game for the last half hour and it was Newport who were hanging in there, in fact for the last 10 minutes it appeared that Newport were happy to settle for a point as we were stretching them from one side of the pitch to the other. Newport's playing style would have been more suited to park football but unfortunately seemed to be effective in the first half on the cabbage patch, the atmosphere in the stadium was torices with time wasting by the players and the ball boys and Newport players falling to the ground with fake injuries. On one occasion Brad had to run down the players tunnel to retrieve the ball with 2 ball boys stood there with their hands in their pockets!! Would have given man of the match to Osbourne.

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:42 am
by Chrisgump11
Good to hear from Roger Stone. Yes, we hope to renew hostilities next year!

I think that the occasional porosity of our defence - particularly away from home - recognises that we still have work to do on organisation there. Maybe that reflects Coops' priorities - generally he's more interested in dominating possession than lining up a defence on the basis that if you have the ball, the other side cannot score. But in quality and performance we are still miles better in defence than in Summer and Autumn 2017. Midfield and front look a match for anyone and we should all be generous to recognise the strides Brad collins is making

Of course, Newport has a decent attack too, and with the way we play it was never going to be 0-0

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:10 am
by mauler
A good match for the travelling fans. Food van made you yearn for fgr cuisine. Frisbee burgers first cooked in 2012. Odd surface with the grass plastic mix might have contributed to score line. Nice that pope and Collins .came over at the end. Coops cojld come over or at least acknowledge suppot bit off that this is not done as I have said before. all in all good night out and much closer than you think.

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:36 am
by garyjj
We weren't at our best yesterday, the second half was dire, but once again we come back from being a goal down, the team showed good spirit to get back, for me hollis and gunning were immense in that second half. Shame doidge got injured but he was kicked to pieces. Happily take the point especially away from home!

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:38 am
by garyjj
Pitchfork wrote:Great interview Billy....though not sure about the MOTM to Brad - he made some good saves, but Osbourne would have been my pick


I thought that was the worst game ozzy has had since Cambridge away, he settled more in the second half. But certainly wasn't at his best. Guess us football fans see things differently :lol:

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:30 am
by richmond
Was worried for 20 minutes in the first half. Defensively we looked frail against their high ball, when this has been our strength over the past games. Mind you we can learn something from them about getting the ball delivered quickly into the box from the wings.

Then we settled, and although they were always dangerous on the break, thought we bossed the game, especially in the last twenty minutes. So an excellent point against a team that demolished us last year.

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:39 am
by T50 BOS
Talking to a few people before kick off and we were a bit surprised that Coops didn't start Lee Collins and maybe sacrifice Bray. Would have given us a bit more defensive cover against the hoofball aerial bombardment you know is coming. Feared the worst early on even though we took the lead and it looked like we had learned nothing at all from the 0-4 drubbing they gave us at TNL.
BUT we are more resolute & resilient these days and at times in the last half hour Newport were chasing shadows and their play acting and time wasting was embarrassing - as was the referee's decision to do absolutely nothing about it .... he was as poor as their pitch !!
Great to be amongst almost 300 travelling fans in a weird wasteland of a stadium !!
Looking forward to taking 6 points off them next season ;)

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:47 am
by Jokerman
TRUE GRIT PERFORMANCE SHOWS ROVERS SPIRIT Tuesday 6th March 2018.

Forest Green Rovers supporters are heading south for the re-arranged fixture at Newport County.
The coach timetable was confused owing to a post on the club's website. It is hoped that the culprit is traced to become the subject of a thorough internal examination by the goon squad with an iron fist.
The sky reflects the setting sun as the bridge takes it's toll and Kendo crosses the border.
A fine turnout of close to three hundred Rovers fans receive news that the team line-up is unchanged from the Crawley game Clement doing well to keep Lee Collins on the bench with Wishart used as an impact sub the preferred option.
Rodney Parade twinned with Rodley Sands just off the coast of Arlingham does not lend itself to the finer arts mainly due to over two tons of egg chasers sharing the playing surface.
From the kick-off it is clear Newport train over a volleyball net.
They tear into Rovers from the off forcing a flying Collins to concede a corner in the first minute.
A second corner in the third gives O'Brien a free header at the back post that he puts wide.
The first attack by Rovers of any substance gives them the lead on 6mins.
A thrust down the left and Hollis on the overlap crosses the ball that skims over Doidge in a crowded penalty area and drops to unsighted Newport defender Butler who puts through his own goal.
Rovers fans were more than grateful for this unexpected bonus but it did rather kick the hornets nest to use a hackneyed phrase.
They came at Rovers with a vengeance and when Gunning gave away a needless free-kick on the right Hollis did well to put the ball out for a corner.
The kick was cleared away and while the defence were admiring their handiwork Butler slammed the ball past Collins inside the right hand post from twenty five yards. 9Mins gone.
Rovers tried to counter but the pressure came right back.
Willmott was put through and Collins made a blinding save to concede the first of three corners that culminated in Newport taking the lead on 17mins.
A cross into the area was nodded goalwards by O'Brian and Hayes in turn headed the ball past Collins from close range.
It was Rovers turn to hit back and Butler rounded off a busy half hour being booked for a foul on Bray. From the free-kick Rovers applied some pressure and were rewarded with an equalising goal on 30mins.
The ball was blocked out only to Clements in space on the 'D' who hit a strong low shot that Newport keeper Day did well to block diving to his left. Doidge stretching for the loose ball won a corner which Grubb duly delivered from the left. Both Doidge and Reid tried to force the issue and as the ball ran wide to Gunning on the corner of the six yard box he took a touch and lashed it across Day low inside the left hand post.
Rovers fans were all smiles again but it was short lived.
38mins and the home side took the initiative for a second time.
Long throw specialist Tozer launched the ball into the box that was not dealt with and O'Brien was left with a free shot from twelve yards that Collins at full stretch somehow managed to block and deserved better than to see the loose ball rolled into the net by Hayes following up.
The half ended with Rovers on the attack through Bray in plenty of space on the right blasting the ball over the bar. Doidge waiting for the pass was unimpressed.
Five goals in forty minutes there was plenty to discuss at the interval as the air temperature took a dive.
Rovers were first to attack as the second half kicked off. Clever work by Bray made a half chance for Reid but he hit the ball wildly over the bar.
On fifty three minutes came a crucial moment in the game and it would not be the last for Brad Collins.
Newport unpicked the Rovers defence and Demetriou was left with a must score chance which the Rovers keeper was equal to saving brilliantly diving low to his left. He kept his side in the game right there.
The referee had managed to upset both sets of fans with some more than unpopular decisions and Doidge who bore the brunt of some close attention was subbed by Wishart as the hour approached.
Still looking dangerous in attack a Demetriou header landed on the top netting for Newport.
Both sides made changes Jackson replaced Hayes for the home side after the exhausted Newport striker fell asleep in the middle of the park to the annoyance of Rovers fans.
Lee Collins replaced Clements on sixty six minutes.
Wishart as required made an impact down the right flank and had the Newport defence back peddling.
Rovers were having more of the possession and Reid set up Grubb for a shot on goal but the ball went wide.
Collins again saved Rovers when pressure in the box allowed the ball to run to Jackson who smashed a low shot the keeper blocked away,as the ball ran back to the striker Hollis on the floor in the melee stretched out a foot and touched the ball gently off his toe to prevent a certain goal.
At the other end as Rovers battled for an equaliser Lee Collins came off worse in a crunching clash on the edge of the Newport box and was in agony as Grubb chose to give him a pass. He was not best pleased but hobbled on as Rovers continued to press.
Soon after on 82mins they had their reward.
Following good possession the ball was worked to the edge of the area where Reid held off two defenders and slipped the ball to Reid,still in much pain,who hesitated just like the Newport defence before swinging his left foot and hitting the ball low against the inside of the right hand post where it duly made it's way into the back of the net.
Well that had the Rovers faithful on their feet in no uncertain terms.
Newport had to abandon the time wasting tactics and revert to their strikers looking for knock-downs from the Hubble telescope.
Six minutes of added time were seen off and an entertaining game concluded.
It was a good battling performance from Forest Green Rovers and Brad Collins has answered his critics. The team came over to acknowledge the Rovers fans including ex-Rover David Pipe which was nice to see.
Notts County at TNL on Saturday should hold no fears for this Forest Green Rovers team.

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:16 pm
by John Whiffen
When walking back to the coach after the game, a Newport supporter told me that FGR were the best footballing side they had seen there this season, better than even Tottenham Hotspur.

On the BBC Sport site, they say we had 61% of the game.

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:37 pm
by The Old TomCat
Jokerman wrote:TRUE GRIT PERFORMANCE SHOWS ROVERS SPIRIT Tuesday 6th March 2018.
The coach timetable was confused owing to a post on the club's website. It is hoped that the culprit is traced to become the subject of a thorough internal examination by the goon squad with an iron fist.

Rodney Parade twinned with Rodley Sands just off the coast of Arlingham does not lend itself to the finer arts mainly due to over two tons of egg chasers sharing the playing surface.

From the kick-off it is clear Newport train over a volleyball net.

The referee had managed to upset both sets of fans with some more than unpopular decisions

Both sides made changes Jackson replaced Hayes for the home side after the exhausted Newport striker fell asleep in the middle of the park to the annoyance of Rovers fans.

Following good possession the ball was worked to the edge of the area where Reid held off two defenders and slipped the ball to Reid,still in much pain,who hesitated just like the Newport defence before swinging his left foot and hitting the ball low against the inside of the right hand post where it duly made it's way into the back of the net.

Newport had to abandon the time wasting tactics and revert to their strikers looking for knock-downs from the Hubble telescope.

As usual Jokerman an better than excellent report from you. Thanks.
Mind you I had trouble getting to end of text by continually creasing up with mirth with your dry witty remarks, some of which I've extracted above.
You'll keep me smiling all day.

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:38 pm
by SkunkMan
garyjj wrote:We weren't at our best yesterday, the second half was dire, but once again we come back from being a goal down, the team showed good spirit to get back, for me hollis and gunning were immense in that second half. Shame doidge got injured but he was kicked to pieces. Happily take the point especially away from home!


In fact, we came back from being a goal down twice and are clearly no longer the 'push overs' we were in the first half of the season.

Disappointing, though, to hear about us struggling to defend aerial balls; with Rawson, Gunning and Hollis back there, plus the spring-heeled Bennett, you would think we would win our headers.

Pleased to see Brad get MOTM, although I still look forward to us hopefully signing a more experienced goalkeeper for next season. I do think he has cost us more points than he has gained us over the season, although I accept that this is an impression and is in no way 'scientfic'.

An away point is always a good point IMHO. Tougher games (on paper) now await us against Notts County, Accrington and Mansfield, although confidence should be high after five games undefeated.

Looking forward to Saturday :D

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:35 pm
by Timb
I agree with Mauler about the food. I got the train down around 6.15 and thought I'd get a curry or fish and chips near the ground but nothing open on the way. So went in for a pint.

I opted for the hot dog and chips as an accompaniment. Not the best shall we say.... A prime example of very poor food offerings at footy, accompanied by the shout of "Look, here's another one who isn't a vegan"

Probably half way to turning you into one.

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:01 pm
by voodoobluesman
Since when was sawdust not vegan?

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:18 pm
by dursleydog
Looking at the highlights we can definitely feel aggrieved by the ref for their 3rd goal. Not only did their striker look offside for it, but Collins is clearly fouled just before it.
Pitch looked awful :lol: we're lucky to have a decent playing surface and good groundsman here, not sharing it with a rugby club helps too

Re: Match thread from Rodney Parade (Newport County)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:30 pm
by stanman