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Re: Only one home friendly this summer

Postby KirkbyStag2 » Mon May 10, 2021 9:03 pm

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Re: Only one home friendly this summer

Postby Bradders » Tue May 11, 2021 6:59 am

Spiritater wrote:The friendlies we have away need to be competitive and not strolls around whupping some now league minnows like Retford/Gainsboro, they're not even Conf North standard now. Ok they're ok for YT outings but first team would get zero value in them. Away friendlies for first team need to be at places of the standard of Clownty, Grimsby, York, Harrogate and Altrincham. Decent standards (especially Harrogate, who're the same standard as us if not better) to test the players being as though we have just the one home friendly against decent opponents.

We don't want folk coming on here saying, 'we're struggling because PS was was Tommy' etc, etc after 10 games. So we have to find decent quality to play.

Basking in the late evening sunshine watching our team cane Gainsboro 7- 0 whilst troughing a tray of chips down us won't be a useful outing now the play at the level AFC do. We may as well go to AFC, it'd help a local club out if that's the standard of friendly we're looking at.

I don't think that all friendlies need to be against clubs close to our level. Many of our squad will be far from match fit, and Nigel will want to ease them back in whilst trying out new players in various roles. It gives an opportunity to view a range of tactics and formations in action, check our weaknesses and generally gather information. Obviously the opposition needs to be at a reasonable level, but Worksop, Gainsborough and so on will be fine. There's more chance of seeing how changes pan out if we have most of the play.

A couple of matches against better opposition would be sensible as well, but mostly to get players fully up to speed close to the season start.
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Re: Only one home friendly this summer

Postby Spiritater » Tue May 11, 2021 7:17 am

So if we're taking an 11 to AFC on the 17th we'll be also be sending another 11 to somewhere like Buxton.
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Re: Only one home friendly this summer

Postby MTFCMusings » Tue May 11, 2021 7:28 am

Ed Walker from the D3D4 podcast and Burton fan asked me jokingly on Twitter if the Matlock friendly had been announced yet, which Nigel usually takes his dog to! So that may be a candidate.
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Re: Only one home friendly this summer

Postby BH_Stag » Tue May 11, 2021 7:41 am

MTFCMusings wrote:Ed Walker from the D3D4 podcast and Burton fan asked me jokingly on Twitter if the Matlock friendly had been announced yet, which Nigel usually takes his dog to! So that may be a candidate.


Hope so. Play them on a Saturday and we’ll take 6000 :lol:
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Pre Season games

Postby yorkshire stag » Mon May 24, 2021 1:26 pm

first one up already

13th July Retford Utd away :mtfc: :coys:
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby MTFCMusings » Mon May 24, 2021 1:41 pm

AFC Mansfield - Stags XI already announced for 17th July.

Home friendly likely to be 27th July.
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby BH_Stag » Mon May 24, 2021 2:05 pm

yorkshire stag wrote:first one up already

13th July Retford Utd away :mtfc: :coys:


Jamie McGuire is dusting off his boots as we speak :lol:
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby Stoney » Mon May 24, 2021 8:50 pm

Coventry at home.
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby bobbystagsfan » Mon May 24, 2021 9:35 pm

Stoney wrote:Coventry at home.



Is that a guess, or who we've got?


I just want Bradford PA away :lol:
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby chip63 » Mon May 24, 2021 9:41 pm

bobbystagsfan wrote:
Stoney wrote:Coventry at home.



Is that a guess, or who we've got?


I just want Bradford PA away :lol:


It's one of the conditions in us buying Tyler Walker, I wish.
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby bobbystagsfan » Mon May 24, 2021 9:45 pm

chip63 wrote:
bobbystagsfan wrote:
Stoney wrote:Coventry at home.



Is that a guess, or who we've got?


I just want Bradford PA away :lol:


It's one of the conditions in us buying Tyler Walker, I wish.



as soon as I read Coventry, walker was the first thing I thought about :lol:

I wish too!
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby Spiritater » Tue May 25, 2021 8:05 am

Coventry at t'Mill hardly sets the pulse racing.
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby MTFCMusings » Tue May 25, 2021 8:32 am

Last time we were allowed in for friendlies we got to see Rangers and Forest youth team, so there’s not much competition.
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby bobbystagsfan » Tue May 25, 2021 9:32 am

Spiritater wrote:Coventry at t'Mill hardly sets the pulse racing.



I dont think any friendlies get the pulse racing.


It does allow some to write players off after one game though :lol:
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby yorkshire stag » Tue May 25, 2021 9:45 am

Spiritater wrote:Coventry at t'Mill hardly sets the pulse racing.


was hoping Florest or Derby tbh :roll:
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby bear 73 » Tue May 25, 2021 2:27 pm

Friendlies are a exercise program to build a players fitness level up, and no more, and injuries are not to be risked, playing local clubs give them a boost and put our players in the real world of grass roots football, mixing it up to play someone above our league gives our lads a taste of the skills and ability needed at a higher level.
Coventry finished 16th in the Championship higher than Forest or Derby, and next season are back in the Ricoh.
We could play Arsenal but having previous experience of these games you just run around trying to get the ball off them, you could get that running around the local park
Coventry will do nicely.
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby Amber Andy » Tue May 25, 2021 3:39 pm

Coventry is just fine.
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Re: Pre Season games

Postby Spiritater » Tue May 25, 2021 9:12 pm

bear 73 wrote:Friendlies are a exercise program to build a players fitness level up, and no more, and injuries are not to be risked, playing local clubs give them a boost and put our players in the real world of grass roots football, mixing it up to play someone above our league gives our lads a taste of the skills and ability needed at a higher level.
Coventry finished 16th in the Championship higher than Forest or Derby, and next season are back in the Ricoh.
We could play Arsenal but having previous experience of these games you just run around trying to get the ball off them, you could get that running around the local park
Coventry will do nicely.

But shirley if you're running round trying to get the ball back off the Arsenal then you are achieving what your first sentence states aren't you ?
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