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Goals win games

Quite an obvious statement to make really, and scoring goals is the object of football - well, and preventing them...

Worryingly our trend of late ha been more focused on not conceding them as opposed to scoring them!

I appreciate Richie Barker's thoughts that we are in a 'needs must' position but as much as I think - bloody hell, I hope! - long-term he will make a good appointment, not that I am calling for his head at, 'the jury is out' on his appointment and what it has done so far.

Yep, we are a tighter more organised until but in the main this brand of football is horrendous to watch and is not really yielding results is it?

Then again 'maybe' points here and there will keep us up...

Recently I said that I thought we would be better off showing attacking intent, and I stick by that with the huge majority thinking likewise when you analyse the results of this poll.

What the poll asked - Should we show more attacking intent?

How you voted - Yep, goals win games 80%
Nope, best keeping it tight 15%
In Barker I trust, so accept his tactics 5%

Torquay at home was an all time low, I was amazed at how poor we were an how little attacking we did against a side 2nd bottom and with us the home side - Exeter was an improvement but sitting back too much and inviting pressure eventually got us the outcome you would expect, we conceded and dropped 2pts!

Counter-attack wise we looked ok and broke well, and relatively often but some of that in the 2nd half was down to Exeter pushing on, and being allowed to more. I think we need to be looking at something a little more than counter-attack footie - most definitely at Fratton.

Points are all good and well but if those below us keep picking up all 3pts in games then we could soon be in the relegation spots in no time, looking to arrest this mentality will be easier as a side outside the bottom 2 than one that is in it...

Despite what is said, and the club confident the game will go ahead, if the game tomorrow against Wimbledon does I will be surprised.

If it does though please can we show more than we did against Torquay, and also look to do a little more than the counter-attacking football we did against Exeter - winning the home games should be a priority in the months that are left.

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Date:Friday February 14 2014

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