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Re: Match Thread - Newport (a)

By AgentEves27/2 17:16Sat Feb 27 17:16:28 2021In response to Re: Match Thread - Newport (a)

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I understand the logic of what you're saying, I just don't agree with it. I don't think there is enough of a difference between the teams in League Two to justify going into a game trying to grind out a draw. But that's just me.

Personally, I just have never understood why a team would employ different tactics when playing away than they do at home. I am convinced it's one of those stupid, old-school football mentalities. It has just never made any sense to me. I understand there is psychological research around playing at home vs playing away, but I think that has to be massively influenced by the mentality about playing away from home vs playing at home. People act and play differently because they've been conditioned to think there's some magical difference about playing at home vs playing away.

At the end of the day, football pitches are all the same, give or take a few yards. It's always 11 v 11. So the only real difference is the fans... which is moot at the moment.

I can maybe understand being a little cautious at the start of games, trying to get a solid start under your belt, while you feel out the opposition, but then you need to try and grow into the game. And this mentality is true whether you're home or away.

You could tell by the way we played today that we had zero intention of actually trying to attack with numbers, and instead were going to rely on getting a random chance, like the List one. Had we nicked a 1-0 win, with List taking his chance, I wouldn't have been any more entertained and wouldn't have been any happier with the way we played. A better result, sure, but that would have been it.

There was nothing about Newport to suggest we couldn't have beaten them today. I don't think I've seen a single team this season where I've thought they looked like they were a level above and we should be hanging on for a point. The last team I remember being really impressed by was probably Carlisle, and then before that was Crewe last season. There aren't many good teams that come through League Two, there's no reason to be scared of our opponents.

But anyway, a point is a point. I just hope this mentality isn't a consistent one.

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