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    League 2 isn't awash with great defensive midfielders, as we've seen ourselves in recent years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Temporarily Exiled View Post
    League 2 isn't awash with great defensive midfielders, as we've seen ourselves in recent years.
    I think across all the leagues a quality defensive midfielder (where it's their first position) is pretty rare.

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    Re: Nigel Atangana Signs

    Quote Originally Posted by ryancooper327 View Post
    I think across all the leagues a quality defensive midfielder (where it's their first position) is pretty rare.
    Not a glamorous position. Kante maybe the BBB eat in PL.

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    It would be a tough old job crafting footage of any length showing off Tillson's abilities !!

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    Re: Nigel Atangana Signs

    Quote Originally Posted by grecIAN Harris View Post
    Gary Johnson called him the League 2's answer to Paul Pogba.
    If you watch his first interview with us you can see him wince as this quote is put to him. Gary Johnson's brain isn't very big.

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    Re: Nigel Atangana Signs

    Quote Originally Posted by ryancooper327 View Post
    I think across all the leagues a quality defensive midfielder (where it's their first position) is pretty rare.
    True. And this is such an important position, protecting the back 4. It demands concentration and reading the game, not pinging 30 yard "oooh..." passes.

    We haven't really had a specialist defensive midfielder (playing in a 4-1-4-1 or 4-1-3-2) since Tommy Doherty, and he retired halfway through his second season through injury. Tilly, Sir Rob of Edwards and Scot Bennett are / were really defenders converted to midfielders though the latter seems to have become an effective specialist DM at Newport.

    I know Tilly became a boo-boy and he certainly had a bad patch around November / December last season but IMO we gave away fewer silly goals when he was in the team than after he left (Crawley, Mansfield, Macclesfield...)

    If Sir Nigel Gresley Atangana is fully recovered and fit he may be the answer. Here's hoping.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Gresley

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    Re: Nigel Atangana Signs

    Hesitantly can I point out that...( if I have got this right)

    City did better with Tillson in the first half of last season than we did in the second half of the season after he departed.

    Cheltenham did better in the second half of the season with Tillson than they did in the first half of the season with Atangana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew p long View Post
    Hesitantly can I point out that...( if I have got this right)

    City did better with Tillson in the first half of last season than we did in the second half of the season after he departed.

    Cheltenham did better in the second half of the season with Tillson than they did in the first half of the season with Atangana.
    I liked tilly and would of kept him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew p long View Post
    Hesitantly can I point out that...( if I have got this right)

    City did better with Tillson in the first half of last season than we did in the second half of the season after he departed.

    Cheltenham did better in the second half of the season with Tillson than they did in the first half of the season with Atangana.
    I'd say that had a lot to with Stockley's goals.

    With regards to Cheltenham, they improved under Duff and the arrival of Varney made a big difference to them.

    I'd be happy for Tillson to leave, we could use his salary better imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John William View Post
    True. And this is such an important position, protecting the back 4. It demands concentration and reading the game, not pinging 30 yard "oooh..." passes.

    We haven't really had a specialist defensive midfielder (playing in a 4-1-4-1 or 4-1-3-2) since Tommy Doherty, and he retired halfway through his second season through injury. Tilly, Sir Rob of Edwards and Scot Bennett are / were really defenders converted to midfielders though the latter seems to have become an effective specialist DM at Newport.

    I know Tilly became a boo-boy and he certainly had a bad patch around November / December last season but IMO we gave away fewer silly goals when he was in the team than after he left (Crawley, Mansfield, Macclesfield...)

    If Sir Nigel Gresley Atangana is fully recovered and fit he may be the answer. Here's hoping.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Gresley
    I'd be more than happy to have Nigel AND Tilly in the team. Tilly as a back up squad player if he is happy to do so. Allowing Jake and Archie to get forward more can't be a negative.

    It all depends on Matt's plan for a line up this season. I know you need to be flexible against different types of teams but surely a more rigid formation would help massively with cohesion. Last season we played 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, I'm sure there were some 3 at the backs too.

    Possible loose example but look at the success of Wolves. They played 3-5-2 near enough every single match and the players fit into the positions rather than making a formation fit the players. I'd like MT to do something similar. Maybe even have a home formation - something more attacking - and an away formation. But the midfield is key to our success this season (as well as actually putting the ball in the net) and Nigel is a welcome addition for me, too many times we were outplayed in the centre of the park, 2nd to loose balls, sprinted past, cut wide open.

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