Jonathan Forte ?

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Forte likes to play off the shoulder and run the channels. He’s not a target man and will struggle when opposition defences sit deep.

Against MK was probably his best performance that I have witnessed.
 

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Effort is admirable but it needs to be directed in the right way. It would be great to have a combination - like Banks and Curtis, or Kellow and Beer, or Neville and Rowbotham..I think if our midfield was only the standard of our attack we'd be in trouble. It's our midfield (and solid central defense) which is doing it for us. I fear Bowman and Forte will be no great shakes, with respect to Bowman who hasn't been played much recently.
Since Jayden left we have only conceded 2 goals in five games. Is that just a co-incidence or are we are deliberately playing more defensively knowing we are likely to score less goals?
 

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Since Jayden left we have only conceded 2 goals in five games. Is that just a co-incidence or are we are deliberately playing more defensively knowing we are likely to score less goals?
I would say that it's the rapid development of O'Shea combined with his partnership with Moxey plus Sweeney playing better again with Woodman stepping up to the plate that has strengthened our defense. Midfielders seem to be working hard, too. To put it simply, we're just playing better. Competition for places also helps.
 

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Since Jayden left we have only conceded 2 goals in five games. Is that just a co-incidence or are we are deliberately playing more defensively knowing we are likely to score less goals?
I can think of several ways of describing how we played vs MK Dons, but "deliberately defensively" isn't one of them.
 

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The standing ovation after being subbed v MKD was good for his confidence, he really felt the love and it was palpable.

Jonathan could be key for the run in.
Noticed Eric Kinder had a word and gave him a proper "well played lad" type greeting when he came off too.

His movement, closing down and running was very good. Need to see it every game now. He didn't seem to click at all with Stockley at the end of last year. I was hoping/expecting Bowman to knocking on headers etc to Forte but not sure we need to go route one if L Martin, Holmes and Law are running around like they did on Sat.

Haven't even seen much of Bowman let alone Williams and Wilson. Lots of options. Just need someone to stick 'em in the net.
 

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I can think of several ways of describing how we played vs MK Dons, but "deliberately defensively" isn't one of them.
Fair point, I was thinking more of the three games before that. Was last weekend just a blip or will we be able to re-produce performances like that?
 

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A few quotes from MT following the MK game:

"It is talked about and it is thought about. But Jonno was my number ten at the start of the season, to go alongside Jayden. I almost had two number nines, so I know he's got goals in him," Taylor said.

"We have to keep him fit and keep him enjoying his football because his work-rate and energy was excellent and I want him to keep hurting defenders as much as he possibly can.

"He is more physical than he probably believes, if that makes sense. He can head it, he can run and he is so strong physically. He is a real handful."

"He has got pace in abundance and he showed that against MK. We felt we could hurt their back three, four or even a five at times, with physicality and pace and Jonno has got that in abundance.

"His goals will come. I am sure of that, his goals will come and a lot was made of the penalty miss against Cambridge, but he's a good player.

"We are delighted to have Jonno at the club and his work rate and energy at the top end of the pitch set us off and with Lee Holmes and Lee Martin either side of him, that's not a bad front three.
 

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Surely the big change since Jayden left is that are playing a different game without the big number 9 to aim at.
 

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After the last two games if Jono had have been on top of his game he would have been on 11 goals for the season (two missed opportunities last week and one this) - the same as Padraig Amond of Newport which wouldn't have been a bad return considering his game time.

However he is getting into the positions and hopefully the goals will come and his confidence will grow (he won't score however if he keeps hitting it straight at the keeper).
 

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I'm certainly pro Forte, he isn't an out and out goal getter however he is capable of 10 - 15 a season if he is a regular starter. He brings a real threat to our play with his pace. We are a better team with him in it.

He created our first goal last week and he won the free kick for our goal today, he isn't scoring however he is playing a big part in the goals we score.
 

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Reckon we'd have a promotion team if we had a reliable goalscorer, Forte looks good on the ball and gets into good positions but fails to notch often enough, Jay and Lee Martin don't seem to have goals in them either, We're looking for goals from midfield at the moment, got to be worth giving Donovan Wilson a try out or even a recall for Ben Seymour who does seem to have the knack albeit at a fairly low level.

Oh for another Tony Kellow!
 

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Oh for another Tony Kellow!
With our new improved defence if we had a Kellow, Rowbotham or Cureton we'd be fighting for the title. Although most clubs in the top half could say the same to be fair.

I have serious concerns about our lack of goals from upfront. You need them in tight games. Can't just rely on Law & Co all the time.
 

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Taylor quoted on Devon Live to say Forte’s knee is in a complete state and he will need to be managed in the same way we had to deal with TAH. Doesn’t look like he will play much this season so he’s basically a waste of a wage, and probably not an inconsiderable wage at that.
 
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