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Wayno Posted on 24/09/2019 23:14
Naylor & Close
 
 
Unconfirmed reports that theyre still running round like headless chickens in the centre circle 2hrs after final whistle...
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Peter_Mellors_Got_No_Hair Posted on 24/09/2019 23:16

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Close still running? Got to be a mistake

He's getting good at pointing to other people to pick up midfield runners though.
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sometimeshappy Posted on 24/09/2019 23:34

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Naylor 's a massively better player than Close who was substituted 80 minutes too late. I didn't realise he was on the pitch hiding away as he does. Naylor tries to do his own work plus Closes' and deserves far more praise than he gets.
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Wayno Posted on 24/09/2019 23:38

Naylor & Close

 
Personally think both need replacing, They dont protect the backline enough. Never replaced Doyle
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dawnshandbag Posted on 24/09/2019 23:39

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Never replaced Doyle you got that right 100 percent

Of Close wants to be a lower league Xavi then he really needs to think about a career in the Spanish 3rd tier
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BedhamptonBlue69 Posted on 25/09/2019 04:48

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Ben Close - didn’t realise he was n the pitch . Getting away with it because he’s a local lad and gets the occasional goal . Very average player IMO
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Deebo Posted on 25/09/2019 06:13

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Naylor is doing Close's covering work as well as his own. Far too much for one man. Needs another shågger in alongside him. He is plenty good enough but needs help.
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Pomp_dan Posted on 25/09/2019 06:15

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Needs cannon next to him
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bpay123 Posted on 25/09/2019 08:03

Naylor & Close

 
yet more clueless Pompey fans not realising Naylors worth.
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same_old_pompey Posted on 25/09/2019 09:46

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Naylor was outstanding last night, he was making frigging diving headers in the middle and final third of the pitch and covered more ground than most of our team combined. This board is becoming a joke full of moaning old queens.
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foreverblue62 Posted on 25/09/2019 16:51

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Naylor has limitations but is easily the bets tackler and ball-winner we have. he needs decent players alongside him. Cannon maybe, McRorie maybe, but essentially KJ has failed to recruit properly. Doyle, even at the end of his career, was so much better than these players.
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bpay123 Posted on 26/09/2019 09:47

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You think Doyle was better on the ball than Close?
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foreverblue62 Posted on 26/09/2019 09:56

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Doyle's ability is on another planet to Close's or anyone else we have in the current midfield. Proper player, proper leader. Close creates nothing, doesn't really tackle and occasionally hits a good shot. FFS I could have done that when i was his age.
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Bluetag Posted on 26/09/2019 10:11

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>You think Doyle was better on the ball than Close?<
Well if you think Close is better than Doyle, you're a bigger din than I thought
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dsmg Posted on 26/09/2019 12:15

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Credit where credit is due. Naylor is excellent in the air, works his socks off, scores the occasional goal and breaks play up very well (looked good for long periods against a Premier league midfield). However, don't expect him to spray passes around as he's not really capable. We need somebody else to do that. Unfortunately 95% of Close's passes go sideways or backwards.
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turktown20 Posted on 26/09/2019 12:25

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the reason 95% of closes passes go side ways or backwards is due to having no one in front of him to pass to
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Staunch Posted on 26/09/2019 12:33

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Think both are good players. Close has had a loss of form along with the rest of the team. He looked awesome at the end of last season. Kenny seems to guarantee him a place no matter what, which is wrong on current form and due to the fact Cannon has been better than him so far. Always thought Naylor was a good player.
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Bluetag Posted on 26/09/2019 12:47

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Naylor breaks up the oppositions play but needs someone to pass it to . Close isn’t and never will be that player. 3 or 4 goals a season from a very average L1 player who can’t pass or tackle. That’s where the problem is, the gap between Naylor winning the ball and our strikers receiving it
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RavoPFC Posted on 26/09/2019 13:02

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3 or 4 goals a season? He scored 10 last term and didn't play for most of the first half.
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mikey393 Posted on 26/09/2019 13:40

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Naylor was my Pompey MOM he covered every blade of grass at FP. Won tackles & set up play. I think playing McCrorie alongside him is more the answer. Close is more of an attacking midfielder along with Cannon.
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dsmg Posted on 26/09/2019 13:55

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Close made 46 appearances last year and scored 9, a pretty good return. He's good at lurking outside the box and has a good shot on him. However, imo he doesn't create enough or break up play enough. He was out of his depth the other night.
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Bluetag Posted on 26/09/2019 14:04

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Ok he scored 9 or10 last season, but IMO he’s not good as a defensive midfielder and about 4 choice as a number 10. Not good enough, squad player at best. Offers nothing to the team at the moment
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RavoPFC Posted on 26/09/2019 14:47

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Absolutely no one is disputing he isn't a defensive midfielder but he obviously knows where the goal is. All the way through the academy he was played in an attacking role, so play him there. None of the others have paid off in behind the striker.

I've never hidden I'm a fan of Close I think his potential is massive, but it's so painfully obvious he is being played out of position much like Webster was when played at RB. He was also written off by most until he got played in his correct position now look at him. I feel it's harsh to single out Close when so many players have been underperforming. That being said I think he needs a spell on the sidelines and to work his way back into the team.
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turktown20 Posted on 26/09/2019 14:55

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spot on Ravo
close needs to be played higher uptake pitch to get the best out of him
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