Current Player Liam Kelly .

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Really struggled to get into the pace of the game the first 10 mins he was on the field, but looked a very good footballer the longer he was on the pitch.

Peach of a free kick, bit of a dead ball specialist by the looks of things, our corners suddenly looked a lot more threatening.

The pot belly didn’t appear to hinder him too much!;)
 

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It's all gonna be about how long they take to get fit.

They’re both clearly fit enough to play 30-45 mins, so it shouldn’t take too long to get fully fit - assuming they’re given games that is. Training is one thing but it takes a run of games to get properly match fit. There’s no use not playing either of them then complaining that they’re not fit...
 

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We have some decent passers of the ball in the side and some who can swing in a decent-enough cross. Long and Henry come to mind for those.

But Kelly’s corners showed us what a weapon they can be. Hit hard, no arc to them, front or back post, with plenty of variety. Darlow was camped on his line and left his defence to deal with them and that’s exactly what you want from a corner. Anything that causes panic can at the best create an opportunity and at worst unsettle a defence.

It’s something we’ve needed for two years. Get the chubby Ray Quinn lookalike fit and he could be a real asset for us. Play him into the ground too. We only have him for 17 more matches.
 

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Corners don't tend to lead to goals anymore, statistically at the very top level only 3.3% of corners lead to goals, and I doubt it is any better in L1. So we're not alone in that. However as ljs says Kelly's low driven corners were really impressive and had Newcastle's defenders and goalie all over the place. Now with pacy wingers on both flanks, we seem to be playing with a lot of width and high cross volume, so will get a lot of corners. If we can become a threat from corners, this could really become a weapon, especially considering how tall our CBs are and how good Taylor (and Agyei) are in the air
 

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He definitely grew into the game, and started to really run things once he dropped into the deeper role vacated by Gorrin when he was subbed.

My concern is that we seem to have three midfielders that are more suited to playing as a deep lying midfielder than playing either side of a midfield three.

It will be interesting to see how Robinson fits them into the system.
 

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Was told by a Reading supporter colleague that he was good, thought he showed that last night.
 

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If Brannagan is still struggling we could do a lot worse that giving Kelly a run of games, looks like a similar player. I hope he starts on Saturday to get him up to speed quicker, I'd rather not risk playing Brannagan, give Cam time to recover fully from his niggling knee injury.

Special mention for Sykes who was outstanding for most of the game, what great energy the lad has.
 

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If Brannagan is still struggling we could do a lot worse that giving Kelly a run of games, looks like a similar player. I hope he starts on Saturday to get him up to speed quicker, I'd rather not risk playing Brannagan, give Cam time to recover fully from his niggling knee injury.

Special mention for Sykes who was outstanding for most of the game, what great energy the lad has.
He was a target for countless niggly fouls. Brilliant display
 

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