SWINDON TOWN: Hall needs one more development outing

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Grant Hall featured for Swindon Town's development side in midweek after a long lay-off through injury Grant Hall featured for Swindon Town's development side in midweek after a long lay-off through injury

GRANT Hall requires one more outing in a development squad fixture before he can be considered for first-team action, according to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.

Hall played in part of Town’s 9-0 victory over a Caribbean academy side at the County Ground on Wednesday after missing nine weeks with a calf injury sustained at Gillingham in January, and he will soon be available to Cooper when it comes to selecting his matchday squads for Swindon’s remaining League One fixtures.

However, the Robins boss feels the Tottenham loanee needs one more test of his strength and stamina - and he hopes to arrange another development game next week.

“Grant Hall played for a percentage of the game,” Cooper said in his media briefing on Thursday ahead of the trip to Carlisle United this weekend. “He probably needs another game next week, which we’ll try to get for him.”

Alex Pritchard also featured for the development side on Wednesday ahead of his return from suspension at Brunton Park “It was good to get Pritch half a game and one or two others who maybe haven’t been able to get one recently. We’ve got quite a full squad at the minute,” said Cooper.

“What it means is that you can freshen it up if you need to. With Easter coming up we play Friday and Monday so it enables us to freshen things up if we feel we need to and it creates competition for places as well.”

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4:33pm Thu 3 Apr 14

LeGod says...

i'm afraid to say he is not in the same league as Stephens and i cant see him getting a place the way Troy and Stephens are performing the only time could be the easter games with a friday and monday game because of Troys knees but apart from that to me he is on the bench. We have discovered our best partnership in Troy and Stephens and you have to be solid at the back and dare i say it but with Ward and Hall we are vulnerable as has been proved most of the season with these two at the back.
Sorry Grant Hall but facts are facts.
i'm afraid to say he is not in the same league as Stephens and i cant see him getting a place the way Troy and Stephens are performing the only time could be the easter games with a friday and monday game because of Troys knees but apart from that to me he is on the bench. We have discovered our best partnership in Troy and Stephens and you have to be solid at the back and dare i say it but with Ward and Hall we are vulnerable as has been proved most of the season with these two at the back. Sorry Grant Hall but facts are facts. LeGod
  • Score: 21

4:46pm Thu 3 Apr 14

itslove says...

Its another useful body . hes not to bad. foubt we can make top six but we need to finish well. need to beat brentford well .
Its another useful body . hes not to bad. foubt we can make top six but we need to finish well. need to beat brentford well . itslove
  • Score: -1

5:03pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Well Red says...

Think you will find that when Hall is fit he has to play, so either TAH or Stephens will have to make way?
Think you will find that when Hall is fit he has to play, so either TAH or Stephens will have to make way? Well Red
  • Score: -7

5:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Since 1950 says...

Haven't missed him tbh. Back up for Archie at best. Very venerable with the Hall/Ward combo at the back. We have improved much since they were replaced. Sorry guys.
Haven't missed him tbh. Back up for Archie at best. Very venerable with the Hall/Ward combo at the back. We have improved much since they were replaced. Sorry guys. Since 1950
  • Score: 9

6:18pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Okus Road says...

Since 1950 wrote:
Haven't missed him tbh. Back up for Archie at best. Very venerable with the Hall/Ward combo at the back. We have improved much since they were replaced. Sorry guys.
The difference is Troy any player alongside him will look ok. He is the reason for our improvement, when he was missing at Tranmere from reports our defence was all over the place and we were lucky to win. So Troy plus Stephens top pair or Troy plus Ward, Hall or Branco will give us a solid defence. Add to that playing 3 at the back with Jay and wingbacks gives us greater options. Just a pity it couldn't happen earlier in the season.
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: Haven't missed him tbh. Back up for Archie at best. Very venerable with the Hall/Ward combo at the back. We have improved much since they were replaced. Sorry guys.[/p][/quote]The difference is Troy any player alongside him will look ok. He is the reason for our improvement, when he was missing at Tranmere from reports our defence was all over the place and we were lucky to win. So Troy plus Stephens top pair or Troy plus Ward, Hall or Branco will give us a solid defence. Add to that playing 3 at the back with Jay and wingbacks gives us greater options. Just a pity it couldn't happen earlier in the season. Okus Road
  • Score: 4

6:31pm Thu 3 Apr 14

cricklade red says...

Maybe play the three of them , with wing backs , just wouldnt want Ward and Hall as a two again , too vulnerable.
Maybe play the three of them , with wing backs , just wouldnt want Ward and Hall as a two again , too vulnerable. cricklade red
  • Score: 2

6:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

London Red says...

Okus Road wrote:
Since 1950 wrote:
Haven't missed him tbh. Back up for Archie at best. Very venerable with the Hall/Ward combo at the back. We have improved much since they were replaced. Sorry guys.
The difference is Troy any player alongside him will look ok. He is the reason for our improvement, when he was missing at Tranmere from reports our defence was all over the place and we were lucky to win. So Troy plus Stephens top pair or Troy plus Ward, Hall or Branco will give us a solid defence. Add to that playing 3 at the back with Jay and wingbacks gives us greater options. Just a pity it couldn't happen earlier in the season.
I agree totally - Hall has come under major criticism a lot which is unjustified
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Yes he made mistakes - but so has Ward, Troy and Jay this season!
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Even Thompson has - remember Orient at home?
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I personally think Hall could be a good player with experience - he has has some excellent games like MOTM performance away to QPR!
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Ok he may not be as good as Stepehens - but not all players are equal
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I wouldn't mind him joining permanently and would like to see him alongside Troy and Stephens in the back 3
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I think he suffered from playing next to Ward and not Troy like Stephens has been able to do
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Until we see both Hall with Troy and Stephens with Ward we won't know how each will fair
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Hall dropping out didn't see an instant improvement in our defence - so it can't be just him!
[quote][p][bold]Okus Road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: Haven't missed him tbh. Back up for Archie at best. Very venerable with the Hall/Ward combo at the back. We have improved much since they were replaced. Sorry guys.[/p][/quote]The difference is Troy any player alongside him will look ok. He is the reason for our improvement, when he was missing at Tranmere from reports our defence was all over the place and we were lucky to win. So Troy plus Stephens top pair or Troy plus Ward, Hall or Branco will give us a solid defence. Add to that playing 3 at the back with Jay and wingbacks gives us greater options. Just a pity it couldn't happen earlier in the season.[/p][/quote]I agree totally - Hall has come under major criticism a lot which is unjustified . Yes he made mistakes - but so has Ward, Troy and Jay this season! . Even Thompson has - remember Orient at home? . I personally think Hall could be a good player with experience - he has has some excellent games like MOTM performance away to QPR! . Ok he may not be as good as Stepehens - but not all players are equal . I wouldn't mind him joining permanently and would like to see him alongside Troy and Stephens in the back 3 . I think he suffered from playing next to Ward and not Troy like Stephens has been able to do . Until we see both Hall with Troy and Stephens with Ward we won't know how each will fair . Hall dropping out didn't see an instant improvement in our defence - so it can't be just him! London Red
  • Score: 0

7:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

LR, interesting that you are quick to suggest Hall might have suffered through playing alongside Ward. Doesn't the evidence suggest it might be the other way round? Ward did pretty well with Flint alongside him.
LR, interesting that you are quick to suggest Hall might have suffered through playing alongside Ward. Doesn't the evidence suggest it might be the other way round? Ward did pretty well with Flint alongside him. Oi Den!
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Can't agree with the pro Hall comments. He has been a very weak link in the vast majority of the matches in which he has played. It isn't because he was playing alongside Ward either. He is weak and easily knocked off the ball and has given away so many goals through inept clearances, poor positioning or being caught in possession that it would be a travesty if he was selected ahead of Stephens, Troy or Branco. I've seen almost all the matches in which Hall has played this season and he scares me silly. He must have more assists against us than anyone has in our team playing for us. It is no coincidence that the defence has improved with his absence. He must have something to still be on Tottenham's books but for the life of me I cannot see what.

LR you might have gone to QPR and seen him play well (and he did) but you must have missed going to a lot of matches if you think criticism of him is unjustified. I am not usually one of the negative posters on here and I don't like criticising our players without due cause.
Can't agree with the pro Hall comments. He has been a very weak link in the vast majority of the matches in which he has played. It isn't because he was playing alongside Ward either. He is weak and easily knocked off the ball and has given away so many goals through inept clearances, poor positioning or being caught in possession that it would be a travesty if he was selected ahead of Stephens, Troy or Branco. I've seen almost all the matches in which Hall has played this season and he scares me silly. He must have more assists against us than anyone has in our team playing for us. It is no coincidence that the defence has improved with his absence. He must have something to still be on Tottenham's books but for the life of me I cannot see what. LR you might have gone to QPR and seen him play well (and he did) but you must have missed going to a lot of matches if you think criticism of him is unjustified. I am not usually one of the negative posters on here and I don't like criticising our players without due cause. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: 5

7:37pm Thu 3 Apr 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

amazing how puppet cooper thinks 180 minutes against development teams and hall can be available for first team selection after 9 weeks out.
amazing how puppet cooper thinks 180 minutes against development teams and hall can be available for first team selection after 9 weeks out. uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: -5

9:22pm Thu 3 Apr 14

the wizard says...

After seeing the best back pairing this season I cannot believe somebody will have to give way to let Hall back into the team given our current league position. These eleven are the best balanced combination we have had in a very long time, and understandings will start to happen. If it aint broke then why are we trying to fix it ? We are more composed and constructive on the ball right now, why sacrifice that for long lobs out of defence and nervous clearances which invariably give the ball to the opposition due to erratic and panic moves by our previous players this season. I don't care about how good Hall will become, that is in the future, right now our pairing is brill, lets keep it that way.
After seeing the best back pairing this season I cannot believe somebody will have to give way to let Hall back into the team given our current league position. These eleven are the best balanced combination we have had in a very long time, and understandings will start to happen. If it aint broke then why are we trying to fix it ? We are more composed and constructive on the ball right now, why sacrifice that for long lobs out of defence and nervous clearances which invariably give the ball to the opposition due to erratic and panic moves by our previous players this season. I don't care about how good Hall will become, that is in the future, right now our pairing is brill, lets keep it that way. the wizard
  • Score: 0

9:55pm Thu 3 Apr 14

lifelong red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
LR, interesting that you are quick to suggest Hall might have suffered through playing alongside Ward. Doesn't the evidence suggest it might be the other way round? Ward did pretty well with Flint alongside him.
Ward was a different player last season with more experienced players around him, this season he has had the added responsibility of presiding over a team of mainly young players , which in my opinion could of effected his own game.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: LR, interesting that you are quick to suggest Hall might have suffered through playing alongside Ward. Doesn't the evidence suggest it might be the other way round? Ward did pretty well with Flint alongside him.[/p][/quote]Ward was a different player last season with more experienced players around him, this season he has had the added responsibility of presiding over a team of mainly young players , which in my opinion could of effected his own game. lifelong red
  • Score: 1

10:28pm Thu 3 Apr 14

the wizard says...

lifelong red wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
LR, interesting that you are quick to suggest Hall might have suffered through playing alongside Ward. Doesn't the evidence suggest it might be the other way round? Ward did pretty well with Flint alongside him.
Ward was a different player last season with more experienced players around him, this season he has had the added responsibility of presiding over a team of mainly young players , which in my opinion could of effected his own game.
Quite agree, Douglas suffered the same fate through different circumstances when the Captaincy fell to him, sadly stronger personalities within the team dictated off field proceedings which led to on field disarray and apathy. Had Ward had more experience in the leader role he may have handled things in a better way. Very sad to see a great career end with a poor season by his playing standards. My hope is that he goes on to do well in his future roles, and at some point can concede that this season was a hard lesson, and I hope he benefits from the lessons learned, he is nobodies fool.
[quote][p][bold]lifelong red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: LR, interesting that you are quick to suggest Hall might have suffered through playing alongside Ward. Doesn't the evidence suggest it might be the other way round? Ward did pretty well with Flint alongside him.[/p][/quote]Ward was a different player last season with more experienced players around him, this season he has had the added responsibility of presiding over a team of mainly young players , which in my opinion could of effected his own game.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, Douglas suffered the same fate through different circumstances when the Captaincy fell to him, sadly stronger personalities within the team dictated off field proceedings which led to on field disarray and apathy. Had Ward had more experience in the leader role he may have handled things in a better way. Very sad to see a great career end with a poor season by his playing standards. My hope is that he goes on to do well in his future roles, and at some point can concede that this season was a hard lesson, and I hope he benefits from the lessons learned, he is nobodies fool. the wizard
  • Score: -1

10:29pm Thu 3 Apr 14

London Red says...

lifelong red wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
LR, interesting that you are quick to suggest Hall might have suffered through playing alongside Ward. Doesn't the evidence suggest it might be the other way round? Ward did pretty well with Flint alongside him.
Ward was a different player last season with more experienced players around him, this season he has had the added responsibility of presiding over a team of mainly young players , which in my opinion could of effected his own game.
Exactly - Ward is a shadow of the player we saw last season!
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Also lets not forget Flint was not a rock alongside Devera and that partnership simply did not work - it was partially why we had a nightmare start under PdC
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Yet once Macca was put there both players looked good alongside him
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Sometimes partnerships don't work and Ward and Hall fit that bill
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So who is to say Hall wouldn't look much better alongside Troy?
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As for evidence - then why did our defence continue to make errors when Hall got injured and Ward carried on?
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Was Hall to blame for the shambolic 2nd away at Posh in the JPT? Or the easy way we were torn apart by Wolves?
[quote][p][bold]lifelong red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: LR, interesting that you are quick to suggest Hall might have suffered through playing alongside Ward. Doesn't the evidence suggest it might be the other way round? Ward did pretty well with Flint alongside him.[/p][/quote]Ward was a different player last season with more experienced players around him, this season he has had the added responsibility of presiding over a team of mainly young players , which in my opinion could of effected his own game.[/p][/quote]Exactly - Ward is a shadow of the player we saw last season! . Also lets not forget Flint was not a rock alongside Devera and that partnership simply did not work - it was partially why we had a nightmare start under PdC . Yet once Macca was put there both players looked good alongside him . Sometimes partnerships don't work and Ward and Hall fit that bill . So who is to say Hall wouldn't look much better alongside Troy? . As for evidence - then why did our defence continue to make errors when Hall got injured and Ward carried on? . Was Hall to blame for the shambolic 2nd away at Posh in the JPT? Or the easy way we were torn apart by Wolves? London Red
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Thu 3 Apr 14

London Red says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
Can't agree with the pro Hall comments. He has been a very weak link in the vast majority of the matches in which he has played. It isn't because he was playing alongside Ward either. He is weak and easily knocked off the ball and has given away so many goals through inept clearances, poor positioning or being caught in possession that it would be a travesty if he was selected ahead of Stephens, Troy or Branco. I've seen almost all the matches in which Hall has played this season and he scares me silly. He must have more assists against us than anyone has in our team playing for us. It is no coincidence that the defence has improved with his absence. He must have something to still be on Tottenham's books but for the life of me I cannot see what.

LR you might have gone to QPR and seen him play well (and he did) but you must have missed going to a lot of matches if you think criticism of him is unjustified. I am not usually one of the negative posters on here and I don't like criticising our players without due cause.
I've seen him in a fair few matches - was just pointing out one where he was excellent
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In those games I've seen he has been excellent, good, average and poor
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However - as I have said before replace the name Hall with pretty
much every other town player and in the games I have seen they too have been excellent, good, average and poor!
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: Can't agree with the pro Hall comments. He has been a very weak link in the vast majority of the matches in which he has played. It isn't because he was playing alongside Ward either. He is weak and easily knocked off the ball and has given away so many goals through inept clearances, poor positioning or being caught in possession that it would be a travesty if he was selected ahead of Stephens, Troy or Branco. I've seen almost all the matches in which Hall has played this season and he scares me silly. He must have more assists against us than anyone has in our team playing for us. It is no coincidence that the defence has improved with his absence. He must have something to still be on Tottenham's books but for the life of me I cannot see what. LR you might have gone to QPR and seen him play well (and he did) but you must have missed going to a lot of matches if you think criticism of him is unjustified. I am not usually one of the negative posters on here and I don't like criticising our players without due cause.[/p][/quote]I've seen him in a fair few matches - was just pointing out one where he was excellent . In those games I've seen he has been excellent, good, average and poor . However - as I have said before replace the name Hall with pretty much every other town player and in the games I have seen they too have been excellent, good, average and poor! London Red
  • Score: 2

10:46pm Thu 3 Apr 14

the wizard says...

London Red wrote:
Psychedelic Syd wrote:
Can't agree with the pro Hall comments. He has been a very weak link in the vast majority of the matches in which he has played. It isn't because he was playing alongside Ward either. He is weak and easily knocked off the ball and has given away so many goals through inept clearances, poor positioning or being caught in possession that it would be a travesty if he was selected ahead of Stephens, Troy or Branco. I've seen almost all the matches in which Hall has played this season and he scares me silly. He must have more assists against us than anyone has in our team playing for us. It is no coincidence that the defence has improved with his absence. He must have something to still be on Tottenham's books but for the life of me I cannot see what.

LR you might have gone to QPR and seen him play well (and he did) but you must have missed going to a lot of matches if you think criticism of him is unjustified. I am not usually one of the negative posters on here and I don't like criticising our players without due cause.
I've seen him in a fair few matches - was just pointing out one where he was excellent
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In those games I've seen he has been excellent, good, average and poor
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However - as I have said before replace the name Hall with pretty
much every other town player and in the games I have seen they too have been excellent, good, average and poor!
Quite agree with you LR, but as we have a good pairing , one which hopefully we can use next season, and that pairing plays well together, lets leave things settled, especially as we have looked more comfortable as a team with them in place. There is confidence building, and that is always, I think you will agree, a much sought after commodity given the run of games prior to the last four, draw and three wins.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: Can't agree with the pro Hall comments. He has been a very weak link in the vast majority of the matches in which he has played. It isn't because he was playing alongside Ward either. He is weak and easily knocked off the ball and has given away so many goals through inept clearances, poor positioning or being caught in possession that it would be a travesty if he was selected ahead of Stephens, Troy or Branco. I've seen almost all the matches in which Hall has played this season and he scares me silly. He must have more assists against us than anyone has in our team playing for us. It is no coincidence that the defence has improved with his absence. He must have something to still be on Tottenham's books but for the life of me I cannot see what. LR you might have gone to QPR and seen him play well (and he did) but you must have missed going to a lot of matches if you think criticism of him is unjustified. I am not usually one of the negative posters on here and I don't like criticising our players without due cause.[/p][/quote]I've seen him in a fair few matches - was just pointing out one where he was excellent . In those games I've seen he has been excellent, good, average and poor . However - as I have said before replace the name Hall with pretty much every other town player and in the games I have seen they too have been excellent, good, average and poor![/p][/quote]Quite agree with you LR, but as we have a good pairing , one which hopefully we can use next season, and that pairing plays well together, lets leave things settled, especially as we have looked more comfortable as a team with them in place. There is confidence building, and that is always, I think you will agree, a much sought after commodity given the run of games prior to the last four, draw and three wins. the wizard
  • Score: 1

12:06am Fri 4 Apr 14

mancrobin says...

I would be happy to see Hall tried out again in different partnerships if he is likely to feature next season. Otherwise, what's the point? TAH is a much better reader of the game and Stephens is far more mobile.

In view of the fact we were going to use this stage of the season to try out the youngsters, I 'm surprised there has been no mention of Aaron Oakley. Is he still injured?
I would be happy to see Hall tried out again in different partnerships if he is likely to feature next season. Otherwise, what's the point? TAH is a much better reader of the game and Stephens is far more mobile. In view of the fact we were going to use this stage of the season to try out the youngsters, I 'm surprised there has been no mention of Aaron Oakley. Is he still injured? mancrobin
  • Score: 0

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