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bournemouth
at 22:56 6 Mar 2015

Well that's Derby out the way
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bournemouth
at 21:46 6 Mar 2015

I agree with others that he's a bit up his own backside when they don't win, doesn't really praise the opposition but then quite a few other managers are the same. I think its good that young coaches are playing this way, so many british managers are old school and pragmatic so I think we should commend those that get their teams playing in such an offensive way.

I can't see him leaving Bournemouth for a while and I think he's suited well to that club, he's comfy there. If he goes to a Prem side and does badly his reputation dents and he'll most likely find himself back in the Championship. He went to Burnley and it didn't quite work, no one will doubt him whilst he's at Bournemouth.
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bournemouth
at 21:31 6 Mar 2015

To be fair to Howe, he's got some unsung players in that team who he's really helped to improve and become worthy Championship players. The likes of Arter, Cook, Daniels ect...

Its okay saying they've spent money but there are still players in there that have really improved under his management.
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Isn't it about time we really turned a team over?
at 19:47 6 Mar 2015

I would take a scrappy, dire 1-0 win in one of the worst games seen by man to be honest. A win regardless of how it comes will give us much needed confidence. Don't even want to think what the aftermath would be like if we lose.
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McGoldrick was furious with the Club
at 14:54 6 Mar 2015

We all say lack of form and to be honest I was getting a bit annoyed at McGoldricks body language, however I think its easy to underestimate just how much class he brings to the side.
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Town vs Brentford Line Up
at 21:24 5 Mar 2015

..............................Bialkowski

Parr............Chambers.........Berra..........Mings

...............................Tabb

...................Bru..............Chaplow

Sears..................................................Anderson

..........................Murphy

Brentford, possession based side, get Tabb to hassle there attacking central midfield player with Sears and Andersons work rate hassling their wide players. Sears and Ando have the energy to get back and forward and support Murph also. Bru the more cultured player with Chaplow being in as he has a better engine than Skuse.

We will need our busy players in against Brentford as they are a force going forward and have a lot of nippy, energetic players. I think that team strikes a good balance between pressing them and being able to spring forward quickly when they press us. Playing 3-5-2 for me is a gamble as they play one up top and so we don't want 2 spare defenders especially against a team who use the ball well around the box. We beat them by countering quickly before.
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Will Aston Villa score tonight?
at 20:15 3 Mar 2015

Fair play! I will claim to be the motivation behind it.
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Will Aston Villa score tonight?
at 19:47 3 Mar 2015

You can do, but I've perhaps given a very limited amount of options looking back.
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Will Aston Villa score tonight?
at 19:41 3 Mar 2015

no but I can see you are doing your best for me, thanks.
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Will Aston Villa score tonight?
at 19:29 3 Mar 2015

There isn't one, that's normally a natural process that tends to mean you don't bother clicking on the poll at all, oh and not wasting the time to comment as well.
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Will Aston Villa score tonight?
at 19:08 3 Mar 2015

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We played OK at Nodge and didn't deserve to lose
at 18:49 3 Mar 2015

Has it? I don't think its been that bad to be honest. A lot of the people angered by certain parts of the team have been fairly articulate in their reasoning.
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first time ive really questioned mick today
at 19:31 1 Mar 2015

He meant Chaplow, for a striker (in Varney). Someone has already mentioned it above. Bloody hell, why has it come to this. A day where I hoped we were going to celebrate a victory to arguing over grammar.
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The annoying thing about today and most of our other defeats...
at 18:52 1 Mar 2015

Is that we've not been outplayed in any of the games really. Its just been a case of can the opposition stand up to us physically and then sneak one somewhere during the game. No individual or team has really put us to the sword or had us under the cosh for large spells.

The Derby home game was similar to today, as was the other fixture against Norwich. I'm sat after the game thinking, was that it? Is that all they had to do? I think sometimes we make things to much of a battle rather than letting the shackles off when playing the higher sides in the league.

We're doing well mind you and sure there will be twists and turns to come before the seasons out.
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Mick McCarthy highly culpable today
at 17:11 1 Mar 2015

I'm with you, why play a diamond against a team who were more often than not looking to hit us on the break. I felt that a kind of 4-2-3-1 with two players really keeping width would have worked well today, with our defensive two holding back slightly to give the back four protection.

We pressurised and scrapped and looked for second balls which means one quick pass from them and they're running at us and our whole midfield gets caught out.

Its what happened with the goals and what happened when Bart made that good stop. Norwich didn't do a lot but basically countered our game plan, I actually felt for our defence today, they had no help at all really.

I'm saying all this but actually thought we played alright, certainly weren't out shone.
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Bart, Berra, Tabb, Sears can all hold their heads high.
at 16:37 1 Mar 2015

Tabb worked hard as ever but would love someone to explain to me why he's the one taking the corners. Surely a Bru or Sku who are more technically sound would take them and really try and whip them in?
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completely outclassed
at 15:59 1 Mar 2015

I would say they've been more cutting that generally better. The game has come down to us not having enough pace and mobility in defence and midfield and being outwitted style wise. We build up and get the ball in which has been food and drink for Martin and Bassong (two strong centre-backs).

On the other hand Norwich have exploited our weaknesses, quick balls through the middle and channels for their lively front players who have done us for skill and pace. If Norwich played the same style as we did we probably would have got something.

Likewise, if we got the ball into feet and played quicker I suspect we would have caused them more problems because they seemed to struggle against Sears.
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lucky cunits
at 15:50 1 Mar 2015

It was a bit of a crap goal, doesn't cover up our faults though, one pass and they're in.
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lucky cunits
at 15:43 1 Mar 2015

Stop clutching at straws, makes us look desperate and bitter
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Collymore predicting Derby, scum, and Forest to go up
at 22:33 28 Feb 2015

I think he's a good pundit personally, a lot better than most in my view. Danny Higginbotham is good on radio too.
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