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Pearson done at Derby
at 16:58 27 Sep 2016

Thing is, if a group of players aren't backing the manager (could be the case, because they have a decent squad) and Pearson does strike me as a bit volatile.

Is there a point in him staying? It seems there's quite a bit of friction around the place and if the players aren't willing to fight for him then its difficult for the situation to improve.
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My little girl having a big leg operation today
at 19:08 19 Sep 2016

Wishing you and your family all the best mate, hope everything went well. Let us know how she's doing.
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Fantasy football leagues...
at 21:45 15 Sep 2016

How have you all started? (not talking about any league in particular)
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The best opening song on an album
at 17:36 15 Sep 2016

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The best opening song on an album
at 17:20 15 Sep 2016

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rubbish Joke Thursday
at 14:00 15 Sep 2016

I walk into a pub and ask for a pint

As I do so, a giraffe collapses behind me, I hesitated for a second

The barman said, "What are you doing? You cant just leave that lying there"

I said, "Its not a lion, its a giraffe"
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Amazed the red card that never was has been forgotten
at 00:33 10 Sep 2016

'The Varney sub was a clear signal to keep them pinned back and force a mistake or hesitation and worked fine'

No it wasn't, it was a decision to add more defensive stability considering Reading's attacks mainly came down the flanks. You honestly think Mick thought that? He loves a point away from home, he was settling for it.

If he wanted to win the game we'd have seen C. Grant, Lawrence or Best- players who have more offensive qualities than defensive. Varney is a worker not at attacking outlet.
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Players going down too easily...
at 00:27 10 Sep 2016

I wouldn't look to deeply into those comments though

Mick will be or at least should be seething in the dressing room, losing the game in such a fashion will annoy him massively.

If he hasn't had some sort of minor fit I would question him a little bit.

Knudsen has started the season quite brightly and scored against our rivals so you have to be a bit careful how you approach it, but as you say, some constructive criticism wouldn't go amiss.
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Players going down too easily...
at 23:37 9 Sep 2016

Its part of the game, not saying that's right but it is. It happens all the time, whether it be diving, time wasting whatever.

Players are going to do this, whilst some defending players will find this rule pedantic, attacking players are going to thrive of it and do what they can to win.

Van den Berg isn't sitting in the changing rooms thinking he's cheated, he's giving everyone high fives.
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Players going down too easily...
at 23:30 9 Sep 2016

No excuse

The referee has just had a five minute conversation to 2 players, saying no more you two, his tolerance is very low at this point, so much so that any slight touch would result in a penalty.

Knudsen is watching all this unfold, why he was given Van Den Berg in the first place I have no idea, he's about twice the size of him!

What does Knudsen decide to do? hold the player who has just been booked. Brainless in the extreme and you could see it coming from a mile away.

Players know they're clamping down on this, its happened for the past 3 weeks. Yes you can say there wasn't sufficient contact but players are making refs minds up for them.

20 seconds away from a satisfactory point and you do that.
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What team do we start with at Reading? Could we see Sears dropped?
at 16:13 5 Sep 2016

I think you've got to be very careful, there could be a big detrimental effect on Sears if he's dropped, what does it say to a striker who is trying his hardest for the team but is dropped because he's struggling in front of goal?

Not sure it would send out a great message, he's still played his part in what has been a decent start to the season. Imagine you're Sears and you get dropped for someone who's yet to even play for us. I think we have to back him, not drop him.
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What team do we start with at Reading? Could we see Sears dropped?
at 11:52 5 Sep 2016

.....................................Bart

Chambers.......Webster.........Berra.............Knudsen

....................Bru..........................Skuse
..................................Douglas
G.Ward............................................................Sears

...................................Pitman
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Cn anyone please explain to me why Walcott, *first* time he was offside
at 22:36 4 Sep 2016

He was onside in the first place, they showed a replay and he was level. Then obviously it went to the second phase where Sturridge had initially touched the ball and it struck him last. Officials did well on this one.
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Klose - I'm disappointed I didn't get to move to a big club
at 17:43 2 Sep 2016

I would be surprised if he sees the season out to be honest, yep I think he kept them up (finished 14th or something) then left in the summer after having a difference in opinion on how to take the club forward.

Whether it was due to style of football and Parish wanting to change that after staying up, or Pulis feeling he wasn't given enough funds I don't know.

Saying that, Parish and Pulis both seem pretty headstrong, probably wasn't going to work in the long-term.
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Klose - I'm disappointed I didn't get to move to a big club
at 17:25 2 Sep 2016

I honestly think if Tony Pulis had everything his way, he would just have a squad of defenders
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My two pence (like anyone gives a fck)
at 02:00 1 Sep 2016

Agree with a lot of that

Also think its worth noting that we're scoring goals from other areas of the pitch now, something that didn't really happen last season and so the weight on the backs of the strikers has been lowered somewhat.

If Ward carries on in the same vein, and gets around 10/12 goals, you're then asking Sears, Pitman, Lawrence, Best and McGoldrick (once fit) to notch about 40 between them? Add to that 5 or 6 from our defenders.

That's not too mention the fact we may sign a striker on loan in the coming days/weeks, or invest in January.
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Chris Sutton on 5 live...
at 22:35 31 Aug 2016

He is a bit like Keane, relies on sound bites rather than holding decent debate/conversation.
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The amount of people online
at 22:03 31 Aug 2016

Its like all queuing up for a band and then realizing the shows been cancelled with five minutes left, "sorry everyone, our base player is feeling unwell" ah for god sake
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Colin Doyle
at 20:54 31 Aug 2016

Had a buy out clause I think, pretty ridiculous
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Obviously don't sign rubbish for the sake of it
at 20:53 31 Aug 2016

Time to give Big Steve Howard a ring, he'll sort out this crisis.
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