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Team for Sunday
at 19:37 20 Feb 2017

Spence Chambers Berra Knudsen Kenlock
Ward Huws Diagouraga
McGoldrick Sears

So basically unchanged but Dave in for Skuse. For some bizarre reason though I don't think this will happen.

You could argue a case for Emmanuel too but Spence played well on Saturday, and its not unlikely that JE would get caught briefly like JS did against Dallas.

Bit gutted Taylor isn't available (I assume so anyway).

at 16:37 19 Feb 2017

Bloody hell what a goal.

Can we try and nab Emnes in the summer please? He looks unplayable!
Long throw into the box
at 17:06 18 Feb 2017

Never ever lead to a goal for us? In fact it's 0-1 (Nugent).

So why?
at 14:56 15 Feb 2017

No chance without him against Norwich.

2-0. Sorry.
Didn't follow last night
at 10:57 15 Feb 2017

Just watched the highlights. Hell of an entertaining 1-1 no?!

How did Didz not score one of his chances?
Smash and grab?
at 18:41 11 Feb 2017

It may appear that way, can't say I've looked at the stats but they may say so too.

But it wasn't in my eyes. Yes Villa probably had a lot of ball, but most of it was Lanbury playing tidy little passes backwards and sideways.

We always looked capable today, even in the first half. We settled after a potentially disastrous first 5 and our left side started to look dangerous with McGoldrick Lawrence and surprisingly Knudsen. It was a shame we didn't continue that because when it faded Villa started to gain control and we could easily have gone in 1 goal down. Losing Taylor and Berra and not losing that goal is testament to the players who replaced them and Chambers who was the ultimate captain all game. Not watching Berra give away free kicks got rugby tackles was however refreshing.

So we start the second half with a back 5 of Emmanuel Spence Chambers Knudsen Kenlock. Many wouldn't have given us a prayer would they? Well they were all, for the majority, superb. Kenlock and Chambers in particular were crucial. The youngster could have been beaten several times one on one but constantly came out with the ball and was happy to play his way out. And skip made countless blocks and last ditch tackles. Even Knudsen started to look confident as a third CB, made a howler early doors but quickly raced to win it back.

The two front boys were knackered by 60 minutes chasing everything with little support. I was annoyed neither Ward or Huws were really helping them. There must have been 5 occasions I thought Lawrence was certain to come off due to fatigue or a knock, but they both kept plugging away.

And then Huws suddenly did start supporting and latching on to loose balls in midfield and driving at Villa. That made a huge difference. We were still committing few men forward to even when we got to good forward positions we struggled to capitalise. But you always felt with a little oomph we could knick something.

And on '83 (?) it came! Apparently it was a handball by Lawrence but I felt it was a clear foul. If the referee agreed he'd certainly learnt his lesson from the first half and played the advantage. Dids picked up the loose ball and waited for the perfect moment to deliver the perfect ball into the six yard box and who should appear but a midfielder, an apparent goal scoring midfielder (what's one of those?)!

So pleased for Huws, he deserved it for his second half performance. Good signing going by the first two games. Big impact in both.

Special praise also goes to Chambo (already mentioned I know). I feel he's stepped up in recent weeks and it is clear is the one of the only ones with a bit of passion. Diagouraga too I thought had a great second half. There wasn't much of a midfield in the first half I felt, but he mopped up a lot in DM and often turned and got us back on the front foot, much better than Skuse does.

Not perfect, and we might have still conceded an equaliser late on (we dealt with the toothless Villa relatively comfortably though), but all in all a very good day.

Interesting week ahead. COYB.
How many have we got going to Villa?
at 10:27 9 Feb 2017

Anyone know?
Grant Ward
at 17:24 4 Feb 2017

Playing in the middle looks a much better player and so much more useful.

Is a midfield three of Ward Diagouraga and Huws/Bishop possible going forward?

I know Skuse is the main man but where have we gone in two years with him playing every single match, most of the time for 90 minutes?

Pleasure to watch today. One of the best this season. Passes to teammates, and forward passes too, two magicians up front. Taylor looked premiership class, calmness personified. Diaga neat on the ball and never looked flustered.
at 14:05 4 Feb 2017

Looks rather good on paper.

Lawrence up front with McGoldrick?

Time for Didz to deliver.
Skuse and Bru in the clip showing Ince miss his sitter
at 16:59 2 Feb 2017

Absolutely outrageous, just sauntering.

Chambers' expression says it all.

at 23:49 31 Jan 2017

I would love love love to know how today went down in regards to the potential transfer and our captain's thoughts and intentions.

I'd like to think he loves this club enough that he didn't want to go, but surely if that was the case the story wouldn't have got as far as is it did, would it? Sounds like he might have gone had the clubs agreed something.

What I will say is that you could see how he felt at the end today. Walking off, on his own after clapping the North Stand, with his head in his hands. Whenever he goes, if that's soon or not for a couple of years, he shouldn't be going with any scorn or abuse.

As for the game the less said the better. I've not seen a team so much better at playing football than us for a long time. They were just all over us, and I missed the first 25 minutes and first two goals!
I can't believe we'd let Chambers go
at 15:18 31 Jan 2017

And if he loved the club so much it wouldn't look good if he tried to force a move.

Would be a terrible move all round imo.
Mick thinks criticism of his style and pragmatism is 'bullsh*t' (n/t)
at 18:08 28 Jan 2017

at 15:16 28 Jan 2017

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