it's going to be another set of play-offs and probably against the bl00dy Budgies :(
Reading are clearly in a false position, how many strikers did they have on the pitch. I counted four? All very good players at this level too!
They're probably the best counter attacking side we've seen at FPR this season, the goal they got was disappointing and it then meant they could sit back on the lead and look to pick us off on the counter which on another they probably would have done.
I thought we huffed and puffed, worked hard and on another would have taken one of our half chances but it was not to be.
Things to ponder really, listening to Radio Suffolk people seem to want a playmaker but the real area we're lacking is the wings imho. That is particularly where a distinct lack of quality is coming from, I think the centre of the park is alright, particularly with the way MM sets up his sides.
I think MM knows this too, he's clearly lost faith in Hunt and Anderson, the fact we're playing Bishop and Parr on the wings tells you everything you need to know.
He's also recruited Connolly, has brought Stewart back to the bench today and currently has a former West Ham Academy prospect (also a winger) on trial.
but would there be an feasibility in a large Stadium being built in the East of England
As equidistant as possible between Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge to host international sport and events
So if we ever have a World Cup be it Rugby, Football and Cricket etc, our sports teams all support this Stadium rather than putting themselves forward. It's clear we'll never get World Cup games because of Fifa's 44k requirement on Stadium capacity, Portman Road has recently lost out to places like Milton Keynes to host Rugby World Cup games also
Perhaps even an NFL franchise if they broaden out into the UK and even a T20 franchise if England go down the IPL/Big Bash model
I certainly think the Eastern Region is stronger together as a brand rather than individual cities like Norwich, Ipswich, Cambridge etc
nowadays with the modern innovations in stadium design.
I sat in the away end for the England Croatia game and it's very very spartan. I suspect away fans judge Portman Road on that section rather than the rest of ground in general.
There are plans to put another blue building in the corner between the Cobbald and SAR Stand when we're promoted to the Premiership, giving away fans better facilities, that alone will improve their experience no doubts.
In the long term the Cobbald will be redeveloped and that itself will improve away opinions of FPR also.
Direct/long ball football - Evil Passing/tiki taka football - Angelic
You only have to see Louis Van Gaal's flounce following Allardyce's suggestion Man U played a long ball style to see how nonsensical the while thing is
A honest tactician would simply acknowledge that launching the ball to Fellaini ended up getting them a point but no, he went off on one about how West Ham play more 'ugly' than Man U
I suspect Allardyce was laughing himself to sleep after that outburst
It's funny teams are moaning about our style in this league nowadays, in the past we're just the sort of side we'd lose to under the likes of Burley and Royle. In fact, just the sort of side we'd be pipped to the automatic slots on season on season. I'm sure we'd have been moaning about these sort of sides when we used to be the best passing side in this division too.
After so many play-off c0ck ups historically, hopefully footballing karma will be kind to us this time around
Every sport has this snobbery in it, in Cricket, hitting across the line of the ball is considered 'agricultural' and unsophisticated
In Rugby teams who rely on kicking rather than tries are seen as anti-proper Rugby. I can remember a bitter Welsh mate telling me all this kicking under Sir Jonny is just not Rugby :)
following legal battles against FFP from the clubs most likely to fail it. The rules have been rewritten to some extent so that they are not as tough as originally planned (what a mess).
Have there been any counter claims against the League from clubs on the other end of the coin, who followed it to the letter and feel by following the rules, their club has been rendered less competitive?
I know I'd be miffed if I were a club who followed it, only to find clubs not following them benefited from doing so .