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|Bru has done nothing to warrant a start|
at 19:42 18 Oct 2016
Hope it works out but Bru has been useless imo. Ward's form has dipped a bit but he still played better than I have ever seen Bru play. Conor Grant must be starting to feel being here is a waste of his time to when he sees Bru getting in the side whilst he kicks his heels.
|Back from the game -some thoughts.|
at 19:19 15 Oct 2016
£22 for me and £7 for the boy -that's more like it (having paid almost twice that at Elland Road). We were the better team, no-one could deny that. We had plenty of the ball, didn't just hoof it all game and after the first ten minutes we were very rarely threatened. TCs finishing sessions can't be going too well as most of the shots we had were scuffs or when the coonection was better they were straight at Steele in the home goal. Cardson the table, I like Mick and have never called for him to go. I am a patient man and retain hope that he can get us over this hump. Note, the word I used is hope, not belief. When I see Douglas alongside Skuse again, II really am questionning my loyalty to MM. Even more so when Douglas remains for the entire 90 and we take off Ward and Lawrence. Skuse did fine today. He does his job well. To be fair Douglas did noyhing wrong today but combine the two and they just don't make an effective central pairing at all. If Mick persists with them both, we will bore the pants out of all and sundry for the rest of the season I'm afraid. Oh, and my son said his classroom at school is noisier than the crowd today. Very subdued from the home fans and rather quiet from our end too. A few wods on the players:
Bart -nothing to do really. Kicking not great
Chambers - defensively sound. A couple of attemts at goal, one lovely pass but several rather hopeful punts and some poor distribution
Knudsen - getting better. In lst couple of mins had two chances to launch throws with Berra up but went short. Why?
Berra -dominant. Defended well. Panicky with ball at feet
Webster - outstanding. Defensivel solid and confident on ball. Too good for us and will be sold within 18 months for good money
Ward - industrious and got in some crosses. Not as confident 1 on 1 as earlier in season
Douglas - not a bad performance as such but offers nothing more tha midfield plod and grind. Once or twice in the box but no drive
Skuse - decent performance but his value to the side is diminshed when played alongside Douglas
Lawrence - can give us something and should have scored today
Sears - up top today and worked hard but really not that threatening
Best - won his share in the air. Flashes of good work but has to be stronger to hold the ball up and bring others into it
Bishop - a couple of driving runs but Teddy needs to either pull the trigger or let it go before he runs into trouble. I would like to see him start central with Skuse
Williams - judge him when he starts. He will make difference though
|Minor point but Best did Ok for me.|
at 18:07 24 Sep 2016
He won countless flick ons but not once did Sears or Lawrence get aroundhim to make use of them. He could prove to be a very decent signing. Sears, for all his effort, is way off form -the final 15 last week was not a portent of his return. Skuse and Douglas totally dominated and Lawrence and Ward largely peripheral if at least industrious. Webster was fine and a good tussle between Wood and Berra all game. Pits never really in it. Knudsen not bad, Chambers not good (distribution getting worse if anything). Emmanuel did nothing wrong, one little stepover and cross was decent. Bart solid. Central midfield has NO forward drive at all. It's been the main problem for so long. Agree that Douglas has been better and I see what Skuse's job is but between them there is zero creativity. We did not show up for the second half. We were in it until half time. £56 for my boy and I on the gate. The least I'd hope for would be for my team to turn up for both halves.
|Murph - if he wants to go, get it done asap.|
at 18:40 26 Aug 2016
I like Murph. He would be a big loss but if decent cash is on offer (for me in the current market that 2.5 million minimum) then you have to forgo what Murph brings for the short term. He has a maximum of two seasons in terms of his age so look to the future. If not now, we would be confronted by the problem of replacing him pretty soon anyway. Get it done quick and get in the long term replacement. Having said that, I would not be averse to turning down money below that price either
|Movement and delivery|
at 13:14 14 Feb 2016
Yesterday highlighted (again) just how much we are lacking in our set pieces. Freeman delivered dangerous balls and Flint was constantly on the move leading Berra a merry dance. Can't remember too many goals from set pieces this season for us and whilst some get a bit excited by Bru, his delivery is so hit and miss. Maybe Pringle might improve on this but a bit of real movement in the box might help too. Have we scored a direct free kick this season either?
|The doom and gloom on here comes as a real surprise to me|
at 21:08 23 Jan 2016
I was there today and we were beaten 3 by a rival team away from home. Two volleys from outside the box did for us after a sending off which looked justified to me. We matched them pretty much throughout and showed real spirit second half. The away end remained buoyant throughout, singing even at 3 down. This was nothing like the mullering we got at Hull. With eleven on the pitch 2nd half, we would have got something I reckon. We will play far worse than that and win. A defeat disappoints me but some of the comments on here are ridiculous and just don't reflect the atmosphere in the crowd at the game.
|Short corners anybody?|
at 13:28 3 Jan 2016
I know they can sometimes catch a team napping (us at Boro twice last season) but it's so frustrating when we ultimately fail to get the ball in the box. Happened a couple of times yesterday and it's such a bloody waste for me.
|My 1000th post.|
at 10:42 25 Dec 2015
Merry Christmas to you all. You have given me much entertainment and a good giggle now and then. Cheers!
|For all those saying we are competing for just one play off place|
at 17:47 5 Dec 2015
Whilst by full time last night we were rightly defeated, we could have got our noses infront and possibly deserved to be at half time. That would have made for a different game and just maybe we could have won the game. With the results today, we would have been just 4 points off fourth! Lots of ifs and coulds I know but the assumption that the top five places are already in the bag is just nonesense for me.
at 18:16 21 Nov 2015
I know it's unpopular with many on here (and an obsession for others) to crticise Gerken but let's be honest, what is he doing for the first goal? For goodness sake man, it's floated across your goal five yards out but you are rooted to the line. It was a keeper's ball 100% and that's why Tommy is caught on his heels. Dear oh dear Deano. Many will blame Tommy. They are wrong. Oh but he is a great shot stopper lest I forget!
|Fantastic support today|
at 20:09 24 Oct 2015
Just a pity we could not hang on. Deja vu from last year. Gerkin just cannot get it right. Crosses go into his six yatd box and he is rooted to his line. Suddenly there is one 9 yards out, defenders in position and out he comes, clatters his own defender and punches down into the ground instead of wide, high and long. Some will point to two decent stops in the first half. That's all very well but his inability to command the defence is totally destabilisng. Bru makes a big difference and Douglas looked far more competent alongside him when he came on than he has when partnered with Skuse. Murph might just be turning a corner but he still looks only 70% of the player he was last year. Berra looking better. Great support, vocal and lively despite what I thought was some over zealous stewarding when we scored. Glad I went, was seriously considering giving it a miss after Blackburn and Hull.
|Chambers, Knudsen, Parr all poor this evening.|
at 00:02 21 Oct 2015
Chambo's distribution was appalling. Knudsen just constantly caught out of position and Parr basically brushed off the ball too easily. We are too slow to move the ball and simply don't know the meaning of a swift counter attack. Murphy not at the races and currently the word lumbering aptly describes his form. For all his running, Toure has less end product than Lee Martin. Maitland-Niles is still lightweight. On the positive side, Bru will improve us, Douglas more effective without Skuse (but Skuse is the better player). Been to Blackburn and Hull and we have shadow boxed our way through both games. Tough times but will be at Forest on Saturday nevertheless.
|Mick and Mcgoldrick|
at 18:06 17 Oct 2015
Something isn't right. Either Mick doesn't think he is fit or he doesn't think his head is right. His comments on Douglas are just bluster. That central midfield partnership makes me yearn for the energy of Hyam ffs!
|Fast, counter attacking football is great to watch.|
at 20:00 8 Oct 2015
The Germans break with such pace and players move from defence into attack when the opportunity presents itself seemingly without exposing the side defensively. All about great movement off the ball too.
at 14:35 4 Oct 2015
At Tim Howard not coming to claim a corner in the six yard box in the centre of his goal. Wonder what he would make of the glue that keeps Gerks boots stuck on his line?
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