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Judge' s head about to be turned?
at 07:40 11 Mar 2019

So with McCarthy mouthing off at every opportunity lately ... Keynes injury, texting Garner, commenting about players taking a pay cut...

He won't be able to help himself in telling Judge all about it at the ROI international get together.

' you don't want to go there Alan ' blah blah blah ... He could use his mate Didz to back him up.

Won't happen , Micks too professional ...or Sure to happen... Where's your money going?
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WBA away
at 07:31 4 Mar 2019

Sold out? How? Did they only give us a few tickets?

Are any more going to be made available ?
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Baggies 2 down tonight
at 20:23 1 Mar 2019

If they play like this next week, we have a chance of a win there.
Poor defending.

Believe! COYFB
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Toto up front
at 08:27 25 Feb 2019

If Keane is out for 6 weeks with a hamstring injury, then he will be a big miss.

His hold up play and ability to win headers from crosses and defenders going long will be sorely missed.

Jackson has shown time and time again he cannot hold the ball up and Harrisin also struggled in that role. Bristol Rovers fans said he is better on the ground with the ball at his feet.

So with those 2 not up to it, younger players Folani, Morris and Lankester injured as well as Sears we are short on options. Stick with what we have tried and watch it fail it try something different?

Who do we play to go with Quaners pace.

Give Toto a go, deceptively quick and good in the air.... Maybe he can be the next Bam Bam!
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No Skuse and No Chambo
at 00:32 14 Feb 2019

And by God that was the best we have played all season. No changes on sat no matter who is fit.

Everyone has to earn their place in the team !
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Time to drop Pennington
at 00:23 12 Feb 2019

Responsible for too many errors , losing his man , costly mistakes that are causing goals. Game after game.

Collins to,replace,preferably but if not then Toto.

Skuse... Is there to protect the back 4 , and he does visibly seem to do that but his passing is woeful meaning it comes back double quick.

Also the defence are leaking goals anyway so is he achieving anything?

Worth trying Dozz,Nolan or Downes in the deep role taking the ball f the back line and doing something worthwhile with it.
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New players in?
at 23:10 28 Jan 2019

Anybody heard if we are likely to get any more new players ( please a right back!) before the window slams shut?

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Tactical thoughts from AV game.
at 09:09 27 Jan 2019

Some are complaining about Trev, Skuse and Downes starting the game. I think it was an attempt to protect the defence in what on paper was a tough away game. It was also on the back of the last 3 halves of football where the midfield has been spectacularly outplayed and uninspiring and conceding 2 goals ever game giving us a mountain to climb.
Yes we still conceded 2, but one was a ridiculous penalty.
I didn't agree with it , but it did kind of work , worth doing again...in the right game yes, but also needs to be changed earlier if the need arises. More of that next.

Subs.
Even at 2 down, we didn't bring a more attacking mid on Bish for one of the 3 above would have been the obvious to give us more.
Jackson was also far too late ...almost as if PL had forgotten he still had subs to use.

Keeper.
Bart was back ( welcomed by me) struggled to hold onto shots but this may have been due to the conditions...their keeper didn't do any better... But pleasingly was back to his shot stopping best second half .
Can the keeper coach please help with what to do at penalties! The amount we give away ( or refs jumping on the chance to award them ) then we need to do better with, our keepers never get anywhere near any of them.
Do some work on who takes them, where they put the ball, not committing yourself before the pen is struck, watch successful keepers ... But do something!

Judge. Give him a free role in the number 10 slot, he is the only one with any nous , ( win free kicks, unlock defences etc) he will be key if we are to win some games.

Quaner/Keane up top ?
Both look to have something different to offer , which to play ?, the jury is still out...should it depend on which defenders we are playing against for example Quaner was way too fast for Elphick , will one of them make the shirt his own...or can/ should we play both up top?

Way of playing.
We seem to want to play our way ( the PL way of cutting in from the wings no matter what) ... Yesterday was frustrating as Harry's pre game report on Villa had shone a light on the fact that their fans biggest concern was the full backs especially Taylor. In the game we didn't attack them down the flanks much at all, the one time I can remember Taylor made a complete hash and gave us a corner.
Let's make more of other teams weaknesses!

Formation
We have stuck rigidly to 4231 , is it working, should we try something different ?
2 up front to get more goals ?

Right back .
We still need one. For we can't get one in then why isn't Cotter given a chance , did great in his one game last season.

Lastly , playing out from goal kicks .
OMG , how many times has this gone wrong... As mentioned above other teams play on opponents weaknesses, this is ours. Yesterday was awful, time and time again it was messed up. We are not Manchester City and our players are too hesitant and not quick enough to get it to work before all space is closed down . If we are going to persist then we need to have plan B and C available if Chambo and Collins are closed down, I.e Full backs on the wings to kick the ball too and head it on, or pushed up on their back line and a quick accurate long kick , not one where we decide slowly I can't pass it out so I will make it clear I am going to kick it long and give the opposition time to reorganise totally . Speed is of the essence.

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Pub for tomorrow
at 10:20 25 Jan 2019

Been to the Witton Arms ( the one with the Marquee out the back )close to the away end a few times.
One of the away guides also mentions The Yew Tree further along the same road , anyone know it or going there before the match ?
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If you were PL, What would you focus on in training this week?
at 17:31 19 Jan 2019

Some ideas.

Fitness... Amount of time we struggle in second half
Half time team talks
Defending set pieces
Gelling in new players
Attacking set pieces
Goalkeeping distribution to defenders

Or something else.........???
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Norwich beer ban
at 14:32 19 Jan 2019

I am struggling to understand this.

The majority of ITFC bans had nothing to do with the idiots or the incident , so why are we being punished?

A ban in the stadium will just mean more fans drinking outside of the ground, potentially causing more widespread issues all over the place.

Other derbies have had far worse incidents, arrests, violence ...call it what u will and do not have an alcohol ban.

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Sort it out Evans... Fast!
at 17:00 31 Dec 2018

Everyone has known for weeks we would be adrift at the bottom as the Jan transfer window opened. Was just a matter of how many points behind we were.

This is not new news , nor a surprise.

For weeks PL has been saying we need help.

For weeks it has been clear we need those players at the start of the window , so we can gel them and more importantly so the piss our bunch we have at the moment don't lose more games and become more adrift...meaning we need an even greater points per game for the ones left.

I can recall saying in November that we should be doing those deals now and it would mean we will have to pay over the odds to get clubs, players and agents to commit .. That is the cost of the policy in the summer and of the results this season. Selling clubs don't need to do the deal now, they can happily wait till the end of Jan, put simply, we can't wait, we have to put our hands in our pockets and bite the billet now.

So, today on the eve of the window opening, I am seriously underwhelmed. PL is not his normal self, Sky sports news are continually running headlines of players signing for this and that club... Can La Parra to Boro, Motherwell signing Ross McCormack.qpr recall Manning from Rotherham. Doncaster agree deal for Sheffield Utd reserve striker etc etc.

Where's the news on imminent transfers in and the help we need? A young Leicester full back and an unfit winger on trial.
What the hell is going on at PR?

Evans sort it out and fast , OK new players can't play tomorrow , but there's every chance we will lose at Accrington , confidence will be rock bottom despite PL's best efforts at positivity if that does happen.

Players need to be in for that next game v Rotherham or things could turn very negative against ME IMO.





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What to do in Jan? So many questions
at 11:55 30 Dec 2018

Would you sell players that are not good enough for what we need this season... If so who?

Or would you keep them in the hope they are good enough for league 1?

If making players available , who would you actively look to push out ( via agents) to free up wage space and transfer fees?

How many players would you bring in, are we looking at a complete change like Hursts in the summer?

I recall Mick bringing in 7 or 8 the year Huws joined when We weren't safe.( I can see this happening again) . That season I think we brought in Rowe and Moore as cheap punts tho, not what we need now.

Or...do we sit on our hands and do nothing...and/or play the kids?

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Ref tomorrow
at 16:11 28 Dec 2018

Geez , it's that plonker who sent Nsiala off at Wednesday and was also the idiot who gave 3 penalties at Reading a couple of years back including the one in the last minute ...for pulling in the box!

Wow just wow
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Is PL better than PH?
at 17:24 26 Dec 2018

That performance today together with Lamberts comments about seeing a different ITFC side to the one outplayed at home got me thinking.

Same players, similar performance and result.

So is Lambert any better than Hurst.

Playing poorly, creating nothing, defence a shambles, individual errors.

All those can be levelled at both.

We say see a future improvement the longer we play the PL system. Maybe.

Yes, Lambert is bringing positivity but its making little difference on the pitch.

Hurst brought in poor players , this seems to be where PL can show he can make a big difference.
PH was pony at bringing in players , so if PL is going to show he is better...then tbe time is now.


Positive responses welcomed!
[Post edited 26 Dec 2018 17:25]
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Half Time subs and formation change
at 15:45 26 Dec 2018

Like to see us go 442 with Lankester and Harrison up top. Sears and Lankester could interchange as needed.

Dozz for Downes cos we need someone to create a chance too.

If we get back in with one then Gwion for Ward later in game.

That is all.
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Kayden and Donacien going back
at 19:57 3 Dec 2018

They should be able to tell us what to expect!

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After match thoughts
at 11:02 2 Dec 2018

First up I think Forest are the best team I have seen this season. Ahead of Boro who much like Forest took their foot off the gas when 2 up. Wba third best from the games against us.

So with that in mind giving them a goal start was effectively shooting ourselves in the foot again.

Anyway, the main point of this thread was to say I was chatting with Forest fans after the game as we walked across the bridge going over the Trent. I asked them what they thought of us.
They were surprised that we hadn't set up with ten behind the ball as every other team at the bottom gas this season in games against them.
They also thought we were the poorest side they had seen, and thirdly that our heads dropped and there was no belief in the team, no one with flair to make things happen.
They said you could see we were beaten early on , to my mind, this was also evident when the third goal went vs Bristol City in midweek, we never looked like coming back from it.

So, is there a time when we should go to ten behind the ball, like MM , and grind out a point or two? Or are we too far behind?

It's a difficult time indeed, everyone can see we need players , but where are they going to come from?
Journeymen pros from the championship?
Apparent Star young loanees from the Premier league ....errrr... like Chalobah and Edun?
More players stepping up from league 1?
Expensive quality players lured by Labert and Evans chequebook?

And are they going to want to join a team likely ten points from safety at the start of Jan?

I hope PL has is better at evaluating and attracting players than PH was, he needs to be a genius!


Keep the faith , support the team, that's our part in this!
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What next?
at 00:16 29 Nov 2018

Bart...what's happened to you? Drop
Spence. Nothing needs saying . Drop.
Chambo, only still in the team due to lack of options.
Pennington. Average. No rtf foot but playing on the left side. Could have stopped goal at hull and against WBA and 3rd one tonight he decided he was keeper alongside Bart. Drop.
Jonas. Oh god. Drop or try him at left sided centre back.
Skuse. Played well within his own limitations.
Chalobah. Absolute pony. Not our player not up for the fight. Drop and send back.
Downes. Not good enough yet, poor set pieces yet he's taking them. May have to play due to lack of options but otherwise drop.
Edwards. Flatters to deceive, not enough end product at this level. Drop.
Sears. Played well.
Roberts, tried his best looks indecisive, not up to it. Drop.

Best team I can muster in the current formation

Gerken
Crowe/Cotter Chambo Jonas kenlock
Skuse Downes Dozzell/bishop
Lankester Harrison / Sears

I can't say it looks great, but pretty much any combination is going to struggle.

Could recall Nydam as he's not playing and put him straight in the team
If Harrison sent fit replace with Folani.

Trying to be positive but these are sad times.


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Well done Dusseldorf
at 18:12 24 Nov 2018

Played away at Bayern Munich today and scored 2 late goals to draw 3-3 including a hat trick.
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