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|Jesus wept ... |
at 13:56 18 Feb 2018
Are you f'ing kidding me?
Bart (and the defence who switched off) were superb up until then.
|Well, pick the bones out of that one.|
at 17:08 27 Jan 2018
Pretty much a perfect example of how we're talking margins. But nevertheless the margins are apparent and make all the difference.
We played OK but Wolves were clearly at another level with how their team actually worked as a unit, on and off the ball. While I accept we've been screwed by injuries, we really need to start playing with a midfield.
at 16:03 20 Jan 2018
We haven't threatened the Bolton goal enough but we've been the better side. It's been a midfield slog for most of the half but we've been the side who's got the ball down and tried to play when we can. For a 15-minute spell in the middle we even looked like a good-quality footballing team playing at home.
CCV looks a hell of a signing. He calms us on the ball and we've played ourselves out from the back when he's been involved.
Bolton look vulnerable and only really threatened when Buckley gets on the ball). Need to keep the pressure on them in the second half and be a lot more effective when we do get into good positions.
Oh and Madine could easily have been sent off for that challenge - a studs-up lunge when he was a long way from the ball, both in time and space. I suspect his second yellow won't take much.
|Oi jeera, you tart! Read your bloomin' messages!!|
at 13:31 20 Jan 2018
You're probably just taking a break but it turns out I'll need to give them an answer this weekend.
PS If anyone knows jeera in real life can they drop him a line or a text and ask him to get in touch? You can also tell him I apologize for being a pushy b@stard when he's the one doing me a favour!
|Glad for Celina|
at 18:38 13 Jan 2018
Despite putting the effort in, he's been going through a pretty dodgy period recently both in attack and defence. But easy to forget he's still a young lad.
Hopefully scoring the winner gives him a bit of confidence to pose a more consistent threat.
|Putting aside ME and Mick, whose example should we be following? |
at 12:23 7 Jan 2018
If this board is a cross-section of the fans, there seems to be a range of opinions over whether the main problem is Mick, Evans or as a duo. But without getting into the specifics of that, what's the model a club like ours should follow?
With an understanding of what we want to do we can then say what we need from an owner or a manager in the future. Of course, I'm not saying we should just look at Huddersfield and say do what they did (why not Bournemouth as champions if we can choose at leisure?) but based on an approach that can be set out beforehand.
For me, I'd have much of what we now have in place:
– Strong academy for the division, hopefully producing some gems but supplying squad numbers at the very least
– Team with youth on its side that can develop together to give the manager time
– Sustainable wage structure to give the manager time
The differences from today would be:
– Scalable investment to build momentum and strengthen a promotion challenge over a couple of seasons
– A third role between the owner and first team coach. Call it a Director of Football or even have someone as a part-time advisor but I don't think a manager nowadays should have sole responsibility for trying to balance our short-, medium- and long-term footballing policy. Far too many criteria for one person to be judged on and a dangerous risk. With such a person, we could have avoided the sticky mess we got into by the end of Jewell's tenure where most of the squad development process needed to be re-started from scratch. Mick's avoided that it seems but I still think it's a good idea to give managers more of a focus on the next game and the campaign itself..By all means the manager can be involved and brought into final decisions but have someone else wrestling with these thoughts until it gets to that stage.
– Trend analysis of some description. Again this isn't about getting advice from different sources as we often hear that Evans does that but actually having someone who takes responsibility for this so others can get on with their main jobs. Potentially this could still be the DoF but in any case someone who takes responsibility for collecting and presenting the insights on and off the pitch where the club can find those extra percentages. There's no doubt the margins in the Championship are among the tightest in world football so being ahead of the curve seems to be even more important than it is for clubs who are fighting for Champions League places. After all, they can just go out and buy the perfect solution.
In the likely absence of us laying out our ambitions and plans in any great detail, showing internally and externally that we are committed to certain focus areas by making someone responsible for them seems like a sensible way forward for both the fans and the club.
Apologies for the ramble. But hopefully you get the sense of what I'm trying to say.
|Well, Wolves deserved it over the 90|
at 17:01 23 Dec 2017
But we made them work for it. And a draw wouldn't have been unfair.
Again, getting some flow in possession is where we can improve but so much is right in terms of our organisation even without a first-choice midfield. No reason why we can't challenge for the play-offs with a bit of momentum and confidence.
at 15:56 23 Dec 2017
Decent game between two of the hardest working sides in the Championship. Probably going to have to slow down and open up in the second half so there's still a way back in.
Wolves shaded it but not that the lead was particularly deserved. Also looked a foul on Kenlock that let them break on us. Let's just hope it's not like the Boro game where we put them in control just before half-time.
Ward and Connolly our best players but everyone's playing OK. Just need to get Waghorn, Garner and Celina into the game more.
at 20:33 22 Dec 2017
Typical of them to help out a play-off rival.
Added to which Farke needs to stay where he is. At this rate, he'll be gone by Boxing day.
|Summary of ME's tenure?|
at 19:26 3 Dec 2017
Extra points for the shortest answer that fairly describes the past 10 years.
Here's a selection:
Fifty false dawns
Learning too late
Support the RIGHT manager
Best intentions don't bring points
You have to be mad to invest in a Championship team
On a side note, I do have a lot of sympathy for ME. Always tried to support his managers with time and money (for the most part) but the only luck he ever got was by appointing Mick to save us. Not sure he's seen any luck at all in the higher ambition of getting promoted.
|There's more to come |
at 17:12 2 Dec 2017
We still stutter in possession although the return and growing fitness of Huws is starting to make a difference.
But by Christ we're a team that works for each other in defence and off the ball. If we ever truly clicked going forward we'd be scary.
Well deserved result for the whole team today.
|Connolly's shot at the beginning of the second half|
at 11:17 29 Nov 2017
Doesn't show up on any highlights it seems but at the time it looked as good a chance as any – certainly in the top three after the goal and Bialkowski's great diving save.
Looked like it just hit the keeper's hand rather than he knew anything about it.
|Anyone else worried about "Poppyism"|
at 22:02 9 Nov 2017
It's getting a bit oppressive. And I don't think it's about the sacrifices ordinary but very brave people have made.
My family lost heavily in the First World War and witnessed the effects of a PTSD Tommy in the Second World War. But I really hate the connection to current military activity.
It's not a military remembrance/justification. Quite the opposite.
|Table shows we're one of the better teams in the league|
at 17:31 4 Nov 2017
And that's without anything like a full-strength midfield for the entire season.
Bearing in mind, we've rarely been in this position over the past 16 years, maybe it's time to get behind the team rather than organize protests?
|What's the exact frustration with this season?|
at 17:58 1 Nov 2017
I understand 16 years' of frustration but struggling to understand the current rage from some people.
Certainly compared to recent years, we're a younger squad, scoring more goals, and showing we want to play some decent football. Results and performances haven't been consistently good but we're not far off the p[lay-offs and at times have played some very good stuff. Again, that's better than at any time in the past 3 years.
So what's the specific problem now? Again, I understand the long-term frustration that the players, Mick and even Evans to a large extent can't be held responsible for.
|A couple of things stood out last night|
at 11:52 1 Nov 2017
1. The need to defend for 90+ minutes at this level of football. The two goals were pretty soft (I don't include the 3rd one because we were clearly overcommitting forward to snatch a point and everything fell the right way for Cardiff on the break) which was annoying because it wasn't as if Cardiff was outnumbering us or cutting us open and creating chance after chance. But we got punished when we simply didn't concentrate.
2. We lost out physically. It seemed at the time and is borne out in the stats that we won relatively few challenges in the air or on the deck. Cardiff were a bigger, stronger side and they didn't even have to use the ball that well to beat us, in fact we had more and better possession I'd say.
All in all, we need to put a team and performances together where we are strong both on and off the ball. For me that side needs Adeyemi in particular in the middle and probably the more disciplined Spence at right back. Plus Waghorn or McGoldrick up front alongside Garner and sharing the physical load. So if we can take any positives out of last night we know that our fringe players can play a bit but that our strongest team is becoming clearer and clearer.
|I've got a funny feeling November and December are going to be pretty good ...|
at 18:53 29 Oct 2017
We played awful yesterday, certainly in the first half. But we at least got a foothold in the game and in the end we got on top of the conditions and the opposition even before Celina's winner. It still wasn't great but it was a gutsy performance, and the reaction and togetherness of the team at the end was really encouraging to see.
We're still lacking in the midfield without Adeyemi or Huws. Get one back if not both and we already look a much stronger side. Add that to our attackers who have been creating chances for themselves and taking them plus a defence that is finally settling in and we're starting to look a much stronger unit. Not to mention tougher competition for our rivals in the top half.
It's been a strange, up-and-down and injury-interrupted season so far. As we get nearer to our first XI with Adeyemi and/or Huws - and our younger members of the squad get to take a break with matches under their belt - I don't see why we can't push on.
|On the plus side of May's performance|
at 14:48 4 Oct 2017
Maybe the EU will now have to start pitying the abysmal UK government? Not to mention the UK population it's leading into the abyss.
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