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|The injury thing (again)*|
at 08:55 25 Nov 2020
Obviously, we are not the only club whose players - important players - get injuries, even long term ones. But we do seem to be losing almost all our key men** for the majority of the season (and often from pretty much the start), virtually every year. That doesn't appear to be happening at most other places - or they are somehow able to get around the situation.
Is it a matter that players don't get enough recuperation and overdo it during pre-season preparation? Do we rush them back into the team too quickly after injury? I don't know any answers, but we can't be left working on drastically reduced squads so often.
* This is not meant as an excuse for last night
** Particularly the creative ones.
|One good thing yesterday|
at 12:19 22 Nov 2020
There was a lot less of the aimless passing it about at the back. By no means eradicated and there was still the tendency to send the ball back to the 'keeper, but it didn't seem so frequent or, mostly, to go on for so long.
|Now let's have|
at 17:24 7 Nov 2020
a second half like the previous one.
|Too much is already being read into this election|
at 09:45 5 Nov 2020
in terms of support among American people for Trump the man, his views and approach.
But this wasn't just Trump v Biden (or Trump v almost anyone else). It was also Republican v Democrat, "conservative" v "liberal" - even, to an extent, rural/small town v urban. There are a very large number of people who will vote for the Republican programme and philosophy, almost irrespective of who is in charge. There are swathes of the country (as in the UK) who will traditionally go for whichever is the more conservative of the parties, just out of habit and perceived alignment.
In addition, Biden was not a forceful, charismatic candidate likely to draw voters to him (e.g. Macron). He is in no way a revolutionary. He is - and was largely marketed as - a pretty regular guy who was not Donald Trump. He offers a return to earlier norms, rather than real change, but without promising to resurrect the prosperity which many areas enjoyed during the post-War boom.
In this cycle, the Democrats have perhaps relied too much upon revulsion for Trump the individual to drive voters into their arms. It has certainly run things very close and may yet cost them victory.
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