Getting this in early, probably too early but worth a shot! Already got my train ticket and the reminder i set on my calendar didn't alert me so i'm in need of a ticket. Anyone thinking of selling one, give me a shout.
I have never seen a professional footballer so scared of the ball getting anywhere near the final third. He'll do anything not to have the ball and get rid of it to avoid making a decision or messing up.
As for the defending tonight, poor decision making and schoolboy stuff getting sucked in like that.
A player waiting to become a good player rather than taking his chance to become one.
It's games like tonight where he has to excel and stake a claim and if anything, he's slipped down the pecking order further on that performance. Not sure what to make of him anymore. We see glimpses of his craft and vision but the basics go wanting on a lot of occasions and before you know it, it's another forgettable 45 mins of his career gone.
He's young, yes but he has to start stringing things together otherwise this season will pass him by and it'll be a huge opportunity missed for him to kick on.
At the time everyone raised their eyebrows at PL's comments insisting Donacien was a centre back. Given he was very shaky there opening day against Blackburn and looked more comfortable at RB we all thought there had to be some underlying current as to why PL was squeezing him out. However, watching him over the last few games, PL was bang on. He's a competent RB defensively but going forward he's lost. He doesn't look comfortable in advanced positions, takes an extra touch when he doesn't need to and looks fearful trying to get beyond someone or put the ball in the box.
With Vincent-Young being linked, it's a matter of time for Donacien before he becomes a bench warmer at best. Anyone else disagree with that or is it a foregone conclusion?
A few things to note from yesterday that bodes well for the season is how much quicker we're moving the ball from defence to attack and how much more incisive our passing is. Unrecognisable at times from last season. We're quick on the counter too.
If we can cut out the silly fouls and mistakes at the back, which I'm sure will happen in time, we'll be in for some good football - finally!
With under 10 days to go to the visit of Sunderland and lots of chat on here about chants for the new season, I’m sure, given our close relationship with the Geordies, a few verses of this would go down well on their behalf...
Reading Phil's match report, it sounds like we're making the same mistakes as last season overplaying at the back and giving the ball away. Clearly PL wants us to play football, which is great but there's a time and a place and Woolfenden and Toto both giving the ball away leading to their goals needs to be ironed out immediately.
Interesting to see Nydam and Donacoen both getting their shot at full back. I think we can safely say that no more signings will be coming unless it's another forward who can also play left wing. Please Murphy, take a massive pay cut and help us out.
What kind of chance will he get this season and what impact could he have? He's a bit of an enigma really and has tough competition for places. Would love to see him progress but playing where in place of who?
I suspect it'll be bench warming and cup games at best if he doesn't go out on loan. Thoughts?