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Flynn Downes
at 23:49 13 Feb 2018

Just home from watching Luton-Crawley at Kenilworth Road with friends. Flynn Downes played beautifully. He was the base of a midfield diamond, orchestrating the play and spreading the ball calmly, simply and sensibly. He consistently showed for the ball and made everyone around him better. He had a number of lovely turns that made space for himself; a few interceptions and a couple of blocks; a shot of his own that was charged down; and a clearance off the line. I think he only gave the ball away a couple of times. There was one lovely moment in the second half when he stroked an elegant, simple diagonal ball out to the right wing, and the Luton fans behind me were gasping and saying to each other "who hit that pass?? who hit that pass??"

That said, he threw himself into a 50-50 early on and was yellow-carded, when on another day he might have been sent off. As a result, I expected him to be subbed in the second half, but he played with sense (helped by the fact that Luton were cruising) and lasted the full 90.

We had Three Counties Radio on in the car on the way home. Their commentator had Flynn as his man of the match and was raving about him. Numerous texts and tweets agreed. And Nathan Jones, the Luton boss, had nice (if measured) things to say about him too.

All in all: why can't we get midfielders like him?? ;-)
HT thoughts
at 20:41 22 Nov 2017

Well, that was awful.

Only three thoughts:

1) Chambers looked afraid to head the ball at the beginning—after the Hull fiasco, I suppose I can see why. He ducked out of three or four balls. Seemed to settle a little as the half went on, but I have no confidence in the two CBs.

2) Celina was not in the match at all for the first twenty minutes and barely in it after that. But, still, he produces the few moments of excitement.

3) How many of the long, cross-field balls have led to anything? Can we not get a creative midfielder on there to connect the defence to the attack? Huws for Celina? Or Garner?
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