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|What would you go with today?|
at 12:13 18 Jan 2020
For me 5-3-2 wing backs as follows:
It's great to see Huws back fit, but personally I wouldn't want to push my luck with him on a pitch that's bound to cut up right from the off. He'll play a big part in our run in, and maybe 3 games in a week is asking a lot. Obviously it's hard to know as an outsider but I would happily see him sit out for Skuse. He should be fresh and we'll need his and Downes to really get stuck in today. Front 2 and back 5 picks itself today if fit.
at 12:07 18 Jan 2020
I think he could have a lot of joy today if he's fit. Needless to say there will be a focus on Norwood and they'll be instructed to keep him quiet, but I think that could be to Jackson's benefit this afternoon. I would imagine they will put Monthe on Jackson because of his pace, but he can be a little clumsy and I think KJ could have a bit of fun out there today if he does make it.
|Decent enough away point|
at 22:04 14 Jan 2020
Get it in the bag and get home. We really could do with following it up with a win on Saturday against a lesser side in Tranmere, and we can consider it a very good start to 2020.
Difficult conditions today with the strong winds and rain, and it was never going to be pretty. On another day we could've and should have had a pen, but equally a potential Woolfy handball looked a little suspect towards the end and Norris made a decent stop, so a draw was a fair result. Keane doesn't half frustrate me, he's technically a very accomplished footballer and you can tell he's been schooled well at United, but his decision making at times is terrible and he's so clumsy. If he had half a brain cell he would be dangerous.
|Amazing what happens when you play your best players |
at 17:22 11 Jan 2020
And in their actual positions isn’t it? Accrington were absolutely awful, but today was chalk & cheese compared with the 1 up front horror show at their place in October.
Let’s hope this is the start of a period of continuity now by way of shape and team selection. We absolutely need to stick with a back 3 with wingbacks, Judge in the number 10 role and a front 2. KVY coming back in for Edwards and an upgrade on Wilson (lad from Everton perhaps) and we’ll be in a good spot. No cup distractions now, just 20 league games and 60 points to play for to get us back up to the Championship. A month today we’ll be playing Wimbledon away, after which we’ll have 13 games left and 9 of them at Portman Road. We’ve potentially got an excellent run in, so hopefully Lambert learns the lessons of the last dire couple of months and we can get going again. Good signs today.
|An alternative - keep Lambert but give him some help? |
at 11:08 30 Dec 2019
I'm not sure if he would be too proud to have someone come in and work with him, but for me he seems to be completely lost tactically. He's done some bits right since he came in, so i'll give him credit where it's due, he seems to have cultivated a bit of a team spirit that was certainly lacking under his predecessor, and his work in the transfer market has been good generally (KVY & Norwood are good additions, although the latter appears out of shape right now, and I agreed with those he moved on in the summer - Adeyemi, Ward, Spence, Gerken, Emmanuel etc). I actually think he's got us into a good spot in terms of playing squad, and a nice blend of experience and youth. He's got bums on seats and he's generally said the right things in the press, and played his part in improving the atmosphere inside PR.
All that stuff is fine, but when push comes to shove he's appeared to be lacking from a technical and tactical perspective. I can't recall a single occasion where you could say we've really outfoxed an opponent. We've outclassed teams, but that can only take us so far. His comments like 'players are more important than tactics' etc worry me somewhat. Football's changed a lot in the last decade, and I'm not convinced he's got the nous to take us forward. His default appears to be to go behind and throw a striker on, hoping for the best. We've been undone tactically by seemingly more progressive and cerebral management (Coleman, Warne, Appleton) and we've had no answers to it in recent weeks as sides are getting wiser to us. I would love to be a fly on the dressing room wall to see how deep we go in that respect, my instinct is he's more huff and puff than anything else, and a 1 hour post match debrief of a few 'stick togethers', 'defend better' and 'work harders' is unlikely to change that. I guess that's fine if he has a #2 that he can lean on for the other side of things, but do we have than in Stuart Taylor? Jimmy Walker? Matt Gill? Lovely blokes I'm sure, but not a huge amount of pedigree between them.
I wonder if Lambert / Evans would be open to bringing someone in on a short term basis to work alongside him? Perhaps more of a technician with a few grey hairs. That would be my preference at this stage.
|What a glorious morning...|
at 10:10 30 Dec 2019
Did a lovely 20 mile circular mid-Suffolk route on the bike earlier. This is the first time I've ever taken off the time between Christmas and new year and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
Now for some beans on toast.
at 16:38 29 Dec 2019
Serious question marks there. I don't know what he's been up to this Christmas but he looked way off the pace today. His touch was dire and movement was very poor.
at 16:33 29 Dec 2019
It really is laughable. The basics are really lacking. Jackson & Norwood's touch at times is shocking. Utterly crap.
at 16:30 29 Dec 2019
2 excellent balls in to the box this half. 1 goal, 1 very good chance that Norwood should've done better with. Need to get him involved centrally, he'll make things happen.
|Jackson and Edwards arguing|
at 16:24 29 Dec 2019
Presumably over which of them has the worst touch?
Mad how much better we looked then when Dozzell, Downes and Judge get the ball down. More of that please
at 15:33 26 Dec 2019
No cohesion whatsoever.
|I've got a theory about Boris Johnson|
at 21:11 13 Dec 2019
And it's one that offers me, as a remainer, some degree of solace as I come to terms with the outcome of this election. I anticipate some won't agree with it, but I'm going to share it anyway.
Boris Johnson never really wanted Brexit, not really. I know that's a widely shared view already, but he seemingly adopted the position back in 2016 that would best place him for getting into power and fulfil his life long ambition of becoming Prime Minister. Only 2 days before Cameron announced that Johnson would be campaigning in favour of Vote Leave, BJ wrote an article in favour of Britain remaining in the EU. "This is a market on our doorstep, ready for further exploitation by British firms," he wrote. "The membership fee seems rather small for all that access. Why are we so determined to turn our back on it?". The consensus is that, having seen so many of he peers back remain, he took the opposing view in the knowledge that should Vote Leave prove successful, he will have positioned himself into contention to be the credible option to deliver the democratic wish of the people.
Fast forward 3.5 years and we are where we are. What's happened is sunk, and all we can really do is look forward and ask how do we reverse from the impasse we've found ourselves in? While I would've loved a 2nd referendum, and to have seen the whole charade kicked into the long grass, the reality is had that have happened, the issue of Brexit was never going to go away. We're too far gone. Arguably, it had to be 'delivered' in some capacity, and the question for me, reluctantly, is what's the least worst way of proceeding. I'm starting to think we might have found it last night. Johnson is credible from a leave perspective due to his perceived 'genuine' leave intentions, having adopted the position pre-referendum, and he was the only candidate that was ever going to do that. He has sufficient equity in his brand to pacify the leavers, with as little challenge and scrutiny relative to his peers. He'll wave a clenched fist and shout "get Brexit done" enough times that people will believe it.
His majority win was also the favourable outcome that was going to be best received by the markets, at least in the short term, while the bumpy road of Brexit is navigated. Avoiding adding an additional layer of economic uncertainty in what is already a far from clear landscape can only be a good thing.
With that in mind, and with the context that he was perhaps never truly bought into leaving, I live in, perhaps hope, more than expectation, that we might see the Tories soften towards it slightly now they have a 5 year runway at office. His speech today, albeit only a speech, was perhaps an early indication of that, as he referenced leave voters and a continued close relationship with our European friends.
Don't get me wrong, I've not seen a great deal of evidence that Johnson's moral compass is anything more than a roulette wheel, but he is undeniably an intelligent guy, and a great orator. Call me naive, but just maybe, he's too smart to put his name to anything too damaging. Perhaps this is the compromise position that can finally move us forward and unite the country.
at 13:19 11 Dec 2019
Great to see him back and playing after the best part of 2 years out, but I did wonder how that lay off will impact him and if we'll ever see anything close to the player that was in there before. I think it's too early to tell, he probably needs to stay fit for the rest of this season, get another full pre season under his belt and then come back firing in August. I have to say, he's looked massively short of where he was at previously though IMO. Shouldn't be anywhere near our starting XI on this evidence.
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