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Celina instead of Chaplin in the No 10 role?
at 13:25 26 Nov 2021

Yeah, really odd. Just as he was really getting going he's benched. I think he's the more likely one to bring a level of consistency to his game, I like how busy he is. Not to knock Celina, but I feel like it's players like Chaplin that get clubs out of L1. His goalscoring record is good, I wouldn't bet against him chipping in with double figures if he's in that #10 regularly. Was rusty off the bench at Sunderland and again on Saturday, a little careless in possession I thought which is a shame as we could really do with him finding some form again.
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Celina instead of Chaplin in the No 10 role?
at 13:11 26 Nov 2021

I think the convincing win at Wycmobe did Chaplin no favours because Celina had a blinder. As you say he was really starting to find his feet and get into his stride, 3 goals in 5 games, very busy and creating, his movement seemed to be looking sharper by the game. Then out of nowhere he's benched and only started 1 of the last 4 in the league.
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Man City
at 13:26 25 Nov 2021

The Green un never ceased to impress me. How I could leave the game, get back to my local shop before it closed at 6pm and it was already in there, full match report as well as all of the local non league. Obviously we're spoilt now with online content, but for that to be in print and distributed so promptly always amazed me.

TWTD.
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Man City
at 13:17 25 Nov 2021

Remember it well, I was a teenager and just assumed it would always be that good.

I think the best thing about that season was just being so relevant. I have such good memories of playing in the morning, watching in the afternoon and listening to R5 on the way home, the coverage / reporting from our games, waxing lyrical about our style and the fact we were in and around the top 4 / 6. Wins at Anfield, Goodison, Maine Road, Arsenal in the cup, Leeds, thumping Spurs and Southampton. I remember them all so well.

Perhaps doesn't compare to the trophy wins of yesteryear but for my generation TWTD
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This is horrible news
at 08:25 25 Nov 2021

Also worth noting that as well as family and language, a lot can’t stand France due to how they’ve been treated. Stuck in these camps for months on end under the absolute worst conditions. It shouldn’t be legal, they’re treated worse than cattle. Who can blame them for wanting to get the hell out of there.
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Bed wetting galore.
at 16:10 24 Nov 2021

Dear oh dear. What a sad little life Jane.
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I'd sack the fans
at 16:06 24 Nov 2021

I wouldn't say it is at Rotherham or Wigan either and they seem to be doing OK.

If people are seriously suggesting the fans are at fault for a 29% win % in L1 then Cook really has done a number on them.
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I'd sack the fans
at 15:44 24 Nov 2021

Given the trajectory of the club over the past years, and the relative prices of tickets, I think its absolutely ridiculous to criticise fans who continue to show up in good numbers. The support has been very good this season, and while agree yesterday was flat, it's hard to get too excited when you have your first shot on target in the 91st minute at home in League 1.

It works both ways.
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If the teams below us.....
at 13:10 24 Nov 2021

Agreed.

I think we'll have enough about us to stay up.
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“Pack Out PR”
at 13:09 24 Nov 2021

I don't think it's a reaction to 1 performance and result. Most on here recognise we played a very good side last night and in isolation there's no shame in the result. The perfomance on the other hand, was limp and unimaginative. It's everything that Lambert would've been, rightly, lambasted for.

Cook flopped last season but got a free pass. He's ripped up the squad, signed 19 players, spent a shed load of money and we're not really progressing are we? 4 points from the past 5 games in the league, I think its reasonable to be a little concerned.
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I just met a magical Genie who said he could grant me 1 wish...
at 12:29 24 Nov 2021

I said 'I wish I could be you'.


The Genue saud 'That's a weurd wush, but OK u'll grant ut'.
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Ok, come on then…
at 12:26 24 Nov 2021

You've gone to a lot of effort there, bless you.

Unfortunately, like a Paul Cook side, you're all too predicatable though.
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If all the Squad were fit what woulkd be your team
at 12:21 24 Nov 2021

Right now, I would say we have 2 choices. If we're going to persist with this formation we would bring Coulson back in when fit, that's crucial. So:

Walton
Donacien (probably on balance over KVY, due to defensive solidity)
Edmundson
Nsiala / Woolfenden
Coulson
Morsy
Evans
Burns
Chaplin
Celina / Edwards
Bonne

We need that quality at full back and creativity from those areas. Ideally KVY comes in at some stage but we did look susceptible defensively.

Alternatively, we get less cute about it all, get the ball into the final 3rd much faster and more directly and bank on us having too much quality & goals in the side. 4-4-2:

Walton
Donacien
Edmundson
Nsiala / Woolfenden
Coulson
Morsy
Evans
Celina
Edwards
Pigott
Bonne
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If it takes another year then I am fine with that
at 11:56 24 Nov 2021

His 'style of football' seems somewhat contradicted at the moment. My understanding was that he liked to play this 4-2-3-1 with the wide men tucking in, and his full backs bombing on. It's a system that relies so much on that, yet he's got Clements and Donacien in those key roles, 2 players who for different reasons can't really be expected to do that. I like Janoi, but he's for me more of a safe pair of hands in a 4-4-2 type guy than someone I expect to see making overlapping runs and delivering good balls into the box.

From a recruitment perspective, he didn't sign a right back among his 19 additions, and signed 2 left backs, yet has relied on a rookie for 2 of our biggest games of the season in quick succession.

Last night was all too predictable. Rotherham pressed high up the pitch, cut off the easy balls into Morsy and left our back resorting to pumping balls to an isolated Bonne who had a thankless task. OK, it's one thing knowing what Rotherham are going to do and another doing anything about it, but it really was like watching Lambert cluelessly watching on. We might as well have gone 4-4-2 at half time and started hitting Pigott with long balls and Bonne off him.
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The elephant in the room
at 11:48 24 Nov 2021

Absolutely right
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When Paul Cook was appointed last year....
at 11:45 24 Nov 2021

I look forward to April when he'll tell them they're welcome to not bother joining him on the coach home after an away defeat and promise a summer of demolition.
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The elephant in the room
at 09:57 24 Nov 2021

Let's be honest, they have their merits but 3/4 of our back 4 aren't great on the ball, and against a team like Rotherham that press so high it was always going to be an issue. Once they cut off the ball into Morsy we're left with little choice but to go a bit longer to an isolated Bonne, which was mostly bread and butter for Rotherham. They're so well set up, they know their jobs and when they do have the ball they've got that bit of confidence and quality to create too. It was literally a carbon copy of the game against them in 2019.
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The elephant in the room
at 09:32 24 Nov 2021

Not keen on digging out a rookie, there's no way he should've started at Sunderland on Saturday and even less way he should've last night. I still think KVY is a better shout at LB, he's played there before and if you're playing a narrower 3 behind Bonne who will tuck in, then you rely on a full back who can bomb forward.

Clements will be dropped now I'm sure, but why Cook felt it appropriate to put him in to these 2 massive games I will never know, especailly when there are alternatives. It's not fair on him, and good management is about foresight. Barrow or Oldham in the FA Cup is one thing, but it was ridiculous to put him into these 2 games.
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The thing is...I'm not even angry anymore.
at 22:48 23 Nov 2021

I am. I'm livid.
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Sacking Cook would be ridiculous!
at 22:39 23 Nov 2021

<30% win ratio, in L1, with the budget we have. It's dire.

I'm not suggesting he should be sacked, I think that would be premature, but it's not hard to make the case for it.
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