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Keane and Norwood
at 16:50 19 Jan 2020

I like Keane technically, he's definitely an excellent footballer. To be at United from 11 - 23 you've clearly got to have something about you, and that's evident when he plays with his touch and technique. He's a very good finisher and to have scored 6 goals this season with relatively limited game time thus far is a decent return. You could make a strong argument that he's a 20 goal a season forward at this level if fit, which is quite a luxury considering he's probably 3rd in the pecking order at the moment. He's never struck me as the most cerebral player I've ever seen and I question his decision making at times. He's often guilty of giving away some cheap free kicks and is a little clumsy. Some of his runs and movement leave me scratching my head a little at times. I wonder if that's due to him not actually being all that experienced in senior football, despite his age. His career has been blighted by injuries and I'm not sure he's ever truly had a sustained run of starts for a club. I bet he's phenomenal in a training 7-a-side environment.

Personally if we had a playoff final tomorrow I would start Jackson & Norwood, but Keane would be a threat off the bench.
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Sunderland and Pompey hitting form. Wycombe hanging around. Rotherham looking
at 23:45 18 Jan 2020

I’ve been saying for a while that Rotherham & Coventry are the best 2 sides I’ve seen this season and it’s still the case. As you say Sunderland are finding some form although their recent fixtures have been kind to them, perhaps with the exception of Wycombe, although I don’t think they’ll last the pace, there’s only so much long ball to Akinfenwa you can get away with.
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So it will be Jackson and Keane
at 14:05 18 Jan 2020

A little surprised at Norwood not starting. I'm pleased to see Jackson back but I thought it might be for Keane. Otherwise unchanged which is good to see, hopefully all come through it unscathed and we take away the 3 points.
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Acca Today
at 12:22 18 Jan 2020

West Ham
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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:

Norris

Woolfy
Chambers
Wilson
Edwards
Garbutt

Skuse
Downes
Judge

Jackson
Norwood

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.
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Jackson
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.
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The Great Goalkeeper Mystery
at 11:42 18 Jan 2020

Not much of a mystery IMO, I think we’ve just landed on the better of the 2 and the qualified staff that work with them day to day are best placed to make that call. All players, especially in L1 will make the occasional cock up. By and large both keepers have been reliable. Tranmere at home, Holy was responsible for their equaliser, poor keeping but because we went on to win it’s pretty quickly forgotten. Norris was as solid as a rock in awful conditions at Oxford and I wouldn’t deviate too much from that line up now, we need some consistency.
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Another new game uploaded on you tube for the first time from December 1980
at 10:11 18 Jan 2020

Slade Merry Christmas Everybody over the tannoy pre match. Must’ve been fairly new then as that was released mid 70’s IIRC. Not sure why I find that notable, it’s all before my time as a late 80’s baby.

Feel fortunate that Burley’s Ipswich coincided with my school days, putting teams to the sword most weeks in the 2nd tier and that one season finishing 5th in the Prem in 2001, but I can’t comprehend a Town side that’s genuinely as good as they come nationally, and competitive internationally too. Doubt we’ll ever see that again.
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You know we are supposed to be a really young team
at 22:04 17 Jan 2020

We've probably got greater U23 depth than any of those others, when you consider the likes of Morris, Nydam, Bishop, El Mizouni, Dobra, Dozzell, Downes, Lankester, Woolfenden etc, but one reason or another (in some cases injuries) have prevented them getting as many league minutes this season as they otherwise might have. We've also got a handful that while not "young", are probably on the cusp and still very much maturing - KVY and Kenlock are both 23, Jackson 25 etc. I can see why Lambert would look at his senior 22 man squad and think on balance it's pretty young.
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Woolfie in Daily Mail
at 08:31 17 Jan 2020

Absolute state of that
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Pontins in Lowestoft
at 22:09 16 Jan 2020

Bizarre
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Brexit Big Ben campaign raises £137,000
at 21:54 16 Jan 2020

17.2m of you voted for it, not sure it's that surprising that this campaign has raised an average of <1p from each of them.
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Just got fined 150 for dropping a fag butt. Kick me.
at 18:46 16 Jan 2020

Sympathise with you on this one brother. Nobody likes littering, that goes without saying, but it’s an easy mistake to make I’m sure and 150 sheets is a bit OTT.
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Train ticket for Brizzle purchased
at 23:08 15 Jan 2020

Memorial Stadium, Horfield area of Bristol. Easy enough to get to from Temple Meads by bus or cab. I used to work for Rovers, know the area very well so let me know if you need any pub recommendations.
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Never ever a penalty on Norwood last night
at 16:37 15 Jan 2020

I see what you've done there.
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Drinan and McGavin training with Ayr
at 16:30 15 Jan 2020

From Gothenburg to Ayr. That's quite a contrast.
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Never ever a penalty on Norwood last night
at 15:58 15 Jan 2020

Definite foul.

Anywhere else on the pitch and he's blowing for a free kick.

Ref's a bottle job.
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Why white socks? (n/t)
at 14:40 15 Jan 2020

They were brown for the majority of the game to be fair.
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Well that was an interesting night!
at 13:16 15 Jan 2020

Their pitch look in a right sorry state
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Will Norris
at 13:14 15 Jan 2020

He was very tidy again. Sharp off his line to good effect and his handling was spot on in very tough conditions. Made one really good save to his right, it was at a nice height but needed to be saved and pushed to safety. His distribution is the biggest thing between him and Holy for me. His opposite number showed how difficult the conditions were for kicking last night as countless of theirs went straight out into touch but Norris seemed to adjust for that really well. The defence seem to have a lot of confidence in him which is telling. We're lucky to have 2 able keepers, but I still think Norris is the better of the 2.
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