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Wonder what Hladky's shots on goal to goals conceded ratio is?
at 10:06 17 Oct 2021

We have the worst goals against in L1.

Yet we have the second best expected goals against:
https://footystats.org/england/efl-league-one/xg
Only Rotherham are better chance-avoiders than us in L1, and they've conceded 10 (second lowest in L1) vs our 21.

As Asa pointed out, we have far and away the worst save percent in L1. The second table in his link ( https://fbref.com/en/comps/15/keepers/League-One-Stats) shows individual keeper stats. On 53.1%, Hladky is easily the worst goalkeeper in L1 of those who've played a significant number of games. Massive gap to the next worst: Cambs' Mitov, who also had a shocker yesterday, yet is nearly 10% better on save percent.

Our problem is not the defence, it's the goalkeeper. If Cook doesn't recognise this, and take immediate action, his judgement is in question. We have a slice of swiss-cheese in goal, and will not acheive anything until this changes.
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No real blame on Hladky on the goal
at 17:31 16 Oct 2021

"I'm not blaming him for the goal" - I am. He got a slight touch from a Cambs player and went down like a sack of spuds hoping for a free kick. It was never a free kick. A high ball in in the six yard box is always the keeper's responsibility. Should be at least punching. Hladky was pathetically lying on the ground. We are top conceders in L1, and I don't look much beyond him as to why. CBs have lost all confidence in Hladky. A few mins before they scored, he came kamikazee and got nowhere near, Cambs had an open goal. Edmunson was rightly livid.
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BAGGOTT EQUALIZES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (n/t)
at 19:30 30 Apr 2021

One centre-back to rule them all: Bilbo Baggott
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FA Youth Cup stream tonight (Friday) at 5 pm
at 19:24 30 Apr 2021

Get Baggott in the first team. Good enough = old enough.
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FA Youth Cup stream tomorrow at 5 pm
at 18:26 30 Apr 2021

https://live.sufc.co.uk/ - anyone else just seeing a static picture of the two clubs' badges when trying to stream?
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The mystery U23s
at 11:13 14 Apr 2021

Seeing as Cook's secret weapon of not revealing the U23s lineup to Wimbledon has now been deployed to such thrilling effect, can someone advise what the team was?
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Who is out of contract at the end of the season?
at 08:42 14 Apr 2021

Engine and pace. And the fact he's only 22, which is young for a target-man striker. Long-shot, but Daryl Murphy had similar athletic attributes, and only came good later in his career.
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Who is out of contract at the end of the season?
at 21:59 13 Apr 2021

I'd get rid of every loanee. Might consider Bennetts if he's going cheap, but he won't be.

Of the perm players, I'd keep:
Edwards (was good early this season),
Donacien,
Nsiala,
Wilson,
Bishop,
Nydam (assuming he's cheap),
El Mizouni &
Drinan (if cheap).

Not Huws. Not sure about rest, assume they're cheap, but haven't been impressed. Wright has already gone. That's 24 players we can remove without detrimenting first team performances next season IMO. This season is finished.
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PLAYER OF THE SEASON
at 20:30 13 Apr 2021

Kenlock or Bishop. Two players Cook has frequently dropped since he arrived (Kenlock has been fit the past few games).
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The pitch
at 22:05 23 Feb 2021

Great performance and win tonight on a decent playing surface. This season and last, we were great between Aug-Oct when pitches were still good. This is more than a coincidence. Skilful players like Dozzell, Bishop, Downes etc like to play with the ball at their feet. Like most years, Portman Road has become a bobbly paddy field and our form has turned to muck. Mick McCarthy's proper blokes did relatively well, but who wants to watch that every week?

It's about time we started taking the playing surface more seriously. At our peak in the 70s and early 80's Portman Road was a bowling green. We are in the results business, and if drastic action is needed to allow more light and ventilation to reach the pitch, then so be it. I'm thinking anything up to and including knocking down the giant tombstone that is the East of England Stand and eventually replacing it (when there's demand) with a modern pitch-friendly structure. The worst sections of the pitch are down that side.
[Post edited 23 Feb 2021 22:39]
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Very lucky to come away with something there
at 17:50 3 Oct 2020

I think our best midfield is Bishop, Dozzell & Downes.
Nolan has contributed some goals and is better than last season, but offers too little with the ball. His forward-pass-completion % is woeful. Downes of last season is our best player, and Bishop is having his best injury-free spell of his career and if he improves, is the kind of player we can build a team around. Whereas Nolan is a known quantity.

Then the front three, I'd have Edwards & a fit Norwood, but otherwise Jackson, then the left side is up for grabs. Sears offers too little goal threat, and seems happy to coast through games sometimes. Perhaps Lankester or Bennetts can stake a claim. Too early to judge Hawkins, but only one assist to his name so far isn't great.
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Observations from today
at 17:25 3 Oct 2020

"Judge - Lambert unnecessarily rushed him " - Agreed, was Lambert's biggest mistake today.
With our midfield options there's pretty much never a reason to bring Judge on IMO
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Bloody hell - who's operating the camera? Michael J Fox?
at 11:25 27 Sep 2020

Joking aside, this video stream is the main access town fans now have to the club. They need to sort urgently:

- keep the ball on screen
- Use a standtripod to keep frame from shaking
- Stop random zoom-ins, eg to corner-flag. Cameraman struggles to zoom back out in-time to capture the action, eg after corner has been taken
- Improve predition of the direction of play. Eg numerous times player in possession was on the edge of the frame and we couldn't see ahead of him. When he passed forward, the ball went off-screen, hence failing to capture the action. Eg their goal that was judged offside - we couldn't see whether it was a correct decision because the receiver was out-of-frame.

Please fix find another cameraman!
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The upcoming Brexit disaster
at 18:41 6 Jul 2020

"globalism is a race to the bottom, the EU just lurves Globalism" - Tell that to the billions globalism has brought out of poverty. The EU lurves democracy, freedom of speech, protection of minorities, rule of law, independent judiciaries, etc. It is mostly social democracies that recognise both liberty and society should be highly valued. Countries that have these wonderful things that we take for granted are in a tiny minority. The EU is the biggest cluster of them in the world, and there's strength in numbers. More power to it, we should never have left.
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The upcoming Brexit disaster
at 17:51 6 Jul 2020

People have blamed the media, and it's true it is right-dominated. But most MSM were not advocating the kamikazee brexit that now looks likely. I blame social media. Facebook has given a loudspeaker to every dark-money funded krank with nothing to lose. Previously, they'd have been ranting to no-one except a few gammon in the Dog and Duck. Now their nonsense reaches millions and wins elections. Nigel Farage was nobody before youtube.

Fight back against Trump, Brexit, White Lives Matter, voter suppression etc: https://www.stophateforprofit.org/
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Pick the Team - AFC Wimbledon (A) League One
at 17:52 11 Feb 2020

You can only play well against the teams you're selected to play against. Luton are in the Championship, so I expect the team they put in the Carabou Cup was at least League One standard. How much worse than Judge & Nolan can he be? That he's young and one of our own should give the benefit of the doubt.

Yes he got sent off, but seriously, the risk of poor results from not scoring is far greater than the risk from Dobra being sent off. What's Lambert's excuse for playing the goal-prevention twins ahead of Dozzell and Bishop? Lambert is clueless.
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Pick the Team - AFC Wimbledon (A) League One
at 13:05 11 Feb 2020

Criminal is the word. How does Lambert think we became one of the best clubs in Europe? It was by helping young talent develop.

I'd also give Nolan the charlatan badge. Together they've been involved in only seven goals in their 50 appearances this season. Dobra has been involved in four, and he's only played in six games. When you consider that the Nolan-Judge goal-prevention partnership was also selected ahead of Bishop when he was fit, then you start to understand why so many fans consider Lambert a total football moron. The average fantasy football player could have got more out of this squad.
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Are we the worst club in English football?
at 19:07 8 Feb 2020

If you plot a table by club-size, based on factors like average attendance, transfer budget, squad wages & stadium size, Man Utd would be top. We would be around 25th.

Then you plot a relative performance table, where a point is scored for each league position above club-size table position, and a point is deducted for each league position below club-size position. For example, Man Utd are currently 7th, so score minus 6.

Our league position is 51st (20 in prem + 24 in champ + our 7th position in league one), which puts us on minus 26.

I know not the most scientific (I'd love someone to do a thorough empirical analysis), but I think if Sunderland climb a few more positions above us, it would be between us and Plymouth to take the mantle as worst club in English football. Every club below us is smaller, and many smaller clubs are above us.

Quite an achievement Mr Evans & Mr Lambert, congratulations.
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This Country is not democratic
at 11:32 7 Dec 2019

Our head of state is a monarchy. They receive cabinet minutes (no-one else does for 30 years) and the queen meets the PM for an hour every week regardless of the PM's schedule. Knowledge and access is power. I'm pretty sure the Bishops on the privy council haven't been elected too. Live in the City and want to elect who runs your council? Out of luck I'm afraid. That's the City of London Corporation, appointed by a handful of bankers to lobby for offshore wheezes.

Give me the EU institutions over this shower any day. They are either directly-elected (via proportional representation, not our first-past-the-post) or indirectly-elected.
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Corporation Tax in Europe
at 11:13 7 Dec 2019

"If companies like Starbucks and Amazon don't pay tax, then they can do one."

Imagine if all Amazon's assets (eg data-centres) were in Germany, all its staff were in the US and all its sales occurred in the UK.

Then you taxed their profit, not by where they shifted it to, but where their real economic activity is: one third at the US corp tax rate since that's where its staff is, one third at the German tax rate since that's where its assets are, and one third at the British corp tax rate since that's where its revenue is received.

Fixed.

https://www.taxjustice.net/2019/11/21/unitary-tax-explained-infographic/
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