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I'm sure this has probably already been covered...
at 07:57 14 Nov 2021

However, isn't the rule still that the game is only stopped for a head injury? The ref was weak as anything yesterday, it felt like the ball was barely in play for more than 30 seconds at a time in the last 20 minutes.
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Thought we started the game brightly
at 08:34 7 Nov 2021

But at 1-0 up we gradually just began to coast thinking we weren't in any danger of conceding. We couldn't play with any intensity and the second half barring a spell of 5 minutes we just didn't pin them back at all. Celina was guilty 2/3 times of it opening up for a shot and trying to over play it.

A replay at Boundary Park was something we really didn't need, I suspect we will see several changes for that one.

Also, anyone any the wiser as to what their penalty was given for?!
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Dobra
at 08:37 6 Nov 2021

How did people think he played last night? I'm a fan but he still looks really raw and way off the calibre we currently have occupying those 3 positions behind the striker. The lad Jasper outshone him on the opposite wing.

I'm still far from convinced that Colchester move was a good one for him, he looked to have come on a lot over the summer but thought he'd regressed a bit last night. Personally, would be sending Barry back and recalling Dobra, get him on the training ground around the likes of Celina, Burns, Edwards, Chaplin, Fraser, Aluko and with a management team that know how to coach offensive players in those 3 roles behind the forward.
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Cresswell
at 13:13 5 Nov 2021

He was superb for us but must admit I never saw him having quite the career he has - now a regular in a side heading into the knockout phase of the Europa League. It's criminal the lack of recognition he's had at International level too. Not a 'sexy' pick perhaps but he's got to be one of the most consistent LB's in the PL - defensively and offensively.
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Will El Mizouni get called up for Tunisia young 'uns?
at 11:59 4 Nov 2021

Surely then with him, Celina and Bonne we could postpone Oxford.
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Last night was proof
at 08:48 3 Nov 2021

That if we can consistently defend properly, we will win the majority of games at this level. We have so much quality going forwards and we are always going to score goals. Edmundson is beginning to look imperious at the back and the record with Morsy in the side speaks for itself (W6 D1 L2, 19 points from 9 games). Walton is a huge upgrade on Hladky, there was 3/4 crosses he came and confidently claimed that Hladky simply wouldn't have done and hasn't been doing.
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Walton
at 22:50 2 Nov 2021

Confirmation to all those that needed it, he is a far superior keeper to Hladky.
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What a win!!
at 22:04 2 Nov 2021

Several outstanding performances tonight but Morsy the pick for me. Weathered the storm second half when it came and showed the quality we had when it mattered.
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Coulson playing further forward
at 18:31 30 Oct 2021

Isn't as random as it might look. He played a fair bit in the 3 in a 4-2-3-1 for Boro last season. Cook clearly wanted some protection for Woolfy down that side against Conor Grant who has been an outlet for them from LB all season. Celina is great but not defensively disciplined enough. That decision wasn't what lost us the game.
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Absolutely pathetic from Penney
at 17:56 30 Oct 2021

We'd managed the game pretty well up until that point. What on earth is he doing? As a defender you have to attack that ball, pretty basic. It's not the first time he's done it with it leading to a goal this season either.

Second half, we were rancid until the last 10-15 minutes. Edmundson and Morsy trying to spur us on but not helped by anyone around them and Evans started hiding.

We need to be a hell of a lot better than that on Tuesday or it's a long night.
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The ball from Evans for the winner is exquisite
at 10:22 24 Oct 2021

Technique, weight of pass, placement. Watching it back, Donacien hasn't even made a run. Evans puts to where he thinks he should be and makes him move onto it. All of this under pressure in the 93rd minute.
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I said after Saturday, "a good team goes on to win that by 4 or 5"
at 07:46 20 Oct 2021

Well, we did that last night. Professional, solid performance and comfortably put to the sword a side that were poor on the night.

If we can consistently defend properly, we will win most games we play as we have an abundance of quality players in the final third that will always score goals. Need to back it up with another comprehensive win against Fleetwood. Then the fun starts with a 'tough' run of fixtures against the likes of Plymouth, Wycombe and Sunderland.
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What is baffling to me is we have nobody with any defensive nous on the staff
at 08:42 18 Oct 2021

People have moaned about a lack of experience on the staff but the above is a far bigger issue for me. It's pretty clear that Richardson was absolutely vital for Cook in this respect.

I know the worry with McGreal is that he wants another manager's job and it wouldn't be long term, but would far rather him on the staff on a short term/ad-hoc basis until he is fixed up with another manager's job than not.
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When is Walton back?
at 10:39 17 Oct 2021

Hladky has been absolutely woeful for us and is going to continue costing us points I am afraid.
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We've left ourselves so much to do
at 08:47 17 Oct 2021

Sunderland, Rotherham, Wigan, Wycombe are incredibly strong sides that seem to relentlessly be winning games. Sides that from 2-0 up after 40 mins against Cambridge, would have gone on to win by 4 or 5.

I might be being unfair on Plymouth but they seem to be winning tight games and have more propensity to drop off. Realistically we are playing for one of two play off spots IMO and we are already 12 points behind one of those sides (Plymouth).

Of course, we could go on a 5,6,7 game winning run and things will look different but I see no evidence of that at the moment, especially when we are yet to play any of the top 5.

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Bonne Permanent
at 20:21 10 Oct 2021

Is an absolute must whether it be January or the summer. Think it'll happen too.
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Going to be interesting how Newcastle's season plays out...
at 18:11 8 Oct 2021

Whether Bruce is in charge or not, their squad is pretty poor and now playing for their futures. That can go one of two ways, they will either be energised or demoralised and lets face it, Saint Maximim aside, they aren't going to be part of any medium term plans. They've got 13 games before the window even opens and could well find themselves rooted in the bottom 3. That becomes a tough window for trying to persuade players to join regardless of your riches and the perfect formula for making bad decisions.
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PC has really decided Harper cannot play in the 2 hasn't he?
at 09:47 29 Sep 2021

Even last night at 6-0 up, Fraser dropped back when he came on!



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Really enjoyed the game yesterday
at 09:32 26 Sep 2021

We looked a lot more controlled/solid than we have done so far this season and played some decent football at times - some lovely interplay involving Fraser, who is a superb footballer. We couldn't get Celina on the ball in dangerous areas though which was a little disappointing. Their goal was a classy finish we couldn't have done a lot about and other than that I can't remember them creating much at all.

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Can Bonne be recalled in Jan?
at 22:47 18 Sep 2021

Or guaranteed until the end of the season?
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