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  1. Amsterdam, England game.

    The 3-5-2, rather than 3-4-3 Southgate had played previously, surprised me. It worked well, with Sterling or Rashford going in behind and Ox and Lingard playing higher. It meant Henderson had more room in front of the back three and we regularly had an overload in those areas making playing out more successful. I questioned Walker's inclusion at centre half, but his athleticism meant we regularly got into the final third rather than get stuck in the middle third we have done at times, similar result with the use of Stones' passing ability. Maguire was comfortable too and Pickford's distribution was the highlight of his performance for me, certainly did his hopes of a world cup start no harm. Fair play to Southgate though, he's got a lot of strength out wide and in the final third but got the balance in the centre of the pitch and in the core right tonight. Lingard, Chamberlain and Henderson's positioning and movement really complimented each other and the side in general. After giving Henderson stick in another thread this was the biggest positive I thought. You can only beat what's in front of you and all that but it was a poor Netherlands side. Despite the positives and looking fairly well drilled I'm still not convinced there's enough in that squad to do anything of much merit in Russia (if we go!)
  2. Our premier league starting 11

    We have to a certain extent, as I said, the money is filtering through the leagues. Villa's parachute payments allow them to buy a Jonthan Kodjia for 15m so we can go and spend 1.6m on a Callum O'Dowda, figures that years ago at their respect level were unheard of but are becoming a regularity. Additionally with each increase in money the premier league gets for tv rights, some is distributed amongst the lower leagues (although many would argue not a high enough percentage). I do agree with you that for us the gap is probably too big at the moment (albeit I think we'd have a decent crack of the whip if by some miracle it did happen). As you say, some of that is noticeable in the physicality of the squad. I'm a big advocate of Marlon Pack but I worry he'd be too immobile and a bit slow for the league above, your observations of that against Wolves and the Manchester clubs is fine example. Perhaps this is something Johnson and Ashton are aware of and is what they meant when they spoke about where the club are relative to pushing for promotion this season?
  3. Our premier league starting 11

    Think the gap is getting smaller myself. The money is filtering down the pyramid and especially clubs who have parachute payments can afford to assemble decent squads at this level. Also English clubs don't have as much dominance over the continent as they did 10 years ago. That, and the money coming in from tv, mean English football are paying more money for players who are a similar or lesser quality. We're blinded by the big fees and the hype created by Sky and BT that our league is the best in the world and the gap is getting bigger so it sells their product - that's what our top division is now. Look at Brighton, Newcastle and Huddersfield - all likely to stay up. I'd mention Hull and Sunderland too, but that's more about ownership, though even Middlesbrough having spent a lot and kept a lot of their players haven't set the division alight. The gap isn't as big as it was 5,6,7 years ago. Flint, Baker, Bryan, O'Dowda, Brownhil, Reid would be good enough imo, so I agree not too many of the current batch I'd have total faith in starting. Pisano, Pack, Smith, Diedhiou, Djuric and Paterson on his day would be decent squad players. So lots of work still to be done though. Hopefully the likes of Vyner, Kelly and Walsh who are showing potential could reach that level one day too.
  4. Academy success

    True, went off quickly to Brighton I believe?
  5. Academy success

    Didn't Bobby Zamora come through their academy? - As for a bit of trivia that'd be my guess!
  6. England squad v Netherlands & Italy

    Always rate Roy Keane's brutal honesty, even if I disagree with him here Don't get me wrong, Wilshere (or anyone else we have for England) will never control a midfield against the top class, like Pogba and Kante, or Kroos and Khedira or Iniesta, Fabregas and Busquets but for me he's the best hope we have, and can control the tempo against lower opposition. Dier's qualities don't suit that role and Henderson just does everything slowly and averagely. Wilshere gets in for me.
  7. England squad v Netherlands & Italy

    Henderson and Dier in midfield When fit Wilshere is our best central midfielder and the only midfielder England have who could control a game. That's why he's in and why I hope he starts ahead of Henderson.
  8. If we don't beat Ipswich.......

    Agree to a certain extent and if/when mistakes have/are made again that's an issue, but with how quickly the game evolves 20 years in management can still not be enough experience to get it all right. It was only last night on BT Sport Mourinho's tactics were questioned on whether they are now outdated.
  9. If we don't beat Ipswich.......

    I don't think anyone is only happy about this season, it's tinged with disappointment where we have slipped post Christmas, but if you look at what we have achieved over the season it is positive. But I do agree that play offs are looking unlikely, especially if we don't win against the likes of Ipswich at home. While some of that is undoubtedly because of inexperience from Johnson, what do you expect? He's human, he won't get every decision right and if he was, he wouldn't be with us anyway. The business plan involves Johnson learning and developing (as a coach and manager) as well as the group he's leading. Hopefully the group and LJ hit their stride in the division at the right time which is likely a season or two away yet. Here's hoping!
  10. Renewed or not renewed. Please post here

    Not renewed yet. Impacted by pricing. My twin, father and I have risen from about £600 to over £1000.
  11. Fine margins

    I agree we need to stick behind the team, and perspective is needed - it's been a very successful season, albeit it looks like it will be tinted with the disappointment of not reaching the play offs. I also agree with the above examples, fine margins that can go your way. But Cardiff away and Burton away are the last two fixtures I've attended and neither result was because of fine margins. Unfortunately the Burton game showed us that the performance at Cardiff wasn't an anomaly. As I said perspective is needed and I'm still very happy with the season we have had.
  12. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43161444 Permanent deal deadline has changed from 31st to 9th August, starting this summer. Can imagine for this window at least it'll put English clubs at a disadvantage and depending how much of a advantage it is for other nations will decide whether they follow suit the following summer(s). I wonder if more loans with options to buy will appear as well. What do we think?
  13. Better or worse without Pack

    Nice idea. Wouldn't be surprised if we see it at some stage with Pisano rather than Pato, when Eros is fit.
  14. Bryan .....

    Agree to disagree there when Maggers has been left back I've seen JB guiding him through it a bit much for it to fill me with confidence! In reply to both, not saying Joe is the leader or that he doesn't have flaws defensively, but I think he's had a lot of responsibility on that left hand side recently, which has clearly worn him and his confidence, and wouldn't have struggled as much recently with CO'D in front of him.
  15. Bryan .....

    Wasn't defending him for their second, but if he has someone on that left hand side who's a bit more aware defensively it takes the weight off his shoulder a bit... and helps his concentration in the long run. He's had a lot of responsibility trying to walk Magnússon through games when he's been at LB and Joe at LM, and Kent has only just got up to speed. Personally think having O'Dowda back will make a big difference for Joe.