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About robin_unreliant

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  1. Burton, Milwall and Bolton

    When Pack replaced Smith I thought the injury might turn out to help us. MP often has a decent pass in him and I hoped that might help unlock their defence. Unfortunately he was woeful - most of his attempted long passes just gave the ball away. We really are missing a top class CM option for these sort of games.
  2. Eliasson, not a good 55 minutes

    What I couldn't understand is why we constantly played it to the wide men while they were stood on the touchline. It was crying out for a ball played inside the full back for Eliasson to run on to. Poor tactics imo . Maybe BW doesn't naturally see that ball as he is really a CB not RB, so not used to pairing up with a wide man. There were several times in the first half when a ball inside the FB was the obvious option but he didn't play it. Something I feel should be pointed out to them by the coaching team. Poor attacking play all round tonight.
  3. England and the world cup

    No - I was replying to a comment about the current team and our chances looking forward with what we've got now. I do think we should have done better with the players you mentioned there. At that time there was still some optimism around as we knew we had some good players. A lot of that has evaporated I suspect because we can see the squad is nowhere near that level now.
  4. England and the world cup

    No argument about us lacking quality in midfield. However I think England's biggest problem is the defence. As soon as we play a decent side who attack us the defence tends to fall apart. Some of the goals we concede in tournament games are frankly embarrassing. Once we face a half decent team I am just waiting for them to waltz through our woeful defence.
  5. I'm bored

    I'm watching Lewis Hamilton drive round and round in circles, in a better car than everyone else, with no prospect of anyone overtaking. God I'm even more bored now.
  6. England

    Unfortunately these young players will get very little experience in their club sides. So it is difficult to see how they are going to develop into players who can win things with England. All the money in the prem and pressure on managers to win just ruins the chances of young english players to get the match time they need to realise their potential.
  7. Loan watch.

    Haven't followed Wes' progress in any detail. Doesn't appear to have set the world alight though. There were those on here who felt he should be given more chance in our first team. Seems like it was the right decision for City to let him move on though?
  8. Southgate was poor when managing Middlesborough so no surprise he has no idea how to get a decent performance from an average squad.
  9. How important ...

    It doesn't seem to a problem for Cardiff though. Can't help feeling that it is a bit unfair to pin all the blame for last season on Tomlin. Typical otib simplification and scapegoating.
  10. Are you more impressed with us going forward or our defending?

    I suspect Pisano's injury has been a bit of a relief for LJ. When he's back there will be a decision to make on which of our CBs to leave out. I would prefer to see Pisano back in as he is a specialist RB. So either BW misses out or he replaces one of the CBs. Personally I would bench him and he would have to wait for an injury or loss of form by NB or AF.
  11. Top of the shop on 5 tonight

    Watched Fammy's goal a few times and I can't get past thinking it maybe came off his shoulder rather than head. Anyone else think that or do I need to visit specsavers to check my prescription? Lots of comments about it being a great header so I suspect may be my eyesight.
  12. Seat Numbers on Signage

    It seems odd to me that the answer is to go ask a steward. Why not make a simple change to the signs that allows everyone to know - rather than queue up to talk to a steward? That just seems a very odd suggestion. As I understand it we have around 13k ST holders. If we sell out we will have maybe 8-9k extra home fans in the ground. Even as a former ST holder I can't remember which end the numbers start from in each block. It just seems like common sense to allow customers to find their way efficiently to their seat. Of course we are talking about customer service here - not something football clubs are traditionally bothered about sadly. A response of 'ask someone' is classic from an industry that treats us as a nuisance rather than the reason they exist in the first place.
  13. Belief.......Ooooh That Feels Nice

    It does feel different to last season in some respects. However, I remember a lot of positivity at exactly this point of last season, followed by a soul destroying run of results. So forgive me if I don't buy into the hype this time around. If we get to March time and are still in the top half I will start to believe in the long term improvement theory.
  14. The use of Flint at GK's....

    Not sure if I have misinterpreted this as I wasn't at the game (on a beach in Crete all week!). Haven't we doing this for at least a season? It was usually JB stood near the left touchline and FF trying to put it on his head every time. Frankie gets a lot of stick for his distribution but it looked pretty obvious he was instructed to do this. Gives away throw-ins when it doesn't come off but,as said, is low risk as when we lose the ball as it can't lead to a break down the middle. Maybe they decided AF was likely to get on the end of more than JB. Essentially nothing new though surely?
  15. Yes but we've changed 9 of our 'in form' team and they have a prem squad. They should still start as favourites I would imagine.