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  1. 6 wins - Play Offs?

    Thanks for saving me the bother of explaining the details. Your way of looking at it is spot on. Unless someone does as you describe then 73 will probably be enough. 75 should be our target though. 6 wins, 3 draws. We have now played the rest of the top 6 home and away plus Leeds. Personally I think we're stronger than the likes of Preston, Brentford, Sheff U. Only side that worries me is Middlesboro. Get the better of those sides and beat the sides we should then we'll do it. Having said all that, we need to return to what we do well. If we can get going again whilst getting the likes of O'Dowda, Piasano and Duric back to their best, we'll have a good chance in the play offs.
  2. Bobby Reid

    Not strange at all. The point is Bobby Reid is a much better footballer than Jordan Rhodes. Really simple if you ask me.
  3. LJ shouting at Frankie

    It's not 50/50 though. More like 70/30 in favour of the opposition. So much easier to win a ball being kicked at you than to flick it on. That's a reason why we kick it wide to Flint as the odds are more stacked in our favour. Big CB vs their winger.
  4. Bobby Reid

    So can Jordan Rhodes drop into central midfield if we get a man sent off? What's his work rate like? Or his ability to press? Passing? Assists?
  5. Better or worse without Pack

    He was inside right to my eyes with Bobby inside left. We matched their shape. However, we missed Pack as I think Korey did get dragged out the middle and they broke through the centre of the pitch. At Fulham, Pack sat in the middle with Brownhill and Smith either side and Bobby as a false 9. We nicked the ball off them on a number of occasions and were dominant. With Bobby and Korey deeper and no Marlon we weren't as good at winning it high up (though we did okay).
  6. @Arthur Daley hasn't run anywhere in the 25+ years I've known him
  7. Denis Odoi

    My Fulham supporting mate describes him as a utility player. Bit like us sticking Korey Smith at centre half.
  8. OTIB 'get together'....

    Is it being held in Yate then?
  9. Stacey Dooley: Face to face with ISIS.

    Spot on. Wars are always about resources and wealth. Religion, ideology and nationalism used as justification. Blair tried to paint the Kosovo war as moral which fooled people at the time. A bombing campaign that led directly to Jill Dando's assassination. War is about wanting something that someone has or defending something that someone wants from you. Rest is all bs
  10. Stacey Dooley: Face to face with ISIS.

    ISIS is a merger between a particular wing of Jihadi, Sunni Islam and the remnants of Saddam Hussein's Baa'thist party. A fusion of religous nutters and one of the most barbaric organisations of the last 50 years. There has been too much focus on the Islam part and not enough on how all these war criminals were released from custody by the Americans to wreak even greater havoc than before. Camp Bucca is where the merger happened. One had the military and organisational expertise, the other had the religious fervour and leader - a replacement for Saddam. All this happened under the Americans noses. They inadvertently incubated ISIS. For the vast majority of ISIS recruits, Islam was virtually irrelevant. As long as they grew a beard and could cite a few verses of the Koran they were in and could go back to what they did previously under Saddam.
  11. Frankie back tomorrow?

    This is one of LJ's blind spots. Can't see what Steele has done wrong in the 2 and a half games since Fielding went off. I'd keep him.
  12. Six Nations 2018 (Merged)

    Also happened in Bristol's first game in the Premiership last season. Ball went forward so clearly all 45000 at Twickenham could see it but the referee said it was inconclusive after watching it back.
  13. Liverpool coming to town...

    Lallana got himself sent off for them the other day Also had Ings, Woodman and Solanke playing.
  14. "We've been found out!"

    I don't think we've been found out. I think our manager has made a few mistakes recently in team selection that has lessened our chances of winning games. I would add that he got it spot on against QPR when we changed to a back 3 and this definitely helped us win with 10 men. We need to go back to putting our best players in their best positions, keeping partnerships together all over the pitch and maybe trusting certain individuals rather than calling them out even when they've done little wrong.