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  1. You will note that I have refrained from editing it to illustrate the sin of hubris.
    11 points
  2. The gulf has been borne out of one of us (Villa) going back to the Prem after 3 years out. What was evident immediately was how much fitter and athletic players in the top flight were and all teams, even those at the bottom, had players that could hurt you. Last season for us was one of huge catch-up. If you were to come up this season that is the first thing that you'd notice too. Sheff U coped well because their game is based on a high fitness level, but one or two bricks come out of that and they will be found wanting. I think the difference between us both yesterday highlighted how mu
    8 points
  3. That was going so well until the typo
    7 points
  4. Bakinson looks like a proper, proper footballer. I've been so impressed with him so far this season. IMHO it's therefore very exciting to think we have both Joe M & Joe W plus Liam to come in to that midfield. I think we're in a good place.
    6 points
  5. The other thing about Massengo missing here is that he's not a headline grabbing attacking player like lots of those you've mentioned. At the moment, we've mainly utilised him as a fairly defensive minded midfield player. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't grab people's attention in the same way the likes of Grealish, Bellingham, Brewster etc do. It is possible to be noticeable as a defensive minded midfielder (ie Bakinson) but that usually comes when a player is physical and imposing. That's not Massengo's game either. He is still very good for his age, and it's all the more im
    4 points
  6. They are a mid table PL team and they outplayed us with that extra bit of ability per player and Dean Smith is one classy manager who outsmarted Deano who, let’s face it is in his first managerial role. Everyone knows that 3-5-2 has its benefits but also its weaknesses and Villa took full advantage of those weaknesses - well done to Dean Smith.
    4 points
  7. I’m pretty sure we could just play with TB on his own in central midfield. I’m thinking a 5-1-4 formation.
    4 points
  8. If I’d have known he was gonna play, I wouldn’t have shelled out a tenner. The worst midfielder I’ve seen in many a year at our place. Watching him run around after El Ghazi tonight was like a slapstick comedy. I half expected El Ghazi to custard pie him at any time. He’s like a 10 year old playing in a men’s game. Runs everywhere, but does nothing. Lesson learnt for me tonight - wait for the team sheet before buying the stream. Awful.
    3 points
  9. If you look at our centre back options when everyone's fit, he's 5th choice for me behind Kalas, Mawson, Baker and Moore and for me he's the guy to drop out of the side when Kalas is back fit. I think generally he's done well since coming into the side post DH taking over but agree against real quality he can be got at defensively as the Villa game showed. Overall though with his versatility he is a decent to good squad player for the level we want to get to but nothing more than that imo.
    3 points
  10. Deano’s selection last night was made with one eye on the Championship fixture against the Owls this Sunday and selected several fringe players and consequently an under strength team took the field. Its no surprise to get comfortably beaten by a PL outfit who reached the final last season. One thing for sure is that Deano will have learnt a great deal about which of the fringe players will feature in Sunday’s squad.
    3 points
  11. Palmer is a waster because he’s not interested in using his talent. He’s only interested when he wants to be. Quite frankly he’s taking the piss. When you see the effort the other players put in, he looks like a modern version of Dinning.
    3 points
  12. Unbalanced,,bloated squad.. Rookie head coach. Recipe for disaster.
    3 points
  13. Mark these words. There will definitely be comments on this board in a similar vein about Bakinson a year or two ago. ‘Will never be up to it.. Plymouth fans said his problem is... he’s nowhere near first team.. blah blah’. Give massengo a chance to develop in a stable team with a clear plan, give him a clear role and he’s going to be class. We have more than one example in the team this season of young players who have been written off plenty on these boards and yet are now showing they are more than good enough for this level. (Remember the level last night was
    3 points
  14. Quite funny, the interviewer is in disbelief.
    3 points
  15. 100%. I mentioned pre-match that I didn’t think the line up was gonna be 3-5-2 as the players simply didn’t fit. Alas, it was a 3-5-2 and it struggled. Rowe at LCB is always going to be a problem, but to compound that problem by giving him Eliason as the wing back down his side was just asking for trouble.
    3 points
  16. You have some serious issues going on man, so fixated about a player is very unhealthy. It doesn't matter which direction, it's just wrong.
    3 points
  17. Let's be honest our midfield were outclassed We only got involved when Bakinson came on
    3 points
  18. Thats because you came over like a 12 year old who lost his favourite Pokemon card.
    2 points
  19. This is going against the grain but at the moment i think he is better than TM, Taylor can sometimes let the ball bounce off of him when trying to control it also he is sometimes careless with his passing. i dont see any of this with Zac. I should of added i think they are both decent with room to improve even more.
    2 points
  20. Agree with all your post but this in particular. Although he wouldn't have wanted to lose last night, I think Holden was looking at the bigger picture - it was more important to get the players used to playing his 3-5-2 because that's the formation we'll be using for the next 40 odd league games. There won't be too many Champ teams moving the ball around with the speed and accuracy of a Prem team like last night, so 3-5-2, despite it's flaws, should serve us well enough. If there'd been something riding on last night - a QFinal or Semi - I'm sure Holden would have changed shape a
    2 points
  21. I think he's a good back-up player. Wages won't be high, won't expect to play every week. I don't worry when he has the ball, sometimes I do when he doesn't. He's got a good cross-pitch long ball to the LWB though.
    2 points
  22. Yep. I really don’t get the speed of which some posters want to proclaim a player as the next Pirlo or Downs League. The inability to weigh up the circumstances too, e.g. last week Northampton, this week Aston Villa. But it’s a forum so it takes all sorts. He is a problem for Dean to solve. I’m not gonna go into my thoughts on workfare, etc. Pre-game my two big questions were: Moore and Vyner versus Keinan Davis Palmer link with Diedhiou Re 1. I can’t remember if I made the point before the team was announced or not, but if you add Rowe in also, it was
    2 points
  23. What's most amazing for me is Bakinson coming out of U23, to being almost the first name on the teamsheet. Its amazing really and fair play to him and also Holden for seeing it.
    2 points
  24. Why? It's an incredibly valid reason for bringing in someone like Brunt.
    2 points
  25. I’ll move the goalposts to probably suit all parties and have a more sensible debate. There are 34 players aged 20 or under that have been used in squads in the championship this season every match day squad is 18 players so that’s 34/432 or 8% of players. That is, assuming that they’re picked in the squad every week (So in all likelihood this percentage is smaller). So out of that 8% or 34 players, how does HNM compare? That’s the better question because you’re actually making like for like comparisons. Source: https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/championship/juengsteaelteste/wettbewerb/GB2
    2 points
  26. Yeah that's a fair comment. I'm guessing from the mish-mash line up that we weren't taking it too seriously. I actually wanted us to go full strength and really go for it. Hopefully we take the right lessons from it.
    2 points
  27. With Massengo last season I heard someone at one of our games say 'Massengo will never be good enough for the championship.' Of course sometimes these opinions will be right. They won't all make it. But blimey, if every player was of the standard they were when they were 19 then surely Massengo would be by far our best player. He's amazing for his age.
    2 points
  28. I don't care if a ****wit like you doesn't care what I think.
    2 points
  29. Harrrrrrrr? He’s better than Gary Stanley. We used to pay a tenner to get in the ground let alone stream it! I’d have Shelton and Rennie in there with Smudger on one side and Mark Gavin on the other. Then catch the City Dart back into the centre and have a 99p Burger, Chips and a Coke from Mickey Finn’s after the game.
    2 points
  30. I've got to say I've never heard of this at a professional ground before, can only assume smaller goals are used in youth matches?
    2 points
  31. I didn’t think Nagy was bad enough for this thread. The midfield was not good but it wasn’t really the game for Palmer to play and I’d say the same for Brunt. They are two very good options when we can dominate a game but in this one that wasn’t going to be the case. Nagy I was disappointed in some of his play. Especially from a technical standpoint. He should be gifted enough to not have so many poor touches and misconnects striking the ball. I think he like Massengo lacks a bit of self control when getting around the pitch. Sometimes moving too much when maybe just drifting would s
    2 points
  32. I have only just got back from playing the usual 5-aside/pub visit and i will admit that I have not heard any commentary tonight or watched the Carabou site's stream. But, I will say that we have an over-bloated squad of players and our exit from this competition just leaves a few rounds of the FA Cup, at best, to field unutilised playing staff. This (today) was the chance for that 'second string' of players to absolutely play their flippin guts out, to do everything they could to stay in the League Cup and give a good reason to continue justifying their wage as they can't make the f
    2 points
  33. But what would your change have been either pre-game or during have been? What was the root cause of being overrun? The system, the personnel, etc, etc? We decided not to risk Mawson (rightly so tonight with what happened to Kalas) so you take other stuff on the chin. For me the back 3 (not just blaming them) couldn’t cope with several things, but mainly 1) quick, clever movement and 2) the confidence to communicate and shift across the pitch quickly as the ball got switched. I think they might also have realised how physical Prem players can be, not just Davis too. You know what
    2 points
  34. I didn't see the game, and you can't get a proper grasp of what's going on from the 'wireless'. That said, I don't think you needed to see the game to spot the potential weakness. Eliasson at LWB is fine against teams like Northampton where we can dominate the ball. Rowe is ok when we aren't put under pressure, but add the two things with those two players and you can see a problem. The thing is Holden is obviously pretty wedded to the 3-5-2, and that's fine, I think partly due the the short pre-season he wants to get the system and style well ingrained into the squad, so unlike LJ he won
    2 points
  35. Fikayo Tomori would be great on loan for season... Kalas, mawson n him. I look to sell baker when back along with loaning out massengo n Nagy. Sell eliasson, fammy get as much as we can n loan another striker... that Davis up front looked tidy
    2 points
  36. Because after losing Kalas in the last cup game we didn’t want to gamble with Mawson. With Baker out until November we either completely change formation or go with what we have.
    2 points
  37. I honestly don't get the general confidence levels on here that Walsh and Morrell will tear up this league. Neither of them have a track record at this level. They've both had good loan spells in lower leagues. We saw against Northampton that our midfield looked amazing. It's not a given they'll deliver in championship games. Walsh looked a bit out of his depth for us before last season's loan. Maybe L1 is his level? Williams has form at this level but it could take a fair while before we know who is going to grab the MF slots. Right now Bakinson looks a good bet but on the basis o
    2 points
  38. Damn it. You see this is the problem I have with usernames. One of you Hampshire red/s is a reasonable poster. The other is a complete lunatic. Which of the two are you? Because the lunatic one is in absolutely no place to be criticising for content quality!
    2 points
  39. What did you have for breakfast Dave? Presumably an infected spinal column In a bap.
    2 points
  40. I personally don't think the personnel were at fault...it was the formation. Fine playing 352 with players that fit that system. Rowe doesn't fit being part of a 3 in a 352. I thought Villa showed how easy it is to stretch our formation... especially when playing expansive and cross field balls into the pockets behind the wing backs. Imo...we should have changed formation to 442 or 433 to tighten up. Fine to play 352 when playing with players that suit...but Rowe with Eliasson? Never going to work, especially with Palmer strolling around as well.
    2 points
  41. I’ve got 104 friends!
    2 points
  42. My midfield order is this : Williams, Walsh, Morrell, Bakinson, Massengo, Paterson, Weimann, Palmer ... O’Dowda.... Me My mum My mums cat My dinner The spider in the toilet My daughters teletubby Piers Morgan Nagy.
    2 points
  43. Respect your view @Harry but actually thought he was ok, certainly when compared to Palmer (woeful), Eliasson, Fam, Sessegnon & Rowe who all struggled tonight.
    2 points
  44. I think he will be gone possibly with massengo and even Palmer .
    2 points
  45. There were several who didn’t do themselves any favours tonight.
    2 points
  46. He wasn’t the only one. Famara, Elia-sson, Sessegnon, Rowe, Palmer.
    2 points
  47. Again might be my memory, but thought Sir Geoff went from centre back to left back to accommodate Norman Hunter's arrival.
    2 points
  48. Had just come on to suggest Shaun Taylor.
    1 point
  49. Erm!I dont wish to appear pedantic, but............
    1 point
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