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  1. ncnsbcfc

    Ref today

    I'm struggling to remember a more bizarre display of refereeing down the gate in recent times. Obviously there was the clear red card in the first half. That for he life of me I can't work out how that was only a yellow. Throughout the whole game he appeared to be in cloud cuckoo land. Either failing to let the advantage go after a foul; or not booking players for obvious card offences. After every altercation, he seemed to want to pause in order to catch up. Every booking, the play had to stop for 10 seconds to allow him to write up his notes. At times he seemed more of a social worker than a ref. Almost telling players "it would be awfully nice, if you wouldn t do that etc" Rather than actually enforce the laws of the game. Never actually seen him before, and hopefully never again. Guttless in the extreme.
  2. Jon , whilst I agree with what you've said here in the main. But I cannot agree about the possibility of either COD or Eliason being the answer. COD in particular is awful defensively. You only have to recall his power puff attempt that led to the Leeds second goal. Last season, time after time his pathetic attempts at tackling or defending led to a number of goals(the free kick at home to villa springs to mind). Asking Eliason to play there negates one of our most attacking options. Watching him today while he was helping out Rowe, you could tell he was working hard; but it's not his natural game. Happy to have Periera on the right, as Hunt as you said was woeful. But we need reinforcements on the left. Not trying to show horn in existing players, who are quite evidently not up to the job.
  3. I think one thing is for sure after today. If we play with Hunt and Rowe as either wing backs or full backs for the next four months, we will be nowhere near the top 6. Rowe is dogged, and works extremely hard; but is not a defender and it shows. A decent right winger woll generally have the upper hand against him, and teams are surely going to target this weakness. Hunt' s days are numbered as Periera when he came on, looked far more assured. Ultimately though we need either another lb, or cb that can cover that area on the hurry up.
  4. ncnsbcfc


    Particularly impressed with his kicking and distribution today. Certainly an upgrade on a position I actually thought we were ok on last season.
  5. I thought he was ok. But yet again like some if his cameos last season was stuck out on the left wing. Ultimately he's at his most effective working behind a frontman or front two threading the passes through, but not sure what kind of formation we can play to allow him to do this. I personally thought Nagy was superb in the first half for these sort of balls. Which rather negated having Palmer on the pitch.
  6. Should be a good game, a bit gutted not to be going all in all. Those there, will probably see the debuts of a number of the summer signings. It's always interesting to see their first starts. As a side piece; will we be playing Bentley tonight? With him and Gilmartin tbe only fit/available keepers; it's taking a chance on him picking up a knock. Would rather play Gilmartin in the circumstances.
  7. ncnsbcfc

    Away End

    It's not about allocation. More where you place them in the ground. As the Leeds fan has said on the Steward thread; away fans were moved from behind the goal, and placed elsewhere. The figures are now becoming stark. In relation to goals scored vs goals conceded at the atyeo end. Look at LJ's comments from last season, and it shows it hasn't gone unnoticed by the club. I just think it would aid the players to attack at least some home fans at both ends. With the bigger clubs in particular with their large away followings, you can see the uplift in the away team attacking that end. Note: away teams have outscored us 4 x 1 at that end over the last 12 months.
  8. Kind of outlines my point about us being naive.
  9. ncnsbcfc

    Away End

    Just posted in the Steward thread. But would be interested in other people's opinions. Once again this season we've decided to give over the entire atyeo to away fans. That stand is turning into their proverbial 12th man. The amount of goals we concede at that end (generally in the 2nd half) is frightening. Allied to our complete inability to score (only 7 last season) there. Not sure what we can do this season, other than segregate it, and have at least some home fans in there. It just all feels a little naive on our part. Moving forward though, possibly put them in the upper Lansdown closest to the atyeo. I think attacking both ends behind the goal full of home fans, would hopefully have have a desired effect on our quite woeful home form over the last 12 months. Views?
  10. I still don't understand why we can't put home fans in the atyeo, and have a bit of segregation. Just like last season, we make it easy for the away team to attack the end containing exclusively their own fans, generally in the 2nd half. LJ mentioned it last season. But the figures are stark. We only scored 7 goals at that end last season, whilst conceding over 20+. It's like giving the away team a 12th man in my opinion. I think it would make a difference to our home form to at least attack both ends that have some home fans in it. I still don't know why we don't put the away fans in the upper Lansdown towards the atyeo. It just seems beyond naive on our part.
  11. The set up with Fammy is obviously been effective last season away from home, as we were superb at times, and I can't remember us winning so many away games. I see nothing wrong in adapting different systems for home and away games. As you say @BRISTOL86 we definitely need to up the tempo from the beginning at home. The only game last season I remember doing that wad against WBA where we changed the formation, and caught them cold for the first 20 mins. It came as no surprise thatbthid happened after we changed our tactics; from an otherwise transparent system of play
  12. Whilst i agree to a certain degree @Bar BS3. Fundamentality we seemed to go into yesterdays game with the same home tactics as last year. Hit the ball long to fammy, and hope to build on the second ball. There also seemed yet again to be no plan b. Until we sent on the same replacements as last season to try and up the tempo, and get something back in the game. It just felt like a Groundhog day from last season all over again; and so transparent. No wonder we dropped points against 6 of the bottom 8 at home. The hopefully expected new arrivals may well be technically better than what we have. But are tactics going to change as well? Whilst apparently well suited to away games (3rd best); they are woeful at home (17th). No matter what the standard of players you have on the pitch, you have to have the correct tactics to get the desired effect. Of course, let's see where we are in the first 10 games. But teams will quickly suss us out again unless we adapt quickly.
  13. Just how good was Phillips today for Leeds today? Showed how to operate as a quality CDM, and in the process showed the gulf in quality of Pack and Brownhill. You can see why PL teams have come calling. But unfortunately unlike us they've been able to hold on to their prized asset, and he pulled the strings today from the start. At times like this, I miss Korey Smith. Just the type of game for him today.
  14. This is just bizarre from Wael. I work on Feeder Road, and can tell you now, that there is no way planning permission for a stadium at the fruit market would get approved. There is only one way in to the site, and its surrounded by numerous large businesses mainly dealing in recycling. From an environmental/health and safety point of view, it's a complete non-starter. If you also look at plans for that whole area, there are already advanced undertakings from numerous other interested parties for housing, and other developments. This man is just a complete fantacist. What a way to run a football club.
  15. Just got in from Cardiff watching the international cup game there, as City don't play until tomorrow. Very strange signing. Unlike City to spend serious money on a player who only turned 18 a month ago. But fair play for our ambition, and imagination. I can only think that similar English prospects have priced themselves out of the equation. He'll of a gamble for 8m What next a Honduran right back? Or a forward from Eastern Europe?
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