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  1. Did anyone else spot O'Dowda's reaction to the penalty being awarded?! Hands on his head, showing a mix of disbelief/excitement/nerves - clearly aware of the enormity of the moment; clearly passionate. It was like watching a fan's reaction! Personally I couldn't breathe between the awarding and scoring of the penalty! What a finish, what a second half. Never a penalty for me, but it made up for the disallowed Pisano goal. #COYR
  2. let's not get ahead ourselves. Tuesday v QPR will be a tough game. They've been on a dreadful run since their 2-2 draw at Villa on New Year's Day. But as that game shows, they can score goals and take points away from home. They will be hurting after the 3-4 home defeat to Birmingham at the weekend, so difficult to see how they'll approach this one - whether to shut up shop and hope to hit us on the counter, or if it'll be an open encounter. Matt Smith is a danger of course, but I back Webster & Kalas against anyone striker in this division. In answer to the OP - I think any game at this level has the potential to go either way and certainly no team is running away with the league like Wolves did. I think Sheffield United will beat Boro and that does indeed give us a boost...IF we win our game! COYR!
  3. Very interesting table, thanks for sharing. What it shows is that we are putting faith in our younger players, whether that’s academy, new signings or loans. Whereas, Sheffield United are massively disrespecting their own youth set up as the only under 23 players to have featured have been loanees.
  4. Absolutely spot on! He's an essential part of the team's spine. We'd be losing games without him in the side.
  5. we have four points fewer than after the same number of games played last season, but we are arguably in a much stronger position than we were then. Might seem odd to say that given that at the same stage last season we were one win off second place. But the bubble had definitely burst following the cup run and then the successive defeats to Wolves (the real turning point in our season for me) and then Villa (the 5-0 spanking) whereas this season we've come into February full of energy and confidence and look like a side that's really hard to beat. We have much greater squad depth and rely much less on a select few players to perform. Whatever your thoughts on the transfer window activity, it's meant we've kept a really tight group who are motivated to perform and know the system well. We look well placed for a play-off spot. This weekend at Blackburn will be a challenge for sure; I'd like to think we can take a point from that and back it up with a home win versus QPR on the Tuesday. Averaging two points a game for the run in will see us over the line. #COYR
  6. GK - Fielding RB - Pisano (needs to get fully match fit) CB - Wright (needs to get fully match fit) CB - Baker RB - Kelly RW - Adelukan CM - Morrell CM - Pack LW - Elliason AM/10 - Palmer FW - Eisa Depends on who's back from injury for the game. Are we likely to see Taylor? I think Diedhiou could do with a rest/start on the bench given our lack of options up top at present - he doesn't need to be risked for this game, which I expect us to win comfortably. not dissimilar to my selection, but I'd like to see how Palmer affects the game as a starter.
  7. Awful news. A young man about to embark on a new chapter in his life. It’s an absolute tragedy for his family, friends and colleagues. Nice to see the respect shown here and that we can all rise above the tribalism of the game we love. A shame the same can’t be said of a minority on social media. I urge anyone who reads something offensive to please report it.
  8. reckon we'll line up as we started on Saturday to combat WBA in the same way we did with Sheffield United as these two opponents appear to adopt similar formations. Matt Phillips looks like the one to stop down the right, so having both Kelly and Dasilva marshalling that area of the pitch will suit us well and hopefully nullify his threat. No need to change things up unless there's obvious fatigue with any player.
  9. Shame he wasn’t actually any good at it either when he played for us.
  10. I think these stats are terribly misleading - suggests that we had a number of attempts on goal, but having been there I don't recall seeing many clear chances at all. Their keeper was rarely tested.
  11. didn't see enough quality from Walsh or Smith last night to justify either of them getting in the first team for Saturday. Same goes for a lot of others, but as this thread is focused on Walsh, I'll just make my point about him. A mixed performance leaning more towards the poor than good; lost the ball too easily, was lightweight in many challenges and gave the ball away too often. Perhaps the lack of Taylor's movement was a factor in not being able to play decent balls through to the strikers? His most effective contributions came from set pieces. For someone who ought to be pushing for a regular first team place, he didn't do nearly enough to impress.
  12. Whilst it looks like the outcome of this transfer saga looks set to be (in my opinion at least) the right one for the player, the fact that a move to a Championship rival was even considered is a real disappointment. It suggests that Bryan simply wanted to move on regardless, albeit his preferred move obviously being one to a Premier League side. When you consider Flint’s transfer, that’s going to be a peak in his career - a good player at this level but no way does he have a shot at top flight football. Bryan however looks capable of doing very well at that level. So why even consider a sideways move? If that was all that was on offer, why not stay? Villa are arguably a bigger club with more success than us, but as it stands, they’re at the same level. Ultimately the move to Fulham is a great result all round and I wish him well, but can’t quite understand why Villa was even an option.
  13. someone please wake me up when this thread returns to something vaguely related to the topic.
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