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  1. No, it isn't a moral issue limited to football, but don't we always have people saying that football clubs are more than businesses? And plenty of people recognise the moral issue with other companies and are free to make their point about those companies. Like others on this thread, I love what SL has done for the club. But for any businessman worth as much as he is to be taking money from the taxpayer whilst exiling himself - if this was any other club, would it really not be leaving a bad taste in your mouth? What this fundamentally boils down to is people who have made fortunes in the good times (whether that be HL, Virgin or Sports Direct) not wanting to take a hit in the bad times. I thought that was the point of capitalism - you invested money and took risks? Not come to the tax payer as soon as there is a problem (admittedly one out of your control). It does rather question why Jon Lansdown asked for the survey run by then supporters club regarding furlough etc. to be done if they weren't going to wait for results. I have to say, I've supported the club for 40 years, and this has left as bad a taste in the mouth as any high profile defeat or off pitch cock up. Seriously - any football club looking to taxpayers for money when they are operating the business models they do should be ashamed.
  2. Umm, to cover the next four months of the season???
  3. So a load of people can have yet another tedious dig at a manager who has us 3 points off third place, has won four out of the last six, but had the temerity to lose away at second in the table. Keep up, it's obvious and entirely reasonable and logical.
  4. And he wouldn't get in the sides of most of the top half of the championship. People are blinded by the fact he came from Chelsea and didn't consistently get in either Blackburn or Derby sides when he was on loan there. It's not the coaches, it's not the style of play and its certainly not that Famara is playing and he cant play with him (as was being ridiculously suggested earlier in the season). Sometimes the player is at fault - cult figure or not.
  5. Yeah,I can't believe he picked the same side which had won four on the bounce - I wonder what goes through his head sometimes. Anyone would think he got stick for having a tombola normally. What's he like, hey?
  6. Funny how Paterson has been able to come in and do more than he has all season in about five games though isnt it? Maybe (and I'm just putting this out there) Palmer is on the bench because he has been poor?
  7. So you're relishing seeing Eliasson with about a dozen assists this season not playing, so Kasey Palmer who's done the square root of nothing since he arrived can??
  8. I cant tell you. But by your logic, you'd never make a substitution, or if you did, you'd tell him to do exactly the same as the bloke he was taking off - and I think we both know that doesn't happen. The reality is, people consistently moan o'dowda is a workhorse, or doesn't go outside his man. But when he does something that plays to his strengths (energy, dragging people across, as opposed to touch play, or trying to go outside), I'm supposed to give no credit to the bloke that got him to do that. I think I get it.
  9. We will have to agree to disagree, because that's clearly having your cake and eating it. Putting a man on to drag his man inside, it working and then saying 'it's just a passage of play' is massively disingenuous. In other words, it could have been Eliasson or Paterson - but it wasn't, because that's what o' dowda was put on to do.
  10. jonb


    Because, despite his poor games, hes the only one of the midfield with the ability to get in front of the forwards. Bluntly, he offers a goal threat that none of our other midfielders do - which is why he always plays (and I'm not defending his performance today!!)
  11. The problem is (and midfield is the main area, but not the only one), people assumed when we brought new players in we were upgrading. The reality is, that bar one or two odd performances (and i'm talking at this stage in their development - it may change) Paterson is a much better player than Palmer/Szmodics, and despite early promise Nagy hasnt been an upgrade on Pack (though I accept hes been injured) And Korey still isnt properly fit. I guess the lesson is that maybe the grass isnt always greener and people ought to maybe appreciate the level of player we have for the size of club we are.
  12. But it made a massive difference tactically- surely that was obvious? O'Dowda dragged the cover inside, and JD made the only attacking run he did all game. How can that not be related??
  13. jonb


    Indeed. Classic case of people seeing what they want to see from players they like, and particular favourites. I love Korey, but hes clearly nowhere up to last years pace yet. That's understandable, but lets not pretend it isn't true.
  14. Wayne Allison, coming back for Swindon. Booed every time he got near the ball, if I remember correctly.
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