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  1. Nibor

    Cumberland rd

    A classic example of being cheapskates proving more expensive.
  2. I'm sorry but in the real world smart people make mistakes and not everyone who makes mistakes lacks half a brain. Believing that what happened in the summer was anything less than a serious mistake is not a credible view.
  3. And that went so well we planned to miss out on him again in January? Take the rose tinted specs off, when Ashton does well praise him and when he ***** up hold him to account. This is very obviously the latter.
  4. Well, nobody knows but I'd suggest that when the target striker you've been linked with all summer signs for a rival at the every end of the window and you squeeze in a signing 30 minutes before the deadline the conclusions do leap out. And whilst we don't approach one player at a time, in any line of business it is very unlikely you can get any complex deal near to completion and then pause it to wait and see what happens with the first choice. There are consequences in hanging on hoping too long. The mistake was in not giving arsenal a walk away date that allowed comfortable time to fix it.
  5. My objection is more what he said about the summer than January. I acknowledge January is difficult, but there's no getting away from the fact that hanging around waiting for the arsenal kid to pull his finger out of his arse was a serious mistake that we have now repeated. On the FFP front, there's enough room to manoeuvre particularly when you consider you can sell in the summer if you need to.
  6. It's pretty clear that there's sufficient room in the rolling three year finances for at least one large signing.
  7. Nothing like getting your excuses in early, and they are mostly nonsense. I'm afraid that whilst it's true January is difficult, our need was great and by not being ready to sign someone on 1st (and wasting two weeks sniffing round the arsenal kid again like a mug) we have seriously damaged our chances of a top 6 finish. The reason our need was great was because we had very little depth in goalscoring, and that was exposed once Afobe was injured. Semenyo is miles away from ready, Taylor wasn't good enough, Diedhiou is ok for one type of approach and Wieman is ok for a completely different approach, but the manager seems to want to play two up top and it doesn't work. We needed another forward in the summer and the reason we haven't got one is that we planned poorly and put all of our eggs in one basket. Ashton should have owned that and got on with persuading SL to part with some more not-very-hard-earned and pay the January premium.
  8. Tend to agree with that. Weiman looks much more like a forward to me when played without Famara, as he's more central and trying to get in behind and on the end of balls into the box more. Having everyone play off a focal point like Fam is a pattern I think is quite limiting, nothing against him personally as I think he's as good as we could expect to get at that role. It's the role I don't like much as it sucks the movement out of the team and the knock on effects of that are felt everywhere right back to how we keep the ball after the keeper releases it.
  9. Strikers / forwards carry at least as much responsibility as midfielders for creating if not more. Movement is a huge part of it as is awareness and touch. When we play wih Fam as a targetman our creativity suffers and this is not because of our quality in midfield but rather because of the direct pattern of play we adopt where we have no runs being made by wingers and forwards. Afobe made chances with intelligent movement.
  10. You've misinterpreted that. It means you can't make a challenge after the keeper has it under control, not that you can't make a challenge before the keeper has it under control which is what Van Dijk did. He'd jumped for it well ahead of that De Gea's poor attempt to take it. The rule is there to stop an opponent trying to kick it out of the keeper's hands after a save or as they kick it out. Besides, the keeper never actually got it under control, he touched it at the same time as it hit Van Dijk's head. The decision was completely wrong.
  11. It really isn't though. You can ask the ref after the game, it's not going to change anything during it. I'd agree with you on the red card - perhaps there should be some stronger form of offence like "raging dissent" or "being a poor man's roy keane".
  12. This doesn't really matter because players have no need to talk to the ref. I'm not suggesting the ref can't talk to the players. I'd just book anybody who addresses the ref directly and isn't the captain.
  13. I agree it would be better if the ref used the screen, should always be the on the field ref's final decision. I think VAR should only intervene when there's a serious off the ball incident the ref completely missed, otherwise it should be there for them to consult only.
  14. The goal should have stood in any case. All Van Dijk did was jump to head the ball. I still think the rugby way is right - nobody is allowed to address the ref but the captain.
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