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  1. Replying to Super: Yes I agree, at the moment he seems to have taken a step further forward. I've particularly liked his controlled aggression - something which I'd guess doesn't come naturally to him (he seems too nice a fella to be a footballer!) but was vital that he added this to his game.
  2. 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
  3. Same as Moore. Good athlete. Good attitude. Comfortable on the ball. Needs to be stronger, more dominant, with more controlled aggression - forwards always look comfortable up against him, he needs to make it uncomfortable and for 90 minutes. Probably not quite good enough but it's early days so happy to be proved wrong in the long run.
  4. Williams won't. He has all Weimann's energy but also the aggressive tackling, passing ability, and 360° awareness of a genuine central midfielder. Well played today though, Andy. Competition for places is exactly what we need.
  5. All that shite and for what? Clearly he wasn't half the coach he thinks he is if he needed all those gizmos. Buy good players (or develop your own). Coach them well. And above all, keep it simple (footballers tend to be). That's all you need to do.
  6. It's Terry Cooper all over again. Attack, attack, attack! Love it.
  7. Yep, we were proper pioneers back in the day - one of very few clubs in the South of England to have the drive and ambition to take professional football seriously, along with basically Arsenal. Southampton kept winning the Southern League and declining to join the Football League. Tottenham took the FA Cup more seriously than League football and their first Cup win was as an amateur side (they're the last club to win it as amateurs) This, and many many other stories besides, are unheralded parts of our rich and colourful history. Someone au fait with all this could make an interes
  8. Bobby Shadow Williams. Glyn Riley. Howard Pritchard. Aaron Wilbraham.
  9. Forrest Gump. Not easy on the eye. Our 4th choice striker. Won't ever be first choice no.9 (his preferred position) at a club serious about winning promotion. Not captain material. Never a midfielder in a million years. But God loves a trier. And yes, that hat trick at Bramall Lane won't be forgotten in a hurry.
  10. And all for the here and now, strengthening today's first team. They're not punts with an eye on the future.
  11. Makes sense. Still trying to get my head round how we're affording Mawson, on top of Martin and one or two more. Eliasson must be off for squillions - Villa never knowingly under pay after all!
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