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  1. The first half 15 minute cameo from Fam was great, and until I saw the highlights, I didn’t realise just how close he was with that low cross slid across the 6 yard line. However in the second half, it just didn’t happen. Palmer added more creativity, and Fam did occasionally get his head to the ball for a flick on but we had no one running onto it. The reality is that Fam is a reasonable striker at this level, whereas Adobe was a potentially excellent one. The potential free agents don’t exactly inspire, as many of them can be content to sit back on their previous large earnings. Like Ashley Williams (who was excellent yesterday) they need a reason to play beyond the money. Weimann, Palmer & Semenyo is a decent fast paced attacking front 3. Ideally go 4-3-3, with Hunt and Rowe adding the width. The only problem acutely is that Palmer is at risk of suspension if he gets too many more yellow cards.
  2. I am going to defend Fam as well because although it is clear his game isn’t suited to playing as a single target man, he has carried on playing it without complaint and for all the negative comments on here, his goal record at this level is actually reasonably good. He started on Saturday and scored. That’s what you need from a striker. As for Semenyo, the build up and link up play is good but by contrast he needs goals ASAP. Much like Matty Taylor, a forward who doesn’t score is of only limited use, however much else they do on the pitch.
  3. Agreed. Playing out from the back has become an obsession following the Barca/Pep model of possession football and it seems some teams are unable to mix it up by the goalkeeper kicking long. At least Bentley has an enormous kick, which usually reaches well into the opposition half. The situation has got worse rather than better this season with defenders being allowed inside the 18 yard box at goal kicks. For Arsenal, Leno played the ball backwards to Socratis. What use is that?! Credit to both Norwich and Watford for pressurising high up the pitch to take advantage of this tactic over the weekend and exposing the problem. And you can expect more teams to do it against us, as the season goes on. If I recall correctly, against Boro we were struggling to play out in the first 25 minutes. Things only really improved once Bentley started kicking long, and the defensive line was a further 30 or more yards up the pitch.
  4. Hate generally is on the rise, whether it’s race, nationality, or anything else that marks out an individual as different to the person spouting this stuff. Social media has become the toxic channel by which much of this vitriol is spread. If you don’t recognise that, whatever your political persuasion, then you are either very blinkered, or you have been living in a cave without internet access for the past 10 years.
  5. He’s about the right height (or lack of!) Did you really have to mention Mr Pot Black? They are both awful. At this level, the “assistant referees” are pretty useless. Rarely get offsides right, and don’t see any foul play, even if it’s only 5 yards in front of them. I appreciate that officiating can be a thankless task at the best of times, but some of the performances that we see in the Championship really don’t help either players or fans to show them much respect.
  6. So if the Cowleys have gone to Huddersfield, maybe Lincoln will look to appoint Adkins. Could do a lot worse at that level...
  7. Adkins did well in similar circumstances at Hull last season, although they had better strikers than Huddersfield. He’s a decent manager at this level and a darn sight better than Siewert, but he will still have his work cut out to turn it around there. There are elements of Sunderland about Huddersfield and League 1 may still beckon - unless of course Stoke keep them out of the bottom 3!
  8. Happened to find an old article about the anniversary of Roy of the Rovers. And one of the front covers they used will bring back memories for those of us old enough to recall the 4 years when we were a top flight club. Maybe those days could be back very soon...
  9. Spotted this in the Bristol Post the other day. If we didn’t already know that away games against Preston and Brentford were going to be challenging, this graphic shows the particular problem in terms of goals scored against goals conceded. Both seem particularly strong at the back.
  10. Far better Chemical Brothers tracks than this tbh. I get that some like the video but as for the music, it doesn’t really work for me pre-football at AG. Preferred “Unfinished Sympathy” and Massive Attack are at least local....
  11. Backs up my theory that Kilkenny was far better at giving verbals and pointing than he was playing football... One of my least favourite City players of all time! As for Kent, Scottish football is about his level. One really big fixture against Celtic that they will play 3 or 4 times per year, a few fixtures equivalent to a playing a lower Championship team, and the rest at League 1 standard at best. Throw in struggling against a few teams from Europe’s less well known leagues and that just about sums up Rangers season. He should do pretty well in most fixtures, play in front of big crowds at home and Glasgow shares a lot of similarities with Liverpool so he will probably feel at home. Good luck to him. If he does very well up there, he might just make it back to the Premier League eventually, but for every Virgil Van Dijk, there are plenty more who drift into obscurity (Scott Sinclair for instance).
  12. Stoke away looks the least difficult of the next 4 games. Both Preston and Brentford away look tough. Get results in those games and we might really be up for a special season.
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/31/death-of-bury-fc-not-only-thing-rotten-in-game-of-football Another interesting read putting Bury’s demise into a wider context in what is happening to football globally.
  14. Also I would suggest that we played Leeds at the worst time of the season (i.e. right at the beginning)and the team and style of play has changed considerably even since that game, let alone last season.
  15. It’s a rubbish aspect of the offside law for the particular context we saw yesterday. In that situation, if the defender leaves the ball deliberately, he has to assume that the assistant referee is going to flag the attacker for offside. However given yesterday’s evidence that’s an extremely risky policy. So not unreasonably the defender tries to play the ball to stop it getting to the attacker. If he clears, that’s fine. If he doesn’t and the attacker gets the ball off the defender, it’s now onside. The problem is that it seems against the spirit of the offside rule. The attacker is deliberately seeking an advantage and influencing play by being beyond the last defender. If he wasn’t there, there would be no need for the defender to play the ball in the first place. And that’s what many have found extremely frustrating, especially considering how many incorrect offside decisions have been given in the past season against our attackers, which have significantly influenced games.
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