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  1. Just been sent a link to this: Looks like the players and coaching staff have been bonding well. And unlike other training, no obvious injuries sustained either!
  2. If we have to choose losing games against Cardiff, I preferred the game where GJ tripped up Chopra as he ran by!
  3. ****ing automatic spellcheck...
  4. Eisa scored more goals in League 2 than Semenyo, and is now scoring at a more than decent rate in League 1. Who’s to say that he couldn’t do similarly at a higher level. He certainly wouldn’t be alone as a late bloomer who just had a nose for goal (Ian Wright, Jamie Vardy). I think what seems particularly galling right now is that we have a low chance conversion rate, and we are short on strikers. We play a “home grown” player who hasn’t scored for us yet, and brought in a striker from Spain who hasn’t played for many months, and even then had a pretty poor goal scoring record. We have got more out of Weimann than his previous clubs in terms of goals, plus Fam has a knack of getting a few scruffy goals, but without Adobe, at best we look pretty average up front. Hence the question of did we bail out on Eisa too soon? Possibly, and given his scoring record, I am pretty sure that someone else will take a punt on him and we see him back in the Championship next season. Just hope we have a decent sell-on clause...
  5. Dropping Weimann now would be a travesty. He has been one of the few form outfield players recently. The problems are in midfield, plus more specifically in the past few games defending corners, where actually Fam is a great help, given that he often gets his head on the ball rather than marking any specific player. We have to find the right balance between defence and attack. That really means having 3 in central midfield. Then you can perm any combination of formations from there. However getting Weimann and Eliasson in the same side seems a good option going forward. We also clearly miss the wingback play of Dasilva and Hunt, and when fit both should be brought back into the team.
  6. If reviewed, both players should have received cards. The first kick was bad. The 2 footed lunge that followed was dangerous, reckless and if there was VAR at this level, would be a red. However as we know all too well, don’t count on retrospective justice from the EFL or the FA...
  7. But given our current striker issues, it is reasonable to ask the question. We have recent experience of a striker who was good at League 1 level but not couldn’t cope with the jump up in quality at Championship level (Agard), but given that Semenyo looks out of his depth, and unlikely to score any time soon, while Eisa is scoring freely for Peterborough, you do wonder if Mo might be getting game time right now if he were still with us. I am sure the thought will have crossed LJ’s mind too, although he can’t allow himself too many regrets, mistake or not.
  8. The only slight positive I can draw from tonight is that in previous seasons under LJ, we would have lost that game tonight. And we have Bentley to thank for that. But that’s about it for positivity. I know we have injured players out, but even so, the performances recently have been generally dire. In fact, we haven’t played well for weeks. The biggest problem is midfield and until that is sorted, we can expect more of the same. We are in one of LJ’s runs, where he doesn’t really know what to do, so he is shuffling through his options - Semenyo, Rodri or Watkins; Massengo, CO’D, Palmer, Eliasson. Nothing seems to be working consistently, in large part because we don’t seem to know our own strengths or how to play to them.
  9. Feeling less like “when” and more like “if”. Not being available for the next set of international games this month would be the only upside right now.
  10. I guess he is fulfilling the same role for Oxford, considering that’s where he started out???
  11. Our midfield has been crying out for experience and strength this season. Selling a Pack made sense when Nagy arrived but it’s come back to bite us, given Nagy’s injury record especially compared to Marlon who was pretty much an “ever-present”. Charlton brought on Darren Pratley last week and he is exactly what we need right now Experienced pro, tall, strong and attack-minded but still able to defend. Left Bolton last season for nothing...
  12. Inevitable. Without Bentley we would have lost that!
  13. Really interesting watch about what is truly a fan’s club. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/50267677 And it also highlights the difference between German football, where the supporters have much more input, and English football, where to a greater or lesser extent we are consumers and tested as such....
  14. The difference between ourselves and Preston is the quality of our midfield. Theirs is combative and robust, (I am being too nice there in describing Pearson) and attack orientated (Johnson and Barkhuisen). It’s also relatively settled. On the other hand, we have Brownhill, who at best blows hot and cold, plus Massengo as the wunderkind picking up the pieces around him. We don’t really know how to fit Palmer into our style of play, except as a cameo from the bench when we are chasing the game (which was true last season too, hence the surprise that we bought him) and with Nagy out injured, we miss that Pack-style defensive midfielder, who sits in front of the defence, and brings the ball out. As for our forwards, I feel for Weimann. He runs his socks off every match, making run after run without someone putting him through. Rodri looks like he needs a similar playmaker behind him to play balls into him, so starting Palmer on Sunday made sense, but it just didn’t work, partly because the rest of midfield (Brownhill and O’Dowda) were outgunned. in large part this is tactical. When we set up as 3-5-2, unlike the set up in our promotion season under Cotterill where this was very attack orientated, under LJ, we often become 5-3-2, defensive yet also lacking in midfield, and poor supply upfront. Given who we have available with Diedhiou suspended, and our 2 wing backs (Hunt and Dasilva) injured, the best option, would be 4-3-1-2, with Brownhill, Massengo and O’Dowda as the 3, with Palmer just behind the forwards. That way if Palmer loses the ball, there is still cover behind, plus we might actually get some balls through to the strikers. The bottom line is that in previous seasons playing like this, we would have lost a lot more games, so something has improved. However, we can’t continue with performances of the current standard and expect to stay in and around the playoffs. It’s fine to bemoan our injuries and suspensions, but they are part of the game, and the best coaches manage to get the best out of what they have got, regardless of those challenges. Time for LJ to prove whether or not he really has learnt, as he can no longer play the novice card.
  15. Performances at home have been generally poor since the infamous Wolves game nearly 2 years ago, with a few honourable exceptions (e.g. last season against Swansea and West Brom). Last season, the results pretty much matched the performances. This season we are doing slightly better, but we certainly don’t look to dominate teams from the start of the match, more bore them into a false sense of security until 60 minutes, then bring on some substitutes, change formation, and actually go for it.
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