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  1. But whilst these problems existed they didn’t win anything despite keeping all their best players on the pitch. Once they got to the bottom of the problems they started winning stuff! Perhaps they were told from the get go that if they didnt sort it out then they didn’t play. Perhaps england also said this to players and if sterling hadnt of received a punishment It could cause Southgate to lose the respect of the dressing room and have the liverpool players and man city players taking sides spliting the squad. Dealing with it straight away ends it. It's a bit too public for my liking but it needed to be dealt with.
  2. Surely as it is a game we should expect to win it's the best time to set a precedent? Players less likely to step out of line in the future if they know the concequences and its unlikely to effect englands qualification. They have won the same amount at international level as Southgate. **** all. Is this the same Spain who admitted they failed to win anything for decades due to club alligences spliting them down the middle so they actively took steps to solving it? If club differences are starting to split the england camp it needs to be stopped asap. Something Southgate has taken steps towards. The fact it probably wont harm the team qualifying is a bonus.
  3. Well not really. There are similarities. Oneills only real success is in international football. Colemans only real success is in international football. Both offered the jobs due to these successes. Like coleman, Oneill has gone in november (1 and half months before a transfer window) to a big championship club that were recently in the Prem but now considered a bit of a basket case. In both cases the clubs are bottom and over paying big name players and having their motivation questioned. If we want to get silly...Both teams play in red and white stripes. Whilst you could say that Oneill arguably got more out of the players at his disposal at northern Ireland than coleman did at wales, coleman did get wales to a semi final. So you are saying coleman was always shit because of his club record... Something Oneill doesn't have in this country.
  4. Personally think it's a huge gamble on his part. Look what happened to coleman after leaving wales for sunderland. Went from a wanted man to unable to get a job. Reputation is a huge thing for a manager but Stoke have been in chaos since coming down from the premier league... Could potentially lead to his first job in england ending in a releagation on his cv. Can take years to build a reputation but less than a season to destroy it.
  5. Why so late!? Basically means booking trains before they go onsale. Which leaves you with the possibility of missing out and being stuck with paid for transport.
  6. To be fair, a midfielder who isn't injured would be nice.
  7. Our defence on wednesday was a bloke who couldnt get a club, a bloke who was playing for doncaster last season, a bloke who was playing for southend last season and a bloke none of us had heard of until the summer. Our midfield contained 2 guys that can't nail down a first team spot as are inconsistant and a teenager playing his first season in English football. One of our two starting strikers hasn't scored a goal for us yet. Our best CB, LB, CM and CF are all currently out injured. Not mentioning the others yet to come back. When you look at it that way it's astonishing that we are 4th. But it suggests the team have a fighting spirit about them. Hopefully it will continue.
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    Fam

    **sigh** Why is every thread turning into this at the moment. Can't we just applaud Fam for a kind gesture?
  9. Interesting point about the midfield duo. To be honest from where i was stood it was impossible to tell if they were in a line as i spent most the game either ducking or standing on my toes to see past the crossbar!
  10. I thought he was decent first half and was one of our better players - a bit frustrating at times with his refusal to run in behind (it would help Palmer as well if he did). However, he was holding the ball up well enough and went on a couple of runs where he beat a few of their players... didn't stop the blokes behind me blaming him for absolutely everything mind, we could lose the ball 50 yards from Fam and it would be his fault for not spinning his man. Second half he didn't show up (I thought the blokes behind me were going to implode) but realistically none of our players showed up with the exception of Bentley (with an Honorable mention for Taylor Moore who was our next best player imo), Truth be told I was more concerned by how poor Brownhill was and how nonexistent Weimann was for the majority. I don't want to be critical of Massengo as he is a young lad who is still developing physically but he was muscled out the game by Luton and definitely needed more help from those around him, I think this was probably why Famara kept dropping deeper and deeper - but by this point he was playing so poorly that he was probably more of a hindrance than a help. Anyways... My point being is that LJ could have voiced his disapproval at 8 or 9 of our starting 11 and they couldn't really have many complaints.
  11. It’s a strange one as I don’t particularly rate it as a “Derby”. You don’t really get the hatred at the games due to too many tourists and not enough born and bred locals in the stadiums. However they really do hate each other - even beyond football. There will be plenty of scraps in Manchester City centre come Sunday evening. The fact that united fans preference was that Manchester City won the league last season says it all really, because they are not overly fond of them either! But the idea of the title being in Liverpool and not Manchester didn’t bare thinking about for most of them. Can you imagine wanting rovers to win something so that another team didn’t?
  12. He will go down as the worst first touch ive seen for two reasons. His first touch when controling the ball was horrific. His first touch of a ball in a City shirt was one of the worst your ever likely to see. Could of been nerves. Could of been the step up. Thankfully my heart rate never had to contend with a pass back to him ever again.
  13. That is of course the issue with that system. I'm very much for a loyalty system but pretty much every one of them has similar problems. With us i imagine the number of potd tickets we sell will cause a much bigger issue than a club like spurs that sells out in advance every game.
  14. The problem with a priority system is it's never going to please everyone. There will always be someone who misses out- sometimes by not very much. I used to work in ticketing for football clubs and saw all sorts of different ways that clubs went about it. Spurs used to offer differing points across all competitions depending on the game. So Cat A games would gain 1 point, Cat b 3 points, Cat C 5 points etc so basically encouraged fans to go to hull away on a tuesday night in order to increase their chances of getting an arsenal ticket. Also meant that exiled fans had the potential to gain as many points as those that only went to games local to london. Blackpool had an interesting one when they got to the premier league as theirs was done on length of time a season ticket had been held. Basically to stop new season ticket holders who had bought because they had gone up from ousting long standing fans. I didn’t like arsenals as you had to pay an extra membership fee which rules out fans that can't attend many games for financial reasons. A big reason people pick and choose away games anyway. One that amused me was portsmouth for the FA Cup final. After season ticket holders they offered priority to those that had attended an early round replay away up north (preston i think). I spoke to a very happy pompy fan who lived 5 minutes away from that ground and it had been his first game in 15 years and all of a sudden he had priority to the final! People need to keep in mind that for the majority of games it still wont be a problem to get a ticket for us. However i think it is right to have one in place in case we reach the premier league.
  15. 3 of his goals this season have also been penalties. Not that 4 goals and 4 asists isn't still impressive. I wanted us to sign him when he first went there from villa. From what i gather preston have moved him further forward this season so perhaps he will have a Bobby Reid like impact for them. As a side note preston have had two games already this season in which they have been awarded 2 penalties. Against us and against sheffield wednesday. So in two games they have had more penalties than some teams will have all season.
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