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ChippenhamRed

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  1. Hardly the end of the world. 92 league clubs playing 46 matches each over a 10 month season, all with their own specific constraints, limitations and preferences, and with an annual change in the combinations following promotions and relegations. It’s never going to be perfect. Avoiding both Bristol clubs being away at the same time won’t be near the top of the priority list, because it’s inconsequential.
  2. I’d say he tends to draw a foul by simply being too good for the opposing player, which is very different from “buying” a foul and a million miles from being a diver.
  3. “Loads better” no, but that’s not what I said. A significant upgrade I think. Admittedly I won’t have seen as much of him as you, but his all-round game, in particular his command of the box, the confidence his defenders appear to have in him, and his distribution, are notably superior. In terms of best upgrades on last season, Massengo is also clearly a contender for that title, though I would argue Korey Smith in his prime would run him very close right now - though of course Massengo has huge further potential that Korey doesn’t.
  4. Probably our biggest single upgrade in the team compared to last season. Very impressive. Solid distribution too.
  5. Not really a fan of these artificial “we must get X from these games” type posts. It rarely works like that in the Championship where everyone beats everyone. Swansea lost at home to Stoke yesterday but they will still have serious ambitions about a top six finish. Five or six points from those games wouldn’t be a disaster. Frequently we’ve lost games we expect to win, and win games we expect to lose.
  6. It’s almost as if they were two different games and two entirely different sets of circumstances.
  7. Rotation is certainly important - and essential - but there is also something to be said for a regular starting 11 that builds a great understanding. I think the trick to getting the best of both worlds is to rotate players without having to make changes to the system to accommodate them. I feel we can do that now; Korey for Massengo, Nagy for Brownhill would be examples of direct replacements that don’t compromise on quality! Can’t remember having such great strength in depth before. Exciting to think this team is unbeaten in 10 with Kalas, Nagy, Smith and Dasilva all still to return. It could even prove beneficial in the long run, with those players likely to be fresher for longer into the season, once they return.
  8. At 18 years old I think they’d be right to think that too. For a long time it felt like we had nothing but Brownhill and Pack in the middle. Lovely to suddenly have some nice selection headaches in the middle of the park.
  9. If Massengo was a 4 today then Lois Diony never got above a -70.
  10. I remember being hugely impressed with that particular moment. He has such a natural, easy quality on the ball that we rarely see in a player at our level. Absolute class.
  11. Laughable. My first time seeing Massengo in the flesh so I watched him closely. I can only recall one occasion where he gave the ball away. Always busy. Always available. Stronger on the ball than his physique would suggest. But what really stood out for me was his outstanding first touch, often enabling him to deftly take control of the ball in pressure situations, move the ball to safety and set us off on an attack. He’s an outstanding player and if he was a 4 today then most City players on most occasions are a 2 at best. Again, laughable. Our most reliable player in possession.
  12. Completely agree. The only argument I can make is that you want to dissuade people from forgetting as it does create an overhead if lots of people start doing it, knowing it doesn’t matter if they forget. But a fiver is ridiculous.
  13. Great insight Dave, fair play.
  14. Surely wins for Stoke, Barnsley and Brentford would suit us better.
  15. For those Now TV-ers among us, that’s a good time to get a month pass. Hopefully with an offer.
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