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General Zod

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  1. General Zod

    Jay Dasilva

    I thought the daSilva changed the game today. Before he came on we were in camped in our own half, I really couldn’t see what the game plan was and it only seemed a matter of time before we conceded. I thought DaSilva’s introduction changed this and as a team we started to take the game to Brentford a little. Would he had got the chance before the 60 minute mark if it wasn’t forced on us though?
  2. A dominant home performance, and a bit of tactical astuteness is what I’m hoping for. im ok with the points we have accumulated so far this season but far from happy with performances Every week we seem to highlight the strength of the opposition and the reasons why a win is unlikely, shef Utd on a good run, wba just down from the prem, Wigan and Rotherham good at home. i appreciate that it’s a hard league but we have a talented squad and we should be expecting to win at home against fellow mid table opposition even if we don’t win, a full hearted performance where as the home team we force the pace and play this quick passing, high press game. I’m told is our DNA but very rarely raises its head just give us a performance and something to build on, a few signs our in game management is improving and something different to 2 subs on 60 minutes.
  3. General Zod

    Have a look at yourselves!

    I feel LJ, his lack of tactical awareness and more importantly no sign that he’s learning and growing into the role of Head Coach at a reasonably big championship club is holding us back. We have a team that if judged by what we see week in week out is underperforming more often than not. I was hoping that by now I would be seeing signs of improvement from Lee and his staff. We’ve had 3 months of quality and a few years of rubbish and inconsistency under his watch. Can anyone be happy with the standard of football we are seeing most weeks. LJ wants the team to play in a certain way, energy, high press etc. Is he showing any sign that he can get players, the majority which he’s purchased, to buy into this and play the way he wants. If he can’t, has he got the skills to coach them or the know how and balls to change this system and admit it’s not working?
  4. General Zod

    Fuming

    LJ would have us believe we are all about energy, creativity and the infamous high press. With the exception of a couple of games I’ve not seen any of this for 10 months now. We don’t have an identity (unless being known as the team that makes 2 subs on 60 minutes is something to be proud of) and at best we are stagnating and at worse we are going backwards under LJ management. Sadly I believe we have a squad that is drastically selling itself short performance wise week in week out and the blame sits with LJ. I think LJ is not learning or improving and is tactically out of his depth. His in game management seems clueless more often than not. I appreciate we have points on the board and aren’t that far off the top 6 but can anyone honestly say they are inspired with what they see week in week out?
  5. General Zod

    WBA v Bristol City Matchday Thread

    I really don’t get how wide open we are tonight. We seemed to just think we would out score them. On Saturday we were the home team but changed our system to try to match the opposition which was strange for an on form home team. Away from home where you would kind of get it if we stayed tight we’ve shown wba no respect and gone so open. Very strange.
  6. General Zod

    Did my eyesight deceive me?

    I blame Lee Johnson!
  7. General Zod

    Team for Tuesday

    You’re right, but he also mentioned having to operate in the bargain basement. I just think SL and possibly MA don’t back him when it matters. We are competitive at this level which we more than proved last season until the legs went. With Smith injured I think it’s asking too much for Pack and Brownhill to play at the top of their game, injury and suspension free until January. Do you think LJ would back Walsh if any of the CM two were ruled out for more than a game or two? He clearly wanted to get Someone in, with Walsh probably going out on loan to get the experience he’s not going to get watching from the bench. Let’s hope the CMF 2 stay fit and we keep pushing on but we could be more than competitive. Bailey Wright is clearly rated by LJ and Baker is proven at this level but we pushed the boat out and signed better? in Kalas and the impact is there for all to see. I just wish we would show similar ambition and done the same in MF rather than preying Brownhill and Pack can keep going or looking to pad out the squad on the cheap.
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    Team for Tuesday

    We seem to be able to rotate and rest players all over the pitch except central MF. Unless injured or suspended I can’t see Brownhill and Pack getting more than an odd 20 minutes rest until Smith returns and for that to happen we’d either need to be winning comfortably or loosing heavily. Let’s hope they don’t run out of steam as the games come thick and fast. I’m pretty happy with our strength in depth all over the pitch but can’t see why Walsh isn’t learning his trade out on loan, actually playing rather than watching from the bench and the purse strings loosened so that LJ could have brought in a decent MF loan rather than having to try to operate in the bargain basement where the chances of finding better than what we have is impossible and then coming away with nothing.
  9. General Zod

    Marley Watkins

    Watkins seems like a hardworking team player to me. The squad looks really strong on the wings at the moment and if O’Dowda needs to perform from the bench for a few games before breaking back in to the team and Eliasson has to keep hitting his current high level of performance to keep his place then that’s got to be a good thing. Watkins looks like the sort of player who won’t let anyone down, he may not be as pacey and skilful as Eliasson, O’Dowda and hopefully Adelakun but it takes all types of players to form a balanced squad and if we are to have a successful season they will all have to play their part between now and May. Go back a few seasons and we would have had a Watkins type player and not much else. The squads come on and I t’s great that we have 4 good ones to pick from.
  10. General Zod

    Midfield options

    Agree. With the players we have at our disposal Walsh would probably be a replacement for Brownhill and Hegeler When fit for Pack. Both switches would weaken the first 11 unless they raise their games but we probably could get away with one or the other in the team short term without the need for a massive tweak but not long term. Walsh didn’t get a loan move so we need to find away of getting him Championship experience and minutes on the pitch without impacting on performances. He’s lacking in first team football game time and his run out with a poor Birmingham side at this level was anything but impressive. I’m fairly happy with the squad apart from CM and if I’m really picky another striker would be good. over to LJ now to get the most out of them and prove the doubters wrong and show that he’s the quality coach SL says he is. Exciting times and no room for hiding or excuses now.
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    Wot no signings

    Im sure players would have been available or could be tempted to become available with the requisite quality to make an immediate impact on the first team squad but not for a price we are prepared to pay. Kalas must have pushed us out of our usual loan budget comfort zone but I really think this was driven by desperation and a realisation of how lightweight the defence was looking and a lack of faith in Bakers form. We can do it when we are desperate and trying to stay in the league (Kalas, Tomlin for example). I just wish we would show the same urgency, willingness to pay/overpay to show that final bit of ambition and go all out to find the final few pieces of the jigsaw when we look comfortable in mid table. I know it’s not in fitting with the ‘project’ but last year we were so close and this year I think the squad is even stronger with players like Kalas, Weimann and Kelly initially looking capable of replacing Flint, Bobby and Joe and a bit of depth now across the back 4 and on the wings. I don’t think it would take much more to make us an extremely good team in this division and this lack of final push ambition frustrates me.
  12. General Zod

    Wot no signings

    Let’s hope you’re right about no injuries (and also no suspensions) but it’s the high tempo, high press that we like to play that drains the energy from the legs. Appreciate we had a few extra cup games last year but by Christmas, playing this way the legs were gone all over the pitch. Teams like Man City play this way but can rest players replacing quality with quality. We lack this option at CM. who could we bring in? That’s for our well supported scouting network an MA to work out. All I know is that when the defence looked like it wasn’t gelling, not providing the platform needed to play our high tempo attacking game and there was a danger that we would have a season looking over our shoulders at the bottom of the division and not mid table we go all out, find the fee and wages a secure a proven quality addition like Kalas. I would have liked to see that kind of determination to cover Smiths injury and the signal our ambition to push towards the playoffs and not settle for the security of mid table. If SL is serious when he wants to see an improvement in our league position then not bringing in a quality midfielder was an oversight IMO equally, I believe that would have allowed Walsh to go out on loan and get 4 months of 90 minutes of football under his belt and come back here in January in a much better position to slit into the first 11. How is he going to develop with a 10 minute sub appearance once in a while. He’s only played 20 odd first team games for Yeovil, Birmingham and us over his entire career
  13. General Zod

    Wot no signings

    Gutted we didn’t bring in a CM loan at least. But on the bright side the squad should be good enough for mid table now we appear to have sorted out the defence with Kalas joining. I do feel that again we have missed an opportunity to show a little more ambition and attack the play off places but the flip side we will see if LJ tactics and coaching is good enough to get the best out of a pretty decent squad. Certainly no hiding place for him now. Let’s hope Pack and Brownhill stay injury and suspension free and have enough energy in their legs to play LJ’s high pressing game and get us through until January. As for our existing cover, I’m not sure Walsh is ready for anything more than the odd sub appearance but time will tell. Hegeler seems a bit injury prone with a slower style of play doesn’t seem to fit with what we currently expect from the centre midfielders.
  14. General Zod

    Before the loan window closes........or slams shut.

    I agree with your sentiment. On first impressions Kalas proves that there are additions out there which will improve the starting 11 and offer quality cover for injuries and suspensions. Whether SL has the enthusiasm and desire to sanction any such moves is open to debate. I get frustrated as I feel we have a talented squad but without the luck of a injury/suspension free season legs will go and we will run out of steam again. Surely we can stretch the model being followed to add a couple of talented loans. The high intensity game that LJ likes us to play is brilliant when we have confidence and fresh legs but impossible when you rely on the same players week in week out and last year with no plan B we simply ran ourselves to a halt. Teams like Man City have the luxury of being able to rotate quality for quality. I think if everyone is playing well, at Championship level we can also do this in defence and out on the wings however depth in CM and attack is currently lacking IMO I’m looking for a sign of intent from SL that I’m not simply being spun a sound bite each season
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    Before the loan window closes........or slams shut.

    I really don’t think Walsh is Championship standard yet and think a loan would do him the world of good. He needs regular 90 minutes under his belt to push on not 15 minutes here and there when the games already won. Get him the right loan and he’ll be back and challenging for a starting place as he’s obviously got talent. He won’t get the minutes with us unless someone is injured. I agree that we don’t need to bloat the squad and the Kalas example is spot on. This is what annoys me about City. Kalas on first impressions is better than any of the centre backs on our books, we sold the club to him, paid the loan fee and wages and got him. Moved quick and got the job done. We can do it when we want to and that’s brilliant but I really think this was out of desperation and a realisation that the back 4 didn’t look right, didn’t provide a platform for our attack minded players to do their thing and my feeling was it would have lead to a loss of confidence which given how last season ended must have been low and a relegation battle. lets show some ambition We seem to have a good platform to build on now so why not look to do the same and attract a Kalas midfield equivalent. Let’s not only spring into action at the fear of relegation but let’s use today to show that bit of ambition and move the team from hopefully a steady mid table finish to playoff contenders. we have a good balance of youth, Championship experience and reasonable strength in depth. If SL is really sincere when he says he expects improvement on last years league position let’s give the manager the final few tools needed to have a real good go. Almost forgot, please can we have another striker As well.......
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