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Chris_Brown

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  1. Okay. Sorry my question upset you so much.
  2. They're just being an irritant/inconvenience. There's no need for it.
  3. They did not stop people entering the park, they just stopped them going in that particular entrance.
  4. @JulieH Why are there two officers on horses blocking one of the entrances to the park? Totally pointless.
  5. I thought that was a reasonably entertaining half of football. And, with the injuries to key players, I think we did pretty well all in all.
  6. Co-op was pretty empty the last time I was in there. The dates on the crisps were fine though.
  7. Diedhiou will play if Afobe doesn't. Rowe won't be dropped either as he has done fairly well.
  8. I would argue that the gap between him and the midfield is less to do with him and more to do with the midfield sitting too deep - I think this will change with the new personnel we have. He'd have a lot more space to run into if he was playing on the shoulder of the defender rather than being asked to hold the ball up for others/win the ball in the air. It's also much harder to defend against - but he can't do this if he has to get closer to the midfield - for me some of our midfielders need to push up. I just can't agree with your comment on urgency - it seems to meet that there are times when Diedhiou is the only one pressing the opposition's back line - again I expect this to change with our new personnel and a change away from one up front.
  9. OTIB vastly underrates him. He's not a world beater, but he is adequate as a squad player at this level. Works hard and is versatile. Don't understand the hatred of him.
  10. Yes, he does all of those to some effect and obviously is scoring a decent number of goals at this level too. He's been asked to play here as the target man, but I think we'd get a lot more out of him if we played him on the shoulder of the defender (rather than with his back to goal), making runs into space or at the defence with his head up. Utilise his strengths in a different way. His unpredictability, his workrate, his aerial ability would all be more effective in my opinion. The problem is, it doesn't fit in the formation we've been playing during his time here, because he needs to be up front with someone who is going to take some of the physical toll from Championship defenders - Afobe, for example rather than Weimann. I think at times during Diedhiou's spell here we have had forwards who he could have formed a decent partnership with (Djuric, Taylor) but during that time he was played up front alone.
  11. And Diedhiou is still being asked to perform a role he is not suited to, and still got us a goal. He is not a target man. Doesn't matter that he's big. That's not his game.
  12. It depends if we're being realistic or if you'd accept any sort of mathematical possibility. On 19 April 2008 we played Stoke away and lost 2-1. If West Brom (1st 74pts) had lost and Hull (2nd 72pts) failed to win then either Stoke (3rd 72pts) or us (4th 71pts) could have gone top. Although we'd have needed a 30 goal swing. As it turns out Hull lost but WBA won.
  13. Neither. I probably read it more when we have no game though but post more around games.
  14. Prior to the home game against Wolves April 12th 2008 would be my best guess. We had a mathematical chance of going top if we'd won and results went our way (we didn't and they didn't). However, we'd only been knocked off of top spot by losing at Southampton the week before. That's be my best guess. I don't think we've got close since have we?
  15. I think Wolves would have recovered from that (admittedly I have nothing concrete to base that on).
  16. We were about 8 points behind Wolves at that point I think. They were a Premier League side in waiting. Who knows what might've been if we'd got something out of that game.
  17. Officially the reason given is "This will allow for further preparation for the following fixture against Derby County on Wednesday, February 12th." No rugby fixture scheduled and the blue few are away to the famous quarters of Wycombe, so no obvious conspiracy either.
  18. I'm sure the Balloon Fiesta had a massive impact on their attendance what with the mass ascents being cancelled the day before and the site being closed completely later on the Saturday.
  19. But that is exactly opposite to the way they should be thinking. This is the only game time they will get so they should be champing at the bit to impress and force their way into the first team squad.
  20. Sounds like there was a bit of luck involved for Ipswich in that he was recommended to them by one of his teammates. We can hardly expect to be able monitor every young player in the area, although it seems we may be a bit better at this than we used to be.
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