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The Journalist

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  1. All good points. I likened it to the first day of a Test match when you're trying to gauge how good the light is and whether the players should go off or stay on. You need to keep it safe and sensible, but if you call it quits too early you set a low bar for the rest of the match. You then risk having to keep the players off when the light isn't actually that bad and causing future problems. What I'm trying to say, with that admittedly terrible analogy, is if we go into lockdown at the current rate of cases we may have to remain in that state for months on end. That'll lead to businesses going bust, to unemployment, to homelessness etc. That sounds extreme but it's what we're faced with further down the line if we just pull the trigger straight away. I'm by no means suggesting I know what is right and wrong, but I don't think it's as cut and dried as many suggest in terms of just going into some kind of immediate lockdown.
  2. As an extension to this, if you delay the closure of schools, shops, public events etc even by a small period of time you'll create a coming together of frustration and anger... and so when those measures are enforced the public will feel like they have influenced those enforcements and thus are far more likely to follow them. There's definitely a method to what undoubtedly feels like a bit of madness!
  3. Just to add to this - having admittedly made a less than helpful contribution to this discussion earlier (apologies @Riaz etc) - that people should also be respected for making their own personal choices in response to this. Nobody should be criticised for not going to a particular event or adjusting their daily lives in whichever way they see fit, in my view, because everyone has their own reasons for doing so. Many, many people also suffer with anxiety and other mental health issues and their response, while seeming over the top, may just be what they consider proportionate within their own personal circumstances. A relative of mine who suffered from severe anxiety and eventually took their own life as a consequence likely would’ve responded to this in a way many in this thread would be regarding as ridiculous or, indeed, panicky. So, please, advise, discuss and converse but don’t pretend to be an expert and always be kind and respectful because we are all entitled to react in whatever way makes us feel comfortable and at ease. Just wanted to add some balance.
  4. And, of course, anything that comes down to running, positioning etc can be improved and altered by coaching...
  5. I think I’m with @Major Isewater on this, because fitness isn’t all about aerobics. Andreas clearly has a fantastic engine, but how much does all the relentless running impact upon his thought process under pressure? His decision making around the box? His ability to execute a key pass when it opens up in front him? It’s always seemed to me that many of his goals have been instinctive, from close range and often guided finishes. You don’t often see him take a touch, slow things down and hit the corner, do you? And I’ve always had him down as a pretty technically sound player at this level, which means it has to come down to composure and clarity of thought. And the more tired you are, the worse decisions you make... (That was probably an overly long winded explanation).
  6. Didn't realise there were so many Coronavirus experts on here. Very impressive, guys.
  7. Yeah, I do suspect whom it may concern at the club will never read it. At least he's made his feelings clear, I guess.
  8. Some really interesting points in both your post and @Olé's. It's quite thought provoking and difficult to disagree with. I find Lee a complete contradiction in this respect, as everything about the way he sets us up, the constant chopping and changing and the mixed messages publicly suggests he's lost complete faith in his own methods. I find it really hard to fathom and pretty concerning. And I know I've said this a few times, but I really believe it. Everything he talked about when he was appointed and in those early months - busy bees, high pressing, dynamic play - are nowhere to be seen anymore. In fact, I don't think for one minute the team we've put out for the past 18 months or so is a true reflection on what he wants a side to look like. Instead, we've become obsessed with ticking boxes and trying to have a bit of everything without being anything in particular. It's really worrying and says to me he, as much as us, may just need a fresh start.
  9. Really noticeable how much free reign Niclas Eliasson has been given here to go and get on the ball. Never seen him come inside off the flank so often.
  10. Not sure there's any need to get personal, is there? You're more intelligent than that. I don't think anyone will be defending the first 45 minutes here. Well, I'd hope not...
  11. I'm by no means as hysterical as some on this forum, but despite some stiff competition this is just about the worst 40 minutes I've seen us string together this season. Possibly even under Lee Johnson.
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