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  1. Boro appear to have the easiest game but like others have said that pressure can do all sorts of things. They know they have to win so go a goal down out the blue and their minds could be all over the place with the form they've been in. Derby cannot risk playing for a draw unless Rotherham somehow are smashing Boro and they get to know of it. But even then, its a massive risk letting West Brom have the game and try to soak the pressure up. They won't exactly be relishing having to have the mindset of having to win at West Brom to guarantee it. Then it's just the small matter of us doing it. But rest assured if we can go ahead that will filter through to Boro and Derby and the pressure will be massive.
  2. Yeah Bunch of Grapes is alright but once it got a bit more full and singing started the police came over. Didn't stop a good old sing song but you could see the police didn't want it and as it got nearer to kick off it was pretty much enforced walk to station
  3. Wonder where Ajax will be hanging out. They'll be making some noise.
  4. Yeah I agree. Reading kept their shape well but we did get into countless good positions but we just didn't deliver the ball well at allat the key moments
  5. Somehow need to get one of their songs adapted down our ground, especially being local. You just know another club will come up with something.
  6. Yeah it does seem that way. When you think back to that fantastic run that yes included the cup games we all loved we had a particular way of pressing as a unit that majority of teams were struggling to cope with no matter the formations and playing styles we were up against. We obviously ran out of steam and didn't bolster the squad right after but what now. It feels like we are pandering to the opposition and hoping to win through.
  7. I wouldn't know because I don't do the analysis. However, pre match conferences always suggest we know what the other team are about, we know their qualities, we know how they play, we know so and so is dangerous and yet after the game you are left scratching your head. The Championship is very tight and very difficult to call most games so if we are getting detailed analysis it's not working as well as it should at the moment. It's not everything but any advantage you can get in this league is a must.
  8. That's really interesting. There are so many games where I'm left wondering why we are playing a particular way. So just going on the Millwall game for example, I cannot possibly see that it made any sense to lump it to Diedhiou against two physical taller and stronger centre backs. So it makes you think, was it the lack of quality of ball into him? Was he not physically doing enough? Were the players not in actual fact meant to do that at all? And then also at what point do players need to think for themselves a little bit and think this isn't working at all we need to do something different. Maybe look to either the captain or manager to have an alternative plan and they all know as a team to switch to something different. Doesn't make sense at the moment that we can have all this analysis and yet the game plan seem so off. It always feels like we try to work out what the other team are doing as we go along at the moment.
  9. Anyone know who takes responsibility for this? For a long time we just don't seem to get our set up right from the off no matter who we play.
  10. Without a doubt I cannot get the reason for the formation today and that belongs to the manager. However, irrespective of the formation played, surely the players are 100% culpable for not being able to control a ball. I lost count of the number of times we misplaced simple passes, failed to receive the ball correctly etc etc. It was awful. That sort of performance isn't down to one person.
  11. There isn't anything we can do about distances but we could have better subsidised travel for the longer distances. The people that travel will always travel but it may encourage a few others to go if it was cheaper to get there and back. Also for me living in Weston if I rely on coach travel coming back from some of the away games I don't make my last train back from Bristol if it's the evening away ones. Can get really expensive then.
  12. Disappointing result obviously with some poor defending but in the main we played some very good football. Big shout out to our fans who could make it up there. Even though the Sky coverage is pretty quiet you could hear our fans backing the team really well. Hopefully now get 3 points away to Wigan on Friday.
  13. Fammy has set a precedent. All this stuff should be getting six game bans.
  14. When we get to the Premier League how many of our current first eleven and even bench will be regular starters? We now have a very different side to the League One promotion side and yet there would have been some fans thinking we were going to storm the Championship when we first got promoted with or without many additions. I'm not one for writing a season off already. Anything can happen. I think we have a really decent side capable of playing some excellent football at times. However, the key is "at times". The consistency is not there for a match let alone a season. Key to our future success is getting rid of these dead runs and establishing a side that can consistently grind out results match to match. It may not mean promotion still but I believe we would become a more attractive proposition to players if they could see we are a side that regularly finsihes top half and that they could be that player to make the difference. Currently though I think we will only be seen as work in progress and as such we are in the position of being stuck with getting the right players that also see that vision. This is fine to a degree because we can do it, but unfortunately for us supporters it's likely to take longer. I'm not really seeing a shift in language from the club to suggest we are not still a work in progress and the results show that too. Flint already said he saw a better chance with Boro than staying with us. It can't really be argued against. So as fans I do think we need to be realistic. Some of the criticism from game to game goes way overboard when you look at where we really are. But we do have every right to be vocal and keep that pressure on the club that we want results - consistently. Now that we have the right infrastructure in place in terms of stadium and we have started turning in some good profit we really need to be looking to reinvest in the squad while it is there. We are one of only a handful of clubs to have not been in the Premier League now in the Championship. It never gets easier, it always gets more expensive though. We do seem to have question marks over recruitment though. You can never expect every player to sign to be perfect but we have had a large amount not go well at all over these last couple of windows. I think we've gone a bit more cautious this window but we cannot lose sight of ambition. So we now go to QPR who are seemingly an utter shambles but all the clichés are coming out about them being the dangerous wounded animal. In the back of our minds we actually can believe it though. This mindset has to change. If Boro were playing them tonight they would probably be saying the same, but it would just be lip service, I very much doubt they would believe it would be a dangerous game for them. I really don't think though we are that far off though. Let's keep our realities in check though however tonight's result pans out though. In a couple of seasons time we may very well have another set of eleven to argue over.
  15. Flagon

    Da Silva

    Physically inferior or not, we lost anyway so why mess about playing players out of position. I could have understood it if we had gone for it and then made those types of changes to shut the game out but we did it in reverse to try and get back into the game! The irony.
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