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  1. In that case it should have been a free kick to us for the foul by Flint on Baker before the Flint was held back.
  2. Absolutely - got it right today and the substitution played a major part in the winner.
  3. Baker did a job on Flint. Williams - epic. COD back to his best IMO - carried the ball well and looked dangerous. What a strike from Josh. Palmer with a decent cameo. A team performance, had to soak up some pressure, was ugly at times, but got the job done again. Kalas back, Nagy back, Smith nearly back. Good times. Back into the playoffs and time to kick on now.
  4. Another OTIB thread that aged well!!
  5. LJ said in the presser Rodri only has the fitness levels for around 45 minutes of football at the moment. Watkins did well last game and will suit this game.
  6. Moore's stats in the air are surprisingly poor. Averages just over 1 aerial dual won a game. Williams and Baker are over 3 a game. We need strength in the air today and thought this selection would be the case earlier in the week.
  7. Tomlin starts...more importantly as do Brownhill and Nagy. Baker in for Moore = height
  8. Good write up again @Davefevs - as I said in a previous thread, set pieces will in my opinion be our biggest threat, so wouldn't be surprised to see the 11 reflect that. With 3 CB's, as you alluded to too I'd be concerned with them feeding Hoilett and ML running the channels when our WB's get forward. Although they've not found the same form as previous seasons, I ideally don't want to see those two running at Williams or Moore with space too often. For us - I agree I'd like to see Palmer play, buzzing around in front of that back 4 with the movement of Weimann we can create chances. Small prediction, first Massengo goal tomorrow. COYR
  9. I've played football there - it is close to the stadium, that looks a very good option for anyone driving. I don't think it's a big car park though, 100 max, so'd book early i'd imagine.
  10. Interesting what he says about Norwich's footballing identity. Puts into context what I was saying in the identity thread about even with all the planning and clarity of process, training etc in the world, it comes down to ability. Norwich have taken the identity that served them well in the championship into Premier league and he describes that as "somewhere between commendable and naïve" Also other another interesting sentence "Whether that is finding some tweaks or a halfway house, or changing it in certain games but still playing as they did in the Championship when at home against the weaker teams. At the moment it looks to me like they're sticking to what they want to do rather than adjusting to the situation in front of them"
  11. Well if you couldn’t get it from the horses mouth at the SR’s then I’ve got no chance! I’ve not said I could describe it, or that we have one. My point in this whole thread has been that there is a lot of textbook theory talk of identity that in my opinion over simplifies putting it in place. Can you give me the clear footballing identities of say, 15 teams in this division?
  12. I think the biggest danger on Sunday is going to be set pieces again - we need to be ready for that. The two wingers aren’t what they were on their promotion season, but will obviously still need keeping quiet. I think if we can play it around in front of their back four and run the channels, we can get in behind and punish what is a relatively slow back line.
  13. Well LJ and his team have clearly completed and passed their coaching badges so..... My point was more that, to me, there was a lot of ideal scenario, textbook talk on this thread and that there are in reality a host of external influences on a weekly basis to the squad, thus the players on the pitch and therefore the teams ability to play in a certain style or complete tasks on the pitch. No matter how well drilled, see my Baker example. We’ve all seen enough football to know a few injuries in a squad at our level can limit the possibilities and ability on the pitch. I do agree however that the recruitment hasn’t always matched up with the footballing identity. That is also what I mean about compromises - I think that the clubs transfer policy means sometimes we look to buy players with certain attributes or attitudes that we can add value to, but that might not always fit the ideal style of football. This is something I believe the club should work on, although as someone has said, these past few windows have been better.
  14. I do agree with a lot of what has been said about formations and styles of play in this thread. I do however think that it is all over simplified “ideal world” scenario chat. Comparisons to managers like Pep and others are unrealistic in my opinion - a) we don’t have the resources and b) these managers are in a much better position to plan well in advance and protect their ideal styles/formations in the knowledge they have the squad to back it up. Classic example being the loss of our two best ball playing CB’s in the close season. Is that the fault of the manager? Webster, already mentioned, left pretty late in the window didn’t he, I suspect Mr Johnson was planning for having Webster. On this occasion an immediate replacement wasn’t found (LJ’s fault?) and the next ball playing CB was already in the squad. So I’m sorry, but surely you have to work around what you have, player wise? Are you continually going to say to Bentley, “play it short to Bakes” and then tell Baker “Go on a charge”, no because 9/10 he’ll probably **** it up. Regardless of how well prepared the players are to do this ideal world thing. One small example. I also don’t think you can underestimate quite how much a difference losing Webster, and then Afobe and Nagy has been. Those two, especially Afobe allowed us to play the way I’m sure we’d ideally want to. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I think managing a football club, especially one like ours, is a series of compromises that effect everything you do. Player wise and tactically. I think that is backed up by the fact that, if this ‘identity’ and ‘style of play’ idea that a few suggest is so simple, was so simple, why isn’t every manager doing it, and doing it with great success? Why doesn’t every manager, like Woodgate or Sanchez or Hasenhutl, just do it like Pep or Klopp?? And why can’t you sit here tonight and tell me the identity of every team in this leagues style of football? I also think identity goes beyond what happens on the pitch and that what goes on off it, greatly effects on it.
  15. Some might say that anyone who believes anything that comes out of a Tory mouth is a ‘thicko’ given the long list of lies and false promises they must be blind to...
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