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  1. When you talk the talk, eventually you have to walk the walk. For me, despite the no doubt many things he's put in place behind the scenes on the corporate side of things, he's been found out big style on the football side. Yes, he'll have had his orders at times, but it is under his watch that a physio/fitness team have presided over countless serious injuries this season and most importantly his reputation initially profited from selling the existing quality in the squad and under his recruitment team, we've seen the quality of the squad depleted, bit by bit to the position we find
  2. Undoubtably money has been wasted, talent ID needs to improve and I agree the squad needs a "re-build" of sorts - but we're still not relegation fodder IMO - we're talking a re-build in terms of a sustained top 6 push, aren't we. The situation isn't dire. For me, successive years of selling to buy has stripped our squad down to a group of 'useful' players. The Williams (Ashley), Hunts, Rowes, Marriappas, Martins etc. Solid players, with a shelf life. On reflection, (apart from lots of other factors) it feels a little bit of a perfect storm this season where the next generation comin
  3. I think we need less quantity and more quality generally. For the central mid roles, we have plenty of options and potential. Walsh, Williams, Palmer, Massengo, Vyner, Bakinson, Nagy - so Paterson can, slightly reluctantly, go IMO. If NP continues with 4-2-3-1: I want more physicality and mobility in the wide roles - COD and Semenyo are a decent start, but i'd be looking to recruit in that area. Weimann could be good cover, so i'd keep him. Fam? Likely gone. Baker? Just not available enough. Hunt? Passed his peak, not helping us progress. Those 3 I think will go. Summer
  4. Code for “I’m hoping Nigel plays COD!”?!
  5. Interesting that they were, what, 5th(?) a couple of weeks ago, a very little 'stutter' as their winning running ended and suddenly they're 9th and a win tonight for us and we are 4 points behind them. Finishing above them would be a very nice target.
  6. Not had a draw for, what, 26 games? Must be some sort of record.
  7. Very little if any credit for anything positive and a large proportion of blame for anything negative.
  8. Congrats to LJ - first bit of silverware. I'm sure the Sunderland fans are loving that. Seems to have galvanised Sunderland - got them on the kind of roll that ends up with promotion. I for one would be happy to see him and Sunderland in the championship and on merit too.
  9. Each to their own. Think that's an over reaction, but whatever. To be honest, I don't tend to watch much of the pre-game or half time stuff - but it's RobinsTV, my expectations aren't high. I imagine it's a tough gig for the presenter, not like a BBC or Sky job where you've got 2 or 3 other people to bounce off and lots of high level production highlights, stats, interviews etc to go off to. It's not unusual to see or hear even top level presenters on live TV or radio have 'moments' when it goes off script - and I expect Robins TV doesn't pay big bucks and that's reflected in the pr
  10. I've got no problem with them all TBH - It's got to be a difficult gig, being a pundit employed by the club - they're so limited what they can say and have to be positive. Think the new guy Peter is good too. I like Rene a lot, he probably talks a little too much, but he's getting better and some of his insight's are great. He reads the game well. I think the criticism of him came about when he had to tow the company line through Deano's dark days and to be fair to him he tried to stay positive, but he was frankly pissing into the wind. He seemed to do quite a few games to
  11. I think Lansbury won't be good value for money longer term (Wages/contract length wise) and will go. Mapps has done a good job - especially since he moved into the middle. He is however 'limited' on the ball, as is Kalas to a certain extent, in comparison to say a Webster or Mawson. I'd personally like one of the two CB's to be more comfortable on the ball. (Could that be Vyner longer term, or is centre mid is position going forward?) So for that reason i'd be looking elsewhere at CB to partner Kalas - however...if it was a choice of renewing one of Mapp's or Baker's contract f
  12. What I enjoyed too was seeing them working on shape in the Failand uncut video, pressing and moving as a team - and then seeing it on the pitch in a game. Yep Brum hit the woodwork twice, but for 2 or 3 better placed passes we could also have been 1 or 2 up during that same period. The move that led to their first post chance came from a poor ball that should have put Wells clean through, for example. Yes still things to work on as always, but what an improvement already. I like the look of his 4-2-3-1 and hope he can get 2 or 3 big additions in the summer for it.
  13. One swallow does not a summer bring. But....more of the same please COD.
  14. Lansbury and Massengo (best half for both for a while) looking good in the midfield 2 - Wells, Palmer and Semenyo very lively in the forward 3 and Fam has had a decent half with some good hold up. Scuffed at his best chance. Great finish from Palmer, deserved his goal for all his pressing. Ironically their first early chance came when we gave the ball away in the final third attacking with a loose pass, Brum ball over the top and a scuffed Bela shot fell to Hogan who hits the post. Bela and Hogan combined again for Hogan to head against the post on 34 for their best moment. Def
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