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  1. Get in, that’s more like it - delighted to be wrong with my prediction today - a great win. We had to weather a 30 minute storm in the second half and that habit we have of going off the boil needs sorting. But we defended well, stayed in the game and once we got the, fortunate, but decisive second it was game over. Vyner almost my MOTM but I’m giving it to Kalas who kept our lead with some great blocks. Let’s take confidence from this and build on - hopefully we’ll have a few more players back soon and start moving back up the table.
  2. It’s a good first half. First 10 minutes superb, energetic, committed - banging in crosses and shots and putting their defence and keeper under pressure. Martin and Fam full of energy, press and offering options. Adelakun improved from Pompey but came off the boil as half went on. KP - fantastic to have someone actually happy on the ball in the oppositions third. Mawson and Kalas - huge difference. Hunt and Rowe getting forwards well. Vyner centre mid working. Sitting, blocking, tidying up and a couple of great passes. Preston still look a threat at times - b
  3. Superb start. We’ve exploited Preston’s weakness in the opening 10 minutes. Great stuff, let’s keep it going
  4. I said in the ‘what to expect Preston’ thread maybe we’ll come back refreshed from a little rest and a week of training. Well....
  5. I think the lack of football has got to everyone's memories! Not hugely confident after recent form and Pompey, going for 1 goal in it, 1-2 Preston or 0-1 Preston for me. Let's see if the extra rest, prep and Mr Alfie Mawson will help turn the tide in the league. COYR
  6. Each to their own and all that - but some people really have an interesting idea about what’s funny. Seriously, got nothing better to do?
  7. Yes good post. Communication and leadership. I didn’t mean enforcer in the oldskool sense, more exactly as you say, someone with the vision and discipline to be a foundation defensively for the midfield. As you say, I guess ideally we have 3/4 players who have the physicality and the skill!
  8. I can understand the frustration with Semenyo - he looks so good at times and has all the attributes - as I said in the match day thread “Everything but the goal!” Fine to ask if he is a natural goal scorer but you’ve got to then ask can he learn and improve through coaching and experience. I’m no-where near writing him off.
  9. @Davefevs - do you think we need a midfield enforcer then? A Kante or Makelele? At the moment, we just don’t seem to have that player in our squad. Nagy brings a lot but his weakness is his physicality, Bakinson, well sometimes I think he can tackle, other times no - either way he needs more time to develop to see where his game ends up (clearly an eye for a pass too). People talk about Williams, he’s physical and can tackle yes, but he’s a box to box type no? He’s not going to patrol in front of the back 3/4 all game. For me I’d love to see a base, a foundation in the midfield
  10. 2 = Played there vs Pompey for a spell (and had played CM before on loan) and looked tidy. + 2 = We have a powder puff tackle shy midfield that most teams seem able to dance through. = 5! I don’t know, for me maybe a short term stop gap against Brentford, but I suspect unlikely.
  11. A midfield enforcer. Do we need one? We don’t seem to have one in the squad, Nagy is shy in the challenge and is Bakinson a good enough tackler? Williams can tackle, but he’s more box to box. Maybe Vyner can do the job. Can he read the game well enough? Something like: Bents Hunt Mariappa Kalas Mawson Rowe Nagy Vyner Bakinson Wells Martin Perhaps too defensive, but why not set up solid and look for one on the break. Semenyo can come in when the game stretches. Fam to batter the bac
  12. Yep - there were a few moments. A few! When it works, the few glimpses of Holden’s plan A look decent. The problem is, as has been for most the season now, when plan A is sniffed out, we have nothing else. Add to that the fact that we have also succumbed in the majority of games to the opposition asserting their game on us in a way we’ve not done (bar a few 45 mins here and there) all season, the problem is made worse.
  13. I’m usually a glass half full kind of person.... But I think you need to look hard to find positives from that performance. Especially with players returning and a decent break in games. 2 moments of quality and some last ditch defending/keeping wins us that game where for large parts we were incoherent, disorganised and toothless again. Fine for today against league 1 Pompey, but with Brentford, Preston and Norwich up next...I’m not feeling confident for those.
  14. Thank F for that. Moment of quality looks like it might save our blushes from a very poor second half.
  15. Just what we need - extra time! What is it, 3 games in 10 days after this?!
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