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  1. The last sentence was ambiguous to me, could have been confirmed infected (you could have correct me earlier when I replied), but fine, you now mean't deaths. Either way, kind of sums up a major part of the problem for me. You casually banding around these huge figures, the number of deaths the government expect, up to 50, 000 people and still think they got their policy "spot on"? Well, i'm not really sure what to say to that, other than that is an unacceptable figure on any level and I hope to God people who make these kind of statements, or agree with them as somehow being acceptable or inevitable, don't have a loved one affected by it. Anyway, i'm not going to get into a massive debate about it, but suffice to say, "spot on" and 50,000 deaths don't compute, IMO. I'm no expert either but I think the government has it spot on. Current estimates of those with/had the virus is 35,000 (we don't know the exact numbers, same for most countries) with 103 deaths. Currently way under 1% mortality rate. Government expectation is 20k - 50k with possibly closer to/under 20k if everyone follows the advice given (which they won't).
  2. 200 Deaths - He wrote 20,000 infected, 1% mortality rate.
  3. Personally don’t think they got it ‘spot on’ given the policy U-turn and the contradicting advice at times. But happy to agree to disagree. I guess only time will tell when the dust settles - but I’ll be astonished, and you can hopefully refer back to this and gladly tell me I was wrong, if the death toll at the end of this is only 200 in the UK.
  4. Yes who knows what the exact figures are. That % may be less than you suggest, given rough predictions that 10’s if not 100’s of thousands of people will have it, not show symptoms, or have mild ones, self isolate and therefore never be recorded as one of the statistics. Awful to think that we won’t have a true reflection of the figures, because the world’s governments weren’t able, prepared or worse willing to, test everyone.
  5. I’m no expert but I’d simply want them to learn from the countries 5/6 weeks ahead of us. We had a chance to act earlier, ahead of the curve, yet our experts and government wasted at least 2 weeks on a policy they’ve now totally u-turned on, despite being able to see what was happening elsewhere in the world. So going back to the failed ‘herd immunity’ disaster policy; the experts said they expected 60% of the country to get the virus with this method, and we know the death rate is around 1% - so basically the experts and government thought it was acceptable to sacrifice up to 400,000 people? 400,000. Fine, still may only be 1% - but you probably won’t say that if you or one of your loved ones are one of the 400,000. Not a political comment, just simple maths. Unprecedented times, yes, have other countries got it wrong, yes. But there were lessons learned already from other countries so we could at least try and avoid the same mistakes.
  6. Yeah I read it....still think, "hope", it's a typo. It's not being reported as 2 years on any other articles i've read - if it was true I think more people would be picking up on and talking about it! That's a very long time!
  7. Surely that's a typo. 2 months? If we've gone from a 'carry on and self isolate' to a 2 year ban on all large sporting events, concerts and conferences etc that's a rather large escalation in a few days.
  8. As long as we see the Fulham ‘team’ and not the Huddersfield ‘team’, performance wise, I think we can be confident of sneaking points in a large number of those games, we’ll see. Encouraging that a few key players, Kalas and Smith, for example, finding form. I’m hoping too that being part of the chasing pack will help, pressure on Preston and Forest to fight off that pack, we’ve seen how a long season mentally and physically of being chased can add a pressure to great for some teams.
  9. Headline slightly sensationalised by the evening post, but I’ve noticed a new trend by them to take a leaf out of the sun/mail approach to click baiting these days.....find out what is annoying the fans and go feed it.... Anyway, that’s a pretty honest and clear assessment by LJ in my opinion - one swallow does not a summer bring and after that Derby game you can’t argue he didn’t deserve dropping and the shirt has to be earned. I’d argue that discipline is done behind doors, but with social media these days it must be virtually impossible, rumours and conjecture, it forces the club to come out and explain things and in turn they’re criticised for that. Fans equally don’t like a wall of silence.
  10. Sorry, didn’t listen, is he throwing his team under the bus?
  11. I genuinely can’t really comment in detail on what other clubs are doing, because I don’t know as much about them. I can only really comment on us, the only club I see week in week out and know about our injuries etc vs. our opposition and what I see of others on highlights. But that being said, there will be, every year, teams that under achieve and teams that over achieve. There are plenty underachieving in our league, Middlesborough, Derby, Huddersfield etc. Likewise you will have the over achievers. Why? We all know there are loads of factors - could just be a squad coming together at the right time (Ajax last season) or just an excellent manager finding the right equation. The two you mention - Millwall, they just seem to play a pragmatic, simple football that they don’t move away from but it ultimately gets limited results in this division, but I’m not sure it will get them promoted. As for Brentford, they’ve been, like us, had a plan and are building towards the top end for several years. I think they really are a season or two ahead of us in their plan though and have recruited better. They unlike us IMO, have several players that are more likely to end up in the team of the year. Watkins, Benrahma, maybe Mepham. Preston have clearly been doing well, but on current form could end up 10th, and the season won’t look so good. As I’ve said elsewhere, IMO, top 6 is absolutely possible with this squad, would it be an over achievement? Probably as much as finishing 7th, 8th or 9th would be an under achievement.
  12. Very tight in top 10 - think realistically we’ve known for a while 6th, maybe 5th was our realistic top end aim. It’s well and truly game on for 6th with Prestons current form.
  13. Puts himself about and commits to big challenges and 50/50's more than anyone in our squad. Yes he gets injured a lot, but i'm sure many of those are because of him putting his body on the line. I have said though, because of this, I think building a consistent back-line around him is, pretty impossible.
  14. I think the hard truth is we're just a solid plucky top 10 team. One or two top 6 players sprinkled in, Wells, Kalas, Bentley. Maybe Eliasson in certain situations. The fact is look at our midfield compared to Fulham today, we have no players close to the class of the likes of Cairney, Arter, Kamara even Knockeart coming off the bench. Same against Leeds, Phillips, Hernandez etc. We rely on people like COD, Paterson, Weimann or Fam etc to have excellent games, if they drop off to play an average game, it's just simply not top 6 class. It's plain as day now IMO - we don't have enough of the players with the raw strength, speed or technical ability as the best teams in this division.
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