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  1. We seem to forgive HNM so much more than Kasey. The only problem is these scores would lead you to believe we won. It was so much better than recent performances, but Fulham were much more decisive with their possession and if it wasn't for Nikki the score could have been embarrassing. I can't remember their keeper making any decisive saves. While it was great to see Kory playing so well our midfield didn't create that much. Compare anyone with Cairney and I suggest they are very generous scores. If Smith is an 8 he would be a 12.
  2. Do you think perhaps that's because he is desperate to impress - so he tries too hard. We need to show him we believe in him - we do this with Massengo (and he makes mistakes which we all put down to inexperience)
  3. With <60 seconds to go - what else? - the replacement was hardly going to make an impact and they had their tails up so it was hardly to wind the clock down?
  4. Firstly we should have read out the away team before kick off then Bobby could have received the reception he deserved and we would move on. As for the muppets that booed him - it was embarrassing and they should be ashamed he gave 100% for us. Having to make up for this by clapping an opponent who is about to take a corner is even more difficult. What a great gesture from the Fulham Manager who instead of pushing for a winner in the last few mins gave Bobby the chance for a decent send off. We should have managed this much better.
  5. The problem is not letting players go - every club does this, it's who we bring in to replace them. If they fit a settled pattern of play every club can lose stars - take, for example, Liverpool and Courtinho - no Liverpool fan wanted him to go and yet...
  6. Great interview published today about effective motivation and keeping players as a tight cohesive group. He limits his squads to 18. "I truly believe you can narrow a squad more. When you look at statistics of players being used in different teams, no matter which countries, you see the highest percentage is around 14 or 15 players [with a high % of minutes played]. At the same time you don't have to worry so much about competition because all the players are involved. You have nobody switched off. If you leave three or four players behind, these three or four are not in the same dynamic as the others. So there is a clash, even between best friends. The training sessions of the players that are not involved are the worst ones. And dangerous." With yesterdays stat that only Charlton have made more starting changes to their line-up than us. You sort of wish LJ would settle on his core [hopefully with Kasey] and coach them; not keep swapping in an out. Perhaps this will be much more effective than hoping we stumble on a great formation (when so many other uncontrollable things affect the performance on the day). Sorry can't post the whole extract as it's behind a paywall.But you can't argue with how effective it's been at Wolves - even if they do have a massive budget and premium connections.
  7. We do (well one of them) and he is also on the bench!!
  8. Nathan Bakers role model.
  9. We threw away a lead against Barnsley - felt at the time like a loss - still does. My point is we didn’t win. And the theory that we rigidly played 4 1 4 1 is also simplistic because Weimann never stayed in the 4 it was far more fluid than your post suggests. Wells would make any team in this division stronger its nonsense to think LJ had found the winning recipe before he joined.
  10. The problem with the original argument is that we were also getting well beaten with this "system" ie Charlton on boxing day. We all knew we needed a second main striker - Fam is too temperamental at risk of injury not to bring Wells in and having one of the leagues most effective strikers will not mess up any system - we just need better coaching to accommodate it. I have no doubt we would have lost the last 3 without Wells - remember Barnsley and Luton without him.
  11. Firstly he is not Bobby Moore style - much as I would like this to be true. Secondly while Ashley Williams has made mistakes (more recently after a very long run) he has been mostly brilliant and his interceptions and positioning have been mostly superb. I understand we want home grown talent but if an ageing Williams were to be injured, Baker is mostly this way and Kalas has really struggled this year - would we really have wanted Taylor Moore as our lynchpin - he needs more time. He has shown flashes of brilliance but also messed up more times than people seem to want to recall - I think it was him giving the ball away so cheaply against QPR on the half way line that caused Nagy's original injury (may be wrong here). While results are rubbish this decision stacks up.
  12. I can offer little optimism here - I initially thought Nagy was an upgrade on Pack and how we were all cooing about stealing Henriksen just a few weeks ago. It seems clear why he couldn't get into a poor Hull team - he doesn't seem able to cope with the pace and strength of the league. This midfield is here until May - I'm worried. Surely we must give Kasey a run - it cannot be any worse.
  13. Why is anyone surprised we lost at Luton and Charlton and drew at Barnsley. we cannot compete at the bottom.
  14. Perhaps someone can / will correct me, but I'm sure I read possession on most sites is just a conversion of the number of passes a team makes - it's not a measure of how long a team has retained the ball? I thought most managers didn't really care about this stat - until you start to break it down into areas of the pitch?
  15. While I agree, remembering last season, based on the two games vs us, I would have said the same about Sheffield United. So you never know...
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