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  1. Anyone in midfield who will pass it forwards - more than backwards. And who can score more than 4 goals a season. It's amazing how low scoring our midfield is. I suspect this means Smith won't see a contract renewal and I feel the same about him as LJ - great for City in their day but not part of our future.
  2. Does this club know what style of football it wants? We seem to swap mid-match. I think they will and should let the new coach decide not insist on a coach to play a set way - that would turn most managers off straight away (and rightly so).
  3. What I am trying to illustrate is LJ is picking very inexperienced players - who are out of their depth. Taylor Moore is a definitely ahead of Vyner and yet ignoring others who clearly have much more ability to affect a game - despite inexperience. So he (probably) sticks with Vyner who had an average cameo on Sunday and in my view an average game today (if we forget all this academy rose tinted glasses stuff). I'm not suggesting they are either / rather that he supports one average young one and probably ignores a very promising one - why?
  4. One player young, little match practice, turned inside out regularly, mostly poor distribution from set pieces. The other young player, with even less match practice, makes 3 excellent forward passes in 15 mins creating space, width and opportunity. Which one starts the next game do you think?
  5. I don't think it's KP. It's because LJ doesn't forgive a mistake. See how he dropped Kalas today. There are so many other examples if someone says Kalas was injured. So when KP does make the pitch, he is so desperate to make a difference, he forces the passes rather than relaxing into the game - because he knows he'll be dropped as soon as he makes a mistake. All the more so as it will allow LJ to say that he tried him out but knew he would struggle ie he is always right. We have to give these players time to settle and feel supported - that's how you get the best out of them. I
  6. Really? Give us a single reason why - based on the last 5 league games - this might be true? Other than we are mid table and only need x wins?
  7. I don’t know what the answer Is to our inability to compete in a game. I am certain MW can’t be the answer or the missing link that would have made yesterday’s team suddenly pass, press and create chances.
  8. Can we please remember Paul Hartley with more balance. He had some terrible games when he went missing. I was there when we lost 6-0 at home to Cardiff so was Paul Hartley - he was not the player at the time you remember now. Good but not enough to still cite as the leader we missed form 10 years
  9. 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.
  10. 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)
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  14. 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 dynami
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