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The Dolman Pragmatist

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  1. My earlier post was facetious, but my point is that few teams actually succeed each season, if by success we mean actually achieving something like promotion or a cup win, so why do we expect, or at least feel, that we should be one of them? Why do we go into meltdown if we lose to the two top clubs? And how can people be so vindictive against someone who clearly loves the club and is trying to do his best for it? Cotterell seems beloved in this forum but I remember him not only as the man who got us promotion but also the man who was prepared to jeopardise our chances by not naming a full bench, just to make a point. I’d like to see some positivity right up to the end of the season, and then that’s the time to debate what happens next season. At the end of the day, despite what Bill Stanley said, it IS only a game.
  2. Given this disastrous state of affairs it’s surely little short of miraculous that we’re seventh in what is probably the fifth strongest league in the world (that’s ‘THE WORLD’), with a good chance of making the play-offs. And all this with an inept coach who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Imagine if we had a good coach! Why, we would have won every single match this season and be looking at winning the Champions League in 2021/22.
  3. Hmmm, 7 years ago we were facing relegation from the Championship under Sean O’Driscoll. Now we are in the fourth season of improvement. Can’t really see that nothing has changed.
  4. Not controversial in my book, mate. He was garbage today and Paterson showed far more energy and inventiveness.
  5. Ah yes, that season when we got to a cup semi-final playing dull defensive football on a regular basis. That was shit, wasn’t it?
  6. Whatever happened to asking for a postponement because of illness? It used to happen very occasionally. Can you still do it?
  7. Fake news. How can you say that ‘none of our players get a decent run in this position’ when Jack Hunt has been playing there almost all season?
  8. Buy the ticket for him? Most matches are on a Saturday, and who knows we might be in the Prem
  9. I do, and I wouldn’t be without it. I also read books and listen to CDs, and both are preferable to the digital alternative. Just because it’s new and shiny doesn’t always make it better.
  10. They are very well organised, but quite a dogged side, not at all like West Brom teams of the past. They are vulnerable at set pieces. A friend of mine is a West Brom fan and he has been predicting that the bubble will burst all season, but has been impressed how they’ve kept on grinding out narrow victories (excep over the new year, when they had a pretty poor run). I think the answer has to be to play as we did against Derby, as Benkovic and Hendrickson will scare them at set pieces. Everyone has to be on their game, and we could do with a large dollop of good LUCK. Simple really.
  11. My point is that we have no right to expect our team to play well in every match. After every game that we don’t win, fans take to the airwaves or the internet to complain, but what do they reasonably expect? That we win every game? The fact is that most teams who get promotion win about half their games, draw a quarter and lose a quarter, so an average of 7 points for each four games is a good yardstick for success. We’re just short of that at the moment, but why should we expect to be doing better? Going into a game against Leeds Utd with injuries and illness, having played (and won) less than 72 hours before strikes me as a huge ask and ok we didn’t play well, but a draw would have been a huge achievement in the circumstances.
  12. You say ‘we all know we should be doing better’, but why should we doing better? West Brom, Leeds and Fulham all have better squads than us, and we’re in a small group fighting for the play-offs. Why should we doing better than that? Beats me what the problem is, but I’ll take being level with the play-offs with 13 to go.
  13. Or whether you take account of football being a game of defending as well as attacking. I’m disappointed we didn’t get something out of the game, but we went into it with a lot of problems behind the scenes, and yet still restricted Leeds to a single goal. Given that we had (apparently) a clear penalty shout turned down, and Wells fluffed a 1:1 with the keeper, I still can’t accept that we were ‘totally and comprehensively stuffed’.
  14. I don’t think any 0-1 away defeat can be described as being ‘totally and comprehensively stuffed’, can it? Especially at a venue like Elland Road...
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