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  1. I agree with your sentiment and support and encourage my team more than ever. I dont think however that a poor performance cannot be constructively discussed, especially one that was really that bad.
  2. That was an abject home performance. I am hoping that was a bad day at the office and only that, however, I am concerned that we looked so disjointed, tired and predictable. We are not going to score 90 goals (believe that is the figure quoted as the target) a season if we cannot manage a shot on target at home v Boro. Just felt wrong tonight and like we had got found out a bit easy after our start. We need a freshen up in the centre of the park and that should have happened at 60 minutes tonight. A Nagy or Massengo or Brunt to get on the ball and actually give Wells and Martin
  3. Just watched it over and over again. Sorry, its late, reckless and frankly ridiculous. To do that on 18 yards when your team is 30 seconds from victory is scandalous. What is he thinking? By the way this is not an attack on COD, but a very damning verdict on his action in that moment. I am so annoyed cause that was 5 from 5 right there. I reckon Dean Holden is a stand up bloke but I would find that decision making from Callum very hard to forget.
  4. Agreed, but should have been pretty confident with what he did when he came on. Ran well, drew two bookings, looked confident, makes you wonder why if he is a confidence player he makes bad decisions?
  5. I think theres a player in there but this is where I stand on it. It is a ridiculous decision by Callum to make that challenge. He was 40/60 to win that header at best, and the ball was in the air for a long time. Let the Barnsley lad win the header, he is not scoring from there, but affect him with a challenge - trust your team mates to deal with the second ball. Its really the sort of things that drive coaches mad. The frustration is, as much as we are looking for a scapegoat in the ref, letting them out when we had them in the corner etc, it is unfortunately an individual mistake based
  6. I agree Pato is key to this side, but not sure that Walsh is his main threat. I think a midfield with Walsh and Pato both in would be an option as Walsh likes to pick out runners and can switch a ball quickly. Midfield runners off this and second balls off Martin/Diedhiou would be an option. We do seem to like to flood the final third with runners once we get the ball in the right areas and Pato seems to be able to ghost around and is quite quick. I think when you add Weimann and Williams into the mix, and with the emergence of Bakinson, the reality is that we will rotate the mi
  7. Has it? Ok. Maybe we should stop the world of football now then and moving forward statistically project league positions based on past form and also players previous careers at other clubs. That would work I think? In fact why are we bothering? The present day and what could happen in the future matter little I guess. I feel enlightened. Thanks!
  8. Hmmmmm, bit of a strange position to take when the side in its current form boasts a 100% record in trying “to get to the next level” but ok
  9. Sorry I must have mis-understood. I took it that you meant it in a derogatory way. Glad we are in agreement on Andi’s pedigree and value to this current side
  10. Notched v Liverpool at Anfield and bagged a double v Man U whilst at Villa. Offers a lot in this system. Running around a lot (in your words) is quite useful when playing in a midfield three.
  11. By the way, I am a huge advocate of bringing on a fresh front two to see out the game rather than trying up load the midfield or try and stifle the opposition late on. In our 4 from 4 streak we have disrupted the other lot with giving them a distraction and a fresh set of problems rather than a predictable “men behind ball and attack us” mindset. Great stuff.
  12. Think he was frustrated at not being able to stroll off towards our bench at a very leisurely pace! I am a massive fan of Wells. Seems like a proper professional, and him and Chris Martin are a very good front two. Thought he had a couple of poor touches today - however, he is our sharp edge, he is clinical, street-smart and a striker of the ilk that every successful club needs. I think his body language when he joined us last season was worrying and we did not play to his strengths, but this has clearly changed now and looks like he is enjoying his football. If he stays fit he
  13. A good deal for all is my my thoughts. Every time he played for us, offensively he looked dangerous and I like a winger who goes by a man and can cross a ball so I am somewhat biased. However, facts are this: - Does not fit into Dean Holden’s preferred system (he is not a wingback and never will be) - Clearly wants to leave - For whatever reason, mentioned suitors (Celtic, Villa et al) did not fancy him Good luck Nic, and go well, could well have been played/managed differently and would either be lining up for us in the Prem at #11, or being sold for £10-15mill,
  14. Pato is an interesting one. Divided opinion for much of his time here, looked surplus to requirements this time last year and many thought he was done for us. However, and again credit must go to Holden and the coaching team, they have trusted him, given him the 10 shirt and made it pretty clear he is the main creator in the side and its paying dividends. I noticed today how vocal he was, and looked like he was orchestrating and scheming a lot of what we did. I think we need him very much at the moment. Offers something lots of others do not have, he is clearly well liked and it a very go
  15. Well, after pacing around at half-time convinced we would lose 1-0 to a Barry Bannan goal, I thought that second half was wonderful. My opinion is that we do not seem to have that soft underbelly we have seen so often in the last few years. We seem a lot more streetwise. The additions of Martin, Mawson (on the pitch) Brunt (more off the pitch I suspect right now), and Simpson and Downing owe a lot to this. Even more impressive is the response after getting a bit of a lesson v Villa. Shows a real clarity and focus around our direction. We seem to be able to see out games comfortably a
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