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  1. Ostrich

    Massengo

    Yeah I meant as in come the summer he’ll still be just 21 and as it stands only 1 year left (I probably wouldn’t be signing a new long-term contract if I was him but I also wouldn’t see a rush to move so he may well do). If he has a good season, he’ll be a relatively cheap 21 year-old with a good full season in the Championship and clear potential so there’ll be a lot of interest all across Europe.
  2. Ostrich

    Massengo

    Still at only 21 and with a year left on his contract there will likely be top flight clubs across Europe taking a keen interest next summer if he continues to perform well and improve. Someone like Wolves that are going to be desperate for midfielders next summer might see it as well worth it. He’s still got a lot to do to get to the level needed in the PL every week but the ingredients are there
  3. Really good goal, completely undeserved but great counter. Massengo looks like he'll go on to be a super player, you might struggle to keep him if he has good, consistent season.
  4. Looking forward to watching this one if I can get a stream. Haven't watched one of your games since Swansea but having watched QPR the other night, I'm expecting a half decent game. From what I've read, performances are close to there, goals are a bit difficult to come by and too sloppy at key points in the game.
  5. With us having been there in 2002 and hours away from going out of business, albeit I am only just old enough to really remember it, I should have more sympathy for their fans but none at all really. Of course, nobody should lose their club, I hope it doesn't come to that. I've felt sorry for Cov fans with some of the stuff they've been through in recent year and I'm not actually displeased to see them doing alright again, despite growing up disliking them far more than Derby. But the fans fell hook, line and sinker for the owners rubbish and repeatedly gave it the biggun, they refused they refused to believe it could end badly, they refused to believe they could be punished, they decided it was a conspiracy against them, they've gone fully down the victimhood route, they thought they'd won the jackpot with the Sheikh despite everyone else telling them otherwise. It's been pure delusion all the way along, it must be something in the water in the northern half of the East Midlands. Tbf, the only point I feel sorry for them on is that we also had a supposed FFP transgression (in much different circumstances) but got away with it by getting up and out. Of course the people to feel sorry for are the ordinary people that will lose their jobs and the small creditors who will get stuffed over. There's really only one man to blame and Derby fans expended so much energy defending him it almost became a cult. Good thing for them is that they might hopefully be able to take Notts with them. Having the Brian Clough Trophy is about the only point of either club atm.
  6. Grimes is a great player at that level for sure but the Sky love in for him compared to Matty James was bullshit. The bloke is just class for the division, sad that he isn’t playing Premier League football. Could still be part of the squad at Leicester had he not had a catastrophe of injuries
  7. You really do hate to see it
  8. If he’s a LB stick him at left back, got to be better there than Dasilva on the two games I’ve seen. Albeit I recognise the options you have for LW aren’t extensive. Tbh he didn’t stand out for me, was in the game more than Scott but Scott did a lot more when he was involved. I felt both flanks didn’t offer enough over the course of the game. Obviously on a different level but feel you’ve got a similar problem to LCFC have had in the last couple of years, not enough output from the wide areas and it needs addressing
  9. He was dogshit. I assume the EFL is applying the PGMOL’s lighter touch but wouldn’t know it from tonight. Gave some soft as shit stuff yet had no consistency with it and couldn’t wait to get a card out. I’ll be honest, I don’t think he was especially bad for one side or the other, just didn’t manage the game at all well Most bizarre was booking Bidwell for time wasting quite early and then just letting Laird on the other side get away with it.
  10. Can’t complain at the performance, plenty of heart and endeavour in there but a real lack of quality be that in the finish, the ball into the box or even back to the pass that opens up the opportunity. I think you’re desperately in need of attacking players, at least one wide option and one striker. And at least one of the full backs has to offer something going forward, they’re not offering enough. Simpson never will which is fine if you get more from the other side. I said before you signed Matty James that him and Massengo could be a great partnership and on that showing, I think over time they will be. Massengo just needs a bit more control in his game. Both Wells and Martin were dogshit, Weimann runs around a lot and but doesn’t do enough with it, Semenyo is all pace and power with little end product. Really need a couple of players of quality to really control the game and produce something.
  11. Did the PL refereeing memo not get through to the EFL. So painful to watch compared to the PL last week (will see how long that lasts anyway) Otherwise, unfortunate to be behind, really poor defending for the goal, so weak from Massengo and Atkinson. And a lack of real quality at the other end, not the crispness you need nor the quality to finish the opportunities that have presented themselves
  12. Pearson spent pretty much the entire season watching from the stands when we won and started the PL season there too. He got banned from the touch line early in the season and hardly ever returned. Think he doesn’t see a need to be down there/wants to control his emotions/thinks you get a better view of the game and players
  13. Today was better than the end of last season. A lot better than the games against Rotherham and Cov that I saw but a lack of quality still. I criticised Pearson on here cos I expected better when he first joined but to talk about when people will turn against him now is bizarre. He’s not immune from criticism going forward but it’s been clear reading this board that the whole structure of the club has been off and the stasis/decline that he’s walked into isn’t easy. It’s a big job and the fans are going to have to put up with a bit of a drab season imo whoever is in charge. If it gets bad and you look in trouble clearly he has failed but I can’t see that you can expect much this year with a clearly deficient squad and seemingly no money to spend on it alongside having to sort the operational mess out.
  14. Switched off on the 90th minute expecting you to hold on, only just seen it finished 1-1. You should been out of sight first half, just a real lack of quality in the finishing and final ball. I expect King to bury that header and the wild attempt from Weimann was desperately poor. It was a reasonably controlled if unspectacular performance that should have been a comfortable win. Looked a mid-table side for me and that’s surely where this season is headed. Thought Scott was good and solved a problem I saw at the end of the last season in terms of nobody getting between the lines. For me the problems were, and it’s not too dissimilar to what I saw the end of last season, you need some pace or at least some runners. I don’t see anyone really looking in behind or picking the ball up and carrying it. Also RB looks a big problem, Vyner was woeful going forward and Simpson is very much defensively minded.
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