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Everything posted by GrahamC

  1. Get what you are saying but some of the availability records of our players are pretty awful & although we are still comfortably placed in terms of midfield players as Massengo has barely featured & Nagy hasn’t at all in the league, that definitely isn’t the case at the back. My hunch is Sessegnon will be out for a month, that looked a hamstring pull to me, so no way do I expect him back in the next fortnight, meaning he misses 4 games..
  2. Agreed & with the game being on Wednesday, it is only 2 games in 5 days, which when compared to say, the Xmas period, is nothing. I’d like Brunt & Bakinson to be paired against Bournemouth too, but with O’Dowda instead of Paterson, who looks like he could really do with a breather. Worth bearing in mind that if Weimann is out for any period, with Mawson & Sessegnon joining our other longer term absentees, we are basically shuffling the same 18 players (Nagy & HNM plus those involved yesterday) until someone gets fit again, so some smart thought re selection will be ne
  3. Think we must be very close to Martin needing a break. He has looked like he is struggling in the last 2 games for me & it is the one area we have everyone fit. Apart from at LWB with Sessegnon & the 2 centre backs out, the back five picks itself now, so the only real decisions are who plays up front & in midfield.
  4. We’re going to get this thread every time we don’t win, aren’t we? Be very surprised if Weimann is available on Wednesday, so it will become academic if so.
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    Thought the goal came more from a poor pass from Paterson, then some clever play by Lowe. Zak is doing really well for me, lots of good decisions, some excellent defending & his pace is invaluable. Not sure Antoine & Martin can ever be a regular pairing, no, but good options as part of 4.
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    He was excellent today, a bit fortunate with the penalty (though it’s not like we aren’t owed a few) but he caused them problems all game. Thought Zak Vyner was very good again, too. Promising from both of them.
  7. Loved to be proved wrong, but be very surprised if he plays for us again before the January transfer window is open. If Baker is back by then we can review but we do look one short otherwise.
  8. The way things are going, by the time all of our midfielders are fit Bakinson will probably have retired. As others have said, this is a huge ask for someone playing his first games at this level in his natural position. Always looked a gamble with Baker out long term to go with just 4 centre backs for 3 spots, particularly with Mawson’s injury history & Kalas not exactly an ever present. Unless we look at the free agent market, the 2 likely choices are either to change formation (seems unlikely) or ask either Rowe or Brunt to fill in temporarily, not ideal at all, but no av
  9. Obviously we don’t want to reveal our hand too much to Swansea, but if neither of them is available tomorrow what exactly is going on? Walsh seemed to be sat with the subs in midweek & Williams has been pictured running on the grass before the international break, so it just seems baffling. Also it is worth pointing out that Adam Nagy, who is perceived as injury prone by many, played in a friendly at home to Bulgaria, then played 90 minutes in Serbia, then 45 minutes in Russia all within the same week during the international break..
  10. Looks massively ******* Brexit to me, which is hardly a surprise.
  11. As ever, good analysis. It will be very interesting to see the starting line up, as effectively ever since an hour in against Coventry, when Bakinson & Martin came on & replaced HNM & Famara, we have kept the same side, bar Mawson for (the then injured) Kalas. I completely get the desire by Holden to avoid LJ’s overtinkering but hopefully he saw in midweek that it does badly need freshening up now, even aside from Kalas coming back for Mawson, we need to look at making a few more. Hopefully starting Dasilva, Brunt (I have given up waiting for Williams or Walsh) &
  12. He’s a Manc, so I’m amazed he even knew where it was.. First Thatcher’s recently, as well..
  13. Like everything, it is all about a balance. Just like the calls to switch to 4-4-2 we aren’t going to suddenly abandon all of our pre season planning based on one defeat, likewise we aren’t going to become a Warnock or Pulis clone simply because Moore made a mistake. There are occasions to mix it up though, our decent penalty shout midweek came from a long ball that Fam won, but if this becomes your main tactic it is very easy to defend against. Obvious to say but there are times to play out & times to go percentage, Moore has hopefully learned that this was the latter.
  14. I’ll be very surprised to see that. Think if fit Kalas, Moore & Vyner are certs, Hunt seems nailed on at RWB, with Dasilva & Rowe competing on the left. Think whoever misses out from those two will be joined on the bench by Sessegnon but not by one of the youngsters.
  15. Said it before, but having already lost Mawson meaning we had to make 1 substitution in Kalas, I thought then making the double striker one was odd as it left us no option but to go with the same midfield for the full 90 when either Brunt or O’Dowda made much more sense. I’d have gone with Brunt to try to get more of a foothold in there. I’d have also kept Wells on because he always has a goal in him & Martin (who may not have been 100% fit anyway) looked like he was labouring a bit to me, so Fam could have replaced him.
  16. Already lost his place in the Cambridge side (an unused sub in last 3 games) so might be coming back anyway, though not for the reason you suggest..
  17. Thanks, weird that he hasn’t featured at all then. If he has no future with us (which seems likely) surely worth discussing a parting of the ways?
  18. Anyone know what has happened with him? Went on loan in the National League to Eastleigh last season prior to that league ending due to Covid, but hasn’t gone on loan this season or featured at all for the U23s. He is 23 now & a centre back with limited league experience after a previous spell on loan at Cheltenham. Nothing has been said about him being injured or released, though I doubt very much he is under serious consideration for the first team, as he would have been on the bench v Exeter if he was, but it just seems an odd one.
  19. Thought that too, in a poor performance he was our best player. He is going to get a lot of games the way it is panning out & certainly was able to put Saturday’s error behind him.
  20. Doesn’t have a job at present, does he? I have no idea if we would even be interested, but looking at those still without clubs he is the only one I could see who has decent experience, is a good age & no injury history.
  21. Probably not, Holden said he was looking to take his career in another direction (probably media) & as he is Cheshire based, if he plays on would look for a club much closer to home. Worth pointing out though that last season he played 32/41 after signing & was suspended for 5 of them, an availability record that Kalas, Mawson or Baker cannot match. Only likely free agent CB I can see out there is Ryan Shotton, not the greatest but maybe worth a phone call?
  22. There is no indication at all that Williams & Walsh are fit & even if they are, no way will we start both with neither of them having played a single minute so far this season. We do need to freshen it up though & clearly Mawson will be out. Swansea will play a completely different type of football to Warnock, so are the ideal side for Dasilva to face. I’d be tempted to start with Brunt too & depending on Martin’s fitness (he didn’t look right to me last night) bring in Famara. Can’t see any logic in dropping Wells though, our most likely scorer & been repl
  23. Some are trying though, so that Moore remains untouchable. Imagine if Vyner had done that, I guarantee no one would be mentioning Bentley. He is meant to be our best footballing defender, that was park level.
  24. I wouldn’t say he should be dropped but realistically he isn’t going to play the next 6 games in 19 days having never played any Championship football before, is he? Last night was a classic example of where he needed help & for me Brunt should have come on. Who knows what the score is with Williams & Walsh, but we do have Brunt, O’Dowda, Nagy & HNM available to freshen it up, even if the other 2 continue to be missing. He will need a break soon, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he is dropped.
  25. Do you really think that will happen? Completely change all our plans & formation because we have lost one game?
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