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  1. Possibly a reflection of a lot of us not yet understanding Lee’s pattern of play and the role players have been asked to deliver. Maybe that includes the players - particularly those in midfield. I do get he’s a busy bee and closes space down but, like others, still not quite sure what else he brings to the party - although don’t doubt he has a decent skill set. Don’t think he currently puts in many decisive, hard tackles, doesn’t win many headers, not many thrusting passes, and only has the occasional decent shot. Anyhow, the Captaincy may well be the making off him and may prove a masterstroke from Lee as Captain’s need to impose themselves on the game and lead by example. Needs to get consistent 7’s in the ratings soon.
  2. Flinty is a ‘confidence player’. Remember his first season when he was an absolute liability, as fragile as a butterfly and mistake ridden. His confidence with us grew and grew, to a degree where he was a defensive rock and top goal threat - even played up front. He was loved here, which helped his confidence. Think he could now be on a bit of a slippery slope. If their fans turn on him that’ll accelerate his decline. One of my favourite players, I’ll love him even more if he spectacularly flops at Cardiff.
  3. Think that’s right. He needs to play in and around the centre circle, preferably on the opponents side. We need to get the ball forward quick to him. With runners ahead and breaking midfielders/wing backs. Didn’t see much of that. Hence why I thought he had a quiet and fairly ineffectual game. He has a skill set which could cause panic in the opposition defence. We need to adapt our game if we are going to see his true value. Losing Webster who could play the ball quickly and accurately to Kasey from defence is a big loss. How the other midfielders adapt and work around him, particularly the likes of Josh, is another conundrum. Hopefully Lee can find the formula. If he can, happy days.
  4. One of the reasons we were so poor in that first half is that when in possession very few, if any, actually wanted the ball. The only player who had space was Hunt and he was continually ignored. Most players were hiding. This resulted in aimless punts from Baker in particular. On occasions 2-3 players, normally one of which was Palmer, occupied the same space which was impossible to pass towards for the man in possession. In the second half, things improved. New team and all that. But we need to improve quickly as we are easy to play against.
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    Nathan Baker

    Yep. Needs to cut that out. Some woeful passing in the first half... but in the second half was awesome at defending.
  6. ..and the votes from the Devon Jury.... Bentley 7- less jittery, one great save, solid distribution Hunt 5 - wobbly Kalas 7- getting back to near his best Baker 7 - started off poorly but improved and won every header in second half, retuning to form Moore 7 - determined, strong and some good work, didn’t look at all out of place Rowe 5 - struggled a little against tricky opponent Brownhill 6 -another who grew into the game, stronger second half Palmer 5 - got to impose himself on games Nagy - 6 part of an anonymous midfield in first half, cracking goal and grew stronger Wiemann 6 - willing runner and shutter down, but not clinical Afobe 6 - thought he looked a bit of a lump tbh, maybe a slightly more athletic lump that we’ve had previously (hard hat on head) No real stand out, but I’d give Moore MOM based on his improvement in form. ..and as for the subs Massengo.... two diving headers ...from a midfielder .....attacking the 6 yard box ..what’s that about FFS!?!
  7. I rather like Gregor McGregorface. Think he nailed our Summer transfer dealings and prospects in a couple of recent articles. Decent reporting and match analysis overall.
  8. I suspect he’s a key part of Lee’s ‘busy bee’ football philosophy. Quick shift, pass and move from back to front. Get the ball in the opponents box before they get ‘set’ in their defensive positions. Fast and fluid football. Love the idea. Just wonder if we have the quality in all positions of the pitch to do it. Hopefully so. If we haven’t. It’ll be a long season, as the Leeds game demonstrated. Makes it even more questionable the decision not to go out and get a ball playing centre half. Webster’s departure has put a big hole in our game plan. I was more worried originally about the lack of a quick fire attacker. Seems to me, a couple of games in, Webby non-replacement is going to hurt us more.
  9. Seems to me we shift from one extreme to another. The last thing I want is us to revert back to is ‘tippy tappy’ football. Playing all around the back four with little purpose. Just seems we’ve gone from that to pass forward at all cost. I like the shift in emphasis, but to successfully deliver the current approach the ‘machine’ has to be finely tuned with all parts operating in harmony. Not sure we have eleven bodies that have the quality, physical and mental capacity to deliver.
  10. Neither have I, but our wing-backs must be way up the pitch - which must make finding them with a pass challenging. Probably also makes it easier for the opponents to defend, as the space is tighter. Particularly so, if the opposition push up in their half. I’d be bringing the wing-backs closer to the defensive midfielder to give them more passing options and allow the centre backs to be narrower.
  11. Just watched the clips someone has posted on Twitter of his contributions in the QPR game. Now then, that is quite an exceptional ‘baller. A real gem, destined for the very top - unless our coaching messes him up. The other observation how ******* open are we in defence if we lose the ball while in possession in our own half. The Walsh goal an accident waiting to happen! Can you really guarantee a 100% passing accuracy when your often isolated, with no passing options, defensive midfielder is in possession? Any intercept means the opposition attacker has a clear run at goal, with our centre-backs seemingly taking up wide full back positions. That game plan should mean we overload midfield and attack, but we’ve got to get the ball up there by fast, crisp, accurate passing and other players making themselves available. Talk, about ‘high risk’ tactics. A lot of responsibility on young heads. Great if it works mind, and at least we have an identifiable game plan!
  12. Anyone received their Members Card yet? Not received mine despite signing up on the first day the new season scheme was available.
  13. Nice. Brave and bold. Not sure Palmer warranted anything other than place on bench after last week’s effort, but prove me wrong.
  14. Time for the manager to be BOLD with his selection and tactics. His two favourites have gone, let’s make a fresh start. Be courageous, thrill and excite. Sod the negativity, stop worrying about them, focus on us. Be POSITIVE, get on the front foot and go for the jugular, and watch others backs. GO.
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