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  1. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. QPR performance was some way from dominating and we really struggled to keep the ball last night in the second half - although defended very well as a team to get a great result. But we are a little weak in the wing back areas given injuries and still lack a good ball playing centre back. So still some work to do to be the finished article. But yes great that new players are having a real positive impact and our bench looks strong
  2. At least they have had a good preseason together to develop their style of play in this formation
  3. Why do we always have crappy first halves at home these days. What happened to coming out of the blocks with some intensity and belief. It’s a bit same old same old over the last 4 games at home - including qpr
  4. Can we play him in goal.? He has his own gloves and it might limit his desire to try and beat every opposition player twice before lifting his head and considering releasing the ball. & if he doesn't change his ways then it would at least be rather amusing to watch....
  5. "Can’t disagree on lack of leaders and awful January but I don’t think lack of quality is true at all. You don’t beat several premier league sides if you don’t have quality. You might fluke one game but we went toe to toe with the champions of the country over 3 hours of football. No fluke. We have two of the league’s best strikers, defensive players ‘allegedly’ coveted by much better sides and finally an academy that seems to be producing talent. Also you mention ‘league position’ as a positive as if its a triviality. It’s the ultimate end goal isn’t it? Form doesn’t matter when the season finishes. You can lose your last ten games and still win the league or you can win your last ten and get relegated. When you break things down to simple unarguable facts, we have made four consecutive years of improving our league placing and have gone from staring down the barrel of relegation into Division 4 to falling just short of knocking on the door of the Premier League in four seasons. For all the negativity there’s some serious credit due along the way. " YES beating a number of premier league teams suggests quality over luck. So how do we so explain such poor performances from these quality players over the last 4 months? The decline is pretty extraordinary.....and the related very poor form very worrying and not a little depressing. The inability to address this and turn the ship around is the real concern. Every time we lose 2 games in a row we simply cannot go on another long run of defeats and drop stone like down the table.
  6. It's the decline in form, the long spiralling run of defeats and turgid football from what was the position of real strength and confidence that Is worrying. And it is not only a one off. LJ repeats this pattern every season. Why?
  7. desert

    Kent

    More than a bad player. He completely prevents us playing 1 and 2 touch passing game that was so impressive only 3 months ago. He also opens us up to regular counter attacks which reduces confidence of players to join our own attacks because likelihood of breaking down and being hit on transition. Amazed that our coaching staff did not understand the risks and the implications of signing him and continue to play him - although that might be to do with fines payable to Liverpool if he doesn't play. Thete can surely be no explaining yesterday's team selection for such a critical game. Beggars belief ...
  8. Hegeler: signed to be our Rolls Royce holding midfielder/playmaker that runs the game from deep. It seems the Championship was too quick for him so he decided he would rather play at centre back where we already have an abundance of riches. Both coaches and player seem to have contrived to make Hegeler a marginal player in our squad when he was brought in to be the centre piece of how the team plays - given his experience and talent. A real shame. i remember when he signed many football pundits were very surprised we had nabbed a player of his ability.
  9. Sorry but there was no reason for us to be so limited in our ambition. We had a good team playing great football. Cardif are still second and there is no way they have very showed the potential that we did until the collapse in Jan.
  10. I know, I know..I,m being, negative . Great congrats to LJ for turning us into a great footballing team pre new year who pressed and played and won. But we had this huge opportunity and we seem to have just thrown it away. I know it's not easy and every other team is looking to invest and improve and it's a tough league but still.... We signed 3 players. One for thefuture in centre mid who appeared and then disappeared; a confidence lacking French striker with no experience in England - who was always going to need time to get going and rebuild confidence; and a young lad who a can dribble but can't/won't pass and can flatter to deceive but with little end product - and put him in to a team that is supposedly all about possession and quick pass and move. I don't claim to be an expert but if you are a possession based team then I'm not sure how it works with a player that loses you th ball eventually more often than he doesn't - which has made us fragile to transition. Against both Manchester clubs we would have been destroyed if we had given the ball away so easily and allowed regular transition. And perhaps signed though an agreement that means we have to play him or pay money. Just seems to me that our Jan business was a disaster and we had such a big opportunity to make a generational shift in the status of our football team and we just completely blew it . I've been supporting City for over 45 years and I just am so tired of the disappointment. When we were 1 0 up at home to Wolves who would have predicted such a disastrous January and February? The answer is sadly too many of us coz it's just what we do. It's just so f*****g exhausting supporting this club. If we don't make the playoffs offs given our position and potential in late December then it would be pretty much a case of negligence by those running the club ...
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