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  1. Because football is about balance. The two teams who were promoted were both higher pressing, the teams in the play offs too, however they were less direct than Wycombe and Rotherham. There is no point in pressing high of you're going to be so direct, it just means you end up chasing the ball for 90 minutes which causes fatigue.
  2. I don't dislike Derby but I'd rather they went down purely because of the whole FFP, Rooney fiasco. I feel like they've really pushed the limits and it would be just punishment.
  3. I want to believe that Pearson can turn this club around but right now I'm not so sure, even with so many out of contract he doesn't have a lot to work with and so much to build. My personal opinion is that Kalas needs to stay but needs a leader of a CB next to him. Kalas has shown he can be influential and has the ability but I still feel he's what I call a "second CB" and the best example I can think of is when Man Utd had Pallister and Bruce, both were good CB's but without Pallister by his side Bruce was piss poor, Pallister wasn't necessarily the better of the two players but he led
  4. Is that the sound our players legs make every time they do something this season?
  5. But even in business you grow based on demand, if you try to grow beyond what you can offer you generally see your business begin to suffer and maybe even collapse. The simple fact is that big fixtures are big because you don't see them as much, the second they're readily available they lose that hype that comes with them anyway. There is nothing positive in any way shape or form with this situation and I personally hope that the clubs involved are banned from European football for a season and given a point deduction.
  6. Anyone saying we can't keep him on because of injuries may as well just sell most of the squad
  7. Because he's largely picked the players. A manager knows how to create balance, we have a squad that has very little to no balance at all! Diedhiou is a great player but then we signed Wells because we needed a prolific striker and if you take Wells and Famara and put them into a system that suits them they'll both individually shine and score, however, they do not fit well in a single system as they don't compliment each other. Just look at Norwich and Brentford, they have the top two goalscorers in the league and they play to those strikers strengths by playing a single striker with so
  8. What I don't understand is this argument that the squad is solely to blame when it's the same squad (near enough) that was winning games at the beginning of the season. The manager has changed and even with an experienced manager like Pearson we continue to struggle, we have better training facilities, better infrastructure and a solid stadium but can't win home games. I think the real issue is deep seated in the club, Ashton for a start! If Pearson stays on then Ashton needs to be removed from the transfer dealings, or at least given a list of people who Pearson wants and told to ensure they
  9. He replaced almost all of those players and still lost the team he put together.
  10. I prefer watching the amount of time they've been below us accumulate, it really pisses on their weetos.
  11. In not judging him either way right now, the whole "I have faith in him" or "I believe he's what we need" is a little premature for me. Results haven't been great but with the promotion push gone I think he's now testing the waters of who can do what for him, waiting to see what comes of certain contracts etc and it's in the summer my judgement will begin if he's still here. His signings and what they being to us will be my first point of interest and obviously then the first 10 games performances. If 10 games in we still look rocky and still don't show any kind of team cohesion I'll sta
  12. Any player holding the club to ransome is going to cause issues, even if everything seems fine you know the players are going to be looking at him running down his contract and thinking "well, I can do that if it comes to it". It's such a negative factor to have in a dressing room and I wonder if come the end of the season we may see a few go who think they're too big for us of Pearson is still here. I can't see him letting the players dictate what happens at the club.
  13. The quote "you can tell the players respect him" shows me that he's not been there long enough yet for his weakness to come to light. LJ is very forward thinking and has a lot going for him but we've all seen what happens when the confidence drops. I'll be interested to see how the players react to him when they begin to struggle and he starts messing with his tactics, making obvious mistakes etc as he did with us. They're still riding that positive air that inspires good run of form, let's see how they react to a run of poor results before we talk about how great LJ is.
  14. Looking a lot better now, hopefully we can see a bit more of this!
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