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  1. Conceding less shots/chances always helps- we often conceded a LOT last season, even when the going was relatively good and the results notably so.
  2. Pretty relaxed about Holden going for a few with the fans- it's good PR but also good for a connection. Hope it doesn't backfire in any way though- that's always a risk.
  3. Leyton Orient had 17 as I recall. League game off, League Cup game off the latter was forfeited. They face one, maybe two EFL charges. Let's hope we are doing everything right!
  4. As for Aston Villa, a certain spawniness runs through the DNA of that club, despite certain improvements this season.
  5. Brentford of last season would surely have been a better addition than Fulham IMO. Keep whole squad and then add in some for starters, some for competition, some for depth. Sure they'd be a better addition than Fulham- think they're tactically better for one.
  6. Creating more chances, conceding less chances and more possession so far, positive stuff. Rest in possession one part of it, opposition chasing the ball and tiring themselves out or losing shape another aspect. Some will choose to sit in of course. Under the radar is decent. Strong case for Holden getting it, but is it a bit of a jinx.
  7. O'Dowda I'd look to move on definitely- Palmer I was minded to move on but now not so sure- if he can work on the interceptions and the tackling numbers and keep working on that it might yet change, no problem with the flair side of his game. Brunt I'd have thought would be more like cover, utility- but who knows!
  8. May as well take a quick look. As we know the new 3 year rolling period owing to Covid is 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 and 2020/21 rolled into 1 and averaged out- simplest example maybe £15m loss in 2019/20 and £20m loss in 2020/21, is a £17.5m loss for P&S. I read somewhere that Wigan lost £20m in 2019/20- would have to trawl through and see their Hong Kong Accounts and the football segment, but it's the least of their concerns! Birmingham- they also have their main company based in Hong Kong. What is unclear is how this Reporting Period has been extended due to Covid- I'll
  9. Might happen but Football League and clubs have agreed to something else- though that may have to change given the Test events now aren't happening. They have agreed to change, but abandon? Not yet. Is all on the Football League website.
  10. This and this might be relevant! A familiar name in situ at the PL at that time...
  11. It's a hard one because one article I saw suggested 49% of companies had no hiring plans this or next year- don't know if it was the full sample size or if it was extrapolated from say one company from one sector, one from another etc- could be sector top heavy for some ie 80% of a sector won't hire.
  12. I've been a sceptic of Weimann and Paterson but more so Weimann in midfield but it seems to be working- everyone seems to be contributing, our defensive numbers are undoubtedly improving. It doesn't feel a natural fit in the case of Weimann in central midfield especially but their numbers defensively have been okay too- improved on what they put in before in any case- another undoubted positive about having them both in CM is that in certain phases they can a) Pull wider to support the LWB in attack and b) Help to cover the wing back in defence. Of course there are- will be- tougher
  13. Baker I'm not so sure on, if we want to play the higher line and press- it's an odd one really as I don't see him as a ball carrying CB in the same way as say Moore-Kalas-Mawson- right to left or whichever way round would work best, anyway that back 3 seems an excellent combination of ball-carrying, technical ability and ease in terms of a higher line to get us up the pitch- Baker not so sure in that sense. Vyner too is improving all the time and is the right age/profile for that system.
  14. Was thinking this just yesterday, everyone is contributing. Martin makes a big difference but everyone is chipping in- no dominant contributions though, no overwhelming dependence or reliance on one player.
  15. Except in the Championship for a number of years, wages alone have exceeded turnover- and perhaps in the bottom two divisions in various cases as well- market forces to a point but even when times were good wages as a whole, and at the majority of clubs at this level have been in excess of turnover- that's an artifical bubble.
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