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  1. Whilst this was an interesting piece, I do not (and probably will not ever) trust MA. He has a habit of being a media darling when we are at the top of the league, and then going missing in suspicious circumstances when things are looking bleak. Think he's one who's happy to take the praise, but can't take the flak (imo).
  2. What time flight we getting? Hartlepool and back yeah?
  3. Ben Stokes - You simply can't heap enough praise on this guy. As someone who's support for Cricket (Gloucestershire & England) waxes and wanes with the level of success of my sides (yes, I'm an armchair fan), you want and need characters and players like Ben Stokes to reinvigorate interest in the game and inspire the next Botham, or, dare I say, Stokes to head to the crease at their local junior club. I hope he has a long and illustrious career, and receives all the plaudits and awards he has deserved for an inspired summer of cricketing wizardry. Also, MBargos should give him a lifetime membership.
  4. coped? I dunno! I thought we did okay to start with, I guess we will have to agree to disagree on that! But you are right, we were outclassed shortly after. And very porous in defence - just as we were in preseason.
  5. Fair enough, that's your opinion. We did press them high early in the game, and forced a lot of rushed backpasses to their keeper. He flapped at a few, and their defensive unit looked nervous. Then they turned on the style, and really were far too good for us.
  6. The free kick wall rule - I was watching a Sunday league game this morning and I'm not sure exactly how the ref enforced it as it didn't look like it should when you read the new rule. Then again today at the gate, Taylor Moore clearly interfering with their wall... but ref allowed it? Bizarre. New GK rule didn't seem to make much difference for either team. Does feel odd when you see defenders in the box however, a la Man City. Not sure how I feel about it, I suppose it creates more usable space on the pitch from a dead ball situation, but the GK is a long established part of football. If you're trying to force all teams to play football permanently on the floor, it would be a very dull game indeed. Not endorsing hoof ball, but sideways/square passing all day long sends me to sleep. In fact, this clip sums it up nicely:
  7. An adjustment that should have been made to the pass back rule, many, many years ago. Just an ugly, scabby goal when a pass back goes wrong.
  8. Wasn't really impressed with him I have to be honest. Lost the ball cheaply far too often, got booked and seemed to lose his head before being subbed. A bad day at the office? I hope so. He looks like there is something in him to be unlocked, but not in that position/role he played today.
  9. Doesn't even have to be a pacey player in the middle, someone in the mould of Tinnion or Hartley - who can spot the higher quality pass that sets teams at the top apart from those who will meander through the mid-table, is EXACTLY what we need. Pack isn't that. He's safe, and reliable, but not inventive with the ball and I'm beginning to think hasn't got that killer pass in him that would get him into a promotion chasing midfield.
  10. Have to agree. Once they upped their performance level, they looked Premier league quality and we didn't raise our game at all to match it.
  11. I must have missed this business about COD - where is he off to allegedly? Also, a tricolour was spotted behind our goal before kick off today - I'd recommend sending that with him if his head has been turned!
  12. Frustrating day at the office. We started brightly, and finished brightly. Leeds were, however, a very good side. Just interesting how we raised our game against the Likes of Man Utd and Man City, and held our own, yet Leeds came to us and looked like Champions League Winners. We have to be able to raise our game when the time is needed. Leeds looked ropey for the first 15-20 but after that were never really troubled by us as they moved up through the gears. Something isn't right with the motivation and the mentality of the team imo.
  13. There was a scout sat the row in front of me (basically in the press bit) who took notes on only Taylor Moore and Jay Da Silva, which I thought was odd. Unless it's for international call ups. Good game by him though, despite the horror show that was the result.
  14. You could improvise a purple and lime city kit by taking the short-sleeved away GK shirt and pairing it with the home GK shorts/socks. Looks pretty good.
  15. I think Frankie was an excellent servant to the club, a likeable character, and definitely a good keeper. But I don't know if I'd go so far as to say legend.
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