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  1. I disagree with this decision but I'm glad that it hasn't dragged on. CC can now get on with planning for next season's recruitment, and I can only hope we're making better use of the squad next season.
  2. I'd love to think that if we stick with CC he'll get more out the squad next season, but there's nothing - absolutely nothing - to suggest that he'll do that. I still can't get my head around why he set us up to play the way he has this season. He's claimed our style was found out by opposition coaches, but I'm sorry, that's just nonsense because we pretty much started the season playing this way. He's talked about our injuries, and we've had them alright; certainly a couple of players have been desperately unlucky, but, we didn't even have Abdi last season, and I just refuse to believe that the only time we should play anything other than cautiously is when Hooper's fit. I do fret about who we'd bring in, of course I do - we've seen plenty of clubs replace a manager only to fail spectacularly having done so, Birmingham being a great example, but even so, I want us to be going for it. All I can say is that I hope DC would make a wise choice in bringing someone else in, but I'd rather go with that hope than the hope that CC would play the kind of football that he's inexplicably failed to do this season.
  3. I love it when our fans invade the pitch. Honestly don't know what's happened to some of our fans. Maybe it's a generational thing. I suppose next time it snows we shouldn't pelt snowballs at their keeper either? I'm surprised you can love football and yet have no soul. Well, whatever, I'm sure in the future we'll all be able to vividly remember when we stayed in our seats in 2017 after securing our place at Wembley. Yep, I'm sure it'll be just as memorable as 91.
  4. How many days' rest had each of the opponents had when these games were played?
  5. He's struggling to put a positive on today's game, but fair enough, that's his job to try to do so nevertheless. It's obviously not a great result for Town, but it's also not a terrible result. I believe him when he says that they'll come again at us at Hillsborough; I don't doubt he'll set them up similarly as with today - I also agree with him that there's nothing for them to fear from our home record seen as we've lost at home this season to more of the division's better sides than we've beaten. Still, I expect we'll be too much for them. Our fans (myself included) have talked frequently about our lack of plan B - but if ever there were a team to lack a plan B then it is definitely Huddersfield, and it just so happens that CC really seems to know how best to set up against them, and I expect he'll get it right on Wednesday too. I've seen Town play a number of times this season and for the first three quarters of it they've been genuinely great viewing - in fact, I've enjoyed watching them play this season more than any other team, but the bottom line is that with all the possession they had today there's no excuse for not actually testing Westwood more, and they'll be up against exactly the same defence on Wednesday. They lack a cutting edge - and I've thought we've lacked one - but they really do.
  6. The ball would've stuck better up top - would that've changed score though? I actually doubt it also. There seemed to be a remarkable indifference to committing to attacks today.
  7. Yep. Based on what we've seen, I'd have to agree. Also based on what we've seen throughout the season, I'd say the Forestieri/Fletcher partnership is surprisingly poor.
  8. I just find it so strange the way the directives the refs are seemingly given change. If the league wants to clamp down on back-chat but then find after issuing directives the refs are being over zealous, then they should speak to the refs that need to tone it down (the ref that ridiculously sent Jones off being a perfect example). But it's almost as though the league have just given up and decided it's not worked, merely because it wasn't immediately and seamlessly incorporated into the current interpretation of the rules. I'm looking forward to see how this new sin-bin scheme will pan out because it's directly aimed at dissent only. Of course, it's only lower non-league tiers that will get to trial this but I hope they give it a really good shot at getting it to work so that it can be introduced right across the leagues.
  9. I can only think (logically) it's because the league's 'powers that be' have decided that the ref's authority can be questioned again on the pitch. Fine; if that's the way it's to be... But under pressure from whom have the league wilted? The clubs? The players' union? Or, God forbid, SKY??? Just seems strange to me that the league feel the need to go back against a clamping down on rules that seemed to be broadly supported by most fans.
  10. I'm not sure I would characterise Wagner's approach to the Championship as being naive. It's hard to imagine them having had the season they've just had by not employing the high press. Yes, they ran out of steam, and yes they could've done with a larger squad, but they managed to get into the play-offs against all pre-season expectations, off the back of going for it for as long as they could - which in the end turned out to be for almost three quarters of the season. I'd be very surprised if we see the lethargic Town of this last month or so on Sunday. They'll come at us with their players re-energized from knowing just how close they are to promotion.
  11. Like I say, I'd read something about there being rule changes too, such that it would bar players from returning to a parent club and playing for them any games that they'd have remaining. It does seem like an excessive rule though. I think perhaps this issue arose for Chris Martin because it was during the January transfer window, and I think it is during that time that a season-long loan can be cancelled so long as all parties agree to it.
  12. We recalled Helan after Bennett got injured, and he then went on to appear in our last 3 league games. Also pretty sure I've read something about new loan rules - but then again, given that Chris Martin seemed to think there was a chance of going back to Derby (and thus cutting short his season-long loan at Fulham), I'm not quite certain what the precise rule is.
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