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  1. I'll remember Hutchinson as a soldier and a leader, and will be greatly missed. I hope he stays with Wednesday in one capacity or other and I wouldn't complain if he goes into iFollow commentary. I think we have a duty to do some positive gesture for Hutchinson at the next event whether he's present or not. I hate to think that he'll be leaving us as the one who made the big mistake, and not as the one who always went above and beyond the call and led the team for years. Sam Hutchinson, First of his Name, Scourge of Referees, Destroyer of Arsenal, Herald of Play-Off Campaigns, Forger of Bad Nicknames. Wednesdayites - Rise and be counted
    26 points
  2. Moore got more football out of Berahino than any other manager has done in the last 6 years so there’s clearly some issues with availability, fitness or attitude with Berahino. And Moore has been working with him every day in training for the last 9 months so you’d say he’s in the best position to make a decision on it
    16 points
  3. That's nothing you should see what Barry Bannan is on
    16 points
  4. I said I wouldn't post until Sunday as don't wanna rub your noses in it . At the 8th time of asking I've seen us do it at Wembley and this time with my boys no better feeling . What a day . Hope our paths cross soon respect to yous classy set of fans and a good club who deserves so much better like us
    15 points
  5. I am not a big fan of Berahino but I think there was a case for retaining him. We invested in his fitness and it is fair to say that it took several months before he was anywhere match fit. Yet even despite this he had a decent goal to minute ratio as well as a high shot accuracy. It seems we have got him fit only for another club to take full advantage of this. Seems a strange investment to me.
    13 points
  6. I hate this league.
    13 points
  7. It's a thread for the more discerning Owlstalkers. I'm hoping they'll turn up soon...
    9 points
  8. Afternoon All. Again THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all the messages, I have read them all. I hope we did you "proud" so to speak.... I gave yous a thought at full time...... As for the day, I am 45 years old so no "Kid" however I can say, hand on heart when we scored yesterday I cried, just pure emotion... I think when you go to away games regular and experience the likes of Rochdale, Accrington, Cheltenham and getting beat at some of those grounds, you just appreciate days like yesterday a bit more... Today I am rough as hell..... but my god worth every single moment. Memories for life, and money cant buy making memories with your "Football family" I will certainly pop in from time to time. I hope you all have a great summer and i say genuinely I am rooting for yous to come up next season
    9 points
  9. I think you're being really harsh on Darren Moore here. I'd say Byers, Dean and BPF were much better than "ok". NML, Berahino were ok. Wing and Shodipo were both good signings based on last seasons performances but just didn't perform for us. Moore deserves very little blame here. Corbeanu was one of our better players in the first half of the season. After we switched formations, he didn't fit in as much and was moved on. Gibson was excellent when he played but unfortunately had a bad season for injuries. Again, not Moore's fault. Sow, Kamberi and Brown have been disappointing and didn't work out. What we have seen is that Moore can find and then attract the type of quality players we need. I was also really impressed with how he did in January. Pivoting halfway through the season and bringing exactly what we needed in.
    7 points
  10. Can't see why people want him to stay? He's a next injury waiting to happen..
    7 points
  11. There's a keeper down at Exeter who's had a cracking season by all accounts. I think we should be taking a look at him. 17 clean sheets last season, 26 so just coming up towards his prime, Championship experience, even saved a pen against the pigs! Sounds ideal right?
    7 points
  12. Last ever game for Wednesday goes off with concussion trying to grab us a goal. Quite fitting eh? Forget that mistake in the first leg, that’s not the reason we didn’t get promoted. Warrior for us for years. Thanks for your service Sam, will always be welcomed back. Oh Sammy Sammy
    6 points
  13. Moore spoke several times last season of adopting different formations to suit different games, but it never really happened once we hit upon our successful 3-5-2, did it? Comments such as this from last October ring hollow with the benefit of seven months' hindsight, but perhaps hint at where he might want to take this squad as he shapes it further to his liking over the summer... "Listen, 3-5-2 is one system I will play. It is not always the same system. "Will I stick with the formation? No. Is there a possibility of going back to 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2? Yes, there is every possibility I could back to them." I know there'll be some on here to whom the idea of adapting our approach to suit different opponents will be anathema , but we've just seen Sunderland win the playoffs by playing a 3-4-1-2 against us, before switching to a 4-2-3-1 to face Wycombe in the final: Can you imagine the meltdown on here if we'd made the final and Moore had suddenly switched to a back four?! I joke, but that meltdown wouldn't have been without good reason, most probably. And the reason is that we simply didn't have the players to successfully adapt our approach. Clearly we recruited for a 4-2-3-1 / 4-1-4-1 last summer, but we lacked the kind of tall, athletic centre-forward to really make it work, and so 3-5-2 became pretty much our only way of playing. We needed a pair of strikers one up top; two midfielders to play alongside Bannan in the centre; and the relative security of three at the back - once we found success with our 3-5-2, we pretty much stuck with it. But as much as it worked for us last season, 3-5-2 clearly isn't Moore's 'go to' formation: at Donny, he almost exclusively played 4-2-3-1, whilst at West Brom he mixed it up a bit more, switching between 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 depending on the game. I'm not suggesting we're about to ditch the 3-5-2, as it's clearly serving us well, but do we think Moore might use this summer to recruit players to suit two formations in order to allow himself the tactical flexibility he seemed to hint at wanting at times last year? I could see a scenario where he adds a tall, athletic target man who excels as a lone striker, and looks to play the likes of Mendez-Laing and Windass wide of him in some games, whilst using that same striker up top alongside Gregory in our familiar 3-5-2 in others, for example. If we're going to adopt this more flexible approach, having that kind of option among our forwards is a must, and we'll need to recruit some wide players who are comfortable both as wing-backs and as more traditional full-backs, as well. I'm thinking our two formations could look something like this: So what are we saying? Do we reckon Moore has seen enough success with the 3-5-2 to stick with it almost exclusively now? Or do we reckon his desire for a bit more tactical flexibility will see him recruit the kind of players who allow him to adapt our formation to suit each game, à la Alex Neil and, most probably, his own natural inclination?
    6 points
  14. 'Moore is too worried about the opposition and tinkers too much. Just focus on our own game.' 'Neil adapted his team and nullified our strengths. Moore didn't adapt and was tactically outthought.'
    6 points
  15. Fuuck that, we don't want Liverpool winning the quadruple thanks.
    6 points
  16. We've just won 70 points from 36 games playing 3-5-2. No team in the division has won more points than us since that tactical switch. And that includes a fair few games with one or get recognised senior centre backs in available. Since we added Dean and Storey, we've won 45 from 20, which puts us clear as the form team in the division over that period. Given that, I'd say the players we had last season were pretty well suited to the 3-5-2, to be honest with you.
    5 points
  17. We don't have the players to play 3-5-2, but managed to get to 4th and win 85 points. This with no wingbacks. Seriously, is there some sort of major issue with hallucinogens within our fanbase? Valid criticism is fair enough, but when people are just making up sh*t.
    5 points
  18. I'm sorry, but your ability to talk utter bo11ocks is unparalleled on this site. We don't have any wingbacks? Marvin Johnson and Jack Hunt are wingbacks. What a whazzock.
    5 points
  19. Aside from their talent on the pitch, a critical part of the criteria must be mentality. We want winners, fighters, battlers and strong characters - these play such a big part in any team's success and particularly at a club like ours where the expectation is high. It's alright performing really well in front of 3,000 at Cheltenham, but doing it week in week out for us needs a different level of mentality.
    5 points
  20. For me, their insufferable fans and media coverage. Plus the ‘it means more’ and other suggestions that they’re somehow more deserving than all other fan bases. Example: yesterday some clown wasn’t having it that the Spion Kop was a name for many large terraces (not to mention a hill in South Africa). It’s their spiritual home and all others are trying to copy.
    5 points
  21. Because the constant arse kissing gets so tiresome, it's been going on all my life, even during that long period when they didn't win much it was there. There's far too many former Liverpool players working in the media.
    5 points
  22. Forest green away to try there healthy food after 12 pints of Stella
    5 points
  23. I think Moore took him on because of his past history where he had done well for Moore. He did improve as the season went on, as did the whole team but I think Moore was not that convinced as he tried to shoe horn NML in as a striker. Probably seen enough to realise he is not what we need at the moment.
    5 points
  24. Moore's making the mistakes of an inexperienced manager who's learning his trade. Maybe one day he'll go on to equal what, say, Alex Neil or Dave Jones have, or maybe he won't. But what we need is the finished article - we're not a guinea pig. Sunderland did it and it's paid off, as it did when Jonesy came in here. We can't afford to be stuck in this league while Moore serves his apprenticeship, on the off chance that he makes the grade one day.
    5 points
  25. 5 points
  26. We need a new keeper.
    5 points
  27. It’s quite simple really, the meltdown comes when we don’t win games that we should win. Nobody cares what formation he plays as long as he delivers. Neil has gone 16 games unbeaten and won promotion, Moore hasn’t delivered.
    4 points
  28. 4 points
  29. Another year of crap away ticket allocations...be lucky to get 1000 for forest Green.
    4 points
  30. Berahino was only ever a flyer. Short term, presumably low cost, low risk, based on a relationship with the gaffer that could have maybe unlocked something. I think the fact that he played a few games for us and scored a few goals exceeds any reasonable expectations for his time here. Gregory aside, I think our entire front line needs an overhaul. I think we need a proper partner for Gregory and a game changer off the bench to mix things up a bit. Factoring in the required quality we need, I don’t think Berahino is a long term solution to either of those things.
    4 points
  31. Absolutely, we all love football but wages are an obscenity. Some say “but their careers are over by 35 so have to make sure their families are set for life”. Really? Lots of people will only earn in their lifetime of working what Mbappe earns in one week. Then footballers also go into be well paid pundits, coaches, reality tv stars. It’s greed, pure and simple. Footballers can still live very comfortably for life and get paid a fraction of what they are on these days. Whilst the people they are meant to be performing for are having to foot the bill. A salary cap needs to be brought in this country, and any footballer who thinks it’s “against their rights” can go and play in front of empty stadiums in Dubai.
    4 points
  32. They backdated their friendship.
    4 points
  33. Always. No point in just nodding and clicking the like button. Say it as is. Always have done
    4 points
  34. when he played i didnt think he was that bad and have seen far worse over the years ......
    4 points
  35. Playing out from the back,at this level is pathetic..
    4 points
  36. And there's people struggling to put food on the table put clothing on the kids back and pay the bills , this rubs it in people's faces
    4 points
  37. A good result for both of us in that we won’t have to meet again in the playoffs! The real playoff final was our semi, Wycombe were dreadful today.
    4 points
  38. I just don't care about Sunderland. Yawn
    4 points
  39. But did he get a corporate box?
    4 points
  40. Agree completely. I don't know why it's gotten into the Wednesdayite popular consensus that Dawson isn't a good keeper, he was brilliant for us at first and then had to deal with the most depressing run of mismanagement since 1999. The fact that he's done so well at Exeter for me implies that his true nature is that of a keeper that can do it and is ready, he's earned a chance at very least. Those seasons he got buggered by Jos, Monk, and Pulis are the ones he should have spent on loan.
    4 points
  41. Is it bad I actually have no idea who that is?
    4 points
  42. Can't see him developing further now, unfortunately I can't see him making it at this level.
    4 points
  43. Gutted about Hutchinson.
    4 points
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