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Everything posted by WC1Owl

  1. Bit surprised by the negativity here. L**ds outclassed a Wednesday side running on fumes. No shame, for me.
  2. I tend to disagree with the generality of the proposition that the championship will be harder next year, which crops up towards the end of every season. But agree we have challenges rebuilding the squad in the face of P&S restrictions. In conclusion, I think we will finish somewhere between 3rd and 16th.
  3. I said on the other thread that we shouldn't offer him a new contract. But if we do, and he stays fit next season, I'll be delighted to have been wrong.
  4. Gave it to Double M. The makeshift midfield 2 exceeded my expectations.
  5. Gutting to lose like that. Is it mathematically over? If we play for pride now, and to try and get that top ten finish, so be it, what's happened since Jos was sacked has been a credit to everybody at the club.
  6. Fair point. Maybe they're message board unicorns.
  7. As good as we all know Hooper is, with his wages and his injury record, and our P&S situation, it would be reckless to offer him anything more than a pay as you play deal.
  8. I confess I didn't run all the scenarios.
  9. We were a long shot at 3pm and we're a long shot now, but we're still in it, and it's still in our hands because of who we have to play.
  10. Went for Big Eck. My MoM from Saturday, Nuhiu, was - as everyone says - no use at all.
  11. Voted for Nuhiu but probably overrating him compared to the defensive players as I was in the north stand where we conceded and I had a great view of how much grief he gave the derby defence when he came on.
  12. Voted for Hector. Palmer and Hutch were also excellent. Hard to not agree that the defences were on top, but our offensive players put a shift in defending from the front as well. They did their jobs last night - it looked like the plan was always to keep it tight and see if we could nick one.
  13. On the one hand i wish I’d known this last night so I could have set the box to record while I was out tonight. On the other, maybe I dodged a bullet by all accounts.
  14. Yep, Bully and the players can be proud.
  15. People saying that the law shouldn't be involved in anything that happens on the pitch - there's obviously no such doctrine. People drawing the comparison with what would be criminal physical assaults if they didn't happen during the game - there's established precedent that playing in the game indicates consent to assaults incurred in the course of the game. Obviously there's a limit. There's no equivalent doctrine as far as I know for racial abuse. All of that said, it seems obvious to me that this conduct (saying for the sake of argument that it happened) wouldn't have led to criminal proceedings had they not happened so publicly.
  16. This was my first game in person for a while. I don't think the YouTube video is going to capture the true feeling of watching a pretty abject Rotherham side go ahead as freezing rain blew into my face.
  17. We're suffering from a perfect storm combination of a brutal long-term injury crisis (which you can argue is partly due to excessive recruitment of older players, but I don't think that's the full story), failing to get promoted after spending heavily (which happens to many clubs - look at Fulham and Derby: you can come back from this) and a manager who came in brightly but ran out of ideas (and his successor being given a pig in a poke). There's not much point dwelling on the past IMO. And I also think that the collective Owlstalk obsession with transparency can effectively never be satisfied (fwiw I don't believe Michael Brown - surely you'd rather have Westwood on a contract so you can sell him). It's common in this division for teams to do well for a couple of years then have a couple of off years. We have no divine right to be doing any better. I think it's most likely that we've missed our shot at promotion for at least another couple of years, but that doesn't mean I'm ready to burn Hillsborough to the ground.
  18. This. We've obviously got a lot of work to do, and desperaely need the creativity of FF and MM back, but there were positives to take from tonight. And it chagrins me to say it, but in full flow the blunts look pretty great.
  19. Hard to see any positives in that display. Went for Bannan, although maybe I shouldn’t have considering how much of the ball he had and how little we accomplished with it. Midweek games in London, we seem to always suck.
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