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  1. Fair enough. But it could be a bit depressing for our younger (under 20) fans.
  2. I hope the other positions will have options dating back before the 50/60s. Over 150 years: are you sure that the first 90 years didn't produce a goalie of note?
  3. If we've given up on getting into the play offs, and if Aarons is fit, I'd be tempted to give Winnall a start. I know he doesn't seem to be in favour with Bruce, but he should be given an opportunity before the season ends.
  4. I went for Reach Bannan and Reach in Q2 to make up for no Reach in Q5.
  5. Sorry to be a bit picky, because I love this sort of analysis, but: Our home form: we lost to Villa. Your two scenarios: Villa lose to Bristol, or Bristol win against Villa? Bristol's game in hand means we're effectively 9 points behind. Ten if you add on goal difference. Assuming we win all our games, including v BC, we need BC to lose against Villa and drop another 4 points in their remaining four games. If we drop points, they have more leeway.
  6. He had a good game tonight. Not outstanding, but good enough. Be interesting to see if he keeps his place over Lazaar on Saturday.
  7. ...and Bielsa hasn't much experience in the championship. Even Wilder's only in his second season. On the other hand, McLaren and Lambert have been in the championship quite a bit and should know it well.
  8. Palmer can start and still cover at LB if required, with Iorfa covering RB. Could Reach's drop in form be (partly) down to moving Palmer from RB? They had become a good pairing. I don't think Reach/Iorfa are as effective. Putting Palmer back to RB might see an improvement in Reach too.
  9. I agree that no one stood out, but Boyd had a decent game. As good as any in a sea of mediocracy, so he gets my vote.
  10. How's Rhys McCabe getting on these days?
  11. I agree that Keiran Lee is the player we've missed most over the last 18 months. But in our current team, on current form, who would be dropped to accommodate him (when fully fit). Bannan? No. Hutchinson? Maybe. Reach? Can't see that. Arrons? No, we need his pace. I hope Kieran gets back in the squad before the end of the season. Bruce could have a difficult decision to make.
  12. I agree with this... ...except that the police haven't been seen to be taking it seriously. If the earlier Twitter post is accurate, the investigating officer only interviewed the accused, the accuser and Flitcroft. And Flitcroft's evidence seemed to be "the 4th official told me something racist has gone off". As a minimum, why wasn't the 4th official interviewed, and the ref, and Jos and... The officer might have been offended at FF's lawyer implying an inadequate investigation, but the implication seems to be correct. On what's been posted, it seems to me that the police have taken it far from seriously. The police may well have felt obliged, especially if pressed by the Mansfield player, to take the case to court, but the officer's boss should have told him to go back and do a proper job. Or perhaps he did do a proper job, but no one heard anything, maybe no one was able to back up the allegation. At which point the police should have had the courage to say there's insufficient evidence to get a conviction and they shouldn't be swayed by external influences into taking the case to court. Having thought about it a bit more as I write, the investigation seems so frivolous that you could run an argument that maybe the police wanted a not guilty verdict.
  13. Its been on SSN. Even a video of FF leaving court with his girlfriend. Or was it his wife? Not the embrace though!
  14. Stoke are unbeaten in seven. With a goals record over those games of 4-2. So don't expect a goalfest. Indeed, you have to go back to mid Jan for a league game which had as many as three goals. I'll go 1-0: to us if Hutch and Fletcher play, to them, if they don't.
  15. Even with those three players we are over reliant on Hutchinson and Bannan in midfield. Hence, our squad isn't as good as anyone else in the league. Add Lee and Onomah and I'll agree with you though. But they won't be back this season. Its a shame Sean Clare left. He could have been getting a lot of game time now, albeit mainly as sub.
  16. Whilst im not an accountant, I disagree the implication of your first paragraph. If the current owner puts the club into administration (partly because the potential new owner forces it that way) then the administrator keeps the club ticking over, bearing in mind there is no ex-owner putting money in, and looks for the best deal to pay off creditors. They, including HMRC, might veto any proposals, but that just forces the club into liquidation. HMRC will assess whether they are better of taking a share of liquidated assets or the potential purchaser's offer. Hence, this provides a steer for the potential purchaser's offer. On the last point, didn't Davies (?) give the club enough to pay off immediate debts, but not all of them? Anything not paid off at that time, or built up since, the new buyer might want to see reduced, either via the administration process or negotiation, but as you point out, HMRC rarely negotiate.
  17. Whether or not the new owner should get a 12 point punishment is down to the way he goes about getting the club. He will be aware of any other parties interested in getting the club (probably none) so wants the club as cheap as possible. By letting the club go into admin he can wipe out the debts. Provided that he offers the administrator (and hence the creditors) more than the club is worth bulldozed and replaced by a shopping/leisure complex then he gets the club without being hamstrung by debts. But people and businesses lose significantly, so there must be a punishment to deter potential buyers seeing administration as the preferred route. It should be a last resort.
  18. Why do people care about Abdi? Because we're paying him a lot of money to do sweet fa. I have no knowledge on what his salary is, but let's assume £30k per week. Very rough calculations: that's 60 season tickets or 3000 season tickets per year just for him to sit around doing nothing. So 10-15% of our entire ticket revenue goes to Abdi. No wonder were in the poo with FFP and no wonder we care. We should be fuming.
  19. Sorry to be picky, but the defence was more or less sorted by Bullen. The transformation from Jos to Bullen was immediate. Only blemish, a blip under Agnew at Hull. The main change that has given us goals is pace combined with wing play. Arrons is the focus, but Reach goes on the outside much more. When he doesn't, Iorfa or Palmer overlaps. Crosses from the byline, hard and low, or chipped to the back post, have created a few goals and more chances than we've seen for ages. But we also try to play the ball quicker: Hector's long passes into the channels for Reach, even Westwood tried a quick downfield punt yesterday. But wing play is the main factor. Wingers out wide take defenders out wide leaving more space for the forwards and centre midfielders to exploit.
  20. Our post-Jos form is played 16, points 31. So continuing that, another 8 games gives 15.5 points to put us on 70.5 points. Preston are already 2 points ahead and have better form, so heading for 73 or more. Villa 2 points ahead but hitting good form now. And Boro, on a dodgy run, but with a game in hand and an extra point, only need 15 points from 9 games, to reach 73 I can see at least 2 of these 3 hitting 73 points.
  21. I'll take your word for it, cba to back read all your posts, but you did blame him for the two goals which I think is unjustified.
  22. I did yes. Pleased to see that you accept that your reasoning to castigate Pelupessy is without merit. I blame Iorfa as much as Pelupessy for the goals. But as he isn't a scape goat yet, I'm probably alone in that opinion. Defensively, I thought he had a shocker. But a goal and an assist balances it out. Pelupessy overall, meh.
  23. Pelupessy has to take most responsibility because we haven't been cut open when he hasn't been playing. What ridiculous logic. Logic which would suggest Pelupessy is to thank for our first four goal match of the season. After all, it hadn't happened when he wasn't playing.
  24. Our recent run has been against mainly mid table and low end teams. The only top teams we played, we drew against. It's a reasonable assumption that we will find it harder against Villa, Forest, Preston, Leeds, Norwich, although 11 points does seem a bit on the low side.
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