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  1. What a tremendous interview, full of insight, perspective and common sense. The whole 'no plan B' thing is usually just one of those cliches that fans throw around mindlessly (like 'lost the dressing room') when things aren't going well to give the false impression that they have some kind of solution to improve things. Martin is right - this 'genius' usually represents little more than hopefully lumping the ball into the box. I have absolutely no idea what to expect from this squad as it's almost entirely different from last season's and there are also 23 other teams that I have little interest in all aiming for the same objectives. Sharpening the knives for the manager before we've even kicked off the first match is absolute nonsense and is another demonstration of the petulance of the modern football fan.
  2. I have no idea whether Cosgrove is any good or not, but I know this post is throwaway stuff in isolation, especially when almost all of those games were from the bench. As just one of a thousand examples, in the middle of a season in which he scored 32 in all competitions, David Hirst had a spell where he scored 1 in 14 league games I think it was (January - April 1991). It's also worth bearing in mind that not only are we a League One club, but we seem to be operating under some quite restrictive financial constraints. Anyone worth a damn will probably have better options than us and we'll have to be creative or just plain fortunate.
  3. So the consensus is that Reach was either excellent or hopeless? That's strange because I don't really see him as either. I suppose his legacy will be of performing somewhat above the average of those around him. Unfortunately, as the overall talent of the squad declined, he didn't have the personality to compensate for some of these failings and was part of the general malaise. It would be interesting to know what has really been going on behind the scenes that affected the overall atmosphere around the team as we've seen enough just in the public realm to suggest there were some real issues. A new start at an obviously more talented team may seem his play improve significantly. There's certainly ability there to produce some highlight moments, as we've seen.
  4. Is that Paul Hart coming back from an overlapping run? Strange position to have him in.
  5. It seems even basic skills of interpretation are beyond you, so I'll leave you to it. You argue about the statistics of one person, I say the whole thing is contextual and open to interpretation. I even showed you how the best team in the country spread the goals around. But I'm the one "over reliant on stats"? And quite why you keep going on about the whole thing as if I'm advocating the abolishing of the position is totally beyond me.
  6. Again, you are arguing a point I'm not making. And you fail to appreciate the concept of a team. Even in a heavily financially skewed Premier League, of the top 19 scorers last season only 6 of them played for teams that finished in the top six and only two of those (both at Leicester) were conventional strikers.
  7. You seem to be having an argument in which I'm advocating not even bothering with strikers at all. Great, but that's not what I'm doing. City's success last season by rotating midfielders in advanced positions is not my opinion, but rather a matter of fact wouldn't you say?
  8. Actually, they are a great example of my point. Last season they had only one player score more than 10 league goals and he had previously been more of a deep lying midfielder. Their two recognised strikers only started 29 Premier League games between them and they used a load of different options instead (Mahrez, Sterling, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden and Torres) . But they cantered to the title and came within one game of a treble. Last time we had someone score 20 in a season we finished in the bottom half of League One.
  9. Squad numbers were introduced almost 30 years ago now. I think it's about time some people came to terms with them. It is funny though that many complain about not using the traditional format and then can't even agree about what that actually is.
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