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Herb

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  1. That’s simply not true. We sat with good shape in our own half anytime Brighton has possession and then picked them off with the tireless running of Reach, Murphy and Luongo. I can agree that Massimo brings some different to our midfield but suggesting we played higher up the pitch yesterday is utter rubbish. We picked our moments to press, much like any other game, and at times that was done in their defensive third. The biggest impact to our shape/performance was having the extra man in midfield not the absence of Bannan. BB would only have added to an excellent midfield display yesterday.
  2. Both times we’ve met Stoke this season I’ve felt wary despite their league position. I keep feeling like they’re going to click into gear anytime now. Massively underachieving with the squad but rarely blown away in games. Having said that, under Monk we seem more ruthless away from home and are playing with a confidence that Stoke can only dream of currently. If Fletcher plays I’m confident of the win.
  3. I was disappointed with them as a team. The post match interviews on their social media suggested they’d come for a point and that’s the impression their performance gave. I cant understand such a negative mindset. We’re a fairly average side on the whole, much improved under Monk and playing a sensible percentage style football but nothing to be terrified of. Couldnt understand their logic of just sitting back nor am I fan of passing for the sake of passing which they did a lot of. Negative approach coupled with the overplaying at the back, I’d say they got what they deserved. The moaning that Johnson did afterwards looks purely an attempt to divert attention from his own shortcomings. Soft penalty but their approach got exactly what it deserved overall.
  4. Westwood, Iorfa and Bannan in for Dawson, Moses and Murphy for me. Millwall focus on the wide areas so our wide players have to work hard to cover the full backs. I think Reach and Harris are stronger at that. We’ve finally got the players to rotate without a huge drop off in quality. Harris and Lee have been a while without a run of games so both will need rotating at some point in the coming weeks. Fletcher needs to be rotated too but this is where we’ll struggle to match his quality. Rhodes would thrive with Murphy and Harris against a side like Luton but definitely plays the role a little differently.
  5. That’s exactly what I took from Saturday. There were a few times Reach and Lee hit the wingers with a first time ball out wide that really opened things up. Bannan would have had a field day feeding those two against Barnsley.
  6. Bannan has been comfortably our most effective player even when the teams performance has dropped. He’ll benefit as much as anyone with the added pace in the side and the extra space that’ll afford him in the middle. We were very good at times against Barnsley, but adding Bannan back into the fold is a no brainer. We’ll rotate players to suit opposition but unless his form dips drastically he’ll be excluded from that rotation.
  7. Where’s this been said? Thought he felt a niggle was rested as a precaution?
  8. From what I know of Barnsley they’re full of energy and they overran a strong Fulham side last week. I’d keep the same team from last week and enjoy the most impressive array of subs we’ve had in a while.
  9. He’s incredibly inconsistent and not someone we can build around. Selling at a good stage in his contract and if Chansiri has been as stubborn as normal then we’ll have got a good fee. Her one more out and a better version of Joao in on loan and that’ll be perfect.
  10. Don’t buy into us being miles off. We were shocking for half a season last year and were still hovering round the playoffs by the end of the season. We’re only a couple of signings, and sales, away from a very strong squad. Fulham’s front 4 aside it’s a very average league currently.
  11. Would be a bit disappointed to move Rhodes on now having started him so frequently in pre season. Would have been better off getting Joao or Winnall more minutes in ‘the stronger squad’. Also will never understand the obsession with the starting 11. He may start as sub at Reading and still be the key man against Barnsley at home. Very few teams can stick rigidly to 11-14 players. There has to be a squad and some rotation. He can be right for one game and not right for the next. We need balance and we need the depth, only move bodies on if we’ve got someone lined up.
  12. Is this based on the fact that the local journo said he was preparing an article on the embargo..? That seemed to confuse a few on Twitter
  13. Where’s all the ITK people? Very few whispers coming out. Wouldn’t read too much into the odds, I don’t think anyone has a clue what DC is thinking. I hope hes giving the pitch of his life to Hughton, by far the best candidate with Championship experience. We’ve got a very good squad here, just need a strong manager to finish this off.
  14. Have we released this seasons pricing categories?
  15. First few friendlies are just about minutes on the pitch and increasing sharpness. Builds up to the final friendly usually against superior opposition and should have the players hitting somewhere near peak by Reading.
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