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  1. I can't say for certain both were pens, but what I found interesting was salah was pulled and didn't fall but that was given. That in my mind should be the precedent. You shouldn't have to fall to get a pen. Mind you we all know in general principal, none of that applies to FF. It's by law 42.7.2b haha.
  2. Westwood Moses Lees Borner Palmer Luongo Hutch Bannan Harris Fletcher FF Dawson Iorfa Lee/Joey Reach Murphy Winnall Nuihu Don't see how we can risk Lee having been out for so long. We need the bigger picture with him. Could argue same for hutch but I've given him the benefit here. I've dropped Reach and Murphy as I think Bannan and FF are better options for this game and having Murphy with his pace would be better off the bench for this one. Fletch should get 60/70 as don't want to burn him out, but not sure others could play as a loan striker (although I think winnall could, tho suspect Bullen would differ in opinion).
  3. What I think this signing has confirmed, is that now we have a strong, competitive match day 18. One that for me now has the ability to have the right starting XI and impact subs in a game. Of course one that is now not overly reliant on bannan either. We haven't had that in at this level for years and years. Carlos formed a good XI but not enough to add, which is why Lee was run to death. If. We keep our attitude, fitness, and position competitiveness right, we have a solid playoff team in my opinion. We should be able to manage and cover injuries right for once too. Hopefully we'll use that and make 1 or 2 signings as needed in Jan to supplement that.
  4. Dawson 6. A brilliant reaction save, but his kicking was so bad, although the wind didn't help I'm sure. As a former keeper I still want him to command his back line like Westwood does. Moses 7. Makes a fair few "interesting" decisions but has pace to burn and was comfortable on the ball and never stopped. Some good forward adventures. Lees 7. Solid as you like and not as many aimless balls today. Borner 7.5. Lacked a little pace, but despite his relative size won plenty of headers, attacked the ball and was very competent with his passing and dribbling. Palmer 7. Did well in what must still be an awkward position for him. Got forward when he could too. I'd like to think his better performances of last season will now be the norm. Lee 8. I cannot put into words how we've missed him while he's been injured. Knits everything together seemlessly. He's attacking, he's defending, nibbling like a terrier. His touch is definitely golden. Was glad to see him subbed as we can't rush him back. Hutch 8. Didn't put a foot wrong. Tackled, harassed, passed. So hoped he was gonna score at the end. Reach 7. A couple of nice touches, but missed his 1on1 and somehow he just seems outta place in both centre mid and wide of a front 3. To me he is now a squad player. Murphy 9. Did pretty much everything right today. Awesome skills, great finish, along with Harris changed the dynamic of our attacking play today. Needs to work on his free kicks mind. Fletch 8.5. Another all round great display. Typical of what we've seen last season and works tirelessly. Glad he got a goal. Only thing I'm worried about is his implants not working with all these flick ons...... Harris 9. MoM. He was simply awesome. Terrified Barnsley. Quick feet, pace, close control, crosses. Amazing. Shame he missed his 1 on 1. Great performance. Luongo made the best impact of the subs. Was great to see. Finally a decent bit of competition for the current middle 3. I'd still bring back Westwood and bannan for dawson and reach. But Lee should only play one of Millwall or Luton games. We played well today, could've had 5 or 6 today. What pleased me most is how many players want the ball. We have options, it feels like we won't need to rely on bannan (and I hope he realises that too as it'll benefit us all). Despite all our problems this summer, we've come out firing and fighting and I feel positive and confident with any possible matchday squad. Let's see where we are after 10 games, but playing positively I think we'll create chances so will have a chance of winning every game (of course we won't) and I'd hope the playoffs is back on the agenda. Yes tougher fixtures to come, but you can only beat what's in front of you on the day and so far so good.
  5. It's hard to say what we will get as we don't know our true financial position, DCs attitude towards wanting/trusting choices for players and whether we've learnt anything about recycling players for a healthy squad. Of course its all relevanr to how a manger (or fan), wants us or how they see us playing. For me if we could get money for Rhodes and winnall or joao. Some how get van aken back to Holland, the. Depending on what the overall values are I'd like to see permanent signings in CB, midfield. For that'd be Hector 2/3m, Guardiora 1/2m and maddison 2.5/3m. That still leaves us with loan options which as everyone would like to see young premier league who has clear potential and hunger to shine, like your Wilson and Mount. Not so sure I believe we could get that,which means more a squad player out of favour. But my loan signings would be lb, cm, and winger/pacy inside forward. Not sure who those would be for the former, but based on latter type of player, like people have said we could do a hell of a lot worse than Besic and Burke plus a other. Then it's a case of one out one replacement in. Of course all that is wishful thinking and without knowing the true status of things. To my mind however, we would only really be able to sell joao and reach for a decent amount. The rest are to recoup what we paid or to cover origi Al fees like Rhodes. The one of the main things I think we do wrong (apart from selling and selling for value) is over our own youngsters. We should be giving them time at lower league clubs, not bartering over loan fees and wages. I think we hurt ourselves in that regard. Even local teams like Rotherham and donny need players and would be perfect for thorniley, Penney, Baker and bourkev (sorry terrible spelling)
  6. Based on where we are, I'm still hoping that the loans will cover what we need in CB, CM and wing/forward. Although reservations in some injuries, I wouldn't be averse to a 12mth deal for Williams and loan offer for Woods. That would give us bannan or woods partnering hutch/lee/Williams(latter 2 on 12mth deals and am sure we could get a combined season from the 3) next season we can then go again as further deals will be out. If we can get in offers for players in the meantime we can reassess or at worse hopefully build a pot of some sort for Jan if we are in the hunt or to hopefully complete a further overhaul of the squad, as it won't be all done now and the loans/free transfers help us cover the interim. Still you can't do too much as we just don't know who is coming in as manager and what their thoughts are on how a squad should be built or play.
  7. Jokanovic. Wasted in Qatar, think he's probably ready to come back. Unlikely, but so would be arteta or gvb for me. Going with the younger league model I'd go with cowley or stendel. I would settle for cook or ollie if they got in sturt gray as defense coach. Reckon the fans will either be delighted or gutted. Don't think we'll get a 'meh' option.
  8. It's OK we don't need to sue them, cos we all know when pigs get relegated they'll sue Newcastle on our behalf saying they picked up points with an illegal team leading them and have to pay them £700 million. Tevez and West ham will have to fork out another £100 just to be safe. Am sure they'll let us have some crumbs haha. In all seriousness Ashley handles businesses agreements disgracefully, from his normal businesses to the football club. I can understand a bit of tapping up,it seems the norm, but once you've decided on your man you pay the cost of that. He's underhand in everything and DC does right holding them to account, whether that be for SB or just the little Steves. He sound submit that we've missed out on signings and club cohesion following this debacle. Get as much as he can from the cheeky monkey. I'm sure the Newcastle fans would whole heartedly agree. As for SB, we'll if Newcastle was the aim as the dream, then why did he turn down approaches twice before in his managerial career and state when joining Sunderland he had no affinity or desire to manage Newcastle (obv I know why for the latter! But that doesn't suit. My point so I'm disregarding that) The man's a turncoat of the hughest order. I ain't angry just disappointed, but I must be judging with a higher sense of morals. Haha.
  9. I get where you are coming from here, but before Dave Jones tried it, a certain K.Lee was never a midfielder in a true sense and look how he transformed. Arguably the best box to box midfielder in the champtio ship, before his injury. For me 433 has always provided our best 3 players with the opportunity to play in their best (imo) positions. With Lee and Bannan in front of a holding player and FF playing inside forward from the left. It was only our strange signings after that first season that put a stop to this idea. As many have said, effectively when in possession, that's what we had in Carlos' first season, which meant we could be terrior like out of possession. I think even without signings that is our strongest way forward with the current squad. Hopefully we'll recruit with this in mind (with or without reach depdning on what money is available) with a different option or two on the bench. More than anything in my mind it was Carlos' change in ethos after failing in the playoff final, our tendacy to take 6 weeks to hit our stride and doyens influence in signings that curtailed what we were building. I'm now just as confident that Bruce can identify what we need (whether or not we can afford it is a different matter). Add that in with his contacts and with any luck together with a couple of young hingry loan gems (like Derby had in Wilson and Mount) and we'll give a good account of ourselves. It is possible to have a feel good atmosphere when we see the team going for it and hopefully we'll both be rewarded with a good combatative competitive season.
  10. To be honest I'm not sure it would stop the hoarding of players. It doesn't say they can't sign them, just can't loan them out. So it could just mean those players struggle in development, just as easily as improving the current issue. You'd like to think that it may stop young players signing, but there is also the money involved and belief in your own ability, so plenty still will fall foul of signing on the dotted line. Hell 3 yrs at Chelsea on their wages could be same as 7/8 down the football pyramid. It's only when your career is ending when you wished you played more. I think it needs to be overall squad sizes at every club (throughout the squads and age groups) to stand a fair chance of working. Same as with parachute payments, intentions are there and understandable, but not policed properly, so could just turn to poo. (money should go in escrow to football league to ensure its only used for the purpose they were intended to be and not spubked on signing players imo).
  11. Westwood 8. 2 really good saves and continues to marshall the defence so well Palmer 7.5 I think he's blossomed since Jos left. I'd now be happy with him and iorfa fighting it out as rightback now. Yes he has his faults, but he doesn't give in and has grown in confidence. Appy got elsewhere to now be addressed first in summer. Lee 7. Still shacky as on the ball but solid as ever defensively. Hector 7. Cut out the silly passing mistakes of Saturday. Can be a beast but skillful on the ball. Lazaar 6. Am surprised he played after nearly no footy in 18mths (but was happy to see him start) hopefully he won't be out too long. Reach 8. Put in a good shift and even made the odd tackle. So much better on the wing. Great cross for fletch and nearly had his own. If he can concentrate on improving his tackling and heading he'll be one hell of a player (still not a no 10 tho) Hutch 9. Thus team ticks more with him in the most others. He sets our defensive tone. Isn't as reckless as some would have you believe 80% of the time anyway) and great on the ball. We lost control when he went off. Unlucky to lose my Mom vote. Bannan 8. Played well and I think hutch suits his play. Less silly errors and fancy passes today. Great pass for the first goal. Arrons 8. Played well and caused problems all night. Nice on the ball and great pace. Too quick for our team to make the box!! FF 7. His work ethic was great. Filled in for reach and arrons at times defensively. Still not quite up to speed and not sure imo he's a true forward in a 2 man front line as doesn't quite drive into the box. Love him to bits but think wide of a forward 3 or as an inside forward is his best position. Fletch 9.5. Won every high ball and protected it well. Chased and harried all game. He could've had 4 tonight. Deserved MoM performance. Iorfa 7. Reminds me of Reda & Charlton Palmer. Didn't put a foot wrong. Boyd 6. Didn't have time to influence really. Joey 6. Has work ethic and endeavor but somehow miles off of what a hutch offers you. Great performance today. Prob best 70 mins of season. Tired and retreated a tad when hutch departed but never in danger today. Still think we need a fit Lee (or his type) as a midfield driver, box to box, late into box is what we lack especially if FF plays up top as we sometimes lack numbers in box. But we are positive and energetic nowadays and the crowd have something to get behind. If only this had come 10/15 games sooner. Had we not gifted westbrom 4pts and messed up with 3 draws against lowers ides, we'd have had a shout off sneaking playoffs. As it is keep plugging away aim for top 10 and build again. If owt happens in meantime the great. If not the hey ho, we've still built a platform. Bruce 8. Love his attitude and shows he's aware if game. Actually appears to talk to players and his staff. Wjod have thought a manager could do that. Haha. Well done only getting booked for waving your arms at the linesman. Sorry assistant referee.
  12. There was plenty of encouragement today in the first half although the second was more of a struggle for me, which is disappointing as for once I felt we could carry on with momentum. Westwood 6. Nothing majorly bad or good. But I just think his presence helps our back line. Palmer 8. One of his better home games. Yes the odd issue with the final ball but him and reach were outstanding in the first half. Thought Palmer was the only one who carried it on and with confidence the entire game. Hector & Thornley 6.5 both solid enough and I felt confident in their defensive work. Both struggled a bit with the ball overall. Fox. 6 thought he was fairly solid but too many times the attack stopped on the left. Him and boyd worked hard but generally offered little. But he's improved overall no end. Still need better to improve the squad. There were several times when bannan could've used the left and fox but turned back into traffic. It seems to only hamper our own efforts. Reach. 6 5. Great in the first half. Easily a 9 for me. Dangerous and with an end product. Didn't turn up in the second 4. missed that last gasp chance. Hutch 6. So much more solid than joey. Thought he played some great balls in the first half, meaning bannan pushed on. But both him and bannan ended up too slow and deep in the second. Bannan 6. Got caught for their best chance. Had some glimpses but I thought he was more off his game than not today. Boyd 6. Worked hard all game, just didn't offer much attacking wise for me. He helps us be solid but then we miss a real attacking threat (ala FF). Would prefer FF or Aaron's there at home. FF 5. Thought he was so off key in every aspect. Still don't think he's a forward or true no 10. Better from wide left or ideally left of a front 3 driving with the ball. Fletch 7. 8 in first half as main outlet held ball well. 5 in second. Didn't seem to win any headers and always played it back even when in space. Sort of summed summed our game up. Aaron's seemed lively but raw. Hope he gets some games. Joao is well Joao. Either unpredictable and produces some great balls & moments or like bambi. Dave still grates me. I don't think he offers enough. Didn't win a header or get involved enough. Would rather win all get a spot over him. Easily more to encourage then in Jos' era. As we all thought. Plenty to work on but they seemed more confident. I wanted Bruce to put on lazaar and Aaron's in the second half for fox and boyd to give them a good go. Then Joao for FF later on. Hopefully he'll have a good look at most of them and decide which 10/15 he wants to keep/retain and then have a chance to bring in 8/10 of his own players. Still think one of bannan, reach or FF will need to go for him to accomplish that mind. Interesting times ahead.
  13. If Bruce is confirmed, I expect he'd get a few pounds to make a couple of loans to buy and be able to spend whatever we sell, but the majority of cash would come from the latter, which you'd expect to be reach. Personally I think all positions would be up for grabs, but am sure he'll be fine with our goalkeepers. I would take Bree (as I imagine he'd go to villa for a player or two and elhamody isn't coming despite him signing whever Bruce is). Think he will look at milosovic if viable, as he's kept an eye on him for about 5 years. Silly as it sounds I would also still sign Marshall as he's one of the best crossers I've seen. I'd also try for Wickham on loan, he's coming back from injury and don't see a long term future for him at palace. His missus is an owl too and he knows the place. Defo upgrade on Dave and more value than Fletch. I know Bruce was also Interested in judge at brentford, so now he's showing fitness back from his injury nightmare, it wouldn't surprise me if he enquired about him either. Personally I think he'll go to previous clubs about loans and out of favour former players initially, then look to wheel and deal a bit once reach is sold and cash is there. Whatever happens He'll definitely need to be steadier with the cash then at previous clubs, but the majority of his signings seem to have a value (if only from a resale point of view) at least. Mind you knowing us, having said all that we'll either not sign anyone or sign a goalkeeper. Haha.
  14. I'm not sure if all Jos has is lording over getting players playing over 25 games, is worth it at the minute. Yes it's all well and good having players who can play in the rigours of modern day football, but those players them have to play well. I don't want players who can play 50 games, but are crap in 47 of em. I'd rather have 2 players who could play 25 each and play well in 23. He has to have them trained well in his tactical ideas and he has to trust them to execute it or he should use his squad fully to so that. If he thinks they are giving enough he needs his eyes tested.
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