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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Sorry but I simply can't agree. He held the ball better than he has done but still not very often and he continually misplaced passes and lost the ball. He even dribbled it out of play when noone was tackling him. FF for him is still off the pace, but he was way more effective in driving us than anyone and brought Bannan alive (who was as bad as I've seen him in the first half). The team in the 1st half scored a 1 out of 10. Raised to a 5 in the second as we actually showed some attacking intent. Only player bar FF, Bannan and reach (who was in and out again playing as a no10 instead of out wide) that came out of tonight with any credit was thorniley. He isn't a fullback and was never doing to get forward but defensively he had ameobi in his pocket all game and covered well making some cracking tackles. Every other player could be replaced easily for me. Am so pleased we got a win, but bloody ell we'll lose plenty more playing like that. Need to use it as a building block and seriously improve.
  8. I think for me Jos and Carlos have polar end/opposite views. Both have merits and I think really the key is, as always somewhere in the middle. Carlos stuck by his better players regardless of form, fitness or injuries this alineating some of his back ups. Jos is favouring fitness and energy, swapping and changing from game to game, over the value and ability of others, regardless of form, tactics or cohesion. Thus alienating and excluding some of his back ups. Really we need the middle. Play your team to your strengths (in the main) which a side that best gives you the chance of winning. However, should players have injuries or be out of form, they should be dropped. If injured should have to play at least a couple of games to make sure an injury will not repeat and take advice from the doc and physio. If given the go ahead they can resume match duties and step in if form, Injury and fitness of someone in the squad is lost. That way you can use youngsters too. The main issue I have is Jos is causing this unrest. If he didn't want to play certain players get them out of the door, this removing the issue completely. You don't and you are setting yourself up for a fall (rightly or wrongly) if things aren't going right. He's made is own pool of players smaller by choice, so the benefit of the doubt he had before from me is waining and waining fast. Everyone should have a chance of making the squad for me. If you have youth players, get them on loan to league two, then league one etc, they dont automatically have to develop here, but can still be a key component in the future. Look for a side that plays your type of football. Yes playing them here gives hem direct exposure, but also puts a lot of pressure on them if things don't go well. They should be ones who are given 5 games and then rested for a couple (give them time to reflect and learn). The reason I think most are anointed is our spine is week in fight, organisation and leadership and Westwood and hutch have those abilities. Dawson is a good keeper, as that save stats show, but what it doesn't tell you is how he's contributed to those shots coming in. He struggles under crosses and doesn't communicate and lead his defense (the fact the defense is not strong enough or have a midfield with enough qualities to help is another story) Westwood is good in both of those areas and it's arguably something the defense need right now. Is using him and acarificing Dawson's progression. Going to help thorniley, Penney and baker more?!?!. For me either Dawson or wildsmith should be one loan somewhere for 6 months, then the other for the other 6 months if you arent going to sell Westwood. We are soft in the centre, with no organisation. Again 2 qualities hutch has. Is he needed to help get us back on an even keel? Arguably so. Inconsistencies are part and parcel of you guys players, but having experienced pros on the bench to help is a debate you roads yourself when you have kids on the bench that you don't play (so changes if made are the same and do t actually change a game) so what experience are they actually getting? Mix and match sure but for good sake adapt to what's needed during games and use your squad effectively to help you achieve that. It's just the common theme that we are shooting ourselves in the foot again and again in this, transfer activity, youth development etc etc. Sometimes you have to start again, but you do that by selling and reinvesting, not casting aside and ostracizing. Then you reinvest money from a reach of FF sale etc. Hoarding and abandoning players is ridiculous unless you are a top club like chelsea etc who can afford to do so. Don't get me wrong, all clubs make mistakes (look at Chelsea with DeBrune) but why hinder your own clubs ability???
  9. I admire/understand his reasoning in some ways, as it gives those who train hard an incentive to play. However, it also demotivates those on the outskirts (which is what Carlos did), which can be even worse when it contains a few of your better players. My main issue is when the team or players are not playing well then you need to instill into them that there are players breathing down your neck to have your position. Stop complacency setting in. At the minute we havent got that due to the ostracized players imo. Not all players can play or train every session, but it doesn't mean they can't be the best performers on your match day. Jos' job is to manage a squad effectively, so that the team performers consistently to the highest possible standards. I do t think we are doing this. Yes he's blooding youngsters, but then he'll not us his bench/subs when needed..... The team are lacking leadership and are as solid as a chocolate fireguard this season (having always had a softer underbelly to be fair, but that was offset by a high pace and press in our successful season) and using the same combinations repeating or swtich match after match is the definition of madness for me. In my mind when you have players of 'lesser ability's on the ball or situational awareness or movement etc, it's always best to engrained one way of playing so they know what's what both defensively and offensively. Jos changes his team's and tactics/formations to suit the opposition instead of suiting his own team. Therefore hindering our own abilities and I think that's why we sometimes look like we'll ship 3 or 4. It still annoys me that he'll try to play from the back (with the players we have) all game. Fair enough if we aren't being pressed. But if we are and the keeper hoofs it, why not go longer earlier Or go in behind. Mix it up for god's sake. Argh.... Players like Westwood and hutch. Hell even Jones may not have the best games, but they organise and take responsibility. I'm not saying our fortunes would change, but at least you'd know you've tried and not alienated players.....
  10. I agree with making changes based on bad performances. I just hope he adapts his tactics too. If teams press then he needs to at least mix possession up and not always try to play it out otherwise it'll very likely be the same outcome, personnel changes or not. The changes made makes it look like we've got a paper thin squad, but when you consider hutch, Westwood, Jones and Boyd are all fit then it shows there's more going on at the club. Yes he has other injuries to contend with to be fair, but some decisions seem weird. I just hope to god he makes subs if we are needing to impose and/or change a game, something he failed to do on Friday. I think people are right to be a letter to question, as you can always improve and there are many ways and opinions on how to do that. Jos' lineup is one such way. I Hope he's got it right. Nothing makes me happier football wise than an owls win (apart from playing good football and winning). But like anyone and everything you're always open to being critiqued. 2-1 anyone...... Haha
  11. Firstlt sorry, this is a long post!!! I think this is the type of performance we'll get every now and again under Jos. He tries to galvanise a team, at the expense of better players, but when we are pressured and struggling, too often we panic, heads go and the game is gone. Still can't believe he only used 1 sub again. Apart from the out of blue finish by reach and a last 7 minute pressure we were 3rd best behind Boro and ref in that second half. Some half chances in the first created by reach's running. Pulis brought his rugby knowledge to the fore and played time wasting and some shoddy / clever tackling (forearm smash on fletch) and getting them to save a "try" on the try line by covering and lying on the ball under a ruck, thus obviously meaning we were at fault and penalty to them - i assume that's how the ref saw it anyway haha - which keeper then took from pen spot!! Lol. Ratings: Dawson: 5. Did nothing overly wrong, but his insistence on punching and flapping/hesitant decisions doesn't inspire confidence for his defence. Don't think it helps us in anyway. His quick distribution needs to be better. (Although distribution is an issue with Al 3 keepers imo, but Westwood while at the club but not No1 is still baffling and a shame - unless he plays crap in games - same with hutch missing out) Palmer 5. Defensively ok, he didn't shirk tackles, but his passing was woeful. Lees 3. Poor in most things, highlighted by the error for the goal. Then standing stock still rather than trying to make up for it meaning an easy pass to BA for the goal. Hates having the ball at his feet. Hector 6. Composure generally when winning ball. Like everyone dropped heads after second (god knows what the half time team talk was). His longer passing was off today and tired for me after about 80mins. Thorniley 5. Should've done better for the first goal, but he's a youngster learning and he throws himself into any challenge and handled BA well I thought. Penney 4. Im his biggest fan, but I think he needs a rest. Move thorniley to wing back and pudil to CB. He got caught in the ball so much. His right leg is there for standing on. Haven't seen him so hesitant going forward since he first came in. Needs to knuckle down again as it looks like he's believing he's a world beater and you need to work at that every game. Joey 6.5 He did most of the defensive side well and is getting less shoved off the ball, but still needs to do better on the ball, some terrible attempts. Has to remember there's more than Bannan to pass to. (As rest of team do to be fair) Hate them both over the ball at set pieces. Just takes em out if the game. Bannan 6. Not his usual self. Team rely on him too much. No surprise to me that other players look better when he doesn't play as they have to then take responsibility. He tried to many over the top balls against a massive back 5 and silly flicks for me. Lack of movement doesn't help him, but his head went and he stopped to often and started arguing. Reach 7. He infruiates me and it really gets at me haha.80% of the time he loses the ball or is out done in a tackle or just points at runners and stops. I prefer him wide rather than as a no 10. But he has a great strike on him thank god and if it weren't for him over last few games we'd be bottom half. João 5. Back to his Bambi best, had no influence today. Shame he has thus in him too often as the clinical controlled João is an asset to have. Fletch 7. I thought he worked hard, chased back and got involved. It meant he was rarely in the positions we needed him mind, but that for me was more about the team performance than his. Dave 5. Didn't have an impact really. Jos: 4. I wish we'd abandon the passing at the back when teams press. Force them back more instead, or at least mix it up more, as we don't have the players to do so under pressure. Dawson just ends up lumping it 30 seconds later meaning more space in midfield for opposition as our defence is too deep. Jos needs to be better tactically in the game for me. Players looked lost, heads went down and needed direction. Why not change the game? You have 3 subs. We can't control games. He didn't deliver. Too often we are a team of reactors rather than anticipaters. In most games that'll mean we are second best to the first ball and we put ourselves under pressure. That's when you miss your more skillful players. It's a balancing act Jos needs to learn to master and quickly if he wants the playoffs. Boro did the things they do well, but weren't carving us apart. As usual a second half disappointment, when we handed them the keys to the game. Pulis gets a 9 for his rugby talent at the end of the game. Ref 4. Tried to let the game flow and didn't give in to BA theatrics, but that meant he missed some genuine niggly stuff Boro did. How Ayla didn't get yellow on the forearm smash for example. How he decided we fouled in the melee at the end was weird too. They obstructed us by laying on he ball. Haha. Frustrating game all in all. We have so much more to give, which is what I think is worse in games like this. It's a worry for me as I think this type of performance will happen every few games and harm our top 6 chances. I just feel to play how he wants we need our better players to play. Defeats hurt and can lead to overreaction and I'm sure we'll do well against a lot of teams, I just think something like today coupled with a similar second half collapse against Leeds and west Brom, our record against the top 6 will be our undoing this year. So so hope I'm wrong.
  12. That was an important hold, would have been disastrous to throw another 2-0 lead away. Well done boys.
  13. Big big last 10 plus injury time. We've scored in our "purple patch" now we need to step up again and not let another lead slip again. It could be make or break for the players confidence. Cmons lads. poo that ref. Let's Bristol play on while their player has head injury then blows up as soon as we get the ball. Hate poo like that.
  14. God damn it. Given a pen away. Big big dilemma now. Can't lead another 2-0 lead go. Ffs. Cmon boys let's hold on and banish that demon straight away.
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