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  1. I might be in the minority but I don’t think Lees has been as great as what he has been made out to be this season. He is too slow to cover the fullbacks when played wide in a back 3 and played centrally he looks equally lost if he comes up against a striker with any form of pace; other teams seem to know this and consistently exploit it. Playing in a back 2 he always needs a quality CB alongside him to help him through games; which is not really what you want from an experienced top earner. He flatters to deceive by throwing himself into challenges and blocks but his but his poor passing, lack of mobility and general panicking has a huge effect on the pressure that builds on us throughout games. Other CB’s we have had in recent times (Iorfa, Borner, Venancio, Sasso) at least had the composure to take a touch and carry the ball forward to alleviate pressure while also allowing our midfield/attacking players to push higher up the pitch. Certainly not been the worst player this season but as one of our top earners I just don’t believe his defensive attributes make up for the limitations in other parts of his game. Regardless of what league we are in next season I think it may time to try something new in defence.
  2. I don’t really buy the whole “tinpot” or “laughing stock” thing. So far as I can tell (or at least according to twitter) everything and nothing can lead to you becoming tinpot: Bigger clubs that have fallen on hard times. Smaller clubs who are doing well. Southern clubs. Clubs with old grounds. Clubs with new grounds. Not being in the premier league. Clubs spending too much. Clubs not spending enough. In general I don’t think football fans really know or care that much about what’s going on behind the scenes at other clubs. I have lived/worked in the south-west for the past few years and even among hardcore football fans nobody really has a clue about any of the things we are worried make us look "tinpot" or a "laughing stock." Plenty of clubs have faced difficulties on and off the field in recent times so we don't even really stand out. The “tinpot” thing occasionally gets thrown around on social media for a multitude of reasons but there is never any real substance to it. It’s hardly like there is an official register which clubs are added to if they are adjudged to be tinpot by the grand court of social media. Of course we could be doing things better as a club but I’m not going to lose sleep because a few Swansea fans have now decided we are “tinpot” for cancelling a game.
  3. He seems to have benefitted massively since Neil Thompson took charge. Play with some attacking intent and keep creating chances like we have done in the last few games and he will keep scoring. Bit of a side-point but I have also seen his name crop up with decent contributions on at least 5-6 different justgiving pages for various fundraisers led by Wednesday fans. I might be quite old fashioned but I like to see these things from players. Seems a decent guy off the field but horrible on it (in the best possible way). If he keeps up this form we could have a chance this season.
  4. Bit late to the party on this one but this is something we discuss regularly. I have avoided some of the popular issues (VAR, politics in sport, Money etc.) But focussed on some of the smaller issues which constantly wind me up and I believe could be fixed quite easily: Diving The only “dives” that seem to get discussed are when players are running at full pace. Any slight contact or even someone stepping across your path while running at full pace can bring you down so these do not really bother me. For me, a much bigger crime is players standing with their backs to an opponent and simply collapsing to gain a free kick and referees seem to fall for it every single time (Preston being the absolute masters of this.) Some recent matches where this has been the prime tactic have been literally unwatchable. Time-Wasting and Game-Clock Any slight issue during stoppage time and ref’s are playing an additional 8-9 minutes instead of 6. Players trying to see the game out have absolutely no clue how long the referee intends to keep going. I much prefer the rugby approach to this; get rid of stoppage time and just stop the clock for game stoppages like player injuries and subs etc. Play to a hooter on 90 minutes (or what the adjusted timing may be) and the game ends when the ball next goes out of play. “Head Injuries” Players who go down holding their heads tactically to get the game stopped (usually when the opposition is in a good attacking position). I think it was Burton we played at home a couple of seasons ago; Brayford and Mcfadzean must have collapsed holding their heads 10 times between them to stop our attacks. I remember seeing the Ryan Mason incident live and more recently Raul Jimenez and a genuine head injury is clear; players stop instinctively without the ref needing to tell them. I have some sympathy for ref’s on this one as they are just following directive and they would be crucified if they ignored a serious head injury but the incentive to get the game stopped for a fake head injury somehow needs to be removed. Kicking Ball Away Players constantly kicking or throwing the ball away or even picking it up and carrying it 10 yards and dropping it to the floor in front of them when the opposition are awarded a set-piece. Simple solution – as soon as the referee awards a set-piece, an opposition player is booked if they touch the ball. Stadium Alcohol Restrictions I actually do not drink but the restrictions around alcohol in grounds really get me. The half time rush that is created by fans needing to race onto the concourse, queue for the majority of half time, pack out unfit for purpose concourses and then down a beer as quickly as possible to get back for the second half. I see absolutely no reason why drinks cannot just be carried out to the stands the same as for Rugby. With the weak, watered-down beers served in football stadiums at £4-£5 a pint it must be near-impossible to drink enough to result in anyone becoming “anti-social.” An outdated regulation which is potentially highly dangerous; I am amazed there has never been a major crush at places like QPR during the half-time free-for-all. Away Ground Policing/Stewarding Football fans pay a premium for tickets these days and are automatically treated like criminals at some grounds. We have been forced to adapt and behave while some police and stewards want to throw their weight around and act like we are still in the 1970’s. Add to this stewards and police who spend all game staring at (and filming) away crowds while home fans spend the entire game goading and gesticulating behind them. And breathe..
  5. Remove the points deduction and we are on 18 points and up to 20th in the table; 2 places clear of the relegation zone. This has been one of the worst seasons I can remember in terms of performances and yet the table suggests that 4 teams have still been worse in terms of points return (and we have gifted most of them 3 points ourselves). Performances have been poor and we definitely need to improve but we have also suffered some bad injuries to key players, our usual fair share of dodgy refereeing decisions, some general bad luck within games and even the reported off-field issues. You wouldn’t be surprised to see teams such as Coventry and Rotherham who have started well begin to fall away for the second half of the season and potentially 1 or 2 out of Millwall, Birmingham, QPR etc and even Luton and Barnsley get dragged back into it if they hit a poor run of form. A big part of the first half of this season was to avoid getting cut adrift and we have just about managed that. The win yesterday was huge; keep pushing on and we have a chance.
  6. I’ll admit I was a Pulis backer; I thought he would bring a simple, effective style (if sometimes not overly pleasing on the eye) where we play players in their correct positions and give ourselves a chance to compete and pick up points this season. However, all we seem to have done is continue exactly what Monk was doing which has been an abject failure for almost a full calendar year; 3 at the back and a lone striker simply does not work for us. We don’t even seem to play much of the expected “Pulisball;” we play way too deep to even have a target at the top end of the pitch to knock it long to.The game-plan currently seems to be pass it around the back 5 for a bit before we eventually lose possession or we knock it out for a throw-in in our own half. The players we have are limited and Pulis needs reinforcements in Jan but this formation clearly does not suit what we currently have. The performance at Cardiff where we played Rhodes and Windass as a strike partnership and occasionally reverted to a back four is arguably our best performance this season and suggests that we can get results by moving away from the current formation and system. Really starting to feel like now or never to change things up and give us the slightest chance of staying up; carry on like this and we may as well pack up now.
  7. I was slightly uninspired by the Pulis link but his record still holds up well, the fans of other clubs who are critical of him were in a very different situation to what we are in now: · West Brom – He saw them from 16th to 13th in the prem in his first season and finished 10th in his second. · Boro - He took them from mid-table to the playoffs in his first season and finished 7th in his second season after being in the top 6 all season. He maintained a 43.75% win rate which is higher than any manager we have had since Megson in League 1. My issue with Monk is that his style was very wishy-washy and I am still not sure what kind of football we were aiming to play. Pulis should at least bring a disciplined, simple strategy where players know their roles and understand what is expected of them. Also worth noting that after the international break we are playing weekend-midweek-weekend almost all the way up until New Year’s Day (which equates to a game almost every 3 days!) Teams are racking up injuries from the hectic fixture schedule and high press teams seem to be some of the worst hit. As much as I would love to see us play free-flowing, attractive football; now is probably not the best time to implement it. A more efficient/direct style may be the best way to get results and keep us in the league with a view to re-assessing for next season.
  8. I wasn’t sure about Pulis; but on a deal until the end of the season with a view to keeping us in the division; he may well be a good choice. The fans of other clubs who are critical of him were in a very different situation to what we are in now: · West Brom – He saw them from 16th to 13th in the prem in his first season and finished 10th in his second season before they felt that they needed to progress their style. · Middlesbrough - He took them from mid-table to the playoffs in his first season and finished 7th in his second season after being in the top 6 all season. He maintained a 43.75% win rate which is higher than any manager we have had since Megson in League 1. He seems to have a positive effect on struggling teams in his first season then start to stagnate towards the end of a second season. Which if we employed him to keep us up this season; he could be exactly what we need. Also worth noting that after the break we are playing weekend-midweek-weekend almost all the way until the new year which equates to a game almost every 3 days. As much as I would love to see us play attacking, free-flowing football; there is some suggestion that high press teams are starting to struggle with the hectic fixture schedule this year. This season was always going to be about pragmatism and a properly implemented direct style may be the best way to get results over the next few months and keep us in the league with a view to re-assessing for next season.
  9. Hardly trying to “dress it up” and I don’t necessarily disagree that we might be “crap.” I even said our approach to the game and overall performance was concerning. Just trying to give some factual context that Luton aren’t necessarily as beatable as what we may have thought and that we sometimes may have a tendency to expect results against our opposition based on their name and stature rather than actual form and ability. As I also said, Wycombe/Rotherham are both in poor form. Anything less than 4-6 points from these 2 and we really can be concerned.
  10. Problem is that was arguably about the worst fixture we could have had in our current state. “Luton Town” sounds like one of those lowly clubs that we expect to beat when in fact they have made a pretty good start to this season and finished last season incredibly well. Nathan Jones and Luton Town just seems to be one of those good manager-club fits; they look to have strengthened since last season and they could well be on for a decent result this season. Many seemed to be expecting a tough game against Brentford and a routine win against Luton when in fact I don’t believe Luton have actually yet dropped below Brentford in the table this season. Until September they had only lost 1 league game in 14, admittedly they had lost 3 out of 4 before they played us but against teams all in the top 8. That being said I think it was our approach and performance that was concerning on Saturday. Rotherham and Wycombe are both in poor form and will be the real indicator of where we are at.
  11. I was quietly confident during yesterday that we would get something from that game but that fell away quite rapidly when I saw the lineup. To my mind Hunt should be a back up option for Bannan/Brown while Pelupessy should be the backup for Luongo. Pelupessy may lack attacking ability but his natural inclination is to close space and chase opposition players down and I expect he would have at least got nearer to Dalsgaard than Bannan/Hunt did for the first goal. One thing that does concern me with Monk is the decisions he makes around cover for unavailable players which is something that Wilder did so well with them lot when they got promoted from the championship. They played a very rigid system and when a player was unavailable he would select the closest equivalent to fill in rather than playing a potentially better quality player out of position; allowing the rest of the team to continue in their shape as normal. Monk just seems to have a tendency to try and shoehorn players into roles where they don't look comfortable which then has a residual effect on the rest of the team. Brentford looked a decent side and we may have struggled to get something out of it regardless of lineup, but to essentially play a midfield 2 with no real cover for an already patched-up defence against such a strong attacking side was suicidal. As a few others have suggested, given Luongo's injury problems to date; a free agent such as Kevin Stewart (or similar) could be very useful to add some more depth in what seems such a crucial position for us.
  12. Not convinced that premier league clubs will be affected anywhere near as much as EFL clubs given the bubble they operate in and the transfer fees flying around so far in this window. If we can sell Iorfa at the right level it will have been great business but we certainly shouldn't be selling at a cut-price level to other championship clubs especially now that we at least seem to have the spending side of our budget in order.
  13. Completely agree but pretty much my point. Iorfa certainly competes with the players in that list and if a team offers the market rate then it would have been good business especially if we can re-invest wisely. But no point selling for peanuts (especially to a championship rival) given some of the transfer fees flying around.
  14. Also posted this in the transfer thread, A quick look at recent fees for championship CB's shows the following: Adam Webster – Bristol to Brighton (19/20) - £20m-£22m Tyrone Mings – Bournemouth to Villa (19/20) - £20m-£26.5m Ben Gibson – Boro to Burnley (18/19) - £15m Alfie Mawson – Swansea to Fulham (18/19) - £15m-£20m Chris Mepham – Brentford to Bournemouth (18/19) - £12m Ezri Konsa - Brentford to Villa (19/20) - £12m Tomas Kalas – Chelsea to Bristol (19/20) - £8m Iorfa still relatively young, experienced, english, pacy, physically imposing, good on the ball, good injury record etc; certainly competes with the above and ticks all the boxes for mid-lower prem teams (Leeds, Fulham, Burnley, Brighton, Newcastle etc.) Plenty of teams with money to spend are desperate for CB's with not many options around currently. As much as we need to learn from our recent mistakes with outgoings we should be taking advantage of the current market and ideally looking for at least £12m-£15m+ for Iorfa based on the above.
  15. A quick look at recent fees for championship CB's shows the following: Adam Webster – Bristol to Brighton (19/20) - £20m-£22m Tyrone Mings – Bournemouth to Villa (19/20) - £20m-£26.5m Ben Gibson – Boro to Burnley (18/19) - £15m Alfie Mawson – Swansea to Fulham (18/19) - £15m-£20m Chris Mepham – Brentford to Bournemouth (18/19) - £12m Ezri Konsa - Brentford to Villa (19/20) - £12m Tomas Kalas – Chelsea to Bristol (19/20) - £8m Iorfa still relatively young, experienced, english, pacy, physically imposing, good on the ball, good injury record etc; certainly competes with the above and ticks all the boxes for mid-lower prem teams (Leeds, Fulham, Burnley, Brighton, Newcastle etc.) Plenty of teams with money to spend are desperate for CB's with not many options around currently. As much as we need to learn from our recent mistakes with outgoings we should be taking advantage of the current market and looking for at least £12m-£15m+ for Iorfa based on the above.
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