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About Oatesy2001

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  1. Berlin...not met another owl out here in 18 months
  2. Tom Lees...made the real difference this month
  3. Oatesy2001

    i dont buy this 'he's a nice guy'

    Or you could try reading again...I'm not defending Rhodes. You're stating he should have stood up and taken the penalty (which I agree with coincidently) but not what I either said or implied.
  4. Oatesy2001

    i dont buy this 'he's a nice guy'

    The Rhodes penalty comments from Carlos were scandalous. Something along the lines of 'our top 5 takers were agreed prior to the match based on performance in training' would have sufficed. The way he is blaming the fans for performances now, and Rhodes in May show at best somebody who isn't willing to stand up and be counted. On the topic of whether he is a nice guy, who cares...he's paid to deliver results and he hasn't been this season. That's all we as fans and the Chairman should care about.
  5. Oatesy2001

    Bravery - IF Carlos stays

    I'm sure we were all booking Wembley tickets based on last seasons' results... I also disagree, performances and the points tally don't have to be mutually exclusive. Especially with the resources we have at our disposal. If playing to finish in the playoffs then the key results to be judged against should be those against Huddersfield where we were sadly lacking. I'd take 6th and a playoff win next season right now rather than 4th and a semi final loss again. A little bravery on Wednesday (or Sunday) and we could all be looking forward to Wembley again.
  6. Having reflected on the season, a couple of trends need addressing IF Carlos remains revolving around 'bravery'. 1. Carlos needs to pick the a system and formation encouraging bravery on the ball and a willingness to push on and make mistakes, even if it means leaving us slightly more open at the back 2. Importantly, to show a lot more bravery in leaving out players who don't fit into system (e.g 442, 433). Round pegs in round holes 3. Carlos needs to identify the spine of the team and then show bravery in sticking with this core 6 players through the middle of the park 4. Carlos needs to be brave and sell players who are not in this core 6/7 to release funds to purchase players who compliment the system (choose Lee or Bannan, Rhodes or Winnall, Hutch or Jones). This will free up funds prior to FFP 5. The general style of football needs to be more like Carlos' first season. Winning games by 2 clear goals as a target rather than holding on for 1-0 performances, bring back some style and the fans will forgive the odd poor result 6. Pick a talisman and build the team around this individuals attributes (Rhodes, FF or Hooper). Look to recoup funds from those who don't fit into this system and may be put out by not being the main man If we continue the way we did this season then we will finish between 8th and 4th. If this is the ambition then the status quo will give us a 50:50 chance of the playoffs and minimal chance of pushing for automatic promotion. I'm not sure why people are thinking top 2 is a realistic proposition based on this seasons performances. On the whole and with 3-4 exceptions the football has been average at best.
  7. 2 tickets for Brentford needed please if there are any going spare, ta
  8. Oatesy2001

    current whereabouts?

    Sat in a bar full of Aussies in Bali...bribed the barmaid to play the match (best £15 I ever spent)