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Roy Of The Roasters

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  1. I sat and thought about this last night after the all too predictable meltdown in some quarters, and tried to put things into perspective. Looking at the season so far, we've played 7. W3 D2 L2. GD +1. We've won more than we've lost, or drawn. We've only lost twice all season. We've scored more than we've conceded. We're 2 points off the playoffs. That's hardly cause to push the panic button. One of the games we lost, we dominated, and most other weeks would have won. One of the games we drew, we missed a penalty and had a valid goal ruled out. That's unfortunate, but again a million miles away from a catastrophe. We've been less than convincing in some of our games, but we've also been outstanding in spells, and have seen a glimpse of what might be possible with the current squad. Personally, I think the things that have gone wrong are fixable. I can't say if Darren Moore is up to the job of doing that, but I'd rather given him at least half a season to work on it than throw him overboard and recruit yet another manager who may want to tear everything up and start again.
  2. There's a couple of crucial statements there. 1. The downward spiral. Far too many of our fans seem to have forgotten about this, and simply assumed that the off field problems have basically been solved. Not only is that probably not true, but the general malaise will linger for a while. It's just not as simple as thinking that the finances, the infrastructure and the squad have been fixed so it's business as usual. 2. The expectation of promotion. Again, this partly comes down to the 'problems have gone away' mentality, but also to the jaw dropping sense of entitlement that some of our fans seem to possess. I really don't know why anyone assumed we would immediately challenge for promotion given the miserable season we had last season, the off field problems and the turnover in playing staff. You've only got to look at the other so-called 'big' clubs who have struggled to get out of L1 to see that it was never going to be a cakewalk.
  3. It's hardly fair to blame either relegation on him. Both times, he took over when the ship was already sinking. And let's face it, if it hadn't been for the points deduction we wouldn't have been relegated last season.
  4. Scored 1, conceded 5 across those games. I'm not calling for DMs head, I don't have any feeling of entitlement, and I don't expect miracles. But I think he needs to instil a winning mentality into the team very quickly. We've shown we can dominate other sides, but we don't capitalise when we're on the front foot, we surrender the initiative, and once we've done that we never look like regaining it.
  5. Doesn't matter what position. Forwards don't automatically make good penalty takers. I'd be happy with Big Dom taking penalties.
  6. This. ^^^^ I accept they'll stay up, but what I really don't want is for them to go straight back back up. The longer they fail to do so, the harder it will become for them as their momentum diminishes, their best players move on, and they fall behind the best clubs in the league.
  7. He's got a good track record at Championship level, but always seems to get found out in the Premiership. I think Forest, right now, are one of those clubs (bit like us) where it's such a horror show off the pitch that the negativity affects the squad. Managing a club under those circumstances is always going to be a thankless task.
  8. I've lived and worked there. I found the petty restrictions on everyday life (places you can't go, being thrown out of shops at prayer time, newspapers / magazines being heavily edited to remove 'offensive' articles and images) quickly became tiresome, but you learn to live with it. As already pointed out, assuming your employer provides accommodation, the quality of housing is high. If you live on a compound, you can pretty much enjoy life as normal. Alcohol is prohibited, of course, but people find a way round it, either through unofficial channels or brewing it themselves, and provided it stays within your residence no one should mind. I think life for western women has improved since I lived out there. Probably still need to be accompanied by a man and to dress conservatively in public, but I believe the reviled 'religious police' have been cut down to size (maybe even removed from the streets altogether). I would recommend the Eastern Province (Dammam / Khobar being the major population centres). More westernised than Riyadh probably due to oil workers and military, and if it all gets a bit much and you need to let off steam, Bahrain is on your doorstep.
  9. If Max has a tow, surely there must be someone in front to give him one?
  10. Sorry To Bother You (2018). Surreal black comedy. Cash Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is a struggling Afro-American telemarketer, desperately short of money and continually facing eviction. Advised by a colleague to adopt a ‘white voice’ when calling customers, Cash subsequently becomes hugely successful and is promoted to a ‘Power Caller’ position in which he sells arms and cheap labour to world leaders, but in the process becomes distanced from his girlfriend and colleagues. However, when he is drawn into the orbit of cheerfully immoral businessman Steve Lift (Arnie Hammer) who is breeding a race of servile human / horse hybrids to use as slave labour, Cash begins to reassess his values. I didn’t see this film when it was first released, but it got good reviews so I made time for it when it reached TV. I’d always assumed it was a satire on the compromises Afro Americans have to make to succeed in a world where many of the rules seem to be written by and for white people. And indeed it as, as well as both a dig at unacceptable business practices and a morality tale about not throwing away the really important things in life. However, what I didn’t realise until I watched it was how utterly bonkers it was. Definitely worth a watch. (8/10).
  11. The stewards think otherwise.......
  12. Stupid idea. Her achievement is quite remarkable, but in itself doesn't merit an honour. If she goes on to become a leading player, winning many grand slams in the process, then fair enough, but then the honour would be based upon a great career. Which is as it should be. We do seem to scatter honours around like confetti these days.
  13. I think the protocols of such a situation are potentially interesting - if they even exist. I just think it's odd that a civilian would be allowed to wander round something like a nuclear submarine unescorted. What really provoked my original comment, though, was the scene where a crewman started waving a gun around and Amy Silva took charge and pretty much told the Coxswain to step back and let her take care of the situation - and he immediately complied. I just can't see that ever happening. Anyhow, that minor quibble shouldn't detract from what is turning out to be a pretty decent and original series. I think what I really like about it is the way that there are two related but entirely separate investigations going on, and neither is in a position to be reliably informed about developments in the other.
  14. Now confirmed that Max has been handed a 3 place grid penalty at the next race. Waiting on Christian Horner to throw his toys out of the pram again............
  15. In terms of the accident, I'll reserve judgement. My immediate reaction is that Lewis had the line, but we'll see. Ironically that might not have worked out too bad for him. Considering the shocker this weekend was for LH, Max only extending his lead in the Championship by a couple of points isn't a bad outcome. Potential penalties notwithstanding of course....... Personally, I wonder how much he compromised his race with that reckless failed overtake on Lap 1. He really didn't need to take that risk. With DR holding Max up, Lewis could easily have kept up and that would have given Merc some tactical options. As it was, he lost time behind Lando; only a few seconds, but how crucial might that have been? Anyway, today belongs to Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren. It's been a long time coming for the team in Orange.
  16. It's not like they're all top class players, though. Quite a few misfits and players who don't stand a chance of being regular starters at their home clubs. Plus most of that business was done very late in the day, so a lot of those players haven't really had a proper pre-season together. For me, this is the season where we start to find our feet again, a chance to press the reset button rather than become an immediate success.
  17. I partly agree. I never thought we were likely to go back up, and I still don't. (My prediction is 9th). Part of the problem, I think, is that some of our fans think our problems have been sorted and are now behind us, whereas the reality is that we're still wounded, as a club, by the mismanagement of the past few seasons. I'm not sure it should take as long as several months for new players to gel, but equally I'm not convinced that many of the new players are quite the world beaters some seem to think. There's a reason they were sent out on loan or available for nothing. I think some of us need a bit of a reality check, I'm afraid. You've only got to look at some of the 'big' clubs in L1 to realise that size, history and reputation do not give you the right to bounce straight back or entitle you to respect from 'smaller' clubs. We're no different, and we should expect more setbacks like the previous two games. It's how we adapt over the course of a season (or two) that counts.
  18. I sat and thought about this yesterday. We've won more more games than we've lost this season (in fact we've won 50% of our games) We've scored more than we've conceded this season (in fact two thirds of our games we've kept a clean sheet) We're in the top half of the table We're two points outside a play off place and three outside the automatics And yet based on a poor performance and result from just one single game, some people want to sack the manager. OK, yesterday was the worst we've played all season, but it was just one game. Can't we at least, in the first instance, give the manager and the team an opportunity to bounce back from that rather than demanding that heads roll?
  19. I assume you're referring to our managerial merry go round last season. It didn't really work out, did it? Perhaps we should try something different, like giving the manager a whole season?
  20. I was one of those........ Like Darren Moore, he needs more than 6 games.
  21. That was awful today. The sprint is basically one shot qualifying, extended over 18 laps. I think I made the point during Silverstone that the consequences of screwing up are such that the teams are likely to be risk averse. Unlike regular qualifying where you can nip in and out of the pits, there are no second chances. So the tactics are very likely to be conservative. As for Lewis, how damaging was that. Unless he can get past the Maccas quickly tomorrow, I can see Max streaking away.
  22. Again, if we're going to sack the Manager every time we have a bad result, we are going to get through a LOT of managers....... There are question marks about Moore's tactical nous, I agree, but sacking him on the basis of one game is absurd. We'll just get someone else in who will struggle to turn us around, and then after the first bad result you'll want them gone as well. And the one after that and the one after that....... Quite honestly, I think the time has come for a bit of continuity and stability. Based on what I've seen we wont get promoted, but we won't get relegated either. Perhaps, instead of expecting immediate success, we should work on establishing ourselves in L1, accepting there will be setbacks on the way.
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