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areNOTwhatTHEYseem

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  1. Not sure you need the plural; they all came from one side.
  2. And to think it was just last week we had posts advocating releasing him on a free...
  3. Nobody's panicking. It seems fairly clear that 3-5-2 will be our main formation this season, which is fine. But Moore has spoken about having greater tactical flexibility, and yesterday's game was a prime example of where that could have paid off: once Portsmouth started targeting the space behind Johnson, we could have switched to a back four, cut off their supply lines, weathered the storm, and maintained our lead. Instead, we stuck with what we'd got and conceded three very similar goals.
  4. I'm going to post an amalgamation of a couple of my earlier posts from other threads, as it seems appropriate for this topic. No doubt 3-5-2 is here to stay, but when 3-5-2 isn't working, we have to be prepared to change things. Moore spoke about wanting greater tactical flexibility, yet when push came to shove yesterday, we just stuck with what we were doing and watched as Portsmouth took advantage to score three fairly similar goals. Straight from the restart, it was evident they'd been told to get the ball into that space behind our wingbacks and attack from there, which they did repeatedly. If we're going to play 3-5-2, we have to accept a certain weakness to attacks down the flanks, but if we're going to couple that with an inability to win headers in our own penalty box, then we're in massive trouble. Yesterday was crying out for a tactical switch, but we just kept things as they were and saw three points turn into one. Do that too many more times this season and automatic promotion will be beyond us. It's all well and good talking about tactical flexibility, but we need to actually see it in games when the situation is crying out for it.
  5. It wasn't such an issue in the first half, as Portsmouth didn't really attack a great deal. Johnson was having a mardy for much of the first half, as he seemed to feel that he wasn't being supported out wide. At that point, it was in an attacking sense... However, straight from the restart, it was evident they'd been told to get the ball into that space behind our wingbacks and attack from there, which they did repeatedly. If we're going to play 3-5-2, we have to accept a certain weakness to attacks down the flanks, but if we're going to couple that with an inability to win headers in our own penalty box, then we're in massive trouble.
  6. I wonder if the rail strikes meant that more drove, hence fewer spent long in the pub?
  7. Yep When 3-5-2 isn't working, we have to be prepared to change things. Moore spoke about wanting greater tactical flexibility, yet when push came to shove yesterday, we just stuck with what we were doing and watched as Portsmouth took advantage to score three fairly similar goals. They targeted the flanks, particularly our left, and got into the space behind Johnson time after time. Yesterday was crying out for a tactical switch, but we just kept things as they were and saw three points turn into one. Do that too many more times this season and automatic promotion will be beyond us. It's all well and good talking about tactical flexibility, but we need to actually see it in games when the situation is crying out for it.
  8. And doubled his goal tally from last season in the first game of this one! All the raw attributes are there for him to become a very, very good player. The signs of him starting to put it all together are just beginning to show. I know we had someone on here saying we should release him on a free a couple of weeks ago, but I for one really hope we manage to tie him down to a long term contract...
  9. One way or another, our defensive frailty needs sorting. Whether that's via recruitment, coaching, or something else, I don't know. But we simply can't afford for all our attacking threat to go to waste because we keep leaving the back door open at the other end of the pitch.
  10. Today's game was a real mixed bag, wasn't it? There were some really positive aspects to our play, but also some pretty worrying signs... The good: Dele Bashiru is really starting to show signs of fulfilling his massive potential and he looked very confident today. Those two goals were something special and hopefully a sign of things to come from him this season. In full flow, not many at this level can live with him. Some of our attacking movement in the first half an hour was lovely - Windass, Gregory, Dele Bashiru, Bannan, Byers, Johnson and Hunt were playing some great stuff and looked like they could create chances at will. The bad: We seemed to take our foot off their neck around the 30 minute mark, for some reason - rather than pushing home our advantage and looking to kill them off, we seemed content to go in at half time with a single goal lead. They were struggling to contain us in that opening period and would have been relieved to go in at the break and be given the opportunity to regroup at just one down. The ugly: Our defending was criminal in those first twenty minutes of the second half, and the fact that we failed to either cut out the crosses at source or put in a meaningful challenge for the ball in the box was really, really concerning. Johnson seemed to be getting bypassed quite easily during that period of play, which in turn dragged the centre backs out of position. I did wonder whether a switch to a back four might have been in order, just to stem the flow and allow us to defend those wide areas more effectively. It didn't happen of course, and we took the point in the end, but it does feel a bit like two points dropped, doesn't it? Overall, there are signs that we could be an attacking force to be reckoned with in this division, but unless we find a way to address our soft core, either via coaching, a change of personnel, or a tweak to the system when teams are repeatedly getting joy down our flanks, then all our good attacking play is likely to count for naught. It's not panic stations just yet of course, but there's clearly plenty of work to be done.
  11. It's great to hear Moore saying he wants, well, more out of the squad than we got last season, rather than finally trying to repeat what we did last time out. Our form in the second half of the season was great, but we were matched stride for stride by Franchise FC and Bolton, and then we've got the three relegated teams to compete with, who could also be strong. It's all about chasing those marginal gains in order to cement automatic promotion.
  12. Exactly. Then you hear Moore suggesting he has plans which include Windass, Gregory and Smith all being on the pitch at the same time, and things just get scarier and scarier for the opposition...
  13. Good interview. He sounds like he thinks he's got a point to prove. Let's hope he can, as a fit and firing Josh Windass could be a massive player for us at this level.
  14. I can't see him starting ahead of Gregory and Windass, though.
  15. I honestly don't know enough about all the other squads in League One to make an informed judgement, but I do think we have it in us to challenge for the title, based on how we fared last season and the recruitment we've seen this summer. We've lost some quality players, but we've replaced them with a bit of know-how, some more height and athleticism, and a few promising youngsters. Up top, Smith could be vital - having a player of his ilk potentially transforms our team and hopefully brings the best out of his teammates, too. My only concern as things stand is that we clearly lack a bit of pace, but it seems that Moore is keen to address this in the remainder of the window, so I'm pretty optimistic on that front.
  16. What makes you think he'll start with Paterson up top?
  17. If I were a betting man, I'd go with this one.
  18. 'Fan' is just what these Yorkshire types call customers.
  19. Still got those pics of him in a compromising position with Owen Morrison, eh?
  20. Inevitably this will turn out like the 'refs are clamping down on dissent' briefings from a few years ago, which resulted in David Jones being sent off for questioning a referee's decision before the whole thing was quickly forgotten and we returned to scenes of Premier League players surrounding refs, getting in their faces, and generally behaving like wankpuffins.
  21. Bumped into the squad at a services en route to a game a few years ago. Was chatting to Nuhiu, then he asked if I wanted a photo with him. Didn't have the heart to say no, so went ahead with it. Bless him.
  22. "Failing to pet the golden elephants when entering the ground: instant dismissal."
  23. "Not saying 'massive' in first interview after signing: £500k."
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