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  1. Always a gamble. Stevie May wasn't particularly young or unknown but was outrageously good in Scotland. Didn't work for us though did it. Yet Villa fans won't be complaining about McCann. Some gambles work, some don't. I'm hoping Brucey can improve our record on that front.
  2. Those who voted for Palmer have obviously forgotten how absolutely cack he was until Luhukay left. We're voting for the player of the whole season, not the most improved or the one who's not been as bad as we thought or who's been here the longest. I'm not saying he hasn't improved enormously. I've gone from hating him to quite liking him but player of the season? Nah, not for me. I've got too many horrid memories from this season of why I disliked him so much. Me, I voted for Bannan because he's so integral to everything positive that we do. One of the top five players in the league for key passes and assists and a few special goals of his own. For the first part of the season he was the only one driving us forward, carrying the whole team at times. I think he's taken for granted by far too many wednesdayites. We may have to sell some players but I'd hate it if it was him. We'd miss him more than any other player.
  3. True story. In the north stand at half time I say to my Dad 'hey, that's Kevin Pressman sat a few rows behind us' 'Oh, which one's Pressman' 'The one eating the pie' He really was Springett was probably our best keeper in this era but I don't actually remember seeing how good he was so Hodgy has to get the vote from me. Apart from Springett, no other keeper in this list could claim to be one of the best in the country at the time - and I include Chris Woods who, for my money, never lived up to his reputation and was a big disappointment here.
  4. And he also put in two great crosses in the first half, one for Joao and one for Fletch, both of which could have led to goals. I'm another one of those who doesn't rate him but have to admit he did a lot of good things tonight
  5. Went for Hutch but Hector, Bannan and Lees were great and it was a joy to watch a footballer of the quality of Hooper, even if he was blowing out of his 'arris most of the time
  6. What do you know of his history at Newcastle. Please elaborate.
  7. Westwood 6 Palmer 7 Hector 6 Thorniley 6 Fox 5 Reach 8 MOM Bannan 6 Hutchinson 6 Boyd 6 Forestieri 5 Fletcher 7 Aaarons 7 Joao 7 Nuhiu 5 Unlike most on here I didn't think Hutch, Hector or Thorniley had particularly good games. (it's all about opinions, right). Reach was just fantastic in the first half and seemed to be loving his new wide-midfield role which I think really suits him; granted he was quieter in the second half and missed that sitter but nearly all our best work came through him. Fletcher was terrific again and Palmer had maybe the best game I've seen him have; that run at the end was the best thing I've ever seen him do! Boyd's hard work and ability to nick balls off their back four was actually one of our greatest threats in the first half; if only he was better in possession. Forestieri needs to have more impact to justify his place in the starting line up. Not sure how much patience Bruce will have with him if he carries on like that. Aarons was exciting to watch but will it have an end product? The new JJ? (who I loved)
  8. That only leaves Nuhiu and Matias with crap strike rates
  9. I'm not a Matias fan. As I've pointed out before he is almost always the player in our starting line up who makes the fewest touches; this was the case again yesterday; when Joao replaced him after 60 mins he made as many touches in 30 mins as Matias had in 60. This is why fans often say he doesn't seem to have an impact on the game. (Incidentally, I don't know how he manages so few touches because he certainly isn't lazy - he must just have a knack of running where the ball can't reach him). Also Matias had a pass success of 64%; Joao's was 92%. So many of our attacks seemed to break down when they reached Matias. This wasn't a one-off bad game - I don't see every game but I do see plenty and I've yet to see him have a game where I'd give more than 7 out of 10 - usually I'd give him a 5 or 6. BUT I can see why Matias is seen to have a key role in the team. Under Jos our biggest problem was the lack of cover given to our back 4 who were exposed again and again. The conundrum is to give the full backs the cover they need and still provide support to Fletcher. The solution that we've been using is to use two players, Boyd and Matias, who have the energy and pace to dash back when we need cover and forward again when we attack. If we replaced Matias (or Boyd who was getting some right stick from a bloke behind me yesterday) with Joao or Forestieri or Winnall we'd have to reorganise the team to give cover to the backs because none of those players have the energy or willingness to cover the full-backs. All 3 of those are much better players when they get the ball but we'd lose our current shape and solidity if we picked any of them over Matias (or Boyd).
  10. Yes, Palmer had a decent enough game yesterday. I'd actually say he had a good game if it wasn't for two glaring errors in the first half 1) when we lost the ball near the half way line and their wide player burst free down his flank. At the breakdown of our move, Palmer was practically next to him but as he ran away Palmer just stood still and let him go. Aaaargh. Why does he do that??? 2) THAT cross when he reached the by-line with all the time in the world and floated a delicate dink into the keeper's arms. Once again his crossing let him down. If it wasn't for those two often repeated elements of his play Palmer would be a pretty decent player. He certainly did lots of positive things. Crikey at one point I thought he was going to be put through on goal in the centre-forward position. Going on his previous attempts at goal, it's perhaps as well the pass never reached him. Until we can afford to bring in someone better, we need to stick with Palmer because he's a far better player than Ash Baker. Oh and credit to Fox for winning over many of his critics, including me. He's been sound in recent games and he knocks in far better crosses than Palmer.
  11. 1. How many clubs these days play with wingers? 2. When Rhodes was playing for us we were getting more crosses into the box than any other team in the division I really like JR as a person and wish it had worked out better for him but we already had two non-pacy 'natural' goalscorers Hooper and Winnall who both offered a lot more in their overall play
  12. I'm not sure any of us know the true story. I can't imagine a footballer deliberately wasting the last 3 years of his career by pretending to be injured or whatever he's accused of. Chansiri's moan was that he said he was fit in the summer but then turned up and was found not to be. I don't quite get how that 'disrespects the club' but it pretty much sums up his time here: fit but not fit enough. On the pitch he's always looked like someone who was playing whilst suffering from flu - just no energy. Whether that is due to a long-term illness or injury or lack of commitment to keeping himself fit I really don't know. I've always hoped that a player of his talents could get a chance to shine for us but whatever his potential no-one's going to pick a player who basically can't get about the pitch. If he suddenly found some energy I'd love to see him play again but a) that seems unlikely and b) I think the Chairman would block it anyway
  13. It's long been obvious the fans think he's rubbish (though there's no need to boo his name before kick-off) but today it was obvious the rest of the team thought he was rubbish too (wouldn't pass to him) and presumably so did Preston - they gave him so much room. Spent the entire 2nd half in acres of space but when he did receive it he showed no initiative, no intent to get forward, happy to swing a boot at it from just inside his own half. TBF he plays like a player who's been booed by his own fans. Completely lacking in confidence so maybe it's our fault. I was more concerned by his defending. Heart in mouth every time he had some defending to do.
  14. Hector, Lees, Onomah and Fletch but I've given it Fletch cos he did the hardest things, creating chances for himself and others. So unlucky not to score.
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