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  1. I had us missing out by 2 pts. However, it is impossible to say. We are all putting results in for the final few games based on our perceptions of teams form at the moment. Pressure will do funny things and the one thing that keeps me confident we can still pull this off is Steve Bruce. Been there, done that, won it, lost it. If any team can keep a steady head, I think it will be us.
  2. I think you have to drag Middlesborough into this. They still have games against Preston, Villa, Norwich, Bristol, Hull, Stoke and Forest. The fans up there aren't all that happy at the moment, they lost to Brentford at the weekend and another bad result or two and they could implode. Bristol have Blunts, Middlesborough, West Brom, Villa, Us, Derby and Hull. Everybody is playing everybody. No team is going to go unbeaten till the end of the season. We need to win our home games and we wont be far off. I'll say one other thing, its a 6-7 team mini league from now until end of the season. I'd take Bruce over Johnson, Lampard, O'Neill (who's had his head up his hole for the last god knows how many years managing Ireland), Smith, Adkins and Monk and Neil. It'll even be interesting to see how L##ds and Norwich get on toward the end of the season, pressure is a funny thing. Put the shoe on the other foot, if you were any one of those teams, looking at your prospects of making the play offs and you look at the teams around you. The one that makes you nervous is Sheffield Wednesday, in excellent form, conceding little, with experienced players who have been there before and a manager who has been promoted out of this league 4 times and missed out last year by 90 mins. Stay positive....embrace it...its way better than scrapping against relegation or mid table obscurity.
  3. If we're 3 up with a minute to play, I wouldn't mind in the slightest if someone blows a dog whistle and sends Hutch into a rabid frenzy. In fact it'd be downright entertaining!
  4. They seem to struggle when they come up against a compact combative 3 man midfield. They've been undone a few times by a 3 man midfield with ability coming from out wide. I think WBA did them with a compact midfield and Barnes and Phillips out wide, think Swansea might have done the same. I joked about it a couple of days ago, but I wonder if Bruce has thought about playing Iorfa or Thorniley at CB and moving Hector into a defensive midfield role, screening the back 4. Bannan and Hutchinson ahead of him and then any combination of FF, Reach, or Aarons with Fletcher up top.
  5. If we're only looking for ideas now, it's gonna be late again....
  6. Huge weekend which will define the run in for us. Derby, Bristol, Birmingham and Boro all away from home in games they could easily lose. If results go right and we go into the derby knowing a win takes us within 3 or 4, then its game on. There are so many games between the sides just below 6th that at some stage they are all going to drop points. If results go wrong and we fail to win against the grunters then all that momentum will feel lost.
  7. Dont show that table again..... Go outside turn around three times and spit....
  8. Had a feeling that was coming... I reckon Palmer is very capable of doing a good job at dcm in a 4-2-3-1.
  9. For sh##s and giggles... Westwood Palmer Iorfa Thorniley Lazaar Hutchinson Hector Bannan Reach Joao Aarons
  10. Someone skirmish those teddies... I can't be arsed.
  11. Gelatin is for the joints... Alarmingly I think these types have pork gelatin. Maybe we should insist on pork free sweeties...
  12. For me the significant thing is, last minute and Joao, Aarons and Onomah are in the box, Bannan is lurking at the edge and Palmer was in acres for anything half cleared. Including Reach that's 6 players getting forward, in injury time. That's a change of mentality, of confidence, of willing.
  13. Maybe I'm a simple son of a b**ch but isn't that the job of a coaching staff, to coach, to train, to improve. Everybody is so obsessed with acquiring the complete finished article. You can improve full backs, you can make Reach physically and mentally stronger. Given the correct service and plenty of it, at this level, who knows what Fletcher might score, or even Nuhiu. They might even develop into the perfect foil for Joao to become prolific. He's already stated his intent to improve the fitness. I grant you he can't make Bannan taller, but he can put him and coach him into playing in a position where he is more potent. What I do expect from the staff is if they can't be improved, coached or moulded into better players, that they are cut in the summer. Regardless of who they are. That's a manager. Just sayin...
  14. IS THAT IT? FFS, a perfect opportunity for questions about will there be any movement in or out of the club today? What are your priorities for the team? Backroom staff? What has he learnt from SA and SC short time with the players? Style of play? Any recruitment priorities? Honest to God that has to go down as the worst unveiling of a new manager I've ever seen. Fans finally have something to get behind and the local journalists are about as inquisitive as a dead sloth.
  15. Had this conversation last year with somebody and the only team we could think of was maybe the German national side from about 2006. There wasn't really any express pace in the German national teams round that time, they just shifted it quicker than everybody else. Which goes to show if you are devoid of pace, you'd better have bloody good footballers.
  16. That's not pace, it's mobile, it's energy. What we lack is someone with a turn of speed. Quick over the first 15-20 yards. A Vardy type striker, a Dwight Gayle etc, a quick winger or a marauding centre mid who runs in behind. Any one of those, preferably the striker or midfielder would drop the opposition 5 to 10 yards and give Bannan more space to play, allow Reach to take up positions 25 yards out, allow full backs extra time to play a better quality ball in. The opposition have to drop back because of the threat of getting caught out with pace. In an ideal world, you have at least two out of those three. However, that costs money...
  17. And you just know that he'll be motivated tonight... And therein lies the paradox that is FF. Personally I hope he has a barnstormer and we sell him for a better fee.
  18. Why not? Starting price at 15 and 20 quid, goes up 1 pound per league position. 24 league positions means if we're top you're paying 40-45 quid, which means there is a higher chance you'll see goals and wins. The better we play, the more money we earn, the worse we play we might attract a few more stay at homes because its cheap to boost attendance, atmosphere and get behind a struggling team. Easy this business stuff, I'm wasted in my current position as night manager of nothing.
  19. Pure fantasy it may be, but if the likes of Palmer and Fox have a dream 90 minutes and look the part, with a few days of the transfer window left, we might move them on. I personally hope Winnall plays and does well, it might generate some funds.
  20. Give em the lower Lepp. Opposition fans would be livid with 3000 screaming carpet commandos below them...
  21. Roly did it better against Blackburn in the semi final 2nd leg in 93. Only mistake he ever made he was that good.
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