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  1. My first Wednesday hero and one I tried unsuccessfully to emulate as a young lad. The photo that has been posted before of him mid-flight catching the ball is one I always remember and epitomizes this Wednesday great.
  2. Three at the back

    I agree I'd like to see us go with 3 at the back and been wondering why. After watching a number of teams who play this formation I think it is down to the CBs we have on the books which is why Carlos was looking for 2 this window. To make the system work at least 2 of the 3 need to be mobile and capable of stepping up into mid-field. Neither Lees or Loovens are mobile or fast enough and certainly their powers of distribution do not suit either. Lees in particular I always worry about when he has the ball at his feet and a forward is closing him down. I think part of the drive to convert Pudil is to provide this flexibility and hopefully the new CB signed will be another part of the solution. This means that Lees can remain as the central anchor. Need to wait and see and if we can bring in another suitable recruit which is why I don't think it will be a Hanley type unless he is more skillful than I give him credit for.
  3. Man o match etc etc

    Voted for Pudil. Thought he had an excellent game and epitomized at the end when he battled and won against 3 Sunderland players. Ran his socks off and brought the ball out of defence well but also defended and won most of the stuff in the air as it looked like Sunderland were targeting his side a lot of the time. Bannan close behind and looks like he gets more freedom in this 4-4-2 diamond/4-3-3 shape. Both Hooper, who deserved a goal, and Reach candidates too but Pudil deserved it for once especially after all the stick he has taken on here recently.
  4. signatures?

    Don't think it's Carlos's. Got his signature and looks nothing like that.
  5. Vincent Sasso

    May be a good fit for 1 of a back 3 though. Has a bit of pace and can bring the ball out. Doubt we will play that system though but he could cover as the tackler in centre mid if Hutch is out.
  6. Poll: Should Carlos Stay?

    Not really talking about where we've come from just where we are now and trying to put into perspective. But as you say it is a matter of opinion. Yes, agree Sturrock, Gray and Laws achieved good things but also remember the stick they got for their style of play, especially Gray.
  7. Poll: Should Carlos Stay?

    Really can't believe we are having this poll. I appreciate CC may have some faults but they pale into insignificance compared to all the managers that have gone before him, certainly back to Atkinson. He has achieved consistently since he arrived and built up a competitive team that can adapt to different situations and play with a confidence. Not since the early 90s have we seen this.
  8. Great post and much better than one I posted in another thread. Totally agree with the 3-5-2 although probably prefer the 3-2-3-2 approach to fill the gaps between the lines. Need more pace though!
  9. Total write off

    Being relatively new to contributing to Owlstalk although reading for some time I think I will be at risk of upsetting some on here and several negs. Like many, going through the deflation and feeling a good promotion opportunity has been missed but exactly the same was said after Wembley last year. However, for those criticising CC’s tactics and stubbornness I find it a little annoying. This season I think the only consistent part of the team is having a back 4 but this is very fluid with the attacking full backs and we have even had a back 3 at times but this is restricted when Hutchinson isn’t available. Perhaps Sasso could fill this role when Sam is injured? For the rest we have played 1, 2 and 3 up front at times. The midfield has been flexible with 2 widish players or 3 fluid central and one wide to even a diamond formation, often changing during the same game so I don’t see a great deal of stubbornness and rigidly sticking to a formation. I think the starting formation has often been dictated by who is available and the opposition we have been playing. My feeling is that we lack pace up front to worry defences which results in them pushing further up and condensing midfield so there is less room for the likes of Bannan et al to create. Strengthening is needed in the midfield backbone to be able to push the opposition back which we haven’t succeeded in doing for long periods like we did last year, more pace in the central defence and up front. I think CC learned a lot last season in how the likes of Middlesbrough, Burnley, Hull and Brighton played and tried to adapt his style to reflect what is seen to be a successful formula when there isn’t the budget that the parachute payments bring. I feel that CC is the best manager this club has had for many years and is innovative plus having the respect of the players and others at the club. I for one will be very sad to see him go if he does. I think he will have learnt more this year to add to the mix and will be better next season but will adapt his style to create a formula to get out of this very competitive league although it may, by necessity, lack the flair of last season. However, he has been employed to get promotion not play the best football in the division. Rarely will the two go together. My concern is that he will think another Championship season will be too demanding on him personally and will prefer to take up other opportunities.
  10. Still worth fighting for third place?

    Just shows how expensive the late Barnsley goal was for us and the late Leeds equalizer at Newcastle. 2 extra points at Barnsley and could have feet up already.
  11. How nervous do you get?

    Relieved to find I'm not alone. Can't listen to radio commentary as always think we are defending desperately. Television, I often record the game and go out as I never want them to let themselves down to a wider audience but yes, find Soccer Special addictive and willing the next score to be a Wednesday goal. At the match it is different for some reason and although stress levels are high it doesn't seem quite so bad. And yes, been supporting for over 50 years and it does seem to get worse.
  12. Writing us off again on the telly.

    Win our home games and job done. If Fulham win their other 2 games and lose to us they can't overtake us.