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  1. Hunt & Wallace, Reach & Bannan

    I agree about Reach. He doesnt have the tricks as a LW, but as a left wing-back or LB once he gets into his long stride there are very few full-backs who will be able to live with his rampaging runs and duracell batteries.
  2. Fernando Forristieri injury

    You are being very kind there. Word for word from Carlos... "He cant play on the left because he has to track back" "He says he feels totally comfortable in attack and completely out of position on the left hand side". So no, perhaps he hasnt said he wont play where he is asked, but if you were his manager and was told this, how would you feel?
  3. Hutch abdi loovens

    Hutch has to tackle more than Jones because his reading of the game is not as good. Some of his last-ditch tackles should be made by our CBs, but Hutch plays so deep. In our current formation if you drop Jones for Hutch it will leave Lee isolated in the centre, and/or draw Wallace and Bannan narrower to help Lee out. Watch Jones on Sunday and see how available he is to help his colleague. If Carlos is as good as you say, he will look at our last 13 games with Jones DWWDWDDWWWWWW, and our last five with Hutch LDDLL. If he looks at this then puts Hutch in for Jones he would be utterly crackers.
  4. Two terrific partnerships. Each pairing provides width, athleticism, and great attacking threat. When all 4 play it gives us great balance both in attack and defence. I have strongly expressed my preference for Bannan to play centrally, but I have to say that so far this season Reach-Bannan left looks a superb partnership. In some parts of matches it has been a joy to watch them in tandem. Ross & Jack are a fantastic team. They know each other's next move, and complement each other's game. We know Ross can deliver and shoot, and Jack has clearly worked on his delivery which is hugely improved on his first two seasons. When we play Reach LW, and so leave Ross benched to make room for Bannan, Lee and Jones, I think this is far less effective. We lose balance, with no semblence of width or threat down our right hand side. Neither Lee nor Bannan want to be there, and come so narrow that Hunt has no help going forward, and little support defensively. I hope we see a midfield of Wallace-Lee-Jones-Bannan, with Reach and Hunt bombing up and down the lines. It has worked well and promises to get beter and better.
  5. Penalty taker?

    I dont know what the average is over a season for being awarded penalties, but we got a good number last year. If memory serves me right... Burton away - Hooper Wolves away - FF Udders away - FF Rotherham - Fletch Preston - Fletch all scored and the misses Brighton away - FF Leeds away - Rhodes So 7 pens in a season. Seems unusually high to me. Five given away from home too, when refs are usually reluctant. None in 8 matches so far. Lets hope we are due one.
  6. Penalty taker?

    Great name.
  7. Penalty taker?

    Linos are Trevor Fletcher and Malcolm Bannan. Good work Mr Chansiri.
  8. Who are we assuming will take them this season? Fletch took two and scored both. Hoops took one and scored it. Wont be Baz unless they raise the bar. Reach has the sweetest left foot but not sure he's the confidence. I would fancy Wallace's temperament and dead-eye. Anyone heard who who is down to take them? If we ever get one of course. Hooper alone has had a couple of decent shouts turned down.
  9. Hutch abdi loovens

    The beauty of Hutch on the bench is that he covers an injury to CB, CM and even FB if necessary. I would still keep Wildsmith on the bench however. Hutch is not quite that utility.
  10. Hutch abdi loovens

    Hutch is not as good a midfielder as Jones. He plays too deep. It's impossible to build a stable team if he can only play a third of the season in CM. So no to Hutch. Abdi is nowhere near as good as Lee, Bannan or Jones in our system. He has proved way too fragile to "build a team around", so no to Abdi. Loovens is the only one that comes close for me. Between him and Joost right now, I think Glenn is the better player. But he would have to be 100% fit, and even then it's a very very close call. But yes, I would trust Glenn over Joost in this match. And we know Glenn and Tom are a fine and successful pairing.
  11. Pal of mine used to run a team in West Yorkshire and used to send in reports to the local rag with fictitious player names like Mike Hunt. He said he once managed to get "The winning goal was scored by new Japanese winger Itchi Fani." I'd love to believe it was true.
  12. Line up vs Bluntuns

    Completely agree. Jones is a must.
  13. Line up vs Bluntuns

    Surely this is the team. Its a good sign that we have a settled team.
  14. One defeat in 17

    The sun is shining, I played well at golf, and it's curry night. I am very cheerful. But yes, what a tough crowd.
  15. One defeat in 17

    No, I included those two draws. Seven games Barnsley thru to Derby. The two semis. The eight matches this season. Why is it bizarre?