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5 minutes ago, Dronfield_SWFC said:

At start of season would you have taken this

Preston D

QPR       W

Sunderland D

Fulham L

 

same points as we have now 

 

 

No.

 

But saying that we're on the same points as 2015/16, and one more than 2016/17.

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JUST GOT BACK

 

Having been to the match would like to say.

 

Once again great day at Fulham.

 

We were probably second best first half not by a lot but we did ok but they clearly attacked us down both flanks and both Hunt and Reach struggled with they're pace.  Pudil did a vg job at centre back never stopped trying and Hunt in particular although at times roasted stuck with it and scores heavily imo for sticking to his man and in the end doing a great job. Lees really steady but slow to release the ball in a northerly direction but he was as ever rock solid.vy

 

Second half was different game we got at them and it was clear we were going to creat some chances and we did.

 

Hooper and Fletch a medal each for great skills when often isolated but showed superb control and ability. 

Bannan who I confess I felt should be rested once again another brilliant performance ran the midfield and never wasted a pass as far as I can see look nowhere else for mom. Fletcher probably ran him close.

 

Last but not least Carlos seem to have lost a lot of Owlstalk experts but not me ..he as much as anyone gets the credit for the set up and play.  Also for those who only see his negativity he brought FF on when we were 1 up well don Carlos.

 

As regards the anti FF brigade  bad day at the office for you lot ---- now we know him and Winnall  were equally to blame, equally punished as well. Imo superb management what other manager has disciplined two players this way..he's treated them the same but with minimal punishment to the team well done Carlos.

 

To the fans in the ground bloody fantastic take a bow UTO.

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2 minutes ago, Copthorneowl said:

JUST GOT BACK

 

Having been to the match would like to say.

 

Once again great day at Fulham.

 

We were probably second best first half not by a lot but we did ok but they clearly attacked us down both flanks and both Hunt and Reach struggled with they're pace.  Pudil did a vg job at centre back never stopped trying and Hunt in particular although at times roasted stuck with it and scores heavily imo for sticking to his man and in the end doing a great job. Lees really steady but slow to release the ball in a northerly direction but he was as ever rock solid.

 

Second half was different game we got at them and it was clear we were going to creat some chances and we did.

 

Hooper and Fletch a medal each for great skills when often isolated but showed superb control and ability. 

Bannan who I confess I felt should be rested once again another brilliant performance ran the midfield and never wasted a pass as far ask can see look nowhere else for mom. Fletcher probably ran him close.

 

Last but not least Carlos seem to have lost a lot of Owlstalk experts but not me ..he as much as anyone gets the credit for the set up and play.  Also for those who only see his negativity he brought FF on when we were 1 up well don Carlos.

 

As regards the anti FF brigade  bad day at the office for you lot ---- now we know him and Winnall  were equally to blame, equally punished as well. Imo superb management what other manager has disciplined two players this way..he's treated them the same but with minimal punishment to the team well done Carlos.

 

To the fans in the ground bloody fantastic take a bow UTO.

Great post, great support, I am at ease tonight, you need a stiff drink, chers

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Sometimes the performance doesn't matter in football and today was one of those for Wednesday, they did enough for a point and took their chances well. It could have been two if it wasn't for that superb reflex save from Button. Think it's fairly evident by now that CC's style is football is very drab, I didn't think Wednesday offered much threat today and were very one dimensional. Bannan perhaps MOTM, he was impressive.

 

Too early in the season to tell for either team. Fulham, despite losing today, have taken the same amount of total points vs the teams they've played compared to last year. Wednesday will be up and around the playoffs come the end of the season.

 

Good atmosphere from the Wednesday fans. The acoustics at the Cottage are poor (Fulham fans are bobbar anyway but the acoustics genuinely are bad) but Wednesday were loud and consistent compared to other away followings.

 

Not much more to add really.

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29 minutes ago, Putney said:

Sometimes the performance doesn't matter in football and today was one of those for Wednesday, they did enough for a point and took their chances well. It could have been two if it wasn't for that superb reflex save from Button. Think it's fairly evident by now that CC's style is football is very drab, I didn't think Wednesday offered much threat today and were very one dimensional. Bannan perhaps MOTM, he was impressive.

 

Too early in the season to tell for either team. Fulham, despite losing today, have taken the same amount of total points vs the teams they've played compared to last year. Wednesday will be up and around the playoffs come the end of the season.

 

Good atmosphere from the Wednesday fans. The acoustics at the Cottage are poor (Fulham fans are bobbar anyway but the acoustics genuinely are bad) but Wednesday were loud and consistent compared to other away followings.

 

Not much more to add really.

 

think we deserve more credit than that. we were excellent today against a dangerous team for 80% of the game. 

 

Carlos got it spot on. 3 points on the way back to S6. 

 

If you think we;re going to steam roller teams, your watching the wrong side. 

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I was there today. I have to say the support was FANTASTIC. My Fulham mate in the Riverside end said it was an impressive show.

 

The season starts now.

 

Best club in the land.

 

WAWAW

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47 minutes ago, Putney said:

Sometimes the performance doesn't matter in football and today was one of those for Wednesday, they did enough for a point and took their chances well. It could have been two if it wasn't for that superb reflex save from Button. Think it's fairly evident by now that CC's style is football is very drab, I didn't think Wednesday offered much threat today and were very one dimensional. Bannan perhaps MOTM, he was impressive.

 

Too early in the season to tell for either team. Fulham, despite losing today, have taken the same amount of total points vs the teams they've played compared to last year. Wednesday will be up and around the playoffs come the end of the season.

 

Good atmosphere from the Wednesday fans. The acoustics at the Cottage are poor (Fulham fans are bobbar anyway but the acoustics genuinely are bad) but Wednesday were loud and consistent compared to other away followings.

 

Not much more to add really.

Fulham is always a great day out (especially for owls in exile).  This is not a strong Fulham side compared to recent seasons. Might be a struggle for them. Wednesday fans were incredible as always.

 

UTO

 

F"CK the blades

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1 hour ago, Copthorneowl said:

JUST GOT BACK

 

Having been to the match would like to say.

 

Once again great day at Fulham.

 

We were probably second best first half not by a lot but we did ok but they clearly attacked us down both flanks and both Hunt and Reach struggled with they're pace.  Pudil did a vg job at centre back never stopped trying and Hunt in particular although at times roasted stuck with it and scores heavily imo for sticking to his man and in the end doing a great job. Lees really steady but slow to release the ball in a northerly direction but he was as ever rock solid.vy

 

Second half was different game we got at them and it was clear we were going to creat some chances and we did.

 

Hooper and Fletch a medal each for great skills when often isolated but showed superb control and ability. 

Bannan who I confess I felt should be rested once again another brilliant performance ran the midfield and never wasted a pass as far as I can see look nowhere else for mom. Fletcher probably ran him close.

 

Last but not least Carlos seem to have lost a lot of Owlstalk experts but not me ..he as much as anyone gets the credit for the set up and play.  Also for those who only see his negativity he brought FF on when we were 1 up well don Carlos.

 

As regards the anti FF brigade  bad day at the office for you lot ---- now we know him and Winnall  were equally to blame, equally punished as well. Imo superb management what other manager has disciplined two players this way..he's treated them the same but with minimal punishment to the team well done Carlos.

 

To the fans in the ground bloody fantastic take a bow UTO.

Great post, report and comments. Well said.

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2 hours ago, theowlsman said:

 

Florida 

 

If you're heading in on the second day (or otherwise already have your passes), dont go to the main gate.

 

Take the bridge on the left as you're coming out of City Walk, and then walk along the water by the Hard Rock on your way to the entrance.  When you're just past the Hard Rock, take a hard left on the path and walk up - the roller coaster will be on your right:

 

You'll find a small entrance there that is open after 9am with no line up at all to get in.  Can save you a good half hour on the worst days.

 

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34 minutes ago, nevthelodgemoorowl said:

Great post, report and comments. Well said.

Thanks mate great day at the cottage owls fans brilliant 10/10

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Well, just seen the vid that Sonny posted of the goal - superb!

 

Just wanted to say we are the best team in the world and.....

 

We're go...in' UP again

We're goin' UP again

we're goin' UP UP UP

We're goin' up again

We're goin' UP again

We're goin' UP again

We're goin' UP again

We're goin' up AGAIN!

 

(Tune: the refrain from the song "MiLord" by Edith Piaff) 

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29 minutes ago, Lord Snooty said:

Greetings Clappers, moaners ,in-betweeners and Sheffield United fans.

Welcome to....

 

The Fulham – V Sheffield Wednesday Tactical review

I did one of these versus Sunderland and had a few PM’s who were kind enough to say they enjoyed it and if I would do any more. So here we go!

 

Fulham started, as we expected them to with a 4-3-3. They have played it in every game so far this season though have changed several of the personnel

(Good job we didn’t go for that Jokanovic – we don’t like manager who rotate round here:ph34r: )

 

Cairney started , which was a little bit of a surprise as he has been at the centre of a £20m bid from Newcastle United and then picked up a little niggle…. As players so often do in the transfer window. The little tinkers!

Anyway. He was back in for Cisse.  Poor old Piazon broke his leg in the week and that meant the left sided birth was up for grabs. There was a rumour that Oji, on a season loan from Liverpool might go straight in. But they mixed it up by putting Kalas in at centre back and moving Odoi from centre half to left back. This released the flying Sessegnon  from his defensive shackles to play on the left wing .

You do wonder if some of this decision was arrived at when they saw poor old Jack Hunt getting a bit of a physical battering against Sunderland.

They lined up with £8m new striker Fonte from Braga (Carlos’ club!) as centre forward. Kamara made way.

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Many questions had been asked about what Wednesday would do after lining up with a Diamond system at home to Sunderland and finishing the game with a 4-3-3/4-3-1-2 .

Carlos in the week hinted at going back to his 4-4-2.

This was confirmed as soon as we saw Boyd out on the pitch.  (What will the local papers be talking about now? Asking Carlos to defend his decision not to pick Wallace this Thursday in Press?:ph34r: )

The excellent Fletcher, the talisman of the midweek comeback was recalled up top and Fox came in for Abdi as Reach moved into midfield. The big question then was whether the front pair would , as Ron would say "work in tandem" or whether there would be 'one up, one down'.

Certainly from the start Hooper started very much as a centre forward alongside Fletcher

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As would be expected the home side got off to a positive start.  In the week many fans had been most concerned about the London sides pace, and this proved to be the case with flyers on both sides in Aluko and Sessegnon.  Reach on one side and Boyd on the other were tasked -as would be expected - with helping out their fullbacks in dealing with these fyers.

However with Cairney and ex-blunt McDonald keeping Bannan and Jones busy the lively Johannson was getting forward and indeed had the first proper strike smashing a 25 yarder just over the bar when Alukos cross was cleared. 

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It was the old case of the extra man. Carlos and Bullen were animated in the dug out and before long it became quite clear that Boyd was going to be asked to play the tucking In role which Wallace is usually asked to perform.  (The role he plays as instructed and then takes pelters for not being out hogging the touchline. That role!)

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Boyd coming in narrow though..... moves the space... and if there is one thing pacy players love it’s space.

The left back Odoi was now powering on wherever possible and it is great credit to Hunt and Boyd that they managed to keep to the task...

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Whilst it’s widely accepted that Fulham had the first half and Wednesday looked a lot better in the second , what was key to that? 

Again , as always it’s about space.  And it was actually evident before half time.

The last 10 minutes of the first half Gary Hooper was dropping into a deeper role. 

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This one small tactic has multiple effects and can just as effective as a substitution.

Firstly it helps, obviously, to stifle the Fulham pressure.  By dropping in and helping to pick up the deepest lying of the Fulham midfield it makes it possible for Jones and Bannan to get tighter to their men and affect their play.  Before this Jones and Bannan were having to show great discipline in doing lots of tracking and lots of shuffling across trying to cut out passing angles rather than actually being able to get in and tussle with and put pressure on the Fulham players' touch without worrying about being taken out of the game  with the spare man pass. It allowed Bannan and Jones  To put pressure on their touches and possession.

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Secondly it gives Wednesday a closer out ball. Hooper is a stocky lad. He’s got what we used to call a 'good arse' for a centre forward. It takes some navigating.  This gives our centre backs and midfield players something much closer to hit. And something to hit which they know they will have a chance to go up and receive back.  Rather than having to fire a longer ball up to a front pair (which is more likely to be lost in the air. Or give the midfielders themselves too big a distance to make up to support. )

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Thirdly.  By doing this it stops the midfield 3 of Fulham having a spare man that one of our wide men has  to come in to mark.  Simply put, Boyd and Reach didn’t have to tuck inside as much and could concentrate on their own one on one battles with Odoi and Fredericks. …

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…..and this was this freedom created for Reach which won the game. (This is evident when we note that Boyd was in the box when the Reach  cross came in for the goal) Bannan, now getting forward much more finds the impressive Reach on the overlap.....he crosses (which is amazing for someone who can't cross a ball according to the bloke who sits behind me at Hillsborough)….Fletcher peel in and bang !  

1-0.....Goodnight Vienna.

 

I've stuck this in its own thread. But sticking a copy in here so I can easily find find it for future reference. 

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