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  1. Funny thing is that that's been the number one criticism of our fullback this season and last. Didn't think the ref got a lot right today in terms of the big decisions tbh.
  2. Only one that really worries me is Dowell. Looked great pre-season but struggling right now.
  3. Match thread mate. Nothing awful just a bit silly really.
  4. OK – the controversial stuff first; while it’s perhaps understandable that folk are annoyed that we’ve let a winning position slip, some of the criticism of Waghorn and Lowe is unwarranted IMO. Starting with Wagger’s missed pen, it wasn’t good but it wasn’t awful either. Chris Martin missed a few I seem to recall as do most at this level, so perhaps it’s not the foregone conclusion that many seem to think. Consider if you will the England team’s penalty shoot-out record for further confirmation of this point and these being the top players in the country. If we have to play the blame game then it's Phil's fault for insisting a striker take them when really it should be whoever takes them best. I think he’s been brilliant thus far though so he gets a pass from me. I loved Lampard but Cocu is in a different league IMO. As for Lowe, some comments are embarrassing. Sorry, they just are! He's been our standout player, Bogle aside, but remains a young and relatively inexperienced one at this level. Maybe he should have stayed on his feet, ok, but if you have to lambaste someone then the cheaty. diving **** and the ref seem much fairer targets. The fact is Lowe didn’t give away a penalty, the ref got conned. Why the vitriol? He’s a kid and has struggled with his confidence before now so let’s cut him some slack, shall we? Moving on to the game, overall, yes, it’s disappointing that we've let a winning position slip but to my mind, West Brom are the best team we've played this season and I'd be pretty sure they'll be in the play-offs again at very least yet we were worth a point at least. A draw then, is no disgrace, surely, and was probably a fair reflection of the game anyway. I actually thought we looked pretty polished at times, even in midfield so there are plenty of positives to take forward and our luck, or lack of it, will most likely balance out across the season. Looking forwards, Bielik is approaching full match fitness / sharpness as is Jack. We have Jayden and Duwayne to return and a certain Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings. These guys along with Keogh are the most important in our squad and we’ve yet to see them all play together, even once. Cocu and his team will also be getting to grips with what is required in this league so unlike many teams in the div, it can be sensibly argued that we have huge scope for improvement. With even an ounce of luck we could be sitting pretty on 10 points right now chaps, above the likes of Fulham at time of writing, who added £100 million of talent to their squad last season. This after the massively disruptive Lampard debacle, a truncated pre-season, some significant players being out injured and the loss of Wilson, Mount and Tomori. Perhaps then, we overestimate the quality of other teams in the div while judging our own performances rather too harshly? While my detractors will doubtless write my reasoning off as rose-tinted, happy-clapperesque, or my personal favourite, utterly deluded, I genuinely feel much more confident about this season than any since 2015. We'll challenge this season, mark my words. The 'marathon not a sprint' maxim is something of a cliché but it's very true of this league nonetheless and there's a danger of overemphasising the importance of early season form anyway. With most of our players beginning the year a tad undercooked, some significantly so, they'll be a deal fresher than many at the business end. I'd rather this than the Bielsa method of having your squad trained to the minute for game one, but flagging in the last half dozen. I’m pretty certain we will improve steadily through to mid-season and then finish strongly, injuries notwithstanding, so I’ll not be panicking any time soon. So..... My advice to all Rams fans and especially those focusing on the negatives right now is grab a beer, head to the garden to catch some of this beautiful weather, be happy or at least content and dare to dream. All that stress will kill you! COYR
  5. Think we've looked pretty good tbf. Baggies had a decent spell last 10 mins but the Zohore chance aside, they've not looked like hurting us as yet. A second goal for us would seal this I reckon. A goal for them though and it's squeaky bum time.
  6. Think it turned out to just be a bad cramp in the end I think but your point is valid, especially since he bowled most if not all his overs up the hill and into the wind. Kind of need Jimmy back to spread the load a bit or we'll burn the lad out in no time.
  7. He's way out of his depth as a test team skipper and you can see he hates the job. Suspect he's pressured by some of the senior players too as regards his selection input. He'll come back at some point. He's too good a batter not to but he's going to need time. Question is, who else is there? What's Mike Brearley up to these days? 🤣
  8. I dunno bud. I might have a massive down on Joe Root but he's just an empty r Soundbite to me. Talks a good fight. They sacked Freddy and he promptly single-handedly turned around the Ashes series. Can you see Root doing anything similar. Sorry. Fed up with this batting line-up tbh! Spineless. And to think the boys club tried to keep Jofra from being drafted in! Kick out the likes of Bairstow and bring in some young scrappers like Foakes. Can't get any worse for it. Grrrrrrr!
  9. Root is clueless. He's the worst skipper I can recall in a long time.
  10. The attention seeking gimp that is Conor McGregor is once again in the news, this time for attempting (and failing miserably) to knock a pensioner off his bar stool with the cheapest of cheap shots. I mean the old boy literally was not even looking at him when McGregor throws a left hand ritght onto his jaw. After Khabib ruthlessly dismantled old motormouth I was hopeful that'd be the last we'd hear of him. Alas not. First we get the Mayweather fiasco 'fight', now this. When's the man going to grow up? Predictably, folk are giving McGregor a bit of a hard time over it and the ever philosophic McGregor, whilst being superficially apologetic, has cracked this absolute pearler of a comment: "People are trying to bait me into things. Am I the fish or am I the whale? I must be calm, I must be zen. I must lead by example." You're not a fish Conor, nor a whale, you're just a massive ****! Full story and video here - https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/9781557/conor-mcgregor-video-punch-dublin-pub-apology/
  11. I'm actually embarrassed for them. That's how bad they are. Some top class bowlers but I've seen schoolboys with better technique than some fo this lot with the bat.
  12. Always loathed Boycott but how this side needs someone like him. None of our batsmen seem able to apply themselves. The Aussies are a decent test outfit but we're making them look like world-beaters.
  13. Jason Roy just ain't a test cricketer. Never has been, never will be. Great at the white ball game, horrible at the red ball stuff. Literally zero patience.
  14. Lowe at RB with no right foot is the least of our problems FTFY
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