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  1. LittleEatonRam

    Chris Martin - Player Discussion Thread.

    I've posted this elsewhere, but I'll say it again: I have no idea why so many people are adamant that they want us to get rid of a player who scored 20 goals for us in 3 seasons running, when we spent 20 years crying out for a striker who could do that. It's the sort of scenario where I can't help thinking that modern football fans are totally spoilt. Martin might have no pace and other limitations, but that is what makes players different. I remember watching the CL Final where AC Milan beat Liverpool 2-1, and Inzaghi scored the winner. Just before, I said to my mate "Why is Inzaghi still on the pitch?" Then he got his one chance and putit away. I turned to him and said "That's why I don't manage AC Milan."
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    Snake City watch

    From the BBC match report: "Perhaps more worryingly for Rowett, his side failed to register a shot on target in the whole 90 minutes." Sound equally familiar?!
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    Snake City watch

    GR being well and truly found out for the one dimensional charlatan he is. He's got nothing apart from hoofball defensive tactics. This is glorious to see.
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    Crazy Keogh hating

    As I've said before, irrespective of your thoughts on Keogh it's so strange that a player who has made 250+ appearances for the club could polarise fan opinion so much. I can't recall another Rams player that has ever had this effect. Personally I don't hate him - that would be excessive and ridiculous - but I've always regarded him as severely limited. He has to have a shielding midfielder or he looks poor, he has to have an experienced partner next to him or he looks poor, and he has to play as the right sided centre half and everyone else just has to accommodate him. If he was as good as some of our fans think he is, why hasn't a lower half Prem team ever seriously considered him? Most of them would happily spend £5m or whatever it would take to sign him if they thought he might earn them even 3 pts.
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    Crazy Keogh hating

    I didn't see the match yesterday but I have heard people raving about Tomori on here. I watched the highlights about half an hour ago though and he was all over the place for the goals. I wondered if it was the same player people were talking about!
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    Please dont judge on this leeds performance

    "...you absolute weapon." "...give your head a wobble." Lolz. Top bantz. Good night at Revs last night with your 'squad', your Kieran Trippier haircut and sleeve tattoo? He's not writing Waghorn off, he's just saying that he's not a player who plays up front on his own very well.
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    v Reading (A) Match Thread

    That was the kind of performance lots of our fans were very satisfied with under Rowett last season though. We played like that in the 1st leg of the play-off semi against Fulham and people kept saying what a great performance it was.
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    2018 to 2020:How can England make the next step?

    International teams can't go out and spend money on players, but they can develop them. Just because they can't buy in players doesn't mean they will stand still. Germany have a lot of young players who were part of the Confederations Cup winning team who Löw shunned in this WC in favour of some of the old guard who didn't produce. Spain won't have the upheaval of having lost their manager one day beforethe WC starts next time. Argentina might actually have a midfield like they're supposed to. Yes, all those nations disappointed this year, but they're not going to just shrug it off and chalk it up to a bad year. There will be inquests, changes, new ideas etc. It won't open up for England like that again for a long time.
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    World Cup 2018 thread

    What is your big gripe about people posting the team? Maybe they're just posting it so that it's easily visible for people wanting to discuss it. Sometimes it's also the first look some people get at the team sheets. Either way it's mean spirited and small to complain about it.
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    2018 to 2020:How can England make the next step?

    What did you think when Leicester won the PL? Did you assume Chelsea, Man Utd etc would be as bad again the following season and Leicester would win it again? I mean, obviously they were all deliberately bad as well.
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    World Cup 2018 thread

    But we didn't win it just through set pieces, did we? That's sort of my point. Nobody is suggesting goals from corners are worth less. Of course they aren't. I'm just saying it makes us very one dimensional. The corners didn't cut it against Croatia, and we didn't have anything else to offer. I agree completely about Italia 90 though. That's anothet example of a team/tournament that has been romanticised despite the fact that we won only one game in normal time, and that was against Egypt.
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    World Cup 2018 thread

    Great point-by-point rebuttal there. We scored a lot of goals from set pieces, which masked deficiencies elsewhere. If we hadn't been so good at corners you wouldn't be saying the performances were so much better.
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    World Cup 2018 thread

    For all the talk of how this England team is a huge improvement, it's amazing how the same old failings are there. We came up against a team who were technically better, and fell short again. Croatia came into the match off the back of a gruelling tie with Russia and still looked like they had more energy than us. I remember Chris Waddle saying after one of our other recent eliminations that International football is different to Premier League football because you have to play with patience, and he was right. We approach every game in the same way: out of the traps quickly, run around frantically as if we're playing Sunderland and they'll just be overwhelmed. Then, as the game wears on, the opposition get stronger because they have paced themselves and are able to keep hold of the ball. Against Premier League opposition the ball changes hands so often that if you give it away you'll get it back within 2 mins. When you're playing a well drilled International team like Croatia you have to spend long periods without it, and that takes concentration. That's why we were knackered, just like when we lost to Italy at the 2012 Euros and Pirlo ran the show. Vrsaljko put it best in a post match interview: 'The all-round perception was that this is a new-look England who have changed their ways of punting long balls up field but when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't.' We had 6 shots on target from open play in 10 hours of football at this WC. The same number as Saudi Arabia. You can't expect to win a competition through set pieces. Southgate was also proven to be tactically naive when faced with a manager who knew what he was doing. Both Colombia and Croatia changed their systems mid game and he had no answer. Apart from a slick PR charm offensive off the field I don't really see any reason to buy into the idea of this being a new dawn. I'm not being so churlish as to suggest that we shouldn't regard a semi final as an improvement - of course it should be - but let's not get carried away.
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    World Cup VAR

    Exactly. The trouble with VAR is that, as in the above case, you can keep digging deeper with it. How far back do you go? If you award a penalty based on it, what if the team that conceded it should have been awarded a throw in immediately before the incident? And on and on it goes.
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    World Cup VAR

    VAR is ruining this for me. It's not the same going into a match wondering when the penalty will be given. Also, it will mark a slippery slope whereby every decision - no matter how trivial - ends up being decided by it.

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