SKRam reacted to RiddingsRam in v WBA (H) Match Thread
Ok I'll take over the reins see if I can get a bit of momentum going. Still winner stays on ?
Games coming thick and fast , beauty of the championship , can wrong your writes quickly , fingers crossed.
3 5 2 for me
Keogh. Davies. Clarke
SKRam reacted to Taribo in Coc(u) out
His post-match interview was ace, calm and reserved as usual but you could see he was absolutely livid just under the surface. Pretty sure a few of our lads got a good old talking to and I think our days of going behind before starting to play will be a thing of the past.
SKRam reacted to Ambitious in v Bristol City (H) Match Thread
One thing that needs pointing out, it's absolutely ridiculous how quick a large proportion of fans have gone into crisis mode because we've lost. It's always been a virus of our fanbase as far back as I can remember. It's a long season - a bit of perspective could do the world of good.
SKRam reacted to B4ev6is in Cocu needs time to work his magic
I know some fans were disheartened by last night performance I was little disappointed my self they started okay but even at 1-0 down I felt lads could pull this back when it was 2-0 I knew it would be montin to climb now. I was saying people around me this is not Derby I know and love. They need to come out fighting not roll over and give up.
And in 2nd half we did this but I felt zoon was wrong sub to make. I felt we sould have brought that young lad scored tuesday night on and Marriott should havr come on dead on at half time.
Once Marriott scored I felt come on now compelte come back now but it was not to be. But at least cocu learned we are better with two strikers than the one.
SKRam reacted to Highgate in Positives
Judging by the post match interview, Cocu is well aware that Marriott is the best striker at the club and he will start matches as soon as he is 100% fit.
Bogle and Holmes returning from injury will add a lot to the team. They are bright and creative in possession.
I think Keogh and Clarke will prove to be a decent CB pairing. Mistakes will be made of course...but that's true of all Championship centre backs.
Bielik looks like he might prove to be a very good signing.
In all honestly I think Cocu has only a very average squad (by championship standards) at his disposal at the moment. If we are in touch of the top 6 come January I'll be delighted. With Rooney arriving and hopefully another decent signing, we would still be in a great position to make a strong promotion push in the second half of the season.
SKRam reacted to Van Cone De Head in Positives
Cocu’s post match interview,first time I’ve seen him look cheesed off,he actually looked a bit scary.
His use of the word ‘unacceptable’,I don’t think he’ll shy away from upsetting people if necessary.
He had an air of Inspector Dreyfus about him.
If we lose to West Brom I imagine the eye will start to twitch.
SKRam reacted to kingsy1884 in Positives
Not the end of the world. Cut out the errors and we will be fine.
Looking forward to the likes of Marriott and Holmes coming into the team. Also we actually look okay with 3 at the back.
Bielik is a good player Keogh looked great too.
Very early days yet its going to take a while for cocu to get sorted he really hasnt had that much time to get everything sorted.
SKRam reacted to jono in Positives
Yep .. I snuck in a bottle of water and, critically, the screw top as well. Phew .. was sweating a bit when Doris gave me a look. Thankfully the guards on the machine gun nest were were having a fag so I made it to the other side and bought a new reduced size bag of minstrels inside, to support my local team and assuage my guilt.
SKRam reacted to erathirea in Positives
Agree on Bielik. His eye for the pass is definitely there, just needs a couple of other players on his wavelength.
In general, build up play was fast and slick, but the last ball was lacking in too many situations.
I can understand the frustration with Lawrence, but at least he wasn't afraid to try and take on his man - yes, it wasn't a better game for him, but with a player like that you'll have frustrating moments to go with the great ones.
We are missing Bogle's width on the right hand side, particularly as the more I see him, the more convinced I am that we need to be shot of Jofefzoon... and I'm not convinced in Bennett as a starter. Tries hard, but not the right sort of player. Hopefully Paterson can cover that issue.
I think criticism of Dowell is a little harsh. He kept trying the clever final ball, but credit to BC, they defended very well and kept getting a foot in, but again, he was trying.
Overall, I would say that it was disappointing to lose, of course, but the way we lost seems to be more about things not quite "clicking" rather than poor players/performances. Defensive errors will reduce as we get used to playing the way Cocu wants us to play, and it could be argued that every goal we've conceded this season so far is down to defensive errors.
SKRam reacted to RadioactiveWaste in Positives
You learn more from your failures than your successes.
Cocu was absolutely fuming behind that calm exterior in his post match. Especially as they only reacted after going a goal down.
Bristol are a decent side. And I think they felt they really had a point to prove after we won down there in the final few games last season.
It's still early days - time to put things right.
SKRam reacted to RiddingsRam in Positives
Jason Knight really is going to be a player can't express how highly I rate him . Everytime I've seen him play .
Bileik is a class above .
Marriott coming back to full fitness
Holmes should be back soon
Bogle should be back soon
Oh and me moving three rows forward in the South stand has gave me an excellent leaning post for when we are losing .
SKRam reacted to plymouthram in Positives
Still early days, got to agree there is some positives. We will get better under Cocu leadership. Players still to come back from injury, meaning more competition within the squad. Rooney and the January transfer window to come. 3 at the back looked good and with maybe Lowe and Bogle playing wingbacks. But we must pick up points at home to stay in the race and not end up playing catch up at the end of the season.
SKRam reacted to uttoxram75 in Positives
5 games in, Phil and the boys still finding their feet in a really difficult and competitive league.
Bit disjointed today but Bristol will take points from other teams with promotion aspirations, we made it easy for them with individual mistakes, the ref was possibly worse than Atwell, the half time beer queue was awful, with Bogle back, Max Lowe at left back and Phil finding the best fit for Jack Marriott, we will be ok.
By October we'll be flying, I'm confident.
SKRam reacted to Ruda Harliss in v Bristol City (H) Match Thread
Personally, I think out of all the “transition seasons “ we were promised, I think this is the one. All the others were an excuse of non promotion.
Fringe players, academy players are getting game time now and some are looking very promising .
Lampard used this transitional bull last season, but didn’t follow through as he needed success, how many young acadamy players did he trust? Don’t count Bogle as he was only picked through injuries and went and signed .signing like Malone , waghorn etc not young transitional signings for the future, 3 major loans that were never staying!! Not transitional. ( almost as if he knew he was only gonna have 1 season here 🤷♂️)
Think Cocu might be the one to stay with us till we do see a successful side and to do this we DO need that elusive transitional season. This might be it, and if it means losing to Bristol tonight and finishing mid table so be it COYR!!
SKRam reacted to Ambitious in v Bristol City (H) Match Thread
I don't want to be too negative, because I don't think it's all bad. We've certainly played worse and won. I think Bristol showed why they will be up there at the end of the season, both goals as frustrating as they are from our side were extremely well taken. Weimann showing that level of composure in the box - it was like watching a cat bark. The second, definitely down to Malone, but a very good dummy in the box made that goal. Both, had they panicked, would have blocked. Fair play to them for that.
I felt the first half Bristol had a concise game plan that was very Rowett-esque. They targeted our physical weakness and relied on their individual quality. It worked as it did with Rowett when he was here. They will be there or thereabouts, big signing in Bentley who has always been a top keeper at this level. Baker was outstanding too. Brownhill is a grafter, ironically what we're lacking in that position.
Cocu is tactically good, you can see his game plan and what he's trying. He's good at changing it up without disrupting too much, which isn't an easy job. I just think we lack quality in important positions - notably CM & WF - arguably two of the most important positions on the pitch in our system. I like the balance of the back three, once Bogle is back plus Lowe, we should be okay. I hope we push forward with that. I personally trust Cocu more than any other manager to get it right, I would just say the team doesn't have the quality it needs to at the moment - nothing more or less.