Grimbeard reacted to NottsRam77 in Luton Town (H) Match Thread
why has it taken 11 games, a tom Huddlestone injury and realisation that Dowell isn’t good enough for shinnie to be involved
I question cocus thought process or at least would love to know the reasoning why ... purely out of interest, not having a pop just curious to know the logic when we’ve been so obviously craving some mobility and tenacity In that area of the park
Grimbeard reacted to MACKWORTHRAM in Lawrence and Bennett charged with drink driving
Kids? The lad is 24?
I'm judging Bennett at this level because that is the level he is playing at.
How am I singling out Bennett? The thread is about Bennett. Not Jozefzoon.
Jozefzoon is awful. Everyone knows this. It's not about him.
I fully accept where we are. A bog standard mid table Championship team. Of which Mason Bennett is nowhere near good enough to be it. He never has been and never will be.
Don't you ducking dare sit their and call me a bully. This thread is about Bennett that's why I'm mentioning him. I also said Lawrence turns up once every 7/8 games and brings nothing?
Am I a bully about that to? For stating the obvious about a player.
The thread is about Lawrence and Bennett. I've stated my opinions on both as footballers.
Grimbeard reacted to TuffLuff in Leeds United (A) Match Thread
OK! After travelling all day Saturday I decided thar I needed to watch the game. I’m currently away on holiday on Tiree but interchangeable weather has let me sit down with a few cans of Tennants and take in the game. I decided rather than writing an in-depth ‘analysis’ style post that I’d take some notes and write minute by minute thoughts as it goes on (although I didn’t take note of the actual minute I wrote something so just treat it as a flowing set of notes). Yes, I have this exact amount of time available to do this. So sit back, pour yourself a drink and try to enjoy.
-Clarke is far too comfortable passing backwards, this invites unnecessary pressure. (*nb, as the game went on I wondered if the problem comes from a lack of output, but it’s hard to conclude on tv. It’s maybe a little column a and a little from column b. Opportunities do arise to pass but ball isn’t moved quick enough)
-Alioski, Cooper and White have all been guilty of putting in OTT challenges in situations it’s uncalled for. Shows a weakness to me.
-11 minutes in and Marriott is complaining about service. Sometimes in the no.9 role you have to try and make something in what you get. Unfortunately Marriott can only play one way where the work is done for him
-Zoon is looking to do the right things but is also devoid of confidence. Gets ours through but looks incredibly leggy rather than determined to get there.
-Big problem for Zoon is that he goes missing defensively, lots of space on the overlap and he’s nowhere near
-18 mins, chance to Leeds but in honesty a routine save. Keogh does enough to tighten the angle meaning the shot is always saveable. It’s messy but it’s a great bit of defending
-The goal is poor and unfortunate at the same time. But Leeds havent dominated this game. A fluke goal has given them control rather than their actual play.
- Leeds crowd and players act as if they are Real Madrid and they are 3-0 up. Dangerous level of confidence.
- Derby do a short GK. Clarke ends up punting it down the wing. Zoon has to run out wide to chase but why isn’t he there in the first place. Why has he moved into the middle? The same happens a few minutes later
-DMs non existent as Harrison shoots from distance
-Similar to earlier Clarke comment. A lot of Derby players find it too easy to pass back.
-Bamford should have been booked for that challenge on Huddlestone. Keogh gives him a lot of verbal after, he’s firmly in Bamfords head and he know it. Give him no room and be a pain in the arse.
-Bamford offside before hitting a terrible shot. Looked thoroughly doubting of himself in front of goal, does he think Keogh is nearby?
-Derby attackers are rarely in front of their defenders and lost out on the ball so many times
-Done a very good job at keeping Hernandez quiet and hes their biggest threat. Kudos to Malone.
-43 minutes and not sure if Marriott has broken sweat. Pointing at others and telling them what to do. BUT if you aren’t doing what you should be doing then it’s not a great look.
-1st half done and I don’t think it was that bad? In fact we have defended very well. Once the attacking clicks and some defenders get more game time then I think we will improve considerably. The game plan is to let Leeds attack but keep Hernandez quiet and they’ve done this very well
-Bamford hits the lost but again Keogh stops it being a clean shot.
- 50 minutes and Marriotts lost all bite. Chasing shadows. Attacking threat is nulled because he can’t get the ball.
-Sometimes Leeds fans shout for free kicks and I’m not convinced they are sure what offence it’s for
-Harrison is average.
-58mims, Holmes make a great run off a long ball from Lowe. He sticks a hopeful ball to the back lost when Zoon is front last and Marriott is in no mans land. Holmes can only hook it in so why the heck is no one going to the back post?
-Lowe is playing very well, but his role is purely defensive and it suits.
-Big difference showing in Waghorn and Marriott. Waghorn has ground out Alioski for 60+ mins. He’s now starting to have more of an effect on the game because he’s battled through it. Marriott has not faced up to that side of the job meaning he’s won no battles and having no effect
-we’ve frustrated the crowd and their players are tiring
-Martin immediately gets in the game by dropping back to get the ball from midfield. Shouldn’t be overly noticeable but it is for reasons stated before!
-Zoon gets in a good position but seemingly stops his run before hitting it when it’s the crossed the line. Again a confidence problem
-Leeds issue is summed with Bamfords standing ovation. Done nothing, effected nothing and was in Keoghs back pocket. He works hard, can get in some half decent positions but offers nothing once there. Only joy he got was through Clarke.
-Cooper is a charlatan. Very overrated.
-Cocu now on the touch line. He knows his game plan is working. Bielsa is notably panicking, doesn’t come across well.
-THE TENSION IN THAT STADIUM CAN BE FELT THROUGH THE SCREEN. THIS ISNT GOOD FOR YOUR FOOTBALL CLUB
-shirt pulling in the box and not for the first time. Refs too afraid to act?
-Martins goal might be the best move either team produced for the whole game. Pundits talked about Derbys lack of chances, but little about how Leeds couldn’t break us down.
-Cocu deserves credit for this game plan, it’s not been perfect but it’s been very effective. He nearly outthought Bielsa in his first game against him.
-Clarke aside the penalty was fine. Keogh was comfortably the best player on the pitch for me, Lowe and Malone were immense too. Knight looked focused and determined when he was on. Changed the game with Paterson and Martin. Roos done nothing wrong
-Alioski squaring up at the end, you’ve done absolutely nothing this game mate, pipe down.
Christ. I’m sorry for the long read. Essentially Cocu had a very good game plan that nearly, nearly worked. It was actually much more impressive than anyone has given him credit for. In terms of players Keogh was his brilliant understated best, my motm for both sides. I’ve maybe been a bit cruel on Zoon and Marriott but I do think there are more mitigating circumstances than they were just poor. Anyway in summary, more positives than negatives for me!
Grimbeard reacted to GenBr in Leeds United (A) Match Thread
I disagree with basically everything you say here. As I said previously it isn't easy when he has to cover for his partner who is not particularly solid defensively. The stats don't back up your point at all. Perhaps he isn't good enough for the Prem, but we aren't in the Prem - easily one of the best centre backs in the Championship. I'm not sure quite what you've been watching for the last 7 years if you can't see that.
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Grimbeard reacted to YorkshireRam in Ian Holloway Article
I really don't get this argument, his job is our manager and chief coach, he's not here to appease or entertain the supporters, isn't that what Rammie and Ewie are for?
Also, I bet the 'bounce' to him is cringeworthy and embarrassing, and it is to be honest, Lampard got away with it based on his character and youthful naivety perhaps? Cocu is clearly a different character with different managerial ideals which directly affects how he approaches the role. His focus at the minute will be on performances and getting results, i'd rather him prioritise that at the minute, rather than trying to entertain fans...
Grimbeard reacted to GenBr in Ian Holloway Article
Who the **** is booing him because he doesn't come and clap the fans. Just because Lampard came and started the bounce doesn't mean every manager will be "one of the lads" like him. I would like to think most of us aren't so needy that we are going to start booing just because he's hurt our feelings by not coming over to us. You can boo the team for poor performances all you like, but there is no excuse to make it personal - especially not this.
They have performed badly in two games in a row - I fail to see why you think anyone even the players would come over to applaud the fans after the abuse they received all game long.
Grimbeard reacted to falconram in Hold Your Nerve
The guy came in late on, players gone, loans not of his choice, this season always difficult.
This season will be a slog , end of this season more players gone with contracts up.
He was given 4 years this season was to get us through blood the accadamy lads see were we are.
I've been going since 1977 and seen some dross , this isn't that bad
Grimbeard reacted to Nuwtfly in Hold Your Nerve
Been a bit disappointing to see so many fans (not too many on here, mostly on Twitter) hitting the panic button after two defeats. I appreciate that this week has been something of a disaster (two defeats in a row and conceding six goals is going to annoy anyone), but we really need to hold our nerve here.
When Cocu was appointed, many on here (and on Twitter) said they fully expected a transitional season. With so many players leaving as their contracts ran out, and the departure of our three most talented players (Tomori, Mount and Wilson), we should all have expected something of a decline in playing performances going into this season.
And now, as we begin to show the signs of a team going through a transition (inconsistent performances, the blooding of young players, trying different formations) many of us are suddenly losing our heads.
What did you expect? You've seen other teams go through this and come out the other side. So why the pandemonium?
Transitions take time. TIME. Some of you are calling it quits on this manager when he's had less games than Nigel flipping Pearson!
We know what the modus operandi for this season is. We know what the aims are. They were communicated to us very clearly at the start of the season by Mel, Cocu and most of the players. We are trying to build something at this club now. We are trying to stop the constant chopping and changing of managers that has caused us to fall into the mess to start with. We are trying to finally utilise the incredible academy Mel has worked so hard to build, whilst building a footballing identity and philosophy and simultaneously stay competitive.
You expect this to happen after 6 games? Come on. Let's get a hold of ourselves here. We have to back this team.
Now, before you call me a happy clapper, I do think Cocu has made some errors. The first being some of the choices in the Forest game. I think he underestimated just how much that game means to us as a fanbase, and threw some youngsters in at the deepest of deep ends. He will learn from that. You could tell he had in the interview after the game.
The second is the current use of formation. The 4-3-3, and the 4-2-3-1 to a lesser extent, aren't working because we are lacking any real quality in the wide areas, and a creative outlet in the 10 position. He needs to figure this one out, and I think he will. Richard Keogh suggested that he thought we looked good in a 3-5-2, and I agree with him. We've got the attacking full-backs to play this formation. Plus it means we can play Bielik in his preferred position of centre-half, with Keogh to the right of him and Clarke to the left. We could also play Waghorn and Marriott up top with each-other (which many of you wanted to see this season), and Lawrence in that 10 role behind the two of them. TL flourished in that system at Ipswich, so this might suit him in the long run.
Regardless of this though, any system, formation, style will all take time. We all knew this at the start of the season, and we owe it, not just to the management, but to Mel and his vision, to not only give this time, but to back it. Back him. Back the club. Loads of you already are, so this post isn't really for you.
Sorry this turned into something of a blogpost, but I've been stewing on what I wanted to say about all this since yesterday, and I couldn't really make it any shorter.
Up the Rams! 🐏
Grimbeard reacted to ossieram in Keogh and Forest groundsman in alleged scuffle
Shuan Barker lying injured in the goalmouth, Forest fans sing let him die.
Forest fans Mock Kris Commons after his still born child is born.
Forest fans sing about the Philpott children.
Forest fans throw coins and urine down on Derby fans from the upper Bridgeford.
Forest fans throw the heads of dead sheep through a pub window in Chellaston and leave others on car bonnets.
Forest fan banned after racist tweet to Duane Holmes.
Forest fans hound Nigel Doughty out of the club and then get offended when Derby fans sing "you wanted him gone"