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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Ramarena in Here's a (tactical) idea for you Wayne...   
    If we were in the Prem with decent options in the squad then I say he’d be right to carry on. But we’re in the Champ where teams will hammer you with anything they can find and exploit any weakness.
    I said after the friendlies we’d struggle with this style of play if we stuck to it rigidly, even with large investment in playing staff you’d still probably struggle to an extent if you persisted.
    We have limited resources so you need to be able to extract every last drop of ability from the squad and recognise and play to THEIR strengths………it’s adapt or die, that’s the only chance of survival we have!
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Kernow in Martyn Waghorn   
    Don’t get the dislike towards Waghorn. Not the greatest player, or the smartest, but he always gave his all & scored some very important goals for us.
    We overpaid for him, but that’s not his fault. He’s moved on now & doesn’t really deserve  the grief to be honest. Marriott seems to get a lot less grief, and did very little for us compared to Waghorn.
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Chester40 in Here's a (tactical) idea for you Wayne...   
    Agreed with 95% of that...
    But 'undermine'?. 
    Simply saying we can look neat and tidy but with little threat and we really need to find a way to look more likely to score, on a forum.. is hardly undermining the team? 
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to vonwright in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    That's fine but it could also get us relegated. Plus, it's not exactly either-or: it's not a matter of 100% 'boot it up to the target man' v 100% 'play it around at the back at all costs'. Surely we should be able to tweak our system when the other team starts pressing so at least we aren't so predictable?
    Birmingham play fairly pragmatic football. I guess you could call it 'ugly' but their fans are a lot happier than ours today. Our pretty passing isn't bringing as much joy as we think it is!
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Blondest Goat in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    But we gifted them the goals because they knew our weakness and kept us under pressure at the back.  They forced the mistakes.  Yes they were gifts but it was obvious for all to see that they were coming.    After that they kept us at arms length and barely had to do any defending as we couldn't get the ball into their half.   
    They weren't miles better in the sense that they didn't play us off the park but they won every battle, looked quicker and stronger and it was a very comfortable win for them.    
    For me it was easily out worst performance of the season. 
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Bladderwrack in Time to walk away Wayne   
    Rooney was a great player. For some reason when applying for a managerial job a playing history carries more weight than it perhaps it should. A good manager, or head coach as it may be in 2021, needs above all to have the ability to teach, he can have as many international caps as you like , if he cannot organise, react to in game situations and teach his players coherently his playing career  is irrelevant.
    In the Premier League 16 of the managers did not win any caps at all only Hassenhuttl 8 with Austria, Solskjaer 67 with Norway, Vieira  107 for France and Guardiola 47 for Spain have caps.
    There are few great players that have the ability to become great managers. In the Premier League perhaps only Guardiola can have the great tag for both codes. That is what management is, it is a different code to playing requiring a completely different skill set.
    The question about Rooney is does he have the managerial skill set?
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Jourdan in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    I am not sure they made the difference, to be honest. Hogan and Jutkiewicz are fairly average for this level and Deeney only had a cameo.
    If anything, the pace and directness of players like Chong and Bela was probably more telling.
    It was a poor game with little quality on show.
    Our defending and lack of organisation let us down. You can’t give away the kind of goals we do and expect to be competitive.
    Look at the first goal, as an example. Hogan was completely unmarked and uncontested. He couldn’t miss. He is not going to score an easier goal all season. 
    The fact we have Baldock, Stretton and Kazim as our forwards comes down to historically poor decision making at the club.
    But the lack of goal threat comes from poor tactics which don’t maximise our threat, a lack of team balance, and also having inconsistent players in key positions - the type who can frustrate far more than they excite.
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Jimbo Ram in Here's a (tactical) idea for you Wayne...   
    One real chance Roy Mac. No cutting edge. Difficult times ahead….
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Turnstile in Here's a (tactical) idea for you Wayne...   
    We’re not good enough that’s why Rooney wanted 8 more players.His tactics are woeful though ,as bad as cocu’s.The players just look like rabbits in car headlight.Morris is the one killing us but Rooney seems totally inept.
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Gaspode in Here's a (tactical) idea for you Wayne...   
    I'll bite - even though I normally ignore your more obvious arsey comments.
    Square pegs? He's expecting both Jags & Curtis to be ball playing centre-halves - not something that they are naturals at....He's picking Roos for his ball-playing ability - something he may show in training, but something he's incapable of doing in pressure situations.....He's playing Bird & Shinnie next to each other which, as we've seen over many games, limits both of them....He's playing Morrison to give us quality going forward, but Morrison is then having to drop back to in front of the centre-halves to get the ball because Bird & Shinnie aren't doing the basics as CDMs...Last night he played Sibley on the right which dramatically limited his effectiveness....He played Tom Lawrence who at times looks more like a square peg than a professional footballer - always on his heels and more often looking for a fight rather than looking to hurt the opposition with his play....
    As far as shots on target, maybe we did have as many as they did - who scored the most goals and got the 3 points?
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Chester40 in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    We have had a pretty easy start to the season and have 1 win in 6. Tough games coming up, points deduction hanging over us...going to be a long old season. 
    Never really looked like scoring. Attitude seemed ok but can't help worrying that if confidence and performances do dip we are in such huge trouble. 
    Sibley, Lawrence, Baldock, Shinnie, Bird...offered next to nothing going forward. Morrison best of a bad bunch attack-wise which is concerning. 
    Thought Buchanan was decent other than his mistake. Really think it's going to be a huge grind this season at best and abject relegation at worst.
    Over riding emotion is that it's all very well playing some nice intricate tidy football but when it's all on the edge of your own box with no chances created from the massive risk you are taking, it seems a really bizaare tactic. 
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from mozza in v Birmingham City (A) - Predictions   
    Brum 2 Derby 0
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from Miggins in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    We could just keep blaming individual players I suppose or recognise that our tactics and coaching set them to play games in this fashion.
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from GenBr in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    He's his coach?
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from GenBr in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    He's the manager,he spends all week training,coaching and then picking them to play.
    They play to the system that he lays out and that's one that invites pressure and causes players to rooster up under that pressure.
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from Deej in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    He's his coach?
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from Chester40 in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    He's his coach?
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Ramarena in Here's a (tactical) idea for you Wayne...   
    I thought they had a very interesting tactic, at times they pushed both up strikers in a diagonal line to our CB with the ball.
    One striker blocked the central passing option to Morrison and the other blocked the channel option to bird. Their wide player then sat on our FB. This left us with a pass to the other CB, back to Roos or punt it.
    We are too predictable and don’t mix our tactics up when things aren’t working. The only thing we change is dropping Morrison deeper to get on the ball (but they stick Chong on him) this dragged us even further back and broke up the link between the midfield and attack.
    The sad thing is we can play some nice stuff and we are a more technical team than Brum…………sadly we are no where near as effective.
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from Jourdan in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    He's his coach?
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from RoyMac5 in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    He's his coach?
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong got a reaction from Ramarena in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    I know what I saw,you rose tinted goggles were clearly steamed up.
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to PendineRam in Time to walk away Wayne   
    I have great respect for Rooney as a player, I admire his desire to continue to be involved in football through management and it's a fact that he has inherited a poisoned chalice, but hey, the guy is clueless. Anyone who sticks Roos between the uprights and asks him to play pretty football should stick to Lego! 
    Ah well, it'll soon be Xmas, I might get some new golf clubs from Santa! 
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Bris Vegas in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    I see a difference.
    When Cocu was in charge our younger players thrived more and were more aggressive.
    Now they’ve gone into hiding. 
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Carl Sagan in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Birmingham "pressed higher than in any other game this season" because they've seen our matches and know we will likely gift them a goal or two as a result. The thing Rooney needs to realize and sharpish is that every team will do the same this season. He's very stubborn and you watch today's game and think, if we continue to play this way, we will be relegated.
    We need points sharpish. And to get over this sharpish.
    I never thought I would say this, but thank goodness for Ravel Morrison. He was the daddy in our team of boys versus men tonight. We are the side in which he will get the responsibility to demonstrate whether he has it or not. Not a brilliant game but decent. He stood up and never shirked, driving us forward and not taking it from the opposition or the ref. Shame he didn't have more composure for that shooting chance from distance.
    Disappointed with Sibley at the moment, but the team shape and his position doesn't suit him. Of course the second goal isn't all on him, but I'd say 40%, which is still significant. He can see the Brummie forward alone on the edge of our box, but still makes the tackle to send the ball that way. You have to be smarter than that.
    I really like the look of Stretton, but this is a tough team to come into at the moment.
    Our players had no protection at all from the referee, which was terrible, and having played in games like that I know how it leads to frustration. But again you have to be smarter than Lawrence, who was very lucky to leave the field as a sub instead of seeing red. Maybe as skipper he felt he needed to protest to the ref and try to protect his lads, but he didn't do it the right way.
    Great to see Jason Knight back on the field.
    But a game that could point to a long hard season unless we can change it quickly and go on a run.
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    kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong reacted to Tamworthram in Birmingham City vs Derby County Matchday Thread   
    Generally agree although Lawrence was lucky to still be on the pitch. The captain needs to show passion but not the type he was showing tonight.
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