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    V QPR (A) Match Thread

    It's clearly the game plan bud. If we can't see a good option, go back and start again rather than risk giving the ball away. It really isn't complicated and it's clearly a tactical instruction rather than Keogh deciding that's what he's going to do. The number of fans around me moaning about it sends me mental - there are literally no decent passing options and he's being closed down so he plays it back. On the occasions he does then try a long ball it invariably fails (as long balls often do) and he gets a round of moans for that too. I'm not saying Keogh is perfect but this decision to play it back is not on him. Next time he's on the ball, have a good look at the options he has rather than just watching him with the ball - I'm not saying it's like that every time but I don't understand why people can't see that it's a FL instruction. I've been hammering BJ for his passing for ages but in the last two homes games he's been much better. He did a couple of excellent long passes against Norwich and again, the fans were on his back when actually most of his decisions were good. Credit where credit is due basically but admittedly ... a swallow doesn't make summer (trying to get some cliches in...)
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    v Ipswich Town (H) Match Thread

    Absolutely! I started to kick-off at a bunch of twits moaning about Keogh but was with the Mrs so was told by her to STFU ("can you not kick-off when I'm here please" - that means it's ok when she's not there...? Women...). I'm not saying Keogh is perfect but he literally had no options to pass forward yet they were slating him. Unbelievable. These oafs just watch the ball and not the game - I was looking for his options and there were none other than punt it to their big centre halves. When we did get pressed and Carson lumped it (no choice) we lost possession - obviously. A number of other players made far more mistakes than Keogh yet nothing was said - it's just embarrassing to be honest. Lamps had a bit of a dig about the fans in his post-match interview and quite right too. Tomori - on the ball and his long range passing were exceptional but needs to be a little more... safe in terms of his defending. He took a bizarre position when they broke on our left and he was pretty much last man. Seemed an unnecessary risk - he only just pulled it off by falling into the guy. But he looks like a player to me - quick, strong, not great in the air (we didn't want a header in the first half?) but given his age, could be a star. Ipswich were well organised but let's be honest, we beat a fairly poor side. However, there were signs after we scored the first goal that this system could work. There were a few pressing moves where we did it as a unit and it worked really well but in the first half they weren't doing it as a unit so big spaces got left. If the players buy into it, it'll work 'cos winning the ball in midfield like that is always a great place to break from. Not sure how Lawrence got MoM either - wasn't awful but lost the ball quite a bit (which I sorta don't mind as he was trying to beat players). Tomori prob my MoM for the 70 yard pass - for style points alone, let alone it was to feet!
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    This is starting to remind me of circa 1992

    But we had the DPFG/Carsley combo which was a great pairing. Those two to win it, give it Ace, score. That's how my rose-tinted specs remembers it and I won't be told otherwise! :)) When DPFG thought he could play football for a while, I remember Ace looking at the bench in a strop 'cos he'd ran off into a dead-end (as he often did) rather than give it Ace (my favourite flair player). Whilst I'm at it, I remember Tommy getting one on one with the keeper and just blazing it into the Ossy end so, so many times... awful finisher when given time. Always suffered with nerves bless him.
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    Tom Huddlestone

    For me, he's one of our best players and I wouldn't sell. His game isn't about pace (luckiliy...) so I think he'll be playing when he's late 30's. Class player and I'd be gutted if he went. I really don't think he wants to go - he was delighted to come back here. He's earned his $$$$ so I think he'll be happy to stay.
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    Todays Training Photo's

    I really hope not. I think he’s good enough to play in most systems and was the heartbeat of the side last year for me. But he hasn’t really featured that much in the pre-season games so either he’s a shoe-in (unlikely given that there was talk of giving everyone game time) or he’s on his way. That’d be a shame - I like the fella.
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    Sell to buy?

    I am a sightly (ahem) older supporter... I remember Higginbotham's first games too and he was awful until he moved centrally. And yeah, Short took a while to settle in. Davies did to be fair - he wasn't dreadful but it took him a while to become the powerhouse he now is. So I've been around enough to be realistic / cynical (depending on your philosophic leaning) but I'm generally in the 'positive' camp. Just TL presses my buttons (as Deon Burton did) yet seems to have a cult following that isn't based on what we see of the lad - more of the romance of a fairly big signing and his record at Ipswich - both of which are meaningless. Genuinely hope he proves me wrong - with a new style of play (more freedom perhaps?) maybe he'll become more influential, less shruggy and do the business.
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    Sell to buy?

    But it’s ok for him to be ‘must keep’? All players need to chase back or press at times. Especially in the Champioship. He’s nowhere near good enough to build a team around so why should he be allowed to be a luxury player - Asanovic he ain’t. Not fit to lace one of his boots. He does prance! He has this weird knees up thing going on. Once you see it you’ll never be able to unsee it.
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    Sell to buy?

    Kinell dude - can I say anything right? I don’t rate him. And he frustrates me. That clearly isn’t ok with you but opinions are like clitorisis’...
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    Sell to buy?

    He got much better defensively as the season progressed and good players like him (8 seasons at Spurs...) will fit in any system. Hudds will be a key player regardless of how we play imo. Time will tell.
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    Sell to buy?

    He was better centrally but he frustrates me in his shrugging, negative body language and seems to get an inordinate amount of praise. He’s 24 - not 18 so all of this talk about ‘promising’ is a bit over-stated for me PS In response to Ilson ‘our only player who has enough about him to take the ball and try something with it.’ was my Hudds comment.
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    Sell to buy?

    Some guy lays into my post and I respond accordingly but I’m the mardy one?
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    Sell to buy?

    Do you go the games? Seriously, do you? Hudds is the guy that does all of that. Lawrence just isn’t. He might be and perhaps played differently he will but I’ve not seen enough to have him in my ‘must keep’ pile. He might have been that guy at Ipswich but he certainly isn’t at Derby.
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    Sell to buy?

    When did I do that? I specifically said that Hudds was class. Talk about taking one comment and then taking it the extreme. At £7m he needs to be more than promising. I don’t rate him - have no problem with young players Only when you take stupid liberties with it How do you know I don’t? You jump to some fairly big conclusions youth. Kinell. He’s too inconsistent for the money we paid. Is that clearer? Again, wtf. What tech ability does he show? Poor crosses? Poor corners? Yeah, comments like this where you take a little moan and blow it out of proportion - that’s the Derby way. I’m not a moaner - far from it but I don’t rate Lawrence. No problem at all with the older players (generally our best players) and I hope Lawrence proves me wrong - especially if he plays more centrally where he should get more of the ball. Honestly, posters like you who try to shout others down... Rather than just have a sensible debate you turn into Piers F'ing Morgan by taking one point and turning into a totally different one. <sigh>
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    Sell to buy?

    Wow. Lawrence? Prancing pony can do one. Inconsistent and mardy And Hudds is so under rated it’s scary. He’s the heartbeat of our team and doesn’t get anything like the credit he deserves. A 32 year old keeper is not old by any stretch. I don’t think we’ll sell unless he really wants to go.
  15. With sports science where it is I think the club know if the injuries have buggered him up and cos we’ve gave him a new contract we can only assume they haven’t. That’s a positive. He does look heavy (but they’re monitored like buggery for BMI etc so assume he was actually not fat)and there were brief moments of him looking his previous self but overall, he was poor. GR clearly believed in him for a while but it didn’t work. It’s all a bit weird but if the problem is in his head / form then at least a it’s fixable and we have a quality player with a few temporary (hopefully) issues.

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