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    TibshelfRam reacted to oomarkwright in Tonight's moan in   
    Yes he did. Said roos needs to be more confident in the box and take pressure off the centre backs by being more commanding. Maybe bulk up too and be stronger like he did with David Degea at MU. Took 6 months of personal training to make him stronger. 
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    TibshelfRam reacted to Carl Sagan in Bielik: Defender or Midfielder?   
    Love the fluidity of it all meaning that he can switch from defensive midfielder to a third centre half and back again throughout a game. Total football is the Dutch way - his position doesn't need to be rigidly defined.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from TuffLuff in Ex Rams   
    Gotta be in it to win it.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from Anon in Ex Rams   
    In fairness...
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    TibshelfRam reacted to Mucker1884 in Leeds Documentary   
    Just watched 5 of the 6 episodes back to back.
    I can't take the tension... I'm gonna leave the final episode until tomorrow.
    Despite just losing to Wigan & Brentford, despite throwing an automatic promotion away, and being condemned to the play-offs, I truly believe they have what it takes to get over the finish line, and win the end of season lottery.
    They clearly love each other, as the constant man-hugs prove.  They clearly don't mind cheating, as their post spy-gate sniggering behind closed doors shows.  They plan their next seasons shirts way back in winter, with only promotion on their mind.  The fans in particular ooze class and humility.  The trust.  The confidence.  The pride.  The feeling that true justice is about to bestow a once shameful club. 
    There can only be one outcome.  They really are coming home now.  It cannot finish any other way.
    Can't wait for the final episode tomorrow.  The tears of joy.  The relief.  The return of a true giant.  Bringing all fans together, in one mahoosive celebration of the greatest club on earth.  Wow, just wow!  A happy ending to end all happy endings!
     
    Do not come on here, and spoil the ending for me!  
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    TibshelfRam reacted to GenBr in The Championship 19/20   
    We taking bets for who is next to get the sack? I'm going for Woodgate at Boro - not managed a win yet.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from RadioactiveWaste in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea FC   
    Really interested to see how this pans out.
    Never bought this whole 'free hit year' nonsense that, because of the club legend status and the transfer ban, he'd be given time.
    Being given time goes against everything that has happened at Chelsea over the past 15 years. Abramovic and Chelsea fans are not known for patience or for taking other factors into account.
    The long and short will be that a club the size and stature of Chelsea has to be competing for a top 4 spot and competitive in the Champions League. Transfer ban or no transfer ban. Frank Lampard will only be given time if he can achieve this. And I'm not convinced that he can. We'll see. But I honestly don't think that his club legend status will count for much when push comes to shove.
    Yesterday (and the Man Utd and Liverpool games) set alarm bells ringing. Pkayed some nice stuff, started well. But defensively woeful. Far too many spaces for the opposition to attack. Conceded from a set piece. And the tempo really dropping off. Sound familiar?
    That said, as @86 Schmokes & a Pancake rightly points out, Leicester are a good side and will likely be in for a decent season.
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    TibshelfRam reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea FC   
    I fear Frank will already be coming under some significant pressure. Chelski fans are a long walk from patient and more than the result, the fact they finished the match hanging on for a draw won't have gone down well.
    That said, while Leicester have yet to win this year, their 2nd half work seems to show they might be a decent outfit and it'd be a surprise if Chelsea are the only 'big' side they trouble this season. 
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from Rample in v Scunthorpe (A) Carabao Cup - Match Thread   
    Talk about parking the bus, shutting up shop and looking to protect.
    @Rample really is taking a leaf out of the Jose book on how to maintain an unbeaten record.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from JoetheRam in ticket prices   
    I thin that @Jourdan and yourself are both pretty much right. It is down to money, of course, but maybe not entirely so.
    I doubt we'd ever get the 38,000+ fans who got/wanted Wembley tickets to come to every home game. For a variety of reasons - I know fans from all over the country, if not the world, who came to the Wembley game because of what it was. They wouldn't come to each home game.
    I also know plenty of family of fans who only really wanted to come because of the magnitude of the fixture. They probably wouldn't come to each home game.
    Of the fans who came to Wembley who could feasibly come to each home game or would want to, I'd suggest that money is the biggest contributing factor, you're quite right. Not necessarily as a straight consequence of the cost (but I accept that the ticket prices probably are too high) but more because of financial priorities - spending £30 to watch Derby could be the price of a meal out or a day with the kids.
    Equally, I would wager that for a lot of people, its the time commitment. There's absolutely nowhere I'd rather be on a Saturday afternoon than watching the Rams. Would I still be able to say that in 5 years when I've got kids and I've spent all week at work? Probably, but it might not be a priority. For a lot of fans, giving up every weekend is too much of a commitment, financial or time wise. Take me for example, on Saturday I spent the whole day revolving around the match - early train, in town with mates for 7/8 pints, then the match, then a couple more followed by the train home. Even my Mrs is competing for my time, but when I have kids, will I be able to do that? Probably not.
    So, it is fair to say that prices probably are the biggest contributing factor but it certainly isn't entirely that.
    I accept that its market forces. But prices are too steep, no doubt about that. And that isn't an indictment on Mel or Derby, more English football as a whole. It certainly doesn't help pull in a crowd. Something needs to be done about it right at the very top.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from LeedsCityRam in v Stoke City (A) Match thread   
    Tough game, this one. Typically the kind of game (as has been alluded to already) that we screw up in - decent form for us, opponents can't win a game - only one way it can end, and it doesn't. If Cocu can crack this kind of fixture, then he might be onto something.
    Interested to see how Stoke line up. They like a diamond in midfield but in recent games they've moved between a 4-4(diamond)-2 and a 3-3-2-1-1 diamond formation. Still intrigued to see how they get the best out of Ince as I've never been convinced by him as a number 10.
    For us, it's a tough one to call. We've been so solid defensively, to the point where I've never been so relaxed as we just don't look like conceding. But we lack creativity - something that I think we need to address with a slight tweak in the system.
    I'd go with:
    --------------Roos
    Lowe---Keogh--Clarke---Malone
    --------------Bielik
    -------Knight-------Dowell
    Jozefzoon---------------Lawrence
    -------------Waghorn
    Why?
    Bogle being out causes us problems. As I've said on other threats, our full backs are our main attacking outlet given that we play with inverted wingers and overlapping fullbacks. Lowe playing at RB is a concern as I think we lose so much of a threat. Therefore, we need to play a RW who will pin the touchline and provide width. I personally consider that to be where we might get the best of of Jozefzoon.
    Bielik has to start after midweek. Evans and Huddlestone have looked good so far, but they aren't creative enough. I feel that Bielik has enough about him to provide defensive solidity on his own without the need for 2xDM. He can also be a creative base.
    Playing Bielik allows us to play 2 ball playing midfielders. Longer term I'd like to see Holmes partner Dowell and play as a box to box player - but we aren't creating enough chances for now and Knight looked excellent midweek. He and Dowell could remedy this - we need 2 creative midfielders in there, in my opinion, to make us more fluid. With Bielik's protection behind, we are able to do this and get more bodies closer to Waghorn.
    Waghorn has to start. I don't get the calls for Marriott in the system that Cocu so obviously wants to play. The system relies upon a backs to goal striker who can link the play and provide a physical presence and allow the wingers to play off him. Marriott isn't that man. If we can get more creativity from midfield, Waghorn will come into his own. Going forward, I think we'll click. I just think that we need an extra creator in there.
    This all being said, I think that the team that Cocu picks will be:
    Roos; Lowe, Keogh, Clarke, Malone; Huddlestone, Evans, Dowell; Jozefzoon, Waghorn, Lawrence.
    I believe he will consider it too much for Bielik to play 2 games in 4 days - expect to see him in for Bristol City.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from Mucker1884 in Leeds Documentary   
    You don't get bombarded - I took out a free trial to watch the Man City documentary that was on.
    But, yes, you do need to 'cancel' your subscription before it automatically renews - I set myself a reminder on my phone. When signing for the free trial you will be asked to enter payment info (for this reason) but you won't be charged.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from CWC1983 in ticket prices   
    I thin that @Jourdan and yourself are both pretty much right. It is down to money, of course, but maybe not entirely so.
    I doubt we'd ever get the 38,000+ fans who got/wanted Wembley tickets to come to every home game. For a variety of reasons - I know fans from all over the country, if not the world, who came to the Wembley game because of what it was. They wouldn't come to each home game.
    I also know plenty of family of fans who only really wanted to come because of the magnitude of the fixture. They probably wouldn't come to each home game.
    Of the fans who came to Wembley who could feasibly come to each home game or would want to, I'd suggest that money is the biggest contributing factor, you're quite right. Not necessarily as a straight consequence of the cost (but I accept that the ticket prices probably are too high) but more because of financial priorities - spending £30 to watch Derby could be the price of a meal out or a day with the kids.
    Equally, I would wager that for a lot of people, its the time commitment. There's absolutely nowhere I'd rather be on a Saturday afternoon than watching the Rams. Would I still be able to say that in 5 years when I've got kids and I've spent all week at work? Probably, but it might not be a priority. For a lot of fans, giving up every weekend is too much of a commitment, financial or time wise. Take me for example, on Saturday I spent the whole day revolving around the match - early train, in town with mates for 7/8 pints, then the match, then a couple more followed by the train home. Even my Mrs is competing for my time, but when I have kids, will I be able to do that? Probably not.
    So, it is fair to say that prices probably are the biggest contributing factor but it certainly isn't entirely that.
    I accept that its market forces. But prices are too steep, no doubt about that. And that isn't an indictment on Mel or Derby, more English football as a whole. It certainly doesn't help pull in a crowd. Something needs to be done about it right at the very top.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from Carnero in v Stoke City (A) Match thread   
    Don't disagree with your reasoning and can see the logic. But I would feel that we needed a natural out and out right winger to compensate for the loss of Bogle's natural width.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from CWC1983 in Scottish Football - what's the point?   
    Its a valid point that the SPL has been dominated by the Old Firm for too long and makes the competition a little dull. But the cumulative sizes of those two clubs in comparison with the rest of the league is so disproportionate that it is likely to always be thus. The support bases that the Glasgow clubs have compared to that of even the next 3 biggest clubs (Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts) is extraordinary. Even the Edinburgh clubs struggle to attract more than 15-20,000 fans per game whereas Celtic have 60,000 most weeks and Rangers pushing 50,000. In a league with little resource, that really does make a huge difference.
    The game, in all countries and all divisions is dominated by money now. It is just a case of it being to a varying degree of how much money we're talking about. But it makes it nigh on impossible for "lesser" smaller clubs to compete with the larger, more financially cash rich clubs. When Aberdeen last won the league it was a much more level playing field - but the same was also true in England in those days - the English top flight was much more readily shared around in the 70s and 80s. We are just as much a victim of this as Scotland - the top 6 pretty much have a monopoly on the title making it virtually impossible for other clubs to compete. We have a once in a blue moon story like Leicester that has bucked the trend - but ordinarily this is not the case. When you look at the clubs who have won the English top flight since 1984/85, it has pretty much been either: the biggest clubs in the country (Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leeds, Everton) or the clubs with the most money at that time (Blackburn, Chelsea, Man City) and many of those clubs overlap both categories.
    When saying that since 1984/85 we've had 9 winners compared to the SPL's 2 - its not a fair comparison. I think that we've been just as limited in how its been shared around - the only difference is that there is far more money in England than there is in Scotland thereby meaning that a higher percentage of clubs have access to large budgets. I'd say that in our system, with the number of teams we've got and the % difference in monetary terms between the English top flight and the SPL, their having two winners and us having had nine in a 35 year period in fairly even. Espeically when you consider that many of those teams have only won it once or twice (Everton x2, Liverpool x2, Leeds x1, Blackburn x1 - all over 20 years ago - and Leicester x1) and the league title has actually only ever been dominated by 4 teams (Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City) in that period.
    Additionally, compared to a number of other major leagues in Europe, the SPL is probably no more top 2 heavy than many others. Spain is pretty much dominated by the Classico sides and has been (with a couple of exceptions) for decades. Juventus have cleaned up Serie A for the last decade, the big 3 dominate just as much in Holland (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord barely giving anybody else a look in) with the same in Portugal (Porto, Benfica, Sporting). Meanwhile, the Bundesliga is not exactly a level playing field when you consider Bayern, and to a lesser extent, Dortmund's dominance.
    In that regard, the SPL, whilst being probably the most unbalanced of those leagues and having had the longest 2 team stranglehold, does not actually compare all that badly. Modern football lends itself to a small percentage of teams at the top dominating and the rest scrabbling around to be the 'best of the rest'. Jeremy Corbyn's 'for the many, not the few' slogan would have a field day.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from archram in ticket prices   
    I thin that @Jourdan and yourself are both pretty much right. It is down to money, of course, but maybe not entirely so.
    I doubt we'd ever get the 38,000+ fans who got/wanted Wembley tickets to come to every home game. For a variety of reasons - I know fans from all over the country, if not the world, who came to the Wembley game because of what it was. They wouldn't come to each home game.
    I also know plenty of family of fans who only really wanted to come because of the magnitude of the fixture. They probably wouldn't come to each home game.
    Of the fans who came to Wembley who could feasibly come to each home game or would want to, I'd suggest that money is the biggest contributing factor, you're quite right. Not necessarily as a straight consequence of the cost (but I accept that the ticket prices probably are too high) but more because of financial priorities - spending £30 to watch Derby could be the price of a meal out or a day with the kids.
    Equally, I would wager that for a lot of people, its the time commitment. There's absolutely nowhere I'd rather be on a Saturday afternoon than watching the Rams. Would I still be able to say that in 5 years when I've got kids and I've spent all week at work? Probably, but it might not be a priority. For a lot of fans, giving up every weekend is too much of a commitment, financial or time wise. Take me for example, on Saturday I spent the whole day revolving around the match - early train, in town with mates for 7/8 pints, then the match, then a couple more followed by the train home. Even my Mrs is competing for my time, but when I have kids, will I be able to do that? Probably not.
    So, it is fair to say that prices probably are the biggest contributing factor but it certainly isn't entirely that.
    I accept that its market forces. But prices are too steep, no doubt about that. And that isn't an indictment on Mel or Derby, more English football as a whole. It certainly doesn't help pull in a crowd. Something needs to be done about it right at the very top.
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from Rampage in Red Dogs Away   
    Even if* we're 3-0 up? 😉
     
     
    *when
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from Jourdan in ticket prices   
    I thin that @Jourdan and yourself are both pretty much right. It is down to money, of course, but maybe not entirely so.
    I doubt we'd ever get the 38,000+ fans who got/wanted Wembley tickets to come to every home game. For a variety of reasons - I know fans from all over the country, if not the world, who came to the Wembley game because of what it was. They wouldn't come to each home game.
    I also know plenty of family of fans who only really wanted to come because of the magnitude of the fixture. They probably wouldn't come to each home game.
    Of the fans who came to Wembley who could feasibly come to each home game or would want to, I'd suggest that money is the biggest contributing factor, you're quite right. Not necessarily as a straight consequence of the cost (but I accept that the ticket prices probably are too high) but more because of financial priorities - spending £30 to watch Derby could be the price of a meal out or a day with the kids.
    Equally, I would wager that for a lot of people, its the time commitment. There's absolutely nowhere I'd rather be on a Saturday afternoon than watching the Rams. Would I still be able to say that in 5 years when I've got kids and I've spent all week at work? Probably, but it might not be a priority. For a lot of fans, giving up every weekend is too much of a commitment, financial or time wise. Take me for example, on Saturday I spent the whole day revolving around the match - early train, in town with mates for 7/8 pints, then the match, then a couple more followed by the train home. Even my Mrs is competing for my time, but when I have kids, will I be able to do that? Probably not.
    So, it is fair to say that prices probably are the biggest contributing factor but it certainly isn't entirely that.
    I accept that its market forces. But prices are too steep, no doubt about that. And that isn't an indictment on Mel or Derby, more English football as a whole. It certainly doesn't help pull in a crowd. Something needs to be done about it right at the very top.
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    TibshelfRam reacted to ThePrisoner in Leeds Documentary   
    I WILL DEFY YOU AND I WILL ANSWER!
    But really, you can join and then cancel immediately and you'll keep your membership until then. 
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    TibshelfRam got a reaction from Mucker1884 in ticket prices   
    I thin that @Jourdan and yourself are both pretty much right. It is down to money, of course, but maybe not entirely so.
    I doubt we'd ever get the 38,000+ fans who got/wanted Wembley tickets to come to every home game. For a variety of reasons - I know fans from all over the country, if not the world, who came to the Wembley game because of what it was. They wouldn't come to each home game.
    I also know plenty of family of fans who only really wanted to come because of the magnitude of the fixture. They probably wouldn't come to each home game.
    Of the fans who came to Wembley who could feasibly come to each home game or would want to, I'd suggest that money is the biggest contributing factor, you're quite right. Not necessarily as a straight consequence of the cost (but I accept that the ticket prices probably are too high) but more because of financial priorities - spending £30 to watch Derby could be the price of a meal out or a day with the kids.
    Equally, I would wager that for a lot of people, its the time commitment. There's absolutely nowhere I'd rather be on a Saturday afternoon than watching the Rams. Would I still be able to say that in 5 years when I've got kids and I've spent all week at work? Probably, but it might not be a priority. For a lot of fans, giving up every weekend is too much of a commitment, financial or time wise. Take me for example, on Saturday I spent the whole day revolving around the match - early train, in town with mates for 7/8 pints, then the match, then a couple more followed by the train home. Even my Mrs is competing for my time, but when I have kids, will I be able to do that? Probably not.
    So, it is fair to say that prices probably are the biggest contributing factor but it certainly isn't entirely that.
    I accept that its market forces. But prices are too steep, no doubt about that. And that isn't an indictment on Mel or Derby, more English football as a whole. It certainly doesn't help pull in a crowd. Something needs to be done about it right at the very top.
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    TibshelfRam reacted to cheron85 in Best forward line you've seen play for Derby   
    I often think about these combinations and wonder how they compare to the forward lines we had when we were Premier League strugglers
    I think Malcolm Christie would walk into any of our championship sides - But what about Deon Burton? (for example) - He played a LOT of games for us at Premier League level and I always thought he was bang average - But he was technically playing at a higher level than any of the guys listed above have played for us
    I often forget that awesome Burley season too though - That was some great football and a pretty special bunch of players who I loved watching - Although I'm pretty sure we didn't have much resembling a defence of any kind?
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    TibshelfRam reacted to David in Forest (A) Carabao Cup Tickets   
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    TibshelfRam reacted to Andicis in v Stoke City (A) Match thread   
    The butchering of Bielik's name is already taking place. Would like to see him start though, if he's fit enough. I think Knight did enough to earn a start too. I'd like to see a midfield 3 of Bielik, Dowell and Knight.
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    TibshelfRam reacted to RadioactiveWaste in v Stoke City (A) Match thread   
    I fear the re-emergence of Derby's "oh they are in terrible form we're bound to beat these... Oh poo.... They beat us" tendency that we've had fir absolutely years.
    A draw would be OK, a win great, a loss can't be ruled out, but won't be the disaster the later stages of this thread might lead you to believe.
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    TibshelfRam reacted to Steve How Hard? in Stoke is now a sell out   
    He might get chased out of the Stoke boardroom on Saturday by angry Stoke  directors after he hustled £2 million off them for Rowett. 
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