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Abu Dhabi Ram

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    Abu Dhabi Ram 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! 🐏
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from taffyram in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from SKRam in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from Taribo in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from OrkneyRam in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from Carnero in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from dcfcfan1 in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from Ellafella in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from Coolascustard in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from RedSox in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from IslandExile in Cocu up to now   
    We start every season with a new manager and it has to stop. As long as we are not relegated, I am quite happy to be patient and watch Cocu build something. Playing the youngsters is the best thing we have done in a long time and will bring success.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram reacted to G-Ram in v Forest (A) Carabao Cup Match Thread   
    Im 100% behind our manager thats delivering on his word of promoting the youngsters & giving them a go. 
    I still think in the long run he'll develop this mixture of youth into a quality side given time. It was never going to be easy & we'll take a few unfavourable results along the way but im behind him. At least he is trying to do something 
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    Abu Dhabi Ram reacted to deanoakaram4life in Jason Knight   
    Was class today. Needs to be a regular starter for me. Ran his heart out and battled in the centre of the park. Buchanan and Lowe were also excellent. If your not aiming for the top two spots then blooding young players and sticking to a philosophy will get you there sooner rather than later. Up the Rams! 
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    Abu Dhabi Ram reacted to Kernow in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    I’m not sure what kind of team he’s going to play against Forest but I hope Bogle and Holmes aren’t far away. I think our best starting XI when everyone is fit, based on form is...
    Roos
    Bogle Keogh Clarke Lowe
    Bielik
    Holmes Knight
    Waghorn Marriott Lawrence
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    Abu Dhabi Ram reacted to Andicis in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    No, I criticise people that continuous jump on one player for very little reason. For example, the Keogh criticism, a few years back, posters would criticise Keogh no matter how well he played, we're past that now obviously, but those are the posters I would criticise. I think Waghorn is a good player. I do not think, Waghorn has been playing well though. If people can come up with coherent points around a players performance, it's absolutely fine to single them out. 
    Dowell is rightly getting the brunt of most of the criticism, but Waghorn didn't play well, and as such, to question his performance and why he's on penalties is more than reasonable.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram reacted to Andicis in I would drive dowell back up to Everton myself!   
    Because this is a forum, and it's entirely reasonable to discuss somebody's performances, just because we collectively played okay, doesn't mean all the players did. Dowell wasn't good today, therefore I think it's more than fair for fans to question him and give him some stick for it.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram reacted to Tyler Durden in I would drive dowell back up to Everton myself!   
    I think they do that's the problem - on a forum that's full of absurd and ridiculous assertions your comments have stood out as being on a level higher than even those 
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from LeedsRam1999 in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    The academy lads were outstanding today, they looked technically better, fitter and put far more effort into it than some of our so called key players. 
    Once again Max Lowe was brilliant, the future looks good.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from DanS1992 in I would drive dowell back up to Everton myself!   
    Clearly you dont read the forum then!!!!
    This place is a wealth of outlandish claims, mixed with balanced insightful responses 🙂
    Either way, that was still a truely woeful performance for a midfielder...
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from Norman in I would drive dowell back up to Everton myself!   
    Jonathon Hunt was better...
    Hang on, I cant think of anyone worse in the last 25 years
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from Andicis in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    The academy lads were outstanding today, they looked technically better, fitter and put far more effort into it than some of our so called key players. 
    Once again Max Lowe was brilliant, the future looks good.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram reacted to King Kevin in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    I'd be happy to see Sibley instead of Huddlestone or Dowell next please Mr Cocu.
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from Andicis in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    Dowell, is bad, really bad, even Lawrence makes something happen once in a while
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from Jayram in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    Dowell, is bad, really bad, even Lawrence makes something happen once in a while
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    Abu Dhabi Ram got a reaction from GenBr in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    Dowell, is bad, really bad, even Lawrence makes something happen once in a while
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