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    Mazzaram reacted to DesertRam in Championship provisional restart on June 20th   
    Don't worry guys, Rooney is going to make sure we are " up and at em" so hopefully
    we can get round the flat atmosphere, and start a run   👍
     
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    Mazzaram reacted to ImARam2 in Championship provisional restart on June 20th   
    Let's just get the matches played, get a few more points; upset Forest & Leeds by beating both of them and giving them a scare and upset their plans for promotion push.
    With 20 players in the match day squad and allowing 5 substitutes per game, then this is an absolute ideal time to load the squad with the younger players, even if they only get 10/15 minutes per game, it'll give them the experience for stepping up next season.
    Let's not worry about what could or might happen, go with the flow and rejoice that they're playing again.
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    Mazzaram reacted to David in Home Advantage   
    There is no football without fans, we already knew this as do clubs. 
    With the Bundesliga back up and running without fans, just 3 of the 16 games have seen a home win.
    Has home advantage been removed with no fans?
    Some have always dismissed the effect fans can have on the players, but the Bundesliga experiment is showing teams at home are struggling to overcome teams above them in the table.
    Does that not highlight how important our support is, getting behind the team?
    You buy your ticket you can sit in silence, rant and rave or get behind them, you’re choice, nobody can tell you how to behave in your seat, but when when Pride Park reopens just remember what football was like without fans. 
    Maybe, just maybe we can help get those wins? 🤷🏻‍♂️
    (As I write this, the away team has just gone 3-0 up in the first half in the Bundesliga)
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    Mazzaram reacted to Tamworthram in Season tickets   
    You're talking far too much sense for a Friday morning.
    I'm absolutely with you. 
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    Mazzaram reacted to Birdyabroad in EFL clarify the rest of the season   
    Unless I’ve missed something, it is all very well the EFL saying top two promoted and play-offs to go ahead, but this is all dependant on one small detail, the Premier League.
    The PL has not yet restarted and, therefore, has not YET made a decision on whether teams are to be relegated. 
    Watford appear to be doing their best to throw a spanner in the works with Deeney not returning and a symptomless Mariappa contracting Covid.
    So, as yet, there’s no conclusive decision that teams will be relegated from the PL this year. 
    Think about it, a hell of a lot can happen between when the PL is scheduled to re-start and when it is due to end. A sudden spike in players testing positive for Covid or a rise in NHS cases and the plug could be pulled or the season curtailed.
    In this scenario, you can bet that the PL would be facing massive legal challenges from the bottom 3 if relegation was enforced.
    So, the EFL can say what they want, but the PL is a separate company and, until they make a decision, EFL words and plans are hollow.
    There are many twists and turns on this road ahead and no-one knows what is around the corner.
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    Mazzaram reacted to Gee SCREAMER !! in Clubs threatening to sue EFL over Derby's FFP situation   
    Balls to em. We can buy Kenilworth road and use it fly tip Anya, it will improve it.  We can buy Oakwell and use there seats to make our ground bigger seeing as we're the only ones that fill the ground anyway. This league is getting right on my tits. Full of whinging no marks, North east chairmen that look like a bad Leo Sayer tribute and run by the Homer Simpson school of Accounting.
     
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    Mazzaram reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in One year ago today....   
    I'll never tire of watching this. Gets me every single time. Volume up.... 😜🍻😎💯👌💪🐑
     
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from HuddersRam in Derby Pride (it's a book)   
    Well said Ellafella, and well written HuddersRam. This is a brilliant article. Can't wait  for the book! Keep us posted please.
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from Ellafella in Derby Pride (it's a book)   
    Well said Ellafella, and well written HuddersRam. This is a brilliant article. Can't wait  for the book! Keep us posted please.
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    Mazzaram reacted to Anag Ram in Jayden Bogle's position   
    He’s still very young. If he is prepared to listen and learn about the craft of defending he can be a great player.
    He has skill and pace but he needs to develop that ‘you ain’t beating me’ mentality that all great defenders have.
    I’m not sure that we have a defence that goes into every game thinking let’s make sure we keep a clean sheet.
    As a defender you need to be hyper vigilant at all times and Jayden might develop that in time.
    His weaknesses are in the air (he’s not physical enough) and the occasional mental aberration in possession.
    If he can overcome those he’ll be alright.
    Sticking him in midfield looks like the club has given up on him and is pandering to his yearning to do the flashy stuff rather than the graft.
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    Mazzaram reacted to Millenniumram in Jayden Bogle's position   
    He’s a defender. He should be playing RB, or perhaps RWB if Cocu switches to a 3 at the back system. He shouldn’t be playing in midfield. I’ve said it before, he’s good going forward precisely because he starts from deep - so he receives less defensive attention and gets more space to run into. If you try to covert him into a winger, you’ll take that space away from him, which imo will make him a weaker player. 
    I think it’s clear he needs to be a bit better defensively to take his game to the next level - but I don’t think you solve that problem by moving him further forward. He simply needs to work in training on improving that part of his game - with good coaching from Cocu and his staff, I have confidence that Jayden has it in him. He just needs to make sure he’s focusing on what he’s being taught - there’s been some suspicions that maybe he hasn’t been doing that as much as he should be.
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    Mazzaram reacted to angieram in Clubs going bust !   
    Yes and Yes. Can't understand the hostility of some fans every time the club does anything that's designed to save money. It's what any business would do. Businesses that make huge profits are cutting costs. Football clubs don't make money at our level - they lose it so I would expect them to be cutting costs wherever they can. 
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from Mucker1884 in What is best away grounds been to past and present   
    Defo the party atmosphere at Carrow Rd, as we vowed to be back in '81!  😪
    I was also there Mucker! Amazing atmosphere. Dexy's Midnight Runners; Alan Biley and Dave Swindlehurst; refusing to leave the terraces until the team came back out; battling the obnoxious police as they herded us to and from the ground; following the team coach all the way back. Special times!
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    Mazzaram reacted to Mucker1884 in What is best away grounds been to past and present   
    I have to go back decades ('79 to '83 mainly) for the bulk of my away day trips, with only a handful in the past decade or so.  (Just realised... Even Old Trafford League Cup Semi was over a decade ago now!  Blimey!)
    I can fully relate to @uttoxram75's comment about "trespassing", but I guess that relates more to the era, than the ground itself.  A good description, nonetheless.  
    Ayresome, Goodison, and Upton Parks (Nobody called it The Boleyn Ground back then!) immediately spring to mind on that score.
    Even Ashton Gate, Kennilworth Rd, Victoria Ground and Portman Rd had their moments!
    I seem to remember being most impressed with St James' Park, Highbury, and White Hart Lane above others.  Maine Rd had something about it too.  Stamford Bridge wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped.
    The massive side terrace at The Valley was impressive (size-wise), although not particularly well-inhabited when I was there!
    Loftus Rd was (surprisingly?) "atmospheric" back then, albeit under floodlights, which always helps.  Equally as impressive, but less surprisingly I guess, was the likes of Molyneux, Villa Park, and Anfield.  Even The Hawthorns was quite impressive at the time.
    Best terrace view?  ... I cheated... Half way up The Kop, bang central.  Awesome view, but the accent made my teeth itch!
    Weirdest atmos?  Defo the party atmosphere at Carrow Rd, as we vowed to be back in '81!  😪 
    Poo?  Cambridge, Orient, and Shrewsbury spring to mind.  Bolton was a let down too, if memory serves.  
    My voice officially broke at Blundell Park... and was witnessed by the whole away end!  Not funny, when you are performing the solo intro to "Oh when The Rams... Go Marching in..."!
     
    Of the more "famous" grounds, I'm sad to say I have yet to visit the likes of Elland Rd, St Andrews, and Roker... and the newer stadiums (Although I did get to Etihad Stadium in "That Season"!).
    I did finally get to Wembley last time out (never made it to the old one).  Despite the game/result, I was actually more impressed than I expected.  I'd go again!  😁🐏
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    Mazzaram reacted to David in Daily Mail   
    Wouldn’t trust the Daily Mail to tell me what day of the week it is. Wouldn’t touch it even during the toilet roll shortages.
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from Fuertes’s Passport in The disgraceful EFL   
    This may be old in the tooth, but I think Murdoch and Sky are to blame for all of the mess we are currently in in our society. I know that sounds like a sweeping judgement, but the 'media machine' has absolutely taken over. Have you noticed how many 'experts' (presumably on fat salaries) 'grace' our TV screens? Even the BBC is following the Sky model for news broadcasts. On the BBC news the other night, we got told first by Huw Edwards that the Prime Minister was responding to treatment and had been sitting up in bed. It then showed a clip of Rishi Sunak saying exactly the same thing. We were then transferred to Laura Kuennsberg who then said exactly the same. So, in the space of 30 seconds, we received the same bit of news 3 times by people who all command their wedge. Why? So called experts on football clutter the TV coverage. Why do we have to listen to the likes of Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Graeme Souness? Worse still, Don Goodman et al. How much of a pay cut are they taking whilst they castigate professional footballers for not doing more? Journalists shamefully hound people to get an exclusive, going to lengths that have infringed civil liberties and ruined lives. Reality TV has led to the rise of so called celebrities who court the media attention. Why should I care about the Kardashians or who is the latest in the Big Brother house or the jungle?
    When you stop to consider how much money is being flushed down the toilet to support all this drivel, it is frightening. Call me old school, but for me, it is the 'cancer' of society.
    Rant over. Bring on the day!
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from archram in The disgraceful EFL   
    This may be old in the tooth, but I think Murdoch and Sky are to blame for all of the mess we are currently in in our society. I know that sounds like a sweeping judgement, but the 'media machine' has absolutely taken over. Have you noticed how many 'experts' (presumably on fat salaries) 'grace' our TV screens? Even the BBC is following the Sky model for news broadcasts. On the BBC news the other night, we got told first by Huw Edwards that the Prime Minister was responding to treatment and had been sitting up in bed. It then showed a clip of Rishi Sunak saying exactly the same thing. We were then transferred to Laura Kuennsberg who then said exactly the same. So, in the space of 30 seconds, we received the same bit of news 3 times by people who all command their wedge. Why? So called experts on football clutter the TV coverage. Why do we have to listen to the likes of Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Graeme Souness? Worse still, Don Goodman et al. How much of a pay cut are they taking whilst they castigate professional footballers for not doing more? Journalists shamefully hound people to get an exclusive, going to lengths that have infringed civil liberties and ruined lives. Reality TV has led to the rise of so called celebrities who court the media attention. Why should I care about the Kardashians or who is the latest in the Big Brother house or the jungle?
    When you stop to consider how much money is being flushed down the toilet to support all this drivel, it is frightening. Call me old school, but for me, it is the 'cancer' of society.
    Rant over. Bring on the day!
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    Mazzaram reacted to angieram in Yet another Chris Martin thread.... Yes really   
    I find this polarisation of opinion over Chris Martin a little strange.
    I have always preferred my football to be played by a whole team and the reason that I admire Martin's football so much is because he is one of the ultimate team players at this level. 
    A manager has to know how to use him and who to play around him to get the best out of him for the team, then the results speak for themselves.
    A few seasons ago there was a silly thread about how he wasn't doing it anymore because he was assisting rather than scoring, not good enough for some.
    I think most would recognise there are other ways of setting up a team that don't suit Chris Martin's style of play, doesn't mean that is bad management,  just a different team style.
    Our current manager does play a team style that suits Martin's play, I for one am very glad of it because it uses an asset we own to great effect, rather than us having to go out and spend x million on a sprinter with a deadly finish to replace him.
    What's not to like about that? 
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    Mazzaram reacted to DavesaRam in v Manchester United (H) - Matchday Thread   
    I think that Lord Philip of Cocu was dammed if he did and dammed if he didn't.
    With my "short -term" hat on I  was dissapointed with the team selection. Not only the central defence line up, but also with the lack of the Chris Martin/Jack Marriott pairing, which is still to be given a fair chance. Usually Jack comes on as Chris goes off. Part of me really wanted us to go on the front foot and have a real go at the other Reds, but deep down knew that it would leave us on the front row of the grid against Blackburn on Sunday with no petrol in the tank.
    I also knew there was only a small chance of victory, even though it was a possibility, so went to the match determined to enjoy whatever was served up. As usual, all I wanted was for the team to leave everything out on the pitch - which i think they did. But which defenders to put out? Looking back over the season, all of the defenders have have good games, and all have had mares. To me, it didn't really matter which ones Cocu picked, because how they actually performed is a proven lottery job.
    I actually think Cocu did a great job. There was sufficient out there to give Manchester United a good match, and even give them problems, although I still think Martin was much more likely to pick the killer through ball to unlock their defence than Waghorn. Ho hum. And Cocu was also playing the long game. It is all very well stuffing the biggest club in the country/world, but we were still unlikely to go all the way and win at Wembley, so Cocu kept his eye on Sunday's match against Blackburn. And maybe he is thinking of potentially reaching the play-offs, but more likely is aiming for sufficient points to protect from relegation should the EFL manage to fins a way to dock the points they (or Gibson) want to take off us. So we had two full backs who a great going forwards and could possibly push United onto the back foot, and we had two central defenders who were comfortable on the ball - not something which could be said of all representatives of those positions. And in actual fact, from what i managed to see of the match, we looked probably the most comfortable we have ever looked this season playing out from the back.
    Why didn't I see all of the game? It is mentioned earlier on in the thread, but my daughter, who is suffering from a badly dislocated knee, was knocked over to the ground by a bunch of United neanderthals/MacTimmany's, even though her being on crutches was blatantly obvious for all to see. So much of the first half was spent in an ambulance before being smuggled into the disabled area just after the first goal went in. 
    So i didn't see our lively start, or us give a good account of ourselves in the opening salvo's. And that first goal was dead jammy, wasn't it. What it meant that United could now settle and take their time - the pressure of a potential shock result was put at arm's length. The third goal put paid to any chance we might have had. Thankfully we didn't let our heads go down, and did put in some good crosses and shots. But towards the end, United had several good chances, but put them all over the bar. Given the quality of their squad, I have to wonder why? It might have simply been player error, but i also wonder of their was an element of not wanting to embarrass their former player too much. After all, beating us by 7 or 8 goals would have been cruel.
    In the end, we did OK, the graduates excelled and we have plenty in the tank for Sunday. And what will playing against some of the world's best players, (which doesn't include that Meathed in the Number 39 shirt) have done for our young prospects?
    I tihnk Cocu got the balance between what was needed for the night against what is needed for the rest of the season and what is wanted for the long term fairly spot on, Chris Martin excepted.
    I'm happy with that. 
     
     
    And very angry with the the idiots who injured and could have threatened the life of my daughter.
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from angieram in Brave effot lads unlucky to lose   
    Although we deserved to lose, I'm with B4 in the sense that we did so much right. Sibley looked a real threat, Knight was class and Bird gets better with every game. Also thought Whittaker looked promising. There is plenty to be optimistic about. UTR.
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    Mazzaram reacted to TigerTedd in Brave effot lads unlucky to lose   
    We got beat by a better team. Of course they’re a better team. They’re Man Utd, they’re 5th in the premier league. In fact there are a lot of teams better than us at the moment. Norwich is a better team than us. So, as the underdogs, we would always be under the cosh and outplayed, to cause an upset any team needs hard work, endeavour, and a bit of luck. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. We had very little luck. 
    The cruel thing is that Man Utd didn’t need luck to win, but they got it anyway. The football gods are fickle. 
    We get the rub of the green on Shaw’s shot, and Ighalo’s first, or if Romero isn’t having a good day, or the goals were just a couple of inches wider, and that could have been a lot different. Point is, it wasn’t one way traffic, it’s not like we didn’t have any chances to score. We would have definitely been value for a goal.
    But if you ain’t got the luck, then all the Davies’s and Wisdom’s in the world wouldn’t make a difference to the result. 
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    Mazzaram reacted to LeedsCityRam in v Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Matchday Thread   
    Cracking post that @86 Schmokes & a Pancake, I've quoted the above specifically as I'm also certain we'll be contesting the top 2 spots in this division next season. The only caveats to that are a) Cocu staying & b) no points deduction. Everything else is moving in exactly the direction you'd want it to, including the progress & harsh lessons being learnt by our ex-Academy lads.
    Classy post this @Andicis. To be fair, around Christmas time things were looking bleak & not unreasonable at all to ask serious questions about the direction of the club. I always thought Cocu's pedigree at PSV & his stated aim of long term development of squad, young players & club ethos, meant he was worth the investment in time. Always knew Rooney's arrival would improve things but Bird's emergence has been just as important (and one I didnt foresee).
    Dont get me wrong, we're not perfect & there will be bumps in the road. But we are as strong at home as ever & we're starting to play well away from home (albeit prone to idiotic lapses). The summer business will be very interesting but I think a lot of the foundations for future success have been built this season including dealing with the adversity that has plagued so much of this season.
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    Mazzaram reacted to Van Cone De Head in v Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Matchday Thread   
    The Blades are loving it at work this morning.😁
     
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    Mazzaram reacted to Ghost of Clough in v Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Matchday Thread   
    Bannan should have received a yellow late on. But as he was already on a yellow and the ref felt sorry for them, it was only a talking to. A couple of slightly soft fouls given to each side, but did very well overall. Probably our best ref this season. 
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    Mazzaram reacted to Andicis in v Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Matchday Thread   
    Won me over. Thought Cocu was going to end up as just another one of a long run of recent managers we've had that doesn't work. Happy to say I was wrong on this one, he's a class above. The coaching is definitely coming into it's own now. As you say, Lawrence has improved dramatically recently, his decision making is hugely improved. That's always been his problem. 
    I'm ok with us missing playoffs this year, to be entirely honest, I don't think we're quite ready or at that stage yet. Another year and two more transfer windows, and we'll be competing at the top. It feels as if we've turned a corner, and we're going in the right direction. 
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