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  2. Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man

    VAR...again

    I understand your point, but from a logistical point of view, the VAR has an office with about ten monitors and ten camera angles at the same time whereas the fourth official would have just the one, so I don't think they'd be any quicker. If anything, they'd be slower.
  3. lake district canary

    VAR...again

    Why can't the 4th official be the one that looks at the monitor and helps the ref? There are 4 officials at a match and the simple answer is to give them more responsibility - the 4th official to check decisions on the monitor, the assistant referees to be given more clout. VAR seems to me to be just useless on so many levels, but mostly on the effect on the delays in the flow of a match. The delay in taking the penalty yesterday was ridiculous. The time it took to decide it was a red card was ridiculous too. One ten second replay by VAR should have been enough for them to say to the ref to go and check the monitor and ten seconds for him to see it and make his decision. If the 4th official was given responsibility for looking at the monitor, it wouldn't even have needed VAR - just a simple look at a replay......a kind of instant ground based instant VAR. So remote VAR is clumsy and inefficient and imo always will be. It is effectively taking the spirit out of the game in so many ways and just confirms what many of us know - that technology is not the answer to everything in life. Sadly, there are too many people who still think that more technology is the way forwards.
  4. Jim Smith

    Godfrey

    They need to move the pitch side monitor away from the away dugout. In this instance I can’t say it made any difference to the outcome but it clearly could. There were several Bournemouth coaches watching the replays with the ref and making comments as he viewed it.
  5. Jim Smith

    Norwich vs Bournemouth match thread

    I don’t think it’s just nerves. We’ve come out flat after half time all season and our players are often visibly exhausted by the 65-70 minute mark. Farke does really need to learn to be proactive and soot the momentum shifts in games. that said we could and should have won that by 2 or 3 and delighted with a win that is a small lifeline.
  6. That's a superb effort Kev. Well done!
  7. The Bristol Nest

    Godfrey

    Why assume that it was not intentional? It was a horrible challenge that was deserving of a red card. It could have broken the players' ankle. We won despite Godfrey and are now back to just two fit centre backs.
  8. If one more person refers to The Rules of Association Football during a VAR debate I’m going to seek them out and give them a Chinese Burn. THE GAME IS GOVERNED BY LAWS. LAWS. And if people don’t understand the difference in applying Rules and interpreting Laws then please do some research . You may then understand. Thanks .
  9. Today
  10. Terminally Yellow

    Players - Ratings Season to Date

    Krul 7 Aarons 6 Lewis 6 Byram 6 Zimm 6 Hanley 5 Godfrey 6 Tettey 6 Trybull 6 Amadou 5 Leitner 5 McLean 6 Cantwell 7 Emi 6 Onel 5 Stiepermann 5 Roberts 4 Pukki 7 Drmic 5 Idah 6 Srbeny 5 For me, injuries robbed us of our momentum, our inexperience and lack of Premier League ability has largely prevented us getting it back and a squad of potentially talented players led by an inexperienced manager are trying their best in the face of what has been a bad summer of transfers and the use of VAR which, this time last season, would have made our position vastly more comfortable. I want to mention Hanley who has persistently got slated. He would not have been anywhere near this side but for injuries and given how little he played last season has done his best, despite Championship clearly being his level.
  11. Can I throw a (very late)choice in before the door finally shuts for this week please? West Brom to get back to winning ways against Stoke Great work from the pickers this week btw, awesome amounts to add to the total
  12. Pugin

    Players - Ratings Season to Date

    I promise you that every good judge inside the game and inside the club has always known exactly how good Todd Cantwell is likely to become. When total dedication and determination combines with God-given ability, it takes a lot of stopping. And don't forget he effectively lost a year of his development. Having said all that, Emi Buendia shaded it as the best player out there vs Bournemouth.
  13. lharman7

    Norwich vs Bournemouth match thread

    I get the feeling someone is due a right spanking along the way with the amount of chances we create and don't take. Hopefully it happens soon.
  14. lharman7

    Norwich vs Bournemouth match thread

    I've said it many times this season that we will play worse (in other games) and still come out with a win. We can only hope this result will be somewhat of a catalyst for a turn around for the rest of the season.
  15. lharman7

    Norwich vs Bournemouth match thread

    Far out. Being a bit of a soft touch if you think im moaning. Just to reiterate, im happy with the 3 points but its disappointing that we again tail off second half and let Bournemouth within a sniff of an equalizer.
  16. Alex Moss

    Godfrey

    Did he repeat this sentiment after the Godfrey dismissal? Ben’s only out for 2 league games, and Farke is privy to knowledge that we aren’t regarding Klose - he could well be back sooner than we think. I am very much of the opinion that Timm is the best CB we have, and crucially, offers something our CB’s are not renowned for this season - the aerial ability to defend a set piece whilst also offering a goal threat at the other end. Have always thought that, weirdly, he is far more suited to Premier League football than Championship. As it happens, the dismissal might not be a bad thing. This maybe controversial, but in all honesty, as good as Ben is (and what a prospect he is, no doubt), I thought we actually looked slightly shakier at the back again with Hanley benched. Bar the Man Utd game, we’ve not been battered for a long time since Hanley and Zimbo started playing together. Maybe that’s no coincidence?
  17. Fiery Zac

    That 60 minute feeling

    He’s the latest scapegoat. He was superb in the first half and hasn’t got the credit he deserves. Interceptions, headers and work rate were top class
  18. Chirpy

    Sticker book!

    Hi guys went into the club shop today for stickers only to be told out of stock and no more being sold. If anyone can help that would be great. Quite happy to pay.
  19. Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man

    Players - Ratings Season to Date

    You're there or thereabouts for most of them, although I disagree on three or four. This would be mine, using 6 for average (which no doubt means everyone will moan that my marks are too low): Krul 7: One of our top performers and has kept a lot of scorelines respectable. Leads by example. Aarons 6: Has showed the promise that he has and looks dangerous going forward but has been caught out defensively a few times. Byram 6.5: Considering he was brought in as a backup, he has taken his chance well. Zimmermann 5.5: Phenomenal against Everton on his return from injury but hasn't yet fully convinced me that he can make it as a regular Premier League player. Hanley 5: Has had the odd good game, but is no more than a backup at this level. Godfrey 6: Similar to Aarons in that he has shown promise but has made a few errors through inexperience. Lewis 5.5: Started off OK but lost confidence and then his place in the team. I have faith that he'll come good though. Tettey 6: He's still the best defensive midfielder we have and has acquitted himself as well as he can. Trybull 5: A couple of good games but more bad than good. Isn't up to it at this level I fear. Not destructive enough out of possession and not creative enough with it. Leitner 5.5: He's neat and tidy and passes the ball well but lacks substance. Amadou 5.5: Jeckyl and Hyde. Has put in some fantastic performances but some shockers too. Needs to work on his consistency but hasn't been given a run in his natural position. Vrancic 6: Not a lot to go on but he's done OK. A slightly more useful version of Leitner. McLean 5.5: Looked better as a number ten and always works hard but like many others here, probably doesn't quite have enough to hold down a regular place in a Premier League team. Stiepermann 4.5: Simply hasn't made the step up. Buendia 7: Started off brightly, had a massive dip from mid-September until early December but has come back strongly and looks the part when on song. Cantwell 8: Probably the best of the bunch in terms of what he has produced relative to expectations. Stepped up in a way that nobody expected to and I'm absolutely chuffed for him. Hernandez 6: Has shown that he has a part to play with his direct running that worries opponents but hasn't been consistent enough. Pukki 7.5: Continued his form from last season into this. Excellent off the ball and a fantastic finisher. Drmic 5: Injured a lot but has offered precious little when called upon. Farke 5: His work developing players on the training pitch is his specialty, but his ability to organise a defence, his game management and poor use of substitutions has counted against him too often. I'm still a big fan but his stock has fallen slightly I feel.
  20. BaltimoreBird

    Players - Ratings Season to Date

    Jeeesus...a tad Harsh. Hanley 3, while it mostly unanimous he's been better than Zim since his return. Aarons up and down the pitch today contributing, and Tettey has been solid in each and every game. Yikes.
  21. Midlands Yellow

    Players - Ratings Season to Date

    Glad you like the lads .
  22. Canary dwarf

    Players - Ratings Season to Date

    Interesting thoughts a bit harsh on Zimmerman and Aaron's otbc
  23. It's 19 Jan and I was chatting to a friend who asked me to rate the regular playing squad so far this season. Here are my scores: Tim Krul - 8 I feared Tim would be a disaster in the EPL but he's been solid and showed great passion and real leadership! Aarons - 5 Huge potential, super fast but largely little end product. His decision making needs to improve at both ends of the pitch. Byram - 6 I like this lad and his energy and defensive work is mostly v good. He's missed some sitters though! Zimmerman - 5 A big lad with a big personality, always up for the fight! I do feel he's prone to diving in too often and every time I watch him I fear he'll fell a player in our box. Hanley - 3 See Zimmerman but less mobile. Not EPL level Godfrey - 8 Solid player, mobile, can play, excellent the majority of the time and getting stronger as . the season progresses. Emi - 8 Love this guy, a real talent and one to watch. Unlucky not to have had a few goals to his name especially today! Todd - 9 What a season, huge energy, his range of passing is superb and he's a scrapper too! His goals have also been huge this season. For me the surprise of the season and someone who we'll be fortunate to hang on to. Onel - 6 Great lad and a good outlet for us. Can be sublime and awful even in the same game. Like Aarons needs to make better decisions with his final ball. McClean - 6 I like the lad, has a directness to his game and would like to see more of him Pukki - 8 Super guy, great talent and works his socks off. 10 goals is a good return in this team. Would LOVE to see him double that before the end of the season. Tettey - 6 Amazed he's featured so much. Still combative, a popular character but the EPL is possibly past him now Trybull - 6 Not consistent enough, needs greater mobility, rarely gives the ball away but question marks over his overall contribution. Thoughts> OTBC
  24. nutty nigel

    Ricardo's report v Bournemouth

    Did they have cards back then SOB?
  25. Alex Moss

    Duda

    I think what was pleasing the most about his excellent debut performance was that he arguably wasn’t even at 100%. Imagine what he’ll be like once he’s up to speed... scary!
  26. Alex Moss

    The Great Escape mini-league

    I think the other results went about as well as could be expected today, those teams drawing means our win has seen us claw 3 and 2 points back effectively on the clubs nearest us. If Burnley lose to Leicester tomorrow then that will be perfect. Can’t say Spurs have been particularly good of late, so let’s hope, god willing, that we get 3 points there. If that were the case and other results in midweek go our way in the main, then things could get very interesting indeed.
  27. Overrated, over paid

    The Great Escape mini-league

    If it's reason and logic you're after then this board, and football in general, are not the places to find them!!
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