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    Differential in perspective in PL

    The gap feels bigger this time around. Last time in the prem I felt we were more competitive, but that could just be nostalgia for the past or pessimism for the present. On the topic of Spurs and us being competitive with them financially, I'm sure if you talked to their fans they will complain about not having the same resources as Liverpool, Utd or City etc., so it's all relative.
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    Alex Neil

    Always thought he did a good job here considering his lack of experience. He gave us some good times and the experience he gained with us has certainly benefited his career.
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    404 not found

    The latest issue is due to a couple of the web servers failing and they are having to use a static page server to serve the dynamic content. I heard they loaned a new server during the Summer but refuse to install it. The one new server they did buy apparently isn't as good as the one they already have.
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    Sheffield United

    I watched the game and Blades were well organised and played with confidence and although Spurs were fairly poor the individual quality of players like Son and Delle Ali was above anything that either of us have. I don't think there's a lot between us as evidenced last season and although Blades spent more in the Summer the core of their squad is unchanged. I think fundamentally they have a style that is better suited to survival than ours based on the quality of the players that they have. That said, as we have found out it only takes a few injuries and bad results for confidence to dip and then they may find their lack of quality an issue.
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    Zimmermann Zimmermann Zimmermann

    I think a lot of the recent poor attacking play has been because the players have lost confidence in the defence and are anxious not to lose possession for fear of conceding. So yes, while Zimbo is no Virgil Van Dijk, he's at least a proper centre half who will allow Amadou/Tettey to play in midfield and that's got to make us better not just defensively but going forward too.
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    A club without ambition

    The ambition is to secure the financial future of the club, have modern training facilities, maintain a strong presence in the community, develop young players and put out an exciting young team that play attractive football. Now the football in the last few games hasn't exactly been great, but we're doing pretty well on the rest of it and nobody can argue we haven't seen some fantastic football at times this season, and of course last season. There was a time when the ambition was to stay in the premier league at all costs (remember McNally declaring relegation would be "worse than death"?) but the owners clearly feel other things take priority now. It is what it is, and even if we had a money bags owner it's no guarantee of success. There are plenty of far bigger clubs with far far richer owners than ours where the fans are complaining about poor results, not enough investment and lack of ambition.
  7. Whether he's a genuine Brighton fan, a disgruntled Norwich 'fan' or a binner, either way it's a pretty odd way to spend your time I'd have thought. As for the bottom 3 being done and dusted, it's a funny old table right now with twice the gap from top to seventh as from seventh to bottom. I'd say the top 3 or 4 are looking far more certain than the bottom right now and a few good/poor results respectively could see teams changing places fairly rapidly at that end of the table.
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    Team for Everton

    Krul Aarons Godfrey Zimmermann Lewis Amadou Leitner Buendia Stiepermann Cantwell Pukki Hernandez to come off the bench.
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    VAR Farce

    Sheffield Utd just had a goal disallowed (shame I know) for a player offside by a toenail. Its a complete nonsense that they can judge it to that degree of accuracy.
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    Moritz Leitner

    I'd be more worried if there weren't any signs of dissent given how poor results have been. The players should be frustrated with their own and others performances, including the coaching staff. No idea on the Leitner rumour but he did come to us with a bit of a reputation for being difficult.
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    Wtf is going on here?

    There was definitely a bit of a boo at the final whistle although it wasn't particularly loud from where we were. I don't think the crowd had 'turned' though. Main feeling around us was grim resignation and a feeling that the players were trying but just not good enough.
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    Dominated the game ?

    Never in a million years were we the better side. They let us have the ball in non threatening areas and time and again we came forward and failed to create a decent chance. In contrast practically every time Watford countered they could have had it in the net. Against better finishing we’d have been on the end of another thrashing.
  13. It was the worst time wasting I’ve seen at Carrow Road for a while. That said, we could have played another 45 minutes and not scored so I don’t suppose it would have mattered.
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    Ricardo's report v Watford

    The really miserable thing about last night wasn’t that the tactics or team selection were necessarily wrong, or that the players weren’t working hard enough, but that individually we just didn’t look good enough. Yes you can point to errors for the goals, but for most of the game we were second best all over the pitch. We had plenty of the ball but rarely threatened and for the most part Watford were fairly comfortable at the back. I thought Watford were poor and before the game I said to my wife that their players didn’t look up for it but as soon as we kicked off it became obvious that man for man they were just that little bit stronger, that little bit quicker and that little bit better on the ball than us. It wasn’t that they were all big lumps and even their smaller players had a physicality about their game that ours lacked. The reality is that we probably only have a couple of premier league quality players with a few more that are young and have potential, but we’re asking too much for them to step up all at once. Last season we did something special and somehow became greater than the sum of our parts, but with confidence gone it’s obvious we don’t have enough quality to be competitive in this league. Here’s hoping for another miracle.
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    VAR Farce

    The promise of VAR was that the disruption would be a price worth paying for better accuracy and consistency but it just seems like we have the same haphazard refereeing as before just with it taking longer. The Son penalty incident wasn’t given despite there being clear contact and then no penalty at the other end despite the ball clearly hitting Delle Ali’s arm when it was above his head. Not to mention the ref showing Son a yellow card for a trip on Gomes before going back and showing him a red once he saw Gomes had broken his ankle. Not sure if that was a VAR decision or not.