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  1. Lazza

    VAR Farce

    I watched the Brighton/Norwich match on a stream. The "tackle" where Aarons was wiped out was checked by VAR for a serious foul. VAR watched the video from one inconclusive angle over and over again before deciding that it was inconclusive and that no red card was due. Meanwhile on TV they showed a few other angles that showed that he was wiped out with a sliding tackle with no intention to win the ball and it should have been a straight red. Against Man U the penalty given against Cantwell for handball was again given by VAR after reviewing the same one angle over and over which did make it appear to be hand-ball. Again, on TV they showed other angles that clearly showed that it hit the back of his head - you could even see his hair being knocked by the ball. I thought the whole idea of VAR was that, these days with multiple camera angles, a video referee was able to see all of these views to make a more informed decision that the on-field referee who only sees his own angle. What's the point of it if they only look at the same angle over and over again? I'm all for VAR but only if it's used intelligently and fairly.
  2. Lazza

    Thank god

    Bottom of the league with no saleable players left and a 15 point deduction more like.
  3. Lazza

    VAR - F*ck off

    I haven't seen it but on the live radio commentary I was listening to, they said there was a camera angle that clearly showed that the 2nd penalty decision clearly came off the back of Cantwells head, but that VAR was only using the camera angle that made it look like it came off his arm. Is that incompetence? And if so, is it accidental or willful incompetence?
  4. It’s finished 0-9. 2 players on hat-tricks and 3 other scorers, including Madders.
  5. Lazza

    Casino Royale

    I thought the casino was after he was excluded from flying to Croatia, the night before the game. That doesn't mean he didn't watch it live. Also, the illness wasn't directly the cause of being dropped. He'd had an ankle knock and the illness meant he hadn't had much training so they probably thought he wouldn't be fit enough to play. So overall, a nothing story. A player who had been ill but was now well enough to be assessed for a game was not picked due to a lack of fitness so chose to visit a casino.
  6. Lazza


    This will be controversial.... Maybe it would have been better to have brought on Drmic (or Idah/Srbeny) as the striker and moved Pukki back into the supporting role just behind. Pukki has terrific movement and passing and can spot an opportunity to put a player in on goal. He is also pretty good chasing back when needed. His best position is of course in the lead striker role but I'll be he could also do a great job supporting an out & out striker. And no. I wasn't at the game, didn't watch a stream and haven't even seen the highlights yet.
  7. That table is playing to the history-mongers though. This one is far more important: https://www.worldfootball.net/alltime_table/eng-premier-league/pl-only/
  8. Lazza

    Thick As Mince..........

    I know what you mean but it's not quite the same situation. If the striker didn't score, the accidental handball wouldn't be given as a free kick to the defending team, they would just play on. So giving a penalty for an accidental hand-ball isn't really the same thing. This situation only arises if a goal is scored directly following a hand-ball.
  9. Lazza

    Who to trust- pundits or fans?

    I think it was more the point that the player choice was attack minded, the players were looking to push forward every time we got a sniff of the ball and the way we set up to defend was more about being able to counter attack than to defend a rebound or 2nd ball. There is a lot more to defending than just how many bodies you put behind the ball.
  10. Lazza


    Looking at some of these player ratings you'd think we won the game 4-1!
  11. Lazza

    Who to trust- pundits or fans?

    When I watched the game live I actually thought Carraghers comments were completely valid. Yes he said we were too open at the back - which we were against such a high class opposition. Liverpool took advantage of that openness and took their chances very well. He said that if we played like that in every game then we will concede a lot of goals and will lose a lot of games. That's true and we all know that already. We only did so well last season because we could out-score the opposition. On the other hand, he also said that our attacking play was quite brilliant at times and if we were more clinical we could have had a number of goals. At half time he was saying that Norwich deserved to have at least one goal and when we did score he said that it was fully deserved and that he was happy we got something out of it and the performance really didn't deserve to go home goal-less. He did concede that we were playing against the best team in Europe and that if we attacked like that in every game then we should will a few against most other teams. His reservations that premier league teams will take advantage of defensive naivety and openness is perfectly valid. Personally I really enjoyed watching the game. Yes we were well beaten and in reality, they could have scored more. If we looked like making a come-back I think they would have upped the intensity and finished us off. But we did look good going forward and we were a constant threat, even when they were playing at their best through the 1st 40 minutes. I think we will survive. There will be some disappointments along the way, some heavy losses, and not necessarily against the biggest teams. Some of the mid-table teams will work us out and take advantage of any weaknesses. Equally, I think there will be some big wins along the way and we might just upset a few of the big teams with some shock (to some) results!
  12. Lazza

    Beer anyone?

    There's nothing to say they have to stay after they have downed the pint... They could be gone before the players even start warming up!
  13. Lazza

    Can we get one thing straight please?

    I think it's more likely to be that at the start we put up a good fight and go toe-to-toe with them. Matching them for possession and chances. Their strikers are likely to be more clinical though so the problem will come if they score early, and especially if they get a 2nd in the 1st half. I could see us start to unwind if that happens. If we score first however, then anything is possible!
  14. Can he take a penalty?
  15. Lazza

    3rd kit apparently leaked...

    Home kit home and away. Away kit should only be needed if it clashes with the home teams kit.