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  1. hepphep

    match thread

    I think it would require that our defenders can mark their man, so unfortunately not possible..
  2. hepphep

    Team for Sheffield United

    Krul Aarons Zimbo Hanley Lewis Tettey McLean Rupp Duda Cantwell Pukki If Zimbo is available and match fit, I'd really get him back next to Hanley. Playing against team that will likely bully Godfrey in front of goal as he is not best when marking against strong opponents. I'd want to see Buendia and am bit afraid that without him or Vrancic we really cannot create scoring chances. However, both Rupp and Duda work bit harder and smarter for team so I'd start them. I'd likely look chance to bring them in later on the game (60 mins or so) to replace Rupp & Duda or Cantwell & Duda (depending if Todd is having a good game or playing with blindfold as sometimes happen).
  3. hepphep

    Team for Sheffield United

    With ball, you could always expect him to cause danger. His passing didn't seem rusty at all and I'm sure he could pass some decent spots for Pukki. On the other hand, defensively he was consistently causing danger to wrong end as well. For one good attacking chance created, he was giving away couple for opponent. Shame. If he could just up his defensive game and effort, he'd could be good in premier level as well.
  4. hepphep

    match thread

    Yes, really great. On the other hand, for each chance he creates offensively he gives 2-3 out defensively... letting team badly down with his workrate as well
  5. hepphep

    match thread

    Oh gosh. No wonder Vrancic is not playing more. Bit rusty, but also lacking all the effort..
  6. Okay, watching City play is like it used to be watching Finnish national team play in past. Getting excited and having feeling that now it turns around to just feel the same pain again. Lets hope we get over with it soon. Some thoughts about player ratings Krul 5.5 Didn't really stop anything dangerous (not that there would have been many to stop) and misplaced many passes. Played big part in Spurs' second goal by starting to charge towards ball but then hesitating and stopping in ankward position, causing confusion for other defensive players. His level of performance have been dramatically declining since good start of the season and does not look like a goalie who would help team to win games with his performances. Aarons 8.0 Best of the bunch. Was very active towards forward, playing on big range. Looked also very solid defensively. Won the penalty with brave run. Zimmerman 6.5 Had some amount of bad passes. Also let his player out of his marking on first goal. Otherwise decent game. The goals are not really to blame on central defenders this time, but instead bad turning of the game flow and giving ball away on wrong positions. Hanley 7.0 Solid game, really putting in all he has like always. Unfortunately his passing game is not in PL level (and what would be required when playing like we are playing). Not to blame for any of the chances that were provided to opponent. Byram 6.5 Had harder shift today. Very active going forward and playing good part in there. However, got into troubles defensively couple of times. Rupp 7.0 Was active for whole game, playing lots of easy passes to keep game going. Won lots of balls and had good work rate. Had two good shooting chances. Tettey 5.5 Had his worst game of the season. He is usually very reliable with his passes, and today was giving so many passes to opponent in very dangerous area. In addition lost ball couple of times by holding too long of it. McLean 6.5 Was not very visible with ball, but did a big amount of work defensively and was playing major part in securing our defensive line against quick attacks. Cantwell 6.5 Good pass for Pukki in the beginning. Lots of movement around the pitch. Sometimes it makes me even think if he is roaming even too much and eating space from others on his side. Creating lots of confusion to opponents with his effort though. Was feeling bit more lightweight in man vs man situations today than in other games lately. Played a big role in conceding first goal, by rushing forward and giving ball away instead of giving team a chance to regroup defensively. Duda 6.5 Totally anonymous on first half. Hard to say if it was lack of match fitness, not just finding his own space with Rupp and Cantwell covering so large area, or being held so tight by Spurs' midfield. Started to work on wider area in second half and played important part on setting up chances when we got possession. Pukki 6.0 Scored the penalty and passed Rupp twice into good shooting position. Worked hard. However, he really should have scored (or at least made lots better effort) from the early chance provided by Cantwell. In addition there were couple of situations that could've been turned into chances, where he fumbled with ball. Has been missing his clinical edge and the final sharpness from his game ever since the toe injury.
  7. Krul should've really done better with that second goal. Was going to charge ball first and then hesitated and stayed badly positioned. Such a gifted goal. Pretty divided match. Tettey was giving so many mispasses in dangerous area. Duda was totally anonymous on 1st half, but much improved on second. In general, amount of mispasses on dangerous areas today was pretty high. But at the times it was good game, and on 1-1 I was expecting us to score a winner as the game was so well under control..
  8. Thanks, qualification really has been such a huge thing for all of us football fans in here. It was live award show, so he was actually let to fly to Finland to receive the award. But his walking looked all good, no limping He was actually just 3rd footballer ever to win that award. Ones before have been Jari Litmanen and Sami Hyypiä, so he is in good company.
  9. First runner up was Lukas Hradecky, keeper of Finnish national team and Bayer Leverkusen. Pukki had nearly double the votes compared to him. I think it was some sort of record votes that he got. Third was Iivo Niskanen, cross-country skier who had won the award twice in row. Others in top ten included guys like Valtteri Bottas (2nd in F1 this year), Lauri Markkanen (young Finnish NBA player who was selected in NBA young players all-star game ) and some icehockey players such as captain of Team Finland which won world championship in 2019.
  10. Teemu was just awarded as Finnish Athlete of Year 2019. A trophy which includes athletes from all the sports. He was actually participating the gala in person and had very visible Norwich City pin on his chest. More merch sales brewing here in Finland..
  11. hepphep

    Team for Bournemouth

    Yes, that is quite what I'd be thinking as well. They might lack some match fitness, but they only gain it by playing. Was more thinking about the fact that my impression is that Farke has usually taken some time before playing new guys to get them adjusted to style of playing. It might be different in this case, if he is desperately looking to change this in very short term as well.
  12. hepphep

    Team for Bournemouth

    Would think same pretty much. Was thinking of maybe dropping Vrancic first, but even though Vrancic had off game against ManU and didn't manage to have any impact there, he could have bit more time in next game so that might be good. Would play Hanley (if available) instead of Godfrey. I think Hanley has lately been more reliable on his man marking. If we play Godfrey, then we likely would need to drop Vrancic to provide more help for our central defensive pairing. Would be surprised for Duda to start as it has not usually been Farke's way, but would expect him to be subbed in later (and would like to see what he has to offer immediately).
  13. hepphep


    Rupp has played 7637 minutes of Bundesliga so far in his career (mostly in mid/bottom table teams it seems), so does not seem big star in there, which of course is clear with the sums we are investing to buying players. However, brings in lots of top league experience that we have been lacking a lot.
  14. hepphep

    Why we will be relegated

    Gotta agree that there is something to improve in our defensive play. If you look at Key Passes (leading to scoring chances) we are averaging to 8.5 which is 13th best in league at the moment. However, we have only had more key passes than opponent in five games so far (from which we have gained 7pts in total). This clearly indicates that our defensive work would need improvement. During same time we have won possession in 12 games. In three of those games where we have won key passes we have had higher possession than opponent. And in those three matches we have had remarkably higher possession than opponent 16.4 - 31.6%. What to think about that? While maintaining some possession, we usually are vulnerable to give opponents key passes mostly from counter attacks. That is clearly defensive problem. On the other hand, converting our possession (in which we are 9th in league) to more key passes could also play big part in adding scoring chances (we are 14th in league in number of shots). Our scoring average is 1 per game, which is 16th in league, so there is also place of improvement. In that sense, we are lacking two ways. We are vulnerable defensively, but also don't have the edge to give the key passes. Let's hope that Duda can bring some magic in there so that we can turn our possession to higher amount of key passes as well. With more key passes we might be able to kill the games earlier which would help us also to keep the defensive shape better on the second half.
  15. That's actually true as well. And actually if you just look at high level results that is clear. Our scoring trend has been going down along with our points trend. That is interesting conflict with the fact that based on other stats it looks like we are improving. So it seems that in many ways we are improving inside the game, but the end results are going down. Of course our conceded trend is going down as well, getting bit closer to our scoring which is also going down.