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  1. First off I can''t admit to seeing the game, but the comments already made here probably echo the feelings of a lot of England supporters. If there are going to be England friendlies why can''t the FA hierarchy use the friendlies as a method of trying out fringe players. To some extent Sven tried to do this but I don''t honestly think he gives anyone a chance. Dare I say Sutton!! Based in Scotland I''ve seen Thompson on TV quite a few times this season and whilst he doesn''t have bags of pace he does have a wicked "Beckham-esque" left foot. He seems the perfect fit for the troublesome left midfield spot. So here we are with the second friendly just gone and the poor bloke has only had 70 minutes to prove he''s worth a look. You can say the same of some of the other new faces that Sven drafted in: JL Samuel, Shawn Wright-Phillips, Jermaine Defoe. At least Defoe did enough to merit second thoughts. That said, I think going into this friendly Sven had already picked his squad. In fact, I think he has had the squad fixed for quite a time now. That''s a real shame for all those other players that have been putting in great performances this season who are probably deserving of a spot. I''d also agree that he does come across as too set in his ways tactically. 4-4-2 is the way it''s going to be played. Now it might be a diamond four in midfield but it''s still 4-4-2. Why didn''t he try 5-3-2 against Sweden with two wingbacks?
  2. Why not play Hux and McKenzie up front and force the rest of the team to try and keep the ball on the ground. The downside to having a target man in there at the moment is that the rest of the team believe that a swift punt up the park is the proverbial answer. That doesn''t work against teams that are going to have big central defenders and somebody man-marking Huckerby. Give the opposition something else to think about. Stop with the long ball and go for the ball into feet or beyond the fullbacks. I think, like several of those here, that McKenzie is due a start. With Roberts and Svensson off as options it might make the rest apply a different approach. Plus both Hux and McKenzie have bags of pace. Combine that with McVeigh and Cooper coming from midfield and you might have a speedy attack that brings some threat. Need the three points against Stoke. That 8 point gap to third doesn''t seem like much anymore.
  3. Why can''t you play Hucks in the questionable right-sided midfield role? Put McKenzie on up front alongside of Svensson. That would give you: Green Edworthy, Fleming, Mackay, Drury Huckerby, Holt, Francis, McVeigh Svensson, McKenzie That does leave Brennan sidelined which on his recent showings is probably a bad thing.
  4. Thank you Zipper. I''m going to take DumbleDelia to issue over the fact that it was never going to be a game in which nice attractive on the ground football could be played. I think it was a game in which that type of play would have worked and in fact, the short period in the second half when City did do that it DID work against the Albion. The Canaries just abandoned it too quickly and went back to the ole ball in the air ploy. That wasn''t ever going to work against three sturdy centre backs. Looking back at the game Worthington might have been better bringing on McKenzie instead of Mulryne when Drury went off. Then put both Huckerby and McVeigh out wide and get them to have go at getting around the back of the three defenders. Push McKenzie up alongside Svensson and get him to use his pace to feed off of Svensson.
  5. Having watched the West Brom game on the TV the other night is it just me who is slightly worried about the Canaries lack of guile? Yes, there was lots of huff and puff. Yes, there was another clean sheet. But there were a lot of long "hoof" it up the park passes and a distinct lack of guile and craft when it came to try and open up chances. Apart from a ten minute spell at the start of the second half when the Canaries did really zip it about on the floor there was a lack of creativity in all areas of the park. Three of our four defenders appear to opt for the quick hoof pass rather than a short pass into our creative players in midfield. The only defender who didn''t choose that as his first option was Drury. The Albion appear to have Hucks wrapped up nice and tight with their man to man marking scheme, but the Canaries didn''t try anything different to try and offer Hucks a chance to shine. They continued to knock the ball into his feet only for him to get creamed when he turned. Only once did they knock a ball beyond the defender and allow him to use his pace. At that point he was brought down. Now I will freely admit that I don''t get to see the Canaries very often living up here in Scotland, but a question for the rest of you posters in here - are they always like this? If they are then I''m severly worried that they''re not going to pull in the points they need against the chasing pack to keep them up the top. I sincerely hope they do but on this evidence I''m not convinced.
  6. Actually the Canaries web site has an article under "First News" that the Huckerby deal is set to be completed pending a medical. http://www.canaries.premiumtv.co.uk/page/FirstNewsDetail/0,,10355~467423,00.html Huckerby is eligible for the FA Cup match with Everton on 3rd Jan.
  7. Brewster? Was that a tongue in cheek suggestion? He''s already 37. If Nigel doesn''t think Iwan can do the job why would he even think Brewster would be any better. If you''re going to go for one of the pairing at the Pars then go for Stevie Crawford. At least he''s still got some pace left in him.
  8. Since the Huckerby deal appears to be in the final throes I thought I''d post an alternative transfer suggestion for all readers to digest. Why not attempt to sign the Scottish Under-21 midfielder Stephen Pearson from Motherwell? The lad has got bags of pace, a complete disregard for international ability or experience when he faces his opponents and is only 21.
  9. Hang on a second. I haven''t actually seen any words from Huckerby himself in any of the reports that are floating around. The person putting across the, supposed, point of view of Huckerby is his agent Smith. We''ve already seen some of what Hucks appears to think of this previously, when Hucks refuted Smiths claims about the Canaries being unable to afford his, Huckerby, services. Let''s face it the guy is an agent. He makes his money about of talking up the best deal that he can get. If that means stating that Hucks will stay at Man City then that''s what he''ll do. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall of the room in which Hucks and his agent hold their discussions. If you were Hucks what would be your primary concern - playing football I would have thought. By all accounts he''s had a good time at City, perhaps that may sway his personal judgement over where he, himself, wants to go. Be patient.
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