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  1. Could I have Man City to beat Sunderland please. Norwich to win and Wes to score at any time as the side bet. Hope I have this right. It''s been a while.
  2. Hi Nutty. It''s been a while but I''d like to get back involved in this. Can I just make a pick tomorrow like the old days? Were you at Blackburn on Saturday? Got a feeling I may have seen you in The Golden Cup.
  3. He actually did OK on Saturday when he came on. Calmed things down a bit when a second Blackburn goal could have really spooked us. He doesn''t move much outside the middle third but I doubt AN wants him to. I''d keep him.
  4. Players who don''t celebrate when they score against their old clubs out of respect for the fans. Maybe it would have been more respectful for you to have tried a bit harder so you didn''t get shipped out of your previous club or not left your previous club the minute another club waved a bag full of cash under your nose.The idea that contact, however slight, gives a player the right to hit the deck.The sense of entitlement that infests modern day football fans so badly that they are seemingly incapable of dealing with any defeat.The overuse of ''false nine'' by pundits/fans who clearly don''t understand what one is.The use of the word ''banter''.The constant rimming of Jose Mourinho by the English media.The fact that I''d quite like Liverpool to win the league.The phrase ''in the Premier League era'' when used in conjunction with any record.The demise of the FA Cup and UEFA Cup as competitions that teams actually want to win.The phrase ''on his day he is unplayable''.FL72? WTF?The analysis of every decision made by a referee in real time in the heat of a game in super slow motion from the comfort of a TV studio.
  5. [quote user="Hog"]Just seems like modern managers will refuse the old style 442 at all costs as its not the "continental" style.. Personally I would love to see its return[/quote]Are you suggesting that modern managers are ignoring 4-4-2 because it''s unfashionable? Given that any manager is only safe in his job if his team is performing then that seems unlikely. 4-4-2 has lost popularity because teams who play that way tend to struggle over the course of a season.Having said that I''m not sure many modern teams play with one formation that can be expressed in numerical terms in both defence and attack so this may be a moot point.
  6. Different people use places like this for differnent purposes. For some meeting those that you have interacted with online is a natural progression and coming somewhere where everyone (or at least in theory it is everyone) has something in common such as NCFC in our case is a great place to start. For those who are perhaps less confident and who struggle to make themselves heard in ''real life'' places like this are great as that anonymity helps cover up the anxiety that some have in large groups. Either is fine but there are some strange people on both sides that have a problem with the other. Thus the posters who want to meet get derided by some as a kind of ''inner circle'' and those who have no desire to meet get slated because they won''t come to the pub and discuss matters over a pint.
  7. Lambert toyed with this formation on occasion but as Nutty rightly points out it never really worked for him. It was pretty clear that he wanted to get more control of games (Hughton has maybe gone too far this way which is why some deem him to be overly negative) and this formation should have done this whilst still allowing two strikers. It does create a new set of problems though in that as very few teams play with two out and out strikers these days you don''t really have a need for three centre halves. I think you need at least one of the back three to be able to step into the midfield for this to have any chance of working. Otherwise you''re just wasting a player back there.
  8. [quote user="Norwich or die tryin"]Win, loose or draw Hughton has to go tomorrow.[/quote]I find it unlikely that we will sack our manager if we win or draw tomorrow. If he''s loose though he can clear his desk and get the f*ck out of our club. What a cheek.
  9. [quote user="can u sit down please"]Re 4231 I don''t think we have the pace from the midfield to support a line forward. No penetration going beyond the forwards at all.[/quote]Spot on.It''s easy to defend against one up top unless you have either (or preferably both) creative players who can play in between the lines or pacy midfielders who can break and go past the lone striker. As a centre half you only really have to worry about tracking the lone striker. When we get people up and around the lone striker (the goal against Chelsea was a good example) it''s not so bad but that didn''t happen much today.
  10. Villa created a chance out of four first time touches there. We would hve probably ended up back on the halfway line.
  11. [quote user="Thecanaryfan"]Truly awful cross by Fer. Horrible. [/quote]Seemed desperate to get rid of the ball. Should have taken it in further.
  12. [quote user="ReadingCanary"]Alan Shearer raised a good point though the other weekTheir team has no English core who will fight to the death to ensure they stay in the league. For the club and for the fans.If they have a few injuries and go on another poor run, it has been strongly suggested that the squad will start breaking up into mini groups (much like QPR) [/quote]Is there any evidence that you need an ''English core who will fight to the death''? Sounds like the usual banal horseshit you would expect from an ''expert'' who didn''t even know who Hatem Ben Arfa was when he signed for Newcastle. The idea that foreign players will roll over when the going gets tough without an English spine to the team is fairly insulting really.
  13. [quote user="Kangaroo Court"]The radio experts are out in force today.[/quote]Were you impressed with the first half then?
  14. Why do people dislike Welbeck so much on here? Is it because he was perceived to have taken Grant Holt''s rightful place in previous England squads? He scored last night, and it is his poor scoring record which is often held up as the reason why people don''t rate him, and had a decent game overall. Given the right development he has all of the natural physical attributes you need to be a top class modern centre forward. Sure there are aspects of his game that require improvement but he''s only 23. I just don''t get the hate.
  15. [quote user="Its Character Forming"]I think the difference between football and say cycling is that say the Tour de France is very one-dimensional in that at the top level, it''s all about endurance and the winning margin is very small.  So if a cyclist can take drugs that give him a marginal boost to his endurance, that can be enought to make the difference.  Ditto with sprinting being all about power, etc. [/quote]I''ve heard this kind of explanation before as to why something like EPO wouldn''t benefit footballers (or tennis players) as it would athletes in an endurance sport such as cycling but I''m not so sure. Football is a sport where more technical skill is required (although many people would argue that the balance between physical fitness and technical skill has tilted more towards the former in the modern game) but those skills are a lot easier to perform when you have time and space. A drug which allowed you gain an extra yard of space on your opponent (especially in the latter stages of games) could only be beneficial surely? I can open a can of beans with my left foot when I''m kicking a ball around in the garden with my kids but if you dropped me into a competitive game these days I bet I would struggle to ever get a pass or shot away.Footballers cover more and more distance and play more and more games than ever before and we are asked to believe that this is possible because Arsene Wenger invented pasta sometime in the 1990s?
  16. [quote user="NorthWalesCanary"]Cortisone is banned in cycling without prior permission. You can use it for certain injuries but never in the injected form.[/quote]There are random tests on cortisol levels in cycling (although I believe this is not done by the authorities and is instead limited to members of the MPCC) which attempt to catch riders using large doses of cortisone. Cortisol is a hormone produced naturally by the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys and the body stops producing it when you start taking large doses of cortisone. This is considered a ''health check'' rather than an anti-doping measure and is intended to protect riders from being forced to continue cycling through an injury.NWC is sort of correct in that cortisone is banned in cycling without prior permission (a Theraputic Use Exemption or TUE) although there are exceptions. As far as I understand the current rules are as follows. Any local injection of corticosteroids will result in a rider being required to sit out competition for 48 hours. Administration of corticosteroids orally, rectally or through intramuscular or intravenous injection require a full TUE application but administration by any other means (and there are plenty) is not banned. It''s a fairly grey area but at least the authorities are trying to do something. The problem of course is that the UCI (much like FIFA) are responsible for promoting the sport and attracting sponsorship so there is a clear conflict of interest in allowing them to also be involved in anti-doping measures. I think that if the will was there to dig a little deeper we could see some serious doping scandals surrounding the world of football but it is such a huge sport these days that it will never happen. It would certainly be interesting to find out who those blood bags from the Operation Puerto investigation belonged to but unfortunately (or predictably if you prefer) they are going to be destroyed.
  17. The Premier League is so far removed from the ''heritage and tradition'' of English football that I can only imagine that the fans who get so worked up about this kind of thing walk round with their eyes shut.
  18. [quote user="CDMullins"]Dont think we''ll be seeing UC back in here. [/quote]Why''s that?
  19. [quote user="Mr Brownstone"]Omega Pharma left Cav a little too much to do there, they''ll be better next year for their experiences this year, and with Renshaw on board will be much stronger. Cav will ride into Paris in Green again, will be another fascinating battle between him, Greipel, Kittel, Sagan and Goss though.[/quote]Has Renshaw definitely signed for OPQS for next year then? I''ve seen it rumoured but not confirmed (Christ it''s just like the football [;)]). They definitely need more strength in their lead out as Steegmans was left with far too much to do on most of the sprint stages. Kittel is damn fast though and will take some stopping next year. Could all be irrelevant though as Sagan will keep winning green until he gets bored IMO as he can pick up points where the other sprinter do not on the slightly hillier stages.Froome is a worthy winner and the way he has dealt with the doping allegations has seen him go up in my estimations. I still miss Wiggo though [:(]
  20. I''m deeply suspicious of any grown man who claims not to like cricket (and by cricket I mean test cricket and not that other cricket for people who don''t like cricket). There truly is nothing better than a warm summer day, a good book/newspaper, a steady supply of ale (golden and hoppy for me at this time of year) and the sound of TMS. So in answer to the OP it''s cricket and cycling for me. Two sports which take the best part of a day to watch or play (sadly I was never any good at cricket but I do cycle two or three times a week.) and are pretty far removed from the breakneck speed of Premier League football. The older I get the more I find myself drifting away from watching football when NCFC are not playing and watching more and more cycling as soon as the season starts. A sport where (even more so than cricket) it can seem as if nothing much is happening for hours but which I find eternally fascinating for the sheer courage and effort displayed by the riders. Yesterday was pretty much the perfect sporting day for me with the conclusion of the first Ashes test and a summit finish up Mont Ventoux in le Tour. A gripping finish in both (with the added bonus of a Peter Sagan wheelie at the bottom of Ventoux which was splendid!) although I must confess to not really taking to Froome and half hoping that young Quintana would be able to pull away from him.
  21. "The troubled football legend, who collapsed on Monday after a massive bender, was pictured propped up against a litter bin by worried passers-by who then ran for help"Worried passers by? So worried that they managed to take a few pictures to send to The Sun before they ''ran for help''.
  22. Just like the old days on here talking about quality US TV. Shame it such a sad subject. Anyone who hasn''t watched The Sopranos really should. I have not watched every TV programme or film mde but I doubt there haave been many better performances that so encapsulate the complexities of human beings.RIP Jim.
  23. There was a really god interview with him in either the Indy or Guardian a month or so back. Sounded as if he was pretty happy in Germany and was hoping to play more of a part for Hamburg next season after suffering a couple of injuries this year. He''s a very decent footballer I think.
  24. I know that this is meant to be tongue in cheek but it you actually look back to the predictions from the season we got promoted there were a fair few who thought we would survive. Must admit I didn''t pay quite as much attention this season.
  25. I think you can compare relative areas of the pitch, and fans for that matter, as much as you like but it is the overall performance of the two clubs which really matters. You kind of dismiss their League Cup win because we would have won it if we had beaten Villa but the fact is we didn''t beat Villa. And that trophy alone, which let us remember is the whole point of playing football, that makes Swansea stand out from us over the two seasons.I know that a large number of Norwich fans have been wetting their knickers over this supposed ''Swansea bias'' over the past two seasons but I really don''t understand it. Firstly we should really be pleased that of the two sides who were promoted with us it is Swansea (who operate a similar model to ourselves) that have survived rather than big spending QPR. Secondly if you are a fan of football as well as NCFC it is great to see a ''smaller'' club, and the same applies to Wigan, win a trophy. And most importantly what Swansea have achieved does not detract from our achievements one little bit and worrying about their media exposure makes us look very small time. The way that Swansea played last year was unique for a promoted side and that is why they received the extra plaudits. Whether it was fair or not is a pointless argument because the media love a unique story. This year they have changed style and manager, as have we, but have won a trophy and have never realistically been in danger of relegation. They also had one of the standout players of the season who, scandalously in my opinion, got nowhere near any of the national player of the season awards.If Swansea continue as they have this season they will continue to get plaudits (and will probably get even more attention with the promotion of Cardiff). We should be looking to improve our performances rather than worrying about what they might do.
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