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  1. Creative Midfielder

    Coronavirus and Relegation

    I'm not claiming any great medical knowledge but I believe that is a completely different type of virus, and Coronavirus is more like the flu type viruses that are much more seasonal. I could be wrong but I hope not and I'm pretty sure that I heard it from one of the many 'experts' that are constantly being interviewed at the moment - I certainly didn't just make it up (not that anyone on this forum ever just makes stuff up of course )
  2. Creative Midfielder

    Coronavirus and Relegation

    I think the expectation (or perhaps hope!) amongst the medics is that these type of viruses seem to be most virulent during the winter months and as long as it can be reasonably contained for a few more weeks it will then start to become less threatening as we move into spring and summer. So I don't think that Coronavirus is going to be the 'little miracle' that Daniel is hoping for!
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    Not much to be positive about...

    Although you are probably correct, both because you've always struck me as a pretty shrewd judge of a game of football but also because actually in this case the outcome looks fairly inevitable to most of us anyway. But I can't help but wonder whether it isn't less interesting/exciting to believe that the 'reality' as defined by the bookies is immutable and nothing that we, i.e. Farke and the team, can do will change it. At the other extreme this is precisely why I don't see any point in being in the Premiership because we are never going to win it - the Championship, League 1 etc are genuine competitions which certainly don't always go our way but in a good year we know we can do it. The FA Cup we've never quite managed but we've occasionally come quite close and IMO its possible, in fact at a stretch it could happen this year and certainly its possible to envisage it happening in the future. But the Premier League, not now, not ever will we win it so what point is there in being in a competition that we can never win - seems pretty pointless to me and of course that is the reality that the bookies will always reflect.
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    A week or two of rest probably wouldn't hurt Pukki but I really don't think he's the problem. Last season he got a lot of chances and all credit to him he put an awful lot away but not all of them - no striker ever does that. This season he has been mostly feeding on scraps and he's still put a very respectable number away but if he misses the only chance he gets in a game that's seen (by many) as a drop in his standard/performance. That seems pretty unfair and unrealistic to me - he's up against better defenders, better keepers and worse of all up against VAR. IMO the Spurs game at Carrow Road was a key turning point for his season - he scores a perfectly valid and brilliant goal, as good as anything from last season, and it is ruled out by VAR. Not only does that cost us two points but what does it do to a striker whose whole game is based upon great runs off the shoulder of the last defender and which this sh*t technology is incapable of judging accurately? Based on what we what we've seen this season its nowhere near as good as the linos it's replaced. Anyway call it co-incidence if you prefer but Pukki's form has definitely dropped off it a bit since that game and why wouldn't it - what is the point of making that perfectly timed run and clear chance if some idiot 100 miles away is going to spend several minutes looking for a reason to disallow the goal.
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    Fair enough, that's certainly one way to look at it but that could explained by many things not least the obvious one that Wolves were content to see out the game at 3-0. But IMO we, as a team, looked worse for the subs rather than better - do you think differently?
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    Maybe it has, maybe it hasn't but either way it has certainly ruined a lot of games, and not just for us!!
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    Perhaps because he's a 'professional' footballer???
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    Yes, but that's just stats and interesting though they may be they don't tell the whole story, especially if you are selective with them - he may score highly for assists and tackles but where is he on goals scored or goals gifted to the opposition? Of course we've had glimpses this season of the fantastic talent we saw last season on a regular basis but today was yet another game where he didn't contribute enough to justify a place, even as a sub - Vrancic also provides assists and is consistently good with corners and free kicks, whereas Emi isn't even managing to produce those at the moment. So until Emi can find some form from somewhere (and clearly he's not impressing Farke in training) I don't really see that Farke has any option but to sit him on the bench.
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    Sadly no to both the miracle and the tide turning. But perhaps a good example of precisely why Farke doesn't normally make early subs unless he has nothing to really lose or has his hand forced by injury. The subs made us worse rather than better which I think has been the case more often than not this season irrespective when they've been made. Must admit I'm puzzled as to why Vrancic wasn't the first change but I guess that despite what many on here seem to think Farke is trying to give Emi a chance to reclaim a place.
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    Almost right - but he choose to come on and do nothing except get booked instead.
  11. Creative Midfielder

    Wolves Match Thread.

    Did I say anything about them being excuses for our defeat??? Poor refereeing when it occurs, and VAR invariably, kill the excitement and entertainment of the game irrespective of the result. Wolves were the better side but we knew that before the game. Interesting though that you use the phrase 'fair and square' because that's the one thing that it wasn't - its very likely that Wolves would have won the game anyway especially given our habit of folding late on but we made a pretty decent start to the game before several gifts from the ref gave Wolves the initiative and total control of the game. From that point on it could well have been five or six but without the initial asssitance from the ref it could, just possibly, have turned out differently - but of course we'll never know.
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    Unfortunately there is a lot of truth in this, and IMO Buendia is a similar case - we all know how fantastic he was last season and an absolute delight to watch but he simply hasn't (yet) managed to take the step up this season that most of us assumed would come quite naturally. Admittedly he didn't long against Liverpool but he got plenty of time today and in both games he made it pretty obvious why Farke hasn't started him recently. The obvious upside though is that both of them, and several of the others, are still very young and can still fulfill their potential. I know it's all ifs and buts but I do believe that if Godrey had been playing alongside Klose this season he would have deveoped quicker and performed a lot better.
  13. Creative Midfielder

    Wolves Match Thread.

    Looked a pretty clear handball on replay and from the reaction of the Wolves players I would say they were also expecting VAR to do its job. We, on the other hand, knew it wouldn't - not then, not on the Coady tackle, not on the Aarons stamp, not on the Godfrey yellow card, what a total pile of......!
  14. Creative Midfielder

    The Brexit Thread

    More distraction, deflection, and a typically pathetic Brexiteer attempt to scapegoat the EU for failings which are entirely homegrown in the UK and which won't change one iota this year, next year or any time soon. Conforms what I said originally - you don't have a clue about the IT industry's past, present or future which isn't really surprising if you continue to lap up tripe from the Torygraph.
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    The Brexit Thread

    Totally delusional - if you knew anything at all about IT you would know that over the last 40 years we have frequently been at the forefront of research and development into key and emerging new technologies, yet have failed not just consistently but pretty much completely at turning that initial lead into commercial success. Having just shot our entire services industry in both feet it is stretching credulity way beyond breaking point to suggest that this is suddenly going to change. The way it will go is that the UK will continue to produce a small number of people and businesses who are genuinely interesting and innovative and they will either sell their IP on the cheap or migrate to the economies who can generate real commercial value from their work - it may be to the US, China, South Korea, India or elsewhere in the EU but it won't be the UK that reaps the benefits, for a whole bundle of reasons which are of long standing and well understood. We are probably more fortunate than we deserve to be in that we still have a few bright sparks around but everything about the last ten years has steered us further towards a low wage, low skill economy rather than the high wage, highly skilled economy that you outline and to which we should indeed be aspiring. The current idiots in government may talk the talk but they haven't got a clue how to deliver it - in fact they don't even appear to understand what the underlying issues are so its nailed on that they don't have a clue what the solutions are. They are, like you, delusional or dishonest, or both.
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    The Brexit Thread

    Of course we're getting nothing, we've known that for a long while, factored it in and have no expectations of anything else. Whilst I'm not exactly overjoyed about how things have turned out, as I said earlier, there is a certain grim satisfaction in watching the Brexiteers squirm as their chickens come home to roost and they realise they are not going to get what they want or were promised either. And while we're on that topic, whatever happened to the soft Brexit that you repeatedly claimed you voted for? Bad luck mate - but I'm sure your 'positive' approach will enable to you to rationalise the kick in the teeth you're going to receive into the advanced dental treatment that you were hoping and voted for.
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    The Brexit Thread

    It clearly isnt over - the first and easy bit is over (and that was a shambles resolved only by the current incompetents signing an even worse deal than the terrible deal that Theresa May had achieved!) The tricky bit is only just beginning and is immeasurably more complex than the bit we've done. Given that we're being led by the idiot that has just negotiated and signed the deal that was 'so bad no British Prime Minister could ever sign it' I don't think any of us will be doing any celebrating for the foreseeable future. However I think you can reasonably expect some grim satisfaction to surface as the many myths, delusions and lies of Brexit are exposed for what they were and still are in the minds of many of the most deluded. You are right that its too late to do the country any good but even eventually shutting up idiots like mad Moyo will be a small consolation.
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    The Brexit Thread

    Not for our new Chancellor apparently https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/21/smaller-than-expected-january-surplus-will-be-blow-to-new-chancellor-public-finances-budget Still, since there was never a plan in the first place, and the Tories have long since abandoned even the pretence of fixing the deficit I don't suppose it really makes much difference - and if it does then I'm sure our Prime Liar can simply make up some more positive sounding figures.
  19. No that clearly isn't what I'm saying - you're saying 'that this season is the most open it has ever been' and I'm saying that it isn't because it has been a one horse race from the start. This may be a bit of a novelty but in terms of having an interesting and genuinely competitive competition it is even worse than the two or three horse race that the Premier League delivers as standard year after year whilst most of the other teams play negative football in an attempt to avoid relegation - that is what I am saying. Our position in all of this is pretty irrelevant to my view of the Premiership which has always been that it has been shaped by the vast TV money into an entertainment for TV viewers at the expense of the real fans attending games, and that whilst Sky have very successfully hyped the product to that audience it simply isnt as exciting or as entertaining as leagues such as the Championship. Leagues which are genuinely competetive and in which most teams go out every week believing that they can win and actually play to win rather than to avoid defeat. Leagues which are not necessarily entirely level playing fields but are still much, much closer to that than the PL. Leagues where good managers and coaches can make a difference without spending tens of millions of pounds on players. Leagues in which it can be quite difficult to predict the outcome of games - that is what I'm saying.
  20. Ok, slightly understated but in nearly 30 years of the PL of the 6 teams that have won it, 2 have only done so once and are highly unlikely ever to do so again. In any one season there is normally only 3 of the elite teams in serious competition for the title, often only two and this season only one. The title 'race' has actually been a procession since .............well pretty much the start of the season. If you find that interesting or exciting fair enough, I don't and nothing in what you've said addresses the fact that the majority of the teams have, and always have had, the objective of not being beaten in most games they play rather than a positive approach to try and win games. Avoiding relegation is the be all and end all for two thirds of the teams in the Premiership and it makes for very dull games indeed. I'm very happy to see Farke's team try to play good entertaining football even if it does get us relegated. In fact there is one downside, and one only, to getting relegated IMO and that is that we likely lose some of the players we most enjoy watching. But that is the way of the world in modern football and could well happen anyway even if we stay up.
  21. Not at all, the Premiership is boring and always has been (the Leicester season perhaps the only exception) because the majority of the teams in it play extremely negative and boring football (unlike us who I still enjoy watching, or would do if it wasn't for VAR) and only 3 or 4 teams have ever been capable of winning it. If you think this is the most competitive the League has ever been when the title is all but decided in February then I can't see us ever agreeing. There may be a lot of money and many excellent players in the Premier League but as a sporting competition it is a sick joke and always has been. It's basically a football based TV reality show - reality shows are very popular nowadays from what I hear but I prefer to watch the real thing and in football terms that means the Championship (or lower) and not PL.
  22. Creative Midfielder

    The Brexit Thread

    Well you're certainly a trier @RTB if nothing else, well in fact nothing else. I put forward an argument and you have been trying to change the subject ever since. This is just more waffle and distraction from your original and now debunked 'strong argument' - about depression of wage levels in case you've forgotten. As to your brilliant deal, as Herman has already pointed out, your team of gormless idiots have already signed one cr*p deal and haven't got a clue, never mind a plan, on how to improve on it second time around. If there are any tears from this direction then they are tears of laughter - I must admit I never thought I would enjoy this phase of the process, in fact I used to think it would be even more horrendous than the last three (4?) years have been. But actually watching the Brexiteers' chickens coming home to roost is proving surprising enjoyable. Of course it still means that the country and the majority of its citizens are going to be scr*wed over but that has been a given for a long time and already factored into most Remainers thinking (that I know). So if I were you I would brace yourself for a long and relentless commentary on the negotiating failures and the broken promises of your 'strong team' as their bluster and lies gradually fall apart. As you say yourself there is only one team in the game now - their responsibility, their fault if they don't deliver. What Remainers say or do is immaterial but for my own part it now only amounts to two things: Working towards mitigating (or hopefully even negating) the effect of Brexit on me and my family. Continuing to highlight and mock the stupidity of Brexiteers, especially true delusional keepers of the mythical flame like your good self. That's all
  23. Creative Midfielder

    New Labour Leader

    I realise the Michael Foot quote was tongue in cheek, and you are right that people were desperate for a change in 1997 but they were desperate for change in 2015, 2017 & 2019 as well. I think you significantly underrate what Blair achieved - firstly in campaigning terms he very effectively dispatched an unpopular government with some genuinely good policies which benefitted the whole country - education being a prime example. As someone who was Chair of Governors at our local school for several years before Blair came to power until years after he left power, his government had a massively beneficial impact on an education system that was literally falling apart when he came to power. That wasn't just a rabbit he pulled out of the hat at election time, it was a very clear policy he been campaigning on in opposition (he also provided a genuine oppostion in marked contrast to Corbyn). I think you'll find plenty of people who'll say exactly the same about what his government did for the NHS. Finally unlike the lying control freak currently occupying no 10, Blair did not surround himself with yes men/women - he had a team of people with some talent and stature of their own, in fact I would say his first term featured probably the most talented cabinet of my lifetime. The contrast between that cabinet and the current bunch of total grovelling, self-serving idiots couldn't be starker. I don't think anyone is suggesting he got it all right but equally I don't think any PM in my lifetime has done as good a job as him - of course that may still be a fairly low bar but I blame that primarily on our ridiculous two party system and dysfunctional electoral system which continues to produce the same old, same old.......................
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    New Labour Leader

    That is unquestionably right, even if you don't like the guy and quite frankly KG's assertion that even Michael Foot could have won the 1997 General Election is on a par with saying that even Milliband could have won the 2015 election or even Corbyn could have won the 2017 & 2019 elections - yes in theory they could have but in practice they never came close and the same applies to Michael Foot in spades!
  25. I don't think our choices are quite so simple but if they are, then give me the sexy football all day long. We've seen enough of the Premiership this season to realise that its as dull as its always been. The Championship is genuinely competitive, almost always exciting and entertaining, and we can win it by playing good football..........what's not to like??
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