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Jim Smith

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  1. Jim Smith

    Genuine question

    We won't hold on to "most of the squad" when we go down. All the youngsters will want to move on to stay in the prem and I suspect Pukki will as well. The top 26 target is utterly absurd. We are already higher than that so our board, whilst the club are sitting in 18th/19th place in the country have actually set themselves a "target" which includes the possibility of being in a lower division than we are now. Utterly ludicrous.
  2. Jim Smith

    Do you think we will stay up?

    Home games remaining: Shef U Wolves Spurs Palace Bournemouth Liverpool Leicester Southampton Everton Brighton West Ham Burnley On paper, quite a few games you would give us a decent chance of winning there. if we are to stay up I reckon we will need to win about 7 out of 12 and pick up a couple of away wins as well. A tough ask but not completely out of the question, especially if we can get 3 points on Sunday.
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    Do you think we will stay up?

    It worries me that Farke doesn't regard games against the likes of Watford and Saints as 6 pointers and I do think that may be a small part of the problem. His calmness can be a great attribute but I do think sometimes he needs to be a bit more fired up. The way we come out after half time so passive really riles me and I worry that he is not getting the players fired up enough for these important games. They are 6 pointers as are any games against Brighton, Burnley, Bournemouth, Villa, Newcastle, West Ham and even the likes of Palace who we could have dragged into the scrap had we not gifted them three points at a crucial point in their season when theior season could have gone either way. Take a couple of points off two of those teams totals and add a couple to ours (i.e. assume we just drew a couple of those games rather than even winning them) and the table would look a lot tighter and a bit more encouraging but instead we have absolutely gifted them all 3 points without them having to play very well to earn them. It worries me that he does not have us fired up enough for these games. We seem to have no problem firing ourselves up to play the "bigger" or more glamourous clubs where, apart from Man U, the level of our performances have been much higher.
  4. Jim Smith

    Genuine question

    I think a different manager might sort out some of our issues defensively but probably at the expense of our attacking game so perhaps overall would not improve our chances of staying up. In fact as the squad we have are now suited do/used to playing a certain way I think it could be counter productive. Farke is a good coach and deserves the whole season. If I thought the issues were primarily down to him then it would be different.
  5. Jim Smith

    Do you think we will stay up?

    No I don't i'm afraid because I think too much damage has been done with the losses to rivals in the lest 3 months. Not only have we not won points but we've gifted points to other teams far too easily to boost their points tallies. You cannot stay up if you don't beat any of your rivals at the foot of the table. Look at when we went up under Lambert, we were really good/efficient at that sort of game and it saw us survive relatively comfortably. This season we are the polar opposite. Capable of some great performances against "top half" sides and yet losing all the really important games against our relegation rivals. The fact is that unless we can get a couple of wins out of Shef U, Leicester, Wolves and Villa then the points ratio we are going to need in the second half of the season to stay up is going to be pretty unrealistic and essentially equate to the sort of form that would have you challenging for the Europa league over the course of the season. The shame is that this side is, in my view, good enough to stay up but almost everything that can do has gone wrong so far this season, some of which (injuries) has been beyond our control and some of which (poor performances like last night, not signing an extra Cb etc) has not.
  6. The "second ball" at set pieces is also as much of an issue for me as the initial marking. A lot of the goals we concede are not direct from the first header but like the second last night or from a rebound and we seem to often have almighty scrambles in our box where the ball could end up anywhere. I have always though and continue to think that part of the problem is that we have too many players back in our own box getting in each other's way at times when we defend set peices. We often have all 11 in our own area and indeed all between the penalty spot and the goal. This also means the opposition can flood the box as well, because they don't have to leave more than 1 player back to cover with the result being a packed penalty area and I think sometimes people not taking responsibility or leaving it to other people. As well as less of the zonal cr*p I therefore also think it would be a lot less chaotic and players would perhaps have a bit more clarity as to their role if we left a couple of players further up the pitch as well as having someone at the top of the area.
  7. What is frustrating is it all feels like it could’ve such a waste. These teams we are losing to are not better than us or indeed nor do most of them look any good but we are just gifting them pints through errors, naivity or just not turning up like tonight. That’s hard to take when you know they can do it and also when you know this side will get broken up when we go down. It just feels like a massive wasted opportunity again.
  8. That for me is right up there in terms of disappointing performances in recent times. Not necessarily worst but just desperately disappointing given the context of the game. i thought Southampton looked crap and yet we just gifted them three points just as we did with Villa, Palsce, Burnley, Brighton and Watford. Aside from perhaps Villa, none of these teams have had to play well to beat us and the reason it’s so disappointing is that we know and have seen how we are capable of so much more. As we in fact saw towards the end but it was too little, too late and in truth just made it more frustrating. its all very well turning it on on tv against Arsenal, Man City or Chelsea but it’s the games against your relegation rivals and the mid table teams you really have to win. I’m unconvinced that Farke’s calm “it’s just another game” attitude is quite right for these sorts of clashes. The savvy “lower half” prem teams know these are the games you have to target and win if you want to stay up. We just seem to lose them abs shrug our shoulders whilst banging on about togetherness.
  9. The annoying thing is the Arsenal match, great though we were, was relatively meaningless compared to this. We keep giving our rivals a 6 point swing on us by losing abjectly to them and the occasional good performance and decent result in between won’t save us. Need to find a way to get something here. I feel we can if we can play as we know we are capable of. Get one and they will get nervous. Need a fast start.
  10. This is pathetic and unacceptable. The reason we will go down is our players are not apparently able to raise themselves for games like this which are more important that showpiece fixtures against the likes of Arsenal. the set piece thing is not acceptable and a huge black mark on Farkes otherwise impressive coaching record/credentials. going to take a huge turnaround to get anything here but I’m just really despondent that they can go out and play like that in such an important game.
  11. Jim Smith

    Palace

    The performances against Palace, Burnley, Brighton and Villa (and to a certain degree Watford although we were better there) are obviously a cause for great regret looking back. It really hurt us that we just let these pretty ordinary sides have 3 easy points with barely a wimper, especially as it came off the back of the Man City game. We have been much more ourselves in the last two games and I think its clear to see that the centre back situation (with the knock on effect that had on the midfield) really undermined us for those two months and has left us with a lot to do to retrieve the situation. Very frustrating but such is life!
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    Godfrey to Spurs?

    our biggest area of weakness will be the wages. Although we don't need to sell in terms of the club needing the transfer fee, we can't get anywhere near matching the wages of pretty much any other premier league club. Long term, even if we stay up that's going to be a big issue when it comes to retaining players whose heads will doubtless be turned by the prospect of a 400% increase in their wages!
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    Godfrey to Spurs?

    No we don't. Any bearing in mind what Webster went from Bristol City to Brighton for i'm not sure £25m is that good an offer anyway. If he;s worth £25m now he will still be at the end of the season, possibly more if he keeps improving as he has done since Zimbo came back. Ok yes if he got a serious injury then we may not be able to sell him then but the chances of that happening are very slim. Selling any of our young players in January will send out an absolutely terrible message and more than that we have to think about the knock on effect. These kids are supposedly close. They like playing with each other in the premier league. once one goes their heads will all be turned. We therefore need to think very carefully about when we agree to sell the first of them.
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    Complete Bulls***

    In the interests of balance I think Mclean could have been sent off so I don’t think it’s really a “big club” thing. it’s just that VAR was not really intended to be used for this kind of minutiae and now it is its having unforeseen impacts that I think could detract from the game if we are not careful. I took my son on Sunday. He’s just starting out as a City fan. Imagine his joy at seeing Krul save a penalty and then how disappointed he was to see it retaken for that infringement, regardless of whether technically the correct decision. It’s not what the game should be about.
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    Complete Bulls***

    I'm not altogether sure that this "affected the outcome" element (which seems to have been made up by the English VAR refs group probably thinking they are clever) is particularly helpful for things like this. I know they are probably trying to reduce instances of retakes but it just introduces further confusion. Aarons is obviously here widely regarded as "affecting the outcome" because he cleared the ball away but if you take a step back he didn't have to challenge one of their players for the ball and we actually had 2 or 3 players there who could have cleared it. In fact Krul maybe could have got it himself. It seems to me a bit of a nonsense to say that if Zimbo was the one that cleared the ball its no re-take but because Max did it gets re-taken. Once again I will admit that accordingly to the laws the decision was correct but I think we do have to ask ourselves what we are trying to achieve here and what is best for the game moving forward. Is it to see great penalty saves ruled out due to technical infringements like that which in reality did not effect whether Arsenal scored the penalty (notwithstanding the fact Max booted the ball out) or do we now want to see endless checks and reviews of every phase of play. As with offside, this is not a problem with VAR but an issue that VAR will bring to prominence that was perhaps not on the radar (and the game may have been better for that). My own take on it is that fans generally do not want to see that sort of situation arising. Aubameyang took a cr*p penalty and Krul made a good save. The outcome prior to the re-take was fair to all concerned. They should either look at reforming the rules so players can go into the box once the player starts his run up or alternatively just get rid of penalty rebounds like they do in penalty shoot outs! Just my opinion though.
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    Complete Bulls***

    "If, before the ball is in play, one of the following occurs: the player taking the penalty kick or a team-mate infringes the Laws of the Game: if the ball enters the goal, the kick is retaken if the ball does not enter the goal, the referee stops play and restarts with an indirect free kick except for the following when play will be stopped and restarted with an indirect free kick, regardless of whether or not a goal is scored:" ....... What is interesting is that the rules suggest that if Lacazette was the one done for encroaching it should have been an indirect free kick for us. If you watch again he comes from a running start and its his movement that arguably triggers our players moving into the box. Anyway its a mess but the moral of the story is for Farke to tell our defenders not to encroach under any circumstances!
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    Complete Bulls***

    Just to add to the debate! Purple - don't doubt your point about the line. Just interesting to look at everything that is going on here.
  18. Jim Smith

    Complete Bulls***

    It appears it was technically correct but its all a bit unsatisfactory in my book. A bye product of VAR will be these types of issues being detected and impacting on games more than they used to. Football as a game needs to think about whether it wants to see perfectly good penalty saves wiped out due to very minor technical infringements such as this because previously it would not have been picked up or commented on and we'd all be talking about a great save. We had 2 other players capable of clearing that ball yesterday. Is the VAR rule they are applying now saying that if one of those players had cleared the ball (which they easily could) the pen would not have been re-taken because if so that's also a bit of a nonsense. Its also a nonsense that our referees have basically once again made up their own rule over the application of VAR in this scenario albeit ti appears they have tried to be more lenient, presumably to stop too many being re-taken. However Farke clearly needs to be talking to the players and making ti crystal clear to them that under the current rules they must not do this, Krul actually does save penalties from time to time and to have such saves cancelled out due to stupid infringements is not something we can afford. the above montage shows Lewis encroached for both Man U penalties as well so its something our players are being careless with. As a final query does anyone know what counts as "inside" the area for the purposes of this rule because Aarons technically dod not have any feet on the ground inside the area and I think arguable Lacazette was ahead of him initially.
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    Complete Bulls***

    So does it actually say anything about encroachment when the kick is taken because that is not related to the award or non award of a penalty kick? as I have said above, I think they may need to tweak the law although Farke also needs to be telling our players in no uncertain terms not to set foot in the box, especially as we now have a keeper who actually can save penalties!
  20. Jim Smith

    Complete Bulls***

    Just to cite another example of where the VAR line appears false. Right at the end they were given a throw in that was clearly ours. They took it quickly and the player went up the wing and crossed it into a dangerous situation from which I think they got a corner. If they had scored from that move could VAR have gone back and ruled it out as the throw in decision was wrong? I’m guessing not.
  21. Jim Smith

    Complete Bulls***

    On the VAR/encroachment thing I think it’s like offside and they are going to have to change the rules as there is encroachment if some sort at every single penalty abs we are just going to end up with penalties constantly retaken. It was probably technically the correct decision (although is it the feet or any part of the body and their player embraced as well) but neither the taker nor the keeper knew and arguably resulted in an unfair outcome.
  22. Jim Smith

    Complete Bulls***

    I would like to see the “foul” given for the free kick that led to the penalty again. At the time I thought that was a poor decision.
  23. Jim Smith

    Hillsborough......still

    I don't know how we would feel Smithy and I doubt there are very many of us in here who have lost sons or daughters in tragic circumstances that they believe are the fault of someone else. I fully understand their thirst for justice and why they will be upset at the outcome. My own take on it is that most tragedies like this are a "perfect storm" where various circumstances combine to tragic effect and sometimes there may not be one person, body or entity who is wholly to blame. However, if there is one silver lining to it perhaps it will be that the fact they appear to have got to the "end of the road" and have nowhere else to turn will allow some of these families to step back from the perpetual battle they have been engaged in and try and get on with the rest of their lives. This must have absolutely dominated their lives for the last 30 years and many of them look shot to pieces over it both physically and emotionally. I just hope that whoever is advising them on these matters takes that into account rather than simply egging them on to take more and more actions.
  24. Jim Smith

    Ricardo's report AGM 2019

    The extra capacity would obviously present both challenges and opportunities. There would I think be a risk of us having less season ticket holders because greater availability of casual tickets would mean that some people who currently retain their season tickets so they know they can get into games would just become members and attend on a casual basis. We would need to try and fill that vacuum by growing casual sales and as some have alluded to I think giving people the opportunity to take their kids and to encourage the future generation of support would be an area we would need to focus. As well as it being a by-product of supply and demand (in part as well from when we knocked the South Stand down to build the Jarrold and availability of casual tickets was low for a period) our current fanbase grew out of the very good value family and kids tickets launched under Andy Cullum which got hundreds if not thousands of youngsters into the habit of attending Carrow Road and supporting their local team. Its not so much of an issue in the championship but this season taking kids to Carrow Road who are not season ticket holders is extremely difficult. When tickets go on sale to standard or non-members its often only a handful of seats or single seats on their own. Even if you can get a ticket for them its unlikely to be next to your season ticket seat. I know its something the club are looking at (because I emailed them about it) but with the limited home ticket availability its a real challenge for them. One huge benefit of expanding the ground would therefore be to allow us to get more young or new fans in and get that next generation hooked.
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    Will Emery last for Sunday?

    That is annoying. They've handed out points to a few of our rivals of late and now we will have to play them with a new/caretaker manager "bounce". Very irritating. Mind you from what I've seen of their team they have a pretty soft bunch of players there so perhaps still a little vulnerable.
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