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Jim Smith

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  1. And by this I don't mean that the players are not trying or that they've downed tools. But you look at teams traditionally in relegation battles (or perhaps more specifically who get out of relegation battles) and the one thing you expect to see in their performances is a bit of rabid desperation to win vital points and to preserve their premier league status. We on the other hand just seem to be meekly sliding out of the division with a bit of a whimper. Even in the individual games when we go behind there is not real upping of the tempo or getting in the opposition's face. There is no real pushing them back with sheer desire to win. I just don't think that we have the players/style of play to get in teams faces, rough them up a bit and give them a real fight. I also think it flows from the top. Ultimately, when the whole club has basically accepted relegation as the most likely outcome from the start of the season and when the sporting director and coaching staff are under zero pressure to stay up perhaps that is what you get. It enables us to continue playing good football in long spells and the players are perhaps a little more relaxed than you might expect from a team in our situation but I just think that there is an "edge" missing from our game that is often the successful factor in a relegation struggle.
  2. I don't really understand why, given the general consensus is that the issue with Emi at this level is that he occasionally loses the ball in dangerous areas and doesn't track back, we have not tried Emi in the position that Duda is currently playing where to my mind there is less of an issue if he loses the ball (not saying there is no issue at all). He's never really had the pace of a winger/wide player and has always drifted inside and done most of his best work playing through balls in the channels. Either that or play him as the most advanced of a midfield 3 in a wing back system.
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    Rupp and Duda

    Its not Rupp's fault he's not Emi and I don't think he's been that bad but if Farke continues to play him at the expense of the likes of Vrancic and Buendia in games we need to win then its almost inevitable he will be made the fall guy by some fans. Its very unusual for Farke to put new signings straight into the side like he has done with Duda and Rupp as well. Usually he keeps faith with his existing players until such time as they give him cause to change it. Duda's stats don't surprise me as he generally keeps things very simple and low risk. Its no surprise therefore that statistically he is a player who performs well although i'd query how much he;s actually created for us in the last few games.
  4. Well yesterday it did Nutty as frankly I was too demoralised but the whole thing to get worked up and just trudged off. I do think we as a fan base are sometimes not demanding enough. Ironically in the championship we are more demanding but up at this level we just blindly accept failure on a regular basis.
  5. In my view it would have been better to actually actively try to stay in this league rather than take the risk of attempting to come back bigger and better. I'm really not sure how we achieve that and I worry that the process of going down (and what is to come in the remainder of this season) will take away some of the desire and enthusiasm/drive to do it all again next season. I don't buy this top 26 business. I think it give a get out or an excuse for failure. I think we could have done more this season without taking unacceptable risks. That said, I don't want Webber or Farke to leave. I think both have had disappointing seasons to be honest but I do agree that they give us the best chance of getting back up again (although i'd like to see a defence coach added to the team). Its not their fault that our owners have chosen to impose the limitations they have on the club and I do accept that we are performing at somewhere close to (although not quite at) our ceiling under the current model.
  6. Yes. I went yesterday. The away end was hugely deflated. The atmosphere was rubbish (although that away end at Molineux is awful for atmosphere anyway and the sun was in everyone's eyes plus obviously we played badly after they scored) but the biggest cheer or applause that the team got was basically the players being clapped off at the end of the game after producing a really cr*p performance. Everyone just seems to accept we are getting relegated, many fans openly state they are looking forward to being back in the championship. There is no pressure on anyone to perform. The cult has won, they have completely stripped any notion of ambition from a large proportion of our fan base. We must "be careful what we wish for" or just accept this is all part of Webber's masterplan (first person ever possibly to have a plan to establish a club in the premier league by getting relegated out of it so we can try to get back). Delia must be delighted. She gets her nice cuddly championship club back where anyone who dares criticise is snubbed as a non believer, she and her entourage get to party in a boardroom somewhere every weekend and the club gets to continually pat itself of the back for doing things "the right way."
  7. I would add it’s probably aided and abetted by the fans shrugging their shoulders at an impending relegation as well.
  8. It’s not about work rate per se. I’ve already said I think they are trying. It’s about that extra. It’s about Farke not taking risks because he knows his job is safe regardless. It’s possibly about certain players knowing they will get a move in the summer regardless or others perhaps knowing bring back in the champ is better for their first team prospects. It’s about that absolute 100% desire to win at all costs and I’m sorry but I just don’t see it out there. Nobody is not trying but there is something missing.
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    Rupp and Duda

    Duda is giving us nothing that Stiepermann wouldn't and in my view a lot less creativity than having Emi in the team does. As I've said in another thread, Rupp is tidy enough but is in danger of becoming the fall guy with fans for Farke's exclusion of certain players which would be a bit unfair but will be down to Farke if it happens. Play our best creative players and give players like Mario and Onel (who we will need next season) a go because these two January recruits have not improved us one iota in my book. We had zero pace to worry wolves on the break yesterday.
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    I don't understand why Trybull is being ignored. yes he has the occasional game where he's not on it but generally he's been pretty good and Trybull next to Tettey for me gives us a much better platform to play, especially in away games. Obviously can same the same about how we miss Vrancic and his creativity. Our most fluid performance of late was in the Cup with him playing. I also think we badly miss some pace out wide. Rupp is being hung out to dry by Farke here because he's not done anything that bad and is tidy enough but fans will turn on him soon if he keeps getting picked ahead of Emi or Vrancic. The fact is though that with Duda, Rupp and Todd we are one paced and do not carry enough threat to worry premier league defenders. I would be tempted to play Emi in the Duda role (where I think he always should have been given a go because there is less defensive responsibility) and play Onel wide on Friday. I would also play Vrancic next to Tettey. We have to win. A draw doesn't really do anything for us. More than anything I don't want to keep p**sing off players who will be with us next season and who we will need by playing Duda ahead of them when he is not delivering anything and just strolls about.
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    Did you really expect us to do well

    I only think they chucked in the towel after they went behind. we actually started well but as usual missed the two or three chances we created and then let them score and easy goal from their first real attack.
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    Did you really expect us to do well

    Difference is smithy that we will be starting again next season whereas they will push on, possibly with a champions league place and whereas we debate whether or not we can afford to add another tier to the City Stand (after having done so already for about a decade) they will just build a new stand (no doubt paid for or sponsored by their owners) and deliver it. For me its a pretty vivid illustration as to why our model is always going to massively struggle to make us competitive at premier league level.
  13. This is very true. We are playing away from home with zero pace on the flanks at the moment. Its madness that Onel is not at least getting a run off the bench. teams can just sit in against us knowing we don't have the pace to hurt them.
  14. He also said he felt they had a good January window and in terms of the current first team players they have brought in , in the context of trying to stay in the premier league, i'd say he;s completely wrong on that too.
  15. Rupp looks a tidy, 7 out of 10 championship player to me. Quite why the f**k he didn't shoot when we opened them up after 2 minutes yesterday is beyond me. A goal then and its a different game. I have nothing against him but I feel he has been given excessive game time at this level at the expense of more talented players. Duda is beginning to get on my nerves. I don't want him given any more game time at the expense of our own players, he;s not giving us anything that we did not already have. I want at least 2 from Emi, Vrancic and Onel to start on Friday with the two new additions on the bench. I also don't think McClean is good enough in central midfield at this level.
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    Massively over-rated

    The plan will never succeed at this level unless Farke can work out/learn how to organise a defence. He needs a specialist defence coach on his staff in my opinion. We started well again yesterday and were the better team and then they scored a pathetically easy two goals without having to really work hard or do anything special for either of them. We then capitulated. Goals change games, especially in the premier league where you can't keep making dramatic come backs. Until our incredibly poor defending improves it will continue to undermine all the good work.
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    Massively over-rated

    I have to say that whilst I think they have massive potential, I have come to the conclusion that Godfrey and Lewis are actually not great defenders. Yet.
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    Did you really expect us to do well

    What bugs me though about the defending is that its not like teams are opening us up with outstanding play week in, week out. Most of it is basic, school boy stuff. So whilst I do think that ultimately a lot of our struggles come down to resources I think that there has been a failure to address some of these issues on the training pitch as well. A cheap defence should still be able to get the basics right.
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    Did you really expect us to do well

    I think we could have done better than we have done. I think we are achieving very close to or at the top end of what is achievable under the current owners with the caveat that I do think we could have done more in the summer to "give the lads a hand" and I also think that Farke has not had a great season either. That said I wouldn't want him gone and think he's the right man to take us forward. It was a really depressing eye opener being at Wolves yesterday and seeing how that club is moving forward. 31,500 ground sold out every week. Stadium expansion plans to take the capacity to 46,000 ongoing. Training ground has been given a second multi million pound re-fit in the last few years, challenging for champions league football and the overall feel and atmosphere around the place has been transformed from the hostile, aggressive ground I went to several times a decade or so ago. Evil foreign owners eh!
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    From Twitter

    I was responding to one or two of the replies on the tweet to be honest - "i'd rather be Norwich and lose and read this than win" etc. I think that we clearly have the right ethos running through the club and coaching staff but I would hope we would equally have that and the players and Farke would do this if we were in Sheffield United or Wolves position in the table because they are good guys. However, I also took my 7 year old yesterday, minus the hotel experience that tweeter fortunately had, and he sat through a pretty soul destroying 90 minutes watching us get slightly humiliated by a club that have left us behind over the last 3 years. He;s only been to a few games and whilst its character building seeing us lose (and he gets it what we won't always win especially at this level) success on the pitch long term will win more young fans over than kind gestures.
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    From Twitter

    It’s great. But that sort of thing doesn’t need to be at the exclusion of actually doing well on the pitch as well. It shouldn’t be a choice between the two.
  22. I have to say I wouldn’t want resources that could go to the first team spent on it but I do agree it’s a bit strange that the women’s team seems to get no support from the club at all. As far as I’m aware it’s almost completely separate. mind you the CSF is “self funding” as well.
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    It's Not Right Say Aston Villa.

    He could have made the same point though by comparing Leeds with Villa themselves. He chose us because he is implying that teams with bigger fan bases deserve more tv money. i would hazard a guess that there is very little difference in the average tv audience for our Tv games this season when compared with Villa. In fact it would not surprise me if more neutrals tune in to watch us because despite being rock bottom we have a reputation for entertaining and open games. I hardly think that people are flocking to watch Villa given some of the quality of their play.
  24. In terms of how much we would miss particular players I would say its: Pukki Buendia Cantwell Aarons Lewis Godfrey I think Pukki might possibly be persuaded to stay. I have no real feel at all for how Emi feels about the club but sense he would look to move if there was interest from the prem. Cantwell would also I think and would be a loss but I think potentially replaceable. With Aarons we do at least have Byram if his injury is not too bad. Ditto Lewis where we have got the Cov kid coming in. Godfrey I think is class but I don't think we've missed him that much really during his recent absence with Hanley coming back into form and the 3 CB's we would have left are all good enough at champ level. So whilst I would not want to sell any of them and hope we will play hardball and fight hard to keep all of them I think priority would be trying to persuade Pukki to stay. All of the others would be big losses but we arguably already do have replacements for them or certainly could find them with the cash we will get for them.
  25. Its both really. Absolutely were we more clinical then it would not matter so much. In particular had Pukki not completely lost his finishing/confidence in the last 2 months we would probably have another 6 or 7 points. Very unfortunate timing for him to have a dip but then he got injured and has perhaps been overused.
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