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  1. andyc24_uk

    Paulton Rovers

    Maybe we should offer them a friendly in the summer to mark 10 years since the FA cup game? Would send a few extra quid their way from ticket sales, we usually have a couple of matches against non-league teams anyhow and it's always good to build relationships with other clubs.
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    Team for Watford

    We desperately need a win, not just for points but for the morale it would bring. I'd even prefer a 3-2 defeat over a 0-0 draw I think, at least it would prove we can score and bring some belief passion back to the club. Watford at home is also likely the easiest game we'll have this season, so if there's any game to let Famewo prove himself it's this one - A new contract means he's clearly seen as a big part of the future, and playing Tettey and Amadou at the back just isn't working, it's quite clear now. Inexperienced-but-trained-in that-role must surely now trump experienced-but-out-of-position. A Tettey/Amadou screen in front of the back 4 would also be far more impressive - It's finally time to see them playing alongside one another. I think they'll work very well together and make life difficult for Watford to break through. I also feel we've been lacking something in the middle linking the defensive side to the more attacking elements - we were guilty of loose balls and uncontrolled passes in the middle third far too many times against Brighton, so Instead of playing 3 directly behind Pukki which hasn't worked for several weeks now, let's play Leitner (or Vrancic if he's fit enough or coming on after an hour if not) in a deeper role where he can create more opportunities and dictate the play a bit; and have Buendia and Hernandez to come inside more - They'll both naturally drift out wider anyhow and we have width provided by Aarons and Lewis's ability to get forward. Krul Aarons Godfrey Famewo Lewis Tettey Amadou Leitner Buendia Hernandez Pukki Subs : Fahrmann, Byram, Vrancic, Trybull, Stiepermann, Cantwell, Drmic We'd need Trybull to cover the DM role if either Tettey or Amadou had to drop back into defence for another injury or if Famewo proved way off the pace, so, unfortunately, McLean misses out for me despite doing nothing particularly wrong.
  3. andyc24_uk

    Another DM on his way?

    I wonder if DF sees potential in him to play further forward in Stiepi's role too? He certainly looks to have the footwork and eye for a pass to make that work...
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    Another DM on his way?

    We need 2 quality DMs in the squad with others capable of covering if necessary. Tettey realistically has at the very most one more top-flight season in him, if he decides to stay another year. Amadou and Kral would be a good long-term option there, with Trybull available to cover either of them but also free to play a bit higher up the pitch if both of them were available. Totally on board with this suggestion - of course we need defensive reinforcements but it's not an either/or situation necessarily. While we aren't going to be spending £30-40m apiece on bench warming players like certain other clubs are doing, bringing in 3-4 players for around £10m each is not going to be out of our reach this summer - We're debt-free and even if we come bottom of the league will take home £100m+. Are we going to throw money around? No. Will we invest wisely and break our transfer record several times over the next year? Almost certainly.
  5. andyc24_uk

    Last nights consultation on membership

    The most feasible way I can see to add a second tier to the City stand with a decent capacity would be to extend it back over the road, essentially putting Carrow Road itself into a tunnel with the new second tier overhead supported by pylons/support pillars every 30ft or so which would need to be anchored in that strip of waste ground. It would create a rather nice little colonnade along the side of the stadium for fans to walk along undercover. If something along those lines is indeed the plan, it may also fit with the comments about changing the car park - I suspect there may be some regulations about requiring direct roadside access to the stadium for emergency situations and/or for tall vehicles which may not be possible with a 'tunnel' along the City Stand, so perhaps the thinking is to reroute Carrow Road the other side of the stadium to run directly alongside the stand instead of curving around the car park?
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    Team V Man U

    Yep, got to agree with that lineup more or less. I'd possibly leave Stiepermann out as he really hasn't looked like offering much so far this season and I think a few weeks out of the first team will really push him to up his game; I'd maybe put McLean in there instead-but playing a little deeper to drop back and give an extra option for cover if needed. United are a fragile team whose confidence we can shake and give ourselves an advantage - The Mayor snapping at their heels will do a fine job of that, especially combined with Tettey bullying his way around behind him. Going to be optimistic, I think we'll win this.
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    Team for Bournmouth

    Were we flush with defensive options I'd agree with you, but when we're starting a player in defence who (a) clearly doesn't have the required skillset to play there at this level and (b) is desperately needed elsewhere on the pitch where his particular talents can be much more effectively put to use, I think we need to take the risk.
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    Team for Bournmouth

    I'd honestly bring in Famewo alongside Godfrey. Youngsters stepped up last season when needed, let's at least give it a try again this time around. If it works we've got another multi-million pound player on our hands, if it doesn't then he's surely no worse than Amadou in that position - Amadou looks a fantastic option in the DM role (and having him there would likely take a lot of the pressure off the two CBs anyhow) but clearly isn't cut out to be a successful CB himself. Byram I don't see as a CB and I don't think Farke does either otherwise he'd surely have played him there before now? Wouldnt be opposed to Byram starting if Max is tired or carrying any knocks though, he's a good player and we can't afford to have anyone else picking up injuries. Krul Byram/Aarons Godfrey Famewo Lewis Tettey Amadou Buendia Drmic Cantwell Pukki Bench : McGovern, Byram/Aarons, Trybull, McLean, Stiepermann, Hernandez, Idah
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    And another one

    Cantwell out of the U21s too now... I hope this is our management team seeing sense and basically pulling everyone out of internationals wherever we can get away with it. Given the situation we're in, we just can't afford any risks and club has to come before country IMHO.
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    Jack Rodwell

    Djourou if he qualifies as homegrown must surely be worth looking at at this point? We literally just need someone with a fully intact and functioning muscular and skeletal system who's ideally played in defence before as short term cover. Tommie Hoban who was previously with Watford is on that list too, has top flight experience and could be worth at least inviting to train with the team; if Hanley is now out long term then we desperately need someone as a backup option and I really can't see what we lose by at least considering a free transfer addition.
  11. andyc24_uk

    Stadium Expansion Latest.

    We still own the land between the pitch and the hotel itself I think, don't we? Assuming we could take down the screen for a couple of seasons (Never needed it before a few years ago, I'm sure we'll cope again) Could we not put up some kind of temporary seating in that corner infill space right in front of the hotel? Admittedly it would have to be at an extremely steep rake so people were almost sitting on top of one another but could potentially be feasible for a season or two to take some of the ST holders relocated from the South Stand? Another thought, How long would it actually take to replace the South Stand? Hypothetically could we not design something that could be prefabricated offsite and brought in in sections essentially already built and just needing to be bolted together? This kind of approach is regularly used in China and elsewhere to construct buildings fast... If we went down that route and asked the FA for special dispensation for the last few games of one season to be away from home and no Home games until after the September international break the following season, that could give us 4-5 months to get it completed - Potentially do this 2 seasons in a row, replacing the existing structure in the first season and adding a second tier the following summer?
  12. andyc24_uk

    Lewis in NI squad

    I really hope he doesn't play this weekend, we've already seen Zimmerman and Fahrmann rushed back when they weren't fully recovered and now out for a much longer term. If that happens a third time serious questions are going to have to be asked surely. Lewis needs a rest this weekend, give Heise a chance to prove himself and then Lewis gets an extra 5 days to recover before NI games, if he's not 95%+ fit by Wednesday withdraw him from the international squad. Got to put the club's needs first, unfortunately.
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    Is it our methods?

    Clearly, we've gained an advantage through our focus on fitness and training, and long may that continue... I do think though that it must be having at least some impact on the likelihood of us getting injuries - a risk worth taking but does suggest we need more options and a slightly larger squad if we stay up next season. High-intensity training / few injury worries / Small squad - I suspect you can have any two and be successful but not all three...
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    Team for Man City (h)

    Time for one or two of the U23 players to step up. That's the approach DF took last season and it worked; nothing at all to lose by following it again. Realistically this match is already lost in terms of a result, I don't think even the most optimistic fan expects anything other than a heavy defeat - but the next 4-5 are games where we need to be in a position to compete. To do that we CANNOT risk any further injuries to important players in defence - so Aarons, Godfrey and Lewis, for me, need to sit this dead rubber match out. Byram and Heise can clearly come in but that leaves two holes in the center - Amadou might have to fill one of those spaces but I'd much rather see Akin Famewo or Ciaran Jones given a chance to step up than risking Lewis out of position as some are suggesting. Just dont see the purpose of gambling with Lewis - an experienced player out of position is not better than an inexperienced youngster who knows the role. The club 's ethos as I understand is the players are being taught the same way of playing throughout the age groups so they're ready to step up a level when needed. Fahrmann Byram Famewo Amadou Heise Tettey McLean Vrancic Cantwell Pukki Drmic Bench : Krul; Ciaran Jones, Buendia, Stiepermann, Srbeny, Idah, Whoever else has looked decent for the U23s... Milovanovic plays defensive midfield I think? maybe him?
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    Team for Man City (h)

    Krul Aarons Godfrey Hanley/Famewo Lewis Tettey Amadou Vrancic Cantwell Pukki Drmic Probably just about what I'd go with. Realistically I don't think anyone expects anything other than a pretty comprehensive defeat from this match, and rightly so. There are plenty of games to come this season where we'll compete and win points, but this isn't one of them. Given where we are with defensive issues, I don't think it's worth risking Zimmermann, who's still likely not to be 100% fit, in what is essentially a dead rubber game. Possibly the same could be said for Hanley to be honest, depending how badly he's hurt. I'd stick with the current formation but give Famewo from the youth team a chance. We need a warm body in that space, we can't risk further injury to our key personnel, and there's really nothing to lose by giving a youngster a chance - as we well know. Could even be that he has an amazing game, makes a few good tackles against world class opposition even in defeat and steps up as the solution to all our woes. I'd stick with Lewis, Aarons and Godfrey to be honest, yes Aarons and Lewis haven't hit the heights of last season yet but Byram and Heise aren't any kind of upgrade, from what little we've seen. They need to be told to stay back and defend though - Getting up to support the attack and being caught out will be fatal in this particular game against the pace and skill of Sterling. We also probably need stronger protection in front of the back line. Amadou and Tettey are our toughest options, they've got to come in for me - Trybull, Leitner and Vrancic are all much better technically with the ball but we likely won't have much of it against City; Their pace and off-the-ball positioning and skill means we have GOT to adapt our usual short passing game. Not looking for hoofball, but we can't play the way we usually do against a team like this, we've got to be smarter and play fewer and more incisive passes. Two more no-nonsense players willing to act as enforcers, put in the hard tackles and get the ball quickly and efficiently to more creative players could be the way to go. I'd probably put Vrancic in front of them, playing deeper than Stiepermann generally does. He's not always 100% there in the game but he's probably the one player we have who can be truly unpredictable and pull something - be it a turn, a long pass, a shot - out of thin air where there's no obvious move to be made. Doesn't always come off but throwing a little unpredictable chaos into the mix can only be a good thing in this case - Man City are likely going to be assuming a walkover to some extent, Mario is one of the best we have at taking advantage of any complacency they show and creating something out of it. Pukki up front is a given; it's a toss-up between going for Drmic alongside him or dropped slightly deeper and Cantwell more central than usual or leaving Drmic out and having both Cantwell and Buendia in their usual roles pushing in from the sides. Laporte being out and City's strength at RB/LB makes me edge slightly more towards Drmic playing, concentrating firepower more in the center as I suspect Todd and Emi will be kept under control pretty handily; although I do think Zinchenko is a bit suspect so if he's playing either of our wide lads might have the pace and trickery to give him some headaches. Bench : Fahrmann is obvious Hanley or Famewo, whoever doesn't start - unless Hanley is entirely ruled out in which case Byram Leitner and Trybull nothing against them but we have better options for this particular match IMHO; Stiepermann for me hasn't been great the last two games and needs a game on the bench; Buendia to maybe bring on if we were to switch formation later in the game and use the width more. Idah to gain matchday experience and who knows, last 10 minutes if the game is done, nothing to lose by throwing him on with no expectations.