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  1. Branston Pickle

    Casino Royale

    If he’s been laid low by a bug or flu, there’s every chance he’d not have been training to be fit to play - what he then does in his own spare time is surely up to him. But he also has to realise what it might ‘look’ like in the media. In any case, given that there was a Chelsea player available, his chances of playing probably weren’t that high.
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    More concessions required

    This kind of guff can’t be got rid of quickly enough, based wholly on lies.
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    3 positives & 3 negatives

    It is what it is. The issues in defence aren’t a hindsight thing, we have to work through it. Being able to play Amadou in his proper role would be a big help.
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    Actually, not technically - if Klose is certain not to be back all season we can drop him from the named squad and focus on getting him fit for next season. That said, it’s certainly possible one or two of the non home-grown guys might leave on loan depending on if anyone else was coming in (Srbeny? Heise?)
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    Bournmouth-what would you change

    I may be wrong but reading between the lines I’m not convinced Hanley has been (fully) fit since before Man City. If so, it may well be that DF was almost forced into keeping Amadou at the back for longer than intended.
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    Ownership questions

    If I win the euromillions draw I promise to lob quite a few £million into the club and take them back below the 50%, job done!
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    VAR Red Card Check?!!?

    You’re spot on re: their 4th, Emi was totally cleaned out from behind right in front of the ref, the guy takes the ball and scores. I was astonished we didn’t get the fee kick but it did seem par for the course. It may not have affected the outcome of the game but who knows what might happen with goal difference down the line - these things do matter.
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    Villa must win

    At least Pete got his wish!
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    In a nutshell this is the whole problem - and where pundits seem to be able to have their cake and eat it, praising you for doing something one week and slating you for it the next. Against Man City we were lauded by all for our ‘bravery’ at passing through their press - it worked as our passing and movement was neat and clinical. I stumbled on a BT Sport programme where they showed a number of such occasions and Lee Dixon waxing lyrical about it. Now unless you think Villa are better than Citeh ( they aren’t) IMO it was as much us not being at the races as the Villa tactics that did for us - we seemed more laboured and off colour, the passing wasn’t anywhere near as incisive yesterday. The point is, on another day Villa’s tactics would have looked naive and daft as we passed our way through them It happens. I would agree that it is definitely worth mixing it up more, to keep sides guessing, but pundits can’t have it both ways.
  10. Pretty much agree with that - it’s inevitable during a season that you’ll have to play someone out of position as a short-term stop-gap, within a game or the for odd one dotted about, but we have perhaps taken it to its limit and it’s now counting against us. For me it’s not necessarily in defence per se, it is the impact it is having into midfield: in terms of protecting the defence it melted into nothing yesterday and that can’t happen at this level. Imo the quicker Amadou is pushed into cdm the better (and for me it could/should have happened already) - if it’s via Famewo being given a shot then that’s ok, I’d have possibly tried Byram or Heise but then I suppose you’re back into playing guys out of position. I imagine/hope SW/DF have looked at a short-term guy behind the scenes but found nothing doing - it’s surely a small pool of players and any player would have had to be training pretty well in order to even have a vague chance of starting a PL game within a few weeks.
  11. I was just trying to work out when DF might start to get some of our injured guys back, to have a few more options: Krul - think he’s possibly back for Bournemouth? Fahrmann - not sure we’ve had a timeframe? Godfrey - hernia op this week, I don’t think he’ll be about for Bournemouth but hope he is! Hanley - seeing a specialist, so who knows? Zimbo - seemed to think he might be back later December in that online interview Vrancic - an odd one, pre Man City I thought it was meant to be a week or so but that was now 3+ weeks ago; he wasn’t mentioned on Friday? Onel - per DF due back in training soon Klose - God knows, March? Trybull - was due to be 6wks at start of September, so training soon Tettey - no idea? + where was Heise today?
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    Suck it up, grow some b*lls and get over it.

    I don’t go in for kneejerk reactions, things are rarely as bad as some make out, but people spend a lot of time and money going to games - I myself only got back in the last hour - so it is perfectly reasonable for them to have opinions and/or be a bit annoyed by a no-show, and being so outclassed by a not that great side. For someone like LDC to preach at people on what to think is a bit much. Something wasn't ‘right’ today, our game was well off, hopefully we can regroup over the international break and get it back....and hopefully no more (particularly training) injuries.
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    We've just f'cked it up.

    Just a comment on the cb’s - it was v widely expected that Hanley was going to go (if only on loan) so we’d have not necessarily had 5 cbs by signing another as one would have been pushed out (...and even when fit Hanley played barely a game for us in a lower tier last season, which suggests he maybe above his level now)
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    We've just f'cked it up.

    I’m certainly not negative when it comes to NCFC, and was one of the few who saw that things weren’t all doom and gloom at the start of last season. However, many saw we were too leaky last season and I went on and on about it needing looking at in close-season, but sadly it wasn’t. Injuries aren’t helping but aren’t the entire reason. Hopefully it’ll come good, we still have plenty of time - but something wasn’t quite ‘there’ today.
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    We've just f'cked it up.

    We have been unlucky with injuries but re our defence there is a lot more to it than just injuries. I listened to a bit of Snorefolk on the way out of the game and Greg Downs got it spot on - he mentioned that we let in 58 goals last season and needed a bit of an overhaul to defence but only really signed Byram, and in his opinion that wasn’t enough - we otherwise have precisely the same defence at our disposal. We can’t really blame injuries alone when 3 out of 4 of our first choice players have been playing almost every game - Klose or Zimm playing wouldn’t have suddenly stopped all the goals we’re shipping. Can we really expect them to do that much better when playing much better opponents?