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  1. At the moment we need to be solid and build some confidence. So Tettey and Trybull are the ideal partnership for that. Both solid players who do the simple things right.

    But that doesn’t mean they will always be the best pair for every game. There will be times when it will suit to just have one of them and have someone with a little more flair alongside them e.g reed or the recently improved Vrancic.

    I’m sure that’s Farke’s aim but due to injuries and form he’s never quite been able to mix it up as he’d like.

  2. I read yesterday that we have had more changes in our starting line up than any other team in the championship.

    I think this is important as it highlights two key issues:

    1. Farke still doesn’t know his best team..a problem which Alex Neil always had as well.

    2. Perhaps explains the ongoing inconsistency (although arguably we are now consistently losing and not playing well!!).

    Ironically we need to make a number of changes for the next game but I would then stick with that first 11 for a few games.

    Mainly I’d have a midfield of Tettey, Trybull, Wildschut and Pritchard.

    The defence will then be Pinto, Hanley, Klose and now Louis.

    Up front we really have no choice but Maddison behind Oliveira but I’d be tempted to swap Maddison and Murphy mid game to add pace when needed.

  3. Best thing about it for me was that despite all the issues and problems it is clear the players are all fully behind Farke.

    They could easily have put down tools at half time and he may well have been out before Xmas.

    It’s only one win but it could be a start of another good run.

  4. That midfield looks mighty weak! Especially given Farke highlighted in the press conference that we’d have to fight Cardiff!

    It is a bit of mystery how we aren’t free scoring with players like Maddison, Hoolahan, Murphy, Oliveira and Vrancic.

    Let’s hope they all finally click together tonight or it could be quite painful 😖

  5. Thought Vrancic was ‘ok’ today.

    Clearly has his limitations which are exposed in a weakened ream even more.

    Reason he ashy subbed is Reed got injured and only kids on the bench.

    As much as I love the guy I was more disappointed in Hoolahan. In fact he has been disappointing over the last few games. At a time when we have needed him to show his undoubted skill and creativity he’s really done nothing and poor old Maddison has been carrying the midfield.

    Vrancic Should be a sub at best but today he was no worse than Hoolahan, Oliveira or Murphy (especially as he missed an open goal!]

  6. No - we have set out it’s going to be a full change in the way the club is going to be run and how we play.

    Occasionally everything can click and bring instant success but most times it requires time, patience and consistency.

    Only if we are seriously in danger of relegation would I get rid of Farke this season.

  7. To me the Comments here are very similar to what use to be said about Andrew Surman... basically good eye for a pass but far too lightweight and not up to it.

    Of course, Surman went on to be a huge success at Bournemouth.

    May be a case Vrancic will just never be right for the hurly burly of the championship but better suited to the more controlled and measured game of the premiership.

    Or maybe we’re not playing him in the right position and the players around him are not giving the right support or offering the types of runs and movements he needs.

    To say he can’t play football and is a waste of space seems a bit harsh to me.

  8. Something definitely doesn’t seem right with Oliveira. Lots of different injuries with no real known course. One knock after another.

    I thought that he was disappointing against Arsenal, just seemed a bit disinterested and was constantly just walking around shaking his head. Seems strange given you’d think he’d be fired up for that game given opposition and just coming back from injury.

    Of course, possibly understandable as seems to be fighting against loads of niggling injuries. BUT I also wonder if mentally he is up for the fight or even if he still rues fact we didn’t agree a transfer in the summer. I just feel someone like Holt or even Jerome might just have the strength and commitment to play through some of these injuries whilst Oliveira is more likely to succumb to them?

    He is clearly top quality but we need a striker who is capable f playing most games.

  9. Spent the first part of the afternoon watching a great game of football.

    Group of young kids giving everything they''ve got. Playing good football, fighting hard against an aggressive team and ending up with a good 5-1 victory. Left me feeling proud of my son and his mates.

    Second part of the afternoon being bored to death by another lack lustre England game. Left me disillusioned about how dull a game can be and how these players can be paid millions!

  10. I''m afraid that this was a worrying show by Farke of being scared and that he is losing confidence (just as happened to Alex Neil).

    He was clearly more worried about what would happen if the team lost to Burton than taking the risk of making attacking changes to win the game.

    I would really expect him to be stronger than that BUT we impatient and moaning fans have to take some responsibility for it as well...

    Just think what this place would have been like if he had replaced Tetty with Wildschut and then Burton had got even a against the run of play/lucky winning goal. Most would be demanding his immediate sacking.

    We have high expectations and managers are clearly finding it hard to maintain their own styles and views in the face of that.

  11. I appreciate it''s not a MUST win in terms of a game which means we go up or down, but it is important. The confidence of the team, manager, board and supporters must have taken a huge knock because of the last couple of results.

    It is now really important that we start building up some confidence. If a lack of faith grows amongst the players and the supporters about the style of play and the blueprint for the future being designed by Webber and Farke, things could go very badly.