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splendidrush

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  1. 1 minute ago, TeemuVanBasten said:

    I agree with the sentiments expressed in the OP.

    With the exception of the claim that it was a young team. 

    The average age of a Premier League starting XI this season has been 26 years 7 months and I shouldn't imagine it was too far away from that area.

    Maybe we should look at the number of Premier League appearances, experience at the top level may also be a factor. 


  2. 16 minutes ago, Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man said:
    34 minutes ago, Jim Smith said:

     

    Last week they were magnificent and were rightly praised. this week the first 20 minutes was appalling (particularly in comparison when you look at the defending) and I don't see why fans on a message board can't say that? 

    When we lost against Burnley, we didn't become dreadful overnight, but constructive criticism is justified and realistic suggestions on how to improve shouldn't be discouraged.

     

    No one says you can't express an opinion, I just don't agree that calling our Team 'appalling' is 'constructive' or 'justified'

    We've just been promoted, we couldn't compete in the market over the summer and our squad has been decimated by injuries. 

    If you said our performance was disappointing, I'd be inclined to agree.


  3. 13 hours ago, king canary said:

    There is a difference between conceding a few and conceding over two a game as we are currently.

    I accept the point that our goals against is a concern, I'll raise that by pointing out that we've played the European Champions, last year's treble winners and the Europa Cup Winners. No other Team has had a harder start and when you factor in our injuries, especially at the back, I think we're not doing too badly......

    That said, if we're still as leaky as a colander once they're all back I'll take a different view. 


  4. 1) a lot of Teams don't put players on posts anymore, that's how Kenny scored against the League Champions. 

    2) 

    13 minutes ago, Aggy said:

    Funny how there are plenty of managers who have made careers (and teams who have survived) based almost entirely on being well organised defensively, not conceding from set pieces and being a threat from set pieces, even with extremely limited players. How come Allardyce’s teams always stayed up? 

     

    Your example, not mine.


  5. 2 minutes ago, Aggy said:

    Funny how there are plenty of managers who have made careers (and teams who have survived) based almost entirely on being well organised defensively, not conceding from set pieces and being a threat from set pieces, even with extremely limited players. How come Allardyce’s teams always stayed up? Do you think they just suddenly learnt ‘remembered’ how to defend set pieces and stopped leaking goals when he arrived, or do you think it’s because they got organised on the training pitch?

    I’m not suggesting we should sit with two banks of four or sacrifice how we play - and as I said their second goal yesterday was one of those things we’ll have to accept and I’m okay with. But we concede far too many from set pieces. 

    And I’d probably guess that Man City don’t spend as much time training to defend set pieces as they perhaps ought to. It doesn’t matter for them (well, actually, it might matter as we saw last weekend). But it definitely matters for us, because we are good enough to score three on our “off days”, so we need to be as tight defensively as we can from probably the easiest bit of defending to practice - defending set pieces.

    The point is that we don't have the personnel, the way Farke plays accepts that we will concede a few, I, for one am happy with that. 

    As for Big Sam's Teams, agricultural is the best description, I hope we never play that kind of football. 

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  6. 3 hours ago, Yellowhammer said:

    I'm sure we are all enjoying it, but it's a forum so bound to get all sorts of views,praise and criticisms thats what makes it interesting with both points of view, 

    It's the 'joy' some people get, listing the faults in our performance, from players off their game to the coach's replacement decisions......... I don't remember these people being quite so lively last week.


  7. Seconded, just like after the Hammers game, all these softcox, picking holes, bit of backbone required here.

    Webber said we'd be up against it this season and it's going to be a long one if we don't back our boys. 

    We had the smallest budget and now have a pile of injuries to contend with, a little perspective please. 

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  8. 1 hour ago, Aggy said:

    Best way of doing that is doing the basics right - defending corners well is 90 per cent done on the training pitch and 10 per cent organisation on field. 

    If defending corners is 'basic' then Pep has a real problem, the most expensively assembled squad in the World have a terrible record defending all set pieces. 

    Perhaps you should give him a call, tell him to get them out on the training pitch. 


  9. 12 hours ago, Van wink said:

    His attitude and progress made over the summer suggests to me that he will continue on an upward curve and the sky is the limit for him being coached at Norwich.

     

    Someone suggested on another thread that he's likely to burn out this season.... I'm not sure who to believe 🤔

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