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  1. his saves in recent weeks have been very impressive and some that Ruddy probably wouldn''t have saved. However, as others have stated he stays on his own line to much for my liking and I prefer a goalie who meets the majority of crosses - I believe it allows the defence to position a few yards further up the pitch too (i.e freekicks). So I would prefer Ruddy in goal, however that being said he did drop a lot of crosses last year.
  2. Think the problem is this time of the year people expect clubs to put out a decent side for the benefit of another team. But Reading or whoever else in the last games have the right to do what''s best for them. If Reading put out a "weaker" team i.e reserves and youth team players and the manager says... "go and win your place in the team next season..." you might find they are a lot more motivated than a side looking forward to Arsenal in 4 days time.
  3. My comparison of the respective managers... NA -- It seemed a large proportion of the squad was under the microscope (i.e Whittaker). Your constantly checking whose available, the starting 11 and having a debate about whether that''s right. AN -- No player seems to be out of his depth and under scrutiny from the fans. I don''t look at the team selection these days, under complete faith that whoever he picks is going to do a job. Sure players make mistakes from time to time that''s always going to happen. The conclusion is AN has worked out what his players can do, and more importantly what they can''t do. Plays to their strengths and we don''t see their weaknesses.
  4. Howson/Fer/Tettey is really looking to be a good partnership. Much prefer the Olsson/Pilks left wing combo. Agree with comments Bassong lookin a little unfit, or out of form. At this moment in time, if we had to bring one player into the team, either position on the right hand side would be the main focus.
  5. Yes he was looking very tried, but having a cracking game. To say, they are the wrong subs..maybe someone could enlighten us what the right ones were. Alternatively, we could have brought Garrido on, took Pilks off, moved Olsson up. Took Snoddy off but Whittaker on, and stuck Elmander on and played long ball??
  6. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I personally thought several players from both sides were looking very tired, and Snoddy had been better than the other games, but still ineffective, and set pieces getting worse. If Hughton goes for it more when 1-1 with 20mins to go, and on top. Against a lot of sides, we will either draw (1-1 or 2-2) or win, and be a net positive than settling for draws and getting defeats and draws. You honestly saying a tired Wolfy/Snoddy is going to last the last 20 without a remarkable drop off.
  7. Bassong''s current form, we was shaky at the start of the villa game... and thought we looked much more settled when Bennett came on, and this has carried into the Stoke match. Nevertheless, what a great situation to be in, discussing 3 CB''s on the merit of their performances, as opposed to 3 struggling CB''s. We also forget that Martin has came in done ok at CB.
  8. Be an incredibly bad mvoe for Poyet imo. Whilst I havent seen to much of what Di canio brought into at Sunderland, but there is some serious question marks over his transfers. (Out... Brambe, Elmohamady, Graham, Kigallon, Mignolet, McClean, N''Diaye, Sessegnon) (In Altidore, El-Hadji Ba, Borini, Cabral, Celustka, Dossena, Diakite, Giaccherini, M''rg Karlsson, Sung-yueng, Mannone, Mavrias, Roberge, Watmore ) U would argue that... Larsson, Fletcher, Johnson, as only three capable of getting in to most sides.
  9. I understand Jimmy... but Chrissy did ok with Redmond at birmingham, and ok he got introduced before Chrissy joined so your never know if he would have started playing him at 17/18.
  10. Djc i agree... Not sure what Chrissy is meant to say... he''s the next messi, he should be in the England squad.... I just hope he''s done enough to force himself onto the bench and maybe the odd sub appearance, would work quite well Redmond 60/70 mins, and then the pace of Murphy.
  11. Have to take the positives out of this... The likes of Murphy and hopefully a few fringe players, can really show their wares and start to force themselves on to the bench, if they havent already done so. You just don''t know, maybe one good game for someone on the fringe, and next he''s first team regular. Nevertheless, great opportunity for the team, and just hope someone takes it to start knocking on the door.
  12. To be fair to Hughton, he''s recognised that the last few weeks we have been poor with the ball particularly when Johnson/Tettey played together. He wanted to see what Howson/Fer arguably the two best footballers [with the ball] we have who play that position. and to be fair, we created a reasonably amount of goal mouth action.
  13. Have to agree yellow shirt, how anyone thought he was a good player... well guess it''s the same people who voted Lee Croft as player of the season, he couldn''t cross either.
  14. I feel all the Leeds players are the problem, all too one-dimensional. Howson ok/good on the ball, apart from when he''s trying to take players on.. too weak defensively, lets players run off him. Johnson good defensively poor on the ball. Snoddy, most of crosses to me seem to be over hit, and ok was considerably better today, still it''s all about him and not the team. Decision making his a big Achilles heal, too many times slows it down when it''s a counter-attack, and destroys the play. Can we try one game with no ex-Leeds players.
  15. Foghorn, I agree would love a Bundesliga manager, watching the games for a few years you appreciate it''s not particularly brilliant skill involved just optimum decision making Snoddy would need to learn to pass when a pass is on, and Howson would need to learn not to take people on 30 yards from home his own goal...
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