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Rufus Smalls

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  1. Out Let''s learn our lessons from last season''s indecisiveness. There is still enough time to turn it around under a new regime.
  2. If we can score early I can see us winning. Forest are on a dreadful run and the crowd will get on their backs. 1-0 win. OTBC
  3. A short term loan in the centre of midfield certainly wouldn''t be a bad idea. We don''t really have anyone with a je ne sais quoi capable of playing centrally. Maybe Redderz could play there, but we''re also short of wingers...
  4. What are Watford and/or Derby''s conversion rates? It seems to me as the season goes on that we need more and more chances in order to get a goal, which is frustrating as the recent games have proved. We''re not struggling for goals when you look at the bigger picture, but in individual games we have been unlucky in some and wasteful in others. If we had been more clinical with our chances our goals-for tally would be incredible.
  5. Reflections on tonight: The Johnson and Tettey combo has been great this season but lacked a bit of penetration against a backs to the wall defence tonight and I agree that Johnson should have been the one to make way. Whilst we were playing really well and you don''t really want to change things when you feel the goal is coming, taking off Grabbs sooner would have been productive - he was wasteful tonight and gave the ball away a lot.
  6. If we''re going to go with one up top at the Bridge, Elmander''s the man for the job.How''s the defence lining up? Whittaker at left back? I''d have picked Garrido....
  7. Compare the Lambert and Hughton (1st) season - both finished around the same area but under Lambert we were safe and comfortable for a long time and under Hughton we were in grave danger with a few games to go but pulled away at the last minute. There''s no doubt, however, that the Lambert season was ''better'', as we got the points on the board to survive earlier and that gave us a more comfortable and enjoyable finish. So, it *ought to be* beneficial to have a tough run in as theoretically the points should be in the bag before the killer run-in, thus allowing us a bit more breathing space and more chance of a comfortable season like Lambert''s. Whether this makes any difference is another matter. In practice, it''s all academic because it has spectacularly backfired this season and with a tough finish there''s not a get-out-of-jail card. At the end of the day, everyone has to get points from their 38 games and we''re not going to get enough points to stay up, so questions about a tough run in and the fixture computer are all a little theoretical - we haven''t won enough games.
  8. RuddyMartin at RBTurner and Yobo CB (or Ryan Bennett if Yobo isn''t fit)Olsson LBJohnson, Tettey, Howson CMSnodgrass, Elliott Bennett AMElmander up front Okay, it might not be the *best* team on paper, but in the circumstances, nothing would be more frustrating to see the team not turn up and the players having given up, like Fer has done recently. We''d get an honest shift out of the above 11.
  9. Apart from the debacle of the first 10 minutes, we were superb. If we can sustain the same level for 90 minutes we have a real chance in our next three games.
  10. And Sunderland go a goal down. Good start - but they recovered from a goal down against Man City. Hopefully Chelsea can get the job done.
  11. Newcastle 1 (Ameobi [!]), Swansea 0.... could be a nervous run in for the Swans
  12. Yes Harry Kane! Goals against Sunderland and Fulham - hopefully he''ll play a part in relegating them and keeping us up
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