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  1. All time: Holt Roberts Flecky Gunn Huckerby Current: Klose Howson Tettey Martin Jerome I should point out (before I get a ton of flak) that Russ gets in there for his overall contribution to the club in his time here. Not because I think he is one of our top 5 best players right now.
  2. It really was a very good block. The chance came from Turner being uncharacteristically outmuscled and Hooiveld reacted so quickly to nick the ball off Miller''s toe. Hooiveld may not be the quickest, but I think it''s a bit harsh to say he has a poor touch. He looks incredibly comfortable with the ball at his feet and for a guy who hasn''t played a great deal of competetive football over the last year or so, to come straight in and play as well as he has is excellent. I don''t necessarily think he isn''t a Premiership player, rather he and Turner are not a Premiership partnership. The lack of pace between them being the issue.
  3. I agree with the OP. I was very happy with the side Adams put out. Hooper and Howson are held by many to be our best striker and midfielder. Quality players who needed game time. He used the squad well and took the opportunity to rest players who needed it whilst giving game time to the immediate second string. All of whom could easily find themselves in the starting 11 on any given matchday. That they failed to perform was really down to them. Laffs missed a couple of decent chances in the first half. At risk of stating the obvious, I''m sure had they gone in it would have been a very different game all round. It''s not like he just went over there with the under 18s is it!
  4. Rudd Whittaker (RB) Garrido (LB) Miquel (CB) Cuellar (CB) Odjidja-Ofoe (AM) O''Neill (CM) Josh Murphy (LW) McGrandles (RW) Howson (CM) Hooper (ST)   I''d like to see these boys show us all that they should be in that matchday 18.
  5. If we start well it could be 6 or 7. Birmingham have quite a weak defence. I spoke to a Brum fan yesterday and he is petrified!
  6. You lay off bets to spread the risk. Of course. But you don''t lay off a bet which is effectively risk free. It''s all about making money and assessing risk. If you lay it all off then you only make any money if Rotherham actually win the league and if you laid it at greater odds than those you gave. That would be impossible if the markets only moved when bets were made. On the other side of the coin, if I had Rotherham at 200/1 to win the league and they then won their first 10 games then I would have reduced their odds significantly even if I had taken no money on them. As I would also have lengthened their odds to be relegated.
  7. In easy terms City 1st. The bookmaker makes the profit because Rotherham are not going to win the league.
  8. City 1st. If they balanced the book completely then they simply would never make any money. They would pay out exactly what they took! The reason why bookies don''t change the odds on Rotherham because they''ve taken a £1m bet is simply because they want people to keep betting on Rotherham. It''s easy money!If you suddenly drop them in to 1/1000000, to balance the books, then you put everybody off backing them because it simply isn''t worth it. So you effectively kill a market, the Rotherham to win the Championship'' market. Also, on your model, it would mean that bookmakers odds would differ drastically from firm to firm. If the £1m was bet through Hills, for example, then they would be dropping their price drastically and leaving any other optimistic punters to take hugely better odds elsewhere, rather than taking the easy money themselves!   And before you ask, I know this from my brother. His job is, you''ve guessed it, setting odds. He has also worked for Coral, Hills and ran two local bookies, in which I worked too.
  9. It''s not entirely a reflection on the money bet City 1st. The whole difficulty in odds setting is attempting to balance the potential risk and reward. So, if someone came in now and lay £1m on, say Rotherham, you wouldn''t find their odds change very much, even though they would have the most money on them. It would be really silly to suddenly drop Rotherham in to evens, because you still want people to back them. Similarly, if we now lost our next 5 games in a row, but no money was taken on the market at all, then our odds would drift hugely. If it was purely on the amount of money bet then it would stay the same. It''s a delicate balance of which money bet is just one factor. It''s not a particularly lucrative market and most money is placed before the season starts. So the odds then tend to change with performances.
  10. That Dion Dublin had a fairly decent career before he came back... If we are counting loanees I''d also shout for Scotty Parker.
  11. Interestingly enough, the stats for this weekends game were incredibly similar to last seasons games against Cardiff. A huge number of shots but too low a proportion on target. Two sloppy goals conceded through poor passing and sloppy defending. If anything, we were probably more dominant last season under Hughton. Of course, Adams has got the result that Hughton failed to get. I don''t know why that is, there''s a number of possibilities. I like to think that it''s either because of the winning mentality Adams has bred in to the squad since they came back after the summer break, or it''s because the players we have brought in are better than those who left. There are some others though. I do think it''s unfair to make such general sweeping statements about Hughton. Clearly the Cardiff games last season are two examples of games he set out to win. That said, I''m perfectly happy to admit that the board were right to get rid of him. Adams is doing a fabulous job so far. Long may it continue. 
  12. 10/15 minutes is an absolute maximum. You should have plenty of time.
  13. Marc Tierney is another. I also remember Mark Peters coming to give out the trophies for our presentation evening when I was about 10. I don''t know if he ever played a competetive game though. But definitely on the books at one point.
  14. I know 4 of them - just can''t quite work out number 3!
  15. I''ve heard a couple of stories. One of them being that one of Bassong''s decisions as captain was to split the squad in to two distinct social groups. Nobody was allowed to cross the divide, so to speak. It was felt that such a divisive character would be detrimental to the clubs success.   The other one was that when Adams turned up for his first day''s training, Bassong asked him if they (the team) were ''supposed to know who'' he was. Adams immediately removed him from the squad for undermining his authority as manager.   The second seems the most likely to me. But it is just hearsay. I guess we will probably never know. Until Neyul releases his autobiography at least!
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