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  1. Like the vast majority of the first team, he is a decent Championship player. He lacks the quality, as do most of the team, to perform consistently in the Prem. As an earlier poster said, for what other team would he even make the bench? There's a reason we are 10 points adrift at the bottom - we are miles off the pace. With the possible exception of Buendia/Cantwell, I don't think any of our players would currently start for another prem side. There's lot of talk about £20-30m+ for Aarons, Lewis and Godfrey but they are mainstays of an appalling defensive unit.
  2. I'm all for passing out from the back, in principle, but doing it for it's own sake is ridiculous. We often seem to try it when the opposition is applying a high press. They don't even have to win the ball off us, we'll just cough it up. We don't have the quality to pass round teams, that has been demonstrated endless times, and the high risk passes are usually low reward in any case, just passing to someone else under pressure.
  3. It's a good question. As good as Lewis and Aarons are going forward, I don't necessarily think they're great defenders, at least not yet. Too often caught out of position. I don't think Godfrey has learned his trade yet. His positional sense isn't great and he can be quite leaden footed - look at the ease with which Redmond went past him for the goal. Collectively, they often don't play as a unit, with at least one of them pulled out of position, the other don't move to cover appropriately. The two CBs are often way too far apart and don't seem sure of what the other is doing. The ease with which teams can move up the pitch, particularly in transition, is deeply worrying. Often, there is no challenge made until the opposition is on or near the edge of the box. I don't know who our defensive coach is but to me it looks as though we don't know the basics.
  4. In what has been an undeniably disappointing season I am struggling to see any positives or any signs of progress that would make me think next season might be any different. Our defending was embarrassingly awful at the beginning of the season, improved and has now degenerated back to early season form. We are manifestly unable to create chances, let alone score goals. The football is the most boring, slow and turgid I can ever remember, having watched NCFC for thirty years. It''s supposed to be a form of entertainment at the end of the day. We are desperately short of quality across the pitch - with Maddison likely to leave. Gunn and Leitner may be gone, leaving Lewis and possibly Trybull as the only real quality. And, yes, I am including Murphy in that. Just what is there to suggest that next season might be any better than this one?
  5. I think people are confusing form with results. We have won a few games recently with less than inspiring performances. I don''t believe we create enough going forward to go on the sort of run required for a play-off place. We couldn''t get behind the Boro defence even once despite playing 10 men for 70 mins. I know there is an effort to get men behind the ball when down to 10 but the lack of speed/urgency allowed Boro to get two banks of four lined up very easily. We never looked like we had any ideas as to how to break them down.
  6. Wtf Vince? You just embarrass yourself posting such silly nonsense. I imagine you know nothing about the woman or have any insight whatsoever as to the role she plays in the club.
  7. Beating Villa 1-0 in 92-93 was awesome as was the 4-4 draw with Middlesboro. The away play-off semi at Wolves was pretty awesome, rubbish game but hate Wolves fans and trip to the Millennium. Losing 3-1 to United not long after the Villa game was desperately disappointing, 3-0 down after 18 mins. The 6-0 at Fulham was painful to watch given how much was riding on the game and the number of fans we''d taken to CC.
  8. [quote user="Hercules"]A great player, but never really much beyond that we were a stepping stone.Others who have joined (inc Maddison) have embraced the club and the fans. Similarly Oliveira doesn''t look like he has taken to the club either.Watch Gunn and it looks like he really takes it personally, he''s a Norwich lad. Maddison when he score at Bristol City, it was stright over to our fans. Similarly Josh and Jamal are ''ours'' - that often makes the difference in attitude and commitment.Good luck to Pritchard, he nevr gave less than 100% here and if h can progress his career the who are we to complainLets see if the new lads can step up[/quote] I''m not sure I''d cite Josh Murphy as an example of the right attitude and commitment. More often than not he drifts in and out of games, waits to be involved and looks half-interested at best.
  9. Did we string more than 2 or 3 passes together in the entire second half on Saturday? How many times did we needlessly concede possession? Just because we got three points doesn''t automatically mean that the same eleven should start the following game.
  10. Massive shame and hugely frustrating that we couldn''t keep him on our books (not that I am saying that anyone is at fault). If Pickford is worth £30m I don''t see why Angus would be worth significantly less. Fantastic keeper. Even better than his old man I reckon and he''s still a baby in GK terms.
  11. The measure of the deal is simply the percentage of Naismith''s wages Hearts are paying. I don''t know what he''s on, rumours range between £30-50K a week. I appreciate any saving is a saving but unless Hearts are stumping up upwards of 50% of his wages it doesn''t seem like a great deal. Being honest, I thought Naismith was a great bit of business when we signed him and I expected him to be a big success. I don''t recall many (if any) people counselling against his signing.
  12. As far as I''m concerned we only have two players of genuine quality (Hooly being a bit part player now) and we are not exactly pulling up trees with them in the squad/team. If we lose Pritchard then I fear we will struggle badly for the remainder of the season. If we were to lose both I think we would plummet down the table. I really struggle to see where the quality would come from to win any game. I appreciate that if a player wants to leave there is not much that can done in reality but the future looks pretty bleak without those two. With the absence of parachute payments next season and a further tightening of the purse strings it''s doesn''t bode well.
  13. It''s not just about the Millwall game. Personally, I don''t think he''s been good enough for some time and I''ve never liked him at CB.
  14. I don''t think anyone''s arguing that RM isn''t a great guy or hasn''t doesn''t done a great job for City over the years. He is simply no longer good enough imho and whilst I don''t think it''s directly attributable it''s difficult to overlook that fact that we have hardly conceded a goal since the Millwall game.
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