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  1. Garth Crooks, ladies and gentlemen: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/56074334
    14 points
  2. Got our test results back and both me and the lad have tested positive.
    5 points
  3. Eurgh, that sounds like a horrible cereal.
    4 points
  4. So they just stopped at DJ then?
    4 points
  5. I know I'm the only one interested in this (and @fightoffyour!) but on my drive home today, in the 15 min 10ish mile stretch within the city, there were 28 of these in my eye line at some point. The worst thing is the disengenous nature of them. They portray a healthy, defect free baby at full term. Nobody is talking about aborting full term healthy children. It would be like a liberalising of the law coming in, and the pro-choice lot putting thousands of billboards of a cartoon aborted foetus everywhere. I also researched what this 'Kornice Foundation' are getting money for. They are behind 'Perinatal Hospices' where the woman with the seriously ill baby with no chance of living can go, be supported spiritually, then give birth, give the baby a name, let it die then bury it. Horrifying. Like something from Gilead.
    4 points
  6. If the SWOT is on your prospective team, then surely there are generic threats - the potential for people to leave, meaning you'd be short handed. Ditto illness. Then there's the potential (when anyone gets promoted) for people to feel they've been overlooked or to be resentful of the one who's just been promoted - so there's be dealing with that - what would you do - how would you deal with it and so on. You'll surely know other problems or potential problems in the team, or similar teams you've worked with - giving details of what you've experienced would be a plus in an interview - even if it's just about how different styles of "leadership" have motivated/de-motivated you, or others in teams you've worked with/in - stress from the Covid situation must be a thing?...etc. - for example "i've noticed this...and I'd be mindful of not doing that, instead doing such and such ...in similar situations...."Good luck
    4 points
  7. Good to know they’re on the forum.
    4 points
  8. Is it just me that isn't worried at all about offers for our players? We're operating in a completely different way than we have done in the last 10+ years. We don't need to sell and we won't unless the player wants to leave; if that's the case then we demand an excessive fee that can both replace the player and benefit the club further in the transfer market. The only player I would currently fear losing would be Grealish.
    4 points
  9. Everyone quoting 60-70-80 million for Ezri are way ahead of themselves I think. He's got a relatively small contract IIRC, so I don't imagine his fee would be that much. Best thing we could do is tie him down to a better contract.
    4 points
  10. I wouldn't call them that. 'Stupid tw*t' would be my choice.
    4 points
  11. Getting all my NFL predictions from "New Girl" from now on.
    3 points
  12. If Liverpool fail to finish in the top 4 this season, and we somehow manage too...? I would love to see us make a bid for Andy Robertson.
    3 points
  13. This just cropped up on my iPod, which is currently (and has been all week) going through all my music, but in reverse alphabetical artist order
    3 points
  14. that’ll set Denmark straight.
    3 points
  15. How do you count seconds if the planet you're on has no Mississippi?
    3 points
  16. When spaghetti bolognese gets served like this . (Just blobbed in a pile on dry spaghetti) Mix it with the sauce FFS.
    3 points
  17. Great post. If we're really determined to play Barkley because of those flashes of attacking brilliance, then might have to do something like this: -------------Martinez --Cash---Konsa---Mings---Targett --------------Luiz-------------- -------McGinn-----Sanson-------- --Watkins---Barkley-----Grealish Personally I would just drop Barkley until he looks match fit. Smith's obviously trying to play him back into form, but it's costing us points at the moment.
    3 points
  18. If you compare us to Liverpool in terms of style and shape, I think our problem becomes clearer. Liverpool play with Thiago, Henderson and Wijnaldum behind Salah, Mane and Firmino - it's a sort of 4-3-3 with full backs joining in and Firmino dropping off to play a deeper role. In our current set up, Barkley plays the Firmino role. Which is fine, but that makes Grealish our Mane and Traore our Salah which is okay - but we also play with Watkins up front. If Liverpool were to drop Thiago from midfield and instead play Origi up top they'd be unbalanced, they'd lose control in the middle of the park, there'd be massive pressure on Henderson and Wijnaldum and the full backs would have to be more cautious - it wouldn't work - that's what we're doing. Liverpool aren't expecting Firmino to follow runners into their own box when they're defending - they've got three midfielders for that - yet we seem to be placing that expectation on Ross Barkley. I think if we want to keep Barkley in the Firmino role we'll need to change our shape completely and play Grealish almost as a forward - personally I don't want that. I think by dropping Barkley and adding a midfielder we allow Luiz and McGinn to play their natural games (and @TRO I think they're both brilliant at winning the ball and moving it on - I think it's the shape that's currently forcing them to do that in areas of the pitch that are really difficult to get out of) and also allows us to get more control and cover in. I think it would make us more compact in the middle which would create space on the flanks and I think it suits the players we have. At the moment I think we're making life harder for half of the team in order to accommodate a number ten, I think if we change that, we'll see everyone else start to look better.
    3 points
  19. A sense of hysteria has crept into the thread in the last couple of pages it seems. I think some are still under the impression we're being ran by Doug or Lerner. We know under these owners that anyone that comes sniffing for our top players; 1) They're not going to be sold easily and 2) It will take a pretty penny to convince these owners to even acknowledge any interest. The only players I see leaving will be the ones we deem surplus in our progression; Heaton, Taylor, Elmo, Hause, Engels, Davis etc.
    3 points
  20. I'm as patient as the next bloke and I know it will take time for him to integrate into the squad..... .... but I can't wait another 65-odd years before he plays.
    3 points
  21. Secret votes are not particularly great for democratically elected officials If constituents disagreed with any Senators who voted against the impeachment they are able to register their displeasure at the ballot box, but not if they don't even know which way their representative voted on an issue.
    3 points
  22. Talking of Matt Berry I've binged chuckled my way through the 2 series of “What we do in the shadows” fantastic stuff , possibly up there as one of the best comedy shows written . I’ll have some of the drugs the script writers are on please
    3 points
  23. This is what I'd put out: Emi Elmo Konsa Mings Targett Nakamba Luiz Trez Sanson Grealish Watkins What I expect to see: Emi Elmo Konsa Mings Targett McGinn Luiz Traore Barkley Grealish Watkins And if we start with that team, I expect a tonking: 5-0 With my team, I still think we will lose, but I think it'll be a better performance and lower scoreline.
    3 points
  24. Jab #1 done. Come at me, covid.
    3 points
  25. My biggest criticism, believe it or not, is not of him, but of Smith for starting him. He shouldn’t be starting, based on the stats above, and also by what is plain to see with the eye. Now, the stats actually show that we do better without him, even before the injury - but My eye told me different. We looked good then, but now is a completely different matter. He absolutely should not be starting, for the good of the team, and for his own confidence. We don’t need a number 10, and if we did, there many better (more consistent?) ones out there. I am 100% convinced that our problems at the moment is that our midfield is getting over run - and my eyes tell me (even without stats) that one of our three midfielders just isn’t cut out for the job. We have enough firepower in Watkins, Grealish, and Traore. We don’t need a fourth. We get enough shots (indeed MORE) without a fourth dedicated attacker. shoe-horning him into the team makes us less able to get the ball up to the front, less able to keep the ball out of our third, and as a result we concede more shots (almost 40% more) and concede more than twice as many goals. The problem isn’t necessarily Ross Barkley, the problem is that putting him in the team upsets the defence/attack balance - to a demonstrably significant amount. He just can’t provide the necessary help to our other 2 midfielders. The answer is either to have a more dedicated defensive midfielder to make up for RBs lack of input, or to replace RB with a more defensive player. The answer for me has to be the latter with our current personnel, and Sanson replacing him will improve us vastly in my opinion. The alternative is Jack back to the middle with AEG back on the left - but he has consistency issues of his own. I think he can’t be part of a three man midfield, and possibly trying him out as part of the front three is an option worth considering before we tick this experiment off as a complete failure.
    3 points
  26. Ok, so I was actually interested in this whole Watkins Barkley stat, so (yes very sad of me) I took the time to go through all the WhoScored? Stats to see whether there was any logic to this. Here is a very interesting xcel sheet of our stats with and without Ross in the team. Conclusions: We score 8% more with him, but concede a whopping 160% more. We take 37.2% more shots, and concede 34.5% fewer shots WITHOUT him We are in the opposition third 8% MORE and in our own third 13% LESS WITHOUT him. Ollie watkins has 31% MORE shots per game WITHOUT RB in the team. The final column shows the WhoScored team rating. Again, we play better as a team (statistically) WITHOUT RB in the team, by a considerable margin. We average 52.51% possession without him, and 45.93% with him (14% MORE) We average 1.89 points per game without him, and 1.46 points per game with him. Projected Season totals RB Starts: P 38 F 64 A 55 GD +9 Pts 55 RB is Out: P 38 F 59 A 21 GD +38 Pts 71
    3 points
  27. Held my breath when he shaped to shoot that first time. He had time to take a touch. But with that finish it reminds you about truly world class players, that was never in doubt. As much as we love the PL, I think we're lacking in Mbappe-caliber players.
    2 points
  28. Clothes shopping in general, I absolutely loathe. I'm like Bart Simpson, I have a wardrobe full of the same outfit. I have about 20 black t-shirts... and the other colours are navy blue, charcoal grey and very dark green! 3 pairs of identical jeans as well. I only buy stuff for holidays or if i'm desperate, then i'll bulk buy.
    2 points
  29. For all other circumstances, its a nice pair of pepperpot brogues.
    2 points
  30. Exclusive photo of the arrest-
    2 points
  31. Tell them to forget Konsa. ...ask them how much do they want for Son. Regardless what they quote, we submit an opening bid of £3m..
    2 points
  32. I'd sooner have Newcastle stay in the league than Fulham. There's something about Fulham I don't like, not sure what it is, I just don't think they belong in the top tier.
    2 points
  33. We beat them last season in the semi final and they were way above us in the league. We beat them this season at there place. Neither time was a result expected. There is no reason that if we apply ourselves that we can’t beat them again. ktf
    2 points
  34. I do agree with you too....but we have had similar issues in the past, playing Hourihane and Lansbury....too lightweight.....I also think McGinn was more aggressive when he first come, I think he struggles in this league. I think you and other folk are reading too much in to the physicality bit......I agree, its about Industry in the main, workrate and a desire to mix it and you are spot on with your fighting for tackles and second balls. I watched West Ham Last Night.....and they had 4/5 players who not only worked their socks off, but had the physicality to make it easier for themselves.....they make challenges look legit, when we have to throw ourselves at it and look untidy and get a whistle.....When they went up for corners, like Burnley, they move you around with sheer muscle and height.....and it gives them a marked advantage. I am not saying fill our team with Giants, but even Pep has acknowledged in the past, he had too many slight players......its the balance that is key, not one type or the other.....look how much chaos Maguire causes, when he goes up, its his frame its hard to defend against....look how Giroud is hard to stop, its not just his skill, its his stature too. I don't want to labour the point, but I think it is still an issue, albeit Sanson, does appear to have a bit of presence.....look what we was like before Mings came in. However, I also agree with you.....workrate and industry are key in Midfield.
    2 points
  35. Last season it was Sheffield Utd
    2 points
  36. Preston took out 2 Villa managers in fairness
    2 points
  37. Rumours are some Liverpool players are still having nightmares about Ozzy Osbourne.
    2 points
  38. Former chargers and buccs WR Vincent Jackson, 38 years old, found dead in a hotel room in florida
    2 points
  39. Proper intensity to be fair especially compared to some managers who just dial it in.
    2 points
  40. I do think we need to do more for our ex players. Theres a belief that footballers are rich, but that's a modern thing. There's fans who tidy up graves (fortress villa? Etc). I know there's an ex players group, but we should do more than a photo on a screen at the end of the season. We can sing HEITS which is lovely, but we could and should look after the people who made our club. The current team stand on the shoulders of giants.
    2 points
  41. I could imagine that Enckelman goal in the modern day going to VAR and them still getting it wrong
    2 points
  42. Fulham need to win 6 games to stay up, perhaps 5 and a few draws. Still 16 games left for them I think so it's very doable considering we won 2 in last 4 last season when we were all but relegated. Get to 35 points and Fulham will stay up I reckon. Newcastle had a couple of decent wins lately but think the Wilson injury has levelled that out. Newcastle play West Ham, Liverpool, Man. City, Arsenal, Spurs in their last 7 games btw.
    2 points
  43. Finished Schitt's Creek this week. Loved it and thought it ended well.
    2 points
  44. The episode where they go to the theatre to watch the gay musical is one of the funniest episodes of any sitcom ever. Absolutely brilliant.
    2 points
  45. I think Smith's personal pride is making him make a really bad decision here. I get that he said and had high hopes of getting him into the Euro squad but it's just never gonna happen and he needs to realize that. All he is doing with this persistence with Barkley is hurting the club and i can potentially see him lose some of his own players over this. Barkley is playing like absolute dog**** and keeps getting picked. Sends such a bad message to the rest of the squad.
    2 points
  46. Sort of map related. For anyone who wants to switch from WM to Tonga FM with relative ease.
    2 points
  47. No Clean sheet tonight I suspect. * Stolen *
    2 points
  48. Oh no, that's a bit personal. We put them on a few times I think and it was only just before Xmas that a friend reminded me of a rather drunken after gig session we had with them. We ended up in a pub called The Grapes (Now called The Dispensary) that was run by a nutter called Marc and his equally nutty mother Margie, they clearly ran a pub because they were alcoholics. Anywhooo, this was in the days of pubs shutting at 11 and clubs at 2 but The Grapes didn't really respect the licensing laws, as long as you knew the knock for the window. We quite regularly ended up in there after gigs with a band, there or a club called Macmillans, depended on the band. TMTCH were definitely a Grapes band, serious drinkers. The Grapes was perfect. Marc didn't give a shit who anyone was as long as they could drink. Now TMTCH weren't exactly known for their early to bed Christian ways anyway so it was a perfect match. I don't remember much about in the pub itself apart from everyone having a good time, lots of drinking and conversation ( I do seem to remember a chat about our Village in Wales and the Crawshaw family and Ironworks) It was starting to get light, so we decided it was time for bed. My mate Mike and I were heading in the same direction and as it turned out, so were the band, so we jumped a couple of Cabs to Sefton Park. The band were staying in a Hotel that was just up the road from my flat, they invited us in for a nightcap and we duly crawled in to one of their rooms and carried on drinking, I don'ty think any of us lasted long and we probably all collapsed. About 10am there was a sudden panic, the Tour Manager starts waking everyone up because he can't find two of the band. Me and Mike decide its time to slope off during the mayhem and out of the Hotel we go.... only to find the two missing members of the band asleep in the bushes at the front of the Hotel, they never actually made it inside, so we duly woke them up and crawled home to our respective pits Anyhow, the one that always meant a lot to me....
    2 points
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