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  1. andym

    Dean Smith

    We have a big, big issue with keeping the ball this season. According to fbref we have an overall 75% pass completion rate, 4th worst in the league. We've only gotten above 80% in one game. Only 7 players are over 80% individually (one is Carney who's played 1 game) and only 1 over 90%, which compares very unfavourably to other sides. McGinn's individual stat is 69%! Its not good enough, and i'll be getting concerned if Smith doesn't seek to fix it and carries on as we are. Its probably not helping that he appears to be chanelling tony pulis at the moment, with 5 defenders, 3 workhorse midfielders, and relying on set pieces.
  2. andym

    Dean Smith

    Needs to stop the obsession with shoe horning players in everygame, and i dont mean the 2 up top. For me, the issue is forcing the extra centre back in and then trying to rely on targett and cash getting forward as the creative outlets. They are simply not good enough at this. We need our actual talented attackers to be doing that. We just end up with 5 defenders sitting deep, midfielders not too much further infront, then the forwards just getting outnumbered. We had a good result at Man U admittedly, but the Everton game was as much as the impact of Bailey as formation. However we've shipped 3 against Chelsea and Wolves, and 2 at an out of form Spurs, resulting in 0 points from those 3 games, so we havent exactly been defensively sound with that formation. There's still ways to get Ings and Watkins in, while playing 4 at the back. Maybe actually supporting them properly would turn their partnership around.
  3. andym

    Dean Smith

    Funny, the Premier League stats website shows Brighton have played the 2nd most long balls this season (Burnley unsurprisingly are 1st) Potters a very good coach, but lets not make out he's like Pep at Barca running over teams with tiki taka
  4. andym

    Dean Smith

    Do you? They put 4 past Leicester and Newcastle, but then twice blew a lead at home to Palace, and a few weeks later lost at home to newly promoted Brentford. You slated Smith for our draw against Brentford (despite our weakened side), so losing to them is surely a disasterous performance by Moyes?
  5. Strange that you are quoting 'pressures by forwards' stats from 'Statsbomb via fbref' to make your point then. I also bet there is another post of yours somewhere saying something like 'i don't care how hard he works for the rest of the team, he doesn't score enough'.
  6. Villareal being very wasteful in front of goal
  7. PSG finally avoid messing up a counter attack Superb finish
  8. Pre-match they were saying McCarthy had started with a back 5, all centre backs, and 2 holding midfielders There's setting up to keep things tight, and then there's a completely cowardly approach to a game... Only took West Brom 5 minutes to score, so McCarthy got everything he deserved
  9. Quality 1-2 between Aubameyang and Smith-Rowe
  10. Smith Rowe 8 yards out, middle of the goal, and no Spurs players anywhere near Just awful defending
  11. Liverpool equalised already, helped by Van Djik getting away with completely cleaning out Toney about 10 seconds earlier
  12. Ha, Brentford score from a freekick routine very similar to the one Ings nearly scored from last week
  13. Crazy pace to this game, fun to watch
  14. andym

    Dean Smith

    But surely the starting 11 is actually the best indicator of expectation and seriousness, and 9 of them were experienced senior players who have all played often enough at first team level whether at villa or other clubs (and this is not experienced but not good enough senior pros like Hourihane, Lansbury etc who we have seen in early round ties over the last few seasons). Also, 1 of the subs brought on was our regular starting CB, the other two were the highest rated youngsters we have, who everyone is clamouring to get minutes in Premier League games. We drew over the 90 minutes, matching a strong opposition with chances to win the game, and the one youngster we actually started scored our goal. To go so far as to say Smith had no expectation to win the tie or didn't take it seriously is frankly pretty insulting to him, and has no basis in reality given we took Chelsea all the way and only lost it on the lottery of the penalty shootout.
  15. Some great penalties in the QPR/Everton game (apart from Tom Davis' to lose it) Some awful penalties in Fulham/Leeds
  16. Wonder how long Spurs fans will put up with his tactics of treating every game like they are lower league minnows against a top team
  17. Not sure how this is still only 2-0, Chelsea could easily have put up 4 or 5 here
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    Norwich City

    They are lining up with Grant Hanley and Ozan Kabak (who was awful in the few games he played for Liverpool last season) at the heart of their defense No surprise they are nearly averaging 3 goals against per game
  19. On the turn, outside of the boot half volley, perfectly into the space for Bailey to run on to. Ridiculously good pass
  20. Until Bailey came on it was pretty dull although no one was actually playing badly He provided that spark we needed I liked how we kept pouring it on, we were ruthless and kept up the energy levels right until the end
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