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  1. Chris Samba

    Samba, our savior.
  2. Ratings & Reactions: Wigan v Villa

    We won, gotta be happy. Would be even happier if we had dominated. Still lots of room to improve and errors to cut out. Let's get it done.
  3. Match Thread: Wigan v Villa

    pleased with that
  4. Match Thread: Wigan v Villa

    except for injuries, of course
  5. Match Thread: Wigan v Villa

    that seems to be the explanation for everything.
  6. Match Thread: Wigan v Villa

    Bogle is a boggle
  7. Match Thread: Wigan v Villa

    how many times we been offside? Mind you, it's a nice change to see balls actually going forward......
  8. Pre-match thread

    I guess we'll find out about the 60 minute mark.... but not if he comes on for Codger.
  9. Pre-match thread

    interesting to me, is that I assumed that if Bruce wanted to play 2 up front (as I think he said) and if he wants to prepare for next season, that it would be Kodja and Hogan up top. I've not got strong feelings either way and think Adomah has been good enough that it would be harsh to drop him, but leaving Hogan sat does seem odd.
  10. Pre-match thread

    5 minutes of added time?!? That's ridiculous &@&$$ homer ref trying to give them a chance !!!
  11. Steve Bruce

    I don't think Jedi at the back is a good idea. He's not fast enough for center half if an opponent tries to break quickly. But I'm aware that I could be wrong and there are some ways to compensate. So, I'm OK with Bruce trying it, as long as he quickly adapts if it doesn't work.
  12. Steve Bruce

    Blandy, nice to have a conversation. I don't expect we will either change our basic outlook but someone thoughtful is appreciated. I would make one further note. The excuse I referenced of being unlucky, when we were actually wasteful was made after we had recruited those players you mention. Players that had proven they were capable of being much more efficient. And while your point that we signed them is well taken, my point that calling it unlucky when they were clearly capable of better, still has some validity. Again, I hope you are right, I hope the culture is changing while not being directly (or publicly) addressed. In my experience, changing culture has always required that the old culture be named and the new culture be articulated. I would like it if someone articulated Yoda's quote. (modified) "Do, or do not. There is no try." That's the culture we need. Not, "we're doing as good as can be expected under the circumstances." The recent results are great. Long may it continue.
  13. Steve Bruce

    Only time will tell. I hope I'm wrong. But culture is insidious.
  14. Steve Bruce

    Blandy, those are all "shoots of recovery." I see them since the results turned positive. I'm just not convinced that a positive run means the culture has changed. Heres what I see that you may not be noticing, or at least not as concerned about. When we had a ton of wasted chances, the word of the day was "unlucky" here and on the official site. It's not unlucky. It's crap. (of course all players mis-hit shots sometimes, but we were well beyond wasteful.) many have been offering excuses for bad results before matches even begin because of our injuries, but none of our injuries had been single-handedly turning games around. many have said that results right now don't matter. "Just enjoy the rest of our season before the summer rebuild." (the complacency in there worries me) I would rather say, "we may not make it into the play-offs but lets at least gonna scare the hell out of a few of those who nick it." When results are so good, and we're still offering and accepting excuses, that worries me. It appears that the culture is the same, it's just masked by a really good run of results. Again, I'm not advocating a change in manager. I'm arguing for a change in culture. Culture is insidious. It may be changing. But I fear it is simply masked by a wave of results and the good feelings that engenders.