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srsmithusa last won the day on May 16 2014

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  1. Callum O'Hare

    I don't know if he's ready or not. However....... I think he has shown more potential than Onomah and would rather give the better development time to someone whose contract we own, rather than somebody else's player. In addition, if you wanted to replace round peg for round peg. I think he's the closes to Jack that we have. (That's based only on seeing the first team play, so is certainly not extensive coverage of many and zero coverage of many more.) There's no way Bruce can or should come out and say WHY he isn't using Ohare, but I would be very curious to understand the reasons.
  2. Jack Grealish

    The meaning of the tweet is? I am incredibly vain and think many of you might like to look at me as much as I like to look at myself. I'm fit and ready to play All of the above
  3. Ratings & Reactions: Fulham v Villa

    OK, I watched it again, very slowly, several times. Yep, I agree Axel should have followed him over more closely. Not because he was in a man marking role, but because Sessegnon was the greater danger, with no other runners in sight down our right and Snod was dropping in there nicely. Thanks for helping me see the light, villan_007 (also, Terry and Chester were pulled much farther to our left than i had realized.)
  4. Ratings & Reactions: Fulham v Villa

    Fair enough, I just have a hard time seeing how such a system could work. It seems that if your RB is supposed to get dragged all over the pitch by a pacey forward, you are leaving the right back position WAY TOO exposed. There must have been 5 or 6 times when axel got back deep to toe poke the ball away from an attacker. Did he leave Sessegnon for those? If he did, he didn't do a good job tracking the danger man really, but is inattention to his job saved us several other times. I completely agree that he was put on to deal with sessegnon's speed. He was put at RB pushing Elmo up to right wing. (and snod to left) most of that, at least, with the idea that it could stop sessegnon from hurting us with his speed, and it worked. The only speed that beat us, went past hutton. My only doubt comes from thinking it was Axel's role to follow their left wing wherever he went. I tend to blame the DM role for leaving the trailing runner unmarked. (although to be far, we have been leaving the trailing runner unmarked for about a decade.) when the ball goes that deep toward the end line, the DM set up outside the 18 is set up too far forward, but should have dropped back into that space sessegnon moved into. But I do enjoy the discussion and concede you may well be right. I would just (still, for now at least) be more prone to blame the DM for not dropping into that space, than the RB not covering a man that far center....He would have nearly had to run past chester, terry, and 2 central midfielders to get there.
  5. Ratings & Reactions: Fulham v Villa

    Interesting you may be right. Watching on television, it’s very hard to see off the ball positioning and movement. I did notice the axel and Elmo were very fluid in interchange, but not in a way that seemed unusual. So if axel was charged with marking sessegnon, were we more like 2 center halves, a left (Hutton) and a shared right with axel on a man and Elmo either rb or Rew as needed depending on where sessegnon was? That’s an incredibly creative and complex defensive alignment. Much more creative than seems like anything I’ve seen from Bruce. You may be right. But wow, i’ve seen teams try to man mark a key attacker out of the match, in fact it happens too Messi regularly. But sessegnon?? In fact, I’ve played that role (not against Messi of course). But playing that role from right back is certainly unusual. I know several think something similar, I reiterate that my doubts are not to be quarrelsome or diminishing your ideas. I’m asking because I’m truly puzzled and eager to learn.
  6. Ratings & Reactions: Fulham v Villa

    If the defense were playing a one-on-one, man to man marking system all over the field, I would agree with you. Just checked the replay. Sessegnon came from our right but much farther up the pitch than should have been the right back responsibility. The right back was and should have been much closer to the end line. IMO of course. Seriously, not trying to be quarrelsome, but surely AT could not be at fault for things sessegnon did anywhere on the pitch? Football defenders play more zonally than that. But I'm sure you know that, that's why I'm asking. I'm genuinely puzzled that you would think that was AT's fault. Shouldn't a DM be providing cover in that position? (or hutton marked closer to prevent the soft draw back pass?)
  7. Ratings & Reactions: Fulham v Villa

    I have a hard time blaming the right back when the goal comes down the left side and pulled back to a late runner from pretty much middle of the park.
  8. Ratings & Reactions: Fulham v Villa

    I don’t blame Bruce for this one. First game you have to try something different (Grealish and Adomah injury forced) against a good side on a good run, it would be great to get it right at first call. What he tried made sense, what you propose would have been my first choice, but sometimes when you have to try something new on short notice, you try something that doesn’t work. Now, if you persist with what isn’t working, then I will go all critical again.
  9. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    With respect, a group of pros shouldn’t need that reminder. Tbf, I don’t think the problem today was taking our foot off
  10. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    Im one of the few that will still criticize Bruce in his thread, but not even I blame him for this one. The lineup and subs were reasonable, timely, and not completely negative.
  11. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    This one tells me we need to finish second because Fulham are going up through the playoffs.
  12. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    I’m tellin you boys, the ref is gonna decide this one. JT needs to work him. It’s one of his real strengths is working the ref. As I’m typing JT walks 40 yards to talk to the ref at a dead ball.
  13. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    The referee is trying hard not to be a deciding factor, which nearly guaranteed the referee will end up being a major deciding factor in this one.
  14. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    Referee calls very little, but not really favoring either side so fair enough. (So far). I would say that it looks that both sides would like him to call s bit more tightly
  15. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    Bruce did well adjusting the lineup for our injuries and their strengths. I think we are doing quite well.