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  1. Feels a little ghoulish all these pictures of poor Wesley at once, but as requested, here is a video. <div style="width: 100%; height: 0px; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.250%;"><iframe src="https://streamable.com/e/dhvcx" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="100%" allowfullscreen style="width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;"></iframe></div> I hope I'm doing this right... (I appear not to be; I'll try again) https://streamable.com/dhvcx
  2. With in-built, real time Pickford heart-rate monitor, no less!
  3. Quite stunningly so. I would recommend actually digging out this interview. It is, even by modern political standards, pretty extraordinary.
  4. This is very much a humdinger! I particularly like the parts about players now not knowing how precisely to play by the rules, and the essential challenge VAR makes to football's beautiful simplicity.
  5. Shomin Geki

    The '20s

    Honestly? That things are gonna get much better. I think that the staid ideologies of the past, both political and cultural, are gonna give way to a greater appreciation of more genuinely collaborative work. This will be facilitated through us making technological and scientific advances towards our collective development. We're gonna get smarter and then get smarter at applying this smartness. Whether, alternatively, in the surge in the efficacy of computational thinking, behavioural economics, network science and so on, or in the greater scrutiny (and final constructed clarity) afforded through the inevitable closer immersion of 'real' and 'digital' lives, lives of data and lives of self-examination, we'll have something of a Renaissance. Not as dramatic as before, but decent. We'll begin to get what we were promised with the brave new Internet era. Many currently-dominant theories and ideas will be surpassed and later perceived as foolish. This will of course be expedited through the threat of climate change. I do wonder if one rising ethical matter will be the question of a kind of international interventionism of ideas, as globalisation starts a feedback loop of transferred knowledge and improved practice, amidst an asymmetric distribution and development of, for want of a better expression, evidence-based progression. This problem will be exacerbated through the threat of climate change. Conservative forces will have to contend with the fundamental inertia of their ideology in a world suddenly and profoundly dependant on pro-active flexibility and institutional innovation. This will be made criminally obvious through the threat of climate change. The old reassuring dinosaurs will look pretty silly as they essentially rant and rave at an uncaring, unresponsive sky. We will all get to watch them exposed as the naked, and rather shapeless, emperors they've let themselves become. We should get a little schadenfreude from this, but not too much. I believe this will happen before it's too late. (parklife)
  6. Oh boy is it an understatement! Anwar can be wildly inconsistent, throughout entire stretches of games, literally moment to moment. A flash of real, menacing intent followed by an instant mis-control, a darting cut inside followed by a sudden brainfreeze, brilliantly finding space then slowing down play through indecision. It's almost impressive. It can't be good for a gentle boy's nerves. I think this is where the 'be a good team-mate' philosophy falls afoul. There's generally massive spirit, mutual support and resilience amongst our defenders. The same can't be said about the midfield, the shoe-shufflers at the side of the disco to our defence's sweaty conga. Football is obviously massively about communication. Much of that is instruction obviously. But some of that instruction is simply, for want of a less wanky term, psychological game management. Jack, whilst obviously our talisman, is a bit too much of a brilliant magician to command such a role. Plus, he can't do it all himself. The players, I fear, are simply not good enough all over the pitch to reassure and inspire each other with their technical consistency or organizational prowess. They need to coach themselves through this too.
  7. It depends. I think dogshit is predictably awful, not turning up, insipid, resigned. Horseshit is a little more aggressive. More of an affront. Buffoonery, brainlessness, lack of nerves etc. So do you prefer your Aston Villa predictably shit, or do you want to be surprised by it in new, exciting ways? As for the game, very encouraging! But we can't keep saying that...
  8. Sometimes the replay sites won't have the full game. https://fullmatchsports.co/aston-villa-vs-norwich-city-full-match-highlights/?tab=download This is where I caught up with the match.
  9. Always happy to be counter-argued with statistics! As the man says though, stats can be misleading. I would like to see his numbers, for example, for unproductive passes, moves created from defence in which he was a creative component, runs not tracked, attacking threat etc. While I appreciate Hause's commitment and strength I just don't see the front-footed dynamism we need with him in defence. I think we're quite rigid and inexpressive as a unit with his limitations in the centre. I do fear a team not as noticeably tame as Norwich will expose him. And in response to Delphinho, I will absolutely bow to your superior vantage. I was, alas, in stinky London rather than spirited Birmingham. I'm always struck at how different the game seems in person. Television is indeed a poor substitute. I like Hause, I just don't think he's that good, but will certainly watch him more diligently considering the defences posted. Very happy to eat my words!
  10. I always like when people do player ratings. So I'll do some player ratings. I hope my thoughts are sufficiently different to KentVillan's excellent summary. HEATON 9 Arms as strong as a bear. Ice-coldness personified. Not only did he make some excellent saves today, but the saves were reassuringly excellent. I do wonder if he should be bollocking the full-backs more for their frequently clueless vulnerability when 'defending' the far-post ball? KONSA 8 Showed keen leadership, bringing pace, intelligence and daring to our back line. Possesses the mixture of athleticism and poise that gives our defence a greater sense of coherency than it deserves. A player quietly growing in stature. HAUSE 6 A noticeably uncultured footballer, unfortunately, frequently swinging aimlessly with his lazy Putter of a left foot. Whilst providing little impetus in creating meaningful forward movement he is at least good in the air and is a pleasingly physical presence in the inevitable melees that we create. A better team will hurt him though. ELMO 5 Decent with the ball at his feet, but still an obviously limited footballer. Elmo will provide the odd charging run and impressive delivery, but invariably the crackle of threat will quickly fade. Has to be held accountable for our miserable far-post achilles heel. TARGETT 5 Disappointing today. When he doesn't 'click' with the players around him he can seem disconcertingly leaden. The trademark slide pass rule is a constant asset, but too often plays at a lick or two below the required intensity. Poor reactions and lapses in concentration sometimes lead to weirdly ragged periods. NAKAMBA 3 Oh my! This was less Bambi on ice than Bambi's mother on ice. Dreadful touch, constant mishit passes and the general air (and threat) of a trapped housefly. Deeply wobbly. Let's hope it's just a confidence issue. LUIZ 8 Really good today. Was everywhere. Showed bite and versatility. I have often wondered if Luiz, who would so clearly be more at home with the neat little passes and touches of Manchester City, is cut out for a relegation scrap. But today his occasional drifts into what sometimes seems like an apathetic complacency were very short-lived and he mostly lead by example. Nowhere clearer than in his brilliant goal-saving clearance. GREALISH 9 Magic again. The boy's a wonder. Notice how many twinkle-toed wonders will feint and fidget with several touches before making a burst past a marker. Not our Jack. Each touch is part of a carefully calibrated dance through the stingiest imaginable space almost redrawing the pitch's shapes as he hops. Could he perhaps demand more of our wingers? His devastating swashbuckling could be even more cutting with wide players that stretch the play. Set piece delivery still too hit and miss. EL GHAZI 6 Whilst very much one of Anwar's more hapless performances, including his trademark point black miss, he's still a constant threat, popping up in the right place again and again. I also thought his hold-up play today was decent. TREZEGUET 3 Oh my, Redux! Sadly, alternates between total anonymity and those seemingly endless close-ups of him looking sheepish and hangdog as another promising ball trickles away from his feet like a tipsy father chasing a beachball on a blustery beach. WESLEY 4 Watching Wesley's performance I frequently thought about those fluttering figures you get outside car dealerships in the U.S. A very mild wind was powering Wesley today. Not sharp enough. Not incisive enough. Not there enough. HOURIHANE 7 Confidently taken goal. Was really good for ten minutes, some neat passes, an uncommon aggression, and smart link-up play... and then a goal... and then very little. But that was about all we needed. JOTA 4 Makes Juan Mata look like Sonic the Hedgehog. I wonder if he's made it home yet? LANSBURY 6 Kicked a ball really hard into the crowd. Has a beard.
  11. It's worth looking, if you haven't, at a certain name that pops up amongst the donations. A good lad.
  12. IT IS very much what everyone thought it was going to be! Albeit directed with a little more chutzpah than one may expect. I saw this last night and was pleasantly entertained for the first half. That was, until it dawned on me that there was no way Abrams was going to be taking all this soaring brio anywhere much. Abrams, being a television dude, is great at momentum, action and pleasingly slippery connective tissue. The big moments, not so much. Does it all hang together? Satisfy? Unify all the elements of the Skywalker saga? Of course not! I still think the new Star Wars films look fantastic, so much so that you can feel the energy and life of brilliant new worlds, but I doubt the cultural, and indeed, emotional impact of these new films will resonate much beyond a momentary buzz. In fact, much like the prequels, I can foresee the new trilogy being picked over with an almost morbid curiousity, as cautionary tales of industrial hubris and a wider cultural malaise. Perhaps Star Wars needs to recognise its true roots, a wondrous pop art amalgam of adventure serials and Kurosawa and boy scout sci-fi, and find the modern day analogue of this heady confection, rather than the fat snake eating yet more of its own tail of recent years? Oh yes, and The Last Jedi 'course correction' is very much an issue. One character simply (literally!) states 'I was wrong' when challenged with their previous motivations.
  13. Completely agree. He looks very much a conspicuously comfortable and educated modern full-back in the making. I actually think one slight mistake in our recruitment was the necessity, for our shape, our tempo, and our organisation, for all our signings to not just click but hit the ground running. So many players are good enough on the ball and intelligent enough to really improve one another. We just rather need all of them to really work for each other at the moment. Which isn't quite happening. But Targett seems solid. And solid is a great quality over 38 tough games. I do hope that the loss of discipline (from many of our players to be fair) was symptomatic of the frustration of three games on the back foot in quick succession. But Targett doesn't strike me as a wally. The face don't match the dude.
  14. Bit of a fantasy punt here, but would be excellent if we were targeting the kind of talented, promising player that would work primarily, at least first of all, as more of an impact sub. Someone to shake the game up a bit, breathe a little new life into those tricky final quarters and tear at the ragged but somewhat steadfast rhythms you can often get as the game moves into its final stretch.
  15. Jack is absolutely underrated smart. Like moustache-twirling smart sometimes. Turtleneck smart. I sometimes wonder when watching Jack if he's deliberately modelled his game on a very astute appreciation of his particular qualities. Good and bad. He knows he's not strikingly fast or strong, but boy does he have smooth, quick, cultured, witty feet! And great vision and a wonderful birds-eye feel for the game. So he's chosen to lean into those freakish superlatives and twist the game to his advantage. Pretty smart. He dictates that the game will be played as he wishes. And then goes on to play that game exceptionally well, the nonstop dance of his witty, witty feet a constant drain on his opponents health bar.
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