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  2. Personally I would have liked to see Stokes score more last night, fully accept the circumstances, but if we are too passive and cautious this too can assist the Aussies. One thing for certain we can not rely on Butler getting runs if he comes in early today
  3. We really need both stokes and root to get a century, not too confident with the rest of the batters left
  4. Today
  5. Well very pleased to see England close the day on 156-3. Very controlled and patient batting for most of the day from Root and Denly have gotten us to this stage. Stokes in the last hour of the day came into bat at 5 in survival mode and made 2 runs (not out) off 50 balls. The first session of tomorrow's play will decide the outcome of this test match (and the Ashes). If Stokes and Root can survive the first 8 overs of play unscathed. At which point the new ball is available to Australia. They will then have to contend with the new ball and the threats that come with it. If they can get to lunch unscathed after the new ball I think that is when the test becomes ours to lose. At this stage I'd happily take England scoring 30 runs all session if it meant losing no wickets. It will also be England's highest ever run chase if we are successful.
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  7. Our problem has been that we just don't score goals, we've been amongst the lowest scorers in the championship both pre and post our 1 season recently in the PL. This season, although it's early on, seems to be going the same way. While Britt does get goals, he's not what you'd call prolific, we've been set up as a defensive team for a few years now through different managers and scoring has been an added bonus to not conceding goals.
  8. No worse than some of the goals our players have missed, and he also scored today. Hugill has scored 3 goals so far this season. That's more than our top scorers. Imagine if he'd scored at the same rate for us as he is now - we might have gone up! Not sure what we do to our strikers - they always seem to do well for everyone else but do less well for us. Bamford a possible exception as he did well for us, although he's really banging them in for Leeds at the moment.
  9. Great read 👍 Think I've seen some Twitter posts from you in the past. Keep it up!
  10. https://mobile.twitter.com/SkyBetChamp/status/1165369720008314885 i’m quite impressed by this from hugill. How has he done this?
  11. I mean, he's had spells of scoring in 1v1s, he's had spells of not scoring in them. He doesn't always miss 1v1 chances.
  12. Browne just needs to keep wide. He’s clearly best when 1v1 against the full back. He’s a winger stop this inside forward stuff as it’s clearly not working for him. There’s a reason Bola in the first half could only pass backwards, it’s because there was no one in front of him. Browne’s positioning was awful all game and the same last game. I don’t know whether he’s under instructions but it clearly doesn’t work. I do think there’s a decent player there, he has the qualities and has a nice touch but you can definitely tell he’s a bit raw. Just hope the coaches don’t over complicate his job, and tell him to hug the touch line.
  13. Browne just looks a little lost at the moment and trying to hard... that's his age and his eagerness to prove to the management he deserves his place. Bola still not 100% settled yet but is defensively more sound than coulson but less attacking. Thought we were pretty poor first half but better second.. think it's a long slog next 2 years... asked about jan recruitment... woody thinks we are 5 short. Be interesting to see how that goes. Fry will be starting before we know it. Woody determined to ease him in gently so hopefully stays injury free.
  14. I think Woodgate needs to stop putting him in when he's not ready and we've got other players playing better than him on the bench. Makes him out to be a scapegoat for the bad first half performances, fans on the radio after the game weren't impressed and that's not going to help him. Put him in when the team is playing well or if someone else's performances aren't up to scratch. If he keeps this going for a few games, people are just going to think he's picking the players he wanted over players playing well which doesn't go down well with fans.
  15. I should have 10 points MM. it will also push BU a further place down the table 😂
  16. I was calling for Saville to get a game but thought he was shocking today. A first start, against his old club, chance to stake his claim to a spot and show what he’s worth and he was completely anonymous. Sauntering round the pitch, I can’t believe he stayed on. I like Bola and think he had a good game. Bit scared of making a mistake (the crowd groan anytime any player does) but got into some good positions and helped make the goal. Thought Shotton was good - he’s the boo boy this season so lots of moaning when he made a mistake but he was very solid and saved us at the end with that tackle. He was also leading on the pitch, encouraging the players and the throw ins got everyone on their feet again. Browne was awful. Fletcher our best forward. Johnson the difference when he came on. Enjoyed the second half and saw some glimpses of what Woodgate is trying to do after a dreadful first half of headless chicken again. We so woefully short of forward players, if we gave Fletcher a run up top and played Johnson, I’ve no idea who could be given the other spot. Gibson really has dropped Woodgate right in it.
  17. I don't necessarily think he has a bad attitude but he looks like an emotional player and that's going to affect his play for sure. There was a moment in the game today where he made a bad pass and while he chased back to block the cross, he stood afterwards shoulders slumped as if he'd rather be anywhere but on the pitch. I think there's a great player in there and agree with you that he's been hung out to dry by bad team performances but he needs to level himself out to reach his potential
  18. I thought the same mate, much better today, helps when Rudy Gestede doesn't come onto the pitch I guess, which is sad really.
  19. Yeah that seems a dreadful way of putting it, what does his supposed 'bad attitude' have to do with anything?
  20. To be honest, it doesn't sound like anything new that referees are crap in this division. It's a hard job even with the support of VAR but goodness me, they have linesmen who give just as bad decisions, as a team they work dreadfully and just don't seem to actually know what's going on.
  21. Not sure you can say Browne has a bad attitude after a few games
  22. Thought Bola was badly exposed by Browne in the first half. Much better in the 2nd. I guess that bad attitude we were warned about with Browne is true.. Shocking player. That said I don't think the set up was right from the start. They were telling Fletcher to stay wide like a traditional right winger, which blocked Howson from getting down the line. Moving Fletch to the left gave Bola better cover and allowed him to bomb on as Fletch came narrow. Same on the opp side with Marv n Howson. Not sure where we'd be without Ayala, he's been outstanding for me.
  23. Paddy, Johnson and Fletcher again top marks. I'll give Randolph an 8 too, he nearly gifted a goal but in general he was outstanding once again. That save first half was superb. I'll give Fletcher man of the match. He wasn't quite as bad as some of them first half and was great second half. His touch is getting better and better. So good that we have at least one forward who we can actually play the ball off because Britt struggles. Britt was better today at times though. His decision making was actually good second half at least, keeping the ball alive instead of having a dig when the shot isn't on. Randy, Johnson, McNair, Fletcher (motm) - 8 Howson, Bola, Clayton, Wing - 7 Ayala, Shotton, Saville, Britt - 6 Browne - 5
  24. I think with Bola it's a confidence issue as he's got to be nervous as it's a big step up for him so hopefully the more he plays the more he'll show his true self as he won't be as scared to play that forward pass or run at a defence as in the first half he just wanted to complete passed and not make a mistake which limited his game
  25. Also, Bola had a decent second half though I can't remember if it was him who got caught out for the corner that lead to their goal. Fletcher chased the ball across the field, Bola came to join him with another player and then was stuck on the half way line as the ball floated over both of them for Romeo to run onto in tons of space, I think it was. His attacking performance got better because the shape got better from what I could see. Pulling Saville a bit deeper towards the left back area to allow Bola to stretch the field out a bit worked. In general we stretched them a lot and it created the space for the goal.
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    • Personally I would have liked to see Stokes score more last night, fully accept the circumstances, but if we are too passive and cautious this too can assist the Aussies. One thing for certain we can not rely on Butler getting runs if he comes in early today
    • We really need both stokes and root to get a century, not too confident with the rest of the batters left
    • Well very pleased to see England close the day on 156-3. Very controlled and patient batting for most of the day from Root and Denly have gotten us to this stage. Stokes in the last hour of the day came into bat at 5 in survival mode and made 2 runs (not out) off 50 balls. The first session of tomorrow's play will decide the outcome of this test match (and the Ashes). If Stokes and Root can survive the first 8 overs of play unscathed. At which point the new ball is available to Australia. They will then have to contend with the new ball and the threats that come with it. If they can get to lunch unscathed after the new ball I think that is when the test becomes ours to lose. At this stage I'd happily take England scoring 30 runs all session if it meant losing no wickets. It will also be England's highest ever run chase if we are successful.
    • Our problem has been that we just don't score goals, we've been amongst the lowest scorers in the championship both pre and post our 1 season recently in the PL. This season, although it's early on, seems to be going the same way. While Britt does get goals, he's not what you'd call prolific, we've been set up as a defensive team for a few years now through different managers and scoring has been an added bonus to not conceding goals.
    • No worse than some of the goals our players have missed, and he also scored today. Hugill has scored 3 goals so far this season. That's more than our top scorers. Imagine if he'd scored at the same rate for us as he is now - we might have gone up! Not sure what we do to our strikers - they always seem to do well for everyone else but do less well for us. Bamford a possible exception as he did well for us, although he's really banging them in for Leeds at the moment.   
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