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  1. HES 20 YEARS OLD. I've said this so many times, the majority of players his age haven't even made a first team appearance yet and are still developing in the underage groups or in the lower divisions. Djed has made 59 appearances already, and although he has definitely lacked consistency and has struggled at times, he has also had some great games and solid performances in there too. Hes inconsistent and his decision making skills lack polish. DUH. He's 20, that's 99.9% of 20 year olds who break into first team football. But he's also dynamic, quick, seems to have the right at
    12 points
  2. Has Fry been sold yet? 😉 It is mad seeing how different Fry is viewed compared to last season through some people's eyes. Similar to Spence this season, if Spence stays and has a quality season next year people will forget the fact they ever wanted rid of him this time round. Obviously not saying I expect that level of improvement from Spence. I also didn't think Fry had a good season last year as much as I didn't want to sell him but comments like that are mad, mate. He was 22, was in a team that all round had a bad season and should never have been down there and you made comm
    11 points
  3. Like, even taking this as a single game and taking it as a nothing game, this was embarrassing. I can't quite state how bad today was. The amount of times they got in behind us as a result of shambolic defensive shape and marking was abysmal. McNair, Bola, Saville, Howson, all of them were dreadful. Hall wasn't much better generally but he at least managed to make some massive tackles when it mattered, the double challenge he made in the second half after they got behind us again was great to see. At 2-0 down, Malley comes on and is surrounded by players who look like they're perpetually
    10 points
  4. Apparently first thing this morning they were told by Leo to go and find the back of the net in training and haven't been seen since. Apparently the underwater search and rescue team are scouring the River Skerne but all they have found so far are around 300 balls presumably from Britt practicing Penalty Kicks down the years.
    10 points
  5. Warnock spent the summer saying Akpom was his number 1 target, then when he turned out to be crap blamed the analysts and not properly scouting him and threw him under the bus.
    8 points
  6. When is a joke not a joke? When is a glib statement not glib? When should we accept that others opinions and view points are not our own instead of arguing the case with clever word smithery and not quite crossing the line? Well we have had plenty of that of late and for the first time in a long time I have had to lock a thread and a match day one at that because the contents have turned very sour and bitter indeed because of all of the above. So enough is enough and from this point onwards anything mentioned that can be construde by others as being possibly racist in conte
    8 points
  7. My son (16 yes old) got his first proper girlfriend. I asked how it’s going and he replied “She complained about me playing football each Saturday morning then watching Boro in the afternoon and something had to give” What ya going to do I said I’ll miss her a little bit I suppose was his answer 😂😂😂
    8 points
  8. Wow, so many contrasting views about Spence on here. I’m going to play devil’s advocate though... He came onto the scene with Woodgate who promised to blood in the youth and has stayed as a mainstay to the first team. Is he first team ready? Not all the time, but he is at a stage of a squad player for sure. Some of the people making out he’s dog water are overlooking this. the problem we have is that we are relying on players like Spence and Coulson and comparing them to first team regulars. They aren’t there yet at their age, but getting rid would be pointless. What message doe
    7 points
  9. All 12 teams should be banned from European competition for at least two years along with a hefty fine that goes directly into grassroots football. It won't happen in all likelihood, but that's the outcome I'm hoping to see.
    7 points
  10. This one is (as far as I can tell) is basically because they've priced the 16-24 year old market out of watching their teams legally. So they look at their data and see no one in that age bracket is watching anymore, when in reality they're all still watching just on illegal streams because they can't afford anything else!
    7 points
  11. I was busy this afternoon, so I decided to avoid the results and wait for the highlights on Quest. After watching teams with far less talented players (and far less experienced managers) giving their all for the shirt, I've just watched an absolutely diabolical performance from Boro. And I think it cements the need for a change of management - yet again, Gibson has got a critically important appointment totally wrong. I genuinely wanted Neil Warnock to succeed at this club, and I hope that the mini-plays I've written as MDTs this season reflected my affection for the man. Tonight, I'm sit
    6 points
  12. An Australian player has just been caught saying Rudy gestede is the worst striker to have ever played for Melbourne victory. High praise indeed. https://www.facebook.com/322690241159996/posts/3949607531801564/?vh=e&extid=0 see if that works as a link. Probably not.
    6 points
  13. Scene 1: Int (Day). [Neil Warnock is lay on a velvet chaise in a counsellor’s office. Beyond a desk with a miniature cactus on it, a counsellor is slumped in a leather chair, twiddling a biro between her fingers] WARNOCK: …and when she said “just this once”, it was the happiest night of my life. COUNSELLOR: Well, that’s good to know. Anyway, we were discussing football. WARNOCK: Do we have to? It brings me out in hives. I never used to be anxious before I got the Boro job, but now when a decision goes against us, one of my eyes rotates in its socket. It’s like it’s looking
    6 points
  14. Frys entire problem seemed to be having to play on the left side of defence. Almost as soon as he went back to central in a 3 or on the right of a two, he was back to his best again.
    6 points
  15. Bettinelli in goal it is then!
    6 points
  16. I've deleted the comment as it was an unsubstantiated claim of racism, there will be no tolerance towards bringing race into a topic without cause. Please stop replying as it's been dealt with.
    6 points
  17. WooHoo it’s gameday 😐
    6 points
  18. You are very much a double edged sword at times, going with the flow and then having moments of being not the nicest of people on the forum and with a could not care less attitude. Know which I prefer, can't call you names as it is against my religion but something that sounds like hillock comes to mind🤖
    6 points
  19. If you have that much contempt for the forum, no one's forcing you to be here.
    6 points
  20. I'd certainly rather play our own players than other clubs' players. I'd rather we gave the product of our academies the chance to play on the odd occasion than somebody else's. If we're after first choice strikers like Diedhiou, and Delap is just a prospect, sod him. If we want him because we think he can start games and improve our first 11 then fair enough, especially if we don't think Coburn can. But we shouldn't be hindering Coburn's career to bring Delap in. Warnock clearly fancies Coburn as one for the future so rather than put the brakes on him, maybe we should see how he does first?
    6 points
  21. imagine the difference this would make if it were put into the championship or even spread across all of the football league. Insanity.
    6 points
  22. Just wish the crowd had been there for him! Would have been even more special then.
    6 points
  23. With these youngsters ... And if we can keep Bolasie and Kebab ... Plus add a few extra players ... I am looking forward to next season ... I know a lot of you are not, but that's not gonna spoil my optimism!
    6 points
  24. Just for a minute imagine being in Josh Coburn's head at the moment. You are 18 years old, your gaffer has the belief in you to put you into the first team and you score with your speciality a header, talk about walking on cloud nine. Well done son may you and Malley go on to have successful careers in this great game
    6 points
  25. Be the best signing we make if we can. He should be the number 1 priority. Kebano too if possible
    6 points
  26. I'm desperate for us to win this, but yeah, a Rotherham win would put them a point behind Derby with 2 games in hand, they could do it. Derby and Sheffield Wednesday both going down would be a beautiful karmic punishment to terrible owners.
    6 points
  27. I think Chuba has every right to not want to play for Warnock after his comments about him a few weeks back...
    6 points
  28. The last 4 years have been genuinely horrendous but I can’t agree that this is worse than it was under Pulis. I mean under Pulis there were times we played a flat back 5 of shotton, ayala, flint, friend, Saville. 4 plodders in midfield and Britt stood up top with literally no one within 50 yards of him. At least this season Neil’s brought a bit of flair in general played people in their actual positions. Admittedly he appears to have lost his *** In this respect in the last few games. I’m not making a case for Warnock’s long term vision by the way, whatever the *** that is. Jus
    6 points
  29. Just because Norwich have got promoted again under the same manager doesn't change that sacking Karanka was the right call that, if anything, was made too late. The atmosphere Farke has had throughout the past couple of years hasn't been negative from what I've seen, even in facing relegation. Karanka had lost the plot though, there's nothing about how those final few months had gone that would have in any way lead me to believe we were going to come straight back up under his tenure. Gibson rightly took the job from him, he wasn't the right man for it any more. It's a shame he still hasn
    6 points
  30. Warnock is a manger/coach who won't admit that he's got it wrong bringing Bettinelli in, we al know the keepers wrong for us and nobodies convincing me the coaching staff don't know that either, stubborn pig headedness that's cost us points and goals, its simply poor management.
    6 points
  31. Just be grateful a few seasons ago Barragan had done more foul throws than our top scorer had scored goals. The current situation is an improvement 😉
    6 points
  32. From what we've been seeing lately there is no morale to keep up. The players that know, or believe they're on their way out, won't care about results and the ones staying are either too depressed at the thought of another season under Warnock, or are just going through the motions waiting to see how the Summer pans out. Team spirit and unity of purpose is built on a work ethic and style of play that everyone buys into. The players have to be invested in what the club & manager want to achieve and be prepared to work for the "long term" (even if that is only 2-3 seasons) to make
    6 points
  33. It shouldn't read like it's coming from the MFC website though. This is something I copied from there as well: 'The game wasn’t one for the purists. Barnsley’s assault on the play-off places has been built on the most direct style of play in the Championship and they looked to go long at every opportunity with their midfield captain Alex Mowatt hooking forward the scraps.' We have a more direct style than Barnsley do. This is a fact. We play a greater percentage of long passes per game than everyone in the Championship other than Rotherham and Wycombe. Barnsley have played more s
    6 points
  34. Could give another manager 5 games to impress while we're at it 🙂
    6 points
  35. Except they weren't.. they had a poor run in but were still relegated because no action was taken against a club breaking the rules by fielding an illegally registered player who scored vital goals for them. I get that some people don't like NW and that he is often economical with the truth, but can you imagine that sometimes he may just have a point.
    5 points
  36. Scene 1: Int (Night) [It’s 3am in a kitchen lit by the glow of the moon. Neil Warnock walks in yawning, wearing Paddington Bear pyjamas and fluffy slippers. He opens the fridge and takes out a bottle of milk. When he shuts the door, a ghostly white apparition has appeared behind it] WARNOCK [dropping the milk]: Jesus Christ! APPARITION: Not quite. [The ghostly white features move closer] No use crying over it, though, eh? WARNOCK: G…Garry? APPARITION: Yes. It is me. Garry. WARNOCK [looking around wildly]: How the hell did you get into my kitchen? MONK: I go w
    5 points
  37. Big win for a depleted u23 side in the play off hunt. Callum Kavanagh with a brace on his 1st start stepping up into that age group
    5 points
  38. Malley has very nice feet. Looks hard to deal with in possession
    5 points
  39. If this is meant to prepare us for the worst, the worst being a *** summer before another *** season, I'd like Warnock to walk now. Don't big us up to be giving it a right old go next season if the feeling is we're gonna really struggle to get promoted. If we're gonna build a team in any way in this man's image this summer, it has to be built with promotion as the aim and that's it. If we're not expecting to challenge in any way, shape or form and it's all about Warnock 'giving it a go', get him out and get someone in who's actually going to begin the long-term process of building a side capab
    5 points
  40. Thats exactly what it is, if you are negotiating with someone you need to be in a strong enough position to walk away and move onto an alternative. I think this proposal is just that at the moment, these big European clubs will be prepared to start this alternative format if they can get away with it but I think the ultimate goal is to have more power and control within the current structure. And obviously more share of the financial pie as well. They are acting like a cartel and its up to the governing bodies and other clubs to make sure they don't get away with it. I made a
    5 points
  41. Thing is, we've heard time and time again throughout his stay here how popular and important Assombalonga has been in the changing room. He's a popular figure within the squad. You also hear nothing but good reports about Fletcher... Until Warnock takes charge. I've never liked Warnock as a person. I've defended him a little on here for the work he's done - especially with players like Dijksteel and Bola. But for a considerable time now performances have been substandard, tactics and team selections have been baffling, and some of our most influential players have been hounded in public.
    5 points
  42. All-seater stadium? Bloody luxury! When I were a lad we had to sit on cold concrete steps and be grateful! 30k crowds for Premier League fixtures? I remember when Boro played in front of two blokes and a dog! And one of 'em were the bloody groundsman! Youngsters today don't know they're born...
    5 points
  43. My question is: Should a manager who is on the verge of retirement and who, despite being backed in the transfer market, has led us to an anonymous league finish, be backed for a promotion charge? I’m veering towards no. It’s hardly a stunning revelation but Warnock being here is a symptom of the deeper issues at the club: lack of long term vision/complete inability to adapt to football’s changing landscape etc etc
    5 points
  44. How I would love Derby to get relegated. Shame I think Rotherham got too much to do in such a short space of time On a side note. What an awful signing Ayala has proven to be for Blackburn. He has barely played for them and they somehow offered him a 3yr deal despite his bad injury record here.
    5 points
  45. Problem is, whilst finishing higher than last season represents progress from that, in the long-term, it still represents a downward trend since relegation. Woodgate didn't destroy our squad, he didn't destroy our club, he was a poor inexperienced coach who took a team who had been finishing in the top third of the division and nearly took it down. Warnock came in last year and he relatively comfortably managed to get us avoiding relegation in the end because he's a competent, experienced manager. With quite a similar squad this year, we're still on a downward trend from where Pulis left
    5 points
  46. 5 points
  47. I believe Dom Shaw reads this forum or possibly even posts on here? Just read your match related stuff mate. We played more long balls than Barnsley did today. We tend to play more than most of the teams we play against, even other direct sides like Barnsley. Howson, who you gave a 6 to with the comment that he spent most of the game looking up at the ball floating over midfield, played more long balls than any outfield player on either team. The only two players who played more were the goalkeepers. If we can't rely on journalists to provide some accuracy then you are really nothing mor
    5 points


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