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  1. 2-0 to us. Bounce back from the Leeds result (I hope).
  2. Either way he was cack. Relegation season if I remember right (09)?
  3. Sorry to leave you waiting, work has been a bit hectic. I've broken your points into 3 areas. 1. The point I'm trying (and failing) to make is that from Woodgate's original press conference it seems he has a preferred style that he would like to play. This style is his ultimate end goal, how he would like us to play. This is obviously not going to happen overnight, hence why we have spent the pre-season and first few games playing "his style". It is my opinon that this is laying the foundations for us to play this way. At the present moment in time I do not feel the squad can competently play this style and as such we have reverted back to a style that the players have a familiarity with, that they can play. When Jokanovic took over Fulham, I'd argue that the free flowing style they went up with was certainly not how they started playing under Jokanovic in his first 6 months in charge. But I'd almost guarantee that he was training the group of players he had certain elements of his preferred style. 2. I'm one of the first to acknowledge that we weren't going to be signing 10 players due to our financial constraints. But to answer your question I do feel that if we had got another couple of wide players in, we may have seen Woodgate persist with "his style". I do also feel however that to get to this end point in style it would take more than just the summer window and the upcoming window. By saying this about signings I'm not admitting that we would be a swash buckling side that would sweep all before them, but it would be seen as another piece of the puzzle to help us towards Woodgate's style. Again adding to the foundations that are slowly been knitted together, like the fact we played a certain way during pre-season and the first couple of games. Basically what I'm trying to get across is that I feel we are aiming for a certain style of play and that we are adding bit by bit certain elements of this style. Whether it is the pressing element, like we saw in the Luton, Brentford, Hull and Bristol City games (in my opinion), interestingly we played a 4-3-3 in 3/4 of those games. Or whether it is by the need of having more squad depth to allow us to try and play a 4-3-3 on a more frequent basis. 3. I've kind of half answered this in the bit above. It is of my opinion that we would see a 4-3-3 a lot more often this season if we had signed another winger (or 2) in the summer. The fact that we didn't for me is a key reason in us playing a back 5 often. I also feel a big problem is our total lack of creativity in the team. I also do not feel that we are a player or 2 away from implementing Woodgate's system. Jokanovic signed 11 permanent players in his first full season at Fulham, I don't think we need quite as many but certainly there are key positions we need filling. A striker who will press, wingers/inside forwards, a play maker in the middle, a defensive midfielder and for me a centre half that is comfortable with the ball at their feet.
  4. This is a really good read (in my opinion) on a club going all in on seeing the value in long term strategy, plus the use of analytics. It focuses on AZ Alkmaar, in the Dutch Eredivisie. https://soccerment.com/az-alkmaar-success-data-analytics/
  5. @Changing Times yes it should say couldn't. How do we know, that Woodgate hasn't done just that and told Bausor and Gibson? Woodgate would have had plenty of time to assess the squad, who (or what type of player) he would have needed to keep and to bring in and had a gameplan in place. After the initial few games our window ends with a distinct lack of activity, Woodgate reassess his plan and decides to adapt it. I'm sure you have made plans, then things out of your control happen, and you adapt those original plans?
  6. Maybe it was a way of showing those higher up, that the squad could play that way and with fine tuning (especially out wide) we could use that as our default. We signed 1 winger before the season began and none after it. If you were taking over after a period of the most turgid football we've probably played in my lifetime, would you openly come out and say the players you had can't cope with playing a more exciting brand of football? If Woodgate came out first press conference and said something along the lines of that; 1. How well would that go down with the squad? 2. How well would that go down with the fans?
  7. May not have been the first 2 games that he based his decision on abandoning his style. Could well have been the full pre-season (14th June he was appointed) he had with the group of players that heavily influenced his decision. Could well have been the poor transfer window we had in the summer that also influenced his decision. Or potentially the fact he has been working in close proximity with these players since December 2017 that ultimately swayed whether they could play his preferred style and formation.
  8. I don't think I could cope with 18 months of Pulis and then Warnock. Hopefully these are just rumours and nothing more.
  9. Leeds v Hull - Home N/Forest v Middlesbrough - Home (Assombalonga) P.N.E. Fulham - Home Stoke v Luton - Draw Barnsley v Reading - Draw Birmingham v Q.P.R. - Away Brentford v Cardiff - Home Derby v Sheff Wed - Home Swansea v Blackburn - Home Wigan v W.B.A - Away
  10. Tottenham v Burnley - Home Blackburn v Derby - Away Cardiff v Barnsley - Home Fulham v Bristol Cty - Draw Hull v Stoke - Home Luton v Wigan - Draw Middlesbrough v Charlton - Home (Assombalonga) Q.P.R. V P.N.E - Home Reading v Birmingham - Home Sheff Wed v Brentford - Draw
  11. Very good article mate. Also very interesting to see the youth team (U-23's in this case) are still persisting with Woodgate's preferred style of football as mentioned at the start of the season. Could this be a small shred of evidence that the club want to continue to strive for an overall identity? The first team picture at the moment I feel we have definitely moved towards a functional type of football (except we haven't been picking up the points). Potentially because we do not have the type of player required to play this style in certain positions.
  12. This is exactly my thoughts too. I've been moaning about us not having a long term plan/vision for our football club. We finally get to the stage of the club, wanting to pursue a long term vision, whether it is for seeing the value and strategy of having a plan in place or it is purely a financial decision (I think the latter personally). Then less than 6 months in people are calling for it to be scrapped, do a complete 180 and to bring in effectively a Pulis V2 (or is it Pulis that was a Warnock V2?). I have to agree (and am frustrated) at the moment that we don't have a brand of football even close to what was promised and we are in a relegation scrap, but these things take years to implement. Did the famous Barca and Ajax academies spring up over night. Even the RB Liepzig project (with millions worth of funding) took years to come to fruition (I've seen people on here mention them a lot). What is evident and what really annoys me the most, as @Neverbefore has pointed out is that the execution of this plan has been poorly managed. But even if everything was executed perfectly I would still expect this plan to take time. Just my 2 cents.
  13. Worst team of the decade haha Don't forget Marlon King or Mikel Tavares!
  14. GK: Randolph RB: Nsue RCB: Ayala LCB: Gibson LB: Friend RW: Bamford CM: Leadbitter CM: Clayton LW: Adomah AM: Ramirez ST: Negredo Honourable mentions; Given, Dimi, Varga (at right-back), Fabio, Chambers, Robson, Tomlin, Traore, Stuani, Kike.
  15. 1 of the following 3 for me; Brighton at home to seal promotion City away in the cup Brentford at home play-off 2nd leg
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