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pikerman last won the day on December 17 2017

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  1. I have watched WBA a couple of times this season and they are everything we are not, compact at the back, aggressive in midfield and with pace up front. They are going to be hard to stop winning the league let alone for us to get anything from. I find my interest in all things MFC waning at the moment as the prospect of another few seasons of book balancing and austerity as appealing as the flu
  2. I watched Woodgate being interviewed by Sky after the game and was impressed with his obvious passion for the team and the club. He also said that he changed things slightly in our defensive setup at halftime to prevent our fullbacks being isolated, and it was obvious that this improved things in the second half He also said that he hates some of the things that I do, defenders who mark space instead of players and full backs who do not get close to their man to prevent crosses. All in all, forget about the results to date I am warming to our new manager as a very effective antidote to the reign of Pulis
  3. Good game that a lot of positives and a very welcome point, you can sort of see what we are trying to do but it is still very much a work in progress. Our defensive positioning and marking is all over the place, I don't know if we have a specialist defensive coach, if not then we need one, there was some schoolboy errors out there. Thsnk God for McNair, the best player on the pitch and to think we nearly sold him for very little.
  4. Dijksteel had to get closer to his man there to stop the cross, shame I thought he was playing better this half
  5. Enjoyable half of football with some positives, strong in midfield and dangerous in attack, McNair our main man again. The defence started off looking better organised but started to get more ragged as the game moved on. I know he has not had many games but Dijksteel looks lost positionally, three times he was caught in no mans land and two of those mistakes could have cost us a goal.
  6. Worried because we have yet to play any of the teams I expect to finish in the top 10. A steep learning curve fo Woodgate, will he climb it, who knows, it is too early to say
  7. Why did we spend so much time and two and a half million quid chasing Dijksteel if he doesn't suit Woodgates tactical plan, very strange
  8. I was amazed when that was given as a penalty, an absolutely stupid decision, no wonder the players were incensed. It is not just one game though the officials have been rubbish throughout the league this season, what has changed because games are being ruined
  9. The second half got slightly better but we still looked like strangers at times. I thought McNair and Ayala were the pick of the bunch and on a positive noe Bola looks like he can make the step up, Browne was just trying too hard.
  10. If you were ever coached as a junior defender the basics were to funnel back and keep a straight line across the pitch ? Watch our defence when we give the ball away (again) we are all over the shop, a half decent team would be three up by now
  11. Well for the most part that was brutal to watch, it reminded me of an over 40s ex pros charity game. What happened to the high tempo pressing game, we are just disjointed and ambling around. We are incapable of making a pass to our own team, is this a confidence thing a lack of fitness or confused coaching ?
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