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  1. Interesting question really, to which there is no easy answer. I guess it’s probably one of the essential questions of football strategy. Perhaps one of the reasons behind our excellent defensive record (so far) is that we do press, thus containing the opposition in their own half. Although playing the ball around in midfield might open up more options, it does give the other team more time to organise their defence. There is a lot to be said for counter-attacking football – basically the element of surprise – but it is risky because you are playing too much in your own half and over-relying on your defenders. I’m not a great fan of that, however good they are. To be honest, I’m quite happy with the way things are at present. Effectively we scored twice tonight (I don’t count own goals) and we were pretty clinical, which is a welcome change.
  2. I’ve got two points to make. The first is to congratulate Warnock, and the lads, for ensuring that we’re playing Championship football next season. That did not look at all likely when Woodgate was sacked. I do not like Warnock personally, but all credit to the man for pulling this off. My second point concerns Britt Assombalonga, who has come in for a lot of stick. Fair enough, if we have to sell players then he is an obvious choice, but otherwise I would certainly hang on to him. Since Warnock took over, Britt has been on the scoresheet for all matches bar one – by which I mean the matches in which we actually scored at all. Even when he did not score, he usually worked hard. Forget how much we paid for him – that’s irrelevant. I’m sure Britt’s confidence was severely eroded under Woodgate. If we do hang on to him I think we will see a different Britt next season. Under the right manager.
  3. If you don't believe it's a deadly virus, then you are a complete and utter moron.
  4. To be honest, it all got a bit meaningless when football was suspended. Congrats on a brilliant job. See you next season.
  5. It amazes me that anyone can seriously be talking about the chances of players being infected, let alone a “responsible body”. Covid-19 is a truly horrible – and potentially fatal – disease! You do not gamble with players’ lives in this way. Football is just a game! Here is a message on Facebook written by a friend of mine in Stockholm who has Covid-19: 13 days with Covid-19. Terrible pain in my joints Dry cough Chills Sweating Nausea A burning pain on my skin Pain in my legs Pain in my arms Bad as hell in my whole body! Feeling sick! No sense of taste Feeling sick Sick and tired Dizzy Headache from hell! Neck pain Feeling bad Itching in my nose Itching feet Rash over my whole chest and stomach, Itching! Feeling sick Numbness in my hands and feet Feeling sick F*****g s**t virus! She is a woman in her 50s, so she's likely to recover. But I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. And if you want the latest, no-BS updates on the world statistics, this is the place to go (not HM Govt): https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR0CMcYJhjRFqOP0buYKA3TZLMCENXssRFt8oqcdSC6KOe5NnBrL4DOzUOA Stay safe.
  6. Is it worth predicting on this, bearing in mind that all matches have been postponed now?
  7. H Bristol Cty v Fulham. H Barnsley v Cardiff. D Birmingham v Reading. H Brentford v Sheff Wed. H Charlton v Middlesbro. ( Gestede) H Leeds v Huddersfield. H P.N.E v Q.P.R. H Stoke v Hull. A Swansea v W.B.A. H Wigan v Luton.
  8. D Blackburn v Swansea A Cardiff v Brentford. H Fulham v P.N.End. H Huddersfield v Charlton. Luton v Stoke. H Millwall v Bristol Cty. H Q.P.R. v Birmingham. H Reading v Barnsley. H Sheff Wed: v Derby. H W.B.A. v Wigan.
  9. Whoever we went for as a replacement for Woodgate, I for one would be prepared to bite the bullet of dour football in exchange for safety, and maybe even progress. Yes, football fans are notoriously fickle and impatient, and Boro fans are arguably more fickle and impatient than most, but there is a big difference in this case. When I look back at the roll-call of Boro managers, there have been those who got their approach wrong, fostered uninspiring football, rubbed people up the wrong way or failed for a variety of other reasons. I cannot remember another manager that I would class as downright incompetent, but that's the manager we have now. This may not be the ideal time to change horses, and whoever stepped up might not be able to halt the decline, but I really see no alternative.
  10. Yeah, but with all due respect, that was the PL, and we had one of the best defensive records. We were just toothless in attack. We actually drew 13 matches, which is almost a record in itself. AK's remit was to keep us in the PL, which he failed to do, although we were only 3 points from safety when he was sacked. Another well-timed decision. And let's not forget that he was sacked on 16 March - the final 11 games were under Agnew.
  11. If Karanka were to come back - and I would be over the moon - it would take a lot of humble pie eating on Gibson's part. I suspect he was far too advanced and technical in his thinking for SG. Spend the Braithwaite money on getting him back.
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