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Teams: Boro v Reading (which, coincidentally is also the name of Middlesbrough Council’s new anti-literacy campaign.... Burning books near you soon!) Location: Madejski Stadium Competition: 

Imagine talking about one of your clubs greatest ever hero's in this way whether you want him back as manager or not. Give your head a shake.

In the west of Ireland with no broadband so travelled 45 minutes to watch the match in my friends pub only to find I had missed it due to an early kickoff. I feel blessed

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6 minutes ago, Changing Times said:

In my campaign to point out that Howson isn't that good, here are a couple of highlights from today's game:

Remember this first good chance for Reading.  Have a guess who was marking him just before he makes his run into all of that space.  In fairness to Howson, he actually tries to pass him off to Peltier after he's left him alone.  Unfortunately, Peltier is going to the same man who Howson has decided to go to.

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Good chance number two.  Well, we all saw that one at the time but still it was quite impressive how he let their lad run right past him.

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Build up to the goal.  Nothing major here but Howson is the bottom Boro player in the picture when Reading play that ball forward.  Payero is the Boro player at the top of the screen.  There seems to my mind to be too big of a gap between our back four and our midfield and the Reading pass goes into the gap between the two.  Howson is never able to get back into position to do anything really.  Payero could have done if he'd followed his man.  If I remember rightly, Payero played in front of a holding midfielder for his club side in Argentina?

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Dom Shaw for manager 

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A team can set up to be tight and keep clean sheets, sacrificing attacking threat and thereby hoping to nick games 1-0, and if you can’t then at least get a draw. Or they can play more expansively sacrificing defensive solidity for creating lots of chances at the other end and essentially out scoring the opponent. Somehow we have managed to sacrifice defensive solidity at the expense of creating next to nothing at the other end. Teams are passing around us in a way which we just seem incapable of doing to them. It is genuinely woeful stuff. And don’t even get me started on the outright stupidity of selling Morsy. 

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1 minute ago, CrazyL said:

A team can set up to be tight and keep clean sheets, sacrificing attacking threat and thereby hoping to nick games 1-0, and if you can’t then at least get a draw. Or they can play more expansively sacrificing defensive solidity for creating lots of chances at the other end and essentially out scoring the opponent. Somehow we have managed to sacrifice defensive solidity at the expense of creating next to nothing at the other end. Teams are passing around us in a way which we just seem incapable of doing to them. It is genuinely woeful stuff. And don’t even get me started on the outright stupidity of selling Morsy. 

It is a very weird situation we find ourselves in.

 

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It feels a lot like mogga where things just turned awful in Jan and it continued on into the next season and he just had to go. How much longer can he be given going by that trajectory?

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10 minutes ago, CrazyL said:

A team can set up to be tight and keep clean sheets, sacrificing attacking threat and thereby hoping to nick games 1-0, and if you can’t then at least get a draw. Or they can play more expansively sacrificing defensive solidity for creating lots of chances at the other end and essentially out scoring the opponent. Somehow we have managed to sacrifice defensive solidity at the expense of creating next to nothing at the other end. Teams are passing around us in a way which we just seem incapable of doing to them. It is genuinely woeful stuff. And don’t even get me started on the outright stupidity of selling Morsy. 

That’s what’s surprised me about warnock, I was expecting tight defences, clean sheets and 1-0’s. But we haven’t even got that.

Other managers have clearly worked out how to play around his system and just brush us aside. He’s not gonna change it either.

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5 minutes ago, Neverbefore said:

It feels a lot like mogga where things just turned awful in Jan and it continued on into the next season and he just had to go. How much longer can he be given going by that trajectory?

We are sadly in headless Chicken territory now.

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13 minutes ago, CrazyL said:

A team can set up to be tight and keep clean sheets, sacrificing attacking threat and thereby hoping to nick games 1-0, and if you can’t then at least get a draw. Or they can play more expansively sacrificing defensive solidity for creating lots of chances at the other end and essentially out scoring the opponent. Somehow we have managed to sacrifice defensive solidity at the expense of creating next to nothing at the other end. Teams are passing around us in a way which we just seem incapable of doing to them. It is genuinely woeful stuff. And don’t even get me started on the outright stupidity of selling Morsy. 

I said before KO that the defence shuffling worried me. Granted there were changes forced on Warnock but he decided to put Paddy back in instead of Hall meaning that only Fry was a stable foundation. Little wonder then that Lumley was our Man of the Match and realistically Reading could have had at least another one or even two had it not been for some good saves. Overall the entire tactics looked an incoherent mess.

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1 minute ago, Robin Johnson said:

If he really had any respect for Gibbo he would walk, rip up his contract like Strachan and just admit he has been failing miserably since January.

Agree with this. The time is right. He has to walk away now. Any half decent manager would still have time to get this squad of players promoted. We are way underperforming to the point where something has to change 

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1 hour ago, Rioch's Braves said:

Another awful performance, we are treading water with Warnock in charge, I honestly don't know what we are doing in training because its getting the stage of what tactics, we need change now not in 3 months time.

 

We aren't even treading water

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