Respectfully disagree. Two thousand people make most of the noise in the Riverside, so if we just let Red Faction in, I doubt the players would notice any difference in atmosphere compared to a pre-COVID matchday!
There are some really weird things happening in my web browser - and as I typed that sentence, I suddenly got an 'advert' from Sky which I couldn't click back from, and had to close the browser to get rid of.
On full-screen, ads are making the on-page content appear less than half a page wide, but when I have the OB forum half-screen in Chrome (on a Windows 10 PC), I have to scroll left and right to read every post.
The uncancellable pop-up ads are also getting quite annoying. Screen grab attached for reference. (I am a Sky broadband customer, BTW)
I'm not sure a couple of thousand people will make much of a difference? I can't say I'm too bothered about going back until everyone is going to be back, if for no other reason than the atmosphere will be rubbish. May as well just stay at home and watch it on a stream.
When a ball is hammered in and it's slightly bobbling, it isn't easy to control where it goes when you get contact on it. Some of you must play football at a decent standard so you would already know this. If you don't believe me, go in your garden and get someone to smash balls across to you while you try and slide in and see how often you get the ball to go where you want it to. It looks easy because it's right in front of the goal obviously, but when you're stretching and the ball is coming in at pace, it is never quite that easy. That's not me defending Assombalonga, cos he should have scored at least once in the first half either way in my opinion. As for the penalty, he should have had one before that. He got shoved by a defender in the area, then when he shoved the defender back, the ref blew for a freekick to them, which is ridiculous. Akpom will be in against Swansea I expect as Warnock seems to be rotating them.