Jump to content
oneBoro Forum

Pre season friendlies


Recommended Posts

If it's a highlight it's by nature a quality chance right, unless the match is so *** you're putting literally any terrible cross in the highlights package.

 

Not really. Even in the three minute highlights there is a fair amount of filler.

 

It's surprising how long three minutes is when you are trying to fill it with footage

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 808
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Thought Baptiste was brilliant tonight, even looked comfortable when pushed out to left back in the second half

 

Guzan looked comfortable too, a few good saves

Link to post
Share on other sites

Happy to hear Baptiste having a good game. Will be chuffed for him if he earns his place in the 25. Waited long enough for his chance.

 

Didn't get to see much of the game, watched the first 7-8 minutes and best I got to see was Rhodes' effort. He looks sharp and it's paid off for him so far. Will be disappointed for him if he gets dropped for the Stoke game as it is. Really can see him making the step up. His intelligence for a forward is incredible pretty much every time I've seen him.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I find it odd that no one has mentioned how awful Stuani was tonight. Id say it was probably the most ineffective performance from a player so far this preseason its almost as if hes just so vanilla that nobody notices.

 

Didnt think he was that great last season to be honest. His first touch is terrible. Think he'll struggle to not get sent off in the prem.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Stuani was fine, particularly when Nsue came on. Gave away some daft fouls and certainly didn't pull up any trees, but he wasn't bad.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I thought we looked worryingly toothless up front to be honest. Apart from Gaston's free kick I didn't see us create anything of note, and I'm not sure their keeper had a meaningful save to make? (Disclaimer: I missed the first ten minutes and I think Rhodes may have had a decent effort in that time?)

 

The season starts in ten days, and I would hope we would be a bit more potent going forward by this stage. As others have said, the crossing was poor and no one seemed to want to shoot, preferring at one stage to pass the ball back from the edge of their box to our defender on pretty much the half way line.

 

Plenty of positives last night, but I did think going forward was a glaring weakness. We can't rely on 0-0's or grinding out 1-0's in this league.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think last night went fine, some good performances but clear we tired after a while. Stuani and reach have a similar technique of moving into good positions then checking back which blunted us.

 

Buzzing for Saturday's game, I would have thought he will start with something like his best 11 maybe....

 

Valdes

Nsue baptiste Gibson friend

De Roon Clayton

Adomah Ramirez downing

Negrado

Link to post
Share on other sites

stuani wasnt bad? really tom. he stood out as being poor for me. i dont think he was fit, looked off the pace a little to me. i agree with you about nsue though. when he's behind stuani it almost doest matter stuani's not a winger anymore, aint no one like nsue. :)

 

reach on the other side actually looked better, although reach's style ruins him not his ability to trap a ball and pass it. reach is the opposite of fischer. fischer being to much an attacker taking to many risks, reach being to much the defender, not taking enough.

albert edges on the risk side and downing edges on the cautious side. but neither are to the extreme reach and fischer are.

 

ramirez was his usual self but i think even he looked a bit unfit. him and stuani might be a little behind the others fitness wise.

 

negredo looks like he has that bit of class about him still, we could have a right player on our hands.

 

i think we could end up seeing a strange team vs stoke. depending who is fully up to speed and who isnt. negredo played as 10 when he came on behind nugent. i think AK might be thinking rhodes CF negredo 10. it will probably be negredo and ramirez though. the defence picked itself now. baptiste was great last night, fit as anything and looking strong. he made a mistake but was right in to recover and hook it away. when he did that i thought oooh dodgy. but infact that was it, faultless throughout apart from one minor mistake.

de sart looked better than forshaw to me, dont know if anyone else thought that.

 

team for stoke:-

 

-----Rhodes/negredo

-----Negredo/ramirez

Downing/fischer-----Adomah

------clayton de roon

 

friend gibson baptiste nsue

-----------valdes

 

quick edit, anyone worrying about us being toothless, we basically played a second/third string side barring friend and ramirez. we were playing a very good udinese team, a couple of years ago we got beat 2-0 at home by villarreal with our best 11 out and we barely laid a hand on them. dont worry guys we will be fine. pre season is all about graft and routine. once the season starts we'll start to express ourselves more.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Latest Posts

    • Clearly Payero does feel involved and that bodes so well, even Paddy went up to him. Real bond developing it seems
    • Not sure I agree with that. If it was a race and we were leading Derby until the final lap and then tripped over our own shoelaces, and that that's the only reason they finished ahead of us, obviously it's our fault that we didn't beat them. But if it then turned out that Derby were on performance enhancing drugs they'd have been disqualified even though it was ultimately our own actions that cost us the race. Obviously their massive coordinated cheating of FFP would be the performance enhancing drugs.   Pulis *** up massively to cost us a play-off spot that looked assured, but the only team that was even close to us outside of the top 5 was a Derby side that cheated consistently. Even after our 6 defeats in a row, the team in 8th finished 3 points behind us, the team in 9th was 7 points behind.
    • Jordan had said he'd spoken to people at all ends, I think. Gibson, Morris and the administrator. He seems to count all as either decent people or friends but had stuff to say about Morris' handling of it. He also said knowing Gibson as long as he has, he wouldn't make a fuss about something were there not some justification for it. For me personally, the big thing is looking back at the season in question. Thinking we should be due any kind of compensation for that season is hard. It entirely fits in with the narrative Pulis had after his last game, the whole 'finishing 7th better than 5th the year before'. I have a hard time accepting that finish was anything but our own fault but in fighting this case, we are saying it is in some way Derby's because of their cheating. I don't honestly think there's enough there in sporting terms to suggest they put themselves in a significantly difficult position to best and Pulis was certainly getting paid enough to justify him doing better with the squad we had. But that's just the emotional side of it for me. Reading what Rob Nichols told us and what Jordan has said certainly opens your eyes to how essentially evil the situation remains from a Derby perspective. I still hate Morris for what he's done and I hate the idea they could fight their way out of their situation this season or even look remotely rosy next season. I don't want them to disappear, I'll feel some sense of relief if/when they get bought. But so long as they reach that stage, I'll have them under my own 'intense scrutiny'.
    • Love this from the cameraman, UTB.
    • Interesting... I did hear the Jordan comments but don't fully understand the technicalities of the whole Derby becoming debt-free and returning stronger thing. Was news to me that the £45m thing was *** (I guess Simon may have heard that from Steve himself...?) I just hope it doesn't dissolve into "Boro are trying to kill Derby" and we get piled on... which is the narrative they're clearly desperate to create. We all know what football fans and pundits are like and most people won't read or understand the details. I'm a Boro fan and I still admit to not fully getting some of it. 

×
×
  • Create New...