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No Stuani? Not even on the bench, I give up.

 

Lol.... That's the only good thing about this team selection.

 

I'm pretty certain that we'll lose without the reliable Uruguayan, you may think otherwise. Let's see shall we.

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we need to be brave GR should have taken the ball further

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Tell you what Leadbitter for all the criticism before the game who else would have taken on a shot like that and it wasn't too far off as well.

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