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Shotten lucky to stay on and we are one down.

 

Game over

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Today is the day for the comeback win DS

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Shotton has undone all the good work he did at the start of the season since he came back from injury. Hes been absolute garbage and more of a liability than ayala.

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The performance has been absolutely shocking today.

 

It’s been exactly like the rest of the season. Such an important game and we’re playing without any sort of ambition. It’s just a classic Pulis display that’s been drilled into the players. I’ve turned off the stream. Horrible to watch.

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Bristol 2 down and Derby drawing what a fillet for a team that wants to do well, but we never seem to want to do well do we?

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The performance has been absolutely shocking today.

 

It’s been exactly like the rest of the season. Such an important game and we’re playing without any sort of ambition. It’s just a classic Pulis display that’s been drilled into the players. I’ve turned off the stream. Horrible to watch.

 

I know, I'm not sure why I even still bother.... yet here we are. I guess I live in hope it will improve, and maybe it will when Pulis finally leaves.

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Clayton absolute liability. How much time on the ball does he want?

 

His mindset will not allow him to do anything different losing 1-0 is not as bad as 2-0!

 

If we do not score in the first ten mins without Forest getting a second then it is all over and we have players like Clayton that we have to rely on to change the game

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Honestly, think Claytons time has been and gone. Hasn’t hit the heights he hit in 2016 since then. Just too slow. I remember having this debate earlier the season, and some were saying if you think Clayton’s the problem, then you don’t know football.

I still think he’s a problem. We seem to play better when he’s not in the team.

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Changes needed at half time if we're to get anything from the game, I've no doubt he will wait until the 75th minute before switching fletch for Tav.

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Just gutless again man... im so sick of this

 

genuinely the only good thing that can come of this season is if leeds bottle it.

 

that's how depressing it's become to support boro.

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This is next level bad. Can't wait for this season to end.

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