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Offline A5HB

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« on: August 11, 2019, 11:13:41 AM »
Hopefully we get a glimpse of at least 2 or 3 of the deadline day signings. It’s a good opportunity to give them some game time to get up to speed. You’d expect the majority of those who played yesterday to miss out but we’ll need either Ajayi or Bartley to play with O’Shea. I’d give Zohore another game too to try and get him going a bit.

Bond

Furlong
Ajayi
O’Shea
Townsend

Pereira
Harper
Brunt
Diangana

Austin
Zohore

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Johnstone
Bartley
Ferguson
Sawyers
Willock
Burke
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2019, 11:44:25 AM »
I think we may go:


                            Bond

Furlong       Ajayi            O'Shea          Townsend
                 Bartley

                 Harper          Brunt

Pereira               Diangana                   Willock

                         Austin

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2019, 12:29:30 PM »
I think we may go:


                            Bond

Furlong       Ajayi            O'Shea          Townsend
                 Bartley

                 Harper          Brunt

Pereira               Diangana                   Willock

                         Austin

Not sure we’ll have  permission to stick 12 on the pitch!

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2019, 12:32:48 PM »
Not sure we’ll have  permission to stick 12 on the pitch!


No, Bartley replacing Ajayi at half time. Or the other way round.

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2019, 01:58:14 AM »
For me we should use this as an opportunity to see how Sawyer's and Harper do together in the middle. Two players who should work well together based on their styles. Sawyer's was getting annoyed with Livermore on Saturday he needs someone like Harper next to him. Sadly I think RS will be rested for Brunt.

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2019, 07:51:14 AM »
Hard to predict what Bilic will do, but my own preference would be wholesale changes.

Bilic could very easily make 11 changes and still put out a strong side. He could play Bond, Furlong, O'Shea, Fitzwater, Townsend, Harper, Brunt and then 3 of Pereira, Willock, Diangana and Burke, with Austin or HRK up top.

What i expect through is a 442, with HRK partnering either Austin or Burke, and then a mix of players who played saturday partnering squad players.

Hoping to see Pereira, Austin and O'Shea the most, but would be good to see Willock and Diangana as well.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2019, 07:57:36 AM »
For me we should use this as an opportunity to see how Sawyer's and Harper do together in the middle. Two players who should work well together based on their styles. Sawyer's was getting annoyed with Livermore on Saturday he needs someone like Harper next to him. Sadly I think RS will be rested for Brunt.

I didn't see him getting annoyed with Livermore who, I thought, played well.

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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2019, 09:52:51 AM »
I didn't see him getting annoyed with Livermore who, I thought, played well.

Totally agree, Livermore played well Saturday and I didn't see anything either. Livermore and Sawyers are the best 2 we have in there at least until Barry is up to full speed.
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2019, 10:20:32 AM »
I didn't see him getting annoyed with Livermore who, I thought, played well.
Swayers was definitely getting annoyed but I think it was more to do with those in front of him than Livermore. Good to see though, he clearly has vision, just needs those ahead to get on his wavelength.
Would hope to see Harper on Tuesday though, Livermore was ok on Saturday, but would hope he's not a long term fixture.

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2019, 10:30:10 AM »
Think it will be a mix of some of the new signings, couple of players who aint featured yet and then maybe 1/2 of the 'regulars'.

I would like to Ajayi have a game in midfield, rumoured to be his best position, although I would expect him to be rested.

Bond

Furlong
O'Shea
Bartley
Townsend

Brunt
Harper

Pereira/Diang
Burke
Willock

HRK

I think the starting team wont be far off this, with Austin coming on after about 55/60.

Bench of:

Johnstone, Ferguson, Ajayi, Tulloch, Livermore, Austin, Pereira/Diang
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2019, 12:50:55 PM »
What would be the reason to not start Austin..??...Didn't he have a full pre-season with Southampton?
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2019, 12:54:39 PM »
What would be the reason to not start Austin..??...Didn't he have a full pre-season with Southampton?

I would hope that he starts Austin provided he is fit. He needs to get up and running ASAP and this may be an invaluable opportunity for him to do so.

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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2019, 01:07:48 PM »
I would hope that he starts Austin provided he is fit. He needs to get up and running ASAP and this may be an invaluable opportunity for him to do so.

I only ask as I see a lot of people saying that they don't think Billic will start him.
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2019, 01:45:13 PM »
I've got my tickets - as long as the newbies start then I'll be happy.
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2019, 01:54:25 PM »
I've got my tickets - as long as the newbies start then I'll be happy.

Me too bud....haven'y been for quite a while so really looking forward to it...really hoping we see Pereira...he looks some player!!
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2019, 02:31:40 PM »
Think it will be a mix of some of the new signings, couple of players who aint featured yet and then maybe 1/2 of the 'regulars'.

I would like to Ajayi have a game in midfield, rumoured to be his best position, although I would expect him to be rested.

Bond

Furlong
O'Shea
Bartley
Townsend

Brunt
Harper

Pereira/Diang
Burke
Willock

HRK

I think the starting team wont be far off this, with Austin coming on after about 55/60.

Bench of:

Johnstone, Ferguson, Ajayi, Tulloch, Livermore, Austin, Pereira/Diang
Rumoured by who? I think we are well endowed in midfield for choices, and think Ajayi has added alot of power and height to the defence in the last 2 games. 

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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2019, 02:33:41 PM »
Rumoured by who? I think we are well endowed in midfield for choices, and think Ajayi has added alot of power and height to the defence in the last 2 games.

Rotherham supporters who've seen him play both positions.
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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2019, 03:07:26 PM »
Rotherham supporters who've seen him play both positions.

Didn't he spend most of last season in midfield?
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2019, 03:22:01 PM »
Didn't he spend most of last season in midfield?
Just means that with Krovinovic, Sawyers, Livermore, Harper, Barry and Brunt as potential midfield, I don't know where he fits in. Whereas  in central defence we only have Bartley and Hegazi, and maybe OHare.
As a defender he's peformed well in the 2 games, and he adds some pace to our defence that's been badly lacking in recent years.
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2019, 03:31:36 PM »
Didn't he spend most of last season in midfield?

From memory when he signed I think it was 24 games at CB and 22 games as a DM in the League.
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« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2019, 03:51:56 PM »
Going off Bilic's comments about the fitness of the new lads, I would be surprised to see them all start.

I think Austin will be on the bench at best, he seems key to our goalscoring going forward so I cant see us risking him early on if he's not 100% up to speed.

I imagine Diang will start, and one of Willock/Pereira will start with the other being on the bench.
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« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2019, 03:55:01 PM »
For what is worth here's my runners and riders
Bond
Furlong
Bartley
O'Shea
Townsend
Harper
Brunt
KANU
Diangana
Burke
Austin
Sub's,    Johnston, Ajayi  Livermore, Fitzwater, Zohore Willock Perriera
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« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2019, 06:18:49 PM »
I assume that Diangana is allowed to play by West Ham? I suspect that SB will field a strong side and look to try out some of the new guys but also I think he’s going to take this competition seriously