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Last Match Forum - 23/10 Bristol City (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: Yesterday at 02:28:18 PM »
Grant, Phillips, Hugill is such an uninspiring, plodding front 3.

Although I agree,  Hugil for Robbo is the only real change that should be made. Grant can’t be dropped with 5 in 5 despite how little else he’s given and let’s not forget how poor Diangana has been.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: October 22, 2021, 03:28:53 PM »
A very well balanced post on where things stand at the moment, I agree with it all and it’s where I stand too.

The swarm and high levels of intensity we saw at the start of the season have dropped. I think Val needs a better squad and the ability to rotate starting 11s. He doesn’t yet have that so as Smersh has said we are perhaps seeing a plan B of phased approaches and they just aren’t in sync with each other.

This all needs time and I’ve got a lot more patience to wait and see how it works. We’re 3rd and we’ll and truly in the promotion race and after losing Pereira and bringing in very little quality it’s all I would ask for.

I would also agree we arent capable of maintaining the press, but in part that is because we are so poor on the ball.  Even being that poor, we are generally having more possession than other sides (other than vs Swansea), so if we were better and got possession to 60-65%, there would naturally be less pressing needed.

How you transition to making that work being a weaker side if we were to get promoted is problem for another day!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: October 22, 2021, 01:07:22 PM »
I've got my doubts over VI. Love how he has been off the pitch, but I've yet to be sold on the pitch and in that respect my opinion hasnt changed.

The big frustration for me at the moment, is that it seems so close to something that could work really well.

Keep the press, swarm and be aggressive out of possession. The way we were in the first few games.  That'll work just find at this level. VI can set this up well.

Once we win the ball, adopt a 60/40 approach.  60% of the time, play through the lines and keep the ball on the deck. Mix up being patient and passing it around on the floor, with moving quickly when you have numerical advantages or space.
The other 40% of the time, try the long balls in to channels.  We have the players at this level to do both, and the unpredictability will cause teams problems.

We have to give the players the authority and trust to do this, but it also needs a bit of football intelligence, which again, we should be capable of at this level.

If we did that, we could get away without a proper 9 for the time being. There's nothing in the above that our squad shouldn't be capable of implementing in my opinion.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: October 20, 2021, 09:33:18 PM »
It doesn’t bode well at all at the moment.

The press is great when we do it’, and despite conceding two tonight I don’t think the problem is off the ball. Our problems are on it. If we do better with the ball you automatically solve some of the defensive issues.

Last Match Forum - 20/10 Swansea City (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: October 20, 2021, 09:29:51 PM »
Absolutely terrible and for me, the issues are tactical

Last Match Forum - 20/10 Swansea City (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: October 20, 2021, 08:02:58 PM »
That was extremely poor from Swansea, the press wasn’t even that aggressive and they didn’t learn from our possession 20 seconds earlier. No idea what the defender on Grant was doing either, no attempt on the ball or player at all.

Hopefully this plays right in to our hands though

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: October 20, 2021, 08:19:23 AM »
Steve Cooper turning things around quickly at Forest it seems. Good manager.

Blades lost again. Us, Bournemouth and Fulham still far and away the best 3 teams in the EFL. Stoke no great shakes after the last 2 games.

Us 3 being the best teams on paper doesn't guarantee promotion of course. Need to find a quality striker in January and we should be ok though.

The run / turnaround was actually started by Steven Reid. Still can’t quite understand how Hughton was doing so poorly. There’s no doubt Steve Cooper has got off to a great start though, even if he has had a favourable run of fixtures. He was my 1st choice for the job here.

They’ll drop some points in their next few but I Fancy forest to get to the play offs.

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup
« on: October 19, 2021, 09:10:33 PM »
It’s a joke. Completely devalues it.

Last Match Forum - 20/10 Swansea City (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 19, 2021, 06:13:28 PM »
Whilst making a point in the Molumby thread, I think there's another decent longer term reason to rest Mowatt tomorrow.

Livermore is currently on 4 bookings, meaning he will miss a game if he picks up another. If we push Mowatt and he breaks down again, or doesn't recover properly for the weekend, and Livermore picks up another booking tomorrow, we could lose both for the weekend, or face having to stick a half fit Mowatt out again for the 3 time in 8 days.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jayson Molumby Joins Albion
« on: October 19, 2021, 06:06:02 PM »
As much as we shouldn’t write players off after a few games we should temper the praise, of course we all hope he is the next Bryan Robson but let’s give the kid a chance to settle into the team before we set the bar too high

I thought he did ok when he came on. Did well to cover Bartley and I liked that he seemed willing to have a pop at Sunjic when he thought he dived. I didn't see the big difference others seem to have though.

It's a fair bet that we will now start to see more of him though. Possibly a start tomorrow and almost certainly a start after Livermore picks up his next booking.  Decent odds we will see a Mowatt and Molumby pair against Bristol City or Fulham due to a JL booking.

Last Match Forum - 20/10 Swansea City (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:57:41 PM »
I’d agree with resting Mowatt too. He was as poor as he’s been against blues. Just didn’t seem to want to get on the ball which is very unlike him.

If he doesn’t have to confidence in his fitness to get on the ball there’s little point carrying him. Let him get fit and get back to doing himself justice.

Last Match Forum - 20/10 Swansea City (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:26:25 PM »
Swansea pass for passings sake and they haven't got the players to do it successfully.

I think we win this game all day long given average luck, if we're at it from the start. It's important we press, press, press!

The press without the ball seems to have much less intensity than it did early in the season. 

What we needed to do was continue the press without the ball and be more patient and keep the ball on the ground more when we have it.

Instead it seems we’ve reduced the intensity of the press and still hoof it when we have it, which was the wrong change.

If we go back to the intense press and mix up our play when we have the ball, I’d agree we will beat these, but we would beat most sides if we did that.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's / Academy Thread
« on: October 17, 2021, 03:57:34 PM »
The under 23's came from 1 down to win 2-1 against Boro who had a man sent off in the 60th i think.

Zohore and Cleary on the scoresheet.

Good to see Cleary stepping up from the u18s to the  u23s and scoring in the past few weeks. Shame that past experience suggests he is likely to leave so I do wonder why we are helping him put himself in the shop window unless it’s to drum up as much value for a jan sale as possible.

Last Match Forum - 15/10 Birmingham City (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 15, 2021, 10:26:06 PM »
All three points are welcome but that was a poor performance against a poor side.

A mate text me and said Mowatt was struggling in the warm up, so may have been silly to risk him. It was his poorest game for us, certainly didn’t get on the ball as much has he usually does, must have been reticent to get on it.

Taith Chong is a good player. He didn’t do much tonight but you can see the way he moves and gets about the pitch he’s got something.

We seemed to lack pace, Robbo and Grant look like they are running through Treacle at times.

Other than that, nothing we haven’t seen or been worried about previously. More to worry about than be positive about in terms of our play. There’s something off. Equally it looks like we just need some minor adjustments to be much better.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: October 15, 2021, 02:51:33 PM »
I’m still quite surprised a player that knows they are in their last season or two hasn’t come out. They’d guarentee themselves a decent post football media career if they played it right. 

Not that it should be used for those reasons, but it could be.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Laurie Cunningham
« on: October 14, 2021, 02:29:55 PM »
You only need to watch one match at Old Trafford in 1978.....

I think I’ve seen the full 5-3, I think my dad had it on VHS when I was a kid. if not I’ve definitely seen  some old extended highlights that were well over half an hour long, i rewatched it a couple of years ago online. Many won’t have done though.  One game is also never enough to really judge is it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Laurie Cunningham
« on: October 14, 2021, 01:54:25 PM »
he is in EVERYONES greatest ever albion team !

Its a shame many of us have no real idea about him other than reputation.

In reality, you’ve got to around 50 or older to have any real memories of him with us.. Most of us younger than that will probably have only seen 20-30 minutes of highlight reel.

Some younger fans might have gone back and sought more footage of old matches, but I doubt it’s that many.

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: October 13, 2021, 03:08:51 PM »
Once he got his chance in the England side, the one he broke into whilst at Villa. Now that he has had his chance and played well he has kept it his spot.

And rightly so

He got his chance at Villa and was playing well for England, on a few occasions being our best player, before and during the Euro's. Couldnt keep his spot then. He was even sub sub against Denmark. I know GS said it was tactical, but i dont believe he would do that to Sterling or Rashford.

Playing well representing England whilst at Villa - Couldn't nail down a place. Playing well representing England whilst at Man City -  Seems to have secured a spot. It may be coincidence, but there's an obvious difference and its not that he wasn't playing well for England previously. 

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: October 13, 2021, 12:54:37 PM »
I don’t buy that myself.

I think he has had to wait to get his chance. It’s obvious he should be playing though

What changed between the end of the Euros and the early September internationals? The only thing of note was about three league games for Man City. It’s not like he suddenly stepped up another level, he’s said himself he’s not found is Villa form yet.

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: October 12, 2021, 08:50:18 PM »
Notice how Grealish has gone from being an occasional sub to a nailed on starter in the space of a transfer to a top club few months.

It’s always been predictable. Look at when both Grealish and Mount played in the championship. Grealish carried Villa to promotion, whilst Mount did ok for Derby.

By September, back at Chelsea, Mount got his England call.

Similar will happen with Sancho. As soon as he gets a run in the United side, he will be starting for England. 

General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 11, 2021, 05:53:30 PM »
By his own admission he was under par to be fair. If there was another minute left in that 4th he would have quite possibly lost that fight, I think that gave him the kick up the harse he needed because he schooled him after that, an under par Fury would still do the majority of them, he is a beast!

On a side note, I thought he had broke his ankle in the 3rd when he knocked Wilder down, he seemed to go over on it quite badly!

As well as Fury saying it, his trainer and promoted both suggested it.

In addition his dad said on talksport this morning he thought he was only 60% and that tyson agreed during their phone call.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Alex Mowatt
« on: October 11, 2021, 02:30:15 PM »
I seem to remember it took an unusually long time for the O'Shea injury to be confirmed and as far  as I'm aware, footballers tend to go for these scans quite quickly, with private medical results generally quite swift. If it is a broken metatarsal I expect an x-ray would show this instantly.

So I wonder if Ismael prefers these things kept in house for as long as possible.

General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 11, 2021, 10:30:13 AM »
That isn't true. In 2016 Joshua stopped Dominic Brezeale in 7 rounds, slightly less than three years later Wilder stopped Brezeale in round one.

That was why I said within a few years. I should have been more specific.   The two they've faced in a space of less than 2 years of each other, Joshua has finished sooner.  Its only a small sample, but Wilders opponents didn't get much better.

General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 11, 2021, 09:57:47 AM »
I could be wrong but I’m less convinced by Joshua’s punch power, I do have my doubts that he would find the punches that Wilder found in fights 1 and 3 vs Fury.

In his last 6 fights, Joshua has failed to knock down his opponent in half of them, while in one of those he did (the first Ruiz fight), he scored 1 knock down to 4 against. Contrast that to Wilder who has knocked down his opponent in 43 of his 45 fights and who managed to floor Fury 4 times across 2 of their fights.

I think there is a strong case to say Wilder is the best head hunter at Heavyweight, while Joshua seems to have had his big punching coached out of him in the last few years as attempts have been made to adapt him for the top fighters. In that sense, I would expect a Fury v Joshua fight to end with a Fury UD and no knock downs for Joshua, while a Wilder v Joshua fight feels almost certain to end in Joshua hitting the canvas atleast once and probably needing to hang on for a points victory.

Uysk vs Wilder is probably the fight I’d find most intriguing at heavyweight level now as I’ve no idea how that would end.

When comparing the knockdown record, you have to consider who they've fought. If you take Fury out, I've no doubt Joshua would get stoppages against every fighter Wilder has fought. He has fought better opponents.  At least one of Fury's knock downs Saturday, was tactical in my opinion too, it was to stop himself getting caught whilst in a compromised position.

It is a few years ago now, but the only two fighters he and Wilder fought within a few years of each other, Joshua stopped sooner than Wilder.

There is a few interesting fights to be made if they all stay active though.  Even Whyte Fury would be entertaining.

General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 10, 2021, 09:40:20 PM »
Joshua is too slow and a "boxer by numbers". He can't possibly outbox Fury and if Wilder can land clean on Fury and not stop him Joshua has no chance.

Fury had a bit of an interrupted camp for this third Wilder fight with the birth of his child and a bit of a worrying time, plus he had Covid and he still beat Wilder.

Best out there by a long way and Wilder beats any other heavyweight.

Wilder is a poor boxer, a spirited performance against Fury doesn’t change that.  In respect of catching Fury clean, he didn’t hit Fury with anything across the three fights that Joshua couldn’t. He never caught Fury clean with any real haymakers.

Fury is the best there is, but Fury Joshua isn’t a foregone conclusion.

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