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18 Sep 2017 14:15:53
What does everyone think about Felix the cat now? one good thing that came out of Satdi's game for me was that he got a bit more to do and that should help him to get used to the league as well. I wasn't convinced at all in the first half he seemed to be dropping everything but then he made some good stops in the 2nd period from what i could determine (listening to the game not watching it btw) . Thoughts overall?

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18 Sep 2017 13:36:40
Pontus back in training tomorrow, which is good news.

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18 Sep 2017 17:57:33
Pennington was back in training today. Prob available for sat with Pontus and coops.

18 Sep 2017 10:42:29
well yes top, but you have to turn up, its not on a plate. but 5-2-1, if we carry on like that then stay top.

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18 Sep 2017 12:54:20
It is probablyii

18 Sep 2017 12:59:24
It is probably just aswell to lose our unbeaten record now and get a reality check. TC and the team should learn from this and set up to beat teams who will play the physical game. Expect mmc will do similar with ipswich, let's be ready for it and get back to winning ways.

18 Sep 2017 22:36:23
It may sound odd, but possibly losing 1-0 will turn out to be better than scraping a 1-1 against such a heavy run of play on Saturday. If we had scraped the draw, the post mortem and assessment would likely have been less thorough than the defeat will bring. It may be one of those "might not seem like it at the time, but works out for the best, in the future" type moments. hopefully.

18 Sep 2017 08:14:02
Notts Ignorance? What man you must have a good job work one day 6 days off. As we have 3 goalkeepers 8 defenders 10 midfielders 5 strikers we could play one game on one game off man get real what about all the other teams in this league don't they get tried don't see any of there supporters using that one, you should run for government mate then we could all work one day a week, we lost no big deal don't be a cry baby and make silly excuses, except it for what it is we never turned up and they were better then us. (on the day)

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18 Sep 2017 09:58:21
I don't remember making an excuse as to why we lost, I merely suggested a factor that could have contributed. You also make the mistake of taking what I said too literally, in that you applied it to the whole team.

My comments post the Millwall game were that TC could have used the depth of his squad to make some changes to personnel i. e. Hernandez, does not have the stamina to maintain a high press game Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday.

Yes, professional players should have a high level of fitness but can we assume that TC has got this squad super fit ? We were outworked and hassled by a Millwall team that did not allow us to play our attacking game however we also looked laboured with our passing and movement.

Unfortunately the way TC has us playing requires players to be fresh and therefore the requirement to utilise the squad to maintain the freshness in the team. Three to four changes to the team on Saturday could have made a big difference (or may have made no difference) . To say that the team did not turn up is a tad simplistic or dare I say ignorant.

18 Sep 2017 12:19:31
Notts, again mate how many shots on target they played us of the park take a long look at the facts rest my case.

18 Sep 2017 12:37:26
What case ? Give us an insight as to why you believe that we did not create enough chances. You have offered no opinion apart from "did not turn up".

18 Sep 2017 14:05:39
I think we do need to look at the squad rotation a bit more if we continue to play such a high pressing game as it will take it out of the players and as Klopp found out at Liverpool the intensity of the English game tires players out more than in Spain or Cyprus so that has to be taken into account. Most leagues don't play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday etc like we do at times here and the games overall are played at a higher tempo. The lads looked a bit tired toward the end of the Brum game so to throw the same team back in a few days later possibly not the best idea. We have to use our squad a bit better rather than staying with the same lads all the time as that is just not practical in such a physical league.

18 Sep 2017 15:08:18
See alftupper's post Whiteman, intelligent thought behind his opinion.

18 Sep 2017 15:20:08
Alfupper well said 100% agree

18 Sep 2017 16:36:27

17 Sep 2017 22:36:41
We should stop trying to play football become more defensive and learn to kick players we've been doing it all wrong up to now why can't anyone see that

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18 Sep 2017 06:56:59
Should never have sold bridcutt or got rid of monk! They knew how to defend!

17 Sep 2017 21:09:30
Nottsman. I fully understand that but don't tell me that they are tried after 8 bloody games and they had an international break in that period, you can say they had a bad day at the office or eat to much but tried now way get real mate, let's hope all the other teams have the same tried bug!

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17 Sep 2017 22:32:51
Sorry fella I have no time for ignorance. We will agree to disagree.

18 Sep 2017 09:02:25
I think they were just tired give them a break

17 Sep 2017 20:12:47
The defeat is not the end of the world, as some seem to think. TC made clear earlier, we would have days like this. We have 17 points from 8 games, if we keep taking 17 points from ever 8 games, we should be champions. That will do for me. MOT

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17 Sep 2017 15:57:21
How can anyone say the loss yesterday was because the players were tired unbelievable they are paid lots of money had months off work and only 8 games in perhaps we should have a season of 10 games and the players can rest the the rest of the year unbelievable just totally unbelievable

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17 Sep 2017 19:34:46
This isn't a kick around your local park Whitman. You may have noticed that we are playing this season with a greater level of intensity which will take some players longer to recover.

17 Sep 2017 12:53:49
We have got to play our bigger more physical players like Grot, for the more physical away games especially . We can bring in the flair players later in the game

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17 Sep 2017 14:22:10
We need to mix silk with steel not abandon what we have started because we have lost one game. The issue with yesterday was that players are tired as we play a high pressing game therefore TC needs to make better use of the squad which has infinitely more quality than in previous seasons.

17 Sep 2017 16:27:59
Good posts. I'd have certainly played Swiss Army Knife, RV and Grot but this still a curve of education for Top Cat. Lesson learned when playing physical teams match them at least for first hour, 70 minutes. We all knew that but now so does TC. The reaction is what's important now and I'd set up for another physical encounter with Burnley.

17 Sep 2017 17:07:51
Have been trying to write similar for the last ten minutes, but keep getting clotched! We are Leeds, and should be able to front up any team in this league when it comes to mentality, and physicality, whilst also been able to play good quality football, as we have been up to yesterday. I do reckon that the squad we have allows us to do so, and it's just about mixing it up for the right games, or at the right time n each match! MOT!

17 Sep 2017 18:47:39
Saturday a good reality check for some of our newbies. At least they now know that some British teams do not give an inch of the park. Unlike on the Continent where a lot of teams give up the middle of the park. Hopefully they will learn and TC will drill into them how to combat the more physical teams.

17 Sep 2017 09:16:40
Got to say I'm not a huge fan of the formation we play, especially without having a 'batty' type number 4.
It is wonderful when it works and allows us to stream forward, such as vs burton, but if it doesn't work we're open in the middle. It also takes a lot of subs and tinkering if it doesn't work, as essentially you have to bring people like roofe or siaz back and they aren't that type of player. I don't have a solution and don't claim to, as more solid middle players don't have the goals and creativity. Perhaps we need to go out in January and focus on getting two proper number 4s rather than more attacking players

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17 Sep 2017 09:46:53
We have a proper number 4.viera

17 Sep 2017 10:31:57
Not sure I agree, but if he is then he needs to play!

17 Sep 2017 11:56:48
I went to the game yesterday curahee and in my opinion that game was for players like Dallas/viera, I can see why he didn't change a winning team but we got outfought all over the pitch, they picked all the 2nd balls up. don't really remember us creating anything of note. jury still out on alioski for me personally, not sure if he's been over hyped, lassoga needs to be a lot more phisical but that will come as he gets more used to the championship, just hope Pontus didn't pull his hamstring and just felt a tweak, we only have shaunassey available for Tuesday night as it stands and he's a make shift centre back.3 points next Saturday and we will be back on track. 👍

17 Sep 2017 12:15:24
Agreed mate. slightly concerned I have to say. not because we lost, more the manor of the loss, however I'm sure TC will have been in at 8 this morning poorinf over the tapes and things.

17 Sep 2017 12:17:13
We were all fans of the way we played yesterday morning

17 Sep 2017 12:25:21
We have the squad what we need is a system to cope with the pounding we will get from physical teams. I too do not really have an answer, but merely a suggestion, and at the end of the day have full faith in TC. Would it be advisable to play 2 DMs in those type of games or at least play Viera+Phillips with the instructions not to get too cavalier and think destructive and defensive first. As a wild thought I would even try Berardi in a DM role?

17 Sep 2017 12:27:44
Well said Wex, and I'm still a fan of the way we play, just a bit disappointed with losing. Having said that, McFlytipper scored the last time we won at the den.

17 Sep 2017 12:46:58
A week ago we were slating bridcutt for being too defensive and praising the fact Phillips was encouraged to be more attacking. Now we need to change that after a bad result and they will be plenty of good teams coming from the den after losing by a goal

17 Sep 2017 13:19:59
Wex that's what I'm saying when it works it's great, when it doesn't we get totally pounded. It's a learning curve that TC is having, when to use that formation and when not to. I'm sure he'll have learnt a lot from yesterday

17 Sep 2017 13:25:41
Still am a fan of the way we play wex, never said I wasn't, not every team is going to 'let' us play, millwall started strong, bullied us more or less all over the pitch, saiz, Hernandez and alioski were virtually anonymous, some games it may be that we need to get a foot hold in the game And introduce them off the bench once the game has opened up and calmed down.

17 Sep 2017 13:30:56
Sounds sensible to me. TC knows what he's doing, after all look at what he did in his interview, pulling the team and performances apart from
LAst season, so I am sure he'll sort it

17 Sep 2017 19:21:38
I think curahe is a basketball fan.

17 Sep 2017 19:26:51
I really really hope we don't hit a bad run because some folk will start blaming the formation/manager/left back and anybody else. let's enjoy being top of table with some top notch performances so far. MOT


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