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posted on 18/9/21

Firstly, absolutely not worried about our results - they will come - I’m expecting at least 4pts from our next two games. Admittedly we should have taken more of several excellent scoring chances against the Magpies - no composure from Firpo, unnecessary extra touch from Raph, no composure from Phillips and impulsiveness from Klich. We should have put this one to bed but as yet we’re not playing as a team in the way we were at the end of last season. However, as with last season, once the wins start coming we’re up and running. Those on here who moot the possibility of relegation are probably the same ones who predicted we’d struggle to stay up last season. We are a good team getting betting better. Believe.

posted on 18/9/21

Lorra you forgot to mention the worst miss of the night from Bamford. That was embarrassing and his form concerns me but I hope it is only a blip. He needs a couple of goals soon to restore his confidence.

posted on 18/9/21

I thought rod was very good.
Once we start to put in a few of our good chances
The pressure will lessen and we'll play looser as a unit.
The goals will come, we just have to have faith and keep creating the chances.
If we were'nt doing this I'd be worried.

posted on 18/9/21

Also thought the ref let a bit too much go.
Especially in Newcastle's favor.

comment by marcelo (U4664)

posted on 18/9/21

I thought KP's effort was technically solid. He looked composed to me. Just unlucky he was a foot wide.

I also thought Rod was excellent. Someone said yesterday on the thread that they wished MB could
find a way to play PB & Rod up front together.

With all of the injuries, could MB employ a different formation to make that happen? Part of me wants to
see Raph in the 10 spot behind PB & Rod. But he
might be crocked now also (hip).

posted on 18/9/21

The team v West Ham will almost pick itself. Depends also if Raph is rested or will he need surgery and be out for a couple of months then at least we have James and Harrison on the wings.
Rodrigo definitely looked real quality last night and that is a relief at least.
So for West Ham with potentially Ayling and Raph out too I think Bielsa may go,
Meslier
Shackleton
Firpo
Cooper
KP
Klick
James ( or Raphina if fit enough)
Dallas
Bamford
Rodrigo
Harrison

posted on 18/9/21

Will depend on whether or not Harrison is back, of course.

posted on 18/9/21

.... was/is a great song by The Strokes.( OK Last nite)

Spookily was in my favourite pub having a Fish and Chip special this afternoon - the works with mushy peas and curry sauce when this magic song came on!

(Sorry Kammy but going to talk anything else but our league position also going to stay relatively relaxed as 33 games to go and we won't be against Maximin every week and defence will be back)

posted on 18/9/21

If Harrison and Raphina are missing for the West Ham game it must be Summerville's time to start or will Bielsa try and squeeze in Roberts?

posted on 18/9/21

Disappointing result, but I think we saw some shoots of revival. We held the ball better, we looked dangerous going forward, and with a little more confidence around the box, that would have been a good win yesterday.
With Koch, Llorente and Struijk out, we were always going to struggle at the back, but once we got over the half way line, we began to look more like our old selves.
There are aspects we can criticise, but the attitude of the players is not one of them. They gave 100% yesterday.
Our game relies on high levels of technical skills and if players are not used to each other, those understandings take some time to develop. After yesterday, I felt we are going in the right direction. If we can keep key players fit - Raph, KP, Meslier, Klich, Bamford, Rodigo, Struijk and Llorente, we will move in the right direction.
It's a slow start, but there's plenty of time to show what we are made of.

posted on 19/9/21

I said it on the match thread, if we're struggling against the likes of Newcastle and Burnley, I expect that's where we'll see our league position this year.
Unfortunately we're just not good enough to have higher expectations.

posted on 19/9/21

I'm not concerned with with. If you compare the sides we created a lot as a collective team. Newcastle just had Saint-Max who was incredible but its not a long term solution to just lob it to the one player

We are short in places and it's natural it will show up more this second season considering how much Bielsa got from certain players last season. The midfield has two massive issues. We need a quality box to box player to supplement Phillips. Philips is our Jorginho, we need a player in the mould of a Kante next to him. Perhaps Gallagher was meant to be that player and we can return for him?
The other is 10. We are crying out for a Pablo. I mentioned Christian Erikson last year before his very sad Euros. That sort of player who will have guile and awareness and act as the final ball

comment by marcelo (U4664)

posted on 19/9/21

Yorkie I remember your shout for Eriksen back then. Thought it was a great idea. Watching Gallagher for
WBA last season, and Palace this, he would've been
a great addition to our team.

posted on 19/9/21

Yeah definitely Kern

Maybe we need a younger version, someone who isn't as established who Bielsa could manoeuvre etc

I'm not really a great fan of European football so I can't think of anyone but it's clearly something they were looking at

posted on 19/9/21

comment by Kern (U4664)
posted 3 hours, 38 minutes ago
Yorkie I remember your shout for Eriksen back then. Thought it was a great idea. Watching Gallagher for
WBA last season, and Palace this, he would've been
a great addition to our team.
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hindsight

posted on 19/9/21

Think Kern tbf agreed at the time Kammy

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