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|Very short article on Wells |
at 19:36 6 Oct 2019
Really seems to have settled this time.
If Burnley are prepared to sell him for a massive loss (they signed him for £5m) and he is prepared to be on £150 a week plus an Oyster card I am sure we can work this out. Okay, maybe not the Oyster card.
Much as I would love him to be permanent here I can't see our new wage structure being able to do it although his contract is up at Burnley next summer.
So who knows? Let's see how the rest of the season goes.
|Blackburn's away kit|
at 21:52 5 Oct 2019
I turned to my dad and said there's no f*cking way we are losing to a team playing in that! WTF were the kit designers thinking? What were the club thinking when someone said, that's great. That'll do.
Our pink magenta thing looked award winning compared to that.
at 20:20 5 Oct 2019
Brilliant today. For me, MOTM. Relentless, broke up almost everything, freed the ball time after time for us to go forward. Best I have seen of him for a long time.
|Our marking at set pieces|
at 12:38 3 Oct 2019
Having watched the highlights back again we appear to start each set piece with a combination of zonal and man to man marking and as soon as the ball moves we stay in exactly the same position and mark the patch of grass we are standing on while the opposition lose us immediately. 3-4 times, including both set piece goals we seemed to be standing like a row of statues as the ball was kicked. Have to do something about that.
We aren't the biggest team and seem to be out muscled by much bigger players, especially in the last two games, so the least we can do is actually stick with a player at set pieces and make it a lot more difficult for them to get to the ball. Kelly was left pretty exposed last night and he too isn't the biggest keeper in the world.
On another front I thought the ref seemed to do well to calm a few scuffles down and not wave cards or red cards about like some others may have.
This non marking and zonal marking and statue thing is something the coaching staff really need to think about. The grass you are standing on doesn't score goals. The players that ghost away from you each time do, more often than not.
|Time to win ugly and shore up|
at 21:56 2 Oct 2019
Smithies, the posts and our own poor defensive organisation cost us again tonight. As much as I really enjoy the way this side has a real go hopefully Warburton and staff can teach this team to be solid at the back and occasionally, when needed, win ugly. I think fans will put up with a few industrial wins and understand that you can't always play and win pretty. Warnock was very cute about doing that and I am sure Warburton will look at the last few games and hopefully realise that an occasional 1-0 win really is a way to make this team better.
Not letting the curse of lost confidence taking hold is also key.
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|Hall passed fit for tonight|
at 17:14 2 Oct 2019
Timely news. We can still play a back three of Leistner, Hall and Cameron if needs be.
|For Rangers to improve|
at 09:13 29 Sep 2019
Sit the team down in front of the TV
Watch what WBA did to us
Very similar style of play from Billics. More intensity, more first balls won, more players pressing and swarming, better decisions.
MW and staff could do a lot worse than to sit the players down, watch that game back and simply say, 'you see what they did to us? That's what we need to aspire to.'
I genuinely think we can come out of yesterday's game and learn a lot to become a better team.
|Gaffer on today's game |
at 16:42 28 Sep 2019
On the offish. Yup. Perhaps being a little kind on the players and our performance today but realistic. For me I look at WBA and they remind me of Norwich here last season. Better in most departments and able to shut us down. One interesting thing was his comments about the cameras and I think that is something the staff really need to work on with the players. Every season we are like rabbits in the headlights too often on the TV. I trust MW and team will work to sort that out.
For me we learn from teams like WBA. We aim to press as well as they did, as high as they did, with the intensity they did and we also work on being better with the ball. Far too many passes put astray and the front two basically starved out the game, but that was perhaps more to do with us being off it today and WBA just being very good.
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