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Sheffield United v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 14:14:42
Mentality boost and into the next round. YEAH!
Congrats' to Diallo & Salisu for scoring their first goals for our club, to FF for saving 2 penalties and to Dave Watson for deciding our - all in all - penalty kickers. And to Ralph for his bravery and substitute picks.
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Queens Park Rangers v Everton Your Report added by Geoff78 at 11:05:26
Wonderful! Everton put out a strong side, if not quite their first team and we were the better team in the first half with some sparkling play especially from our favourites Chair and Willock down the left. Everton looked dangerous throughout and put us under a lot of pressure in the second half. Sitting in the upper Loft it's not easy to see the detail of what happens at the other end, but it looked like we did well to keep chances to a minimum. The half-arsed floodlights didn't help - are we saving money or is it the energy crisis?

So not only a good game where we matched a team in the top half of the premiership, but then showed great resilience and held our nerve taking penalties at the away end and put away 8 without missing any.

Warbs substitutions were brave and did well. Duke-Mckenna (ex-Everton) looked good and great to see Luke Amos on the pitch, both putting their penalties away convincingly.

And all done without our star man, Johansen. If there is one minor criticism Albert isn't a wing back and never got the better of the Everton defenders after being comprehensively dispossessed by Gordon early on.

I'd have liked to give all the team 10/10 in the ratings - they deserve it, but in the end have been more realistic and the MotM is between Charlie and Chris Willock. You can't fault two goals and a solid 90 minutes after a couple of less inspiring performances, so Charlie gets it.

We're on our way to Wembley!

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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by aceofthebase at 19:39:26
I suspect that Moss was told(VAR) that Armstrong was already going down and when he looked at the video monitor that is what he saw. That is all that he observed. What he missed was the clear foul by Walker and that without that foul Armstrong may have recovered and got a shot away. We were also in control of the ball when the whistle went and yet at the restart the ball was given to MC.
Full marks to RH for his choice of words in the post match interview.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 15:06:46
Jon Moss overturning his own penalty decision because of (fellow criminal) VAR ref. Martin Atkinson was fully expected (because of Moss' well known stupidity) even though the whole world could see it was a foul when Kyle Walker body'd down Armstrong with his enormous a** and body weight inside the penalty area. No way in hell was Moss' initial judgement of the incident "A CLEAR AND OBVIOUS MISTAKE". F*ck, f*ck, double f*ck.

What a performance by Saints. City were basically not allowed to get the ball towards our goal! Good tactical display. Good work by everybody. Good result.
Sad for Stephens. I hope the scan will not reveal serious injury.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by sandywelsh at 09:13:02
Another Moss Saints Robbery
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by Saidou at 05:40:42
Once again, we lacked quality upfront. Imagine if we had a ruthless finisher like Ings or Timo Werner. We did everything right except scoring.

We need to bring in T.Werner on loan from chelsea in January. He is our missing piece.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by DellBoyWally at 02:33:54
If Redmond could pass we'd have won easily. He can't be long for dropping surely. The only weak link today
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by Block8 at 20:42:50
Great overall performance, Romeu looks back to neEd his best, Redmond was excellent defensively & a little more decisive up front would have been mom. Could and maybe should have won.
Need to be better in and around the opposition's box but a great point nonetheless.
Think Broja needs a bit more time to get with Ralph's style ( everyone works hard), early days on that front.
In a nutshell, defensively sound but a but need to be more clinical offensively. Still good to watch today ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by KilkennySaint at 18:58:58
Great result and performance, everyone played well today, Romeu was a beast in the midfield. How many saves did McCarthy have to make today? Was questioning why Redmond was picked but he defending well late on in the game. VAR worked for and against us today, still think it should have been a penalty.
Hope Stephens injury isnโ€™t too serious, shame since his probably in the best form of his life. Not too many teams will get anything from the etihad this season.
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Luton Town v Swansea City Your Report added by KeithHaynes at 18:25:14
Lansbury should have been given a straight red, referee Harrington clearly forgot his jacket.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by dirk_doone at 17:43:53
We were unlucky not to win that. Nearly all the incisive attacking football came from us. City didn't have a single shot on target until the 90th minute.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by SaintPaulVW at 17:41:36
Once again media big club bias kicks in.

'Man City have an off day' rather than Saints playing well and restricting them.

Not sure how a red card and a penalty turns to nothing. Surely it should drop down to a yellow and a penalty?

COYR
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by codge at 17:27:42
Soon es we got the penalty then realized Moss was the ref l thought crip he will change his mind.
Overall a great team performance and really stifling Man City for most of the game and could of got 3pts but have to be proud of the lads.COYR.
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Manchester City v Southampton Your Report added by I_would at 17:26:40
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AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by 89_50 at 16:11:18
Entertaining seems to be the theme this season, and both teams made for a very entertaining game.

The frequency with which we're conceding is a growing concern, and we can't rely on comebacks or simply scoring one more than the opposition to win games.

Despite his wonderful start to the season, Dickie has had two consecutively error-prone performances (although, by his lofty level this is perhaps a little churlish to dwell on), and his mistake really changed the complexion of the game, after we'd started with un-Rangers-like sharpness straight from kick-off.

Zemura was the best player on the pitch. Completely dominated his side. It looked like it would be a good battle between him and Kakay, but it quickly became clear who would be coming out on top.

McCallum is proving himself a very adequate alternative to Wallace, and I think he was our best player on the night.

Dykes struggled to impose himself, and was forced to come deep a little too much, but once we slung a ball into the box, proved his threat with a solid header. And once we started crossing more, it became clear that they weren't too hot at dealing with them.

The flurry of Travers saves in the last 10 underlined that further, but really all barring the header from De Wijs, he should be saving.

Definite positives to be taken, and if we show that final 20 minutes on Saturday, we'll cruise to three points.
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AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by Geoff78 at 12:33:50
R's fight back in the second half was excellent, inspired by Albert, but we had a few slices of luck: Billings shot which canonned off the post, Mr Stroud awarding us 21 free kicks (vs 7 conceded), then not red carding Willock, McCallum getting a lucky ricochet and deflection for his goal. But the luck may have evened up at the end when Travers made some great saves and once found a loose ball just dropping into his arms.

The obvious question is why are we conceding so many goals? Dickie has been superb, but maybe he's starting to believe the publicity about him being premiership class and getting over-confident. I like Ossie, but he was too often out of position leaving our right flank very exposed and going forward he clearly is no match for Albert. I watched on Sky and didn't see much of Ball doing the dirty stuff - perhaps I missed it. And too often when Bournemouth attacked we seemed to stand off and failed to mark tightly or cut out passes. Some of this reminded me of the first half of last season when it was clear the defence was an upgrade in personnel (Dickie, Dieng) but lacked organisation and didn't do the basics. That changed with Jordi at the back and Stefan in midfield, but I think there was probably a bit more work on defensive patterns in training. It feels that's what we need now.

Adomah yet again produced a match changing performance, even though it didn't change the result. And as so often the spirit to fight back and almost get a draw was brilliant, especially against a team stuffed with talent.
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AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by WestonsuperR at 12:01:25
Although it was a good comeback, we were only inches away from going 3 down when they hit the inside of the post. Werenโ€™t good enough for fist 60mins and our stirring comeback possibly papered over the cracks a little.

Understand Stroud gets a lot of criticism but for me he did quite well last night.
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AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by francisbowles at 09:55:44
A mistake, a combination of poor finishing, a good and sometimes lucky keeper and a very cynical opposition aided by a referee, who started well and got progressively worse. (as per the norm for him) He had lost control by the end. Haven't seen any replays or read any comments but Willock seemed to aggressively go after an opponent and swing out with his foot. If I am correct in what I think I saw, he is lucky to only get a yellow and not a three match ban.
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Reading v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by WestonsuperR at 13:22:57
McCallum worried me, really struggled. Iโ€™m not sure Austin is fit, never been the quickest but looks like he is unable to get around the pitch. Willock MOM for me, great from Adomah when he came in.

Ref got a lot of stick but I do like the way they are letting a lot go.

Amazing atmosphere, felt like a win in the end.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by KriSaint at 02:01:08
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If our new game plan against better teams continues to be in a 4-1-4-1 formation, I think Adams or Broja is a better option than A. Armstrong as a lone striker, but ,ok, Adams and Broja had been playing 3 and 2 international games respectively (or did they both play 3?) in a week, so this time it was fair enough to let A. Armstrong play. However, though I like him, he seems too small/too light weight to play as a lone striker / target man. Had Longy not been covid hit, he might have played, I guess.

Nice to see Ralph change tactics vs a very difficult opponent. Promising. He has become more flexible. Good!
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