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|The Defence: A Thought|
at 16:39 14 Sep 2020
Was thinking about defence over the weekend.
There's a sort of wisdom been building up, not without its own evidence, that Warbs 'cannot organise a defence.'
It's an interesting thing when you line it up against other thoughts that we as fans have in general. For example, I think most of us probably think that when it comes to coaching, 'organising a defence is the basics, playing lovely attacking football is really hard.'
But why do we think, generally, that defending should be more simple? Should be something that can be fixed in training relatively easily? Why do we attach less skill to that? There's a sense that you should just be able to 'practise' 'defending' in training and it'll work out next week. You don't ever get fans saying, 'why don't you practise free-flowing passing attacking moves in traning that might help us watch you score amazing goals?' The closest we get to that is telling our strikers to practise shooting all week. But why is the specific skill of shooting put in the same category as literally all defending? When a team can't score goals it's generally blamed on the attackers lacking creativity or because the striker can't hit a barn door with a banjo. When a team lets in too many, the manager can't organise a defence. Why does a manager get blamed more for one than the other? I'm not saying this is hard and fast, but just saying generally.
I was thinking about this at the weekend as I watched the very enjoyable Liverpool-Leeds game, and I had forgotten that Klopp, too, received the same criticisms once upon a time as Warbs gets now (not comparing them - just saying similar criticisms were levelled). Luckily, Klopp is a great coach so he fixed it. You know, by spending £75m on Van Dijk and another £68m on Allison. Plus the emergence of the excellent Trent. And, at least until Saturday, those accusations went away. But he solved the problem by buying big. Same with Guardiola. He is constantly criticised for his defence not being strong enough, but the answer is not in his coaching, but in the fact that people believe he needs to buy better defenders.
Now conceding more than 70 goals in a season isn't good enough, but is our perception of coaching a defensive unit a little off? The two best coaches in the country have similar ideas to Warbs in terms of attacking football, high press, play from the back, etc etc, and both of them have had issues at the back. I suppose what I was thinking was two things: is all Warbs needs a CB (maybe it's Dickie) and a keeper and maybe a left back away from having those accusations quelled? And, perhaps more importantly, does this magical coach who can deliver a solid, hard-hitting defence allied to front-to-back 'through-the-thirds' football actually exist?
I suppose if he did, he wouldn't be with us. Other than the freakish year under Warnock, which owed a lot to one player supplying the attacking bit (and that was hardly 'coached'), the closest anyone got to it, for me, was De Canio, who fashioned a defence out of gossamer and also had us playing quite nice attacking stuff.
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|Gut Feelings on New Signings|
at 16:35 17 Aug 2020
I always think new signings are interesting for how we feel about them, because as fans I have a theory our initial reaction to them is very seldom close to how we feel a year or two down the line.
Charlie austin is a good example for me of one I thought was a brilliant signing and was a brilliant signing and he was everything I thought and hoped he would be - and more.
But then you have Cousins, who I thought was a super signing, just what we needed, and was never really close to it.
I remember being vaguely excited about Trevor Sinclair, but he turned out much better than we could've thought.
I thought Danny Cullip was a perfect signing, and he was for about 3 months, then fell off the edge of the cliff.
I thought Clint Hill was a depressing signing - and Derry. Er...
I was REALLY excited about Danny Nardiello - thought that was a cracking signing. Awful.
I thought Park was a great signing, even as I didn't love the way it was done.
Alex Smithies I kind of thought was second choice to Bentley and wasn't excited...
Other than Austin, do we ever really know? Sometimes the worst signings turn out to be the best and vice versa.
|Training Ground confirmed|
at 12:02 6 Jul 2020
Not least for some arguments to finally cease on here!
Come on, group hug everyone.
Stay one metre apart, though, and Lblock, 50 metres’ll do you mate.
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|Face Masks at KPFS|
at 23:33 25 May 2020
Had a thought.
At some stage, maybe sooner than I though - possibly this year - we might be allowed back to the KPFS.
Great chance for the club here to do something: face masks. I suspect they will be mandatory at least at first. So how about a range of QPR face masks which people can buy in advance or maybe they hand out for free, or maybe if you're waiving your refund for games we won't be allowed to go to, you get a free one? Who wouldn't want a nice QPR face mask? We'd look so cool! Like those cool Palace Ultra dudes!
Please pass this on to Lee Hoos.
at 16:10 13 May 2020
Sorry if already posted - but some nice stuff here about that day, with plenty from the Chief (who doesn't like Barton) about how hard it was for him, but also makes sure he says how much he loved QPR once he'd been there a while too.
No mention, however, yet again, of how Tevez smacked Barton first. What Barton did was inexcusable, but it's always baffled me how Tevez totally got away with it - what he did was a red card offence too, and he should also have received a ban.
|Best individual Performances before and against|
at 14:31 14 Apr 2020
This is probably a better one - best individual performances you've seen for and against us.
Lee Cook v Palace
Adel v Swansea
Barker v Liverpool
Ferdinand away at Newcastle
Freeman v Leeds
Sommer v Aston Villa
Onuoha v Spurs (man to man on Bale)
Austin v West Brom
Lua Lua for Colchester
Suarez for Liverpool (at LR, 0-3 to them)
Giggs for Man U (3-1 when he got the individual goal)
Ah, more difficult this as I couldn't give a fk about the oppo. Anyway.
|The Worst QPR Game You Went To|
at 14:27 14 Apr 2020
We always do thebest as that cheers us up, but how about the worst? Choose your own guidelines - could be just an awful game, or you had a bad experience, or relegation.
I think mine has to be the home defeat by Southampton after Ray Jones died. It was awful, so sad, and on top of that a portion of the crowd were furious that the players didn't honour him by playing better and showed zero sympathy for a team grieving a teammate. Absolutely awful.
God, this is a terrible idea, sorry everyone.
Other than that, Vauxhall Motors was probably the most inept performance I've ever seen. But it triggered the most exhilarating run in recent memory for pure drama.
|Jamie Mackie questions|
at 11:24 5 Apr 2020
Apologies if there's a thread on this already but can't see it - the Jame Mackie answers your questions thing on the official site is really great - very funny on Adel, happy memories about some of JM's collection of ludicrously dramatic goals (I don't think anyone has ever had a better dramatic goals goals to overall goals ratio as Jamie) and other stuff. Really cheered me up - thanks to the offish and to the legend Jamie Mackie.
|Charlton Preview - it's happening!|
at 12:09 17 Mar 2020
Well, I think we all enjoyed that comfortable 4-1 win over Barnsley at the weekend - classic Rangers to give away the stupid goal early on, but after that I thought we played really well. Eze's free kick was obviously the highlight, but great to see Jordan getting another and Chair chipping in from the bench. Bright's solo effort was incredible, natch.
So, Charlton. They're on a terrible run of form, with their boardroom in turmoil yet again, but even they managed to beat the team formerly known as Jarrod Bowen FC at the weekend to slightly ease their relegation fears.
Still, we're on a high at the moment and we have a bit of payback to offer tonight after gifting them that last minute equaliser earlier in the season. Hopefully we'll be a bit more professional and also carry on our more solid defensive displays of recent weeks when away from LR.
Team news is good - we pretty much have a clean bill of health, so I expect it to be the same team yet again, which feels almost unprecedented. Possibly Chair could come in for Pugh to rest his legs, but Amos and Ball will surely continue in midfield with Cameron serving out the last match of his suspension. If we can get 6 points with him being away, that would be amazing.
Prediction: Charlton 1 QPR 2 (Hugill, BOS).
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