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at 23:12 25 Sep 2018

Struggling to find the words to describe that performance tonight. It truly was abysmal and I just cant fathom why McLaren thought he could just throw 11 players together and they would get into a cohesive unit.
There was no evidence of a game plan, our passing was poor and our attacking strategy consisted of long balls to Smith which he either didn't win or we then didn't win the second ball.
I actually felt sorry for some of the younger players thrown into that shambles. Some of the senior players need to look in the mirror. Not sure what is going on with Scowen but he was racing around making foul after foul, got a yellow card after the 3rd and then lost a 50:50 which he could easily have been booked again for. He was subbed quickly afterwards (rightly in my view) and stormed off.
Cousins then raises his hands and pushes a player when already on a yellow and gets sent off. Both of them werebraindead.
Worst if all for me though was the complete disrespect shown to the travelling support. I was prepared for a few changes but never expected that starting 11. You then look at the bench for a game changer and there are no options.
McLaren said afterwards we weren't prepared for the physical challenge yet the size of their team was plain to see and we start with the likes of Scowen and Chair who are tiny by comparison.
I can't remember feeling this disappointed for a long time. Perhaps we would never win this cup but a winnable the to enter the last 16 and perhaps get a big draw and we never even tried.
Gutted on so many levels....
Sky picks October
at 12:29 28 Aug 2018

All, apologies if I've missed this elsewhere but does anyone know if the Sky picks for late October have been made yet. Trying to sort trains out for Villa on the 27th.

Thanks for any insight
The morning after the night before
at 07:26 22 Aug 2018

Still feeling empty and stunned and really cant work out in my mind what is going on. The comments on here and Twitter are sad and watching people falling out with each other is very depressing, along with seeing the club on its knees and the poisonous atmosphere that surrounds it.

I'd ;love to know what the answer is. I'm not singing the praises of McClaren, but I admit that I did think his coaching pedigree would be valuable to us.The concern was always that he isn't a strong enough manager to unite a team and get them playing for him and that seems to be manifesting itself.

That said its hard not to have some sympathy for him. Sure he has made mistakes (for example he should have shut up shop when we were 4-1 down at WBA), however looking at the goals last night you have to wonder how he or any manager can legislate for that. A full back slipping and a goalkeeping error for the first, a full back losing his man for the second and a poor pass (from Scowen) creating the opening for the third.

I do think that the simple fact is the team isn't good enough and the summer player departures have weakened us to a point where we are struggling to compete (particularly defensively). If the much mooted loan players come in quickly then perhaps the tide could turn. I remember many years back the team being in a very poor state defensively and then Tilson and Peacock coming in, and things picked up quite quickly for the better.

Having said that if we lose Saturday, it is hard to see McClaren surviving.

Apologies for the rambling, needed to write something down - very dark days.
And as for that kit.....
at 20:17 19 Aug 2018

Sorry to say this but I detested that pink kit when launched. We have been dreadful away for many seasons, why add to the things that we could be ridiculed for. I cannot comprehend why anybody would sanction it - use the Dennis the Menace or plain red shirt or red and black stripes or....

Appreciate we have bigger things to worry about but I genuinely scratch my head at this.
at 12:43 13 Aug 2018

...piece of analysis in The Times Sports section today. I'm away currently and struggling to post a link.
Mcclaren interview with LFW?
at 21:08 29 Jul 2018

Just wondered if Clive had approached the club on this front and whether an interview is on the radar. Lots of interesting ground could be covered...
Rod Liddle
at 16:43 29 Jul 2018

He has written a piece reviewing the Championship in the Sunday Times.

Let me quote...

"....and wouldn't it be fun if a lacklustre QPR, under the stewardship of Shteve McClaren, continued their slow descent towards league one".

Out of interest he has Stoke and Forest in the top two. Not that his opinion is of any value.
[Post edited 29 Jul 2018 17:54]
at 10:52 5 May 2018

Great read in The Times today, interviewing players who have played in his promotion teams. Derry features and most of the interviews tease out his man management approach.

Love him or hate him well worth a look.
Accrington Stanley
at 05:44 18 Apr 2018

Amongst all the football greed and money another great story of a team that has defied the odds and on a shoestring budget has punched above its weight.

A great achievement and restores a little faith...
Simon Stainrod
at 12:36 10 Apr 2018

They often say you create your heroes in your formative years (whatever they are!). People talk about Pele, Maradona and others but for me it was always Cruyff.

Similarly for Rangers I saw Bowles, Thomas and co but was a bit too young to appreciate it. My first season ticket was in the 81/82 season and it was always about Stainrod, so skillful and played with a swagger and confidence.

Anyway tonight he is inducted into the Forever RS club. Gutted I cant be there.

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