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Your Report added at 09:11:07
They came for a draw and got it - we will need to get used to teams coming to hit us on the break and sticking 10 behind the ball. With just one player up top we should replace the defensive holding midfielder (Henry) with Krankie when fit or a second striker to sit alongside Charlie.

Can't help thinking that if we had Hoilett last night some of the balls over the top that found Phillips/SWP he would have got a half decent shot away.

Back four and Dunne were once again very solid.
Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic Your Report added at 11:39:39
Until Green gifted them the lead with what was their first real attack we looked in control. , park, tarbs, hoilet and samba were our best players on the day. Once the goal went in I would have changed our formation to two upfront straight away. Swansea a could have played their tippy tippy to vorm all day - hughesy take note we need two up front especially at home.

Mackie should have equalised and it would have been a different story sadly the back four melted a way as we lost all sense of shape and discipline. We need a leader at the back Mbiia or Chris samba.

By the time Hughes reacted they were three up and game over. And swp at right back?

We will get better and the faith remains
Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic Your Report added at 08:43:47
A game of two halves. Warnocks tactical changes at half time made for a far more balanced second half, Taarabt was awful, he looked unfit, overawed by the opposition and couldnt make a basic 5 yard pass. Derry had one of his less effective days as spuds passing through midfiled was slick and quick.

Kenny was excellent as we have come to expect and Young had a decent game - for me I thought Heidar was exceptional first half - he won virtually everything in the air, just a pity that no one was close enough to pick up his touches when they did second half Bothroyd scored.

If we play like we did second half no problems, easier 3 teams worse than us, like the first half we will be well and truly in the mix to drop.

Not many people will go to spuds and get a result,apart from Man City.....D'oh!

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth Your Report added at 17:08:50
For Derby their only problem was which bus to take on the way home - they came for a point and got it. Let's face it next season if we came away from Anfield, Old T, Emirates and The Lane with a 0-0 minimum, happy days?

Can still think of 23 managers who would swop with Colin.
Everton v Huddersfield Town Your Report added at 09:34:46
You can only beat what's in front of you and that we did without moving through too many gears. Some slack defending at times would have got punished by better opposition but we were always in control.

Derry & Faurlin were superb in midfield but for me the front three were exceptional in their movement and link up play. Smith, Routledge and Heidar were far too good. Heidar especially, made both goals for Wayne, almost the third and time and time again, won the ball in the air and ground and set up attack after attack. Terrific cut back for Big Pat who showed why he's a sub at the moment.

Three wins to get, bring on the Iron.
Chelsea v Cardiff City Your Report added at 09:42:04
Wasnt pretty, especially the first half, Warnock must have told them at half time, only one winner once we got going. Helguson is fantastic in the air but we have to stop the route one stuff everytime.
Paddy was as solid as ever, Shittu was and always will be SOLID, Clint Hill just shaded it for me as MOTM - ultra competitive and got that important first goal.
Pity about the late goals against Forest, Norwich & Leeds. LOL.
Oldham Athletic v Crawley Town Your Report added at 16:49:12
Top man today was Faurlin, great goal from Smith, pure raw strength from Miller and the usual no prisoners from Derry. Watch the match again and see how much ground Ali covers, how many headers he wins, really hope his substitution isn't a longer term problem.

A mate joked, why didn't Hulse pull his hamstring, my son replied, you usually have to run to do that. Hmmm
Manchester City v Fulham Your Report added at 11:45:44
Faurlin was excellent, Kenny once again playing his part. Taarabt is Taarabt and we love him. Who else would have the vision to beat three players, have a team mate completly unmarked and in on goal - only to look up realise it was Ephraim and decide it wasn't worth putting him through. He (Ephraim) would have just turned back and played to ball to Orr.

Miller is looking better with each game, whilst Hulse appears to be afflicted with first touchitus and goalscorers block.

Most visitors from now on will play like Pompey with a back 5 and 4 in midfield - we have got to get used to it.
Watford v Manchester United Your Report added at 12:32:21
Definately two points dropped.

My opinion: Kaspars needs a long term partner (with pace)
The midfield needs strengthening. Too often Ali and Derry are overwhelmed, they are a fantastic pairing - image scott parker/stephen ireland or a fully fit Rowly in there too? Yesterday we played 4 up front leaving big gaps in midfield - the same was true for Swansea - they strode through and shot at will - fortunately the words hit/cow/backside and Banjo applied. Plus we have Paddy - enjoyed his 'advice' given to Walker.

We have to sign Walker - he's been outstanding - I would also look at putting him in midfield.

Up front, Mackie and Heidar. Hulse is not as mobile and his finishing is appalling. He's 6ft 3ins tall and when he leaps he's 5ft 6ins.

Adel is, well Adel - ten minutes of sulking drives you mad then ten seconds of brilliance and its all forgotten. First on the teamsheet.

Go 4-3-1-2 with

Orr Connolly Kaspars Hill
Walker Ali Derry
Mackie Helguson

happy days.

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