I feel gutted for both Walcott and Smallbone. It takes some nerve to step up and take a penalty in those circumstances so I have great respect for anyone who does it. Even the master penalty taker himself (MLT) missed one.
You have clearly never worked in or don’t know anybody who works in the public sector then. Strange you say that you don’t read the Mail as you sound exactly like their leader writer. I am not moaning about public spending going up. I am complaining that it has been cut so much in the last decade meaning that we are still going to be well behind where we should have been 10 years ago no matter what the increases are.
Much better performance in the second half although I had a crap stream and missed everything of importance including our goal and Forsters penalty save. No disgrace in losing by penalties. Good to see Lyanco put in a solid performance.
Why is it when people critisise public spending under previous Governments they always pick on things that sound like sounbites from the Daily Mail? Money was spent on all manner of things like education, more nurses and police and the rest of the CJS. Things that have but cut to the bone in the last 10 years.
I wonder if he was just trying to put a brave face on a difficult situation. We had a very thin squad little coming through the academy ranks and we couldn’t shift out players on high wages. Perhaps he thought it would be easier to implement his ideas with a small squad but as we now know, his style of play wore the players out in the second half of matches and the squad didn’t have enough strength in depth to deal with the injuries. We have a stronger squad now but the problems lie with Adam Armstrong not replicating Ings’ goal scoring level and losing Stephens and having the not very oven ready replacement in Lycano still not oven ready.
Like all of the “freak results” we had last season up until we were ravaged by injuries at Christmas? Not sure why Rohl is given so much credit. He only worked here for 8 months and we had a better spell after he left.
Nail on head. No matter what you think of Ralph as a manager I think he is doing the best that he can with the resources available. Walcott and Redmond are both very experience footballers at the highest level in this country. Is it his fault if they put golden chances wide? 99 times out of 100 they probably put those away in training. It is becoming harder and harder to compete at this level without a lot of investment. Semmens and Crocker have done amazingly well to pull some quality rabbits out of the hat this summer but it would cost a fortunate to replace Tedmond, Walcott, Djenepo and Ely to the type of quality that would have us fighting for a place in Europe. He has been here for 3 years and will not be here forever, but when he goes the new manager will face exactly the same set of problems and will have people calling for his head when he gets the same results. It is highly unlikely that anything will change significantly until we either get a new owner or find some major investment.
I have just seen the Chancellor tells us how important public services are and that he is going to spend money on them in this weeks budget. This is from the government who have spent the last decade cutting huge amounts on public service spending. Before we were told there was no Magic Money Tree. Now apparently there is a whole forest of them. Why on Earth does anybody have any trust in these people?
Frankly I would put people’s lives before Night Clubs. Dead people don’t dance. They also don’t consume anything. I’ve mentioned it before but when people go on about lockdown as if making money is more important than keeping people alive and well it always reminds me of the Mayor of Amity in Jaws who keeps the beaches open on Bank Holiday weekend because he is more worried about putting money in the tills than saving lives. Businesses go to the wall all the time outside of pandemics and no one gives a shit apart from those directly effected.