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Giggs boo boys
at 09:00 20 Nov 2019

Spot on. Credit where it's due, but his lack of personality has always been a concern for me. Last night I was just hoping we weren't 0-1 at half time as I can't imagine him capable of a rousing speech if the chips are down. Happy to be proved wrong though. Oh and his pre-match interviews etc. are not exactly oozing positivity (which can be infectious).
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Jose mourinho new spurs boss
at 08:51 20 Nov 2019

What really annoys me is that this was the lead football story on BBC breakfast, followed by us qualifying for the Euros. Dan Walker said that "I'm sure Welsh fans will understand that news changes all the time" almost as an apology for us following this story. Not his fault obviously, but...

BBC ask yourselves this question: had England qualified last night, would that story have been queued behind the Mourinho story? Exactly.
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Colin W@nker leaves Cardiff
at 17:49 11 Nov 2019

Said it years ago - they should have got shot of him on promotion (albeit harsh), changed the hoof ball style and trusted their youth players. They would have still got relegated, but at least laid a foundation. Idiots. Warnock wasn't to blame - it was those who employed and retained him. They are still there, thankfully.
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Negative Cooper
at 08:08 10 Nov 2019

Personally, I think it's all about performances and strategies, rather than results. That was the worry (in hindsight) with Monk, as the results can mask concerns. I listened to the whole game on the radio, and I think both sides had opportunities for the 3 points tbh. I believe Ayew should have made it 0-2 though?

Whilst I like Cooper (I think), and am grateful that our results and position in the league seem to be flattering us, I think that the substitutions were a little defensive, and send a message to the opponents, our players on the pitch, and to the fans (home and away). Good psychology says that attack is the best form of defence. I don't mean go gung-ho, just don't send the wrong messages. Momentum is everything. Saying all that, Cooper is still a rookie really, he will learn I'm sure, and for the playing style we want, giving youth a chance and given our financial status Cooper was/is a good appointment imho.

One last thing - someone mentioned strengthening in Jan will enable us to finish high in this league. Firstly, other clubs may/will do the same of course (!), and also I don't think there will be money in Jan, unless it's released from sales.
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RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING WEEK
at 15:31 8 Nov 2019

Sponsored by Rob Howley. Allegedly.
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Game in doubt on Saturday
at 10:52 8 Nov 2019

Pity Joe Rowed-on isn't available
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Stoke sack Nathan Jones
at 07:00 2 Nov 2019

Personally I think they've made a mistake. Hey ho.
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This is an interesting one
at 11:50 30 Oct 2019

So refreshing to read stories like this, when often we see youngsters copying the dark arts of so-called professional idols. Well done Llanelli Academy.
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Crapdiff
at 08:21 28 Oct 2019

How they, as a club, think that playing style could, by miracle, get them back to the PL (that has to be their aim shirley?), with an even bigger one enabling them to stay there, is truly beyond me. The only genuine possibilities are:
a) Delusion
b) No ambition
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Rodon Out
at 08:10 28 Oct 2019

Potentially rules him out for the Jan transfer window too? It'd be nice to keep him.
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Cooper
at 09:26 23 Oct 2019

This is what I saw last night too. Under Clement, towards the bitter end not one player could cross the ball for example. That's not form, that's confidence, pressure etc., hence Carvahal coming in, releasing the burden and hey presto (the rest was sad history though - he should have taken his own advice the daft bat).

Last night as a team (more or less) we looked devoid of confidence, bravery etc. - the causes of that are usually wider than individual form. We looked out of ideas in attack, almost as if it was the first time we'd played together - that's a training and strategy issue shirley? Last rant - why oh why do we immediately stand back when we lose possession and allow the opponent to regroup, reshape and build a move without any pressure whatsoever. The best sides (but it's not rocket science, doesn't need skill etc. - just fitness and direction) fight for the ball back within that first 10 secs, when the opposition are not in attacking formation. But what do I know eh.

I'm bringing my sofa with me on Sunday to watch the game behind it!
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Cooper
at 22:28 22 Oct 2019

I do feel we need to draw on experience at times like this. Routledge and Naughton should start on Sunday, Grimes needs experience on the pitch to ease the burden and Roberts needs some time out. Who knows, maybe a fiesty derby is just what we require.
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Bowyer charged .
at 20:15 8 Oct 2019

Are you positive that's a negative? Him being charged an' ol.
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Dear me
at 20:12 8 Oct 2019

"They surrounded me with my wife"

She's not exactly Kate Moss but that's still harsh. Nice pose mind.
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Perspective
at 21:07 5 Oct 2019

OK so we lost today. It hurts. The performance was under par. However, we should look at the positives. We have our playing style back (even when it doesn't quite come off), we are not sliding down the leagues, we have a good chairman (imho) who has wisely endorsed investment in our academy/status, and our young players have responded and propelled us to the upper end of this tough league. I think the future looks good. Our new rookie coach will learn from today and previous near misses.

I heard and saw some booing today at the end of the game. We are 4th in the league, and I think we'll probably end up flirting with the play offs - too early for automatic promotion for me. This is a marathon and not a sprint, and we are building very nicely, hopefully having learnt mistakes from the past. This is a great club to support, and has aspirations to entertain us with beautiful football, not hoofball.

To the people who were booing - why not just stay at home and save yourselves and those around you from the negativity. If glory is what you want, go and armchair support Man City/Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and so on and leave us to it.
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The Official Swansea City vs Stoke City Match Thread
at 08:38 5 Oct 2019

Not sure about a mess. He's an interesting character - a devout Christian apparently. That aspect probably makes him perhaps over-honest both in front and behind the cameras, so maybe struggles with not revealing certain things? He's under pressure obviously, which came through when the journalist was asking him about playing more strikers etc.. To me, he seems to believe in what he's doing and is sticking to it.

What worries me is that if he's a pretty decent bloke, then maybe his players will in fact want to play for him (although he was coy about 2 players), and turn it around at some point. He mentions positive stats (I haven't checked), so it may not be quite as straightforward as top side at home plays bottom side with 2 points. The owners are obviously convinced - up to now anyway. Let's hope today isn't the day they turn it around and we have a mare.

I think the bottom line is that if we play well, we should win convincingly regardless of what they do and how they play. I imagine that is the message Cooper has emphasised to our young fledglings - perform well and we can/will beat anyone.
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The Official Swansea City vs Stoke City Match Thread
at 13:02 4 Oct 2019

After a return to winning ways at Charlton, our confidence should be somewhat restored. Couple that with the opposite in the Stoke dressing room, a manager who probably should have gone after last weekend (so no players trying to impress the new boss etc.), players who probably want him gone, and I can see a really good win for us. Borja will desperately want to get back on the scoresheet after all that futile (goals wise anyway) running around on Wednesday night too.

What can possibly go wrong? There. I've said it. Sorry.
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The Official Charlton Athletic vs Swansea City Match Thread
at 21:42 2 Oct 2019

Da iawn boys, great support too, as ever.
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The Official Charlton Athletic vs Swansea City Match Thread
at 20:47 2 Oct 2019

I get the feeling Routledge could do well in this one. Play him wide, Celina in the middle and things might go well. Celina cannot cross a ball.
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JJ Williams
at 18:37 1 Oct 2019

As I said earlier in this thread, he was very encouraging - unlike his brother Peter who, if you weren't rugby through and through, you didn't exist. Football wasn't played competitively at the school (only tolerated in the yard), and tennis was out of bounds for boys. Luckily, cricket was ok.

Christ, I'm making it sound like Tom Brown's schooldays.
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