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at 13:46 25 May 2017

Enough of the politics etc etc.

A genuinely top quality 50-50 fight this one. The undercard is decent too. Probably a full house at Brammall Lane so looking forward to this.

Who you got?
Boxing this weekend
at 20:57 27 Jan 2017

From Vegas - Looks a good card and am looking forward to this..

Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz (WBA featherweight) - Quality fight - Frampton should win again though

Lee Selby v Jonathan Barros (IBF featherweight) - Tough test for Selby

Dejan Zlaticanin v Mikey Garcia (WBC lightweight) - Garcia is a great fighter to watch, can bang. Hope he stays injury free. Zlat is decent too

Josh Taylor v Alfonso Olvera (light-welterweight) - Taylor is a very very good Scottish prospect. Huge talent and big things expected
at 21:41 31 Oct 2016

Heres one for you then.

If we still suck in January and we are pretty much nailed on to go down (lets be honest, its a possibility), would you sell in the transfer window to get top coin, or would you hold and take the risk of losing on the cheap?
at 14:19 11 Oct 2016

Upsetting the Iranians..

"Iranian officials have complained after the captain of South Korea likened Tehran to a big prison.

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng also said some Iranian fans threw bottles and other missiles at his team-mates when they arrived in Tehran wearing air pollution face masks. "
Summary Man City
at 23:23 21 Sep 2016

Didn't watch it. Canot be bothered to read the threads. Any chance of a summary? Decided to spend my evening with some flange. Did I make the right choice?
The sale of Williams
at 11:13 19 Sep 2016

Apologies for bringing up an ex-player again (yes, fck him)

But for me, this is our biggest problem. Lets be honest, he was a leader on and off the pitch and in reality was the only screamer/shouter we had. NONE of our remaining players are like this - theyre all quiet little followers rather than a leader. Yes it was a good price, but are we now paying for that on the pitch with lower standards and lack of effort? For me we are..

FG is nicey nicey and there isnt anyone else (playing staff or back office) who is willing to say it as it is as far as im aware.

Personally was concerned when he left for this very reason and that there would be no hard edge about us, and that certainly seems the way. In other words, we have no backbone.

Frampton v LSC
at 17:46 30 Jul 2016

Bit of a niche fight this and on in the early hours, but a very interesting one. A definite 50:50 pick 'em.

LSC is overrated for me but high workrate and size advantage may be enough. Frampton needs a huge performance to win this one.

Neil Taylor
at 01:29 2 Jul 2016

Im watching the re-run of this game and im wondering who this guy at left back is? It certainly isnt the player who plays for us. I mean this guy gets forward, chucks in decent crosses and looks mildly creative.
at 16:32 25 Jun 2015

Just spunked £8m on Tyrone Mings.

at 23:17 24 Apr 2015

OK. So as they normally do, they all go dressed up as some sort of character or person. Just like the Smurfs.

But this year they are going as Bob Marley and 'guidance' has been provided and that they should not 'black up' as it is offensive (much like the Bony incident.)

Now why is it offensive going dressed up as a famous black person? I just dont get it. Am i missing something?
Garth Crooks
at 00:22 6 Apr 2015

Ok Garth, so you stick Gomis in your team of the week, but then you say...

"without the appalling decision by referee Andre Marriner to send Hull City's David Meyler off for what appears to be a run-of-the-mill tackle, the outcome for Bafetimbi Gomis and for Swansea City might have been very different."

Appalling decision? Are you fcking nuts? Did you see it from the angle of the ref Garth? Dick.
So this 'diamond' formation
at 20:03 21 Mar 2015

Is it a yay or nay?

Think we have played five games with it, won three, lost 2 and havent been outclassed in either of those.

We have looked solid on the whole but also as though we are unlikely to be prolific using it. It seems we control games better using the system, much like we used to, but at the expense of that flair and wing play.

Are the wingers poorly performing due to the system and coaching? Or is the form of the wingers a response by the coaches to look for alternatives?

This shape didnt really work for Rodgers and he changed it up. Is it something we should continue with or would you rather revert back to type with one of our previous incarnations?

[Post edited 21 Mar 2015 20:04]
Independence Day
at 22:57 18 Feb 2015

Ok. So im watching Independence Day and its got me thinking. If something like this were to happen, and some aliens were to pop their ugly mugs in to Earth so we knew they existed, what do you think the religious folk amongst us would do? What would they say? What would they believe?

Would God have created them? Would all religions go in to meltdown? Would chaos ensue?

Just curious.
[Post edited 18 Feb 2015 22:57]
Shoot me, but..
at 21:36 11 Feb 2015

.. i really dont enjoy watching us play anymore. We arent attractive to watch. We look brittle, lack any creativity and movement and have very little energy. We barely pass for being 'workmanlike'.

Garry says hes happy with our attacking play as we're scoring goals - fair enough - but i think we havent got a clue.

I dont normally jump up and down and make noise about stuff as i appreciate where we are and where we've come from. Im realistic. Many people will point at our points total etc. But we are just dull.

Hate on. Sorry.
Prince of Monaco
at 17:22 7 Feb 2015

So why was he there today then?

To come all the way here in the middle of February to watch a game against Sunderland. Dedication!

Or more for us to wag our toungues at?
at 15:56 23 Nov 2014

Close to getting back to fitness, if not there already. But will he get a decent amount of game time when he does?

Monk didnt seem shy to use him at the back end of last season and will arguably provide more going forward than Taylor - although defensively is a bit of a wang as we know.

No other real options either, does he deserve a run ahead of Taylor?
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Our 'out' ball.
at 18:26 13 Sep 2014

Something all of our recent coaches have struggled with when teams figure out that by pressing us high closes down our game and forces us to make mistakes.

For the first half an hour today, we were finding that little straight ball out from the back and between their midfielders - and it was cutting them wide open every time. They closed down the space so we stopped trying it.

Wouldve been nice to have more than one option when doing that as its very effective when we do it properly
Bolton's Annual Debt Mountain
at 15:27 31 Dec 2013

"This year's results show the difficulties faced in the football business when a club has enjoyed a sustained and successful period in the Premier League, in our case 11 years, then suffers relegation back to the Football League Championship"

More like pisspoor management and day to day running of the club. How can the executive board sit there and dish out this drivel to the fans?

Scoring Goals
at 00:57 5 Nov 2013

Given all the discussion around tactics and playing staff and how ML likes to play the game, i thought id throw this stat into the mix.

For me, ML seems to have gone with a 'contain and defend' strategy for the majority of games so far this season, especially in the first half of matches. Many disagree with this way of playing , particularly at home - im one of them. Long gone are the days where we just pummel teams from the first whistle and get off to a flier. Remember that?

However, under ML, we have only won 1 game where we havent scored first. That was Wigan away and they were utter dogshit. The time before that was against WBA under BR in February 2012!!

What im trying to say is that we are playing with the handbrake on. We cant afford to start slowly. If we do, the tempo suffers and we cannot get it back. Its not something that is just switched on and off. ML needs to man up and show some balls tactically Yes sometimes we'll get smashed, but so phucking what? At the moment we struggle to defend one goal leads anyway!

Our wingers
at 22:22 28 Sep 2013

How far away is Pablo from being fit again? We miss having the ability to rotate.

Routledge's performances drop when not pushed - hes been off for a few games now. He looks short on energy and enthusiasm and thats a big part of his game.

ML is clearly not a big fan of Lamah and Alex is no winger, no matter how much he gets played out wide.

On the plus side, Nathan has strung a few excellent performances together and is getting back to being the player we know. All over the pitch offensively and defensively.

Think Pablo would have had a field day today on the left hand side tbh.
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