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by Marshy at 15:25:50

To my mind we played the first 62 minutes with 10 men as Andre Gray was completely anonymous. His movement off the ball, positional sense and work rate are poor. He's too static and just waits for a pass, but when he eventually gets one, more often than not he fails to do anything notable with the ball. Can we have Bonne back please - all is forgiven.

As for the "goal". - what can you say other than - "we was robbed"!! So gutted!!
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by francisbowles at 15:09:04

Twice replaced during a match and once before must be some kind of record!
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by Mole_Senior at 14:05:56

Unbelievable assessment as always sir - I saw this pretty much the same from my seat in G!

What I will pick up on though, if I may, are throw away comments like this be banded about all to frequently on here and other social media platforms - "... and key players like Austin and Johansen just don’t seem with it at the moment." Yes, we had high expectations for both players after their impressive load stint last season, but Jojo aside, what are we expecting from Austin? Really? The guy is playing (on average) half the games he did last season; either starting, and coming off after 65 minutes, or coming off the bench with 20 left to play and expected to score an equaliser/winner?! Players NEED game time and as a result will gain match sharpness and in the case of strikers require chances. Austin needs to play more minutes to get those chances and sharpness and we as a team need to play to his strengths, which is crossing the ball into the box! If we continue to use him (and others) as squad rotation players (which I fully understand the thinking behind) we cannot expect miracles!
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by extratimeR at 12:28:04

Weirdly I was numb at the end, ( not from alcohol this time), I guess I just haven't seen a decision like this since my Sunday morning days.

Yes, Chair, should have scored, Grey well never mind, but the linesman looked well placed.

Correct about Amos, Dykes and Dieng played well.

Must have been painful to write Clive, but great report on a sad night for us, losing track of days, is it closing time in Peterborough or last orders in Acton?

God help us.
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by francisbowles at 12:16:43

Having seen that incident again, Stroud does turn away from the linesman so is clearly giving the goal. Their players appealed for offside and the linesman, initially not raising his flag then probably reacts to the appeals and very belatedly puts the flag up.

Just to add I thought Odubajo had a decent game, much better than the last time he had to fill in at left back.
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by royinaus at 03:52:00

Brilliant Clive,
I could feel my muscles relaxing as you purged frustration on my behalf.
I am a little worried about our performances of late - we have looked second best for a number of games now and barring one moment of brilliance from Chair we'd be on a quite bad run.
The fact is however, football is a game where, more than most other sports the best team doesn't always win. This is fine over a season as it will find its own level - not so in a knock out. It was going to be a one goal game and we got it regardless of who the opposition were or how many we or they should have scored.
As I said above, like you I am worried about our performances of late but this time we really can say, this one's on the ref!
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by superhoopdownunder at 03:29:31

Thanks Clive this is a fair representation of what happened.
I spent a long time fuming about the injustice after the game.
Unfortunately another great opportunity that has been lost.
It will be interesting to see how we perform on Friday night.

Sunderland looked fresher than us and no wonder after using 36 players already this season. We don't seem to have too many options for each position.
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by Loft1979 at 02:57:32

Good Luck and Thank you Sunderland. But thank you Clive who unwittingly feels a void where a high priced Therapist would normally be extracting a royal sum of money. No matter how bad I might feel you always put it back in the right perspective!! We won but for a bad ref and his back up boy band.

First, Sunderland were not better than QPR even without 2 of our best players this year and the fact they ARE a good team.

Warrbs: has fooled us with a ghost run set up by a great performance by Lee Hoos and Sir Les. Warbs management MUST be questioned his one man midfield had been called out by u all season. It does not work… period.

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by snanker at 23:59:39

Good luck to Sunderland they made the running were the better side and got the benefit on a horror call from 3 blind mice ! R's need to show some real backbone Friday night and continue the winning home league form.
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by Patrick at 23:08:42

You could comment on Rangers, how Amos is left to be a one man midfield, how our main assist/goal man is forced so deep, how our two strikers are so far apart they may as well communicate by 2nd class post... Or you could comment on Sunderland, who put out a team which was young, fit and quick, three qualities not seen in a Sunderland side for about 15 years. Well done them, and good luck next round. But that would be like saying "apart from that Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?" The big decision that turned the game was a Halloween horror show by referee Frankenstroud and his team of partially sighted assistants (all part of the FA's diversity drive, I understand. Way to go.) An absolute monster of a decision, one of the worst ever. We await the apologetic letter which will no doubt make us all feel better.
And before I forget, top marks Clive for putting that piece out and managing something that could be seen before the nine o'clock threshold.
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by sinceApril66 at 22:57:24

Was tempted to say you're incredibly funny, recognisable report almost made up for the event itself. Except, of course, it can't can it? Even found myself imagining a better, fairer world in which you could complain to some God about such injustice... and hearing, by return that we were miraculously into the quarter-final draw!???
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by Phil_i_P_Daddy at 22:40:33

“All you can do is take it out of their hands as best you can. Score in the first half when you should have done.”
And that’s it in a nutshell.
Can’t believe how much bitching and moaning the club’s propaganda unit has pumped out in a bid to deflect away from the squad’s current collective performance nosedive.
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by DWQPR at 22:10:04

Instead of awarding Stroud a mark for his 'performance' cannot you just change it on this occasion for the type of death you would like to impose on the little shite?
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by GroveR at 21:38:08

I completely agree it's down to Rangers to put it out of sight before shìt like the disallowed goal happens but Sunderland are a good team and it was a tight game only ever likely to be settled in normal time by one goal. When that goal came, neither he or the other officials had a clue on what to do. Could have been a Dickie 30 yarder, they'd have found something to have a drama about.

Stroud desperately wants it all to be about him though. That prolonged hand puppet theatre routine may well be him masturbating over your open coffin.
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by WokingR at 21:29:51

As always, you’ve struck the perfect balance
Well done mate.
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by thehat at 21:25:48

Ha Ha - Thank you Clive for a fantastic report and putting a smile back on my face with your Gallows Humour. Just what I needed.

I had a day off today and spent the whole day snarling at the wife in a foul mood.

This bloody football club affects my mood and wellbeing in very unhealthy measures.

Still win Friday and we could go fourth - Dont mess it up for the third time in a week Rangers - Please.
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by KerryE at 21:15:03

Thank you for calming me down, great report as usual.
Was so disappointing to go out like that. Felt so sorry for my 13 year old boy who can't understand why we do not have VAR.
I hope this acts as a catalyst to get us up and running again after disappointing little run.
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by Sittingbournehoop at 21:02:09

A perfectly good goal ruled out, and once that happened, you just knew it wasn’t going to be our night, all quite soul destroying at times but I’ve supported the club long enough to expect the worst! The whole season will likely fizzle out now, we look so vulnerable in defence and key players like Austin and Johansen just don’t seem with it at the moment. Warburton needs to try and shake things up, perhaps an addition to the coaching staff to focus on our defensive vulnerabilities. I would ditch Gray and bring Bonne back, nothing to lose and give some of the youngsters more game time.
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by TacticalR at 19:41:46

Thanks for your preview.

I haven't heard the interview with Ferdinand and Gnanalingam, but it's good if they are thinking about how to make use of existing resources rather than dreaming about building castles in the air. Just going on about how terrible the existing ground is without a plan to improve it doesn't get us anywhere.

I really hope things change, and clubs take the cups more seriously, but as Man City have won the EFL cup 6 times in the last 8 years it feels like there is very little romance (or competition) left in cup football.
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Sunderland finally getting their act together - Interview
by TacticalR at 19:08:09

Thanks to Dave and Top Dogs.

Everyone sounds remarkably happy and confident this season after some bad times. It seems recruitment has been the key to reviving the club, with the net cast pretty wide if players are being picked up from Bayern and players or on loan from Man City.
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