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End of Term Report 20/21 – Midfielders
at 21:21:56

Cheers Clive. Top drawer analysis. I feel if we don't sign Johannsen, Carroll will be an important player for us next season
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End of Term Report 20/21 – Defenders
at 00:11:03

Clive, I think this is a very fair, detailed and accurate assessment of our defenders and if I was writing this myself - much less articulately - I would have come to almost the same conclusions. The two exceptions are our wingbacks, Kakay and Niko. While I understand your unwillingness to write off Niko due to lack of first team Championship experience (although much less so as a result of Warburton 'influence' - that is so not like you), I have seen nothing to indicate Niko can operate effectively at this level. Given Wallace's age and fitness issues in the past, it is unrealistic to expect him to play more than 25 or so games next season, and if we are serious about a promotion tilt, his cover needs to be of a higher standard than Niko currently offers. With over three years remaining on his contract, we have plenty of time to assess his development and for me, the next step has to be a League 1 loan, at least until Christmas. Recruiting a left-wing back this summer, has to be high on our list of priorities.
Likewise, I would disagree with your assertion that when Kakay tackles you, 'you stay bloody tackled' or his 'improvement year on year is marked'. Last season (19/20), when he broke back in v Fulham, his tackles were ferocious, (with the exception of West Brom in the final game), this year I have seen too many of the powder-puff (or half-arsed) variety. I disagree that he has improved on 2019/20, in fact I would argue that he has regressed. He has the very annoying habit of playing too narrow when right back, allowing crosses in unchallenged and was poor in many of our final games ( Middlesboro in particular) despite the fact that the team was playing well generally. I don't even think he would have played in many of those games if Kane hadn't been dropped for his off the field comments. Yes, he took his goal nicely v Stoke, but Stoke offered token resistance at best. All that said, I do agree he is further along in his development than Niko, and his versatility makes him a useful squad member for next season. But again, if we are serious about a top six finish, and Kane departs, then a right wing back must also be high on the agenda.
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End of Term Report 20/21 – Goalkeepers
at 09:46:06

A fair and balanced analysis Clive
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The end of the beginning – Report
at 23:01:34

Thanks Clive, for a another wonderful year of reports. I sincerely hope you will be back in your rightful place next August. In the meantime, chill for the summer.
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48/48 – Preview
at 23:08:06

Cheers Clive - enjoy your summer
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Dykes gathers rich Rangers rewards from dominant Swansea show – Report
at 20:44:24

Excellent Clive and clearly a pleasure to write, despite being No 43 of 46! Having being adept for years at finding many different ways to lose, we are suddenly finding a variety of ways to win: From grinding out one nils (Wycombe ) coming back from two down (Millwall),hanging on for dear life (Boro) and scoring in the final minute (Swansea). Long may it continue
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There’s a platinum door - Preview
at 23:19:47

Superb piece Clive. As depressing as it was insightful
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Frustration to thrills, disaster to delight, one extreme to another - Report
at 22:43:07

Cheers Clive. The first 25 minutes a teasing glimpse of what we are capable of. The rest - glorious mayhem! How the second half finished 0-0 is a mystery. Special mention for our most vocal fan, Lumley - so pleased for him. Whatever happens now, his leaving will be much more in keeping with the respect he deserves.
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The final countdown - Preview
at 22:45:09

Excellent preview Clive. I think you not having the 'luxury' of being able to 'pad' match reports and previews with lots of amusing match day/travel amusing anecdotes, means you have become even more insightful with your observations - and possibly more candid about challenges you face - both of which add to the value and empathy of your pieces. Not wishing to get all soppy about it but I think your increased candour relating to personal challenges, has encouraged others on the forum to 'open up' which can only be a good thing,especially in the times we are in.
With regard to travelling fans being more tolerant of our short-comings than the 'keyboard warriors', I am sure this is true. As a non-attendee either home or away, I am in awe of those that head for Middlesboro, Preston of 'Grimsby' on a cold mid-week night and fully understand the need for gallows humour to keep you all from going mad, in the face of another inept performance.
My geographical distance (and my age and 'life experiences' ) from West London affords me the chance to 'rise above'some of the din surrounding the club. I don't hate Chelsea, why would I? I have never being near Stamford Bridge, have never experienced their alleged racism and could not care less if they win or lose. I have no view on John Terry other than he was a very good centre-half in his day. I don't think Frank Lampard is 'fat', I think he was an exceptional mid-fielder and that he was unlucky to be sacked as manager. By extension, my view of Todd Kane is completely un-influenced by his Chelsea connection. I think he is a very decent Championship right-sided player, very fit, very committed and probably one of our better performers since Christmas. I believe we are weaker as a team without him, I don't have the stats to back that up, but we are definitely better balanced with him in the team.
I don't buy into the idea that we should be certs for a play-off push next season, based on our second half performance of this season, but nor do I think we should settle for anything less than having a serious bash. I think Tom Carroll is a very decent Championship player, but not as good as Jo Jo when both are at their best. He is however, 3 (or 4?) years younger and that is significant going forward. I would love to see both Charlie and Jo Jo here next season, but not 'at all costs' and I would not sack off the season if neither are.
I believe we have the nucleus of a decent side, at least 6/11 that you could pick week in,week out, it's how we fill the remaining places that will have a big bearing on next season.
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Dykes comes good as QPR nudge Owls towards doom – Report
at 23:26:37

I would argue that on the evidence of Saturday's game, Kakay has not improved in the last 12 months, in fact I would go so far as to say that he has regressed. He was superb post lockdown v Fulham and indeed in all the games he played in at the end of last season; hard-working, tough-tackling, passionate, vocal. Raw, as you would expect, but totally committed. Compare that, to his gentle jog back after the ball was lifted over him by Bannan, add in a poor first touch and positional sense.. lots of room for improvement..
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Dykes comes good as QPR nudge Owls towards doom – Report
at 16:06:47

Cheers Clive. Don't know if I am imagining it, but were the celebrations for both Dykes' goals rather muted, compared to the other two? He seemed to be celebrating on his own for several seconds before being joined by team-mates. I think Kakay was the first to go to him on both occasions.
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Standards – Preview
at 10:35:49

E15, we clearly have polar views on this. There are two types of people I never argue or debate with. People I agree with (obviously) and people I completely disagree with, because it's pointless, as neither person is going to come round to the others viewpoint
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Standards – Preview
at 13:30:21

@ E15Hoop: First of all, following BOS's (or anyone else's for that matter) Social Media account just sounds incredibly sad. But if indeed, as you say, I am judging him without all the facts, then I would suggest that is pretty much what everyone who is hammering Kane is doing with the his interview. But as Clive says, that's alright because he is ex-Chelsea, so doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt
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Standards – Preview
at 23:22:41

Clive, Your whole Warburton 'respect' and 'integrity' argument collapses by virtue of the fact that he continued to play BOS long after the dogs in the street knew he wasn't going to sign a new contract. BOS disrespected the club hugely by the manner in which he strung us along for months, refused to allow us a decent 5M transfer kitty to go alongside Eze's 16 M last summer. To add insult to injury he hadn't even the good manners to inform the club himself about his departure to Turkey forcing us to publicly, hastily and gracelessly haggle over a few hundred thousand before he departed .
Kane 'crime' is to have the audacity to suggest he is better than his direct rival and gets dropped for his trouble. Very consistent behaviour by Mr. Warburton indeed.
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Very QPR indeed - Report
at 17:01:29

Cheers Clive, short and sweet, a bit like our resistance on the day. Much debate re Kane/Kakay on the forum, so no need to rehash here. But as I said on one of the threads and you pointed out here, Warburton's silence over Kane's sudden lack of involvement is baffling and only adding fuel to the 'interviewgate' fire
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Dykes breaks duck but Rangers held at Reading - Report
at 13:31:25

Ah fair enough, although I do enjoy your sense of humour. I suppose I have a bit of a 'thing' about loyalty. Not just football related but, very high on my list of important characteristics in my life generally. There is no doubt that Green fuked up many times, but I try to remember the good stuff and let the mistakes go. It is one of the reasons I am completely baffled by the negativity surrounding Kane at the minute on the forum. You would think he was a pedophile, rather than expressing a view that he considered himself better than the man directly competing for his shirt. I think he (Kane) has been excellent this season and deserves a bit more credit than he is getting. I like Kakay too and hope he will develop into a great championship player - I would certainly be more optimistic about him than Niko - but at the moment Kane is ahead of him in terms of experience and know-how.
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Dykes breaks duck but Rangers held at Reading - Report
at 20:58:25

Excellent report Clive, apart from the unnecessary cheap shot at Green. Our joint best player in the season we were relegated alongside the returned messiah and our joint player of the match with Dunne in the play-off final that got us up in the first place.
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Hoop dreams - Preview
at 21:13:50

It depends entirely on which QPR turns up. With the obvious exception of Wednesday night, you can nearly tell after 5 minutes how the game will go. If we begin on the front foot we should win (I've watch Reading a few times this season, they are not very good), but if we start slowly, we could lose by two
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Never a moment’s doubt – Report
at 20:29:54

Cheers, Clive, so many lol moments as befits a ludicrous match, my favourite 'something inside so strong' I was so fortunate to completely miss the first half and thoroughly enjoyed the second. Could have finished 5-5.
A word on Todd Kane. I am not one to abuse him regularly, for his mis-hit crosses, or even missed attempts at goal. Instead I admire his constant endeavour and constant hard work and especially his stamina. But last night he looked shattered, absolutely out on his feet. One one occasion, not long before he was taken off, when yet another attack had broken down, down our right, due to a mis-placed pass and Millwall were breaking down their left, he gave a little shake of his head, a gesture of pure weariness and trudged ( there is no other word for it) after his rapidly disappearing opponent. Luckily, Dickie stepped in and broke it up. Kane didn't trudge back out of disinterest, there was literally nothing left in the tank and Warburton rightly removed him a few minutes later. I think he needs a breather for a game or two, he has played a hell of a lot of football and has covered miles and miles of pitch, especially since we went with wing-backs after Christmas. I am not sure if Adomah is the answer, depends on the oppo I guess, but we have Kakay as well, so we should be able to give him Saturday off and hopefully he will be recharged after the break.
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QPR doing QPR things - Report
at 22:42:46

Cheers Clive. I often wondered how you got hooked. I assumed your dad had dragged you along before you learned to walk. My dad was a huge United man. Lived in Manchester for years and used to watch them at Maine Road when Old Trafford had been bombed. I was travelling back to Sligo from Galway with my then girlfriend now wife on that memorable New Years Day. Just got to the house in time for kick-off, expecting my dad to have the bragging writes as per usual. Instead it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable afternoons ever. Not just a fluke either, we were brilliant second half of that season. (I am studiously avoiding mentioning the Huddersfield game)
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