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Stan Bowles
at 23:07 24 Feb 2024

The reason I am a QPR fan - that's all.
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What have we learned so far? — Analysis
at 09:16 23 Aug 2022

I am the exact opposite of you Brian (and Nix) when it comes to this mindset. I shudder at reams of data, charts (again for Clive's benefit NOT a dig at Dan) and the like. I'm a poet, literally (albeit largely unpublished) and figuratively. I love the abstract, the oblique and the 'unknown', particularly in the context of a football match. I understand people like you (wife is an accountant, brother a software analyst - whatever that means!), but I cannot relate at all. I don't even like filling in forms!
You say that the likes of Gerry Francis was doing this 30 years ago and that fine. Obviously you need a structure and to do your homework on the oppos strengths and weaknesses and plan accordingly, but what Beale is doing here is a world away from that.
I worry that football games are already turning into a game of chess and this level of control over a player's movements and decision making is only going to exacerbate and accelerate that. I WANT players to make mistakes (preferably the oppos) and players to produce flashes of genius (ours), but I feel this will eventually be coached out of them and we will be left with a vanilla version of the game we all love. I can imagine a scenario in ten years time when those in attendance, instead of screaming and shouting, will be nodding sagely at each other, as our no 10 executes a perfect 'press' in response to a 'trigger pass'. You can imagine the response of the greatest No 10 we ever had if he was handed this data.
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What have we learned so far? — Analysis
at 01:00 23 Aug 2022

Clive, this was just a throwaway remark.I gave a deeper explanation of my dislike for this level of analysis - while completely removing Dan from my criticism (the level of detail is seriously impressive) - at the end of the actual piece. You should have seen it there.
As for calling each other out , absolutely no problem at all. You should know by now I have the height of respect for both you and your work, but of course if I disagree, I will say so (most of the time anyway - the Hendrick thing just became tedious after a while) and I expect no less in return. I would like to think I do so respectfully.
Just to be clear, I am not being in anyway critical of Dan here. But I am very concerned if Beale is seriously gone to this level 'control' over the players actions on the pitch - what does he want? Robots? Of course you need structure and a 'plan' but this is seriously OTT in my view. Football is basically a very SIMPLE, spontaneous and beautiful game to play and watch. But where is the joy in that level of control for the players? I have reviewed my opinion of Beale and not in a good way. But then you see Armstrong swashbuckling around the place and he is clearly not following any 'trigger passes' yet Beale still seems to like him - all very confusing.
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What have we learned so far? — Analysis
at 22:51 22 Aug 2022

I think you can safely drop the 'pseudo' bit
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FFP Headroom / P&S BS
at 16:36 22 Aug 2022

I just don't think Willock has done enough to be on m(any) premier league managers radar. He is not like Eze who was playing at the very top level for us for over two years. Remember, it took Willock most of his first season here to find his feet and last season was curtailed by serious injury. This season- while his two goals have been superb - 2 appearances from 5 is not what they are looking for. I think he would need this full season (or at the very least until Jan) to attract notice higher than the Championship's elite.
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Lyndon Dykes (n/t)
at 16:21 22 Aug 2022

Why not indeed,after all that's pretty much what happened to Wells. Unfortunately we didn't own him so were unable to cash in.
(Imagine the craic on here if we HAD owned Wells and decided to sell him to Bristol City!)
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FFP Headroom / P&S BS
at 14:17 22 Aug 2022

Yes, but if we wait until january then he is six months nearer the end of his contract, which will clearly reduce his value
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FFP Headroom / P&S BS
at 13:20 22 Aug 2022

We neither, but that would be unsolicited enquiries. Can we not circulate a player's availability to other clubs? In the old days known as being 'put on the transfer list'. Is that still a thing?
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FFP Headroom / P&S BS
at 11:37 22 Aug 2022

If that is the case we need to sell NOW. He has done enough in his two appearances to show his quality, at the very least at the top end of the Championship. Watford for example. Get 5M for him now with add-ons, a lot better than another BOS situation in 12 months time.
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Lewis Grabban
at 08:48 21 Aug 2022

Why are the names of over the hill, not very prolific in their prime, strikers regularly trotted out here? You heard Clive's guarded comments on Gray, so why would we repeat that mistake? We are not going to loan in 30 somethings even if we could afford them. It goes against everything Beale stands for. Yes we are struggling for goals but Chair and everybody's pin-up Armstrong are equally as culpable as Dykes at this stage. Chair should have 2 goals to his name and Armstrong 3. I said earlier that I believe the goals will probably be spread around all our 'attackers ' . So far, only Willock is stepping up with 2 goals from 2 chances.
But equally we need to tighten up- no clean sheet in 6 attempts and several preventable goals conceded. If you're not scoring enough you need to be a right misery at the back- Preston being a good example
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Really don’t want to dig the manager out but
at 17:52 20 Aug 2022

Unusual title for a thread from someone who seems hell bent on digging the manager out after 5 (FIVE) games
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Nottingham Forest
at 17:48 20 Aug 2022

Random (unless you are looking for teams to finish below Forest), but I reckon Leicester could really struggle this season
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The 'Fcuk It, I'll Do It' Rotherham Match Thread
at 16:36 20 Aug 2022

Quote from Clinton Morrison - 'Eze is pulling all the strings now'. CP3 AV1
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The 'Fcuk It, I'll Do It' Rotherham Match Thread
at 15:15 20 Aug 2022

Kompany has the perfect antidote to Blackpool sh1thousery - score early
[Post edited 20 Aug 2022 15:22]
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The 'Fcuk It, I'll Do It' Rotherham Match Thread
at 14:49 20 Aug 2022

Interesting that Archer got the nod over Walsh, who apparently came close to playing the 2nd half on Tuesday.
Field can also play CB.
This is pretty close to our strongest 11
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QPR ask fans to take blood stem cell donor test
at 13:21 20 Aug 2022

This just got a plug on Sky from Jeff. I have no personal experience of donating bone marrow but a very good friend did it for her sister. Quite invasive involving an over-night stay but well worth it as her sister lived for another 7 1/2 years as a result. Obviously the family of the 14-year-old would be hoping for a lot longer than another 7 years, but they would probably take it this minute. Respect to all of you getting involved, hopefully somebody comes up trumps. Balances the books a bit for Mr O'Halloran's death
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Thomas O’Halloran RIP
at 13:00 19 Aug 2022

This is fair. Did your mum know Thomas- ironic both from Clare and ended up almost as neighbours. Two points I suppose. (1) Perhaps a seperate thread discussing the wider issues of mindless violence on the streets, so not directly linked to Thomas, so he can RIP
(2) There is a world of difference between a genuine discussion with people expressing their fears and concerns as you just have, and deliberately provocative loaded comments that are designed purely to evoke a heated response.
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Team for Sat
at 12:50 19 Aug 2022

59 goals conceded last season. 70ish the previous 3 seasons before Dunne arrived. It think he was left out for Salter at the beginning less for his 'right-footedness' (he's comfortable on his left) and more for his lesser ability as a ball-playing CB. Saying that, he came out nicely on a couple of occasions late on (when Stef was no longer blocking him) v Blackpool and dinked a couple of nice passes out to Shodipo/Armstrong
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Team for Sat
at 12:38 19 Aug 2022

To partly answer my own question (sad I know), but I think losing Richards is a massive blow to Beale's early season plans. If Richards- as a ball carrying mid-fielder - was available, then Beale could be more careful with Willock.Without Richards, Beale knows that Willock is the only player we have that can drive at the heart of the oppos defence as he did at Boro.
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Team for Sat
at 12:31 19 Aug 2022

But on Tuesday night Beale DID take the medical advice and didn't play Willock as he had intended to do and we all know what happened. I bet he regrets that decision now. If (IF) we had beaten Blackpool with Willock playing for an hour and not available tomorrow would we be content with that? I think so. Beale knows he is under pressure from the fans (ridiculous as that seems after 4 games) which is why he left Willock on for 70 when Boro had us under the cosh 2nd half. He likely never intended to play Willock at Sunderland, but he sure as hell expected him to play last Tuesday. The big question now is, by following medical advice, is Willock ready to play the WHOLE game tomorrow or not? Because I can see this going like the Boro game or indeed the last time we Rotherham at home; we may well build a 2 goal lead, but Rotherham are no mugs and they will have a strong spell in the game. If they get one back (Washington of course) will Beale leave Willock on the pitch or not? If he does and we win the game but then Willock misses the next 3... as Bosh said Beale is damned either way
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