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|An entirely different kind of flying, altogether – Report
Only watched on a stream, but the formation looked more 541 out of possession, with Dykes moving to right mid - be interested to see his heat map - either way great to see things that have clearly been worked on reflected on the pitch.
I also thought Paal was really good, combined with Chair in the way Willock used to, both moving around to create angles.
I think Cardiff expected, as we all did, to just turn up and roll us over, hopefully teams keep underestimating us until we improve and get some depth. A huge win and well deserved.
|Fleetwood cack — Report
You, the other 978 fans that made the trip and this report - the only things that deserve any credit.
What an absolute shit show.
|Nothing in the manual - Preview
Everybody looking for that next Graham Potter, and young forward thinking managers like Vieira doing well only strengthens the profile of people like Beale.
Gerrard going has also made people think that Mick was the ingredient for PL success there, adding another line of rhetoric...
Such a shame, not least because I think he could have done something special here and still fulfilled his own ambitions once he'd raised us up.
|And then I looked up at the sun and I could see - Report
Lovely stuff. Also shout out to the Boro fans and their very active participation in welcoming/celebrating Chloe Kelly - one of our own of course, but clearly one of theirs too. Boro are a proper club.
|Season Preview 22/23 — Strugglers
Brilliant, love reading these. Thanks for doing it. For what it's worth here's my stab in the near dark...
1 - Boro
2 - Sheff U
3 - Watford
4 - Norwich
5 - Coventry
6 - Burnley
7 - Luton
8 - WBA
9 - Bristol C
10 - Preston
11 - Millwall
12 - Stoke
13 - Sunderland
14 - Blackburn
15 - QPR
16 - Hudds
17 - Swansea
18 - Cardiff
19 - Wigan
20 - Blackpool
21 - Reading
22 - Hull
23 - Rotherham
24 - Birmingham
|Analytics' fav Paal caps busy weekend for Rangers — Signing
Myke - you're right the 2nd division of the Dutch league is nowhere close to the Championship, so it's a good job he hasnt been at that level for the last 4 years. He started there for PSV but has since been in the top Dutch league (Eridivisie) for 90 odd appearances. There's an argument to be made about the quality of that league to ours, but yours isn't it.
Also Barbets diags didn't come from the spaces suggested in the analytics tweets, which are in themselves not supposed to be definitive proof of anything. Those are crosses and deliveries from the half spaces in the final third, which actually when the likes of Dickie and Barbet did step into and deliver from on v rare occasions, I thought we did quite well from and wanted to see more of. A diag from LB to RW isn't the same as a cross in the opposition half to the far post, you're talking about different things.
The lightweight stuff, endurance for a 46 game season and adapting to a brand new country/division/level when you're also supposed to be a key position holder in a new system... all very valid and I'd be with you.
Finally, George Cox btw... Also 24 and has spent the last 2 seasons in exactly the same league as Paal, but without the 80+ Dutch division 2 games that he had.
|Out of the darkness cometh light - Report
I've held my tongue plenty of times and I'm 1000% less repetitive than you and your opinions from afar. Not as easy to review things when you're not at the game though
|Out of the darkness cometh light - Report
At the end of every report or preview I know I'm going to see Mykes name, digging Clive out on little details and challenging things. Generally it's bullshit and nearly always wrong, but mostly, it's just fckin boring mate.
|Yo, and indeed, yo — Interview
Jeez, not a lot of love for the left backs - both of which I'd punch a widow to have at LR...
I also see that Fulham topped the agent spending list with Â£10m (!) paid in a year, the biggest majority in the 45m odd total. Pretty gross, but that's what gets you the kind of team that pisses this league. Expecting them to roll over us Saturday and take the title at a canter, some reward for the woeful relegation season I guess.
|Barnsley/Blackburn — Awaydays
Annoying aren't they, these really long articles about the minutiae of British sport and fandom.
Not for me I like them.
|Dickie bounces Rangers back off the canvas - Report
There's always things people can disagree with in a lengthy long-form style report, and it always seems to be you doing it Myke. It's boring.
Cracking report Claighve, wasn't interested in going to Luton and didn't wake up fussed that morning, by 2 o'clock I was of course, desperate to be with you all. A deserved reward for a tough month.