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16 Jan 2021 23:55:08
15th to 17th most realistic ambition but we will have to play better and hope a miracle happens with the pitch. When you rely on a system of play with average players you get found out at the top level. Casilla, Struijk, Rodrigo and Bamford the spine. Not good enough. Roberts, Hernandez and Lovers off the bench. Not good enough. Raphinia on wrong wing. Dallas and Alioski not good at this level. Bielsa showing his age? We were good to start with but we could always concede and we only looked certain to get three points when we were three goals up.




29 Jan 2020 07:55:37
Papered over the cracks. Very good second half but we were very poor in the first half. Even playing that bad we made chances against a very average Millwall team but couldn't convert. Hanford as usual the main culprit but others were wasteful as well. We need to sort out the defensive frailalties at set pieces but how you do it with Cooper at the back and a system where Alioski is marking a player six inches taller than him I don't know. We are top of the league but other results keep us there at the moment. Great result in the circumstances but still a worry.


1.) 29 Jan 2020 09:33:55
Got to agree hess, this season we have either been tight at the back and miss firing up front or poor at the back but scoring a few. Last night's game and the Brum game, both wins but easily have lost them. We have done well to stay where we are but worry that failing to strengthen the back line will again cost us this season.

2.) 29 Jan 2020 10:03:18
I think we rode our luck a lot in the first half of the season and some wonder saves plus mistakes from opponents contributed to our good defensive record. There were a few games where I thought if we'd have conceded we might have lost but we kept them out. we haven't been as lucky since Cardiff and that, too is changing games. Maybe we can't be both defensive and score goals and have to accept that we need to be a bit more gung ho and try and outscore the opposition. Worries me with the amount of chances we miss though. Hope the new recruits can go some way to address that and Bamford somehow goes on a scoring streak now until the end of the season.

3.) 29 Jan 2020 18:20:51
Totally disagree. would not have flattered Leeds if it had ended 6-2.

4.) 30 Jan 2020 13:47:07
not sure where you have been all season Whitelight but almost every game we could have had 6 if we had taken our chances. The fact is we don't.



20 Jan 2020 15:40:17
Seems we have a good chance of signing an 18 year old Italian goal keeper. Promotion guaranteed then!


1.) 20 Jan 2020 16:21:35
He’s been training with us for the last ten days, and is expected to be understudy to Meslier when he steps up following Kiko’s expected ban. Miazek not seen as good enough yet.

2.) 20 Jan 2020 17:30:27
And supposed to be top class too.

3.) 20 Jan 2020 18:59:23
Arent they all Martyn.

4.) 20 Jan 2020 20:30:46
Meslier looked pretty handy vs gooners, (and 23’s) , so if he’s anything like him, then great!

5.) 21 Jan 2020 09:45:11
Was just going to reply the same brighty old boy.



17 Jan 2020 09:56:25
If we don't get a good result tomorrow I think the writing is on the wall. Last season we were going through our new year down turn. We played QPR who were having a poor spell. They managed to beat us and then continued their mediocre run. We continued our mediocre run and everybody knows the result of that. Our last seven games have only given us one win.

We have managed six points from six games. We threw away a three goal lead against Cardiff, managed a lucky point against Preston and lost against Fulham who were going through a bad patch. We also nearly blew against Birmingham. So, without a goal scorer, with Dallas playing out of position in midfield (doing a tidy job but without the cutting edge we need and being extremely vulnerable from set pieces we look to be quite shaky. We don't convert the few chances we are making at the moment, We don't score from our own corners or set pieces.

It doesn't look like any decent player is going to be signed this window and even if one does it will probably be weeks before he gets to play. In view of all this I think the QPR game will be a sign post. Is Bielsa going to pull off a master stroke and get us promotion or is it just 'nearly' again? QPR might show us if we are back on track.


1.) 17 Jan 2020 11:44:36
Hess, if the board had done any scouting like they would have us believe the we would have had a couple of decent signings done and dusted by now. I fear we will have the best efforts of the current squad and MB for the remainder of the season.
A win at QPR is only one win, 3 pts towards the magic 37 - 40 pts IMO we need for promotion. Me feels no signings and no promotion again is on the cards.

2.) 17 Jan 2020 12:15:46
How many of those games did Pable miss?
There is an undeniable trend in our results when he is missing.
Hopefully he's good for the start tomorrow and normal service is resumed!

3.) 17 Jan 2020 14:00:47
Hess Sadly, a very good and accurate post by you. Our senior players need to step up, take responsibility and score goals. Thinking of Paddy, Jacky, Mateuszy and Pabloy.

4.) 17 Jan 2020 14:23:13
First time poster here- Exactly right Canada, Pablo is undeniably the magic ingredient in the team. Fingers crossed for a masterclass tommorrow!

5.) 17 Jan 2020 14:50:37
pablo is 35/ 36 and by far our best player, there is no way he would have lasted 46 championship games, we do and needed another pablo at the start of august, our owner is a skintflint.

6.) 17 Jan 2020 14:58:43
Hess the writing is already well and truly on the wall and one result will not change it . This January window is looking like turning out like many others unless the three amigos pull their fingers out sharpish . But the rumoured structuring of the Bowen deal with the major part of the outlay contingent on promotion just smacks that they have learnt zilch from the DJ fiasco . They are either naive or arrogant or probably a bit of both . Latest updates suggest they are still not giving up on Adams and Gray but again that also appears like lessons have not been learnt . Supposedly there’s a foreign guy who MB rates and Sharp as the two back up options .

7.) 18 Jan 2020 02:02:25
I think they are probably very wary of Financial restrictions. Last thing we need is a 10 point deduction and we don't know but I'm assuming that we are prbably borderline if we pought a player outright. It looks to me as if we can afford a few mil but can't afford 10 or 12 mil. I would suggest that these ristrictions are what is holding back any outright purchases. Although it seems a lot of you guy's know much better than the so called idiots running our club. I trust that they are doing as much as they can to both avoid FFP and get the best possible team. It just makes sence. MOT.

8.) 18 Jan 2020 10:26:42
Great post Fred! 👍🏻.



15 Sep 2019 22:53:54
Let's be clear, we play some sharp football in two thirds of the pitch but are quite poor in front of goal. Harrison and Bamford really struggle and need almost open goals to get the job done. I wonder why bielsa continues to start with them when he has Eddie and Costa on the bench.

On the other hand he might believe that they can only have the effect later in the game when the opposition is slowing down. We lost at Swansea and we could have easily dropped points today. Eddie and Costa made the difference. Hope they can do it from the start. If they can't we may struggle in too many games. Roberts might make a difference. Good win but too much of a struggle to be re assuring.


1.) 16 Sep 2019 02:23:38
Maybe not as effective bringing bam bam and Harrison on as impact subs.

2.) 16 Sep 2019 08:55:11
Yes paddy has 4 goals but 3 were tap in's, Continue the way we are going and Bielsa's stubbornness is going to cost us points as we have seen already forest + swans, Eddie is the more natural + Helder is the more skillful, yet both find themselves left on bench in place of inferior players . We all know the drill know Marcelo almost set your watch to timing of subs.
Why not make a total change and play 2 up top, let's see can Eddie get more out of paddy, gelder has to start.

3.) 16 Sep 2019 13:25:28
CC Been banging the 4-4-2 drum for ages now, at least at home. Still think Bielsa's system away and bringing on the big guns last 20 minutes has its tactical merit for some but not all fixtures.




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16 Jan 2021 23:54:26
Another toothless performance. I have consistently said 15th to 17th at the end of the season. We don't convert enough chance so when we have possession without the chances we don't score. Cassilla didn't do much wrong. Ayling wasn't bad but had one or two wayward passes. Struijk was ok but didn't give us much. Raphinia was playing on the wrong wing and didn't have much of an impact. Don't know whether I should just feel sorry for Bamford doesn't get much in the way of service and he usually has to miss a couple before he scores.

Only two chances today so missed them both. Alioski tries hard and Rodrigo flatters to deceive. Harrison generally good until the final pass or shot then struggles a bit. Substitutes. Hernandez: hasn't the legs anymore. Roberts: Just isn't good enough Poveda: Isn't good enough. Klich did ok but had his usual sky rocket of a shot but was generally tidy without having the cutting edge. Bottom line.

We don't have enough quality players in the squad ie The bench doesn't offer much. Without quality individuals it's only so long before your system is found out. We've been found out and found wanting. We need to hang on and stay in the division. West Brom won; Fulham improving; Brighton a better team; Burnley should com e good. Worrying times. I said 15th to 17th is a realistic ambition but we could do worse. Final note get the pitch sorted that doesn't help our style.


1.) 17 Jan 2021 04:05:29
No improvement on Crawley game end of the day where not good enough we've already over achieved with Championship players so long as way stay in the Premier league investment will be there again in the summer priority as to be a top creative midfielder but no in us and Bielsa we'll probably look for another winger.

2.) 17 Jan 2021 04:47:11
Poor. Again.
No plus points.
Brighton were woeful.
Says it all really.
Showed our championship quality.
Just boring.

3.) 17 Jan 2021 09:08:37
People keep saying our players are poor and some that Brighton are a better team?

What Brighton players you taking for our starting 11. one at most same with most teams in bottom 10 prem teams

We have the players we ain’t got the game plan or tattics

We have better players than bottom half of prem, sadly the bottom half or prem have the better manager and as proven yesterday that is what matters.

4.) 17 Jan 2021 12:24:04
Berm I agree yesterday that Potter beat bubs tactically hands down, I think I (what do I know) saw they were killing us in midfield and would have either switched to a back three taken Alioski who had a shocker and Struick off who was just not a Premier league midfielder.

But it’s ONE game Crawley nothing like first team and Spurs had their best game, more worrying was our lack of energy and belief yesterday, again you are correct that’s the Managers job to install that confidence or change personnel.

It was a huge opportunity missed yesterday but this is a bloody tough league look at Wolves form without Jimenez are we saying Nino Sanchez is a poor Manager? Palace beat us 4-1 with a Roy Hodgson masterclass but are still below us, so are Burnley with Dyche even if they win their game in hand I agree Bielsa deserves your criticism Berm he was found wanting yesterday but sack him?

Ok who would you replace him with?

5.) 17 Jan 2021 13:04:44
Thing is class or is not just the results ot is the pattern

How many times has a far weaker team beat us due to sitting back and/ or being physical with high balls?

Crawley is not one game it is the last result in a long pattern of losing to teams like Wigan

Brighton is not just one game it is the last result in along pattern of losing to teams like Harris Cardiff and millwall

It is the pattern that worries me far more than the result

I don’t mind losing to spurs I mind losing to Brighton’s and Ipswich’s and it has happened too many times to just be written off.

Name one game where the team sat back with two banks of four and we did well? Come one name just one. then think of every time we did badly

Name one game where we did well against a big physical team (remember Burley scored so result was fake) and played well then think about every time we played against a team and we did badly

Watch motd they are saying the opposition manager did a job/ number of belisa/ Leeds far too often because the other managers are simply better than him and can work out how to beat him. let’s be honest as Crawley and the others showed it ain’t hard to out wit belisa is it?

This argument is all hypothetical as we don’t know if my suggested manager could do better

But we do no belisa stubborn one diamntional plan a has largely run its course

We do know we are in a relegation scrap

We do know we don’t have the best players in the leauge

So I think it is obvious we need a manager for the situation we are in not the situation we wish we were in.

6.) 17 Jan 2021 13:38:44
Oh God class, don’t ask that question!

7.) 17 Jan 2021 14:02:16
I knew as soon as i sent it DSW

But as much as I disagree with Berm (mostly) I do admire that he does explain why he thinks the way he does again, i think he often contradicts himself saying hoof ball is ok to get results at time but in the main every defence we’ve played to date have a bigger taller defence than ours so not sure what our points tally would have been.

Think two wins this year Newcastle who set up with two banks because Bruce is so negative until he gave it a go and our football and fitness won the day and the Blunts away which i’ve previously said without Mesellier we could have lost but if my Aunt had been a bloke.

Bielsa has said many times (and I accept) that it’s easier to fix when his style his only plan A in your eyes than it is to even consider a plan B

I might not like it at times but I honestly wouldn’t swap Bub for any other premier league manager which yes is hypocthetical but i’m sticking with him especially when there’s not even an alternative for discussion.

8.) 17 Jan 2021 17:18:48
Plus points.
Raphi is class.
Jack Harrison is only going to get even better.
Luke Ayling.
Kiko punched well, and held crosses.
We have two international CB’s to come back in.
Keep the faith!

Biggest negative; our pitch is a disgrace!



04 Jan 2021 22:32:24
Why is it all the players we are linked with and ultimately sign have been/ are hampered by injury?


1.) 04 Jan 2021 22:52:04
Because we don’t want to pay top whack for prime meat, we looks for the steaks that need maturing or that haven’t quite managed to make it in a Michelin restaurant due to its imperfections.

2.) 05 Jan 2021 00:46:16
Err in two words and ten letters starts with V ends in A 😉.

3.) 05 Jan 2021 08:04:54
Precisely Baz.



02 Jan 2021 15:27:48
Easiest result to predict. Give the ball away to spurs is not like doing it to WBA. They have Kane and Son. We have Bamford. There's a huge gulf in class but if we had capitalised on our good play early on we could have made more of a game of it. Not disheartened at all. We will improve.


1.) 02 Jan 2021 16:02:51
Agree hess!

2.) 02 Jan 2021 16:04:58
Absolutely with you there on that Hess

I remember watching Norwich on match of the day last season, they looked timid against every side they came up against. We look like we are going to stand toe to toe with everyone

I can't help but think that Bielsa is watching each any every player this season and seeing if he is up to the rigours of the PL. Allowing him to pinpoint what recruitment he needs for next season.
Personally I can't see a problem with the goalkeepers (other than the non-football issue with Casilla)
Right back seems to be cover by 3. Centre back has 3 internationals and the 2 lads who are doing well now. Like a lot on here I would like to see a proper left back. Nothing against Alioski and Dallas but they would improve or bench more than they improve that position.



02 Jan 2021 13:20:37
We like playing Russian roulette with silly passes. Sometimes we get away with it sometimes we don't. Bad start today with the roulette. Hope it isn't terminal. One of these days Klich might keep a shot below 8 feet. Even 10 would be an improvement.




30 Dec 2020 18:44:25
I see that Jack Clarke might be at Coventry for a while Interesting.


1.) 30 Dec 2020 19:06:44
Where would he be in his development if he had stayed at leeds?

2.) 30 Dec 2020 19:44:50
Be at Barnsley by now.

3.) 30 Dec 2020 20:09:29
Gutted about Jack proper exciting player who took on full backs and got fans off there seats . can’t believe he never kicked on.

4.) 30 Dec 2020 20:27:46
His agent bought new car new house I suppose 🤔🤔, sometimes that's more important in players eyes . Shame really.

5.) 30 Dec 2020 20:50:46
JC was never the same after that mystery challenge. Feel sorry for the kad as he had loads of potential.

6.) 30 Dec 2020 21:15:25
Change my reply above from the words challenge to challenge and kad to lad. Too much leftover Xmas cheer me thinks 👍🏻🍺🥃.

7.) 30 Dec 2020 21:17:20
I've heard no one at Tottenham speaks to him. That's why he's being sent there. 😜.

8.) 30 Dec 2020 21:50:21
Thanks ed 😉.

9.) 31 Dec 2020 08:21:11
Did you mean challenge Lucas? I agree.

10.) 31 Dec 2020 09:12:06
Alf, the Ed's are being up to their old tricks. I typed mystery 'challenge' but the changed it to mystery 'challenge'. They must have been bored without me for entertainment over these past 2 years!

{Ed001's Note - I don't know what that is Lucas, it is being changed by the filters, not sure why. I know certain words relating to the pandemic have to be changed or the advertisers will not pay up, as I have to be careful which words I use when writing articles. It could be one of those? Though I don't know what it could be or why the word challenge is the one it is changed to.}

11.) 31 Dec 2020 10:07:55
OK then, thanks for the clarification. Instead of challenge could I put injury, condition or cocksucking?

{Ed001's Note - er. I guess if you wanted.}

12.) 31 Dec 2020 13:25:20
Mystery cocksucking. you got my attention.




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30 May 2019 22:58:19
Miracles? - Yes to a degree but in real/ concrete terms we are no better than before. - In the championship. When someone gets us out then it will be a miracle.





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10 Jan 2021 23:47:40
They almost scored from a corner when Cooper was on the pitch.




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02 Jan 2021 13:16:59
Yes. Meslier has been doing well but he regularly gives the odd stupid pass and put us under pressure. He did big style against WBA and got away with it. Not quite so lucky this time.




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27 Dec 2020 11:11:07
Don't agree. Think we will need to score 3 to get a result. Can't see it happening. Best we can hope for I think is 2-2.




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23 Dec 2020 18:37:41
Size isn't everything. There's a lad in the school nearby who's 6 foot 6. Apparently he's not that great at football. There's a lot of players in the non league who are just as tall - doesn't mean they're great.




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21 Dec 2020 16:47:42
Interesting. The good thing about speculation in football you can normally hang around to see what actually happens. The point I was attempting to make is that if we are sure of staying up. Don't bring anybody until the summer. If we were struggling because of the small squad, suspensions, loss of form etc then January it is. But in my book that would represent desperate measures. If we are not close to european football and we're not going down leave well alone.