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14 Nov 2019 17:34:06

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11 Nov 2019 11:45:38
Anthony Scully called up for the Ireland U21 squad not surprisong Anthony having scored 13 goals in 12 games in the WHU U23s MP take note and put him on the bench against Spurs.

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09 Nov 2019 08:16:24
Claret and Hugh reporting that West Ham interested in Lucas Vasquez a winger at Real Madrid have to ask what we need another winger for.

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09 Nov 2019 22:06:13
Sounds like MP thinking about scoring more than the opposition. I reckon most of us would like to see some balance and some decent defence to concede fewer.

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11 Nov 2019 05:50:34
We need a left and right back and pur Delan back in the centre of defence We had a chance to buy Shelvie but didn't so we need a defencive mid fielder Oh and a decent 2nd string goal keeper.
Lets start at the back before we bring in more rubbish.

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11 Nov 2019 11:33:27
Hi Bideford would agree with you on most points but next season we will have Nathan Trott back as an improving GK and the Right back position with Frederick's and Johnson is quite well covered

Lot of where we strengthen depends on the formation whoever the manager is.

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11 Nov 2019 12:53:10
I think the key area we need to strengthen is obvious, its energy and athleticism in the middle of the park. The most successful teams at the moment have this in abundance (Liverpool, Leicester, Man City), and it is easily our biggest weakness.
Iv said previously, no matter how much I like Nobes, he cannot play a 2 man midfield, and neither can Wilshere, especially when next to Declan (who is also not the quickest) . We strengthened some good areas in summer, but we never addressed the glaring issue that (when playing MP's style) teams easily get behind Nobes when he heads higher up the pitch and they get a free run at our defence every time we lose the ball. I do not think our defence is the problem, its how easily exposed they are when playing the style of football MP wants.
Short term i think MP needs to adjust tactically, and maybe play Declan AND Sanchezas together as two deeper players (which may also afford our attackers some extra freedom), or tell Nobes/ Snodgrass to stay deeper. Cullen could even be the short term fix this year.
Tactically, MP is NOT being flexible enough to account for our weaknesses, he is sticking to his "ideal" style but he doesn't yet have the players capable of playing it with balance from Defence to Attack, and this is simply leaving us open.
I was shocked at Roberto's performance on Sat, he was easily solely at fault for ALL THREE goals. Fabianski was not papering over our weakness, he simply wasn't one!

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12 Nov 2019 18:30:13
I want to see us sign a defensive midfielder in January, but a mobile player in the mould of Kante or Ndidi (not saying to sign one of those two, but a player like them) .

I’d also like to see us play with 2 up top.

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14 Nov 2019 14:01:27
Completely agree DIE_4
If we were able to get a midfielder like that then ew can give more freedon for whoever plays in the 10 role to get up and support Haller as a second striker.

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19 Oct 2019 08:25:47
I hope we go for the jugular today, Everton are there for the taking if we can get an
early goal there fans will turn on them.
The way the league is if we win we could go 3rd, lose and could be 15th.

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19 Oct 2019 14:25:30
What a shocking performance. Seems no interest, no urgency and no tempo against this Everton team that had gosls disallowed and numerous other chances. It could easily have been 6 or 7 if not more. This lot needs a shake up disgraceful.

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19 Oct 2019 20:15:55
That inconsistency continues from last season. Westham play one, two, maybe three good games in a row and we start thinking they've turned the corner, then reality hits home in the next half a dozen games. I cannot see it changing with Pellegrini, sure he has improved the attacking intent of the team (having stated that, the last few games I have watched I'm not so sure) but it's come at the expense of defending as a unit, they look fragile . Everton effortlessly calved through the midfield in their counterattack play, whenever they attacked they looked like they were going to score, everytime Westham attacked they looked clueless. I'm getting fed up with the excuses, this club is still a mediocre side, the same problems are there for all to see this season as last season, defensively weak, midfield cover poor, and an isolated forward up front. As for the playing style, it's fast becoming a shambles, no pressing of the opposition when they have the ball, (Pellegrini should spend time going through the Czech v England match with the team to see how good the Czech's pressed against England for the entire game), also there is no pass and movement going on, and as for the tempo they play at, the opposition has no worries defending against that.
I see the wisdom Sullivan holding off extending Pellegrini's contract .

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19 Oct 2019 21:53:00
Agreed Sullivan might be starting to get as disillusioned as the rest of us. £27m for fornals what a joke and as for the goalie Roberto, wow who chose him out of all the options out there. Midfield gets cut to pieces and can't cover for defenders. Defence looks shaky at best and Haller looks lost up front with no service. Time for a change? Maybe, maybe not but managers are judged by performances and results and since oxford we have been dire. The buck stops with the manager I'm afraid.

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22 Oct 2019 23:11:25
roberto made some mental saves were you watching or at the game.

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29 Oct 2019 01:34:36
Far too early to judge FORNALS absolutely crazy to judge him, he will be still getting over how tough the premier league is the toughest in the world by a country mile no 30 seconds on the ball here the thing I would agree as I've posted before HALLER is isolated up top with little or no support we have to support him quicker didn't think I'd say this but we are missing ANTONIO and badly at that there's a complete lack of professionalism and that starts with MP and then the players I mean LANZINIS already on the beach things have to change and they will for a few games and then the players relax and the levels drop and that's when the manager earns his money but I don't care what anybody says our midfield isn't quick enough to support HALLER and I'm sorry but I quarentee when NOBLE is replaced with a young athlete our performances will improve I'm not saying he's solely to blame but he's too slow and pedestrian and cannot get away with a other season starting when fit I see our U-23 are top of their league and the 2 top scorers in HOLLAND and SULLY when will HOLLAND be given his chance . COYI.

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14 Oct 2019 15:31:45
Rumours that Coventrys agents are demanding £5k per week to sign a new deal evidently this is twice the West Ham cap and the club has said no

Personally I think the club are right to say no. £125k a year is more than enough for any teenager especially when they haven't played first team league football.

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04 Oct 2019 06:46:41
I've just seen that west ham would want £80m for Rice, why put a figure on him, if he's not for sale then don't put a figure on him £80m is no where near enough, we couldn't replace him.

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04 Oct 2019 11:51:54
Apparently it’s what the industry does. So far the biggest speculation has been about Man U and I’m pretty sure that MP has already persuaded Rice that they are a once great team in serious decline and that he has better European prospects with us.

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16 Sep 2019 23:36:33
Excellent performances from Lanzini, Fabianski and Rice. Very good from Diop and Ogbonna. The rest need to take a long hard look at themselves.

Anderson needs to stop being all fur coat and no knickers - you’re there to feed Haller. Do it for heaven’s sake. Haller didn’t really put a foot wrong, he just needs decent service and other attackers with him up front.

We actually played our best football when we were down a man.

A draw was a fair result in the end, but when a game is spoiled by a clueless referee, what can you do?

I hope that Johnson gets a call up for the next game as Zaba’s legs aren’t up to 90 mins any longer. Please don’t stick Ogbonna, or Cresswell in at LB.

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17 Sep 2019 16:49:05
Thought Anderson tracked back well - but he slowed up play when attacking. Could this be because Yarmolenko was so off the pace that we only had Haller in the box and he was covered? Need to get more in there more quickly perhaps?

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15 Sep 2019 20:24:04
There’s a rumour we could be 3rd tomorrow night, but keep it quiet! 🤫🤫🤫🤫.

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16 Sep 2019 07:41:40
Joint 2nd!

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17 Sep 2019 10:36:39
So much for that! 😪.

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01 Sep 2019 00:35:35
Terrific win. We could have had a hatful, but Krul was outstanding.

Anderson MoM - some of his through balls were a joy to see (eye of the needle precision) .

Lanzini terrific too, Haller excellent (with exception of that tackle - he needs to be careful there) .

Rice and Noble will be nailed on as a DM partnership for a while. Even Sanchez didn’t put a foot wrong.

Pleased for Yarmolenko as his goal will give him confidence and it was great to see his celebration with the medical staff.

We’ve got some very winnable matches coming up. Happy days.

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01 Sep 2019 09:03:09
Agree Markro, Krul was amazing yesterday. Team appeared to be balanced. I think we look stronger with Ogbonna, he tidied up for Diop, plus being left footed helps.

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01 Sep 2019 09:07:16
I think the full back partnership is pretty nailed on as well! Fredo and Arthur both put in very good performances and they have pace to burn

Anderson is an absolute joy when his head I switched on. Haller reminds me a bit of Kanoute, great player!

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02 Sep 2019 11:48:22
100% Great performance.

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02 Sep 2019 12:01:26
100%, great performance.
Balance in CM is key for us, and Noble is the guy who enables us to achieve this when he's alongside Rice. Nobes is great on the ball and transitions the ball into the creative players so well. He also has the defensive mentality and physical commitment needed to help Rice protect the back four. Our biggest weakness may be that we have no cover for Nobes (our closest is Snodgrass and he is a winger by trade), while Nobes also has his shortfalls with his lack of pace. If he had Kante's legs he would be a superstar!
Ovations like the one he received on Saturday should be encouraged. He is a club legend, and we should want to show the current crop (Rice/ Lanzini/ Haller/ Fornals/ Diop) how we treat our legends, and make them want to do the same.
Have to put a word out for Masuaku, who once again proved he is improving at LB. Still has a mistake in him (especially against a big team who will attack us more) but he is improving, and we love a player who gets his head down and works on their game! Long may it continue.

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03 Sep 2019 17:55:01
Nickinho, agree with your post, have always rated Masuaku, every player has mistakes in them obviously, he’s taken bags of stick from many posters, but he is an attacking wing back, with bags of pace, a good ball crosser and a grafter👍👍⚒⚒⚒.

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17 Sep 2019 15:09:21
Masuaku red will be recinded without fail. COYI.

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12 Aug 2019 12:49:33
I posted a few weeks back that it could be time to let Masuarka play his natural position on the left going forward with Anderson moving inside or on the right

Cresswell is no longer the player he was so I would put Johnson at left back or bring the new lad catdosa into a back three but it may be too soon for that

Lanzini is getting back to his pre injury days but is still lightweight it actually was quite distressing seeing him trying to push Walker off the ball only to bounce off him and go flying flat on his face. I though Wiltshire was completely off there were no over the top balls for Haller to run on to and once Antonio had gone off there was no pressure in the final tbird

Lot of people saying we need to get 3 points at Brighton but having watched them on MOTD Against Watford that may be as hard as beating City. Still I'm not too downhearted it's early days

With regards to VAR or as I prefer to call it VAD (Video Aided Decision) ) I thought it was OK decision were right and players are going to have to think a bit more about the rule changes.

If they had put a bit more on the screen for the Penalties it would have been so easy to understand a simple "VAR checking encroachment" everyone would have understood immediately

Great fun to silence the away supporters when the Jesus goal was scrubbed put and the atmosphere for a few minuites after was great

Look forward as usual to you responses.

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14 Aug 2019 10:17:30
Agree 100% Mercerl with Cresswell and Lanzini.
I also dislike the constant diving from Lanzini.

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12 Aug 2019 07:52:07
Not a great start to the season, but it's one of the city games out of the way. let's hope we don't meet them too often this season. I agree we can't play so may attacking players, it's not fare on the young boy rice.

And please give Johnson the start. does cresswell think his performance merits even playing for the reserves?

Onwards and upwards come on you irons.

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