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Winning Ugly
at 17:34 20 Feb 2021

Good lord, that was one of the ugliest Rangers’ wins I can remember. But more importantly, it’s a complete change in team character from the first half of the season when we were losing when playing well.

3 centre halves are clearly helping and, as many others have pointed out, Austin and Johansen have made us a lot more game savvy and vocal, but the whole team seems to have a certain togetherness that wasn’t there 2 plus months ago.

Winning helps, but i’m wondering what else.

I think his legs have gone, but I think Geoff has stepped up and seems to be far more vocal since the arrival of Austin and Johansen. He’s getting involved in celebrations, being far more vocal during the game and with the ref. It’s as if Austin’s presence has helped him feel able to speak up more.

Something similar could be said for Barbet. I actually thought both he and Cameron were better than Dickie today and really seem to be enjoying playing more “agriculturally” at times.

I wonder if the arrival of some gnarly pros has helped some of the older pros in the side feel more confident and comfortable?

I think of what Onuoha said in his podcast about the young vs old games in training and how the younger lads played all the football, looked good, but the old boys always beat them.

Something about the last few weeks makes me think the older boys, with Austin and Johansen’s arrival, have now wrestled control of the dressing room and perhaps are now playing more of a type of leadership/mentoring role to the younger lads than they were?

Worth also pointing out that our run has coincided with BOS being taken out of the team and leaving. Perhaps the club knew what they were doing with BOS and Manning, and their influence in the dressing room wasn’t particularly positive. That’s pure speculation. But something in the character of the players has changed. We’re not even playing very well in some of these games.
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Saturday’s pass map
at 20:27 27 Sep 2020

https://mobile.twitter.com/52_break/status/1310260956254134272

Barbet the baller, hey? Couple this with how he actually defended (two air shots creating dangerous attacks to say the least) and how he was weak in the air for Cov’s winner, I think it’s fair to say he needs to up his game a bit.

Same goes for a Wallace!!

Data further supports how well Kakay is playing.

This also shows that Amos did indeed have a very strong game and Cameron was the weak link. I’d like to see Ball in there.

Finally, it shows up the small issue we have of no one getting close to Dykes, Chair still needs to find space more centrally to receive the ball near Dykes or from his lay offs or flick ons.

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Kakay
at 17:09 12 Sep 2020

Superb today defensively. My MoTM, closely followed by Wallace. Good positioning, won his headers, got blocks in, read it well, made good decisions. He’s really come on since lockdown. Fair play to the lad. He’s taking this opportunity and looks the part. Good on him.
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Eze and expectations
at 23:10 26 Feb 2020

The bloke is class. Most of us recognise this. Great. Enjoy him.

But the right thing for the club to do is sell him this summer.

He has 12 months left on his contract from June. We cannot let this golden goose go for free.

We’ll finish on 55-60 points probably. We’d need to make up 15-20 points next year to be in the hunt for promotion. And we’ll have no money to invest in the team to do that with (unless we sell someone for big bucks...).

Do you really want to gamble letting Eze go for free in 12 months, with our defence, for a shot at the play offs?!

£20m gives us £10m to invest in the playing squad and £10m to book and give us breathing room against FFP whilst all around us flounder!

Accept it; he has to be sold. The time has come. Do not ask/demand he stay or the club keep him. It is short sighted. Good luck to him. He’ll be wearing the 3 lions in 12 months.

And Chair will take on the mantle.

As intended by Les and out strategy of the last 4 years.

I should add, £20m absolute bare minimum of clubs can Fark Off. He will piss all over some of these current Prem attacking midfielders.
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Argh!! Warburton...
at 17:20 9 Nov 2019

Very very frustrating.

I think Warburton got today all wrong. Totally wrong. Wrong team. Wrong subs and completely the wrong style.

Trying to play out with your two main centre halves missing, a new back 5 that hasn’t played together, on a lightning fast wet pitch, in driving rain...???

Just channel it you fools and get a bad Boro team turned and faving their box and then play in their half only.

Absolute football basics.

And those 3 centre halves...? Jesus Christ. Cameron looked like a grandad. The whole defence was soft as sh*t. We lost practically every header.

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Scowen and Cameron
at 22:19 28 Oct 2019

You just cannot play that as a midfield pair.

Too slow. Too immobile. Too bad on the ball.

The first 5 min set the tone and it got worse.

It’s not a reflection of them as people. Scowen runs around and I think Cameron cares. But one does not have the ability and the other no longer the legs. It’s a recipe for disaster.

Two holding midfielders and yet we were getting carved open down the middle with midfielders advancing on our two slow centres stuck between tracking runners or committing and rushing selling themselves. Continually free runners running into our back 4.

Two holding midfielders and yet we could not pass out. Back to Leistner. Back to Hall. Back to Kelly. Unable to take one touch, turn and play a forward pass. Only ever play the way they’re facing. Both of them.

Brentford has 6 players starting in our half pressing us from goal kicks because they knew Cameron and Scowen could not possible play through them, and they had no physical hold up man to worry about.

Two games running we’ve started with that 4-2-3-1 shape. Both times Scowen and Cameron as the two. Both times a poor performance. I’d include Blackburn too, but everyone else thinks they were good then, which I cannot fathom.

If we and Warburton want to play this style, which I believe he and we want, he cannot keep combining these two. Get Ball back in. Try Amos with him. We need another ball player and a more positionally astute holding midfielder.
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Enough - 28th - Brentford.
at 21:46 26 Oct 2019

Right.

Put down your children. Put down the fancy dinner with the missus, f*cking put down your whole shop.

I care nowt for Brentford. Neither should you. No self respecting team from Isleworth labels themselves as Brentford.

Point being, we could go 2nd after 14 games. Shut the front door!

Can we, as a fanbase, c*cking turn up and give it some on Mon?! All those bullsh*t naysayers...this is it chaps: put up or shut up. No excuses. TURN UP!

Loftus Rd is not full because of you, not this team.
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Eze, BOS, Chair
at 22:12 21 Aug 2019

On a positive note, all 3 again looked very good. Eze and BOS tracked back well too in the first half. But their touch, control, quick feet, passing...they’re our best players.

When you’ve got Scowen taking 4 touches to play a 10 yard pass backwards and you look at what these lads can do with the ball, you have to find a way to play them.

I don’t think it makes us more open (they all tracked back and worked hard), but they make us a damn sight more dangerous. Put simply, everyone else in the league would rather play against Scowen than Chair.

Warburton missed a trick not bringing Chair on for Amos first half.

But these 3 lads are bloody good. Just need to find a way to let them play together.

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Leistner for Barbet
at 22:03 21 Aug 2019

An absolute must. Shambles of a performance from Barbet. The pen was rank stupidity. That’s now 3 goals in 3 games he’s been at fault for.

But that’s the obvious. Where was the great ball player? Lots of long diagonals a la Lynch. Where was he for their free header for the third? How many times was he beaten to the ball by their forward?

On current showing he’s neither quick, nor strong, nor good in the air, nor good at positioning, nor great at tackling. He’s competent on the ball but no more.

We will continue to concede 2+ a game with him and Hall. For all his faults, Leistner gets himself in the way and defends. We desperately need to be able to defend. On the ball we looked fine today and it wasn’t Barbet orchestrating things.

If Warburton is operating a meritocracy, Barber spends a few games on the bench.
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Eze
at 22:22 3 Aug 2019

Not there today, so can’t comment on his overall performance, but, please, as a fan base, can we get behind this lad and give him all the support we can?!

His goal today was sexy. The way he runs with the ball, like he’s slaloming, it’s wonderful. He will have bad days, but no way could we afford someone like him. And he’s ours. Came through our set up. We gave him a chance Millwall wouldn’t at 15. We’ve developed him.

When he plays well, he is genuinely great to watch. He should be someone this entire fan base backs to the hilt.

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