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MLS better than the Championship
at 23:32 7 Aug 2022

I think I understand where you're coming from. I've always felt that the Championship was 24 shades of average. The best teams were above average to greater or lesser degrees, and the worst below average to greater or lesser degrees.

I don't watch very much of the Prem at all, but the difference in power and pace as a minimum compared to the Championshio is, I think, night and day.

In my opinion, FFP has exacerbated that problem to some extent. Now the football, the product on the pitch, has become less important than meeting financial targets. It's not something we can pretend isn't really the case any more, the FFP league tables are published every year now.

Whilst I agree with the intention of FFP, I think the primary intention should be to ensure debts run up by owners cannot be loaded onto clubs. I personally have no problem if an owners spends oodles of his own money chasing a dream, as long as when it goes wrong, it's been his gamble, not the clubs.

Essentially, lower league clubs are no longer allowed to be run in a way that is ambitious. Know your place, know your role, and under no circumstances consider trying to compete with the big money teams. If you are going to limit ambition, what you're going to end up with is, the aforementioned "crap". Football for the sake of football.

Now, having said that, I have to tell you I enjoyed a lot of last season. I not only enjoyed a lot of our football, but I thought in general the football played by the opposition wasn't bad either, better than I expected to be honest. It was my first season back a ST holder for about 12 years.

What certainly disappointed me was the officiating, which I felt was just amateur to clueless in far too many cases. I always feel that if you don't really notice the officials they've generally had a good game, but way too often I've come home and ranted on here about what they've served up. Partly through rules that have been twisted from the commonsense to the convoluted in an attempt to make poor officiating "right" whatever happens.

You're also right about the administration, the nonsense with Derby should never have been permitted, and the idea that you can be handing out 6/9/12 point penalties at any random time of the season you like (or that suits) is just insane. Every season should start with everyone knowing where they stand for the duration.

The thing is though, the Championship is far closer in style to the old football that many of us older fans knew and love. The Prem isn't competitive, there's hardly even a pretence to be competitive about anything other than finishing top four. Do the top clubs really give that much of a sh1t whether they win the thing or not? I don't think so. Even relegation hardly matters, because you're almost certain to have a good crack at getting back up there in the following two seasons.

I appreciate many of the things that our club is trying to do, but let's face it, the most enjoyable season we've had for many a year was last season when they gambled a bit. And I don't think the club deserve to be pilloried for doing it. They saw an opportunity, went for it and came up a bit short in the end. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion.
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Wilder
at 21:51 7 Aug 2022

Not sure if it's been mentioned elsewhere, but Dykes nearly had his head removed in scoring his goal. Didn't spot it at the time, but have a look at the footage on Sky. Their defender put his elbow right through the back of Dykes head fractionally after Dykes made contact with the ball.

Cowardly stuff that would be assault anywhere but on a football pitch.
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Just back
at 00:23 7 Aug 2022

A few bits that occurred to me:

How fitting it would have been had Willock's goal been scored during the tenth minute applause.

I'd really like someone to explain to me the theory behind bringing everybody back to defend corners. I don't really want to knock it because I can't remember seeing teams doing it as a matter of tactical preference, so there's got to be some idea behind it. But to my mind, if you leave one pacy player upfront, that brings two defenders back, which leaves you with a two man defensive advantage. Just seems counter productive.

When MB talked about us not peaking too early, but keeping ourselves in a position to challenge for top six at the business end of the season, this game summed up what he was on about I think. We've got three points, we were good in parts, but there's lots to improve on.

It was a really important game to win having been 3 up, but the fact we steadied the ship well in the last 20-25 minutes will do much for belief. Plenty of times last season we failed to stem the tide, even in some of the games we went on to win (Cov away anyone?)

Finally, the ref. Not great, but not quite as poor as some we had last year. I believe the edict given down this year is to try to let games flow, so the free kick award when Chair was through in the first half was hard to excuse. The lack of a yellow card for the challenge on Chair in the second was just incomprehensible, particularly when Johansen was carded for a similarly cynical foul in a very similar area of the pitch five minutes later. I also thought Kakay should have had a pen towards the end of the first half, though it was quite a way away from where I was, so maybe I'm wrong on that. Thankfully none of these decisions influenced the outcome.

Very enjoyable, though just occasionally I wouldn't mind watching a game that isn't specifically designed to give me a heart attack!!
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well i'm content anyway.
at 12:31 31 Jul 2022

I think I largely agree with all of this.

The bit that concerns me is how much leadership we have out there without Johansen, but a midfield three of Chair-Field-Richards/Amos would I think give us more threat and mobility up front, with Willock and Roberts behind a mobile front man.

Bonne has obvious limitations, but seems to me much closer to the type of striker that suits the way we want to play than Dykes. Hopefully another option will be incoming.
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Blackburn Match Thread
at 15:51 30 Jul 2022

I don't think we've looked too bad there, unfortunate with Ozzie's shot and a little unlucky with their goal too, not much you can do about it. They haven't offered much although they grew in confidence a little after they scored.

I'm betting they will look to protect what they have and we'll get opportunities. But there is no denying we'd look more dangerous with a more mobile striker than Dykes.
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Are we a match short going into next saturday.
at 10:51 25 Jul 2022

Yeah I've kinda felt the same, not expecting anything stellar from the team in the first half of the season results wise. I don't think there are any secrets that we'll have a new RB in and I'd also expect one new striker.

Regards the pace of the team, I think the movement and tempo of our football looks much better than last season, and if we can bring in a striker with pace, it will create more space for the likes of Chair and Willock.

For all the chat about having MB as a head coach, what's important is what his management skills are like, that's the big unknown for everyone. I've also said it before, I think as a group, the squad is going to be light on leaders, it reminds me very much of what we had under MW before Austin, Jojo, De Wijs and Field came in. Do we have a leader in the back four? I'm not convinced.

I know we want to have players to develop but the experience of the likes of Wallace and Barbet will be missed I think.
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Transfer Rumours
at 17:18 19 Jul 2022

Agree with all that, and I'd only add how different the comments would be on here if this was one of our players with a year left on their contract being pursued by another Championship club.

We'd be berating the club for not either getting the player to sign an extension, or flogging him for better money last year. And we'd be saying, get rid, he clearly doesn't want to commit to the club, take what we can get.

My guess is that as no one else appears to be sniffing round him, he wants to go and he'd prefer to stay in London.
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GAA - Tyrone and Mayo season over tomorrow?
at 17:27 17 Jul 2022

Got to say, I though that was a highly enjoyable and good quality game of hurling. Well done Limerick
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Bye bye bye Johnson
at 17:02 12 Jul 2022

Think you've got it spot on there, the only thing that appears to matter to the Tories is winning GEs. It doesn't appear to matter to them if they preside over the decimation of the country.

Unfortunately, i think you'd be pushed to find a party to vote for if putting the country first is what you're looking for.
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Bye bye bye Johnson
at 16:51 12 Jul 2022

According to Rees-Mogg, she's more Brexit than him and Dorries!!
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Wettest football match you've been at
at 16:17 12 Jul 2022

Gets my vote too. Fans in that end sang and bounced around to the point of delirium that afternoon. What an absolute hole the old Manor Ground was.
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GAA - Tyrone and Mayo season over tomorrow?
at 19:01 10 Jul 2022

Ha! Whereabouts are you mate?
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GAA - Tyrone and Mayo season over tomorrow?
at 18:30 10 Jul 2022

So apart from my Dublin-Derry All Ireland Final and Cavan for the Tailteann Cup, all my predictions are looking pretty good
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Bye bye bye Johnson
at 16:52 7 Jul 2022

For some reason, the penny still does not appear to have dropped in the Conservative Party that Johnson cares no more for them than he does for anything or anyone else. It's even possible some of them still believe he's prepared to walk away from the post of PM.

This is a party for whom it's not possible to allow Johnson to spend one more day as it's leader due to a lack of honesty and integrity, but it's perfectly okay to allow him to spend the next three months leading the country.

Still, I suppose we're lucky there's not much going on that matters to the country, so what's another three months?
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QPR NFT
at 10:16 29 Jun 2022

I’m selling my first ever post on LFW to the highest bidder.



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F@ck off Smiffy”

PM me with your bank details.

Cheers
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Derby into Admin
at 16:01 27 Jun 2022

Local fella apparently, net worth of about £250m. Which means unless he's going to find further investors, he'll be skint by Christmas.
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GAA - Tyrone and Mayo season over tomorrow?
at 15:19 27 Jun 2022

Cheers Myke. Does Ballagh GAA not have a say in whether they should play club football in Mayo or Roscommon championships? Seems an odd situation.
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GAA - Tyrone and Mayo season over tomorrow?
at 12:14 27 Jun 2022

Ok, so you got me curious, and I had a quick look in Wiki at Ballaghdereen, which I previously had never heard of.

I see it used to be part of Mayo, have they always played in the Mayo championships?
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GAA - Tyrone and Mayo season over tomorrow?
at 23:24 26 Jun 2022

Yeah, didn't happen did it? They had a spell about 10 minutes into the second half where they looked like they were building a head of steam, but spurned the chances they had, and then they really just went away.

Anyhow, four provincial winners in the semis, which always seems right and fair to me. It's a Dublin-Derry final for me.
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GAA - Tyrone and Mayo season over tomorrow?
at 17:41 26 Jun 2022

Been a bit of a slow burner this one. Kerry played well, but it feels to me like Mayo have another gear or two to use yet.
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