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  1. What an odd decision and I hope for his sake it’s not one he regrets. I could understand if he went to a top league 1 side / lower championship but this is a really odd sideways move to work under one of; if not the biggest <ovf censored> in English football. 

    Obviously money talks, I heard earlier that our offer wasn’t exactly attractive and I do worry our very strict way of dealing and contracts could put off a few in this division. Obviously a very good player and we were much better with him in the side last season. Personally I don’t think he will thrive as much there as he did here, 13 years at the club - he’s always given me the impression he needs to really like the club and his passion will come out on the pitch. Only thing I can think from our side is that his injury record is bad, and is it woth pushing the boat out for a guy who will probably play 20ish games. 

    Still, disappointed and find it odd that a player would want to leave after that promotion to another promoted side. 

    <ovf censored> me he will get some reds under Barton 😂

    Taylor going next. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, Walka003 said:
    1 hour ago, SalfordValiant said:
    Can't see Wigan signing Gibbo. They have a wealthy owner and I think they'll be aiming for better.

    I think he's a no brainer for any lower half championship team. He'd be cheap at 3x his current wages, he's young and on a free

    Injuries would put me off signing him as a championship side. Played majority of games in league 2 as well not sure I’d take a punt on him. (And I hope nobody does( For me his level at the moment is league 1. Whether that be with us or a bigger side I’m not sure. One thing is for sure, we looked 10x the side when he was playing last season whether that be at LWB or RWB. 

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  3. Just now, WV said:

    No surprises this comes from the guy who said season over after we went 1 down at Colchester. Do you think sometimes you might be a little too negative? 
    All of the same things were trotted out pre World Cup which we got to the semis in and pre euros which we got to the final in. No other English manager ever has achieved that. Yes the defeats weren’t good to watch but the guy has credit in the bank and it’s only people who over react that are seeing it as anything else. 

    Quite sure I wasn’t the only one who said that but keep banging the same drum. 

    Yes we got to the semis and final. But when did we play a decent side? As soon as we played a decent side in the World Cup we lost, Euros on home ground we should have been winning that. Southgate somehow seems to have evaded criticism for those penalty decisions at the end as well….

    He has some credit in the bank and will be in charge for the World Cup but I don’t see us doing remotely well there. Personally think that some of this credit has been lost after the other night. It wasn’t a 1-0 smash and grab. They battered us, and we were just as poor in Hungary. 

    I don’t think it’s just Southgate, the players clearly aren’t interested but he needs to be more attacking against sides like this. The sub towards the end, taking Saka off for McGuire was a prime example. I know we were down to 10 but in what way is that going to improve the situation? 

  4. Hungarys final? What about the fixture at home? Or we’re both finals? Not having this tired rubbish. They’re pro footballers, if you look at the team we selected the majority didn’t play 50 games. I really don’t buy that Hungary finishing a few weeks before us somehow gives them a huge advantage and makes 0-4 ok  

    Southgate is and always has been far too negative. you should be able to beat a side like Hungary at home with a 2nd string 11, no need for the 2 CDMs. The players are a complete joke, rallying around Southgate saying he’s a great manager, I think they just have forgotten they are the ones who turned out that rubbish the last 4 games. 

    Personally. 0 goals from open play in 4 I think it’s pretty indefensible. Listened to Talk Sport the other day. Imagine the reacting of Scotland got hammered at home to Hungary. Why is it ok for us? It was an embarrassing defeat and Southgate needs to change tactically ASAP and stop picking players blatantly not up to it. 

    Round 16 exit at World Cup as we will actually play a half decent side 

  5. 51 minutes ago, Guppys left peg said:

    I would assume that Compton will be the next in line though the feeling I have is they’re going to give Crawley an extended run to see if he can play himself into form. Personally I just feel the fact he keeps getting out the same way suggests a weakness he needs to go away and work on rather than hope it fixes itself out in the middle.

    Jennings not the worst shout. Will give him this he has always been a fine player of spin which will be handy looking ahead to the winter.

    Yeah Compton another good one. I don’t mind Crawley but he just isn’t an opening batsman. He would be ok at 5/6 where the ball isn’t swinging but like you say at the minute he’s just getting out the same way and he isn’t able to fix it. Jennings although not brilliant I think is steady enough and like you say he’s excellent against spin. I’d expect Compton to be before him though and for me personally Haines. I follow Sussex and last couple of years he’s come on a long way 

    I think I would give Crawley this next match and then make a decision on him. No pressure on the game, series won, has to hit something. I would put leach in that category but i just don’t rate him at all 

  6. 1 hour ago, PortVale89 said:
    4 hours ago, Guitar Ray said:
    No question, but it’s not all sweetness and light.

    He's a human being. Of course he will miss the odd chance. But he's absolute mustard. End of discussion.

    I think the point others are making is that he struggled at the beginning of the season mainly due to fitness issues and maybe a lack of confidence. Pretty certain everyone agrees of how good he was by the end of the season.

  7. 20 minutes ago, manc_vale said:

    Agreed. Crawley clearly has talent, but we need someone much more obdurate as an opener and crawley doesnt fit that mould. I also think that his confidene will be pretty low from the last coule of games, not just from the batting, but he hasn't been great in the slips either. <aybe it is time for someone to have a go. But who is there. Most of the openers in the runs this season are the usual quality county batsmen who regularly do well but have been tried and failed at international level, i.e. Sibley, Jennings, Burns, Vince, Lyth

    One I mentioned before we went for Lees was Haines at Sussex he’s continued to do well this season and was very good last year. Other than that at the minute it’s like you say going back to someone else - I wouldn’t be too upset if Jennings got another go though personally. Better opener than we have had recently 

  8. 9 minutes ago, manc_vale said:

    I agree but there are three problems with Bairstow:

    1. He is still massively vulnerable to being bowled so most bowlers have a simple plan to get him out. 

    2. The top order batsmen rarely provide a platform for him to stike out like this. A more commoon scenario is that he comes in at 30-3. I understand this this is not his fault. It was the same when Peterson was in the side, brilliant at times, maddening at others when you needed him to knuckle down.

    3. Whilst he looks amazing in a run chase like yesterdays he does not seem to have the game to get out of trouble when we need people to occupy the crease. as you say, he is a brilliant white ball batsman. His opposite in the NZ side Mitchell is a classic example of an adaptable middle order batsman. Whilst it is exciting, sometimes test batting needs to be a bit more restrained. Boring as it may sound, occupying the crease, wearing down the opposition bowlers is a key part of test match cricket. Or perhaps I am an out of touch, old fart, not aware that test cricket should just be effectively back to back one-day games.

    Regardless, this performance should be enough to cement his place in the side for the near future, which should shut up Bairstow-doubters like me for a while.

    Can’t disagree with any of that. Like you say I think the key is the first 4 batsman to occupy the crease making it much easier for Bairstow and Stokes later on in the innings. He does have that glaring weakness the the ball swinging in mainly due to the amount of white ball cricket he plays but I think if (and it’s a big if) the top order works as it should then he shouldn’t be facing too many unplayable in swingers. 

    I think we need another opener with Lees. Crawley is a walking wicket and there are quite a few doing well this season so far in the county games 

  9. Always felt bairstow should play like this. He’s an outstanding white ball cricketer, batting at 5 he has the freedom to play like this and looks 10x the player than when he’s blocking - not sure why NZ keep bowling short to him though!  Only issue for me today is Crawley again. Lees looked excellent in both innings, shame he hasn’t got a century. Crawley and leech out next game I think. Hopefully stokes is fit as he looks like he’s struggling 

  10. 1 hour ago, MBE said:

    Reading the references to the Taylor v Bristol is extremely harsh. He was well off the pace along with 10 other players that day but he had also only just returned to the 1st team with 30 minute cameo.

    And was played as a holding midfielder which he never has and never will be. Everyone is forgetting he changed the game at Hpool as well 

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  11. 9 minutes ago, Guitar Ray said:

    I read somewhere recently that they’d had a trial game, games even, where the duration was reduced, possibly 30 mins each way, and the clock was stopped every time the ball went dead.

    Think they’re looking to trial it this season in the Dutch second division as well. 

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  12. 10 minutes ago, werstayinup said:

    Gibbo imo will sign and there will be clauses inserted for the benefit of us and him regarding injuries or interest from bigger clubs,for me if he stays fit there is no doubt he can play in the Championship and that proved with the interest from Sheff Utd

    He’s definitely good enough, but I think his injury record will put sides off. I think he will sign as well, like you say with clauses 

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