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    Who to pick for Saturday?

    Several players hardly covered themselves in glory last night so who to pick for a very crucial game.
    1:goalkeeper problems
    Apparently leutwiller wasn't that great and with Walton stuttering,who do you pick? Possibly stick with Walton but it doesn't fill you with confidence.
    2:back 4 issues
    Well nyambe took his chance with both hands didn't he?Bennett must of been smiling at what was a very average display
    So wanted to see Rankin Costello out there to provide genuine competition.
    The tosin injury along with lenihan its stretched us at the back AGAIN
    Did Platt and grayson take their chance?
    I am not so sure
    3:midfield issues
    We have a slow and ineffective midfield,so who to select?possibly stick with travis and Johnson,downing and Chapman on the wings.
    4.forward line problems
    Well we have a ageing Graham and a misfiring set of strikers in brereton,Gallagher and Armstrong.
    I really dont know who to pick out of those
    This isn't a popular one but maybe stick with Graham
    He links up so well with dack.
    We need points.

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    If Boro turn up and are half decent they won't have an easier game in their defence all season. Our defence will give them the pick up their season needs. Not sure they are any good under Woodgate. Do they need to be.
    1-2 Boro

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    Walton
    Nyambe (2 from Lenihan/Tosin/Williams) Cunningham
    Bennett Travis Johnson
    Dack Rothwell
    Graham.

    Chapman to get 30 if required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AucklandRover View Post
    Walton
    Nyambe (2 from Lenihan/Tosin/Williams) Cunningham
    Bennett Travis Johnson
    Dack Rothwell
    Graham.

    Chapman to get 30 if required.
    Sadly Lenihan and Tosin will both likely be missing, so it will have to be a kid who has never made a league appearance before. Maybe both like last night.

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    If so, we get on with it. That's football. You might get four players in one position injured at the same time.
    If the worse comes to the worst, Nyambe can partner Williams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AucklandRover View Post
    If so, we get on with it. That's football. You might get four players in one position injured at the same time.
    If the worse comes to the worst, Nyambe can partner Williams.
    That's why you need a decent squad.
    It may even been an idea to not let another central defender leave knowing Lenihan was already out. Knowing Williams had only returned from a whole summer out. Knowing we only really had the new kid from City who has absolutely no time to settle here, just thrown into a poor side with no confidence. And 2 other kids.
    Yep you can put all that down to plain bad luck.
    Or really really poor decision making.
    Either way, it wont help us get much needed points on the board.

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    Well, we have Lenihan, Williams, Tosin, Nyambe, Grayson, Platt and several other U-23s.
    I was very keen to get Dann or Hanley in, just for their experience, but various things worked against that. We will probably never know who else was approached.
    I don't get it that so many supporters are now complaining about the departure of Mulgrew, when - a week ago - they were saying he has never really been a centre-half, and he is past it, anyway!

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    It wasn't the getting rid of mulgrew that was the problem but the lack of a replacement.
    They tried to smooth it over with the Cunningham deal,when he is clearly a left back.
    We are at the stage now of potentially having Williams alongside a unproven at this level youngster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AucklandRover View Post
    Well, we have Lenihan, Williams, Tosin, Nyambe, Grayson, Platt and several other U-23s.
    I was very keen to get Dann or Hanley in, just for their experience, but various things worked against that. We will probably never know who else was approached.
    I don't get it that so many supporters are now complaining about the departure of Mulgrew, when - a week ago - they were saying he has never really been a centre-half, and he is past it, anyway!
    I'm certainly not complaining about Charlie leaving. However, I am just looking at who left the club, Mulgrew, Downing and Rodwell. All played that CB role. And only one person was brought in.

    If you noticed, both Hanley and Dann BOTH started for their clubs in the Prem at weekend. Where they ever really realistic targets? Having spent numerous months defending TM and why he bought Brereton, and looking at what we spent on SG, I feel a bit stupid being honest. Lets say we only paid 4m for BB and 5m for SG ....I thought that would be good value.
    You just know who he will play tomorrow. And it will be neither of the lads who cost us nearly 10m.
    Everyone on here will all support him taking Gallagher out of the side, after 2 games. As they will elsewhere.
    because It's roundley assumed DG can and will be better.

    Why if money is so tight, and us really needing a quality defender, I feel that it was weird we chose to spend more money on another striker who wont play. That's two who wont play, as DG will always be the no brain option.
    Can we try and get our money back on him now? I'd send him on loan, just so he gets game time as this is just pointless. Try sell him in Jan and get a defender. One that will cost money, as that is what is required.
    This was a pointless transfer, one that we didnt need to spend money on. If he was going to get dropped after 2 games, you do have to look back at how BB got on last season. And of course, you absolutely kill the kids confidence by doing this.
    I'll get told I am talking ****e and I am unable to see into the future. But to me, its as clear as day that DG will be playing on sat. I'm not slating DG. He has forged a good partnership with Dack. But didnt we know that when we forked out 5m for his replacement? What has changed? Its been 2 games.

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    The issue is we have had a poor defence for a few seasons now.
    The problem is that Tony mowbray has taken punts on 2 strikers with potential as of yet they haven't delivered
    The 6-8 million could of been spent on a weak defence not 2 strikers who probably were not needed now
    Butterworth and nuttall wouldn't of done worse,cost nothing and we could of used the money on an area that still looks poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinrover View Post
    The issue is we have had a poor defence for a few seasons now.
    The problem is that Tony mowbray has taken punts on 2 strikers with potential as of yet they haven't delivered
    The 6-8 million could of been spent on a weak defence not 2 strikers who probably were not needed now
    Butterworth and nuttall wouldn't of done worse,cost nothing and we could of used the money on an area that still looks poor.
    This where I feel fans like me just feel stupid. As I was so vocal about sticking up for the manager. I spend my money, I feel I am entitled to an opinion. I have had a season ticket for 4 years consecutive now (aswell as numerous dating back to my teenage years), and I think you should stay loyal. But this is just crazy.
    I don't think Nuttall was good enough. But if I knew SG was going to be bought for 5m and benched after 2 games, and no doubt this move will be just like destroying Brereton last season, we may aswell have kept Nuttall and spent the money on someone useful.Nuttall could have easily sat next to Brereton on the bench. Why buy another one to sit on the bench for 5m? If the plan all along was to just play DG then whoever let TM spend more money on another striker who he will never play, needs shooting! We simply cant afford to throw good money away on sub's. Not when we clearly have issues in other area's.
    Have a bit of faith in this lad, he needs a chance.
    yet another bewlidering decision that just makes no sense.
    Quality defenders cost quite a bit of money. We could have easily identified one, and go and got him, if we spent the money wisely. Trouble was, I'm unsure if the plan was ever to play anyone other than DG.
    Making the decision to spend all the money even more preplexing.

    I think all this will have well and truly caught up with him by mid Sept, early Oct.
    Last edited by champs95; 15-08-2019 at 03:29 PM.

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    Well, reading TM's latest interview, he clearly ISN'T automatically going for DG.
    It's pretty clear he recognises that the Dack/Graham spearhead has been our most effective method so far, but should not be the only choice, especially with his preferred shift to an on-the-ground style.
    It is probably quite difficult to change the players' mindset when Graham is on the pitch, and I gather he was the one who created the momentum-shift in the Oldham game.
    Basically, TM is still preaching horses-for-courses, but the fans want the most likely way to a win, and that is probably still DG at the moment!

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    Can we base too much on beating Div2 Oldham? I am not sure we will find the same success vrs Boro tomorrow. But that's obvious. I think its quite obvious who he will opt for, and that's fine.
    And I am fully aware that DG and Dack is a partnership that found a modicem of success.
    All the more confusing why best part of 10m has been spent in that area of the pitch? A luxury we simply can't afford.
    Nuttall and Butterworth could/should have saved us this outlay, as the intention was never to be brave and try anyone else. Why do you think Bennett plays every week? I rarely see horses for courses when it comes to Bennett? He plays every week. Poor form or not. I'm hearing alot of things he says at the moment and I think alot of it is full of contradictions.
    I did hear he had a better game last week. The 2nd goal still came from him not being positioned correctly. One of the reasons he is picked. So yeah, he played ok. The week before he was embarrassing. And I think he has cost us 2 of the 4 goals we have conceeded so far. I would have liked to see Rankin Costello get a game the other night.

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    I think R-C has a big future, but there is a widespread tendency at the moment for fans to say anyone should have been picked other than the players himself Mowbray picked.
    At the same time, we also hear that he changes the team too much.
    I'm puzzled as to how both can be correct.
    Last edited by AucklandRover; 16-08-2019 at 10:24 PM.

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    Did anyone see the picture on the official site? The only photograph of TM I've ever seen where he actually looks young!

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