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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    It doesn't matter what our performances have been unless Rafa is manager.

    Good of you to admit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    It doesn't matter what our performances have been. We are more than capable of taking a point or points just as West ham are also capable.
    No game is won lost or drawn until the ref's whistle decides it.
    Stats on a forum do not and hammering down your own football team does not, either.
    There is no proof that we are capable until past performances say so...seriously...why can't you grasp that very simple concept?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacapus View Post
    Informed opinions are based on ,inter alia,current form.Ours is poles apart from all other teams in the league & I include the bottom 3 in that context.So,by definition,the likelihood is that we will not win this game.Of course anything is possible but hope is very different to expectation.
    ..... & by the way Ashley/Bruce OUT !
    Hope is very different to expectation, I agree. Do you see anywhere where I've used " expectation"...?
    The very thing I go on, is hope. It's a possibility that we can get something even when people think we can't.

    When football becomes a game for me to simply expect, that's the time for me to give it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagenhamJohn View Post
    FFS! and i thought it was me who had the decoraters in!
    ...not sure I getcha John?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sclox View Post
    ...not sure I getcha John?
    sorry mate,
    its Cockney slang for 'painting and decorating' (menstruating) ie doom and gloom

    sorry if i offended fella wasn't intentional
    be lucky now
    John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Hope is very different to expectation, I agree. Do you see anywhere where I've used " expectation"...?
    The very thing I go on, is hope. It's a possibility that we can get something even when people think we can't.

    When football becomes a game for me to simply expect, that's the time for me to give it up.
    You said you THINK we will get a result...that's closer to expectation than hope...

    Before the fat man we all had hope even during poor seasons...but it's been drained...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagenhamJohn View Post
    sorry mate,
    its Cockney slang for 'painting and decorating' (menstruating) ie doom and gloom

    sorry if i offended fella wasn't intentional
    be lucky now
    John.
    Ah, right.

    Not doom and gloom, just pointing out the reality that we haven't scored more than one goal in any game so far this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sclox View Post
    Ah, right.

    Not doom and gloom, just pointing out the reality that we haven't scored more than one goal in any game so far this season.
    ...just stick to the queens English with me mate, none of that pagan rhyming shiite.

    😁

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    just a thought on your young talent...

    West Ham enforcer Fabian Balbuena gave his thoughts on Newcastle United attacker Miguel Almiron and in doing so implied there were two reasons for the 25-year-oldís struggles.
    Almiron may have played 20 times for the Magpies and been at St James Park since January, but he is yet to register an assist or even score a goal despite being one of the clubís most attack-minded players.
    The playmaker has managed to impress in other ways, see his work ethic that got Jermaine Jenas gushing on BBC Radio 5 Live during the win over Tottenham, but at the end of the day, itís his job to score or assist and heís failing to do that.

    West Ham enforcer Balbuena, who is Almironís international teammate, was asked about his fellow Paraguayan ahead of the Hammersí clash with the Magpies and his remarks were very interesting.
    He insisted that the 25-year-old was a talented player, but implied the playmaker was potentially struggling because of Steve Bruce playing him out of position and because there is a big difference between the MLS, where Almiron previously played, and the Premier League.
    ďNow, he is playing in a different position and the Premier League is a big difference from the MLS, but he is a very good player, a very technical player and a very quick player, so hopefully he will do well,Ē said Balbuena, as quoted by West Hamís official website.
    ďI think his manager wants him to play on the wing but for me, I think he would be able to show more if he is playing in the centre, in the No10 position.Ē
    Now many Newcastle fans will surely hope Balbuena is only 50% right with his remarks.
    If Almiron is struggling due to Bruce playing him in the wrong position, then thatís easily fixed.
    Once the Newcastle boss opts to move him into a more central position, which he will no doubt try if he continues not to deliver, then Almiron could finally excel and meet the expectations there were in place for him when he arrived.
    Considering he has completed 0.9 dribbles and 1.4 shots per game across 10 league outings this season, if a position switch sees him add end product to his game, then heíll be lethal and a valuable player for the team who no one will question. (Source: WhoScored)
    However, if Balbuena is right to suggest that Almiron is still suffering due to the MLS being very different to the Premier League, thereís no guarantee heíll ever come good in terms of goals and assists.
    He may just not be suited to the Premier League, so isnít able to excel in the division like he did in Americanís top-flight.
    Almiron scored 22 goals, while assisting 21, in 70 appearances for Atlanta United before arriving at St James Park, and even more impressively made the MLS team of the year in his last two seasons at the club.
    The attacking midfielder also was one of only six players to get double figures for both goals and assist in the MLS in 2018, as per BBC Sport, so itís not like heís never shown he hasnít got end product.
    While time will only see Almiron become more settled in the Premier League, some players never excel in England and are suited to other divisions better, and Newcastle will just have to hope that isnít the case here.

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    probably be on the mandela's early doors cos of the Rugby facked if i'll know the score!'ll

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