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The Time Is Now (Again)

The Time Is Now (Again)

Very few of us expected a single point from the sequence of those games, I fancied us maybe to nick a point somewhere, so we ended with three but- having seen the way we have played, we gave them ALL a game, it is a very bitter pill indeed and we are left looking back to rue those errors, the late goals, the lapses in concentration.

I believe you make your own luck. We could and should have scored at least two against Arsenal, but they put their men in front of the ball at the most vital of split seconds on several occasions and their keeper did what he is paid to do at one of the best clubs in Europe by pulling off a string of top class saves. We could bemoan our luck but the way I see it, as the Arsenal fan above mentioned both Fabregas and Arshavin in particular should have scored- Arshavin hit the post- the fact that wasn't a third Arsenal goal was nothing to do with luck but based on the simple fact he didn't finish it. You take your chances or you don't. You make the pass or you give it away. Your keeper makes the save or they score. It breaks down to simplicity. Despite all that, I am still sat wondering how we could have played so well, and still find ourselves 19th with 9 points. It wouldn't matter if Chelsea were visiting next, the fact is we need 3 points on Saturday, end of. Two wins could catapult us several places but if we look beyond Birmingham in 17th, we are already 5 points behind Blackpool of all teams (credit to them) in 14th. We can't allow the gap to keep growing, otherwise the rest of the season will leave us in a second consecutive relegation fight when having stayed up, and bringing in some real quality over the summer in my opinion for the tune of close to 20 million, a second relegation fight you can't justify. I am a great fan of Mick and everything he has done for this club- I have every confidence he can turn things round. I hope my faith is repaid on Saturday- I do believe that if we can match the level of performance we have shown over the last four then we will be on 12 points by 5pm Saturday and can keep looking forward.

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Writer:New York City Wolf
Date:Thursday November 11 2010
Time: 3:20PM


i know 20 mil was spent but it hasnt come good yet. van damme has flopped already, we havent seen mouyokolo, fletcher isnt playing well. we've spent over 30mil since promotion and yet our back 4 is foley, berra, stearman & ward. mccarthy's decision to drop hunt for mancienne last night was a bad one. why did he need to change the midfield? and where the hell has David Jones gone??? he's been one of our better players this season and he doesnt even make the bench. i would pick him ahead of edwards every time!!! for saturday.... (4-5-1) Hahnemann, Foley, Berra, Mouyokolo, Elokobi, Jarvis, Jones, Henry, Milijas, Hunt, Doyle... I.M.O!
11/11/2010 18:57:00
Two points in particular I like there Smithy are as to why Hunt was dropped (although he came back quick and played a lot of football in a short space of time) (then again- he looked more than up for it when he came on so that may dismiss the theory)- I can only assume Mick wanted more 'defensive' minded characters in the side but did I agree with it on a purely tactical basis? No. You are right- we have not seen Mouyokolo so none of us are even able to judge that- bit odd that he is fit and is not playing. As for Van Damme, I think he was one of the buys of the summer for what we paid. He would be my first choice for left back- he looks to me like he has the goods, he's a presence, he tackles, he can distribute- I think he is quality but I think he has dug his own grave by throwing in the towel within two months of being at the club when he knew full well what he was walking into. As for Jones, I would say he has fallen into the same category. I agree that he is a true talent but who knows what has been said behind the scenes. If they have asked him point blank, are you planning on signing and he has given an answer even of indifference, let alone a no, then- to put it politely- he can go forth and multiply. If I am not mistaken he did this at Derby. If he wants to run his contract down and leave then I'd let him sit in the reserves too and then let's see who comes in for him after he has fallen off the radar. He maybe quality but why put him in the window all season boosting a bigger signing on fee wherever he goes in the summer? I'd rather see a lesser player who wants to wear the shirt and earn another contract play than entertain someone who is mentally, already out of the door. I agree with your inclusion of Mouyokolo. I think until the other night Stears has actually been great in Jody's absence but I think he will benefit from a rest.
New York City Wolf
12/11/2010 03:22:00
NYCW - u do make a great point about jones. but i think he will improve the team if he plays instead of edwards. which we could do with right now. if we were sitting in 10th place right now and not 19th we could probably afford to do that. i am completely with you though on the go forth and multiply bit though. i woulld be happy to see him go and someone better come in if he is doing the same as he did at derby
12/11/2010 11:52:00
In spite of protestations to the contrary I always thought that Jones was determined to leave the club. As a result, I don't think his heart has been in it and, to me, that is reflected in the standard of his play. Apart from the wonder free-kick, how much has he done to warrant a place in the side? With regard to JVD, I, too, thought that he was the answer to our left back problem. However, Championship wingers gave him the run-around in the friendlies. If only he could do a Milijas, put in a shift and sharpen up. It's never going to happen though.
18/11/2010 17:22:00
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