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19 Aug 2018 08:28:52
If we can get a result against Bournemouth won't be easy they are playing well. But if we do I'm confident of a home win against Huddersfield this could be the momentum that really flurishis through a team and it will be a fantastic start to the season, could be top by Christmas blues looking at them fixtures, dare to dream coyb.

{Ed025's Note - im just happy with the style of football stef, its a million miles from the dross we witnessed last season and we still have some top quality to come in, no doubt there will be some losses and i think our finishing has to improve but the smiles are back on the supporters faces and thats great to see mate..

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19 Aug 2018 08:48:52
Very true Ed25 I’m enjoying what I’m seeing from the lads I have very good feeling about this season.

{Ed025's Note - me too stef, im keeping my expectations in check though as its very early days yet mate..

19 Aug 2018 09:52:15
I am loving it, but can see we are still really poor at defending set pieces. The standard of football is a million miles better than recent seasons. We have obviously worked at free kicks and corners offensively. But our defending at them is a weakness. I am sure Silva and co will be working on defending them, but BIG improvement is needed. If we can improve in this one area, we have a chance to keep on picking up points and then the test will be if we can perform against the so called top teams.

{Ed025's Note - i think we all know we still have defensive issues degsy especially centrally, these have been addressed hopefully with the inclusion of mina and zouma mate..

19 Aug 2018 10:15:18
I was thinking; if I'm going to be critical we could have been more clinical. We did have a lapse at the back but Holgate and Keane were solid all game and haven't really played together much. The whole round improvement though in such a short time has been unbelievable and unimaginable. To think that football was in the same year as the dross (insert stronger term 😊) that was played: words can't describe. what's crazy is he has improved overall and not just in particular areas. i'm not counting chickens but the early signs look promising indeed.

{Ed025's Note - very much so tit mate..

19 Aug 2018 10:21:36
The problem with set pieces is if you are Donald marking like what we do, you have to attack the ball with aggression if it's going into you area. We didn't do that with the goal. We did though do it in the first game very well and for most other times during this.

However, Davies took a step 1 foot to forward and miss judged the header at the front post which cost us. We seem to be getting better with dealing with the ball over the top as well and now force the player out wide.

Overall though our general defensive play is much better than last year as it allows us to be more assertive going forward.

19 Aug 2018 10:35:47
Erm zonal marking not Donald marking! 😂😂😂.

19 Aug 2018 11:51:23
I wondered what you were on about BJU! That made me giggle. Cheers mate! Re the comment. now I know you meant zonal. I would guess that is one reason Mina and his 6ft 5inch was bought. Many times last season we lost goals with quite simple balls over the top. Another poster put a post about Keane being slow on the turn and weak defending balls over the top which I agree with. He ball watches. However, Holgate seems to get better and better and at the tender age of 22 and looking so good would be a perfect partner for Mina. Or maybe Zouma? Either way, I am one for the modern type of footballing center half and have had many debates about playing the ball across the back line as England did with Stones this recent world cup. It is the continental way and Man City do it as do our rivals. The old Jags style of center half is a thing of the past now. It can be scary for fans to watch but is the way forwards in my view. I do think the positive view you point out is a big part of things but I would also add that the one player (being Richarlison) has made the biggest impact these 2 games and Allardyce was here when we signed Tosun and Walcott so I give him a tiny bit of credit for that. The rest of your post I agree with 100% COYB.

19 Aug 2018 12:52:04
Donald marking is the future. If the ball comes into the box, DUCK.

{Ed025's Note - or even trump!..

19 Aug 2018 13:28:38
That's it explained. The ball comes over and Keane ducks! Now we know why. Silva told him he had to Donald mark!

19 Aug 2018 20:59:53
With Mina and Zouma there (both aggressive CB's and Zouma in particular quite quick) It really should be a wake up call for Keane, still young and learning his trade but there again so is Holgate and at times the lad looked like he had been playing there for years.



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