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Offline themossman

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5145 on: December 08, 2019, 08:38:55 PM »
Same here. Domino effect after the last goal and I thought fuck it, got to drive back to Bristol, and I had my 9 yo who looked like Id just made her sit through a programme about Mesopotamian ceramics on bbc4. Bollocks to that.

Offline PeterWithesShin

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5146 on: December 08, 2019, 08:39:58 PM »
So if the table doesn't lie does that mean we're definitely not going to be relegated?  :P

Offline SoccerHQ

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5147 on: December 08, 2019, 08:44:03 PM »
We've spent 150 million to be 17th on goal difference.

Have you seen what Everton have spent to be two points above us?

Bournemouth have also spent a huge amount in last few seasons considering they only get 10k.

West Ham have a 100m forward line that dosen't score many goals atm.

In isolation we have spent lots but most of it has been on potential rather than established internationals which is ultimately what a newly promoted team will do unless you have special connections like Wolves do.

People forgetting that established prem clubs also spend similar amounts so to me it dosen't hold much argument. Much more debatable in the MON days when we were one of the highest spending net teams over 3 year period and still people didn't think that was enough.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5148 on: December 08, 2019, 08:46:58 PM »
Hold steady

That was the best side weve faced this season and we were very much second best. Our season wont be defined by results against the best in the league.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5149 on: December 08, 2019, 08:49:20 PM »
Some really ridiculous comments in here. Never left early, subdued crowd, team spirit etc etc. Do people really think this is worse than 15/16 and 3 or 4 seasons leading up to that? Get a grip please.
We have lost two games of late  big deal. We had 4 points from 2 games before that. It's amazing how quickly people turn.

Offline tricky59

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5150 on: December 08, 2019, 08:51:29 PM »
Hold steady

That was the best side weve faced this season and we were very much second best. Our season wont be defined by results against the best in the league.

Hold steady, PW?
Wrong forum for that it seems.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5151 on: December 08, 2019, 09:08:26 PM »
Dean needs to develop more variation in his tactics. He has one style and if it doesnt worked were fucked. He made some dreadful decisions today.

The midfield isnt balanced right either, they neither give us defensive strength nor creative go forward.

Offline LukeJames

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5152 on: December 08, 2019, 09:10:28 PM »
Dean needs to develop more variation in his tactics. He has one style and if it doesnt worked were fucked. He made some dreadful decisions today.

I agree with this, when were on it we look good, when were not we look flat as fuck but just stick with what we know.

Offline Risso

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5153 on: December 08, 2019, 09:12:44 PM »
Smith mentioned in his post-match burbling that Leicester switched to a diamond behind a front two today.  Such tactical flexibility would seem totally alien to him.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5154 on: December 08, 2019, 09:29:11 PM »
Smith mentioned in his post-match burbling that Leicester switched to a diamond behind a front two today.  Such tactical flexibility would seem totally alien to him.

Im not sure they play that normally and it showed for the first 20-30 minutes but once our initial efforts faded they absolutely dominated us with it. I wonder if Dean needs to try it, more support for Wes with an additional striker and he can play Jack behind the front 2 a la Madison today who was very good.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5155 on: December 08, 2019, 09:42:00 PM »
Fitness and strength is another thing Smith needs to work on. We look less fit and weaker than most teams.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5156 on: December 08, 2019, 09:43:35 PM »
Fitness and strength is another thing Smith needs to work on. We look less fit and weaker than most teams.

Ive been saying that all season down the match, should be an easy fix as well

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5157 on: December 08, 2019, 09:48:42 PM »
Expected the result but a worrying performance. Smith again making basic errors. Silly to give him that contract as Villa teams inevitably seem to have poor runs after signing them. 

He wont learn though which is a real concern, too inflexible and now major players in our team, SJM, Wes, Mings looking spent. Massive 6 weeks ahead.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5158 on: December 09, 2019, 01:41:41 PM »
Fitness and strength is another thing Smith needs to work on. We look less fit and weaker than most teams.

Ive been saying that all season down the match, should be an easy fix as well

Isn't there a tracking site that counts the distance run by players? I'd vote to see our stats. Can't decide if the players are unfit or they're knackered from chasing the ball most of the game.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #5159 on: December 09, 2019, 02:35:39 PM »
The next two games are absolutely massive for our season.

We have Sheffield United away on Saturday, while Southampton have West Ham at home.  We then play Southampton ourselves.  Two defeats for us and we could be a few points from safety, which would be an absolute disaster.  I don't think it will happen, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility, and if it does I think Smith could well be for the chop.

 


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