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Author Topic: Dean Smith - Confirmed  (Read 506075 times)

Online Rudy Can't Fail

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6495 on: February 18, 2020, 11:26:09 AM »
"Listen, people keep talking about you can't beat the top teams. It's not rocket science. You play the teams in and around you, they're the type of games you're meant to win or compete in''

Well that won't be enough Dean, so unless you view the games against the better teams differently we are going to end up relegated.

It's been enough so far as we're not in the bottom three, so how can you be so sure?

Judgement can be delayed until the end of the season.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6496 on: February 18, 2020, 11:33:17 AM »
"Listen, people keep talking about you can't beat the top teams. It's not rocket science. You play the teams in and around you, they're the type of games you're meant to win or compete in''

Well that won't be enough Dean, so unless you view the games against the better teams differently we are going to end up relegated.

It's been enough so far as we're not in the bottom three, so how can you be so sure?

Judgement can be delayed until the end of the season.
I mentioned this in the post-match thread - the problem is we haven;t been doing that have we.  Play at Bournemouth like we started vs Spuds and we'd have buried them by half time, but we didn't turn up that day.  Same at Watford, Southampton at home etc.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6497 on: February 18, 2020, 11:56:24 AM »
"Listen, people keep talking about you can't beat the top teams. It's not rocket science. You play the teams in and around you, they're the type of games you're meant to win or compete in''

Well that won't be enough Dean, so unless you view the games against the better teams differently we are going to end up relegated.

It's been enough so far as we're not in the bottom three, so how can you be so sure?

Unless things change,we have struggled terribly against teams in the top half.

bottom half opposition

p 14
w 6
d 3
l 5
pts 21

 top half opposition

p 12
w 1
d 1
l 10
pts 4

8 fixtures against the top half to play and 4 against the bottom half.  If we continue as we have all season we will end up on around 34/35 pts. Which won't be enough to stay up. We have to improve against teams in the top half and not approach just with the mindset that the games against them won't define us, as Smith, by his own words, currently sees it.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6498 on: February 18, 2020, 11:59:46 AM »
"Listen, people keep talking about you can't beat the top teams. It's not rocket science. You play the teams in and around you, they're the type of games you're meant to win or compete in''

Well that won't be enough Dean, so unless you view the games against the better teams differently we are going to end up relegated.

It's been enough so far as we're not in the bottom three, so how can you be so sure?

We're running out of shit teams around us to scrape points from.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6499 on: February 18, 2020, 12:10:48 PM »
"Listen, people keep talking about you can't beat the top teams. It's not rocket science. You play the teams in and around you, they're the type of games you're meant to win or compete in''

Well that won't be enough Dean, so unless you view the games against the better teams differently we are going to end up relegated.

It's been enough so far as we're not in the bottom three, so how can you be so sure?

Unless things change,we have struggled terribly against teams in the top half.

bottom half opposition

p 14
w 6
d 3
l 5
pts 21

 top half opposition

p 12
w 1
d 1
l 10
pts 4

8 fixtures against the top half to play and 4 against the bottom half.  If we continue as we have all season we will end up on around 34/35 pts. Which won't be enough to stay up. We have to improve against teams in the top half and not approach just with the mindset that the games against them won't define us, as Smith, by his own words, currently sees it.

Good analysis and indeed pretty worrying.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6500 on: February 18, 2020, 12:14:54 PM »
He's obviously banking on 4 points from Southampton and Newcastle away games and at least 4 points from Sheffield United and Palace at home, perhaps 6 with way DS is talking. And also the West Ham game on the final day but I'd prefer to be safe by then.

That would still only get us to 35 points so yes we need a win v someone decent (and that's provided we actually turn up in these six pointers which isn't a given).

Don't really see a results formula where we stay up continuing to barely take a point off top 8 teams. Everton away and Wolves at home also fall into that category now (Arsenal at home currently dosen't) so we surely can't just be writing off those games.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6501 on: February 18, 2020, 12:15:38 PM »
It's pretty clear from the way we played on Sunday that nobody's writing off games against the top half sides.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6502 on: February 18, 2020, 12:38:42 PM »
It's pretty clear from the way we played on Sunday that nobody's writing off games against the top half sides.

Precisely.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6503 on: February 18, 2020, 12:45:52 PM »
Credit to Dean Smith and the coaching staff. We scored from a corner on Sunday. Was that the first of the season?

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6504 on: February 18, 2020, 12:46:54 PM »
We need to start working the opposition keepers and stop putting our own under so much pressure.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6505 on: February 18, 2020, 07:39:41 PM »
We’re not done, clearly. But fucking hell we need to either start winning away games or beating some top half sides or we’re toast. We have dropped points far too easily.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6506 on: February 18, 2020, 07:53:21 PM »
The Arse and Manure have been distinctly average by their own standards this season- by the time they come to B6 they will be world beaters again - :(

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6507 on: February 18, 2020, 08:01:23 PM »
The Arse and Manure have been distinctly average by their own standards this season- by the time they come to B6 they will be world beaters again - :(
That thought had crossed my mind. Even Spurs had improved very recently.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6508 on: February 19, 2020, 08:04:02 AM »
Spurs have taken more points than anybody bar Liverpool since Mourinho took over. They were incredible fortunate against us.

I'd love us to batter both Man United and Arsenal.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #6509 on: February 19, 2020, 11:17:24 AM »
Spurs have taken more points than anybody bar Liverpool since Mourinho took over. They were incredible fortunate against us.

I'd love us to batter both Man United and Arsenal.
wouldn't we all - however the reality is we couldn't do that when we were a decent side let alone the team that can't beat Bournemouth home or away - I admire your optimism however

 


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