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Offline Ads

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #45 on: February 05, 2020, 10:52:56 AM »
Those 3 home games of Man United, Palace and Arsenal ought to be what sees us safe. We conspired to take 1 point instead of 7 from the away fixtures, at home I'd fancy us while they're dossing around in mid-table.

Wouldn't surprise me if we've still won more games than Arsenal by the time we play them.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #46 on: February 05, 2020, 11:36:42 AM »
I can see us picking up a few exciting victories, I don’t think it will be enough though.
Unless Smith can make us hard to beat, and I don’t think he knows how to do that.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #47 on: February 05, 2020, 11:52:08 AM »
This feels more nerve wracking than the scares of the Lambert years or is it just me?

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #48 on: February 05, 2020, 12:06:10 PM »
Not for me, as I felt we were a lot poorer under Lambert. I'm confident we'll be ok.

My main worry is it being a bit moody at West Ham if they're relegated.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #49 on: February 05, 2020, 01:16:29 PM »
If we can get the defence in half decent shape I think we'll be ok. We starting showing signs that the switch to 3 at the back was helping in that regard but the Bournemouth game worried me again.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #50 on: February 05, 2020, 02:01:50 PM »
This feels more nerve wracking than the scares of the Lambert years or is it just me?
Until the last season he had Benteke to get us out of jail.
Now we have a massive over reliance on a Jack, our problem now is that we need to score at least 2 to win a game.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #51 on: February 05, 2020, 02:58:15 PM »
If we can get the defence in half decent shape I think we'll be ok. We starting showing signs that the switch to 3 at the back was helping in that regard but the Bournemouth game worried me again.

It was a poor team performance overall, but I don’t think the system contributed massively to the goals conceded. I think both were poorly defended counters (I think we may have given both free kicks away from our own corners initially) and then the free kicks themselves were poorly defended.

I think overall the switch to three at the back has been positive and generally made us more solid.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #52 on: February 05, 2020, 03:01:13 PM »
This feels more nerve wracking than the scares of the Lambert years or is it just me?
Until the last season he had Benteke to get us out of jail.
Now we have a massive over reliance on a Jack, our problem now is that we need to score at least 2 to win a game.

I don’t disagree and it’s clearly an issue but I do think this is true of quite a lot of teams though. Only seven clubs have keep clean sheets in more than 25% of their games - and one of them is below us!

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #53 on: February 06, 2020, 11:23:57 AM »
I put the all the remaining games for Villa, B'Mouth, Watford, WHam and Brighton in to my "calculator" ( my best guess of results)

I get WHam and B'Mouth finishing on 35 (2W 6D 5L) and 36 (1W 6D 6L)
Villa 41 (3W 7D 3L) Watford 40 (4W 5D 4L) & Brighton 40 (3W 5D 5L)

It was highly scientific! :D and it could come down to the final game at Wham
« Last Edit: February 06, 2020, 11:34:57 AM by postal »

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #54 on: February 16, 2020, 06:21:27 PM »
Sat Feb 22  Southampton A
Sat Feb 29    Sheffield United H
Mon Mar 9  Leicester A
Sat Mar 14  Chelsea H
Sat Mar 21  Newcastle A
Sat Apr 4    Wolves H
Sat Apr 11 Liverpool A
Sat Apr 18 Manchester United H
Sat Apr 25 Crystal Palace H
Sat May 2 Everton A
Sat May 9 Arsenal H
Sun May 17 West Ham A


Still think the home games against Sheff U and Palace represent the most likely route to three points between now and the end of the season.

Hopefully Soton's recent revival is over and we can get something there. Four points from the next two will go a long way to rebuilding the shattered confidence after tossing away yet another game.

Aside from that, it's a horrid run-in and we're hoping for teams to have an off day.  Or think that we're so piss-poor they start resting players. Lull them into a false sense of security and all that.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2020, 06:23:08 PM by KevinGage »

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #55 on: February 16, 2020, 07:10:32 PM »
The Sheffield United game will be re-arranged.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #56 on: February 16, 2020, 07:13:25 PM »
Ah yeah, of course.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #57 on: February 16, 2020, 11:02:41 PM »
I don’t see that run in as all that bad, maybe it’s just my claret specs, but I honestly think there are enough points in those games for us to be safe and avoid a dreaded winner takes all affair at the Pornodome. That said, we need to be winning three home games and hope that we get one on the road (plus a few things called ‘draws’, but I think we’ll do it.

A draw or even a win next Saturday would do us the world of good. Keep the faith!

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #58 on: February 16, 2020, 11:09:50 PM »
The Sheffield United game will be re-arranged.

Interesting when that fixture gets placed.

Normally I would be o.k with it being April (perhaps inbetween Man. United and Palace to give us three homes in a week) but if Newcastle gets postponed we'd have a run of Southampton-Leicester-Chelsea-Wolves-Liverpool so perhaps it needs to go in there to break a potential losing sequence.

They're doing very very well but ultimately it's a fixture we'd have looked at in August as a needed three points and needs to be the same now.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #59 on: February 16, 2020, 11:21:15 PM »
I think we can still get 5 wins out of that lot. We aren't cut adrift, there were glimmers of hope from today, and regardless of the manner of the defeat (losing in the last minute is always a kick in the bollox) we can still stay up. A couple of those teams will be on the beach by the time we play them too. I can see Sheff Utd seriously blowing up once they are mathematically safe.

If we go down, it will have been entirely self inflicted. Its still very much in our hands.

This is Villa though, so I bet this is going down to the last day with a winner takes all against the kit stealers. How will my poor old heart cope. The playoff finals were bad enough.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2020, 11:23:49 PM by richrunner »