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Online Sexual Ealing

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #75 on: February 17, 2020, 11:55:06 PM »
Its damn tempting to just say 'Go for it' but can we afford it, or, are we better playing for the point and hoping for the 3.

I wish our manager was more pragmatic. I wish he realised that draws are exactly what we need to be grinding out.


We've had quite enough of them, thanks.

Offline OzVilla

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #76 on: February 18, 2020, 02:27:18 AM »
Bookies seem to think we'll drop, 2nd favourites now behind Norwich.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #77 on: February 18, 2020, 04:46:06 AM »
Southampton away is about as must win as you can get. The 4 teams around us all have tricky fixtures on paper so with the right results we could leapfrog Brighton into 15th on 28pts.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #78 on: February 18, 2020, 08:58:38 AM »
Win Saturday and I'll start to believe again, we simply have to put Sunday behind us.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #79 on: February 18, 2020, 11:43:40 AM »
I think all forecasts and predictions need to be classified pre/post McGinn. Him coming back could really make a huge difference.

I'm a bit worried about all this expectation being placed on him.

Yes it will be good to have him back as an option but we've seen many times it take a good six-eight weeks for players to totally get back up to speed after serious injury.

I don't expect him to turn into Drinkwater level fitness on his return but if he's back mid March I don't think he'll be at peak fitness until start of May when they'll only be three games left.

Still the sort who'll pop up with a vital goal or two in the run in.

Offline Demitri_C

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #80 on: February 18, 2020, 12:28:05 PM »
Man saturdays game is huge. Absolutely massive. If we lose that it would be a bigger disaster than sunday.
 
It simply is must not lose. Time to drol this three at the back its shit and we concede goals for fun.

Go two at the back and stick a extra man in midfield.we look better that way. Drop hause and engels for mings and conor. Also take bloody drinkwater out!

Offline RamboandBruno

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #81 on: February 18, 2020, 03:55:45 PM »
I donít see how any one can predict any result except the obvious.
Almost Every game will be a lottery and we will give and create chances because itís the way we play.
We are at a bigger disadvantage against teams prepared to sit in and counter.
Expect the same tactics displayed by all away teams and some at home because it works against us.
Smith does not believe in the idea that you have to be hard to beat to win.

I canít predict very well otherwise Iíd be incredibly wealthy which Iím not. However itís part of the craic of being a football supporter, weíll for me.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #82 on: February 18, 2020, 03:58:14 PM »
Not sure why some of you think 40 points may not be enough? 37/38 will be enough. Look at the table teams in relegation spots have less points than games played at 26. Itís not going to change dramatically over the last 12.

Completely agree with this. While referring to my other point above about predictions, I think 36/37/38 may be enough, especially when you look at the run ins of not only us, but Brighton, West Ham and Bournemouth. Predicting that Norwich are already down 😬

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #83 on: February 18, 2020, 04:21:08 PM »
I think all forecasts and predictions need to be classified pre/post McGinn. Him coming back could really make a huge difference.

I'm a bit worried about all this expectation being placed on him.

Yes it will be good to have him back as an option but we've seen many times it take a good six-eight weeks for players to totally get back up to speed after serious injury.

I don't expect him to turn into Drinkwater level fitness on his return but if he's back mid March I don't think he'll be at peak fitness until start of May when they'll only be three games left.

Still the sort who'll pop up with a vital goal or two in the run in.

I think this is the supporter law of the injured player which states that the longer he is away the better he becomes. As I recall many on here were calling for him to be dropped /rested before he got injured because he was so out of form ( albeit carrying an injury). I don't think we will be seeing the best of McGinn until next season whichever league we are in.

Offline Flin5tone

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #84 on: February 18, 2020, 04:22:23 PM »
How many 'MUST WIN' games have we had now and lost? can't fault the performance on Sunday but mistakes and inconsistent performances will see us go down

West Ham could be huge last game but i can see us both dropping with Norwich

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #85 on: February 18, 2020, 04:26:44 PM »
We'll win them all obviously. What's that, 61 points? Should be enough.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #86 on: February 18, 2020, 04:29:31 PM »
Whoever we play we must tighten up our approach, far to open. Teams are finding it to easy to get in positions to hurt us. But we are at the back end of the season  and canít see Smith et al sorting it out.

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #87 on: February 18, 2020, 05:05:12 PM »
It'll certainly help if we show the passion we showed on Sunday in all the remaining games.
What we do not want is some of the listless games that we have seen this season (Bournemouth away, SheffU away, for example).

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #88 on: February 18, 2020, 05:20:36 PM »
The way our recent history has gone since I honestly think we'll go to West Ham on the last day needing to win. Play offs 3 years running.

Offline RamboandBruno

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Re: The Run IN
« Reply #89 on: February 18, 2020, 07:25:42 PM »
How many 'MUST WIN' games have we had now and lost? can't fault the performance on Sunday but mistakes and inconsistent performances will see us go down

West Ham could be huge last game but i can see us both dropping with Norwich

There does feel like there has been a lot of Ďmust winsí, but to be fair while weíve obviously lost a lot more games than weíve won overall, in terms of the must wins, itís felt like theyíve evened themselves out. Xmas felt massive, we get mullered by Southampton and Watford but beat Norwich and Burnley. After the hiding to Man City we get a credible draw at Brighton and then beat Watford. Bournemouth hugely disappointing, Spurs most of us would of settled for a point I guess.

My point is I guess, we havenít lost all of the games that felt must win, even though sometimes it feels like that. To me Southampton, Newcastle, palace are the games that now feel must win, but then we may not pick up points in some of those and get more unlikely results in others. Iím hoping weíre safe by West Ham...hoping!