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Football League 2017/18 - 17-19th February, 2018

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all kick-offs 15.00 unless stated

Saturday 17th February, 2018
Championship
Birmingham vs Millwall
Burton vs Nottingham Forest
Cardiff vs Middlesbrough
Fulham vs Aston Villa
Preston vs Wolves
QPR vs Bolton
Sunderland vs Brentford

League One
AFC Wimbledon vs Bristol Rovers
Doncaster vs Fleetwood
Gillingham vs Walsall
MK Dons vs Charlton
Oxford vs Plymouth
Scunthorpe vs Northampton
Shrewsbury vs Rotherham
Southend vs Portsmouth

League Two
Barnet vs Accrington Stanley
Cambridge vs Grimsby
Carlisle vs Chesterfield
Cheltenham vs Wycombe
Crawley vs Lincoln
Crewe vs Colchester
Exeter vs Mansfield
Morecambe vs Forest Green
Newport vs Notts County
Stevenage vs Yeovil
Swindon vs Port Vale

Sunday 18th February, 2018
Leeds vs Bristol City, 16.30
Norwich vs Ipswich, 12.00

League One
Blackpool vs Peterborough, 15.00

Monday 19th February, 2018
Blackburn vs Bury, 19.45

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Noticed this morning that it’s 1st (Macclesfield) v 2nd (Aldershot) and 3rd (Wrexham) v 4th (Sutton) in the National League tomorrow. 

 

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Fulham v Villa looks a brilliant game on paper

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It’s not Grealish & Adomah are injured so Bruce is playing 3 yes 3 DM’s and chasing a point.  I’d rather watch Pain Dry

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No prizes for guessing who scored Fulham's goal against Villa.

Cardiff leading Boro 1-0. Wolves losing as well away at Preston. 

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It’s typical Bruce this, go and park the bus at Fulham and concede 😂. Now they’re set up to defend and they need to get back into the game. This is why I don’t like him regardless of our position it’s just so negative 

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2-0 Fulham now. Big result for them. Cements their play-off position for now. 

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It’s exactly why I have 0 faith in the playoffs, he’s parked the fucking bus at Fulham and when it’s gone tits up because inviting constant pressure always ensures it does there’s no answer. We need to get 2nd we’ll get fucked in the playoffs by Bruce’s inabilities 

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2 minutes ago, Fairy In Boots said:

It’s exactly why I have 0 faith in the playoffs, he’s parked the fucking bus at Fulham and when it’s gone tits up because inviting constant pressure always ensures it does there’s no answer. We need to get 2nd we’ll get fucked in the playoffs by Bruce’s inabilities 

would you say you're ready for the Premier League again...

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Forest get away with a draw despite going down to 10 in the first half.

But they've now failed to score in 5 of their last 6 games. 

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The big 1 tomorrow. We are in a bit of form and they are in a bit of a slump. Plus it’s derby day, we’ve not lost one in 9 years. Let’s have it. 1-0 Norwich in a tight affair.

A few players have had niggles but sounds like they will all make it. The 3 at the back will continue. Watch out for Zimmermann if you watch, he’s a fucking beast. We picked him up on a free. I hope Leitner continues too and obviously Maddison is the man of the moment. Oliveira’s confidence worries me and it won’t be helped by last weeks penalty miss. He’s hit the woodwork a few times, he needs one to go in off his arse and then he will go on a scoring run.

I can’t see there being many goals. 

 

Fucking dickhead McCarthy still moaning about parachute payments. Every derby without fail, sour twat. Someone needs to really educate him on how you get them and what they are for, it’s not rocket science. 

Come on you bastards. Send them home fucking miserable, again.

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Good start to the weekend with Shrewsbury losing, but it will mean nothing unless we take advantage on Monday night at home to Bury.

There are 3 clubs in great form storming up the league at the moment to the play offs (Rotherham, Southend and Plymouth). Hopefully we are too far ahead, but those in 4-6th should be worried as those 3 sides are looking really good.

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A win finally and a goal for Maupay as well, cheeky little back heel.

Id expect nothing less than beating Sunderland home or away, had them down as a double relegation favourite at the beginning of the season. Their result against Bristol City last week was cause for concern but in the end we were too good for them.

Currently 5 points off of a play off place, 8 if Bristol win their next game but with 14 games left to play and the knowledge that we've been on two of the longest unbeaten runs in the division this season then I back us to have a 3rd run at it as well.

Next game is Brum midweek at home, confident we can and should be beating them.

If we were to make the play offs Id fancy us to do Fulham and Villa, been the better side against Villa this season and last, we beat Fulham 3-1 already and have the better record against them over the last few years. I'd fancy us to beat both though it'd obviously be difficult. Our early season form cost us unfortunately, 2 months of gelling and struggling to find results that matched performances but since then we've consistently been one of the best teams in the league, just need to continue that into the final run of games now.

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2 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

I can see Sunderland being comfortably mid-table in League One too. There's nothing about them and they're a complete shambles.

There's a lot of money at the club though, not in this division but in League One. They'd still be due two seasons parachute payments and would probably shave the wage bill at the club down considerably. They had a right winger who looked decent against us actually, don't know his name.

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Sunderland have a £70m loan with a 7% interest rate that must be repaid in August 2019. Parachute payments will be going to that. Ellis Short will probably have to put his own money in again to prevent administration.

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5 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Didn't know about that :/. Why would they take out such a loan whilst on the brink of relegation?!

They took it out in 2014 thinking it would give them the funds to kick on in the Premier League, giving them 5 years to grow revenue to repay/refinance it. They won't be able to refinance it in league one.

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Looked like a great finish to the East Anglia Derby. Ipswich must be feeling sick after scoring so late and still not winning. 

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1 hour ago, Bluebird Hewitt said:

Bristol City looking like pissing on Leeds already. 2-0 and we aren't even at 20 minutes yet.

Oh dear. Now 2-2 after 80 minutes. xD

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27 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

As much as he can be a cock, Mick McCarthy is also fucking quality xD

nothing makes me think of McCarthy more than this

Image result for mick mccarthy gif

 

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Favourite part of the match was Norwich celebrating Ipswich's 16 year Championship stay...in a Championship game. 

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Just caught up on all the results from yesterday and watched the highlights.

 

Looks like Preston done well to remain competitive with Wolves given their superiority over everybody. I think the sending off for the two yellows for John Walsh sending off fair regardless of how easily the Wolves player went down. You could do by his reaction to the second yellow what his intention was and that there was contact. If Preston could turn some of their draws in to wins they'd be a really good outfit at this level.

Fulham looked great going forward against Villa with some of the link up play involving Sessegnon, Ayite and Mitrovic. They really caught Villa off guard with their quick play and confidence. It looks like Fulham could have won by more too if they could convert more chances. How Ayite missed that header after scoring from 42 yards is a mystery. 

It looks like there Christmas form is now a distant memory for Cardiff City. They did really well to play with a structure and restrict 'Boro to very little chances. They seem to do the basics very well in an era where there's an obsession for unusual tactics.

 

Down the bottom it looks like QPR are pretty much safe with that win against Bolton. They did look boring and uninspiring up until the sending off but Matt Smith deserves credit for all the problems he caused. The fixture against Sunderland on Tuesday is now a huge game for Bolton.

Burton Albion now doubt would have taken a draw against Nottingham Forest at kick off given their current position, however with the sending off you have to say this was a great opportunity to pick up three points. They seem to have a lot of fight but they just can't convert chances. I'm not sure I agree with how highly Karanka spoke of his players. If that's what he calls 'brilliant' then it doesn't exactly scream that this will be an exciting era for Nottingham Forest. 

I thinks it's fair to say that 'Bristanbul' did absolutely nothing for Sunderland. Don't get me wrong, Brentford do play a very pleasing style of football, but they didn't seem to need to work hard to get a result against a half-hearted team. Just hearing Chris Coleman after the match talking about negativity, grief, frustration, panic and lack of cohesion shows why nobody respects them.

Oh, and the last thing to comment is that i'm not surprised Steve Correrill still sounds like a bellend. 'The better team lost the game'.  The same 'better team' that didn't have a shot until injury time, Steve? Millwall should have won by more.

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We're having some terrible luck at the moment. How Lasogga's header didn't go in at the death there is beyond me. Of course it would smack the bar.

Felt we let Bristol City off the hook there. We finished the game well whilst they looked at panic stations. Not too happy with a point really. Does nothing for us. But at least there was a bit of fighting spirit.

First half was abysmal. The goals we conceded...well...Sunday league. That's all I'm going to say.

Don't think they will be too happy letting another lead slip either but the our crowd changed that game. They can be our best and worst enemy at times and we saw a mix of that today but when they raise it, sometimes they suck the ball into the net and there's not a lot of sides that have that kind of advantage.

 

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