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Football League 2016/2017 - 4th - 5th April

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all kick-offs 19.45 unless stated

Championship
Tuesday 4th April
Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers
Barnsley v Cardiff City 
Brentford v Leeds United 
Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City 
Derby County v Fulham
Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic
Preston North End v Bristol City
Reading v Blackburn Rovers (20.00)
Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest

Wednesday 5th April
Huddersfield Town v Norwich City
Newcastle United v Burton Albion

League One
Tuesday 4th April
Charlton Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons
Rochdale v Port Vale
Shrewsbury Town v Millwall
Southend United v Bolton Wanderers

Wednesday 5th April
Oxford United v Fleetwood Town
Sheffield United v Coventry City

 

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Possible that Huddersfield will drop points again.

I think Burton will be tough than a lot of people expect - they're going to come and be tough to break down and got a very good result at the weekend. People think just because they are Burton it'll be a walk in the park - they're far from the worst team in the league and have some players capable of doing something.

Would have thought Brighton will beat Birmingham.

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I wish I could care more about an English team. I used to like Leeds and Fulham (McBride, really). so I hope that they both keep up there forms and get into the playoffs.

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13 minutes ago, Fairy In Boots said:

We've sadly left it too late to catch a playoff place because we're on a tear at the minute 

Close as well, you will probably miss out by only 2 or 3 games.

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29 minutes ago, HoneyNUFC said:

Close as well, you will probably miss out by only 2 or 3 games.

Yeah it's a shame we don't have a few more games but that run after January killed us. I expect a serious challenge next year with 1-2 wingers brought in

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Looking at Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham's fixtures and form if you win every game you might actually make it. No room for a single slip up though.

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2 hours ago, Fairy In Boots said:

We've sadly left it too late to catch a playoff place because we're on a tear at the minute 

Think you'll win the league next year. As poor a season you've had it's all coming together now and a full pre-season under your belts you'll piss it. 

Said in the other thread but it's going to be an interesting one next season in the Championship.

Another big one for us tomorrow, no excuse for not winning but it won't be easy, they will come and make it hard for us and frustrate the mong home fans. Win tomorrow and then we are 11 points away from the Premier League - assuming Huddersfield win every single game.

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Kodjia and Hogan...if they don't win the league next season then something is wrong.

We're on a good run at the moment, beat Leeds 2-0. Lasse Vibe is on a good run of form and coming up with goals that we'd of got from Hogan, at the moment it seems to be him and someone new scoring which is great.

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8 hours ago, HoneyNUFC said:

Looking at Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham's fixtures and form if you win every game you might actually make it. No room for a single slip up though.

Won't happen that would be record breaking for us. 

6 hours ago, Any O'Brien said:

Think you'll win the league next year. As poor a season you've had it's all coming together now and a full pre-season under your belts you'll piss it. 

Said in the other thread but it's going to be an interesting one next season in the Championship.

Another big one for us tomorrow, no excuse for not winning but it won't be easy, they will come and make it hard for us and frustrate the mong home fans. Win tomorrow and then we are 11 points away from the Premier League - assuming Huddersfield win every single game.

I do hope so we're fucked once parachute money goes

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Lost it in the first half with a poor performance. Second half we looked a lot better but we are still conceding goals for fun and lost two our centre backs to injuries last night which could rule them out for the season! Thankfully Preston, Wolves and Ipswich did us huge favours by beating Forest, Wigan and Bristol City and hopefully Newcastle will beat Burton tonight.

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Something confusing and bizarre has just happened at St James.

We got a penalty. Matt Ritchie scores it. Ref rules it out and gives a free-kick to Burton. 

Have the rules changed? Never seen anything like that in my life.

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5 minutes ago, HoneyNUFC said:

Something confusing and bizarre has just happened at St James.

We got a penalty. Matt Ritchie scores it. Ref rules it out and gives a free-kick to Burton. 

Have the rules changed? Never seen anything like that in my life.

wtf. was it encroaching? anything in the run -up (that stop start thing)?

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Sounds like encroaching. Harsh but rules are rules if there was an encroachment the officials spotted.

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2 minutes ago, Romesh said:

wtf. was it encroaching? anything in the run -up (that stop start thing)?

Then it should have been retaken according to the rules. Gayle might have been in the box (Ritchie took the penalty).

The ref spend 5 minutes trying to work out what the rules of the game are with the 4th official. Disgrace at this level.

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yeah as soon as I pressed send I realised encroaching is a re-taken penalty. 

Fuck knows what happened then. Did it hit the woodwork and then Ritchie touched it again?

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Just now, Romesh said:

yeah as soon as I pressed send I realised encroaching is a re-taken penalty. 

Fuck knows what happened then. Did it hit the woodwork and then Ritchie touched it again?

Nope.

4th official has now just said 3 minutes added on time. Another farce. The game was stopped for ages so they could try and remember the rules. 

Maybe we will find out what the refs reason was at half time.

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Really looking forward to hear the reasoning behind the decision...

If there's no real reason.. surely there's a new spot opening on the job market for a championship level referee? 

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Just seen the replay. There are 3 Burton players and 1 Newcastle player in the box before Ritchie kicks it.

Definitely encroachment going on. However FA site says that should be a retake.

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5 minutes ago, Skittles said:

Really looking forward to hear the reasoning behind the decision...

If there's no real reason.. surely there's a new spot opening on the job market for a championship level referee? 

We'll never hear the reasoning, referees do what the fuck they want and don't have to justify it like managers/players.

One of the most bizarre things I've ever seen.

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4 minutes ago, Toony said:

We'll never hear the reasoning, referees do what the fuck they want and don't have to justify it like managers/players.

One of the most bizarre things I've ever seen.

He will have told the players and Rafa, so they can tell us. He won't have just said free kick sorry I'm not telling you why :rofl:

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Apparently the ref has said Dwight Gayle committed a foul in the build up.

Gayle is the player furthest away in this shot. I can't see a foul anywhere 

 

 

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Refs had an absolute shocker here by all accounts.

Haven't got a clue what's made him think that was the right decision. Even if he thinks he's fucked it up, surely he knows he's missed the boat. What was going through his head when he decided to reverse it?

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You think maybe all the refs have got together for a pint of London pride but all they had left was Newcastle brown ale... So they've decided to piss of the Geordies as punishment for not getting thier favoured beverage?

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Huddersfield 2 up now as well.

Seems the ref didn't get the rules wrong but he did imagine up a foul out of nothing.

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GOAL RITCHIE

HIS 15TH OF THE SEASON

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Official statement on what happened by the refereeing body... confirming that the officials did not know the rules. Remarkable at this level. I don't see how not knowing the rules is a lapse in concentration. They discussed it with each other for ages. 

 

 

 

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