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Football League 2018/19 - 19-20th October, 2018

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Friday 19th October
Sheff Weds vs Middlesbrough, 19.45

Saturday 20th October
Aston Villa vs Swansea
Blackburn vs Leeds, 12.00
Brentford vs Bristol City
Derby vs Sheff Utd, 17.30
Hull vs Preston
Ipswich vs QPR
Nottm Forest vs Norwich
Reading vs Millwall
Rotherham vs Bolton
Stoke vs Birmingham
Wigan vs West Brom
 

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Saturday 20th October, 2018
Blackpool vs AFC Wimbledon
Bradford vs Rochdale
Bristol Rovers vs Oxford
Charlton vs Barnsley
Doncaster vs Gillingham
Luton vs Walsall
Peterborough vs Accrington Stanley
Plymouth vs Burton
Portsmouth vs Fleetwood
Shrewsbury vs Sunderland
Southend vs Coventry
Wycombe vs Scunthorpe

 

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Saturday 20th October, 2018
Bury vs Notts County
Crawley vs Notts County
Forest Green vs Cheltenham
Grimsby vs Exeter
Lincoln vs Cambridge
Macclesfield vs Carlisle
MK Dons vs Northampton
Morecambe vs Colchester
Oldham vs Port Vale
Stevenage vs Crewe
Swindon vs Mansfield
Yeovil vs Tranmere

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We're due a win, not won in 6 (drew most of them) and also will have new manager syndrome.

Knowing my luck we'll probably lose.

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Might try and get out of the house for a couple hours on Saturday to watch Bishop’s Stortford v Corinthian Casuals in the Bostik Prem. 

Stortford are unbeaten in eight and have risen up to about 7th, which is the highest I can ever remember them being in any league they’ve played in for a long time. Jamie Cureton is joint-interim manager alongside majority backer of the club, Steve Smith. 

Corinthian Casuals are English Footballing royalty so it would be great to see them. 

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Frustrating for us that we gain Hernandez, Berardi and Roofe back from injuries but don't have the first choice full backs available in Ayling and Barry Douglas. They are so crucial to the way we go forward and we missed Douglas' delivery against Brentford. I just want to have our full eleven ready and available again so we can have a fair crack at this season.

Hoping we win as we are well backed today, around 7,500 fans away from home. Need this win desperately really because one win from the last four is not the best for what we want to achieve. We set the standard pretty high early doors and after losing key players, we were unable to keep to that so hopefully we can play something like we have done previously this season, like against Stoke, Derby, Norwich, Preston etc.

Blackburn are having a decent start and will be tricky to beat. I just hope we have enough.

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Pukki out for a month. WIll be tough today, Rhodes needs to step up and work really hard like Pukki does. The break would've been good for us though, we've had a tough schedule at not rotated much.

 

An optimistic 1-1 prediction

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Leeds losing 1-0 after a 3rd minute Danny Graham goal.

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Leeds equalise on brink of half-time. Klich on scoresheet.

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1 minute ago, Bluebird Hewitt said:

Watching yesterday's match, can someone tell me what Tom Lees was thinking of?

What happened?

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Just now, Stan said:

What happened?

I'll try and find a clip but in general, he had the ball and all the time in the world in his own half (could have pretty much passed it anywhere). Started to get pressured, panicked and passed it back...........to Besic. Suddenly became two on one, Besic gave the ball to Assombalonga and put it into the empty net.

Absolutely woeful.

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Just now, Bluebird Hewitt said:

I'll try and find a clip but in general, he had the ball and all the time in the world in his own half (could have pretty much passed it anywhere). Started to get pressured, panicked and passed it back...........to Besic. Suddenly became two on one, Besic gave the ball to Assombalonga and put it into the empty net.

Absolutely woeful.

xD 

Seems like one of those brain-fart moments. 

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What a win against the best team the Championship has ever seen. 

Who the fuck is Bielsa? He’s just been Mowbray’d. 

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The Wheels have fell off Leeds. They completely had me I was creaming over them 4 games in and now they’re going to have a job making the playoffs 

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Villa 1-0 Swansea, Abraham will his 4th this year. Dream start because reality is he’s had 2  days and it will take a dozen games min to get us going

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Utterly dominated Swansea today but failed to take our chances, should be 3/4 up and you get the feeling it will fuck us not taking the chances come 90 mins

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Boom we tired towards the end and they reverted to the defensive negative style and invited pressure but we held on. 

Overall much improved with a clear indication of where we’re going under Smith. Need a few defensive reinforcements in Jan but on the whole this squad is good enough to smash anyone in this league. 

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4 hours ago, Fairy In Boots said:

The Wheels have fell off Leeds. They completely had me I was creaming over them 4 games in and now they’re going to have a job making the playoffs 

They do this often mind. Start off great then start to slide away (not that being two points off is sliding away just yet).

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1 hour ago, Bluebird Hewitt said:

They do this often mind. Start off great then start to slide away (not that being two points off is sliding away just yet).

Ah well I see Brentford, West Brom & Sheffield United lost to, it’s all tightened up massively. 

Think whoever strengthens properly in Jan will win it

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3 hours ago, Fairy In Boots said:

The Wheels have fell off Leeds. They completely had me I was creaming over them 4 games in and now they’re going to have a job making the playoffs 

To be fair, we've not been able to field our first choice team since we beat Norwich away 3-0. Some big players have been missing and any side would miss key players.

But it is worrying for me that we're looking at a familiar pattern here. So frustrating as well because there is no doubt we can play some nice stuff. Our goal had a brilliant build up from back to front of nearly 20 odd passes, a beautiful goal like a few we've now scored similar.

But the nuts and bolts of it is today we've been done by a team who have slung in two crosses to big tall blokes and scored from both. Which was the more effective? Obviously Blackburn's method. But it would be unfair to say that was all they were about.

We have managed one goal in each of the last five games. These days, one goal is not usually enough to win games unless your defence is water tight. So you will be hard pushed to win many games only scoring one each time. We need to rediscover our confidence and what made us play with such courage and no fear.

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21 minutes ago, Lucas said:

To be fair, we've not been able to field our first choice team since we beat Norwich away 3-0. Some big players have been missing and any side would miss key players.

But it is worrying for me that we're looking at a familiar pattern here. So frustrating as well because there is no doubt we can play some nice stuff. Our goal had a brilliant build up from back to front of nearly 20 odd passes, a beautiful goal like a few we've now scored similar.

But the nuts and bolts of it is today we've been done by a team who have slung in two crosses to big tall blokes and scored from both. Which was the more effective? Obviously Blackburn's method. But it would be unfair to say that was all they were about.

We have managed one goal in each of the last five games. These days, one goal is not usually enough to win games unless your defence is water tight. So you will be hard pushed to win many games only scoring one each time. We need to rediscover our confidence and what made us play with such courage and no fear.

I think you’re still in it but I was saying you’d walk it initially because 5 games in you were the only team in it. Think it will be really tight  this year with whoever puts a big run together after Christmas taking it

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Current top 3 makes me go meh. If you offered me one of Leeds or Villa coming up now I'd take it.

It is good to see Mo Besic flourishing at Middlesbrough though. He won't ever come back and make it with us but he's a good player and a cracking character.

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Another game without a win.

Not really the sort of game where we should have lost, Neal Maupay missed a sitter in the first half that would have been the end product of a great move.

Our problem seems to be if Maupay doesn't score then we're going to struggle to score.

We're going to be inconsistent this season and this is us being inconsistent, the only saving grace is that we've not won a game in about 5 or 6 now and we're only 3 points off the play offs. Has to be impossible to keep putting in these performances and not get the results to show so I'm confident we'll find ourselves climbing the table soon enough.

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Big win for us yesterday made all the more sweeter by doing it in front of such a big and confident (prematch anyway!) away attendance! Even their social media team took the piss out of us prematch...well, that result is karma. 

First half we dominated and Armstrong ripped their defence apart. They even had to swap their full backs to cope with him but it didn't really work even when they doubled up on him he got past! Leeds got bodies in the way of his numerous shots on goal once he had gone past him man into the box. It was noticeable that we'd been working on corners and set pieces as we split their defence and tallest defenders to allow the likes of Graham to ghost in. Really clever tactics and planning by the coaching staff!

Second half Leeds naturally got better and had lots of possession but did very little with it. Raya made a couple of good saves but we never really felt under pressure. I was very disappointed in Roofe and Roberts who had very little influence on the game in their attack. Saiz seemed to be their brightest player and got between our midfield and defence but then lacked that final ball.

For once we didn't rely on Dack. They had planned to mark him out of the game but then forgot about Armstrong! Reed, Smallwood and Evans were outstanding in midfield and our defence very solid. An all round excellent performance, our team spirit under Mowbray is superb and the fans are just pleased we have a team to be proud of again and who compete at a decent level.

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Poor showing against a weak Rotherham side, but still get a point. Even with a missed penalty (cracking save to be fair). I've said it so often this season, but the difference in attitude compared to last year is staggering - we're never truly out of a game.

That said, Parky needs to stop pissing about with defensive tosh until we go one down. We play wonderful stuff when we're losing... why not attack from the off? 

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