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Other Matches - 10-11th November, 2018

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SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER, 2018
HuddersfieldHuddersfield 15:00 West Ham United West Ham

Leicester Leicester 15:00 Burnley Burnley

Newcastle Newcastle 15:00 Bournemouth Bournemouth

Southampton Southampton 15:00 Watford Watford

 

SUNDAY 11th NOVEMBER, 2018
Arsenal  Arsenal 16:30 Wolves Wolves

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This game is gonna be an emotional one, for sure. For the fans for definite and for players/staff with it being our first home game since the tragedy.

Going a bit earlier to pay respects and then the tributes pre-match which are planned by the club are gonna be tough to get through, no doubt.

We need to show the same spirit as last week as to come away from that game with a win is hugely impressive given what they've been through.  

Maddison and Maguire out through injury. Bad enough one key player being out but to have these two out will be big and could give some kind of psychological advantage for Burnley to take in to the game.

Reckon we'll line up as:

Schmeichel

Pereira - Morgan - Evans - Chilwell

Albrighton - Mendy - Ndidi - Gray

Iheanacho

Vardy

Could see Simpson back as Puel likes to play Pereira further up. Was good to see Simpson play last week after Amartey's injury so wouldn't surprise me if he at least makes the bench. 

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It's going to be like last week's game but on a larger scale, obviously with a lot more of our fans there and of course, the area where the disaster actually took place.

Remembrance fixture is usually a pretty emotional one as it is but this is going to be like no other.

What's refreshing is I think the fans will be right behind the team for this. I think in the last couple of years we've gone from a fanbase who genuinely got behind our side to one of these overly demanding, dreary moany fanbases especially at home games and we've got a pretty shit atmosphere as a result of that. On Saturday I expect that to change.

Burnley used to come here and sneak a win every single year but it's actually been a long time since they came here and won now. They've failed to get a win here since 2007 - in-fact, exactly 11 years to the day of Saturday's game. They've not tasted victory here in 7 attempts.

I actually do think we'll win the game. Maguire and Maddison are both big misses for us although I thought we were OK without the former for most of the game at Cardiff, and the latter's gone a little quiet lately.

Burnley have been very uncharacteristically leaky defensively lately and I don't expect that to continue.

1-0 to us. Make him proud again.

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2 hours ago, Stan said:

This game is gonna be an emotional one, for sure. For the fans for definite and for players/staff with it being our first home game since the tragedy.

Going a bit earlier to pay respects and then the tributes pre-match which are planned by the club are gonna be tough to get through, no doubt.

We need to show the same spirit as last week as to come away from that game with a win is hugely impressive given what they've been through.  

Maddison and Maguire out through injury. Bad enough one key player being out but to have these two out will be big and could give some kind of psychological advantage for Burnley to take in to the game.

Reckon we'll line up as:

Schmeichel

Pereira - Morgan - Evans - Chilwell

Albrighton - Mendy - Ndidi - Gray

Iheanacho

Vardy

Could see Simpson back as Puel likes to play Pereira further up. Was good to see Simpson play last week after Amartey's injury so wouldn't surprise me if he at least makes the bench. 

That'd probably be my team as well. Morgan and Evans have actually looked decent together. Morgan and Maguire I don't think has ever really worked but Morgan and Evans, despite the lack of pace there seems to be more of an understanding. I maintain Morgan's been missing Huth a lot.

Ricardo and Albrighton is a truly bizarre right side. The winger is better at defending than the full back and the full back is a better attacker than the winger xD

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This makes me laugh 

Last week we were supposed to have a minutes silence for the Leicester owner but some wallys in the John Hall started clapping. Then as they stopped some wallys in the Gallowgate started clapping and it just spread. Eventually a good third of the stadium were clapping ffs :dam:

A real life lesson/experiment in social mirroring.

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As if tomorrow wasn't already going to be one hell of an occasion, it's expected that Cambiasso will be there along with Ranieri, Shakespeare and Pearson :x

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2 hours ago, Stan said:

As if tomorrow wasn't already going to be one hell of an occasion, it's expected that Cambiasso will be there along with Ranieri, Shakespeare and Pearson :x

This is going to be a pretty special occasion. Now watch Burnley ruin everything xD

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As expected, many a tear shed in the lead up to the game. Went to pay respects at the memorial again and then inside the ground when the Vichai video montage came on, as well as the two minutes silence, couldn't hold the tears back. 

Nearly got going again post match when Top came out with his brother to say thanks for the support. 

The result again didn't really matter like last week but having said that, I felt we had the better chances to win. Burnley came for the draw, for sure. Vardy had one off the line, Ghezzal hit the bar, Evans went close with a header. Nearly scored in the 60th minute when the applause for Vichai was being done but Vardy fluffed it. 

Glad for an international break for once. Two weeks time for some of our players to rest and relax. Much needed after a mentally draining two weeks no doubt. 

Never been prouder of my club though and the way they've handled the last two weeks. Done everything with dignity, respect and so much care. 

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22 hours ago, Dan said:

This is going to be a pretty special occasion. Now watch Burnley ruin everything xD

If I speak I'm in trouble.

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In all seriousness, no they didn't ruin everything. The tributes before and after were both stunning and it's surreal seeing both Pearson and Ranieri together too. A genuinely touching experience.

It's a shame we couldn't get the win, and from a footballing point of view it was yet another poor home game, but other things were the forefront today.

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Another big performance from the players and fans alike. Really open game again this week. Could have been 4-4. We are all fighting hard to turn this around. Hopefully we can build on these wins.

We need 11 points from the next 7 to be at the half way target of 20. 

 

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On 09/11/2018 at 16:12, Harvsky said:

This makes me laugh 

Last week we were supposed to have a minutes silence for the Leicester owner but some wallys in the John Hall started clapping. Then as they stopped some wallys in the Gallowgate started clapping and it just spread. Eventually a good third of the stadium were clapping ffs :dam:

A real life lesson/experiment in social mirroring.

We had a one minute silence yesterday but nobody told the people that do the music in the drinking section in the away end (for some reason the club are trying to make it like ibiza). So all you could hear for a minute was Darude Sandstorm.

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4 minutes ago, The Palace Fan said:

We had a one minute silence yesterday but nobody told the people that do the music in the drinking section in the away end (for some reason the club are trying to make it like ibiza). So all you could hear for a minute was Darude Sandstorm.

We had exactly that happen but with Kungs - This Girl. You want to somehow get it off but you can't actually shout turn it off. Think it was just quite unfortunate really.

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If one week could encapsulate the performance of the officiating in the league this season, it would have to be this one. Sol Bamba makes a save on the line to deny a goal, which should be a penalty and a red card for Bamba. In the same game, Demarai Gray is given a yellow card after taking his shirt off after scoring a goal.

The following week, should be suspended Sol Bamba scores an injury time offside winner, takes his shirt off and isn't booked.

Utterly incompetent I'm afraid.

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Unsurprising team here, Iwobi in for Henrikh the only change from Liverpool. Wolves are a solid team but we need to be winning these games and get back to winning ways.

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On 09/11/2018 at 16:12, Harvsky said:

This makes me laugh 

Last week we were supposed to have a minutes silence for the Leicester owner but some wallys in the John Hall started clapping. Then as they stopped some wallys in the Gallowgate started clapping and it just spread. Eventually a good third of the stadium were clapping ffs :dam:

A real life lesson/experiment in social mirroring.

Only at Newcastle :D

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Just seen Southampton's 2nd goal disallowed and the reason for Austin fuming after the game. Can totally understand that. Absolutely farcical decision. Laughable actually. Not sure how officials got that wrong and I feel like I'm saying that too often these days. 

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Arsenal extremely lucky to take a point today - Wolves were really good, had the chances to win the game too even after Arsenal equalised. Was very impressed with them.

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16 minutes ago, Stan said:

Just seen Southampton's 2nd goal disallowed and the reason for Austin fuming after the game. Can totally understand that. Absolutely farcical decision. Laughable actually. Not sure how officials got that wrong and I feel like I'm saying that too often these days. 

Do think Austin's rant, while funny, and quite refreshing, is completely overlooking the fact Watford should've had a penalty that would've likely seen Southampton reduced to 10 men, at 1-0 - significantly changing the game and meaning the Austin chance probably never occurs.

I can't tell if the officiating has nosedived or if I've just gotten too harsh, but I'm not the only one saying it.

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Arsenal need to sort out their strikers, Aubameyang is not a big game player and is far to casual. We need someone ruthless upfront,   defenfielty need to sort out the defence in the next transfer window, need a left back.

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Whilst I agree that the refereeing standard has been nothing short of abysmal at times this season I am not a fan of how Southampton have conducted themselves.

Firstly, Charlie Austin showed more passion in that interview than ive ever seen him show when he's in a Southampton shirt. Maybe he should be more bothered about things he can control such as his lacklustre performances. I can only assume he's spoken in that context because he had a goal bonus he's concerned about. 

Secondly, Mark Hughes criticising the refs lack of experience. There are refs up and down the country getting abused and assaulted at Sunday league level yet a Manager who has managed over four hundred games thinks it right to set that example. How is he meant to get the experience if he doesn't ref Premier League matches anyway? 

And don't get me started on All that 'this is the most exciting league in the world' bollocks they came out with. If this is the most exciting league in the world then what on earth are Southampton doing in it? Literally if they were having a kick about at my local park I wouldn't bother watching for free. 

All this did was overshadow the fact that Watford had a clear penalty disallowed. 

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.... and back in the room.

As you could imagine. I was shitting it when I heard the half time scores come in and I didn't bother checking the full times until we had lost. Which actually cheered me up a little. The thought of Huddersfield winning as many games in a week as we had won all season is quite frankly embarrassing. Thank God Pellegrini is getting a tune out of the likes of Felipe Anderson.

Rafa rejuvenating Newcastle is the last thing we needed as he showed last season he's capable of getting those players in to the top half. The teams they've turned over have been impressive too which concerns me. Maybe Bournemouth and Watford were in a false position to begin with.

I'm surprised Leicester didn't finish off Burnley given the way Burnley have defended this season. I half expected Leicester to be on a wave of momentum now too. Again, the last thing we need is for Burnley to be solid so hopefully this was nothing more than a Leicester blip.

As for the Arsenal - Wolves match. That was a great advertisement for this league. It could have finished about 6 all. If that is the style of football we have to look forward from Unai and Nuno then this league is only going to keep getting better. Kudos to both teams.

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1 minute ago, The Palace Fan said:

.... and back in the room.

As you could imagine. I was shitting it when I heard the half time scores come in and I didn't bother checking the full times until we had lost. Which actually cheered me up a little. The thought of Huddersfield winning as many games in a week as we had won all season is quite frankly embarrassing. Thank God Pellegrini is getting a tune out of the likes of Felipe Anderson.

Rafa rejuvenating Newcastle is the last thing we needed as he showed last season he's capable of getting those players in to the top half. The teams they've turned over have been impressive too which concerns me. Maybe Bournemouth and Watford were in a false position to begin with.

I'm surprised Leicester didn't finish off Burnley given the way Burnley have defended this season. I half expected Leicester to be on a wave of momentum now too. Again, the last thing we need is for Burnley to be solid so hopefully this was nothing more than a Leicester blip.

As for the Arsenal - Wolves match. That was a great advertisement for this league. It could have finished about 6 all. If that is the style of football we have to look forward from Unai and Nuno then this league is only going to keep getting better. Kudos to both teams.

I think the week's occasions (Thailand, lack of training) caught up with them but having said that, Burnley didn't threaten at all. They did look defensively sharp so perhaps that's all they worked on in their training given how many goals they'd shipped recently.

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It's hard to really criticise us too much at the minute given what's happened but I did think that Burnley game was kind of a typical home game of ours under Puel. Our home form under him has been shocking. Our away form's improved and frankly what has us where we are, but our home form under him has been what I'd expect of a side in the bottom 5, not one that wants to finish 7th.

I think it's a tactical thing too. We're just too easy to sit back and defend against. We will either try to patiently build up and not be able to break you down, or we'll just lob cross after cross into the box despite getting rid of our two biggest aerial attacking threats.

In isolation I'd say the Burnley game we were unlucky, we did miss 2/3 good chances and had yet another dubious handball penalty decision not go our way, factor this in with the emotion around that fixture and the jet lag, it wasn't surprising to see us run out of steam pretty early.

But I do think it kind of sums us up at home under Puel. We are lacking statistically in chance creation (shot count does not equal chances) and we are prone to giving stupid goals away - strangely I actually think we've looked more solid at the back without Maguire, albeit we do miss his ability on the ball.

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Who'd be a referee....

 

Charlie Austin has escaped punishment by the FA for his post-match comments following Southampton's draw against Watford on Saturday.

The FA had until Tuesday night to charge or warn the Southampton striker after he called the decision to rule out a potential match-winning goal against Watford "a joke".

FA rules state players and managers should not criticise officials but Austin has been given the benefit of the doubt.

Manolo Gabbiadini put Southampton 1-0 up against Watford at St Mary's, and Austin thought he had doubled their advantage with a deflected strike midway through the second half.

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