Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s reaction to being substituted for Norwich City left me angry and disappointed

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel rues a missed chance during Norwich City's 3-0 Premier League loss to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea
. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Ricky Van Wolfswinkel rues a missed chance during Norwich City's 3-0 Premier League loss to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea . Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, April 4, 2014
6:30 AM

Ricky van Wolfswinkel showed his disappointment when he was taken off at Swansea – but instead of joining his team-mates in the dugout he took his shirt off and headed straight down the tunnel, which left me quite angry and disappointed at his reaction.

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I’ve stuck up for Ricky all season but I can’t and won’t stick up for him this time. His manager has showed a lot of faith in the Dutchman, especially of late where he’s been very lucky to have been starting games.

To show the petulance he did after being taken off was bang out of order. He’d had a shocker all afternoon, causing Flores and Williams no problems whatsoever. He’d missed a decent chance with a header in that 10-minute period when Norwich started the second half well.

Was he really surprised when he saw his number on the fourth official’s electronic scoreboard? Did he think he had really done enough to stay on? If he did then I’m afraid he’s kidding himself and he really has got big problems if he thinks that level of performance is acceptable.

I remember walking straight down the tunnel at Bramall Lane after Bruce Rioch had decided to take me off for probably the seventh game in succession which had left me very frustrated. At the time I knew I was wrong in doing what I did and after the game I went up to Bruce and apologised and I also apologised to my team mates as we were all in it together.

Bruce just turned to me and said ‘Robbo, only one player has ever done that to me before and that was Ian Wright and you’re nowhere near as good a player as he was!’. It was brilliant by him and it really put me in my place believe you me, but at least I was in very good company.

It’s another big game at Carrow Road tomorrow and it’s really a must win game again for Norwich City. To be fair they’ve been much better at home of late, having not lost in their last six games and keeping five clean sheets. Against West Brom they need the same dominant performance as they gave against Sunderland a couple of weeks ago and if they do this I’m convinced they will win the game.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel has won just one game since taking charge at The Hawthorns and last week he saw his side score a goal in injury time which he thought had won them the game only to see Cardiff score with the very last kick of the game. That would have been a huge body blow for everybody concerned with the Baggies as had they won they would have been above Norwich on goal difference.

I believe three points tomorrow will virtually guarantee Premier League football for Norwich City next season so I don’t really need to point out the importance of this game to anyone.

58 comments

  • No! Btw - I used `otiose` in connection with poor old Becchio. I`ve no idea what in my post could`ve met with Archie`s disapproval - other than who sent it! I`ll listen to your advice in future, Blaffen Wijs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Slovenia...Some might not care much for your opinions but you still insist in giving them. Berk.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I expect Becchio`s mum & dad, and the rest of his family, care about him. SO honest of you to sign your post `No brainer`. I know how to do multiple identities now, but I won`t. Cowardly, S-himb-O. Shame On you.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Do you smoke crack before you write on here?

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    Steady On

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Must win game ! Damn wright it is , After a season of poor and shameful performances with apathy from our board and a management team that belong on another planet it's about time we had some relief we deserve it , put the team under pressure damn wright we should ! After 50yrs of support and many over 500mile weekend drives pressure is the word. We all spend lots of hard earned cash and yes cash earned under pressure to follow and be there for our boys we often get very little in return but we. Stay positive We love our team and will support them always If the passion of our home and away support was evident on the pitch and in the dugout we would and could not be in this situation .Pressure Must win .Yes please give it all to our boys We deserve it many of us seem to have been here for ever and there's lots of new support each season but we are always here players management board Ships that pass in the night 6 points from the next to games we deserve it

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    5th generation

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Unfortunately City have so many average players that the many mistakes when passing and defending can't be papered over. Top fowards create their own opportunities and top defenders don't back off untill they are almost on the goal line they get stuck in and take a card for the team if necessary 30 - 40 yards from the goal. But as a poor financially team City will have to bring on some of their own academy players and stop saying "They are too young"

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    goldie

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • For me, RVW has been given plenty of opportunities, it is now time to start Becchio. Yes, start. He has a good goal scoring record and looks a lot stronger than RVW who seems to get knocked off the ball too easily. Vote Becchio !

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    Johny

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Easy to solve goal scoring put players in places that will create goals, seen a statistic Wes created 8 goals in his last 84 outings, I suspect Snoddy not created many more if that many, this is not good enough. I bet my neighbour that Rvw or hoops would get 10 goals between them at the beginning of the season, I think I have won. CH has no idea if he had Holty would have stayed, but you have to look how many goals he scored last season. Get CH out and those forwards will score.

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    canarybell

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Spot on TK. Everyone from NCFC fans to main stream media were raving about NCFC summer signings. In fact talksport even placed NCFC no1 as doing best overall summer business. We have a talented squad. Yes we have areas with room for improvement and other areas we are over stocked with similar ability level players but over the squad is better than where we are placed in the league. Just need someone getting the best out of them. Different outlook on everything from the single minded one we have currently.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I agree with Malaga especially the point of the creative mid field and flanks. If you want to be brutal we need a huge clear out of players who are simply not cutting it at PL standard. Some of these players have been great servants to the club, but need to be moved on if City are to improve. In this I would include Martin, Johnson, Bassong, Howson, Snodgrass, Turner and others who are either passed their best or are simply not able to take us further and maybe better thinking about playing in competitive Championship sides. I liked all these guys, but I am just being brutally honest. We need to bring in top quality younger players and develop the like of R. Bennett, Redmond, Murphy(s) etc into the next generation on PL stars. Oh, and some people may have some feeling perhaps on the management and coaching side too ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Two attempts + a "Refresh" blocked. Agree with Malaga. Hi, Lobbo - will li`l Benno soon be back? ;-) I wonder if "otiose" is seen by Archie as an `offensive` word?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • The key to all this: we bought three strikers, all of whom have a goals pedigree. The fact they have not scored between them half the total one of them usually gets in a season says much about the coaching, the style of play and sadly also the quality of some of those around them. In has been clear for ages that we lack a proven creative midfielder, except for Hoolahan, and we are also very poor on the flanks where very few crosses of any quality or note are delivered. So it is logical to assume the gaol drought up front is mainly due to those factors. Ok I agree RvW is bang out of form and seems to have lost all his confidence. But that has most likely been drained out of him as a result of having to play with so little support and in a system that doesn't suit strikers. I very much doubt even a top quality striker would score many goals for Norwich under the current circumstances. A change of manager and with it a change in tactics, preparation and style of play would help unlock this problem. That and proper leadership on and of the pitch which is also sadly lacking. The Board has so far failed to act. if it allows this to continue next season we will just be in for more of the same frustrations, perhaps even worse (hard to imagine!).

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    malaga flier

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • slovo - Dubai is just as entitled to his opinion as you are yours! You've hardly been spot on with what you've claimed - Hughton to be gone during an international break last year - didn't happen did it? Hush you up and let others express their views...

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    Mellow Johnny

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • No one throught RVW might have just gone down the tunnel to have got treatment or he might have been ill.

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    canarybell

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Thanks for the kind words Slovo, I am sure you are a really nice person, or, at least that is the impression I get.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Whilst i agree wholeheartedly that RVW's reaction was poor and deserves criticism i must disagree with some of the comments made. All of our forwards with the exception of Elmander have not been supported by the management team. To merely pick a striker and tell him to play up there and score is nowhere near enough support for the 3 x 15 goals a season strikers we have (Becchio, Hooper, RVW). The fact that all are struggling suggests to me we do not create chances for them. To just chuck a ball into the box is not creating a chance. I think again he was frustrated at the lack of support and tactics afforded him, Hooper is the same, wearily trudging around in the hope a defender makes an error. I support RVW in his anger and frustration at the way this season this developed and can't wait for it to end. Hopefully with 3 points against a spirited but limited WBA.

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    kpg24uk

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • The purchase of Wolfie proves that splashing out 8,5 mill does not help a team has problems upfront, and a manager that can't anything about attacking football...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • It's not a must win game but if we don't it looks much harder to survive starting that last five games on 32 or 33pts. However, Cardiff and Fulham have a lot to do to reach anywhere near 35 pts, Sunderland are in worse form than us and yes, I am pinning most of my hopes on others being worse . Let's hope RVW has more shirty problems on Saturday when he is booked for taking it off celebrating his winning goal.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Who cares about Slovenia? that's my question to you all. We can only hope that in the next 6 months it is turned into a car park by Russia and fulfils it's true potential.

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    Steady On

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • This is NOT a "must win" game. If it was the last game of the season and Norwich were bottom of the table 2 points behind Fulham, Cardiff and Sunderland who had all played their last games in an early kick off,......THEN it would be a "must win" game. This is a "would be nice if we won to relieve the threat of relegation" game. It's also a "must perform better to give the fans their money's worth" game. The "must win" tag is over-used and premature, it puts the players under pressure to which they will probably succumb and it's designed to sell newspapers.

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    User Removed

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • That`s telling him, Blaff! This is another signal of solidarity from The Syncretized Society of Synaptic Sycophants. Btw, that choice of words might provide an opportunity for a pithy riposte, even for a dullard! Je vriend, Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Also, really poor article by Iwan. Why would he think an article like this would have any effect but a bad one on the eve of such an important game? Did Iwan get in a strop and storm down the tunnel? Yes he did. Every footballer will do that. It's called frustration. This is a non-story.

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    Steady On

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Exactermondo, 'malaga' well said.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • While I agree with the legendary Iwan regarding being virtually safe if we beat WBA I cant help thinking this dig at RVW is unneeded really. Already enough abuse going his way. Dont disagree I expected more from him (and Hooper!!!!) but this article is only going to see fans moaning more instead of getting behind him. I still stand by what ive said all along. In the summer if we get a manager who deploys a different style that suits players like Hooper and RVW ill judge him then and if both those players dont score regularly then you can all laugh at me and say how wrong I was.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Dubai talking of clear outs why don't you clear off, as you have consistently defended Hughton for 2 years who cares about your opinion

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • is it true RVW is known as the Jigsaw because he falls to pieces in the box?

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    Mikado Kember

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • WBA is a must win game. I cannot see where City will pick any more points up this season.

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    Watton Warrior

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • ncfc boy, I have no problem with Hooper but how can anyone judge Becchio if we have nothing to judge him by ? His record at Leeds was good - plenty of goals.

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    Johny

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Matt, Although the dig at RVW is unlikely to help the situation, I suspect he is already a lost cause and will be asking for a move in the summer, especially if we stick with the current management team. We can try to lay the blame at the mid field but top strikers still manage make something out of nothing, Holt being a prime example, even in his latter years. I am sure DC is right in that a number of our players need to be upgraded but that really depends on the amount of money the board make available and what division we are in. In hindsight we can all say that this squad is not good enough but at the start of the season, opinions were very different with some expecting a top half of the table finish. One thing is for sure, this is a must win game if we hope to stay in the Premiership.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Blimey, that`s 66.667% of the Reciprocal Sycophancy Society leaping to Dubai`s defence! Who would have ever believed it? Answers in a plain Manila Envelope. Of course, my share of DC`s Pollyanna Potion played its part in my mellowing process. What`s your excuse, Blaff, mijn vriend? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Whille I agree and wouldnt complain if we did him chap im the opposite in feeling ref Lennons tactics. When ever ive watched him ive always found him quite tactically clueless. He can get away with what ever tactics he wants in the league but when hes faced large foes in europe and those smaller often his side got found out. Like I said though Im all in favour of anyone who can bring the squad together and get the brilliant potential there is out of them. If hes the man then hurrah :) OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • 110% Stead on! I suspect Iwan was short on material this week. Total non story and unneeded. Im depressed enough without this tross. Now im going to suffer a train ride with my friends who are barclay lower ST holders and bless them are more on wave length with the canary call type fan. Im going to hear how even Iwan wants rid of RVW and such for 1 hour (if the trains on time!). Brilliant. May need more than 2 beers on the train this week. hopefully they wont have read the edp or pinkun this week as thats usually the topic for the train ride.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Shimbo, "otiose defines Brewer's ramblings" is semantically incorrect. "Otiose describes Brewer's ramblings" is factually incorrect, although it is, I think, what you meant to say. Either way, you're just wrong

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    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Totally agree with malaga's analysis and of course it's a must win game as I doubt we'll get any points from the rest.

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    jigs69

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I am afraid this certainly is a "must win" game, at home to a struggling team fighting and arguing among themselves. This is the open goal City can't afford to miss. Tell me which of the other five remaining matches we can have any real confidence about winning.

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    Outside The Box

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • That`s a tad harsh, canaryinslovenia! Dubai`s displayed recent signs of reality setting in, though I suspect it`s because he very kindly shared with me his supply of Pollyanna Potion. I am now more optimistic than DC, but no way can I any longer defend Hughton - as I did up to about November. You even called me a "Hughton apologist" once! That was a tad harsh too! Go and have a nice refreshing pivo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Ahhh 'kpg24uk' what about the times when you've heard a commentator say, "What a striker, he made something out of nothing". We could seriously do with a player like that.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Who cares about Becchio? Hooper has scored goals and looked like scoring goals this season. He plays well with a partner to help him out and elmander has looked better in that respect recently. For me it's hooper and elmander up front. No brainer.

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    Steady On

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Before I ring my bookie, Alan, could you explain what a "ha trick" is? I think it's when RVW takes an air shot from 3 yards out and everyone in the crowd laughs. If I'm right, I'll probably have a flutter.

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    User Removed

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Becchio wakes up every morning wishing he was a fraction of the player hooper is. Vote hooper.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • My mate Bob at work (rangers supporter) reckons Hughtons mistake when he bought Hooper, was not to buy Chris Commons at the same time, as most of Hoopers goals come from Commons. This would seem to back up Malagas comment. Maybe Lennon will bring Commons with him in the summer !!

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    Dave T

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I wonder if S\O knows where Slovenia is? Its capital, Ljubljana, is not that far from Venice, as the Gondola floats. Great hop-growing region.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Canaryinslovenia, you ask who cares about Dubai's opinion? Well, I do. What I don't care about is people who come on these boards just to be abusive. Is it the surly disposition of the Slovenes rubbing off on you or are just a naturally unpleasant person wherever you go?

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    User Removed

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • One of the (many ) things that bothers me about Hughton is that, here we are nearly at the end of the season, and he still hasn't fathomed out what is his best team or set-up away from home. For me that rather epitomises the man. I wonder also if he ever takes any advice although I am not at all sure any of his coaching team has much of use to offer in that context! Regarding Becchio, this is an interesting one because he's the one front man who he hasn't tried. But I am not confident he would make much difference because, as I have said before, the problems are deep rooted in both the systems and team set-ups employed by Hughton and also in the lack of any meaningful service from either midfield or the wings. Interesting point about Commons. Very often front men do work better in tandem especially when one can feed off the other. Regarding Lennon, I am not at all sure he would want to come to Norwich even if we survive in the Prem. However it would probably be a big coup if we were able to tempt him because I am certain his way of playing the game would be refreshing and more invigorating than the rubbish we are currently being served up in the name of tactics!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Barking wise. Hat-trick. Let's hope your laughing all the way to the bank.

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    alan

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • My first post for a number of weeks. Many threads being dominated by negative posts. RvW is in the team because Hughton and the coaching staff prefer him up front to Hooper and Elmander despite his scoring drought, notably against Sunderland. Malaga Flier is right to point out all the strikers have failed to get the goals (which would have left City safe already). The Canaries are hard to watch as we create so little going forward. No easy to put right on and off the field.

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    Capri

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Jigsaw would be a good nickname for RVW, but, as Fagen would tell you, Jigsaw was also a 70s band from Coventry who had a hit single called Sky High. Somehow Sky High and RVW don't sit comfortably together.

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    User Removed

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • So we must not put these under performing overpaid mercenaries under pressure in saying it is a must win game. If you a playing in a league the attitude must be EVERY game is a must win game, sadly not the attitude at Norwich at the moment

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Awful joke and ironic really. RVW has always been about being the fox in the box yet at NCFC hes anywhere but there because of the woeful tactics he plays under with Chris Hughton he constantly has to keep going looking for the ball. Play to our players strengths and we stand a chance. Too much banging of round pegs in square holes from Hughton in his time with us.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I have to agree with Dave T.At the time we should have tried for Commons because he was the one scoring all the goals

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    Trevor Sadd

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Put your money on rvw to get a ha trick on Saturday.

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    alan

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • On the point of where we might pick up more points consider this. If we go into the last game of the season needing a win to stay up and the Gooners cannot win the title, but have already secured a top European place, it might just be there. They will surely give their squad players a run out, the stars will be rested and they will already have one eye on the beach - just like Man Citeh last season - I could all work out sweetly like that !

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I agree with Lobbo - Malaga's post is spot on.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Heard Iwan being interviewed on radio turnip before the Swansea game. He was commentating for Welsh BBC on the game in Welsh...Sad bunch really...Baaaa.

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    tom the taxi

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • as you said, it was just a joke. Five Live are looking for someone to over analyse everything if you're interested

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    Mikado Kember

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • agree with Malaga. Also lobbo, i take your point about making a chance for yourself. However we are either extremely unlucky that we have three that can't do this or there is a deeper issue. Messi Suarez etc yes these can but are on a different level. All others need at least a glimmer of a chance to score, our guys don't seem to get that glimmer, a ball fizzing around the box seems to be their only option, then it's just down to luck. Like any manager the best results come from using staff to the best of their staff's ability, i'm afraid that has not happened. If CH had just taken over i would give him time to bring in his own players, however he's had almost two years and still doesn't know how to get the best out of the players. (especially away!)

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    kpg24uk

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Dubai - agreed, but I would spare Howson and Snoddy from your cull. Howson has potential to become very good. Snoddy is well worth is place in any lower half prem team when on form. Jurys out on Bassong - one great season, one average season so far. I'll judge him halfway through next season if we're still here. The others are top of championship at best and all need to be improved on.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Good to see Steady On back on form. As for Mad Brewer - Otiose? Doesn't that define most of your ramblings?

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    Shimbo

    Friday, April 4, 2014

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