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  1. Next up.. Peterborough.. (A) F A cup.

    I'd go: Kasper (no need to rest a keeper) Amartey Dragovic Maguire Fuchs Gray Ndidi Silva Albrighton Nacho Slim Then have Vards, Shinji and Riyad on the bench in case of an emergency. I've gone with retaining rather than resting Maguire and Ndidi. I think the former is crucial to our retaining possession and building attacks through the lines, rather than hoofing towards giant league one centre backs (Benny's passing was horrific v Fleetwood), and the latter gives us much needed energy in the middle of the park. Reckon they're both fit enough to manage 3 games in a week. Overall, that would mean 5 changes from Saturday so key players would be rested but we'd still have some familiar partnerships.
  2. Chelsea Post Match 0-0

    So impressive from the boys today. Seriously impressive. Gutted we didn't get the win we deserved. It was fantastic to see us pressing high up the pitch away to a top 6 team, rather than sitting off letting them pass through us as we would have done under Shakey. That was the key for me. And the passing and movement was on a different level to pre Puel. I really like what he is doing with the team, even if I was a bit annoyed with his team selection at Fleetwood! We have some outstanding individuals in this team. I'd say that Maguire, Ndidi, Mahrez, Vardy and Kasper are all amongst the best 10 players outside the top 6. In fact, they're all top 6 quality on their day. Hopefully Silva will be added to that list too, once fully fit. I think we now have a real shot at finishing 7th. Burnley have hit the wall and, moreover, only 3 of our final 15 games are against the top 6, the fewest in the league. Happy days!
  3. Harry Maguire

    I think the reason he could demand a big fee is that he has a very rare quality for an English defender - he is effortlessly comfortable on the ball. And I can't recall us having a centre half like him. Matty Elliott was the only one close in my time. Yes, he makes mistakes defensively at the minute but he has all the attributes to be a top quality defender ie strength, height and physicality, alongside his quality on the ball. Outside the big 6, I can't think of another defender like him, now that VVD has gone to Liverpool. Sadly, he'll end up at a big 6 team eventually, no doubt for a big fee.
  4. RIP FA Cup

    People say that if you are going for promotion or a title you need to prioritise the league over the Cup, and same if you are fighting relegation. I get that. But why is a club pretty much guaranteed safety in the league and with very little chance of finishing much higher than our current position not prioritising the Cup? It's our only chance of actually winning something this season.
  5. Fleetwood Town (A) 0-0 FA Cup 3rd Round

    I'm not saying don't pick some fringe players, just not so many. We could easily have lost today. We should have made 5 changes, rather than 8, and not fiddled with the formation, whilst giving 4 or 5 fringe players a game. I like what Puel has been trying to do since he came in but I think he took a very big risk today and we only just dodged a bullet.
  6. Fleetwood Town (A) 0-0 FA Cup 3rd Round

    Still don't understand why people are saying we had to make so many changes. Man City started Stones, Otamendi, Ferdandinho, Sané, Aguero, Sterling and Silva today. That's 7 first choice players and they've all played regularly over Xmas. How refreshing that despite their other priorities they still take this competition seriously, unlike us apparently.
  7. Fleetwood Town (A) 0-0 FA Cup 3rd Round

    If we don't prioritise the Cup this season when will we? We're safe in the league, the highest we can hope to finish is 7th, so why not play a strong team in the Cup? Ridiculous in these circumstances to make 8 changes, especially as we have had 5 days since the last game and a week until the next game. It's also unfair on the fringe players to throw them all in together. You shouldn't be making more than 5 changes in my view. That way you at least have some familiar partnerships still in place. And to compound it all, we even played the first hour in an unfamiliar formation! Genuinely one of the worst football matches I've seen for a few years - they were terrible too. But at least we're still in the hat.
  8. Fleetwood Town (A) Match Thread

    72 minutes and still no shot on target v a league 1 team.
  9. Fleetwood Town (A) Match Thread

    Can't understand why we have played such a weakened team, given that we don't have a game for a week after today. Even ManUre didn't make this many changes at home to Derby last night. They even played Pogba! We could have made around 5 rather than 8 changes. Also, I've never seen us play 433 well. Get Barnes and King or James off and Albrighton and Shinji on and revert to 442.
  10. Martin Atkinson today

    As I've said in the post match thread my annoyance with the booking of Ndidi for the dive stems from the fact that by contrast with punishing Wilf for his only dive, Atkinson took no action against repeated obvious diving by Zaha. It seems like the refs are clamping down on dives in the penalty area but nowhere else on the pitch. As for the Iborra push, it probably was one but you often get away with that stuff e.g. Slimani before heading home v Sunderland at home last season. If the Simpson yellow is a booking then tackling has been officially outlawed.
  11. Palace Home Post-Match 0-3

    Not blaming it for the defeat, but it is ironic that Zaha spent 90 minutes diving and did not get booked and yet we have someone sent off for diving.
  12. PALACE (H)..up next.. Thoughts?

    Good counter arguments!
  13. PALACE (H)..up next.. Thoughts?

    A few factors make me worry about this: They've had an extra day's rest. They've had far less travelling over the past week. They have no midweek game next week like us so have less need to rotate. They're great at set pieces, we can't defend them. Really tricky selection for CP today, I think. Whilst I can see the temptation to rest the likes of Vards, Riyad and Ndidi, I feel that would have a huge impact on our effectiveness. And if we mess up this game, we could suddenly hit a bad run with Man City, ManUre, Watford (A) and Liverpool our next 4 games. I'm hoping the fact that those who played on Wednesday all still have plenty left in the tank after they were largely able to coast through the second half. And of course we had the luxury of taking off Vards and Riyad for the last 20. Generally a tight game v these and suspect it'll be the same again. Would be great if we can kill the game early again, though! COYF!
  14. Mahrez v Gray. Gray v Mahrez

    What worked so well against Everton was Mahrez and Gray interchanging. Not sure why we've stopped doing that.
  15. West Ham post match 1-1

    Really shocked by the negativity on here. This was a really tricky game as they were utterly desperate for a win. Just the sort of game we have typically lost in the past. For the first 30 minutes we were great, with some lovely passing moves and good pressing. Admittedly, West Ham came back a bit for the last 15 minutes of the first half but we looked totally in control until we gave away our traditional soft goal off a corner. That goal lifted them and in the second half they turned the game into a physical battle. We stood up to it well and whilst we were poor going forward we restricted them to very few chances. I think people are forgetting how well we started.
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