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Kendal Fox last won the day on 25 May 2016

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  1. They say all good things come to those who wait and we've been waiting and waiting. So surely we'll get one eh lads...
  2. YES!!!! Finally we've broken the psychological hold of Bournemouth!!!! 2-0 flattered them but of course it's our first win over them after they've proved such a frustrating, almost arrogant side when they play us so can't expect it to be a landslide victory. Still, it's the way we dealt with them that was so impressive. Really think we've buried their demons and can now relax a little and enjoy our football down the stretch. Seems like BR is really gelling with the squad which is great. 7th still possible!
  3. Had to wait til the end to comment! Phew!!! I feel much more confident that we really can be a top 6 team in the not too distant future. Some might say it's only Bournemouth but trust me, those sods have had a psychological hold over us going back to the title winning season because they were the first team to really frustrate us. Until today, they really have lived off of that. But now we've proven to ourselves that we can beat them convincingly. Happy Days!
  4. I did mention, in the paragraph after the one you quoted, that they've since gone on to play a more adventurous style against us and I admit they've deserved much of their rewards, though I seem to remember we should have beaten them (A Vardy goal unfairly ruled out) on the last day of the season back in 2017. But I was talking about the way they first played us back in 2015-16, in which they were the first team to play negatively, managing to yield 2 draws. I think they've lived off the psychology of that to a certain extent ever since, regardless of how they play us now. My point is that whether we successfully challenge for 7th this season or not, it's clearly the club and Rodgers' aim to make us a genuine Top 6 team for next season onwards. And the type of mental toughness that is required to make that a consistent achievement means beating the likes of Bournemouth and undoing the mental hold they've enjoyed over us. Are they a top 6 club? No. Are they even a surefire top 10 club? No. For me at least, if we can't beat them at home, (or away for that matter in the future) it's simply not being realistic to think we'll be a genuine top 6 club in the long run.
  5. Well, we beat Palace home and away the title winning season, then we beat them at home and drew with them away in 2017. They've humiliated us recently but over the years, we've actually enjoyed our fair share of wins and points from them. As for Bournemouth, yes they walloped us, slighly flattered by a lucky penalty, but nonetheless they deserved the win. However, I do believe they are a bogey team more because of the 2 draws eked out against us during 2015-16. If we are to realistically target 7th this season and top 6 next, we need to start by preventing them from becoming some sort of perennial nemesis. And I think that term flatters them to be honest. I agree about the strategy by the way.
  6. We really should, at home, win. But... It's Bournemouth we're talking about and it goes something like this (unless I have it way wrong in which case, someone correct me) - Back in the title winning season, Eddie Howe and co. were widely acknowledged to be the first team we faced that deliberately sought to spoil, with no intention other than to take a point. It showed that we struggled to break down a side playing negatively, thus laying the blueprint for a slew of other teams to follow. Since then, even though they've become much more adventurous, even beating us several times, they've clearly gained a psychological hold over us and I believe it is deeply rooted in that season of 2015/16, regardless of how they play against us. I'm sure Eddie Howe makes no secret of that everytime they prepare to face us. But they've been beaten by some seriously mediocre sides this season and we really should, if we are to challenge for 7th or even simply to reassure Rodgers that he made a wise choice in joining us, be beating them. If we do, I really believe we will unburden ourselves of the curse they seem to have on us. And it may even free us up to hit the ground running with the games down the stretch. 3-0 Vardy hat-trick. If that aint too bold.
  7. Welcome aboard Brendan! It's the first time I can remember us being linked to a manager proven at elite level (OK, almost elite in the PL and very much elite in the Scottish PL), and at the very top of the list, and then getting him. So I'm personally delighted. For this season forget about 7th, getting to the 40 point mark should be the focus, with however many points we go over that a bonus. And as far as Brendan's style having much in common with Puel, it has to be remembered that he has a good track record of integrating younger players sensibly, not just dropping them in for the sake of it with no plan b. I don't see why we can't, given time, execute his style as effectively as Swansea, Liverpool and Celtic. I think this really could be the rocket up the players backsides that was needed and they know, based on the results Rodgers yielded with the likes of Liverpool finishing 2nd and Celtic breaking all sorts of records amongst winning multiple titles - using the same approach, that there will be no excuses if they are seen to look lacklustre. It's the very beginning and I'm optimistic things will slot into place for us. Exciting times.
  8. Oh I agree It's now undeniable that Federer and Djokovic have carved out a better all round game over time. But for however brief a period as you say, Nadal picked up multiple Slams in a very short space of time and perfected a virtually impenetrable game in which Fed, Novak, Murray and the rest could just not adjust to. I can't believe it was simply the others figuring him out as it's not as if they were significantly lesser players from 2008 - 2011 than they are now, and they were of course in their prime then. It might sound a tad outrageous, but I really do wonder whether Rafa has developed some sort of psychological problem over the last 7 or 8 years that he just can't get out of.
  9. Sorry to not be clearer, I meant their total head to head record in Slams at any stage.
  10. Well, he did beat Federer at his absolute peak in the '08 Wimbledon final. Also was unlucky in the same tournament final a year earlier in which he won both his sets 6-2, 6-4, with Federer needing to win 2 of the 3 by tiebreak. This was also after Nadal had played several back to back matches due to rain heading into the final. Federer obviously was much more rested. I agree that Rafa has had the luxury of the French to bolster his Slam record, but there's still 6 other Slams that he's won outside of that. Still way more than the likes of Murray's total slam record. If I remember rightly, he also won the French, Wimbledon and The US in the same year. Like I said earlier, During this period he was beating the brakes off of Novak at the majors. I don't know, was it just that extra level of physicality he had then that made the difference?
  11. I take it you're not the biggest fan of Novak?
  12. I might be wrong but I think Nadal still leads in Grand Slam head to heads.Or maybe it is level now? Though these days, regardless of how good he has looked against over opposition, Nadal seems to be so intimidated when playing Djokovic and mentally falls apart. A real contrast to the run from 2008 - 2011 in which he always had an answer for Novak at the majors.
  13. That's cheered me right up. All I can say is "Goodbye top half of the table" for the forseeable future then.
  14. Well, with the exception of us and their away win vs Watford (funnily enough), they benefitted from an extended run of very winnable fixtures and took the points they were supposed to. It's no coincidence that they've dropped so many points since playing the better sides. There still might be a twist in tonight's game though. I hope for our sake, anyway!
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