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  1. FFP Champions 5 - 1

    Frustrating... Puel was smart enough to see initial formation wasn't working and switched to 4 at the back. But that resulted in Albrighton at RB which they weren't comfortable with. Even if that's the case, when you're 1-1 at halftime away against maybe the best team on the planet, you don't change things (this is assuming Silva wasn't injured). You can't go into that game expecting a point, but they still manage to make a loss seem particularly crappy even though it was expected. Both because a result was there to be had, and they ended up getting routed anyway due to lots of sloppiness. It's hard to ignore the relatively consistent pattern of falling off a cliff in the 2nd half under Puel - but he deserves time to work out the kinks. If this is still happening this time next season, it'll be a different story. And yes - it's Man City. Still - very frustrating from our end. Because it's not like today is the first time we've seen games play out this way this season. I also have to say, I ****ing love Vardy. He is ALWAYS in it. It would be so easy for him to get pissed at that second half and check out... but he just never quits and never gives off any kind of negative vibes. Giving thumbs up at crappy service in the 91st min down 5-1. ****ing legend. FA Cup or bust
  2. Westley Nathan Morgan

    Dude CAPTAINED AND PLAYED EVERY MINUTE on a PREMIER LEAGUE WINNING LEICESTER CITY known for its togetherness and defensive strength. Can’t think of a better season by a captain in soccer history.
  3. Riyad Mahrez - The great Artist

    42?? How is he not 75+ in this market? I’m trying to come to terms with potentially losing him but I’ll be pretty upset if it’s 42
  4. Mahrez was amazing from the jump. He’s my MOTM even with going off early and even without the goal. Only player making things happen first half. First half was really poor but in retrospect it makes sense with all the changes. Vardy not playing changes everything. If anything it makes the turnaround a good sign - has there been another game since Puel where we played better second half? I do think that the goal changed things. We were looking better after halftime, but not good. Don’t sleep on Albrighton chasing a lost cause to turn a goal kick into a deep throw in. From there we press and they never get the ball out. Wes has been nothing but great the whole year for me. Don’t get the “he’s done” talk. Hope he’s not too long out. Silva was on briefly but he was very noticeable end to end. He’ll score 2 in the cup next weekend.
  5. Man United Post Match 2-2!!!

    Both goals against were frustrating. First goal - in the minute prior we gave the ball away like 3 times in our own half under no pressure. And an added bonus of being unlucky as Mata's shot found it's way through Maguire & Morgan in front of goal. Second goal - I'm still not convinced it's a foul at all, and there's certainly no danger in the play. Once the free kick is rewarded there was never a doubt. Iborra had his worst game of the year so far. He'll bounce back. Okazaki... what can you say. Guy is an unbelievable player. Moss can go **** himself. another poster said it best - he's so stubborn. he doesn't give a foul, players and fans get upset, he convinces himself he was right, and somehow feels the need to continue the pattern on future decisions because he doesn't want to "give in". I see it all the time with him. Man U - they can generate all the chances they want... they didn't play smart the last 20 minutes. All they need to do is keep possession and make us chase the game, instead they tried to force plays (or just made bad plays) resulting in giveaways. As the game died down I thought they would change, but they never did - even in last 5 minutes. They did a poor job of seeing it through. At the end just about a fair result, considering their missed chances. But- we had missed chances too. That's a game we have the capability to win and is the level we should be striving for.
  6. Man City League Cup 1-1 - lost 4-3 on pens

    this board's changed a lot in a week
  7. Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    right - neville going off on how horrible the decision was. I agree it was soft but Lovren opens up the door for the call once he puts his hands on C-L's back. it's not THAT horrible of a decision. I've seen worse. Just don't put your hands on the dude's back and you don't have to worry about it.
  8. Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    it looks like Big Sam could use some help with the wiring on his headset.
  9. Southampton (A) pre-match

    we have to expect some rotation right?
  10. Newcastle (A) Post Match Thread 2 - 3

    Iborra is really quite a player. Chil can be sloppy but he's very young. For me he stays in the side easily. He shows a lot of promise- when he learns to release the ball earlier (and better) he will be a top player. When things were getting listless start of 2nd half I was thinking to myself we need Shinji, then Gray scored like 1 min later. Same against Burnley. I love Shinji but hard to argue with the results. Shinji coming on at the end definitely changed the game and while the 3rd goal may have been lucky his hard work started the whole play and allowed it to happen. Mahrez, Wes, Maguire, Albrighton, Vardy, all good. Looking forward to see how this plays out.
  11. Burnley (H) Post Match Thread 1 - 0

    one other thing that really stuck out to me at the time. at the 40 min mark we were looking pretty lethargic. mahrez gave a loose pass away and burnley got it at midfield. gray kind of "snapped into it" and I think realized we were a bit flat and chased down the ball thru 4 different passes all the way to the opposite side of the field and won a throw in. I thought that was great.
  12. Burnley (H) Post Match Thread 1 - 0

    that post above about Dyche made me remember another point - EVERY burnley player thru their arms up ANY time something happened. 99% of the time they were obvious clean plays. That grinds my gears.
  13. Burnley (H) Post Match Thread 1 - 0

    best game for Mahrez this season by a mile. hopefully he'll dye his pubes for next game best 2nd half under CP by a mile great win
  14. West Ham Away

    Hey all! Flew thru London on my way back to US to catch the match - very excited! Would love to meet up with some others pre match for drinks as I’ll be solo.