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  1. I sat in the west stand for a change and thought the atmosphere was pretty good! L1 and the Kop put a good shift in in terms of singing, and often drowned out the Villa fans. It was a bit patchy, but that's home support everywhere.
  2. I don't disagree that it was particularly quiet last night - although that big group of kids right on the away edge of the family stand were going for it and put everyone else to shame - but I guess its a midweek game and it was a bit flat in the first half. That said, I was sat much closer to the UFS corner than I usually am, and it was good to hear some new songs that I will take back to the family stand for the Norwich game. (Starman -Youri; the new Cags chant; 'Aint nobody - Hamza Choudhury, etc). Sitting where I was, it wasn't awful. What was very obvious was that that everyone immediately around me was totally silent (in H/G sort of area, mostly middle aged blokes) - not singing at all, but also not really into it or calling out. It was a lot quieter than the family stand usually is.
  3. I'm not convinced we should mess with the midfeild or at the back at the moment, but I'd like to see Nacho start ahead of Perez after yesterday, just to see if he can capitalise on that performance and build his confidence further as we go into the Christmas merry-go-round. (And I'd like to see Gray and Perez on the bench if he can't.) I like Perez a lot but he seems quite easily bullied off the ball and he's always falling over.
  4. I don’t think there is much bitterness towards him at all really, its just that the song is catchy and mischievous - and Soyuncu is an absolute beast.
  5. Lesson for Liverpool - if you dress like a Spurs tribute act, then it turns out you might play like one too.
  6. To the tune of John Denver’s Country Roads: Maddison, James Maddison He’ll put the ball, where it belongs, Something something, something something Maddison, James Maddison Obviously working on the third line here, suggestions welcome. Perhaps not something about his c0ck, but that seems to be the way we are going now...
  7. We really, really need something for Hamza. It’s not witty in any way, I’m afraid, but may I suggest the Yaya Toure / No Limits chant gets revived, in lieu of anything more accomplished. I can provide the updated lyrics: Hamza Hamza Hamza Hamza Hamza Hamza Hamza Choudhury Experience suggests its just the sort of chant that KP can get behind.
  8. Prediction - They will beat us. Were due a banana skin.
  9. Thrilled to see Madders on there, but no Hamza?! I guess that's good news for Bulgarian players who want to keep their ankles out of plaster, but not quite so good for our midfield.
  10. Currently we have a lot of young players, with huge potential, who need the right coaching, the right development work, the right understanding of strategy and relationship with their teamates, to realise that potential and become the consistent, world class players they could be. For me, that would be Barnes, Maddison, Choudhury, Tielemans, at the minimum. Sky's commentators on the Man City opener were talking about how, a couple of years ago, Raheem Sterling wouldn't have had the skill to score in the reliable, inventive way he does now - and it was the coaching and broader startegic work under Guardiola and his team, that allowed Sterling to become such a devastating attacking player. I think a lot of our players are where Sterling was a couple of years ago - very promising, sometimes incredible, but also at times inconsistent and unfinished. Although there are similarities to how the teams have been set up under Puel last season and Rodgers at the start of this season, Puel was clearly not the person to push these players on. Is Rodgers? Yeah. Of course.
  11. Typical Hamza. Love his boldness, but it's terrifying watching him sometimes. And playing against him too, I bet.
  12. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/aug/27/steve-bruce-newcastle-carabao-cup Steve Bruce urges Newcastle to carry league momentum into cup campaign Steve Bruce has pledged to do everything possible to lead Newcastle to domestic cup glory, but his plans are being tested early by injuries and the need to protect players before hosting Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. Newcastle entertain Leicester City on Wednesday night not having won a major trophy since the European Fairs Cup in 1969. Moreover they are without a domestic prize since 1955 but, under Mike Ashley’s ownership, cups have been low priority with a series of managers apparently happy to accept early exits. Shortly after succeeding Rafael Benítez, who was not prepared to risk Premier League survival in exchange for cup runs, Bruce vowed to change this mindset – yet he seems set to make wholesale changes against Brendan Rodgers’s side. Six players – Allan Saint-Maximin, Christian Atsu, Miguel Almirón, Joelinton, Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schär – returned from the restorative 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday nursing injuries and appear unlikely to be risked. With a hamstring injury likely to force Saint-Maximin out for a minimum of three weeks and Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle sidelined, Bruce’s attacking options have contracted and he is expected to start Yoshinori Muto as Newcastle’s lone forward. Sean Longstaff, who is regaining full fitness following a serious knee injury, is likely to be rested, leaving room for his younger brother Matty in midfield. “It’s a squad game now,” Bruce said. “We have 25 players and I still expect to pick a team which is hopefully going to take us through.” Even so, Bruce will be making more changes than he would have liked in the wake of a win which defused the considerable criticism – and mounting pressure –surrounding his opening two Premier League defeats against Arsenal and Norwich. “The criticism is something we’ll always have to live with here but the players knew they didn’t play well enough against Norwich, but, on any given day, that can happen to you,” Bruce said. “The response was the most important thing and it was terrific. By beating Tottenham away they’ve set the standard we now need to maintain.” Joelinton, scorer of the winning goal at Spurs, has a groin injury and is among those ranked extremely doubtful for Leicester’s visit, as is Almirón. “It’s different with a muscle injury,” Bruce said. “If you’re carrying a knock or bruise then of course you might be able to be patched up . But if you have a soft tissue injury like big Joe or Almiron, with his ankle, then it’s always a problem. Those are the ones you worry about.” The manager was particularly disappointed by the recurrence of hamstring trouble sustained by the former Nice winger Saint-Maximin. “We’ll let the bleed settle on his hamstring and scan it again,” Bruce said. “It’s been a frustrating start for him but, if it’s not too serious, we’d be looking at three weeks out.” ---------------------------- Diddums.
  13. I was very nervous about the Wolves game - wanted a win, but was happy with a draw. I think we will nick this though: 2 - 1 to City.
  14. I like him. A lot. I admit my tactical understanding is limited, but even I could see he seemed a bit nervy with the ball at the Atlanta game, then gained in confidence once he scored. On Sunday, I appreciated his runs and thought he often found space very effectively, but he didn't show the sort precision in finishing or pressing capability he's known for when he's on form. That said, he was a more effective threat than Vardy, especially in the first half. I think he shows bags of promise, I'm looking forward to seeing him play again.
  15. I honestly think this is going to be a real challenge. Despite Harry's departure, I've come out of the transfer window and pre-season brimming with confidence, like everyone else i guess, but the reality is that Wolves are one of most direct competitors to challenge for top 6, and while our current team is extraordinarily promising, the Atalanta game suggested that they haven't quite gelled yet (despite the fact that I enjoyed it, I thought we played well, the result was great). I think it'll take a few more games for this squad to really start firing on all cylinders. I so desperately want Leicester to win this and make a statement, especially against Wolves, but i'm not sure we are there yet. Weeks away, perhaps, no more. I think I'm more nervous about this than if we were playing Man City.
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