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3 minutes ago, martyn said:

Why? They played very well that day, and were far more dynamic than us. We've shown time and time again we are vulnerable at home against teams with running power in midfield, especially if Ndidi isn't there.

 

We are clearly a better side than them but they're a good enough outfit when they're firing.

 

And at the risk of continuing the main Sky narrative of today, they missed Grealish massively. We'd have needed to work much harder out of possession today with him on the pitch.

 

 

 

They did today, they’ll always miss him. But he didn’t have the best game against us either back then. They’re not a great side in all honesty. A great side can cope without their star man and since he’s been their captain they’ve not won a game where he hasn’t played. At our place both teams huffed and puffed. Just took a good goal to win it.

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3 minutes ago, The Blur said:

I think Rodgers' hand was forced by Maddison coming off as we don't really have an AM to act as a focal point in the opposition half with Praet and Perez being out too.   Thought he could have brought on Albrighton for Ricardo but Amartety was an asset towards the end and we got three points so all ends well after all!

Didn’t mind the enforced Mendy sub-in at all.
As I said in the match thread, merely means pushing Tielemans further upfield.

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17 minutes ago, NaijaFox said:

For the umpteenth time, don’t want to belabor the point as I am ECSTATIC with the 3 points...


Nonetheless, suffice it note that you don’t necessarily “conserve energy” chasing around the opposition and last-ditch defending in your half. Holding onto the ball and controlling the game would rationally seem a better way to “conserve energy”. But all’s well ends well.

Ì  have the same doubts.  I would have thought that having to chase the ball is more tiring than dominating and directing the play, but it looks like managers buy into the opposite view.  It would be interesting to know if there are any stats to back them up.

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2 minutes ago, SheppyFox said:

Excellent first half. If they’d have been able to play Grealish we’d have probably drawn or lost the match in that second half.

What ??? Think your really over rating him ! 
 

I think he would have left more space for us to exploit 

 

might have unpicked them a bit easier 

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Lost our way completely after Madders went off. We should have kept Youri where he was and played Riccy or Under in the false 10. By deploying Mendy we lost our ability to look forward from deep. Youri is the catalyst to move the ball through the lines from deeper and vital to us. Mendy simply wins back possession and goes backwards. We then lacked any build up from deep and instead became about keeping them out as opposed to creating. A better team would have punished that. BUT... it's a massive win and the first half football was an absolute joy to watch.

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1 hour ago, coolhandfox said:

Some people need to find a negatives, we are playing a game every 4 days, had to travel and play on a heavy pitch in Prague.

 

Justin, Perez, Fofana unavailable, Castagne only just back from injury and both Riccardo and Amartey working their way back to full match fitness after long term injuries.

 

Can't play Champagne football all the time. 

 

We finished 5th last year because we couldn't win dirty.

By far one of the most sensible posts yet. Take a bow man. 

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27 minutes ago, SheppyFox said:

Excellent first half. If they’d have been able to play Grealish we’d have probably drawn or lost the match in that second half.

...took our foot off after going 2-0 up!!!

  I felt we were about to rip them apart  and probably, so did they.

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19 minutes ago, Harry96 said:

Massive win that ahead of a favourable run in the league 

Agree it was a massive win but there is no such thing as a favourable run in this league. Pretty much every game is competitive. Burnley away will be just as difficult as today but in a different way. Somehow we need to keep players fit too.

 

Really positive today though and deserved the win.

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The conservative style we adopt really is crucial in keeping everyone fit for the crazy amount of games upcoming. We switched off for their goal and pretty much handled everything they could throw at us without Kasper being tested. The subs worked a treat and Brendan deserves credit for looking at our understandably tiring press and switching it up a little. Amartey, Choudhury and Mendy all contributed well. Overall, another huge result and one you would definitely see us bottling in previous seasons. 

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Wonder if we are already seeing the positives coming from the new training ground? State of the art for recovery and it's clear to see. 

 

Yes we got a big leggy in the last 15 or so but it's great time to see these wins after a tough Thursday night game. 

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