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In the cold light of day.......
at 10:35 3 Oct 2018

I think it's always best to sleep on a result before expressing an opinion. You're a little more reasoned the next day, so here we go......

PH was very honest and accurate in his assessment. We started on the front foot, perhaps a little too much, as it was the press that undone our defence for the opening goal. Trevoh didn't really cover Skuse as he should of done, and the backline retreated, rather than going to the ball. There is an obvious lack of understanding between both CM's and both CB's due to them having not played together a great deal, and this is currently costing us dearly.

The second goal was clearly an error from our skipper. Firstly the pass, but then he failed to make any challenge, and allowed Downing the time to get the shot away. i'm not going to bash Chambers as he is the only defender we have who shows enough bravery to offer himself for the ball, something which is essential in the way PH wants to play.

Other than that Boro were half the team that i expected to see, and you could argue that once we pulled ourselves off the ropes, following the second goal, we were the more progressive team.

We don't have a striker. If we still had any of Garner, Waghorn or McG, then we would of got on the end of one of a handful of good balls into dangerous areas. The reason Freddie looked half decent last night was because he played in areas that a striker should play in, whereas the inexperience of Jackson led him to wander all over the park rather than hold a position.

All in all it was a positive display last night,. It seems a daft thing to say having lost and conceded 2 dreadful goals, but if the core of our team can actually develop an understanding then we will start to see some more positive results.

Gerken - Did nothing wrong, and made a couple of smart saves, but has the demeanor of a man that knows he shouldn't be in the team - 7

Donacien - Still finding his way in the team. Good one minute, dreadful the next - 6

Chambers - Led from the back as always and showed plenty of courage to get on the ball. Bad mistake for the 2nd - 7

Nsiala - A liability - 5

Knudsen - Defended well, b ut that's not enough in a modern day full back - 6

Skuse - Doesn't seem to know his role in the team currently - 6

Chalobah - Stood up and took some responsibilty when his team mates were lacking. Does struggle with his positioning though - 8

Graham - Was he on the pitch? - 4

Nolan - Another poor showing. Time to make way for Andre - 5

Ward - Industrious as always but very little final product - 6

Jackson - Needs someone to play off. Ran everywhere last night, but got little change from the man mountain defenders - 6

Edwards - Always looks lively even when he's looking tired :-( - 7
Sears - Made to look good by the abjectness of others. Love Freddie though - 7
Dozzell - cometh the hour, cometh the man - 7

All opinions expressed are my own :-) Thanks for reading.
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Boro were very average tonight
at 22:55 2 Oct 2018

I suspect they were off their game tonight, but if it wasn’t for calamitous defending we may well of got something from the game tonight. I’d go as far as to say, if we had a capable striker on the pitch we may even have won it.

I understand that once Boro had the two goal lead they sat back and sucked the life out of the game a la Warnock, but if they are a yardstick for the level of quality in this division, then all hope is not lost for us.
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FAO: Phil & Gav
at 13:34 26 Sep 2018

I'm all for a healthy debate, but some people on here need locking up!

They will argue that all opinions are acceptable, whether you agree with them or not, but i really think you should start banning forum members who continually post negative and divisive posts. It is, at times, making this website an unpleasant place to frequent.

I can't be the only person who feels this way can i? Adopting a Putin-esque approach must surely be the way forward.
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Who do we think the mysterious injured player is?
at 16:12 17 Sep 2018

Must be a key player or you'd think PH would of just told us.

I reckon Edwards has picked up knock, and that we'll revert to a narrow three in the middle.
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Jordan Graham
at 13:59 17 Sep 2018

Not the popular opinion i know, but i have seen qualities in him that suggests to me he is worth persevering with.

It's hardly like he's keeping a star performer out of the first XI is it.
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Pennington
at 12:54 17 Sep 2018

Should of cleared that off the line shouldn't he? Tried to go at it with his right foot instead of left. As big an error as Downes is you ask me.
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Part of me would welcome relegation.....
at 12:44 17 Sep 2018

If it meant we shed the section of our support who believe they are entitled to see a promotion challenge season after season.

You know the ones? Keep threatening to never attend a match again, keep calling for the managers head, blah, blah, blah!

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Collins
at 16:28 5 Sep 2018

I wonder how long he will train with us before making a decision on where his future lies?

Will he dictate, or will we?
[Post edited 5 Sep 16:29]
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Is Wolfy fit?
at 12:11 28 Aug 2018

He played in the U23’s yesterday, but I’ve not heard anything about how he got on. After his cameo against Blackburn I’d have no hesitation about putting him in for Sunday’s game......if fit of course.
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Get a grip you bunch of poosies
at 22:49 21 Aug 2018

I’m in Salou supping all inclusive Estrella, so am admittedly somewhat more chilled than usual, but holy smokes!

If we finish 15th, having developed a younger squad, and a more progressive style of play, then that should be considered a successful season.

I hate Twitter.....ffs
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Hurst should shoulder some of the blame for last night
at 10:24 15 Aug 2018

Let me just say, its a cup game.........the result doesn't matter.......the team is still gelling.........I get all of that.

But if i was one of the players that Hurst publicly criticised in last nights post match interview, i'd be asking the gaffer why he chose to chuck on Bishop and Rowe when we are chasing a winner. Great to see them both back on the pitch, and i hope they both get lots of football this season, but they were never going to come on and influence the game in a positive manner. Where were the impact subs? Harrison, Dozzell, Nydam? Poor management if you ask me.
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We don’t need another striker
at 00:01 10 Aug 2018

We could arguably do with a better one, but Hurst has bought 2 in for reasonable fees, and I’m pretty sure he intends to play them. Sears is the back up, with U23’s getting the odd run out.

Another winger would be the priority for me.
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