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Missed the start but seemed solid enough in the second half of the half. Coleman and Digne look lively, Mina has been good on what I have seen (albeit sounds like it wasnt the case earlier). Delph, Gomes and Siggy linking nicely through midfield but everything seems to break down with the front 3 in a combination of poor quality or poor decisions.

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Wigan have been the better team here. Looks like a pre season game and we have a long way to go before we are ready for the opener. 

Bernard and Digne's flicks don't seem to be coming off. Sigurdsson is anonymous (he can't even get in the game against a championship side), Mina looks rusty (still), as does Gomes. Coleman looking like the stand out player so far for me. 

Also noticed we've been making some good runs, but not making the pass. 

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For what its worth, I think Wigan are a decent enough side. They struggled in the middle of last season but they beat some decent teams at the end of the season. They certainly play the right way.

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12 minutes ago, Sibdane said:

Same story, different day: We control most of the ball but struggle to break down the final third.

No stats to back it up but I'd wager Wigan have had more contol of the ball than us. They've certainly had more chances.

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1 minute ago, MikeO said:

No stats to back it up but I'd wager Wigan have had more contol of the ball than us. They've certainly had more chances.

Maybe so on the possession. Definitely yes on the chances.

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1 minute ago, plaidharper said:

Was hoping the first half team would get more minutes...

One more friendly then we're playing competitive games, and we've got a team out there mostly of kids who will never play for us this season and players who are waiting to be moved on.

Sometimes silva needs questioning. 

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5 minutes ago, plaidharper said:

Has not had much defending to do at right back... Tis just Wigan.

Haha is that where he is playing? He’s been on the edge of their area more. Maybe still no discipline then.

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1 minute ago, MikeO said:

Sorry mate didn't realise you were a bowls fan:P.

It’s more to do with my age than being a fan, I hit the official bowls age in a couple of weeks 👨🏻‍🦳

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Thought we were better that 2nd half. Couple of half chances but nothing more. 

Davies clearly the spark, Mirallas was actually pretty decent and Holgate again did well too. The young lads all showed some promise but they also looked like they need time to mature. 

Im not quite sure how to describe McCarthy as he showed signs of his old form but some of his longer passing was lacklustre and he looked leggy, a bit like Barry did after 60 mins. 

The other strange one is Hornby. He has great technique for a big lad, but Im not sure he has the rest of the game to go with it. He needs to add some timber and if he does he might make something of himself. It wouldnt surprise me if he is one of those players who makes it in his later years.

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Just come back from the game. Training exercise. Delph looked decent enough and always wanted the ball and Mina looks like  he’s got a blunder in him. DCl gave nothing upfront. I know it’s his first game but if we don’t get a striker that can create something out of nothing then we aren’t going to reach our target. Second half Davies was everywhere. Did some really nice things that the crowd enjoyed. I didn’t have a programme so struggled to see who the young kids were. I like the look of Gibson and I’ve always rated Holgate. Lossl is a unit. Commands his box really well which I liked. Oh and mirrallas looked sharp 

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7 minutes ago, barryj said:

I sell my season tickets on stub hub for face value when I can’t attend. Its the ethos (greed) of some of the sellers on the sites rather than the actual company that’s the problem. However whilst people still continue to buy them at ridiculous prices it won’t change. 

Great attitude top man barryj, how many season tickets do you have mate I would be interested in having the opportunity to purchase the games you can’t attend, if you didn’t mind. 

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16 hours ago, Palfy said:

Great attitude top man barryj, how many season tickets do you have mate I would be interested in having the opportunity to purchase the games you can’t attend, if you didn’t mind. 

I’ve pm’d you the details. 

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I dont know if the Yerry Mina fuck ups were included in that video package but I thought they were both well defended. He is a very unorthodox defender but he is effective. Neither were chances because he had the shot / cross defended but it didnt look very pretty. 

Their best chance was from a combination of Keane and Coleman. Looked Keanes to me. Thought we inproved when he went off too.

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50 minutes ago, Bailey said:

I dont know if the Yerry Mina fuck ups were included in that video package but I thought they were both well defended. He is a very unorthodox defender but he is effective. Neither were chances because he had the shot / cross defended but it didnt look very pretty. 

Their best chance was from a combination of Keane and Coleman. Looked Keanes to me. Thought we inproved when he went off too.

i also like Mina and have been a big supporter since we signed him.  give him the year we gave richarlison and gomes and let's see what he's made of then

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1 hour ago, markjazzbassist said:

i also like Mina and have been a big supporter since we signed him.  give him the year we gave richarlison and gomes and let's see what he's made of then

Same, but I'm not gonna bet on him ;)

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Yep Holgate so easily caught out. 

Coleman the standout but I think Davies has been bright again. McCarthy and Schneiderlin go completely unnoticed but they do well together IMO but its just a completely uninventive midfield. Davies creates through movement but everyone else is static. 

Mirallas also better at RB!

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3 minutes ago, plaidharper said:

Holgate has not really impressed at CB this preseason...

Miss my man Zouma

I'd love to have had him back absolutely ideal 😟

Can't take any positives really from this we've been shite against a bang average side 

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2 minutes ago, Finn balor said:

We have looked toothless upfront all pre season 

Agreed. Richarlison will help but we arent creating much and with the strikers we have, if we arent creating much we definitely arent going to score a lot either!

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