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There's always a risk in football that you get sucked into playing the opposition's game as opposed to playing your own - that's what's happening here. Rather than taking an extra touch, moving the ba

Throw him in just so he gets injured and misses more games. I'm down for that, the big shit tip.

Why, oh fucking why didn't we attack like this during the game?! An inch to the left and Bernard scores, then Tosun goes close - should be 4-1!   Niels has looked bright since coming on too, he's

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Just now, Hafnia said:

James needs this game today. 

Be a good game for gomes too, he's looked solid up to now, rough and tumble may help him. 

Gomes has been everywhere in this opening 15, literally getting into the centre of all our attacks which is good to see. James a little less so, but early days and we're against a side he really should be able to cut apart. 

Gordon looks bright too!

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4 minutes ago, Matt said:

Brilliant work from Gordon again. Finishing never been a problem for Tosun, glad he had the confidence to take it as he did. Good run to find the space but that’s all about Gordon

It was a good turn but there was acres of space to play the ball into Cenk, it would have been criminal if he didn't make the pass.

The difference in quality in this game is stark even with a changed squad.

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1 minute ago, Bailey said:

It was a good turn but there was acres of space to play the ball into Cenk, it would have been criminal if he didn't make the pass.

The difference in quality in this game is stark even with a changed squad.

Think you’re being harsh on Gordon there, it’s an excellent turn and pass. 
 

agree with the rest though. They look up for it 

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2 minutes ago, Btay said:

5 subs available in the fa cup?

Yep, 5 subs available within a maximum of 3 stoppages.

As much as I'm not as excited as the rest of the forum about playing the likes of Simms, in a perfect world we put this game to bed within 45 and play the likes of Ellis to see exactly how up to speed he is - same for Niels.

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Well that was a bit fucking scary.

Olsen should have been going with his outside foot for that too, a save with his right foot puts that out to the wing whereas using his left put it on a plate in the middle of the box - might have been punished in the Premier League that. 

He's looked solid otherwise though, so I'm not moaning.

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2 minutes ago, Zoo 2.0 said:

Yep, 5 subs available within a maximum of 3 stoppages.

As much as I'm not as excited as the rest of the forum about playing the likes of Simms, in a perfect world we put this game to bed within 45 and play the likes of Ellis to see exactly how up to speed he is - same for Niels.

Personally I think the perfect world is we put the game to bed and then we take off James, Digne, Coleman or Keane etc as they will be the ones that need more rest time.

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In other news - Chorley are beating Derby! Remember that Derby have a lot of players out due to the pandemic, but still good to see!

As for us, it's all turned to shit a little bit really hasn't it? Second best all over the shop - just need someone to calm them all down and bring it down a level. 

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Just now, Shukes said:

Just be careful till half time, then all thank Olsen for keeping us in the game. 
Carlo work some magic, come out second half and do a job.

Olsen has been superb to he honest, he really has kept us in this - if it wasn't for us scoring the goal and being ahead I'd be worried actually. 

As it happens Carlo just needs to rocket at half-time and send out a team with a better mentality second half, as luckily Rotherham haven't put us to bed. 

Hopefully James can get more into the game second half too, bit anonymous so far. 

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With a midfield 3 of James, Gomes and Davies, we’ve not got a very good mix - we should dominate Rotherham but we’re missing what Allan or Doucoure brings which allows us to control and dictate play.

For them, I’ve been impressed with the right-back Olosunde - been very lively. Just googled him and he’s a young American lad who was at Man U.

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Rotherham completed 82% of their passes that half, something we need to reduce in the second. Win the first (and second ball) to kill any momentum going forward, a team like this shouldn't be able to complete so much play at our home ground. 

Agreed about the back four too @Bailey, we're crying out for a leader mate - expect Keane to step up tbh. Not to turn this into an Olsen/Pickford debate, but this is one of the latters strengths IMO, Jordan always looks to be very vocal and very demanding of his back four. 

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Missed the first 14 minutes, and from what I’ve seen since then it’s been awful, poor playing out of the back, not winning knock downs, misplaced passing. Only decent bit was when we slowed down for Tosuns second chance, need to play our own game with more assurance.

Keane seems to be off the pace, Coleman keeps over running the ball and in to trouble, surely we will be better in 2nd half.

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2 minutes ago, Matt said:

Wonder how much of an influence the sun is having 

If I could name the single worst thing about playing in goal it would be playing with the sun in my eyes - caps feel awful IMO and it just made everything awkward. I'd take every other condition over a bright, dipping sun.

Hopefully with the sides switched we can get back on top! No changes it seems from Carlo, just a stern teamtalk perhaps...

@markjazzbassist I'd take anyone scoring next 😂!! 

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