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  1. I suspect there will be news (mostly positive) on this front in the next 2 weeks, with it being 2 weeks until the next league match. Obviously we're now in the transfer window so there's priorities there too. Busy few weeks ahead for the club off the field, and a welcome break from games for many first teamers.
  2. HNY everyone, and thanks to all behind the scenes for keeping this site running and, indeed, enhancing it. I've been a bit quiet on here recently for a variety of reasons (let's face it, it's not been much fun this month!), but I still lurk and will contribute further in 2021. 2020 really has been totally shit, to say the least. 2021 is bound to be tough early doors but hopefully, as the vaccinations kick in, we'll start getting our collective foot on the ball, bring some composure to proceedings and as we move into the second half, change formation and go all-out attack to finish th
  3. I'm in, as a season pass holder. Good side, v much looking forward to this. My boss is a Robin's fan so it could get spiky on WhatsApp...!
  4. I can understand the concern here, it being 3 weeks or so off the new window & certain key players being able to talk to others. Nyambe is the most perplexing for me as he is young, experienced & showing most potential for a modern fullback. Not signing him up yet is deffo a mistake. Possibly JRC too, although I doubt he is as highly sought after. The others though? Yes they are viewed as key players now, but they weren't considered as such by many on here in the summer. Armstrong, despite his good form since Dack's injury,wasn't really considered a magnet for PL attention in the
  5. I think this is as winnable a fixture down there as we've had in a few years. Despite having Toney in amongst the goals, overall I think they're a weaker outfit than last season without Watkins & Benrhama, whereas we're stronger in all areas. Their record in their new ground is ok I guess, but 2,000 fans in there will be far less intimidating than 12000 in Griffin Park was. My niggling doubt is Rovers' disjointed performances recently, but the onus is on them to come at us and if they do, we have plenty of speed & craft offensively to do them real damage. No BB sadly, but wit
  6. I have to say that I felt similarly at the time, especially re Gallagher & Holtby. However it is also worth noting that it was those 3 midfielders (Buckley in winning possession (in tandem with Johnson), Rothwell in carrying the ball forward, then Downing in carrying it across the box) who combined to bring about the winner. Mowbray could quite legitimately argue that his choice of subs turned 1 point into 3. I wholeheartedly agree on everything that's been said about the kit clash, and how pleasing it is that we appear capable of grinding out victories in attritional matches as
  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55152637 And so it begins... something for the European Scouting network to get its teeth into! Best of luck to them I say! Could be good for homegrown youngsters mind you.
  8. Not dropped, rotated. With two games a week for 2 months, get used to it all over the park!
  9. Good lineup that, probably only 4 players missing from a best 11 (Dack, Travis, Ayala / Williams & possibly Nyambe). Should have too much today for Luton, but I expect they'll not be push overs. Hopefully their 2 wins last season will breed a bit of over confidence & we can exploit holes in behind.
  10. Kaminski Lenihan Travis Armstrong Dack However, so far this season it's: Kaminski Holtby Johnson Rothwell Armstrong They've been our 5 most consistent performers so far this season imo and are the key 5 that allow us to play the 433 most effectively. Problem is the middle 3 are all capable of stinkers...
  11. I agree, I'd say that article & the opinions therein accurately sum up the turmoil our great club has been put through. I for one am hopeful (as opposed to confident) of a brighter future given the arrest of the slide these last 3 years, albeit being reluctantly resigned to the likelihood that it will include our current owners for the foreseeable.
  12. I'm just trying to give it some perspective, I'm not giving the teamtalk! This game is not the be all and end all. Yes it's important for confidence, momentum etc and I'm certainly not belittling that. The problem with "expecting to win" is that if we don't win, the supposed consequences of that are magnified beyond reality and it puts additional unnecessary pressure on the next game (it being at Preston is pressure enough). The reality is that if we win we're not guaranteed to go up; lose and we're not guaranteed to stay down. It's a marathon not a sprint and there's still 75% of i
  13. Fair point, and perhaps only recent history (which isn't good) plays a part in the mindset here, but even then the context is very different as both teams (certainly ours) will be significantly different from the ones that played there last season, and for us that match was effectively a dead rubber whereas for them it was a matter of survival. By the same token, looking at the match completely in isolation Luton are above us in the same division, so it cannot in any way be viewed as an easy match. My point was that there seemed to be a feeling building of, "it's only little Luton,
  14. It's up for discussion because they're in the same league as us, next game up, are above us in the table (albeit having had an easier run of fixtures, on paper at least) and we've never won there in the league in 20 or so attempts across various divisions! 5 points back from 6th at this stage of the season is nothing. Yes that needs to be improved upon but, given our run of fixtures, injuries & illness up to this stage of the season, I'm confident it will be as we enter a period with a lot more winnable games & players returning. Hopefully starting with Luton, but I won't be
  15. https://www.11v11.com/teams/luton-town/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Blackburn Rovers/ According to this website, we have won once at Luton Town since 1937, in about 20 games, which was in 2007 in the FA Cup. So never in the league. So historically it's not a happy hunting ground for us, yet we've still had plenty more overall success than them in that time. Nothing significant will be decided on Saturday whether we win, lose or draw. I think we are more than capable of winning on Saturday, but would suggest that those thinking we are underperforming if we don't, or that it is so
  16. He will be anyway due to his time away with Namibia, which regardless of anything else would be the right call in my view.
  17. My sister in law is a Wrexham season ticket holder & is very excited by this. They put out a spoof promo video advertising Ifor William's Trailers - Wrexham's club sponsors- as part of their announcement of imminent takeover. All a bit bizarre, but good luck to them I say.
  18. Yes, I'm with you on that but I guess it's intended to be neutral language that doesn't lead the reader.
  19. Surprised that Kaminski & Armstrong are in, albeit pleasantly. We'll miss Holtby though, and it's a huge game for Wharton. Hope Lenihan finds his form & guides him through it calmly. I've no idea what to expect from QPR, but there's a certain amount of trepidation in my heart as it looks like they're just gonna sit back and let us try to break them down; our least favourite type of opponent. C'mon Rovers, quick out of the blocks, early goal(s) please
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