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  2. joey_big_nose

    Reading (A)

    Forgot completely about Davenport. After a decent end to last season he's had 3 players come in ahead of him (Buckley, Johnson, Holtby)
  3. tomphil

    Reading (A)

    Spot on, TM as much as i admire some of the stuff he does clearly has a rotation policy which fluctuates between keeping his squad happy and fearing the opposition. I notice his personal PR man is back again, same guy who'd be absent if we'd lost 3 on the trot. The point he always misses is Mowbray has been here now for several seasons, get this...we know how he works. More often than not to be fair his methods see us through so more power to him. As always though consistency is what gets you places so if we/he develop that in terms of seeing out games we'll be on a winner.
  4. rigger

    Reading (A)

    Just back from Reading, in their bar after the match, all the Reading fans I spoke to, were very impressed with Sam Gallagher, as was I.
  5. Paul

    Attendances

    I understand about the proximity to motorways but I feel more than that is required. When I travelled I wanted interesting restaurants, perhaps a decent pub etc. nearby. The last place I wanted to be in the evening was in the hotel which is simply a room and a bed.
  6. roversfan99

    Reading (A)

    What was your question, the one about the chances Gallagher had yesterday? I couldnt comment, I (presumably like yourself) didnt watch the game myself. I saw the chance he had which he blazed over when he should have scored. Have you heard the phrase when a striker is going through a dry spell and keeps missing chances, "at least hes getting into the right position." I would consider how rarely Gallagher looks even likely to score to be a concern too. All this said, my comment about 0 goals in 8 league appearances (7 starts) is perfectly valid, our striker really must offer a goal threat, and I am entitled to question his place in the team if he continues to fail to do so. We need our striker to score goals. I think our options in midfield are a reason to be optimistic, but your comments on Preston are a little strange. They definitely do have depth, especially in midfield like ourselves. Pearson, Gallagher, Johnson, Browne, Harrop, Bodin, Barkhuizen, Potts, Bayliss, Ledson. The main thing there though is the CONSISTENCY in the way that they play. They can mix it up in terms of personnel, but that system stays the same, the changed players slot straight in and as a result Neil is getting the very best from those players. Thats a further example of what regularity in way of playing can do. I think the likes of Holtby, Johnson and Downing would have potentially been unobtainable due to their wage demands, I suspect that Mowbray has got an advantage over Neil due to Prestons low wage cap. Preston have made a name for signing players for really low prices, Johnson for 50k, Barkhuizen dirt cheap from Morecambe, Browne (and Maguire) for peanuts from Ireland, and developed them into top Championship performers. If we could replicate that level of consistency and familiarity, then I would like to think that our quality of players could end up surpassing those at Preston. Do you really think that Preston "couldnt dream" of having someone like Buckley on the bench?! Baring in mind that he has struggled when he has played physically, and Preston have signed Bayliss, a player who has really impressed for Coventry, who cost 2m and cant get on the bench. Or Nyambe?
  7. 47er

    Reading (A)

    How come so many of our players get injured or sick? Or does it just seem that way? Is Davenport a real person? (Sorry Tyrone---just noticed you asked the same question!)
  8. Harry The Bass

    Reading (A)

    Adapt is a key term - yesterday too, hanging on to points is something we couldn’t do last year - Perhaps personnel is more important than tactics for this, the great “game management” debate.
  9. chaddyrovers

    Championship season 2019-20

    Rovers are playing well at the minute and I'm happy with the start to be honest. Yes I agree with the league being wide open atm
  10. RV Blue

    Academy & U21s

    Will Holtby have a run out for the u23s at Leyland tomorrow?
  11. chaddyrovers

    Reading (A)

    granted it was 4 the back but the plan all week was 3 at the back until Tosin injured and Rothwell being ill. We need have the options where we can play different formations and situations in games. We need have a squad that can adapt and vary our play and set up which I see has a major bonus
  12. philipl

    Championship season 2019-20

    West Brom gifted us two first half goals with two defensive howlers and have repeated the dose for Huddersfield's benefit. Huddersfield have not gifted three in return unlike our lads... Huddersfield no great shakes but press very high up the park and show glimpses of Premier League class. They are there to be taken if Slaven Bilic sets the alarm clock in the West Brom dressing room for about five minutes from my posting this...
  13. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Championship season 2019-20

    This year is going to be wide open. If we can get our act together we must be in with a chance.
  14. chaddyrovers

    Championship season 2019-20

    West Brom still having the same problems as last season poor defensively.
  15. chaddyrovers

    Rovers new style of play and how we play it

    How is it making the game very complicated? We now have a chance flexible to change the team or formation without affecting the quality of the starting 11. Mowbray job in league 1 was promotion and it will achieved. You sound still bitter cos we didn't win the league. is this the case? Majority of fans are backing Mowbray and always have. Do you still want him out/sack? Mowbray has been saying this for a while
  16. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Reading (A)

    We won yesterday playing the system, 4 at the back, that we've used most of the season. You look at the skill set of your players and design your system of play around that. Not the other way around.
  17. roversfan99

    Reading (A)

    That system is the same system that they have played for the last 2 years though. The point that @Tyrone Shoelaces makes is bang on, its not specific to our title winning team, it is about how having a settled system and what that can bring cannot be underestimated. There are other examples, Norwich played 4231, Sheff United mastered the 3 at the back and wing backs, with overlapping centre backs, Villa went 433 with Grealish and McGinn in front of a screen of Whelan or Hourihane. All 3 went up playing different formations but all with consistency. I would totally disagree with what @Paul Mani said about Prestons squad too in terms of its depth. At the moment Alan Browne is often left on the bench due to the form of Johnson as 10 in front of Pearson and Gallagher. They similarly to us have plenty of midfield options, Potts, Bodin, Harrop, Barkhuizen, Ledson, and when needed/chosen, they slot in and it doesnt cause any confusion, or any inconsistency, everyone knows their shape. They can also go with the movement of Maguire or more direct with Stockley up top. Playing a consistent, regular formation and system doesnt mean that you dont have flexibility, that comes through the personnel. As Paul Mani said, our midfield choices tend to have different skillsets, we have technical ones, we have physical ones who can get the ball back for us, we have ones who can run at players.
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  19. chaddyrovers

    Reading (A)

    agree 1000% surely you need different options formation wise for the reasons posted yesterday. You didn't answer my question. Gallagher work rate was excellent and never stop all day. Thought he should have done better with his 1st half shot. People complained last season about the quality in centre mid and now Mowbray has moved Smallwood out of the team, Evans has become a squad player, We signed Johnson, Travis development over the 12 months is a major plus, and the signingsw of Downing and Holtby are quality. We were awful at Preston last season but Nyambe is out of team(Robinson ripped him apart), Mulgrew and Raya gone. We are much better defensively now Preston are a good team but don't have the strength in depth in quality we do in Midfield and up front tho They do have a quality manager and good 14 or 15 players.
  20. darrenrover

    Music Association Game

    Greenday - Amy
  21. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Reading (A)

    I heard if Rothwell hadn't have cried off yesterday morning he was in and Armstrong was out. On another tack, what's happened with Davenport ? Has he fallen down the same black hole as Gladwin ?
  22. Harry The Bass

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    The irony being, I wouldn’t feel the need to repeat myself if my original points had been left.
  23. 47er

    Reading (A)

    It was from the blue wasn't it? People calling for his head because he'd scored 1 in 25 games. 2 in 26 isn't exactly great is it? But he's saved himself for another 10 games no doubt.
  24. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Reading (A)

    Yeah you're right Dave. Maybe we've got the message about having a pop from distance. 2 in 2 games, can you remember the last one from outside the penalty area ?
  25. Silas

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    I think you've made your point. Repeating it over and over is just going to irritate people. Besides that, it happened 7 weeks ago so you're kind of going over old ground here.
  26. chaddyrovers

    News Thread Attempt 394

    A key advisor to Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly quit saying the Labour leader cannot win the next general election. In a significant blow to Corbyn, Andrew Fisher, who masterminded the party’s 2017 manifesto, said he no longer had faith that Labour would be successful. Fisher wrote a memo to colleagues, the Sunday Times reports, saying members of Corbyn’s team had a “lack of professionalism, competence and human decency”. He also accused them of making a “blizzard of lies and excuses” and apparently claimed that the highest ranks of the party were engaged in “class war”. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/key-labour-aide-quits-over-lack-of-competence-and-decency-in-corbyns-team/ar-AAHDUOn?ocid=spartanntp
  27. Ossydave

    Attendances

    It's down the road from the m65 then others within 15 mins or so, not a bad location at all for a business traveller.
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