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Probably due to where I live, but I would find it highly amusing if Nathan Jones, after dropping Stoke into huge trouble, was to go back to Luton and keep them up at the expense of the potters.

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16 minutes ago, JHRover said:

I'm most worried about Derby.

It felt like Derby were dead and buried long ago. It's probably no coincidence that Rooney turning up there has had a positive effect.

The January transfer window takes a lot of bashing, but it can be a season-changer (I realise that Rooney's deal was agreed earlier in the season, mind). We seem to dismiss it out of hand at Rovers. I suspect that's because our budget was blown on Gally over summer, and Brereton the season before. Our last effective January signing was a certain Adam Armstrong on loan. That was two and a half years ago.

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Amazing how many managers who have an up and coming/growing reputation in the game risk it all at freshly relegated, nosediving Championship clubs.

Chris Coleman after taking Wales to the European Championship semi finals - Sunderland. Cowley - Huddersfield, O’Neill - Stoke.

As we know it’s bloody hard to turn these tanking clubs around, but a combination of ego and a fat pay packet means they take the jobs time and again.

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46 minutes ago, JHRover said:

I'm most worried about Derby. After last weekend I felt Forest were within reach but now 8 points above us, we aren't overtaking them either. 6th is the limit and with Cardiff and Derby hitting fine form at the right time, along with our tough run I can't see it happening.

 Why are you worried at all?

We're not going to be in the playoffs, it just won't happen

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Even if we did scrape sixth, I would fancy anyone from 3rd to 6th to beat us over two legs and the same to happen at Wembley. 

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1 hour ago, superniko said:

Had a play around (guess) at remaining results....

72 points will almost certainly do it, but that means 16 points from 7 matches (never going to happen given 4 of these are top 10 teams) 

We need to win on Tuesday and need to win away in Cardiff. Then I’ll start believing.

Lose on Tuesday and then start that rebuild for next season  

 

 

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Can’t see us finishing above Preston. We are bottlers.

It would be rather annoying to see Brentford finish second but it might at least prove a point.

A few of us thought that last Summer needed a new number 2 to at least challenge Raya but most importantly a credible goalkeeping coach. Mowbray’s view seemed to be, if Raya wants to leave then he can leave - better to let unhappy players go than try to keep them against their will. In a way there is some sense in that but it shouldn’t be allowed to get to that stage.

This is the problem with having favourites and getting too close to individuals “as human beings”. It might make you a great bloke but successful football managers need to have sleepless nights and then be ruthless. It’s a tough job and needs hard characters. Keeps players on their toes as they don’t want to cross him.

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1 minute ago, J*B said:

Even if we did scrape sixth, I would fancy anyone from 3rd to 6th to beat us over two legs and the same to happen at Wembley. 

If we lost over two legs how the hell could we BE at Wembley to lose again?😂

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Raya did make quite a few mistakes last season and is an error prone goalkeeper, its easy to forget that and perhaps absence makes the heart grow fonder.

That said, replacing him with Walton on loan and renewing Leutwilers contract was an idiotic plan.

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12 minutes ago, Stuart said:

Can’t see us finishing above Preston. We are bottlers.

It would be rather annoying to see Brentford finish second but it might at least prove a point.

A few of us thought that last Summer needed a new number 2 to at least challenge Raya but most importantly a credible goalkeeping coach. Mowbray’s view seemed to be, if Raya wants to leave then he can leave - better to let unhappy players go than try to keep them against their will. In a way there is some sense in that but it shouldn’t be allowed to get to that stage.

This is the problem with having favourites and getting too close to individuals “as human beings”. It might make you a great bloke but successful football managers need to have sleepless nights and then be ruthless. It’s a tough job and needs hard characters. Keeps players on their toes as they don’t want to cross him.

I can see Rovers finishing above Preston , they are bottlers too....

The only thing Preston have over us , is a better manager , who can organise a team...

The squad is poorer than ours ..

 

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On 27/06/2020 at 14:40, MarkBRFC said:

Derby could be the one to watch in the last 7 games or so.

Without a doubt. Amassed more points than any other team since January, Rooney getting fitter and more influential by the game and the boy Sibley an absolute monster talent. They're going to take some stopping from here on in.

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1 hour ago, jim mk2 said:

 Why are you worried at all?

We're not going to be in the playoffs, it just won't happen

I agree, but IF we were to push for the top 6 over the next 7 games I think Derby would be the ones to fear and watch out for, more so than Cardiff, PNE or Swansea. 

Derby have had excellent home form all season but were hampered by dreadful away form. Now they've sorted that out they are on a roll. Always one side comes up on the rails late on. They slaughtered us at their place.

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1 hour ago, Waggy76 said:

I can see Rovers finishing above Preston , they are bottlers too....

The only thing Preston have over us , is a better manager , who can organise a team...

The squad is poorer than ours ..

 

I am not sure it is, I dont think there is much difference but I am not sure you could accurately say their squad is poorer.

Both have below average goalkeepers. Davies and Bauer v Adarabioyo and Lenihan, certainly very little in that, although theres is permanent. Much of a muchness between the full backs, between Nyambe, Bell, Fisher and Hughes I would say we have the best of the 4 and the worst of the 4.

Central midfield, very close. Pearson I would say slightly ahead of Travis, Gallagher and Downing again similar. Dack and Holtby v Johnson and Browne, again possibly a matter of opinion. Wide areas they are stronger, Sinclair and Barkhuizen much better than anything we can muster there, whereas we have an extra goalscorer in Armstrong.

Possibly on par with each other at a push.

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1 hour ago, roversfan99 said:

I am not sure it is, I dont think there is much difference but I am not sure you could accurately say their squad is poorer.

Both have below average goalkeepers. Davies and Bauer v Adarabioyo and Lenihan, certainly very little in that, although theres is permanent. Much of a muchness between the full backs, between Nyambe, Bell, Fisher and Hughes I would say we have the best of the 4 and the worst of the 4.

Central midfield, very close. Pearson I would say slightly ahead of Travis, Gallagher and Downing again similar. Dack and Holtby v Johnson and Browne, again possibly a matter of opinion. Wide areas they are stronger, Sinclair and Barkhuizen much better than anything we can muster there, whereas we have an extra goalscorer in Armstrong.

Possibly on par with each other at a push.

after watching Preston on Saturday, they look so poor and I would say worst than us. 

They just signed their below average keeper Rudd as you called him to a new long term keeper. 

You mention Armstrong who turned down Preston to signed for us. 

 

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2 minutes ago, chaddyrovers said:

after watching Preston on Saturday, they look so poor and I would say worst than us. 

They just signed their below average keeper Rudd as you called him to a new long term keeper. 

You mention Armstrong who turned down Preston to signed for us. 

 

If you are going on performances from yesterday we wouldnt come up any better!

Rudd has actually improved this season but still a further example of the poor standard of goalkeeping at this level.

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3 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

 

Rudd has actually improved this season but still a further example of the poor standard of goalkeeping at this level.

Poor keeper still. Would like to know what he has improved on this season

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On 28/06/2020 at 18:27, Waggy76 said:

I can see Rovers finishing above Preston , they are bottlers too....

The only thing Preston have over us , is a better manager , who can organise a team...

The squad is poorer than ours ..

Managers tend to be the difference in this division though.

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Shocking news

Thoughts are with his family. Hope he recovers 

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Regards Derby, their remaining fixtures are:

Preston, Forest, West Brom, Brentford, Cardiff, Leeds and Birmingham

That is 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 16th.

6 of the top 7 in their last 7. 

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Rumour is Wigan are going in to administration at 1 🤔

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Confirmed Wigan enter administration. Wow

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Shocking news about Wigan. Do they face a points deduction now? 

 

 

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Just now, chaddyrovers said:

Shocking news about Wigan. Do they face a points deduction now? 

 

 

12 Points isn't it for administration. Although that is the least of their worries at the moment.

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Thanks to Whelan's shamelessly hypocritical support of FUP they will probably find it harder to find a buyer. 

Guess what goes around comes around.

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Posted (edited)
5 minutes ago, chaddyrovers said:

Shocking news about Wigan. Do they face a points deduction now? 

 

 

think its next season rule changed after i think it was leeds went into admin after they were relegated a few seasons ago

 

(a) during the Normal Playing Season but prior to 5.00pm on the fourth Thursday in March, the points deduction shall apply immediately;

Edited by had.e.nuff

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Just the beginning, expect we will see quite a few clubs going under.

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