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    Rovers away at QPR - Good Friday 19th April 2019

    Would love to see Chapman and Buckley today. Even intrigued to see if Brereton has improved.
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    Brexit Thread

    Not exactly, Labour has a party membership vote for their leader from any candidates as long as they are nominated. Conservativeshave party membership voting for final two in a runoff. So both parties to have a public selection system.
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    Brexit Thread

    Also EC is real people but with no choice as in effect they are instructed to vote as determined by their states constitution. It's a bizarre throwback to when it would take days or weeks to get to Washington on horseback. Totally unnecessary now, but retained due to the the massive popular support for traditional (even arcane) institutions of government in US, plus entrenched interests in the imbalances the system produces.
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    Brexit Thread

    The above is all correct. Plus because of the way the electoral college works smaller States in terms of population actually get more votes per head for the president as the minimum college votes a state can get is 3. So California with 60 mil people get 55 votes (1 vote per 800k pop) whereas Wyoming with 0.5 mil get 3 votes (1 vote per 180k pop). The system as a result unfairly favours rural small state voters, who are also far more likely to lean right of centre. The US system, especially when you also consider every state only gets 2 senators no matter how large the population, is very stacked against urban voters. Part of the explanation why the US has always trended to the right of European countries on policy.
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    Summer transfer window

    Think that's a bit harsh. If you go off who makes the team sheet when fit every game his top players are Raya, Lenihan, Bell, Bennett, Travis, Dack, Graham. Based on who've we got in the squad the only one I'd quibble with is Bennett who I'd have Nyambe over. It's taken him a while to see the light but he has now. After his two goals I think Rothwell should have locked down his place also. If Reed is unavailable for whatever reason it will be interesting to see who Mowbray partners Trav with. I'd be tempted to go with a youth player (Davenport?) as Rodwell is unlikely to stay and Evans and Smallwood just aren't good enough. I'd do the same with the centreback partner for Lenihan (Magloire?) if Williams form dips again. I do admit however it's more likely we'll see more of Evans, Mulgrew and Smallwood before the season is out.
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    Academy & U'21's

    What are the thoughts on Davenport? If we don't get Reed (looks certain we won't to me) could be step into his shoes?
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    Mowbray: Stay or go?

    After another strong performance from the U23s I'd like to see one of the young centre backs give a whirl alongside Lenihan before the end of the season. Not next game as Williams played well last time out and we should keep the same team. But when we do need a change let's go for a youngster over Mulgrew or Rodwell. Also would love to see Chapman on the bench.
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    We'll I suppose Evans rather than Smallwood is a better result.
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    WTF - why drop Reed?
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    Rhodes finishing is unreal, but every other aspect of his game is weak. Never seen a player for rovers so unbalanced in his talents. I'd rather have Graham who does more to bring others into the game. That said Graham getting on now. We need another younger clever, powerful forward like him who can bring the best out of Dack, Rothwell and Chapman. Not got any suggestions mind... Must be someone out there. Maybe Gestede? He's got one year left on his deal so maybe possible. Though Boro probably paying him a fortune, and he's turned 30.
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    Im not so sure, Armstrong is weak defensively - I think we need to be a bit more robust. Conway worked well with Dack and Rothwell on Tuesday. I'd stick with the same team except Nyambe for Bennett.
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    Summer transfer window

    The only thing is that TM genuinely thinks Mulgrew and Williams are good enough. He wouldn't have given Mulgrew a long extension, and he wouldn't have persisted with Williams without that opinion. I think when Mowbray draws up the plan for next season hes likely to work from the basis of Lenihan and Mulgrew as his starting centre backs - with Williams and a new signing or one of our loaned out players on the bench (I think Rodwell is likely to go). If we do that I really fear for us next season as Mulgrew is such a huge liability. One of the core tenants of Mowbrays philosophy is to respect seniority and heirachy. If Mulgrews still at the club (and especially if he's club captain) Mowbray will be loathe to drop him on a permanent basis. Same as Bennett, Williams and Conway he will try to fit him in somehow. Only way out is for us to sell him. But I doubt anyone will want him, as hes on a new contract till 2021. Maybe Celtic could be persuaded to take him back? He'd be great in the Scottish league . I don't think Mowbray will actually want to sell though.
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    The mysterious case of Joe Rothwell.

    What was exciting about last night was previously I would have said Dack and Rothwell would struggle to play together as they inhabit similar space on the pitch. I was totally wrong. Their linkup was superb. Can't wait to see them on there with Chapman too on the right. Something to look forward to after two months of terrible performances.
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    ROVERS V Frank Lampards DCFC

    I think in terms of attacking midfielders him and Dack are the best we've had since the Premier League days. We've also got Chapman coming through. So we could gravitate to starting all three behind the striker. That is a very potent attacking threat. I keep on banging on about it but what's key is we give them a solid back line and central midfield to provide the security to stream forward. Travis, Lenihan, and Reed are all solid. Get the fullbacks and Lenihans partner sorted and we will be in business. I can see a future for Bell and Nyambe - they've got some good fundamental qualities - and maybe they will be effective with a decent central defence. But I suspect we need some more defensively robust fullbacks while they develop. Rodwell, Williams Mulgrew are all centrebacks who can't head the ball, slow on the turn, and lack a sense of danger. They need to go. Shopping list for summer (or promote from U23s if we have the quality) - Reed, LB, RB, CBx2 (so we have effective cover), ST. Remains to be seen if we have the budget and/or nous to find signings of the quality of Dack, Reed and Rothwell rather than Williams, Brereton, Bell, Rodwell.
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    Brexit Thread

    I don't think anyone has the stomach for no deal. The economic and NI border impact is absolutely massive for all parties. A way will be found. Long extension.

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