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    Brexit

    We threw Deutsche Bank out of Malta- bunch of crooks. Malta stands to gain 5% in GDP from either NoDeal or slim to non-existent Deal. 35 UK companies have relocated here and De La Rue who had been planning to concentrate production in the UK is instead shutting down in the UK and concentrating production in Malta instead. And, lord help us, Bet365 are moving to Malta. Yes if you simply look at the static situation of the UK being in the single market one day and cast into outer darkness the next then yes Malta loses 1.7% of GDP because a bunch of idiots 2,000 km away voted Brexit. But the world isn't like that. People take action to mitigate their losses and we are doing very nicely from decisions to come here irrespective of the problems we have had and are now sorting out.
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    "donald"

    Joe Biden @JoeBiden · Oct 25, 2019 We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores. twitter.com/washingtonpost… That was tweeted a year ago today.
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    "donald"

    Sorry he wasn't. He was impeached but not thrown out of office. That is very different from an acquittal.
  4. Lost in all the pain of losing a game we should have won, Harvey Elliott had an unremarked but impressive League game debut. This Kid is one class footballer. Midfield needs to adjust its eyelines to spot the runs he makes because apart from Holtby they were missing them last night. I know that Dack is a player you build a side around but I think Harvey will come into that category before too long. Certainly Watford were treating him with the greatest respect if you looked at the lack of space he was given to work in. Even so, look at this:
  5. He has the ability to disguise a pass so well. Even having watched the game live, I was taken by surprise during that clip of the direction the ball was taking to a Rovers player. I suspect he will prove to be a supreme goal poacher too. The only thing he lacks is height but then Messi and Maradona are sub 6 footers.
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    Rovers vs Reading at Virtual Ewood

    But Coventry didn't have a 6' 5" forward. Ayala has to come in.
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    Coventry v ROVERS

    Known as whispering death- he was so light on his feet in his run up.
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    Bradley Dack

    For a moment I thought you were saying that about Bradley Dack. If Trybull stays, I suspect Evans will go in the January window.
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    Rovers vs Reading at Virtual Ewood

    Having lost 3 games to teams which will surely be top half by season end, here come another 3 all within 7 days for us to try to beat. A casual look at the table and Reading are already out of sight at the top 5 points clear. P7 W6 D1 L0 F10 A1 Pts 19 A careful look at their opponents to date though- well you can only beat the team you are playing, but... I know I have stuck my neck out and said Reading are going to stay in contention all season. If they keep this up beating bottom half teams every time they play them, there's 78 points available... so I am sticking with that prediction. However, regardless of opponents, that is still a mighty fine record Reading have so will Rovers prove even mightier? I would have been much more nervous about this one had we not returned to Genghis Khan form against Coventry and slaughtered another bunch of footballing innocents. Against Reading, I would start with Ayala in place of Lenihan as the height of Joaoa needs defending against and Williams had the more assured performance against Coventry. We might see Pears make his debut if Kaminski really did himself some damage with that late late save against Coventry. Otherwise same team and same result please... Not being greedy but we should be a different level of forward threat for the Reading back line to try to cope with.
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    Brexit

    Of course she is lying. 1) This brilliant Trade Deal allows British taxpayers to subsidise Japanese car companies to stay in the UK which they were going to do if the UK had stayed in the EU. Even so Honda are pulling out, Nissan have switched some production to Japan and there is a big ? over Toyota without the European supply chain or market 2) The deal for services which is what we sell to Japan is decidedly worse than the EU- Japan trade deal we were previously party to. 3) The Treaty includes the term pari parsu in respect of the EU which means it can only be as good as or worse then the EU-Japan deal but never better
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    Politics

    Makes more sense as a sovereign state than the UK does
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    Brexit

    Brexit is collapsing brick by brick! "The government has quietly reduced the £35,800 minimum salary for migrants to settle in the UK by almost 30% to £20,480."
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    Ben Brereton

    I'd rather have Ben playing at Rovers than have sold Watkins to Villa. Of the BMW at Brentford, Watkins was clearly the Premier League quality player with the other two fantastic at Championship level but a big? over whether they can make it in a higher league.
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    Coventry v ROVERS

    Might be if we go up and they come down....😀
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    Coventry v ROVERS

    I will be worried too if we have to start any more games with 13 players from the first team squad unavailable again.
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    iFollow Thread

    The Coventry highlights were not showing for me last night but they are working this morning on ifollow. Boy we were good!
  17. Recall options on both Trybull and Elliott could disrupt us at the end of December. I am less worried about Elliott unless Liverpool have Salah and Mane out. I think Klopp and Mowbray have a project for Elliott at Ewood and as I posted in the Dack thread it is playing him up top through the middle which is where he switched to for the last 20 minutes at St Andrews. As for buying him. Well the Venkys probably do have a spare £100 million...
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    Bradley Dack

    Pretty mind blowing when you think about it. We are destroying teams with our best defensive midfielder and the star name at the club both missing probably for half this season. On current all round game form and potential, Dack goes where Elliott is and Elliott replaces Armstrong. That 20 minutes cameo at the end at Coventry this afternoon was the first glimpse of that. The thought of Brereton continuing to improve, Holtby back to German international form, Dack and Elliott all operating together with Travis the enforcer bursting forward when the opportunity arises is pretty mind blowing. Then it is Trybull, Johnson and Evans competing for the third midfield slot, Armstrong and Dolan impact subs and two games a week rotation options.
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    Ben Brereton

    Much more confident about Brereton than I have ever been about Gallagher. I rewatched highlights of the Watford game and must admit I thought Foster had dropped a clanger letting that one in on Wednesday night's viewing. But in fact it is an amazing strike by Ben with bend bouncing just in front of the keeper and going through a ball's width gap between diving keeper and post. I urge everyone to look at the camera angle behind the goal and not go wow!
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    Coventry v ROVERS

    Thank you. Plenty of slagging on here for what happened at Watford but we ran up against a top keeper having one of the best games of his career. Nice of Watford and Bournemouth to be so complimentary but it is points on the board that win promotions. Also no doubt about the red card.
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    Coventry v ROVERS

    I swapped from chrome to safari but in Safari the option to switch commentaries is not available. Instead there is a match time bar and a whistle icon which takes you back to the start of the match again if you click it. Can only go live again by coming out of safari and logging back in again so don't touch it! I am still getting the circling icon in Chrome even when trying to view the highlights.
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    Coventry v ROVERS

    Flat track means the ball doesn't deviate off the pitch so the batsman can intimidate the bowler by attacking every ball not on the perfect line and length. Great batsmen have the reflexes to do that even when there are inconsistences in the pitch causing uneven bounce and deviations in direction. Flat track bullies cannot score when the pitch causes uncertainty.
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    Coventry v ROVERS

    You will get hammered for suggesting the Rovers crowd might adversely affect the performance of our players.
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    "donald"

    Looks like Biden hit a home run with his green agenda.
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