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  1. If we win this we really are in business. Like a lot of stuff I would say what is working in our favour is quite unexpected. Our "powderpuff" midfield actually looking very effective. Travis looks much more like his old self, Buckley puts some real crunchers in and nicks the ball away frequently, and Rothwell pace in closing down has been really strong. The opposition do seem much more challenged by it compares to the predominantly Johnson/Holtby/Evans/Trybull/Rothwell (Travis was out injured most of last season) combos we were putting out last year. On top of that - very unexpectedly if you look at last few seasons stats - the forwards are scoring. Few would have predicted that. I don't think any manager would have planned it this way, but it's performing. My general impression watching Rovers and other clubs and national teams is the youngsters do tend to do better than expected. Also Ayala being for has had a huge benefit to the rest of the team.
  2. I thought their commentary was absolutely terrible, much prefer the Rovers guys. Amazing performance. Football is so strange - we really looked destined for a terrible season, but we're really performing. Dolan and Buckley look like they will have big careers to me.
  3. Mowbray gets loads of unfair abuse about dropping young players for older favourites etc. He has consistently played young teams imo. Dolan has just reached 50 games with us despite only being with us a year, Buckley has had a lot of game time, Travis, Nyambe, Brereton, Rothwell have all got a lot of game time. I'm sure Buckley will continue to regularly start games.
  4. I'm pretty sure it will be 4231 with Buckley at 10. Failing that 433 with Buckley on the right of the midfield 3 which is okay. Probable setup : Kaminski Nyambe. Lenihan. Ayala. Pickering . Travis. Rothwell Dolan. Buckley. Brereton Gallagher
  5. I wonder if it would be worth matching them up 343? Kaminski Lenihan Ayala Carter Nyambe Buckley Travis Pickering Dolan Rothwell Brereton Think that setup would suit us and allow us to better compete in midfield. Bring Butterworth and Khadra on for Dolan and one of Rothwell/Buckley second half. If Clarkson starts I think I'll scream.
  6. Results are decent at the moment. But we all know that a horrendous run could hit us at any moment. It's happened every season with Mowbray, and we are even more vulnerable to it now as the squad is so thin. Injuries to any of (in priority order) Kaminski, Ayala, Lenihan, Brereton, Rothwell, Pickering, Nyambe would all leave us in serious problems I think as we just don't have backfill. Statistically it's going to happen at some point. So it's great to get the points on the board, I am supporting the team 100%, but realistically it's hard to feel it's going to last. Mowbray can build teams that get results for a while, but struggles with resilience.
  7. Gets a lot of sh*t for being weak but he absolutely leathered them in the tackle a few times. Rothwell has also looked more defensively robust.
  8. Brereton does seem a better wide player to me than a striker. Which is mad given his size. But there it is. We could do with a proper physical target man who knows how to head a ball. Like Graham or Gestede. Must be someone knocking around on a free?
  9. To me he looked like he was up alongside Brereton for long stretches. Butterworth or Khadra pace there would have made.more sense to me as there was quite a lot of space on behind Barnsley.
  10. Very decent point. Very even game. We defended pretty well. We had a couple of chances so did they. That said playing Clarkson up front is just totally mental. What on earth is that all about?
  11. Why are we playing Clarkson up front and Khadra at what seems like left wing back?
  12. Yeah started well, but has wasted so many good positions. Khadra on for Poveda looks nailed on. Just whether half time or 60 mins. Other than that okayish half, in play pretty even but Barnsley had much the better chances.
  13. Just remembered Barnsley totally did us with their 343 last year. I guess if it plays out in a similar way we may see Carter come on to match up. Mowbrays picked the team I would have I think. Very nice to have Khrdra and Butterworth to come on.
  14. Wow that's terrible. All the best to you and your the family.
  15. TBF Brentford have done an amazing job. They've got their strategy right, with the right people in the.right roles, strong alignment between ownership and management, and very good recruitment. Saying we were five years behind them was about accurate imo at the time. Sadly we are still five years behind despite two years having past. In fact the analogy doesn't really work as given the players who have left and the lack of recruitment it feels we are going further away from the PL, not closer to it.
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