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  1. Appreciate where you're coming from and I accept it's only a small sample of work to go off, but it's clear to see he's had a positive impact on Villa defensively. Mowbray's track record defensively as a manager is pretty awful and that's being polite. Celtic, Coventry and Boro fans will vouch for that. Completely agree that any manager should be allowed to bring their own team in with them. Personally I would prefer an inexperienced manager to bring in an older head but wouldn't say it's a necessity. Lampard reached a play off final with Jody Norris alongside him and as you say, Rooney has surprisingly started well with the relatively inexperienced coaches Liam Rosenior and Shay Given alongside him.
  2. I'm sure this will divide opinion but the more I analyse the potential positive factors he could bring to the role, I genuinely think John Terry could be a very good forward thinking appointment. Obviously there's serious question marks as to whether he'd take the role (although he has stated he wants to become a manager) and the fact he's never managed before. However the career he's had would surely instantly gain the respect and grasp the attention of the dressing room. He's clearly had a massive positive impact/influence on the way Villa have drastically improved defensively. Surely he could get the best out of Ayala and address the alarming decline of Lenihan. I'm not a massive fan of loaning players especially with the academy we have that is clearly capable of producing players for this level. But you only have to look at the players Lampard managed to get at Derby and realise that could be a great option for us. In an ideal world we go out and get a proven manager at this level and give him the tools to achieve promotion. Unfortunately that's never happening at Rovers. There's no doubt in my mind that it's time for a new voice to lead this underperforming group of players. It clearly comes with an element of risk, but I think Terry with an experienced number two could be a good move for us.
  3. ??? I'd be backing us to hit six this week if we managed that!
  4. Couldn't agree more however it's inevitable a centre half is going to have deal with a big physical centre forward in an individual battle at some stage during 90 minutes.
  5. A tough test this one as I expect Cardiff to be in and around the top 6 come the end of the season. A big game for Williams who despite starting the season well, doesn't fill me with confidence against a striker such as Moore. Hopefully he'll handle the physicality better than he did with the likes of Stockley and Jutkiewicz in games last season. Nyambe coming in at right back should be a bonus in a fixture like this. Our midfield 3 looked fantastic last week and could win us the game here. A clever pass from Holtby or a driving run from Rothwell might be needed to open up a stubborn defence. Also looking forward to see how Dolan performs against a proven/experienced left back at this level in either Bennett or Cunningham. Would be great to go into the international break with 3 wins on the bounce and then potentially bring in an extra body or two before the close of the window. COYB!
  6. That was absolutely fantastic and the most complete performance we've had under TM. Post lockdown I had serious concerns when we started with this 4-3-3 as we had pointless possession without hurting teams. The false 9 experiment didn't work and I was worried we'd persevere with it at the start of this campaign. The way we've started couldn't be further from that, the front 3 look dynamite. Dolan, a natural wide man is a real talent and such a threat everytime he's on the ball. The contrast in comparison to a Gallagher/Samuel out wide is frightening. Fair play to Brereton who's proving the doubters (including me) wrong, I doubt he'll ever be a goalscorer but that doesn't need to be his role with Armstrong available. Bradley Johnson looks much better sitting in a midfield 3, let's hope him, Holtby and Rothwell can kick on and provide us with these performances on a regular basis. Kaminski looks assured and his quick distribution is something we massively lacked last season. Let's back this up with another victory next Saturday going into the international break...COYB!!
  7. Looking forward to this one as it's a good opportunity to see what we might be capable of this season. Not sure if it's a good or bad time to be playing Derby with their recent form. No doubt they'll be desperate to pick up their first points of the season but confidence must be low. The midfield area will be crucial and fingers crossed Mowbray has learnt his lesson from last season. The prospect of going into the top 6 got the better of him on the day and we lined up with some sort of 4-2-4. Travis and Downing got completely over ran against their 3 in midfield and we were comfortably beaten. The trio of Johnson, Holtby and Rothwell looked promising on Saturday. I fancy us to nick this 2-1 if we control that area and pick them off with our quality in the final third. Nyambe to come back into side at right back and hopefully Ayala on the bench. His experience could be crucial if we're under cosh and hanging on in the final minutes.
  8. Fantastic result and a really impressive performance. Hard to say where we're at and what we can hope for this sesson as it was only Wycombe but you can only beat what's in front of you. JRC a constant outlet from right back and is a great alternative to Nyambe in games like today when the emphasis is on attacking. Saying that I would bring Nyambe back in next weekend for a little bit more defensive stability. Really impressed with Rothwell today, fingers crossed the penny has dropped and he can kick on and continue contributing with assists (and a few goal). Not sure what else can be added about the boy Dolan, what a talent we have on our hands. Armstrong looking likely he will hit over 20 league goals this season, let's hope nobody comes in for him before the end of the window! COYB!!
  9. The type of fixture we struggled in last season so fingers crossed we can change that and pick up our first three points of the season (a convincing performance would do nicely as well). Not convinced the 4-3-3 is the answer to our long term problems especially with Dack hopefully returning in the not too distant future. I can't see Tony changing that tomorrow though so I'd imagine he'll go with Johnson, Holtby and Rothwell in midfield. Hopefully get an early goal to avoid a frustrating/nervy afternoon. COYB
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