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  1. Given - 7 Not much to do but a good one handed save

    Carr - 7 Not bad for him, couple of interceptions

    Bramble - 4 Switched off, looked muscled out of it too

    Moore - 7 Did his job well

    Ramage - 6 Not a left back, didn't do much wrong at CB considering he's sh*t

    Duff - 7 Looked good on the right and did well at LB, dribbles for run

    Emre - 8 Sprayed the ball well, got stuck in

    Parker - 7 Did well enough

    Zog - 6 Couple of good balls, runs often went into a dead end

    Sibbers - 6 Scored, should have scored another, not bad

    Martins - 5 Didn't to enough for me, i'd want more intelligent play even if not match fit

    Milner - 6 Started off ok then seemed to wane as an attacking threat

    Butt - Didn't see him do anythin

    Luque - Can't give a score as hardly had the ball

  2. After reading GR's comments about not wanting to rush Rossi i'm fairly sure he won't start.

    Ameobi seems to be struggling still so i think GR might save him for Thursday, he's better against Euro teams anyway.

    That leaves either Milner/Luque/Duff to partner Oba in a 4-4-2, i'd try Luque (again) but i think GR will play Milner with Duff on the right.

    We could go for 4-5-1

     

    ------------------------Butt-----------------------

     

    --------------Parker---------Emre---------------

     

    Duff-------------------------------------------Zog

     

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    That way we'll own the midfield, i think we'll have to play through the middle though, i don't see the point in going down the flanks to cross, no one there to head it and Fulham will play too deep to get behind them, they'll come for a point not a victory. They could get us on the break though but if play the one above i don't think they'll get through us. Us scoring will depend on good movement from Oba and Duff and Zoggy running into the channels between FB and CB and picking up through balls. We might have to be a bit tricky with experimental flicks and dummy's, etc to create a bit of uncertainty in their back line.

    If we keep our passing sharp and quick we should be able to move them about a bit and create some opportunities.

  3. Anyone think he might play Luque and Martins up front?

    Not a question regarding your preferences but what GR might do. I know he doesn't like Luque much but if Rossi hasn't even trained with the other players he'd be a bigger gamble imo.

    Luque in a free (doing f**k all) role i reckon.

  4. Agree with most. I think Carr is a better right back than Babayaro though. Would probably play Taylor right-back and Babayaro left-back but if Bernard can recapture his old form, I'd play him there.

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    It's touch'n'go for me. Carr is soooo bad, going forward and defensively. Baba i think offers a bit more in attack and has more recovery pace than Carr who is the slowest player on the turn EVER! Carr is a better competitor though. I think Baba gets a bit of bad press imo.

  5. ................................Given.................................

     

    Baba...............Taylor.............Bramble..............Bernard

    (Is 2 footed and

    better than Carr, just)

     

    Duff......................Parker......Emre..................Zoggy

     

     

    ...........................Ameobi.....Martins..........................

     

    Harper

    Moore

    Butt

    Luque/Milner/Solano/Pattison/O'Brien

    Rossi

  6. Can't see us going for Klose as well. Would go against what Roeder said of trying to buy a player to play alongside Ameobi (providing his current injury isn't too serious) and anyway, think Klose and Martins would be a bit too similar. Both quick (see above chant re: Martins), goal poachers.

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    Never seen a burst of pace from Klose actually. I thought he was more of the target man variety.

  7. Shola needs someone with a bit of pace and movement alongside him so in that respect it's a good thing and it will help his game. It should also give the midfield a lot more passing options than at present.

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    It will create space for everyone. Without pace in our side the opposition just squeeze up until there is no room for a midf to get his head up and have a look to pick a pass. It will help the likes of Emre and Solano immensley i reckon.

     

    The 2 things we lack now imo, are someone who can head the ball and someone who can come deep and link play between the midf and attack. A Beardsley type player, we don't have anyone natural to this role. I don't what Dyer's good tbh nor Luque nor Milner for that matter as i've seen so little and it's not Duff's natural game. Zoggy might have it in him though.

     

    In the meantime, we need someone who can head it for a bit of variation or or we will see at SJP is teams sitting deep and leaving no space behind them.

  8. I'm still living in hope that having a Lua-Lua like figure will get the very best out of Ameobi a la Barcelona & Leverkusen in the Champions League.

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    The opposition defences were very poor in those games tbf. Gave him soooo much space.

    Martins will create space because of his speed but Shola's still got a lot to do to even be described as an average striker imo.

  9. He's one of those bad Muslims I think.

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    Yet another case of the press highlighting the presence of these fanatics instead of the moderate majority tbh.

  10. I'm not devastated that we haven't signed Kuyt, he never seemed that good to me, but if he was any better we wouldn't have been in with a chance anyway. The signing of Oewn was a pretty unusual set of circumstances and you can't base your transfer policy on chance everytime. We should have been targeting young and cheaper strikers with potential and then have belief in the quality of our coaching to bring them on. I'm sorry to say this but Newcastle are not a big club, no eurpoean pedigree, no trophies, no high profile manager so i believe this is the only way. The spending of £17m on Owen and £9.5m on Luque was just crazy, who ever thought we were paying the true market value on those two?

  11. Of course, no other major European club signed Huntelaar before Ajax did, so they must all be a joke too.

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    I think that if you actually play against a team who has a good young striker, then it puts you at advantage as far as judging his abilities.

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    Yeah, I'll be gutted when Real Madrid sign that black lad from Cheltenham.

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    <_<

  12. Of course, no other major European club signed Huntelaar before Ajax did, so they must all be a joke too.

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    I think that if you actually play against a team who has a good young striker, then it puts you at advantage as far as judging his abilities.

  13. Don't know if this has already been posted, he moved to Hamburg for £5.5m. Seems cheap considering the prices that were being mentioned. If he's as good as was reported i think we really should have signed him, a big, quick, young CB with loads of potential. Apparently adept at DM as well. Put it into perspective, was the same price Boro agreed for Huth.

  14. If someone suggests keeping a criminal incarcerated for the rest of their lives, kept in a tiny living space for 23 out of 24 hours every day, every week, every month, every year, etc. I have to wonder.....what's the point of this person's existence? To feel guilt? They will certainly never make any contribution to the rest of our lives again, whether positive or negative. How does that help the society from which they've been banned?

  15. I'm just curious here........is there any arguement that such a severe personality flaw as was evident in the two 10 year olds is unlikely to be ever fully eradicated from there 'mental make-up?' I wonder how much of your core personality is formed by that age. They displayed behaviour and a value system incredibly different from the norm.

     

    Children are capable of acts of cruelty and what makes that so?

     

    I'm wondering about the difference between children and adults here............is it that children have less empathy for their victims or that adults experience of life gives them more fear of the reprecusisions of their actions.

  16. I like Geremi but I don't think he's what we need - not convinced he's very good at RB. I quite like Bridge but I think he's a bit overrated (overpriced possibly too). Quedrue's a good shout but would the Smoggies sell him to us?

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    He's better than both Faye and Butt and, providing we can get rid of those 2, i think he will be good for the squad in a 'value for money' kinda way.

     

    I think Bridge is overrated too, anyone seen Joey O'Brien play?

  17. I think he might be worth a thought. He looked good when he played for Boro, both at RM and CM iirc. He's played at RB as well but i don't think he looked so good there. Would be cheap, hasn't done much at Chelsea the past 2 seasons but he was a very decent player, i'd consider him.

     

    As for RB, Bolton have a player called Joey O'Brien (i think), he's young, pretty quick, big & strong, looked like he had the potential to be a pretty decent footballer too imo. Seemed to read the game quite well when i saw him (only a couple of times). Might be relatively cheap, we need a replacement for Carr more than we need a replacement for Baba imo, but only just...

     

    LB, i'd try for Quedrue. Bridge is too slow, both in a straight line and on the turn imo, not a great tackler either. Plays the ball well and that's about it imo. Maybe Silvestre if we're truly desperate, can't think of any other likely names at the moment.

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