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    The Cricket Thread

    See off Anderson and you've got to have a bit of confidence if you're the West Indies - Curran is not a frontline bowler, more like first change, Stokes in my opinion is 4th seamer to use in short bursts. Then you have two very inconsistent test match spinners. England are putting a bit of faith...
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    Team vs Chelsea

    Chelsea/Sarri play such a ball-dominant style of football. Whatever we attempt to, I'd be surprised if we're not tucked in behind the ball having to soak up spells of pressure throughout the game.
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    Team vs Chelsea

    I'm expecting the pattern of the game to be that Chelsea have the majority of the ball. We're going to have be mobile, and have a threat on the counter. Even before his struggles at the weekend, I didn't think this would be a game for Llorente for instance. All depends on if we get anyone else...
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    Player Watch Player Watch: Fernando Llorente

    As I said in the match ratings last night, there was a close up replay shot of him after the own goal and you could see in his eyes how crushed he was by it. He didn't snap out of it all game really after that.
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    Match Ratings Ratings vs Fulham

    First half was about as bad as it gets. Across the pitch we just hadn't turned up, were getting outfought and lacked a bit of desire, and could/maybe even should have been a goal or two more down. Second half multiple things started happening. We dialled it up a little, Fulham increasingly lost...
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    Match Threads Fulham vs Spurs - Match Thread

    Never in doubt.......
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    Match Threads Fulham vs Spurs - Match Thread

    Considering the two worst players for us in that half were arguably the two who cost the most, the 'spend more money' calls are quite ironic.......
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    Match Threads Fulham vs Spurs - Match Thread

    Where to start with that half. The defence are all over the place. Alderweireld hasn't been great, Sanchez has been awful. Eriksen is offering nothing in midfield, beyond tippy tappy and a couple of his set piece deliveries have been comically awful. Alli is stumbling around the pitch doing...
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    Player watch: Josh Onomah

    I did a post on this the other day about squad depth. Dembele we know had his issues, wouldn't play every game, but was usually at least around for the most part of the season. Wanyama was back at the start of the season, and not yet written off as a crock. Winks and Dier are two of Poch's...
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    Player watch: Josh Onomah

    I think that's a bit harsh. If he gets recalled and gets another chance then he's got to improve substantially with certain aspects of his game, but we've seen in the last few years people like Kane, Rose, Mason, Livermore etc. who bounced around the Football League on various loans, doing...
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    Player Watch Player Watch: Harry Kane

    He might do, but we already have Son and Moura as the versatile attackers so personally I'm not seeing why we'd then need another in this mould.
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    Player Watch Player Watch: Harry Kane

    I think it's largely that it hasn't worked out and he's got little faith/trust in Llorente (and Janssen previously). But what has been signed, and his previous history, for me shows what Poch ideally wants. Having the option to be more fluid is of course handy. There might be games where you...
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    Player Watch Player Watch: Harry Kane

    I don't know how many times I've made this point now in the last few years, but Poch likes his No.9 focal point type striker with a bit of presence about them. At Espanyol he has Osvaldo and his main backup is Alvaro Vazquez. Then at Southampton he uses Osvaldo (again) and Rickie Lambert. When...
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    Match Ratings Ratings vs Man Utd

    I don't think Sissoko was a factor, we were getting caught time and again with him on the pitch. It is how we play, and so I'm not apportioning blame to any individual, but that's not a good enough reason in my opinion to just shrug it off. As I said in a previous post, the ball can be turned...
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