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    The Cricket Thread

    I think he's a lucky boy. If he does come back in there is the option (given they have said they were concerned about the schedule) of rotating out Broad for this game, and then Anderson if they wrap up the series.
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    New Stadium Details And Discussions

    Could happen. MACE have just purely now told the club that the stadium wont be operational until that point at the earliest. They might get back to the club and say yes that will be the date, but we could be going through this scenario again though.....
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    New Stadium Details And Discussions

    Also, and I say again only as an amateur onlooker, in my experience of being caught up with building disruption/delays it wont have been the club aware of this for ages and keeping everyone in the dark. My experiences are that the builders/Project management tell you things are on target (or...
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    New Stadium Details And Discussions

    There was always a real chance of this happening, the timeframe was an incredibly demanding one. I am only an amateur onlooker, but as I said way back at the time, I don't know why Levy completely ruled out two seasons at Wembley (probably because he would have got massive pelters from the...
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    I think their problems are similar to Man Utd, buying and then selecting players more for the hell of it because they can rather than because they're the right fit. However talented individuals are, I cant understand why you would buy Aubameyang six months after buying someone similar in...
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    SC's Tactical Autopsy thread

    I'd have said 4-2-3-1, it was just asymmetrical/lop-sided. Dier and Sissoko were definitely a cm2, Alli was quite disciplined on the left hand side. Eriksen played a lot more as a No.10 in the pocket I thought than he often does for us, and Moura was very high and quite narrow playing closer to...
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    SC's Tactical Autopsy thread

    Don't agree with that BBLG, purely because I think Alli's best role is playing nominally from the left where he can attack space and drift into the box from different angles and he's shown that plenty of times before - Bournemouth away at the end of last season being a recent example. It's where...
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    Player Watch Player Watch: Serge Aurier

    He got exceptionally lucky that Kenedy shat his pants when through on goal to make it 2-2. Comes around on the cover, no danger at all, can either put a foot on it or clear his lines, and instead decides to head a ball that was about at knee height and presents a prime attacking opportunity to...
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    Match Ratings Ratings vs Newcastle

    Both of them tend to get caught bit too touch-tight at times, and susceptible to things like balls knocked down the channel taking them out of the game and then leaving us scrambling for that phase of play. I also don't think Sanchez, though it's understandable as he is young and still learning...
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    Match Ratings Ratings vs Newcastle

    On the whole it was standard opening day fare. You expect the two teams to feel their way into the new season and it to quite possibly be lacking a bit of quality. This year we've got the added complications of a very disjointed pre-season, players with minimal rest who will need to be carefully...
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    Match Ratings Ratings vs Newcastle

    No it wasn't actually, I've never seen Toby as any sort of leader really. My point purely was that, win lose or draw, we often have little spells where we'd see a few less daft things if someone was talking, organising and martialling the troops. A small point, but it's something I often...
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    Champions (alasdairgold credit)

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    MOTD thread

    Wrote about this before, but Neil Warnock has started with that opening game how he always has acted when getting to the PL. In the lower leagues he's a feisty, nasty, angry **** and gets his teams meeting objectives, yet in the Premier League he is more all smiles and just gives the impression...
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    Match Threads Newcastle vs Tottenham Hotspur - Match Thread

    Disagree with that bit about his best games. His best performances, individually and for the team, have been when he is all action, roughing up defenders, running channels, clever movement, decent touch, picking passes, hurtling about pressing and making tackles, regularly in goal scoring...
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    Match Ratings Ratings vs Newcastle

    I'll do a full ratings post later, but whilst I wouldn't disagree on the whole for saying the likes of Hugo and Jan were our better performers, you do have to ask who exactly is marshalling the defensive lines back there and getting things organised? A lot of Newcastle's 'moments' came about...