Football season 2018/19

PaulM160 posted:
MDS posted:
Christopher_M posted:

Headline on The News site: "Time for Pompey boss' difficult second album"

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Difficult second season (in League One) perhaps.  We were very fortunate to take three points and keep a clean sheet against Luton this afternoon.  Luton look a good team.

I kept an eye on the stats on this one & it did look like we (Luton) were a bit unlucky but it was our first game back in Div 1 so not sure how we would fare with not many new signings. First home game against Sunderland on Saturday so I will be able to gauge more from there. 

Paul - I was at the game and also have had the benefit of comparing notes with a work colleague who was there as a Luton fan.  On the performance I saw you have no worries for this season and I would expect you to be in the top third.  

Oh, and I should have added, Luton had terrific support from their fans at Fratton Park, taking up one end of the ground, which made for an even more vibrant atmosphere. Lots of banter between the two sets of fans, of course. The Luton players, despite defeat, made a particular effort at the final whistle to show their thanks to their fans. Nice to see.    

JamieWednesday posted:

I suspect they may still finish above West Ham however, though your signings initially look quite prudent.

They probably will J - for us, I think top 10 would be a result. And we have a very tough sequence of opening games.

While not splashing the cash on ill-fitting 'marquee' signings is prudent, at the very best Spuds will stand still this season, which at the level they aspire to (and brag about), is as good as going backwards.

All those around and below them are making efforts to get better, Totts are doing nothing - and if one of their key players gets injured or suspended, it could be disastrous.

It's interesting that Spuds fans used to talk about winning the league. Now they're content with top 4. What happened to their much-vaunted ambition? Season after next will they be content with not being in a relegation battle?

MDS posted:

Oh, and I should have added, Luton had terrific support from their fans at Fratton Park, taking up one end of the ground, which made for an even more vibrant atmosphere. Lots of banter between the two sets of fans, of course. The Luton players, despite defeat, made a particular effort at the final whistle to show their thanks to their fans. Nice to see.    

excellent, thanks for the added info - the attendance demonstrates two well supported teams and sounds like a great atmosphere. I wish us both well this season in what will be the usual ups & downs, cracking games & those where the team don't turn up.

Going to Arsenal - City tomorrow.It's going to be a tough game.I would be happy with a draw but City have got so strong of late in all areas of the pitch we might have to much for Arsenal and get the win.Looking forward to seeing how Riyad Mahrez doe's on his City prem debut.Hope Benjemin Mendy stays injury free as he was brilliant last season in defense.Should be starting with Laporte - Stones - Walker.Not a bad back 4.

Well, another win for The Whites, and Señor Bielsa is being hailed as the new Messiah .................. early days, I know, but a very encouraging start to the season, both as regards the results, but more particularly, the manner in which we are playing.

The team is largely composed of players from last season, who we all thought were "not good enough" ........ what a transformation! 

Quite enjoying myself in the most competitive division. Wrexham AFC now starting our 11th season in non-league and we appear to have done so on the front foot. Rookie manager in Sam Ricketts and he’s made a prompting start. Even better, my prediction that Salford City would do well to finish in the top 7, let alone win it as most mainstream media and bookies believe, is on course.

Mike Hughes posted:

Quite enjoying myself in the most competitive division. Wrexham AFC now starting our 11th season in non-league and we appear to have done so on the front foot. Rookie manager in Sam Ricketts and he’s made a prompting start. Even better, my prediction that Salford City would do well to finish in the top 7, let alone win it as most mainstream media and bookies believe, is on course.

Looked good against Boreham Wood earlier today, which I watched on BT Sport.

MDS posted:
Mike Hughes posted:

Quite enjoying myself in the most competitive division. Wrexham AFC now starting our 11th season in non-league and we appear to have done so on the front foot. Rookie manager in Sam Ricketts and he’s made a prompting start. Even better, my prediction that Salford City would do well to finish in the top 7, let alone win it as most mainstream media and bookies believe, is on course.

Looked good against Boreham Wood earlier today, which I watched on BT Sport.

Goals were decent but too many players off colour today. Could have easily lost 1-2 wuth little complaint. Second half performance against Fylde in midweek was far far better. A joy to watch. 

Mike Hughes posted:

Quite enjoying myself in the most competitive division. Wrexham AFC now starting our 11th season in non-league and we appear to have done so on the front foot. Rookie manager in Sam Ricketts and he’s made a prompting start. Even better, my prediction that Salford City would do well to finish in the top 7, let alone win it as most mainstream media and bookies believe, is on course.

I wish you luck Mike. Luton were not long ago in the same situation & I remember the Wrexham games over the years where Wrexham were always pushing to go up but then feel away. As you say, it is a tough division with a number of ex-league teams now plying their trade there.

Well pleased with City's performance at The Emirates yesterday.Brilliant atmosphere in the away end and Marhez looked really good and Mendy played superbly.Stilrling was causing them loads of problems and nice to see him score n the first half.Bernado Silva's goal was the icing on the cake.Loved it when they all came over to the away end and applauded us.Great day out and a robust start to the season.

Liverpool looked good with West Ham.City - Liverpool - City is going to be tasty.

Great to have the Prem back.

MDS posted:
Paper Plane posted:

Well,  a 2-1 win over Newcastle is a decent start in my book.

steve

It is. But from what I saw on MotD, you enjoyed a bit of luck, Steve.  

To paraphrase the great Gary Player, 'the harder Spurs practice, the luckier they get........ '

Great 3 points for Spurs. The jealous Arsenal and West Ham naysayers will bitch, but let's see how the season develops.

Bob the Builder posted:
MDS posted:

The thing that really caught my eye with Man City yesterday was their bench which included: Kompany, Jesus, Otamendi, Sane and De Bruyne!  A staggering array of talent.  

That’s what happens when you have a staggering amount of money. 

Like 160 Million on the City bench.The money in the game now with Sky and BT's yearly injection is staggering.Amazing now that a 25 Million pound player is the norm and someone really tasty is in the 50 million + bracket.In a way it's all quite sick when you think of all the people with nothing or starving in the world,But it's a capitalist world and I suppose the City bench reflects that.

Tabby cat posted:
Bob the Builder posted:
MDS posted:

The thing that really caught my eye with Man City yesterday was their bench which included: Kompany, Jesus, Otamendi, Sane and De Bruyne!  A staggering array of talent.  

That’s what happens when you have a staggering amount of money. 

Like 160 Million on the City bench.The money in the game now with Sky and BT's yearly injection is staggering.Amazing now that a 25 Million pound player is the norm and someone really tasty is in the 50 million + bracket.In a way it's all quite sick when you think of all the people with nothing or starving in the world,But it's a capitalist world and I suppose the City bench reflects that.

Agreed. And over this and the previous transfer window it looks like this has infected the Championship too, with some clubs there splashing £10m+ on a player.  It's gone a bit crazy.

PaulM160 posted:
Mike Hughes posted:

Quite enjoying myself in the most competitive division. Wrexham AFC now starting our 11th season in non-league and we appear to have done so on the front foot. Rookie manager in Sam Ricketts and he’s made a prompting start. Even better, my prediction that Salford City would do well to finish in the top 7, let alone win it as most mainstream media and bookies believe, is on course.

I wish you luck Mike. Luton were not long ago in the same situation & I remember the Wrexham games over the years where Wrexham were always pushing to go up but then feel away. As you say, it is a tough division with a number of ex-league teams now plying their trade there.

Play off semi first leg at our place gave me my one of my worst evenings in football. From 0-0 to 0-3 in about 20 minutes. Always amused me that all we could hear was “Come on Luon”. Never a t in the word

Kevin-W posted:

Rumours have been circulating for months that the Spuds' new stadium is something of a mess - poor electrics, poor finishes etc. They have been rushing to finish by the deadline but it won't be ready. The rumours were true.

It may not be ready until November, if then:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45177215

S'pose we'll have to slum it at Wembley a bit longer then..........

The main worry for the mighty Spurs is that the PSG eagle seem to be hovering overhead, ready to snatch little Christian.

Levy's decision not to add to the squad this last window may end up biting him on the bum !

MDS posted:
Kevin-W posted:

Rumours have been circulating for months that the Spuds' new stadium is something of a mess - poor electrics, poor finishes etc. They have been rushing to finish by the deadline but it won't be ready. The rumours were true.

It may not be ready until November, if then:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45177215

I'd heard a rumour that the seats installed were red 

They will be. Perfect to put our bottoms on.

Although we lost 2-0 to Man City it wasn’t the complete capitulation of the last two meetings and there where some positives. I thought the David Luiz lookalike Guendouzi at 18 years old playing an Arsenal and premiere league  debut against Man City looked a very real prospect and quite clever of Emery as he now knows nothing will faze this young Frenchman. 

Torriera when he came on looked busy and also unfazed and also Lichtsteiner played well when he came on so three decent debuts. 

Ifs and buts do not win football matches but Aubameyang, Lacazette and Ozil all could and should have scored. 

So let’s be real a draw would have been nice but we were not expected to win even at home as Aubameyang said yesterday judge us after Chelsea on Saturday. 

Ian - have you seen that brilliant film Artist In Residence: The Football Club, all about a painter employed by West Brom last season?  A really terrific, moving picture, whether you're a Baggies fan or not. It's on All4, Channel 4's catchup service.

Tabby cat posted:

Kev,

Loving the City result with Hudderfield - City running riot.Mendy is looking superb at rightback.

Hope Brighton get something against those odious Rags and that miserable manager.

This is a great Pep team talk at half time......Sit down nobody talk !

 

Saw the first episode of All or Nothing a couple of nights ago. Insightful and entertaining. I'll definitely be watching the rest. 

Kevin-W posted:

Ian - have you seen that brilliant film Artist In Residence: The Football Club, all about a painter employed by West Brom last season?  A really terrific, moving picture, whether you're a Baggies fan or not. It's on All4, Channel 4's catchup service.

Thanks Kev for that - I will try to find it on YouTube if it's there.Do enjoy fly on the wall documentaries with life situations.

MDS posted:
Tabby cat posted:

Kev,

Loving the City result with Hudderfield - City running riot.Mendy is looking superb at rightback.

Hope Brighton get something against those odious Rags and that miserable manager.

This is a great Pep team talk at half time......Sit down nobody talk !

 

Saw the first episode of All or Nothing a couple of nights ago. Insightful and entertaining. I'll definitely be watching the rest. 

I am jealous Mike,

I would love to watch it but only a basic Freeview package. So won't be able to view it.I expect it will all be on YouTube eventually.Theres always plenty of music to listen to here.......so not to bad.....

Wishing you a good day

An edited digest of the 'Fan matrix' in today's i paper, hopefully of interest to some here:

Man City: 'Aguero looks absolutely razor'. (City_Sean)

Newc U: 'Bottom three by the end of Sept due to fixtures'. (PaddockLad)

Saints: 'I like Charlie Austin but he has the turning circle of the Titanic. The more dynamic patnership of Gabbiadini-Ings needed tomorrow against Leicester'. (Nick Roberts)

WHU: 'Bad start....but trust Pellegrini to sort a solid formation'. (Chris Scott)

Man U: 'We're straight up garbage'. (L1ink)

Watched the Wolves - City match and I was well impressed with Wolves.Thought they defended superbly and looked good on the break.Obviously pleased City getting the equalizer threw  La Porte but it was one of those games when City had a lot of chances like Stirling's superb shot on goal in the first half but none came off.Thought Benjemin Mendy for City was outstanding.Sane was really average coming off the bench giving the ball away.

Arsenal - West Ham much needed points for The Gunners and more woe for West Ham....Looking forward to your comments Kev.

Expecting Liverpool to win against Brighton....but I was thinking that about Wolves - City.......

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/624/cpsprodpb/2B6D/production/_103171111_boly_reuters.jpg

BielsaBall continues at Leeds .................. what difference this new coach has made to what is, largely, the same team as last year.

I'd read all about his reputation, and the respect many other top coaches and players have for him, but to see his ideas as to how the game ought to be played being translated into action on the grass, in such a short time since he arrived at Elland Road, is quite astounding. 

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