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Just got back ...

Post by ZENITH R » Sat Mar 18, 2023 10:28 pm

Well, both the M1 and the weather were a nightmare.

I'll start with the highlight of the day. I met our very own SM (he of the fantastic match reports) at half time. It turns out he sits in the seat behind my niece. We had a good chat, and I thanked him for his match reports - for a far better and more detailed report of this afternoon's happenings - read his post when he makes it.

To the game ...

Two very poor sides. We went to sleep in the 2nd minute and let them walk through our defence to score. Our defence really is our biggest problem, but that's where most of the inured players are from, so we have very limited options for replacements. Kakay limped off at half time, so that situation may have just got worse. As we have very little creativity in the team - since Chair and Willock joined the injury list, we didn't create too many chances. Once again our our set pieces were woeful. Ruddy caught most of them without having to move his feet. Perhaps best summed up though by an injury time free kick from Johansen which sailed over everyone's heads and went for a goal kick. If we could just take a decent set piece we would pose much more of a goal threat. :(

I'm hoping the extra two week break will see some of our wounded fit to return to duty. I felt we really missed Chair today, so fingers crossed he will be back for Wigan.

Seny made a couple of decent saves, and hopefully that will restore his confidence somewhat. Dunne and Dickie still look vulnerable, and once again Dunne wanted to argue with the officials about every decision that went against him - even when he was bang to rights.

My biggest gripe ... this game was drifting away from us and that was obvious from early in the second half, but the first tactical change didn't come until the 60th minute (Johansen for Amos). It wasn't until the 77th minute we were treated to Armstrong (on for Dickie) and he worried Birmingham with his direct approach and runs into the box - Gareth ... should have brought him on much earlier. Lowe had one of those games where you had to check if he was playing, he was eventually subbed on 82 minutes for Dixon-Bonner. If it had been me, I would have replaced him with Armstrong around the 50th minute.

The ref Keith Stroud was ... well Keith Stroud. He missed lots of things and was generally poor. There was a scrap near the end which resulted in a flurry of yellow cards, but could have been worse.

So, very disappointed but I do think a couple of the 'missing' returning will make a big difference.
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Re: Just got back ...

Post by Montag » Sat Mar 18, 2023 10:54 pm

Yes, I'd agree with that Zen. Unfortunately my optimism is at rock bottom. I too had a torrid journey to the ground down the M40 where at one point I travelled 14 miles in 80 minutes despite leaving home early. Needless to say, we arrived a few minutes late and at least had the pleasure of not witnessing the triumphal Brummies and their 4th rate goal.

Stefan and Sinclair made quite a difference and you're right, they should've come on earlier. Stroud seemed to be content for players to pull each other all over the place without censure but then would find imaginary reasons to blow his whistle whenever we had the advantage. This lumpa is without doubt consistently the worst ref there is in England. He is dire.

But for me the worst thing is that, that 1st half really was utterly bollockless. Shameful. We might avoid relegation with a lot of luck but what a great decision it was to tell MW to FO? What a downer.
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Post by Rbee » Sat Mar 18, 2023 11:00 pm

Cheers Zen, always good to read reports from people who were actually there.

I think Johansen for Amos was the sports scientists saying don’t play Amos for more than an hour. So like for like. The first tactical subs appeared on 77 min which was way, way to late.

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Post by Giorgio » Sat Mar 18, 2023 11:13 pm

...agree with the comments above....changes made too late...and about the prick Stroud...one episode in the first half comes to my mind...
..our player fouled just outside the box....their defender kicked the ball to our midfield...and KS...did not blow his F whistle giving the free kick from the edge of the box...but signaled with his arms that he had given the advantage as the ball had gone to one of our defender....yes...but 40 meters back......advantage my ass.... :roll: :roll: :evil: :evil:

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Post by ZENITH R » Sun Mar 19, 2023 8:59 am

Just seen the highlights.

Something I didn't notice yesterday. Johansen took a free kick, and as the ball came in a Birmingham defender had Armstrong in a headlock, Stroud was in the perfect position to see it, but gave a goal kick.

Where is VAR when you need it?
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Post by Mr Beef » Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:15 pm

Rbee wrote:
Sat Mar 18, 2023 11:00 pm
Cheers Zen, always good to read reports from people who were actually there.

I think Johansen for Amos was the sports scientists saying don’t play Amos for more than an hour. So like for like. The first tactical subs appeared on 77 min which was way, way to late.
Possibly pre-planned to take Amos off yesterday, but he was very poor and arguably should have come off earlier anyway.

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Post by SM » Mon Mar 20, 2023 12:20 pm

Lovely to meet you ZENITH - what a small world eh?

Hopefully catch up again soon :D
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