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Review Of The Day 8th December 2018

08 Dec 2018 07:29:13
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08 Dec 2018 03:38:01
What we have to remind ourselves is that we shouldn't expect a 180 turn in performance against Cardiff or even Arsenal for that matter. In fairness Ralph has had a day or two on the training ground and it takes a period of transition on how he wants us to play. Seeing that he prefers high energy pressing style, it might take some time for the players to get up to speed seeing how unfit and lethargic they were under MP2 and Hughes. If things don't go our way straight from day one then there's no need to panic and don't let the negativity creep in just yet. I do expect a better performance than before though, and a different approach, but realistically I could see them playing a 'not so mastered' version of RBL's tactics against Cardiff. But given time I'm optimistic it'll reap rewards.

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08 Dec 2018 11:02:27
Totally agree, I loved reading how straight talking he was, anyone not pulling their weight will be gone but I agree fitness and confidence aren't something that can be switched on and off. confidence may take a boost and I'd settle for a draw today, although for me a win is the only result that will do.

08 Dec 2018 12:22:35
Totally agree about allowing time, especially for the fitness as you can’t fix this in 2 or 3 days. It will take weeks and months to undo the lack of fintness in the players.

That said, I wouldn’t Ben at all surprised if he has an immediate impact, Cardiff have done well and will fight but our squad is more than capable to beat them, whilst our players will want to impress. I can see either 2-2 or 2-3 to us.

Burnley v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

07 Dec 2018 09:14:40
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Review Of The Day 7th December 2018

07 Dec 2018 07:29:13
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07 Dec 2018 03:00:47
Agree with what Ralph said regarding our squad size. If we fail to ship out or get in any players by february and counting the loanees out this season then this is our squad next season:
GK: McCarthy, Forster, Gunn, Lewis
RB: Cedric, Valery
CB: Vestergaard, Yoshida, Hoedt, Stephens, Bednarek
LB: Bertrand, Targett, McQueen
CM: Romeu, Lemina, Clasie, JWP, Reed, Armstrong, Hojbjerg, Davis
WG: Boufal, Elyounessi, Redmond, Sims
ST: Ings, Gabbiadini, Austin, Long, Carrillo, Gallagher, Obafemi

A total of 33 players. Whether we stay up or not next season a clear out must take place.

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07 Dec 2018 09:05:19
Realistically I could see: Gabs, Austin, Long, Carrillo, Gallagher, Davis, JWP, Reed, Clasie all leaving. I could also see Lemina leaving providing he has a good season, I think he'll be great under MH.

07 Dec 2018 09:54:28
Realistically it was always 'have 2 players for every position', but in fact we have much more than that. What about injuries I hear you say? Well, if we do find ourselves short, what a perfect opportunity for a U23 player to make the step up and stake a claim. Happened recently with Yan Valery, and he hasn't let anyone down (could even be seen as an improvement over Cedric! )

07 Dec 2018 16:15:33
GK: Hopefully Forster to go for about 6m, Lewis can go on loan
CB: Sell Hoedt, get in someone who has the ability to defend - maybe a chance to send Bednarek on loan
LB: I’d keep them all or maybe send McQueen out to the Championship again
CM: Davis has been a great servant to the club but I feel maybe now is the time for him to go, Hojbjerg and Lemina do a better job than he ever could again I feel. Also probably one of Clasie and Reed needs to go. I like him but feel Clasie’s time is up, would be good to see Reed make the step up else he could be tempted elsewhere
Wide Men: I’d like to bring Boufal back into the frame, if not use finds from selling strikers and bring in someone like Hannes Wolf
ST: would like Gallagher to stay, still don’t feel he’s had a proper chance. I can’t see all of Long, Carrillo, Gabbi and Austin going in one go, hopefully Long, maybe Austin will need to go if he can’t get fit. Still feel Gabbi can come good and would like to see Carrillo played in a two up front and see if he can repay his price tag

Hopefully we can see four players and recoup about 15/ 20m in order to buy a CB and attacking player in January, although I would take just one of those if they turn out to be a good buy.

08 Dec 2018 09:44:30
Can I start something for a bit of fun. I am old school, and although in know we will never return to the old system of 2, 3, 5, remember the wingers, I am an advocate for high press, and the ability to play from wide, then let everyone else worry about what we are doing, rather than us dealing with everyone else’s formations. I love 3, 5, 2, so that we have defending and overlapping full backs.
McCarthy. Stephens, Maya, Bednarek. Cedric, Emile, Lemina, Armstrong, Targett. Ings and Gabbi. Surely we could do something with this formation.

08 Dec 2018 09:59:41
Why not go one step further!
McCarthy in goal, Vestergaard to stand in the middle of the box and deal with crosses and long shots, Romeu and Forster stood either side of him with the instruction to put it in the stands no matter what, Lemina the pivot in the middle, double up on wide men - Cedric and Redmond and Bertrand and Moi, Austin goalhanging and Ings to do the legwork!
Would probably have been more effective than anything MP2 could have thought up!

06 Dec 2018 10:20:30
Shame about Hughes but excited by new manager.

New chant for the Northam Stand Massive?

Gao went to Europe,
To buy an apple strudel,
Instead he bought a manager,
His name is Hasenhuttl!


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06 Dec 2018 18:37:59
🤣🤣🤣🤣 like it.

07 Dec 2018 09:54:47
Love it!

Review Of The Day 6th December 2018

06 Dec 2018 07:29:13
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05 Dec 2018 22:33:31
I wonder what RH's impressions will be after watching that one. If anything that was probably the ideal first game for him to watch as Spurs are one of the best sides in the league and we demonstrated our weaknesses today.
1. Individual errors, our biggest problem this season, at the back. And we've been caught out too many times. Is this something you can coach out of players.
2. Being too slow, watching us today, we seem very indecisive, like most of players don't know what they're going to do before they get it. This leaves them taking too many touches and moving the ball sideways or backwards. I can see this one being coached out of them with the new managers tactical style.
3. A lack of pressing, we never.

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06 Dec 2018 00:22:43
Agree with that - pretty much a non-game for us, whoever was in charge I wouldn’t have expected us to get anything out of it - 3-1 would probably have been my prediction under Hughes as well.

I can see him starting from the back and treating Cardiff as a must not lose as opposed to a must win, a drab 0-0 to start like Poch did I can see happening.
The positive is that although we’ve only won one game, we’re only a point off safety and it’s a simple situation of outscoring three of Huddersfield, Cardiff, Fulham, Burnley and Newcastle over the next 23 games and I’m confident we can do that - hopefully if we can pick up a win or two by January then we’ll have time to sort this out.

Thankfully even though we only have 9 from 15, I can’t see anywhere near 40 being necessary to stay up, probably 26 from 23 under Ralph will be enough and rebuild from there.
Don’t care how it’s done, staying up will do me just fine for this season.

06 Dec 2018 08:09:38
Haha, never got to finish this post off, accidentally clicked post when typing this up on my mobile
3. A lack of pressing, we never really pressed until the last 20 minutes of game. The new man's approach is too press, so this will need to be worked.
4. Not being clinical. We had plenty of opportunities to score, hit the woodwork 3 times and Prowse had a golden chance as did Davis, Yoshida managed to clear the ball from Tottenham's line after JWP freekick.

I agree with your point about taking points from teams in and around the same position as us. I think the new man has probably come in at a bittersweet time. We're not even half way through the season and the table is so close and couple of good results for us and a couple of bad games for the teams around us and we'll climb the table. However, it is December and we've got so many games to play this month, so the new man won't get as much time with his team as he might have had if he had been appointed earlier.

06 Dec 2018 10:33:04
The positives are that we gave away 2 goals from set pieces which is something that a bit of organisation will be able to sort out fairly quickly. Targett was also freakishly unlucky on the third. We created a good few chances, hit the woodwork three times and forced good saves from their keeper including one worldy from Hojberg so we didn't show ourselves up too much.

Otherwise, as you say, it was a bog standard performance from us - ponderous in defence and attack for the most part and individual errors frustrating at both ends.

Hassenhutl's reputation is very strong and he is considered one of the most promising coaches in world football. Other managers from the German leagues have done very well recently in our domestic leagues and the style of football Hassenhutl was deploying with RB Leipzig suits this league perfectly. He may well simply get the team organised and functional this season and then look to have them play more expansively next season so we may need to be patient, but after tonight's performance, I cannot wait for him to get us playing well again.

06 Dec 2018 11:58:04
I agree Figo, if we scrap zonal marking, and mark man to man both set piece goals probably won't be conceded. That's for the manager to decide though. If he can hammer him his style of football by the Huddersfield game then I reckon we should be able to beat all the teams in and around us.

Being an optimist I can see us picking up 10 points from the next 4 games. For that to happen Hassenhuttl needs to decide on his best 11 with the players he has at his disposal to play his style well.

I think consistency is the key word and by that I mean the starting 11. Both of our last managers, chopped and changed the starting 11 nearly every match to force a result, when we got a result they'd keep the same squad, if we didn't they would rotate again. I think this is part of our problem. I don't want to see that with our new manager and I don't think we will. His specific brand of football will probably see this as our main starting 11 (fitness provided) .


You watch back the goals we've conceded this season and is simply a case of if this player didn't do X then that probably wouldn't have happened. Like last night, if Targett had hit the ball out of play sooner, that goal wouldn't have been conceded. If Yoshida had thrown himself in front of ball for Lucas' second shot, he wouldn't have scored. It's easy to see this. However, decision making like this in matches can't necessarily be coached into the players, a good system of football can. But we'll see where we're at by the end of Jan, hopefully a decent amount of points outside of the relegation zone!

06 Dec 2018 12:05:08
Agree. He will have seen quickly the key issues that he can get to grips with prior to January.

Not a good result, but a performance that will help him to immediately focus-concentration from start to finish, press, move the ball quickly, cut out errors.

05 Dec 2018 20:56:26
Spurs 1-0 Saints at half time. Fulham a goal up. As it stands Saints are bottom of the league. I hope Mr Hassenhutl likes starting at the bottom.

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05 Dec 2018 12:06:36
Buzzing about this - if he can keep us up I'm very excited about the next few years.

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05 Dec 2018 13:20:51
Looks as if fitness coaches are going to get some overtime!

05 Dec 2018 13:37:45
^ do we have any fitness coaches? 😂Only Kelv, Watson and Aleks Gross left now.

05 Dec 2018 14:59:25
I would suspect some/ one may be added, if required-and it would be surprising if the requirement was not seen pretty quickly.


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