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Originally posted by southnorwoodhill

Kouyate is the worst player in the squad; can't pass, can't run, can't head = a mediocre player who likes the idea of being a player but doesn't have the skill level to be one. It's telling that he was a permanent fixture under Hodgson but now gets a bit part in games where he offers nothing.
Happy with our progress so far under PV, the results will come.

It’s important not to overreact and write a player off. Kouyate was not responsible for their late equaliser yesterday.

Over time he’s shown himself to be a solid performer at this level. He’s closing in on 250 EPL appearances and 72 internationally. If he’s the worst player in our squad, we’ll be ok.

 


Vive le Roy!

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We are clearly moving in the right direction.
The two centre backs have settled well, Mitchell is improving by the game, Gallagher is full of enterprise and energy , Mcarthur and Ward are having consistent seasons so far.
I’ll be interested to see who will be in our front three when we have a full squad.
Zaha will obviously be one but the other two positions seem up for grabs.
I would like Olise and Edouard to be the other two, but there may also be games where it would be appropriate to use Ayew and/ or Benteke for the different qualities they bring.

 

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I was as dismayed as everybody else when the Arsenal stole 2 points from us right at the end of added time last night. I really felt for PV - he so wanted that win.

As others have said, we had luck, and for once, a referree on our side. But, one thing did interest me, and it was their goal celebration. You'd have thought that this so called 'big six' club had won the cup rather than scrape a draw with lil' ol' Palace.

To me this is a clear sign that we have become, in just 8 league games, a PL team to be taken seriously. We are no longer a pushover and regarded as the underdogs.

A spirited performance from a team, with one or two exceptions, that are, now, such a joy to watch. Well done to PV and the team. We are going to have a great season.

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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Originally posted by Maine Eagle

There is some naivety from PV here which needs to get nipped in the bud.

It’s strange that he is showing this lack of nous as he has been in and around the premier league for a long old time.

Kouyate is a poor passer of the ball and he doesn’t really help to defend a lead in that regard,. We barely touched the ball for the last 10 minutes and just invited a poor Arsenal side to pepper us. Also bringing another defender on for a striker is bound to have us sit deeper.

Maybe under Wenger years ago this stuff worked but it’s now cost us 4 points.

We are playing far better football than I have seen in a very, very long time, but the nous level needs to go up.

I won’t be watching next time we are defending a lead in the 95th minute, don’t think I can stomach it.

good post - PV is definitely a little naive.

This game seemed to sum up a PV performance. 1st half loads of possession but little goal threat, 2nd half more energy in opposition half and get a couple of goals but then sit back and just invite pressure for the last 10 minutes.

The last 10 to 15 minutes were awful. We couldn't hold the ball and just wacked it away. Subs were bizarre too. When Tierney hit the bar Ward was dragged inside instead of picking him up, but we had 3 centre backs at that point so it shows how disorganised we were at that time.

I also notice throws in and set pieces are as bad as under Roy. How hard is it to practice these and use a little imagination??

We are moving in the right direction but we need to play for 95 minutes and not 20 or so minutes here and there

 

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