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View CrazyBadger's Profile CrazyBadger Flag Ware 09 Nov 21 2.05pm Send a Private Message to CrazyBadger Add CrazyBadger as a friend

I'm expecting us to get 'found out' at some point. Right now, we're playing excellent, and feels like a whole new team has arrived in the league. that is to say, I'm expecting a 'difficult 2nd season' syndrome akin to what Leeds utd appear to be having at the moment.

hopefully this happens next season, and not earlier.

As for burn out. I think our CB's are our biggest issue - Lose either of them to injury, and our passing out from defence all of a sudden becomes a lot riskier with the likes of Tompkins.

RB cover good.
LB cover, Jairo can step in, and also Hannam ?

 

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View thai-eagle's Profile thai-eagle Flag chiang mai 09 Nov 21 2.07pm Send a Private Message to thai-eagle Add thai-eagle as a friend

Since we "only" have to play Premier League games until FA Cup 3. round beginning of January, we should be all right. Some teams - like West Ham and Leicester - also compete in Carabao Cup and the European Cup. That might be too much in the long run....

 

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View Sansbup's Profile Sansbup Flag Normandy 09 Nov 21 2.51pm Send a Private Message to Sansbup Add Sansbup as a friend

If you watch the ZDS cup final again you'll see what an exciting team we were then. I think the current team is playing some great stuff and will be recognised one of our best ever - if we keep it up all season. And if we get some silverware then definitely!

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 09 Nov 21 3.34pm Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by antipodeagle

We've got a bigger/better squad this season, so we can rotate the forward line, CBs should be fine, and we've got EE and Olise waiting in the wings for the wings. In theory we have okay central midfield cover, but I think a lot of that will depend on whether Will Hughes is able to be used interchangeably with JMac without losing performance quality.

The main concern then is our full-backs: we have cover at a push, but no-one yet who is guaranteed to maintain the same level. Hopefully Fergusson comes good in time for a decent chunk of the season.

I also believe our fitness levels have reached a new high. So far, no niggly injuries picked up in training, the high pressing is being sustained for longer, since the beginning of the season. Praise to PV but also massive praise to the training/coaching staff he has brought in

 

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View Omph's Profile Omph Flag Liverpool 09 Nov 21 4.16pm Send a Private Message to Omph Add Omph as a friend

Originally posted by Pete53

I think if you watched old footage of games from back then you'd probably find the skill level wasn't on the same level as now. Obviously finishing 3rd was a fantastic achievement and if we are talking about success alone, then we haven't matched that since.

However, there is a now a greater level of quality and technical skill in top flight football. We had some very good players back then but I do I think our current team would beat the early 90s side.

Not up for debate which team would win. It's a different game now.

The 90s side has a fair bit in common with the current lot as it too was a beautifully drilled side that simply did what it did very well. In some ways I'd have it ahead of this lot which is still embryonic really and finding out how to beat teams and not simply be competitive.

 

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View rollercoaster's Profile rollercoaster Flag Cornwall 09 Nov 21 4.43pm Send a Private Message to rollercoaster Add rollercoaster as a friend

On their day Rogers, Whittle, Possee were class, especially after some of the previous Div 1 forward lines.

Trouble was they didn't have many days!!

 

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View Qwijibo's Profile Qwijibo Flag Bournemouth 09 Nov 21 6.39pm Send a Private Message to Qwijibo Add Qwijibo as a friend

We were good in November 2012.

 

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View Ginger Pubic Wig's Profile Ginger Pubic Wig Flag Wickham de L'Ouest 10 Nov 21 1.49pm Send a Private Message to Ginger Pubic Wig Add Ginger Pubic Wig as a friend

Originally posted by Omph

Not up for debate which team would win. It's a different game now.

The 90s side has a fair bit in common with the current lot as it too was a beautifully drilled side that simply did what it did very well. In some ways I'd have it ahead of this lot which is still embryonic really and finding out how to beat teams and not simply be competitive.

To my mind, the Coppell side was an excellent long-ball team and it finished third. Since era comparisons are unfair, I think you just have to say that team was better.

But the football this team plays is, in my mind, head and shoulders better. We pass the ball out from the back with pace and skill and it's exhilarating to watch.

It's true though that we are still less 5hab a third way through a single season.

 


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View TheBigToePunt's Profile TheBigToePunt Flag 10 Nov 21 2.32pm Send a Private Message to TheBigToePunt Add TheBigToePunt as a friend

We played incredible stuff in the first half of the season when we won what is now the Championship, but as the OP said, that was second-tier football.

Personally, I loved watching the Coppell era team play precisely because they lumped it long and knocked people about! Nothing better than seeing the big boys steamrolled in that fashion, but those days are long gone.

As many have said (including the OP) it is too early to say that this is what we can expect from the team most weeks. It might just be a purple patch, and we must keep in mind that many successful 'upstart' teams can only maintain their form for as long as it takes the rest of the league to take them seriously. Then they get analysed in greater detail, and coaches start working out plans to counter what the successful side is doing. It will be interesting to see if teams start pressing us more intensely for instance and whether we can still operate as well under such conditions.

The hope must be that we are in the category whereby teams know what to expect but can't always stop us. There will of course be difficult periods, but this is still great.

I wasn't sure that our summer spending had landed good enough players for us to play nice football and still stay up, but at the moment it looks like perhaps the money has been well spent. The two centre backs have done well (especially with the ball), and of course, Gallagher has been amazing. Olise looks like he will be a real asset, and we have seen flashes of good stuff from Edouard too. Hughes remains an unknown, but otherwise not a duff in sight.

 

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View Pete53's Profile Pete53 Flag Hassocks 10 Nov 21 2.37pm Send a Private Message to Pete53 Add Pete53 as a friend

Originally posted by rollercoaster

On their day Rogers, Whittle, Possee were class, especially after some of the previous Div 1 forward lines.

Trouble was they didn't have many days!!

Exactly. The squad we ended up with in the 72/73 was, on paper at least, the strongest we had had during our 4 year stint in Division One. Unfortunately, it was the one that got relegated. There were some good moments along the way though ... the 5-0 beating of Man Utd, a 4-0 win at West Brom, beating Chelsea 2-0 at Selhurst and beating Southampton at home in the league and cup in the space of a couple of weeks, but there was not enough consistency.

 

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View Ipswich Eagle's Profile Ipswich Eagle Flag Ipswich 10 Nov 21 4.42pm Send a Private Message to Ipswich Eagle Add Ipswich Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by andy p

i am a little bit worried about burn out.Were a hundred miles an hour every game,that's fine after 11 games,but come 22,25 games we may well see a slow down in performance and,or points........hope i am way out though.

But almost the point is, what's the other option?? I coach American Football and there was the phrase "don't save anything for the 4th quarter, it'll be too late by then."

You're almost certainly right, but I'd rather we went flat out, got our points tally up, blew a few teams off the park and then when we start being a bit leggy it'll be a matter of us dropping from 3rd in the table to 5th, lol (we can dream).

 

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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 10 Nov 21 5.07pm Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

Originally posted by Ipswich Eagle

But almost the point is, what's the other option?? I coach American Football and there was the phrase "don't save anything for the 4th quarter, it'll be too late by then."

You're almost certainly right, but I'd rather we went flat out, got our points tally up, blew a few teams off the park and then when we start being a bit leggy it'll be a matter of us dropping from 3rd in the table to 5th, lol (we can dream).


Agree and we can worry about burn-out etc. if and when it happens. PV has an excellent team working with him and we have to rely on them to tell the manager when players need resting. Meanwhile let's just get on with amassing points as quickly as we can.

 

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