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    Team v Coventry

    Post by RRC on Wed 25 Jul 2018, 7:23 pm

    A mix of U23s and senior players --

    Roos, Wisdom, Keogh, Macdonald, Lowe, Hanson, Huddlestone, Johnson, Thomas, Bennett, Nugent.

    Subs: Mitchell, Bogle, Pearce, Davies, Bird, Ledley, Sibley, Mount, Wilson, Lawrence, Jerome.



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    Re: Team v Coventry

    Post by Jackal on Wed 25 Jul 2018, 10:02 pm

    Good cross and header for the goal, but other than that it wasn't the most enthralling of games. Poor penalty by Lawrence but I'd sooner he get that one out of the way in preseason than when it actually matters.
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    Re: Team v Coventry

    Post by MadAmster on Wed 25 Jul 2018, 10:10 pm

    RRC wrote:A mix of U23s and senior players --

    Roos, Wisdom, Keogh, Macdonald, Lowe, Hanson, Huddlestone, Johnson, Thomas, Bennett, Nugent.

    Subs: Mitchell, Bogle, Pearce, Davies, Bird, Ledley, Sibley, Mount, Wilson, Lawrence, Jerome.

    A tale of two teams that don't mix........ the synergy just wasn't there.

    Not that we were poor. It was just the last move, the last pass. All 22 would fit in the team, WITH the right teammates. That is FL's task now. Piccking the best XI.

    Allo of the players above would shine in the best XI when 9 of their teammate are, genuinely, of the best XI standard.

    Neither team would prosper in the top 2/3 of the Championship.

    There we have the negatives out of the way.

    Both teams showed they have taken FLs tactics on board and have the strength, fitness and skill to carry it out when in the right combination of players.

    First half....

    Roos - never tested. Worked well together with the outfield players
    Wisdom - Good 45 minutes. Defended well, attacked well and a great cross under pressure for Johnson's goal
    Keogh - Mr steady and in control
    Macdonald - Possibly best player of the half
    Lowe - again looked the part, worked very well the left winger. This time that was Bennett. Looks to me nailed on to start against Reading if not injured.
    Hanson - lively. lots of flicks and tackles and..... great cover player
    Huddlestone - was simply Hudds. gets my nod over Ledley for DM. GT is not ready IMO
    Johnson - pretty much invisible except for a great headed goal from a Wisdom cross
    Thomas - good in patches. His least impressive pre season game IMO. Still like hm though
    Bennett - worked very well down the left in combo with Lowe. based on this game, he is more effective down the right or through the middle. Love to see him in the Reading XVIII
    Nugent - Toss up who starts at Reading, him or Jerome........ or one of the expected new guys.... Did what Nuge does but not brilliant.


    2nd half.

    Mitchell - never tested. Worked well together with the outfield players
    Bogle - pushing Wisdom for RB place IMO. Bench for me.
    Pearce - Decent enough show. Bench
    Davies - 1st XI and skipper
    Bird - Young lad who will make the grade and get some 1st XI time this season
    Ledley - was simply Leds. On the bench IMO
    Sibley - Great game on Monday for the U23s at LB. Back in his preferred midfield role today. Has a future.
    Mount - Some good move both attacking and defending. Is only missing intra team partnerships
    Wilson - See Mount above
    Lawrence - Good but noe his best. Poor, poor penalty attempt. First choice XI but not the penalty taker.
    Jerome - Toss up who starts at Reading, him or Jerome........ or one of the expected new guys.... Did what Nuge does but not brilliant.

    Over the 4 games so far we have seen a lot to be happy about. A few things to woory about. We have also seen that we need a strong base of 7 to 8 regulars with just a couple of squad players in there at most.

    What is the best XI? The current one may not include all, or even any of the newbies but thet have shown enough to have me believe they will be first XI before too long.

    The sum of the individual parts has to be less than the sum of the whole. If FL gets it right, we will not only see good football, we will also see success.

    Come on you Rams.
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    Re: Team v Coventry

    Post by valakari on Wed 25 Jul 2018, 11:56 pm

    12 players didnt play tonight..Carson, Forsyth, Thorne, Bryson, Butterfield, Elsnick, Jofezoon, Martin, Vydra, Anya, Olsson Blackman...plus new arrivals , Marriott and Waghorn....thats 36 players..how the hell do you pick 11 from that lot?!?


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    The squad looks to have strong depth

    Post by TimDeRam18 on Thu 26 Jul 2018, 2:57 am

    Regarding selection, it's a good problem for Lampard to have going into the Reading match.
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    Re: Team v Coventry

    Post by MadAmster on Thu 26 Jul 2018, 7:29 am

    valakari wrote:12 players didnt play tonight..Carson, Forsyth, Thorne, Bryson, Butterfield, Elsnick, Jofezoon, Martin, Vydra, Anya, Olsson  Blackman...plus new arrivals , Marriott and Waghorn....thats 36 players..how the hell do you pick 11 from that lot?!?

    It's actually quite easy val. You pick the XI fit players that best fit your game plan. You then decide which 7 fit players to have on the bench, taking into account how many defenders, midfielders, forwards you want on there to best fit in, in case of injury or in case of a change in tactics. One of the 7 will usually be a keeper.

    Of the other 18 ........ it looks like Thorne isn't yet up to speed. Martin, Vydra, Anya and Olsson are injured or ill. Blackman and Butterfield probably won't get a look in. Waghorn and Marriott will need time to bed in. Two to three weeks?

    The rest have to either be patient or go off out on loan somewhere.

    About the 2 new strikers. They are, I believe, both central strikers. How do you fit them both in a 1-4-3-3? Having signed the one, would the other have understood, before signing, that he would be in direct competition with the other new multi-million pound striker for the #9 role? Interesting to see how that pans out.

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