Rather sad site

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    sarky parky
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    I find it dispiriting logging on to Teamtalk as the site has the stench of death about it. Times was, and not so long sago, it was a hotbed of opinions
    with numerous contributors eager to have their say. Now there’s just three or four – even our prize idiot seems to have deserted us. This ia a shame as the club is at a very interesting crossroads. In spite of our misgivings and one or two dodgy results and performances we have established as place among the early pace-setters.Can we keep it up and does the club have a policy to create a team and a system that if we go up will survive in the Premiership because the Championship should do just this? And how happy will our excellent youngsters be to see substitutes places going to ageing recruits. Sadly there’s no longer the people to really debate all these points. Where’s Derwent when you need him?

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    Northwich Baggie
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    I think this goes back to the change in format of TeamTalk. A lot of regular contributors didn’t rejoin and we were left with a small nucleus of regulars. Those of us who can’t get to matches have to rely on highlights or the occasional Sky appearance to be able to comment on things. It is an interesting time and results are better than some expected but there is concern over the continued use of old legs in preference to younger ones. We’ve got away with it mostly so far but there will be teams who will walk through our midfield so DM needs to watch out for this and the potential loss of decent players who are fed up of not getting a go!

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    DH54WBA
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    I used to tune in to this site long before I ever offered a contribution and yes it was a far better supported forum with some diverse views. There were some early posting problems when the format changed but would this be enough to deter a real fan from continuing to participate – I don’t think so. But that it all occurred as the club was being converted to Pulinism might be more significant and whilst this was the spark for someone like me to offer up a view or two it might have been the death knell for other contributors? I googled ‘fan forums’ recently and this site did not appear so anyone looking for a home is unlikely to find it by chance. The attitude to this section of it is reflected in the fact that the lead page has made no changes of position since the end of the season and we still show as a Prem club. I wish. Despite the fall off we continue to rank as one of the highest topic and comment contributors but there are many clubs in the top two divisions with no following to speak of on this site at all? Perhaps a handful of us will be enough to keep it going, perhaps not but we are in more interesting times than for a while now with a new coach, a new style of play and new problems so maybe its worth the effort?

    As to yesterdays game looked like a goal less draw until Gayle popped one in and despite the shut out the defence was as bad as ever. Better teams than Millwall will murder us if it continues like this but the real disappointment was again seeing Brunt restored to midfield and our first two substitutions filled by our new recruits to Dads Army when younger options were available. Without Gayle and Barnes (both on loan to us) we would not have a prayer in this league so it will be interesting to see how the season develops.

    #1678838

    sarky parky
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    Well if the management team (not just DM) can’t see the defensive frailties by now I despair. For a start we need the City loanee and Field replacing Bartley and Brunt – and if we see airborne pigs then this might well happen. I think we need a team like Forest or Blues to give us a good thrashing to open a few eyes. Let’s hope DM plays the youngsters against Palace and they play well. An you’re right, DH, if we go up it’ll be on the backs of loanees and one or two home players – not a good recipe for Premiership survival.

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    DH54WBA
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    As far as TV appearances go the news is actually quite good. When our match at Wednesday is screened it will be our fifth live game on Sky this time round and eclipse our total appearances for last season. With Sky now showing all midweek Championship games via the red button and us pressing at the top end of the league we should achieve a good ratio of live games. Whether they end worth watching is another matter but it does seem that Sky have eventually woken up to the fan potential in division 2 which contains an array of clubs with much larger fan bases than many of those now in the EPL.

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    dukest2ja
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    I agree with all that has been said about this site, it’s frustrating as a user and Teamtalk/Sky are maximising advertising revenue over user experience. As to the Bristol and Milwall games, we were devine going forward and diabolical defending against Bristol but against Milwall the defence was better but at the expense of our attacking. I must say that I have enjoyed the last 7 games far more than the previous 2.5 to 3 seasons (mostly under Pulis). Big Dave is learning and if he could only tighten up the defence and put younger legs into midfield I think we could the there or there-a-bouts. Worryingly, however, our 2 best players are loanees and with out them we would be mid table at best, deals to be done in January me thinks! COYB.

    #1679446

    DH54WBA
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    For sure most of the games are much more enjoyable and lets face it winning a few has made a nice change but ‘Big Dave is learning’? It seems to me he has learned absolutely nothing as yet. Same team, same tactics, same old men subs, no midfield, no plan B. What is it you think he has learned exactly?

    #1679477

    Northwich Baggie
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    You’ve got a point there DH. To continue with Brunt in midfield and Bartley in defence is a sure sign that nothing has been learned. Treating all games the same is a recipe for disaster. Let’s see what team he puts out tonight and how they play. Surely the youngsters have to get a look in and show what they can (or can’t) do? It seems that we have signed Bakary Sako on a short term contract so that’s another one standing in the way of the kids getting a look in. We previously had the oldest squad in the Prem and now it looks as if we’ll have the oldest in the Chumps!

    #1680220

    dukest2ja
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    I think last night proved there is no Plan B because there are no Plan B players in the squad. Aderaboiyoi is not the answer in defence and Field in midfield (though I do think he could be with games). Hoolahan has been OK when he has come on and I think you do need experience above youthful exuberance at times. We can all pontificate on here but unless you see the players day in day out in training none of really know and its all conjecture. 3 managers have not trusted the youngsters so are they really that good, I don’t know. As to the vilification of Brunt, he has been a great servant for the club and can still make a contribution but central defensive midfield, IMHO, is not his position. Barry is better there and Hoolahan.

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