There’s A Long Way To Go – We Cannot Afford To Panic


Ayoze Perez has had an up-and-down season so far with some inconsistent displays.

Ayoze can be an outstanding player when in form, but it’s frustrating that he doesn’t have any sort of consistency at all in his play.

But he had a good game last Saturday and worked his socks off for the side in what turned out to be a really tragic loss at Old Trafford after we were 2-0 up with just 20 minutes to play.

We could have had a third goal on Saturday when Young seemed to handle the ball from a Jonjo Shelvey free-kick.

But we didn’t get the penalty from referee Anthony Taylor – that could have made a huge difference.

Ayoze Perez – in action on Saturday

After the game Ayoze Perez was asked about the potential penalty:

“I did not see because of the wall, but I felt we should at least have had a corner,” 

“But, forget about that, we were 2-0 up and heading for a magnificent result. “

“We knew they were in a difficult situation, so it’s just a pity we come away with no points.”

“There’s still a long way to go. We cannot afford to panic, especially after a performance like that.

“We realise we need a win and more points. It’s about improving the details, then we can change.”

“We’re trying to create that togetherness as much as we can,” said Perez.

“The spirit is good, but we have to stick together, train hard, keep going, keep pushing.

“Today was a step up, but, against a top side, it was not enough.

“The most important thing is we all travel in the same direction, keep pushing, all together, the most important thing is that we all stay together.”

“In two weeks, it’s a big game,” “We must beat teams like that (Brighton).”

We’re going have to put that loss behind us, but it was very hard to take – especially following our other poor results this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


38 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Oct 9, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #1

    The Brighton game is a really big one.
    Hopefully we can put out the same two up front and get 52,000 voices behind the team.
    It’s very winnable if we play as we did for most of the game on Saturday.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 9, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Mag52
    After the Leicester game I thought we be struggling to get out of the bottom three we would be lucky to get to 30 pts never mind 40 pts – totally down and disolutioned with everything – seemed no heart in the players as if they were going through the motions.
    Even with a defeat on Saturday (cheated out of a pen) which made a hell of a difference in the outcome I am up and should do OK if we play with the same tempo, movement and heart .
    And two up front
    I would say the first half was the best performance we have played in the Premiership for many year

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  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Should be an interesting Thursday evening
    for Mitro in Podgorica.
    The Montenegrins and Serbs have a rather
    thorny relationship which isn’t helped by the
    fact that the Montengrin Mafia has bumped
    off some prominent Serbs.

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  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m interested why people say we played 2 up front on the weekend. I didn’t see the game as we had my cousin over from Oz with his new fiancee – did Perez and Muto play in a much different formation to when we played with Perez and Rondon / Joselu?

    Or is it more that Muto would pull more out to the wings and leave space for Perez to advance into?

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  • Mag52

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Charlie.

    It’s also important that the focus of our discontent is on Ashley and not on either the team or Rafa.
    Under previous managers Ashley has got away with it while the manager took most of the flack.
    Rafa is the one hope the club has of regaining respectability and respect, both on and off the field.

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  • Toon&oot

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #6

    We always seem to put on a show against Man Utd. My concern is we are not putting teams under enough pressure at home. Whether it’s one or two up front we need to start creating and taking chances. Brighton will hopefully be a turning point and it’s then onwards and upwards.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob
    I suppose it was not quite two up- front
    How could you put it – we did not have a centre forward who was isolated but two old fashioned inside forwards who’s movement and finding space taking their defenders with them, left space for Kenedy and Diame to run into making three up front

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  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Ben Dawson takes the young’uns to
    Meadow Lane tonight (19.45 KO) in
    the Checkatrade Trophy .

    I hope Elias Sorenson continues his
    good form

    I bet (footy daft) Rafa will be there

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  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Charlie, that sounds good, like I’ve been hoping we could play for years. I’ll catch them next time out, hopefully Rafa continues the experiment and Kenedy and Perez keep their form going.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Rob
    A long time since I have been as excited watching the Toon on first half performance – movement, passing, keeping the ball on the deck and attacking with pace
    Also two quick mobile players is what Shelvey needs for his passing – had his best game this season. Long may it continue

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  • lesh

    Oct 9, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Some interesting points raised in various media of late:

    Still no decision over Beardsley – Charnley’s been concentrating on first team matters!

    Rafa’s most recent under 23 coaching appointment is on a temporary contract – no doubt down to Ashley being focused on the head count and staff wage bill!

    Two relegations so far!

    Total nett spend on players over the 12 Ashley years, 23 windows – £33m, an annual average of £2.75m!

    And still we’re hearing from some who champion Ashley’s ownership?

    Frightening.

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  • willowdalerez

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Squires… Sadly at his best (in case this hasn’t done the rounds yet)

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/oct/09/david-squires-on-manhunts-mourinho-and-a-meal-for-the-magpies

    Exactly what I see… Now do I Laugh or Cry?

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Willow
    the third post of that today

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #15

    I believe we need to take a generous helping of points this month and next…. and some turkey, and some gravy. Mmmmm.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Hello Point Help Line? Yes I’m having trouble getting some Points for my club. What can be done aboot that? You say I can file a P1SIS P00R document and complain to the appropriate MP? I believe that’s already been done but I will try again. Ta…

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #17

    As for getting wor owner replaced with anything else. Anything at all. A cabbage, a donkey, a donkey eating cabbage… where do I go to get that underway?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorensen is looking very good. Would he get a chance with the big boys this season?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Let’s face it. Perez is never going to be a big goal scorer in the Prem. Nor is Hoser. Nor is Roundone. But we do have….,.wait for it…Mutomutomutomuto!!! You should sing that oot with a high pitched scream of delight!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #20

    All right Ashley what have you done with Ki? You didn’t send him to the Saudi embassy did you? So where is he? I can’t believe this. All the hype about Ki being a tremendous midfielder, a Korean national team player and now we don’t use him??? Is it because we flying so high without him??? WTF???

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  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #21

    How long has it been since we have had a no9 worthy of the shirt

    Don’t say Mitro,just dont.He couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo

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  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m thinking Ba was just about the last one
    He was only here because of his uninsurable medical condition so I’m not sure he counts

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  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Sørensen reckons Salomón Rondón is the
    player he is learning most from , as his hold
    up play needs working on.
    He’s trying to bulk up with gym work but it’s
    a trade-off as you don’t want to lose sharpness
    by getting muscle bound

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #24

    What kind of horsebleep call was that on Saturday. That wasn’t a handball in the ManU box? Who put that idiot in charge of a Prem game? He must be blind as a bat. We didn’t even get a corner! The ball completely changed direction. How did that happen? Witchcraft! Wake up FA!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Mitro’s not trying to hit a barn door with a banjo though. He’s just quietly filling the oppositions’ net with footballs. We should try it some time… And Gayle isn’t doing so badly either.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #26

    How aboot Gayle up front with Muto? Nice fast break potential. Players who can hit the net. We could try that some time as well.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t see why we couldn’t give Sorensen a little taster in one of our upcoming matches. Say 10 minutes to begin. Or better still play him in wor first FA cup match and any more that we happen to win. Bring him along Rafa. Let him get a feel for it. We need some fresh ideas.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #28

    IF we still had Gayle that is. But we don’t do we. Instead we have that hippo Roundone staggering around when he’s not jet lagged or injured that is…

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  • Bladey

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #29

    ASH OUT RAFA OUT SHEEP OUT

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  • ToonLegend

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Bladey

    Totally agree there mate.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Bladey ooottt!! I’m still waiting for that Rafa replacement recommendation Bladey. Who will take over and lead us to safety?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh no, it’s Toon Leg End as well…

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  • ToonLegend

    Oct 9, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Worst record ever, not a nice thing to have on a cv.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 9, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #34

    I see Swansea are doing really shit, I think they could do an Ipswich and just float in limbo for the next thirty years. Small club, pretty shitty city and no history at all.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 9, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #35

    G2,
    Where is Rondon, has he been at Benton or is he back in Venezuela.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 9, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #36

    I wonder what the truth is in saying Rondon was Rafa’s first choice, how would it look if he came out and denied it.

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  • ToonLegend

    Oct 9, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail

    That’s not nice, welshie won’t like that.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t know where Roundone is. He’s on Physio Room as being possibly ready for Oct. 20th. Would he get a start? I doubt it, coming back from injury. I think we’ll stay with Muto and Perez to start against Brighton. I just don’t see where Roundone fits in when Mitro couldn’t make it with us. Strange story that one.

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