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Lots Of Work Still To Do On Training Ground By Eddie Howe And Staff



There were both positives and negatives to take from yesterday’s game in the 3-3 home draw to Brentford.

But the biggest disappointment was that we couldn’t get our first win of the season, in what was our 12th league game of the season.

We cannot afford to be adrift at the bottom of the table and currently, we are rock bottom of the league, 2 points behind Norwich City.

it was a day during which Norwich got their second win in a row, and Aston Villa and Watford both had good home wins against Brighton and Manchester United respectively.

And news just breaking that Manchester United have finally sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

If Leeds win today at Spurs, we could be 7 points from safety – so as we said – we cannot afford to get too far adrift this year before the January transfer window opens.

The owners seemed happy enough with the performance, as co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi tweeted this after the game.

One obvious area that Eddie Howe must concentrate on is the defense and picking the right players.

We still think our best two center-backs are Schar and Fernandez, and we’re not sure why Kieran Clark made the team yesterday on the left-hand side of a three-man backline.

Of course, Paul Dummett can play there when he’s fully fit, but once again the local lad has missed the start of a season with another hamstring injury.

It’s Arsenal away next week, and they looked woeful yesterday, in a 4-0 walloping at Liverpool.

They are a bit like Newcastle, good on the attack but woeful in defense, and Eddie Howe will be well aware of that.

They also have this terrible habit of passing the ball around in their own penalty box, and we are sure Eddie Howe will try to capitalize on that next Saturday.

Another defeat would not be good, but we have to remain upbeat.

And it’s possible we can get our first win at the Emirates in the early kickoff game next Saturday – 12:30 pm.

That would be terrific.

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125 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #81

    In the near future Rob Holding would be very adequate bench cover.

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #82

    GET IN LEWIS!!!

    Buzzing for Alonso and driver of the day for me

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #83

    Well IMO he is not good enough and definitely someone we should avoid.

    Each to their own but god knows why you are saying Holding with so many better players out there who are achievable.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #84

    Like who Mund?

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #85

    Ake plays for City who are title challengers but plenty on here and across social media that say they wouldn’t have him as they don’t rate him.

    Players playing for any considered top side doesn’t say anything really

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  • Not another deJong

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #86

    Paulo Fonseca has told me himself that he will be the next ManU manager – itk

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  • WLtoon

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #87

    Who knows who we could end up with in Jan, Howe and his staff aren`t stupid, i think they will be targeting at least one CB.
    Id go for Tarkowski, Burnley might take the bait saying as he will go for nowt in the summer.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #88

    We need to act fast if not were gone

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #89

    Mund,
    Ake is an important part of Man City’s squad albeit a bit part, we won’t be signing him. Rob Holding is a realistic target who would improve our defence and imo would accept the possibility of playing in the championship if the worst happened.

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  • Scythe

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #90

    Alonso dropping an f bomb live on tv talking to Button and Lewis getting a hug from George Lucas. F1 delivers.

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  • Scythe

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #91

    And Bernardo makes it 3-0 for City.

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #92

    Tbh nobody can say who we will or won’t sign as none of us know and what’s more important is we have no template to go off with the new owners as we haven’t had a transfer window with them in charge yet.

    It’s al opinions and guesswork

    No chance will they be trying to sign players who will accept going down to the championship and will only sign players who will bring better quality to the team. The whole club from top to bottom will carry the belief that we will be ok and I believe we will.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #93

    WLtoon,
    Tarkowski is an England player of sorts, he will have his eyes on that world cup, imo he will not want to risk playing in the championship next season, he’s also out of contract in the summer and will be able to take his pick from upper mid table clubs that would keep him in Southgate’s thoughts.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #94

    Yes, all opinions and guess work and that is what a blog is for.

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #95

    WL

    Tarkowski would 100% come to us but no way will Burnley sell to someone they see as a rival. Never know tho as money talks more than anything, but can’t see that one myself

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #96

    Ok Sherlock

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  • Tyran21

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #97

    Was so happy for a moment, thought Bruce to Man Utd is announced.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #98

    Oh no not F1 again. Some of you boys obviously did not fancy the Scalextric cars and race track link I put up the other day – right fair enough.

    Hows’ about this then ;-

    Check out the toy shop Toys R Us for their race cars and race track toys in their “Fast Lane Racing Kit ” – should be fine.

    The bonus on this idea is that when you visit the Toys R us shop you could also buy some toy dollies and prams as well.

    Jobs a goodun.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #99
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #100

    It’s all opinions and guess work Mund but you tell us with finality that they won’t sign players that would accept playing in the championship??
    I tell you what though, if we’re only going after players that will not play in the championship then our permanent signing list is going to be threadbare. The reality is that has to be considered when signing players to a three or four year deal in January.

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  • WLtoon

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #101

    Jail,

    Tarkowski plays for a team threatened by relegation, same as us, wether he is on the fringes of the England team or not mate, i think he could join us, but i doubt they would sell him to us for any favours anyway.
    I would test the waters with Burnley , and like we already know , he can walk away for nothing , 15M or nothing

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  • WLtoon

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #102

    Mund,

    Yeah it`s unlikely Burnley would do us any favours but i would still test the water.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #103

    Mund,
    Where’s the respect you demand from others, calling people Sherlock, if you can’t debate without being snidey maybe you shouldn’t bother. Banging on about being respectful to others all the time, you should get your own house in order first.

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #104

    Bruce as manure interim manager – surely thats a wind up… however if so, I hope toon put a clause in termination agreement that if he took another job in a certain timeframe he would have to pay back his wedge!

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #105

    Mund – no surprise Lewis won, he should be winning all races given he was given a new improved engine and only got a 5 place penalty – F1 is a joke

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #106

    WLtoon,
    Yes, and he has a big get out of jail free card in the summer where he can join whoever he wants on transfer fee free wages. West Ham and Leicester would be very attractive to a player with his eyes on a world cup.

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #107

    Wow someone can not see past there own nose.

    You speak in fact also but think to much of your own opinion to care

    The bitchiest bloke on the blog and the one who goads the most bloggers telling others to be respectful 🙄

    I’ll leave it there

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  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #108

    in the position we are in and were we could be on January 1st Rob Holding wouldn’t be a bad signing it depends what we’re preparing for by then,

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  • WLtoon

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #109

    Jail,

    Yep, i agree with that, that`s if West Ham or Leicester want him, but if we do stay up i think he would join us over them, still playing PL football but with a bigger wedge.

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  • Scythe

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #110

    I’ll get this added to Mister Tuff’s Xmas list…

    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3720/subbuteo

    And maybe one of these so he can spit it oot!

    https://doddleandco.com/

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #111

    No Mund,
    I’m not telling you to be respectful, I’m saying you should get your own house in order before yammering on about others being respectful.

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  • WLtoon

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #112

    I mention Tarkowski as my choice, it doesn`t mean the club are looking at him, maybe not.
    I think he would be a big improvement on what we have atm, and wouldn`t cost the earth.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #113

    WLtoon,
    If we stay up then we’re playing a different ball game altogether.

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #114

    Did you grow up with a silver spoon in your mouth? Saying ok Sherlock is not being disrespectful and if you think it is you definitely lived a privileged life for a so called Geordie lad

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #115
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #116

    WLtoon,
    I too had been suggesting Tarkowski as well. As I said, our current predicament has made me have a big rethink on who I think is a realistic target.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #117

    Anyone going to tell Mr T that Toys RUs went bust several years ago? 🙂

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #118

    Mozo Football
    @MozoFootball
    ·
    19h
    Flag of France Allan Saint-Maximin against Brentford:
    50 Touches
    88% Pass Accuracy
    2 Key Passes
    3 Crosses
    3/3 Long Balls
    5 Dribbles Complete
    7 Duels Won

    He was everywhere

    3
  • jane

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #119

    “I hope toon put a clause in termination agreement that if he took another job in a certain timeframe he would have to pay back his wedge!”

    actually his pay-off increases if he gets another job in the Premier league.

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  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #120

    Bob

    No mate let him go with it 😉

    But supposedly they are making a comeback

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