Met loads of top people to and from the game today. Loads of friendly conversations. And we won! Happy.
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Remember the Crystal Palace game when everyone thought these two were "World Class" and back to their best? Wasn't long to the Bayern and Brighton games. With Leicester and Olympiakos sandwiched in between.Toby and Verts seem very...close.
Love seeing these guys together.
Thought we were solid today..until the 2 goals we conceded..
Maybe they didn't have a camera on Moussa - anyway Serge soon caught up with him and jumped on his back. Are you being a tad picky?Did anyone notice that after the goal gets scored they switch to a close up of Aurier instead.....he looks nothing like Sissoko except for the blackness.
My niece tells me that accidental handball is illegal when a goal is scored, but not where its a defender. Don't know if that's true or not.So from what i'm reading, Dav's goal was correctly ruled out by Liverpool's VAR? but we should have had a pen? for handball and maybe when Son was bought down??
Some have said their free-kick which lead to their first was soft?
Your niece is right. What a silly complication of the rules, though. Can we please go back to 'deliberate handball' and the ref decides if it was deliberate or not? And then we shout abuse at the ref? aaaah nostalgia.My niece tells me that acidental handball is illegal when a goal is scored, but not where its a defender. Don't know if that's true or not.
As for the free kick, yeah it was a clear fould, Ndombo bundles the attacker off the ball just as he passes it
Your niece is right. Any handball in the build up to a goal gets it chalked off. (Cos that helped knock city and their oil money out). And any handball by a defender has to now be judged deliberate.(cos that's what knocked PSG and their oil money out)My niece tells me that accidental handball is illegal when a goal is scored, but not where its a defender. Don't know if that's true or not.
As for the free kick, yeah it was a clear foul, Ndombo bundles the attacker off the ball just as he passes it
Is WookieD as hairy as they claim?Highlight of the day must be meeting Mr and Mrs WookieD in the Dispensary before the game. What a lovely couple.
Nice, open game but we really should have put it to bed well before they scored.
Dele is getting back to his best, who would have known that playing him just behind H would pay dividends!
Serge was mainly good but still has the odd cock up that could prove costly.
Loved seeing Super Jan back, and he looked comfortable in the LB position, definitely an improvement on Rose (think I've got my left and right sides correct!).
Obviously things are going to take a while to settle and sort out, but as long as we keep chalking up the points, I'm not too fussed how we get them at this stage.
But let’s look at it as positively as possible... Clearly they can still pass like kings, Alderweireld in particular must have 40/20 vision. In the system we are now playing we are getting the absolute best we can from these experienced players and giving Sanchez the “chase and tackle or otherwise deal with it” role.I'm big fans of both Toby and Jan, but sadly I think time has caught up with them. They're just not as quick and agile as they were and no amount of effort can counteract that.
Atmosphere has been brilliant since Mourinho came in, feels like WHL again, think the entire club has been re-energized with his appointment, me and Oracle spoke about this the other day.Back home. Strange game. Went from a feel good festival to panic and almost despair. But the results are all that matter right now and there are also some clearly visible improvements starting to come through.
Our set-up was quite solid but we always looked risky at the back. We have individually talented players but there is still work to do to get the overall defensive unit in order and for a full 90 minutes. Part of that will hopefully come with time with JM; part will come from confidence. Our defensive group needs time rather than recruits for me.
The Sissoko goal was a proper feel-good “I was there...” moment. He also had a great game, especially as he has not played a lot in recent matches. Dele showed class, composure, cockiness and complacency at times - but he is looking happier and re-energised.
Overall, a decent week. Wednesday is intriguing. I’d love JM to have more time to figure this game out - although part of me is hoping that he’s been planning this one since he started.
Final note, atmosphere was excellent today - and I was in the 1882 section. Proper fans all around me. COYS.
If it's handball it's flipping handball.
It defies logic to say an accidental handball is only a foul if a goal is scored.
You need to cancel those cargo runs with that scruffy-looking nerfherder Solo and spend more time going to games with Mrs Wookie mate.And what a lovely afternoon that was my last game for this year though
I’m going g to have to speak to Mrs Wooks about social commitments as I’m gutted!