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You said '....john,i just think its highly unlikely we will get 4th. we arent in good form. chelsea are a lot better but hugely under performed again. arsenal are a bit better but even when they play bad, they usually get help from the officials to bail them out. just like today. we are basically 2pts behind arsenal with a much harder run in. they are in much better form & have the mental edge over us as always. anyway, all u positive people would have settled for 7th so u will all be over the moon when we edge out everton for 5th. liverpool had to win today but drew. so lowest we can finish is 6th. anyway il leave u to say reach for the stars & then the next min say happy with 7th....'
That's not quite true is it? At the start of the season, I would have been happy with a lower finish - as a change of manager, coaching staff and squad is never easy. I don't think I said I wanted AVB and the team to TRY for any less though did I?
NOW, I want whatever we can still achieve - so yes keep aiming high - it looks like second is all but impossible - but third isn't. So, IF I were AVB, that is what I'd be telling the team. The Woolwich bunch are only in the slot temporarily, because they have the 'belief' that they're destined for CL at least. That is the belief that we need to get into the squad. SOMEBODY will finish in the top 3, why not us? If we don't in the end, we don't. BUT we should be trying to.
So that has, and is always my point of view SB. Same as at the beginning of the season, I may not have thought we'd necessarily get top 4 this season, but I'd still want AVB and the team to attempt to achieve the highest finish they can - and that is what they appear to have done ,and at this point, it is still 3rd.
Football is strange end even though Woolwich may have had an easier run in, they could have dropped points. Two or three decisions went against Norwich yesterday that materially affected the game. OK, that's football - but it also shows that what appear to be easy games sometimes come down to a bit of luck. So why shouldn't we get a run and Woolwich dip? So while there is still a chance, we should always be aiming as high as possible IMHO.
- 1 Reply to Jlock
the gap between what u are happy with & what u should aim for is ridicolously huge. it sends out mixed messages & de-values your aim for the top motif. i think its also de-motivating. u start by saying lets go for the title, then 2nd, then 3rd & so on. it becomes a farce. same with the cups. lets win the league cup, then we get knocked out. dont worry lets win the fa cup. oh, nevermind. lets win the europa & so on. its like a parady john!
Have you seen the predicted team on the Yahoo page? Seems a bit of an odd formation (Parker & Holtby holding MF, then 3 across the middle incl Dempsey, and Ade lone striker), but not necessarily terrible. It's made me think, what would you reckon to using wingbacks tonight?
Something like back 3 of Caulker, Daws & Vert, with Walker & BAE at WB, Parker covering, then Dembele & Sig pushing up to Dempsey & Ade? Not sure about the forward half of that, perhaps Holtby instead of Ade/Dempsey? But that basic idea.
Any thoughts? Good/bad/ugly?
- 1 Reply to not_blonde_really
I think if we really want to get through, then why not? If Parker is told to sit, and let Dembele be the one to get forward then it may well work. Based on how he played against Everton when he came on, I think I would start with Hudds, ( never thought I would be saying that ), but he sprayed the ball about nicely and showed that he has that ability, even though he's not very mobile, and would sacrifice either Siggy or Holtby and have Ade as the striker.