WHO Poll
Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
24%
  
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
17%
  
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
19%
  
d. Moyes out
37%
  
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham
3%
  



charleyfarley 7:46 Sun Jan 8
⚽ Derby v West Ham - Official Match Thread


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    Pride Park Stadium
    Mon 30th Jan 19:45 GMT
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(18) Thomas Bramall 53 1


Wildsmith, Forsyth, Hourihane, Barkhuizen, Bird, Collins, Mendez-Laing, Smith, Roberts, Davies ©, Knight
Subs: Loach (GK), Rooney, Stearman, Cashin, Robinson, Thompson, Springett, Dobbin, Brown



Areola, Johnson, Kehrer, Ogbonna ©, Aguerd, Emerson, Souček, Downes, Fornals, Antonio, Bowen
Subs: Fabiański (GK), Coufal, Cresswell, Laing, Rice, Lanzini, Paquetá, Benrahma, Mubama



Derby 15/4: Draw 11/4: West Ham 8/13


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BillyJenningsBoots 4:39 Thu Feb 2
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Own up who is in this picture.... Coach from Hornchuch

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ted fenton 2:07 Wed Feb 1
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I said a while back that Fornals was a poor player a bit like Anderson runs and runs but hardly ever makes a tackle !
IMO he's not a Premiership player but might do ok in the Championship.

Eerie Descent 1:29 Wed Feb 1
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I've held back on giving opinion on Formals of late, because he really does seem a good lad and it all felt a bit dirty, but he's an appalling football player.

New Jersey 1:23 Wed Feb 1
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Didn't realise Fornals was given MOTM, l thought he was going to be hooked at half-time!

After the match quite a few police vans were racing off somewhere, don't know if anything was kicking off?

BRANDED 10:59 Wed Feb 1
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It was job done on a monday night against an in form lower league side. There was a reason ITV put it there. They must have been gutted.

Lee Trundle 10:55 Wed Feb 1
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It was McCoist that gave him MotM.

To be fair to Fornals, he was as baffled as everyone else when presented with the award. He thought he was given the trophy to give to Bowen who he was stood next to.

Fifth Column 10:51 Wed Feb 1
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Absolutely loved the evening out, the match was OK. Like Norf said, it was actually depressing that we're approaching these matches with 5 at the back and two holding mids, they're in league 1. I know that Moyes is playing even more safe than usual so he doesn't lose his job.

Can't stand the man.

And Fornals was shit. I love him personality wise but he's not good enough. MOTM?!! Fuck knows how they gave him that.

Mex Martillo 8:01 Wed Feb 1
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Thanks Norflundon, nice to get posts form those that go to the games.
I agree about Fornals, didn't realise he was MOM. I am a big fan, but he was terrible and did himself damage to get back in the first team.
Moyes is too cautious and I think he especially tells players to go for the safe passes and not risk losing the ball. Too many back passes and passing around the back. We do get forward though. I don't find it boring, but yes could be better. ManU will be difficult, you never know may be we pull it off.

Norflundon 10:56 Tue Jan 31
Re: ⚽ Derby v West Ham - Official Match Thread - Preview
Was at the game so probably see it slightly different to those watching on Tv
Probably two ways of looking at last night sone will say professional performance and if you look at the game in isolation I think that would be fair.
But the way we’ve played this season sort summed last night up for me as we were playing a team miles below the standard of our team but we played with a back 5 and two holding midfielders that barely moved six foot away from the back 3, although the wing backs got forward when we countered they went straight into a back 5 when Serby got the ball. The few times we pressed them on masse they crumbled and gave us the ball every time. The manager seems totally incapable of thinking we’re miles better than this lot let’s just go after them. It’s just safety first football and it’s so fucking boring.
There were certainly positives Aguerd looks very accomplished Antonio and Bowen both scoring oggy getting fitter, Emerson and Soucek not looking completely shit. The keeper should be our No.1 by a mile I have no idea why he doesn’t get a look in. Downes frustrates me he does plenty well but plays it far to safe he needs to show far more bottle as he clearly has ability. A win and a clean sheet.
Negatives we Kehrer still looking completely shit 5 at the back against a really shit team fornals getting MOM when he’s our worst player on the night. Being 2-0 and cruising and the likes of Lanzini and cresswell coming on instead of youngsters.
Biggest negative was it taking an hour to get out the carpark then the M1 being shut twice and not getting in till nearly 2am absolutely fucked today

Tomshardware 4:18 Tue Jan 31
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Thought we played well last night, Downes was excellent as was Antonio, defensively we look stronger with Aguerd and Ogbonna.

New Jersey 2:15 Tue Jan 31
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Lee - Maybe that's right as Soucek was the more forward of the two and he played much better than of late. I just thought at times he could be a bit more positive, funny how we all see things slightly different.

El Scorchio 2:11 Tue Jan 31
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Downes is very impressive so far. Really like the look of him. In a deeper position i am not that fussed if the majority of his passes don't go forward. He's there to recycle possession when we've got it rather than play the killer pass so would rather he played it simple than kept losing it trying to force something. Also our movement ahead of his position has been pretty terrible of late so it's not like he has a lot of options forward.

He will have a big part to play for us when Rice leaves.

Full Claret Jacket 1:53 Tue Jan 31
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I think Johnson needs a run of games and to get some confidence. He has started to look nervous, indecisive and timid going forward. This is what happens when players are afraid to play. He has two decent feet and can cross a ball. Put a lovely first time ball in the box for Bowen but needs to do it more.

His indecision is his undoing, gives the ball away cheaply misreading the play or worried about losing it. There is a good player there but he looks like a player under pressure.
Whatever the coaching staff are doing, they arent addressing the issue as he has gone from a solid defensive option to somewhat of a liability who should have given them a penalty.

Would not be surprised to see him sold.

Lee Trundle 1:40 Tue Jan 31
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Isn't he someone that sits back though? That might look negative, but isn't that his job in the side?

I'm not saying he played brilliantly and was a world beater or anything, but I think, especially his first half performance, was decent enough.

New Jersey 1:39 Tue Jan 31
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Maybe I'm being a bit harsh on him looking at those stats!

New Jersey 1:37 Tue Jan 31
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Fuck me, I must have gone for a piss when that happened, overall for the 90 minutes I thought he was a tad negative.

Lee Trundle 1:36 Tue Jan 31
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I just had to check I wasn't watching a different game.

Most passes in the game for us? Downes

Most "key passes" for us? Downes

Most passes in the game for us? Downes

Highest passing completion % of our starting XI? Downes

Lee Trundle 1:32 Tue Jan 31
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ITV literally showed highlights from Downes in the half time break of him breaking up their play and playing forward passes that set up attacks for us.

New Jersey 1:29 Tue Jan 31
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I was at the game last night and I would agree with those who saw it on TV regarding Downes, tidy player, keeps it simple BUT never looked for a forward pass to get us back onto the front foot, so I was a bit disappointed. I thought Derby would give us more of a game but in reality we were comfortable, still slow in the build up. Only when Benny came on did we start to show some urgency. Biggest downer was finding out we've got Man Utd in the next round and we all know how that will pan out!

Razzle 1:27 Tue Jan 31
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Sir Alf 12:06 Tue Jan 31

When Downes has played alongside Rice we have a high energy midfield. That energy in shutting down and recycling the ball creates the counter attack opportunities higher up the park.
We need that number 10 that can hurt teams with the final ball. So midield win quick lay off, through ball and on the attack....That 10 for me is Lanzini currently with Antonio and Bowen.

BRANDED 1:02 Tue Jan 31
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It is 60 miles from Camden Lock to Brighton’s Amex Stadium in Falmer but arguably still the best starting point for clues behind one of British football’s most extraordinary success stories.

“It’s one in 10 or 20 million,” says Marc Sugarman, a childhood friend and Brighton director since 2009, in reference to the club’s rise under owner Tony Bloom from effectively homeless in League One to a sparkling new stadium and training ground and currently a place inside the Premier League’s top six and the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Sunday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool has only reinforced Brighton’s model club status and, while one inevitable consequence is a repeated outside interest in their best players and staff, perhaps the clearest lesson from the past 14 years is summed up by one of Bloom’s betting associates. “The real genius behind it all is the owner because, while individuals might sometimes come and go, the structure remains and that is what counts because it is always there in support of the next person,” said the source, pointing out that “everything Tony Bloom touches turns to gold”.

And it is from inside a plush building overlooking Regent’s Canal in Camden Town, with its state-of-the-art gym, games room, in-house chefs and rows of screens and computers, that the intellectual heart of Bloom’s ethos can perhaps be found. The outlook is summed up by the word ‘Calm’ on the sign at the bottom of the stairs.

“We answer the most interesting questions in sport,” says the website of Starlizard, a company that was formed in 2006 to essentially beat the bookies by using ever more cutting edge data, analytics and technology to understand sport.

Starlizard has since expanded to a staff of around 200 and, while its raison d'être continues – clinically advising wealthy clients, who include Bloom, about probability and where to place their bets around the world – the knock-on is access to a unique data set. Although Bloom set up Starlizard 17 years ago, he is not a director or owner of a company that is separate from the football club.

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber describes Brighton as having a “particular way of interrogating data and coming to decisions” and, while careful not to divulge details, does believe that it provides “an edge”.

Some of Starlizard’s latest job adverts – and the accompanying questions for applicants who “will be a recent graduate with strong mathematical and numerical aptitude” – certainly provide a glimpse into a world that has become critical to understanding why the Premier League’s traditional ‘big six’ cannot simply rely on having the deepest wallets.

Starlizard’s next ‘bet execution specialist’, for example, must state whether England are most likely to win the next World Cup in football, cricket or rugby while the ‘graduate football analyst’ is asked both to rate the entire Real Sociedad squad out of 10 and explain which factors affect a team’s chance of winning a football game.

The website currently poses a further series of questions, including how the timing of the 2022 World Cup will impact the rest of the season, what affect the abolishment of the away goals rule will have on European ties and the real impact of fans inside stadiums.

According to one betting industry insider, Bloom was across expected goals modelling “before anyone knew what it was” and will be a good decade further on now into drilling into more detailed questions of a player’s suitability to a team’s wider style.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2023/01/31/revealed-200-maths-prodigies-who-help-brighton-conquer-transfer/

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