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  1. stavros
    October 20, 2011

    if they can keep their heads down and approach the game with the same professionalism and vigor as they did spurs, we should win (hopefully somewhat comfortably).

    the simpson comments over the last few days are interesting and pardew sounded a bit non-commital about him on the radio earlier before acknowledging he would ultimately like to keep him around. i’d like to see santon given a start and perhaps in light of simpson’s off the field problems and supposed fatigue it could be a runner.

    i think you’re right about HBA. ideally i would like to see him come on and play off ba for the last half hour. given what pardew said about HBA on the radio that’s what we’re to ultimately expect in the future, so we may as well get on with it.

    hoping to see cabeye have more of an influence and time on the ball and to see obertan getting directly at van anholt as opposed to meandering about the pitch like he did sunday. if we can get decent crosses in at alcaraz and caldwell you’d have to think best/ba/shola are getting on the end more often than they are.

  2. nufc.net
    October 20, 2011

    This should be a very one sided game. C’mon the toon…!!

  3. Andy Mac
    October 20, 2011

    Hi Smithy. What do you have to say to those who saw huge gaps between the midfield and the forward line both in the Spuds and the Arsenal game ?

    4-4-2 wont help until we have forwards of the calibre of RVP, Rooney and the £50m man at Chelski. Best and Ba want the ball delivered to them by a creative midfield but they’re running their own battles elsewhere.

    We need to pull the midfield and forwards together and 4-4-1-1 or 4-3-3 oe 4-2-3-1 would help depending on the personnel involved. Our forwards are not world class but our midfield is a lot more talented.

    • Smith
      October 20, 2011

      I’d agree that has happened – even suggested a 4141 against Spurs with that very issue in mind. I’d expect (or hope) that playing the better sides away from home we seek to notice that 442 would too ambitious and deviate to a more shortcut formation, such as a rough 4411 / 433. As for this game, the forwards dropping deep to increase the links should be enough to register goals, and I personally hope to see a move to a fluid 4411 later on in the game with HBA in a free role.

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