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August 18, 2017, 01:41:13 PM
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The recruitment of Pickford and Keane has stood us in really good stead. Being better than their previous clubs who were just poor sides lucky to have the odd good player. Now we have them hopefully that will help us kick on a bit and attract the next level of player next season too.

We can steal a good player from the minnows at the moment but we need to improve if we're going to attract established players like Giroud.
    

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August 18, 2017, 07:08:41 PM
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Where have I said that we should forget about games against the top 6? I'm one of the biggest critics about our approach away from home in these games, for fuck's sake. We should be going into every single one of these games trying to win, because we have the players to beat anyone on our day.

Garbage teams win against the top 4 all the time. Wigan stayed up in 2011/12 because they beat Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal in their last 10 games. Sunderland stayed up in 13/14 in part because they won away at Man United and Chelsea. Would Palace have stayed up if they hadn't won away at Chelsea and Liverpool and beaten Arsenal at home in those last 10 games?

It doesn't mean their players are good though, does it. You can count on one hand the number of players you'd have from them in our first team; you don't really need more than 2 fingers, because you judge a player on as many games as you can, not arbitrarily deciding games against City, Chelsea and Spurs are more important.

I thought @Lxxx  was adding to your point - not having a pop.
    

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August 18, 2017, 07:14:10 PM
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Apologies if I read it the wrong way @Lxxx.



Hold your horses - I might have read it wrong yet!     lolol


But the points from both of you are valid - teams below we should really be putting to be more regularly and we have also hopefully improved to the point where for the teams above - there will be no more drubbings received, we should be hard to beat and maybe turn one or two draws into victories. Let's wait and see!
    

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November 21, 2018, 07:27:40 PM
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He doesn't get caught out of position as much I've noticed. He was always scrambling last year, even when we were playing in a much more defensive setup. We can credit Silva but I think we need to credit the lad for getting his head right too, he looks to be concentrating better.

Scrambling is the perfect word. Whenever I picture Keane from last year - that's exactly what he's doing in my mind's eye - scrambling to turn as the ball passes him to his right-hand side. Possibly had a bit to do with opposition targeting Kenny as well though.
    

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April 02, 2019, 06:59:16 PM
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April 06, 2019, 05:25:19 PM
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I'd like us to get Tah.

Then I could get a shirt with his name on it - it would also be my initials!

On second thoughts - I've just realised that there is nothing stopping me from doing that anyway!

The only question is - does the TAH go above or below STRACQUALURSI?
    

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May 22, 2019, 04:00:01 AM
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What are peoples thoughts on him now? I've always rated him but I have totally got why others have not. Anyone changed opinion for better or worse on the lad? I reckon he's been great this season

(And apologies Gash forgot there was a thread)

He's put in some good performances but he seems so fragile.

All the great CB's had blood and thunder, death or glory, grit and determination. Even the modern ball-playing CB's, the best ones still have that 'wall' mentality in the locker.

Of course, all the best CB's made a name for themselves in a settled defence so there's still time for him to change minds. Here's the conundrum:

Has he played better as we have had clean sheets in defence
or
Have we had clean sheets in defence as he has played better?

There's definitely a bit of both there, but which way is it leaning?
    

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May 22, 2019, 01:33:08 PM
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I miss Stones :(

Agree. It kinda feels like Keane is the supposed to be the baller who filled the hole Stones left behind. Not quite doing that yet is he?   :(
    

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May 22, 2019, 01:40:42 PM
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I like Keane, but he isnt Stones.

I still think he has the potential to be close, but it seems to be the mental side of the game - preparation, attitude when backs to the wall, reaction when he makes a mistake or we go a goal down, stuff like that.

Contrary to that though - I thought he did show a great deal of mental strength after that head injury. He was right back in it and competing for headers.

It's almost as if people are a bit complex and don't fit any one label isn't it?

Come on Keane - you're our rebound shag - it's up to you to make us forget all about Stones!
    

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