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Having listened to supporters of team that play in the Europa Cup (Thhursday evening), is it possible that may have had an affect? Coupled with loosing Norgaard.
I think that the travelling to far flung destinations might have more of an impact than the actual Thurday - Sunday schedule with regards to the Europa league.
 

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The only player of note we've lost is Oli and he's been replaced by a more than adequate Toney.

How does your argument back up the midfield performance or defensive performance from players who were all here last season. The worst culprits today were Pontus, Dalsgaard, Jensen and Marcondes. Throw in a spluttering Mbeumo and we've got much to work on, none of which can be blamed on inconsistencies due to transfer policy.
The way that we buy players in virtually guarantees having a number of players in the team who are inconsistent simply because they don't have experience of playing football at a level required to gain automatic promotion out of the Championship.

I think that last season we were fortunate in that the majority of the more consistent players played well enough so that if any had an 'off day' the remaining players were able to cover for them. Today the more consistently players collectively had an 'off day' and the others being more inconsistent also happened to have an 'off day', The more consistently good players you have the less likely (but not impossible) it will be that they all have an 'off day' together; conversely the fewer consistently good players you have, the more likely that is to happen.

Of today's players who frequently played last season that I would say were consistently good were: Pinnock, Jansson, Norgaard and probably Dalsgaard
Unfortunately none of these were able to turn in a 'good' performance today and the other less consistent players were unable to cover for them. If there were more consistently good players fielded then today's performance is less likely to have happened,
 

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The way that we buy players in virtually guarantees having a number of players in the team who are inconsistent simply because they don't have experience of playing football at a level required to gain automatic promotion out of the Championship.

I think that last season we were fortunate in that the majority of the more consistent players played well enough so that if any had an 'off day' the remaining players were able to cover for them. Today the more consistently players collectively had an 'off day' and the others being more inconsistent also happened to have an 'off day', The more consistently good players you have the less likely (but not impossible) it will be that they all have an 'off day' together; conversely the fewer consistently good players you have, the more likely that is to happen.

Of today's players who frequently played last season that I would say were consistently good were: Pinnock, Jansson, Norgaard and probably Dalsgaard
Unfortunately none of these were able to turn in a 'good' performance today and the other less consistent players were unable to cover for them. If there were more consistently good players fielded then today's performance is less likely to have happened,
Congratulations on breaking the world record for putting the word consistent in a paragraph but I dont really know what your point is?
 

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Hi All,
I think that some of my recent posts have been somewhat irritable in nature and may have upset some people, for which I’d like to apologise.

If I could just briefly explain the ‘why’ behind this.

This last few weeks in September/October have been one of those sad ‘memory’ periods, that we all have and many of us have had to endure and get through in our own way.

6 years ago my lovely wife, Julie, died of cancer on 14th September, then she was buried on 30th, which also happened to be our wedding anniversary, and then yesterday, 4th, I was thinking that it was exactly 10 years ago to the day that she was rushed into hospital, totally unexpectedly,and diagnosed with cancer.
Her last Bees game we went together was the home draw with Charlton, as our first game back in the Championship in August 2014.

So yesterday’s game created all sorts of frustrations with me amidst memories, and then you hit the keyboard and write some more irritable stuff, and then press ‘save’ instead of not sending it!!!

I guess all of us have to deal with all sorts of emotional roller-coasters and life difficulties, and sometimes you bang your fist when your beloved team loses, purely as an outlet to all the other stuff.
Plus, all the current frustrations of the restrictions and lockdowns seep through, as I expect they do for many, many of us, let alone not being able to get to live games.

So apologies if I’ve written any annoyingly stupid stuff, as generally I really enjoy all the opportunities to read and share the varied views on the GPG. It’s a great forum which links us all together through our love of Brentford.

Probably best to remain under ’radio silence’ for a while, until my mood lifts. Strange how just when you thought you were getting through all the past grief, it hits you again. Perhaps if we‘d won, then it might have helped.
All the best.
 

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Hi All,
I think that some of my recent posts have been somewhat irritable in nature and may have upset some people, for which I’d like to apologise.

If I could just briefly explain the ‘why’ behind this.

This last few weeks in September/October have been one of those sad ‘memory’ periods, that we all have and many of us have had to endure and get through in our own way.

6 years ago my lovely wife, Julie, died of cancer on 14th September, then she was buried on 30th, which also happened to be our wedding anniversary, and then yesterday, 4th, I was thinking that it was exactly 10 years ago to the day that she was rushed into hospital, totally unexpectedly,and diagnosed with cancer.
Her last Bees game we went together was the home draw with Charlton, as our first game back in the Championship in August 2014.

So yesterday’s game created all sorts of frustrations with me amidst memories, and then you hit the keyboard and write some more irritable stuff, and then press ‘save’ instead of not sending it!!!

I guess all of us have to deal with all sorts of emotional roller-coasters and life difficulties, and sometimes you bang your fist when your beloved team loses, purely as an outlet to all the other stuff.
Plus, all the current frustrations of the restrictions and lockdowns seep through, as I expect they do for many, many of us, let alone not being able to get to live games.

So apologies if I’ve written any annoyingly stupid stuff, as generally I really enjoy all the opportunities to read and share the varied views on the GPG. It’s a great forum which links us all together through our love of Brentford.

Probably best to remain under ’radio silence’ for a while, until my mood lifts. Strange how just when you thought you were getting through all the past grief, it hits you again. Perhaps if we‘d won, then it might have helped.
All the best.
Generally nobody really knows what's going on in people's lives away from this forum and what brings us all together is the love for the club. I am sure many people find it a cathartic exercise to come on here and vent (I know I do) about all things Brentford and if you find it to be like this I would encourage you to continue to get involved. At times like this we need to interact in whatever why we can considering all the restrictions we are currently under. I hope you are feeling better soon and the next Bees performance will be able to give you some cheer during understandably difficult times.
 

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Hi All,
I think that some of my recent posts have been somewhat irritable in nature and may have upset some people, for which I’d like to apologise.

If I could just briefly explain the ‘why’ behind this.

This last few weeks in September/October have been one of those sad ‘memory’ periods, that we all have and many of us have had to endure and get through in our own way.

6 years ago my lovely wife, Julie, died of cancer on 14th September, then she was buried on 30th, which also happened to be our wedding anniversary, and then yesterday, 4th, I was thinking that it was exactly 10 years ago to the day that she was rushed into hospital, totally unexpectedly,and diagnosed with cancer.
Her last Bees game we went together was the home draw with Charlton, as our first game back in the Championship in August 2014.

So yesterday’s game created all sorts of frustrations with me amidst memories, and then you hit the keyboard and write some more irritable stuff, and then press ‘save’ instead of not sending it!!!

I guess all of us have to deal with all sorts of emotional roller-coasters and life difficulties, and sometimes you bang your fist when your beloved team loses, purely as an outlet to all the other stuff.
Plus, all the current frustrations of the restrictions and lockdowns seep through, as I expect they do for many, many of us, let alone not being able to get to live games.

So apologies if I’ve written any annoyingly stupid stuff, as generally I really enjoy all the opportunities to read and share the varied views on the GPG. It’s a great forum which links us all together through our love of Brentford.

Probably best to remain under ’radio silence’ for a while, until my mood lifts. Strange how just when you thought you were getting through all the past grief, it hits you again. Perhaps if we‘d won, then it might have helped.
All the best.
You’ve got nothing to apologise for. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion. 👍🏻
 

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A thought on Daniels v Raya and I think the latter's quicker and more accurate distribution would have helped us combat the excellent high press from Preston.

Some of Raya's low driven kicks from hand against Fulham that setup attacks are just not in Daniels's locker.
 
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A thought on Daniels v Raya and I think the latter's quicker and more accurate distribution would have helped us combat the excellent high press from Preston.

Some of Raya's low driven kicks from hand against Fulham that setup attacks are just not in Daniels's locker.
Also, it might be that the players are all on their toes and moving into space as soon as they know Raya’s going to have the ball in hand because they expect him to get it out quickly and accurately whereas that would be wasted with Daniels so they take longer to react and give opponents more time to close down.
 
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Our midfield was overpowered after losing Norgaard. Jensen and Marcondes disappeared.

We went far too deep rather than defending with a high line and invited Preston onto us

Thompson never got forward a la Henry to create chances

Mbeumo and Canos were starved of possession and lost the ball when tackling back

Toney was far too isolated.

A perfect storm but hopefully a one off.
 

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I wondered if Daniels could have claimed a few crosses. He seemed a little reactive not proactive.
Maybe that would have helped to settle things down.
 

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Our midfield was overpowered after losing Norgaard. Jensen and Marcondes disappeared.

We went far too deep rather than defending with a high line and invited Preston onto us

Thompson never got forward a la Henry to create chances

Mbeumo and Canos were starved of possession and lost the ball when tackling back

Toney was far too isolated.

A perfect storm but hopefully a one off.
Thats been a problem in every game.
 

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The way that we buy players in virtually guarantees having a number of players in the team who are inconsistent simply because they don't have experience of playing football at a level required to gain automatic promotion out of the Championship.

I think that last season we were fortunate in that the majority of the more consistent players played well enough so that if any had an 'off day' the remaining players were able to cover for them. Today the more consistently players collectively had an 'off day' and the others being more inconsistent also happened to have an 'off day', The more consistently good players you have the less likely (but not impossible) it will be that they all have an 'off day' together; conversely the fewer consistently good players you have, the more likely that is to happen.

Of today's players who frequently played last season that I would say were consistently good were: Pinnock, Jansson, Norgaard and probably Dalsgaard
Unfortunately none of these were able to turn in a 'good' performance today and the other less consistent players were unable to cover for them. If there were more consistently good players fielded then today's performance is less likely to have happened,
I kind of get the point you make about new players needing time to become consistent but like I said the point is mute regarding yesterday's performance.

Ultimately our midfield was simply too weak, not combative, and a mix of Emiliano, Jensen and JDS versus a high energy and physical side like Preston is a recipe for disaster and so it proved. Thankfully we have Baptiste and the new lad Vitaly in the ranks, both of whom I hope will add a bit more physicality when needed. The poor performances of Jensen and Emiliano were compounded by Dalsgaard and Pontus throwing in lacklustre displays, coupled with Mbeumo, who apart from his assist for Toney's second goal had one of those days like he was post lockdown, when his touch was poor, he looked like he'd lost a yard of pace, and was bereft of confidence.

2 weeks to analyse what went wrong, and much work to do, albeit with the players who aren't away on international duty. Our possession based game has fallen down at home this season too. Both Huddersfield and Preston had more of the ball than us, I don't know whether we've purposely gone a bit more direct with Toney in the side, or whether our system simply is quite working yet.

Let's pray that Norgaard is not long term, and hope that Vitaly gets up to speed quickly to see what he's all about and what he will add. He looks like an Albanian gangster so hopefully he can bring some much needed bite to the team.
 
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Our midfield was overpowered after losing Norgaard. Jensen and Marcondes disappeared.

We went far too deep rather than defending with a high line and invited Preston onto us

Thompson never got forward a la Henry to create chances

Mbeumo and Canos were starved of possession and lost the ball when tackling back

Toney was far too isolated.

A perfect storm but hopefully a one off.
Sums things up for me. I would add also that Raya’s mobility and speed of distribution would have helped break the high press. Finally please Thomas don’t ever play Jensen & Marcondes in the same midfield again !
 

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The way that we buy players in virtually guarantees having a number of players in the team who are inconsistent simply because they don't have experience of playing football at a level required to gain automatic promotion out of the Championship.

I think that last season we were fortunate in that the majority of the more consistent players played well enough so that if any had an 'off day' the remaining players were able to cover for them. Today the more consistently players collectively had an 'off day' and the others being more inconsistent also happened to have an 'off day', The more consistently good players you have the less likely (but not impossible) it will be that they all have an 'off day' together; conversely the fewer consistently good players you have, the more likely that is to happen.

Of today's players who frequently played last season that I would say were consistently good were: Pinnock, Jansson, Norgaard and probably Dalsgaard
Unfortunately none of these were able to turn in a 'good' performance today and the other less consistent players were unable to cover for them. If there were more consistently good players fielded then today's performance is less likely to have happened,
I do like a man who is consistently consistant.
 

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Sums things up for me. I would add also that Raya’s mobility and speed of distribution would have helped break the high press. Finally please Thomas don’t ever play Jensen & Marcondes in the same midfield again !
to be fair they played v Swansea in the 2nd leg and we were awesome, think we just need to pick and choose the opposition to do it. Wasn't his fault though he didn't really have any other options in midfield to replace Norgaard...
 

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Our midfield was overpowered after losing Norgaard. Jensen and Marcondes disappeared.

We went far too deep rather than defending with a high line and invited Preston onto us

Thompson never got forward a la Henry to create chances

Mbeumo and Canos were starved of possession and lost the ball when tackling back

Toney was far too isolated.

A perfect storm but hopefully a one off.
We've consistently played a much deeper line since we started this season. It seems to be intentional and I don't like it at all. It may well be due to playing Daniels in goal though as he doesn't do the sweeper keeper thing and we can't rely on him being there for the ball over the top like we can with Raya. Perhaps we feel that with Toney we have a better option for going long but that's not working at the moment as he's struggled to hold the ball up and our wide players and attacking midfielders haven't got close enough to him.

The whole second half reminded me of that period when Bentley was having a mare and the defence were panicking every time a ball came in. I think restoring Raya will do a lot to stop that as he's constantly talking to the defence and he comes out and picks out crosses which relieves the pressure. Pretty sure he'd have come for the cross for their first goal.
 

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We've consistently played a much deeper line since we started this season. It seems to be intentional and I don't like it at all. It may well be due to playing Daniels in goal though as he doesn't do the sweeper keeper thing and we can't rely on him being there for the ball over the top like we can with Raya. Perhaps we feel that with Toney we have a better option for going long but that's not working at the moment as he's struggled to hold the ball up and our wide players and attacking midfielders haven't got close enough to him.

The whole second half reminded me of that period when Bentley was having a mare and the defence were panicking every time a ball came in. I think restoring Raya will do a lot to stop that as he's constantly talking to the defence and he comes out and picks out crosses which relieves the pressure. Pretty sure he'd have come for the cross for their first goal.
I was surprised Raya didn’t start to be honest. When Norgaard went off we were missing our four standout players from last year,and it showed.
 

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I think we just have to put this down to 'one of those days' and hope it never happens again. I don't think we let in more than 2 goals last season at all? I can't remember the time we had so many players post a 3/4 out of 10. Looking at other scores around the country it seemed like it was one of those days. Liverpool and Man U both letting in loads of goals. all very random. I don't think we've been quite at it though since the season started so maybe this is the kick up the arse we needed. Let's hope so and we can push on from the Coventry game.
 

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Just seen the Villain's result. Well done Oli. At least we were in 'good' company with losing yesterday and my C.P. relative had little sympathy after they also succumbed to 4 goals second half defeat. Surely a one-off bad day at the office for us and the others.
 

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I can only go on what I read about game and interesting views. My strong view is Raya should have played. A bit lost by that choice.
There is a deeper reason I feel yday happened. Like other results, empty stadia have a huge negative influence on some situations and produce crazy results. Audiences have huge influence even on dugout decisions.
Way I understand yday we weren't good in first half but 2 0 at half Time.
10000 seeing team come out for second half would have been well up for it and no way would that 2nd have evolved the way it did. Players would have responded.
There is an air of unreality about it all training ground psyche at times. Can it sustain itself? I dont know.
 

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Zamburek gone on loan reduces our midfield options, considering Baptiste is always injured and playing Jensen and Marcondes
rarely works.
 

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Zamburek gone on loan reduces our midfield options, considering Baptiste is always injured and playing Jensen and Marcondes
rarely works.
Space for Janelt in the first team squad.
 

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I kind of get the point you make about new players needing time to become consistent but like I said the point is mute regarding yesterday's performance.

Ultimately our midfield was simply too weak, not combative, and a mix of Emiliano, Jensen and JDS versus a high energy and physical side like Preston is a recipe for disaster and so it proved. Thankfully we have Baptiste and the new lad Vitaly in the ranks, both of whom I hope will add a bit more physicality when needed. The poor performances of Jensen and Emiliano were compounded by Dalsgaard and Pontus throwing in lacklustre displays, coupled with Mbeumo, who apart from his assist for Toney's second goal had one of those days like he was post lockdown, when his touch was poor, he looked like he'd lost a yard of pace, and was bereft of confidence.

2 weeks to analyse what went wrong, and much work to do, albeit with the players who aren't away on international duty. Our possession based game has fallen down at home this season too. Both Huddersfield and Preston had more of the ball than us, I don't know whether we've purposely gone a bit more direct with Toney in the side, or whether our system simply is quite working yet.

Let's pray that Norgaard is not long term, and hope that Vitaly gets up to speed quickly to see what he's all about and what he will add. He looks like an Albanian gangster so hopefully he can bring some much needed bite to the team.
Agree with all of this.
Ive been pretty underwhelmed with our form this season. I know we beat Huddersfield 3 - 0 but imo we didnt play particularly well.. Looked like we might get away with again yesterday after the first half but then we got found out. If we want to be a top team we need to up the energy levels and start winning the physical battles week in week out.
 

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Not up to Championship speed at the moment though.
... but he's covering a position we need cover in, so we need to get him up to speed. Jan's covering one of the attacking midfield positions and, assuming we can get Baptiste fit, working and up to speed, we've got 4 players there for 2 positions without him.
 

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I wondered if Daniels could have claimed a few crosses. He seemed a little reactive not proactive.
Maybe that would have helped to settle things down.
Agree with this, again I don't think Daniels did "much wrong" but he just isn't anywhere near Raya's level. For me one of the biggest differences is the movement on their feet, Raya has great quick feet movement and totally dominates his area (and sometimes outside it as well!!!) and he is also great at claiming crosses. Again Daniels is a decent back up but he is so slow on his feet compared to Raya that it gets painful sometimes. Goalkeeping isn't always about making glaring mistakes and Daniels certainly hasn't made any but sometimes it's more about what the goalkeeper isn't doing and there is just a significant gulf in quality between the two.
 

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Am I alone in taking little comfort from complacency and platitudes?
no you are not, however I am consoling myself with the fact we have not been that bad for years and years and we are the same squad that missed auto promotion by 2 points and the only change is Ollie out and his replacement has 3 in 2.
 

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Not up to Championship speed at the moment though.
We’ve not seen him yet so can’t really make that call. We know Zamburek isn’t quite there yet though and he’d have been lost yesterday. Best for him to get proper game time in league one and come back stronger next year (like
Forss and MBS)
 

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24 hours on and I can only say I was totally shocked by our ineptness yesterday. I have defended Jensen up to now but he looked a bit lost yesterday and Marcondes had an absolute nightmare. Charateristic of out bad performances is the amount ball we cheaply give away. I once read a description by Tommy Docherty of his team at Man United who played a high tempo game 'it's like swinging a bucket full of water so fast that no water comes out - its a great trick but when it goes wrong it creates an awful mess' maybe that is what happened yesterday?
 

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24 hours on and I can only say I was totally shocked by our ineptness yesterday. I have defended Jensen up to now but he looked a bit lost yesterday and Marcondes had an absolute nightmare. Charateristic of out bad performances is the amount ball we cheaply give away. I once read a description by Tommy Docherty of his team at Man United who played a high tempo game 'it's like swinging a bucket full of water so fast that no water comes out - its a great trick but when it goes wrong it creates an awful mess' maybe that is what happened yesterday?
Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise? We haven’t really been at it in the league so far. This was a similar performance to that at Birmingham and we weren’t an awful lot better in the other two games. I’m sure there’ll be an ‘inquest’ and a few hard truths will be aired. Perhaps we needed that after the way the season ended? Either way we have to snap out of this self induced ‘coma’ we’re not playing anywhere near our best levels across the pitch and that needs to change from the Coventry game. Odd that we seem to have the application in the league cup matches with almost the same players?
 

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I can only go on what I read about game and interesting views. My strong view is Raya should have played. A bit lost by that choice.
There is a deeper reason I feel yday happened. Like other results, empty stadia have a huge negative influence on some situations and produce crazy results. Audiences have huge influence even on dugout decisions.
Way I understand yday we weren't good in first half but 2 0 at half Time.
10000 seeing team come out for second half would have been well up for it and no way would that 2nd have evolved the way it did. Players would have responded.
There is an air of unreality about it all training ground psyche at times. Can it sustain itself? I dont know.
I feel the 10,000 seeing the team come out for the second half would have been a bit like the players were, in that the job was more or less done. Imagine how the crowd would have got on the scapegoats of the teams back, might have been more than 4 and longer lasting confidence damage, remember how brittle our superheroes are.
 

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Poor starts to the season are a bugbear. Since 2014 we've only been in the top half after 5 games twice and three times have been 18th or lower. Catchup is a game we can do without.
 

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Poor starts to the season are a bugbear. Since 2014 we've only been in the top half after 5 games twice and three times have been 18th or lower. Catchup is a game we can do without.
This is something we should be able to discover by looking at other clubs. Only Ollie has left us. Aaah but we had the Playoffs, well so did Swansea, who missed the final but have started well with 10 points from 4 games
 

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I feel the 10,000 seeing the team come out for the second half would have been a bit like the players were, in that the job was more or less done. Imagine how the crowd would have got on the scapegoats of the teams back, might have been more than 4 and longer lasting confidence damage, remember how brittle our superheroes are.
Sorry,tho I didnt see it I feel it would have made a difference
 

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This is something we should be able to discover by looking at other clubs. Only Ollie has left us. Aaah but we had the Playoffs, well so did Swansea, who missed the final but have started well with 10 points from 4 games
I've only the strength to bother with the last three seasons. After 5 games the promoted clubs were positions 1,8 and 5; 19, 7 and 4; 4,1 and 14. So two were in the bottom half, seven in the top with five in the top 5.
 

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Agree with this, again I don't think Daniels did "much wrong" but he just isn't anywhere near Raya's level. For me one of the biggest differences is the movement on their feet, Raya has great quick feet movement and totally dominates his area (and sometimes outside it as well!!!) and he is also great at claiming crosses. Again Daniels is a decent back up but he is so slow on his feet compared to Raya that it gets painful sometimes. Goalkeeping isn't always about making glaring mistakes and Daniels certainly hasn't made any but sometimes it's more about what the goalkeeper isn't doing and there is just a significant gulf in quality between the two.
The comments following Liverpool’s drubbing suggested that their problem was also in part from having on a keeper who didn’t support the high line they typically play as well as missing the midfield enforcer to cut out the forward balls. Whereas we’ve let ourselves be pushed back we can see what can happen if the defence don’t back off.

Norgaard and Raya are key to our play and missing them both makes it very hard for us to have the defensive shape we worked so hard to make last season.
 

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All teams have bad days (ask Messrs. Klopp and Solskjaer), but for me the biggest worry is the current form of Henrik and Pontus. For most of last season they were monstrous. They struggled in the last few games, but they all did (bridge too far etc.), but this season Pontus in particular looks just a shadow of his former self. A poster on here - can't remember who or on what thread - suggested that PJ had pumped himself up last season to do better than Leeds, and now that we did not, he seems just deflated. Come on TF - get your senior pros acting like they are the leaders we know they are. We need them to bring the rest back into the way that we all know they can play.
 

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Most concerning result for ages. Since Brian Riemer came in, we simply don’t concede more that 1 or 2 in a match. Today was 4....

There were some mitigating circumstances. For various reasons (injury, fitness, transfer speculation) Roerslev, Goode, Benrahma, Ghoddos, Nørgaard, Henry, Raya, Baptiste, Dervisoglu were all out of action for all or most of the game. Some big players in that list.

Hopefully the team will be more settled after the break. If Nørgaard injury is longer term, hopefully Janelt addresses that issue.

However, bigger concern for me was the performances of Dalsgaard and Jansson. The leaders and bedrock in our defence last season. Not ready to fully write them off for the season, but on what I’ve seen this season they don’t look near the same players this year. We have a ready made replacement for Jansson in the squad already (Goode) but we probably need a new right back.

Great to see Toney get some goals, along with Dasilva’s performance they were probably the only real positives.

Referee performance was rubbish but that obviously didn’t make a difference to the result.
Pontus hasn’t turned up since lockdown.

There’s a lot of factors at play here. I would also not underestimate the move to the stadium in that.

The biggest problem is that they should have got dogs abuse at the final whistle, but as there’s no fans they get to escape scot free from that performance. It’s football - but not as we know it...
 

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The team yesterday were lucky there were no fans is as they would more than likely seen a FIRE DRILL of home fans, when the 4th if not the 3rd goals were scored
 

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The team yesterday were lucky there were no fans is as they would more than likely seen a FIRE DRILL of home fans, when the 4th if not the 3rd goals were scored
The clear thing lacking from our team yesterday was the ability to keep the ball. We were 2 goals up and either made poor decisions to lose possession or it seemed to me did nt try hard enough to keep it. We were nt chasing game so I was surprised how often Preston got the ball back too easily. Also we played longer more often so the ball became more if a hot potato once we had it.
 

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I agree with much of what has been written, and it was a painful watch however, we have been here before. Good players don't become bad overnight, and clearly we missed Norgaard when he went off. This game serves as a notice that we need to up our game, we need a response against Coventry, shame its 2 weeks away. It's 1 loss and 3 points gone, time for the management team to make the tweaks that will enable us to return to the form that we showed last season.
 

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Having just watched the highlights, four things
Preston first goal I do wonder if Raya was in goal would he have come for the cross
Mbeumo should not have lost the ball not far from our penalty area
Daniels should have done better with the shot for the third goal
Fourth goal oh for VAR as they said in commentary the ball was a good few inches/cm outside of the D

But it doesn’t make it any better , we were poor
 

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Pontus hasn’t turned up since lockdown.

There’s a lot of factors at play here. I would also not underestimate the move to the stadium in that.

The biggest problem is that they should have got dogs abuse at the final whistle, but as there’s no fans they get to escape scot free from that performance. It’s football - but not as we know it...
Dogs abuse would be a bit harsh imo.

We were poor for sure but I couldn't be abusing them yet. Most of them were part of the best squad I have ever seen last season. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now 😲
 

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Bryan was non existent until his pass for the second goal and in the second half just kept giving the ball away directly resulting in the fourth (?) goal against. He should have been hooked at HT imho as he just wasn't in the game. Daniel's was glued to his line which unsettled the Centre Backs. Hope CN's injury is not too serious because boy did we miss him once he went off.
 

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