Recent content by Thomas Bathurst

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    Mathias Jensen

    My personal view is Mathias is suited perfectly to play the last 30 minutes of games in the Premier League, once the game slows down just a touch and space starts to open up. He can exploit that with his wonderful range of passing. I think the game is (generally) just too frantic for him at PL...
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    QPR the mediocre club that keeps on giving

    They are certainly on a decent enough run at the moment (bar a thrashing by Bournemouth)
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    QPR the mediocre club that keeps on giving

    They aren't that good. They have a couple of decent players in Chair & Willock (some might argue Dickie, but I definitely wouldn't) but beyond that they are very average indeed. I think they have been pretty lucky with injuries etc so far too. In the good old xG table they are 8th from bottom...
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    Did we beat Chelsea 5-1?

    Or Iori Jenkins, but then I had only just turned 7.
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    xG

    Although we won loads of penalties last season and still underperformed xG ...
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    xG

    I reckon this probably comes closest to explaining our ongoing xG anomalies. It's amazing how often we miss a big chance in the first 5 minutes of a game (this season at least). Score that (or certainly don't concede 1st) and we're in a different game - teams have to come out and attack us more...
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    xG

    Whilst I don't particularly agree with you or certainly to the extreme levels you have stated, I suppose this is an example to what I myself was pondering on some level. Clearly there is some value in xG, but is it a bit of a blunt tool, especially the further up the leagues you go due to the...
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    xG

    Great summary as ever Mick, and I suppose a reminder to trust the process as it has got us this far ... part of me (perversely) though wants to be absolutely hammered one week from an xG perspective but sneak away with a 1.0. Just to show we do get the breaks sometimes. Maybe Man City away :)
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    xG

    I kind of agree with all of that and hope that we will be fine, don't panic and start doing what we did yesterday in the second half. We moved Bryan to right wing back - he created one half decent chance with a cross teased in and then barely utilised him thereafter. The goal came from an...
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    xG

    Just to underline the point. If this was just a short term thing this season then I might be inclined to agree. However this situation has been the same for a number of seasons. It mattered less when winning more games in the Championship and ultimately getting ourselves promoted (even though...
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    Thomas Frank

    I think you answered your own question in the 1st two paragraphs. Thomas has earned himself enough goodwill to last a lifetime (and rightly so). Thomas has already had us punching above our weight and that doesn't take into account the slightly lightweight squad at the start of the season...
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    xG

    Again - I'm not talking about this season. If you go back to previous seasons when we were doing well in the Championship - xG always suggests we should be higher still.
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    xG

    Of late, maybe. But this has actually been a consistent theme for a few seasons. I think it is being exacerbated further this season by the quality of opposition.
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    xG

    I'd love to know what peoples theories are as to why we consistently always underperform xG. I don't believe there has ever been a time in recent years when we have actually been above where xG suggests we should. I find that really odd. Even when doing really well in the Championship, xG...
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    Mathias Jensen

    He's a lovely player when afforded space and time. As a sub in the last 20 minutes he is absolutely perfect at this level, as the game has opened up by then and generally the intensity has dropped off allowing him to pick his passes. His set pieces are more often than not very, very good and...
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