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PostTDA on Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:16 pm

Even without the new players Warnock wants, City have a chance to take points from this one.  Brentford are well up the table, but have lost 6 of the last 10 and are on a bit of a slide.

There can be no doubting the spirit and efforts of Warnock's teams, but like previous managers individual player errors are letting him down.  I would prefer to see a back line of Peltier, Manga, Connolly and Bennett.

Ever optimistic, I will take City to breeze through this one 2 - 0, with big Ken on the scoresheet!

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PostCleve van Leef on Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:27 pm

Nil point

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PostTDA on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:11 pm

Murphy, Connolly, Morrison, Manga, Peltier, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Whittingham, Bennett, Hoilett, Zohore

Subs: Wilson, O’Keefe, Lambert, Pilkington, Noone, Harris, Huws

Three left sided midfielders there, so presumably Hoilett will be playing mainly on the right No defenders on the bench, but flexibily with Connolly and Bennett starting.
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PostCleve van Leef on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:23 pm

@TDA wrote:Murphy, Connolly, Morrison, Manga, Peltier, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Whittingham, Bennett, Hoilett, Zohore

Subs: Wilson, O’Keefe, Lambert, Pilkington, Noone, Harris, Huws

Three left sided midfielders there, so presumably Hoilett will be playing mainly on the right  No defenders on the bench, but flexibily with Connolly and Bennett starting.

Strange line up.
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PostTDA on Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:16 am

Going okay at half time. Whitts off, presumably injured.

Morrison sounds shaky at the back.........again.....
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PostTDA on Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:35 am

Now Manga is having a mare ............
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PostCleve van Leef on Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:51 am

@TDA wrote:Now Manga is having a mare ............

Under pressure. 1-1 now.
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PostArkay Dubya on Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:12 am

Good game in the end. Will write up more tomorrow when I'm not half cut. Bullet points though - fair result, Ralls and Murphy did well but still shaky at the back. One or two more additions should do City and see them safe.

Think it was a 3-5-2 today as well.
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PostArkay Dubya on Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:13 am

Or like a 3-4-1-1 or something.
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PostTDA on Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:45 am

@Arkay Dubya wrote:Or like a 3-4-1-1 or something.

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PostTDA on Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:48 am

It seems that all of a sudden defense is more of a problem than the striking department. We are finally creating and scoring from open play, but gifting soft goals when we should be playing to what, recently, has been our strengths.
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