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    Originally posted by Toby Gymshorts View Post
    Many years ago I was clogging round a pitch on a Sunday afternoon - as was my wont - when a member of the oppo dislocated his knee. No bad challenge - in fact, no challenge at all, he was running down the wing and with a click, out it popped - and with the exception of the time I tore my MCL it was the worst I've ever felt on a football pitch. I had to literally sit down and take deep breaths to avoid seeing that morning's breakfast.

    Cue his mate coming up to me and saying "don't worry, it happens to him a lot". Needless to say it didn't make me feel better and I doubt there are any kind words which can help Son at this point.
    We had a bloke who played in our Over 35s team who used to dislocate his knee regularly... it is a horrible sight

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      The picture of Cenk Tosun cradling Gomes' head genuinely brought tears to my eyes. Cenk has then made a lovely post on his Instagram page.

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        Originally posted by Sits View Post
        It's just a game.
        Well, that's us told.

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          I wasn’t trying to tell anyone anything. I was just trying to articulate my thoughts on the players’ human reactions to a horrible situation. In that context football seemed a mere irrelevance, a game. To me.

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            I think Jah was posting in a light-hearted way.

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              Yes fair enough.

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                (Belatedly - he was.)

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                  Yes Jah, bit of a prickly response, apologies.

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                    Norwich 0-1 down to Watford in the first minute. Another goal given away cheaply from midfield - a carbon copy of so many this season (Emi Buendia - not for the first time pissing about and trying tricks in a totally needless situation).

                    He was fantastic last season, but has been a total liability this term. Needs a major turnaround in his game tonight or he won't be in the side next week.
                    Last edited by Arturo; 08-11-2019, 20:17.

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                      End to end game and should have been more goals for both sides. Norwich recovering well after that early shock. Hernandez looking really good since he came back from injury,

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                        I hope Norwich improve, it would be good to see a team which didn’t “do a Fulham” succeed, but it’s looking like an uphill task.

                        From a a personal perspective I have Deulofeu in FL and was losing patience. The lad needed to impress me tonight.

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                          So a 0-2 home defeat against a Watford side who were bottom of the table without a win and down to ten men for the last thirty minutes.

                          We're fucked.

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                            Originally posted by Sits View Post
                            I hope Norwich improve, it would be good to see a team which didn’t “do a Fulham” succeed, but it’s looking like an uphill task.

                            From a a personal perspective I have Deulofeu in FL and was losing patience. The lad needed to impress me tonight.
                            Sheff Utd seem to be fulfilling that role well enough at moment mind.

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                              Sheff Utd had a strong defence last season, and for all our lovely attacking football, we still conceded 58 goals. We failed to strengthen in that area (bar Sam Byram who hasn't had a look in) and then saw our existing players succumb to injury. United also invested a reasonable sum in improving their squad. We spent £750,000, so it's hardly a surprise but incredibly disappointing nonetheless.

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                                Originally posted by ale View Post

                                Sheff Utd seem to be fulfilling that role well enough at moment mind.
                                Good point well made.

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                                  Originally posted by Arturo View Post
                                  Sheff Utd had a strong defence last season, and for all our lovely attacking football, we still conceded 58 goals. We failed to strengthen in that area (bar Sam Byram who hasn't had a look in) and then saw our existing players succumb to injury. United also invested a reasonable sum in improving their squad. We spent £750,000, so it's hardly a surprise but incredibly disappointing nonetheless.

                                  Are Norwich going to buy big in January, do you think?

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                                    Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post


                                    Are Norwich going to buy big in January, do you think?
                                    No. The club have already said that won't happen and nobody decent will come here now anyway. Barring a miracle turnaround in form and confidence, we're dead men walking. We've tried the January spend in previous Premier League adventures, but it's always been too late to blood new players in, and we've often had our fingers burnt. We never invest in the summer which is the time when it really needs doing.

                                    As TAB alluded to earlier in the thread, we're budgeting with a mind to come straight back up, if/when we go down. There's no guarantee that will happen though.

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                                      If that is the plan, will the board have the strength to stick with Farke well into the next campaign, even if this season becomes a crash-and-burn? Because changing coaches in the spring means essentially starting from scratch again rather than building on last season.

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                                        Farke will almost certainly stay, unless he decides to jump ship of his own accord, but I don't think he'll do that. Despite the results, he's well liked by the fans, as are the players. It isn't down to a lack of effort and everyone knows the money isn't there for him to spend.

                                        Unless the owners ever move on then the club will be remaining a self funding model. A change isn't likely though as the plan for Delia and her husband is to hand the club to their nephew, Tom Smith, and keep it in the family. They had their interest free loans paid back a couple of years ago, so any more investment from them is unlikely too.

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                                          Originally posted by Arturo View Post

                                          No. The club have already said that won't happen and nobody decent will come here now anyway. Barring a miracle turnaround in form and confidence, we're dead men walking. We've tried the January spend in previous Premier League adventures, but it's always been too late to blood new players in, and we've often had our fingers burnt. We never invest in the summer which is the time when it really needs doing.

                                          As TAB alluded to earlier in the thread, we're budgeting with a mind to come straight back up, if/when we go down. There's no guarantee that will happen though.
                                          In these circumstances, you'd expect Norwich to sign a couple of players from the Championship that they've had their eye on for a while. Signing them in January would give them an extra six months to bed in, and give them a taste of the premier league. If they work out well, then norwich might stay up. If they don't make an enormous difference and Norwich go down, you know they're effective in the championship, and they're not going to be put off by playing in it for a short spell. So maybe more snodgrass than Van Wolfswinkel.

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                                            At least there could well be an East Anglian derby to look forward to next season.

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                                              Originally posted by Sporting View Post
                                              At least there could well be an East Anglian derby to look forward to next season.
                                              I actually find that a slightly depressing thought. Generally, I don't enjoy the aggressive hyperbole of them very much.

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                                                Chelsea duping the ref a bit in this game...

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                                                  Fux Sake, Blades settled for too many long range shots when in promising positions.

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                                                    FFS - the geeks have ruined the game. 4 minutes and forensic video review to chalk off a goal for the most marginal offside.

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