But if you bring Murphy on for Maguire, who would have done this? That's why he brought Potts on, in the hope that he'd be able to do the job. I'll be surprised if we see Murphy and Riis as the front two on many occasions, if at all. Riis is not good at holding the ball up and whilst I haven't seen Murphy play up front, I doubt it's his speciality either.Dropping deep receiving the ball to his feet with his back to goal Maguire can do good things I have never said anything to the contrary but further forward when he needs to run at the opposition goal he just cannot find the pace to get clear of defenders. That happened repeatedly tonight. Yes he made a nuisance of himself but with 20 minutes to go we needed some extra pace upfront and that was when Murphy should have been brought on in Maguire's place. As I've said before Maguire in the formation we played tonight Maguire is effectively a sixth midfielder rather than a second forward. He has his uses but they no longer include scoring goals.
It's a fucking live, real-time matchday thread!
If you want more measured and reasoned debate, the forum is full of threads like that. People spend all day writing them, while there's no match on.
Have a peruse through those threads if it's too racy and immediate for you on here, then pop back when the roughneck match and all those naughty opinionated posts have subsided, and - knowing the result - you can even tell everyone how ill-thought-out and reactionary they were.
Well said. No need for some of the over the top posts, calling for the manager’s head etc.So then, it's not over til it's over.
I know it's only a forum and doesn't affect the game but many would take the same negative attitude to the match themselves.
Please just fucking support the team while the match is still happening and leave the misery until afterwards!
Under the present rules, it is a yellow all day long, I do wonder if it should be tightened up for fouls like that where the foul is committed to deliberately prevent an attacking move that may yield a goal-scoring opportunity. Riis seems to get at least one per game. It would require a change in tack though from all referees. That said, if the boot was on the other foot, I would want our defender to make the foul and take the yellow...Riis' pace would have got him in on goal. Whatever it was a particularly cynical foul.
Not reading back now... but there should be an award for the poster who first called for Riis to be dragged off. I think it was in the first half!