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  1. Hard to have a good shot conversion rate when they have 10 players camped in the 18 yard box though
    8 points
  2. Although it is no excuse for our poor performance, the refereeing last night was attrocious. Worthy of noting are the two yellow cards from Diamanti dives, where there was zero contact.
    6 points
  3. My view on this remains the same and always will do. The game is played in real time, and the officials are there to officiate, and that is what they should do. Just like the players they will make mistakes, but that has always been part of the game and should remain so. Further the game should be viewed as a whole, not as individual passages of play. If you are going to single out just single passages of play for review, then you should review the whole match, because all the passages contribute to the game as a whole. If video review is to be used to verify the decisions of the on-field officials, then the time period of review should be limited to 30 seconds. If the decision is not obviously wrong after 30 seconds then it is too close to call anyway and the decision of the on-field officials should stand. Some decisions are going to go your way, others are not, and that is also part of the game. Endless reviews are just another factor killing the game.
    6 points
  4. I’m not impressed by Arzani’s management of himself. His attitude seems to have been most of the problem. Its still not too late to turn it around (having Arnold in his corner has helped) but the clock is ticking.
    6 points
  5. my two cents; i thought we played better against Adelaide than we did against Brisbane and largely dominated the game from start to finish. our forward line still has some room for growth, but are starting to gel. so so so exciting where this leads. yes Adelaide had their moments, but i honestly feel that we had more than enough chances to put them away. and credit where credits due, Delianov pulled off a number of good saves. absolute cracker from Nabbout. we may have just seen the goal of the season and proves why he is so valuable. honestly thought we were somewhat unlucky in terms of their first. to have the ball come back off the post, strike Glover's back and basically stop dead for an easy tap in is rather ridiculous. it's different to Good's goal last week because you just can't predict where the ball goes after hitting the post. pure luck of the draw. Good's goal reflected solid positioning for the cross in from wide and that Maclaren put pressure on the keeper to make a diving save Glover needs to accept responsibility for the second, as does Bos and the rest of the backline. What the fuck are you doing trying to play out from the back in the 90th minute and up by the single goal? FFS just send it down the fucking field. absolute bullshit from both Glover and Bos for not paying attention (and to not notice the Adelaide's press). as for the other three at the back, show some fucking leadership there. slow down the play - Adelaide was playing the press too so again why try to play it out !!!!!! all that being said and done, we did have a very poor to start to last season - one where i remember many were questioning the appointment of PK. given that we have been largely been quite decent against Brisbane and Adelaide, i'm confident this is more of a hiccup than anything else. lots to look forward too.
    5 points
  6. Thomas Glover, fuck off. Why the fuck would you pass it back to him in that position?!?!?? Genuine shit cunt
    5 points
  7. My first match attendance for the season, possibly my last, not because I don't want to come, I just don't know if I'll be in melbourne on match days so a preety disappointing performance.to witness. Positives: We didn't fade in the second half We had many shots on target that on any other night would have resulted in goals. It's early in the season. Negatives: There were two things missing in our game: goals, and intensity. Maclaren was well marked by Lacroix who was my MOTM It infuriated me to see how many of our players in the front third received the ball with their back to the goal and then played a back pass or were dispossessed. Too many first passes in attacking transition were backward. Too few forward runs and movement off the ball was poor and we were static. Nobody attacking the far post Too many diagonal balls into the congested half of the field Glover looked tentative and caught off his line again, luckily we didn't pay with a second goal I know that we played WU twice in pre-season but we looked predicable and they were well set up by lucky John to break down our play. Our combination play was poor, or predictable. We won't win a seciond Premiership with tonight's level of desire That didn't feel at all like a derby, more like we were playing Mariners, but good on WU for marshalling every single one of their supporters to the game.
    4 points
  8. I know that I'm a grumpy old man but I can't be bothered with all this shit just to get to see a home match of a club of which I have been a member continuously since day dot. When I bother to look at the coronavirus news it's full of people travelling interstate, going to family parties and reunions, weddings etc. - why it has to be so difficult to go to a match at AAMI Park is beyond me.
    4 points
  9. I'm also in the belief that supporters have every right to demand more from the team. Big clubs have that in-built expectation and we should develop it. I can handle a draw/loss to a team on the day where everyone contributed but on this occasion we have identified that the GK situation is not as good as we like, that Atkinson has built expectations (and by and large delivered on them) and that Bos is at best not ready. And that the draw was built by the coaching team.
    4 points
  10. I wanted to hold off commenting on our 1st game until I had seen a few other games. It really doesn't matter what you do in pre season you never really can tell at what level your at until you complete a full 90, and thats for any level. What is important is firstly getting a win and secondly getting through without injury. Systems and patterns of play will evolve over the season, and the players thst started round 1 probably wont finish the granny (hopefully making it). Based on the game, I reackon we have heaps of areas to improve but nothing that looked fundamentally flawed (as seasons past), we will improve exponentially over the season. Compared to the others in the League I didn't see anything that worries me, don't get me wrong we will have to be at our best every week to win, but there wasn't anything that made me think we wouldn't be in with a big shout in the finals. Overall a little sketchy and lucky not to lose considering the bad offside call, but we copped more bad calls over the years, and good sides tend to win more often than not even when they necessarily deserve it. Not impressed with Paramount, they need to improve quick smart.
    4 points
  11. I found Glover to kinda be the weakest link last year. Too many heart-in-mouth moments and not the most reliable. I’m backing him to step up this year though. Already showing good signs with that save in the cup
    4 points
  12. Nathaniel Atkinson will become the leagues, and probably the countries best RB this year
    4 points
  13. 4 points
  14. After the weekend I'm moving towards a more concerned opinion. There is something off. Can't exactly pin point it but there is definitely something that just doesn't feel right. Having said that I it isn't panick stations either. I'm fairly satisfied with personal although Glover looked a little insure, but overall I feel all players are below the desired level. Structurally we seem fine although so far Leckie doesn't fit exactly how I envisaged. Across the middle I thinking thats maybe was root cause. Not that the 3 of Berenguer O'neill and Metcalfe have been poor but none have excelled and collectively they haven't dominated. I'm really keen to see our response on Wednesday both on the pitch and from the bench, its now we need to start seeing exactly what kind of team we will be this season. Not worried but a little concerned.
    3 points
  15. I think a little perspective is needed. Okay we should not have dropped points after being 2 up with 20 to go, and then bing 1 up with a few left, but seriously when have we won away in Adelaide. I'm not suggesting Adelaide would consistently beat us but at home they always lift. After round 2 I'm completely at ease at where we are at, and by round round 10 I'm pretty confident we will continue to be in the drivers seat. We are going to have issues 100%, but to start discussions about players not up to it, or coaching team being poor is imo over reacting. A couple wins and the focus will be on how good we are. Perspective no one has ever won a championship in November.
    3 points
  16. I reckon Glover has gone backwards since then. He used to be reasonably solid, but would have a bad fuck up every now and then. Now he seems to be somewhat shaky all the time and the bad fuck ups seem to be increasing in frequency.
    3 points
  17. I'm not blaming him for the goal, but why did we take Galloway off for Bos? Threw out everything, made Jamo move across to RB (which I havnt seen him do) and put a debutant on. Just seemed weird
    3 points
  18. Way too harsh imo
    3 points
  19. Amazing what happens when Nabout decides to pass instead of shooting at stupid angles
    3 points
  20. thought we were the better team for the first 60 minutes and could have easily been up by more than 2 at half time but for some rustiness. Would have been disappointing if we did lose but that last 30 was a very Heart like performance. by God we looked rusty up front, and that's why i'm so frustrated that PK started our 3 Socceroo forwards. the fact we had 2 coming back from a flight to middle east during the week, limited playing time together and a strong "second" front 3 that beat South Melbourne last week really should have given thought to a different front 3. granted, Leckie, Maclaren and Nabbout have to start together sometime. I just find it frustrating that we made the game harder than it should have.
    3 points
  21. I'm not usually a big fan of him but Berengeur had a good game last night. Also, while the crowd of 7213 last night wasn't too bad and is a pretty regular A-League sized crowd, I was hoping we'd be pushing 10k at most games this year given our success last year. I guess COVID related factors will still be impacting all crowds in the state for a few months yet so probably unfair to judge too harshly yet.
    3 points
  22. Wouldn't say massive alarm bells got the 3 points.. we had an extremely slow start to last season and we won it all.. Will take the lads a few weeks to really fire together.. our front 3 obviously had an interuppted preparation Also that disallowed goal for brisbane, if they always give the benefit of the doubt to the attacker apparently you'd almost say it shoulda ended 2-2 looked very tight. As a city supporter I'm glad it was ruled out but as a football supporter you'd like them paid wouldn't you?
    3 points
  23. Do we still have a "national plan" for football? Are we suffering from the closure of the AIS Centre of Excellence in 2017? It almost seems as if it wasn't for City Football Group we wouldn't have young players with the right skill sets coming through at all.
    3 points
  24. 1. That I support the rabble that is the Gold Coast Suns 2. That I am exposed to media that accurately reports what the club does.
    3 points
  25. It's become pretty evident why Joyce was so hesitant to play him, despite his obvious talent.
    3 points
  26. I don’t give Hellas much chance in this. Nothing against them. It’s Dan’s lockdown. As semi pros they wouldn’t have been able to train, let alone play and will be very rusty as a result. They’ll be doing well to get within 3 goals I reckon.
    3 points
  27. And let's add for posterity how many games you think that should be?
    2 points
  28. Atkinson replaces Galloway, Pucciarelli replaces Berenguer Thats our best 11, it's all available. Play it
    2 points
  29. Not that I usually talk about the opposition, but fuck me Lacroix is a beast
    2 points
  30. Too angry to respond last night. primary fault - PK and the coaching staff. No Atkinson and they bring in Bos. Well, I saw enough of Bos last night to say I don't want to see him play another senior game again. The goal was not his only screw up. Glover - he is regressing and losing confidence. Enough has already been written on his performance over the last season and the two games this season. Time for the club to scout another GK - maybe Vukovic can be enticed back to Oz. For the game against Hume let's try Sutton. Fade out - two weeks running the team seems to run out of energy and will. The subs are coming in late and are not having an impact. Back to PK and the coaching team.
    2 points
  31. At last! We can return to our membership seats on 4th December!
    2 points
  32. Now with Souttar out for a year, Good going to be getting the nod a lot more.
    2 points
  33. 2 points
  34. TBH I think Kisnorbo's selection showed that he still is a novice coach. He should be selecting on the bases of fitness and form, not salary and reputation.
    2 points
  35. I actually thought Reis had a much better game with more accurate long balls and some critical interceptions - goes to show how people just look at who’s scoring a goal.
    2 points
  36. Glover I thought was improving, it was a poor chance to let go through.
    2 points
  37. Jamo with a wonderful ball in Metcalfe up to it LET's GO!
    2 points
  38. Much appreciated gents. The only cure is for this is a big city win. Lets go you good things
    2 points
  39. TTIM: Having a bad nights sleep. I don't know how parents with young children operate constantly on 2-3 hour sleep.Not even to mention constantly getting their sleeping pattern interrupted by waking up during the night to deal with crying and upset children. If I don't get a good nights sleep of 7-8 hours, it's equivalent for me anyway, to being hungover.I'm pretty much utterly useless lol.
    2 points
  40. Old mate Brandan’s tap in then shirt off celebration in front of the faithful (to bury the Tards in the cup semi) was a pretty good moment.
    2 points
  41. 2 points
  42. team needs Tillio and Arzani - players with the ability to beat a man and create. TBH our whole squad and gameplan should be built around these two, with Mooy sitting in behind ... We tried to bully the win last night ... for all our huffing and puffing, the Saudis still made much better chances than us ... If Arnold sticks with the current crop of players, we will be lucky to make it, and if we do we wont get out of our group ...
    2 points
  43. Lacking a composed finisher all game, how tf did Arnie not put Maclaren on. Mind-boggling
    2 points
  44. fuck me the chances !!!!
    2 points
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