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  • Good points deekay, although Gallagher has been playing more as a 10 in a 4-2-3-1 of late. I don't object to Cooper making more defensive substitutions to protect a lead, but things clearly didn't work. Was Wilmot brought on as a centre back or as…
  • From what I've read it would seem that Potter's struggles reflect those he had with us - translating performance into results. In a perfect world I'd have Potter back and keep Cooper on as his assistant - if only to deal with our set pieces. I don't…
  • Mark_Jack_London said: one of the biggest gripes I have with Cooper is he seldom, if ever, subs Ayew. especially when he is clearly knackered. However, his prowess in the air, in attack and defence, is a good reason to keep him on when we ar…
  • I daresay that Garry Monk's supporters could have posted similar stats comparing his first full season in charge compared to Laudrup's last season. Short-term progress results-wise can hide a multitude of sins. I still haven't completely given up …
  • Colin, some very reasonable points there - but I have a somewhat different perspective.  I didn't have any major objections to the substitutions Cooper did make - the problem in my mind was his failure to bring a clearly flagging Ayew off. Kalulu s…
  • Good points deekay. I would add that Ayew was clearly flagging with quarter of an hour to go, and should have been replaced. Kalulu showed a good work ethic in the previous game and would have offered more in offence and defence. What's striking abo…
  • It wasn't obvious on first viewing but to add further insult to multiple injury Mitrovic's goal should have been disallowed. He gains leverage on the back of Cabango's neck. Not that this referee was ever going to give the correct decision.  https:…
  • Gardo said: Woodman couldn't do anything about the first goal- in fact I thought he did well to touch it onto the post before Waghorn tapped in the rebound while our defenders were extremely slow to react, but I felt he was poor on the other …
    in Woodman Comment by Wyn February 10
  • Colin_swansea said: Wyn, I wonder how much Frankie Burrows's fabled contact book would be worth in today's game. Good question. I guess a lot less valuable than it would have been back in the day. 
    in Stats Comment by Wyn February 10
  • Colin_swansea said: Wyn good to see that a guy like Benham still thinks there is a place for the ‘eyes’ when spotting players. Agreed. I imagine it's a bit like an interview process. Stats like psychometric testing are great for narrowing …
    in Stats Comment by Wyn February 10
  • EFLstats for this week make for interesting reading: https://twitter.com/EFLStats?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author 4th on expected goals, 3rd on completed passes (behind Derby - it was a quality game to be fair), 1st on passing accuracy…
    in Stats Comment by Wyn February 10
  • Colin_swansea said: Success hasn't happened overnight for Brentford while the following from 2015 is a good read. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/oct/15/brentford-owner-matthew-benham-hates-moneyball Two excerpts from the article f…
    in Stats Comment by Wyn February 10
  • No one stat is going to give you a full picture, discernment is the order or the day. Teams who over-perform stats wise, such as Liverpool, are particularly sharp where it matters - at both ends. Teams that under-perform (e.g. Stoke - a scarcely bel…
    in Stats Comment by Wyn February 10
  • With the Derby equalizer looking at the extended highlights it looked suspect to give the free-kick against Ayew for the foul on Rooney in the first place. Rooney then takes the free kick 5 yards ahead of where it should have been taken. He was also…
  • Looking at their goals, Byers and Gallagher were nowhere for the opener. For the last goal Gallagher wasn't even in view, and Dhanda only got back belatedly. Cooper has to take some criticism for this. We were clearly flagging once Derby got their u…
  • Strange how first impressions can be wrong. Looking at the goals on Quest he should have done better for the first, couldn't really blame him for the second owing to a deflection, and there may have been a touch off Grimes for the third. We shouldn'…
    in Woodman Comment by Wyn February 8
  • i don't think he can be blamed for the first goal, but if anything the second was the worst. He seemed to dive over the ball - poor technique. With the third he was beaten by the combination of sheer pace and swerve, but he should have at least trie…
    in Woodman Comment by Wyn February 8
  • BWJ said: Wyn said: BWJ said: As time passed 70 min mark, the fuel was running low in our team. I thought we were desperate for fresh legs but Cooper obviously thought different. Reactive not proactive again for me. Also, do…
  • BWJ said: As time passed 70 min mark, the fuel was running low in our team. I thought we were desperate for fresh legs but Cooper obviously thought different. Reactive not proactive again for me. Also, does anyone think that there maybe at le…
  • Hugely frustrating result, but much to feel encouraged about with our offensive game. I thought that was probably the best football we've played over 90 minutes all season, and the stats 16 shots on goal, with 7 on target attests to that. This is on…
  • Whatever happens with the academy and the Landore site looking to emulate what our competitors are doing will help us  chart a way to a sustainable future. Brentford offer the most exciting and interesting model, but it will be hard to replicate the…
    in Academy status Comment by Wyn February 8
  • It's hardly a strawman argument when you're clearly arguing that Cat 1 academies offer the same benefit as lower category academies. You might not be using those words but that's the clear inference of what you're saying - and your latest observatio…
    in Academy status Comment by Wyn February 8
  • It does seem though that you don't think that there is no added value in the additional quality and level of coaching exposure that academy players get in a Category One environment, as well as the advantages in playing against a better quality of o…
    in Academy status Comment by Wyn February 8
  • So you think a saving of £1 million a year is the be-all-and-end-all? Even for a Championship club that's pretty modest. Also when you earlier invoked the sales of Allen and Davies you forgot to mention that they were the only two significant youth …
    in Academy status Comment by Wyn February 8
  • And can you be really sure that if we hadn't achieved Cat 1 status that the likes of Roberts, Rodon and McBurnie  would have developed to the extent that they were, and that they wouldn't have been poached? Especially as poaching of Brentford's Cat …
    in Academy status Comment by Wyn February 8
  • My understanding is that Cat One academies get £1 million central funding, so my guess is is that Birch meant that we put in £3 million and a further £1 million comes in from outside the club. A few years ago Cat 1 academies were required to have a …
    in Academy status Comment by Wyn February 7
  • Interesting to see that the net cost of running the academy is only £3 million a year not the £5 million a year doing the rounds. Given that Brentford were spending over £2 million a year on their category 2 academy when they decided to close it, th…
    in Academy status Comment by Wyn February 7
  • Jacktar said: Championship clubs, on average are loosing around £8-£10m per season and that's the likely scenario we will find ourselves in the season after next when the parachute payments end, we will have no choice but to make cuts to the …
  • StephenR said: 2 wins; 2 draws & 2 defeats is my pessimistic view.  That's my optimistic view.. . Well, perhaps not quite, but I think that would be a realistic return given the fixtures we're facing and that I'm not convinced that we …
  • At league one level, and if he's asked to play as a 10 and excused any defensive responsibilities McKay could well shine. He has talent for sure. If talent was the sole consideration he could play in the Premier League. If graft was the only conside…
    in Barrie McKay Comment by Wyn February 6