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by claretspice
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Dwight McSteal
Replies: 66
Views: 3588

Re: Dwight McSteal

If this story were remotely true, then we'd have had a queue of clubs offering us the asking price even last summer. That we didn't suggests it isn't. We'll find out on first January because if it is remotely true we'll have the bids in the minute the clock strikes twelve. My bet is that any release...
by claretspice
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Would Taylor, Bardsley and Wood have made a big difference?
Replies: 41
Views: 1580

Re: Would Taylor, Bardsley and Wood have made a big difference?

Wow - half of his nipple was offside. No way should he be criticised for that. The whole move happened very quickly too. On Wood I thought he was brilliant on Saturday and that one of the most impressive parts of his game was the way he was getting in front of Diop for the long balls being hit at h...
by claretspice
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Would Taylor, Bardsley and Wood have made a big difference?
Replies: 41
Views: 1580

Re: Would Taylor, Bardsley and Wood have made a big difference?

Never was it more obvious than in Saturday's game that Wood's success is reliant on him playing on the shoulder of the last man and an unfortunate, but hardly damaging by-product of this is that he will be caught offside regularly. He caused their defence nightmares and beat the offside trap and fo...
by claretspice
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Would Taylor, Bardsley and Wood have made a big difference?
Replies: 41
Views: 1580

Re: Would Taylor, Bardsley and Wood have made a big difference?

Possibly, some difference. Certainly against Chelsea. Not too sure that the changes to the back 4 in particular would have made that much difference against Sheffield United though, and even after Saturday I'm not totally sure that the changes we've made necessarily address all of our weaknesses awa...
by claretspice
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley v West Ham - Player Ratings
Replies: 66
Views: 3304

Re: Burnley v West Ham - Player Ratings

Dust off the script from last season, but make West Ham even more abject and Burnley even more dominant. Pope - 7 - couple of good saves, kicking s bit dodgy. Bardsley - 6 - talked his way through the game and kept everyone switched out, although such defending as he had to do was a tad unconvincing...
by claretspice
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Dwight McNeil on Man U forum
Replies: 40
Views: 5231

Re: Dwight McNeil on Man U forum

Dwight McNeil is a footballer, comfortable on the ball and always wants it. Eye for a pass and direct when running with it. He is always double marked these days as he looks our only threat. (Although we know the strikers always pop up with goals). He is only 19 and still needs to develop physicall...
by claretspice
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Dwight McNeil on Man U forum
Replies: 40
Views: 5231

Re: Dwight McNeil on Man U forum

Nothing too outrageous in that lot, although the idea he'd be desperate to return to United at the first sign of interest is mildly irksome. It may be true, but it maybe tat having learnt the hard way how difficult it is to make it at United, he's more inclined to make his name before aiming for the...
by claretspice
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Barnes and Wood
Replies: 142
Views: 11153

Re: Barnes and Wood

jdrobbo wrote:Please be Wood and Barnes this Saturday. God we’re missing them


Not on current form. Rodriguez and Wood would get the nod for me.
by claretspice
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Japan
Replies: 53
Views: 1564

Re: Japan

Another who'd recommend the trip. Great country, great people, great landscape, culture(s) and food. It isn't all about the big cities and the bright lights; if you go to Japan and don't do old, rural japan, you're doing yourself a disservice. Kyoto is a wonderful place in its own right, but it's al...
by claretspice
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Good or bad read
Replies: 30
Views: 1097

Re: Good read

Hard to know where to start with the factual innacuracies and distortions in that article, but there we go, that's the nature of internet journalism.
by claretspice
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cork & Westwood
Replies: 50
Views: 2181

Re: Cork & Westwood

That's the issue to me. Some players can circumvent the 'wait your turn' philosophy. In the interests of accuracy, seems fair to point out that Hendrick kept his place when Cork returned, and Cork in fact effectively replaced Brady who had himself had a fairly low key return to the team at Leiceste...
by claretspice
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Realistic transfer targets in January
Replies: 163
Views: 5372

Re: Realistic transfer targets in January

We'll need to re-sign Drinkwater or bring in another midfielder, and given form, there's a strong case for looking for a new full back - particularly if we could bring one in with real pace to give us a different dimension. In terms of profile of those signings, nothing wrong with looking for up and...
by claretspice
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Are we going to have to change to 3-5-2 ?
Replies: 50
Views: 1022

Re: Are we going to have to change to 3-5-2 ?

We've had one bad result this season. That was Saturday, and seemingly the performance was equally lamentable, but still - one bad result. Other than that, we've drawn the games from which a point would be a good result, and won the games we'd have targeted to win. The four games we'd previously los...
by claretspice
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Next 3 games - changes needed but what
Replies: 60
Views: 2014

Re: Next 3 games - changes needed but what

Apart from a small run of 4/5 games after the Everton game on boxing day we haven't been doing well since we finished 7th almost 50 game's ago........each to their own but I feel it needs to be freshened up, a change in player's (starting 11) a change of management or a change in how we approach ga...
by claretspice
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Next 3 games - changes needed but what
Replies: 60
Views: 2014

Re: Next 3 games - changes needed but what

First things first - lets get all this in perspective. Wasn't there on Saturday - and having been away off grid for the weekend, I've not read too much about it either, other than managing to see MOTD - but it was clearly a bad result. Our first really bad result of the season. Sure, the fact we did...
by claretspice
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Danny Drinkwater
Replies: 41
Views: 2247

Re: Danny Drinkwater

Whilst it can’t be argued that so far, Drinkwater’s loan has flopped, I still think that he could turn out to be a great signing for us - be this a loan extension or ultimately a permanent deal. If we started with long term aspirations of making this permanent then so far it's probably worked out a...
by claretspice
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Jeff Hendrick in talks about contract extension....
Replies: 24
Views: 2536

Re: Jeff Hendrick in talks about contract extension....

Dyche said as much last week. Probably bit of cat and mouse being played at the moment, but sounds like it's just a matter of time. Just hope once its signed his form continues. Theres many a player been able to perform when playing for a future, but easily fall out of form once their future is sec...
by claretspice
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Defence options
Replies: 62
Views: 2269

Re: Defence options

superdimitri wrote:Yeah but all Mee has to do is get a shave on it, it's better to do that than just not jump at all. Even challenging for the ball could be enough to put the striker off.


I think you're exaggerating the extent to which Mee failed to compete.
by claretspice
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Defence options
Replies: 62
Views: 2269

Re: Defence options

Yeah, the same Vardy that scored an amazing 3 headers total last year, 3 the year before that and 1 the year before that and only 2 out of his 24 league winning goals the season before that were from headers. I guess Ben Mee has gifted him the chance to get 4 this year. I think you need to look at ...
by claretspice
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Defence options
Replies: 62
Views: 2269

Re: Defence options

I didn't hold Mee responsible for the Vardy header either. I thought the issue was that the cross ended up coming in from much closer to the byline than Mee initially had the right to expect, which is a function of the fact the cross came in a bit easily. It made it very hard for Mee to do anything ...
by claretspice
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Defence options
Replies: 62
Views: 2269

Re: Defence options

We were robbed at Leicester or there would be nothing to moan about there. 4 conceded against Chelsea is not great but they are looking a great side at the moment who can and will score 4 again this season and who could have legislated for a worldy of a performance from Pulisic? I think panic butto...
by claretspice
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Defence options
Replies: 62
Views: 2269

Re: Defence options

The fullbacks are the *real* issue atm. Taylor straight back in and prioritising a new right back is needed. I think that's right and been the case for a while, although we can't get away from the fact that down our left, McNeil - for all he's one of the first names on the teamsheet for his attacki...
by claretspice
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley v Chelsea - Player Ratings
Replies: 60
Views: 3353

Re: Burnley v Chelsea - Player Ratings

In the end the scoreline probably reflected what was a curious sort of game - some good positive stuff but some poor and concerning. Hard to mark as a result. Pope - 6 - none of the goals were particularly his fault but this wasn't an especially convincing performance by his standards. Lowton - 5 - ...
by claretspice
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Keeping Drinkwater under control
Replies: 40
Views: 3594

Re: Keeping Drinkwater under control

Realistically, the only way he's signing for us permanently is if we extend his loan in January through until the end of the season, and there's a meeting of minds then. Still a bit of a leap to believe there'd be a deal to be done then on wages, but the idea of his loan being extended probably is p...
by claretspice
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Ben Gibson Link
Replies: 33
Views: 3488

Re: Ben Gibson Link

I think if we can get good money for Gibson, and have a sensible target lined up to replace him in the squad, then it'd make sense to cash in on Gibson. He's a good player and a good character by all accounts, but essentially he's ended up being a very expensive understudy for a rejuvenated Ben Me. ...
by claretspice
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ARTICLE: JBG out for weeks
Replies: 60
Views: 3650

Re: ARTICLE: JBG out for weeks

Real shame this news. I didn't especially think JBG was that injury prone in his first couple of seasons with us - beyond getting whacked a couple of times, which is hardly a reflection on his body - but since he effectively played through the summer before last season because of the world cup and o...
by claretspice
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Points From Next Four Games?
Replies: 31
Views: 1579

Re: Points From Next Four Games?

There's yet another international break coming :? this time on 16th November. So four games to play between now and then. Leicester away......Think this might be the most difficult of the four...0 Chelsea home.......Rather fancy us to squeeze a point out of this.......1 Sheff Utd away......Another ...
by claretspice
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Nick Pope - positioning.
Replies: 43
Views: 3361

Re: Nick Pope - positioning.

I thought I noticed an increase in confidence from Nick against Everton, especially when coming for crosses. One still made me wince though in the second half. Didn’t think he needed to come for it but he still did it with total confidence. Yep. That was his big USP when he first got into the team ...
by claretspice
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Kamara
Replies: 18
Views: 2531

Re: Kamara

You could tell from the reaction of the players that this had been a planned move. Hendrick looked delighted at both the planning and the quality of his volley (and rightly so), but you could tell from the reaction of everyone that they'd worked on this specific routine and it had come together beau...
by claretspice
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Jay Rod v Wood v Barnes
Replies: 89
Views: 6128

Re: Jay Rod v Wood v Barnes

In short, this is a great problem to have. Barnes and Wood have started the season very well and neither really deserves to be dropped right now, but Jay is not just knocking on the door but threatening to kick it down, and Vydra clearly showed up well enough at Brighton. They're good options to hav...
by claretspice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Westwood
Replies: 33
Views: 5290

Re: Westwood

When Cork was ruled out, I did think and made a comment on the match thread, that this could actually be a better midfield 4 than if Cork played, given we're at home and have the crowd behind us. I think the way we played showed that. Cork is a huge player, but we have players to come in and replac...
by claretspice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Westwood
Replies: 33
Views: 5290

Re: Westwood

Superb ball in for the goal, and indeed for the carbon-copy routine in the first half which ended with Pickford blocking Hendrick's volley. Generally, thought Westy had another good afternoon - but I didn't think he used the ball as effectively as Hendrick, and I thought it was Jeff who increasingly...
by claretspice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Hendrick goal
Replies: 57
Views: 7126

Re: Hendrick goal

Superb goal. Had an excellent last 70 minutes of the game. Took 25 minutes to grow into the game, which was understandable given its a while since he's played that role in the Premier League. Actually I thought we did OK in midfield in the first half - we worked some nice bits of space between McNei...
by claretspice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley v Everton - Player Ratings
Replies: 71
Views: 8834

Re: Burnley v Everton - Player Ratings

Pope - 8 - Safe handling, particularly on some high balls when he appeared back to the commanding form that we saw two seasons ago. Lowton - 7 - Not at his most composed in possession, although he was safe enough defensively. Pieters - 6 - Did fine defensively, but another that was a bit less compos...
by claretspice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 21153
Views: 448744

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Surely you can see that it makes her look biased? In the current climate, even if she isn’t biased, that seems thick as mince. It comes across as everyone in her circle is a Remainer so she can get away with making those jokes, which then reinforces the people vs establishment viewpoint. It’s despe...
by claretspice
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 21153
Views: 448744

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

He is fully justified to find a loophole because the Act was agreed by manifesto breakers. Well we'll agree to disagree there. Even if any of the main parties had stood on a manifesto that had a disorderly no-deal as a policy - they didn't - then I'd still be coming back to the point that the corre...
by claretspice
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 21153
Views: 448744

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

There has been serious discussion this week, regarding a coup on the elected government of this country, advocating replacing them with a "Government of unity" headed by a person nobody trusts to run his own party, let alone the country. (Supposed rational posters from here appear in favo...
by claretspice
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 21153
Views: 448744

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

So did BJ break the law as people keep saying? It depends what you mean by "broke the law". His government didn't act illegally. It did act unlawfully. The fact the government failed to put forwards any case other than the matter wasn't justicable (all common sense suggested it was), sugg...
by claretspice
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 21153
Views: 448744

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

I don’t have a problem with the Supreme Court applying the law, as long as it was truly an issue for them to rule on (it reassures me it was unanimous). But I do have a problem with the leader of the Supreme Court attending the conference of the state girl’s school association today (my daughter go...
by claretspice
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 21153
Views: 448744

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Wrong. There was no law of the land before the SC decision. They made new law and he immediately complied with it. Getting involved before a law is broken is a very dangerous principle. I really hope that the Government can get the Surrender Act overturned. Not so we can leave without a deal, but s...
by claretspice
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 21153
Views: 448744

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Hi Lancs, yes, I've asked you a serious question. You posted: "At one stage does the court have to intervene to guarantee that the law is obeyed? Surely its better now to make sure that law is obeyed, rather than at a stage where the government breaking the law means it gets what it wants? Sur...
by claretspice
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Jack Cork 'Minor Shoulder Fracture '
Replies: 55
Views: 4945

Re: Jack Cork 'Minor Shoulder Fracture '

First and foremost, if Cork is out for a while, it is a great opportunity for Hendrick. He's a central midfielder foremost, and he's got all the attributes to succeed in that role at this level. The last time he really got a run in his preferred position was three seasons ago, and you'd like to thin...
by claretspice
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Thoughts on early part of the Premier League season
Replies: 38
Views: 3392

Re: Thoughts on early part of the Premier League season

It's probably too early to draw firm conclusions, but we've done OK so far. As Lancaster says, you can judge better after 10 games. Our next three are quite tricky, leaving aside Everton's recent travails - and if we can get through them in a similar position to the one we're in now (say, with 12 or...
by claretspice
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Aston Villa - Player Ratings
Replies: 61
Views: 6859

Re: Aston Villa - Player Ratings

Wasn't there, so only going off highlights, but I must admit I didn't think Lowton did much wrong for either goal. First is a poor cross, but that happens and they should have too much to do to score. Second seems to me to be an excellent finish from an excellent cross. The second actually appeared ...
by claretspice
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Parliament suspension illegal..
Replies: 207
Views: 7446

Re: Parliament suspension illegal..

[quote="elwaclaret"][/quote] I'm sorry, but this is tosh, and whatever constitutional experts you've been listening to on News 24, you've been tuning out of the ones who actually know what they're talking about, or indeed who have read the judgment. The courts have NOT claimed authority ov...
by claretspice
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Parliament suspension illegal..
Replies: 207
Views: 7446

Re: Parliament suspension illegal..

Interesting read that Paul Waine. One thing I was just saying to my other half. Constitutionally, potentially any British subject could potentially stop any and every decision made in parliament. We lurch ever closer to America even as remainders aim for Europe. Welcome to the Federal Unrepublic of...
by claretspice
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Jeff Hendrick
Replies: 71
Views: 5615

Re: Jeff Hendrick

Are you honestly saying that in the whole of 2019 Hendrick has had a good game every week? He's been no-where near as good as Mcneil or Westwood imo. Iv'e been very complimentary to Jeff for the game on Sat but if he had shown this more often he would find himself starting in our midfield two and n...
by claretspice
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Jeff Hendrick
Replies: 71
Views: 5615

Re: Jeff Hendrick

Just because someone says on a messageboard that they think a player is shoite doesn’t constitute giving him “ridiculous abuse”. It’s giving an opinion. For the record I agree with Untinted. A wonder goal and a slightly better than average performance doesn’t change my opinion of Jeff Hendrick. But...
by claretspice
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: McNeil
Replies: 33
Views: 3763

Re: McNeil

I thought he got into positions today in which he could influence the game - not only with his crossing but also with his passing. We always set up with the wingers narrow, but that also suits McNeil. He's a handful out wide and his greatest asset to us is of course his crossing, but he relies on tr...
by claretspice
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley v Norwich - Player Ratings
Replies: 68
Views: 7076

Re: Burnley v Norwich - Player Ratings

Pope - 7 - Good early save to keep the scores level, and quickly off his line a couple of times in the second half to close off through balls. He handled well in the second half when required but in truth he was well screened and never really tested. Lowton - 7 - A very solid afternoon's work. Tidy ...

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