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  1. Yep, that's where initial pressure needs applying. The council need to get this point clarified immediately, if all is above board at least we all know and can move on, if there's something odd happened then it should be investigated professionally and challenged. Maybe that's where the protests should be and not at the ground (at least until it has been clarified). The council should be all over this, it was rate payers money for God's sake.
  2. Exactly what I thought re Messi, should have just asked for the average first team salary.
  3. If he's going to retain interest from elsewhere he'd better start playing a damn sight better than on Saturday. For a star player he was dreadful. The better players in the league prove it week in week out. Saturday was nowhere near good enough. ... and yes I saw every game last season, he certainly has quality but must step up more often for the sake of the club.
  4. Isn't it easier to get a Fortress Boundary Park with more home fans turning up, 12th man and all that?
  5. I haven’t seen Dearnley mentioned much in the friendlies, has he featured much? Surely not injured!
  6. Quality finishes last year but career stats maybe suggest the season was a one off. Still maintain that he does little otherwise but acknowledge that scoring is pretty important!
  7. Also adds very very little if he doesn't score.
  8. Matty Palmer and Missilou released at Swindon, bring 'em home.
  9. Be better if he signed on for the 21/22 season though!
  10. Good pre match interview by Curle again. I like getting his forthright views and tend to agree with his view of the club. It didn’t take him long to see that this is not a team of winners, and not really a team at all. It is clear with hindsight that pre season signings from the likes of Wrexham would bring obvious results,we need to be signing players released by league one and two clubs soon to have any sort of chance next season. With Curle’s playing background and his track record in management at this level surely he’ll get a big say with our signings.
  11. That’s due the majority of players he has to deal with. He’s probably giving Garrity, Hilsner and the like the chance to play for their futures elsewhere.
  12. Just as you develop things to like about the team and have a bit of hope they let you down again, appalling home record.
  13. Whelan was again good last night after an excellent performance at Morecambe. My criticism of him early season was that his passing was constantly backwards or sideways, real premiership coaching but uninspiring. He is now very good at firstly making himself available (not hiding) and it seems his first thought is to go forward. Impressive turnaround and Curle seems to like him. If he could tackle and shoot he’d be quite a player! Needs to add goals to his game to continue his progress.
  14. If the big six want to do their own thing then this should be instead of competing in our domestic premiership and cup competitions. This of course would be untenable to them but would open up our own league(s) and provide opportunities for those who often get little look in - Leicester winning the Premiership was a joy. I’d ask what footballer would want to compete in a closed league where home fans dominate the atmosphere and they are denied the opportunity to play for their national team? Of course they want it both ways with the new league being in addition to their presence in the Premier league with games played midweek. Weren’t they looking to reduce games? The natural consequence will be that they decline to enter the FA cup and League Cup. Shame on them.
  15. Follows much of the season’s trend, played some very good effective and entertaining football away but not at home. More of the same on Friday night?
  16. Think blaming Curle would be harsh, he has brought more structure to the team and has now realised that our players are not consistently good enough, something he has had to find out in just five weeks, we have seen them all season! oddly there have been some very good away performances, football wise if not the results, under Curle but these players won’t and can’t do it regularly enough to mount a challenge. Not Curle’s fault we have no forwards. Our home form however, both results and performances has been abysmal, why is that? Surely 2,500 home fans can’t make that much difference, and what happened to watering the pitch? all footballers prefer a wet surface. Anyway, he now knows what we need for next season and also who we don’t, something we wouldn’t have if we appointed at the end of the season. if he is allowed to get who he wants he’ll stay, if not then he may not. I for one hope he does.
  17. McAleney, DKD and Garrity not featuring. McAleney not prolific enough to sit out matches anymore, needs dropping but he’s lucky there are no alternatives, our defence and midfield have no options meaning we get the dreary passing along the back. Depressing home form again.
  18. The Scunthorpe commentary team made a telling point on Tuesday stating that we appeared ‘an easy team to play against’. Much as I really like seeing Bahamboula take on the opposition it is entertaining more so than effective. Until he learns to avoid losing possession so much he’ll play at this level. Perhaps why Curle isn’t totally convinced yet.
  19. I sort of get why Latics supporters would sooner pay for away games only but it’s a bit bizarre preferring to give your money to our competitors. Nowt so queer as folk.
  20. Big overreaction on here. that was an entertaining game of football. We looked much more organised and solid than previously, Clarke replacing Badan in a back three will much improve things. we passed much better but we still look incredibly small and have no aerial threat unless we put the centre backs up which we can only do for set pieces. If we had held onto the win the reaction would have been so different. The only contentious issue I agree with is the replacing of two midfielders at once, 10 minute gap would have been less disruptive. Trying to shore up the defence when one up away from home? fully understandable. the cry for Bahamboula I get, what a player at times, presume Curle dislikes how often he actually loses possession.
  21. I kept pleading for us to stop passing short from goal kicks, we are hopeless at it.when Lawlor did go long he put it out of play!!! whilst overall this has been a more entertaining season than we are used to it has also provided too many performances which are amongst the dullest I have seen in nearly 50 years of supporting Latics. Too many players have only the occasional good game (McCalmont, DKD, Mceleney, Bahamboula) some are consistently not good enough (Diarra, Badan,, Ntambwe) and we just don’t have enough height. Curle has a big job ahead, I wouldn’t keep many of this lot.
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