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Reality Check Time!!

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by toon4life (U519577) 11 September 2010
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Not a happy bunny! Got to be a reality check for the toon. It was always going to be a tough season but noone could have believed that Blackpool could have won today. Fair play to them, they played well but I think after today we have to revise our ambitions for this season.

This game never ceases to shock or amaze you. I absolutely loved it when Everton manaaged to sneak a last minute draw from 3-1 down. Well done to them too. But guess where he have to go next lads? That's what dissapoints me the most. I think by the end of next weekend we're looking at 3 losses in the season and a tough home game against Stoke. Let's face it, if Blackpool can do that to us, Stoke will make mincemeat of us.

If ever we needed a reality check, it's now.

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posted Sep 11, 2010

However, your article was well written & balanced so I have give you 4*s mate.

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posted Sep 11, 2010

Smith didnt' do us any favours either. At this point, i'd be happy to see him dropped at least for the next game and give Tiote a run out. We have to use this now to reflect and change accordingly.

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comment by U14334741

posted Sep 11, 2010

Go Blackpool! I think every neutral is rooting for them this season. Good club with a very likeable manager.

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posted Sep 11, 2010

Wow Blackpool.

I have to admit that I thought they would be where West Ham are!

What an astonishing start to the season (bar the match when we smashed 6 past your lot ;-))

I have been very impressed with their performances so far and I honestly do hope that they finish in the top half of the table.

Best of luck for the season, Blackpool. <ok>

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comment by Andy (U14610773)

posted Sep 11, 2010

Top performance today by the super Pool, the dream continues. Tough game but think we edged it, although you did put the squeeze on in the second half, and Gilks was in fine form.

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posted Sep 11, 2010

Thanks Nasri, we seem to have all the neutrals on our side this season.

Now I'm not being facetious here but your profile talks about how you 'always stay a Gooner - through thick and thin!'. Could you explain to us all when the 'thin' was in Arsenal's recent history?

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posted Sep 12, 2010

Thanks Nasri, we seem to have all the neutrals on our side this season.

Now I'm not being facetious here but your profile talks about how you 'always stay a Gooner - through thick and thin!'. Could you explain to us all when the 'thin' was in Arsenal's recent history?
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Lol, if you're talking about silverware then I would say that in that aspect, we haven't really been successful.

But due to moving a new stadium and Wenger's youth policy (which I do not agree with), It isn't any surprise that we haven't won anything for the last 5 years.

I think we have progressed as the years have gone by, but we still don't have enough to be a title winning squad and we don't have enough strength in depth.

Here's my take on it:

We get 2 million pounds per home game and along with the money we get from merchandise and the converted flats from the old Highbury Stadium, most (if not, all) of that money goes towards the club's debt, stadium, wages, salaries etc.

Once we pay off the 190 million pound debt, we can use that money on whatever we would like in terms of transfers or we could save it for future investments.

I'm not expecting us to win any silverware this season.

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posted Sep 12, 2010

Thanks for the clarification Nasri. I will now explain to you the average Blackpool supporter's idea of thick and thin:

1) Thick is having a 4-sided ground.
2) Thick is playing in tier 2.
3) Thick is playing at Newcastle.
4) Thicker is playing at Wembley.
5) Thickest is playing in the Premier League.

And now thin:

1) Thin is when you lose 7-0 to Barnet.
2) Thin is when you go to Hartlepool on a Friday night in the lashing rain to see your team lose 1-0. Thin is when the game looks more like a World War 1 battle re-enactment than a football match.
3) Thin is when you haven't won a major trophy in nearly 60 years.
4) Thin is losing 5-0 at home to York City two season running.
5) Thin is having a right-back who is sees double when he holds his head straight.
6) Thin is having to apply for re-election to the Football League.

I hope your thin period comes to an end soon, as ours has. I hope your perspective improves too.

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comment by John (U14396424)

posted Sep 12, 2010

something no other newcastle fan has said, but this wasnt a bad performance by newcastle, 13 attempts "on target" as opposed to their 4, yes they were more clinical on the day, but the scoreline doesnt reflect the game, i remember a game where fulham came here seasons back we battered them, having about 15-20 chances on target, their keeper had a stormer, like blackpools did today, but they hit us for 5 with 6 attacks, blackpool did well today, but on another day we would have scored 2 or 3 past them, it just wasnt our afternoon, im not re-evaluating my season expectations, ive expected a relegation dogfight from day one, and still do, i didnt get carried away with the villa game, as just like this blackpool result, the scoreline didnt reflect the game, had villa put that penalty away and had their perfectly fine goal not been dissallowed, it would have been 2-0 villa before we'd even scored our first, we are not that good; and to all the other sniper rifle fans on here the "majority" of newcastle fans know this. its just the "minority" of idiot newcastle fans come on here saying were going to get into europe were going to win trophies, they forget we were a championship team last year. finishing 17th on goal difference would be a major achievement for us this season, i still think we will be relegated at the end of the season. Idont think there is anything that houghton can do about it either, hes playing the best squad he can with our team, Smith is not a premiership quality midfielder, he was a good premiership striker, but unfortunately in my opinion he is only championship quality now, the only slight critisicm of Houghton would be we have played with the exact same team sheet and the exact same tactics 3 games in a row, you have to be able to mix it up a little otherwise teams know exactly how your going to play, which makes it easier for them to beat you, if we line up with the same squad and the same tactics against everton and stoke, then as far as im concerned we will get beaten and beaten well, were not talking wholesale changes, just a tweak here and there, i.e play 2 strikers in some games, in others stick with 1, play different midfielders, i.e ben arfa is a player who runs at you, nolan arrives late in the box, 2 different types of attacking midfielders who the opposition would have to play differently against. but from what ive seen were not going to keep opponents guessing, they will know exactly who they are going to be playing against and will now have our system worked out and have a game plan of how to beat it. we were very consistent like this in the championship last year, but it didnt matter in that league as we were better than the teams we were playing, thats not the case in this league, blackpool have mixed it up and look where they are in the league. but this game changes nothing, as far as our season aspirations are concerned, both teams will be battling for survival come the end of the season, theres 34 games left so its not over yet, but even if we win our next 5 games we will not finish any where near europe, we will get knocked out of every cup competition before the quarters and we will lose far more games this season than we win

come on everyone tell me im "dillusional"

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