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    Bamba ... was he missed?

    City looked a lot tighter at the back today.

    Distribution from defence much improved.

    Did we only have 29% possession?

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Green Bluebird View Post
    City looked a lot tighter at the back today.

    Distribution from defence much improved.

    Did we only have 29% possession?
    All I will add is, our centre halves never went walkabout

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    All I will add is, our centre halves never went walkabout
    Manga like the rest 'left nothing on the pitch' today.

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    Well obvious answer is no we didnt at all.

    As mentioned in another thread it allowed peltier just to be a right back also- something he did exceptionally well.

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    I don't think Morrison or Manga ever strayed from their positions today, thus cutting down the opportunities for West Ham to get inbetween the lines.

    Peltier and Bennett played like proper full-backs for a change, not having to cover the gaps that have often been down to misplaced passes etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Green Bluebird View Post
    I don't think Morrison or Manga ever strayed from their positions today, thus cutting down the opportunities for West Ham to get inbetween the lines.

    Peltier and Bennett played like proper full-backs for a change, not having to cover the gaps that have often been down to misplaced passes etc.
    I have always worried about Manga as a right back in particular, but also as a centre half, with a dangerous mistake in him every game.

    Today he was brilliant. Morrison was fine alongside him.

    The defence was excellent today.


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    Thought Manga was great today.

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    Thought Manga was great today.
    I don't think he lost an aerial duel today.

    He did go 'walkabout' (2nd half) when nothing else was on, but calmly made a good pass.

    If we are to go down then I hope he is given an extended contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich munn View Post
    I have always worried about Manga as a right back in particular, but also as a centre half, with a dangerous mistake in him every game.

    Today he was brilliant. Morrison was fine alongside him.

    The defence was excellent today.

    Me too, but he seems to have cut the mistakes out now.

    We really need to get him a new contract.

    At this level he looks the best of our centre backs due to his composure on the ball and pace

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    Not today, but we went a goal up very early and West Ham didn't start playing until the last 15 minutes.

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeningradCowboy View Post
    Not today, but we went a goal up very early and West Ham didn't start playing until the last 15 minutes.
    Yes, let's see what things look like against opponents that actually turn up.

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Yes, let's see what things look like against opponents that actually turn up.
    We were helped by how slowly West Ham moved the ball, as in the main it allowed us to retain our shape comfortably. But there’s no doubt we looked better as a defensive unit with a proper right back in position and Manga looks far more comfortable at Centre back as he would. I think his extra pace there helped when he played alongside Bamba and will also help Morrison.

    But tougher tests are ahead starting with Hazard and Chelsea.

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    Thought Peltier in particular and Manga and Morrison were excellent today
    Last edited by StraightOuttaCanton; 10-03-19 at 06:03. Reason: Typo

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    Think it shows that Bruno should be first centre half on the team sheet, with Morrison or Bamba to join him. Morrison performed better paired with Bruno. Morrison was much better yesterday.

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    He wasn't missed yesterday but we have what, eight games left? I guarantee that we'll have at least one game where we come away thinking it would have been so much better if Bamba was on the pitch.

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    I'm sure Arter and Gunnarson had better games, knowing that both centre backs were behind them in their correct positions, rather than going off for a wander around the park.

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    Re: Bamba ... was he missed?

    Quote Originally Posted by surge View Post
    He wasn't missed yesterday but we have what, eight games left? I guarantee that we'll have at least one game where we come away thinking it would have been so much better if Bamba was on the pitch.
    I would agree with you, but in those eight games there would be occasions when we come away thinking that it would have been better if he wasn't on the pitch.

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