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Thread: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

  1. #176

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    Ridiculous expectations from the media and some of the fans

    If page and the players he manages were world beaters he would be running one of the big 6 premier league clubs and the Welsh squad would all be players at those sort of clubs

    Some of our fans sound like the entitled English types

    If someone better than page comes along after he is hounded out then that's the way it goes

    If my aunty had bollocks she would be my uncle
    Nobody here is suggesting Page or the squad are world beaters

  2. #177

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by City123 View Post
    Nobody here is suggesting Page or the squad are world beaters
    I hope you are prepared to accept expectation levels are ridiculous ?

    At the very least

  3. #178

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    Can't argue with much of that Sludge. Two quality central midfielders and a major upgrade on Conor Roberts and we would indeed be a useful side. But with a relatively small pool of players to choose from any success we have will be cyclical and it could be a while before our time comes around again.
    It's hard work on here

  4. #179

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by bluesp View Post
    By my reckoning only 3 of our starting 11 are starting regularly for their teams, All those 3 are in the championship. A number of that 11 are not getting a look in at club level, including the keeper and striker. I think we’ve done very well based on the above and it was always going to catch up with us at some point.
    Yep

  5. #180

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    You can’t just blame the manager because a player as talented as Johnson produces his club form so rarely in international football. Who played well for Wales yesterday? I suppose Danny Ward did, but I’m struggling to think of anyone else. The team passed the ball really poorly and for all of those criticising Kieffer Moore (who I admit looked like someone who barely plays these days), he had virtually nothing to work off because our crossing was mostly useless - instead, we fed him as if he had the speed of a Johnson or James as he was given long balls into the channels and asked to outpace his marker - that’s not Moore’s game and never will be.

    Even someone as reliable as Ben Davies was a long way short of his best yesterday - a team has little chance when so many of their squad are below their best, so, for me, just blaming the manager is too easy. I’m not a huge Page fan, but yesterday was a collective failure whereby too many players failed to show up when it really mattered.
    I think that's an excellent summary

  6. #181

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by J R Hartley View Post
    Oh dear
    What do you mean oh dear? What I see is a very talented player badly under performing for his country, not only that, he's been doing it for well over a year now. Maybe it's an age thing, but I've never believed in giving an under performing player a free pass because it's all his manager's fault.

  7. #182

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by llan bluebird View Post
    Where do you believe Johnson most effective position is?

    I would say he is an out-and-out inside forward, closer to a centre forward, than an attacking midfielder like Wilson, they are not like-for-like. Wilson could play 8 effectively, whilst Johnson could/has played "9".

    Johnson should have been in line with Moore to be effective, but was 10 meters deeper. I doubt he did that on his own.
    Johnson should have been good enough to have been effective against that defence wherever he played. If it was me, I would have have had him alongside Moore and I'd say his best games for Wales (all in the last Nations Cup campaign for me) were played through the middle.

  8. #183

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    Iceland did England

    It was hilarious

    It happens
    Of course 'shocks' can happen.

    Wales have been outplayed by Armenia twice.

    Due to (IMHO) poor strategy, coaching and management.

    Wales have been poor in these qualifiers. Granted not all the players are regulars in their respective club sides but they should be doing better against Armenia.

    I'm not a Rob Page fan, he seems like an incredibly nice lad but tactically he's limited and he's incredibly slow in changing any tactics during a game. His decision making Saturday was mystifying.

    I'm a proper misery guts mind.

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    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Jordi Culé View Post
    Of course 'shocks' can happen.

    Wales have been outplayed by Armenia twice.

    Due to (IMHO) poor strategy, coaching and management.

    Wales have been poor in these qualifiers. Granted not all the players are regulars in their respective club sides but they should be doing better against Armenia.

    I'm not a Rob Page fan, he seems like an incredibly nice lad but tactically he's limited and he's incredibly slow in changing any tactics during a game. His decision making Saturday was mystifying.

    I'm a proper misery guts mind.
    He is a nice bloke, but out of his depth, he's supposed to be the best person to Manage Wales, where will his next managerial job be?

  10. #185

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    The strange thing about this campaign as far as Page is concerned is that his team has taken 4 points off Croatia but have failed against the less competitive sides. He's overachieved and underachieved.

    I think the team is also going through a transition too and have maybe been a little clueless when they are expected to be the more dominant side.

    That said. Mooney decided to stick with Page and it's looking like that decision was wrong....at the moment ....in terms of automatic qualification.

    They should have a shortlist of managers who they think could improve things and if any of them are available I'd probably get them in to replace Page ASAP ..... ready for the play off in march.

    Even if the miracle happened , I'd still be tempted to replace Page. I just think the philosophy, the attitude and the tactics are a bit primitive. It's a bit smash and grab. Not much in the way of self-expression or confidence on the ball. Especially when the pressure is on.

  11. #186

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    You can’t just blame the manager because a player as talented as Johnson produces his club form so rarely in international football. Who played well for Wales yesterday? I suppose Danny Ward did, but I’m struggling to think of anyone else. The team passed the ball really poorly and for all of those criticising Kieffer Moore (who I admit looked like someone who barely plays these days), he had virtually nothing to work off because our crossing was mostly useless - instead, we fed him as if he had the speed of a Johnson or James as he was given long balls into the channels and asked to outpace his marker - that’s not Moore’s game and never will be.

    Even someone as reliable as Ben Davies was a long way short of his best yesterday - a team has little chance when so many of their squad are below their best, so, for me, just blaming the manager is too easy. I’m not a huge Page fan, but yesterday was a collective failure whereby too many players failed to show up when it really mattered.
    But playing balls into channels for Moore to chase that is the managers fault.

  12. #187

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    I hope you are prepared to accept expectation levels are ridiculous ?

    At the very least
    What do you perceive the expectation levels to be and how are they ridiculous?

  13. #188

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by City123 View Post
    What do you perceive the expectation levels to be and how are they ridiculous?
    How dare people expect to take more than 1 point in 2 games against a side ranked 97th in the world

  14. #189

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    What do you mean oh dear? What I see is a very talented player badly under performing for his country, not only that, he's been doing it for well over a year now. Maybe it's an age thing, but I've never believed in giving an under performing player a free pass because it's all his manager's fault.
    You asked wether a players abiliity changes depending on the manager. I said "oh dear" because that is quite simply a ridiculously naive question from someone who writes match reports and football blogs.

    Of course a players influence on the game will depend on the managers tactics and what hes been asked to do by the manager. Hes not someone like Bale who can just float into any area of the pitch and control the game and its evident that Page tactics are simply not set up to get the best out of him.

  15. #190

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Bald Barry Bastad View Post
    But playing balls into channels for Moore to chase that is the managers fault.
    Can you seriously think of any manager who would tell his team to knock balls into the channels for Keiffer Mooreto chase? I suppose if he was up against some spectacularly slow centre backs you might, but you don’t get many of them at international level. However, if they were obeying Page’s instructions on Saturday by so obviously not playing to Moore’s strengths, then, fair enough, he has to go.

  16. #191

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Can you seriously think of any manager who would tell his team to knock balls into the channels for Keiffer Mooreto chase? I suppose if he was up against some spectacularly slow centre backs you might, but you don’t get many of them at international level. However, if they were obeying Page’s instructions on Saturday by so obviously not playing to Moore’s strengths, then, fair enough, he has to go.
    So if they were defying his instructions and smashing it long on their own accord when Page didnt want them to do that why the hell wasnt he out on the touchline barking orders for them to stop doing it?

    Was it the players decision to leave Moore so isolated? or start with only 3 attack minded players in a game we had to win?

  17. #192

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Jordi Culé View Post
    Of course 'shocks' can happen.

    Wales have been outplayed by Armenia twice.

    Due to (IMHO) poor strategy, coaching and management.

    Wales have been poor in these qualifiers. Granted not all the players are regulars in their respective club sides but they should be doing better against Armenia.

    I'm not a Rob Page fan, he seems like an incredibly nice lad but tactically he's limited and he's incredibly slow in changing any tactics during a game. His decision making Saturday was mystifying.

    I'm a proper misery guts mind.
    You are not as bad as Hartley , the moribund xxxx

  18. #193

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by City123 View Post
    What do you perceive the expectation levels to be and how are they ridiculous?
    Well it's football isn't it ?

    A lot on here are the same about CCFC

    Bulut gets a good squad together which looks at least mid table , we don't turn up v Norwich

    The knives come out

    That sort of thing

  19. #194

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by J R Hartley View Post
    How dare people expect to take more than 1 point in 2 games against a side ranked 97th in the world
    Did you expect us to beat Croatia ?

    No , even you are not that stupid

    But we did , despite previously looking poor

    We did a side far better than us on paper

    That's football

    Stick to the strikers club boyo

  20. #195

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by J R Hartley View Post
    You asked wether a players abiliity changes depending on the manager. I said "oh dear" because that is quite simply a ridiculously naive question from someone who writes match reports and football blogs.

    Of course a players influence on the game will depend on the managers tactics and what hes been asked to do by the manager. Hes not someone like Bale who can just float into any area of the pitch and control the game and its evident that Page tactics are simply not set up to get the best out of him.
    A club paid £45 million for Johnson this summer, if you’re telling me that him looking so limited and inconsequential on Saturday was entirely down to Page, then I say Johnson’s not worth that money because a clearly talented player like him is incapable of imposing hi nemself on the defence of a team which I believe is ranked 96th in the world.

    Two or three years ago, Rubin Colwill was being picked in Welsh squads ahead of Johnson, but then suddenly he kicked on and was soon clearly the first choice out of the two - watching him struggle so much on Saturday though makes you wonder if, perhaps, the original judgment was correct. I don’t really believe that, but I’m beginning to think that someone like Dan James, who doesn’t have Johnson’s natural talent or flair, is currently a better option for Wales than him because he influences games more than Johnson does.

  21. #196

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by J R Hartley View Post
    So if they were defying his instructions and smashing it long on their own accord when Page didnt want them to do that why the hell wasnt he out on the touchline barking orders for them to stop doing it?

    Was it the players decision to leave Moore so isolated? or start with only 3 attack minded players in a game we had to win?
    How do you know he wasn’t? It didn’t happen as much in the second half after he’d had fifteen minutes with them.

    The problem you and others who are trying to give the players a free pass for Saturday have is that there’s the precedent of the Croatia game to be factored in.just ignoring it won’t work, so let’s go with the theory that the players basically ignored what Page said and turned in one of the best Welsh performances of the last thirty or forty years off their own bats.

    The question then arises that, if Croatia was all down to the players, why couldn’t they come up with something similar against an inferior team this weekend?

    I’ve said earlier that I’m not a big fan of Page, I think he’s a limited manager at international level, but you can’t just dismiss the Croatia match because you don’t rate him. My own view is that Wales raised their game against a declining opponent and a big factor in that was that they thought Page was being treated unfairly - they were showing their backing for him.

    Wales showed against Croatia that they are capable of raising their game to a level which rivals the sides of the Coleman era at times. They’re not as good as those sides, but, equally, they’re not as bad a team as they looked on Saturday. To perform like that in a game with so much riding on it is, I believe, very concerning and there has to be more to the contrast in performances in two games just a month apart (with Johnson fit, we had a stronger squad against Armenia) than the fact the manager isn’t great- questions need to be asked of the players as well.

  22. #197

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    How do you know he wasn’t? It didn’t happen as much in the second half after he’d had fifteen minutes with them.

    The problem you and others who are trying to give the players a free pass for Saturday have is that there’s the precedent of the Croatia game to be factored in.just ignoring it won’t work, so let’s go with the theory that the players basically ignored what Page said and turned in one of the best Welsh performances of the last thirty or forty years off their own bats.

    The question then arises that, if Croatia was all down to the players, why couldn’t they come up with something similar against an inferior team this weekend?

    I’ve said earlier that I’m not a big fan of Page, I think he’s a limited manager at international level, but you can’t just dismiss the Croatia match because you don’t rate him. My own view is that Wales raised their game against a declining opponent and a big factor in that was that they thought Page was being treated unfairly - they were showing their backing for him.

    Wales showed against Croatia that they are capable of raising their game to a level which rivals the sides of the Coleman era at times. They’re not as good as those sides, but, equally, they’re not as bad a team as they looked on Saturday. To perform like that in a game with so much riding on it is, I believe, very concerning and there has to be more to the contrast in performances in two games just a month apart (with Johnson fit, we had a stronger squad against Armenia) than the fact the manager isn’t great- questions need to be asked of the players as well.
    We clearly don't have a strong spine to the team as we did with Coleman........Williams, ledley , Ramsey, Bale

    Throw in a clutch of decent championship standard players and we were a good side

    But even our better players are not of 2016 quality now

    And page isn't as good a motivator as Coleman clearly was

    I think all this knives out nonsense is petulant tbh

  23. #198

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    Well it's football isn't it ?

    A lot on here are the same about CCFC

    Bulut gets a good squad together which looks at least mid table , we don't turn up v Norwich

    The knives come out

    That sort of thing
    Answer the question. What do you perceive the expectation levels to be and how are they ridiculous?

  24. #199

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by City123 View Post
    Answer the question. What do you perceive the expectation levels to be and how are they ridiculous?
    I have answered the question

    Absolutely daft expectation levels

    Even if we had England's playing squad people wouldn't be happy

  25. #200

    Re: FT: ARMENIA 1 - 1 WALES. Match thread

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    I have answered the question

    Absolutely daft expectation levels

    Even if we had England's playing squad people wouldn't be happy
    What are the expectation levels?

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