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  • acricketer
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    Plan B is still active.

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  • Alanwycombe
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    Looks like we've got to keep him now we've loaned out the option.

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  • uptheR's
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    Yer the problem is not with Matt Smith himself, it's the way the tactics seem to change when he comes on that's the problem. Like you say, use the wingers and get crosses in the box, that's where he is really dangerous

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  • hal9thou
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    Originally posted by Alanwycombe View Post
    Ian History did it and now SMC does it too.
    Astonishing, isn't it? You play Smith, you have to play the ball in from deep and wide final third ie winger territory. With at least one other hitman in close proximity to hoover up in the chaos.

    What you don't do is isolate him and lump the fvcker up in the air from 60m away.

    You can coach this problem away in training. The ball stays on the ground until the final third whenever Smith is up front. 500 fine each contravention. Supplier of Smith assist in games picks up the float. Job done.





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  • Alanwycombe
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    Originally posted by uptheR's View Post
    Liked Smith from day 1. Good option to have on the bench. Seems to cause panic with just his presence in the box. With good service, not just Lynch hoofing it up the pitch, I think he's quite useful. Hope he stays
    That's the trouble though Up, Lynch hoofing it is the only service he gets because when he comes on we invariably take the winger off. Ian History did it and now SMC does it too.

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  • uptheR's
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    Liked Smith from day 1. Good option to have on the bench. Seems to cause panic with just his presence in the box. With good service, not just Lynch hoofing it up the pitch, I think he's quite useful. Hope he stays

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  • hal9thou
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    Originally posted by davieqpr View Post
    The conditions suited Smith on Saturday, A wet and windy day. Other times he adds nothing in attack and we have been lacking an out ball. There is no way we can afford to buyWells and Hemed next season when we lose 9.60m in parachute payments.
    Smith causes problems if the service and support is there, see #9 above. Diagonals from 60m with every team mate at least as far away (ie what happened last term) is not how you service him. Do it right and you've got a viable Plan B.

    The loss in parachute payment doesn't prevent the board from negotiating deals. It totally depends on whether or not they want to be in the running for a play off spot (and the possibility of more paras in a couple of years time ;) )
    Last edited by hal9thou; 28-01-2019, 10:30 PM.

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  • Shepherds Mush
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    Feel sorry for Smith as he's got a decent shot on him....not that we ever see it !

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  • davieqpr
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    The conditions suited Smith on Saturday, A wet and windy day. Other times he adds nothing in attack and we have been lacking an out ball. There is no way we can afford to buyWells and Hemed next season when we lose 9.60m in parachute payments. Can see earners like Lynch and Pav going instead.

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  • hal9thou
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    Obviously we keep him. We need to adjust how we keep him.

    Like I said elsewhere, throughout his career the minute he steps on the park the ball has gone airborne. It needs to go in behind, wide and deep and on the deck so that Pav can get in from there. Which is another reason for not playing PW out of position as recently suggested. ;)

    Watching Smith play last season with those long diagonal balls in and no support for about half a mile took months off my life. Give him wide service and someone to maximise on the chaos and it becomes such a simple game.


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  • Shepherds Mush
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    Changed the game when he came on.

    Also, Chair looks a proper player.

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  • Alanwycombe
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    Originally posted by qprjeff1882 View Post

    Crouchy is more mobile than Smith too. Better with his feet also
    Peter Crouch 'suffered' because he looks weird when he is / was actually a very good player. Look at his England goals for a start. His headed goal record will probably stand for longer than Shearer's overall Prem tally.

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  • LoftusRoadLad
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    Yeah I agree we need him and wingers like BOS and Pav to feed him.

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  • qprjeff1882
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    Originally posted by 1973 ranger View Post
    Does a job as a sub nowadays and personally would look at Crouchy next season to come to us in the same role as he has always said he wants to play for us again at some point and I reckon he would play for us for a fair wage. Smith overall has been great and while he is limited he always gives his all and seems to be very popular with the other players.
    Crouchy is more mobile than Smith too. Better with his feet also

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  • 1973 ranger
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    Does a job as a sub nowadays and personally would look at Crouchy next season to come to us in the same role as he has always said he wants to play for us again at some point and I reckon he would play for us for a fair wage. Smith overall has been great and while he is limited he always gives his all and seems to be very popular with the other players.

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