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  1. No it doesn't, but it makes it the most likely way for a team to score against us. If the oppo are dicking with the ball around the D don't attempt anything that the ref might fancy giving because they stand far more chance with a free kick than if we let them have the play.
  2. Ok let me reword that. The last two goals we conceded were from free kicks from teams that we really should not be conceding against... a bit like West Ham. It also appears to me that most clear cut chances against us are from crosses to the far post OR crosses into the box from free kicks. We therefore seem very vulnerable to arial threats from players like Carroll who has hurt us before. Re your edit, I think 5 goals conceded from set pieces for a team in our position with our defensive record is not that great at all. It's hard to find too many weaknesses in our team this season but this I feel this is an area that is avoidable a lot of the time. Any team in the prem has a player capable of riffling one in from 25 yards. There are not many teams who can break us down through open play (would you not agree?).
  3. Yet another goal from a set piece on Saturday. No question that crosses to the far post or well delivered set pieces are our Achilles heel. Carroll could be our worst nightmare . The answer is to pressurise the crosser and don't give away pointless free kicks in dangerous areas (which we love to do).
  4. Pretty astute move to bring him in then I think you would agree. JM gambled and with a bit of insider knowledge it paid off. And what do you think he's going to do in this close season...sit on his hands. JM at that club with there spending power will be a serious threat next season and we all need to come to terms with that. But let's not get carried away because this season is about US. United have won the smaller of the cups but the big prize is within our grasp. I'd rather Southampton had won it but I'm very pleased Arsenal or Liverpool didn't. Next season the CL will be within our grasp again so lets win the prem (and maybe the double) and re focus.
  5. Thank you for your generous words Chara but I'm really only relaying the facts as they happened :) Re Bonetti - I was a goalkeeper at school and college and The Cat was my absolute hero too. I wore his make of boots, shirt and even those little green gloves that were good for nothing. I also had a small family connection. When I was 7 or 8 my Dad taught French to a Director of Chelsea who knew Bonetti well. He got me a signed photo of him (which I've still got) and my first tickets to a Chelsea game. A couple of years back I managed to meet the great man at the Bridge and even had a little chat... it was a lovely moment for me after all those years. An absolute gent too.
  6. Ok I trust you :)
  7. Talking of which, I could never quite get myself to go out with a scouse girl.... soon as I heard the accent I was off. Fortunately there weren't many where I used to live. Many years ago though one girl did manage creep in under the radar. She was very nice and didn't speak like she had a plum in her mouth so I was caught off guard. Then all of a sudden YNWA came on the radio and she was up on her feet giving it large, punching the air like she was on the Kop!! For weeks I tried to get past it but I just couldn't. If she had slept with my best friend I could have put it behind me but this was just too much. I sat her down one day and we had the big chat. "It's not you it's me" I said (meaning your a bin dipper and I'm not). If I may quote Donald Trump at this point: "There's a lot of bad hombres out there and extreme vetting is needed". The big man has a point.
  8. An admirer of Mourinho?? They're a bit thin on the ground these days... how do you think Ibro came to such a deluded conclusion? Yes, but when exactly did you said so... was it just now? I'd be impressed if it was at the start of the season.
  9. I think my phrasing has caused some confusion. Just to clarify JB, as far as I'm aware Mrs NB has never been involved in the porn industry. She would probably be horrified but at the same time weirdly flattered by that suggestion, but I think I can say with some degree of certainty that Ron Jeremy is not and has never been on her speed dial. Happy to have cleared that one up.... now I need to quickly change my computer security passwords as I hear footsteps on the stairs.
  10. If Ibrahimovich is the difference then I suppose much credit must go to the person who brought him to the club would you not agree? I for one never thought he would have the impact that he has in this league at his age.
  11. Oh she was full of it. I was giving it the old " he's past it, sloppy seconds, you'll need a new one next year". As you probably know I was very pro JM while with us and will still defend him if I feel the need to, so I'm hoping Mrs NB never finds her way onto these pages! Sometimes while I'm tapping away on my keyboard replying to a post she shouts up the stairs "what you doing on that computer?" , I reply "just watching porn dear, nothing to do with you".
  12. On the positive side those 2 FA cup wins kept Wenger in his job a few more years and if they should fluke it again this year they might just give him give him another five! "We want you to stay We want you to stay Grumpy old big nose, we want you to stay."
  13. Our draw hasn't been too bad this year but you just knew Arsenal were going to get Lincoln. Mrs Nobly is a plastic Man United supporter so things are going to get very messy in our house come match day. we had better be ready for this game because United are not the same side they were earlier in the season. Full strength team please Mr Conte.
  14. Man united in the cup then. Looks like this thread has got plenty more life in it yet. Arsenal having their usual hammer and tongs fight with non league oppo. One year they are going to get drawn against Aldershot Ladies and that'll put a stop to them.