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  1. Interesting read about Karlan Grant. He came through the Charlton academy that has had coaches there for years and also yielded other EPL players. An example of what a good academy can result in. He did have a spell with Huddersfield in the EPL. Was brought up by a Scottish mother. He has got a great shot on him (most on target) and plays in a front 3 for WBA. Saw him get a couple of goals in the QPR game last month and was the pick of the front three, though they did seem to miss a tall centre forward to get on the end of crosses. Took his goals well though. If he does get asked/decides to join the squad he could be a good addition to our choice of forwards.
  2. Scottish mother. He's been getting a few this season, 5 goals and two assists in 12 games with a shot accuracy of 76% - getting shots in target is on thing we could definitely be better at so worth a look...
  3. We are obviously performing better in general by getting to a major tourney and giving ourselves a great chance of getting to another. To use some well-worn phrases we can't take anything for granted and there are no easy games etc, etc. In so many of our recent games though we have gone behind and/or let the opposition dictate play early on which then means we have had to pull out all the stops to get back into the game. It's good to have that attribute but it's not really sustainable. Against Moldova we did start well but then seemed to take our foot off the gas a bit and then leave ourselves a difficult final 10 minutes where the good initial work could have come undone. Austria away is probably the best recent performance we've had against a higher ranked team so we just need to repeat that type of performance more often, somehow....
  4. We've been fortunate that we've not been punished more after playing so poorly - particularly in the way we're starting games (Denmark/Israel/Faroes). Better, clear-cut chances come about with an overall better performance but we very often seem to start games badly often going behind and having to then pull out all the stops to try and get a winner or salvage a draw. I would argue that while we deserved the win v Israel, the Faroes were very unfortunate not to get anything from last nights game. It could be that we are set up on the basis of being defensive and trying to ensure we don't lose goals. During Clarke's reign we have done that and are in a much better place as a result. However, now we have an established formation and set-up it just puzzles me how often we start badly and have to work harder to get back into the game and get a result. Hopefully that will come with the overall momentum we have built up.
  5. We may have rued our bad luck in previous campaigns but we surely can't go on being this poor and getting the rub of the green if we want to get to/through the play-offs. Why do we always start games so badly?
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