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Forum: Books and Comics Discussion 16-07-2018, 19:12
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Posted By Rob
Finished reading Jack Gilmour today - thoroughly...

Finished reading Jack Gilmour today - thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done.
You can read more in the in-depth review that I've posted to both Amazon and Goodreads.

A few things worth a mention...
Forum: Sports Forum 15-07-2018, 21:02
Replies: 1,194
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Posted By Rob
I'm not sure that the people who give out awards...

I'm not sure that the people who give out awards know how to reward defensive-minded players. Kante and Varane were excellent.

Was Modric really that good in the grand scheme of things? Along with...
Forum: Sports Forum 15-07-2018, 17:08
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Posted By Rob
Yes. Dodgy in the group stage but France improved...

Yes. Dodgy in the group stage but France improved as the tournament went on. They beat Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia so deserved winners.
Forum: Sports Forum 15-07-2018, 15:02
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Posted By Rob
Did commentator really just say that this is the...

Did commentator really just say that this is the 4th all-European WC final in a row?
Argentina has been moved then.
Forum: Sports Forum 15-07-2018, 11:22
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Posted By Rob
Nations league starts in September. Was having a...

Nations league starts in September. Was having a read about the in and outs the other day and it sounds an interesting concept. The fact that one team in a group of 3 goes to the knockout and another...
Forum: Sports Forum 14-07-2018, 16:53
Replies: 1,194
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Posted By Rob
That passage of play between Hazard and De...

That passage of play between Hazard and De Bruyne, leading to Meunier's volley was sublime and deserved a goal. Great save by Pickford though. We just don't have players who can play at that level,...
Forum: Television Discussion 14-07-2018, 07:17
Replies: 40
Views: 2,229
Posted By Rob
Don't know why it suddenly occurred to me last...

Don't know why it suddenly occurred to me last night, must be all the football. But I really used to enjoy "Murphy's Mob". Had a killer theme tune too.
Forum: Sports Forum 13-07-2018, 05:44
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
It was Sam Allardyce's Facebook post though.

It was Sam Allardyce's Facebook post though.
Forum: Books and Comics Discussion 12-07-2018, 11:30
Replies: 149
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Posted By Rob
"Jack Gilmour" arrived on my Kindle today. I'm...

"Jack Gilmour" arrived on my Kindle today. I'm going to be interrupting my current read so I can read this and get you a review sometime next week.
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 21:27
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Posted By Rob
Griezmann, Aguero, Mbappe, Suarez, Cavani,...

Griezmann, Aguero, Mbappe, Suarez, Cavani, Neymar, Hazard, Ronaldo off the top of my head.

Like I said, I'm not knocking Kane. All I'm saying is that we don't have any players who are in the top 3...
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 21:21
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Posted By Rob
Definitely. Feels li,e we let one slip through...

Definitely. Feels li,e we let one slip through the net at City there.

I think Pickford, Walker, Stones, McGuire and Trippier have all been fantastic over this World Cup. When you watch the World...
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 21:11
Replies: 1,194
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Posted By Rob
He's not been good enough in the knockout stage...

He's not been good enough in the knockout stage and has missed a hatful of chances. He is a good player, but world class? He may win the Golden Boot of course. Between them, Kane, Sterling and...
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 21:01
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Posted By Rob
Exactly - we got to the semi-finals, despite the...

Exactly - we got to the semi-finals, despite the fact that we haven't got a Ronaldo, or a De Bruyne or a Modric, or a Griezmann. We haven't got one player who would be considered to be near the top...
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 20:46
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Posted By Rob
Damn. What happened in the 2nd half? I guess we...

Damn. What happened in the 2nd half? I guess we couldn't expect a team of the quality of Croatia to be so poor for a full 90 minutes. Should have killed them off when we were dominant.

No...
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 19:57
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Posted By Rob
Defence went all headless chicken in 2nd half....

Defence went all headless chicken in 2nd half. Nail-biting 30 mins here we go ..... just like a World Cup semi should be!
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 18:59
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Posted By Rob
Yes happy to admit to being wrong about Pickford....

Yes happy to admit to being wrong about Pickford. I was too quick to judge him after the flappy first match. He's made an outstanding contribution in the knockout stage.
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 18:50
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Posted By Rob
A lot of talk about how good France's defence...

A lot of talk about how good France's defence were last night but how good is England's back line? Walker, Stones, McGuire, Young and Henderson have all made at least one block/tackle. Superb team...
Forum: Sports Forum 11-07-2018, 11:10
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Posted By Rob
Adds to notes for possible use in Book #2

Adds to notes for possible use in Book #2
Forum: Sports Forum 10-07-2018, 20:07
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Views: 94,791
Posted By Rob
Just noticed City have announced the signing of...

Just noticed City have announced the signing of Mahrez :clap:
Forum: Sports Forum 10-07-2018, 20:04
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Not much in it being honest - Belgium certainly...

Not much in it being honest - Belgium certainly worked the keeper more in the first half but they didn't look too threatening in the second. Two great balls in from Mertens and De Bruyne as well as...
Forum: Sports Forum 10-07-2018, 17:12
Replies: 1,194
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Posted By Rob
Belgium for me. Martinez doesn't seem to be too...

Belgium for me. Martinez doesn't seem to be too highly rated as a coach but he got it spot on against Brazil. Be interesting to see how he sets up against France, probably 4 at the back again. With...
Forum: Sports Forum 10-07-2018, 17:09
Replies: 870
Views: 94,791
Posted By Rob
Sorry Bear, only just seen this. I was really...

Sorry Bear, only just seen this. I was really impressed with Zinchenko last season. He and Delph did a great job in the absence of Mendy. What struck me watching him play was how tidy his passing is,...
Forum: Sports Forum 09-07-2018, 17:52
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Posted By Rob
Living in LA

Living in LA
Forum: Sports Forum 08-07-2018, 20:45
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Posted By Rob
It's true that they haven't faced a top side yet:...

It's true that they haven't faced a top side yet: to get to a WC semi, you'd normally have to beat at least one team of the calibre of Germany, Brazil, France etc. But in 1990, we only had to beat an...
Forum: Sports Forum 08-07-2018, 20:20
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Posted By Rob
Had to be in Oxford yesterday, so missed most of...

Had to be in Oxford yesterday, so missed most of the game, but just watched the highlights. Wow, can't believe we're in the semis again. A few points, most of which have been covered above:-

1....
Forum: Books and Comics Discussion 05-07-2018, 20:13
Replies: 149
Views: 17,193
Posted By Rob
Bookbub, RobinReads, FussyLibrarian etc - they...

Bookbub, RobinReads, FussyLibrarian etc - they are the kind of things that I'm thinking about.

I recently set up with Bookbub because they said if you sold your book for 99p, you'd have a chance...
Forum: Sports Forum 05-07-2018, 19:50
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Posted By Rob
Has anybody been listening to the 5 Live daily...

Has anybody been listening to the 5 Live daily podcast? Yesterdays was particularly good - they talked to Chris Waddle and Terry Butcher about their memories of Italia 90. Chris Waddle's anecdotes...
Forum: Books and Comics Discussion 05-07-2018, 05:43
Replies: 149
Views: 17,193
Posted By Rob
Thanks for that. Have you done much...

Thanks for that.

Have you done much advertising for the new novella? (Looking forward to reading it by the way). My sales and reads have flatlined, although after nowt in June and July up to a few...
Forum: Sports Forum 03-07-2018, 21:02
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Posted By Rob
I take back all I said about Pickford. Great save...

I take back all I said about Pickford. Great save and a deserved win.
Forum: Sports Forum 02-07-2018, 20:02
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Posted By Rob
Great second half - very refreshing to see a...

Great second half - very refreshing to see a complete lack of haranguing the ref or rolling around. Shame both teams can't go through.
Forum: Sports Forum 01-07-2018, 17:04
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Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Shocker for Spain - they looked a lot better when...

Shocker for Spain - they looked a lot better when Rodrigo came on but despite playing well in patches, they haven't shown enough.

Croatia must be licking their lips in the bottom half of the draw...
Forum: Sports Forum 30-06-2018, 20:01
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Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Quite a low-key game livened up only by Cavani's...

Quite a low-key game livened up only by Cavani's goals.
Forum: Sports Forum 30-06-2018, 16:34
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Posted By Rob
Good game. Brilliant performance from Mbappe....

Good game. Brilliant performance from Mbappe. Argentina just aren't good enough and I don't think that the tournament will miss them. First France game I've seen this time and it looks like they have...
Forum: Sports Forum 30-06-2018, 10:16
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Posted By Rob
Trippier cross/set-piece onto the head of Kane or...

Trippier cross/set-piece onto the head of Kane or Stones is clearly the way to go.

Dion Dublin was making the point that Colombia usually play with the full-backs high and wide, which would suit...
Forum: Sports Forum 29-06-2018, 18:14
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Posted By Rob
Not sure about that - he had two chances on a...

Not sure about that - he had two chances on a plate and chimped up both of them.
Forum: Sports Forum 28-06-2018, 19:41
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Posted By Rob
If Sterling would have missed the chances...

If Sterling would have missed the chances Rashford has tonight The Sun's hacks would be sharpening their pencils.
Forum: Sports Forum 28-06-2018, 18:54
Replies: 1,194
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Posted By Rob
Am I being harsh or is it rose-tinted spectacles...

Am I being harsh or is it rose-tinted spectacles that has me imagining Shilton or Clemence just plucking that shot out of the air with minimal fuss?
Forum: Sports Forum 27-06-2018, 19:57
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Posted By Rob
I think any questions about whether England would...

I think any questions about whether England would be best finishing 1st or 2nd are moot now; the draw looks fairly evenly balanced to me - France, Portugal and Brazil in the top half; Spain and...
Forum: Sports Forum 27-06-2018, 16:45
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Posted By Rob
Latest Odds:- Brazil 4/1 Spain 4/1 ...

Latest Odds:-

Brazil 4/1
Spain 4/1
Belgium 13/2
France 8/1
England 17/2
Argentina 12/1
Croatia 12/1
Forum: Sports Forum 27-06-2018, 16:37
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Posted By Rob
Have managed to miss all of France's games so...

Have managed to miss all of France's games so far, but from what I've heard on radio commentary, and reading the match reports, they've been slow and ponderous. Not that Argentina have been much...
Forum: Sports Forum 27-06-2018, 16:18
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Given that they are playing Costa Rica, I'd say...

Given that they are playing Costa Rica, I'd say that's a gimme.
I reckon Brazil will turn it on tonight and even if they don't, a draw will be enough so I'd be surprised if Serbia went through.
Forum: Sports Forum 27-06-2018, 16:17
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Didn't think they'd go this early but that's a...

Didn't think they'd go this early but that's a bonus. The Kross free-kick v Sweden aside, they've been woeful. Teams just don't win 2 World Cups on the bounce (except in '62 of course).
Forum: Sports Forum 26-06-2018, 20:12
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
On the plus side, another exciting finish to a...

On the plus side, another exciting finish to a group.
But once again, players acting like school kids surrounding the referee over every decision.
Forum: Sports Forum 26-06-2018, 11:14
Replies: 1,194
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Posted By Rob
Someone's been reading the BBC live feed:suspect:

Someone's been reading the BBC live feed:suspect:
Forum: Sports Forum 25-06-2018, 20:49
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
They weren't convincing at all tonight. But like...

They weren't convincing at all tonight. But like I said, they still created a lot of openings, Still rather have my money on them than anybody else.

The lesser teams all try to keep it tight...
Forum: Sports Forum 25-06-2018, 20:03
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Although VAR has just enabled a perfectly good...

Although VAR has just enabled a perfectly good goal to stand.

Spain were not exactly great tonight but they still created enough chances to bury the game in the 2nd half. A few twists in both...
Forum: Sports Forum 25-06-2018, 16:02
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Still happy with my money on Spain. They have the...

Still happy with my money on Spain. They have the movement, the possession, the experience. The one question mark before the tournament was the main striker but Costa is looking sharp.

Less happy...
Forum: Sports Forum 25-06-2018, 11:19
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Can't see why Adam is taking all the flak here -...

Can't see why Adam is taking all the flak here - he is only saying what a lot of level-headed people (outside of the giddy media) are thinking.

Hands up who DIDN'T think "6 points" when the group...
Forum: Sports Forum 24-06-2018, 13:01
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Great first half. But we have to bear in mind...

Great first half. But we have to bear in mind that we're only playing a prison team.:nono:
Forum: Sports Forum 23-06-2018, 20:18
Replies: 1,194
Views: 30,748
Posted By Rob
Don't know much about Panama but you would...

Don't know much about Panama but you would imagine England would win .... if they play like they did in the first half v Tunisia. Chris Waddle said on R5 that Panama would give England a sterner test...
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