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We,re off to Portugal during pre season, to play in this against Benfica and Vitoria Setubal. Probably making up for Benfica cancelling on is last season :)

Great Pre season games for us though.
 
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Players arrived in Portugal yesterday. Looking coward to see if their is a definite formation Pearson wants to play as much as anything.
 

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was checking the calendar


thursday 14 July - 20.30h
Benfica vs Vitória de Setúbal


friday 15 July - 20.30h
Derby County vs Vitória de Setúbal

saturday 16 July - 20.30h
Benfica vs Derby County

pre season on the way :wee: :D
 

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Complete u21 team playing, 1-0 down
 

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Lost 1-0, no first team squad played, young lads did quite well to be fair.
 

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Interestingly we played a 352 formation. Will be interesting
To see if that's what the first team plays tomorrow.

Even more interesting. Will any of the other derby fans come back or will I just be talking to myself...
 

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Interestingly we played a 352 formation. Will be interesting
To see if that's what the first team plays tomorrow.

Even more interesting. Will any of the other derby fans come back or will I just be talking to myself...
given the state of the affairs ( VS mess) i would suggest u pm them...if u dont get a reply they are likely to be locked out and in which case action needs to be taken
 

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I know Neil, he doesn't rush to sort things out, he said he will when he can be arsed. I will pm the other 2
 

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Regarding the Benfice game, we played two different 11s in each half. Played 352 and seemed to struggle with it. But Christie, Keogh and Shackell didn't play, nor did Hendrick and obviously Thorne. Obviously the euros players still having time off.

Some dodgy defending, but we were outclassed by a far better team.

Great and frank interview by Pearson, who wasn't pleased with the performance. Probably saw what we already know about a lack of leadership and a bit of "grit" wonder if we will see movement in the transfer market now.
 

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well I'm still here :D

Though its hard to watch the Championship in the US unless u find a stream, plus I have a feeling the games televised here will be 90% Newcastle matches :yawn:
 

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Well we play Newcastle early in the season, unsurprisingly on the telly here as well, as well as the Villa and Burton games.
 

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Interestingly we played a 352 formation. Will be interesting
To see if that's what the first team plays tomorrow.

Even more interesting. Will any of the other derby fans come back or will I just be talking to myself...
I couldn't sign in or get a new password, so I created this account with a different email address.

Seasons not far away now. The disappointment with the Benfica game was just how badly we were off the pace.
 

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Interestingly we played a 352 formation. Will be interesting
To see if that's what the first team plays tomorrow.

Even more interesting. Will any of the other derby fans come back or will I just be talking to myself...
I couldn't sign in or get a new password, so I created this account with a different email address.

Seasons not far away now. The disappointment with the Benfica game was just how badly we were off the pace.
I suppose it being the first game it was to be expected, good to see you back :)
 

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Sorted out a new password and am back for the new season


Still no real clues as what Pearson thinks his 1st choice 11 might be.
Good stuff :D

No, absolutely no clue at all really.
 

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Remaining friendly fixtures

Sat 23rd - Walsall
Tues 26th - Chesterfield
Wed 27th - Sheffield United
Sat 30th - Karlsruher SC

Would imagine the chesterfield game will probably be mostly under 23 players.
 

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I know it's only a friendly, but I feel we could really do with a win tomorrow, or should that be today? Anyway a nice win to give everyone a boost please.
 

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Didn't even know we had a game against Karlshruher, is it in Germany?
 

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Comfortable 2-0 win over Walsall, Bent & Ince with the goals.
 
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