MANAGER’S REACTION: McCarthy hails ‘star man’ Dean Gerken following goalless draw at Nottingham Forest

Saturday, December 14, 2013
6:18 PM

Forest v Ipswich: Blues boss Mick McCarthy hailed a man-of-the-match performance from goalkeeper Dean Gerken following his side’s gritty goalless draw at Nottingham Forest.

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The Town keeper made two fantastic stops from striker Simon Cox – tipping a header onto the bar and blocking a close-range effort – as McCarthy’s men made it six games unbeaten on the road with another typically organised and spirited display.

“Gerks has been great,” said the Blues boss. “He came on trial with us in pre-season, I liked him, he got in after the four defeats in five games with a few others and has held his place. I think he’s been outstanding.

“It was a point-winning performance from a goalkeeper. Our goalkeeper was our star man.”

Forest were undoubtedly the better team over the course of the 90 minutes, but Ipswich had their chances and forced home keeper Karl Darlow into some good saves too.

“It’s a terrific away point,” said McCarthy. “Hard work and grit is the necessity, you need that every week, then if you can add a bit of gloss on it with something else, fab.

“We got away with a couple in the first half and I’m not referring to the penalty (appeal) because it’s not a penalty. I’m sure Billy (Davies) and the Nottingham Forest chaps are moaning like drains but he (Cox) is on his way down, he (Gerken) didn’t catch him and think he may even have been offside. All-in-all I think it was the right decision.”

Asked if Cox, already on a booking at the time, should have been sent-off, McCarthy said: “I don’t think every foul or every time somebody goes over should automatically be a booking. It’s up to the ref, I guess he could (have given him a second yellow card). Maybe he got away with one as much as we got away with one.

“It’s probably momentum. He’s stretching for it, he knocks it wide of Gerks, Gerks pulls out of it and he goes down. I don’t think just because he goes over it’s a dive though.

“Do you know what, it looks to me like his momentum took him over, the referee decides it’s not a penalty, I’ll go with it. I have to say it’s a fabulous decision, of course I would, but that’s not me sitting here with rose-coloured specs, he’s got the decision correct.

“I think he should be lauded for that because there was a lot that would have given it. When I first saw it I thought ‘stonewaller’, but the lads on the bench said ‘no, he was on his way down’. They’ve got better eyes than me, mine are 54 and theirs are 24.”

He added: “Listen, we’re just ticking along. We’re doing alright. This is a really good point at Nottingham Forest because they’ve got a squad that’s been heavily invested in.

“You can see what a good team they were in the first half when we had to hang on a bit.”

– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match analysis and more reaction.

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51 comments

  • AS HAVE BEEN SAID A GRITTY WELL EARNED POINT,,AND YES IT WAS. A WELL DONE TO ALL. THE ONLY THING I CAN COMMENT ON IS THAT I WATCHED THE LAST 35MIN ON A INTERNET SITE AND SAW TOO MUCH HOOFING THE BALL UP FIELD. I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO SEE MORE CONTROLLED PLAY FROM THE TEAM... BUT WELL DONE A DRAW WAS GOOD ON THE DAY ..NOW WE NEED WIN THE NEXT ONE..... ((((( AND WE MUSTN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT LETTING Aaron Cresswell go.))))) HOPE THAT WE PLAY WITH PASSION AND THAT 110% SPIRIT NEEDED EACH AND EVERY GAME AND WE WILL GET TO THE PREMERSHIP THIS SEASON...... ((((((((((((( C.O.Y.B.s. ))))))))))))))

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    FINN.BLUE

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • As Julie and the lemmings rave about a grim fortunate 0-0 draw, I wonder how many of you lemmings watched Match of the Day on sunday morning? For those of you that can't watch tele with your heads in the sand let me point out a few curious sights... Delaney 'the worst defender in the club's history' according to a particularly short-sighted lemming... looking very good against Chelsea McCauley looking OK in the Prem again ...and the much-moaned at Alex Bruce doing well for Hull... Oh and Wolfnight, assuming you are an idiot and actually believe your WBA joke, let me reassure you... Albion and Wolves are rivals.... and WBA have sacked Clark in an effort not to repeat what Julie did to Wolves.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • oh cheer up Cyril, is your surname Buzzkillington in ral life. If you cant take it dont dish it out, easy. I can assure you I dont regard giving you a verbal thrashing as any kind of achievement. Now put some rose tinted specs on and let some of lifes worries drift away for a while

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • In some respects Bidpussy does have some truth in that some supporters at ITFC do and have picked on some players, Delaney being an example of this. I will now tell you why this is as I sit with a cross section of these. They are all of a certain age who remember the 80's and compare all players and style of play with that era (dont they Cyril) and dont understand that supporting your team does not include berating certain players because they are not as good as Hunter or Burley et al. Living in the past is a hobby with some and Supporting your team includes having a go at them because they do not ' play like we did in the 80's'. I say supporters when I meant commentators because supporting means cheering them on from the stands not sitting on your armchair and spouting on as you are Some sort of football oracle.

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    bristan

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • So where is Cyril and his twin brother old whinger, perhaps they can understand what the resident football expert was on about, lemon pies or something.

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    tel

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Steroo, are you getting withdrawal symptoms from trying to give up your pot noodle addiction? The lack of credibility pr rational thought in your posts at the moment reflects your desperation when confronted with the reality that town are making progress. To call the club insolvent is laughable if you understand what the word means (it is clear you don't) and I have no idea what your point is about those ex players - as they weren't sold by MM, players come and go, when they were at the club we were doing less well than now and certainly in GM's case he wanted to go. It must really irritate you that all your predictions and views are wrong and that town have taken 10 pts from 12 including a good point yesterday. Perhaps you should have a pot noodle to ease your pain, go on, am sure your bed sit landlady won't mind.

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    Tom

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • you have got to start winning away games if you want promotion....

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    clever budgie

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • So where is Cyril and his twin brother old whinger, perhaps they can understand what the resident football expert was on about, lemon pies or something.

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    tel

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Tom... if you behave like a victorian teacher then don't be surprised when you are referred to as such.... much more honourable than your alleged real 'profession' which admittedly perhaps explains your singularly unpleasant and pedantic nature. My definition of insolvency is the same as everyone else in the real world. In case you didn't know it Town have been insolvent from the day they were taken over. They are only allowed to keep trading because an unknown offshore owner of no known provenance guarantees to make up the shortfall to allow them to keep trading. Something that isn't happening at present - apparently. Hence the seriousness of the EADT allegation which was not addressed by the evasive reply from the club.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • tel, I did not say I expected- MM to change his style and it is not possible for him to please everyone, and he certainly cannot coach a style he is not capable of, I do not know how many years you have been aware of him but I can tell you MM has always been knows for the big boot, and I accept it has brought him a lot of success, unfortunately I dont like it, but I do support my team.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • I just don't agree Cyril. Evans has given three managers millions. He has backed three successive managers and supported them and they blew the money. Why should he keep spending millions after millions of his own cash when points get docked for breaching FFP rules and our current team is doing well anyway? The one thing we have learned surely is that money doesn't produce success for us. Not painting turnstiles or having two directors would save peanuts and wouldn't be enough to buy one decent player.

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    Tom

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Tel if the big boot is the type of football you appreciate thats your choice, but it is not the style of football that I and the missing thousands want to see, and we have to get these missing thousands back otherwise we cannot survive.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • last season,played 20.goal diff -22.points20.

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    david peters

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Tom, I have no intention of going down that road again, other than to say of the 16.5million spent on buying player, (I do not believe anyone can show it was more) he got nearly 12million back on the sale of Wickham Rhodes and Walters, and the club has more than enough income from ticket sales alone to pay players wages. Yes he made bad management and CEO decisions but thats down to him nobody else and certainly not the supporters. You ask why should he keep putting money into the club that is because it is the only way he can get his money back if he gets into the premiership. Then he has the sauce to ask supporters to pay for Cat 1 the man is a joke.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Cyril, you know that I did not say that route one football is good, but you are only kidding yourself if you think MM is going to change anytime soon. The crowds disappeared because we kept losing and will return when challenge for promotion. The number one priority for modern fans is results.

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    tel

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Hard fought away point against a good team....that will do nicely :-)

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    milkyway

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • hard earned point away from home well done lads,COYB.

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    david peters

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Bidpussy, what is your point in repeatedly banging on about ex players. They are ex players which have moved on because they have wanted to or current manager believes he has or can get better players. Also their beloved agents tout around to other clubs so they can have their piece of parasitic pie. If we had those players now we would not have Chambers, Berra etc. Out of those 3 mentioned McCauley would be the only one preferred and he was offered his chance at WBA. Good luck to all of them but I would stick with what we have at present.

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    bristan

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • An excellent point. Regarding the Ref's decision on the penalty claim, the feeling on the Nottingham Boards seems to be that it wasn't a penalty and Cox could have been yellow carded for simulation then sent off having already been booked, interesting?

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    BlueArgyll

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • True Blue, as I stated i do not set out to give anyone a verbal bashing where as you appear to think that is an achievement. However if your entry was not understood by me the problem is yours not mine as I am not particularly interested in corresponding with someone with that attitude.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Let's not forget Gerken's great game in goal.

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    NB

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Hi Cyril, the point is the meaning if the world insolvent. It means that the business can't satisfy its liabilities. It is not about short term cash flow. Trading whilst insolvent is an offence and the directors would face prosecution. It would also mean the club could not pay its wages or rent or any other commitments. Plainly it can and does. The fact that Evans has to underwrite the losses proves that the business is not viable in its own right as a trading entity (but then few clubs make a profit anyway) but it also means that by definition the club is solvent. That said, the limits on the losses imposed by the fair play rules will limit the amount evans can underwrite. But that is just a strong counter argument to your criticism of him that he won't make more transfer funds available. How can he, when money spent on transfers counts as money out of the club to cause a greater loss for the purposes of the FFP rules?

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    Tom

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Yes Bidpussy we did achieve mid table but only getting there from near relegation. Hence the second half of the season we were the form team. If we do the same this year we will not be a mid table team we will be at least a play off team, hence improvement. You can pick out negatives as much as you like but Mick is 10 times Jewell and Keane. The object is to get in the prem so I know who I believe and it certainly is not you with your rather sad negative attitude towards ITFC.

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    bristan

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Get your facts right Bidwolf. McCauley wanted to leave, Delaney still makes the same mistakes as he did at Ipswich and Bruce has only just got back into the Hull side due to injury to the regular defender being injured. Finally, I would love to see you call MM Julie to his face!

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    Brian Ball

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Cyril, you are being totally unrealistic expecting free flowing attacking football after the last two seasons when we were flirting with relegation and conceding loads of goals. MM has made us much more difficult to beat but it comes at a cost. I don't think many fans who were actually at the game yesterday will complain too much.

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    tel

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • clever budgie, your lot have got to start winning games to avoid relegation.

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    Brian Betts

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Tom, I did say I was not sure and therfefore I am happy to accept what you say, however is you have followed my complains regarding our owner they started long before the ffp came into effect, and it was then that he should have invested, Yes he did in his first year but only because he was going to earn a quick 50m return. As I understand the ffp he could still invest in the team but would be fined, perhaps a small gamble would have paid off. He has not made real investment in PLAYERS over the past three seasons seasons, and I am sure savings could have been made in other areas, such as the need for TWO managing directors, and oh yes painting the turnstiles.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Oh dear, Cyril it seems having struggled with the concept of questions marks last week it seems that brackets are this weeks Achilles heel. The inclusion of those 2 things indicates the verbal bashing referred to is the one dished out to you. One would have thought you might stop and ask yourself do I really understand what I am about to comment on before doing so by now but it seems not, never mind I will continue to try and educate you. Steroo, calm down mate, it supposed to be you winding us up not the other way round, that’s how the trolltrollee relationship works. If you have construed my earlier comment as agreeing with you, you are very much mistaken. Let me clarify, I pointed out 1 that Bruce can’t even get in his dads team without injury to other players. This is not normally considered a good thing, and that 2 Delaney failed to put away 2 chances any half decent defender would have done, again usually this is a negative. I would also remind you that the clubs league position when MM took over was bottom, so that’s about half a dozen places different from mid table mediocrity (Lets face it, it took you almost half the season to grow the stones to make that prediction) and demonstrates the idiocy of your argument yet again. You must be a Daily Mail reader because you demonstrate all of the zeal and acrid hated of the breed driven by a personal and really rather perverse agenda. Frankly comrade Steroo you have painted yourself into an untenable corner with you constant U turns and contradictory comment- Either ME has no money or he is avoiding tax. Which is it? How can he be avoiding tax on money you claim he does not have? How is Jason Scotland getting on this year, you were lamenting him being able to leave a while ago or how about no goals cant get in the team Chopra who you also suddenly developed an affinity towards after he left. It seems Rob that you are not even close to being as clever as you would like to be. However keep it coming because everyone should take 5 mins of me time each day and I love using mine to swat you away

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • bristan (and deranged victorian teacher Tom) the only point I make with my morning MOTD observation is that some of the most moaned-at players who were in and out of the revolving door in mid-table teams are obviously capable of playing at a higher level - while Town remain at their mid-table level. It's bizarre how Julie is receiving such praise for taking the club into mid-table - when the previous miscreants (who didn't tout for jobs elsewhere) got pilloried for it. It's particularly bizarre after a sterile 0-0 draw at a time when a few more on the gate might allow the club to pay some bills... or sign another wolves reject.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • I hope West Brom don't come knocking because no-body could blame Mick for wanting out if the cash situation is as bad as is being reported.

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    StalwartBlue

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • mom the keeper, says it all, gritty performance = boring = negative = zero entertainment, no wonder gates are so low.

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    clever canary

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Well done lads. This is a great time of the season to start getting clean sheets. Keep it up and looking forward to Watford game next week. Another 3 points and we are just ready for the big push.

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    bristan

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Finn blue, your entry supports my argument, as one of the more staunch supporters of the team you show you can support the team but do not have to accept the style of play. That does not make you or I a moaner.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • 10 points from 12..enough said. Mick is the man.. COYB's

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    My Comment is this..

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Tom read my article again, I specifically mention that gate money payes the wages but you ME disciples chose to try and make out there is no money other than what ME puts in.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • good result a few months ago we would go to places like this and loose it shows how much forward we have came coyb,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    born a tractor boy

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Cyril the point you repeatedly and singularly fail to grasp is that you are not including WAGES in your analysis of expenditure. Walters, Norris, campo, priskin, keane, Martin, Scotland, Bullard, bowyer, leadbitter, chopra, etc etc - all on 12 to 20,000 a week on two or three year contracts (or a five year deal in martin's case). You do the math.

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    Tom

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Wait budgie did you not a predict a relegation scrap at the start of the year? I look forward to you making an idiot of yourself again later in the week though

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Steroo (Yes Cyril Ray and Rob are the same person as even Ray has eluded too, I would have thought after the verbal beating I gave you last week you would give a little more thought to your posts but no all guns blazing having no actual contemplation) GM wanted Prem football, hence he left, the club would have liked to have kept him. DD failed to get on the end of 2 decent chances from set pieces yesterday, that was just about his only mention on match of the day, so you are applauding him for failing to be what any good defender should, decent in the air. AB has had to wait for injuries to get in the team his dad manages. Even when there nepotism involved he struggles to get a game. What is far more fun to reflect on is how much you maligned MM for both signing DG and dropping Loach for him both of which look like quite shrewd decisions right now. Both were cause for one of your Daily Mail reader esque attempts at faux outrage, alas the wolf is losing his bite. Even Cyril got the better of you last week. Frankly you like Katie Hopkin on here, saying anything to gain attention regardless of how thick it makes you appear. Sort it out because you don’t even offer a challenge anymore. Its like swotting flies with a giant tennis racquet .

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • TB not sure what your problem is, other than you seem to be agreeing with me that the players who were much maligned by the likes of you whilst stumbling along in mid-table, when allowed to play by the transient mismanagers are doing OK at a higher level that the likes of you fantasise about as some sort of holy grail. Here's another obvious point for you to digest with your pre-xmas bile.... Town appear to be 10 points off the promotion places and 13 points off the relegation places after a good run.... in other words mid-table mediocrity. In other words, Julie is getting praise for exactly what genuine Jewell and Keane got pilloried for.... taking a mid-table team into mid-table.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Bristan, if you go onto some of the other sites for ME I suggest you might have questions yourself. Tom I think there are questions as to whether or not the club is insolvent as you appear to be relying on the strength of the ME group when in fact the ffp now restrict the amount that ME can come to the clubs rescue, I am not saying you are wrong but I do think it is questionable.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Steroo, dear oh dear, very happy to slate other people's jobs but still lacking the courage to disclose what you do to earn a living, aren't you? Thanks for your comments on the law - it's all been said before a million times and by people far brighter and more articulate than you. Everyone 'hates ' lawyers apart from their own when they need a good one to defend a case or win damages on their behalf. Still, rational thought and perspective is plainly not your strong point. On that point, we do know who owns the club - the Marcus Evans Group has 87.5 per cent. We know the identities if the management. You just happen to disapprove of the way the club is run. You also contradict yourself - the club is either insolvent or it is not. Since you accept that without the MEG it would be insolvent you are arguing against your own position. In fact, you are further contradicting yourself because I read your comment on the original article in this paper in which you made exactly the same point as me in that it was a non story since the club had been let down by a debtor. So wrong on both counts there. Perhaps you should stick to your Saturday job after all. Cheero.

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    Tom

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Steroo you seem obsessed with me being a teacher despite the fact you know I am not. Perhaps you could keep your fantasies to yourself? Your definition of insolvency is having money available and your definition if mid table mediocrity is being a couple of points off the play offs. Isn't it time for pit noodles again anyway?

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    Tom

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Oh cheer up Cyril, for some one who accused me of trying to blacken your name recently its a bit much you trying to seize a moral high ground. Surely the point is that the clubs entire match day income (not just the gate, all the pies, drinks, programmes etc) ONLY covers the wage bill. What about all the other stuff the club has to pay for utilities and maintenance? Training equipment? All other football costs agents fees, transfer fees etc? Promotion and advertising? Tax Bills? Purchase of all sundries (every pie sold has to be bought somewhere 1st)? Etc, how much of that do you think you could manage with a budget of £8 million Cyril, even allowing for other additional income from advertising, TV money and prize money its still a difficult budget to balance. Especially if you want to set aside any sizeable transfer budget also out of it. Clubs sell players, even prem clubs are constantly forced to do so to balance the books. But a challenge for you Cyril how would you balance that budget? 10 out of 12, unbeaten in 3 on the road, in touch with the play offs at xmas. I think we should celebrate just how far the club has progressed in 12 months. Winning ugly? Fine, I'm just enjoying the fact that right now the club is winning games

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • True Blue, I see no achievement in your claim that you gave Steroo (as you like to claim) a verbal beating, how can you do that to someone who is only winding you up and quite frankly you are proving he is succeding. As for your comment I put him in his place that is never my intention, I just like to put the other view.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Julie does love a 0-0 draw

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Cyril yet again you have missed the simplest of points. The verbal KO I refer to is clearly the one I gave you. As for steroo winding me up its quite the contrary dear boy. I just derive pleasure in pointing out his idiotic hypocrisy. I do this because cerain posters seem to believe almost everything he says. Now read what has been written very carefully before your reply to ensure you understand all the symbols and their meanings. None of those troublesome question marks today though so a little easier for you.

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • So, having spent £28m on average foreign players I see the carott crunchers have croaked again at home. Games will soon be running out to save their sorry asses. Keep up the excellent work "agent" Houghton!

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    Liz Knott

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Great point. Forest fans I spoke with after the game conceded it was not a penalty. Good Town support again. Ticking along is good Mr McCarthy, Christmas period always critical. Hopefully we steer clear of injuries. One final point as much as I like Billy Davies, he will be under pressure if he does not at least get into the play-offs. I would not also be surprised if Mr McCarthy is not on the West Brom short-list. COYB

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    Wolfnight

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Tom, you are obsessed with your imaginary Steroo and pot nodles, why can you not just enjoy the result.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Oh by the way Ray read Wikepedia re ME and you will see his empire is a little larger than you infer. I know you like to belittle everyone you comment on but to do so you need some standing yourself. You have none.

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    bristan

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

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