Beppe Sannino explains why he believes Watford were able to end their winless away run at Sheffield Wednesday

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Beppe Sannino believes Watford’s players showing more confidence in possession was one of the main reasons the Hornets were able to end their 14-match winless run away from home.

The Golden Boys beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 this afternoon, with Gabriele Angella, Lewis McGugan and Troy Deeney, twice, scoring the goals.

Watford had not won away since October 5 and speaking to the media after the game, in English, Sannino said: “It is very good because it has been a long time since Watford won away – too many lost and too many drawn.

“Today I am very happy for our fans and my players.”

Sannino admitted he did appreciate the four goals his team scored heading into the final ten minutes, considering their record of conceding late in games this season.

“We scored four times,” was Sannino’s initial response when asked what was different today compared to other away fixtures.

He continued: “My team always had confidence but today they were confident when passing and moving. We passed it better than before.

“I am pleased that we scored four goals because our problem has been the last minutes of games because we always concede [late] goals.

“The last ten minutes of matches have cost us a lot in terms of points.”

Despite the scoreline, Watford struggled to defend crosses into their box for most of the match and a more potent strike force may have punished the Hornets.

Sannino said: “There is always something to improve. One win does not give you the mark, you always have to improve.”

“Sometimes a good loss gives you more teaching than one win,” Sannino added later in the press conference, when asked if ending their winless run would help the players psychologically.

“If you have a team of good, professional guys then you do not need these things [a psychological boost from ending the winless run].

“If you want to be a great team then you have to be able to go through not only great wins but also negative results.”

Sannino confirmed Almen Abdi appears to have come through his 20 minutes unscathed in the midfielder’s first outing since late January due to his ongoing foot condition.

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6:50pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?
Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today? Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -35

7:44pm Sat 29 Mar 14

WanderingDynamo says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?
Football people talk to other football people.

For the vast majority of the time they won't carry the same prejudice towards individuals as supporters/fans do.

Put even more simply, adults talking to other adults in an adult manner at a place & time where all parties happened to be.

There doesn't have to be a hidden or secret meaning.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?[/p][/quote]Football people talk to other football people. For the vast majority of the time they won't carry the same prejudice towards individuals as supporters/fans do. Put even more simply, adults talking to other adults in an adult manner at a place & time where all parties happened to be. There doesn't have to be a hidden or secret meaning. WanderingDynamo
  • Score: 42

8:35pm Sat 29 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

oh here we go......sack the manager let Warnock take over ???? Warnock is your old style manager , unless he is in charge of everything he is not interested and here he wouldn't be in charge. Goodnight to this ridicules comment
oh here we go......sack the manager let Warnock take over ???? Warnock is your old style manager , unless he is in charge of everything he is not interested and here he wouldn't be in charge. Goodnight to this ridicules comment jasonwatford
  • Score: 30

9:23pm Sat 29 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

I love Beppe, he comes across as genuine and passionate.
I love Beppe, he comes across as genuine and passionate. ramage1996
  • Score: 36

9:25pm Sat 29 Mar 14

cliff46 says...

I have always liked Warnock and in the past I would have welcomed his appointment as Watford manager but not now.
He is ten years too old unfortunately and I wouldn't want to offer him a pre retirement job.
One of his main assets was his motivational ability but he would struggle with the number of foreign players we have plus he would probably strangle Nani within a week----on second thoughts ???
I have always liked Warnock and in the past I would have welcomed his appointment as Watford manager but not now. He is ten years too old unfortunately and I wouldn't want to offer him a pre retirement job. One of his main assets was his motivational ability but he would struggle with the number of foreign players we have plus he would probably strangle Nani within a week----on second thoughts ??? cliff46
  • Score: -10

11:48pm Sat 29 Mar 14

GarstonHorn says...

Beppe has done well, not spectacular but well. Definitely deserves a full pre season with the squad and has got my backing to take the prem next season or maybe this
Beppe has done well, not spectacular but well. Definitely deserves a full pre season with the squad and has got my backing to take the prem next season or maybe this GarstonHorn
  • Score: 20

12:14am Sun 30 Mar 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?
Errr to get -16, not too sure what I said that was so offensive.

Maybe it's just a reflection on warnock being not v popular. Or it's me. Or both.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?[/p][/quote]Errr to get -16, not too sure what I said that was so offensive. Maybe it's just a reflection on warnock being not v popular. Or it's me. Or both. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 3

6:29am Sun 30 Mar 14

jimbowfc says...

I think Beppe is doing fine and should be allowed to continue next season, but if he is to leave I would not be opposed to Warnock coming in as his replacement!
Warnocks record for getting teams promoted is excellent so he seems a good choice. However, when he achieves promotion I would be looking for someone new again, as his record in the Premiership is as bad as his record for getting promotion is good!
Horses for courses, as they say!
I think Beppe is doing fine and should be allowed to continue next season, but if he is to leave I would not be opposed to Warnock coming in as his replacement! Warnocks record for getting teams promoted is excellent so he seems a good choice. However, when he achieves promotion I would be looking for someone new again, as his record in the Premiership is as bad as his record for getting promotion is good! Horses for courses, as they say! jimbowfc
  • Score: -10

7:05am Sun 30 Mar 14

lutondown says...

cliff46 wrote:
I have always liked Warnock and in the past I would have welcomed his appointment as Watford manager but not now.
He is ten years too old unfortunately and I wouldn't want to offer him a pre retirement job.
One of his main assets was his motivational ability but he would struggle with the number of foreign players we have plus he would probably strangle Nani within a week----on second thoughts ???
I agree Cliff
I'm a fan of Warnock but he would not fit in now. But as for the strangling comment... Yes please :-)
[quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: I have always liked Warnock and in the past I would have welcomed his appointment as Watford manager but not now. He is ten years too old unfortunately and I wouldn't want to offer him a pre retirement job. One of his main assets was his motivational ability but he would struggle with the number of foreign players we have plus he would probably strangle Nani within a week----on second thoughts ???[/p][/quote]I agree Cliff I'm a fan of Warnock but he would not fit in now. But as for the strangling comment... Yes please :-) lutondown
  • Score: 2

9:16am Sun 30 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?
Errr to get -16, not too sure what I said that was so offensive.

Maybe it's just a reflection on warnock being not v popular. Or it's me. Or both.
No, it's definitely you. Perhaps because you insist on starting your sentences...."Errrr" - why?
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?[/p][/quote]Errr to get -16, not too sure what I said that was so offensive. Maybe it's just a reflection on warnock being not v popular. Or it's me. Or both.[/p][/quote]No, it's definitely you. Perhaps because you insist on starting your sentences...."Errrr" - why? SAHornet
  • Score: -5

9:23am Sun 30 Mar 14

northofwatfordpete says...

There are plenty of decent managers around without us having to resort to Neil Warnock - the game has moved on. Promotion is not the panacea -stability, a strong academy, fast, free flowing entertaining football and a game winning mentality will do for now. We are not too far away from achieving all of these.
There are plenty of decent managers around without us having to resort to Neil Warnock - the game has moved on. Promotion is not the panacea -stability, a strong academy, fast, free flowing entertaining football and a game winning mentality will do for now. We are not too far away from achieving all of these. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 9

9:42am Sun 30 Mar 14

corbindallas says...

Love it, we win away from home for first time in 14 and what is talked about Neil bl o o dy Warnock. Good to see Almen back on the pitch think we have missed his input, Lewis is growing as a important regular starter and that man Deeney does what he likes, on a theory side we should perhaps think what if s and maybes if Deeney moves on as I think he could do a job in the Premiership, now that's more worth a worrying look at than who's talking to who as we always assume we need to add someone with Deeney and not about replacement if such happend, he is standing out as Championship striker of the season!
Love it, we win away from home for first time in 14 and what is talked about Neil bl o o dy Warnock. Good to see Almen back on the pitch think we have missed his input, Lewis is growing as a important regular starter and that man Deeney does what he likes, on a theory side we should perhaps think what if s and maybes if Deeney moves on as I think he could do a job in the Premiership, now that's more worth a worrying look at than who's talking to who as we always assume we need to add someone with Deeney and not about replacement if such happend, he is standing out as Championship striker of the season! corbindallas
  • Score: 7

10:01am Sun 30 Mar 14

demerit says...

WanderingDynamo wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?
Football people talk to other football people.

For the vast majority of the time they won't carry the same prejudice towards individuals as supporters/fans do.

Put even more simply, adults talking to other adults in an adult manner at a place & time where all parties happened to be.

There doesn't have to be a hidden or secret meaning.
I know now why you're called "Wandering"....!
[quote][p][bold]WanderingDynamo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?[/p][/quote]Football people talk to other football people. For the vast majority of the time they won't carry the same prejudice towards individuals as supporters/fans do. Put even more simply, adults talking to other adults in an adult manner at a place & time where all parties happened to be. There doesn't have to be a hidden or secret meaning.[/p][/quote]I know now why you're called "Wandering"....! demerit
  • Score: -3

10:05am Sun 30 Mar 14

demerit says...

jasonwatford wrote:
oh here we go......sack the manager let Warnock take over ???? Warnock is your old style manager , unless he is in charge of everything he is not interested and here he wouldn't be in charge. Goodnight to this ridicules comment
I agree it's highly unlikely. Bit strange he was at Wednesday though as he's a United fan.

Don't know why Horney Cornet got so many thumbs down though. He was only asking a question.

Have you turned into Alexander Orlov (last sentence)?
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: oh here we go......sack the manager let Warnock take over ???? Warnock is your old style manager , unless he is in charge of everything he is not interested and here he wouldn't be in charge. Goodnight to this ridicules comment[/p][/quote]I agree it's highly unlikely. Bit strange he was at Wednesday though as he's a United fan. Don't know why Horney Cornet got so many thumbs down though. He was only asking a question. Have you turned into Alexander Orlov (last sentence)? demerit
  • Score: 0

10:08am Sun 30 Mar 14

demerit says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?
Errr to get -16, not too sure what I said that was so offensive.

Maybe it's just a reflection on warnock being not v popular. Or it's me. Or both.
No, it's definitely you. Perhaps because you insist on starting your sentences...."E
rrrr" - why?
Oh come on SA, don't start all that. We won 4-1 away yesterday for god's sake...
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?[/p][/quote]Errr to get -16, not too sure what I said that was so offensive. Maybe it's just a reflection on warnock being not v popular. Or it's me. Or both.[/p][/quote]No, it's definitely you. Perhaps because you insist on starting your sentences...."E rrrr" - why?[/p][/quote]Oh come on SA, don't start all that. We won 4-1 away yesterday for god's sake... demerit
  • Score: 3

10:20am Sun 30 Mar 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?
Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour? JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 0

11:05am Sun 30 Mar 14

CARDIFFHORN says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?
Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!!
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?[/p][/quote]Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!! CARDIFFHORN
  • Score: 1

12:08pm Sun 30 Mar 14

bristol hornet says...

CARDIFFHORN wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?
Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!!
Pudil was having a great game, and has improved tremendously the second half of the season.

Shame it was he who had to make way for Riera, because we lost it after that down the left flank.

Same with the McGugan substitution, very strange.....but often Beppe's changes seem to lack logic.

We could have gone on to win by six or seven but after bringing on Riera, Faraoni, and Abdi we lost our cutting edge.

Still, who is complaining at a 4-1 away win.
[quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?[/p][/quote]Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!![/p][/quote]Pudil was having a great game, and has improved tremendously the second half of the season. Shame it was he who had to make way for Riera, because we lost it after that down the left flank. Same with the McGugan substitution, very strange.....but often Beppe's changes seem to lack logic. We could have gone on to win by six or seven but after bringing on Riera, Faraoni, and Abdi we lost our cutting edge. Still, who is complaining at a 4-1 away win. bristol hornet
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Watford Man says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?
Errr to get -16, not too sure what I said that was so offensive.

Maybe it's just a reflection on warnock being not v popular. Or it's me. Or both.
Why do you prefix your comments with 'Errr' Surely, Durr . . . or Doh! . . . would be more appropriate given the nature of your comments.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Errr does anyone know why warnock was chatting to the Pozzos post - match today?[/p][/quote]Errr to get -16, not too sure what I said that was so offensive. Maybe it's just a reflection on warnock being not v popular. Or it's me. Or both.[/p][/quote]Why do you prefix your comments with 'Errr' Surely, Durr . . . or Doh! . . . would be more appropriate given the nature of your comments. Watford Man
  • Score: -1

12:28pm Sun 30 Mar 14

soulfulhornet says...

bristol hornet wrote:
CARDIFFHORN wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?
Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!!
Pudil was having a great game, and has improved tremendously the second half of the season.

Shame it was he who had to make way for Riera, because we lost it after that down the left flank.

Same with the McGugan substitution, very strange.....but often Beppe's changes seem to lack logic.

We could have gone on to win by six or seven but after bringing on Riera, Faraoni, and Abdi we lost our cutting edge.

Still, who is complaining at a 4-1 away win.
The subs seem to make sense to me. Putting Abdi and Riera on when 4-1 up seems reasonable to me. Easing Abdi back in when not hanging on for dear life as we have in some games seems logical. Also checking the fitness of Riera in the same situation too seems sensible. As for faroni, may be Sannino thought we needed the extra physical and defensive presence as against Anya's slight frame.

McGugan probably not yet back to full fitness and Pudil (like Angella, Ekstrand and Tozser) seems to be picking up yellows every game. Pudil is playing as well as he has in his 2 seasons here, but with his penchant for last ditch tackles there is always the danger of mistiming a challenge and then he would be off. That would be pointless in a game that is already won.

If we do get ourselves in a position for a late charge to the play-offs, the suspensions of Pudil, Angella and Tozser could be crucial, so getting the recent arrivals and newly fit players back up to speed could be important.

As an aside, anyone know the current fitness status of Fitz Hall?
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?[/p][/quote]Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!![/p][/quote]Pudil was having a great game, and has improved tremendously the second half of the season. Shame it was he who had to make way for Riera, because we lost it after that down the left flank. Same with the McGugan substitution, very strange.....but often Beppe's changes seem to lack logic. We could have gone on to win by six or seven but after bringing on Riera, Faraoni, and Abdi we lost our cutting edge. Still, who is complaining at a 4-1 away win.[/p][/quote]The subs seem to make sense to me. Putting Abdi and Riera on when 4-1 up seems reasonable to me. Easing Abdi back in when not hanging on for dear life as we have in some games seems logical. Also checking the fitness of Riera in the same situation too seems sensible. As for faroni, may be Sannino thought we needed the extra physical and defensive presence as against Anya's slight frame. McGugan probably not yet back to full fitness and Pudil (like Angella, Ekstrand and Tozser) seems to be picking up yellows every game. Pudil is playing as well as he has in his 2 seasons here, but with his penchant for last ditch tackles there is always the danger of mistiming a challenge and then he would be off. That would be pointless in a game that is already won. If we do get ourselves in a position for a late charge to the play-offs, the suspensions of Pudil, Angella and Tozser could be crucial, so getting the recent arrivals and newly fit players back up to speed could be important. As an aside, anyone know the current fitness status of Fitz Hall? soulfulhornet
  • Score: 9

12:34pm Sun 30 Mar 14

lutondown says...

CARDIFFHORN wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?
Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!!
Lol
[quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?[/p][/quote]Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!![/p][/quote]Lol lutondown
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Sun 30 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

lutondown wrote:
CARDIFFHORN wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?
Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!!
Lol
Yeah, LMFAO - very funny comment but why all the thumbs downs?
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?[/p][/quote]Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!![/p][/quote]Lol[/p][/quote]Yeah, LMFAO - very funny comment but why all the thumbs downs? SAHornet
  • Score: 2

1:32pm Sun 30 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
bristol hornet wrote:
CARDIFFHORN wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?
Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!!
Pudil was having a great game, and has improved tremendously the second half of the season.

Shame it was he who had to make way for Riera, because we lost it after that down the left flank.

Same with the McGugan substitution, very strange.....but often Beppe's changes seem to lack logic.

We could have gone on to win by six or seven but after bringing on Riera, Faraoni, and Abdi we lost our cutting edge.

Still, who is complaining at a 4-1 away win.
The subs seem to make sense to me. Putting Abdi and Riera on when 4-1 up seems reasonable to me. Easing Abdi back in when not hanging on for dear life as we have in some games seems logical. Also checking the fitness of Riera in the same situation too seems sensible. As for faroni, may be Sannino thought we needed the extra physical and defensive presence as against Anya's slight frame.

McGugan probably not yet back to full fitness and Pudil (like Angella, Ekstrand and Tozser) seems to be picking up yellows every game. Pudil is playing as well as he has in his 2 seasons here, but with his penchant for last ditch tackles there is always the danger of mistiming a challenge and then he would be off. That would be pointless in a game that is already won.

If we do get ourselves in a position for a late charge to the play-offs, the suspensions of Pudil, Angella and Tozser could be crucial, so getting the recent arrivals and newly fit players back up to speed could be important.

As an aside, anyone know the current fitness status of Fitz Hall?
WO reported last week that he had started training again but suffered another set-back when tying his bootlaces.
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?[/p][/quote]Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!![/p][/quote]Pudil was having a great game, and has improved tremendously the second half of the season. Shame it was he who had to make way for Riera, because we lost it after that down the left flank. Same with the McGugan substitution, very strange.....but often Beppe's changes seem to lack logic. We could have gone on to win by six or seven but after bringing on Riera, Faraoni, and Abdi we lost our cutting edge. Still, who is complaining at a 4-1 away win.[/p][/quote]The subs seem to make sense to me. Putting Abdi and Riera on when 4-1 up seems reasonable to me. Easing Abdi back in when not hanging on for dear life as we have in some games seems logical. Also checking the fitness of Riera in the same situation too seems sensible. As for faroni, may be Sannino thought we needed the extra physical and defensive presence as against Anya's slight frame. McGugan probably not yet back to full fitness and Pudil (like Angella, Ekstrand and Tozser) seems to be picking up yellows every game. Pudil is playing as well as he has in his 2 seasons here, but with his penchant for last ditch tackles there is always the danger of mistiming a challenge and then he would be off. That would be pointless in a game that is already won. If we do get ourselves in a position for a late charge to the play-offs, the suspensions of Pudil, Angella and Tozser could be crucial, so getting the recent arrivals and newly fit players back up to speed could be important. As an aside, anyone know the current fitness status of Fitz Hall?[/p][/quote]WO reported last week that he had started training again but suffered another set-back when tying his bootlaces. SAHornet
  • Score: 3

2:04pm Sun 30 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

Does HC stand for Happy Cigarettes. He is clearly smoking something mind altering. Colin W was actually at QPR yesterday.
Does HC stand for Happy Cigarettes. He is clearly smoking something mind altering. Colin W was actually at QPR yesterday. mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Hornet Cornet says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Does HC stand for Happy Cigarettes. He is clearly smoking something mind altering. Colin W was actually at QPR yesterday.
Errrrrrr. .....errr. ....

Hc = hunky cherub according to the wife

HC
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: Does HC stand for Happy Cigarettes. He is clearly smoking something mind altering. Colin W was actually at QPR yesterday.[/p][/quote]Errrrrrr. .....errr. .... Hc = hunky cherub according to the wife HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Sun 30 Mar 14

cliff46 says...

SAHornet wrote:
soulfulhornet wrote:
bristol hornet wrote:
CARDIFFHORN wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?
Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!!
Pudil was having a great game, and has improved tremendously the second half of the season.

Shame it was he who had to make way for Riera, because we lost it after that down the left flank.

Same with the McGugan substitution, very strange.....but often Beppe's changes seem to lack logic.

We could have gone on to win by six or seven but after bringing on Riera, Faraoni, and Abdi we lost our cutting edge.

Still, who is complaining at a 4-1 away win.
The subs seem to make sense to me. Putting Abdi and Riera on when 4-1 up seems reasonable to me. Easing Abdi back in when not hanging on for dear life as we have in some games seems logical. Also checking the fitness of Riera in the same situation too seems sensible. As for faroni, may be Sannino thought we needed the extra physical and defensive presence as against Anya's slight frame.

McGugan probably not yet back to full fitness and Pudil (like Angella, Ekstrand and Tozser) seems to be picking up yellows every game. Pudil is playing as well as he has in his 2 seasons here, but with his penchant for last ditch tackles there is always the danger of mistiming a challenge and then he would be off. That would be pointless in a game that is already won.

If we do get ourselves in a position for a late charge to the play-offs, the suspensions of Pudil, Angella and Tozser could be crucial, so getting the recent arrivals and newly fit players back up to speed could be important.

As an aside, anyone know the current fitness status of Fitz Hall?
WO reported last week that he had started training again but suffered another set-back when tying his bootlaces.
Love it SA!!!
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how Riera looked in the last half hour?[/p][/quote]Same as he did for the first hour though slightly redder!![/p][/quote]Pudil was having a great game, and has improved tremendously the second half of the season. Shame it was he who had to make way for Riera, because we lost it after that down the left flank. Same with the McGugan substitution, very strange.....but often Beppe's changes seem to lack logic. We could have gone on to win by six or seven but after bringing on Riera, Faraoni, and Abdi we lost our cutting edge. Still, who is complaining at a 4-1 away win.[/p][/quote]The subs seem to make sense to me. Putting Abdi and Riera on when 4-1 up seems reasonable to me. Easing Abdi back in when not hanging on for dear life as we have in some games seems logical. Also checking the fitness of Riera in the same situation too seems sensible. As for faroni, may be Sannino thought we needed the extra physical and defensive presence as against Anya's slight frame. McGugan probably not yet back to full fitness and Pudil (like Angella, Ekstrand and Tozser) seems to be picking up yellows every game. Pudil is playing as well as he has in his 2 seasons here, but with his penchant for last ditch tackles there is always the danger of mistiming a challenge and then he would be off. That would be pointless in a game that is already won. If we do get ourselves in a position for a late charge to the play-offs, the suspensions of Pudil, Angella and Tozser could be crucial, so getting the recent arrivals and newly fit players back up to speed could be important. As an aside, anyone know the current fitness status of Fitz Hall?[/p][/quote]WO reported last week that he had started training again but suffered another set-back when tying his bootlaces.[/p][/quote]Love it SA!!! cliff46
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