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How Should We Approach The Huddersfield Game

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Apart from trying to win it of course...

Is this a game to play both Rodwell and Fellaini in midfield for respective fitness and experience? Maybe also Gueye, Coleman, Vaughan and The Yak should be handed starts and told to play themselves into the thoughts of the manager for the weekend.

This is a strategy we have not been able to afford over the last number of years. Well, now we can.

Having said that, however ? it's a hard job being manager. One other argument is that Moyes should stick with what he feels his best team is and let them 'click.' That would mean sticking with the same spine of the team with one or two minor changes.

I personally would like to see Fellaini in the team to work on his fitness ? and I would also like to see Yakubu start... I want to see the hunger in his eyes. We don't have a more natural goalscorer at the club. But whether he still retains that ability is another matter.
Ped Pearl, Toronto     Posted 24/08/2010 at 00:31:06

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Neil Verdin
1   Posted 24/08/2010 at 07:44:39

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Starting against Huddersfield, why not try a new formation for say 10 games..4-2-3-1.

Neville, Jags, Heitinga, Baines
Fellaini, Rodwell
Pienaar, Cahill, Arteta

This system could easily cope with injuries or suspensions as you would have lots of players to cover e.g. Saha or Yak upfront; Osman, Bily, Gueye for attacking three; Heitinga or Neville in the defensive two... and Distin, Yobo, Hibbert and Coleman to cover the back four. It works for Brazil?

Afzan Yusuf
2   Posted 24/08/2010 at 08:15:22

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Moyes will put his 'strongest' squad as Rodwell and Beckford will start. Gueye will play some parts and Heitinga will be back alongside Jags.
If we gonna win something, this is 'realistically' the one thing...
Moyes desperate to win... Huddersfield is in for a hard time....
Andrew Bone
3   Posted 24/08/2010 at 08:53:48

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Would love to see Rodwell and Fellaini start, Heitinga in at CB with Gueye getting a game. Beckford needs an early goal in competition. Is Moyes holding back playing certain players until after the transfer window?? Just a thought.
Kev Lacey
4   Posted 24/08/2010 at 08:53:58

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i'm torn between fielding our best 11 to try and get (hopefully) some goals, fluidity and confidence into the team, experimenting with things like 442, Jags and Jonny as CB'S together, ahve a look at Mucha and Coleman playing right sided midfield.

in the end i'd go for


Coleman, Jags, Johnny, Garbutt
Guyeman, Rodwell, Felli, Pienaar/Bily
Yak and Beckford

i'd have a strong bench though Arteta, Cahill, Howard, Saha, Distin, Neville and either Bily or Pienaar

Hopefully this would give us a blend and offer some flexibility to try new things throughout the 90 mins. We really could do with a comfortable win and good display to get things rolling
Steve Pugh
5   Posted 24/08/2010 at 09:24:37

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After the reserves game against Chelsea I would like to Mucha start, it waould also be nice to Beckford play and score to boost his confidence.

My only concern is that if Moyes does play the people named above and we lose how many people will criricise him for throwing away the game by "playing Felli who is clearly not fit", "too many young inexperienced players" etc.
Duncan McDine
6   Posted 24/08/2010 at 09:33:51

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I agree Steve, sounds like he had a stormer. I'd really like to see Coleman start, but have to admit - Hibbo was probably our best player against Wolves.

Rodwell has to start, and I too would rather see Heitinga at the back again.
Carl Moulton
7   Posted 24/08/2010 at 09:50:57

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Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Arteta, Rodwell, Fellaini, Pienaar, Billy, Beckford. Win the game then give Yakubu and Gueye some game time. This is our best chance of a cup my a mile.
Gaute Lie
8   Posted 24/08/2010 at 09:47:39

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I don't realyy think Howard has screwed up. Not at all.
However, I would like J Mucha to get a try. If he's a class act let him have the premier ship experience. It would be good for Howard to have some real competition.
If he screwes up, Howie back in. Howie is mostly reliable and a solid keeper, Top 10 in the world he's not.

In front of the keeper:

Coleman/Hibbert Jagielka Heitinga Baines
Maguye/Bily Arteta Rodwell Pieenaar
Beck Saha/Yak

With Cahill as a supersub from 65-70 mins on.
Rest of the bench:

Saha/yakBily Neville, Howard Distin Hibbert

A fresh -cahill may some better to use when he's rested - and defenders not. As they call it in hockey. Power play.
Duncan McDine
9   Posted 24/08/2010 at 10:05:32

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Gaute Lie - I like the look of your starting 12...

wonder if the ref would realise?
Gaute Lie
10   Posted 24/08/2010 at 10:17:59

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Sorry. Supposed to be one man in front.

Beck, Saha or Yak.

But I Would be happy to see the ref allow the 12 I mentioned.

Gaute Lie
11   Posted 24/08/2010 at 10:20:41

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If Beck was staying in Yak's shadow the chances are the ref would not see him.
Karl Masters
12   Posted 24/08/2010 at 10:31:37

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Need a good result primarily, but perhaps experiment with something like Bily playing just behind Yak. I can see Yak holding he ball up really well for Bily to come on to and have a dig at goal.

Just another tactic - get your best player at holding the ball up combined with the player with the best shot from the edge of the box. Just a thought.
Alan Clarke
13   Posted 24/08/2010 at 10:32:00

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Duncan, how was Hibbert our man of the match? There were at least 10 occassions on Saturday where he got forward and as usual his shit crossing let the side down and stopped our attack. It's all very well praising his tackling but his positional play is so shite, he's always having to perform last ditch tackles. There were also 2 occassions where the Wolves winger skinned him.

Did you actually watch the game because in the Park End where I sit, there were collective groans everytime he fucked up another cross and a lot of abuse was thrown his way in the second half. Hibbert is our most consistent performer because he is consistently shit. You know you're always going to be guaranteed a performance where he gets stripped for pace and all his crosses end up going out of play. I get sick of the defence of Hibbert and I get sick of Moyes' loyalty to him. Coleman should start tomorrow, not because he is a world beater but just because he is our best right back.
John Daley
14   Posted 24/08/2010 at 10:34:02

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"I would also like to see Yakubu start... I want to see the hunger in his eyes."

...and Yakubu would like to be able to look down and see his own cock and feet again.
Alex Gibney
15   Posted 24/08/2010 at 10:47:50

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We should approach it by thrashing them.....simple as...
Anthony Hughes
16   Posted 24/08/2010 at 11:09:43

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Agree Alex whatever side we put out from our squad should be good enough to comfortably beat them,no fucking excuses.
Chris Keightley
17   Posted 24/08/2010 at 11:10:04

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I would chuck a few of the fringe players in and go with this:

Coleman Johnny Jags Baines
Gueye Rodwell Arteta Bily
Silva Beckford

Should be more than enough for Huddersfield.
Simon Thorne
18   Posted 24/08/2010 at 11:14:20

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i would go for:

Coleman - Jags - Heitinga - Baines
Gueye - Fellaini - Arteta - Rodwell - Pienaar

However, I think Osman will start instead of Gueye and that'll be the team Moyes puts out. Start it strong, hopefully get a comfortable lead, allowing us to give Gueye a nice run out later on.

James Cadwaladr
19   Posted 24/08/2010 at 11:26:35

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Mucha, Coleman, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Rodwell, Fellaini, Osman, Gueye, Beckford.

Subs - Howard, Hibbert, Mustafi, Saha, Cahill, Arteta, Heitinga

Graham Holliday
20   Posted 24/08/2010 at 11:47:26

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Oh, go on then. I'd have:

Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines
Rodwell, Fellaini
Bilyaletdinov, Arteta, Gueye


Howard, Neville, Yobo, Pienaar, Cahill, Beckford, Yakubu
Dick Fearon
21   Posted 24/08/2010 at 11:42:42

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After nine years I thought you lot would have an inkling as to the workings of Davy's mind.
Osman will be in the starting eleven vs Huddersfield.

You may ask, why that should be? My answer is that despite week after week of Leon serving up shite Moyes sees something in him that is unseen by the baying horde.
Sam Hoare
22   Posted 24/08/2010 at 12:12:18

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Give the youths a chance, they can't do much worse than their more established peers.

Coleman Jags Heitinga Baines
Rodders Fellaini
Anichebe Billy Gueye

Bit of power and pace for once.

Paul Corbett
23   Posted 24/08/2010 at 12:48:54

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I'd start with:

Coleman Jagielka Heitinga Baines
Gueye Rodwell Fellaini Pienaar
Beckford Saha
Anand Rabheru
24   Posted 24/08/2010 at 12:50:03

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We have a strong squad now and a "2nd" 11 that should comfortably beat Huddersfield. It also keeps the "2nd" 11 match fit and show the "1st" they may have some competition. Moyes wont do this but maybe good to see:

Coleman, Yobo, Heitinga, Baines/Neville
Bily/Ossie, Rodwell, Fellaini, Gueye,
Yak, Beckford/Vaughan
Ryan Rosenberg
25   Posted 24/08/2010 at 13:04:48

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I'd go with:

Coleman Jags Heitinga Garbutt
Rodwell Fellaini
Gueye Bily Pienaar
Ian Kearney
26   Posted 24/08/2010 at 13:12:47

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Perfect chance to give Fellaini game time, would also be interested to see what Rodwell could do in a more advanced position. Gueye should be given a chance, and Coleman as I totally agree with Duncan's assesment of Hibbert.

I would really like to see where Vaughan's form is at currently, because we look pretty toothless at the moment, so having human battering ram, with bags of pace might bring something different, we may aswell use him on the rare occasion he's fit. He cant do much worse than the other two have done.
Ian Kearney
27   Posted 24/08/2010 at 13:20:24

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Make that Alan's assesment of Hibbert!
Mike Green
28   Posted 24/08/2010 at 13:26:17

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I'm with Sam Hoare all the way - good team selection.
Dave Lynch
29   Posted 24/08/2010 at 13:31:05

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This is Huddersfield Town for fucks sake !
Our resi's should be able to rip them a new arse, never mind our first team.
Anyone who thinks that wednesdays team will have any bearing on the Villa team is singing from the land of the fairies.
Moyes will revert to type and play his chums.
Don't say you wer'nt warned.
Kevy Quinn
30   Posted 24/08/2010 at 13:55:08

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There is always hunger in Yakubu's eyes!
Ian Kearney
31   Posted 24/08/2010 at 14:11:25

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I also like Sam's team, but I'm not sure Vic is available
David Oliver
32   Posted 24/08/2010 at 14:54:09

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There shouldn't be any changes from the Wolves game, surely that result shows that the 11picked need game time together and (hopefully) a good win to build confidence?

If Moyes does this and makes full use of his subs, putting on the likes of Rodwell, Gueye etc i would be happy.

Unlike some, i feel that the poor start should not be responded to by wholesale changes as this only serves to unsettle the squad. Although i do find Moyes loyalty to Hibbert, Osman and Neville very frustrating considering the quality of our squad, surely all the players players need the confidence that they will have more than one or two games to prove their worth.
Paul Olsen
33   Posted 24/08/2010 at 15:24:50

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Hopefully some subs time for Baxter(is he on loan?), Vaughan and Silva?

Nothing like we WILL line up though
Chris Hannon
34   Posted 24/08/2010 at 16:00:15

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I believe he has to play Gueye, Coleman, Beckford, Heitinga, Feilaini and Rodwell for fitness and confidence issues! If Beckford can net, it will do him the world of good! And if Coleman plays well, he is gonna add weight to the shouts about him starting, as with Gueye and Rodwell! A convincing win would do us well and some individuals a world of good! So go strong Moyesie ? a trophy is a trophy!
Mike Allison
35   Posted 24/08/2010 at 18:33:39

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I agree with Chris (34) that those players should all start. If Yakubu is fit though I'd play him as well as or instead of Beckford. I also think Mucha has to play in goal if signing him was to be worthwhile.

So I suppose my XI is:

Yakubu - Beckford

'First choice' players on the bench, but also looking to give Vaughan a run.
Mike Allison
36   Posted 24/08/2010 at 18:46:27

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Yakubu took 'a whack' in training apparently so isn't available for Huddersfield.

Steve Round says the reason he and Yobo haven't featured so far is the World Cup and they're in contention from now on, Yobo is in the squad for Huddersfield.

And Paul (33), Baxter played for the reserves at Chelsea the other night, so isn't on loan.
Jon Cox
37   Posted 24/08/2010 at 19:53:53

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Sam #22 i'm in. What a great and frightening prospect.
Jon Cox
38   Posted 24/08/2010 at 20:06:47

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Whats the matter, has everyone gone to bed?
Chris Hannon
39   Posted 24/08/2010 at 20:04:42

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Why haven't they been in contention because of the World Cup? They got knocked out in the group stage, Cahill, Heitinga, Pienaar, Mucha, Howard play just as much and some more than them two ... and they have been in every squad! Something must be going on with regards to them two!
Joe McMahon
40   Posted 24/08/2010 at 20:11:57

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Knowing Moyes, I think this will be the line-up tomorrow.

Hibbert Weir Stubbs Hibbert
Osman Neville Osman Osman
Dick Fearon
41   Posted 24/08/2010 at 22:42:17

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Kevy Quinn # 30. I like that one.
Laurie Hartley
42   Posted 25/08/2010 at 11:50:37

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I am really surprised that up to now Distin doesn't get a start off any of us ? he is the only left-footed centre-half at the club. Heitinga and Jagielka will not work. Moyes has got to play Jagielka and Distin as the centre-half pairing. Heitinga, if available, must start in any game we are serious about winning, therefore my team for the first 65 minutes would be:

Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Heitinga, Fellani
Arteta, Rodwell, Pienaar

I can't have the Yak (who would have been fed by this lot) so I would start Beckford.

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