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by Rover the Top
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

I doubt having those two in the squad would actually have a detrimental effect on what we've seen so far, the improvement is in the system and attitude rather than individual personnel. For once, expectations are realistic. Although the one downside to winning 6-1 is that some are getting carried aw...
by Rover the Top
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Calling all parents
Replies: 3
Views: 18

Calling all parents

A mini RTT is due to arrive later this year, and I'm trying to make my way through the minefield of buying the bits and pieces needed for a baby. Considering how important a part of life it is, I'm shocked at how poor the range of products are, from maternity clothes to furniture. Mrs Top and myself...
by Rover the Top
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

mrblackbat wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:37 pm
Lucky Germans.
Another shocking failure to use VAR when the Swedish forward was clean through.

And what was up with England yesterday? We're supposed to sleepwalk to dreary 0-0s against teams like Panama. :D
by Rover the Top
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

And one that's right... Neymar comically throws himself to the ground, the ref falls for it but then changes his mind after watching the replay. Right decision in the end but I'm not sure why it's not a booking for the dive. And Neymar's now picked up a yellow card moments later for dissent...
by Rover the Top
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

The farce continues... Australian heads the ball straight at a Danish player's arm at close range, nothing given initially but the ref gives a penalty after watching the replay. And the Danish lad got booked meaning he's suspended from the final group game. :roll:
by Rover the Top
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

Just read former ref David Elleray's comments on the BBC on how VAR has been used so far, and they sum up what winds me up about referees in general. Gushing praise for the obvious things they've got right. Nonsensical excuses for the things that are wrong. Brazil didn't complain when the goal was s...
by Rover the Top
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

I thought they were just using it in specific circumstances - penalties being one. The problem is the game is largely refereed by individual opinion rather than following a strict rule. (Unless you're a Japanese goalkeeper) you can't argue with a sensor saying the ball crossed the goalline. But you ...
by Rover the Top
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

My own speculation is whether a decision has been made on what VAR is and isn't used for, so for example for penalties and red cards I think it isn't going to be used and has been already for just penalties. Whilst both incidents on Kane were very obvious penalties I suspect the fear is if you star...
by Rover the Top
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

I can understand the referee being able to overrule the VAR, in the same way that he can overrule his assistants, but what I can't understand is why the ref hasn't been called over at all to watch either of the two incidents. I thought the whole point of it was that VAR HQ can see the coverage from...
by Rover the Top
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

I suppose the downside to VAR is that you've still got referees watching it. If there's a "clear and obvious" incident the ref misses, they should tell him. We can only assume that the referee on the pitch, the two assistants, and however many are in VAR HQ all came to the conclusion that Kane hadn...
by Rover the Top
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: International Football
Topic: England Squad
Replies: 481
Views: 51027

Re: England Squad

For ten minutes or so, I was getting optimistic that we might get something from England this year, but then it turned into the usual tripe. I've always struggled to understand what Henderson offers other than momentum killing backwards passes and sloppy mistakes. Lingard is at least a bit more posi...
by Rover the Top
Wed May 30, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Players, Transfer News & Speculation
Topic: Rumours, wishlists and general tomfoolery
Replies: 13395
Views: 771768

Re: Rumours, wishlists and general tomfoolery

Ethiaa wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 10:24 am
It just means he is about 5'5" tall, nothing more.
Ah. I assumed he'd avoided paying tax...
by Rover the Top
Fri May 25, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Roverstalk
Topic: Ticket Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 775

Re: Ticket Prices

How do Rovers stand in the league table of ticket prices? I have a pal who supports Macclesfield and he paid more for non league football last year than I am paying for Championship soccer in 1918/19. Something which we should be grateful to Venkys for. Can't help thinking that if someone else boug...
by Rover the Top
Fri May 25, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Roverstalk
Topic: Ticket Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 775

Re: Ticket Prices

:lol: :lol: :lol:

This may come as a shock to you then, but women are allowed to vote now!
by Rover the Top
Thu May 24, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: I Don't Believe It!!
Topic: GDPR
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: GDPR

I'm waiting for the Roverstalk policy to appear...