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I went to the fight on Saturday and got back yesterday so haven't commented on the event yet so will do so now.
I got into the arena when Jamie Mcdonnell was on and pretty much missed the full fight due to the slowest barman in the world at the arena. Got back just in time for the knockdown, though
Thought Selby looked alright. Great dig to knock him down but done well to get back up and win the fight in the end. Hunter could have done more to pressure him I thought, though.
Conor Benn done what was needed. I watched the video of him sparring O'hara Davies and knew he was someone who likes to come forward after that. Obviously has tons to learn due to it being his first fight but that will give him a lot of confidence going into his next fight. Nigel Benn dancing was embarrasing. He won't be anywhere near as bad as Chris Eubank for taking the limelight from his son but it has made me laugh how he said he won't be involved much with everything yet was at the full press conference next to him, doing all the interviews with him etc... I know it's his Dad and all that but I felt like I seen more of him than I did Conor.
Groves will get slaughtered by Smith if they meet I think. Brophy looked like he didn't want to be there and the first dig that took Brophy to the ropes was enough for him to not want to be there. Groves seemed to want to be patient and get a couple of rounds in.
Was buzzing with the Joshua result. Even though I had a bad feeling for some reason for the fight, deep down I knew that's how that would turn out. Joshua would try and find his range in the first round and then second come out and throw the right a bit more. Glad he come out the way he did rather than the way he did against Whyte. No idea why Martin was protesting at the end either. He was down for 15 seconds! The ref spent a few seconds telling Joshua to get to a neutral corner while Martin was down and then when he eventually went over to Martin, started counting from 5 or 6.
Still not the finished article, Joshua. Nobody knew the type of Martin was and we still don't. He barely threw his left and Joshua was too clinical with the right and once Martin felt his power, he didn't want to know.
Due to styles, I still fancy Joshua to beat Fury myself. I'm probably in the minority but that's just my opinion. I think Haye would give Joshua much more of a problem than Fury due to their styles. Just my opinion like I said, though. It will be interesting to see who AJ fights next.
I want Quigg to win. Always liked him and I think he could do the job. It should be a great fight, though.
I don't think most of Gallagher's arrogance has come from the Crolla wiin. I think it was when Smith won the British Title and the whole '4 brothers to win the title' thing came in with obviously, Gallagher taking a lot of the credit (rightly so, in my opinion) but that is where he started becoming a bit more arrogant.
The press conference tour he was doing my head in.
Have to strongly agree with almost everything on the first post of this thread.
Yesterday was one of the hardest games to watch this season so far.
What frustrates me most is the lack of shots we seem to be having. It's almost like we want to try and walk the ball in but we can't do that when we have absolutely nobody in the box. So many times one of our players would get the ball on the edge of the box with a second or two to bring it down and have a go, but they'd control it and just move around on the spot until they either got tackled or played it to someone who isn't in half as good a position as they are/were.
Henderson has been really poor since he come back from injury. Yeah, he may run a lot and put his shift in but what does that do? He's not running back 80 yards and making a crunching tackle and setting up another attack for us. The amount of times he tries doing a long 40/50 yard ball that either gets intercepted or is too far is a joke. He's not that type of player. I don't even know what type of player he is, really.
Moreno frustrates me a lot. Seems to be more one footed than Riise and I always thought that was tough to beat. Can be great going forward at times but his decision making needs improving quickly.
Emre Can cannot pass a ball to save his life. A player that is free literally 10 yards away and he can't hit the ball to them properly. How much is he on?!
Mignolet. Jesus Christ. It's not just the silly mistakes for some of the oppositions goals he makes, it's much more than that. He has no command of his box (it may be better than it first was but it's still rubbish), he takes ages to get a ball out and more than half of them aren't successful. Watching MOTD last night and even I knew the wall wasn't set up properly. If I know that then surely he must!
I do find it hard to think of players I'd keep. I love Coutinho but he can be inconsistent a lot. Of course, I don't expect players to be great every game but you get the jist...
I was speaking to my mate the other day and was saying how often he does try and shoot and do that same 'signature goal' and his reply was "at least he shoots" - and he was right. As much as that may frustrate me in a game too when it goes miles over, at least he is having a go. It seems too many players are petrified to shoot.
Next season is going to be very interesting. The summer will be Klopps chance to shine in the window. Get rid of the deadwood and replace them with some quality players. If it's not down to Klopp if we don't get them, then he should publicly come out and say it before he gets criticized.
It's strange that I've preferred watching some of the young ones play in the cup lately because of their desire to play for us. You can see some of them, not all of them, putting their all in to play for us. Good on them. That's why I really like Flanagan.