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    A - Playing first on Friday before other results come in and try to build pressure on the rest (i.e - Us v derby / Huddersfield v Bristol)?
    B- Playing Last knowing what the others have done before you (i.e us this weekend away to Leeds)?

    Or C - All playing at the same time?

    I would always opt for A trying to build the pressure, however I recall against Reading when Newcastle and Huddersfield drew there 3pm game it gave us all a boost and we went on to win 3-0!

    Strange one but the timing of the fixtures could play a bigger part in the promotion race than people think.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Seagull Mags View Post
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      A - Playing first on Friday before other results come in and try to build pressure on the rest (i.e - Us v derby / Huddersfield v Bristol)?
      B- Playing Last knowing what the others have done before you (i.e us this weekend away to Leeds)?

      Or C - All playing at the same time?

      I would always opt for A trying to build the pressure, however I recall against Reading when Newcastle and Huddersfield drew there 3pm game it gave us all a boost and we went on to win 3-0!

      Strange one but the timing of the fixtures could play a bigger part in the promotion race than people think.
      We were discussing this at work the other day, we pretty much all agreed we would rather play first to try and put the pressure on those to follow. Even if you don't get the result you want, there is still pressure on the teams following to take advantage.

      But.... there can be no doubt what impact the Newcastle and Huddersfield results had on the atmosphere at Reading.
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      Playing first. It's definitely better that way. It's unfair on one party or the other to not play games at the same time though.
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      I get a bit confused by all this talk about, so called, 'pressure'.

      Top level sports professionals thrive on such stresses, even raising their game when it really counts - whereas psychologically weaker performers might respond by reducing their performance.

      We've seen many times top performers like Andy Murray bring out aces when break down in crucial games, or Germany win penalty shootouts, while others, as in golf, succumb to the yips.

      The top players know and accept they need to raise their game at crucial times, and are tough enough mentally through practice and skill to be able to do their best under pressure.

      The crucial point isn't the pressure itself, but how players handle it. So it comes down to the players' own responses to it, and how much they want to win.

      There's been loads of amateur psychology bandied about, such as by David Wagner etc. to no obvious effect - that all misses the point. What counts isn't the pressure but the individual response to it. Mentally tough players would welcome and thrive on pressure knowing to raise their game when it counts. Suggesting that one team therefore has more pressure than another therefore is just suggesting they are psychologically more susceptible than another - or in other words are losers - or in other words is just an insult.

      ... returning to the question, confident players would prefer playing on the Friday mainly as the game is live on TV as much as anything.
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      A - Playing first on Friday before other results come in and try to build pressure on the rest (i.e - Us v derby / Huddersfield v Bristol)?
      B- Playing Last knowing what the others have done before you (i.e us this weekend away to Leeds)?

      Or C - All playing at the same time?

      I would always opt for A trying to build the pressure, however I recall against Reading when Newcastle and Huddersfield drew there 3pm game it gave us all a boost and we went on to win 3-0!

      Strange one but the timing of the fixtures could play a bigger part in the promotion race than people think.
      For fans? It's brilliant to get points under the belt on a Friday night. Leaves you the weekend free to relax and relish the prospect of one or more of your rivals ****ing up.

      For players? Any decent manager should just keep his players focused on the next match.
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      Playing first definitely..
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      For fans? It's brilliant to get points under the belt on a Friday night. Leaves you the weekend free to relax and relish the prospect of one or more of your rivals ****ing up.

      For players? Any decent manager should just keep his players focused on the next match.
      Much easier said than done though..
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      Playing last definitely for me.

      Best for the play-offs. God forbid.

      I think the current danger is complacency


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      Much easier said than done though..
      Easier when you've got a fully grounded manager like CH tho. That's got to rub off on to the players, at least while they're under his direct control, at games and in training.
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      Easier when you've got a fully grounded manager like CH tho. That's got to rub off on to the players, at least while they're under his direct control, at games and in training.
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