Latest news:
Report This Message
Are you sure you want to report this post?

Re: Ridehalgh
Posted by: DevonExile
Date: 19/08/2019 12:51
Ail though I disagreed with Higos bracketing any that criticise a players ability as moaners and I still think that is wrong, I do have every sympathy with his criticism of those at games who pick on a player in a match. That I think , can be demoralising for a player, and is quite different from a critique on the forum. Rides warrants respect for he really is committed to the club and the weaknesses in his game are not down to lack of effort. The fact remains that many see his frailties as a weakening of the team at this level and it is not unreasonable to express that view. If supporting a team meant merely excepting everything without question then much of the spice would go out of football and there would be little point in having a forum if constructive criticism was seen as justifying applying a label. It is one of the worse aspect of current
society where too often any difference of view results in categorisation

That's a really disingenuous argument. There's a world of difference between constructive criticism and moaning/slagging off but you're again lumping the two together before again implying that the alternative view is 'acceptance without question'. Yet, from the comments you then make about Rides, you obviously acknowledge that the vast middle ground between moaning and blind acceptance is where most sensible discussion takes place.

Rides obviously has his limitations (don't like 'frailties' but hey ho), so do the rest of the squad and most other players in L1. He has qualities too. Obviously the trick for MM is to assemble a team whose individual qualities complement each other's strengths and mitigate each other's limitations. Time will tell. Right now, I'd agree we definitely need competition at LB - maybe Woods is that man, who knows yet. But beyond that, while individual players are still acclimatising to a new league and developing understandings with each other, for me it's too early to be throwing anyone under the bus.
I apologise if I have given the impression that constructive criticism and slagging off are the same.
That was the opposite of my intention. The whole point was a response to Higgos posting and I was arguing that constructive criticism does not justify the label of moaners.

You may optionally give an explanation for why this post was reported, which will be sent to the moderators along with the report. This can help the moderator to understand why you reported the post.

We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing