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Everything posted by cityexile

  1. BCFC v MCFC

    Know what you are saying, but think our best chance is if it is the reverse. It gets said patronisingly often, but this is our ‘cup final’ (unless we go through, which will be our new cup final, in a umm, cup final....anyway...). For them, well, it just isn’t. They will want to and expect to win, of course. However, for their players the games they get ‘up’ for are Man Utd, Liverpool, maybe Barcelona and what have you. This is just a game mentally they approach as one to get through, hopefully comfortably, with frankly as little panic as possible, job done. How we might have approached away to Gillingham in a semi of the paint trophy say. I suspect their fans will react with a ‘O dear, so sad, never mind’, if they go out. This is not their big fish this year. We will give 100%, if they can get the job done on 80% they will not care. The issue will be will they be able to really turn it on in this kind of game if they need to? Everything would need to go our way, we all know we could get hammered. We have a chance however, which keeps us all dreaming. Bring it on.
  2. Baadiff........massive club?

    Cardiff looking the more likely at the moment to be fair. Sloppy from Weds overall.
  3. Was it a penalty

    Clear penalty. I think what has made it difficult for the ref is that the challenge seems to finish, then their player goes over like he is shot. Watching it live I thought it just looked like an outrageous dive, there was no follow through on the challenge to catch him. What was less obvious was that Flint ended up standing pretty much on his foot. Got away with one, would have been annoyed if i had been the other way, but we all know it happens.
  4. New at OTIB

    It is great to have you join us. I need to be honest. Man City right now are one of the greatest club teams in the world. They are taking the premiership apart. It would still be a huge shock and cup upset if we were to beat them over two legs. If it all goes wrong on the night they could take us apart. What we do know with this team is they will play with heart and courage and give everything they can. As fans of a lower league side we are loving it. If you want to win things it is one of the Manchester sides, Chelsea, whatever. If you want to go on a journey, with ups and downs, lots of heartbreak, and every now and again a moment when dreams come true, a team like ours is the one for you. Over 40 year’s of memories, and despite all the downs, would not change a thing. Mind you, if you have been following since 1990, you know much of this.
  5. Considered thoughts 24 hours later

    Heroic, simply heroic. Couple of minor things if we are to beat possibly the best side in the world? I thought there were two or three occasions last night in the first half when our players just had to take a risk and have a shot first time. Against a team of this quaility the second touch means the moment goes. Their winner. Flint was immense, so I say this was some care, but having marshelled the defence superbly all night, for that split second maybe, he missed he was one yard behind the defensive line playing Aguero onside. A world class defender steps back in to the line just before the cross, meaning you get the offside. That is minor minor stuff. Apart from anything else we played with such courage. The number of times I was thinking ‘how many have we got forward for this corner?’
  6. Away goals rule

    Unless we score 4...
  7. Lee Johnson

    Kind of crossed my mind. At least he will realise we will try and play football.
  8. My6 MotM Josh

    If we had drawn 1-1 they would still have been big favoriates, even coming here. The tie is still alive. Best we could have hoped for.
  9. City 1 -2 Barcelona

    What a load of tosh. We would never have lost if we were at home...
  10. How You All Feeling?

    My main worry was that we would get smashed. Gutted to lose that late on, not going to pretend otherwise, but very proud too. They could not have done any more than they did. When you think their two goals were scored by De Bruyne and Aguero, It is not to shabby really.
  11. David Silva

    I agree wth this. The following comment was posted on their forum, just to give a view, which got a fair bit of support, bearing in mind this was not a response to this idea, but their own discussion about it... ”I think singing in support and appreciation of him is fine and also in line with how the other players chose to publicly display their support (focusing on the player himself). Singing the baby's name isn't appropriate in my opinion. I know people suggesting it only mean well, but nobody on here knows the full extent of his condition or where it might lead so I think the family's privacy ought to be respected on that front. I also think 50k people singing his baby's name mid-match isn't likely to help Silva in that moment. He's choosing to carry on with his football when he can and to the best of his abilities and I think the fans need to be mindful of the fact it's a big emotional/psychological challenge for him to do that. You don't really know what kinds of thoughts, images and feelings would be triggered by him hearing the baby's name been sung at him in a very public arena by 50k people, it doesn't sound like a great combination to me though.” Personally, I would stick to him. Just a view.
  12. IF we get through to the final.....

    Not having that. There is always a chance. In this case tiny, barely there, for sure. But it is there. That is why we go. That is why we dream.
  13. My strange semi final dream

    Do not really dream about football that much anymore, but did this one. They had a goalie sent off (Fielding like), and then a second injured, and had to put an outfielder in, having already made 3 subs. We won 3-0 against nine men, with the general view that the overall winners of the tie was now 50/50. I put it down to just how many things would need to go our way for us to win!
  14. They were underdogs, but still had some damn fine players. For me by a country mile the biggest football upset I have ever witnessed was Leicester winning the league, over 38 legs. Over two legs, 1984, Metz lost 4-2 at home to Barça, and then winning the away leg 4-1, having been 1-0 down after 30 mins. Cup winners cup I think. Remember watching the highlights at night and thinking ‘why have they put this game on first?’ Shows it is always possible, however unlikely.
  15. The picture does not show it, but he sprinted there at the last moment, and was picked out by a good cross. Even so, I saw it on the highlights and my first impression was ‘how has that happened?’
  16. New signings needed for promotion?

    No no no. That is just wrong. It is 100 duck sized horses or one horse sized duck! Otherwise it is not an entirely sensible and serious question!
  17. Who was Yessir?

    Arafat? Something to do with the PLO back in the day.
  18. Excited or nervous......

    Did not realise they rate us as highly as they do after our win against Man Red. There is even a thread on their Board entitled 'City to dominate United for a generation'. High praise indeed.
  19. Leeds 0 Bristol City 1 - Well...anything is possible!!

    A bit of a tangent, but I tend to forget just how badly pitches cut up in the winter. Used to be some real cabbage patches around, even in the top league. If we were lucky, somebody would throw a couple of buckets of sand at each end to help the goalie. Could you imagine this today...see at 1m onwards. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wdFwl11WUAg Now, we play Rugby on them and they are still pretty pristine. Kids today!
  20. Excited or nervous......

    I understand the point, but if they watched against Man Red they will know, and also that on their day Man Blue can take apart top league sides.
  21. Excited or nervous......

    Nah, more like pulling a partner that you know deep down is way way out of your league. Don’t get upset when it is gone, just enjoy every moment it is there!
  22. Excited or nervous......

    Agree, and for me is partly caused by it being over two legs. It is going to be an odd feeling at the end of the match, is somehow, somehow, all the planets aligned and we won 1-0, to think, ok, we just need to do it all again...
  23. Excited or nervous......

    Only fair. So will we. Evens it up somewhat.
  24. The Semi final

    Rationally, it is almost impossible to see how we do this over two legs. The only thing I hang on to is ‘it’s football’. Sadly the times they have been pushed closest seem to have been when somebody has adopted an anti-football approach against them. The extreme example was Newcastle who had eleven behind the ball from the first moment, and went down 1-0. It’s not that we should not do that, I just do not think we are capable of it. It has not been our approach or our style. They are simply superb on the break. Often when teams have gone a goal down and started to chase the game a bit, they have blinked and found they have let in three or four pretty quickly. A surprising number of the goals we have let in have been when teams have broken against us, even at this level. I fear that we are exactly the right sort of team for them to play well against. Everything needs to go our way on the day. Our best hope is that they make a fair few changes who do not quite click as a team. Make them score good goals rather than ones where we have messed up. Let them know they are in a game, and take any chances that come our way. It is the longest of long shots. Sometimes however they do happen.
  25. Man City near full strength for Burnley today

    That really is a quite staggering bench.