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LondonBristolian last won the day on June 8

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  1. Clough knows it .

    Personally I think it is horses for courses. I certainly think there are a lot of games we've played where Hegeler is not the right option in central midfield but I also think that, whilst it is great LJ has got a clear idea of the team's identity and how he wants us to play, we need to tweak the plan for certain games (notably home games against teams that are going to defend deeply against us). I think it is in that tweaking that Hegeler may have a role.
  2. Clough knows it .

    This is it. In the nicest way possible, if Paterson could do what he does at his best against every team we come up against, he would be way too good for our club. The reason why he is in the Championship and not the Premier League is that he is a tremendously talented player but doesn't quite have the versatility to his game to always be able to turn it on if the game isn't made for him. I think Brownhill has the potential to be a superb midfielder for us but, again, he isn't quite there yet and does not turn it on every week. I think with Smith (when fully fit) and especially Pack, you essentially know exactly what level of performance you will get out of them week in, week out. Both are good Championship midfielders who can be relied upon to put their shift in and support the rest of the team but neither are players who are likely to provide the moment of inspiration in a tight game. I'm glad we have them both but I'd agree we need another option. O'Dowda shows glimpses of quality combined with poor decision making, Eliasson is still adjusting and it is too early to judge and Leko, as you might expect from a lad his age, can be incredible or invisible from moment to the next. I'd like Hegeler to get a bit more of a chance and I'd love us to sign a top quality Championship midfielder but players like that can be hard to come by. What is great is we are in a position where, if we kept everyone else, we could probably justify spending the entire of next summer's transfer budget on one central midfielder but, at the same time, a player of the quality we need would be in demand and it may also be a case of working with O'Dowda, Eliasson and Brownhill to see if they can be developed in time to become the type of players we crave.
  3. Fulham away...

    I love visiting Fulham but look doomed to be stranded at a conference in Cardiff that I won't make it back from in time, which is a real bugger. At the start of each season, I look at every London/near-ish London fixture, make a note in my diary and then gradually find that unavoidable work stuff throws about half of them back out again....
  4. We won't cry for you Argentina

    Crazy to think two the teams that contested a semi-final three years ago and are now here...
  5. We won't cry for you Argentina

    It is amazing they are in this position given the players they have but nonetheless Ecuador are on a losing streak and I reckon they will ultimately make it. Very much hope Colombia make it through.
  6. England

    You can say what you like about the last two performances but the fact is those two games have cemented our place as the team that every other country's fans will want to avoid being drawn against. Nobody wants to be forced to sit through watching that shit for 90 minutes...
  7. Bristol City or England?

    Definitely City. England winning the world cup would be amazing but: a) Bristol City getting promoted would feel more special to me personally. b) England winning the world cup would lead to embarrassing scenes of every non-football supporting politician, TV host and celebrity trying to make it all about them. c) the hype for future tournaments in the press would be unbearable.
  8. Lee Johnson on Soccer Saturday Panel

    Even when LJ was struggling last season, I always thought he had the potential to learn from his mistakes and go on and be a good manager somewhere in the future. I just didn't expect him to do it quickly enough to turn it around last season. I absolutely agree with you SL deserves a lot of credit, especially if our early season form continues. He stuck to his guns when most of us would have made a change and - whatever happens with LJ in the long term - it is easy to forget bringing the wrong manager in could have seen us relegated. Some of the criticism of SL last season was utterly unfair and I think it is clear that, whilst he has got some things wrong and some things right, he has always acted in the best interests of the club. But, as others have said, all of us are ultimately going to judge on results. And we have to - we don't get to see what happens in the boardroom or on the training ground. My perception is the club has improved and professionalised immensely off the pitch since Coppell's brief spell, which appears to have been a bit of a reality check for the club. But, bar when a stand is being built, we never get to see that change as it happens, just notice afterwards. So all any of us can ever do is judge on results and performances on the pitch. That said, I think many of us - myself included - would do well to remind ourselves that we fans do not have access to the whole picture and SL (and LJ) will always be considering various factors we know nothing about.
  9. Lee Johnson on Soccer Saturday Panel

    Why do so many of our fans assume that all of our players are prissy little primadonnas who spend their entire team getting pointlessly outraged by perceived slights on the part of our manager? I've never ever seen a shred of actual evidence for it but everyone seems to think our players spend their entire time up in arms. I suspect in actual fact, the players think it's quite good for them if the manager gets media coverage as it raises the profile of the club which is a great thing in itself if you are a team player but also a great thing if you are a selfish bugger too as it helps boost your own career. I would have thought it more likely that, when the manager does something like this, they take the piss out of him for a bit (as I would if my boss was on TV) and then carry on as before.
  10. Let's be honest here

    I literally cannot remember a single season when there have not been at least a small handful of people dismissing the league we are in as average and weaker than in previous seasons. Let's not forget last season Reading (who never looked exceptional) and Huddersfield (who had a negative goal difference) contested the play-off finals. Even as far as 2007/2008, it looked like a weak division as Stoke went up but we and Hull made the play-off final. Stoke have become premier league fixtures and Hull stayed up, disproving that. The reality is this season Wolves have, on paper, one of the most impressive sides ever assembled in the Championship, Birmingham spent a fortune and got walloped by Hull. Where Londoner could have a point is I think the teams that have dropped down from the Premier League are weaker than usual. But, that aside, this division is as tough and competitive as it has ever been. There will always be someone trotting out the cliche that this is an average division and weaker than previous seasons. It doesn't really need any more attention than a quick tick-off of the 'cliche bingo' playing card...
  11. Absolutely. I'm not suggesting for a minute they are no difficult games. Every game will be tough and the team need to work hard. All I meant in my opening post is that is nice to be going into games feeling like we can compete and potentially get something from any match rather than several points in the last two seasons where I've been secretly relieved not to get an absolute pasting...
  12. Totally agree. I think Leeds will be a great game!
  13. Estimate value of current squad.. individual players.

    Ultimately any player’s value depends on: 1) the extent to which the buying club needs the player 2) the extent to which the selling club wants the player 3) the extent to which the selling club needs cash. I think at the moment we would prefer not to sell most of our players and would not want the inconvenience of replacing them. That puts a huge premium on the price and I would be surprised to see anyone playing regularly either in the starting line-up or from the bench go for less than £5m and suspect we would want at least £10m before we even considered it in most cases. That is not to say I think that is how much our players are “worth”, just how much I think teams would need to pay to purchase players we do not want to sell. I suspect that means few of our players are likely to be sold, which is no bad thing.
  14. Absolutely agree. Ultimately my hope for the season was evidence we were progressing as a team. As long as we get that, keep playing entertaining football and stay resilient I will be happy. The results and the league position will hopefully follow on from that but we will of course lose games and, as you say, it is important not to overreact.
  15. Burton

    Would you really drop Bailey either though? I agree Eros-Flint-Baker-Bryan for the Burton game due to the miles Bailey will have flown but I find it weird how people seem to act as though he is a much weaker centre-back than Flint or Baker. He has been outstanding this season. Even against Norwich at right back, he was one of our best players. This is not meant as a dig at either Flint or Baker. All three have been outstanding this season. I would not want to have to make LJ’s decision...