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The Journalist

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The Journalist last won the day on November 29 2014

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  1. Flat

    Why is everyone convinced we're going to lose at Derby? A few defeats doesn't make us a bad team. In fact, as far as I'm concerned we're a really good team that's just had its first full week off since the middle of December. Bring on Friday, I say. It's 100% winnable.
  2. Sean Dyche eating worms

    That’s quite an endorsement from, given they only ever started three league games together.
  3. Manchester United Game Memorabilia

    The best I could probably manage is a squiggle from my six-month-old, if that’s still of any interest?
  4. Manchester United Game Memorabilia

    I’m happy to provide fans with a signed match report from the game.
  5. Ryan Kent - recalled from Freiburg, and now signed on loan.

    Technical glitch with the gif?
  6. What could we do better?

    Once the initial disappointment of conceding the last-minute goal had worn off, my overriding feeling since full-time last night has been that we can play even better than that in the second leg. I’d be interested to hear how others saw the game tactically last night - @spudski among others - but here are three things I thought we did brilliantly and three things we can do better. The good: - We very clearly targeted Bravo and Mangala in possession, with anything back to the goalkeeper immediately chased down by Reid, triggering Paterson, Brownhill and Bryan to cut off passing angles to their back four. This high press led to our goal. - Smith and Pack sat deeper than usual, meaning that if they beat our high press our back four had a degree of protection. We struck the difficult balance of pressing but still getting bodies behind the ball really well, which, for me, is the part of the game Premier League teams haven’t got right against Man City this season. - For the most part, we didn’t get sucked into just lumping it and tried to play our way out. We looked supremely confident in our own ability - as we should be! When we had to go long, we worked the ball into a position to hit the channel rather than just pumping it long. The not so good: - We didn’t win anywhere near as much second ball as we did against Man Utd, nor did we secure possession quite as well from 50-50 plays (eg. goal kicks). This is, in part, because Man City are utterly world class at this side of the game and it’s one thing that sets them apart. - We lost so much possession from our own set-plays. Our free-kick and corner delivery was miles short of what we’re capable of and will have to improve in the second leg. We also lost so much ball from our own throw-ins. It’s picky, but it’s something I’d be looking at. - When we went forward, Pack and Smith both got a bit caught between joining in the attack and sitting back. Pack, in particular, got stuck in no-man’s land a handful of times when we lost the ball in their final third and they were suddenly four on three or the like. Man City are so good at creating those situations, but I still reckon we didn’t help our own cause at times. Anything else stick out for people? Either way, what a pleasure watching our team against that level of opposition. It’ll have been a huge education for both our staff and the players. And the best bit? We’re still in the tie and can 100% play better in the second leg!
  7. Lee Johnson

    What Lee Johnson has achieved in 12 months is utterly unprecedented. I can’t recall any manager ever enjoying such a dramatic turnaround in that space of time. Even putting results to one side, it’s staggering the way we’ve gone from a team looking so aimless to a team with such a clear identity and playing style. Amazing.
  8. Liam Walsh

    If you were building an ideal Bristol City player, I think he’d look a lot like Liam Walsh That’s both a compliment to him and to us - how nice is it to have such a strong identity and clear way of playing?!
  9. Paterson

    Jamie Paterson’s our best footballer. Superb.
  10. I think you've made some superb points here - we shouldn't be afraid to recognise our own limitations. I'd certainly pull you up on the bit I've bolded, though. I think we have to be careful to remember where exactly we've come from in such a short space of time. I think we're building for better than that, personally, but we're not trying to go from A to B over night.
  11. Signs of progress .

    We’re actually a really good team!
  12. Hope its the Purple and Lime kit on Monday evening

    If we don’t go with red shirts, green shorts and white socks now I for one will be disappointed.
  13. Merry Christmas to all CITY fans wherever you are

    You cynical old sausage.
  14. If you’d told me on 1 March, having lost 15 of our last 19 games and with us hurtling back towards League One, that we’d be fourth at Christmas and in the EFL Cup semi-finals I’d have thought you were barking mad. It’s been an amazing few months and, all things considered, to have preserved our unbeaten run through sheer bloodymindedness and fighting spirit today is a great Christmas present, as far as I’m concerned. We truly have a group of players to be proud of. And you know what? The club has a bloody good group of fans to be proud of too. I wish each of you a belting Christmas. However you choose to celebrate, please don’t wake me up from the dream season we’re enjoying.
  15. One of the biggest results in our history?

    In fairness, I think beating Manchester United in a quarter-final is a little more reason to go overboard than getting past Watford, Crystal Palace and Stoke, with respect to those clubs - all of whom we've faced in the league recently! The Leeds FA Cup tie is a really good comparison, though, given the context around that game. I guess that's a key factor to consider as well - the standing of the opposition at the time of the game. In that case, if I'd started off thinking this might make a top five, perhaps it'd be somewhere lower down in the top 10?
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