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  1. Yawn...
  2. What a depressing point of view. I'd take Mark Little rather that 95% of the egocentric disloyal prima donnas in the so-called premiership any day. Give me a decent attitude any day.
  3. We didn't, though, did we?
  4. Yes, but even if we lost our games by -4, Blackburn would still need to win theirs by +6, so still pretty unlikely.
  5. The word that came to my mind was 'heroic'. To recover from a goal down twice, and to see Bailey Wright apologising for his error and then the team fighting so hard to get back on top had me welling up.
  6. Not quite, but even if they won both their games Blackburn would need to overturn a deficit of 9 goals, which is pretty unlikely.
  7. Huge game today. If we lose and Forest and Blackburn win, then we're virtually all level with two to play, and we then have to go to Brighton and spoil their title celebrations, which I can't see happening. Even if we are all just about level for the final match, I don't fancy our chances against Brum, especially with the return of Cotterill For me today is very much a must-win. A draw wouldn't be completely disastrous, providing other teams don't win, but a defeat will put us evens to go down, I fear.
  8. Great post.
  9. Sorry, but this sounds like smoke and mirrors. You say there is brutal incompetence at the club - well frankly, so what? Incompetence happens, people learn from it, clubs move on. Can't see why it would be such a big deal to make it public. The only things, from my experience, that a business would want to keep secret would be things like bullying, discrimination or illegal activity. Someone else claimimg to be ITK said it was happening 'way above Lee Johnson', but where is that? That only leaves Lansdown, Ashton and the Board. Can't see it myself. There may have been falling out between management and players, but I would have thought that was commonplace. In any industry a new manager is likely to create turbulence, it's almost to be expected. What is being hinted at by posters here really doesn't sound that exceptional, and the performance of the team in the last few matches suggests that there is no major rift between the manager and the current line-up. As the old saying goes, put up or shut up.
  10. So why can't you tell us what it is? No reason at all as far as I can see. You know something we don't. So tell us. Next!
  11. But the fact is that neither you nor anyone else on this forum is able to say exactly what has happened behind the scenes, and until they do I'm going to take it all with a huge pinch of salt. People hear things from other people, but no one ever says what is going on. It's classic conspiracy theory stuff. If there was a situation as dire as everyone is suggesting, it would be out there by now. Someone would have leaked it. No way would it be kept a secret. I've watched a group of players playing their hearts out for the club in the last few games. The body language has been entirely positive and I've seen nothing that suggests a breakdown in trust between players and the manager. Of course, I may be wrong. If I am, then tell me exactly what has gone wrong behind the scenes. No hints, no innuendo, just facts. Until someone does, I'm gong to continue to look back on the season as hugely disappointing, but hopefully with a happy ending, and continue to look forward to next season, as I have every year since I was a child.
  12. I see that Lee has flagged 'a couple of niggles' giving concern, one of whom presumably is Little. He also makes a strange reference to Tomlin, Reid or Paterson being able to play as the second striker, so does this suggest that Taylor is a doubt? It would be a shame to have to change the team that has done so well recently, and my worry is the right back position because it does seem that when we get that position right, we do well (and vice versa).
  13. I've been a City fan for longer than you, and I have to say that the football I've watched this season has been far from the worst I've seen. Even in relatively recent times such as the McInnes and O'Driscoll eras we were playing consistently worse football. Our position is disappointing of course, and the results have been hard to stomach at times, but actually I've found the football on the pitch quite entertaining. Perhaps I'm on my own in that!
  14. I wish I wasn't old enough to remember it, but unfortunately I do. A blatant attempt to cash in on the success of the Shangri-Las' motorbike-crash hit 'Leader of the Pack', from what I remember.
  15. Apologies if anyone has already noted this, but interesting to compare our records at the same stage last season and this: 2016 W12 D12 L19 F47 A67 GD -20 Pts48 2017 W13 D9 L21 F56 A63 GD -7 Pts48 Last year with the same number of points we were in 21st position, with a 9-point cushion between us and MK Dons in 22nd. One significant difference from last year is that in 2015/16 while we had a clear top goalscorer, we had two players (Wilbraham and Tomlin) contributing seven goals each. Though we've scored more goals this season, I'm shocked to note that the only player other than Tammy to score more than three goals is Tomlin with six. Given that at one point in the season I believe we had had more shots on target than any other team in the division, it does suggest that our finishing has been the problem.