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  1. Mick McCarthy

    They didn’t deserve anything. If you play with a packed defence like that, you’re always likely to lose 1-0.
  2. Steve Allen - Unsung Hero (Merged)

    I think there's a difference between citing injuries as an excuse and understanding the impact that an unusually high number of injuries is likely to have had on a squad that it is not excessively big in the first place. I think Lee is right not to make too much of the injury situation, but I do think that fans who spend their time running the team down on this website might think about the impact the injuries will have had on the squad as a whole, and give them some credit for still having a chance of the play-offs with nine matches to go. For me, a fit O'Dowda and Djuric alone would have fundamentally altered our season. Add to that the proven value of Matty Taylor as a substitute, plus the loss of Diedhiou for months, and you can see just how well the remaining squad members have done to keep us in the running. When Korey Smith gets ripped to shreds by some for having one of this few poor games this season, then people need to get some perspective.
  3. Corner kicks.

    It's been proved that the least productive thing you can do with a corner is to swing it in to the middle. Far better to play a short corner routine, or to get a play going outside the box.
  4. Steve Allen - Unsung Hero (Merged)

    Anyone who is doubting our progress should listen to the full interview. Absolutely fascinating and detailed background to what Steve Allen says is the worst season for injuries he’s encountered in 32 years! The guy really seems to know his stuff. Very impressive indeed.
  5. Renewed or not renewed. Please post here

    That’s a very polite version. When I was working for a Trade Union negotiating pay deals we knew it as 10% of b****r all is b****r all.
  6. Heineken

    Yeah, me too. Just suscribed to their quarterly beer package as well and will see how that goes. Never had a duff bottle of wine from them, but don’t spread their name too loudly or they’ll go mainstream...
  7. Blink and you'll miss it

    Astonishing to see Stockport, Bury, Crewe, Port Vale, Swindon, Tranmere and Grimsby all in the second tier. In the end we were only 5 points away from safety - I thought it was more than that. What a wasted season that was.
  8. Buses from Temple Meads to Ashton Gate

    I walked it to and from the Sheff Wed match and was surprised how quick it was - probably no more than 30 minutes to North Street.
  9. Renewed or not renewed. Please post here

    I've renewed: myself, wife and under-12 in Dolman Centre. Costing us about £200 more than last year which to be honest I can afford, but still hard to stomach. Hoping for a big season next season.
  10. The midfield

    Pack and Smith did ok as a combination against Man Utd and Man City. Wasn't it Pack who played that superb ball for Joe Bryan to run on to, and correct me if I'm wrong but I remember Smith having quite a good game too...
  11. Turning work in progress into promotion

    It took Alan Dicks ten seasons. I suspect Lee Johnson is capable of doing it in less. Dicks’s young team took around five seasons to fully develop, the last piece of the jigsaw being the signing of Paul Cheesely. A long time ago, I know, but it was worth it in the end.
  12. what benefit have we had from the january window?

    Sorry, I disagree. Only one gamble, not three. Kent is proven at this level, as his performances for Barnsley next season proved. Walsh is a young player brought in to develop for the future, in the same way that Brownhill and O'Dowda were brought in. Diony was the only gamble, and so far it hasn't paid off. However, both he and Kent are on loan, so hardly MAJOR gambles.
  13. what benefit have we had from the january window?

    Did it? What have I been watching since then? It is not mathematically impossible to make the play-offs? What was that win against Sheffield Wednesday all about? How dare they play well when they're meant to be dead and buried.
  14. Why have we stopped winning games?

    But you can't write off the impact of the cup run or the injuries. Better teams than us have been impacted in the past, and Alan Walsh recently commented on the similar effects on the run to the semi-finals in 1988/89. You're right that we might not be in this position, but that's football. My belief is that we are building in the right direction, and that we will be stronger next season. I don't think we would have been ready for the Premier league next season, and the aim is not just to get to the Premier league, but to stay there. We didn't expect promotion this season: our first half season form was a surprise and a delight, but I suspect many of us thought it was unsustainable for the whole season, especially given our injuries. Buying big in January would have been a massive gamble, and could have completely destablised the squad, which needs to stay together. As it is, I'm not sure I can criticise the signings we made - Walsh was one for the future and looks very promising to me; Kent seemed a great signing, and we all remember what he looked like playing against us last season; Diony had the pedigree, but appears to be suffering from a shocking loss of confidence. Baker's indiscpline/injuries haven't helped either. Still, it's only a game, isn't it?
  15. Why have we stopped winning games?

    Hardly shocking in the context of the number of games we played up until Christmas and our appalling injury list. Still, I'm sure everyone on OTIB would have taken three points off the play-offs with nine to play when the season started. Whatever happens, it's been a great season and I for one still consider that the play-offs would be a bonus if we got into them (and yes, I'm one of those who think it is too early for us to go up in any case). Anything in the top ten represents a good outcome for me.