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  2. May I introduce you to the Bristol Rovers dustbin thread. You may well have missed it, it being just the 1016 pages long, but plenty on there regarding their record attendances, lock outs etc. . Enjoy.
  3. I think the other game he played was Stoke where I thought he did ok, showed willingness to come off either wing and can use either foot. He is one I hope can have a good pre-season as this year he got injured in a behind closed doors game v Yeovil and was out for 12-14 weeks. Missing pre-season is difficult to catch up. Plus all of the comments above the keeping compensation payment down!!!
  4. Looking back at how easy we won, home and away in league 1, I thought I'd look at crowds in the lower leagues. Results and crowds are listed alphabetically and you have to go all the way down to 'S' for Shrewsbury to find a crowd below 10,000 on Saturday Tiny rovers had only 8,000--what a joke club, yet I hear they take 10,000 to every away game? They really are tiny aren't they
  5. @CotswoldRed to me it sounds like OTIB isn't the right place for you to take this forward It sounds like you need to be meeting someone face to face to iron these problems out
  6. Why didn't Boro beat Florist on Saturday, a team that has nothing to play for while Boro have plenty to play for? Because they are capable of playing badly on the day and score very few goals (2 in the last 3 games). Reading and Rotherham players will be playing for pride and a contract next year, can't see anyone rolling over in the Championship.
  7. I wrote off our play-off chances following the Ipswich bore draw, then 2 weeks later, hallelujah, the Blades and Boro' were put to the sword, on their own turf. This season has been full of surprises and with a West Brom-like performance this Saturday we can go into the final away fixtures filled with confidence. We still have a great chance to make 6th spot.
  8. JBFC II


    We then regained it in the away games against Forest, Sheffield united, Middlesbrough and Blackburn. We didn't set up 'far too negative' in any of those games, we just lack a centre midfielder who can change the game consistently, but one of those would set us back millions so it's up to the scouting team to try and find one for good value. We rarely drop deep either, it's in fact our willingness to go forward that's the reason behind many of our goals conceded. Yesterday their second goal was because our defensive line was too high and we hadn't dropped back sufficiently, then against reading we were regularly caught on the break. Investment has been made in the correct areas, just some of it hasn't paid off as of yet. I'm sure LJ has realised we need a centre midfielder as much as he realised we needed to change up our defence
  9. How would that have affected the fee we had to pay for him though? I believe it was a factor for the club. Bear in mind that though he was signed on a free, his age and the fact he was offered a contract meant we had to compensate Scunthorpe. It took until first week of March for this to be agreed. Had he been tearing up League One, would this not have risked proving more costly to us? Financially- Scunthorpe would have pushed and pushed and it would likely have gone to a Tribunal to independently set the fee. OTOH, would that have been worth it had his development not been quite likely stalled for a season? This is just one of the trade-offs a club has to consider now. Read a range of figures from £425k-£1m. Actual fee seems to be undisclosed but those were the speculated figures.
  10. Why won't Boro beat Reading (should be safe by then) and Rotherham (probably be down by then) - I don't understand the logic?
  11. That's a strange defeatist stance - you can have and expect consistency in the championship (without needing someone to be world or premier league class) just as you can have no consistency in the Prem (see Everton, Burnley and Fulham). I think we are right to expect our players to be consistent in the Championship - it doesn't mean we expect them to have to win each game, we will always meet better players or teams.
  12. Derby have to play us, Swansea and WBA. Boro play Reading and Rotherham. If we beat Derby I can't see either of them winning both of their 2 remaining games, we might get away with just one more win from Millwall and Hull to get into 6th place.
  13. I would bet that you are here after the next loss, and not here when we are on a decent run though. You are as much of a City fan as Neil Warnock is imo.
  14. Therein lies the reason why we are stuck with Boro and Derby vying for the last play off spot. Home form usually either keeps you relatively safe but if you can marry it to decent away form you are in with a shout of top 6.Whilst we are still in with a shout with 3 games left to play shows how good our away form really is.
  15. Bicester Red is spot on I've already posted we blew it in the home games against Ipswich, Birmingham, Wigan and reading by setting up far too negative and let's not forget how close we came against QPR at home. These are all teams we've struggled against last few season adapting the same approach so obviously not learned by it and the alarming thing for me is how deep we drop and continually get punished for it so as Bicester Reds post are we confident in our current form to get 3 points from Derby then away to a fisical Millwall or heaven forbid Hull city last game???? Right now is anybody's guess but none investment in the correct area's looks like it has caught up once again.
  16. I wouldn’t drop Pack but I would give him more help by playing Walsh who can take more of the play making load. I also think Walsh should be allowed to play further forward than Brownhill; Walsh has a good forward passing range. Personally v Derby I would go 4-3-1-2. Pack, Brownhill and Walsh in midfield. Palmer in a roving role behind Fam and Weimann.
  17. Yeah sells slowed right down. The hardcore have brought who’d of gone anyway imo the rest are awaiting Saturdays result
  18. Today
  19. The same fixation that some have to state the obvious I reckon!
  20. Not if you play for Ajax!
  21. Agree, plus he was out injured long term at the start of the season which will have delayed his progress.
  22. Didn’t finish our chances against Reading. If we had scored one we would have won
  23. If our players were consistently playing very well every game, they would not be playing for us; they would be playing in the Premier League, or at least at one of the big boys in the Championship. So the inconsistency is unsurprising.
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