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  2. I've got to say mate, I've been one of LJ biggest supporters, but you can't support what happened last night. Not only did we look devoid of a plan, but the players didn't even look interested. The players do have to take some responsibility also. I like LJ, I really do, he has taken this club to a new high and I don't get the personal abuse of him, but, even though we haven't played the best football this season we have picked up points, and even when we haven't picked up points, we've ALWAYS been in the game (a majority of the time). Last few weeks have been different. I don't mind being outplayed by a better team, I don't mind losing games, but what I cannot abide is a lack of a plan and a lack of any sort of effort. Of course I don't want to see LJ lose his job, he has been fantastic overall for this club, but what I saw last night made me question whether he has the capability to take this side the 5% higher than it needs to be. I just don't know.
  3. I will read the rest of the review in a minute however, start of third paragraph. Am I to assume you got too excited about using a beer pun when describing the John smiths stadium you forgot to add in the word cold?
  4. Did the crowds disappear when they both got promoted to the Prem?
  5. I’m not disagreeing with any of that. All I’m saying is that the powers that be at the club see him as intrinsic to what we’re trying to do. He buys into the transfer policy of player trading, such as it is. He buys into the sustainable model, player trading, new training ground etc. Basically, he’s running the club in the way that SL wants it run out while still keeping us in the top third of the league. And SL has the personal relationship with him that will mean he’d only sack him as an absolute last resort. Personally I’m still not sure where I stand on LJ’s position. I’d still go with him until the end of the season, mainly because SL’s record of appointing managers is so atrocious we could end up a hell of a lot worse off than we are now if we did make a change. I don’t think we’d end up with a Hughton.... I think an Appleton or internal appointment would be more likely which would would be a backward step from where we are now.
  6. Time to say goodbye Lee, give us our CITY back
  7. Jesus.....you must have one hell of a boring life if you enjoy this shite
  8. One of? He’s only done this once. Why do people make it out it happens every couple of months? I’ve tried to be supportive, but how can anyone defend that tonight - especially if you were there!
  9. I’d be disappointed (and surprised) if there wasn’t arguments and fall outs tonight. Even as a one off, a performance like that would usually lead to an angry dressing room and I imagine a few people will have something to say. in itself, that sort of thing probably isn’t unusual, but IF true this may have been bubbling for some time. ive been in changing rooms with huge bust ups After a big defeat that get sorted pretty quickly once emotions calm down.
  10. Let’s put it in simplistic terms. I am amazing, I know everything , I am a genius . You , players keep letting me down.
  11. Blame the players again. If anyone had an ounce of knowledge, we have players good enough to at least get play offs even automatic . But yet again the elephant in the room is ignored. The lack of accountability for the person who is most missing in ability is getting farcical .
  12. Yeah go on dave i wonder what the result would be
  13. Something is not right at the club at the moment. Performances worse week on week, constant personnel and formation changes. It all adds up to the feeling that Johnson has run out of ideas of how to get the best from this group, and that the players seems to lack faith in his leadership
  14. " Couple of the new players have to have a look at themselves.....I'm definitely not digging them out on an individual basis...but Markus was ineffective". I love the way how in among all of that we get "but it's a team game including all of us" - clever enough to pick up on the fact he's heavily criticized for blaming individuals, but not clever enough to stop doing it. That short interview is littered with subtle and not so subtle blame shifting. QUESTION: "How do you pick the players up for the game at Millwall?" ANSWER: "it comes from the inner sanctum of the player, that fire in the belly, and actually executing what we worked to.......I didn't like what I saw tonight". No Lee, the question was, what is your role in this. Man management skills zero.
  15. Today
  16. Ah Bicester Red welcome back, thought you would subtly change your name to Langford red and no one would notice!!! classic hallmark posting before the match was over
  17. Rudolph...............
  18. Yes, this was more than bad. Dont know how we can Millwall saturday. We looked like we were one division below Hudds. Never seen City so bad as in the first half. When they got the second I stop watching. Defence no midfield no attack no. Really dont know how we could be so bad. Other results went our way but its hard to believe that we could win any more game this season according to yesterdays not performing. Hope is the last thing we have but this dont look good at all.
  19. So he thinks we’ve been of a decent standard for most of the season,the mind absolutely boggles
  20. Coming as it did, as City's latest playoff challenge continued to falter, the few fans who braved the bitterly cold Kirklees venue could only grow increasingly angry with their team as the so-called play off contenders cheaply surrendered to their relegation battling Yorkshire rivals - who dominated the fixture summation right there. The rest is just window dressing.
  21. The Lee Johnson form roller coaster crashed through the barriers and smashed into a wall at Huddersfield. Having lost to the two stand out sides in the league in the past fortnight, City now simply didn't turn up at the division's worst rated side at home, and were easily beaten, the only injustice that it was not by more. Johnson divides opinion at Ashton Gate, and while there is no doubt he has cultivated competitive teams, and survived the sale of better players, he has also amassed a small army of signings, enough talent to not fall to pieces and succumb to this third straight defeat, incredibly this the most one sided of the lot. Yet at a bitterly John Smith's stadium, that was City's fate, a match which most resembled Johnson's fractious and nearly fatal 5-0 collapse at Preston, starkly repeated, the most clueless and gutless performance of his tenure, and but for a succession of misses, the closest to that Deepdale catastrophe. Coming as it did, as City's latest playoff challenge continued to falter, the few fans who braved the bitterly cold Kirklees venue could only grow increasingly angry with their team as the so-called play off contenders cheaply surrendered to their relegation battling Yorkshire rivals - who dominated the fixture. A one sided first half saw City never cross the half way line for the first quarter hour, hosts Huddersfield camped in the visitors half, albeit yet to find the killer finish, Smith Rowe, Willock, Simpson and Grant all having chances to open an advantage for the hosts, with their opponents very much on the defensive. But inside 20 minutes recent signing Wells ran onto a channel ball on the left and turned and laid it back for DaSilva, whose dangerous cross with defence back tracking, resulted in a short spell of pressure for the visitors, who belatedly provided a brief foothold in a fixture they had offered little to. Yet after a half hour it was all Huddersfield again, and on 34 they intercepted a sweeping City break, Smith Rowe fed Willock whose shot was saved down low by Bentley, but City were overrun, no answer to clear their lines as the Terriers worked the ball back, Grant denied, and Campbell tapping in - but offside. A let off perhaps, so it was no surprise when the hosts roared in front almost immediately. Chalobah was on for the injured Hogg - who twice went down for treatment - and he'd tee up Smith Rowe to win a corner, again City could not clear and Willock swept back from the right, slamming in a shot far corner. Abject City had barely crossed the halfway line let alone offered any response, yet remarkably deep into injury time - 8 minutes of which were added on for Hogg's collapses - they almost leveled, a first real break seeing Henriksen combine with Rowe, who centred for Diedhiou, who fired low onto the post. After the interval and stung by a terrible first half, City were out early and warming up in front of their fans - and with two changes, Eliasson for Benkovic and Nagy for Henriksen, as they switched from three at the back - but as icy rain started to fall, the chastened away side fashioned only the briefest response. Within a minute of the restart Dasilva found space to run on the left, feeding in Paterson, whose quick cross was met by Diedhiou but headed wide. It would be ten minutes before the away side went close again, Hunt's deep through ball collected by Wells right of goal, laid back for Rowe, whose shot was blocked. But while for City stringing three passes together was a miracle, Huddersfield were able to probe at will, and so it was no real shock when just after the hour they pulled away. Dasilva found no one moving, surrendering the ball, Smith Rowe dancing past half-hearted tackles, finally up-ended by Baker in the box. It was yet another driving inside run at the visitors that proved a stark reminder that only one side had a plan to attack with conviction, and as had been the case all night, City simply could not clear their lines. Grant took the penalty and while struck poorly to Bentley's right, he could not claw it out - deservedly 2-0. From then on Johnson's men fell to pieces, already unable to pass the ball and overrun and largely resigned to their fate whenever the hosts attacked, it is no exaggeration to say this performance had only the humiliating 5-0 defeat at Preston as it's parallel, and a similar scoreline seemed quickly inevitable. On 70 it should have been 3-0, City utterly chaotic as Huddersfield broke down the right, Grant in ridiculous amounts of space unmarked to the left, picked out with time to cut inside to lash a fierce volley at goal, blocked by Bentley's dive, Smith-Rowe somehow heading over from the rebound with the goal gaping. Just over five minutes later Grant waltzed through a crowded but hopeless City back line, amazingly skipping clear of defenders into room to test the keeper, only to rifle inches wide of goal having done the hard work. The away side had clearly given up and it was no longer a matter of losing, but only by how many. With ten minutes left the increasingly hapless Dasilva gave it away cheaply on the break, the Terriers responded two on three, midfielder O'Brien raced back upfield, before threading Smith-Rowe clear on goal, Bentley able to parry his shot but the goal gaping as O'Brien followed into the box but could not turn in. More humiliation was to come with five remaining - and by now 5-0 easily the correct outcome - as substitute Eliasson got the ball out of his feet for a run through the middle but was cheaply robbed, O'Brien again racing back at City and teeing up final sub Mounie, who blazed way over with only keeper to beat. For practically the most one sided performance of Lee Johnson's long City tenure, the visitors actually pulled a goal back. With a few minutes left Wells laid the ball off to Weimann on the right, whose cross was met by a diving far post header from Dasilva that the keeper couldn't hold, Diedhiou tapping in. City rallied heading into injury time but it would have been for a ridiculous and improbable point, and in truth they offered little hope of adding another, twice flagged for attacking fouls against hosts who like Leeds before them two weeks ago, were happy to tumble cheaply, knowing the hard work had been done. Instead the match rightly ended in defeat, the only fluke that it wasn't by more: a collapsing play off push and anonymous, one sided battering, yet Johnson did not face the few hundred fans that made a long trip to the freezing rain of the Penines, perhaps proof he has no good answers for their palpable derision. Bentley 6 Possibly out of form but some of his saves kept it from being embarrassing for the rest of them Benkovic 4 Ball watching too often, far to easy to play through him Baker 5 The most desire to weigh in with a tackle, horrific penalty but to be fair the only person who looked interested in stopping their man Kalas 4 Our record signing and devoid of leadership at the back and just going through the motions and exposed too easily, simply not good enough Hunt 4 Gave it away cheaply a couple of times, once when someone passed out of defence into the back of his stride - not always his fault and does have a dangerous early forward ball in his game, but out attacking is so non existent he has to be measured on his defensive game, which like most, was poor Dasilva 4 Tries hard and kept going more than most to get the goal, but was among the worst for passing to the opposition Henriksen 4 Offered nothing for 45 minutes, could not put his foot on the ball or pass it, part of a 45 minute midfield display I hope never to see again Rowe 4 It says a lot about how little LJ has recruited the leadership we so obviously need, but I, perhaps stereotypically, was looking to Rowe to knock a few heads together and say enough is enough - it didn't come, he was just another rabbit in the headlights Paterson 4 Probably the worst for simply giving the ball away, part of the most lightweight City midfield ever assembled, second half was just he and an out of form Nagy, Wells 5 Will regret this transfer. Makes some good channel runs but this is not the team for him, we do not produce a high number of chances, our method of attacking is occasional direct balls over the top, the service is appalling, and while he had one or two good breaks to the byline to cutback, he so far offers nothing we didn't have before in Johnson's impotent attacking strategy Diedhiou 6 The one passable outfield effort, he tries hard and the only one to really get into dangerous positions or look like he is making an effort - wasted on us as it was on Saturday Eliasson 4 One or two hints of causing a problem, one cross from deep, but this was fodder for his detractors, lightweight and gave it away cheaply Nagy 6 After a really poor Saturday it was only a measure of how hopeless we were that he was an improvement - at least showed some composure passing Weimann 5 Had a hand in the goal but on too late to be relevant and managed to foul his opposite number with our only other attack after that
  22. Your second sentence. Do you think that the majority shareholder views us as an over achieving mid table outfit with the massive investment that has been put in by him around Bar Bs3 and the multi millions spent on players. LJ had one target set by the benefactor and that was improve our position...That did not mean 7th, that meant top six....I despair sometimes that people don’t hear what the bloke is saying. I have not lost sight of the fact SL expects improvement (top six finish) and I reckon he is pretty fed up after that! And he certainly does not see us as an over achieving mid table side....With an 8 million center back etc etc etc etc etc!
  23. Your last sentence would not particularly resonate well with Steve Lansdown would it?... Year on year progression means finishing a minimum of 7th in May. When a manager comes out and says he 'does not understand' why his players are not performing it means he is bereft of ideas. And he digs a bigger hole now whenever he waffles on about an apparent identity. He needs to stop saying that immediately, it's total nonsense. I think he knows he is almost a busted flush. If his players want him to stay in the job he needs them to win and win well against Millwall and get the club back in the top 6. I think he also needs to start entertaining the fans because it sounds like a very long time since he has managed to do that with his players. Lethargy on the field is 100% down to the motivation, or lack of it, from the coaching team. There is nowhere to hide for them and it looks like it's dawning on them. This is his Waterloo coming up.
  24. Fair play to you. I'm still fuming and can't sleep because of the nightmare earlier... Elliasson Pato Nagy Weimann Wells Fam Was our last throw of the dice... crazy. Should have been 5 or 6 - 0
  25. Maybe someone should test that theory. What do a decent cross section of Hughton’s previous clubs think of him.Perhaps start threads on their forums...And then test that against what supporters think of ex managers in general Like would City supporters want back (name ex manager here) And would it actually Matter what anybody said as a good cross section of our supporters would not want the current manager in charge on Saturday and would rather have Jamie Mac or even Ashley Williams picking the side Who knows what fits. Some managers fit at a club most don’t and there is inevitable parting of ways. Either way the dross served up in the last three games puts real pressure on all at the club and make no mistake Mark Aston has a list of managers/managerial candidates with the correct DNA no matter what anyone thinks. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Hughton
  26. MA said there was no clause, period. If any of you are right I suppose he must have been lying. I would not wish to make that accusation for sure.
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