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  1. This is why Pearson is the right person for the job and patience needs to be shown. Attitude in football and dressing room culture is vital to a happy team, that is then a successful one. This mess started with Ashton and Johnson - arguably some forced on them, due to players we sold and cashed in on, but ultimately, the process of checking the players coming in was not good enough and did not look beyond their natural and potential ability. Holden walked into a ticking time bomb, with a squad of unfit, unhappy players with a few who were causing issues behind the scenes. Nige has come in - taken stock, and is slowly but surely getting rid of them, to enable the culture required to come back. Players have to do it his way, or no way. When players like Kasper Schmeichel or Matty James speak so highly of him, it is for a reason, however some of our players don't like the harsh realities being served to them behind closed doors. To his credit, Pearson always said it was a 3 year plan to convert and we are nearing the end of year 1. I've no doubt following a summer overhaul, we'll see a big difference in the next 12 months. Today is a good day for this club, and his honesty should be a further warning to those players who think they can do as they wish.
    104 points
  2. The team gave everything. Throughly undeserved and nothing like prior losses in my opinion.
    85 points
  3. Glad to have Lansdown, but these figures are by and large his fault. We had a really trim quality squad that needed two or three additions. Then he let Johnson and Ashton take him to the cleaners and treble the wage bill. This was always coming.
    84 points
  4. Just gotta suck this one up. Mitrovic is on over 100k a week such is parachute payments. This game doesn’t define us. The aim this season was to shed a tonne of the wage bill and survive. We’ve done one and will do the other. COYR
    78 points
  5. I thought Semenyo was excellent & he certainly is a striker.
    69 points
  6. I’ve read this several times, but I just can’t understand what you mean. There are Rovers fans, who obviously support Bristol Rugby, in the Heineken lounge! Surely even a hardened Rovers fan once he or she is at Ashton Gate must realise how big the gulf Is between City and Rovers. How has developing Ashton Gate and bringing Bristol Rugby to the ground mean “ we have lost a significant part of our club because of Mr Lansdown’s Bristol Sport franchising.”? The more the ground is used 24/7 the better. To be successful a club just can’t use a ground to play it’s home matches. I can remember the old Ashton Gate and it was total crap. Thank you Steve Lansdown for spending your money to redevelop it
    66 points
  7. Save me typing it again! I’m sure you all know my views on Nige and that I see him as the man to rebuild us (even if he isn’t the man to take us to the next step as the “manager” itself). I think he shows a huge responsibility and accountability for the role he has. Bollox to his 40 game record, yes, I’m being selective, but the record that is important to me is the one this season. 8-6-11 (30/25) isn’t earth shattering, but it’s the base for improvement. Future success won’t come by Willy-nilly manager changes because we lose a couple / few on the trot. He gambled a bit on Towler and Benarous today, but he reacted. We are not a great squad, and to make it harder, we are inconsistent too. I think the 11 players that started the second half were better than the first half 11, but a couple of mistakes made them look a lot worse if you look at score line. I just feel massively patient.
    59 points
  8. https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/city-announce-202021-accounts/ The annual reminder of why we can’t just buy a proven 20 goal a season striker and why Steve Lansdown is a blessing rather than a curse.
    59 points
  9. It’s funny isn’t it? Weve always talked a lot about the pathway. It was a buzz word. But in reality, that pathway was anything but open in the tenure of previous incumbents. If we needed a player, the academy was the last place we’d look we’d just buy another - a Diony, a Wells, dare I say a Rodri (god I had banished him to some far part of my brain!). It’s taken years and years of over spending - buying players who ‘aren’t on the bus’, picking up nearly 30k/week for us to realise that the pathway actually was the answer all along. There were 7 clear pathways against Millwall and 5 against Cardiff yesterday. I think many of us agreed that we’d be prepared to fare slightly worse in the league if it meant that the pathway was genuinely open and genuinely open it now is. Whether it’s Nige’s eye, a particularly talented crop, being financially hamstrung into it or just a simple win against Cardiff is anyone’s guess, but these are exciting times for the team. But we must remember that players so young will make mistakes. They may get the occasional drubbing, they will make silly mistakes and from time to time they’ll be anonymous… but so long as we remember they’re young and still learning and we have patience, then we’ll reap in the long term. It’s been a fantastic weekend. Here’s to Tuesday.
    53 points
  10. For those who following the Away Days YouTube channel, you might already know that the game today was ours. The video is up quite early (and linked below), but for those unfamiliar with the channel, it's all about football shirts and away games. Just watched it and it's well worth 15 minutes of your evening. And if you aren't familiar with the channel, the football shirt videos are well worth a watch as well.
    49 points
  11. If/when we stay up it will be classed as a good season We've signed next to no one but the effort being put in is better then anything we've seen in a very long time
    46 points
  12. Let’s also stop all this “we need a striker” bollocks. Far rather persevere with Semenyo than sign the likes of Clarke-Harris. Bigger issues at the other end of the pitch, especially if Baker isn’t going to return.
    46 points
  13. Thought he had a great game today. Played well and looked like a championship player. Good in a back three. Good on the ball. Comfortable on the ball and has pace. Great temperament and looks a good lad. Well done Cam Pring
    46 points
  14. We played the top team in the division at the time, Norwich City, away from home. We didn't score, they scored twice. We had 3 shots, none of which found the target. Norwich hit 6 shots on target, and another 8 off target. xG was 1.6 v 0.1 in Norwich's favour. Our starting XI included the likes of Adelakun. The 'highlights' are below, and I've just wasted 8 minutes watching them. The game was to be one of Holden's last. We won the succeeding game (the complete fluke of a win against Huddersfield at the gate) and then we lost 5 consecutive games (including the 6-0 to Watford) in which we managed to muster a grand total of 9 shots on target, resulting in just 2 goals scored in the 3-2 loss to Brentford. We were, to put it mildly, utterly dreadful. What I saw today, and what I hope we see next weekend as well, was light years away from that siege we unsuccessfully endured nearly a year ago. Again we played/will play one of the top teams in the division, but this time we managed 15 shots, 8 on target, 12 corners. Fulham gave as good as they got with 21, 5 on target and 9 corners, but the point is we matched them. That team from a year ago would not have done this. We've been through a lot in 12 months, some highs, and some real lows. We didn't win today, and we may not win the away game either, but this team cannot be said to be doing anything but moving in the right direction, improving, growing. It's slow, it's painful, but it's ok.
    45 points
  15. After Benik scored the penalty he went to first celebrate, then stopped and held his hands up to apologise. So far, so against old club celebration. However, after the Millwall throng had cleared, he went to his knees and pointed to the heavens. We all know what happened when he was here and what that celebration meant. And the fact that, despite us conceding, a good number of city fans applauded him after it is something we should all be proud of. Some things are, and always will be, more important than football
    45 points
  16. I’ve not seen us play with that kind of passion and desire for a long, long time. Credit must go to the coaching for that. Play like that for the rest of the season and we will be ok. QPR deserved nothing, my only criticism would be defending on the corner that led to the winner. But it was blatant hand-ball in the play that led up to it. To play like we did with 10 men, against 12, I’m not disappointed and will not go into melt down. Players can hold their head high and go again. We’ve had a glimpse of what we can do without Martin and I like it. My only concern is that we are running out of games that we can just write-off. But that shouldn’t over-shadow today’s performance, in which players gave it all. That’s all we ask for. Up the ****ing City.
    42 points
  17. Absolutely brilliant today and underrated IMO. Take a bow
    41 points
  18. I really like this team. It’s the savviest side we’ve had since the Cotterill days. We may not win every game and get thrashed a few times - but Pearson is only keeping players who are interested in being here and are desperate to win. Fans can see that. I think this is the most I can remember the fans being behind the team since the good times under Lee Johnson some 4 years ago. I’m confident Pearson will get it right sooner rather than later - not that he isn’t already with the tools he has, I mean getting us higher up the table.
    40 points
  19. I’ll say again what the majority were saying in the summer: “I’d be happy to stay up this year” I’ve said it over and over - it’s a massively transitional, re-building season. We wanted mid-table, we wanted signs of improvement, we wanted player development and we wanted less injuries = for me, we’re seeing all of these things. I do try and see other people’s view points, but I honestly find it hard to grasp those who want Pearson out given all the circumstances we’re in as a club. For me he’s done very little wrong since he’s come into this club. On and off the pitch.
    40 points
  20. Your issue here is you’re already thinking about play off push! That won’t be this season or next it’s about comfortable mid table this year, the hope of breaking the top 10 next season and then a possible push in 22/23 season.
    36 points
  21. Absolutely imperious today. What a dominant performance. He won every header and as always bravely put himself about to protect our goal. Not sure how he got a seven in the Post’s player ratings. A nine for me all day long. It is vital he stays fit now. Well played Tomas.
    35 points
  22. Apologies if this is mentioned in the Millwall match thread but I’ve not seen it there or elsewhere: I thought it was fantastic, poignant even, when Afobe scored his penalty that firstly he pointed to the sky (assumably referencing the tragic death of his baby daughter) and secondly most of the South Stand clapped him and then he clapped us back. Fantastic to see and a touch of class from the fans. Feels like he will always have a little piece of us in his heart and vice versa.
    34 points
  23. Class act, shows exactly what we liked about him, Flint? Not so much. Still, it did enable Chris Martin to outpace someone for the first time since the 2010s today..
    33 points
  24. On the subject of the former, his name seems to have stuck in my head for some reason I can’t quite place. So a big thank you to Bart for the first goal. On the subject of Semenyo as a striker, he doesn’t score… but when he plays, we do score, and ultimately isn’t that the point? Said it before, I’ll say it again, I’d much rather he be in the team than on the bench. Isn’t life infinitely better when we win? Happy new year everyone.
    33 points
  25. If he’s has broken club rules - whatever they are - then it’s not poor management at all, it’s quite the opposite. It’s part of the culture that needs to be instilled at the club. No one is bigger than the team - even the captain.
    33 points
  26. Season’s greetings fellow-Reds. The game being off tomorrow is a double-edged sword for me If you read my OP for the Huddersfield match day thread you might recall I was in New York City with my family for a pre-Christmas holiday. Thankfully, my wife and daughters are safely home, however, I tested positive on Wednesday so I’m doing ten days solitary in a really grim Air B and B in Brooklyn. Tomorrow’s game was something to look forward to watching on Robins TV and a good performance/result (however unlikely) would certainly have lifted my spirits . As for the double-edged sword a poor performance/result would have only made a miserable situation even worse! Just for a giggle here’s a picture of my Christmas lunch - drink up thee zider! However you are spending this Christmastime enjoy yourself. Thank you fellow OTIBers for making this forum the remarkable place it is.
    33 points
  27. There’s no conundrum. He’s had enough chances to produce and he hasn’t taken them. Wish we’d let him go to Leeds.
    32 points
  28. Team = 9 goals in 5 games since Antoine started again. He has 1g and 3a in that, plus a big part in our winner.
    32 points
  29. I had estimated £35 M , this number is not just covid it is the result of a ludicrous policy at the club. Explains where we are at and why we have to stick together over this period because it is disaster management in play. Puts into perspective the job Pearson has in front of him. That he will keep us up this year will be a true success.
    32 points
  30. Probably still getting over the shock of seeing electricity & running water. It’s like the Middle Ages where they’re from.
    31 points
  31. Looking like the real deal pace power and now a real goal threat gave the cardiff defence a torrid time this lad is going to be some player well done lad
    31 points
  32. Nice to have a manager who says it how it is instead of just saying he’s going on loan to get game time .
    31 points
  33. We look a better team with him in it, that's the main thing for me.
    31 points
  34. I'd have no problem if professional football just imploded and it all had to start again. The only people that benefit from the business system as it is, are the players and Agents. Everyone else is out of pocket...owners and fans...and many who work within the game are on lower wages than they could get elsewhere. Bang for buck...the entertainment value these players at this level give are way out of proportion. Does anyone honestly believe the players we watch at our club are worth £20 k a week? It's mental as fans that we go along with it. If only everyone stopped paying for sky sports and season tickets for a year. Went to watch their local amateur side instead. Actions...that's what's needed...not words. Yep...it's ingrained. But if we want change...
    31 points
  35. Really pleased for him today, came on at a tough time & asked to play out of position but stuck to his task & got a high five from Nige late on when he blocked a through ball. Clearly not his position but should be pleased with his efforts.
    30 points
  36. Happy New Year fellow-Reds. First game of 2022 and it’s Millwall at Ashton Gate at 1 pm and it’s on the red button. I enjoyed our performance on Thursday and so hoping for more of the same today, we will be without Andy King, Nathan Baker, Joe Williams and George Tanner. Earlier in the season they beat us 1-0 at their place thanks to a penalty converted by substitute Jed Wallace, who scored after just four minutes of being introduced. We managed just one shot on target! CF took charge that day as NP was unwell with Covid. Head to head it’s pretty even, we have won 36, lost 34 and drawn 32, although our recent form against them has been poor of the last eleven league games against them we’ve lost six, drawn four and won just once, however, we did beat them 3-0 in the FA Cup last January with goals from Diédhiou, Wells and Semenyo. Ahead of kick off they are mid table on 33 points. Their recent form is drawn three, lost two and won two so nine points from a possible 21, which compares with the eight points we have from our last seven games. On Wednesday they were away at Coventry a game they won thanks to Tom Bradshaw's late goal which gave a depleted Millwall victory. The Lions were down to their final 14 first-team players and included 15-year-old Zak Lovelace as a substitute after injury and positive Covid-19 tests hit their squad. Top goalscorer this season: Tom Bradshaw (6) Top assists: Jed Wallace (6). My neighbour is a die-hard Millwall fan and has this to say ‘On the football front I would sum up our season as results wise pleased, entertainment wise disappointed. We play very safe and it has led to lots of dull games where we don’t create many chances. We’ve had a couple of games when things have gone well but seem to follow them up with really poor performances straight afterwards. Main bright spots are the young players coming through. The right back Danny McNamara is a Millwall fan and central midfielder, Billy Mitchell plays like he’s been on the terraces all his life. He’s had covid though so not sure if he will play. His game is all action so hopefully he is not fatigued. If he does play I think you’ll see a future premier league player.’ George Evans and Ben Thompson should both be back in contention, although it’s unlikely that Jed Wallace will be back as he is struggling with his quad. Current player connections are Benik Afobe who is on a season long loan to them from Stoke City, Matt Smith (who had a successful loan spell with us in the 2014-15 season) and George Saville (who we had on a short loan, he made eight appearances scoring once for us before returning to his parent club Wolves.) Today’s programme: https://robinstv.bcfc.co.uk/digital-matchday-programme/ Millwall musings From 1964 to January 1967, Millwall went on a record unbeaten home run of 59 matches without defeat (W43, D16). The Lions scored 112 goals and kept 35 clean sheets during that period. Millwall’s biggest ever victory was a 9-1 Division 3S win over Torquay United in September 1927. There are three teams that the Lions have never beaten in the Championship – Yeovil Town, Southampton and Rotherham United. Seven windmills once stood on the western side of the Isle of Dogs, helping to give this part of the island the name ‘Millwall’. The ‘wall’ was in fact a great bank of earth and stones, perhaps dating back to Roman times and certainly in use by the early Middle Ages. This bank of earth kept the river from flooding the island at high tide, allowing the surrounding land to be cultivated for farmland. The club's ground The Den doubled as The Dragons Lair, home ground of fictional team Harchester United in the television series Dream Team. It also appeared in episodes of the shows The Bill and Primeval. Frank Fielding joined them in 2019 when he left us but only made one appearance before going to Stoke on a short-term contract. Well known fans include, Danny Baker, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Andy Fordham, David Haye, Lord Ouseley and Gary Oldman. Marvin Elliott came through their academy he appeared 144 times for Millwall before joining us in 2007 (he departed BCFC in 2014) scoring 25 goals in 242 appearances. He was named as a member of PFA team of the year in 2008. This game, like most of ours this season, I think is likely to be settled by a one goal difference, reckon if we play like we did on Thursday we will win 2-1 however, anything less and we will lose 1-2.
    30 points
  37. Sadly big Al finally succumbed and lost his battle for life last night. I first met him when he was a boy living opposite the Gate and his mum used to clean the Star (later Wedlocks) when my uncle ran it. We met up again years later working at Abbey Wood. There were numerous trips watching City after that but the highlight has to be the trips to Riga. Will miss you mate. Rest in Peace.
    29 points
  38. https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/palmer-pens-new-city-deal/
    29 points
  39. As soon as you see that typed on this forum it reveals how much the writer knows about football.
    29 points
  40. Today is his 70th birthday, an all time great, the only player I have seen who has scored 100 league goals for us & a lovely, modest bloke. I hope he has a great day.
    29 points
  41. Yep. Those booing and singing “you’re a ***” at Marlon & Flint need to give their head a wobble. Embarrassing.
    28 points
  42. A new Red has joined us today
    28 points
  43. He's actually a really knowledgeable lad who's been doing this for years, and for many without much of a viewership. He has a real passion for the game and provides an insight into the stands across all levels of football, not just here in England but all over Europe. Not exactly big of you to belittle someone by calling him a geek without clearly knowing anything about him.
    27 points
  44. Our ability to pass out from the back has only happened since Max has been in the team. It’s such an important part of our play. Imo he’s far less rooted to his line than Bents, too. There’s no doubt that Bents is a great shot-stopper but sometimes he makes saves having previously given away possession through his own poor distribution. I agree that Max should have done better with Cardiff’s second goal today but right now, I prefer to keep him in the side.
    27 points
  45. No More Red is an initiative between Arsenal and adidas that will see adidas support the long-standing work being done by Arsenal in the Community to keep young people safe from knife crime and youth violence. There were more than 10,000 knife crime offences in London between June 2020 – June 2021. Last year also saw the highest number of teenage murders in a year in London since records began – most of which involved knife attacks. No More Red will build on Arsenal in the Community’s work with young people in the capital, as well as providing more safe, positive spaces for young people and spotlighting talented individuals who are making a positive difference in their community. Throughout the initiative adidas also will be supporting by: Investing in creating and refurbishing safe spaces to play football – starting with the pitch on Harvist Estate just minutes away from Emirates Stadium Creating a No More Red mentorship scheme where young people doing positive work in the community will be supported by creative talent including Idris Elba, Ian Wright, DJ Emerald Rose Lewis and artist Reuben Dangoor among others Providing access to its talent network who will make regular contributions to Arsenal in the Community programmes that provide a wide range of training, quality spaces, positive role models and tangible opportunities for young people As part of the campaign, we have also taken the unprecedented step of replacing our iconic red home shirt with an entirely white kit in our Emirates FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest. The kit will never be commercially available and will only ever be awarded to individuals who are making a positive difference in the community. Following the game, the ten shirts worn by outfield players have been gifted to organisations doing work in the community to address some of the root causes of knife crime and youth violence. These organisations are Arsenal in the Community The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation Steel Warriors Don’t Stab Your Future (DSYF) Box Up Crime Copenhagen Youth Project St Giles Trust Abianda Octopus Community Network The Ben Kinsella Trust As part of the campaign, we have worked with actor Idris Elba, and Arsenal legend Ian Wright. Idris Elba, founder of Don’t Stab Your Future and mentor as part of No More Red said: “From the time young people leave school, until the time they’re at home with family, there is often a void, a dangerous spike of nothing to do, where nothing can easily turn to something dangerous. “If there continues to be no options for this after-school period, we will always see gangs form. Let’s create options for these young people.” Ian Wright MBE said: “Every young person deserves the opportunity to express themselves. The opportunity to exist within a safe environment. The opportunity to live free from fear of violence. We can never accept loss of life through youth violence as ‘normal’ in our city and it’s so important that we all work together to create a better environment for young people. “By giving young people more places to play sport, more support, and access to individuals who can inspire them, together we can help make a difference to young people in London.” The shirt will become a symbol of positivity in the community, given to individuals and organisations who are giving back to the community and creating a positive environment for young people.
    27 points
  46. We passed it better yesterday (bar a sloppy 15 minutes mid first half). We made 486 passes, 85 more than in any game this season. We had our best pass success percentage (83.13). We made 3.98 passes per possession, our highest of the season, and it was the first time our long passes were less than 10% of all passes. For much of the second half we had >60% possession. Between 61-75 mins we had 71%!
    27 points
  47. He was right. Said this before but Pearson has no track record as a serial complainer about refs, I cannot remember him making even the mildest comment about one before. They won’t, but the FA should be taking this into consideration & trying to establish why he was so hacked off by that clown’s performance.
    26 points
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