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  1. 50 points
  2. 30 points
    Few concerns from some he isn't quite ready. Motm for me. Elite fitness levels. Kept winning the ball, winning fouls. Deceptively very quick and strong. Just turned 18. Mental. Has to be in every game when fit no doubt. Also thought Brownhill was very good like always. Together we relied on them massively to not lose that game. I'd play them both and Nagy when all available.
  3. 27 points
    Haven't had a chance to read through all the threads today, but I was really surprised by Semenyo today. I've never seen a player like a rabbit in headlights as much as today. I watched him intently...he literally had no idea where to go on the pitch. Everyone around him was trying to get him going, advising etc. I was literally astonished at his lack of understanding and movement and where to be on the pitch. I get he's young...but I've never witnessed a professional footballer of that age look so clueless in his positioning and movement. Sounds harsh...but he must be bloody amazing in training. I've yet to see what all the fuss is about. Like Famara...I want him to do well...but jeez, one of the worst performances I've ever seen when it comes to understanding what to do.
  4. 26 points
    There's something about Brentford away. We rarely play well and are always second best. Today was no exception. The hosts passed their way through City repeatedly while we lacked any cutting edge, so the Bees first goal was deserved, ours less so. In the first half it was only Kasey Palmer who played with any purpose or direction, regularly carving through his opponents, only to squander our best chance before the break, while at the other end Baker cut out the hosts clearest opportunity. Second half City switched to 4-4-2 and if anything Brentford dominated even more as space opened up on both wings. It took Bentley to keep City to just one goal down, and the visitors stole a last gasp away end "limbs" equaliser from Weimann. It was City who showed first as a break by the visitors won a free kick and Brownhill's set piece was deflected into the keeper. In minutes City robbed the ball and Weimann fed Palmer on the left who cut inside and flashed a fierce shot wide of the far post. But by now Brentford had settled and from a spell of pressure after the quarter hour an overhit right wing corner was quickly recovered by Canos on the left who easily beat Taylor Moore and then crossed for Jeanvier to force a save at close range. A one sided game saw Brentford continue to dominate possession but after 25 there was a chance for wonderkid Massengo to drive from midfield against the run of play, the ball worked into the middle where star Palmer's back heel finish was blocked. It would be a further ten minutes before City went close again, some neat work by the otherwise anonymous Semenyo fed a quick break but a dangerous cross from the right was claimed quickly by keeper Raya as the visitors flattered to decieve. Just over five minutes from the break Brentford looked set to capitalise on their dominance as the dangerous Canos tore through the lines and straight into the centre of City’s box but Baker instinctively closed down and slid in to rob the midfielder. And out of nowhere City’s best chance of the game, Brownhill winning possession on the edge of his own box from a corner, direct to Semenyo to feed Weimann out right, who crossed for Palmer in acres of space to finish - only to place it wide of the post. City returned after half time in a 4-4-2 formation with Diedhiou replacing Semenyo up front and Eliasson introduced wide right at the expense of Moore at the back. Palmer almost threaded Diehiou in within minutes, but it was Brentford that rallied. After a rare spell of City pressure, against his old club it was visitors keeper Bentley who had to save down low from Canos after the Bees midfielder found space on the break to lash a shot towards the far corner, the first in a series of one way traffic. Ten minutes after the break Brentford bombarded City and while Bentley spilled the first shot from the right, Massengo headed away, only for the hosts to return with Norgaard’s dipping 20 yard shot tipped over by the overworked number one. From the resulting corner Bentley was again called into action, brilliantly saving at the near post, allowing City to break, Palmer’s no-look pass feeding Massengo who danced past opponents, fed Eliasson, who crossed for Brownhill to glance wide. After the hour a rare City foray promised much as Weimann did well to square to Palmer on the edge of the box, but this time the midfielder was muscled out, and on the break Josh Dasilva had room from the right to arrow a long range shot into the far corner. Now behind - and deservedly so - City, bouyed by the addition of O’Dowda for a largely neutralised Massengo, rarely threatened an equaliser even if their hosts started to sit back, giving sub Eliasson the odd chance to cut in and rain in crosses. Yet with less than five minutes left the visitors levelled, in front of their banks of sold out fans. Brownhill again did well out of midfield and Eliasson made a run, leaving room for Hunt to swing a cross in for Weimann to head into the bottom corner. Delerium in front of the massed ranks of travelling fans - thus far starved of acton - and improbably LJ’s men were back in a game they looked out of sorts in. And unsurprisingly for such a poor performance, the final minutes passed without incident. So in the end City emerge as they have done for three consecutive seasons at Griffin Park - earning a result well in excess of what their performance deserved. And indeed to keep their form ticking over, unbeaten since the opening day of the season. Bentley 9 Against his old club a man to the match performance, overworked but commanding, stopped (almost) everything fired his way Hunt 7 Another fine assist and for 60-70 minutes part of a wing-back pairing that was consistently strong, albeit became scrappy later on Rowe 7 As with Hunt, had an hour or more of being organised, but final half hour exposed in a back 4 as Brentford made room to threaten Williams 7 A few painfully wasted long balls in the final minutes but on the whole well organised and neat at the back Baker 7 Several brilliant - and clattering - tackles, particularly to deny the irrepressible Canos, was physical and got stuck in, Moore 6 Beaten easily once, and yet again subbed off to move to 4-4-2 - did nothing particularly wrong but can’t hold his place Massengo 6 By his own very high standards, a few flashes of brilliance were tempered by carelessness and easily being muscled out of the game Brownhill 7 Anonymous in places but largely a driving force out of midfield, as he has continued to be since the captaincy Palmer 8 Our best outfield player again by a mile… doesn’t always come off (badly missed Afobe today) but his strength and vision is unsurpassed Weimann 6 Besides the goal he rarely got in the game as City’s frontline struggled to link up or impose itself on the game Semenyo 5 A couple of classy touches can’t hide the fact that as at Preston, he is wasting these chances, waiting for the ball to come to him instead of getting stuck in Diedhiou 5 A few bright touches in of all places midfield, but up front sorely lacked both pace, and strength or hunger to ever trouble the Brentford central defence Eliasson 6 When fed and given room his crosses did cause the problems our team sorely lacked, and his presence gave Jack Hunt the space to cross for our equaliser O’Dowda 5 Didn’t have much opportunity to do anything when he came on and was easily swarmed out of the game
  5. 25 points
    That Dyson Box actually contained a 12 pint Jug of natch and two bottles of Smirnoff ! Clever lad
  6. 22 points
    Let’s not forget who set this forum up in the first instance. The club itself. Ashton and co might want to remember that. Is OTIB worse than the stuff I read on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere? Nope. The clubs overall damning of it continues to annoy me greatly. They seem to think it’s some sort of horrible place and no other club has a forum like it. Remember when Sheffield Wednesday sued one of their own - is that next? Under it’s independent status we’ve never had to close it down for a) abuse to the manager. *cough Pulis* nor b) for fake reports of players involved in car crashes. Find a company marketing manager who thinks adopting a policy of not engaging with its client base is a good thing. Sure it’s never an easy thing but we all have to do it or see it done in our jobs/workplaces.
  7. 20 points
    I think we do need to give credit when its due, MA has taken our club to the next level alongside SL and LJ
  8. 17 points
    Update. His best friend says Hes blaming Diedhiou for being in here!! He reckons he collapsed in shock cuz he scored!
  9. 17 points
    Fulham has everything. Great pub crawl, cruise if you fancy it, nice stroll through the park and decent view. Friendly too. most trips have their appeal though, just go, away days are much better than home games generally.
  10. 16 points
    We were due to play Bury. It's the local businesses I feel sorry for. All the hotels were booked up, pubs would have been packed, we would have taken thousands.
  11. 16 points
  12. 15 points
    I would guess they mean since being all seater. Give your head a wobble and chill - it is now their home too - they are allowed to be happy with a bumper crowd
  13. 15 points
    In the interests of balance I feel compelled to share my recent experience of the SLO. As some of you may recall from the Swansea match thread, my son Daniel and I (both members) had bought tickets for the match, but had to miss the game as he was admitted to hospital that weekend for urgent surgery to remove his appendix, having become very poorly. He was actually in the operating theatre while the match was in progress. Thankfully he is now on the mend and returned to school this week. The following Monday after the Swansea match I emailed the SLO, Ryan, to explain the circumstances. Ryan was exceptionally helpful and polite in his correspondence. He arranged for our tickets to be transferred to a future match at no cost (we are now coming to the Reading game). He then said he would make sure they give Daniel a shout-out over the tannoy at the Reading game. Most impressive was that we also got a video message for Daniel from Callum O'Dowda, wishing him well in his recovery and saying he hoped to see him at Ashton Gate again soon! You can imagine how much that meant to a City-mad 8 year old! It was a lovely gesture. So my experience was a very positive one. Ryan went above and beyond to help us.
  14. 15 points
    I didn't know capital letters made rumours turn into facts. I'm gutted I didn't know this before tbh. I'M HUNG LIKE A HORSE AND BANG LIKE A SEWING MACHINE
  15. 14 points
    Yes because racists are commonly known as being cultured and embracing enough of other cultures to go and live in another one. A British person who behaves like this is 1000x more likely to move in next door to you. Moronic comment really.
  16. 14 points
    Are you having a bloody laugh? You won't believe anything until it comes from LJ, now this does come from his mouth and you think it's a lie? Bloody hell. You need to have a word with yourself pal.
  17. 13 points
  18. 13 points
    We don't need a basketball arena. Happy with the slowness of the process. Thank you Bristol Sport for your (in)competence.
  19. 13 points
  20. 13 points
    Fairly straightforward really And I apologise to the mods in advance and will take a ban happily But here’s the conclusion
  21. 12 points
    I haven't missed a game home or away for over 2 years but if it wasn't for a text out of the blue this morning knowing I might not see this, I'd have missed out too. I don't even visit the City website regularly certainly not at 9.30am at work. I was in a meeting and had to sort it on my phone. Does seem stupid and I fully expect to speak to people tomorrow at Preston who do all the long slogs but would never have seen the news in time today. The thing about people who go to lots away is they often have to put a shift in the rest of the time, rather than sit staring at bcfc.co.uk. Zero superfan argument here - simply think it is very sad that people (not me) who put a lot of effort and sacrifices with work to travel and support City, would miss out on a game because they're working when City put out information like this without any serious thought or consideration.
  22. 11 points
    He's not even on the bench for tonight...It's odd as I saw him on yesterday's training video up and running. Let's hope he didn't pick up any further injuries on that training but BCFC declared him not 100% fit and he's not allowed to play. As I know something further I'll let You know.
  23. 11 points
    Aw don't kill the vibe mate. Let's just enjoy that a young lad from Knowle is living his dream.
  24. 11 points
    I can, when they were relegated in 74 !
  25. 11 points
    Where do you get the potential from Spud? I've seen him possibly 4 times live and a couple on TV for Newport and other than a nice bit of control and a turn he's been completely ineffectual. Someone earlier mentioned 4 in 20 for Newport which if true is a fairly damning statistic. I've never seen him create an opportunity or look like scoring. Unfortunately we have an 18 yr old in midfield that demonstrates what true potential is. Accepting that he has more talent than Semenyo can dream of at his disposal, his work rate is stratospheric. I'm not sure what the opposite of that is, but it would fit Semenyo. I'd seriously like someone to point out what I'm missing, because I just don't get it.
  26. 11 points
    He is being judged because the 20 minutes he was on the pitch he didn’t look remotely interested. He should be young and hungry, chasing everything down with his fresh legs but he just looked like he couldn’t be bothered.
  27. 11 points
  28. 11 points
    If we had Afobe then I'd fancy us, definitely. Now not so much.
  29. 10 points
    But no-ones saying he played amazing and must lead our attack for the next 10 years. People have just recognised that our player has scored an international goal against Brazil and that is a good thing, regardless if it's a penalty, came off his backside or was a 30 yard screamer. It's the sort of thing Fam will look back on his career and tell his grandkids that "I scored against Brazil".
  30. 10 points
    I don’t think Cotts being replaced was solely down to results, his behaviour towards the end (arguing with supporters) didn’t sit particularly well, it seemed like the pressure was very much getting to him.
  31. 10 points
    If it helps. I take no interest in Women’s football. Perhaps it could have its own folder with the rest of the non football
  32. 10 points
    The best attendance would be zero. Fans should put on a picket line for these games until the premiership youth sides are removed as their presence has ruined what used to be a great competition.
  33. 10 points
  34. 10 points
    for me at least. He was terrific, keeping their wide man under shackles for nearly the whole game, getting forward, putting in the blocks etc a no nonsense RB
  35. 10 points
    Overpaid or market rate. He could earn far more at Sky. What you rally mean is - how dare he have a view that I don’t agree with. ... and that’s the crux of this whole story. The tabloid - BBC Hating - press don’t like it becuase he dares to have an opinion that they don’t agree with and is generally left of centre in his political view so winds up many a red faced angry twitter user. Personalty the more it boils the piss of people who can’t cope with him having his own view on life then I’m all for it
  36. 9 points
    Racism is absolutely NOT a problem at city games. I've been going to city games since 1994. I am brown and i have never received any racist abuse in that time - outside of football i have, quite a bit. I have only ever witnessed two racist incidents and both times the people apologised straight away (to me for some reason :laugh:) The first was an asian referee away at brentford and a city fan called him a paki bastard. - I turned and stared at him he apologised. The second was away at stoke and some shouted n****r at ricardo fuller. Unfortuntely i knew the bloke - we fell out - but he did apologise. I was stood with my brother in law at the time - who was of afro-carribean descent. In 25 years of going, these are the only two incidents. Racism is society's problem not footballs. Football brings people together
  37. 9 points
    Sky Sports news reporting: 'Bristol Rovers sign ex-Barcelona Striker Rodri'
  38. 9 points
    You probably won't remember this Bert , but, one Autumn Sunday afternoon back in the late 1960s/very early 1970s, a year or two before you died if I remember correctly, together with a Rovers supporting friend of mine I went out collecting conkers in the fields near to your lovely house in Frenchay - obviously, I didn't know at that time you lived there. Unfortunately, my over-enthusiastic Rovers friend decided, somewhat unwisely as it turned out, to throw a rather large branch in to one of the conker trees, and when, unsurprisingly, the branch fell back down, it did so via his head, resulting in lots of blood and tears. We made our way to one of the afore-mentioned houses to seek assistance and the charming lady who answered the door to your house, said she would ask her husband to attend to us and called out to you to help. Fortunately, and despite me singing for this on many occasions, you had not gone to Vietnam, and drove my friend and I to the A&E ward of the nearby Frenchay hospital, from where you telephoned my friend's parents and waited until they arrived to take care of their son. I never really got the chance before, but should now like to thank you and apologise for spoiling your Sunday afternoon so many years ago.
  39. 9 points
    The guy is in hospital where he is being monitored His partner says he is exhausted and being monitored
  40. 9 points
    There was a good piece in The Times today which discussed the racist origins of that particular logo from the 1960s. I appreciate that is a long time ago but people have long memories and certainly there could be many people out there offended by comparing someone to that logo. There is a very recent and very dark colonial past which is heavily associated with that logo. White people might not think about historical global abuse of black people whenever something like this comes up but that's not to say it won't cause great offence to people to whom it is still a very difficult subject. As said above why do this sort of thing in public on twitter. Whether anyone likes it or not putting that sort of thing to a wide audience as a high profile individual immediately means your comments are treated differently to a couple of people talking to each other in private. Kids idolise footballers and these sorts of comments are not helpful when it comes to raising a new generation who are completely open minded with regards to race and do not in any way stereotype people due to or make generalisations about people because of their race or for that matter any aspect of their personality which they would not like to be held against them in any way.
  41. 8 points
    look forward to your update.....me and a lot of my friends have been on a long battle going up and down to london isleworth crown court for weeks ...none of us were arrested on the day we played Millwall you watched the CCTV and you then told the MET police the names of who you knew .....including my name and then in your report said he is a RISK .....that i am a little unhappy with Just to let you know it was a very one sided court case as the police and CPS lied from start to finish ...If i am honest it was a terrible time for me and my family while all this was going on ..It cost me over nine thousand pound for solicitors and then Barristers ..and that will be hanging over my families heads for a long time ..... Many tanks Stephen
  42. 8 points
    From his Instagram feed it looks like Diedhiou has been called up to the squad. Been a while since he's played for them I believe so good luck to the boy.
  43. 8 points
    Club wise - very ready. Pitch wise - not quite but close. Our performances and players are much more experienced and skilled. We can see out games professionally now which we never seemed to be able to do in recent seasons (the 3-3's at Derby and Sunderland at home). Overall on a player by player basis think we are much more impressive than other seasons where we went close. Maybe 1 or 2 super talented attackers away from being recognised as a favourite for automatics imo.
  44. 8 points
    If that's his worse game, we don't have much to worry about. He kept us in it
  45. 7 points
    With the amount of poor decisions we’ve had over the last 18 months. Haven’t got time to feel sorry for Leeds or any other team. The officiating in the football league is poor at best
  46. 7 points
    Clearly pulled out of the purchase because they are buying a far bigger club in the west country with a new mega stadium in the pipeline....
  47. 7 points
    Dear football, I always thought I knew you, thought I understood our relationship. I mean I knew it was a one way thing. I get everything from you, and give very little back. But last night I truly understood you. Life is good, I'm happy in life, but sometimes there are so many stresses, little things from all angles, you get caught up in them, with not enough release. Last night I came to understand you, for one hour I played you. In that hour, I thought of nothing else but you. Getting the ball, moving the ball, the why do I have to mark the cristianó Messi on the pitch, how is it possible I've hit that 700000 yards wide? Why are you shooting from th...... Nice goal. We came off having won 6-5, got to be honest I had no idea. But I do know I came off feeling a new person. A break from my own thoughts. A break. perspective. Adrenaline. Reinvigoration. Thank you football, Never change.
  48. 7 points
    That stat was to bed on the first page of this thread: FAKE NEWS: In 88 appearances for City, he has been subbed during the first half or at half time: Once this season. 3 times last season. 4 the season before, once for Steele after Frankie got sent off, so really 3 times. TOTAL: 7 (8) Yes he's had his fair share of injuries and suspensions, but your stat is plain incorrect.
  49. 7 points
    Did anybody else think that the referees kit clashed horribly with Swansea's as well. Several times for me, he just blended in with them. Surely he had a bright yellow kit with him, or more to the point, why didn't the Welsh wear their white?
  50. 7 points
    He seems to protect himself quite a lot and gets substituted more than any defender I have ever known
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