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  1. 241 points
    Hi everyone. I'm a Hungarian fan (clearly obvious from my name I suppose ), thanks for letting me join the forum. I would like You to have a little insight on Ádám, not the usual stats, etc. I don't want to convince anyone if he's a good or bad football player, just give a little deeper insight on his characteristics, something You can't know about from articles and the usual introductions. Waited for the finalisation of the transfer with this just to be sure and it will be a long read. I'll start by being very honest: he's my absolute favourite player. And that's a very rare thing in Hungary, He's not a “showman”, an enforcer or a crazy dribbler who catches the eye at first sight so everyone should make up his own mind on him after seeing a few games. He won't make the stats tops in tackles but he's very strong in interception, covering passes and a real baller DM. He's quite different from any other DMs I think that's why there are some coaches / managers who don't know what to do with him, how to use him on the pitch. When he was introduced to the first team of Ferencváros in our Cup final he was ok but nothing more to me. I watched him over and over again when he instantly became a regular starter and after about 5 games – when everyone else started to call him 'ok' – I had an epiphany. I admire his game from that moment because for me he is absolutely different from everyone else. His style, his elegance, his pace and outstanding 'football intelligence' amazes me. I was afraid that this angel-faced kid is mentally not strong enough but then I heard him giving interviews, looked up his past and relaxed. He was fired from his club at 11 because he wasn't strong or muscled enough. He wanted to finish football - which he started to play only because of the good company - but there were 2 very young coaches who saw him play. They persuaded him not to give up, it took them a few weeks' hard talk...After that he played in lower kid leagues and paralell to that futsal. Three years later the coach of Ferencváros was Bobby Davison who saw him play and offered him scolarship to a Spanish-English academy. He went to Spain for 3,5 years, amongst his coaches was the current fitness coach of Wolves and Ian Wright as well. Then he played 2 years for Ferencváros's U21 team and continued playing futsal, it defines his style. Now after 3 years in Italy he muscled up in a very athletic way, became much more forward-minded in his gameplay, but remained just as fast as before and tactically very-very disciplined. To show some aspects of his thinking and honesty I would like to quote a bit of his interview after this season. “ When Mihajlovic came in as a coach ( to replace Pippo Inzaghi) it became clear after 2-3 training sessions that he won't count with me at all. He didn't speak to me at all, we only spoke once after we defeated Crotia in the qualifiers, then he congratulated me and that was all of our interaction in the 5 months. But it didn't mean that I can relax in trainings or skip them just because I knew I won't play no matter what. I was first in, last out; always try being the fastest and hardest working because in these situations You have to do Your best so Your teammates, club and country could do their best as well. And I don't like whining either, these things happen in football, still You have to do Your best in trainings.” So it's not really that he “doesn't find his place and all these sorts of stupid things: the same thing happened in the national team as well; Leekens said he don't know how to use him, then now Rossi says he's irreplaceable for him. Regarding his fitness and pace: for stat fans I can only say that in his last 4 EC qualifiers he ran 13 kms / per game and 70% (!!!) of this was at sprinting speed. He's not a sprinter, but he runs constantly very fast and a lot. He came 2nd in the last Serie A year in ground covered with 11,7 kms / 90 mins. He loves running and he's genetically very-very good at it. In mentality he's very different from players at his age or younger. He's old school, gives the outmost respect to the older players, his coaches and an extreme hard worker. Thomas Doll, the former Lazio player was his coach here, he said about him: “ You put him in the training ground, don't look at him for a week and he'd do 120 % of the work and knows everything about the weekend tactics”. He's also very honest and loyal: for him being a foreign player only means more respect for club, country and fans. Once he chooses the club then it becomes “we” and beware everyone who wants to hurt his club. He doesn't need constant media attention,not a poser; You won't spend hours watching his instagram as he puts like 1 picture on it per every 2-3 months... So with my knowledge and study on him I can say that he might looks like a little, mostly sad boy it is all part of his act, he's the angel-faced devil if You ask me. When the big guys put fierce tackles in to stamp authority he plays mind games there on the pitch, like he's playing rapid chess games throughout the game. He speaks 3 languages fluently: English, Spanish, Italian and also basic Portuguese. He definitely won't get homesick as he spent half of his footballer life abroad. Last but not least: all pronounciaton You heard is false. Trick is in the “gy” at the end. The closest is like You say Nadja without the “a” in the end.
  2. 147 points
    Truly today must be our 'finest hour'. I learn today that Weimann should not be on the pitch and Fammy is actually the problem in our team. Meanwhile signing a truly mega exciting player age 18 with Champions League experience from a major European club is questioned as worryingly too much money and a big gamble- then largely glossed over on our forum because it's just not enough or the right position . Un-####in believable !! ( Welcome Han-Noah - I will cheer you at every touch) Signing a goal keeper with the pedigree of Dan Bentley, Making our Chelsea loans of Kallas, DaSilva and Palmer permanent for mega millions. Boom. Signing a very exciting player from Benfica ( Benfica FFS!) who gave one of the best messages about joining BCFC that I have ever read- but no, it's irrelevant because it's nothing compared to an unknown Arse second string player who may or may not condescend to play for our great club. And people are making it out to be the end of the world???? We have a chance of signing a great quality Hungarian International and who knows who else?. Meanwhile-loads of spoilt school children think that SL or MA or more stupidly Lee Johnson only had one single striker target in Eddie whatshisface whose Club has made it clear of no guarantees of him going anywhere. So really??? In a market where virtually every single club in Europe- no, the world, wants a striker who can get goals and our fans believe club's will obviously sell to BCFC? - you silly silly children. There will be a Plan B even if it's not the one fans dreamt of. So- just to sum up what has been the most unappreciative day in OTIB history - we've made some cracking signings and cracking sales. We are doing stuff that I never dreamt possible because I saw my Club almost disappear in 1982, I stood on the terraces of Trumpton when we lost the title and when the Green'un announced yet another pointless journeyman signing for us in order to join a team of journeymen not playing for us. Same old same old for decades. I'm actually in heaven about what's now going on at BCFC, so grateful to SL and pretty much laugh at a 50± page thread of hysteria about a player that 99.9% of posters have never seen play, can't spell and can't pronounce. And the funniest thing that it's always the same group of posters who never believe( I'll be reminding you later in the season, boys) because they always criticise and unless we are guaranteed the Prem - they'll keep on being pretend supporters. If we get to the play-offs we'll have done well- actually,brilliantly in a tough tough League but I just don't get how people are just not able to see how far we've come and how far we can still go. COYR
  3. 69 points
    Not sure if it’s been mentioned elsewhere but feel the magnificent support today is worthy of mention. I took a non City fan and he was hugely impressed with how the fans supported the team and the atmosphere created. He asked at half time whether the fans would keep up the level of support if we went behind. Well he certainly got his answer. The fans stayed with the team right to the finish. What a moving moment with that young Blues mascot getting great applause and a big cheer from the City fans and giving a thumbs up. Not ashamed to say that brought a tear to my eye. Extra proud to be a City fan today - well done lads and lasses.
  4. 64 points
    Passed the test today, well done son
  5. 59 points
    Think our very own Bakes deserves a mention. Brilliant today I thought! Happy to have him back in there.
  6. 55 points
    Absolute nob jockeys on this thread right now, We’ve added 11 players
  7. 54 points
    Hi all, On football season eve, another Red has sadly passed away. Beezer (Martin Bees) was diagnosed with terminal cancer during the close season, and sadly passed away in St Peters Hospice yesterday evening. He was secretary of the SC&T and a very familiar face around the ground. I’m sure people will recognise him from the pictures below. From a personal perspective, he was my football dad, and in many ways had been more of a dad to me than my actual one, in recent years. Funeral details to be announced in due course. Night night Beezer x
  8. 52 points
    Maybe we need an addendum. Ohh Kasey Palmer I'd let you shag my wife. But it's her decision I don't control her life Oh Kasey Palmer Nothing's sexier than conseeeent.
  9. 52 points
    The other "stupid" name for Loftus Rd is I believe the name of a QPR youngster that was stabbed to death.
  10. 51 points
    Great player, runs himself into the ground for our club, one of the most intelligent footballers we have at Bristol City. Top scorer this season thus far ... just can’t understand those who don’t rate him ...
  11. 48 points
    Mate, if it wasn't for players like Pack then we wouldn't be in the position to sign players like Nagy and Messengo. I'm getting sick and tired of the Pack bashing on here. We bang on about player loyalty on here, but we slag off a player who has been a magnificent servant to this club as soon as he steps out of the door.
  12. 47 points
    Update- one male arrested after being captured on club cctv, currently still in police custody( time 8.10pm) myself and the other football officer immediately went to the disabled area as soon as the smoke grenade landed. I can confirm 3 disabled persons at least had to leave the area immediately to obtain oxygen/ fresh air and water. I have been given permission by Oscar to tell everyone he was one of the people and left in total for about 10 mins. He really is a pleasure to talk to , but he is very sad and angry this has happened, and wants it to not happen again I can confirm the ref had to halt the game until the grenade burnt out as it was pitchside. He will be writing a report to the league as per policy . Everyone on here is aware of the work we have done in all areas to prevent this, and I am really disappointed that eduacation does not seem to have worked in this case. however what I can say is that the Male in question is not someone I have previously known as a section 82 member and it is wrong to blame that group for one persons choices . The group work alongside the club/ police and manager to create the atmosphere like today and have always supported the work done to prevent these incidents. As soon as I have an update on the Male in custody I will put it here
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  15. 45 points
    As usual LJ kept us all spellbound with his vernacular. He’s such an articulate and fascinating guy, I could listen to him all day. Webster - sees his departure as a great loss to the club and losing a player of such quality can have a demoralising effect on the squad. He and MA had tried to bring in one of two other CBs but the deals fell through. He sees this as an opportunity for TM to ‘step up’ particularly as Bailey Wright is now missing with a thigh injury. Could be out a few weeks. Not good news for Dasilva either. His injury is worse than first thought and will be out for several months. He was asked about Vyner but said that Zac had not impressed much last season at Rotherham and felt that he needed more competitive football - hence his loan to Aberdeen. City have a recall option In January but now appreciates the loan as a ‘mistake’ - hindsight is a wonderful thing...... He was asked about Messengo and said it was thru contacts in France that City got involved. When he signed for us both Leicester and Chelsea wanted to know how we got him.....that blows the cons theory out of the water.... I asked him about Citys ‘style’ and asked him to explain to us what it is and wow! what a question.......He must have chatted for 10mins about it and i’ll freely admit he lost me after a few mins. Shame Spudski wasn’t there........Much of it was about box to box and how he’s happy with that but we fall short around the opposition box. All fascinating stuff............ He was also asked about a tall centre forward and he said that again City had been after a couple but the deals had collapsed. Brian Tinnion - says the article was ‘click bait’ and essentially po-pooed it. Saying it wasn’t accurate and that he and BT work closely together but wouldn’t be surprised if PL clubs were after him as he does such a good job. LJ was great value today. We all agreed just how impressive he was.
  16. 45 points
    There won't be many games this season City approach with the upheaval of radical change to their squad and formation, but Lee Johnson's men settled quickly and on their second half deserved the win from a close, well matched day at Birmingham. Kasey Palmer was the standout player, by his prior standards on loan, a much more conventional all action midfield threat that dropped as needed and was at the heart of everything City did well. No surprise his third sublime through ball got City level. Alongside him Adam Nagy also impressed as the rebooted City midfield showed first glimpses of the fluid, incisive passing LJ wants, albeit City fell behind after Hunt's reckless challenge, Rowe's unstoppable equaliser grabbing a well deserved point. The new look side went into the game in a thoroughly different 3-5-2 formation with debuts in Rowe and Pereira as wing backs and Nagy in midfield and Afobe up front. It took a while for City to find their football in a forgettable, cagey first half. The highlight was probably Pereira having a painful first 25, twice putting the ball out via unforced errors, the second time with no threat he decided to announce himself with a typically Portuguese Ronaldo-style slash turn and back heeled it out of play. The only action in that period was lively Birmingham midfielder Villalba flashing a rising shot at the top corner which Bentley did well to tip over. It was a rare moment of threat as City stayed solid while trying to pick out Afobe via quick deep balls. But on the midway point of the half City's fans were on their feet, Nagy robbing the hosts in attack, feeding Palmer, who picked the first of three exquisite through balls of the day, Afobe clear to test the keeper, Weimann unable to snare the rebound. On the half hour Brownhill robbed the ball in the Blues half and spread play wide to the lively Pereira, and his swept cross into the box had to be headed behind at the far post as Afobe closed to finish. City's new look side were finding their range. Three minutes before the break again it was Palmer, starting and finishing another sweeping counter attack, Weimann racing off the last man before reversing to swing it over for Afobe on the left, his miscontrol requiring a lay back to Palmer who smashed over. After the break City looked confident and came out fast. Pereira was crudely chopped down - he'd later depart injured - and at the second attempt from a resultant free kick, Brownhill crossed, Kalas nodded down and Brum hacked out with Afobe ready to finish. A minute later Bailey Wright, who'd been particularly poor with forward balls when called upon, produced a brilliant overhead kick from a Pereira long throw (yes we've got that threat back) which drew a good save right in front of the massed City fans. Pereira was forced off by his injury and on 54 replacement Hunt crossed into the box and both Weimann and Afobe tried to turn over the line in a desperate scramble by the hosts - before Nagy finally connected at the far post, his shot deflected over. Minutes later City goalkeeper Dan Bentley produced a world class save at the other end following a neat passing move by the hosts, feeding Jutkiewicz on the edge of the box, his turn and rising shot destined for the top corner - brilliantly tipped wide. On the hour City were looking more and more fluid and Weimann dispossessed a home player in the Birmingham half, from the resultant clearance Nagy charged the ball down and collected it to stride clear, forcing a diving save with a hooked shot. Yet it was the home side that went in front against the run of play minutes later. Brum broke quickly, Hunt choosing to clatter his man on the half way line - lucky just to get a yellow. Off the free kick Roberts crossed and Jutkiewicz headed in at the far post. City threw on both their remaining subs - Diedhiou and Eliasson - and it took until 15 to go for Diedhiou and Palmer to combine clinically, the latter picking a killer pass to put Afobe clear on goal, his tame low shot straight at keeper Camp, parried away. But by now Palmer was running the show, dropping deep, holding off opponents and looking for passes, and in the 83rd minute it told - dominating midfield he spied a 20 yard angle to left wing, Famara dragging defenders as Rowe raced in to laser into the far corner. A stunning equaliser and certainly no less than City deserved - and right in front of their 2200 fans. Bentley looked careless in the aftermath as Birmingham threatened a quick response but in truth City finished by far the stronger and well worth 3 points. Not a win but good response after Leeds and against a well organised side. Given we were in a new formation and with new players we found our game relatively fast and in Nagy and Palmer had a far better midfield than City have enjoyed recently. Bentley 6 Tidy, one world class save but not asked to do much and bit of a muddle right after our goal Baker 7 Pick of our centre backs, quietly efficient Kalas 6 By his own standards looked a bit loose and wasted two chances at the other end Wright 5 Looks out of his depth in this side continually wasted possession with poor distribution Pereira 5 Was real culture shock - flashes of quality but blowing after 20 and gave it away cheaply twice. Crosses were good and brings a long throw. Will be okay but clearly Pisano style rabbit in headlights intro to Championship. Rowe 6 Not a real wing back or full back, positioning often suspect but got forward well and finish was perfect Nagy 7 Very clever footballer always in the right place and covering. Unspectacular but vital to how we played, covered all the hard yards and made sure we were never exposed Brownhill 6 Muscled off the ball too easily for my liking a few times but looked like he was taking on responsibility post Pack and always busy Palmer 9 Absolute stand out performer - was not the show pony of Ashton Gate last season, always in space, used the ball well, never muscled off it, and picked sublime through balls not once but three times Weimann 7 Much better through the middle and worked his proverbials off against his old rivals, makes such a difference having two up front as there is always space for one or other Afobe 6 Definitely an upgrade and always running off last man and will score a hatful of goals... BUT didn't today and he blew a clear one on one, if it was Fam he'd be crucified Hunt 6 Stupid foul led to their goal, more comfortable than Pereira after that Diedhiou 6 Funny how his headers find others when there are two up top. Looked hungry and was busy once on Eliasson 5 Not quite the threat that was anticipated when he came on, largely bypassed by Palmer's stunning midfield play
  17. 44 points
    Lee Johnson has had his share of impressive away performances - at Fulham in his first full season, and at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough as part of fine away form last campaign, but this was easily the most complete performance ever produced by the City manager. The two teams finished last season head on for a final play-off place and while City were second best then, the roles were convincingly reversed now as Johnson’s new look - and imperious - side made their Derby hosts look distinctly second best in every phase of their meeting. Where Johnson made his team an attacking threat in his early years, and a defensive, grind-it-out winner away from home last campaign, today he oversaw a complete display of football, energetic players at both ends in full control, and 18 year old Han-Noah Massengo a revelation. It is testament to the City manager’s bold transfer dealings, finally shuffling the pack on his remaining League One assets and quickly fashioning a new, determined, well organised, high class side, that made relatively easy work of a disappointing Derby team, who were well beaten. Indeed City completely bossed a one sided first half, getting Afobe in behind the defence after just 5 minutes on a channel ball, muscling past a defender, storming along the byline and crossing deep - from the header back Weimann unleashing an early shot that was well blocked. Already teenager Massengo was influential, winning the ball twice as Derby tried to break, and after 10 minutes the dangerous Weimann saw an early shot blocked, Massengo recovering to beat his marker, and cut back to Palmer, who flashed a 30 yard low show just wide of goal. It was one way traffic and minutes later Baker came racing out to meet a header in his own half and headed decisively on for Afobe, who was chopped down, but the referee waved play on and Weimann, increasingly the pick of City’s attacking threats, charged in at the Derby defence. After the quarter hour City’s darting runs and clinical passing told, as Palmer, a maestro at the heart of City’s midfield, threaded a 25 yard slide rule pass behind the home defence, but Hunt wasted the cross, only for Afobe to seize on the clearance and head City back into possession. Palmer again tried his luck, but this time the ball span invitingly for Weimann with just keeper and defender to beat at close range, and the former Derby man took his time to turn his opponents before steering a shot unerringly into the far corner, putting City into a deserved lead. The game deteriorated as Derby, obviously second best when City played both with pace and ability to quickly step into intercept their passes in midfield, became increasingly desperate, flying clumsily into challenges and drawing a succession of fouls, particularly off Kasey Palmer. Their fans, perhaps starved of the repeated advantage referees delivered them in the run in last season, became more and more incensed at the match officials, failing to spot the difference between crude challenges on Palmer, and City’s routinely fleet footed interceptions of host players. Derby’s best chance of the half came before the break as Lawrence was given space to attack from the left, racing into the area to draw a save from Bentley. At the other end despite Derby’s ongoing howling protests, the ref actually aided the hosts, turning a clear corner into a throw in. But it was still only City who were seizing on possession and breaking, and just before the interval Rowe made a bursting run into the box, lifting a ball across which was cleared to Brownhill, who shimmied past a couple of markers on the edge of the box but couldn’t convert the volley. And on the stroke of half time the visitors deservedly went further in front against their by now shell-shocked hosts, full back Hunt intercepting on the right and lifting a fast cross into the box, which goalscorer Weimann dummied, leaving a clear bounce for Brownhill to fire home from 20 yards. Relative to a largely one-sided first half - which had been bossed by the vision and pace of Palmer and Massengo, and the tireless running of Weimann - the second period was short on action and high on the sort of first-ball defending which characterised Baker and Kalas on Saturday. As well as heading clear anything which arrived in the City box, the visitors were also stepping in to intercept attacks around the box through Palmer, Brownhill and Massengo, giving the home team little scope to mount a serious comeback, and leaving plenty of room to counter attack. On 55 minutes in a rare moment of threat, Weimann wriggled clear on the left and lifted an inviting ball for Afobe who had 3 defenders in close attention but managed to strong arm space to run in on goal, for a moment going clear, only to be ensnared by his markers as steadying to shoot. Minutes later careless Derby gave possession away cheaply again and the tireless Weimann ran at the hosts backline before trying to feed the relentless Massengo, only to see the pass deflected. By now faultless City were tiring and the first change saw O’Dowda replace an exhausted Palmer. City were still coping admirably with Derby corners and crosses and on the midway point of the half sub O’Dowda set off on the left before exchanging passes with Rowe, momentarily losing possession, then recovering and skipping into the box before firing a right foot shot across goal. The sides both revised their front-lines - Derby introducing super-sub Marriott and City bringing on out of favour Diedhiou, and for once the latter really did look like the weak link, static up front and easily brushed the ball as the home side finally started to exert some control on the fixture. City’s back three were doing fine work of blocking, heading clear, or tidying up Derby attacks but not long after the visitors final change - Pereira for Hunt - sub Marriott got the hosts back into the game, striding onto a pass inside the right of the box, and curling decisively into the far corner. By now the away fans were singing relentlessly about Massengo - who continued to charge round like a man possessed, intercepting passes or finding neat touches to open space for teammates - and with this endeavour, and his teams belief, it was inevitable Johnson’s men would hang on. Derby fans, who resorted early on to continually haranguing the referee as a result of their own teams lack of speed or quality in the challenge, were already by now streaming out, a fitting acknowledgement that despite being only one goal in it, they had been well well beaten by Bristol City. For Johnson, the sight of his new look side in a commanding all round performance: a second consecutive imperious display from Taylor, Kalas and Baker, and a stunning impact for star teenager Massengo, means that shuffling his deck has created a hugely enhanced Championship contender. Bentley 9 Handling calm and comfortable when called upon, rarely tested by Derby but always ready to deal with it, and controlled game speed Kalas 9 Same as Saturday, sticking every part of his body in front of forward balls at the first opportunity, Derby were never able to beat him Baker 9 Same as Kalas and same as Saturday, attacked everything, also a very clean game by his standards, hard to beat but professional with it Moore 9 Improving and best performance yet in City shirt, neat and tidy in possession, mature cutting out attacks, not least final few high balls Hunt 9 A couple of times they got in behind him - as always the way - but crucial to setting up our second, and overall much more controlled Rowe 9 A fine performance, got up and down and stayed closer to markers than previous games - looked unlikely to last but never stopped going Brownhill 9 Got stuck in off the ball all the time, broke up plan, there to tee up Palmer, and decisive finish for the second goal on stroke of half time Massengo 10 Not truly a 10/10 performance but based on his age and experience of the Championship he was comfortably in the perfect bracket Palmer 9 Never stopped picking up the ball in our own box and attacking, drew plenty of fouls, the odd loose touch, but just a nightmare to play against Weimann 9 Probably a 9.5 if I’m honest, took his first goal well under pressure, and did even better with the dummy to allow Brownhill to grab second Afobe 9 Didn’t have the clear chances today but in terms of speed, mobility and physicality ran the line better than anyone we’ve had for a while O’Dowda 7 One good run nearly contrived a third, didn't quite have the same speed and tenacity as those around him Diedhiou 4 When given the chance to contribute to a battling, energetic performance, he appeared to arrive and look unwilling to run or focus Pereira 5 Not asked to do much when on, Hunt having a good game made it hard for him to improve on that
  18. 44 points
    Interesting reading some Monaco views on Twitter. Even accounting for dodgy translation it seems as though they think he’s been really badly advised by his father in coming here. We’ll show them when we finish 14th and go all the way to the third round of the Carabao Cup!
  19. 44 points
    It's amazing how our Manager who has overseen season on season improvement is suddenly terrible because of one result against a very good Leeds team, isn't it? I am afraid there are a very vocal minority who have hated the guy since his playing days and would rather have the club fail than be proven wrong in their judgement.
  20. 43 points
    As regular readers will know, I was probably one of Pack’s biggest supporters on here, always defending him against what I thought was unnecessary criticism for a bloke who was instrumental in getting us to establishing ourselves as a regular top 10 championship team. However, I always said that he was not irreplaceable and that if an upgrade could be found and funded then I didn’t mind Pack being replaced. Nagy is certainly an upgrade. And I am very happy with that. Thing is though, they are actually very different players. We have built our playing style and tempo around Pack for the last 3 years. Everything went through him and it was a methodical tempo, probing, retaining, probing again. With Nagy, we won’t be gently passing our way through midfield. We now have a front man who will make runs in behind, but can also collect the ball to feet, and this means we can feed the strikers quicker and in a variety of ways. So our style and tempo on the ball will be very different. It’s the complimentary skills of a quicker midfielder, an attacking mid with creativity and a striker with the ability to go either way, to the ball or in behind. Also, off the ball our style will change. Pack mainly held the DM position, defended the edge of the box, rarely got dragged out wide to close down wingers and full backs. This gave Brownhill a bit of freedom to be wherever he wanted to be because Pack was always going to be patrolling the D. With Nagy, due to his increased mobility, his energy, his tenaciousness and his pace, he charges around everywhere and closes down opponents all over the pitch. This is great, and gives us something extra. However, this means Brownhills role changes, and he has to be more alert to when Nagy defends out wide or up higher. Brownhill now doesn’t have the safety net of Pack always on the D (the last line of midfield as it were), and so he needs to ensure he covers back there when Nagy is closing out wide. So our style both with and without the ball changes due to Nagy’s increased mobility. It might take a while for others to compliment his all action style. Others have to step up in other areas of the pitch. I think everyone ought to be appreciative of the job that Pack (and Paterson) have done to establish us as a top 10 championship team. But every player can be upgraded and I’m more than happy that we’ve found a potential gem in both Nagy & Massengo. The most relieving thing though is that I now don’t have to spend hours defending Pack on here from those who could never see what he brought to the table - so I can now enjoy more hours in my day. Phew.
  21. 43 points
    I can’t believe this thread exists, I thought he did more defensively today than I have ever seen from him. He looks at least a yard faster over a short distance this season and his stamina is much improved. I would have started a thread about how well he helped us defend from up top.
  22. 43 points
    If we don't announce him from the top of the Novers like this then I'm going to lose all faith in our media team.
  23. 41 points
    Can I just take a moment to thank our Hungarian defensive midfield hero for taking squad number 4 No longer do I have to put up with a centre half wearing it. He is my new hero Mods - please lock. No need to continue the conversation, but let people leave thumbs up and that stuff, because everyone knows I'm right on this #nagy4
  24. 41 points
    I really don’t know what your problem is with Joe Bryan. As a casual observer of this forum I’ve noticed that every time Joe comes up in conversation you’re straight into it trying to bring him down. I even remember you commenting that he didn’t like football, and because he was privately educated he preferred rugby (how you came to that conclusion I have no idea). Joe Bryan did a lot for Bristol City both on and off the pitch. I certainly don’t resent him leaving or looking to better himself. Perhaps you could take a leaf from his book and post something more constructive rather than trying to garner favour for your agenda against him.
  25. 41 points
    Cancel your Sky subscription, stop buying products advertised at football and so on. Or stop complaining about it.
  26. 40 points
    Although there’s the recall option in January, barring massively unforeseen circumstances we’ve seen the last of Matty in a city shirt. That being the case (and it’s the right decision for where we are as a club now), I’d just like to put on record how much I think he brought to the place. Contrary to popular rovers belief, we didn’t buy him to scupper their promotion chances or in spite, but because we needed goals and he was a goal scorer. Did he really bring goals? Nope. But what he did bring was some of the highest work rate and most intelligent running you’ll see. Game awareness was huge, and probably with a bit more pace he’d have been a huge success here. Add in a player who the rest of the squad clearly liked, the phenomenal sh!thousing and, in LJs words, a catchy song and he should be remembered hugely fondly here. We didn’t get exactly what it was on the tin, but we got a lot more. Plus, if there is no “In by Taylor” there’s no “It’s Smiiiiiiiith!”. One of the best, most intelligent balls you’ll ever see. All the best Matty.
  27. 40 points
    Club appears to be at that stage of a Football Manager season when everything is going badly so you just start being a dick.
  28. 40 points
    Wages and loan fee are agreed. Final sign off, over to you Unai.
  29. 38 points
    Moral of the story? Be very wary of doing further loan business with Arsenal. If Emery’s dithering is typical of the man, and he has the last word, he could be a nightmare to deal with. The fact that it went to the wire after we’d been given reason to think we were likely to get the player seems to have had a distorting effect on our recruitment strategy, and left us scrabbling around for last minute deals. Why take the risk of a repeat of this shambles? Our well established links with Chelsea appear to be based on mutual respect and trust and we’d be better off cultivating that source than having to try to sell ourselves every time an Arsenal youngster becomes available - especially as, for all the supposed thoroughness and professionalism of the process, there remains the distinct impression that personal connections might well have swung it in the end. Screw ‘em.
  30. 38 points
    Yes. A pass to a team mate, successfully completed, would count as a completed pass Glad to have cleared that up
  31. 38 points
    All got overshadowed by the young lad from Arsenal, but at the end of it: - Kalas, DaSilva, Palmer all ours: - Bristol City signing players from some of the top European clubs (I know, who would have though it on a cold day at Chesterfield): - Also spent best part of £8m on a kid who looks like they might be quite decent. - Looked like we were going to get no striker, then wham, a half decent one at the last moment. Overall rating B+. A shame on the one we missed, but we got loads. Huge congrats to MA, LJ and SL. Must be knackered. Go and have a half of cider and relax for a bit!
  32. 38 points
    Kalas, DaSilva and Palmer in for a combined £12.5m Kelly sold for £15m up front "Oh Mark Ashton, I'll let you shag my wife..."
  33. 38 points
    The way Gasheads look at it is that Bristol City F.C died taking with it our history and ALL past achievements, thus (in their minds) erasing the painful and bitter memories of Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester United etc playing competitively at Ashton Gate and having to hear about their rivals every week and read about them in the national papers (which is part and parcel of playing top flight football) whilst they (again in their minds) were ‘forgotten about’. It promised to be the beginning of an exciting period for Gasheads in the early 70’s, winning the pointless Watney Cup in a dire 0 - 0 draw and decided by the lottery of a sudden death penalty and then following on from that success by thrashing Brian Clough’s Brighton team 8 - 2 with the legendary ‘Smash and Grab’ firing them back to the Second Division. For a short time they were back on a level playing field with Bristol City, but City had to go and spoil it by going up to the First Division, whilst Rovers started to struggle in the Second. So imagine seeing the momentum at your club disappear and at the same time hearing about your rivals not only going up but staying up on the last day in a game that has been often described as a ‘fix’ (obviously discounting beating Liverpool and Leeds and drawing with Man Utd to give us any hope in the first place). They must have felt like it was all a big conspiracy against them because as we all know they are always the victim. The rage must have been incredible. Then in 1977 they became record breakers by being the losing team in the biggest ever televised Match of The Day thrashing (9-0 at the hands of Tottenham), and then being unfairly robbed of beating Ipswich Town when Bobby Gould’s legitimate goal was ruled out for offside. As things weren’t working out on the pitch for them and City seemingly being unfairly kept in the top flight (in their minds) they saw an opportunity of getting some attention and media limelight finally......unfortunately it was for all the wrong reasons competing with Millwall, Aston Villa etc in the Hooliganism league table (as glorified in a book). Seething, jealous, hard done by, cast aside and forgotten about in favour of ‘The Shit’. Then in 1980 City are relegated from the top flight and start their own downward trajectory. The following season both Bristol clubs are shit and are both relegated back to the third tier. It’s bad for Rovers that their time in the Second Division came to an end, but it was fine and dandy because ‘The Shit’ went down with them. So imagine then when City ended up in financial difficulty? As a Rovers fan this was their moment to not only be on an equal footing but they could actually end up as Bristol’s top team, emerging from the shadows. Having had to endure being ‘forgotten about’ that is what they wanted for Bristol City, they wanted Bristol City to be forgotten and they delighted in it, revelled in it, laughed at the ‘Support Bristol City Now Or Never’ campaign. After all, it was Bristol City who had stamped all over their early 70’s success by going up to the First Division. Their own demise had been Bristol City’s ‘fault’ for going one better. So when the dust settled they were able to say that this was a new club, this wasn’t Bristol City, and they could block out the pain and suffering they felt in the late 70’s. City was gone, it was all a dream, Rovers are top dogs, the 82ers are in the basement (so bragging rights about Rovers never being in the bottom division ended up a regular taunt until ‘2nd May’ - a Gasheads favourite day). This is my view of why Rovers bang on about 1982. The fact that we have been far more successful than them since 1982 is somehow lost on them, as is anything pre-1982. It’s their own little way of convincing themselves that Bristol is 50/50.
  34. 37 points
    If we can get this guy, the Monaco youngster, and 9 others I think we’ve got a real chance
  35. 36 points
  36. 36 points
    It appears we’ve been turned down by Nketiah and whilst disappointing as the club clearly had him as their number one target. However, we appear to have a talented youngster of our own, who was attracting admiring glances from Chelsea. As a club we were prepared to loan an inexperienced player from a premier league club, similar to what we did with Tammy. Is the answer to our striker problem already at the club, is it not beneficial to play our own and give the chance to them, rather than an untried player of a similar age from a premier league club ?
  37. 35 points
    Nothing is good enough for you, is it? You haven’t even seen the lad yet & despite MONACO fans rating him massively highly to the tune of him potentially being a France international, you have already made your mind up that he isn’t good enough. And as for Taylor Moore not being good enough, you’ve probably picked out the one player who walked away with any credit from the Leeds game, his first start in the Championship for 3 years & against the bookies & many pundits favourites for the league & at 21 years-old, so let’s write him off!! Who do you suggest replacing him with? I’m intrigued to hear who you think should be coming in then? Because we’ve clearly been looking for players that aren’t good enough for you! I’m dreading us signing Nketiah, limited games, no championship experience, not used to our style of play, not big enough, not strong enough! There you go, I’ve already loaded up your stick ready to beat him with!
  38. 34 points
    How on Earth did we sign this kid. Crazy how talented he is. Those runs he makes, i can't remember a midfielder we've had who makes runs into the box like that. So quick, surprisingly strong and fantastic on the ball. And great enthusiasm. Always wants the ball.
  39. 33 points
    Swindon fan here and you're right the Thomson brothers, a few of the other players and the chairman were wrong in how they reacted that day and fair play to you lot as it could have got nasty at the end. Also the way your fans were herded together is probably down to history 70's-90's when you used to bring a large hooligan element who would be looking to cause trouble but I think that' was a sign of the times when every club had their thugs but having been to many City games since the late 70's I'm no that's aware that Swindon caused any trouble on your patch but I stand to be corrected. All the negative stuff aside I do follow your games etc often visit your lovely City Centre and generally want to see you in the Premiership as it's been too long for a club the size of yours with a fanbase to match the likes of Leicester, wolves, Southampton and more I for one miss playing you guys and was hoping for a full on friendly this pre-season so will just have to hope that we get you in them EFL Cup or the FA Cup but we very rarely make the third round so it may take a few years love the banter you have with the Gas and how you two have gone your separate ways and with a little luck we could well trade places with them next season!
  40. 32 points
  41. 32 points
    Hi, Blues fan here. Just registered to thank all of you there today for applauding little Bobby. The kids been through 3 and a half years of chemotherapy and is still Keeping Right On. I won't ever forget that gesture from you. All the best and thanks again
  42. 31 points
    My man of match today, ran his socks off worked the channels, put pressure on their defenders and took his chance clinically. Tough on Fam but think he will find it hard to get a starting place this season if today is anything to go by
  43. 31 points
    Dumb sarcasm .....Just a big fine from FA , a probable threat re further sanctions and more searching for everyone Wonderful Brain dead
  44. 31 points
    Look, I'm not gonna shag you mate.
  45. 31 points
    "Typical City" - making about £16m to £17m profit on one player, in 12 months/recruiting brilliantly. "Typical City" - selling players to clubs in the top division in the country. "Typical City" - not now selling/losing our best players to divisional rivals. "Typical City" - finishing in the top half of the second tier. "Typical City" - five consecutive seasons in the second tier of English football. "Typical City" - winning eleven away games in the league in the second tier. "Typical City" - selling 15000 season tickets. "Typical City" - producing our own players from our own academy to play in our own first team, at this level. "Typical City" - having a plan, implementing it, moving up the league pyramid, not falling apart in the second tier after one big set-back/selling a key player. "Typical City" - not sacking a losing manager we all wanted gone, and going on to improve and get stronger. Ffs City - tch! Sort it out! Typical. PS - 1980 to 83 was a "complete shambles." Get yer "shambles" right.
  46. 31 points
    Trust the system. Kodjia, Kelly, Flint, Bryan, Reid, Webster, Tomlin = c. £80 MILLION All whilst delivering year on year improvement of league position for 5 straight seasons. No mean feat. Harder than ever to keep that up this season but I’m confident in the ability of the club to plan wisely for replacing the outgoings. People have to realise that a club with a fan base as small as ours is not going to ‘get there’ any other way than this, assuming we want to be compliant with FFP. The whole system is reliant on selling at the peak of a player’s value. I think it’s also a very sensible strategy to have a reputation as a club that won’t stand in the way of progress. The next Adam Webster, Bobby Reid, Lloyd Kelly will all see this club as somewhere to come and get noticed. And sooner or later it’ll all click one season and be our time.
  47. 30 points
    Nice tweet from Birmingham City with a video of that...
  48. 30 points
    As regular posters will know, I am a big fan of Pack, but I’ve also written on here numerous times that if we are able to upgrade him then I am open to that. No one is irreplaceable but I always felt that Marlon was an integral part of our team - LJ has almost built the team around him, our style of play has revolved around the ball going through Pack, and we naturally played a mid-tempo game. Pack’s qualities were most evident when Reid played up front. His qualities are his vision and passing (no matter what people say, it’s true) and when he had an intelligent mover infront of him he was able to locate incisive forward passes. Pack’s defensive qualities are also hugely underestimated by his detractors. Very very rarely did we get opened up down the middle when he was in the strict DM role. He protected the CB’s very well. Defensive solidity, passing ability, bravery on the ball, organisation - he was a very important part of this team. There aren’t many players who are happy to receive the ball off the defence or keeper when he’s under pressure facing his own goal and be able to have the bravery, ability and strength to retain possession. He had his weaknesses too. Pace being the blindingly obvious one. If Pack had pace then he’d have been playing in the Premier league. As I said many times though, if an upgrade were available at a good price then I am happy to see Pack move on. This Nagy chap, certainly on paper, looks to be an upgrade and at a good price. Time will tell but if that’s the case, then that’s all good. Again, on paper, a central midfield pair of Nagy & Massengo looks very exciting and an improvement on a Pack/Brownhill pairing. Looking at the traits of these 2 newbies I’d guess that we may see a change in style of our play. As said before, Pack being the fulcrum meant we played most of our build up through him. These 2 newbs, plus Afobe seems to suggest a much quicker tempo, both on and off the ball, so we may see a very different City. That’s the hope anyway. I’m a big fan of Pack, but he wasn’t irreplaceable. Contrary to popular opinion, he’s been a bloody good player for 6 years and people should respect that. Contrary to popular opinion he didn’t always pass it backwards, he didn’t always lose the ball, he didn’t always hit Hollywood passes, he didn’t always lose his runner etc etc. He was a very firm and influential player in our team for 6 years, which saw year on year improvement. I’d like to wish him well, but I can’t. Cardiff are *****. We have seen the final departure in the evolution of the team. Hopefully we didn’t get rid of him too soon, but I’m excited about the evolution and Nagy, Massengo, Afobe look to be offering a very different style of football.
  49. 29 points
    Really adds to the atmosphere love it
  50. 29 points
    A third Arsenal player, Eddie Nketiah is still missing following the attack. Police are looking for a short, well groomed bearded man and a well dressed, smarmy Brummy both armed with Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
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