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  1. 77 points
    Why after every loss do we go into an utterly embarrassing meltdown. We've played very poorly in 2 away games this year, granted. But in the other 9 we've been decent for large parts, and very good at times too. We lost £24 million worth of quality in the summer and here we are 1 point off the play offs. Im seeing things like Famara is our worst signing ever... a bloke who scored 13 goals last year after having 3 and a half months out injured! A lot of our fan base need to get a grip. There is absolutely no sense of perspective. When you consider everything about the club, what gives us the right to be anywhere near the play offs. Wage bill, money spent, attendances, players are all average/ mid table for the championship... yet everyone expects so much more. Why? Because we beat a 2nd string Man United team in the tinpot cup? Grow up
  2. 13 points
    There is an old saying in football that you don’t pick the best 11 players, you pick the best team. I have no doubt that Fam, when bothered and firing, is a better player as a goal scorer than Matty. However, even on those days his net effect is that we play worse as a team. Not saying he’s a bad player, but that he’s the wrong player for how we set up. Our best games - pretty much since he signed - have come when MT is in the side. You can go back to when Tammy hit a streak at the end of 16/17, through the Cup last year and into our 4 game win run this year - Taylor’s in the side. Fams not a scapegoat here, far from it. And in a different side, set up a different way, he’s on the sheet. But just look at today - and not for the first time this year - the difference MT made. Even Patos effort on the bar was from really good, intelligent hold up play from him! There was a thread at the end of the 16/17 season asking who we’d miss the most were they out. I replied Korey and Taylor. Nothing since alters that view, and in the case of the latter, even more so. To the dissenters - ignore the goal return from a stop start career here, look at the whole. MT is vital to us here, and in our current system with the other squad players, I’d take him over Fammy every day.
  3. 11 points
    It was the nature of the draw, not the result that has irked those of us who watched it. Lacklustre, disinterested, feeble. One or two will overreact but I think for most of us the anger comes because we know this team can be so much better than they were at that showing. Nonetheless, to quote the Johnson mantra "we pick ourselves up and go again" on Sunday.
  4. 10 points
    ...and I watched it in the comfort of my own front room. I feel for those hardy souls who travelled north tonight. I wrote some things at half-time, because I didn’t want an Improved second half performance cloud my judgement of what I expected to be a better second half. 11 games in and I'm seeing little cohesion and little consistently in our style of play. Odd glimpses here and there, and that’s taking into account that we have no Devine right to dominate for 90 minutes more. Rotherham with their simple brand of knock it up to Smith and get runners off of him, played better through the thirds too, which LJ should be appalled at. Don’t let two shots against woodwork cloud our view that we deserved to win. Haven’t heard any interview, but having excused LJ for Wigan in the main, and held the blame at the players front, tonight is now a second performance like that and problems lie deeper. I sense complacency in the ranks. I see players hiding. I don’t like calling out players but it only takes one or two to impact it. I’m gonna start with Diedhiou. If he thinks that is a big, strong CF performance tonight he’s kidding himself. Ajayi won good clean headers 80% of the time, the ball rarely stuck....but worse for me was the lack of effort. Cosy closing down of the keeper, implying effort, but going through the motions, then jogging back, making little attempt to get back onside in preparation for the next phase. Look at the example alongside him in Weimann. In the second half there was a spell of head-tennis in their box. Brownhill was about to have a free header back into the box and Famara got caught offside. The same laziness that cost him a volleyed goal in the first half. He half-heartedly made runs / didn’t make runs depending on your view. Brownhill was furious with him late on when all he needed was Fam to pull wide, but he hid behind Jones causing him to run into a dead end. That wasn’t the only time. He’s beginning to worry me. City won’t be his steppingstone to be the next Kodjia with performances like that. The other is O’Dowda. He might be playing to instruction, but I don’t see why from Mäenpää’s kicks he is moving towards the ball from so far up the pitch. He’s making it easy for his marker to attack the ball. He needs to attack it from square (like Garner / Leon Best), that is much. On the ball, it’s 100mph, no composure, over-running the dribble, running it into trouble. I didn’t see the work rate of last season either. Has International caps gone to his head? Tonight was a(nother) chance to really stake a claim. He failed the audition imho. The two subs breathed some life into the game, but we should never have got into that position. LJ could’ve tweaked things in-game without resorting to subs. Surely a Head-Coach can spot ways to change the course of the game....or at least try. 2 subs on 60 minutes is now becoming a joke. Had we snatched a win from Watkins, there’s no way I would be calling him a master tactician tonight. It’s not like Rotherham were gutsy, they had it easy....and played under little pressure. We are fortunate tonight that Rotherham weren’t very good (still better than us though). We were fortunate that our defenders in the main turned up. Webster gave Smith and easy ride, Baker did well, Kelly did his job, and Hunt was better than average. We have however started to defend deeper (starting position) and our distances (front to back) are increasing. Diedhiou is part of that. I sense we are going to hear the ‘players we can trust’ phrase coming out before Wednesday on Sunday!
  5. 10 points
    A crazy match that had literally everything bedsides the one thing that for 90 minutes it looked certain to produce - goals. It had 45 minutes of City deciding not to turn up, it had 'inferior' opposition giving us a slick footballing lesson, it had a comically bad ref, it had us suddenly contriving waves of late attacking to claim an unlikely smash and grab win - and then wasting them all. So as goalless draws go this was anything but uneventful, but for all the efforts of an exhilarating end to end second half, you can't help but ultimately feel concerned to see City so far off the quality of opposition that was expected to struggled, playing a substantially poorer brand of football, and only galvanised by a half time rocket from the manager and more so by our subs. In the end City created but didn't convert the clearest chances of the match as the dominant home side over committed for a deserved winner and huge gaps opened up in their defence for our late onslaught. But in reality City were bright only for the first and last ten minutes of the second 45 whilst Rotherham were quality throughout the fixture and far far ahead on chances. Rotherham started in a 4-4-1-1 formation not unlike City's best form last season, the 23, Williams, in the hole, dropping back to help dominate numbers in central midfield against disjointed City, repeatedly winning and passing the ball at speed through us, before springing their wingers to cause us problems. The hosts would continually win free kicks from a fussy, one sided referree. Pack barged the winger for the first on the City left, the setpiece flashed dangerously into the six yard box, where it could have diverted anywhere. An immediate warning of the refs intentions followed as Brownhill collected a loose ball in a crowd and lifted it clear for Diedhiou to run onto. Inside his marker he was clipped on the edge of the box, but the fussy ref for once was silent. Instead all the set play awards were at the other end, where classy Rotherham would amass at least four deep free kicks before the half's midway point - City backs led by Webster with their work cut out. Only once did City threaten, Brownhill and Weimann combining to play O'Dowda down the right and from a resulting throw in, Hunt's cross was turned in by Famara - but offside. Right after, Weimann on the break slipped Diedhiou into the box but his slashed shot across goal went wide. That was it for City who were reduced to aimless punts as the one-sided half resumed: Williams leading the visitors a merry dance - orchestrating a passing move from a Weimann mistake. It led to Hunt being out muscled and then the target man turning Webster to shoot. For all Williams guile in the hole, the hosts also possessed a physical target man and he would barrel into City's centre backs to cause chaos, Rotherham then sweeping in from the right to drill a low ball across the box with players piling in. Before half time a corner would find their centre back race in late and free at the far post, his header tipped wide low at the base of the post. City could count themselves lucky to go in level against far far better opponents and Johnson was visibly unhappy at the break. But the second period brought a dramatic change from the ref: less consistently one sided, now consistently awful to both. So suddenly City had dubious free kicks and from a foul on O'Dowda, Eliasson's deep set piece saw Pack flash in at the far post. That's not to say Rotherham were in any way less convincing than the first half and on the break a cross from the left teed up their target man but with only Maenappa to beat, he steered a free header just over. At the other end Weimann broke, touched the ball into Diedhiou, who raced into the area, squaring to Brownhill, whose instinct sidefoot to Eliasson squandered the move. City threw on Taylor and Watkins for both of their ineffectual wingers, with Weimann continuing to now play from out wide. By now the game was being played at quite a pace and after Diedhiou tested the keeper with a low 20 yard shot, a City break from the left saw good work by Taylor and then Brownhill on the run, setup Watkins, but his fierce low shot was beaten away. Next a Weimann crossfield pass released a rejuvenated Hunt - poor in the first half - and he had a blistering shot deflect wide. But then the chance of the match. Pack's free kick was cleared, but Hunt headed it back from 40 yards and on the edge of the box Fam nodded on. It put Taylor and Watkins clear on the keeper yards out, but Watkins failed to control or find a finish. An extraordinary miss, and inevitably the still dominant hosts would make City pay. Williams again led a rapid attack, racing in from the left and teeing up the target man who swivelled only to scuff his shot wide. Then following a free kick Rotherham had a series of shots as Maenappa clung on. Williams also drew a low stop after cutting inside a tired Webster from a long ball. By now Rotherham had undoubtedly had the better of this sporadically competitive tie, but a breathtaking end to end closing ten minutes would finally make a game of it. Taylor forced a desperate corner at the far post from a deep Kelly cross and next he collected a high ball in acres of space to feed Brownhill, who yet again opted to pass, Paterson curling onto the crossbar. At the other end unquestionable man of the match Williams raced away again and forced a save, and from the rebound the Rotherham target man smashed a shot in on goal that was beaten away. Then their winger slipped inside two City players on their left, before weaving on a jinking run into the box before drawing another save with a low shot. Relentless for Maenappa. Into injury time and amazingly it was City that went closest to a winner. A good run from Paterson along the edge of the area brought a cross back into the box - it was half cut out but fell to Taylor who saw his shot desperately blocked. Maenappa then claimed a final home corner before a long kick upfield put Paterson in on the keeper, who clattered City's man 20 yards out. After a very frustrating night punctuated repeatedly by variously inept, inconsistent officiating, that was it for City players who raced wildly after the referee in protest. In truth the keeper got there first, but it was a reaction to the ref's match overall, and the final whistle barely registered with the players amid unfolding bedlam as even LJ went into the book as tempers boiled over. On any other day the anger at what must be some of the worst refereeing City have seen in the modern era, would be justified, but in truth it was unfair on the home side, who were far more worthy of victory. They played the sort of football LJ wants City to be playing and but for a very real chance of a smash and grab winner for us late on, the only real blame is City's inept tactics. Maenappa 8 overworked but never beaten Hunt 5 poor defensively especially first half but grew into game going forward Kelly 5 stretched by Rotherham interplay and didn't offer much going forward today Webster 7 led an overworked defence with very little error, focussed throughout Baker 7 also largely solid with no support in front of him to stem the home attacks Pack 4 sorry not a game to remember for him, passing largely off, overrun in central midfield, didn't take any control of the game and gave away cheap free kicks Brownhill 6 the most energtic and never say die of any of the players right to the end, involved in all our good stuff but part of a midfield that was second best, and on 2 occasions was setup central to goal but chose to pass again O'Dowda 5 one good run in our only useful move of the first half but largely anonymous Eliasson 4 see O'Dowda but without the one good run Weimann 7 was asked to do a lot and bar one or two mistakes, wasn't the issue Diedhiou 6 several shots, neat and tidy in patches, but too easily muscled out of the flow in others Taylor 8 caused far more problems once he was introduced, mostly of his making Watkins 6 definitely a more direct option than the two wingers before him, but loses a mark for seizing then wasting the chance of the match Paterson 6 cameo
  6. 10 points
  7. 10 points
    I disagree, they were already a laughing stock. The new owners just carried on where the last lot left off. Oh and they carried him aloft down Gloucester Rd for good measure.
  8. 10 points
    PT18/3675/PNGR – Colony Farm, Woodlands Lane, Almondsbury Description of Proposal This is a prior notification of a change of use from agricultural buildings to three residential dwellings (Class C3) as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). Ecological Issues No ecological information has been submitted alongside this application. The site appears to be disused and overgrown with vegetation with the buildings in a state of disrepair. The site offers potential roosting, foraging and commuting habitat for bats and birds. There is also potential for reptiles and hedgehogs to be present within the scrub surrounding the buildings. There doesn’t appear to be any ponds within 500m of the development, although there are some ditches that could support amphibian populations. Conclusion At present there is insufficient information to assess the ecological impact of the application. This application should be refused unless further ecological information is forthcoming. Recommendation That the application be refused due to insufficient information. Proposal Submitted on Behalf of Bristol Rovers Football Club by
  9. 8 points
    There are different levels of debate about different timeframes and to put them all together is your loss of perspective. Absolutely the club is generally fine and moving in generally the right direction under generally decent leadership. Perspective. Absolutely that was a god awful first 60 minutes where our players were garbage and the manager made selection and or tactical errors against a team we spend more than. Perspective. "Wage bill, money spent, attendances, players are all average/ mid table for the championship... yet everyone expects so much more" By your own expectation setting you SHOULD be upset by last night. Consider where we stack up vs Rotherham in those categories. If you can't see the frame as well as the full motion picture it is you who have lost the nuance of perspective. Most people are able to get upset about a moment AND understand the bigger picture. If you are numb to the moments of football, the bad passes, wrong decisions, the scoring of a last minute winner... I'm not sure why you'd watch. Do you stare at the league table vs ranking of finances invested to see how we're doing while the game is going on?
  10. 8 points
    I don’t know. I really think the fact we hit the post, crossbar had two players taken out when through, not given by an admittedly bad ref and a goalkeeper that took a boot at a player running through in the last minute have been overlooked. They are ok at home and had nothing really more than weight and a bit of enthusiasm. How many chances did Mäenpää look in trouble for? Pack was a bit pony and Weimann and others suffered minimal service but we had the chances to win 3/0 didn’t take them and we rarely looked to me we were going to concede. Point won on the road move on...We need a goal, Pack to find a pass and Taylor to start right now and not get subbed per the usual LJ prctice
  11. 7 points
    Not sure if people have seen this but it is beautiful and brilliant.
  12. 7 points
    Glad to see that the weirdo / complete bell end Henbury Fag enjoys our forum and I assume his noterioty as a complete c**k well.....he can enjoy this one again from his fellow sag ‘ - Feeling the Blues ‘ who appears to have him well assessed in fairness Doing a pretty good job at being ridiculed and despised by both halves of the City
  13. 7 points
    Very well said. this forum isn't a true reflection of a lot of our fans. These forums are generally used by the more negative fan to vent frustration. There is some decent content, hence why I post from time to time. But OTIB is widely regarded as completely full of **** to alot of City. You tend to get a much better view of things on twitter from our fanbase.
  14. 7 points
    I too hover between a 4 and 6. Like SL though, I’m looking for continuous improvement. I’m beginning to have grave doubts he can deliver. He should now be experienced... no excuses. He has his own teams, on and off the pitch. It’s his transfer strategy, tactics, substitutions - he’s in total control. His strongest card, ought to be the midfield. He played there, he should know more than most what is required. At present, it’s shocking. Just woeful. He’s committed the most basic of management errors. Loads of ‘mini-me’s’. All players that buzz around achieving very little. ‘Lightweight’ is an understatement .... Eliasson, Brownhill, COD, Pato, Walsh, Pack - no strong physical or mental presence to be found. He then reverts to his Barnsley ‘safety net’ with the likes of Watkins to try and provide some ‘trusted’ physicality ( or at least I think he does as I can’t quite understand what he is). Nope, talks a good game but is starting to worry me that, as Colin suggests, it’s all froth. Would I take the squad that Cotts had on promotion or, the squad that over near 3 years and with millions of pounds, the squad that LJ has built? Without question, Cotts.
  15. 6 points
    Not only is this statement above untrue, you were the poster who panicked before the United Cup tie last Christmas posting on here: “Without Leko and Woodrow we will look so frail against Man Utd...” and you went on to describe Woodrow as “a very gifted player with lots of technical ability” - with opinions like that you now think you can start a thread to instruct everyone on here who is not too happy at recent performances to ‘have a look at yourselves’ .....and you tell everyone to ‘grow up’ - oh dear....
  16. 6 points
    Before lots of red spotters give opinions on a game they didn't make any effort to get to, well done to Ole for a massive effort and cost and then a great report. Always a decent point away in Yorkshire when only one out of ten teams last won and personally thought the draw was the fairest result. Bring on the Owls and let's get behind our good team, excellent coach and (generally) fair supporters.
  17. 6 points
    Complete over reaction again on this thread. Why people think we have the right to tip up in Rotherham play amazing football and take the 3 points is beyond me. This league is hard and historically for us teams that on paper we should beat we don't. We played awful last night but give some credit to Rotherham. If we played badly and still took a point it's not all bad.
  18. 6 points
    All I ask for is to play a attractive football and make maximum effort. Preferably in at least this league. Had enough of League one over the years and no desperate urge to get to the Premier League. I kind of dread the thought of becoming a Crystal Palace, just trying to survive.
  19. 6 points
    Calling out?!! We are one point off the play-offs a quarter of thwme way into a season with a new back 5. You write well but fans will read your words if you talk about the other 15who are doing OK or week. That is what supporters want to read not 90%glass empty words like yours. HR
  20. 6 points
    I'd put a screwdriver up my cock for Warnock at City.
  21. 5 points
    I haven't had a chance to read all the threads today owing to short turnaround from travel to sleep to work today (FML) but a couple of observations between meetings on the theme of overreaction: - I agree there is no need for a meltdown, but I'm not seeing the main reason that an overreaction isn't justified: which is that Rotherham played bloody well. Sometimes you just need to call it what it is. They weren't too bad against Stoke and I honestly though they were one of the best sides we've played, in terms of how they setup, how much energy they had, and what they did with the ball. It was everything we're supposed to be, and that says more about THEM. - I don't care that they're relegation favourites, it's immaterial to the style and quality of football they produced. We've done that to teams before in our best run last season when it wasn't expected (and in that 4-4-1-1 formation, for what it's worth), I don't understand why we don't give credit when others do it to us even if it is "Rotherham". We weren't very good, but that should take nothing away from Rotherham who played some really good football - just couldn't finish. - However, at the other extreme, I certainly wouldn't ignore the concerns from yesterday. This was a match in which for 45 minutes our first choice 11 did not compete, the brand of football which was more and more encouraging throughout our winning run, was completely gone, replaced with lack of understanding across the middle (including wingers totally lost), punting long balls forward, and at every change of possession, being static and disinterest in the second ball. - That isn't a good measure of where we have got to from the good progress that was being made a month ago, and it's right and fair to be asking questions about why we appear to have forgotten how to employ the style of play (or indeed any style of play) set out earlier in the season. How do you become identity less overnight? My assumption is that LJ's well drilled football requires confidence and in just a few results we've lost all of ours. Didn't see any leaders either.
  22. 5 points
    I thin you may have, in passing, hit on a real issue about how fans (not just our own) assess their teams performances. There is an historically unprecedented volume of live, top grade football on the box, and I'm guessing that most keen football fans will be subscribing to Sky, BT or both. I suspect that this has upped the level of expectations for fans when it comes to analysing the performance of their own clubs. Look at most championship clubs' forums, and they are riddled with moans about style and performance. We are not in the top league, but fans have become insentitised to where we are actually playing; it's as if your team isn't playing well if you're not playing like Man City or Liverpool. The ubiquity of available top grade football,is, to a real extent, leading to unrealistic and often incredibly harsh assessments - I'm NOT talking about the Wigan game here! - of how teams are performing. Have many of us got unachievably high expectations? I remember the football played in the 60s and 70s in the old Second Division, and in terms of pace and technique (aided hugely by the quite staggering improvement in the pitches and groundskeeping) I think today's players are streets ahead. Others have mentioned here the fact that so many fans seem to think we have a right to turn up and claim points, as if the other sides, like Rotherham, are not going to be prepared to fight for the points. It seems to me the levels of preparation ans sophistication in coaching have also moved on enormously - including at Championship level - hence the increasing tendency for anyone being able to beat anyone in this division. in some ways it feels like a perfect storm, meaning that although we support City, the unachievable standards we are expecting result in a level of criticality and unhappiness among many supporters that, quite literally, can't be met. That's the analytical bit...quite what could be done about it is another point altogether. Right, I'll go and put my tin hat on now.
  23. 5 points
    The fact is we are only 6 points off the top 3 - we have played 11 games and 3 of those games were against Sheffield Utd, the Boro and WBA - 3 of the current top 4. Not to mention Swansea and Forest We have actually had quite a tough start opponent wise to this season and I personally thought we'd be a lot more adrift of the top 6 than we currently are. Rather be us than Preston for sure :0) COYR
  24. 5 points
    Unfortunately the planning forms say "PLEASE FILL IN USING BLOCK CAPITALS AND BLACK INK ONLY" - sadly they are not allowed pens, and they had already eaten their black crayon.
  25. 5 points
    What Cardiff did have was a cohesive approach that was consistent. So did Wolves. So did Fulham. And so do successful teams every season. Each approach is built on differing playing principles while Bristol City have styles of play with principles that have to change regularly and often game to game. Bristol City do not have a way we are playing .. That is the consistent under Mr Johnsons tenure.
  26. 5 points
    One word for me - Consistency. Two points from the first 3 matches; 12 points from the next 4 matches; 2 points from the last 4 matches is an awful pattern. No team is going to play well in every match but City, under LJ, are far too unpredictable
  27. 5 points
    Eleven games played and five of those teams are above us. We are sat in 10th place just one point outside the play-off places and we are above decent teams such as Stoke, Villa, Forest and Wednesday. Our home form reads DLWWD against Forest, Boro, Blackburn, Sheff Utd and Villa Our home crowd average over 5 games is 21,276. What exactly would you call progress?
  28. 5 points
    LJ would have us believe we are all about energy, creativity and the infamous high press. With the exception of a couple of games I’ve not seen any of this for 10 months now. We don’t have an identity (unless being known as the team that makes 2 subs on 60 minutes is something to be proud of) and at best we are stagnating and at worse we are going backwards under LJ management. Sadly I believe we have a squad that is drastically selling itself short performance wise week in week out and the blame sits with LJ. I think LJ is not learning or improving and is tactically out of his depth. His in game management seems clueless more often than not. I appreciate we have points on the board and aren’t that far off the top 6 but can anyone honestly say they are inspired with what they see week in week out?
  29. 4 points
    Decent post Chief...but I think the OP @ForeverRes‘ credibility disappeared way back up this thread - he or she started off by asking why this forum goes into meltdown after ‘every loss’ - yet we drew 0-0 at Rotherham - not a defeat in my mind. He or she also ignored the significant positivity on here after the defeat at WBA. No meltdown there. Yet the WBA feedback was not acknowledged by the OP and that was a genuine defeat - unlike the imaginary one the OP seemed to have dreamt up vs Rotherham...then the OP talked about unrealistic expectations because we beat a ‘second string’ Man Utd team last season....second string my arse...and the OP also declared back then that we ‘would be so frail against Man Utd without Leko and Woodrow’ - more utter nonsense cos we seemed to do ok without those two against Man Utd, then he or she claimed that our budget isn’t sufficient to replace key players...yet LJ has spent over £40m on players over the last three years...then the OP said we can’t progress having sold Flint, Bryan and Reid - yet we progressed in the season when we sold Kodjia, Ayling, Freeman and Williams...so, lots of utter nonsense on this thread from the OP - from post one onwards!
  30. 4 points
    Well said... I just don't get some people. They are never happy
  31. 4 points
    Nice post. Like you say...football has changed so much...it's incomparable to the football in the not so distant past. Levels and quality of footballers, coaching, technique, analytics, physic and fitness etc, etc have all risen over the years in all divisions. Football isn't such a simple game anymore...as much as some still think it is. Tactics and movement and awareness, patterns of play...so intricate these days and at speed. Over 90 mins. You've only got to go back and watch clips on youtube of how cumbersome some of the football played was, back in the day. I think it's harder for the fan to understand why certain things happen on the pitch these days. So much goes into planning a game. Why one week, a player like say for example Pack plays sublime, but the next is less effective. It happens to every player. Each team is different...each plays slightly differently. Strengths and weaknesses. Plus we are dealing with human beings. Who wakes up one morning and feels totally different to the day before? I know I do...somedays lethargic, others very active. You wonder why...as you've done nothing differently. It's the same for footballers. With so much info on the net...it's easy for fans to get really deeply involved in stats etc...but that's only any good if you know the whole picture, what's happening at the club, what the game plan is, who's carrying knocks etc. Then you have to factor in what the opposition are doing. So many different scenarios...so many to factor into a game. I don't get annoyed anymore. It is what it is. I try to enjoy the game...realise it's a tough league and enjoy watching both sides play and trying to outwit one another. I don't let it effect me like I used to. It's entertainment...a past time. Yes, it can be frustrating...but that's natural, as we want perfection. However perfection isn't always sexy. It's fun watching footy in this league and I enjoy every game, regardless of the result. I only ever get frustrated if I think a player isn't putting in a shift, which is very rare.
  32. 4 points
    I feel LJ, his lack of tactical awareness and more importantly no sign that he’s learning and growing into the role of Head Coach at a reasonably big championship club is holding us back. We have a team that if judged by what we see week in week out is underperforming more often than not. I was hoping that by now I would be seeing signs of improvement from Lee and his staff. We’ve had 3 months of quality and a few years of rubbish and inconsistency under his watch. Can anyone be happy with the standard of football we are seeing most weeks. LJ wants the team to play in a certain way, energy, high press etc. Is he showing any sign that he can get players, the majority which he’s purchased, to buy into this and play the way he wants. If he can’t, has he got the skills to coach them or the know how and balls to change this system and admit it’s not working?
  33. 4 points
    This season is very much in the balance, with some good, bad and ugly, and hard to tell where it will end up. There was a clear shift in signing policy this last summer, with more athletic players signed, and defenders with a tendency to play out from the back. However, a pressing high tempo game is complex to achieve well with our budget. You will struggle to get the balance between athletic , technical and consistency right, as players have it all cost 50 m plus . We have tried at times to play to a certain model, but then we play, even in the same game, a completely different game plan. Either by design or circumstance. The issue I have with LJ is that he is still making it up , as if the game was a computer model and you can plug and play. There has been no consistency in approach to how his sides play or the signings he makes. If he always wanted to play a pressing high tempo game why sign Tomlin or Fama for example. The key to promotion is setting out your plan, and keeping to it. There are a great many sides who have been promoted to the Prem within 18 months of a new manager taking over, indeed I struggle to think of any that have gone the long road route to success. You have to play to your assets, and that is the biggest area LJ is a failure, he never creates a side that is greater than the sum of the parts. He is always ready with an excuse , and of course he cannot play like Man City because he does not have the players to do that. We are paying for his education , and we are in the hands of him improving far more than any of his players, because until he works out what is needed to create a cohesive approach for a top 6 side, we are going nowhere.. It is a nonsense to talk about building slowly and a foundation, if you gain promotion, a notable number of players that get you there will no longer be required, so what foundation are you building ? You are certainly not going to get anywhere playing as we currently are in the Prem even with a number of new players that you gain on promotion. Kalas was not signed by Fulham was he, yet is seen by us as a big step up. I have yet to see a clear plan to get BCFC to the Prem league, and I only say that as SL has said many times that is the aim. I do not see the actions to match the words. What I see is a side consolidating in the Championship and trying to sustain the financial aspects by selling our best players . This is the Ipswich/Brentford model too it should be noted, so there is no issue with that, as long as you don't expect promotion, and depending on who you sell and replace, the risk of a flirt with relegation will always be there. So if your expectation is promotion the LJ gets a 3 for me, if it is to consolidate, sell players, try not to get relegated, then he is doing better and gets a 6 Personally, after decades in L1, just staying in the Championship is a success.
  34. 4 points
    Is it coincidence that Weinmans goals have dried up since Fammys return ?
  35. 4 points
    So this is the lad that played 6 levels below until last season - and he is going to be the 'spark'? Mmmmmm
  36. 4 points
    Can we include fruits, because in Watkins he has signed a right lemon
  37. 4 points
    Swede. Might remind SL of wasted money.
  38. 4 points
    Give it a rest
  39. 3 points
    That I am probably one of, if not the most negative posters on here, I know that and I will not change. However tonight I have just attended a quiz night in Portishead for "be more ben" it was supported by jens hegeler, callum o dowda, Bailey wright and Josh brownhill, what a credit to our club these young men are. Be proud!
  40. 3 points
    Dunno about gone up as in top 2, but most definitely should have made playoffs- which who knows we could have won. Regardless of whether we'd have won them, we should have made them though IMO.
  41. 3 points
    They are questioning him after three years…and even when they question this season it is about the performances, tactics and selections. I don't see a problem with that. People are offering and debating ideas, not asking for his head.
  42. 3 points
    @ForeverResit’s ambition not expectation. Without ambition why bother? And I can’t believe anyone would say a cup win against Man U was the reason we should have gone up. Maybe our league position at the time had something more to do with it, which we then pissed away.
  43. 3 points
    We are in touch at the right end of the table. We are building a team. It’s not helped by a loss of form with Pack which has hurt Weimanns effectiveness. We were awful at Wigan. Last night was not great but we should have won, our goalkeeper really didn’t have to make a save against a team that played well for decent periods. Take a look back. A year ago we played a poor Fulham team off the park. They went on to get promoted. We need to find some form but it’s still early days we have shown some form but need to be consistent We need a decent result on Sunday of course but we have players to come back and everything to play for until May As some who have read my posts over the last couple of years may realise I’m not a fan of LJ but we are playing a newer team after making some dosh. Not time to panic yet.
  44. 3 points
    By the 1/4 and 3/4's you obviously meant.......
  45. 3 points
    Anyone taking twitter as their sole reference point would come to the conclusion that at least 80% of City fans are complete morons.
  46. 3 points
    Decent article. Good to see some regulars from here getting some modelling work in as well.
  47. 3 points
    Ahh you would wouldn't you? The elation felt on here when city are not playing free flowing football, especially away is culpable, it just stokes up the anti LJ Brigades fires. Very sad really, anyone just coming on here, a (Bristol City forum,) might be excused in thinking it has been sabotaged by some Rovers nutters. Of course the faithful City lot know that it is what really defines OTIB, not the real support for the club.
  48. 3 points
    Some continue not to actually open their eyes
  49. 3 points
    Blimey Dave When level headed posters like you are writing as such I know there’s real issues and problems Great post with so many good points We are going nowhere ,
  50. 3 points
    I’ve come to the conclusion that nearly three years into LJs ‘project’ we’re not very good.
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