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  1. 58 points
    Just looking again at last night’s match thread and the en-mass overreaction to the performance, “Johnson out” calls and generally ridiculous statements about how terrible we are and how we’ll never achieve anything. I’ll start by saying I agree about the performance. While I don’t believe we should assume to best anyone in this division - especially this division! - we should of course have seen the game out. We played poorly throughout and our game management was poor. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - some people really need to find some perspective on where we are as a club, how far we’ve come, and what we might still achieve. Only six years ago we tumbled out of this division and our club was an absolute shambles. Just over four years ago we were still playing in the third tier. For five consecutive seasons now we have improved our league position - the only team in the entire football league who can claim this. All the while working with a midtable budget and selling our better players to balance the books. Oh, and we also rebuilt our stadium. Today we are 5th in the Championship. Yes, we might drop down today. But we have lost twice in 15 games. All this despite injuries to Nagy, Smith, Afobe, Kalas and Dasilva. All first team starters. Last night we were also without Famara. Any side - particularly one in the second tier - would miss that much quality. It is remarkable that we are where we are without them. Its also ridiculous to say that if we don’t beat Barnsley how can we hope to finish in the top six. It simply doesn’t work like that. Throughout a 46 game season you will win games you don’t expect to and lose games you don’t expect to. Our performance level will vary. The same goes for all teams. I’m not pretending everything is perfect. Clearly recent performances have been disappointing. We are not entertaining enough at home. But look at that quality we have to come back in, and look where we are. Things have been an awful lot worse.
  2. 19 points
    Go and have a cup of coffee and a bacon and egg sandwich. You could of cooked bacon and egg sandwiches for 20 people the time it must of took you to type that negativity or are you copying the Saturday edition of the sun newspaper.
  3. 14 points
    The curious case of promotion chasing Bristol City and their injury hit descent into rank average Championship also rans lurched on to a third consecutive - and perhaps worst - weekend failure, this time blowing a 2-0 lead at lively but ultimately very limited bottom club Barnsley, the latest of 2-2 Oakwell draws in many ways a far more embarrassing result than the recent 3-0 capitulation at Luton Town as Lee Johnson's men wrote off their promotion chances on live TV. Since the international break - often an achilles heel for City - the quiet assault on promotion has resembled more of a punch drunk retreat, stumbling through supposedly easier fixtures with little sense of superiority or strategy, swinging wildly but aimlessly at far better drilled opponents. Indeed inside a fortnight this was the second time facing a promoted side, the second strugglers bereft of form, and for a second consecutive week a blown shot at the automatic places. And City's pitiful recent return when given such an opportunity to confirm their promotion credentials - something they're only too happy to allow the media to embellish - tells the real, depressing story. In truth, despite Lee Johnson's men bundling their way into a two goal lead, the disjointed away side were always second best to a sharper but often misfiring Barnsley, yet it was still no surprise when the divisions worst side rallied and leveled the game with the final kick. Nestled at the bottom of a hill and built like a proper old ground, Oakwell is a forbidding if ultimately rather tame place to go, and under the lights in swirling drizzle and darkness, City set about their opponents. With banned Johnson in the stands, and three surprise changes in the team - record signing Kalas back in defence and forgotten man Marley Watkins tested up front - if was the away side who showed first, hitting diagonals to the wing, attacking the final third. Already all over their struggling opponents, just inside the quarter hour another sweeping move saw captain Brownhill win the second ball in midfield and drill a perfectly weighted first time pass out to Weimann whose quick inside ball freed O'Dowda who raced toward the box and slammed a low shot in at goal that the keeper held. City had come out firing and by the midway point in the half they'd sprung the marauding Pereira repeatedly on the right to win a series of corners. However a feature of City's rise has been a failure to create or finish chances to capitalize on their busy endeavour and when Brownhill dropped to the floor for a second time in succumbing to a first half knock which saw him exit the game against his old side, it already appeared that the visitors, now short on passers, had run out of ideas. Eliasson entered as City doubled their attacking intentions but the hosts were already exploiting a now shapeless and aimless away side. On 27 Barnsley broke convincingly at City's backline and the now familiar sight of opponents roaming in front of our retreating defenders saw the ball fed right to youngster Wilks who ran at his man before curling an inch perfect early shot to the far top corner which Bentley did brilliantly to spring away to his right and tip over. Minutes later Wilks had a free header from an unchallenged right wing cross that he headed just wide. Captain Brownhill's exit was now inevitable. After the change it only got worse as the struggling hosts worked the ball well in front of City's goal to find Mowatt in some space on the edge of the box and from the left channel he slammed an unerring low shot past Bentley and just beyond the far post. The visitors new keeper has kept Lee Johnson's men in games this season and having denied Wilks earlier, he confirmed his Player of the Season credentials minutes later with a world class save - his best yet. With just over ten minutes remaining in the half the hosts broke quickly down the left and from Brown's early cross Conor Chaplin found himself in space at the near post to apply the finish, flashing a shot into the bottom corner which Bentley somehow reacted fast enough to tip desperately onto post and bar, the ball spinning loose in the six yard box and Eliasson hacking away. What must Johnson have been making of this deteriorating performance up in the stand. And yet somehow City stole into a scarcely deserved lead a few minutes before the half, Eliasson fed Watkins down the left flank and he out ran his marker and turned for goal before being chopped down after cutting in to the edge of the area. From the resultant short free kick that man Eliasson lifted a perfect ball to the far post where Ashley Williams rose highest to power a header down under the keeper and over the goalline - his first City goal putting the visitors ahead. After half time, and on a heavy pitch drenched in now persistent rain, the match descended into a scrappy, forgettable affair that must surely have been terrible viewing on Sky TV for all but the most dedicated fans. Barnsley were routinely passing the ball better into the final third before firing wild long range shots info the stand, whereas City now punted early balls over the top in the hope someone would run onto them and make us look like anything other than a long ball side. Ten minutes after the restart a brief moment of quality out on City's left in front of their travelling fans saw Eliasson and O'Dowda exchange passes to carve a path through the defence, and from a resultant corner the Swedish winger saw his cross to the near post almost glanced quickly inside the keeper by the lively Watkins. The surprise 'striker' was anonymous at times when bereft of service, but against his old club was among our better players if given an opportunity. Midway through the second half tussle a City break saw a two handed shove on O'Dowda go unpenalised, yet from the clearance a similar clash on halfway saw Barnsley awarded a free kick by referee Jarred Gillett, on work experience from Australia. Such rapid inconsistency had City's bench protesting loudly and the match was stopped as the official - oddly lenient with his decision making until Barnsley needed it in the later stages - lectured the visitors coaching staff. Around the 70 minute mark City rallied and should have put the match out of reach. In chaotic scenes Weimann stole inside the disorganised home defence from the right, drawing the keeper before drilling a point blank near post shot that the stopper beat away, rebounding off a defender for a corner. Again that man Eliasson lifted a ball into the box from the right wing flag kick and again it was the visitors - this time Weimann - rising highest to nod into the far corner. With City now "in second" on the live tables that should have been it, and with the goal coming right in front of their bank of loyal fans, the away support was in good voice and if anything, those singing for various members of the visiting coaching staff to "bounce around" would quickly learn how ridiculous - if not at least naive - that always is, given that on the pitch, Barnsley were hard done by and for all their lack of quality, were still out passing and out thinking City. We had by now oddly shuffled our defence to replace Moore with Baker - when the threat was more mobile than aerial - and sure enough with just quarter of an our remaining and with the hosts routinely firing pot shots at City's goal, the pressure told as Kalas blocked Woodrow's shot and from the left wing corner another young Tyke Aapo Halme (me either) headed in. It was unforgivable to concede from a set piece after the defensive change but frankly unsurprising. Semenyo was on now for Watkins and unlike recent anonymity made a decent go of running at home defenders when asked to, but like Watkins before him it was utterly aimless stuff as City failed to put a foot on the ball and continually hit early long balls to the front that offered little service and simply surrendered possession time and again. Yet with 5 left O'Dowda went on a stunning weaving run through Barnsley's defence, riding several challenges before slipping in the box. With rain still falling and the floodlights straining for superiority in a dark and miserable Yorkshire night, every long suffering City fan knows exactly what was in store on this Halloween night and with Barnsley continuing to create chances and corners - Woodrow and Diaby going close and Bentley claiming one cross well - the inevitable happened as deep in injury time and with the final kick of the game, Woodrow turned in at close range from substitute Schmidt. Nervous expectation in the away terrace at what was coming gave way to shell shocked, stupified exit - City had really managed to blow it - as the ref blew for full time immediately after and fans drifted out in utterly stunned silence. The visitors scarcely deserved their two goal lead but to throw it away so cheaply was unforgivable and wasting the second consecutive chance to get into the automatic promotion places and put down a marker spoke volumes. With manager Johnson up in the stand and captain Brownhill's early departure clearly affecting City fluency, it would be easy to say the side lacked leadership to compound their injury-hit selection problems, but to do so would be making cheap excuses for a more than capable squad. City have invested in strength in depth, the players have the quality, but the last few weeks suggest it is the quality of plan to beat some of the divisions poorest teams that is pitifully lacking. Bentley 8 It really is incredible how much he keeps us in games, we are at risk of being a very poor side if not for him Kalas 5 Not sure he was 100%, not sure he was attacking the first ball in the way he would fully fit Williams 6 Great goal and always looks composed and safety first, little bit exposed for pace when Barnsley move the ball quickly Moore 6 In a team bereft of passing our only ball playing defender was the natural choice to take off when you want to put your foot on the ball and hold onto a lead Pereira 5 We pushed both wing backs up early and I thought Pereira was a real threat in behind them early on as we hit quick balls to the right, unfortunately - and this is becoming a thing with him - the longer the game goes on, the more mistakes he is prone to make, giving the ball away in dangerous areas Rowe 5 Both wing backs were poor defensively, can't really remember much Rowe did, we certainly never moved the ball forward with any quality Brownhill 6 Probably the only vision came for the 25 odd minutes he was on the pitch, I don't know if the growing Nagy rumours and innuendo are true but it comes to something when Brownhill is your only player able to pass the ball Massengo 5 Still tigerish and sometimes the only player who looks like he wants it, but chasing down and over-commiting to the challenge is now getting predictable, if the player avoids the tackle we are outnumbered in midfield O'Dowda 6 Couple of great runs but that is literally all he offers, not his fault but a waste in a midfield three, we are sorely lacking ball players Weimann 6 Usual energetic self working with scraps Watkins 6 Perhaps I am being charitable given how desperate we are up front but I thought he was a nuisance when properly fed, which he wasn't often Eliasson 6 Several good set pieces but fairly anonymous otherwise, all down to the formation, lots of wingers and yet no real wing play with midfield playing from inside, rarely got to the byline or delivered crosses from open play Baker 5 We bring on a ball winning aerial threat at the back for 15 minutes at 2-0 up and concede two goals, good work all round Semenyo 6 By his own recent poor standards I thought he at least got stuck in, the service was shocking, literally run onto long balls or bust
  4. 11 points
    He gets slated on here but I’m going to be honest. If he plays, we win tonight. Watkins did alright but the holdup play and extra big man in the box defending corners would have been the difference. When he doesn’t play, we miss him. When he comes back from suspension, we need to stop making him the scapegoat for all our problems because as we’ve seen tonight and against Wigan, he is clearly not the problem.
  5. 10 points
    Haven't read the match day thread since the result. I can guess the reactions. I agree with what you've said. We are improving every season, both on and off the field. My biggest concern...is we've fallen into that trap of becoming a 'typical' Championship side. We've consolidated...but we now play like the majority of teams in this division. Talk of 'Identity'...we no longer have one. Pundits and other fans used to purr about our type of football. As the pundits implied last night...we now grind out results against the run of play. You can blame injuries...I get that. But we really look like a bunch of individuals playing when playing offensively. It really is very poor standard. What are we...a passing side, a head down and run side, a dribbling side, a crossing side etc etc...all put in very simple lay man's terms...but we seem to be like Barrett all sorts offensively. It just doesn't make for good watching. I was cringing last night...so, so poor.
  6. 7 points
    Cannot believe that this old chestnut is still going......why can't people accept the opinion of coaches who saw him in training for over 40 weeks, he scored for Peterboro against Blackpool and will continie to score goals at a level that is below ours.......he gets more space and time in the lower leagues, good luck to him, but people who know a lot more about football than forum posters decided that he wasn't up to standard..........just move on.
  7. 7 points
    You’re a long term City supporter of 60 years and Im a long term City supporter of 52 years but that doesn’t make us ‘better’ supporters than those who haven’t been thru/seen the same dismal times as we have. To me things are as good now than they’ve ever been. The redevelopment of AG, the gradual progress on the pitch, decent enough finances.......Hopefully those ‘newer’ City supporters will never have to experience the same shitty times that we have....
  8. 7 points
    May aswell try and enjoy the ride because there's not much enjoyment in watching us.
  9. 7 points
    It's November 2nd , We're 5th , calm down and enjoy the ride.
  10. 6 points
    I know this isn’t football, but the traffic on the football page is probably ten times that of the non football section. Given the magnitude of this mornings game, I put forward the suggestion that we have a rugby thread on the football side. It’s the World Cup final and gives us all a chance to bounce back from last night. Come on England!
  11. 6 points
    Not bad for a skinny lad who is lazy with no touch..his only attribute seems to be he knows where the back of the net is!
  12. 6 points
    I thought Eisa looked better in his 22 minutes than Semeyo has in his God knows how many, and the last time Rodri played for us he didn't touch the ball. He was most prolific in the Spanish third tier incidentally. So, the decision to release Eisa at this present time, looks like a mistake to me. The decision to loan out Taylor likewise.
  13. 6 points
    If he wouldn't get on our bench behind Antoine "no touches" Semeyo and the released-by-his-last-club Rodri, that would say more about Lee's judgement than it would say about Eisa's ability. He got 25 minutes of game time with us. Written off wayyyy too early.
  14. 6 points
    At last some common sense, the over reactions on here last night were embarrassing.
  15. 6 points
    Unfortunately, when we talk about a general, a leader and a horrible midfielder - no-one will ever come close to this geezer ... #TrueBristolCityLegend ...
  16. 6 points
    Tonight in fairness you have to question LJ and his decisions.
  17. 5 points
    Talk about delusional............... "People say the league table tells the truth, it's not. It's lying at the minute. "We have had chances to score goals, we have missed opportunities, we have had referee's decisions not go in our favour." Yeah, right, we believe you!
  18. 5 points
    The most ITK poster on our forum has said that Neil was subject to an illegal approach from Stoke and then promptly proceeded to report it to PNE. This together with fabricated, fake news stories being leaked to the press this afternoon stating Neil was 'set to be announced' as Stoke manager has angered PNE and as the statement says, lead to them stating that they'll now do no business with Stoke on this matter under any circumstances. Glad they've put their foot down to be honest because this sort of thing with false press reports swirling around happened last season before WBA away when WBA were trying to get Neil and it totally unsettled the squad and club as a whole. Things are going well for us at the moment and we can't allow these types of clubs to start pushing us off course with unsettling tactics.
  19. 5 points
    I think it demonstrates how utterly ludicrous it is to write off chances of teams based on 2 or 3 poor results.
  20. 5 points
    No it wasn't built in a day. I wonder how much of it was built after 37 years though.
  21. 5 points
    You sensed that South Africa had the game won in the first 10 minutes when they dominated the scrum. Was it England starting too slowly or South Africa starting more aggressively. Probably a mixture of both. too many errors from England, though probably caused by the pressure South Africa put them under.
  22. 5 points
  23. 5 points
    And effective at defending corners. Three conceded from corners since he was suspended.
  24. 4 points
    I rest my case your honour? ?????
  25. 4 points
    Yes Eisa and Taylor scored again today. Taylor in particular is, I believe, infinitely better than Semenyo and I’ve seen nothing in Rodri to think him a better option than Taylor.
  26. 4 points
    Imagine genuinely thinking he wasn’t up to the level based on seeing him for about 18 minutes of league football. Just hope we have a big sell on because he will go for huge money to a champ club
  27. 4 points
    Was so looking forward to this weekend with City last night and World Cup final today . Rapidly turned into a curly steaming turd of a weekend !
  28. 4 points
    I'd hope for Weimann not Diedhiou up front. Clearly the service needs to improve whoever it is. The key though for me, lies in midfield. A lack of correct combinations both isolates the striker(s) and makes the defence more vulnerable. Our hands are tied with injuries etc but despite this, I wonder about the wisdom of selling Pack, and loaning out both Walsh and Morrell...one of them should've been kept for depth and cover IMO.
  29. 4 points
    The problem is that LJ isnt learning. His formations and decisions are muddled every game. Taking Moore off last night was stupid how many managers swap CB's in a game when they arent injured?
  30. 4 points
    Those that can, do........those that cannot, just criticise from afar, in your case literally? Lets see you write something of similar quality and observation?...........Or are you only capable of glib trolling?
  31. 4 points
    The one thing that I dislike in the modern game is the chopping and changing of the starting eleven which means that you have a collection of individuals instead of one unit , a TEAM. Now, I understand the reasons given but it makes the game less attractive to watch without the sort of telepathic relations that existed before. This is often a reason why we have cup upsets because the poorer clubs don’t have the luxury of revolving their first team and the lads know each other’s game so much better than a large group of talented individuals.
  32. 4 points
    The voice of reason , you do realise this is OTIB don’t you ?
  33. 4 points
    We won't finish there if we can't find a way to beat struggling teams
  34. 4 points
    Sadly a lot of fans have no idea what they are talking about with Fammy. He is a good solid striker at this level (and yes I know he isn’t as good as Afobe).
  35. 3 points
    In last weeks post match conference LJ talked about our psychological 'performance state' and how we hadn't seemed to have found that yet. The term performance state seemed essentially to mean being 'fired up' before a game, saying its harder to find that nowadays as the new breed of player is a bit less aggressive generally and referencing Keane's comments about the friendliness between players in the Liverpool v Man U game. Whilst I understand his observation of the modern players mindset it also seems a more specific problem for LJs teams as we have routinely seen us come out looking lacking in energy compared to the opposition and often waiting for events in the game to trigger a more aggressive mindset. What I understand from inside the club LJ is very much liked by the players, but does lack some of the authority you might get from a more old school, no nonsense manager like Chris Wilder. I appreciate LJ tries to lead in a more empathetic modern style but the pitfall of that approach is it can be easy to get comfy and complacent and I feel we suffer from that. Thoughts?
  36. 3 points
    You wouldn't notice the difference at the Mem
  37. 3 points
    And it's only November 2nd, as we all know only Swindon Town fans think the season finishes in November.
  38. 3 points
    When Fam was banned for 6 games we played AW as a solo striker and he scored 5 goals. When Fam returned we moved him wide and he was wasted. This season, he's scored more than Fam. However @Davefevs is quite right. The issues we have really are in the centre of midfield.
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
  41. 3 points
    No no, the only people thinking we are supposed/going to stroll into the play offs are the ones so angry/delighted we gave up the lead yesterday and now saying LJ needs to go. The people who are 'wearing rose tinted glasses' are the ones saying calm down, we're missing 6/7 first team players from injury and we are still in the play off positions - worst case still top half if all results go against us today.
  42. 3 points
    Maybe having let in a soft header from a corner LJ wanted Baker on for extra height in the set pieces. It certainly didn't work out. I'm tired though of him taking off Moore even when he is having a good game.
  43. 3 points
    Fair comments Spud. Certainly not saying there aren’t issues and I agree that a lack of definitive playing style is one of them. My hope is that a more settled side with less square pegs in round holes might allow that to emerge. Just feels like we’re having to get by as best we can at the moment.
  44. 3 points
    well said...I was also cringing after that dire, so, so predictable collapse so much so that I called for Johnson to go...giving all the virtue-signalling members of the LJ glee-club the chance they were looking for! Haha. ...on reflection do I think he should?...well he's not going so it's an academic question. However I don't think he's good enough. Yet. Maybe never. I've been a manager of large teams of creative people expected to deliver week in and week out. I've done all the talk LJ does about no excuses and no off-days. All that talk means nothing if you can't get your teams to deliver. And too often for me Johnson can't. Does that make him a hopeless case who can never do it on a good day? No. But under pressure my sense is that his teams wilt...and so does he. Last night was a classic of the genre.
  45. 3 points
    Is that what I said? Try engaging your brain.
  46. 3 points
    You’re being kind to Semenyo there, again looked devoid of any passion. The only thing he wanted last night was a punch up. Poor all round, severe lack of entertainment and boring to watch even when we were 2-0 up Sh!te subs
  47. 3 points
    Apart from Weimann's header that ended up in the back of the net?
  48. 3 points
    One of several ‘lightweights’ for me I fear. Can’t argue with the assists, which put him above the other ‘lightweights’. But... he doesn’t seem to have any tricks, not particularly fast, so struggles to beat his man. They should be key attributes of a winger. Not great at defence or transitioning play. So an ‘ok’. But we need more than ‘ok’ if we want to get beyond being a mediocre championship side. Possibly has potential and could become a revelation but as time ticks by, beginning to have doubts.
  49. 3 points
    ...but why, however disproportionate it might be considered, would I be getting abuse? I'm frustrated. Wouldn't all City fans be frustrated? Three matches against beatable sides and we get two draws and a 98th minute, and rather fortunate, win. I'm afraid I don't rate Lee Johnson. He's never achieved a promotion as a manager. I consider him a perfectly nice man but a bit of a golden child...and very lucky to have had the career he has. As a manager his sides look fragile. He goes on long losing streaks. I'm happy for others to think otherwise...but I don't rate him. I'm sorry if it's inconvenient to read that.
  50. 3 points
    Because far fewer countries play international rugby union and cricket perhaps?
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