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  1. 31 points
    Johnson says the reason Eliasson doesn’t start regularly is because he doesn’t fit the system. I’m sorry but it’s time to **** your system and find a new one where he fits it. The lack of creativity without him is painful.
  2. 19 points
    Ever the optimist, I’m so pleased he’s back. Not a coincidence we’ve had two clean sheets since he’s been back. Always running, always showing for the ball, always popping up when we’re in danger. Not as good as pre-injury yet but that just means an 8 instead of a 9. Top, top player.
  3. 14 points
    They did see it, so they got Afobe!
  4. 8 points
    Thought this was awful. 83 mins gone. 0-0 against 10 men. instead of creating a cauldron, trying to suck the ball into the net, hundreds of ***** turn their mobile phone torch on. Absolute twattery.
  5. 8 points
    Yeah we are 2 points off third. Can’t see how we can make that up. Season blown
  6. 7 points
    We need a proven goalscorer Have done for a while. Won't get promoted til we get one. Defence is good. Midfield is good Nobody up front. Simples. Go get Dwight Gayle or similar in January and we might go up. Sit with what we have and we get bubkiss.
  7. 7 points
    Yeah i dont get why we havent got a 25/30 goal a season striker in There are loads and loads out there and they are cheap as chips Most clubs cant get them off their books fast enough So come on Lee get it sorted
  8. 7 points
    Palmer and Eliasson are our two best players. And neither start. Oooh I love grinding out ‘industrious’ 0-0 draws.
  9. 7 points
    Yet in the two games he’s started we’ve taken 4 points that should have been 6. When are people going to wake up to the fact that an effective team is better than outstanding individual contribution!
  10. 7 points
    I’ve posted this before, but I’m happy to re-iterate - I used to work with a guy who was from Liverpool, he was a die hard Tranmere Rovers fan. He moved down to Bristol to work for the Bristol Post (not Evening Post, so the ‘Evil Post’ jokes are still lame) - then he left them to join my company.... and the conversation obviously quickly turned to football, as it does. He told me, with no axe to grind, that every sports editorial meeting he was in at The Bristol Post made it clear that focusing on Bristol Rovers and ‘bigging them up’ was paramount and he said a reporter was even once sent hundreds of miles to cover the court case of one City fan who’d been arrested at an away game somewhere up North - just to get a negative story about us. And this was common apparently. As I said, he was from the North West of England, he had no axe to grind, he simply moved down here to further his journalistic career but he was shocked at the bias that was encouraged to favour the gas at editorial meetings, I know visiting gasheads on here will say that is BS, but that guy is a Tranmere Rovers fan, he has absolutely no reason to lie - he didn’t know anyone when he moved down and I have no reason to doubt him. He said when he worked at The Bristol Post there was a real emphasis on bigging up Rovers and discrediting City.... just reporting what he said ...
  11. 6 points
    I honestly can’t think of the last time I’ve come away from a game thinking we’ve played well. Its all boring and predictable football. We must be an opposition managers dream as we are so easy to play against. Theres no fluency to our game just the same boring side to side football week after week
  12. 6 points
    Another? When was the last one? We need some perspective, we are 7th, same points as 4th (4 GD worse), lost once in 16, twice all season, with a guts full of injuries. We are only just about getting our best players back too, Kalas missing today, which for a lot of clubs would be a huge loss. We are in the mix. Would love us to win 4/5 on the trot and cement top 6 with a bit of breathing space, but it ain’t easy. Along with the top 2, we are the only other team unbeaten in our last 5. Most teams are inconsistent.
  13. 6 points
    What a rubbish thread. The club’s attempts to sign a striker in the summer are well documented. Does the OP really think that the club don’t know we need another striker? Of course they do. What the hell has rocket science got to do with anything? Sorry, but the arrogance of fans thinking they are the only ones who really understand what needs to be done never fails to astonish me. The window will open in January and we will try to sign a striker, end of story.
  14. 6 points
    yep, massive upgrade on Pack. As you say let's get him back up to speed.
  15. 6 points
  16. 6 points
    We are cautious because teams at this level can rip you apart if you go balls out . We have experienced this and now manage games way better . We are grinding out results and getting points where before we would have come away with nothing. It is a fine balance between risk taking and caution, the table shows that LJ is getting it right more often than not. We are still in with a good chance of promotion and hopefully the club unearth a natural striker in January.
  17. 6 points
    And he was dreadful!!! so so fussy. Fouls for zero contact. What a poor game we have nowadays. Non contact sport now. If i wanted to watch that i’d be off to basketball. dreadful referee.
  18. 5 points
    Why are we so cautious at home? I understand this is a tough league and this approach works away from home but the last two seasons at home is painful in our approach. Palmer or Eliasson need to be playing at least at home.
  19. 5 points
    Nice to see the reception given to Albert when he came on as a second half substitute. This was reciprocated by Albert at the end of the game, when he applauded the home fans and gave someone in the South stand his top.
  20. 5 points
    We literally only have one attacking plan in our locker - give it to Eliasson and welly it into the box. If opposition teams can nullify that they can be sure that City won’t score against them. Painful.
  21. 5 points
    So, big game ahead....6th v 5th....but in the Championship every game is a big game. With City players returning from injuries, LJ is gonna have some tough decisions on who to start, who sits on the bench, and who doesn’t get kitted up at all. Our Opponents: Forest sit in 5th peace, one above us, with a game in hand following a postponement versus Reading a few games back. They are managed by Sabri Lamouchi, the Frenchman, formerly of Stade Rennais and Ivory Coast. As a player he had a distinguished career at the likes of Monaco, Parma, Inter and Marseille, as well as a dozen French caps (berets?). In terms of form, they have W2 L2 in their last 4 games, having previously only lost once, on the opening day. Their away record is the same as ours. How Do They Line-up: Pretty much a bog-standard 4231. Ignore Ameobi and Lolley, Transfermarkt often gets the widemen the wrong way around, although these two do swap sides. Similarly Worrall will typically play left side of Figueiredo. The core of the team above are regulars, with the odd swap here and there. The Players: GK - Brice Samba (25) - Congo born, French (u19) stopper, signed from Caen in the summer for £1.9m. A big old unit, who’s impressed me when I’ve seen him on Sky / Quest highlights. Got the knack of keeping the ball out the bet, if sometimes looking a bit cumbersome. 4 clean sheets in 11 starts. RB: Matty Cash (22) - Forest youngster who’s progressed through the ranks. Lamouchi has converted him to RB, and in the modern game his experience as an attacking midfielder means he is a threat in the opponent’s final third. Got an eye for a goal too, often long distance shots. LB: Yuri Ribeiro (22) - Portugese u21 full-back, signed from Benfica in the summer for an undisclosed fee. Primarily a Benfica B player having not made a league appearance for the A side. Likes to get forward, and has a competitive streak to him. Nice left peg too. CB: Tobias Figuereido (25) - ex-Portugese u21 CB and B international, signed from Sporting in the summer of 2018 for £2m. Only just forced his way back into the team, and prefers to be the cover rather than the attacking CB. CB: Joe Worrall (22) - local lad who’s had loans at Dagenham and G.Rangers before becoming first choice this season. Big, strong lad, who looks a leader, and is the one who likes to attack the ball on the deck and in the air. Good player. DM: Ben Watson (34) - very experienced midfielder who won an FA Cup winners medal with Wigan (scoring the winner too). Palace, Wigan, QPR and Watford on his CV, with close to 150 apps in the Premier League. Important to Forest in winning the ball back, and always available for the simple pass. The kind of player every team needs. DM: Ryan Yates (22) - another Nottingham lad in the squad. Started a few games this season and a big lad, who doesn’t seem afraid to leave his mark. Likes to get forward. CM: Tiago Silva (26) - and now another Portugese player! Signed from Feirense in the summer for an undisclosed fee. Featured in every game this season but only two assists is a poor return for a very talented technician who plays in a similar vain to Ruben Neves. A lot of Portugese top flight experience, and his goals record there suggests there is more to come. RW: Joe Lolley (27) - not the usual route into pro football for this player, having been released by Brum and embarked on further education, eventually finding himself at Kidderminster, before hitting the bigger time at Huddersfield, where he was linked with City. Got a very good left foot, and not afraid to shoot, often cutting in from the right. Works well with Cash, and not just from a pun point of view! LW: Sammy Ameobi (27) - younger brother of Carl Cort (old Bobby Robson joke re Shola!!) who also started at Newcastle. Probably had his best form at Bolton, before arriving in Notts on a free in the summer. Can be a bit ungainly looking, but a player who has a lot of skill and long stride to nick the ball away from defenders. Got a good left foot on him, as some of you may remember. My Dangerman tomorrow. CF: Lewis Grabban (31) - the oldest player is a young team, who appeared to have the life of a journeyman in Lg1/2, before his career took off, and big money moves from Bournemouth, Norwich and loans to Sunderland and Villa, before arriving at Forest in the summer for £6m. Top scorer with 7 goals this season, and a real threat inside the box. Other Players of Note: Costos Pantillimon - giant, but erratic keeper Jack Robinson - ex-Liverpool and QPR LB / LCB Joao Carvalho - tricky Portugese forward and.... Albert Adomah - must loved by City fans, who’s maybe at the back-end of his career, but loves City back. He will definitely get a round if applause tomorrow. How Do We Win: Although systems are likely to be different, I see a lot of similarities between City and Forest. Both have young squads, both play in red’s’ white, both are obsessed by possession. For me it’s about keeping their front 3 (Grabban, Lolley and Ameobi) away from our box. If we can keep Lolley and Ameobi wide, we will nullify a lot of their threat. They like to come inside, especially on the break / in transition and if we can limit that, I don’t see goal threat from Silva, Yates or Watson in general play. :laugh: let’s delivery on set plays will need to be watched. In terms of City, then I think it is about exposing Forest down the sides of Worrall and Figuereio, especially when Cash and Ribeiro are caught forward. Both teams more suited to playing in transition, which could lead to an entertaining game. Prediction: I see to many similarities to look beyond a draw (1-1). Should we be able to grab the 3 points then would be great momentum on the back of Cardiff.
  22. 5 points
    Nigh on 50% drawn games are not results and will not get you promoted
  23. 5 points
    Haven't watched as at AG for a while but went today, felt Forest were just of a similar standard to us and we cancelled eachother out. Should've finished them off at 10 men and I didn't really like our starting formation.. but reading this forum you'd think we'd just lost 0-3 or something. Ref was a bit niggly too which didn't help the flow of the game.
  24. 5 points
    I don’t understand what you mean. We had a striker and he got injured. We will sign another one at the earliest opportunity ie January. Don’t know what more you want
  25. 5 points
  26. 5 points
    I thought Diedhiou had one of his best games for us today. I'm not his biggest fan, but he seemed to have improved his timing when jumping for the ball. His movement when we are going forward still needs some work though.
  27. 5 points
    Firstly how do you do that thing were you can stop seeing quotations of blocked posters, I believe that’s a new feature? Forest played well. We didn't have a great deal in the first half to trouble them. Bloke got sent off, it happens, we adjusted, but couldn’t find a winner. Elliason was erratic today, several really good crosses one or two poor ones, but Rodri had a very decent chance and missed. Our problem remains the same, we miss Afobi. Fam is to static and we hardly found Weimann, however take nothing away from NF who are in form, they did their job...thus stop crying about not beating ten men we have a huge game on Wednesday and another Saturday. if that helps anyone!?
  28. 5 points
    Think Johnson’s biggest problem is trying to set up a team based on who we playing, rather than playing to our own strengths
  29. 5 points
    It did seem a little far fetched! Prof Roberts still ticks boxes for me
  30. 4 points
    West Bromwich showing how it's done ??????
  31. 4 points
    Bentley - 7 - Another solid performance, couple of decent (if expected) saves. Pedro - 6 - Defended OK and did much better getting forward, but his crosses at times were poor, need Hunt back in the side for me. Baker - 6 - Largely steady, with some sloppy passes. Wright - 6 - Largely steady, with a few trademark silly fouls esp. when he went up into their box. Williams - 8 - Pick of the 3 CBs, quality defending. Rowe - 5 - Didn't have much to do defensively and was poor going forward. Nagy - 7 - Saw a lot of the ball and overall neat and tidy with it, faded a bit in last 20 mins. Brownhill - 6 - Not one of his best, busy but a few overhit passes. COD - 4 - One good run just before HT than won a corner, aside from that offered very little. Fammy - 7 - Cleared one of the line, won a lot of defensive balls and did much better holding the ball up. Wiemann - 6 - Usual endless running, but skied one good chance over and even in the passage of play where we hit the post he should have done better. SUBS: Eliasson - 7 - Series of quality crosses as per usual, we really need to pick a formation to accommodate him starting in home games at least. Palmer - 5 - Disappointing, hit a couple of poor cross field passes that were cut out and failed to control an Eliasson cross when ball at his feet inside the box. Rodri - 4 - Looked way off the pace, silly fouls and hopeless attempt near the death to hit over from 8 yards out.
  32. 4 points
    I don’t think there needs to be perspective. We are a top 10 wage budget. We are a top 10 attendance side. We are a top 10 away side. Yet we continuously struggle to look like a competent championship side at home. LJ has spent near 60m on incoming players which numerically outweigh the outgoing players and yet we look worse off in attack then we did that first full season with Tammy. I have been overly positive the last few seasons but despite results(we have grinded out some good ones) we continue to look inept going forward. Even when we score they are often a grind and through a set piece. I spend 2-3k on city every year and while I have no illusions that mean I am entitled to a fantastic side, I am utterly bored showing up to watch us at AG. It feels the same every week. Grind for 45 min and go in level and make changes 10 min in and take our chances in the last half hour. We are never on the front foot. Never pressing a side from the off at home. imo our results are masking our deficiencies. Us grinding out a point or 3 is giving people false hope. This isn’t a side that is going to compete for top 6. Sure we can beat anyone and I won’y ever dispute that but we will always come up short in matches where others don’t. Anything can happen Wednesday against West Brom but I am quite sure even if we get 3 points we won’t follow it up with another at home to Huddersfield. A team that has constantly struggles with the “easy” bottom half team at home but we all sing their praises when we draw away at WBA
  33. 4 points
    Eh? Has modern football really got this bad?! You didn’t want to try and create a bit of atmosphere for fear of upsetting people who are attending a football match?! Good grief ... us oldies get criticised for harking back to the good old days, but posts like this make me miss them so, so much ...
  34. 4 points
  35. 4 points
    Considering our injuries to our big players our position is fantastic . It’s a great result . Having said that , despite having a season ticket , I could not be bothered to go today . I had time , nothing else on . But I find our football turgid and painful to watch . I just do not enjoy watching us . I want to watch either the 3 months of Oct to Dec 2 years ago or our promotion side from L1 . Outside of that we have been quite forgettable . I guess results over performance does not work for me. I repeat , the league position considering injuries is a notable result . I just don’t get any entertainment watching Lee J “4 years in the building “ BCFC .
  36. 4 points
    He made a few errors again today, but I totally agree he is very influential on this team. And I agree with the above, we need Massengo back in. We look less classy without him. O'Dowda loses out I'm afraid. Nagy, Massengo, Brownhill- the midfield we need to see.
  37. 4 points
    Thought LJ should have switched Eliasson to lhs, after they started doubling up on him on rhs.
  38. 4 points
    Odowda is the sort of player you put a minute YouTube video together he's look amazing. The reality is he's 95% rubbish. Cash in (if anyone is interested) and reinvest in a better player
  39. 4 points
    I just want to see us sack off the back 5, it’s negative and toothless.
  40. 4 points
    Expect a lot more free kicks then, the Championship is a bit more physical and less refined than he is used to. At least it's not the Keith Stroud show.
  41. 4 points
    Don't forget Wallys BBC interview on Football Focus was it? When asked "why did you buy Bristol Rovers, when you could have bought any club in the Premiership" and he replied "not all the clubs in the Prem". Trying to make out they had so much wealth certainly never helped matters, but it was proper cringe - and the blue few loved it.....
  42. 4 points
    I see Coldplay did two live streamed gigs from Jordan yesterday to promote their new album. I fully expect a selfie of Wally with Chris Martin anytime soon holding up a g*s rag with Martin 9 on the back.
  43. 3 points
    All the talk and hope of getting a new striker in is great, but would it make any difference? It seems to me we have enough attack minded players in the squad now ( ok no natural finisher ) But if we signed one would it change Lee's approach to home games? I can't see him changing his system anytime soon. As long as were in contention can see him sticking with 5 defenders at home, witch ever way you look at that's how we line up. I'm not saying chuck Palmer, Ellison and whoever on from the start but we need someone with that spark and have to be brave. If we go for it more we will lose home games but 3 wins and 2 defeats have to be better than 5 draws, and god forbid more entertaining.
  44. 3 points
    It's a compliment really because teams obviously know we can be a threat and see a draw at AG as a good result. Forest are a decent side, around our level I'd say, so that's a good sign of how other teams view us.
  45. 3 points
    No longer required at that end.
  46. 3 points
    To add to that, last night was Brive first home defeat in 18 months. And even more impressively the first time they’ve failed to score at home since 1962! That is incredible
  47. 3 points
    She’s from Westbury-on-Trym, and attended local schools. One of many famous celebrity reds from the ‘village’ on the NORTH side of the river. Was friends with a couple of others way back and, indeed, regularly attended City games with them (though was sworn to secrecy). Stood on the old timber Grange End back in the late 60’s/early 70’s with one of them and was one of the few who didn’t run off to the far corner of the Bob Bank when we were attacked. A definite ‘Badge of Naivety’ for that!
  48. 3 points
    pm me closer to the time I probably wont be going to QPR so could try to get a ticket for you.
  49. 3 points
    ….mind you the phone box up our road ain't much better either, I've lot count of how many times I've had to press 'button B' to get my four pennies back because nobody answers their bloody phone. Half the time I end up putting the money back in dialling 16 and listening to The Tremeloes on DialADisk instead...
  50. 3 points
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