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  1. My brother Dave passed away this morning in a Poole nursing home after an 18 month battle with the big C. He was a Red home and away in the 60's and 70's 'till he moved to Christchurch (Dorset) he then took up with Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic (so not a glory hunter), but still had City at heart. He will have a grandstand view of his two favorites now .
    62 points
  2. You aren’t. Lee Johnson & Dean Holden did, too. They pick him pretty much every single game. Probably because he does things like score a hat trick away at Sheff U or provide 3 assists at Boro, or score a sublime goal at Derby, you know, that sort of stuff. Or maybe it is because he has a lot of top flight experience, superb fitness levels and a virtual 100% availability record & is a model professional. A real head scratcher why they rate him, eh?
    23 points
  3. My brother Dave passed away this morning in a Poole nursing home after an 18 month battle with the big C. He was a Red home and away in the 60's and 70's 'till he moved to Christchurch (Dorset) he then took up with Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic (so not a glory hunter), but still had City at heart. He will have a grandstand view of his two favorites now .
    11 points
  4. Anyone know who Posh’s top paid player is?
    8 points
  5. When a sheep is only worth marginally less than your club record signing...
    7 points
  6. Most of us are when we post on here.
    7 points
  7. The players are tired!!!! You're having a complete laugh DH Please don't be the cliche king. They can't be tired, that's poor
    6 points
  8. The question for me is why you don’t rate Rowe at LWB? For a guy a lot of people were saying “best free signing” last season, who contributed Goal(s) and assists, and apart from the odd game where he got overloaded was absolutely fine defensively. As I’ve said before, any full-back will find it difficult if their opposing winger gets lots of 1on1’s or overloaded. That’s a team shape / work issue...not an individual (unless he is hopelessly out of his depth - which can’t be applied to Rowe).
    6 points
  9. Agreed. Where does O’Dowda fit in a 3-5-2? He’s certainly not good enough for one of the 2 central mid roles and I don’t think good enough for the advanced midfield role. Nor can he be one of the 2 up top. Only leaves the WB role for him. He certainly has the energy to play there but I highly highly question his defensive capabilities. Nothing wrong with giving him a go there but I don’t think it’s something he’ll thrive at. In the Holden formation COD is basically a 3rd choice LWB, a 4th choice AM or a 9th choice CM.
    6 points
  10. I might be in the minority but I really like Weimann .
    6 points
  11. I do miss these games and keep hoping we get you at your place in the FA Cup under normal circumstances so we can experience the atmosphere of the new Ashton Gate No excuses from me today if we get beat as we've put out a strong team
    6 points
  12. Brilliant news! All we need to do is get the rest of Somerset on board and we're laughing...
    6 points
  13. So, here’s the games Tommy Rowe and Callum O’Dowda started at LWB / LB last season. Jon - you pick up on one thing that Callum might do to justify him “playing well”, yet on the flip side, just saying things like “no pace” or whatever to justify poor performances. Ever stopped to think why Tommy Rowe got picked over Callum O’Dowda in all those games last season? Because he’s better equipped to play there in the head-coach’s eyes. You miss things on Callum like positional sense, runs behind him because he ball watches, not sure which foot to show an opponent onto. In four seasons here he’s had two spells of decent performances (17/18 pre-injury and 18/19 in the 451/4411). In terms of performances that I thought were better than 6/10 (remember I’m a tough judge), I’d go: Birmingham, Derby, Swansea, Charlton, Fulham. Those were full games, not 20 minutes in a shape change! Jon, you find any excuse to shoehorn them into a defence of another player, or to just be critical of them. You will say Weimann has never formed a partnership with Diedhiou as being a criticism of Weimann. You never suggest it could be the other way around, or something else.
    5 points
  14. Of course we don't know what is going on behind the scenes but at the moment we go in to a new season with the same squad virtually as last season. One in and the loanees out. If we plan to bring in a few fresh faces then let's not take as long as the recruitment of Holden. I cannot see how Holden with the same squad is going to out perform last season. Let's hope the irons in the fire are hot and have not melted
    5 points
  15. You decided against Rowe despite him playing very well for a large part of last season and take every opportunity to tell everyone that you don't rate him. He didn't struggle there at all. You also seem to have decided to that O'Dowda is great despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. It's fine to have opinions, even ones that go against the grain or are in the minority but I have to absolutely agree with @Phileas Fogg here.
    5 points
  16. I think if you haven't got a specialist wingback available (someone like Dasilva/Bryan) you'd go for a more defensive minded option (Rowe) over a more offensive one (O'Dowda). Better to be good at the fundementals in that role than the more glamorous side if you have to pick either/or. I feel @JonDolman, with all due respect, is at times guilty of forming an opinion on a player very quickly and then dogmatically trying to vindicate it from then on. We're probably all guilty of that to some extent in fairness though.
    5 points
  17. Whoever wins this goes up, right?
    5 points
  18. Yep, it's what I call my best mate all the time. Mind you, he is a tree surgeon.
    5 points
  19. They probably consider cycling better than re-cycling.
    5 points
  20. You’re entitled to your opinion but on this occasion it seems to be based on a lack of knowledge.
    4 points
  21. That would very much depend on how each team have been trained and what has been focused on. Listening to that interview they have overloaded on fitness to the point of fatigue to ensure they are at the fitness levels they want to be at at seasons start not in a friendly game against Swindon.
    4 points
  22. Just hope that Holden does not have the same fixation as LJ of always playing Weimann however poorly he is playing.
    4 points
  23. For me it's about more than just their footballing skill. If we're going to have players like Moore and Vyner in the back line, or maybe Morrell and Walsh in the middle I'd much prefer Rowe playing next to them at WB than O'Dowda.
    4 points
  24. Even as a partner i still can’t think of a single team that would take a punt on him in the PL personally. Who would you see buying him?
    4 points
  25. We weren’t with Rowe for the first half of last season . He did a very decent job there.
    4 points
  26. Weimann was involved in 45 of last season’s games. The only one that he missed was following his positive test, he is certain to be a regular, probably not starting quite as many as last season (42!) but a lot. Hunt will also be in the squad on a regular basis & if Vyner isn’t, (at 24) he needs to move on then, though my hunch based on the fact that he got on the pitch for all 5 of the games that Holden was in charge, is that he will be, too. Rowe did a superb job whilst Dasilva was injured & is an invaluable squad member.
    4 points
  27. If we look at the top scorers in 19/20 Champ, you can see those strikers that outperform their xG (little green plus icon) and those that don’t. Wells and Diedhiou highlighted. Wells scored 18 (xG of 12.33) - pretty stellar return and most strikers in this list outperform their xG. Diedhiou scored 12 (xG of 14.21) - Ayew and Bamford similarly don’t convert at similar rates. He isn’t a natural finisher, but if Holden can help him form a partnership with Wells, then his conversion of chances may be less important. That’s more important to me. I don’t think Prem teams would be buying him as an out and out scorer.
    4 points
  28. Things get ‘ intimate ‘ at our neighbours. Quote from coach and shirt designer Ben Sherman ; ’ We've said all along we want a tighter squad this season, we want less numbers but a tight night group and we want them all pulling together‘ Courtesy of the BP.
    4 points
  29. 4 points
  30. Perish the thought that anyone should appeal to those of us over 40, eh? Whatever next? They’ll be making us pay tax next...
    4 points
  31. Pretty sure, over time, you’ve claimed to have mates that cover the entire 92.
    4 points
  32. Jonny Smith made his debut this afternoon against a Brentford B team and by all accounts was impressive
    3 points
  33. Sorry to hear this. RIP Dave. I hope his view upstairs comes with better commentary.
    3 points
  34. He said fatigued not tired, also explained they’d been trained into that state by design. Not an excuse just a statement
    3 points
  35. I think it's simply down to selection issues elsewhere. I don't really see where O'Dowda fits in a 3/5/2 so if I were manager I'd look to get rid. He may be trying him there in friendly games, you might be right - my hunch would be that in the cut and thrust of league games he'd make a more cautious selection of Rowe as LWB where possible
    3 points
  36. I feel you will regret asking.. From memory Rowe (who I like) filled in at LCB for about 20 minutes in one game. He played LB for 23 of our first 25 games.. He is playing there today frankly because with Baker out & Benkovic, Wright & Williams no longer with us we have no one else. I would be amazed if he features there in a league game.
    3 points
  37. Rowe will be a utility player. It's useful to have, and our squad with it's relative inexperience, could probably do with a couple of more senior players. Rowe can fill in (and do a decent job) at CB, LB, LWB, CM, LM if needed. I don't think anyone else in the squad has that versatility. I think you are viewing it in a far too linear way as an 'on paper' best 11. Very rare that our 'on paper' best 11 will be fit, especially over the whole season. That's without considering international call ups, suspensions and squad rotation through fatigue.
    3 points
  38. We’ll see. Weimann has a superb availability record, is valued as an experienced player on the pitch & versatile. Would I be at all surprised to see him as a regular starter this season? Nope. Rowe is a perfect sub, experienced, versatile & uncomplaining, I would get rid of half a dozen that we still have in front of him & fully expect him to see his contract out. As for O’Dowda bring in front of Rowe for LWB, Baker needs to be fit & we need to know exactly what today’s formation is before you can say that.
    3 points
  39. Taylor Moore ignored again..........what does he have to do to get a regular game? Hopefully he will get a half?
    3 points
  40. Agree with all that JD. I believe Johnny has come good a season to late for us & him here. I would imagine the club looked at him & maybe thought, how does he compare to say someone like Adelakun? Similar age & position to HA whose already tried & tested at L1 but still miles away from our first team. At 23 JS needs to play regularly too continue his rapid development so if that’s not here then it needs to be elsewhere. Good luck to the kid.
    3 points
  41. Would be concerned if Rowe, Vyner, Hunt, Weimann and O'Dowda are regular starters going into this season. Hopefully focusing on fitness levels and not this being a starting 11 for next Saturday or Coventry.
    3 points
  42. You remind me of a masturbating scarecrow........... desperately clutching at straws.
    3 points
  43. Jon? Its very nice of you to think its spelt the "youngster's way" Mines the senior citizen way John drop me an e-mail johngreatwestern@aol.com or 07565 858 889 contact me any time Let me know your address and I will pick them up some time today(saturday 29 August) Still looking for Bristol City football videos action pre 1982 including the Philips 2000 format
    3 points
  44. Only ever missed one penalty ever le tiss. Mark crossley saved it, and where the dell was theres a street called crossley street. Nice touch that i thought. What a player.
    3 points
  45. to replace him, they've signed Freeman Hardy-Willis on a free transfer, their sole signing this week
    3 points
  46. 1-1 against Cardiff in a friendly and they’re coming for us again!
    3 points
  47. Jeff Stelling and the others remind me a little of the old top gear guys messrs Clarkson, May and um the other one, they’ve probably been doing the same thing for a touch too long now, and whilst they have their fans which is fair enough, the longer they go on the more old hat they appear to be to anyone under the age of 40
    3 points
  48. Didn't even realise Sky Sports was still going - seem to recall it was also "finished" for getting rid of Andy Gray and Richard Keys. A frankly staggering reaction on here to be blaming race or already with the pitchforks in anticipation that the next candidate is somehow marginalising white middle aged men, as if that is the only merit to anyone else. We are in the middle of a pandemic and the biggest economic downturn of our lifetimes. Hate to break it to you but if you have the option not to extend the contracts of long term employees on top wages, and can refresh to introduce newer people at the start of a career/salary progression, you're going to do it now when all income from advertising is being slashed. It's got nothing to do with being woke, it's any big business right now. Don't forget there are live games this season too, even on a Saturday, and for every team, so if you are going to make this change now is the time to do it, when Soccer Saturday itself is going be less relevant or watched. Amazing that the first people to cry snowflake are the ones who seem to have massively overreacted to a logical business decision. Also @Robbored I think you've been watching too much Airplane.
    3 points
  49. Not sacked, didn't renew their contracts... Just took a look at social media to see the reaction and is pretty predictable from the knuckle draggers on there having a meltdown at the thought of a woman pundit who would do a much better job than those clowns.
    3 points
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