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  1. I’m staying home for people like you mate, take care
    24 points
  2. Ruthless pandemic. Elite sportsman who are tested regularly aren’t safe. Nobody is safe . Let this be a reminder to people who take COVID for a nothing disease. Stay safe people look after yourselves and families.
    19 points
  3. LJ would be good for Wednesday.....all he needs is 9 transfer windows, £65 Million, and 70 signings, and he could achieve................... absolutely nothing.
    11 points
  4. I always liked row 34 in the Lansdown Stand.
    10 points
  5. Doesn't matter how long goes by, or how many times I hear about it. Not playing Lita in the Playoff Final, or at least have him on the bench , makes no sense at all. You have no genuine strikers on the bench, and he was always someone who could get you a goal. I remember going to Cardiff and never once thinking we would win, just one of those days where it didn't feel right.
    10 points
  6. We are practically a quarter of the way through the season, with 20 points from 11 games. What are your main positives and reflections? For me.... Positives: Dean Holden and his assistants, DH has demonstrated tactical awareness and the natural ability to communicate with passion and honesty. I really find his common football sense and straightforward style refreshing. The glimpses I’ve seen of his two assistants suggest a positive synergy and collaboration which adds experience and diversity to the mix. Winning matches which previously I think we would have lost....such as at Cardiff, Forest and even at home to Coventry, our resilience, discipline and professionalism meant we came away with three points, which I don’t think would have happened last season. The intention to play a more settled side with sensible competition/rotation. Seeing the emergence of younger players who are being given a chance and taking it. Reflections: It is early days, so no need to get carried away. The neutral might say we have been lucky on occasions, Forest and Cardiff fans, in particular, would have expected at least a point from their teams performance against us. By some distance I don’t think we have seen the best of this squad as yet. NW hasn’t yet consistently done his stuff, we still have quality players out injured and some regular starters have been inconsistent. There is IMO much more potential in this squad. We have been in with a chance of points in every game, even against Norwich we had opportunities that on another day could have led to a point. I am guessing that Holden’s honesty, style and communication skills are appreciated by the players. Be good to hear others positives/reflections.
    8 points
  7. Look. Despite whatever precautions people take, then there is a risk (unless shielding) they are exposed. John Penrose, spouse of Dido Harding, is currently self isolating and you’d hope he sticks to the rules... In respect of general spread, I live in Yate. My mums builder tested positive last week. There have been cases at schools. The local football team had to forfeit an FA trophy game due to two positive tests. This thing is rife - but it’s also mainly asymptomatic. This goes back to my first point - I have no doubt Fam could have kept distance at the Broadwalk and everywhere else, and believe he did, but no matter what precautions - he can pick it up from surfaces etc. And when one has it in a team like football with close contact, it spreads quickly. This isn’t City being wilfully negligent. It’s life at the moment.
    8 points
  8. Absolutely. I’m a shielding person it terrifies the shit out of me . I would be a goner
    7 points
  9. Mate, it wasn’t just odd, it was stupendously abnormal. You literally called it, 5 minutes before it happening, that Orr & Carey would have a bust up!! Absolutely mental. Ever since, I’ve always linked your fag breaks to goals ratio on the match day threads to your mystic-skills.
    6 points
  10. A lot of denial going on.. If they could take a walk into their local hospital & view the 'covid' areas,, witness the staff putting themselves on the line,,facing constant danger,,then I'm sure many of them would shit themselves - so many can't see anything unless it's right under their nose.
    6 points
  11. 5 points
  12. Hopefully all asymptomatic and all involved and their families will be ok. Scary stuff. Lucky it’s international break from a footballing point of view.
    5 points
  13. All praise to Wael, we should name the training ground after him and his family for making this happen. The Al Qadi khazi has a nice ring to it
    5 points
  14. Not many - but the best teams do for large parts of the game more consistently and that's what helps gets you promoted and what we're aiming for? I'm not talking about 60/70% possession every game - of course any team will have spells in a match - but it's aiming for the ability to take the sting at the opposition at times when they are. Rather than relying on back to wall defending. And then being able to build back possession and control games better. Take Bournemouth and Norwich - we had our 'good' spells in those games, but they knew how to hold us at arms length and minimise our threat. We need to learn to do that more often. Fine, if we're beaten by a moment of magic, not much you can do.
    5 points
  15. Was great in those bisto adverts....
    5 points
  16. Actually a fairly minor reaction compared to some on OTIB when faced with Dean Holden as the likely new Manager of BCFC.
    5 points
  17. LJ is not Pep but he helped us stay in this division. 18 17 11 8 place before he got sacked. Hope he gets a job, think Derby before SW.
    5 points
  18. So call him up now just in case Germany call him up in 5 years?
    4 points
  19. Not sure why the downer on LJ..? Yes it was time for a change, but he did a very decent job here, more than proved his championship abilities, loved the club and worked bloody hard doing everything he could. Not many managers have ever managed to keep us competitive at this level for a prolonged period. He did.
    4 points
  20. Easily caught, maybe Fams other half parked next to a 5G mast up the Broadwalk shopping centre when she went to get a couple of Blakeys from Timpsons for Fams best shoes.
    4 points
  21. Here we go again, someone giving facts and spoiling a good legend.
    4 points
  22. Rather than any conspiracy theories , maybe, just maybe , it’s just a case that Southgate has been impressed by what he’s seen of a Bellingham already and wants to have an early look at him close up , and with , and amongst Full internationals His manager at Dortmund has expressed how impressed he is with Bellingham’s ability to learn and absorb and his tactical discipline at such a young age
    3 points
  23. Any player who can change nationality (in this case residency) will be called up as soon as it's even remotely possible to justify it. Can't risk someone going to him, "hey Jude (na na na na na na etc) why don't you play for a country that will support you and you might actually win something with? All you got to do, is not play for England, where people will slag you off and drag your private life through the tabloids?"
    3 points
  24. I think the answer comes in two parts: firstly how happy are we with how the season has gone so far, and secondly how do we think the next 6 months will go? That is, how likely is it that we improve, decline, or stay largely the same. Ultimately, how likely are we to maintain our current 1.81 points per game (which would see us end on 83 points)? The first answer is easiest and broadly I agree with most on here. On the whole our football is more enjoyable to watch than it was in LJ's final season, the summer transfer window was broadly a success (although injuries have hampered a full assessment of that), and at the end of the day we are comfortably in the top 6 with a solid 20 points. I won't go further with that as others have summarised it all really well. Answering the second question is harder. When trying to predict the future based solely on previous results, we must be naturally wary. Personally I am wary, if I was @Major Isewater I would be keeping my shilling firmly in my pocket at this stage. If we continue playing as we are, and if that play continues to produce the end results on the pitch that it has done so far, then I see us dropping down the table and landing around 11th-9th in May. We've seen good the improvements in passing, in defending, in holding shape and grinding out performances, but we are still producing shots, and shots on target at about the same rate as we did under LJ in 2019/20. That makes me think that our current scoring rate is unsustainable as it relies on finishing that is more clinical than can reasonably be expected of players at our level*. Now the counter argument to that is that we've actually maintained that high level of finishing for some time now, since early last season in fact. Therefore, by sheer performance, we've shown that the high conversion rate from last season was a) not a fluke, and b) not dependent on LJ. That is encouraging. However, if the aim is a comfortable top 6 finish with an outside chance of top 2, then you have to ask whether the stats we have laid down in these first 11 are typical of teams that finish in those positions. They are not. Contrary to las season we are scoring roughly in line with our xG this season. We have conceded a couple of goals less than xG would say was likely, but the margin isn't huge. Again encouraging. Typically teams that finish in those top 4 or 5 places have much higher numbers for shots taken (normally 15 or more per game), shots on target taken (around 5 per game), and goal difference (around +0.5 - +1 per game). That is, they manage to make more efficient use of their passing and possessional dominance to hit a high number of shots, on target, thus increasing the chances of forcing defensive and goal-keeping errors, and so scoring heavily. They win games not just by 1 goal, but by 3 or 4 goals. Currently we are on just over 10 shots per game, about 4 of which hit the target, and GD is +4. We are behind the curve on each of those three metrics. Defensively those top teams tend to allow fewer than 10 shots per game, we are currently averaging 12.5 per game. Shots on target against for top teams is just less than 3, we are at 3.45 - again we are behind the curve. I am not saying that shot and goal difference is the only way to get into the upper echelons of the Championship. It is perfectly possible, of course, to win every game 1-0 with just a single shot on target in each game. However, historical statistics show that shot dominance, and a high xG (whatever you may think of xG) frequently correlate with teams finishing high up. I am also not saying that we are dreadful, or that we are relegation fodder and need to make huge changes. We are decent. What I am pointing out is that, for all the positives, and the improvements, we are not performing in a way consistent with the historical records of the majority of teams finishing in the top 4 or 5 positions in the division. Therefore I would remain pleasantly surprised and intrigued if we are able to replicate the results of the last 11 games across the coming 35 and finish in one of those spots. If we do manage that then we will, to an extent yet to be determined, be something of an outlier, a fluke perhaps, or just a decent team with a slice of luck. *@Davefevs I couldn't see how individuals have done re xG but my hypothesis would be that Wells, and Paterson in particular are both over performing xG by a decent amount. Hunt likely to be as well. (I know that on such a small sample size the value of these stats is questionable).
    3 points
  25. For me the outstanding positive is the form of Dan Bentley. On current form, one of the best City goalkeepers I’ve seen, and I go back as far as Mike Gibson. To add some context. If you had the choice of Dan Bentley or Jordan Pickford to play in goal for city, who would you choose?
    3 points
  26. I can't agree with this anywhere near enough. It would appear I caught it working in hospitals (I'm not NHS BTW) and some of the things I've seen on Covid wards will never leave me. Luckily, I've been supplied with all the correct PPE, even a back mounted ventilator, but the nurses don't always have this yet still carry on.. I can't praise them enough and agree wholeheartedly with your comment and that from Red Ferret too. If clubs fold, so be it but returning to stadiums in any numbers would be serious folly IMHO.
    3 points
  27. He’s better than Yeovil. Irrespective of whether you, or anyone, think LJ was given too much time here (and he probably was towards the end), he achieved what was stated in the prior post while turning a profit in the transfer market. Year on year championship improvement in position while operating within budget will be attractive to many owners - particularly within the current climate - at Championship level and certainly at a level above Yeovil
    3 points
  28. All fair points - but football is a very insular business these days - most club owners/chairpersons would probably know that it’s quite a cushy number at Bristol City - Mr Lansdown is extremely tolerant and loyal - not many clubs would have continued to employ LJ after some of the horrendous runs we’ve been on under his leadership. If LJ was given a chance at a club like Watford, Leeds (when in the championship), Stoke etc, he wouldn’t have lasted five minutes. Can’t help thinking he’ll pop up again at Yeovil with Jamie Mac as his assistant ...
    3 points
  29. The one time I've walked out of a football ground genuinely angry with the club. I've been to places like Burnley on Boxing Day and seen us get tanked 4-0 etc. but that particular day I could have knocked it on the head. As has been said things were not right and games were being played out in the background that we'll never get to know about. I am sure that day was a case of Danny Wilson sticking his middle finger up to the owner. There just wasn't a genuine football reason to leave Lita at home. You are also right in that it took years to get over that.
    3 points
  30. I'd like to see LJ get it, if only because it'll infuriate the people who've spent years telling us that he'll never get another job at this level.
    3 points
  31. I like the fact we don't get dirty washing laundered in public. LJ was too quick sometimes to throw certain players under the bus publicly (Moore & Magnússon spring immediately to mind) when to my mind this kind of thing should be confined to the dressing room not the interview suite. I'm sure DH has bollocked certain players at certain times but in the correct environment. Progress.
    3 points
  32. Market Value is one thing, but even though Fam cost a lot I think we've got our moneys worth out of him, so even if he went at a loss I wouldn't necessarily see that as money wasted by any means. Top goalscorer for three seasons is it, earned us a lot of points and we've probably had his best years. If he went on a free and earned big money somewhere I wouldn't begrudge him that and would thank him for the last few seasons. He's been an absolute pro, through some tough times and seems a genuinely nice guy to boot. Best of luck to him I say.
    3 points
  33. No football ground is opening until a proper vaccine is in place and rolled out to the most vulnerable people in our society Anyone who wants football grounds open before then is either thick as shit or just selfish, or perhaps both.
    3 points
  34. I can tell you lots of other things that happened that afternoon
    3 points
  35. ******* he’ll I’d be damn jealous at Paul Cook. That was our best chance at promotion for me.
    3 points
  36. Well I did sit sit down and listen/watched the procedings for nearly one and three quarter hours. Not sure if any one else did. So these are my comments Ten clubs in the EFL will be struggling to pay next months players wages Football consulation will hopefullybe completed by march 2021 If betting sponsorship of EFL clubs was to finish "major problems would arise" If a grant/loan of £250 million was given it would shared out on a loss of ticket sales PPV TV will be making an announcement soon Finally the commitee chairman will be writing to Rick Parry and the rep from the premier league EVERY SEVEN DAYS asking how they will be moving the game forward and the replys will be put in the public domain
    2 points
  37. What if those grounds could be proven to have people safely distanced, and adequate checks in place before entering the stadium so there is no risk? Also what do you say to those grounds around Europe that have reopened and have had no additional cases as a result? Perhaps "thick as shit" is a bit of an ironic comment? I have been in lots of hospitals over the past weeks, perhaps you should educate yourself and visit one. ICU wards etc are certainly nowhere near being over run
    2 points
  38. Steve Redgrave, Sydney 2000?
    2 points
  39. Yep. All just utterly bizarre. Arguably, set the City back a decade. Never been so deflated by a defeat to a Club who seemed far more interested in their ground situation than winning that match. The Hull play-off final - with the much bigger prize - pales into insignificance against that one for me.
    2 points
  40. Put the shilling down, Major. Step away from the shilling!
    2 points
  41. Yes Pete. Listened to this. Also a very good interview
    2 points
  42. Fingers crossed no one in your family catches a severe case of it. Those who’ve not been effected/impacted will see the media reporting and take it as numbers. Take your blinkers off.
    2 points
  43. People want to return to football because they believe that their right to watch live football supercedes that of the health of other people. So I do believe they are selfish yes. And if they are not selfish then they are just incredibly ignorant. Hope you make a full and good recovery in time
    2 points
  44. She is a City supporting SC holder BTW.
    2 points
  45. Hopefully that’s the end of that fraud at this level. Can’t believe he kept getting jobs
    2 points
  46. Funnily enough, setting Walsh aside who is a bit unknown atm, I'd be happy to say goodbye to all of those players for different reasons. I realise that's really harsh but I'm just conflicted on all of them.
    2 points
  47. https://www.owlstalk.co.uk/forums/topic/294387-breaking-news-garry-monk-is-gone/?do=findComment&comment=9437736 @Robbored - You’re nothing if not predictable. Fair play.
    2 points
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