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  1. Give him time. He will build a squad, an environment and and backroom to be proud of. There'll be bumps in the road and a few poor performances but stick with it. Yours is the result I look for first when our matches finish and it gives me a massive sense of joy when you win. All the best.
    132 points
  2. This isn’t aimed at the club, it’s Manager, SL or anybody officially connected to our club for that matter, it’s aimed at many of our so called ‘fans’. I too am disappointed at where we are as a club BUT we all know how we have arrived at this point. Significant numbers this season renewed ST’s knowing full well that we have a small squad lacking general quality. We were always destined to struggle this season and anything above the relegation zone was acceptable come the end - we are where we expected to be, surely? What really annoys me though is the awful, highly personal vitriol spread by many. Football fans now seem to demand instant success and don’t seem to appreciate players and Managers are doing their best plus that they are people after all! They too feel shit after losses and it hurts them badly too. Why do people bother posting negative rubbish on a regular basis, all it seeks to do is help people spiral into even more of a negative world. Life is hard enough without continually slagging people and situations off. People underestimate how important confidence is in any worker and that includes footballers, imagine being told by many people on a regular basis you are shit at what you do, and they then wonder why you aren’t performing. Are some not aware some of our players are actually kids? One window into a three year development journey, all aimed at a much needed rebuild exercise and fans are singing about ex players and that NP is getting sacked in the morning, wtf..? We go again on Saturday when OUR team needs you, and remember if you keep screaming at people that they are shit, they will quickly believe you, I think with the title ‘supporters’ there’s a clue in the title .
    80 points
  3. Imagine being invited to a corporate event: WBA versus Birmingham City. Free food, free drinks, free everything! After dinner speaker, you wouldn’t believe it! Like meeting a hero. We reminisced about the hat trick he scored against Crewe in my first game at Ashton Gate and he said that he still looks out for our result. Id like to have asked a little more. But I was a little star struck! cheers all!
    51 points
  4. Oh dear, really? I would disagree and remind those who may read this reply, what John Motson said of Jacki when playing for us at Leicester City in a midweek televised game, which we won with style. Motty said, ºJacki Dziekanowski comes from another Country, but tonight he is playing like he is from another planetº Jacki as Andy Cole said, was a one off. He is also a kind man who, when us fans organized Gerry Gows testimonial game, he gladly accepted the invitation to fly back to play to Bristol from Warsaw. I must tell you that when I collected him from the Airport to my surprise, he had come armed with a suitcase full of tee shirts that he had designed and had made in Poland before flying, so that we could auction them at the game in order to help us to raise funds for a young Bristol boy who required an operation in the US to assist his Cystic Fibrosis, it was a kind gesture. Jacki was an exciting footballer, sadly we had few of those over the years, he was also one with a good heart.
    49 points
  5. Thought he changed the game for us in the second half and a big improvement on Bakinson. Enjoyed the fact that he always seemed to look forward for a pass and was getting around the pitch well too for someone who has returned from such a lengthy injury. Hopefully he will be a settled starter for us in the near future next to James.
    49 points
  6. People probably don't say this very often after their side get a draw at home but today I was well chuffed walking away from the ground. Yes we hung on a bit but dear god didn't those lads battle hard for it Tremendous support from the stands, just how it used to be and good substitutions from big Nige, especially William's. Things are happening, it will take a while but we are finally going in the right direction. Well done everyone today, see you all in South East London.
    44 points
  7. There is only ever one right answer to this. Doobie-Doobie-Doo Ba-Doobie-Doobie-Doo Ba- Doobie-Doobie-Dum-Dum Doobie-Doobie-Dum-Dum Doobie-Doobie-Dum-Dum-Dum
    44 points
  8. They are never responsible for being shit are they?
    43 points
  9. I'm sad to announce the passing of fellow red John Jensen who today lost his battle with cancer, John was 66.
    42 points
  10. So, after the worlds longest lockdown finally ended - I could get a haircut. Legally. In a shop. I needed one. At 08.30 am - it was obvious a hell of a lot of other people did too - queues everywhere - 10 long with one barber working was the average Despair was setting in. I live in a 'being - gentrified' area - meaning some parts were still pretty rough, but in 3 yrs time would be 'respectable' - and pricey. I still needed a haircut - badly. Can't go out into town with hair like mine - quite frankly it was a disaster area. Saw a tiny barbers tucked away in a part of this 'not gentrified' area - no queue outside so in I went. It was like walking into a tiny village pub in Norfolk. Silence. Utter silence as every head in the place looked round with pretty much disbelief on their faces. It was pretty obvious, pretty quickly, that the customers and staff were used to dealing with African customers. Most definitely getting the "is this guy lost" vibe... Did I mention I needed a haircut? I sat in silence. No conversation at all. My turn - got in the chair - shook hands, said hello - got a grunt in reply. Not feeling the love. Talk Football. Always safe. Africans LOVE football. Me- 'Did you see on TV the players stopped the game to get help for a guy in the crowd?' 'Yeah' Me - 'Where are you from originally?' 'Eritrea - you have no idea where that is I'm sure' Me - 'Yeah, next to Ethiopia' 'Yeah, thats right' All ears were listening - mood was getting better.. Me - 'Who do you support in the soccer?' 'Arsenal, doing bit better now' The other Barber leans over and says ' hey who do you support - Chelsea, Liverpool?' Me - "Bristol City" The place erupted - by now there were 8 Eritrean guys in there - "Oh man they are so shit" "Have they even won a game" "have you ever won anything?" "You got West Brom - you gonna get dicked man!" "worse team in the championship" "lost at home to Forest - and they are shit too" Ice broken - good time, and a good haircut. Bought a couple of coffees and had a chat. All of them UK soccer-mad (Its called soccer here as AFL and NRL are called 'Football) It was pretty much exclusively an Eritrean Barbers - I was the only non-african guy in there all year - the guys were apologetic about the initial reception, as usually non-africans just walk straight out again, so they were shocked I stayed. Did I mention I needed a haircut? Bristol City - mercilessly mocked all around the world - certainly by the Barbers Of Eritrea! But hey - at least a couple said they might watch the game.....
    41 points
  11. I think Pearson has done an important job. He’s largely stabilised us, brought down the size of the squad, bought two quality players from the lower leagues and integrated some younger players and it feels like he has made some changes to the infrastructure too. All of this needed to be done and was going to be a shitshow for whoever did it. In that sense, I think he has been a good appointment and I don’t think it has been a mistake in any sense to give him the job. At the same time, it sometimes proves the case that the person brought in to clear up the mess isn’t the person who gets to enjoy the benefits of the mess being cleared up. I think we saw that with SOD. It is very hard to look back at his time in charge with any fondness but I don’t think Cotterill could have done the job he did if he had replaced McInnes straight off the bat. It may be that Pearson ultimately does not succeed and, if that were the case, I would love to see someone like Ryan Lowe get the chance. But I think, whenever they are appointed, our next manager will be far better placed to succeed with what they inherit from Pearson than they would have been with what Pearson inherited from Holden or what Holden inherited from Johnson. I have no idea if Pearson will succeed in the long term but I think the job he is doing will help the club to do so.
    40 points
  12. I'm not sure there were any amazing revelations that came out of the fans forum. It was good for the club to arrange it and they want to make it clear that they are hoping to be transparent and open to communication with any issues that supporters have. All speakers were well trained in responding to questions so didn't say anything too controversial or revealing. Main points that I can remember: 1. No plans to move away fans from the atyeo as our fans won't want to pay to sit in the place with the worst facilities. Mark Kelly mentioned that they had Harlequins supporters in the Upper Lansdown for a Bristol match and they actually generated more noise. Also issues with segregating concourse etc if away fans moved. 2. Dan Bentley gave a really interesting answer about social media comments and the affect it can have on players and how social media companies need to do more about it. He personally is thick skinned and doesn't pay attention to views of those he doesn't respect/keyboard warriors. Also mentioned that people won't understand the demands of championship football. When asked about his own future, he has ambitions to play at the top level, hopefully with us. He has two children and has an affinity with the area. Said you'll have to ask the club about plans for him. He came across well during the q and a. Used to play up front as a kid and would love to be a striker and get the glory but obviously stuck with goalkeeping when scouted by Arsenal rather than a career in amateur football up front. 3. Weimann wasn't really asked any direct questions and was a little shier. His favourite away game as a City player was obviously Sheff United. Bentley referenced some decent recent away wins at Cardiff and QPR. Weimann is Alex Scott's taxi driver so hoping that he makes it big and remembers him in the future! 4. Both players spoke about how good the team spirit is this year and how they're all working hard to get it right. Home form not discussed/not a big issue in the changing room. Everyone keen to put it right for the fans. As senior players Weimann and Bentley would address any issues with players not working hard enough but Nigel has got them all doing this as an absolute minimum. Apparently we've out run every team this season demonstrating how fit we are. Matching the work ethic of the opposition and hopefully surpassing them is the absolute minimum expected by Pearson. Weimann felt we didn't get pre season right last year as there was only a 2 week break and it was probably felt they'd already be fit enough. 5. They wanted to put on record how grateful they are for fan support home and the extra commitment from those that go away. 6. Curtis Fleming came across well with a good sense of humour. He only spoke to Nigel once a year or so prior to his appointment as assistant manager. Impressed with the facilities at Ashton Gate/high performance centre. 7. Regarding January transfers it depends where we are in the league but suggested we'd be continuing to look for cheaper options (eg free transfers). 8. Richard Gould spoke about how parachute payments make the league unfair but that the premier League are never going to vote against it. If there's anything else that comes back to me of great importance I'll share! Also folks from Three Peaps in a podcast were definitely there so imagine they'll mention bits in future podcasts.
    40 points
  13. For most of his 20 months at Bristol City, Nahki Wells has been a bit part figure, not even making the starting line ups for the early part of this season. But after running the channels like a man possessed in the win at QPR away and then in a draw with division favourites Fulham on Saturday, his last minute withdrawal at Millwall seemed to badly disrupt City’s forward play, exposing a depressing lack of cutting edge for all their possession at the Den. City were expected to build on a five match unbeaten run, and yet despite weathering a purposeful Lions opening, and then controlling the game led by Joe Williams in midfield, including an utterly dominant 15 minutes after half time, the visitors offered little actual attacking threat - and then threw away everything in a single moment as a sloppy Tyreeq Bakinson was caught out in midfield, and Benik Afobe raced clear to win the decisive penalty. Despite reinforcements from the bench, City faded badly and never looked like levelling - a depressing reminder that for all the talk of transformation since last season, lacking both Wells and Semenyo’s pace, Massengo’s bite, and then suffering Baker’s exit in just the first half - once again the side is a hostage to player fitness, exposing a painful lack of pace and quality in attack, even after O’Dowda’s typically forgettable second half wing return. With Nigel Pearson isolating and led by Curtis Fleming on the touchline, City switched to three at the back after the pre-game loss of Wells - and the disruption was obvious as Millwall dominated the opening exchanges at a sparsely filled and unseasonally cold New Den, Scott Malone, Matt Smith and George Evans efforts all forcing the visitors to defend in numbers, before City finally settled and wrested control of the game after 10 minutes. First Jay DaSilva capitalised on a poor throw in and swept the ball upfield for Bakinson to get clear down the left, cutting inside and racing into the box, but robbed of possession, the half clearance reached Matty James outside the area who unleashed a rising shot just over the angle of post and bar. On the quarter hour Bakinson’s looped ball forward and a defensive slip let Andi Weimann turn and race clear, but the keeper closed him down quickly. By now City were starting to craft well worked football in the middle third, and good interplay led to James lifting another through ball which Bakinson stole onto inside the box only to miscontrol and be flagged for offside. Then at the midway point of the half Bakinson threaded DaSilva down the left and clear to the byline, his cross eluding several City options and finding fellow wingback George Tanner beyond the far post to nod down tamely wide. Just before the half hour the visitors were rocked by the sadly familiar sight of Baker going down off the ball and requiring attention before being withdrawn, Cam Pring on in his place. Unsurprisingly Millwall capitalised with the first big chance of the game as Evans headed down behind City’s backline and Afobe skipped clear inside the box with just the keeper to beat, Bentley doing brilliantly to beat away the shot at close range in front of away fans. Much of City’s best football was coming through DaSilva down the left and before the break two crosses in quick succession threatened an opening - first on the break his ball into the middle was bundled clear of the ineffectual Chris Martin, and then from the resulting corner, recycling the ball at the second attempt, the wing back centred and found Weimann whose flashing header went just wide of the far post as the visitors again failed to capitalise. On the stroke of half time it should have been the hosts who went in front, rallying with a series of chances before the break, they worked the same proven combination as Evans again found Afobe behind City’s defence, the one time Ashton Gate striker heading down into the bottom corner at close range, Bentley tipping past the post. It was a stark reminder of the value of pace and purpose up front, compared to City’s largely anonymous front two. As it happens Curtis Fleming’s men took the game to Millwall from the restart, attacking towards their travelling fans. Williams and James were dominating midfield, with time to pick their passes and find dangerous channel balls. But lacking both pace and cutting edge - Martin in particular turning in the box to find an angle only to lose out - it didn’t take long for O’Dowda to be thrown on at the expense of DaSilva, as City tried to turn the screw. It was one-sided football against a poor looking Millwall side and despite a succession of corners and getting both O’Dowda and Tanner racing clear down both flanks, City were utterly bereft of quality in the final third. Both wide men were guilty of squandering crosses - cut out or, in the case of O’Dowda, overhit with Weimann well placed to finish - but in truth the failures owed much also to the absence of Wells and with it any real threat in the middle. So the sucker punch came as no surprise after the hour mark. Bakinson, an increasingly uncertain figure alongside impressive central midfield colleagues, hesitated on the ball in the centre circle and was robbed of possession, a quick through ball highlighting the advantage of pace in attack as Afobe raced clear on goal and drew a foul from Rob Atkinson, substitute Jed Wallace smashing the resultant penalty into the top corner with unerring confidence. And that was it. City had shown little quality in attack despite controlling the game from the tenth to the sixtieth minute, and by now their tiring midfielders had run out of options and let the game slip away from them, although there was briefly time for Bakinson to slash wide after Martin and Weimann combined in space on City’s right. Withdrawing the tiring Williams for the wrong sort of Kasey Palmer cameo compounded the complete surrender. City, far from finishing the game strongly in search of an equaliser, were aiming quick balls forward at O’Dowda and Palmer, which sounds exactly as horrific as it actually was, the total lack of composure or fluidity that marked our earlier purpose, saving us only from the predictable sight of Chris Martin lumbering about in attack being outrun by anything that moved. This was a throwback to last season. An awful performance against a poor side. Bentley 7 Two important saves from Afobe with the best chances of the game Baker 5 Another early exit for his record of early exits - was it the knock from Saturday? Kalas 7 Plays like he takes it all personally and worked hard throughout Atkinson 6 Unfortunate with the penalty but some good marauding runs forward Tanner 5 Tireless performance but can see the step up in quality needed going forward DaSilva 6 One of our more effective performers, we were much worse after he went off Williams 7 Our most purposeful of midfielders and drove the team forward until he ran out of steam James 6 There is a good partnership with Williams to be had but they need players to aim for Bakinson 4 Influential early on but became increasingly ponderous and careless - lacking confidence Weimann 5 Given no service and played so far off Martin maybe maybe he thought Wells was playing Martin 4 Please god not a season of this - a few knock downs and otherwise looked like he was queuing for petrol Pring 5 Had one header over and at fault at least once when Millwall got in behind us O’Dowda 4 Ran down the wing a few times, overhit a cross, fell over, then disappeared, standard stuff Palmer 4 Tried one cute through ball straight to an opponent, rarely controlled any passes to him
    40 points
  14. Just seen that the club has announced that he has been released from hospital. Amongst all the negativity and comments made on here today I haven’t seen any asking how he is or wishing him well. Get well soon Bakes !
    38 points
  15. My predictions. 1. If we win our next home game, the usual reactionary posters will decide that Simpson was the problem. 2. If we don't win the next home game, the usual reactionary posters will decide that Simpson could have been the solution. 3. Regardless of the result of our next home game, the usual reactionary posters will remind us that 'Pembo' was the best coach we ever had, but go weirdly silent when asked what it was like to be coached by him. Welcome to OTIB.
    38 points
  16. Thought tonight went pretty well. Free drink offer was brilliant! I ended up having two as someone else I know didn't claim theirs voucher I don't remember every question that was asked & answered. I managed to ask two questions; the first one (to summarise) was how many of the players & matchday staff were fully vaccinated. Richard replied that it was 95%. I didn't ask about the other 5%... My second question was for Dan Bentley, and how his chant was adopted by the City Women fans like myself for Fran Bentley (partly because I started it!). I asked how does it feel to not only have another player of his namesake, but a fellow goalkeeper & City player. He said he was amazed, and admitted receiving messages congratulating him on having a family member join the club, to which he firmly said that there is no relation I followed this up by asking Dave Barton if there are plans for a Bentley v Bentley challenge etc for the club's YouTube/social media. I think Dave & Dan both said that they'd be up for that. Was also great to meet several others in person for the first time. Got to chat with Gregor McGregor, as well as briefly Patch Warner & Matt Withers of @3 Peaps In A PodCast fame! Got a photo with Andi Weimann as well (saw others having them & thought I may as well!)
    38 points
  17. The reality is before the season started no-one would've predicted we would have been 10th after 10 games. It's clearly better than expected and the progress in a relatively short space of time is obvious.
    38 points
  18. We get stuffed at the Hawthorns where no sensible City fan expected to get anything and we get an all too familiar knee jerk reaction………… Otib really does make me smile especially when City lose………..
    37 points
  19. Lot of love for this…
    37 points
  20. What a game today. MOTM and gave everything. He looked knackered but still kept going. Great crossing and nearly scored with a header and setup the winner with his sheer tenacity. Brilliant performance
    37 points
  21. Pearson isn’t the problem imo it’s the mess of a squad he’s inherited and lack of budget to address it
    35 points
  22. I never had any doubt about Pearson’s ability to whip our club into shape. IMO, we’ve been crying out for an experienced appointment like this since Cotts left and possibly before. The impact he’s having behind the scenes, from the first-team squad, to the academy, to the women, is all really positive from what I’ve heard. We’re in good hands, and while we’ll be inconsistent for a while yet I firmly believe he’ll leave us in far better shape than the mess he inherited.
    34 points
  23. Am I the only one who wants lee Johnson to do well? Weird how fans enjoy his team getting beat. Ex player and manager who has given great service to this club and was honoured to be here. Hope he wins the league with Sunderland myself. Ashton however...
    34 points
  24. Nige made a real difference in the match with his substitutions and tactics. OK, there are some fantastic new players but two of a number of those were brought here by Nige, eg Tanner, Atkinson, James, and King; and old hands have been revitalised under NP. Don’t believe either of our last two managers/ head coaches would have achieved what NP has achieved so quickly It all goes to prove what everyone knows that the key appointment in a football club is that of manager. At long last we now have such an appointment. .
    34 points
  25. NP’s interview was, as usual,realistic. He looked very fed up, as well he might. I like the way he faces us to the reality. The next task is for him to raise the players’ game. I wish him well and certainly don’t envy him. We can’t expect him to make silk purses out of sows’ ears overnight. I just hope he doesn’t get so fed up that he walks.
    33 points
  26. Everyone: “we’re in such a mess, wouldn’t it be great if we could finish outside the bottom 3 this season?” …3 months later… Everyone (while mid table): “quick sack Pearson!”
    33 points
  27. Some of us never weren't behind him.
    32 points
  28. If there was a job ever more suited to an individual I'd like to see it! The Academy continues to be in great hands with a team of people that really care about doing things right.
    31 points
  29. Blah blah blah, every ******* time Jacki is mentioned. He was a legend for precisely the reasons you moan about him, you don't get it, we don't care.
    31 points
  30. 31 points
  31. Must say I’m a little disappointed more of it hasn’t been made on here. I, like I imagine many others on here, had absolutely no idea he had slotted it away. Such a difficult skill from that angle. He is much slated on these pages, but he was brought on to do a job yesterday and he did it perfectly.
    30 points
  32. I think any manager at this time who accepted the job would struggle at Bristol City.
    29 points
  33. Have really enjoyed these in the past, but this is another one I feel is a fair bit more negative than my own opinion, and not for the first time this season. I only watched on Robins TV however. I thought we were the better side on balance, threatened more, and deserved the three points. Some of the comments like "largely second best" and so on throughout your report I feel are rather unfair. On the ratings I think they're slightly on the low side. Martin I thought was good most of the day, even without his goal he found himself with some great chances and came near a few times. He'd have easily been a 6 and possibly a 7. Williams was outstanding and I'd have been tempted for an 8 there. In contrast while I was delighted for Tanner with his goal I thought positionally he was a little suspect today with his positioning throughout, especially in the closing stages, so it'd be a generous 7 for me - and that's not intended as a real criticism as he's a young lad and has stepped up a lot. A great battling win in very challenging conditions for me, especially after going behind in the first half.
    29 points
  34. 81 today, so an away win would be nice.
    29 points
  35. The Blue Few aren't our rivals, and for me this thread has nothing to do with that. They were once but not anymore. For me it's about never forgetting their actions back in '82, and never missing an opportunity to laugh at them or joke at their expense, at situations they continue to pathetically create themselves. We're not making this stuff up! So anyone under the age of 50 can possibly be forgiven for not "getting" where such an intense hatred comes from. Or if you do have the hatred it might be for other reasons (probably different to mine), but that I would respect nonetheless. But for me you had to live it to understand it. For this reason I absolutely despise them, will never knowingly miss an opportunity to take the piss out of them, and will continue to do so until my last breath. I'm off to Peterborough on Saturday cos I love my team, but will be shamelessly checking my phone for their score cos I hate them so much. CTID (I feel better now) COYR!!!
    29 points
  36. Hopefully having had it before as well as the jabs his symptoms will be low level and manageable. Get well soon Gaffer.
    28 points
  37. Rather than predict poor performances from certain players before the game even starts, why don’t we actually just watch how they play. Its a good eleven. There is no reason for it to not perform based on one or two player’s selections.
    28 points
  38. Fulham are the best that I’ve seen at AG so far - they were better than us in every area and I’m delighted with a point. They hit bar three times Mitrovic missed two sitters and the one in injury time was particularly bad - what a relief to see it sail past the post! Fulham are at the level Nige will want City reach over the next two and 2/3 season and based on today’s performance he’s on the right road. On wards and upwards!
    28 points
  39. You're a bell end mate. He's being stretched off and 8 medical staff on so clearly a potentially worrying injury... Responses like this from our own fans are an embarrassment.
    27 points
  40. Okay, let’s be honest, we got stuffed today and had we lost 5 nil, it would have been appropriate. That said they are pretty much a Premiership side and started this season with a £20 odd million parachute payment. It’s disappointing as for whatever reason, there was no press, commitment or apparent effort from some but there we go, it happens. I would however comment that we are most certainly going the right way - just 4 losses in 12 games this season, a minus 1 goal difference, just 4 points off the play offs? Is NP not what we have been asking for for a long time, so can we not just get behind his honest approach and give him the three seasons he suggested he needs to turn us around? I never bet against City but, if I did, today would have been the day, just about everything was up against us, and B’Muff did really well, fair play to them. Their quality in depth is incredible to be fair and I have no doubt they will go up this season. I am glad we have Tuesday to come when we go again. Okay today was always going to be hard but, let’s be honest we will have some much easier games to come, the home win will come. Finally, how wonderful to see all fans join together for the minutes applause in the 7th minute - let’s hope the young lad Brooks responds well to treatment and is given the all clear in the near future, well done to all who quite rightly joined in, so nice to see and hear!
    26 points
  41. *looks back to July comments about just being happy to be away from a relegation fight* October and someone calling for Pearson’s head when we’re not in a relegation scrap ‘yeah that sounds about right’
    25 points
  42. 25 points
  43. He gets a rough ride on this forum, sometimes warranted, but I thought he was superb today. Really looked up for it. Glad the old boy has got an international break now to recover!
    25 points
  44. Very cynical CA! Bearing in mind Tim Ream had done an interview with him earlier in the week, and they’d added him to their squad….I think this shows the human side of football….and I’m all for it.
    25 points
  45. Fulham spent more money on players this summer than the other 23 Championship teams combined. We did incredibly well to match them today but using them as a benchmark is simply ludicrous.
    25 points
  46. Nahki Wells played very well last night I thought . The guy gets criticised a lot but he deserves some recognition and support. Let’s show him the love folks.
    24 points
  47. If you can’t go 2x 45 mins without a drink…
    24 points
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